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SRQ DAILY Jan 13, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"I had begun to forget how magical libraries are. I never stopped loving libraries, but they receded in my mind, and seemed like a piece of my past."

- Susan Orlean, journalist, bestselling author and longtime staff writer for The New Yorker

-Curious Clark, as seen in SRQ's January 2021 edition. Click for the full feature article.
[Books]  The Library Foundation for Sarasota County Presents “Love Our Libraries” Celebration, Featuring Bestselling Author
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

As a journalist, bestselling author and longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, it is no surprise self-proclamimed bibliophile, Susan Orlean grew up in libraries, "or so it seems," she says. "My mother and I would take regular trips to the branch library near my house at least twice a week, and those trips were enchanted. But over time, I had become more of a book buyer than a book borrower, and I had begun to forget how magical libraries are. I never stopped loving libraries, but they receded in my mind, and seemed like a piece of my past.”

With two published books of her own for people to borrow or buy, her second, "The Library Book," pays homage to her personal, life-long love of books and libraries, while also investigating the largest library fire in the United States. “The life and times and near-death experience of the Los Angeles Public Library was a story that felt urgent to tell," Orlean says, "and gave me a chance to pay tribute to these marvelous places that have been such an essential part of my life.”

With a virtual event coming up, celebrating all the ways Sarasota’s local library system has helped the community over the past year, The Library Foundation for Sarasota County is pleased to not only announce that tickets are now available for "Love Our Libraries," but that Susan Orlean will be making a special guest appearance. The organization shared Orlean will be connecting to discuss "The Library Book." Alongside Orlean, Love Our Libraries will feature former journalist Charlie Huisking, a Sarasota native and retired journalist from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, as well as a founding board member of the Library Foundation for Sarasota County. This virtual event will take place on February 9 at 1pm, and just like Sarasota County’s public libraries, it’s open to everyone. 

“Our organization was founded on the belief that great communities deserve great libraries,” says Alisa Mitchell, Executive Director, Library Foundation for Sarasota County. “This event is a chance to show love and appreciation for Sarasota County Libraries, along with everyone who works to support them.” 

Event attendees can purchase a personal copy of “The Library Book” from Bookstore1Sarasota. Use code LIBFDN at checkout to donate 20% of the retail price to the Foundation. 

For more information about the event or to get tickets.

[Donation]  Anonymous Donor Elevates Faulhaber Fab Lab Through $34,000 Donation

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab (SSC) is elated to announce it has received a $34,000 gift from a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Delivered in time for the giving season, the funds helped SSC add a fleet of innovative new 3D printers to the lab. The new equipment includes one Stratasys F170 printer, one Formlabs Form 3 resin printer and four MakerBot Sketch printers. In addition to the equipment, the donation helped outfit each printer with filament, software, training and other accessories. “Inspiring and supporting innovators are at the core of everything we do,” shared SSC Executive Director Ping Faulhaber. “This equipment will be the gift that keeps on giving, providing opportunities for people of all ages to build creativity and technical skills while bringing their ideas to life. It is access and tools like these that help spark a passion for learning.” 

Pictured: A lion figurine and football helmet printed using the Formlabs Form 3 resin printer show immaculate detail.

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[New Grant]  Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Receives Major Grant From the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Michéle Des Verney Redwine, the president and founder of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC), announced that the nonprofit was recently awarded a major grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. According to Redwine, the $25,000 Equity and Access Grant through the Dallas and Elizabeth Dort Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation will support SBAC’s Arts & Racial Justice Panel series, a free, virtual program bringing artists, and arts and civic leaders together for conversations about inclusion and diversity in the regional arts community. 

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[New Event]  Goodwill and Multicultural Health Institute Present Wellness Event

In order to reach community members in need of vital programs and services, Goodwill Manasota and the Multicultural Health Institute are partnering on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The event takes place on Saturday, January 23, 1-4pm at Goodwill’s Corporate Campus location (2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton). This is a free event focused on food, resources, jobs and health, with services and programs provided by Goodwill and partnering agencies. MHI will provide live health screenings, with blood pressure, glucose and BMI checks, diabetes education and screening, COVID-19 testing and vaccine information, and PPE distribution. MHI will also distribute food, provided by Meals on Wheels Plus. MCR Health will assist with free eye exams and referrals for both adults and children.  

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, contact Cindy Winning at 941-920-2733.

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[Yoga Event]  Big Cat Habitat Hosts Lemur Yoga Fundraiser

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary will hold its first Lemur Yoga fundraiser with instructor Erika Cain on Saturday, January 16, 10:45am to 12pm. The session will be held outdoors. It includes gentle yoga and interactive encounters with two ruffed lemurs, Marley and Ziggy. Admission is $125 and includes complementary refreshments and a one-day pass for a future visit to the Habitat during regular business hours from noon to 4pmWednesday through Sunday. 


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[New Workshop]  Start 2021 Strong with Water Bottle Engraving Workshop

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. Hour long sessions are available from 2-7pm on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in the Fab Lab at 4452 S Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233. 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. 

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[New Hire]  Allegiant Private Advisors Expands by Welcoming Susan K. Bacon as Senior Operations Specialist

Allegiant Private Advisors has hired Susan K. Bacon as a senior operations specialist. Bacon joined the Sarasota-based independent firm which provides fiduciary-level financial planning and investment advisory services as part of the client service team. 

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[New Team Member]  Kerkering Barberio Announces New Shareholder

Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that Manager David Cumberland has been admitted as a Shareholder effective January 2021. 

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[New Location]  MD Now Expands to Second Location in Manatee County

MD NOW® Urgent Care, Florida’s  largest urgent care provider, has opened a second location in Manatee County within the Lakewood Ranch community.  The new physician-led, state-of-the-art clinic is located at 1838 Rye Road, Suite 107, Bradenton.  MD Now’s first Bradenton clinic opened in October 2020 at 4332 Cortez Road W. Road after opening three clinics in Ft. Myers. “We are very proud to bring our brand of superior health care to the Bradenton market,” said Dr. Jeffrey Collins, MD Now’s Chief Medical Officer. “MD Now is a convenient, less costly alternative to a typical emergency room or when you can’t get in to see your primary-care physician. “We think residents will appreciate saving both time and money should they ever need treatment for common injuries and illnesses.”  

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[New Hire]  David Ahrens Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty

David Ahrens has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a Sales Associate in the downtown Sarasota office. A resident of The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch, he focuses on single-family homes in that community, as well as in the greater Sarasota area, specializing in upscale lifestyle options and waterfront or lakeside properties. The Sarasota office is located at 1500 State Street. Ahrens can be reached at (941) 822-8362 or davidahrens100@gmail.com. 

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[New Hire]  Bradley Dunleavy Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty

Bradley Dunleavy has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a Realtor in the downtown Sarasota office. He specializes in residential real estate in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. The downtown Sarasota office is located at 1500 State Street. Dunleavy can be reached at 941-587-9458 or BradSellsSarasota@gmail.com. 

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[In This Issue]  Passion in Motion

Behind the scenes with the founders of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet. 

Click here for the full feature in SRQ's January 2021 edition.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Ringling College: Disney Fine Artist Alumnus Tim Rogerson , February 10 – March 12, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Madeby Gallery hosting Disney Fine Artist - Ringling College of Art and Design Alumnus Tim Rogerson and the original Tinker Bell Margaret Kerry. Zoom Virtual Opening Reception on Wednesday, February 10 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Margaret, a Sarasota resident, will be sharing her amazing journey of how Walt chose her to be the original Tinker bell model for the Disney Animators’ in her book, "Tinker Bell Talks." Tim will be taking us on a tour of his magical Disney artwork. Originals, giclees and prints will be available for purchase. Tim has created exclusively for the show, his newest original of Tinker Bell, titled "Pixie Pose." The show runs from February 10 through Friday, March 12.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Ignite Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration , January 21, 5pm

Join the Education Foundation on January 21 at 5pm for an awards celebration honoring Sarasota county teachers. This virtual experience is no cost to attend but registration is required.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Try Your Hand at Poetry a Writing Workshop led by Doug Knowlton , February 16 – March 9, 6pm

Try Your Hand at Poetry a Writing Workshop led by Doug Knowlton will take place over the course of four Zoom sessions on Tuesdays at 6pm, including February 16, February 23, March 2, and March 9. Have you always wanted to write poetry, but thought the genre was just too difficult? This is your chance to give it a try using Mary Oliver's A Poetry Handbook as a guide. With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built - meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound, and sense. She talks of iambs and trochees, couplets, and sonnets, and how and why this should matter to anyone writing or reading poetry. Doug's been writing poems and lyrics since the 1960s. He emceed the open mic at Java N'Jive Coffee House in Palmetto in 2002-2003. He was a regular at the Fogartyville Cafe Open Mic in 2002-2005 and hosted the Village Bookshop Poets and Writers from 2006-2011. Doug finds it especially fulfilling to encounter readers and listeners who are awakening to poetry's vast potential. A fee of $21 is required for participation. This includes a copy of A Poetry Handbook and all four sessions. The book can be picked up curbside or at the store (We will send you an email when the book is ready for pickup). The cost is $26.50 to have the book shipped to you via US Mail.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza , February 9, 11am

The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza. This month, on February 9 at 11am, we are discussing Murder in the Marais by Cara Black. A fee of $16 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Murder in the Marais to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $21.50 to have the book shipped. Meet Aimee Leduc, the smart, stylish Parisian private investigator, in her bestselling first investigation. Aimee Leduc has always sworn she would stick to tech investigation - no criminal cases for her. Especially since her father, the late police detective, was killed in the line of duty. But when an elderly Jewish man approaches Aimee with a top-secret decoding job on behalf of a woman in his synagogue, Aimee unwittingly takes on more than she is expecting. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by Doug Knowlton , February 10, 2pm

This month we are discussing The Tradition by Jericho Brown on February 10 at 2pm. A fee of $23 is required for participation. This includes a copy of The Tradition to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $28.50 to have the book shipped. Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Jericho Brown's daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown's poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie?  Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore 1 Sarasota: Imagining Your Way Through Pandemic: Storytelling and Tarot , January 13 – April 14, 5pm-7pm

Join New College creative writing professor Dr. Emily Carr for this four-part Zoom workshop series is offered from 5pm to 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month: January 13, February 10, March 10, and April 14. A fee of $95 is required for participation. This includes a copy of the required text, The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin, and all four Zoom sessions. This mixed-genre, all-levels workshop includes a basic introduction to the Tarot, generative writing exercises, storytelling tips and tricks, unique Tarot-inspired provocations for creativity in times of crisis, and a discussion of the various ways writers might use the Tarot in their work. This workshop is open to writers at all levels, working in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Together, we'll explore a series of Tarot-inspired writing activities designed to offer you strategies for using the cards to 1) start a new poem/story/essay 2) inject new life and surprising stakes into a poem/story/essay you're already working on and/or 3) breakthrough imaginative blocks - in this particular historical moment.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Center for Architecture: Designing Sarasota an Architectural History , January 12 – April 17, Gallery hours.

In collaboration with the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation and the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter, this exhibit will examine the unique history of architecture in Sarasota from the time of Native Americans to the present and will run from January 12 until April 17, 2021. Timed reservation information will be available soon.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Ligature XI: Parametric Type , January 11 – February 12, 9am-3pm

Celebrating its 11th year, the Type Club presents Ligature Show XI, a juried student exhibition of typographic work from all majors in categories such as Drop Cap, Type in Motion, Hand Lettering, and Editorial from January 11 until February 12 . This exhibition showcases the typographic excellence at Ringling College of Art and Design. This exhibtion is sponsored by SRQ Media Group, and WUSF 89.7. Appointments are required to view this exhibition. Admission to this exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Special Lecture Series: Dr. Jake Lasala , January 18, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Join Mote Marine and Dr. Jake Lasala for "How Many Males are There: Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program (STCRP) Research Expands" on January 18 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Dr. Jake Lasala is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Children's Garden: National Winnie The Pooh Day , January 17, 11am-12pm

We are celebrating "Winnie The Pooh Day" one day early on Sunday, January 17 from 11am to noon. A.A Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh was born on January 18th. Join us with a favorite Pooh Story called the "Friendship Garden," then plant your own sunflower seeds to take home and watch grow. We hope you enjoy a little honey tea too. This is included in your admission & free for garden members.

[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

[SOON]  FILM: Virtual: WBCN and the American Revolution Film Screening , January 16 – January 29

WSLR is making the film festival sensation WBCN and The American Revolution available for screening from January 16 through January 29, 2021. Interested parties can rent the film to stream online by visiting https://lcmedia.vhx.tv/products/wslr-presents-wbcn-and-the-american-revolution. Tickets are $10, and proceeds will be shared with WSLR as part of a nationwide campaign to support community radio, film and media arts organizations during the pandemic. All film rentals will include an invitation to join an online discussion on Tuesday, January 26 at 7pm, featuring film director Bill Lichtenstein and WSLR founders David Beaton and Arlene Sweeting, regarding the importance of community radio and how media can create social change. A portion of all proceeds from this non-profit production will benefit a scholarship in the name of Fred Taylor at the Berklee College of Music and a scholarship for documentary film students in the name of Danny Schechter at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

[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]  SEMINAR: Virtual: State of Small Business: COVID, 2021, and Beyond , January 13, 12pm-1pm

Dr. Jerry Parrish with the Florida Chamber Foundation Will Be Special Guest of Manatee Chamber. The Manatee Chamber will host Dr. Jerry Parrish for a presentation on the "State of Small Business: COVID, 2021, and Beyond" on Wednesday, January 13 from 12pm to 1pm via Zoom. Dr. Parrish will present on the recent “Small Business COVID Impact Survey” for Florida and explain how the Florida Chamber Scorecard is tracking Florida’s small businesses. Dr. Parrish is the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. In that role, he is responsible for conducting in-depth analyses on the Florida economy and on solutions to help secure Florida’s future. The cost is $15 for Manatee Chamber and Manatee Young Professionals members and $20 for future members. Reservations are required. To register online, visit www.manateechamber.com/Parrish.

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