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SRQ DAILY Jan 25, 2021

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"Our teachers work hard and give their all to our students every year, but during the pandemic they have been called on to achieve new levels of flexibility and commitment, and they have risen to and above the challenge."

- Education Foundation President Jennifer Vigne

-The Outsiders: The Surfer, as seen in SRQ's January 2021 edition. Click for the full feature article.
[Superbowl]  SMH Nurses Brace for Super Bowl, but Tourism Doesn't
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Hosting the Super Bowl in Tampa is the type of event that should draw tourists from around the nation, but COVID-19 restrictions will make for a very different kind of event on Feb. 7. But some individuals who will be in audience are the frontline health care workers from Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

Last week, hospital officials share, there was a special call made to 5 Windemere Tower supposedly for a simple internal update with Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder. Nurses ended up speaking with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who joined on the Zoom call to invite the health care team to Super Bowl LV.

Verinder said Goodell spoke with the nursing team about the difficult year facing the pandemic. “There were heartwarming, tears-in-your-eyes stories,” Verinder recalls. But there was also an aspect to the call of fun. The nurses had been among teams nationwide to send a video to the host committee for the Super Bowl, and was among the first to receive a response.

“We’re just so happy things came together the way they did,” said nurse Rebecca Izquierdo, a case manager for Sarasota Memorial.

It’s a nice bit of news as the region’s hospitality network faces a little disappointment about the unfolding of this Super Bowl. Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said his organization is on the planning calls for the event but the game at Raymond James Stadium won’t bring as many people as under normal circumstances. Asked about whether the sporting event will generate visitors here, Falcione responded, “not in the region since the Super Bowl will be significantly limited with all activities,” he said.

The same goes for Sarasota County. “We do not have the corporate sponsorship groups that we would have has,” said Shelby Connett, sports director for Visit Sarasota County. “However, there is a chance we could get some last-minute overflow.” That could be true now that the teams in the Superbowl became clear.

Of course, Sarasota County limits its own promotions tied to the Super Bowl as even those who do stay so far south do much of their spending in Tampa anyway. 

Courtesy SMH: Rebecca Izquierdo, R.N.

[New Grant]  Asolo Rep to Receive $81,500 Strategic Partnership Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Through the generosity of the EdExploreSRQ for Performing Arts Explorations, John and Dorothy Brennan Charitable Fund, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently awarded Asolo Repertory Theatre a Strategic Partnership Grant of $81,500. “As the arts reveal to us time and again, the human spirit is our most brilliant masterpiece, a testament to our resiliency, courage, and capacity to start anew and persevere,” says Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “We are proud to partner with Asolo Repertory Theatre so that we can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees, as well as continue to refine and reimagine this masterpiece we call the human spirit, ignited time and again by the arts and theater.” 

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[Top Doctors]  In Conversation With 2020 Top Doctor Dr. Fabian Ramos On Adapting to Change

For the January 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed 2020 Top Doctors on current topics. Below is an excerpt from this published in the In Conversation marketing feature in which Fabian Ramos, FIPP, DABA, DABIPP, DABPM of Ramos Center shares his insight on adapting to change in his medical field: serving patients with chronic pain.  


I personally love, love change. I am glad that that's my element. I preach that into the office in every single way. Change is an opportunity to grow and to serve in a better way. Big institutions can be slow to bring new techniques in, and we are able to lead in that. We are trying right now to get one of our area hospitals credentialed for a new procedure. Once it's done, that will be another new treatment option for our community, and we will be the first to bring it here. The newest treatments evolve from different institutions and different parts of the world. [Pain Management] is still a field with so much new discovery that there maybe two or three important emerging discoveries at the same time around the world. The good thing is that, through the years, your hands are already trained. The only thing that you need to do is to learn the steps, the equipment, and then you can do it. 

An excerpt from the In Conversation with Top Doctors published in the January 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine. Click here to see the full article.  

View the Feature Here

[Recognition]  Art Center Sarasota, ASALH, and the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Announce the Winners of the 2021 Black Muse Exhibition

Art Center Sarasota (ACS), The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC) recently announced the winners of the 2021 “Black Muse” exhibition. The three groups collaborated to present this year’s exhibit, which solicited work from artists of African descent throughout the state of Florida. The exhibit was juried by Elizabeth Goodwill, MFA, education director for Art Center Sarasota; and artist and SBAC board member Alyssia Lazin. The winning works will be presented virtually on all three organization’s websites through March 5. 

[Recognition]  Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Atlanta YAGP Winners

Three students at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS) won top honors at the recent Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-finals competition in Atlanta. Sean Miller and Natalia Chersia, previous top winners at YAGP competitions, continued their winning ways with First Place finishes in their categories. Ariel Serrano, co-founder and Artistic Director of SCBS, was once again named Outstanding Teacher. 

[New Hire]  Blalock Walters, P.A Welcome Attorney Michelina D. Carbone

The law firm of Blalock Walters, P.A. is pleased to welcome attorney Michelina D. Carbone to its real estate and finance practice groups. Carbone’s practice focuses on commercial and residential transactions, including purchases, refinances, and construction loans, as well as commercial leasing. 

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[New Building]  Ramos Center Kicks Off 2021 With New Providers and a Fourth Location

The Ramos Center kicked off the New Year with the opening of their fourth office in Englewood, Fl. This announcement comes at the same time as Dr. Stephen Smith, of Englewood Pain Management, has decided to join the Ramos Center as their sixth physician. The Ramos Center’s Englewood location will be in the same space that was occupied by Englewood Pain Management, at 2061 Englewood Rd. Dr. Stephen Smith will continue to treat his patients from Englewood Pain Management, as well as treating new patients in the Englewood and Venice communities.  

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[Recognition]  Fruitville Elementary’s Johnson Named District’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

Kari Johnson, a kindergarten teacher in her 15th year at Fruitville Elementary School, was named the 2021 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year at the first virtual event of the annual celebration of educators hosted by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. “We are excited that we were able to continue the Teacher of the Year recognition this year,” said Education Foundation President Jennifer Vigne. “Our teachers work hard and give their all to our students every year, but during the pandemic they have been called on to achieve new levels of flexibility and commitment—and they have risen to and above the challenge.” 

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[In This Issue]  The Outsiders: The Kayaker

Come and play with six local outdoor enthusiasts. 

Click here to read the full article from SRQ's January 2021 issue.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: Science Sprouts , January 10 – April 25, 10:30am-11:30am
We're happy to report that our popular program, Science Sprouts, for budding scientists ages 2-5 will be returning on January 10 from 10:30 to 11:30am on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. January 10 is "A Waddle of Penguins", January 24 is "All About Opposites", February 14 is "Wonderful Wetlands", February 28 is "Burrow Buddies", March 14 is "Prehistoric Pals", March 28 is "Manatee Mischief", April 11 is "Earth Sweet Home" and April 25 is "Beneficial Bees". Tots can bring their favorite grown-ups to explore and discover in the Mosaic Backyard Universe. Cost is $14 per child for members of the Discovery Society and $18 per child for all others. This includes one adult to accompany each child. Advance reservations are required.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Learning Labs High School Program: Marine Science 101 , January 25, 4pm-6pm

Interested in marine science and want to learn more about potential jobs? Get your feet wet with an introduction to the field of marine science and the career opportunities it offers. During this Virtual Learning Lab, participants will explore the variety of disciplines found in the field of marine science through hands-on experiences and activities. 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 Mondays from 4pm to 6pm, via secure Zoom webinar. Registration for each Learning Lab is $10 and covers all necessary materials for your session.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Sarasota Chamber: Golf Classic 2021 , January 25, 12pm

The 2021 Sarasota Chamber Golf Classic welcomes golfers of all skill levels on Monday, January 25 at 12pm at Laurel Oak Country Club. This exciting day includes networking, 18-hole game and cart, complimentary beverages and snacks, lunch, contests and prizes, award reception and much more. The tournament is a scramble format, allowing golfers of all skill levels to participate.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual Lecture Series: History of American Architecture: Cranbrook Visitors , January 25 – February 22, 11am-12:15pm and 7pm-8:15pm

Virtual Lecture Series on Mondays, January 25 through February 22, 2021  from 11am to 12:15pm and 7pm to 8:15pm. Lecturer is Kevin Adkisson, Associate Curator at Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. $75 for Adults and $25 for Full-time Students with ID. Free for Cranbrook Academy of Art and Cranbrook Schools Students (Cranbrook students must register by sending an email from their Cranbrook address to center@cranbrook.edu). Advance registration required (Fee includes all five lectures). This lecture series is eligible for American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Credits (AIA/CES).

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Special Lecture Series: Dr. Aileen Maldonado "The Mysterious World" , January 25, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Join Mote Marine and Dr. Aileen Maldonado for "The Mysterious World of Chemical Communication and Ecotoxicology" on January 25 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Dr. Aileen Maldonado is a Postdoctoral Fellow and in Mote's Ecotoxicology Program. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: SRQ Strong: The Trauma of Human Trafficking , January 25, 6pm-7:30pm

SRQ Strong, Selah Freedom, and More Too Life bring you a community conversation on human trafficking. Speakers Kyra Montaque, Prevention Coordinator, Dawn Sakes, MSW, and Kim Squires, Survivor Champion will highlight the importance of prevention, provide tips for communicating
with youth, delve into what domestic trafficking looks like, and share personal experiences with trafficking. This event will be held on Monday, January 25 from 6pm to 7:30pm through Zoom. Details will be sent upon registration. Register through Eventbrite, for questions please email sarasotastrong@gmail.com.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative: The Arts & Racial Justice Panel Series: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Visual Arts , January 25, 5pm-6:30pm

The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that promotes using the unifying power of the arts to nurture inclusion and diversity across the regional arts and cultural landscape, presents "Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Visual Arts," part of its free Arts & Racial Justice Panel series, Monday, January 25, from 5pm until 6:30pm, via the Zoom webinar platform. The moderator for the discussion is Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a leading civil rights activist, journalist and former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, CNN, and the Public Broadcasting Service. Panel members include Gale Fulton-Ross, a renowned artist and arts advocate; Steven High, executive director of The Ringling; Katherine Pill, curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg; and Anne-Marie Russell, executive director of Sarasota Art Museum. The series is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and is a collaboration with Florida Studio Theatre's Forum Series. The event is free, but registration is required at www.suncoastblackartscollaborative.org by January 20.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Bookstore 1 Sarasota: The Mindful Reading Book Club led by Roxanne Baker , January 25, 6pm

This month we are discussing This One Wild and Precious Life by Sarah Wilson on January 25, 2021 at 6pm. A fee of $34 is required for participation. This includes a copy of This One Wild and Precious Life and the Zoom book club meeting. The fee is $39.50 to have the book shipped. The New York Times bestselling author of First, We Make the Beast Beautiful tackles the loneliness epidemic, encouraging readers to view solitude through a spiritual lens, and embrace the art of being alone. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Online: The Ringling: Conversation, Researching Our Legacy , January 26, 1pm

Now, more than ever, The Ringling Museum is committed to understanding our institutional history – especially as it relates to exclusion of marginalized groups. We are committed to becoming a more inclusive institution by listening, learning, and growing. In support of our own learning process, we’ve assembled a group of staff who are researching the Museum’s history. Although our research is a work in progress, we’d like to share how we are approaching this work: what sources are available, how we access them, and what more we hope to uncover at 1pm on January 26, 2021. $5 / Free for Members.

Online, Online

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Virtual: The Ringling: Conversation: Equity at The Ringling , January 26, 1pm

The Ringling Museum has long been committed to inclusivity and community outreach. This commitment was formalized in 2018 when we created our IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, access) Team to address our efforts in a more systematic way. This year, the IDEA Team developed a museum-wide equity statement, which was formally adopted by the museum's board of directors on October 16, 2020. During this virtual program on January 26 at 1pm, we will discuss the content of the statement, providing an overview of how it was developed and where we go from here. We will also leave time for program attendees to share feedback and ideas.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: Reza - Edge of Illusion , January 25, 7:30pm

Reza has taken the art of illusion to a new level, delivering his rock concert style magic show to audiences across the globe. Young and fresh, Reza’s new show, “Edge of Illusion,” has earned various awards including “Magician of the Year.” Don’t miss this Sarasota premiere – live on the Van Wezel stage at 7:30pm on January 25, 2021. A world-class entertainer, Reza’s unique brand of illusion has landed him on popular reality shows across 31 countries, including recent US TV appearances on A&E’s Duck Dynasty and The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Audiences can expect to witness such mega illusions as passing through the spinning blades of an industrial fan, a record-breaking recreation of Houdini’s most famous stunt and the appearance of a real helicopter, live on stage. More than a magic show, Reza infuses state of the art production elements, masterful comedic timing and numerous interactive & inspirational moments, allowing the audience to experience the magic first hand.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

[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]  SEMINAR: Aging in Place Seminars: Learn How to Live Independently & Safely , January 20 – March 24, 1pm-2pm

If you or someone you know has decided to live at home alone (called “aging in place”) rather than moving to a senior living arrangement, you may want to brush up on some safety and wellness measures for being independent, healthy and comfortable in your own home. Consider an upcoming series of seminars sponsored by Youthful Aging Home Care at The Paradise Center on Longboat Key. Wednesday, January 20, 1pm to 2pm Falls Prevention, Staying Safe at Home. Wednesday, February 17, 1pm to 2pm Neuro-Nutrition, Eating Well for Brain Health. Wednesday, March 24, 1pm to 2pm Overcoming Isolation, Maintaining Connections at Any Age. Seminars are presented by Nicci Kobritz, President of Youthful Aging Home Care. Nicci is a nurse practitioner and geriatric specialist with more than three decades of experience in developing and managing health care services. Nicci has received awards and recognition for her home care services and her volunteer work. Read more about Nicci at www.youthfulaginghomecare.com. The Aging in Place seminars are being held via webinar OR in person (with social distancing and face masks) at The Paradise Center. Register in advance: 941-383-6493 or email SuzyBrenner@TheParadiseCenter.org to receive your weblink. Free for Members or $10/person.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Serioso , January 28 – January 31

Serious composers inevitably spend years developing their unique voice. This program, from January 28 until January 31, 2021, features music by three master composers from three different centuries, each of whom broke new musical ground. Arcangelo Corelli essentially invented the concerto grosso style, in which a small group of soloists are accompanied by a larger string group. His Concerto Grosso in F Major is the last in a group of 12 works that were influential when they were published in 1714. George Walker was the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1996. His glorious Lyric for Strings was composed in honor of his grandmother who was born a slave. Beethoven himself titled his Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 “Quartetto Serioso”. Dedicated to a friend, he feared the work might be considered too intense and did not intend to publish it. Gustav Mahler thought otherwise and orchestrated the work for string orchestra in 1898. $10 Streaming Access from February 4 through 9.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail

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