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SRQ DAILY Nov 26, 2020

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"Our goal is to raise awareness as well as some marketing dollars for these fantastic restaurateurs who put their hearts and souls into this industry and are the backbone of their communities"

- Sarah Firstenberger, Executive of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals

[Film]  Film Society Closes Theaters Indefinitely
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Sarasota Film Society announced it will close its movie theaters in Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch indefinitely beginning Dec. 2. Officials said the pandemic has both severely reduced the marketplace of movie-goers and cut off a pipeline of films to screen.

“Due to the overwhelming decline in revenue, as a result of COVID-19 and the lack of content being released from Hollywood & Independent Studios, it is with great sadness we announce the temporary closure of Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema & Lakewood Ranch Cinema locations,” reads a letter to Film Society members.

The society will still show a range of “Virtual Cinema” on its website, www.filmsociety.org. The facilities themselves will remain available for private rentals and other events.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, and we understand that you might be disappointed in this decision,” the message reads, “but it is the most responsible decision we can make to ensure we can still provide the highest level of entertainment and education to the community in all areas of the film industry.”

Executive staff said those who desire to support the society may still buy gift cards or donate to the organization. 

[Government]  Marbut Returns With Familiar Advice on Homeless Policy
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Robert Marbut created a stir in Sarasota after he was hired in 2013 to find a solution for street homelessness. Then he was tapped by President Donald Trump as executive director for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homeless, better known at the homelessness czar.

He wore that hat when he returned to the region on Tuesday for a town hall organized by newly elected Sarasota City Commissioner Erik Arroyo. He talked a good deal about what Sarasota has done right, while remaining as controversial as ever in his opinions on housing first and other solutions.

On a positive note, Marbut said he has continued through most of the past decade to tout Sarasota for its work addressing family and adolescent homelessness. “Twice in the last week, when asked where is the best program in the country, I said Sarasota, Florida,” he said.

Marbut pointed to work done by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and other nonprofits in the region, hand in hand with the Sarasota County School District, to make sure youth and their families get connected with social services and housed. He categorized the work as the “most innovative youth p rogramming in America.”

But Marbut remains highly critical of an over-emphasis nationwide on housing first policies, ones that put the priority on moving individuals regardless of their situation and need off the streets and into any type of permanent housing available. Since 2013, the federal government pushed from “transitional housing” to “rapid rehousing,” something that tied the measured success of a program to how quickly keys could be put in an individuals hand rather than gauging what social services should be afforded. It’s the equivalent, Marbut suggests, of sending drug addicts to a live-in clinic that has no program available for sobering up.

“We went from treating this as a public health issue to a civil rights issue,” he said. “Some states started to have a constitutional right to free housing.” While advocates said housing first could effectively bring homeless to zero within five years, Marbut said total homelessness in fact has gone up in the past eight years.

Arroyo said he thought it was important to bring Marbut back to the region “to continue a conversation that was never finished" and "maybe assess what we'vedone since a few things have changed in the last seven years."

Marbut also discussed the COVID-19 situation, which he said eats up 95% of his agency’s time at the moment. He acknowledged numerous mistakes made throughout the past year, but said a push for a vaccines has been fruitful, and there should be some distributed in the nation in December.

And with Thanksgiving upon Sarasotans, he offered a sobering bit of information about spreading COVID-19. “We’re finding eating together is the single biggest factor” for transmission of the virus, he said. He noted the Notre Dame football team practiced together for an extended period of time, but after they began eating meals together, the virus spread to about a third of the team and staff. 

[Milestone]  10 Days of Team Tony

The Team Tony Cancer Foundation, a Sarasota-based nonprofit organization that provides free peer-to-peer cancer support and resources to cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers in the local community, has announced their 10th Anniversary Celebration, “10 Days of Team Tony”. December 2nd begins the festivities.  Events include, virtual happy hour, restaurant give back nights, virtual 10K, Zwift ride with Bobby Julich, charity ride at CycleBar, Sip and Shop at J. McLaughlin and many other efforts and ways to support. 

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[Meal Donation]  Community Helps Children First Give Back to Families and Staff

Children First is providing meals to families and staff for the holiday season thanks to the generosity of Sarasota realtor Michele Tanner, her non-profit Tanner’s Turkeys, and an anonymous donor. The agency distributed 60 turkeys and sides to the families it serves as a recipient of ‘Tanner’s Turkey’s Holiday Basket Brigade,’ and Publix holiday meal gift cards for each of their more than 200 employees thanks to generous support from an anonymous donor. Says CEO Philip Tavill, “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Children First has continued to retain all staff members as we work collectively to provide the highest level of service, elevate our mission, and support our families during an unprecedented time. We are deeply grateful to Michele and everyone behind this year’s basket brigade, our anonymous donor, our staff, board of directors, children, and families, and our community for making all of this great work possible each day.” 

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[Virtual Learning ]  Doers, Donors and Door Openers: A Webinar About Fundraising for Nonprofit Board Members

With the right opportunities to discuss active roles in fund development with nonprofit board members, organizations may enjoy greater participation and outcomes in fundraising. On Monday, December 14 from 12pm to 1:00pm, Manatee Community Foundation will host a webinar and discussion about the role of fundraising for boards. In this conversation, they will give examples of how board members can be more effective in their roles as doers, donors and door openers, leading to greater contributions from individual givers.  

To learn more and register, visit ManateeCF.org or email events@manateecf.org.

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[Achievement ]  Sarasota Yacht Club Receives ‘Platinum Club of America’ Distinction

Sarasota Yacht Club is pleased to announce its selection as a Platinum Club of America, one of only 30 yacht clubs in the country to earn the distinction from the esteemed Club Leaders Forum. Platinum recognition is given to the top five percent of private clubs. “We are once again honored to be selected among the finest yacht clubs in the country,” said Sarasota Yacht Club Commodore Hugh McIllrevey. “I applaud the efforts of our staff and I’m thankful for a membership that supports our leadership team as we work to ensure that Platinum status will be realized for years to come.” 

For information, contact Stephania Feltz at 941-365-4191 or stephania.feltz@sarasotayachtclub.org.

[Recognition]  Sarasota Chamber Chair’s Cup Award: Legacy of Excellence and Dedication

Jonathan Lewis, Sarasota County Administrator, is the 2020 recipient of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Chair’s Cup Award. For nearly a decade, the firm of Kerkering, Barberio & Co. have sponsored this distinguished award, which was announced at the Sarasota Chamber’s Virtual 100th Annual Meeting. 

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[Job Opportunity ]  Calling All Young Entrepreneurs

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is hosting a Young Entrepreneur Market outside in their courtyard on January 23 from 10-3pm. Open to anyone under 17 with a product to sell or service to promote. The cost is only $20 and The Bazaar will provide tables. The Bazar is located at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota and is home to over 25 local artisans and vendors selling art, clothing, gifts, plants, jewelry, food, and so much more. There are art and music classes available. Open Thursday - Saturday 10-3pm weekly with live music in the afternoons.


For more information email info@bazaaronapricotandlime.com.

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[Local Clothing ]  The Sarasota-Manatee Originals Offering "Eat Like a Local" Custom Apparel

Just in time for Christmas, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals are offering branded apparel. For a limited time only, a collection of t-shirts will be offered featuring designs inspired by the organization’s mission to promote the area’s unique, locally-owned, independent dining establishments. The promotional clothing items will be available November 24 – December 2, and can be viewed and purchased online only through BONFIRE, a popular and well-respected print-on-demand site. “This shirt sale will let our 941 residents, as well as out-of-town fans of our Gulf-coastal lifestyle, wear their support for our local eateries on their sleeves,” said Sarah Firstenberger, Executive of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals.  “Our goal is to raise awareness as well as some marketing dollars for these fantastic restaurateurs who put their hearts and souls into this industry and are the backbone of their communities.” 

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[SOON]  GALLERY: Dabbert Gallery: Contemporary Visions and Traditions , November 1 – December 31, Gallery hours.

This exhibit features twenty Gallery Artists, some using traditional subject matter expressed with a contemporary flair, others creating abstraction with underlying traditional realism. Explore this exhibit during gallery hours from Tuesday through Saturday between 11am and 5pm or by appointment.

[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]  HEALTH: Van Wezel: Bay Park Yoga , November 21 – December 26, 9:30am-10:30am

Relax, stretch and enjoy a free fulfilling yoga session every Saturday from November 21 until December 26, 2020 from 9:30am to 10:30am on the Sarasota’s scenic bayfront while instructor Erin Hurter guides you along the way. Participants should plan to bring their own yoga mat and water bottle.

Van Wezel Lawn

[SOON]  GALLERY: 530 Burns Gallery: On the Sunny Side , November 13 – December 7, Gallery hours.

'On the Sunny Side' features artists like Teresa McCue and Alreen Joseph who explores the way light and nature interact on canvas. From shimmering abstracted scenes in yellow hues to more literal depictions of the perfect day, the artists in this exhibition remind the viewer that there is always something for which to be grateful. The exhibition will run from Friday, November 13 through December 8 2020. The sun rises each morning as it always does, casting a warm glow and illuminating pathways into nature. This feeling of comfort is evident in Teresa McCue’s work, despite being painted during the global pandemic. McCue paints her spiritual connection to nature through patterns, textures, and rhythms with acrylic paint and pastel. Color is an important factor in her abstracted paintings that seek to evoke the spirit of the landscape. Living near the water in New Hampshire, McCue is continually pushing the range of color found within the landscape to their abstracted forms.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Lane

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Virtual: KidSpace with The Bishop , November 28, 10:30am-11:30am

We unleash the awesome power of astronomy during KidSpace, where kids can become scientific masters of the universe. Join us virtually via Zoom on November 28 from 10:30am to 11:30am 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.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Light Up Siesta Key and Small Business Saturday , November 28

The holidays may look a little different this year, but it is more important than ever to support our local businesses.  On November 28, celebrate Small Business Saturday, and kick off the holiday season. Even though the traditional Siesta Key Holiday Parade is canceled, they are still lighting up the Key with festive décor, a store-front and window decorating contest, and the tree lighting at the gazebo in Siesta Key Village. Local businesses are encouraged to create their own holiday specials and activities, which will be promoted by the Siesta Key Chamber.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Imagine: Paintings by Jill Krasner , November 28 – December 25, Gallery hours.

Jill Krasner, Art Uptown’s December solo artist, takes viewers on a magical, mystery tour of imaginary gardens all artistically grown during the 2020 pandemic. Wander through a new collection of exuberant paintings filled with a jumble of jaunty, colorful flowers and landscapes without borders from November 28 until December 25, 2020. Jill’s latest work continues to demonstrate her color mastery and complex, inventive surfaces. Stroll through Jill Krasner’s new collection at Art Uptown, located at 1367 Main Street, Sarasota open Monday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 3pm and Sunday 12 noon to 5pm. You can meet the artist during Saturday gallery hours. Private appointments can be arranged by calling 941-955-5409. The gallery continues its commitment to visitor and staff safety by the use of masks, sanitizer, frequent cleaning and social distancing. 

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main Street

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Humane Society of Manatee County: Giving Tuesday , December 1

This #GivingTuesday the Humane Society of Manatee County will be participating in this Global campaign on December 1st. Our overall goal for the day is to not only raise money but also to raise awareness as to the impact of a donors support in our community. Each year, the Humane Society of Manatee County cares for more than 700 dogs and cats who are neglected, unwanted, unable to stay with their families through no fault of their own or are in desperate need of veterinary care. With your support, they can have a second chance to have a loving family and steal their hearts. We will also be sharing a variety of videos, pictures, stories and exciting news on our social media sites. We encourage you to check out our Giving Grid. When you donate on our giving grid, you also upload a picture of the pet that has your heart paw print, you will help us care for those dogs and cats who still need a family to love. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on December 1, 2020 and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.

The Humane Society of Manatee County

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Black in Marine Science Empowerment Panel , December 3, 12pm-1pm

Join us virtually on December 3, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm to learn more about what it means to be Black in Marine Sciences from our featured panelists. Educators and students can register for direct access to the panel. Contact MarSci-LACE Project Coordinator for details. The public can watch this event streamed live on YouTube: youtu.be/ALcJ04yHONQ. Featured panelists include Jasmin Graham, Shark Science, Amanda Hodo, Aquarium Science, and Alex Troutman, Wetland Ecology. Objectives include learning about several career options in marine science, engaging in discussions about the importance of diversity in marine science, and exploring the many paths to marine science.

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