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"There have been so many negative local impacts from the global pandemic, but we believe this new Emergency Rental Assistance program will go a long way in helping vulnerable people remain sustainably housed."

- Karen Stewart, Manatee County Deputy County Administrator

[Sandwiches]  Sarasota Art Museum's Bistro Brings Craft to Cafeteria Lunch
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Many of us remember the brown-bag lunches of our youths with a combination of nostalgia and nausea. The nostalgia comes from the simpler times, the nausea from our being sustained by such bland food as slices of dry deli meat between two slices of white bread. At Sarasota Art Museum’s Bistro, the aim is to offer some selections that evoke the nostalgia without the nausea and show that simple concepts can still pack lots of flavor.

Bistro’s house-brined turkey sandwich does just that. Rather than use dry slices of processed deli meat, executive chef Kaytlin Dangaran brines whole hunks of turkey for three days before roasting it. The result is a thick cut of turkey that won’t empty the salivary glands on its way down the gullet. Ample smears of smashed avocado line both pieces of the dense 7-grain bread, while a thick cut of yellow tomato sits beneath a mound of sprouts. The result is a sandwich that evokes the simple heartiness of a classic turkey sandwich but stacks it a little taller with meat and flavor. It’s enough to make you forget those dry and tasteless sandwiches of yesteryear. 

Bistro, 1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

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[Community Outreach]  Girl Scouts Seeking Help from Local Businesses for 2021 Cookie Season

The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program is underway and Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is seeking support from local businesses and organizations to help girls have a positive and successful cookie season despite challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic. The council is looking for businesses to offer a helping hand and allow Girl Scouts and their troop leaders to safely host in-person cookie booths while following proper COVID-19 safety protocols beginning February 19, 2021“This year, we’re asking for support from the communities we serve in order to overcome the challenges our troops are facing this cookie season due to the ongoing pandemic,” said council CEO Mary Anne Servian. “Our Girl Scouts are eager to participate in cookie booth sales and gain important entrepreneurial, business and life skills. This year, Girl Scouts will also sell cookies to donate to our essential healthcare works, veterans and other Hometown Heroes."


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[Donation]  Community Day School Receives Visionary Gift for New Campus

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, a Sarasota private Jewish day school that serves children of all faiths in preschool through eighth grade, has received a gift of $500,000 from Barbara and Gary Rodkin in support of its “Owning Our Future” campaign. The contribution will name The Rodkin Family Lower School Building – the preschool – on the school’s new 8.8-acre campus, the former Suncoast School for Innovative Studies / Temple Baptist Church property at the corner of McIntosh and Wilkinson Roads. Community Day School plans to open at the new location for the 2021-2022 school year. “I believe the school can have a positive impact on the community with the values that are instilled in students: respect, inclusion and intellectual curiosity,” said Gary Rodkin. “The kids who go through Community Day School will figure out how to make the world a better place.” 

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[Job Opportunity ]  Manatee County Urges Residents to Get Prepared for Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Manatee County officials are urging local residents to take steps now to be ready for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) that will assist renters who are delinquent on rent and who need financial assistance as a result of financial losses from the COVID-19. Applications will open Feb. 16 at mymanatee.org/renthelp for the program that aims to distribute $12 million in grants for rent and landlord-paid utilities for much of 2021. Eligible renters may receive grant funds for up to 12 months of assistance, if needed, through November 2021, whichever is less. Funds will be paid directly to the landlord for delinquent rent bills. "There have been so many negative local impacts from the global pandemic, but we believe this new Emergency Rental Assistance program will go a long way in helping vulnerable people remain sustainably housed," said Karen Stewart, Manatee County Deputy County Administrator. "We expect ERA funds to help up to 1,500 households each month for much of 2021, but the key for those people to receive assistance is to prepare now." 


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[Affordable Housing ]  Manatee County Seeking Applicants for Affordable Housing Advisory Board

Manatee County has three openings on the Affordable Housing Advisory Board, a volunteer committee that makes recommendations to County Commissioners to encourage or facilitate affordable housing in Manatee County. The group meets on the select Monday seven times a year at 3 p.m., or as needed, in the Fifth Floor Manatee Room of the County Administration Building at 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton. Applications are due February 19. 

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[Police]  Rieser Appointed Sarasota Chief of Police

City Manager Marlon Brown has announced the appointment of Capt. James Rieser as chief of police of the Sarasota Police Department. With nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience, Rieser will serve as the City of Sarasota’s 12th police chief. He will begin his new position at 5pm Friday, January 29. 

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[Top Attorneys]  Now Online: Elite Top Attorneys & In Conversation with Matthew Kowtko

Now available to view online and download, the second edition of The Elite Top Attorneys Awards Guide features a discussion with Elite Top Attorney Honoree Matthew Kowtko of Kowtko Law Group, P.A.  

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[Election Update]  Voter Registration Deadline Approaching for March 9 Local Elections

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is reminding citizens that the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the March 9, 2021 City of North Port special election and Holiday Park Park and Recreation District election is Monday, February 8.  

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[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]  FESTIVAL: Embracing Our Differences 2021 Outdoor Exhibit , January 20 – April 1, Hours vary.

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way it accomplishes this is through its annual, juried international outdoor art exhibition consisting of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. The response to the call for artwork and inspirational quotes brought 15,912 entries pouring in from 128 countries and 48 states. Students from 412 schools around the world submitted artwork or quotes to the juried exhibit. The winning quotes and art will be showcased in the 18th annual exhibit, January 20 through April 1, in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park.

[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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure , January 30 – June 6, Museum hours.

Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure - a new exhibit created by Minnesota Children's Museum and the creators of the top-rated PBS Kids TV series "Wild Kratts" - will open soon at Mote Aquarium. The exhibit focuses on building STEM-based skills for children ages 3 to 9. It will be at Mote from January 30 to June 6, 2021. Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure transports visitors to the Wild Kratts world, immersing them in whole body explorations of ocean habitats. Using Wild Kratts technology and the powers of science and teamwork, children and their families will join the Wild Kratts team to solve problems, help marine animals, and foil the villains' nefarious plans. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: Sea of Stars: Sail Through the Milky Way , January 29 – February 28, Times vary.

Have you ever wondered what happens when a star is born? Our newest Planetarium show helps you find out. “Sea of Stars: Sail Through the Milky Way” takes you on a journey to visit baby stars in a stellar nursery, see the nebulas left by dead stars (like the one pictured to the right), and explore the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy. Prepare to be star struck. Also showing: "Mars Revealed," where we fly you from Earth to the Martian surface where you’ll discover some of the geographical features that could indicate whether life ever existed on the Red Planet, and "Flight Through Our Solar System," which takes you from the sun past Pluto to the icy outer reaches of the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud. Show times include “Mars Revealed” 10:30am and 12:30pm Wednesday through Saturday and 12:30pm and 2:30pm Sunday, “Sea of Stars: Sail Through the Milky Way” 11am and 2pm Wednesday through Saturday; 1pm and 3:30pm Sunday, and “Flight Through Our Solar System” 12pm and 2:30pm Wednesday through Saturday; 2pm and 4pm Sunday. Planetarium shows are included in the price of admission. Due to social distancing guidelines, guests are asked to sign up for their preferred showtimes when they arrive at the Museum.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Florida CraftArt: Members' Show: Contemporary Craft at its Finest , January 29 – March 20, 6pm

Members’ Show: Contemporary Craft at its Finest is a juried exhibition of original art showcasing the best of handcrafted work by Florida CraftArt members. Forty-six artists created 79 pieces from intricate jewelry to glass sculptures. Visitors will have the opportunity to virtually meet the artists and the show’s judge Susana Weymouth at the virtual opening reception on Friday, January 29 at 6 p.m. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82206474125. The show runs through March 20 when the People’s Choice Award will be presented at the closing reception. People can vote for their favorite work of art in the Florida CraftArt Exhibition Gallery.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Key Chorale: "Bach" Together Again , January 29 – February 21

Key Chorale Chamber Singers, orchestra and soloists will come together virtually on January 29 for "Bach" Together Again. Originally scheduled as an in-person concert, this celebration of Baroque music, will be professionally recorded and made available online from the premiere on January 29 until February 21. Trumpet, timpani and jubilant choral writing are ever present in Bach's Magnificat, his first large-scale work composed for the churches in Leipzig. Vivaldi's spiritual magnificence and Italian mastery make his Gloria his greatest choral masterpiece. Soloists include tenor Matt Morgan, soprano Lorraine Murphy, bass Jamal Sarikoki, soprano Michelle Caulkins, and contralto Amy Connours. The concert will be recorded in the round at Church of the Redeemer, a church with seating for more than 400 people, with the performers spread throughout the entire venue. Tickets to watch the 75-minute streaming video are $30 per household; patrons will receive a viewing link that can be activated any time during the streaming run. To purchase, go to keychorale.org.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field , January 28 – June 6, Museum hours.

Since 2011, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has partnered with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences to lead more than 50 Manatee County teachers on paleontology expeditions to the Nebraska Badlands, allowing them to gain hands-on experience they can bring back to their classrooms. Starting January 28, The Bishop will share these expeditions with guests through its newest special exhibition, Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field, which showcases some of the most fascinating fossil finds and tells the story of these summer paleontology digs and how they can support learning. Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field will be open through June 6 and visiting is included in the price of admission. Badlands to Bradenton also includes interactive features for smartphones and tablets, including 3D models of fossils and paleoart commissioned especially for the exhibition.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: WSLR: ARIELLA and The Barker Project , February 11, 7pm

Eager to bridge the void of excellent jazz performances created by the pandemic, WSLR+Fogartville and the Sarasota Jazz Club have joined forces to present a series of four concerts featuring some of the best jazz talent in the area. The Bridge Jazz Series will kick off on Thursday, February 11th with performances by ARIELLA and The Barker Project. The first concert in the series will be virtual only. For the next shows in the series, Fogartyville will be offering limited in-person seating with strict health and safety guidelines in place. Virtual gates will open at 7pm and the concert will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club and WSLR+Fogartyville members, $15 for non-members, and $25 for those that will host a watch party. Tickets are available at www.wslr.org. Infusing funk, jazz and samba with blues, soul and tango, award-winning touring duo Ariella and Nicolas Kraster have created a memorable ear-catching sound. Formed in September 2013, they quickly became one of the top acts in the Sarasota area, as evidenced by their nomination for best local group in Tampa Bay and Ari for best Jazz vocalist. Ariella combines stunning melodies with infectious grooves and great beats, in order to create a catchy, yet direct and edgy sound. The Barker Project is a young, energetic group of talented musicians under the leadership of bassist Johnnie Barker. With two vocalists and a horn section, The Barker Project takes jazz and fusion to a new place. With their unique interpretations, improvisation and innovative stylings, The Barker Project delivers cutting-edge sounds that delight and surprise with each performance. In addition to Barker, members include Aaron Washington (drums), Liam Kaiser (guitar), Camilo Molina (trumpet/flugel), DeAntonio Dublin (keyboards), Petra Greenidge (vocals); and Marc Dortch (vocals).

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Romance at The Ringling , February 12 – February 14, Museum hours.

Happy Valentines Day. Join us for a little fun and romance all weekend long! Discover the best spots for photo ops on the 66-acre estate, check out photos visitors have shared on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/theringling/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheRingling. Tag your photos #TheRingling. New Create your own Tour. Whether you are visiting alone, with friends or family, or your sweetheart, you may now customize your own tour. Enjoy a special Valentine's menu at The Ringling Grillroom. Join us for your Valentine's celebration and treat your special someone to a meal at The Ringling Grillroom. Located in the John M. McKay Visitor's Pavilion, indoor and outdoor seating and take-away service is available. The following special menus will be available February 12 through 14, 11am to 7pm. Make your memories last with a Ringling photo-shoot. Interested in booking a photo session at The Ringling with your own photographer for a portrait photo shoot?

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: The Blood Is At The Doorstep , February 14, 6:30pm

After Dontre Hamilton is shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform. Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre's death, this intimate verite documentary follows Nate and his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them. Maria Hamilton, founder of Mothers for Justice United and mother of Dontre Hamilton, WHO was murdered on April 30, 2014 by the Milwaukee police will be available on zoom following the film for a short discussion and Q&A. This program will take outside in the Benfer Courtyard on February 14 at 6:30pm, located just outside of the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion. Tickets will be available starting 30 days prior to the screening date. Available seating will be marked to ensure social distancing. Due to rising COVID cases and safety concerns this event is subject to cancellation. Ticket holders will be notified and refunded if the screening is canceled. Tickets are $15 for non-members, $13.50 for members and $10 for students.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Superbowl Big Screen Party at Mattison's City Grille , February 7, 6:30pm

Mattison’s City Grille will host a Superbowl party to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, February 7. Kick off is at 6:30pm. The Superbowl will be shown on a big screen with tables socially distanced for safety and comfort. Game winning bar bites and a special game menu will be available in addition to the regular menu, some of which include pretzels and beer cheese, kettle chips, pork wings, boneless wings and street tacos. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling 941-330-0440.

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