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SRQ DAILY Nov 10, 2020

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"Every item is vetted to support brands that share our values while taking the guesswork out of the customer experience."

- Kim Bohstedt, Co-Founder of Upbeet + Rooted

[Vegan Groceries]  The Future Is Cruelty-Free for Upbeet + Rooted New No-Harm Marketplace
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The Mother-daughter duo behind the popular pop-up vegan market Upbeet + Rooted announced the launch of a unique virtual marketplace to reflect consumers’ changing priorities and reinforce their ‘Do No Harm’ mantra. Daughter Kim Bohstedt and mother Diane Mantel started Upbeet + Rooted last year to support small businesses through their plant-based pop-up markets. Vendors in the past have included local bakers, makers and provisionists, as well as natural skincare and wellness products, artisan candles, jewelry and ceramics. Because of Covid, however, most of 2020’s pop-up events took a backseat this year. The always sold-out market was forced to find creative ways to replicate the business online—keeping their vendors’ afloat and furthering their mission of being the go-to site for those looking for clean, cruelty-free products. Kim and Diane refocused their platform and operations by creating a new concept that is more “COVID-friendly,” they say. “It's going to be epic.” 

Upbeet + Rooted will be morphing into an online apothecary and grocer for the eco-minded consumer and vegan shopper. Its 'No Harm Marketplace' will operate primarily through their Instagram page and web store and will be launching early next year to include a combination of local and national makers/vendors they’ve either met personally through their markets, or found through the cyberworld and believe in as responsibly-made products to sustain a cruelty-free lifestyle. Expect a carefully-curated and rotating selection of thoughtfully hand-picked foods, products and goodies from brands across the country that Kim and Diane are passionate about supporting. 

The debut collection launches January 1 to kick off the New Year with 13 selected brands. They will be announcing these brands on their social media platform throughout the rest of the year while working as a collective to spread their ‘Do No Harm’ mission. Each season will last three months, then rotated out to feature more of their favorite brands. “Going virtual allows more people to discover the brands we love and trust and allows people access to these products they have not had before,” explains founder Kim Bohstedt.  

From upcycled carrot pulp that comes from various juice distributors and made into Seconds ‘Carrot Crackers’ that promotes no wasted food, to Up To Good Sparkling Cascara Clean Energy Drink, brewed from the coffee fruit, not the bean, Upbeet + Rooted helps you find the hard-to-find snacks you’d prefer to fill your pantry with but can’t find at area grocery stores. Look out also for The Modern Pop plant-based fruit pops and fudgesicles, JOYA adaptogenic elixir blends and herbal supplements, Pineapple Collaborative tin can olive oils, Core and Rind creamy and dairy-free cashew cheese sauces, Brekki’s ready-to-eat Overnight Oats with ancient grains, FRONKS organic nutmilks, Joolies date snacks and Spero Foods sunflower cream cheese.

“The updated website will grow as a trustworthy source that makes no-harm living easy, fun and approachable,” says Kim. “Every item is vetted to support brands that share our values while taking the guesswork out of the customer experience. We’ve built a strong following and community based on this trust and are excited to offer our audience an easy way to directly support the brands and missions we can get behind.”  

Photo courtesy of Upbeet + Rooted

[Hungarian Food]  Hankering for Hungarian
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Gloomy days call for comfort food, and as Eta bears down on the region later this week, Hungarian cuisine might offer an intriguing option. Heavy on dairy, meat and vegetables in its rich stews and soups, the Central European nation’s cuisine seems tailor-made to sustain the masses huddled indoors, whether for bitter cold or torrential downpours. And at F.L.A. Deli on Proctor and Swift, purveyors of Hungarian cuisine and grocery items, the food satisfies the two most important tenets of the “comfort” label: filling and inexpensive.

The chicken paprikash with homemade noodles ($10.75) comes heaped on a plate and doused in the rich paprika-spiced gravy that forms the basis of many Hungarian dishes like goulash. A chicken leg quarter, so tender the bones fall out as though they were never attached, shares the space with traditional nokedli, chewy, amorphous egg noodles that offer the perfect starch for an otherwise protein-rich meal. The orange gravy, savory and humbly spiced, has a hint of sour from the sour cream mixed in.

When combined with the homely interior of the deli’s sit-down area—a hodgepodge of bric-a-brac and European flags—the chicken paprikash stands to nourish those forced indoors by the howling wind and rain of Florida’s storm season. 

F.L.A. Deli and European Restaurant, 2805 Proctor Road, 941-217-5710

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[Fundraiser]  Listen Local and Support Community Radio

This year the theme of WSLR+Fogartyville’s Fall Membership Drive is ‘Listen Local’ and every locally-produced program will be featuring local musicians or interviews with local people, highlighting the places that make our community unique.  As a non-commercial station, WSLR depends on listener-support to fund its operations.  Twice a year, volunteers and staff take to the airwaves to ask directly for community members to step up and support WSLR+Fogartyville.  This year’s Fall Membership Drive starts on Thursday, November 12 and runs through Wednesday, November 18.  WSLR+Fogartyville is hoping to raise $40,000 to help fund their operating costs for the next six months.  

If you have a favorite show or would just like to support independent media you can pledge online at WSLR.org or call the office at 941-894-6469.

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[Donations]  JFCS Seeks Holiday Cheer for Local Families and Seniors

Each year since 2004, JFCS of the Suncoast has initiated its Adopt-a-Family campaign each fall to provide presents and/or gift cards and other holiday items for families in need. Those adopting a family should be prepared to purchase a gift card from a major retailer for the parent so that they can shop for food for the holidays. Donors will also provide new clothing and shoes and at least one to three of the child’s top wish list items. The Adopt-a-Senior program will provide gift bags for seniors in isolation, including hard candy; stamps; a notepad and pen; hand lotion/sanitizer; chapstick; gift cards to Publix, Walgreens or Walmart; tissues; and magnets. All gifts are due by December 4. “This is supposed to be the season of joy, abundance, and family connections,” says Arthur Lerman, JFCS Interim President/CEO. “Instead, so many people are frightened and feeling tremendous hopelessness, especially children and seniors. Right now, people need to feel that someone cares. We are excited to help those in need and are hoping that a record number of donors will step up this year to adopt a family or senior.” 


If you would like to donate, please email Karen Pharo, Director of Community Outreach, at kpharo@jfcs-cares.org.

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[Marine Science]  Join BISHOP Museum for 'Manatees and Mermaids'

The BISHOP Museum of Science and Nature is celebrating manatees all month long during Manatee Awareness Month. This week, they're featuring Dr. James "Buddy" Powell during their think + drink / science program on Zoom. Join in 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 11 for “Manatees and Mermaids: A Perspective from 40 Years in the Field Studying Florida's Beloved Marine Mammal"  with Powell, who is Executive Director of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute and has spent 40 years studying and conserving manatees in Florida and throughout the world. During think + drink / science, he'll share myths and legends surrounding manatees, current threats to their survival, and a brief history of manatee research and conservation, along with some of his field experiences with manatees in several countries. Cost: $3 for members of the Discovery Society; $5 for all others. Register here.  

Photo courtesy of BISHOP Museum

[New Hire]  B & I Contractors Announce New Employees

CareerSource of Southwest Florida has appointed Mike Biskie, Human Resources Director of B&I Contractors, to its Board of Directors as Vice President.  Biskie will be completing a two-year term ending in June of 2021. B & I Contractors promotes David Moorhead to BIM/VDC Manager responsible for the Southwest Florida region. B&I Contractors promoted Timothy Juneau to BIM/VDC Manager responsible for the West Central
Florida region, Jeff Seaman to BIM/VDC Team Lead, Eddie Fisher to Sheet Metal Foreman-Level II in the Southwest Florida region, Mario Rojas to Sheet Metal Foreman in the Charlotte County area and Michael Newman to Plumbing Superintendent responsible for the West Central Florida region.


To learn more, call 239-332-4646.

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[Recognition]  Regions Foundation Awards CareerEdge Funding for Scaling Fast-Track Trainings

The Regions Foundation, the nonprofit initiative of Regions Bank that supports community investments, announced Monday a $50,000 grant to CareerEdge, the workforce development initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. “CareerEdge is changing the landscape in how to prepare people for jobs that are in high demand across Southwest Florida,” said Marta Self, executive director of the Regions Foundation. “The financial support from Regions Foundation will help more students find their purpose, train for better jobs and connect to employers ready to hire. Regions Foundation is pleased to support CareerEdge and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce to help further its mission.” 

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[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: War Paint, Profiles of Courage , November 6 – December 11, 9:30am-12pm

WAR PAINT: Profiles of Courage was created as a tribute to the bravery of veterans who have served and those currently serving our country. Ringling College of Art and Design students, faculty, and local artists will create portrait profiles of veterans in variety of mediums. The images tell stories from WW ll, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and current enlisted troops that will enrich the Ringling College community for years to come. This exhibition will be held at Ringling College’s newest gallery, Project Space 340 (abbreviated to PS340), located in the Arcos Building at 340 Central Avenue, in the heart of Sarasota’s historic Rosemary District. The exhibition, War Paint: Profiles of Courage, was organized by the Galleries of Ringling College and Matthew Troyer, president of the Ringling College Veteran’s Club. Matthew is a combat veteran, former combat photographer, and is currently majoring in Photography and Imaging. Admission is free and open to the public. This exhibition is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am to Noon and by appointment. It is also available online at warpaint.gallery.

Project Space 340, Arcos Building, 340 Central Avenue

[SOON]  BUSINESS: First Step Job Fair , November 9 – November 10, 12PM - 3PM

Interviews on the spot for LPNs, RNs, Behavioral Health Techs, and Admissions Counselors. Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10 from 12 PM to 3 PM. Please visit www.fsos.org for a list of current openings and qualifications.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Think + Drink Science , November 11, 7PM-9PM

Join us on Zoom as we host Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, Executive Director of Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, who has spent 40 years studying and conserving manatees.

During think + drink / science, he'll share myths and legends surrounding manatees, current threats to their survival, and a brief history of manatee research and conservation, along with some of his field experiences with manatees in several countries. Then we'll open up the program for your questions!

Where: On Zoom
Cost: $3 for members of the Discovery Society; $5 for all others

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Empty Bowls Fundraiser , November 12 – November 13, 11am-1pm

Join celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. While the luncheon this year will look very different, the purpose is the same, uniting to show support for the critical work of Meals on Wheels PLUS through The Food Bank of Manatee. With a generous sponsorship, you can treat your staff/organization to a socially-distanced appreciation luncheon with an assortment of soups, fresh-baked bread, and dessert delivered from our event to your location. Show your support for Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee. The fundraiser will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on November 12, 2020 at Manatee Performing Arts Center 503 3rd Avenue West in Fowntown Bradenton and on November 13, 2020 at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, Nov 12: 503 3rd Avenue West, Downtown Bradenton Nov 13: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

[SOON]  FILM: Starlight Movie Night Event , November 14, 7:30pm

The Florida Cultural Group Inc will produce Starlight Movie Night, sponsored by the Bradenton Area Arts & Culture Department, on the heels of the destination's month-long National Arts and Humanities celebration. Four family-friendly films will be shown on big screens set up at four outdoor locations (on land and water) found throughout the Bradenton Area. Attendees must reserve a free viewing spot at the location of their choice to secure their space and ensure a safe and socially distant movie night under the stars.

Holmes Beach Community Park:
“Dolphin Tale” (rated PG) will be featured at Holmes Beach Community Park at 5900 Flotilla Drive in the City of Holmes Beach. Reserve a spot and bring your own chairs, blankets and coolers. This screening also includes a guest speaker from Clearwater Aquarium starting at 6:30 p.m., presented by The Center of Anna Maria Island. Masks are required when not in your viewing section.

Manatee Performing Arts Center: This community hub for arts and culture at 502 3 rd Ave W in Bradenton will transform into an outdoor movie theatre, showing “Swiss Family Robinson” (rated G). At this location, attendees can reserve a section and set up their own lawn chairs and blankets outside, or reserve a parking spot and enjoy the movie from their vehicle. Coolers are allowed, and Manatee Performing Arts Center will be providing popcorn.

Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch: These sprawling fields located at 5895 Post Blvd in Lakewood Ranch provide plenty of room for guests to set up their lawn chairs and blankets and get comfortable for an outdoor showing of “Pelé: Birth of a Legend” (rated PG). Concessions will be available at this location, and guests are welcome to bring coolers.

Palmetto on the Manatee River: Cruise over and anchor your boat for a unique movie experience on the water. “Peanut Butter Falcon” (rated PG-13) will be shown from the big screen on the west side of the Palmetto Pier and the north side of the Manatee River. There are no reservations at this location, so be sure to arrive early and anchor boats 10’ apart to maintain
social distancing.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: World's Strongest Man Competition , November 11 – November 15
The battle for the title of World’s Strongest Man begins Wednesday, November 11 in Bradenton, Fla. and culminates on Sunday, November 15 when a champion will be crowned. In partnership with The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (BACVB), the 43rd edition of the World’s Strongest Man competition will take place at Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island in Manatee County and follow an advanced new format, including a progressive four-day schedule that includes two days of qualifiers and a two-day final. The top strength athletes will once again be pushed to their physical and mental limits with events that will challenge them to pull, push, carry, lift and toss heavy weights such as large trucks, cars, kettlebells and the event’s iconic Atlas Stones. The World's Strongest Man is the world’s preeminent strongman competition, held annually since 1977. Competitors qualify based on placing in the top three in Giants Live events each year. This year’s World’s Strongest Man competition will see 25 of the sport’s most dominant strength athletes compete for the title. From pulling trucks to lifting and pressing logs, every event is designed to push the Strongmen to their absolute limits, challenging not only their physical strength, but their agility and mental toughness as well.

Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island

[SOON]  FOOD: Jazz Brunch , November 15, 11AM-2PM

Join Hamlet’s Eatery for a Jazz Brunch on Sunday, Nov. 15 in the gorgeous outdoor courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. Relax under the covered patio at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota from 10am - 3pm.

Menu options will include both traditional and vegan dishes from build your own omelettes with fresh organic eggs to tofu scrambles. Free mimosa with entree.

Starting at 11am until 2pm, enjoy live jazz music from the Father & Son Jazz Duo. Norm and Jack Gagne, have been playing together for many years. Norm, a new member of the Sarasota Jazz Society, studied with Lenny Tristano and has played with such luminaries as George Coleman, John Stubblefield, and Houston Person. Norm was a founding member of the Paul Brown Quartet, where he arranged and produced several recordings. He was an active member of the Hartford Jazz Society and, after leaving New England, played regularly in the Hilton Head area.

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online: Selby Gardens Fall Lunch in the Gardens , November 11, 11:30am-1pm

Co-chairs Ariane Dart and Pauline L. Wamsler cordially invite you to the in celebration of Selby Gardens' 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling. While we cannot be together in-person, all attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch while creating a unique floral design led virtually by one of Washington, D.C.’s most sought-after floral designers, Sarah von Pollaro, Founder, of Urban Petals Floral Design.Proceeds from Lunch in the Gardens support Selby Gardens' community outreach education programs; international research and conservation; and beautiful, world-class horticulture displays. It is their hope that they can help children and families develop an appreciation for nature.


[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online: New College New Topics, Challenge and Response: Facing Hard Choices in a Time of Economic Crisis With William Dudley , November 12

Thanks to the pandemic, the United States plunged from a record-breaking economic expansion to a severe recession. What choices do we need to make to reverse that trend and secure our economic future? William Dudley (’71-’74) is a senior research scholar at Princeton University’s Center for Economic Policy Studies. He served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2009 to 2018 and was also the vice chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. In 2019, Dudley spoke about our nation’s record-breaking economic expansion. Shortly after, the pandemic cut that short. With breathtaking speed, the United States economy has plunged from its recent heights to the deepest recession in decades. The American economy is sick. What is Dudley’s prescription to bring the patient back to health? What choices must we make to jump-start a recovery? How long will it take to turn things around? Depending on our choices, Dudley will define the best-case and worst-case scenarios.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Online Learning Labs: Mote Marine High School Program , October 7 – December 2

Mote’s Learning Labs are a series of virtual, interactive college and career preparatory labs that will provide students the opportunity to develop and hone professional skills for future STEM careers. Participants will gain basic knowledge in marine science concepts and experience in lab/field work. Additionally, marine science professionals will introduce participants to a variety of career opportunities and conduct career explorations. The intention of this program is to offer participants a head start toward their future goals in STEM and advance the next generation of STEM professionals. Learning Labs take place monthly on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm, via secure Zoom webinar. Registration for each Learning Lab is $10 and covers all necessary materials for your session.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online OLLI: Connections Documentary Film Series: Liyana , November 10, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Orphaned children from Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana is brought to life through animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. As the children’s real and imagined worlds converge, they must choose the kind of story they will tell, both in fiction and in their own lives. This genre-defying film weaves their animated hero’s journey with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance that reveals the strength of the human spirit and the healing power of storytelling. Liyana has won more than 35 jury and audience awards and has been screened at more than 100 film festivals around the world. Moderator: Julie Cotton.


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