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"Community generosity fueled by a 'pay it forward' spirit has tremendously shifted the calculus, providing emergency funds for our local human services agencies to call up in the months of continued, dramatic need ahead."

- Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

[Cocktails ]  A Thinking Person's Bloody Mary at Sage
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

This Sunday, Sage premieres its brunch menu to a Sarasota food environment already riddled with strong brunch options. To stake its claim to a corner of that most exquisite of meals, Chef Covelli and his motley crew brought the same eye for presentation and inspiration to classics like eggs benedict, omelets and French toast, as well as to inventive dishes like a falafel waffle. But the most complex, singular, unfathomable item on the brunch menu comes from the Bloody Mary bar.

The Umami Bloody Mary offers a gaping window into the world of savory cocktails. It begins with a base of dashi made in house. Dashi is a stock frequently used in Japanese cuisine in soups like miso or ramen to add an extra layer of savoriness. A dash of kimchi also makes its way into the cocktail by way of the sliced pickle garnish. When mixed with the suggested dose of Roku gin, which just peeks through the flavor profile, the result is a thinking person’s drink, a drink that requires careful deliberation of its flavors, a drink of profound complexity and panache. Order one towards the end of your meal so that it gets the undivided attention it deserves. If you consider yourself a bloody mary extraordinaire, you'll be able to take advantage of trying three flavor variations of the brunch cocktail, with Umami being one of them, and Verde and Chipotle being the supplemental flavors specially-made for Sage's coming brunch.  

Sage, 1216 1st Street, Sarasota, 941-445-5660, @sagesrq

[Florida Design Works]  Five Home Improvement Trends That Will Inspire Your Remodeling Project

Home has taken on a whole new level of meaning. With restaurant dining and vacation travel down, more money was put into home renovations than ever before. The home improvement industry experienced a 10% increase in 2020 – when usual growth is only about 2% annually! At Florida Design Works, we watch trends closely to ensure we are delivering the best home improvement solutions. From kitchens, to baths, to outdoor spaces, we are keeping up with the latest in design and decorating. Trend #1: Livable luxury. Make sure the tile, cabinetry, countertops and flooring you chose will enhance your lifestyle. Trend #2: Love, or hate, trendy colors. This year’s pantone color combination is gray and “illuminating” – or what most call yellow. It’s fun to watch color trends – but it might not be fun to repaint, retile, or redecorate in a few years because the color trend changes. Trend #3: Dark hues are back. Big, open living spaces can be broken up or offered a special focal point such as herringbone mosaic tile in a dark aqua. Trend #4: Durability is key. We are “living” in our homes more than ever and materials should be useable – and smart. Slow-close cabinetry isn’t new, but it’s very popular for a reason. Trend #5: Geometry and pattern keeps it interesting. Postmodern styling is back with porcelain tiles in geometric shapes, a great addition to any plain white space. Want more trends? Follow us on Facebook.com/FloridaDesignWorks or visit our Sarasota showroom. 

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[New Exhibit ]  Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative and Art Center Sarasota Present The 2021 Student Black Muse Exhibit

The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC) and Art Center Sarasota partnered with four Sarasota County high schools and one middle school to offer students of African descent the opportunity to participate in a visual arts exhibition commemorating Black History Month. How to prepare students of color to meet the many challenges life presents? “One way is to give them opportunities to express themselves through the artistic medium,” says Redwine. “These students were inspired and excited by this opportunity. Their work in this exhibition reflects their talent, life experiences, and ingenuity. We’re thrilled for these exceptional students and proud to show their work.”

The 2021 “Student Black Muse” exhibit, which showcases the works of 20 young artists, is available for viewing virtually through March 5 at artcentersarasota.org and suncoastblackartscollaborative.org

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[Fundraiser]  “Season of Sharing” Reaches $3.7+ Million throughout 21st Annual Campaign

Three months of unparalleled generosity have elevated the annual “Season of Sharing” campaign to a significant milestone, raising more than $3.7 million in donations at a time when community needs exacerbated by the global pandemic have never been greater. Moved by a call to help fellow neighbors in crisis, 3,200 donors and local foundations came together to offer stability for those most vulnerable in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties, bringing the campaign’s 21-year total to over $30 million. Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County said, “Community generosity fueled by a ‘pay it forward’ spirit has tremendously shifted the calculus, providing emergency funds for our local human services agencies to call up in the months of continued, dramatic need ahead.”  

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[New Hire]  Jade Davis Selected as Mentor for The Bridge Builders Esq.

Sarasota Lawyer Jade Davis was selected to be a mentor for The Bridge Builders Esq. National Mentorship Program for Aspiring Black Lawyers. “I am grateful for another opportunity to invest in the success of this country’s future black attorneys,” said Jade. “Pipeline initiatives strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in our institutions, organizations, and board rooms.  

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[New Position]  PGT Innovations Co-founder Chosen for Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance Council

Rod Hershberger, co-founder of PGT Innovations and chairman of the board of directors, was recently elected as an Architectural Products Council (APC) director on the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance’s board of directors for a two-year term. 

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[Milestone]  Music Compound Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Five years ago, Sarasota businesswoman/entrepreneur Jenny Townsend founded Music Compound, a music school that works to engage, encourage and nurture musicians and performers of all ages and skill levels. Now, Music Compound is approaching 400 members, has two locations, has given back extensively to the community and - as Townsend intended when she started this business - created a music community where a lifelong love of music is fostered and professional players, teachers and students all grow in their craft. “My goal in founding this business in 2016 was to be more than a place where people took music lessons – I wanted to create a music community,” said founder and owner Jenny Townsend. “Our anniversary event offered irrefutable proof that we have succeeded in doing just that – and more. Our student and staff speakers as well as every attendee I spoke with noted that they feel we are a family. I’m so proud and honored to be a part of this company!” 

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[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 33rd Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts , February 13 – February 14, 10am-5pm

The Festival will fill Main Street starting at Orange Avenue and heading east to Links Avenue on February 13 and 14 from 10am to 5pm. The overwhelming success of the Festival each year led to expanding and covering more than five city blocks with over 250 national and regional artists. The high level of artistic quality, the accessibility of the free, outdoor festival and the diversity of art has led to the Festival of the Arts' consecutive rankings among the top 100 art festivals in the nation, according to Sunshine Artist Magazine. Residents and visitors are invited to stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more from the 250 artists who are on site to discuss their inspirations and processes for each hand-made work. Parking is free and pets on leashes are always welcomed. Proceeds from the Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts benefits the Downtown Sarasota Alliance. Safety measures in place for the socially-distanced, outdoor event: Masks are mandatory inside the show site for everyone except children under the age of two. A face shield is an option for extra protection over your mandatory mask but the mask must be on underneath, Entrances and exits will be monitored for one-way traffic, Visitors should reserve free time slot on Eventbrite, Social distancing is required between artists and patrons, and patron groups, Patrons are asked to stay home if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, awaiting test results for COVID-19, or show any symptoms of the virus, and Guests are also asked to utilize hand-washing and sanitizing stations on a regular basis and avoid casual touching.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Sarasota County STEM Fair Judging , February 8 – February 18

Sarasota County Schools strives to continue our long-standing commitment to stimulating student, teacher and public interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the annual county STEM Fair. We will not be hosting the same in person event at Robarts Arena this year. The format of the 2020-2021 STEM fair will be virtual due to COVID-19 and the implementation of district safety protocols. We are looking forward to this new opportunity to showcase our student's talents in a new format. Open Registration for Judges in December and January, Sarasota County Virtual STEM Fair Judging from February 8 until the 10, and Announcement of Winners on February 18. We are looking for community support for judging our student projects. The virtual nature of this year's STEM Fair will offer a much more flexible opportunity for you to help. Student projects, with virtual displays and videos, will be available for 3 full days (2/8-2/10/2021) so you can judge at your convenience from anywhere on your own device! Internet access is required to participate as a judge.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Art Center Sarasota: Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting Workshop , February 8 – February 10, 11am-5pm

Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting Workshop with Visiting Artist Robert Burridge will take place February 8 through 10 from 11am to 5pm on Zoom. Burridge’s popular “Loosen Up” workshops nurture individual success and personal enrichment with a big emphasis on daily painting projects at your own pace. It is stress-free, but be warned; you could end up with too much enthusiasm for painting. This Burridge flagship workshop offers a variety of painting subjects for everyone. Designed for the professional painter who is stuck in a style as well as for the novice who wants to conquer their fear of painting. Starting each day with multiple, small “warm-up painting exercises” and up to larger-format paintings, Burridge’s positive approach towards the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up, have fun again and paint more. Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop where you will create many works of art using spontaneity for maximum effect. This workshop has become a must for artists who want the confidence and permission to paint the way they have always wanted to paint. Students will take home handouts with useful and need-to-know information. Burridge’s newest color combination technique is also demonstrated. A positive attitude is a must. This is an online course. When you register (and are paid in full), a Zoom link will be emailed to you. If your teacher has additional handouts, those will also be emailed to you.

[SOON]  SPORTS: The Founders Golf Club: Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate Tournament , February 7 – February 9

The Founders Golf Club will be the host site for the inaugural Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate tournament February 7 through 9. Fifteen women’s NCAA Division 1 golf teams from the Big 10, Big 12, SEC, and ACC Conferences will join for a 54-hole stroke play charity tournament benefiting the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund. The charity golf event, one of the top women’s collegiate golf events in the country, will feature teams competing on the community’s Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course. Events surrounding the tournament, hosted by Purdue University, will include The Charity Golf Outing Dinner & Auction on Monday, Feb. 8. Proceeds will benefit the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, a non-profit organization focused on casualty assistance, recovery, transition, and providing financial support beyond what the government and Veterans Affairs can offer to U.S. Army Rangers and their families who have been impacted by combat.

[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: Code Name Helene with Ariel Lawhon , February 9, 7pm

Code Name Hélène with best-selling historical fiction author Ariel Lawhon. A Zoom Author Visit on February 9 at 7pm. Based on a true story, the newest feat of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia tells the thrilling story of socialite spy Nancy Wake, one of the most decorated women in WWII. Ariel Lawhon is a critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, Indie Next, Costco, and Book of the Month Club selections. There is no charge for this event. There is the option of a $7 charge for this event to help defray the cost. Reservations required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Love Our Libraries: A Virtual Celebration With Author Susan Orlean , February 9, 1pm-2pm

Join our Library Celebration on February 9th from 1pm to 2pm when we’ll be showing our love and appreciation for Sarasota County Libraries and everyone who works to support them. Our event will feature a conversation with author Susan Orlean and Charlie Huisking, discussing Orlean’s The Library Book. Just like our wonderful public libraries, this virtual event will be open to everyone. This community celebration is made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Once you register, we will follow up with instructions on how to participate in the event. For more information about the event, visit www.sarasotalibraryfoundation.org/love-our-libraries. To purchase your copy of the The Library Book from Bookstore1Sarasota, visit https://shop.sarasotabooks.com/ingram?isbn=9781476740195.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning: Turkey's Return to the Middle East in an Age of Global Turmoil with Asli Aydintasbas , February 9, 10:30am

SILL launched its 50th season in January with two series. Its hard- hitting “Global Issues” series features acclaimed experts exploring topical issues. Turkey’s return to the Middle East after decades avoiding external engagements is fundamental. Turkey now controls part of Syria along its southern border and has military in Qatar and Libya. Aydintasbas will help understand whether this is a temporary mindset or shows Turkey as a regional actor and possible hegemon on Tuesday, February 9 at 10:30am.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: SaraSolo WinterFest: As Live As It Gets These Days , February 9 – February 13, 8:15pm and 7pm

As Live As It Gets These Days will play on February 9, 12 and 13. It was conceived and performed by Stevie Coyle. Songs, tunes and stories. Stevie Is proud as Punch to be returning to the SaraSolo Festival, even though this time he will be much smaller and much, much flatter. Grammar school spelling bee champ, altar boy, ardent Catholic, Ventures fan, guitarist, complicit in Folk Masses, high school drama freak, senior class vice president, seminarian, theatre/theology major, commercial & voiceover actor, theme park announcer, stage manager/actor, touring musician, guitar shop owner, stay-at-home entertainer.

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