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"We are more than a landlord and one-stop center for people in need. This is a place for convening leadership. "

- Kameron Hodgens, Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

[Nonprofit]  Glasser/Schoenbaum Expands Its Mission
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center existed for more than three decades primarily as a physical space to house nonprofits. But leaders there last week announced an expanded mission, focused on being a place where service and ideas come together.

“We are more than a landlord and one-stop center for people in need,” said Kameron Hodgens, executive director and CEO for the center. “This is a place for convening leadership.”

It’s an evolution that’s been in the works for some time, but came even more into focus with the pandemic, when many professionals working both at the Glasser/Schoenbaum center and the 17 nonprofits housed there ended up working remotely. Fortunately, with different structures making up the center, each organization was able to make calls independently on their own in-person staffing.

Of course, providing space remains a critical and somewhere rare mission in Florida. There are centers similar to Glasser/Schoenbaum in Tampa and Miami but nowhere else; a similar facility is planned in Charlotte County as well.

A new mission statement for the organization looks further than providing work space, committing the center “to connect, support, and sustain a network of human service nonprofits for a stronger community.”

That means greater importance to the Campus Connection portion of the mission in service of creating a greater collective impact. The center today hosts 90 programs staffed by 215 professionals and 1,600 volunteers across all the nonprofits there. The 17 groups together have combined annual budgets totaling $17.6 million. In 2019 alone, some 24,700 clients within the community were served in some way through programs at the Glasser/Schoenbaum center.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed even greater stress on social service agencies. Hodgens notes only one nonprofit left the center in the last year, and that one was in the process of doing so before the pandemic began. None of the remaining agencies have so much as asked to go on a payment plan with the rent.

In the past, the center has tried to create a sense of community through group lunches, though strategies like that had to be put on hold because of the health crisis. But the center has continued to pursue ways to create synergies using video-conferencing technology.

“We’re sharing information the community really needs, about CARES money, about sustaining the operations here,” Hodgens said.

And Hodgens expects many of the operational changes in the past year for nonprofits, as with all businesses, are hear to stay even as the coronavirus begins to pose a less immediate and wide-sweeping effect. 

[Lakewood Ranch]  In Conversation With Andy Guz, CEO of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

For the March 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed two Lakewood Ranch Leaders: Andy Guz of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Scott Zelniker of UBS Financial Services. Below is an excerpt published in the In Conversation marketing feature in which Andy shares his insight with SRQ readers on how Lakewood Ranch Medical Center has evolved to support growth.


The more people that move here, the more people we just know statistically are going to need medical care. We’ve been planning for this since really the opening when we started, but especially since 2016, we really started to kick up more projects and more growth and adding service lines. We’ve actually expanded the offerings of what we’ve done here in terms of this service line, so people don’t have to drive to Sarasota or to the Tampa areas to get the sub-specialized care they may need. For a hospital and being the only actual hospital in the Lakewood Ranch community, we take that pretty seriously. What we’re trying to do is really meet the demand and the needs of the residents that are here.

This is an excerpt from the In Conversation with Lakewood Ranch Leaders published in the March 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine. Click here to see the full article.  

View the Feature Here

[Achieva Credit Union]  Being Part of Our Community

Being a part of our community is in our DNA, and while the pandemic may have prevented us from getting together, it couldn’t stop us from giving back. This year, more families than ever needed assistance with putting food on the table. To help, we donated $275,000 to area food banks by engaging with our members and community, including nearly $90,000 to All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota and The Salvation Army in Bradenton. Traditionally, the Achieva Foundation’s fundraisers support classroom grants administered by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. We couldn’t hold fundraisers this year, but our Foundation board of directors elected to continue our support of the classroom grant program with a $25,000 donation in a time when teachers need assistance more than ever. We also helped make sure families in our community had a bright holiday season, no matter what challenges they faced. We hosted a number of Salvation Army Angel Trees in our branches – a program that provided more than 1,400 gifts, including bicycles, to nearly 500 children across our community. 

Read More from the Achieva Credit Union BrandStory Here

[Virtual Seminar]  COVID 19 and Manatee County Presents Marking One Year with a Focus on the Future

The Manatee Chamber will host area leaders from public health, philanthropy, business, and local government to discuss the last year and how we, as a community, turn to the future.  The March Headliners virtual event will be held on Wednesday, March 10 from 12pm to 1pm via Zoom. The cost is $15 for Manatee Chamber and Manatee Young Professionals members and $20 for future members. Reservations are required. 

Click here to register.

[Pet Adoption]  Barking Bazaar

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is going to the dogs! Barking Bazaar is March 13 from 10-3pm. Meet local pet vendors and animal rescues. Confirmed guests include Animal Network and Satchel’s Last Resort along with Mad Wolf Designs, Little Sweet Vegan and Dog Perfect. Have lunch at Hamlet’s Eatery, enjoy live music by Clint & Alyssa, and check out the 25+ vendors inside. 

Click here for more information.

[Extended Hours]  Conservation Foundation Offers Special Gallery Hours to View Reflecting on Florida by Deborah Pierce Bonnell

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast will host special gallery hours on March 19 and 20  to view the works of fine arts painter Deborah Pierce Bonnell and her exhibit of landscapes and nature, entitled Reflecting on Florida. The artist will be present on both days, and has generously offered a 20% discount on all artwork purchased. Credit cards are accepted. Gallery hours in the Burrows-Matson House are from 1:00 pm to 4pm on Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20, at 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey. 

Click here for more information.

[Program Partnership]  Healthy Teens Coalition & Manatee Community Foundation Unite

With funding received from the Manatee Community Foundation, 18 local young adults, ages 18-25, received extensive training and experience that allowed them to provide a year of education, mentoring, and support for youth throughout the community.  Healthy Teens Coalition Founder and Board Chair, Mary Ann Legler, explained, “Each of these Young Adult Leaders was previously certified as Teen Health Educators, who are high-school level, peer educators.  This program allowed them to develop higher-level skills and experience as team leaders and supervisors while also receiving extensive employment skills and career mentoring.”  

Click here for more information.

[Nature Update]  Wellen Park to Relocate Grand Oak Tree Through Heritage Tree Program

Wellen Park will relocate a 96-inch diameter live oak tree, estimated to be 90-100 years old, more than 700 feet to from its current location to a new central location in Downtown Wellen Park. This tree relocation is part of Wellen Park’s Heritage Tree Program, nearly a $1-million effort to relocate 26 mature oak trees into Downtown Wellen to create an immediate sense of authenticity and scale. As a result, Wellen Park will preserve the substantial environmental benefit generated by these trees, as they remove thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year while generating oxygen and minimizing rainwater runoff.  

[Marketing ]  Knight Strategic Communications Relaunches Amid Historic Global Downturn to Serve the Greater Good

Elizabeth and Tracy Knight announce the relaunch of Knight Strategic Communications (KSC), a PR and corporate communications firm that focuses on social impact businesses, nonprofits and issues advocacy clients. Formerly recognized as Knight Marketing, the firm has shifted its main focus to publicity, communication strategy and reputation management. “Philanthropy and social impact are deeply important to our family,” says Tracy Knight, Vice President and Senior Advisor. “We decided to combine our skills to get behind the companies and causes we believe in. This is how we feel we can make the most difference.”  

Click here for more information.

[Job Opportunity ]  SRQ Strong Hiring Bilingual Media Coordinator

SRQ Strong is a growing group of Sarasota County residents commited to promoting awareness about the causes and effect of trauma. Join a team of Hispanic heritage community members to help strengthen outreach to the Spanish-speaking community. To apply send a resume, writing and/or social media sample to sarasotastrong@gmail.com by March 19, 2021. 

Click here for more information.

[SOON]  FILM: Virtual: 2021 Jewish Film Festival of Sarasota-Manatee , February 1 – March 25

As we enter the festival’s 12th year, we are especially proud to present a premier line-up of 21 remarkable and diverse films that will impact, provoke, and move you. They are documentaries, narratives, tragedies and comedies, mysteries and love stories. Most have won awards and will have special meaning to our community of viewers. All films are being held virtually. During this time of COVID we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our Sponsors for their continued support of the Jewish Film Festival. In doing so, you are fulfilling our Federation’s mission and the tenet of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world, ultimately, helping to provide our community much needed enjoyment. The Jewish Film Festival is one of many programs also sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The yearly Film Festival that attracts so many movie-goers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, is all about strengthening Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee. We hope you will leave energized, inspired and moved by the rich traditions and culture of Judaism found in movies celebrated around the world. See you at the movies.

[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]  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]  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]  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]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade , February 14 – May 16, Museum hours.

Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade will run Feb. 14, 2021 through May 16, 2021. The Ringling's portrait of Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan, by the Dutch Baroque master Frans Hals (1582/83 - 1666), is one of the museum's treasures. Renowned in his own day for his lively brushwork and uncanny ability to capture the vitality of his sitters, Hals continues to be a favorite among art lovers, collectors and artists alike. In this exhibition, organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, The Ringling's painting, which was executed about 1639, will be displayed side-by-side with a second portrait by Hals of Olycan (private collection), painted about 10 years earlier. Through close examination and comparison of these two portraits of the same person, the exhibition will shed light on Hals's revolutionary painting technique, and will explain how his work evolved over the decade of the 1630s. On March 18, at 10:30am, Dr. Sarah Cartwright, Ulla R. Searing Curator of Collections, will present a Virtual Gallery Conversation: Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Art Center Sarasota: Plein Air Painting Class , February 17 – March 24, 1pm-4pm

Plein Air Painting Class with Joseph Melancon will take place offsite at outdoor locations on Wednesdays from February 17 through March 24 from 1pm to 4pm. Join Joseph in painting outdoors at various locations around Sarasota. Among other things, you’ll paint trees, water and beaches as well as structures and boats with distant and close up views. Learn methods and techniques to produce exciting paintings. You can eliminate unnecessary detail while being more spontaneous and painterly! He will emphasize keeping everything simple including brushes, limited colors, and easels. Joseph will be available to give you each individual guidance as your paintings develop. You will see how you can alter the composition of the scene to create a better relationship of the parts. He encourages risk taking and boldness in painting. With opaque paints you can easily make changes if things don’t work out as planned. Each outing will start with a demonstration of how to choose a view and block in the scene. This will establish the basic composition of shapes and values without thinking in terms of final colors. He’ll show you how you can mix color and apply it in a loose bold style with various types of brushes. You can get to the next level using your own style. Joseph will supply maps for the various locations around town, all easy to get to. We’ll have big fun and stay as safe as possible by being outdoors, masking up and socially distancing.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Jazzlinks , February 16 – March 12

For the sixth year, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe – in collaboration with The Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Sarasota County Schools – will help history to come alive for area students. Jazzlinks is an integrated arts experience to help illustrate, through music and theatre, the contributions of African Americans in U.S. history. Due to the coronavirus, WBTT will present Jazzlinks virtually this year, streaming the songs and stories of the Harlem Renaissance into high school classrooms from February 16 through March 12. The presentation will feature musical performances by WBTT artists and interactive discussions with cast members and students about the historical and cultural contributions of African Americans. This year’s installment of Jazzlinks is one of the programs supported by a 2020 Gulf Coast Community Foundation Arts Appreciation Grant to WBTT. At press time, Jazzlinks is slated to perform for more than 1,500 students. The presentation will be via Zoom and interactive, incorporating video from a previous Jazzlinks production with added commentary from artists Syreeta S. Banks, Brian L. Boyd, Brentney Stephens and Donovan Whitney. The subject matter will focus on the Harlem Renaissance. WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs worked with staff members Travis Ray, Michael Mendez and Adrienne Pitts on the script and creating related program materials. Jacobs directs and Ray is the coordinator. Teachers can sign up for Jazzlinks through the “EdExplore” website (edexploresrq.com).

[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]  MUSIC: Choral Artists of Sarasota: Marching to Freedom , February 14 – April 9

Choral Artists of Sarasota Presents “Marching to Freedom” Live Performance: February 3 at Historic Spanish Point Streamed Online: February 14-March 14. “You’ll Never Walk Alone" Streamed Online: March 11- April 9. A “Concert Insight” with Artistic Director Joseph Holt is February 18. The ensemble’s 42nd season continues with two concerts in February and March. Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 42nd season, entitled “Rise Up” continues with two live and in-person outdoor concerts in February. “Marching to Freedom” pays tribute to racial injustice through music composed by Black Americans. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” showcases uplifting songs from Broadway musicals. Both programs are presentations by Selby Gardens.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Motorworks Yappy Hour to Benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services , February 21 – December 19, 1pm-4pm

Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS) invites everyone to join them at the February Yappy Hour at Motorworks Brewery. FoMCAS will be the featured nonprofit and will have over $4000 in raffles and silent auction items plus a 50/50 drawing to help fundraise for the Manatee County Animal Services shelter animals. The family friendly and pet friendly event will be held on Sunday, February 21st in the Motorworks Beer Garden from 1pm to 4pm. The event will feature vendors selling an array of pet and non-pet related products with drink specials and food from local food trucks all in the 12,000 sq ft. artificially turfed beer garden. Raffles and silent auction items include resort stays on Anna Maria Island, spa packages, restaurant gift cards, sailing excursions, fabulous gift baskets, pet items, tickets to sporting events and a golf package, handmade arts by local artisans, jewelry, baskets of spirits, gourmet gift packages, and much, much more. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their leashed pets to enjoy the day and help contribute to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services whose mission it is to work hand in hand with Manatee County Animal Services to enrich the lives of the shelter animals by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care and heartworm treatment. Animal Network is the event partner with Motorworks Brewery for the monthly Yappy Hour held on the third Sunday of each month. It features different local nonprofit animal organizations that support, rescue, and find loving homes for dogs and cats in our community. Each month, the guest organization receives the funds raised through the silent auction, raffles and 50/50 split drawing. Over the last three years the event has raised over $100,000 shared among the various guest organizations. Animal Network, Dawg Phonics and Motorworks are sponsors of the Yappy Hour.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Get Kayla Fit For Summer , February 24 – December 31, 5:30pm

Whether you are visiting Siesta Key, a bride getting ready for the big day, or a local looking for a fitness community, Kayla Fassio's bootcamps are just what you need to stay on top of your fitness goals. As a personal trainer, yoga instructor, and online health expert, Kayla's passion is connecting with women through nutrition and exercise. Come enjoy 60-minute workouts every week Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30pm at Suncoast Sports Club located at 1000 Glebe Lane Siesta Key. The first class is always free and 10% of proceeds are donated each month.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Van Wezel: Rhythm of the Dance , March 1 – March 31

Brimming with pulsating rhythms, pure energy and melodic music, the National Dance Company of Ireland’s Rhythm of the Dance show has reached 50 countries with over seven million fans for over 20 years. Fans around the world are enjoying 2,000 years and more of dance, music, songs and culture from pre-Celtic times to modern day sounds, all compacted into a two-hour concert. It’s full of flailing feet and fiddles, futuristic dances, eye-catching lighting and costumes and sensational sound effects, and is now hailed as one of the top three Irish step dance shows in the world. Streaming on demand from Monday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 31. Tickets are $20.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Endless Oceans: Conservation in the Community , March 4 – April 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join us this spring for Endless Oceans: Conservation in the Community. This semester-long course kicks off the first week of March and you do not want to miss it. Designed to give lifelong learners the opportunity to discover and explore the Gulf Coast's vibrant community of environmental conservation organizations, each class will feature Mote research and guest experts from local organizations working to promote environmental conservation. Students will complete a semester-long project on an environmental topic of their choosing. For this semester, we are once again all-virtual for classes (via interactive Zoom Meetings) and we have added an exciting option for local participants, 3 in-person, fresh air field trips. The semester runs from March 4 through April 15 and will take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, registration closes on March 3 and space is limited.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Key Chorale: Coronation Mozart and Haydn , March 5 – March 28

Two timeless masterpieces by Classical music’s original trailblazers who changed the course of music from March 5 to March 28. Mozart’s Coronation Mass gained its nickname when it was conducted by Antonio Salieri for the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia. Haydn wrote his Lord Nelson Mass, originally titled a Mass in Troubled Times, as Napoleon’s army marched toward Vienna. Soprano Suzanne Karpov will make her Key Chorale debut along with soloists Jamal Sarikoki, Matt Morgan and Amy Connours. Repertoire: Coronation Mass K. 317 – Wolfgang A. Mozart and Lord Nelson Mass – Franz J. Haydn.

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