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"They taught us in school to look out for the least, the last and the lost. If you're fortunate to have something in life, be sure to pass it on."

- Janna Moran, Local Philanthropist

[Coffee]  The Case for Affogatos as a Breakfast Food
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

When the 9-to-5 rooster crows on weekdays, thousands in the Sarasota region migrate to their favorite coffee shop. The hardiest among us take their coffee black as night while connoisseurs order up a dizzying and ever-changing array of coffee and milk blends. Lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and cortados are all part of an attempt to cut the acidity and bitterness of brewed coffee, and when flavored syrups like vanilla, chocolate or caramel are added, these drinks start to tread dangerously into dessert territory—a 16-ounce flavored latte from Starbucks packs 250 calories, of which nearly 60% are carbs from sugar.

If some have managed to accept those heavy flavored drinks as a suitable breakfast food, would it really be that much of a stretch to include the affogato? Ice cream is mostly milk, sugar and added flavors, after all, so the essential difference between a flavored latte and an affogato is the state of matter the milk and sugar assume. At Rise Coffee Co. & Nye’s Cream Sandwiches, any hang-ups about having ice cream for breakfast are challenged further by the extraordinarily high quality of their ice cream, the activist mission of the business and the use of darn good beans in their java.

Their affogato comes with one heaping scoop of ice cream and two shots of espresso. The one pictured features Rise & Nye’s chocolate toffee ice cream. The coffee and ice cream form a perfect pair, with the creaminess and sweetness of the scoop perfectly offsetting the bitter notes of the coffee, while the earthiness of the toffee and coffee complement each other nicely. Perhaps during chilly days, a hot flavored latte makes more sense, but I posit that in the summer months, an affogato’s merits outweigh an iced latte on account of the ice in a latte watering down the drink as it melts. I challenge anyone to prove me wrong. 

Rise Coffee Co. & Nye's Cream Sandwiches, 1534 State Street

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[New Position]  Animal Rescue Coalition Appoints New Executive Director

 Laura McCann was recently chosen as the executive director of the Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. "We are very excited to have Laura join our team and the ARC family,” said Joanna Pace, ARC board chair. “Laura's passion for animals, military service and legal background, as well as her tremendous energy, aligns well with the demands of this position." 

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[New Grant]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Five Grants Promoting Equity and Access

In its first ever Equity and Access competitive grant cycle, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded five local nonprofit organizations. Nearly $130,000 has been provided to the Center for Religious Tolerance with support from Multicultural Health Institute and SRQ Strong, Family Promise of South Sarasota County, Forty Carrots Family Center, Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, and Teen Court of Sarasota. Each of these organizations touch one or several underrepresented groups, including geographically underserved neighborhoods, communities of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities, and single mothers, among others. “Each proposal was reviewed by a diverse committee of community members, whose life experiences and perspectives enriched the decision-making process,” says Kirsten Russell, Vice President of Community Impact at the Community Foundation. “These grant awards reflect the community's voice and vision for creating and increasing access and equity in the place they are proud to call home.” 

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[New Event ]  Safe Children Coalition Presents An Act of Good Faith Event

Safe Children Coalition, faith leaders and child welfare professionals from our community will be holding, An Act of Good Faith, an important virtual roundtable event January 21st at 11am.  Florida’s leaders will discuss major changes to Florida’s child welfare system and introduce new tools and resources available to faith institutions and community organizations across the state.  Every child deserves a safe home and a lovely family. 

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[Donation]  Area Donors and Businesses Partner to Brighten Holidays for Bradenton Families

In late December, local philanthropists Joe and Janna Moran, financial planning firm The Otto Group at Hightower Advisors, and educational toys and school uniforms retail store Children’s World partnered to brighten the holidays for hundreds of Bradenton families. The idea for these events came from The Otto Group clients Joe and Janna Moran, who have been coming to our area for the past eight years and currently split their time between Asheville, North Carolina and Sarasota. Moran estimates that nearly 1,000 gifts were distributed to the children during the events in Manatee County thanks to the $26,000 in charitable dollars. “They taught us in school to look out for the least, the last and the lost,” Moran said. “If you’re fortunate to have something in life, be sure to pass it on.” 

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[Home Sales]  Medallion Home Exceeds $230 Million in Sales

Medallion Home announced a record-setting $230 million plus in home and land sales in 2020.  As well as 20% growth in sales and 40% growth in revenue. “People have discovered that Florida is paradise which is what we have known for a long time,” said Carlos Beruff, founder and owner. “The state of Florida policies including no personal state income or vehicle tax and financial incentives for business to be in Florida, have made Florida the perfect state to move to.”  

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[New Development ]  Wellen Park Holds No. 4 Spot on 2020 List of Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities

Wellen Park (formerly known as West Villages) has been named the No. 4 top-selling master-planned community in the U.S. for 2020 by prominent real estate consulting firms, John Burns and RCLCO.  “Over the past year, we’ve received tremendous interest from homebuyers who recognize how special Wellen Park is,” said Rick Severance, president of Wellen Park. “The neighborhood and home options, lifestyle, and amenities Wellen Park offers have all contributed to a record number of home sales, something we expect will continue in 2021.”    

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[In Conversation]  Now Online: In Conversation with Medical Experts

Now available to view online and download, the January 2021 SRQ In Conversation With features three local 2020 Top Doctor Honorees on trends in medicine, health, and wellness. 

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[COVID-19]  Sarasota County Area Transit Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed a positive test result of COVID-19 for a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) driver on Saturday, January 9th. In consultation with DOH-Sarasota, SCAT has identified the following operational dates and routes served by the affected driver:  Route 14, 2:15-7:03pm Tuesday and Wednesday, January 5-6 and route 12, 1:45-9:10pm Thursday, January 7. 

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[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Zoom PoetryMic , February 7, 2pm

PoetryMic is a series that presents an array of varied and talented poets on February 7 at 2pm. This month’s poets are Ben Hyland, Tom Mallouk, Fred Zirm and Richard Hollis. Ben Hyland's poetry is collected in three chapbooks and has appeared in 50+ journals, including Hawai'i-Pacific Review, Penumbra, and The Meadow. Tom Mallouk: His poetry and prose have been widely published both in print and on-line. His presentation "Poetry and Repair" integrates the poetic process with that of psychological, spiritual, and emotional healing. A three-time runner up for the Bucks County poet laureate, his chapbook Nantucket Revisited was published in May, 2013. Fred Zirm: Fred's work has been published in about a dozen small literary magazines and anthologies, including Voice de la Luna, The Rejected Quarterly, Red Wolf Journal, and Poeming Pigeons. His poem "The Cactus on the Acropolis" was nominated for a Pushcart prize, and his books of poetry, Object Lessons and Stages of Development, are scheduled for publication in 2021. Richard Hollis was born in Canada. He has lived in New York, San Francisco, Vermont, and currently resides in Florida. His work is influenced by Camus, Joyce, Nathaniel West, the Beat Poets, and others. There is no charge for this event. There is an optional fee of $7.00 to help defray the cost to the bookstore. Reservations required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Author Karen Koenig Visits the Mindful Reading Book Club , February 22, 6pm

Author Karen Koenig Visits the Mindful Reading Book Club led by Roxanne Baker. Meets online via Zoom on Monday, February 22 at 6pm. Koenig will join the discussion of her book Words to Eat By: Using the Power of Self-talk to Transform Your Relationship with Food and Your Body. This book will teach you how to use word power rather than willpower to increase your motivation and overcome your struggles with eating and body care. It explains how self-talk ties thought to action or inaction and how what we say to ourselves is shaped - for better or worse - by our families, culture and personal history. A fee of $23 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Words to Eat By and the Zoom virtual event. The book can be picked up curbside or in the store. The cost is $28.50 to have the book shipped via US Mail.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Women Today and Tomorrow: What to Cherish, What to Change , January 21, 7pm

On January 21 at 7pm, to celebrate the inauguration of the first female Vice President of the United States and to commemorate the anniversary of the Woman’s March on Washington, the Sarasota Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee will be hosting a virtual event via Zoom with feminist pioneer Letty Cottin Pogrebin in conversation with Journalist Carrie Seidman. The evening conversation entitled "Women Today and Tomorrow: What to Cherish, What to Change" will cover a number of  wide-ranging topics about women’s on-going struggle for equality in the workplace, politics, academia, and family life; the
state of American Feminism today; the Women’s March: its promises and pitfalls; how women change power and how power changes women; ideas for effective activism; raising children without sex stereotypes; and, highlights from Letty's experiences as a co-founder of Ms. Magazine and as editorial consultant to Marlo Thomas’  "Free to Be: You and Me", and so much more. The evening program is in support of the Brandeis University Library Campaign called Honoring Our History, which will transform the university’s unique and priceless collections of books highlighting social justice into digital format. Tickets are $18 per household and are fully tax-deductible.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Suncoast Science Center: Water Bottle Laser Engraving Workshop , January 23, 2pm-7pm

The new year is upon us and the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab is inviting you to get motivated to crush your health and fitness resolutions through a unique, hands-on workshop. Using the Fab Lab's high-tech laser cutter, workshop participants will laser engrave an insulated water bottle with the design of their choice. Hydration is key to reach your goals so get ready to take it up a notch! Your name, a motivational quote or even a logo. The possibilities are endless. Hour-long sessions are available from 2pm to 7pm on Saturday, January 23 in the Fab Lab at 4452 South Beneva Road. No experience is needed for the workshop, just a willingness to explore and have fun. Up to three family members or adults are permitted per $50 registration. Registration includes one water bottle. Additional bottles may be purchased at registration. BYOB: If you wish to bring your own water bottle to engrave, please contact the lab to ensure the bottle is compatible with the machine before registering. In an effort to keep workshop participants and lab staff as safe as possible amid COVID-19, limited slots are available each hour. Additionally, participants over age 12 are required to wear a face covering. Participants under age 12 are highly encouraged to wear a face-covering but not required. Face coverings are available at the lab for anyone who does not have their own.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Rythmique: The Exhibition with Celebrity Artist Sara Conca , January 15, 6pm-9pm

Please join Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa's premier fine art gallery, for the closing reception of Rythmique: a solo exhibition of the works of world-renowned contemporary abstract artist Sara Conca. Sara's museum-provenanced work graces international & celebrity private art collections, luxurious European chateaus, and venerable municipal collections throughout the globe. Her natural mixed media paintings, flecked with gold and dynamically textured, invite the viewer into their colorful movements. Sara will be making a very special live in gallery appearance on January 15 and available for private appointments to discuss her work and private commissions. Gallery curators are onsite and private curatorial tours are available. All artwork is currently on exhibition and available for acquisition. An in-gallery reception is planned for Friday, January 15th from 6pm to 9pm. This event is complimentary and open to the public with RSVPs recommended.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Weathering the Storm in Our Unprecedented Times with Dr. Richard Tarnas , January 29, 7pm-9pm

Following one of the most controversial presidential elections in U.S. history, the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building, and in the midst of the "dark winter" of the Covid-19 pandemic, Harvard-educated cultural historian and California Institute of Integral Studies professor of philosophy and psychology Dr. Richard Tarnas will speak on the topic of "Weathering the Storm in Our Unprecedented Times" during a live Zoom event airing Friday, January 29 from 7pm to 9pm. Presented by the C.G. Jung Society of Sarasota, this online presentation is open to the public, will include a question and answer period, and will also premiere an episode of Changing of the Gods, a 10-part documentary series to be released Spring/2021 based on Dr. Tarnas' 2006 award-winning book Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View. Advance online registration is required.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Joseph's Coat: Skyspace by James Turrell , January 14 – February 26

Joseph's Coat Skyspace is a triumph of technology, engineering, and aesthetics. The Skyspace, created by internationally-renowned artist James Turrell, is a gathering place for contemplation, and sustained experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception, and experience. Joseph's Coat is a unique experience. Tickets are $10 for non-members and free for members and will be available 30 days prior to each event.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: What New Leadership Means for Your Finances in 2021 and Beyond , January 13, 2pm-3:30pm
With the election results finalized, President-elect Joe Biden's policy priorities are currently taking shape. We now know what the makeup of the government will be, and we have a clearer idea of which policies might actually be implemented. Join ACE Instructor and Wealth Advisor Joe Walsh and Wealth Advisor Michael Walsh via Zoom on January 13 from 2pm to 3:30pm for a discussion on the possible policy implications for your finances, markets, and the economy. Register at sarasotacountyschools.net/ace. Joe is a volunteer instructor. Your $25 registration fee supports ACE, a program of the Sarasota County Schools system.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Limelight Market , January 16, 10am-3pm

On Saturday, January 16 the spotlight will be on The Limelight Market. From 10am to 3pm special guest vendors will be outside in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. Enjoy food from Hamlet's Eatery, stock up on local honey, browse local jewelry, art, and so much more while enjoying afternoon live music. Support locals and check out the 25+ vendors inside The Bazaar. Rescue dogs from Tenderheart Charities will also be there looking for fur-ever homes. Located at 821 Apricot Avenue. Free parking, masks required and plenty of room to social distance

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