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"College athletics has been part of my entire life so to see these talented collegiate ladies compete on this challenging golf course will be quite a spectacle."

- Lou Holtz, College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

-Something White, as seen in SRQ's November 2020 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Sports]  The Founders Golf Club to Host Tournament to Benefit Army Ranger Lead The Way Charity Fund
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Veteran's Day may have been yesterday, but there's no harm in celebrating the individuals who've served and sacrificed, or who are currently serving, our country every day. Particularly, the members of The Founders Golf & Social Club had a special announcement and exciting event to announce for veterans recently. The private Sarasota Golf Course and Country Club may usually bond over competitive camaraderie, the game of golf, fine dining and drinks, but they also connect on a common thread of community and philanthropy. The Founders Club will be the host site for the inaugural “Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate” golf tournament on February 7-9, 2021. Events surrounding this 54 hole stroke play tournament will benefit The Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, an active duty, causality assistance, recovery, transition and veterans nonprofit organization that provides financial support beyond what the government and Veterans Affairs can offer to U.S. Army Rangers and the families of those who have died, been disabled or who are currently serving around the world.

The organization is headed and co-founded by James (Jim) and Mary Regan, in memory of their son Sgt James J. Regan who was killed in action in 2007. “We are so excited to be joining The Founders Golf Club, Purdue University and the rest of the collegiate field and our charity supporters for this very unique and powerful event,” says James Regan. "We are grateful to Devon Brouse [Head Coach of Purdue's Women's Golf] for teaming up with the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, a foundation formed to honor the life and legacy of our son. The funds we raise at this event will go towards supporting the ongoing financial needs of the Rangers and families of the elite Special Operations 75th Ranger Regiment, well beyond what our government can offer."

Hosted by Purdue University, the tournament is said to be one of the top women’s collegiate golf events in the country, featuring 15 women’s NCAA Division I golf teams from the BIG 10, BIG 12, SEC and ACC conferences. "We look forward to welcoming players and coaches from all the teams, their fans and alumni and the supporters of the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund," shares The Founders Golf Club General Manager Juliette Valin. The collegiate teams will compete in a 3-day stroke play format beginning Saturday, February 7. The Founders Club has hosted USGA Championship qualifiers in the past including the Men’s US Open and the Men’s US Senior Open, so the team is confident the Club grounds and golf course will provide the ladies with a fun and challenging venue to determine the 2021 Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate champion.

“College athletics has been part of my entire life so to see these talented collegiate ladies compete on this challenging golf course will be quite a spectacle," shares Coach Lou Holtz, featured speaker and football coach/analyst. "But most importantly, to be able to help raise some money for those Army Ranger families whose loved ones gave the ultimate sacrifice, or who endured life-changing injuries and continue to put the pieces back in their lives truly pulls at my heartstrings. At the end of the day, we have the freedom to do what we do because of the actions of these true American heroes.”

More information about the Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate can be found by contacting jrasho@thefoundersgolfclub. com. For more information on the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, additional sponsorship opportunities or ways to make a contribution, visit leadthewayfund.org or contact golf@leadthewayfund.org 

Photo courtesy of The Founders Club

[CCA Program]  The Cross-College Alliance Perseveres Amidst Pandemic
Ariel Chates, ariel.chates@srqme.com

The five institutions that comprise the Cross-College Alliance (CCA) (FSU-The Ringling, New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida, and the University of South Florida (Sarasota-Manatee campus) have had to pivot online in the midst of the uncertainty of the pandemic.

A higher education collaborative that aims to broaden educational experiences through unique and complementary programs, had to make the difficult decision due to budgetary restraints to vacate the CCA manager position for the time being, releasing Linda de Mello from her current role.

In the interim the heads of these five institutions will oversee the CCA and assume responsibility for ensuring the administrators, faculty and students are working together even if the program isn’t currently driving at full force. While events such as Ringling Underground are not feasible with social distancing, a large majority of the CCA program remains alive and well in the digital world.

Students from across the CCA schools are still able to take courses for credit at the five institutions via Zoom. Additionally, internships and partnerships with local businesses in place to help students get a leg up in the competitive post-grad world have sustained. A program called Handshake allows businesses to visit a “one stop shop,” of student profiles and career services and provide opportunities for working together.

Another important aspect of the CCA is uniting students on important social issues of this time and their generation. A multitude of summer internships funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota placed students in environmentally focused jobs with places such as Mote Marine and Selby Gardens. Through another grant provided for COVID-19 relief to local foundations including the Barancik Foundation, the CCA was able to offer services and information on the importance of maintaining good mental health during these hard times. A CCA student voting initiative points further towards the importance of social justice among today’s young students.

Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art and Design wants to emphasize, however, that through these new and unexpected changes the CCA remains “committed to the continuation of the program.” He continues, “this is an unfortunate blip in time under extraordinary circumstances, but we remain dedicated to seeing to it that this program forges ahead during this difficult time and comes back even more robust in the future.” 

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[SRQ Airport]  SRQ Airport Passenger Traffic for October Increases and Exceeds 1M Passengers Year-to-Date

For the month of October, passenger traffic at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) climbed to 69% of the 2019 level. Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport said, “We continue to see our airport rebounding much faster than other airports across the country. Our October passenger level was just shy of where it was in 2018 and each month, we continue to see our passenger levels climb." SRQ currently has 8 airlines providing nonstop service to 36 destinations. 

[Recognition]  Jonathan Parks AIA Honored with Two Design Awards from AIA Tampa Bay

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay Chapter named thirteen recipients of its highest annual Design Awards at the Celebrate Design awards reception on Friday, November 6th held virtually. Architect Jonathan Parks AIA of the Sarasota architecture firm SOLSTICE Planning and Architecture was bestowed with two design awards. The LEED Platinum residence Element House in Sarasota received the first ever Sustainability Award and the mixed-use project Rosemary Square in Sarasota was recognized with the Merit Award for excellence in design. “Our work is really focused on revealing the inherent beauty of each project,” explained Jonathan Parks AIA. “The Element House and Rosemary Square are very different in terms of size, scope, project type, and end-user but they are both based on the principals of regionalism, function, structure, natural light, and creating a true sense of place. 

Pictured: Element House, Sarasota, by SOLSTICE Planning and Architecture, Photographer Dylan Jon Wade Cox.

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[Environmental Protection]  Mote Marine Laboratory Announces Projects for the Florida Red Tide Mitigation & Technology Development Initiative

 Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is pleased to announce 16 projects have been selected for Year 2 of the Florida Red Tide Mitigation & Technology Development Initiative. The Initiative is led by Mote in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “The projects selected for this round are made up of extremely diverse and innovative technologies, something that is really exciting for us at Mote and impactful for the Initiative,” said Mote President & CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby. “We know that there will be no one single silver bullet for mitigating red tide and its effects, so we are supporting developing technologies and methodologies that range from physical to chemical controls, early prevention to bloom treatment, projects led by universities, independent nonprofits like Mote, and for-profit businesses. We know that when we bring in the best and brightest from a variety of sectors we’re more likely to find solutions, and that’s what makes the Initiative such an exciting endeavor.” 

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[Recognition]  Atlas Networks Named as One of 50 Florida Companies to Watch by GrowFL

Atlas Networks is pleased to be among the top 50 second-stage companies in Florida selected as a 2020 GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch honorees, a statewide competition that identifies companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years. Anand Pallegar, Founder of Atlas Networks said, "Being named as a Company to Watch by GrowFL is a huge accomplishment for our team and we are extremely honored to be included on this prestigious list." 

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[Recognition]  Sarasota-Made Film Wins Big at Film Festivals

Written, produced, cast, and filmed entirely local to Sarasota, “Her Place” was awarded Best Local Film at the Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Florida Film among 75 Florida submissions at the Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg. The five minute short was produced and directed by Kathryn Parks and Elise Rodriguez and features area actors including Parks, Rodriguez, and Casey Murphy. It was filmed in an iconic Sarasota School of Architecture home, The Umbrella House. Kathryn Parks directed the film with assistant direction from Elise Rodriguez and cinematography by Mark Palmer. “Her Place” premiered in the 2020 Sarasota Film Festival. 

Pictured: Elise Rodriguez and Kathryn Parks “Her Place” filmmakers. Photo by Connie Cuadrado.

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[RASM]  Housing Shortage Means a Good Time to Sell

The real estate market continues to thrive in Sarasota and Manatee. While the pandemic has created uncertainty for many one thing is for sure regarding residential real estate—a rise in sales and more competition are driving prices up. This combined with fewer available listings makes a challenging environment for buyers. In the month of September alone, a total of 2,327 sales were reported in Sarasota and Manatee counties which represents a 35.1 percent increase over last year. 

“The months’ supply of inventory continues to go down, now at a painfully low level of just two months of supply for single-family homes and three months of condos,” said David Clapp, 2020 President of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee. He added, “Keep in mind that six months is considered a balanced market.”

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[Zoom Discussion]  Community Conversation on Aging, Trauma and Resilience

Several “Aging Rebels” will speak on isolation, trauma, and resilience as older adults and caregivers. Facilitated by Henry Warren, member of Aging Rebels and SRQ Strong Committee on Aging, Trauma, and Resilience, and Michael Karp retired attorney and Aging Rebels Co-facilitator. The Zoom discussion will be Monday, November 23rd from 6pm-7:30pm. 

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[Renewable Energy ]  Grant Provides Path to Become Energy Efficient

Forty Carrots Family Center, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening families, recently received a $26,746 grant from the Partners for Green Places to provide energy efficient funding, creating savings that will result in additional parenting education, mental health, and early childhood education services to the community. "Forty Carrots is grateful and proud to be a Partner for Green Places. The initiative shows the impact of cross-sector collaboration and partnering to create a stronger community,” said Michelle Kapreilian, Forty Carrots CEO. “This grant has provided us the path to become energy efficient, creating savings that will directly support critical mental health, parenting education, and early childhood education services for children and families.” 

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[Annoucement]  CEO of Jewish Federation of Sarasota to Retire in 2021

Howard Tevlowitz, CEO of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for over 20 years, has announced plans to retire as of December 31, 2021.  He has spent his entire career working in Jewish Federations in Long Beach, CA, Philadelphia, PA and Minneapolis, MN.  Under his leadership, JFSM has evolved into a thriving 21st century organization. 

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[In This Issue]  Waste Not, Want Not

Goodwill's Bargain Barn offers its donated items one last shot at salvation in a whirlwind of a thrifting experience. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's November 2020 edition.

[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]  MUSIC: Live at Sarasota Opera , November 13 – November 15, 7:30Pm on Friday 1:30PM on Sunday

Join us for favorite opera selections with piano accompaniment by Jesse Martins and George Hemcher, featuring principal artists from past seasons.

Sopranos Hanna Brammer, Anna Mandina and Caitlin Crabill
Tenors Andrew Surrena and Samuel Schlievert
Baritone Alexander Boyd
Bass Young Bok Kim

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Online: Live from the Sarasota Opera House , November 13, 7:30pm

Sarasota Opera's first live-streamed performance will take place on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 PM at the Sarasota Opera House, featuring favorite opera selections by Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart, accompanied by piano. A limited number of tickets will be available for an in-person, distanced audience at $25-45. Tickets for the live stream are $10. The live stream will be available for viewing for two weeks.

[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]  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]  FESTIVAL: Weekly: Sarasota Farmers Market , August 1 – April 24, 7am-1pm

Visit the Sarasota Farmers Market in Downtown Sarasota from 7am-1pm, rain or shine. We understand the severity of COVID-19; therefore, we are instituting some guidelines for both vendors and customers to follow as you join us downtown. Customer Code of Conduct: Stay home if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, Make a shopping list before coming, Pre-order and prepay vendors online if possible, Designate one shopper per household, Leave pets at home unless it is a service animal, Wear a mask, Look with your eyes only touch what you will buy, Maintain 6 feet of space between you and any others, Shop quickly and get everything to go, No gathering keep walkways clear, Hand sanitizer available at all vendor booths and sanitizing stations. 

Downtown Sarasota, Lemon Avenue and State Street, Downtown Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Bay Music Live at the Van Wezel , November 14, 4pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has just announced a premiere outdoor concert event, Bay Music Live. On Saturday, November 14, Jah Movement's signature sound will electrify the lawn and terrace outside of the Van Wezel in this socially-distanced, sunset show. The event kicks off at 4pm with music starting promptly at 4:30pm Lawn spaces and tables will be arranged for social distancing, and guests can enjoy fresh air and a stroll on the newly developed Mangrove Bayou Walkway. Food and beverage by Mattison's will be available for purchase, with beer by Michelob Ultra & Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Monthly: Beer Garden Bazaar Night Market , July 31 – December 25, 6pm-11pm

Join us in the Motorworks Beer Garden every last Friday for our monthly “Beer Garden Bazaar” Night Market featuring local makers showcasing their original arts, handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind goods, plus live music from 7-11pm, food trucks, delicious craft brews (of course) and extensive wine & cocktail offerings. Invite your friends, swing on by the Beer Garden and mingle with a drink in hand while perusing tons of awesome local wares. Eat, shop and drink the night away under the glow of the moon and beautifully lit old oak tree. Family & Pet Friendly Free Event.

Motorworks Brewing, 1014 9th Street West Bradenton, Florida 34205

[SOON]  HEALTH: Monthly: Lakewood Ranch Community Bike Ride , October 17 – March 20, 8am-9am

Join your Lakewood Ranch Ambassador, Greg Spring, on the third Saturday of each month from 8am to 9am October-March for a 10-mile, 1-hour casual bike ride through Lakewood Ranch. We will meet at the fountains on Main Street. This is a great way to see the Ranch. Don't forget to bring your helmet.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Sally Pettibon: Personal Geography , October 19 – December 11

"Personal Geography represents the connection I feel for my hometown of What Cheer, Iowa. This small town with its boarded-up buildings and a melancholy that permeates the streets holds so many memories of my early life. Although I lived there for only five years, it has a hold on me that’s difficult to explain. Perhaps it’s my inherent need to belong somewhere, perhaps it’s the memories of my family who are no longer alive, or maybe it’s the place itself with its rolling hills, verdant cornfields and own distinct quality of light. More likely it’s my memory of a place where both my father and I were born, where my Grandparents and Great-Grandparents lived nearby. The map of my life extends quite far, I lived in four different states by the time I was 16. But it’s this tiny forgotten town that has a hold on me both temporal and spiritual that I don’t fully understand. Combining family snapshots with photographs I have taken in What Cheer since the 1970’s Personal Geography explores the impermanence of history and memory and the permanence of place." This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began at the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on December 11, 2020, during museum hours.

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  GALLERY: Online: 2020 Annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibition , September 4 – November 27, This exhibition is being hosted online.

This digital exhibition features recent work by accomplished faculty currently teaching at Ringling College of Art and Design. Featuring a dizzying array of media and artistic styles that reflect the breadth of art practices, this exhibition provides an important opportunity for art faculty members to share their work with students, colleagues, and the community.

Ringling College Galleries, Online—this exhibition is being hosted online.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Regan Dunnick: Plum Bobs Ulysses pt. 1 , October 19 – February 12

Featuring original paintings and drawings by renowned illustrator and long-time Ringling College Faculty member, Regan Dunnick (Class of 1976). The Patricia Thompson Gallery features rotating exhibitions by Ringling College Alumni from all majors on the first floor of the historic Keating Center. BIO: Regan Dunnick is an internationally known illustrator. He has won numerous awards and his works are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. He has been selected to such major exhibitions as the United Nations Environmental Show, The New Pop Show which toured Europe and chronicled innovators, American Illustration, and The Hiroshima Memorial Design Show (Hiroshima, Japan). This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. The exhibit began at the Keating Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on February 12, 2021, during museum hours.

Keating Center, 2621 Bradenton Rd, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  MUSEUM: IQuest: Food for Thought , November 14, 4PM-8PM

What's in a meal? Has it always been what it is today? Discover how human diets have changed over time and what it took to get food "on the table" in the past. IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious middle school students in grades 6 through 8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real-world problems. 4-8 pm Saturday, November 14. Admission is $8. Kids only - this is a drop-off program. Paid reservations required; includes a slice of pizza and a drink.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit , November 16 – November 19

The 3rd annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit (GCSSS) will be held virtually for the first time from November 16 to 19, 2020. The Summit is an educational event that brings together national speakers, public officials, technical staff, sister counties, and community partners to elevate our efforts on how to design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes of transportation. Registration for the event is open until November 9. 

November 16: Sarasota/Manatee Safety Policy Panel, AICP Credits Pending! Join us for a panel discussion on how to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries in the Sarasota/Manatee region. The panel convenes leaders in the realms of transportation planning, public health, engineering, as well as policy, community advocacy, and the private sector to develop and share promising strategies and to support strong, distributed leadership that make Vision Zero a reality.

November 17: ADA D-Lite Virtual Training, PE & AICP Credits! Join us for an exclusive sneak peak, as Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Puerto Rico Highway Transportation Authority (PRHTA), Florida Division of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Florida LTAP Center present the essentials of accessible design for transportation professionals. This brand new course represents a substantial departure from more traditional ADA training events. Not only significantly shorter, it foregoes complicated legal discussion to focus on plain description of the minimum accessibility requirements for planners, engineers, risk managers and other transportation specialists working in Florida and Puerto Rico. The partners will beta test ADA D-Lite in Florida and Puerto Rico during 2021 in virtual, 1 and 1.5 day versions, but you'll see its first compliments at the Third Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit (GCSSS). 3.5 PE credits, AICP credits pending.

November 18  and 19: Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit, AICP Credits Pending! Join us for two days of educational sessions ranging from public involvement techniques to bicycle and pedestrian design best practices. Listen to national speakers, public officials, technical staff, sister counties, and partners to elevate our efforts on how to design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes. A more detailed agenda for the two-day event can be viewed. Register at https://www.gulfcoastsafestreetssummit.org/. Tickets prices for this two-day event are $15 for students and citizens or $40 for professionals. AICP credits pending.

Online, Online

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Virtual: KidSpace with The Bishop , November 14, 10:30AM-11;30AM
We unleash the awesome power of astronomy during KidSpace, where kids can become scientific masters of the universe. Join us as we take off from the Earth’s surface and fly to places humans have never been: the Sun, planets, other moons in our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for grades 1-5 and their grown-ups, but everyone is welcome. Where: On Zoom Cost: Free

Online, Online

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Serenade for Strings , November 12 – November 17
$10 Streaming Access. Thirteen members of Sarasota Orchestra’s string section joyously return to the stage for a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s enchanting Serenade for Strings. Led by Concertmaster Daniel Jordan, the lush sounds of Tchaikovsky’s romantic four-movement work will once again resonate in Holley Hall, heralding the opening of a reimagined season of live music. The program begins with a performance of the Symphonie concertante in G Major for two violins and orchestra by Joseph Bologne. Recognized today as music history’s first celebrated black composer, Bologne was born on the French colony of Guadeloupe to a wealthy Frenchman and an African slave. He would go on to become a virtuoso violinist, composer and conductor in mid-18th century Paris. Daniel Jordan and Principal Second Violin Samantha Bennett step forward in the solo roles in this delightful work.

Online, Online

[SOON]  SPORTS: Totally Tailgate 2020 At Home , November 14, 7PM
Live Halftime Show at 7 PM on Girls Inc.’s YouTube Channel Celebrate your favorite football team and support Girls Inc. of Sarasota County at the same time! Choose your tailgate experience below and enjoy a football Saturday with friends at a location of your choice.

Online, Online

[SOON]  MUSIC: On the Road with SO: Parks and Partners Concert , November 15, 2:30PM-3:30PM
On the Road with SO: Parks & Partners features the Sarasota Brass Quintet performing your favorite chamber music pieces in the Ampitheater at GT Bray Park. Bring a chair or outdoor blanket, sunscreen and bug spray. Capacity will be limited to 120 attendees within the designated concert area to permit proper physical distance between listeners and musicians as well as among audience members. Parking is limited. Please plan accordingly. Sarasota Orchestra requests and encourages audience members to wear masks and follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing at Parks & Partners events to maximize safety at these public events. We look forward to sharing great music with you.

G.T. Bray Park Amphitheater, 2811 51st Street West Bradenton, FL 34209

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online: WUSF's Listen Up Livestream Event , November 16, 12pm-1pm

Join WUSF for a virtual event to benefit WUSF Public Media featuring Ari Shapiro, host of NPR's award-winning All Things Considered. Shapiro has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel. In addition, he's a singer and makes frequent guest appearances with the "little Orchestra" Pink Martini.

[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

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