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SRQ DAILY Mar 10, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"It is hard to count the times she was there for me through the years, but I can tell you I don't know what I would have done without her. When I felt lost, she found me."

- Aaliyah Passeneau, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast

[Recognition]  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Volunteer Named the 2021 Florida Big Sister of the Year
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

This past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has served over 1,800 youth across a 10 county footprint–matching kids in meaningful, enduring mentoring relationships with adult volunteers. Yesterday, the Venice-based subsidiary proudly announced one of its volunteers, Candy Brooks, was selected as the 2021 Florida Big Sister of the Year. Recognized as Big Sister of the Year in October 2020 for the Sun Coast, Brooks went on to be considered–along with selected Bigs from the other 10 locations that span 52 of the state's 67 counties from the Panhandle to Miami–for the Florida recognition. "Candy is committed and dedicated to the well-being of her Little Sister Aaliyah, and for this we are grateful," says Joy Mahler, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. “We know that when a child has an adult in their life committed to their well-being, their self-esteem soars, school attendance improves, risky behavior decreases, graduation rates climb and families thrive."

Aaliyah entered Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program in 2017 when her guardian felt she would benefit by the addition of another caring adult in her life. She was in elementary school with a focus on improving grades and friends. Life changed for Aaliyah as she was adopted into a loving home and ultimately another caring adult, her Big Sister Candy. When Candy became Aaliyah’s match, she recognized Aaliyah’s potential. Together they discussed the importance of good grades, building stronger friendships with her peers, and Candy quickly became a close friend in her life. They share a love for the outdoors including kayaking, fishing, going to the park, walks on the beach and dining out. "Our friendship is equally important to the both of us,” says Candy. “I can’t ever imagine us being apart – we will always be there for each other." 

Now, three years later, Aaliyah is thriving. She enjoys going to school, has made close friends and is on track to pursue her dreams of attending college for art or dancing. “Candy is very sweet, caring and thoughtful," shares Aaliyah. "It is hard to count the times she was there for me through the years, but I can tell you I don’t know what I would have done without her. When I felt lost, she found me. When I struggled in school, she helped me. When I felt powerless, she made me powerful. She helped me find my strength when I was weak. She has helped me with my family issues and gave me advice, talked me through them. I trust her more than I trust anyone. She is my best friend.” 

Pictured: Big Sister Candy Brooks and her Little Sister Aaliyah Passeneau, courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast

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[Recognition]  Girls Inc. Girls Selected for National Scholarship Program

Two members of Girls Inc. of Sarasota County have been chosen as 2021 Girls Inc. National Scholars and awarded Girls Inc. Lucile Miller Wright scholarships.  Melody Ramos and Michelle Monasterios, both Riverview High School seniors, were awarded $20,000 and $5,000 respectively to support their post-secondary education.  Melody & Michelle were selected for their outstanding academic achievements, community service work, and dedication to the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. 

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[Equine Therapy ]  New Veterans Program Launched

Operation Warrior Resolution (OWR) has teamed up with InStride Therapy to form a first-of-its-kind equine therapy program in our region, providing a Licensed Mental Health Professional to assist veterans in overcoming PTSD, anxiety and depression. This is a 6-week experiential program that uses equine assisted activities to aid in physical and emotional healing. Sarasota Community Foundation provided the grant to get this new program developed and off the ground. Also, to The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, who provided a $75,000 grant. The second 6-week round of equine therapy starts on April 9th from 3pm-5pm. If you are veteran or know of a veteran who would like to take part, please email info@operationwarriorresolution.org.  

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[New Grant]  Sarasota Military Academy Foundation Receives Generous Gift from Sarasota Philanthropist

Sarasota Military Academy Foundation (SMAF) was honored to receive a generous gift from Alabama native and Sarasota philanthropist, Mrs. Rebecca Tompkins in support of the greatest needs fund serving the SMA High School and Prep Middle School. The Tompkins gift came as a result of the IRS change governing retirement accounts for 2021. Since the required minimum distribution (RMD) waiver no longer is in effect this year, Mrs. Tompkins felt that giving back to a mission close to her heart would be the optimal option—including benefitting from some tax-favorable results. 

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[Meal Donations]  Jewish Family & Children’s Service Partners with Local Organizations to Provide 1,800 Meals

JFCS of the Suncoast continues their COVID-19 relief efforts by providing 1,800 meals to those who have been impacted by the pandemic.  The meals will be prepared by Paradise Grill in Nokomis and JFCS will be partnering with other non-profits for distribution in Venice, North Port, Englewood, Newtown, and Bradenton during the week of March 29, 2021. 

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[Donation]  Compass by Margaritaville, Anna Maria Sound Makes Donation to Local Turtle Watch Charity

The Compass by Margaritaville, Anna Maria Sound, is making a sizable contribution to the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring following their successful ‘Tis the SeaSon promotion, which concluded January 31. “This past year has been a financial challenge for all nonprofits, so the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch board was thrilled about the gracious offer of this donation,” said Suzi Fox, director, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. “Due to the pandemic, last year a skeleton crew of volunteers shepherded thousands of sea turtle hatchlings to the sea. It was a huge task, and with the pandemic still impacting rescue efforts, the donation from Compass by Margaritaville is vital.”


[Informative Video]  Career Connections Invites Students to Send Career Questions

Career Connection invites students between middle school and college to ask adults career related questions. Students will use this link to a platform where they will see a video from the company’s CEO (or someone else in leadership) as well as information on the different types of jobs that employees have at the company. This helps students imagine what other careers are available outside of the “traditional” types. Students are asked to submit up to 4 questions using this link by March 19th that the employees will answer. 

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[Renovation ]  Inside The Restoration of The Largest Residential Real-Estate Sale in Sarasota-Manatee

La Serenissima, a $16.5 million dollar mansion in Longboat Key was purchased in November and the new owners hired Modus Builders, a locally licensed general contractor, to restore the home to its original beauty. Modus is organizing over 20 speciality contractors and tradespeople to complete the work and ensure the project meets their high quality standards, stays on schedule and remains on budget. Modus Builders will also implement a comprehensive preventative maintenance program to ensure the exterior of the residence will be well protected against the salt water and air. For the interior, the owners are planning to update the lighting controls and integrate a voice-activated automated system across the residence. Additionally, the project will involve replacing the carpet on the master bedroom level with marble from Turkey and updating the home theater room.  

Photo credit: KwaZulu Creative Company

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[Recognition]  Coastal Orthopedics’ Sports Medicine Specialist Bestowed Baseball Service Award

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Arthur Valadie with Coastal Orthopedics, a full-service provider of comprehensive orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine care, pain management and physical therapy services, recently received a 20 years of service recognition award from the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS).  

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[Recognition]  Sarasota Memorial Hospital Ranked Among World’s Best Hospitals

Sarasota Memorial Hospital was named one of the world’s best hospitals today in a global ranking compiled for the third time by Newsweek magazine. The global recognition follows SMH’s ranking among America’s 100 Top Hospitals and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health, and its continuous 5-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

[New Hire]  Baltimore Orioles Team Chiropractor Also Joins Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently selected Dr. Ken Kaufman to be their official chiropractor for the 2021 spring training season. For the past 11 seasons, Dr. Kaufman has also served as the spring training chiropractor for the Baltimore Orioles. “I am very excited to work with the Pirates,” said Dr. Ken Kaufman, DC.  “Athletes are motivated to achieve peak performance. My goal is to partner with them to meet their goals." Dr. Kaufman is the founder of Sarasota Sports Medicine and been treating patients in Sarasota for nearly 3 decades. 

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[Lab Opening]  Sarasota’s First Phillips Azurion Cath Lab

The Florida Institute for Angiography of Sarasota, better known as fiaHeart, held a grand re- opening Thursday, February 25th to celebrate the unveiling of their newly renovated Cath Lab. The PHILIPS AZURION Cath Lab offers both patients and physicians the latest state of the art technology and is the first of its kind in Sarasota County. The ClarityIQ Technology reduces radiation by more than 70 percent, which provides peace of mind to those physicians who are subjected to long-term radiation exposure. Tours were given of the new lab and there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion. 

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[Recognition]  Ryan Perrone Selected as Winner of 2020 National Association of Home Builders

Ryan Perrone, the owner and co-founder of the Sarasota-based luxury builder Nautilus Homes, was selected today as the winner of 2020 National Association of Home Builders Young Professionals Award for the region encompassing the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. Out of all of NAHB’s 700 satellite associations, only 15 finalists were chosen for this award in the entire United States. 

[New Hire]  Leech Tishman Welcomes Luis A. Silva

Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC. (Leech Tishman) is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney to the firm, Luis A. Silva. Silva joins the firm as an Associate in the Estates & Trusts and Taxation Practice Groups. Silva is based in the Lakewood Ranch, FL office where he primarily focuses his practice on commercial transactions, business formation, estate planning, and tax law.   

[Recognition]  Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Voted Best Hospital in Manatee County for Third Year in a Row

Sarasota Herald Tribune Reader’s Choice Awards for 2021 has announced that Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) received the Best Hospital in Manatee County for the third year in a row. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center was voted “Best Hospital in Manatee County” by the readers of the Sarasota Herald Tribune. “Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is proud to be your hospital of choice for the third consecutive year," says Andy Guz, Chief Executive Officer of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. "This award recognizes the high levels of quality and service that we provide to patients and their families.” 

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[New Technology ]  Doctor's Choice Home Care, Inc. Provides Virtual Care With Synzi Platform

Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc. has integrated a new platform, Synzi, which will allow for virtual care options amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Clinicians can conduct virtual post-acute care visits with patients who don’t feel comfortable having others enter their home. 

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[Celebration ]  Aqua Plumbing & Air Celebrates World Plumbing Day

Aqua Plumbing & Air, a local heating, air conditioning and plumbing company, invites the community to recognize World Plumbing Day, held each year on March 11. Initiated by the World Plumbing Council, World Plumbing Day was created as an opportunity to recognize the important role plumbing plays in societal health and amenity. 

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[Food Contest]  J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Café Free Chicken Sandwich Contest

 If you love crispy chicken sandwiches, you’ve got to try J.R.’s Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Order one in March, and your name goes into the hat to win a free chicken sammy every week for a whole month. J.R.’s flexible dining options including indoor dining, covered outdoor dining and take-out. At J.R.’s, you can always count on the best comfort food, made-to-order featuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients prepared with love. 

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[COVID-19]  Sarasota County Area Transit Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed a positive COVID-19 test result for a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) driver on Friday, March 5th. In consultation with DOH-Sarasota, SCAT has identified the following routes that were operated by the affected driver: Tuesday, March 2 – Route 6, 5:15am to 1:50pm, Wednesday, March 3 – Route 6, 5:15am to 1:50pm and
Thursday, March 4 – Route 40, 5:20pm to 12pm.

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[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series: World of Jazz with Bill Buchman's Art of Jazz Quintet , March 10, 6pm

A familiar presence on the area’s arts and jazz scene, pianist Bill Buchman has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has worked with such jazz legends as Jo Jones, Bobby Hackett, John LaPorta, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, and many others. In “World of Jazz,” Buchman’s quintet, featuring Buchman on piano, Rick Aaron on flute and Bennet Capoverde on conga, presents a program of exotic melodies and rhythms from the diverse musical cultures of the jazz world at 6pm on March 10, 2021.

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[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: America: 50th Anniversary Tour , March 10, 8pm

The iconic classic-rock favorite America has amassed numerous gold and/or platinum albums, with their first greatest hits collection, "History," hitting four million plus in sales. The Grammy Award winners' widely renowned singles - including "Horse With No Name," "Sister Golden Hair," "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Don’t Cross the River," "Tin Man" and "Lonely People" -  were considered cornerstones of the 1970's Top 40 and FM rock radio. America continues to be a band capable of transcending borders with their uplifting music and positive message. Enjoy their music live at 8pm on March 10, 2021.

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

Wednesday, March 10th at 2pm The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by Doug Knowlton. This month we are discussing Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz. A fee of $22 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Postcolonial Love Poem to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $27.50 to have the book shipped. Natalie Diaz’s highly anticipated follow-up to When My Brother Was an Aztec, winner of an American Book Award. Postcolonial Love Poem unravels notions of American goodness and creates something more powerful than hope—in it, a future is built, future being a matrix of the choices we make now, and in these poems, Diaz chooses love. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  FILM: Virtual: Films of Sarasota County through the Century , March 10, 11am-12pm

Join film enthusiast Gus Mollasis on a virtual journey of the movies filmed in Sarasota County throughout the past century from 11am to 12pm on Wednesday, March 10. This virtual program will be hosted in Zoom. Once you register you will be sent a confirmation email with information about using Zoom. 24 hours before the start of you program you will receive the Meeting ID and Password. There are 48 seats remaining and registration will close on March 10 at 11am.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Selby Gardens: The Palm Street Quartet , March 10, 6pm-8pm

Join the award-winning musicians of Palm Street Quartet for an evening under the stars in Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop on March 10 from 6pm to 8pm at the Downtown Sarasota Campus. The concert will feature selections that span and borrow from impressionistic to jazz genres which are sure to engage all the five senses for the ultimate concert experience. The program will highlight pieces by Debussy, including the popular “Clair De Lune” the sensual String Quartet in G Minor, and the evocative “American in Paris” by Gershwin. The quartet will perform the American standard “Star Dust” by Henry Carmichael and the beloved French single “La Vie en Rose”. Patrons will hear Satie’s atmospheric Gymnopédies, and “Oblivion”, one of the loveliest melodies of all time by Piazzolla. We look forward to sharing this tantalizing and memorable nocturnal serenade with you. In-person and Virtual Live Stream Tickets Available.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Manatee Chamber of Commerce: Marking One Year with a Focus on the Future , March 10, 12pm-1pm

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. Panelists include: Dr. Jennifer Bencie, Manatee County Health Officer, Florida Department of Health, Susie Bowie, Executive Director, Manatee Community Foundation, Karen Stewart, Acting County Administrator, Manatee County Government, and Jacki Dezelski, President & CEO, Manatee Chamber of Commerce. 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/Headliners, or you may contact Cara Misiewicz at 941-748-4842, ext. 122 or CaraM@ManateeChamber.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: New Music New College: yMusic , March 11, 8pm

yMusic, “six contemporary classical polymaths who playfully overstep the boundaries of musical genres,” (The New Yorker) performs in concert halls, arenas and clubs around the world. Founded in New York City in 2008, yMusic strives to perform excellent, emotionally communicative music, regardless of style or idiom. Their virtuosic execution and unique instrumentation (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of renowned collaborators—from Paul Simon to Bill T. Jones to Ben Folds—and inspired original works by some of today’s foremost composers. This concert, at 8pm on March 11, 2021, will feature a recent work by Andrew Norman, selections from their album Ecstatic Science, and other pieces.

[SOON]  THEATER: Virtual: Florida Studio Theatre: Shakespeare for the 21st Century , March 11, 11am

His is the most famous name in the history of playwriting. From Romeo and Juliet to Hamlet to Macbeth, Shakespeare’s timeless works continue to play on – four centuries after his time. Hear from two contemporary playwrights who are bringing little-known true stories inspired by the Bard into the light of the 21st century on March 11, 2021 at 11am.  From scandalous forgeries to a street performance duel with historic consequences, playwrights Jeffrey Couchman and Deborah Brevoort transport us through time as we visit historical figures who took the good Bard’s legacy into their own hands.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Channeling Amanda Gorman , March 11, 6pm

On Thursday, March 11th at 6pm Channeling Amanda Gorman: Featuring Poets Richard Blanco, Jim Daniels, Rick Hilles and students of The Dragonfly Cafe. A Zoom Poetry Celebration. Please join us for this very special evening of poetry. Award-winning Booker Middle School teacher, Joanna Fox, has asked her students to write poems inspired by inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, who stole America’s heart on January 20th. They will share their poems at this special virtual event. Joining in the celebration will be three distinguished poets. Richard Blanco, who was the inaugural poet for President Obama’s second inauguration, will read the poem he wrote for that occasion. Poets Jim Daniels and Rick Hilles will read their own poems written for other momentous events. Poetry is alive and well, its joyous fire stoked by Amanda Gorman. The Dragonfly Cafe began in 2004 when Joanna Fox launched the creative writing program at Booker Middle School. She organized a coffee house night for students and their parents, which she still does. The students get to read their work and the parents can see what the students work on all year. There is no charge for this event, but registration is needed for the Zoom link.

[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: WSLR: The Bridge Series: Berimbau & Hot Club SRQ , March 11, 7:30pm

Eager to bridge the void of excellent jazz performances created by the pandemic, WSLR+Fogartville and The Jazz Club of Sarasota have joined forces to present a series of four concerts featuring some of the best jazz talent in the area. The Bridge Jazz Series continues on Thursday, March 11th with performances by Berimbau and Hot Club SRQ. The concert will be livestreamed and there will be limited in-person seating. Doors will open at 7pm and the concert will begin at 7:30pm. Livestreaming tickets are $10 for The Jazz Club of Sarasota and WSLR+Fogartyville members, $15 for non-members, and $25 for those that will host a watch party. In-person seats are being sold in tables of four - $40 for members/$60 for non-members. Tickets are available at www.wslr.org. Berimbau features Jeff Sack and Rick Peterson on guitar performing a mix of jazz, blues, classic and bossa nova. Hot Club of SRQ performs a musical mélange of rumba, flamenco, swing, bossa nova, bebop and tango collectively known as gypsy jazz. The band’s name pays homage to the original Hot Club of France ensemble, officially known as Quintette du Hot Club de France, which was quite popular in Europe in the mid-1930s through the late ’40s. Headed by esteemed guitarist Django Reinhardt and violin virtuoso Stéphane Grappelli, QHCF is still considered one of the most original bands in jazz history. Hot Club of SRQ includes Keven Aland (violin), Jon McLaughlin (guitar), Chad Tallman (guitar) and Glenn Stevenson (Upright bass).

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Light Up The Night , February 12 – March 14, 7:30pm

Light Up The Night, WBTT’s outdoor concert series that launched in October, is back by popular demand. This 90-minute concert features WBTT’s beloved live band and some of your favorite WBTT singers who will take you back to the 1970s with R&B classics including "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," "Love Train," "Superstition," "Let's Get It On," I Want You Back," "Brick House," "September" and many more. Light Up The Night features a live band led by Resident Music Director (and bass player) James “Jay” Dodge II, accompanying a variety of popular WBTT artists – including favorites like Raleigh Mosely, Henry Washington and more. Joining Dodge in the band are Todd Bellamy, piano, Brennan Stylez on auxiliary keys, Brad Foutch, guitar, and Etienne “EJ” Porter, drums. Performances run Thursday, February 12, 2021 – Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 7:30pm on the WBTT Campus at 1012 North Orange Avenue, we will be using our specially set up outdoor performance area that includes our courtyard and parking lot. Seating is available for up to 84 people in separate 2-person 6 ft circles.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Women's Resource Center: Webinar on the Power of Social Connections , March 11, 5pm-6pm

In a recent study from the Brookings Institution, researchers found that social networks have a significant impact on economic mobility. The study was part of the How We Rise initiative, an analysis of the dynamics of social connections. As part of its Wonder Women Collective series, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is offering a panel discussion about how social networks can provide access to support, information, power, and resources, and are a critical and often neglected element of opportunity structures. In “Good Things Happen When Women Connect,” WRC CEO Ashley Brown moderates a panel discussion on the importance of expanding and nurturing professional and personal networks. Guests include Eleni Sokos, CEO of the content marketing company Sokos Social, and Alicia Cotton, regional performance manager at PepsiCo North America. Each will reflect on her experience making connections, having the right people at the table, and their journey to building strong networks. This free webinar is Thursday, March 11 from 5pm to 6pm. Those interested can register at mywrc.org/Collective.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Aunt Rudele's Family Reunion , February 12 – March 28

WBTT Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs stars as the irrepressible Aunt Rudele — the busybody relative who knows no boundaries but always knows best — in this hilarious one-man show. Written by Jacobs with contributions from Julian Olf, who also directed, “Aunt Rudele’s Family Reunion” was filmed live on the WBTT stage in 2016. While attending the Stevens family reunion, Aunt Rudele introduces her kinfolk through songs, dances, prayers, sermons and verbal duels. Her observations are searing and laugh-out-loud funny. In the Southern tradition, this show serves up a main dish of laughter with a side order of down-home wisdom. Available for purchase Friday, February 12 — Sunday, March 28, 2021. Buy a 48-hour virtual pass and you will receive an exclusive access code valid for 48 hours from the time you activate the code. Video access ends Tuesday, March 30, 2021. See the show via your Computer, Tablet, Smart Phone or Smart TV.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Selby Gardens: Roy Lichtenstein: Monet's Garden Goes Pop , February 13 – June 27, 10am-5pm

This exhibition showcases the legendary Pop artist's screen prints based on Monet's world-famous paintings of waterlilies and haystacks from February 13 until June 27, 10am to 5pm. Lichtenstein's rarely seen Water Lilies and Haystacks provide an unexpected homage to a staple of the public imagination - Monet's paintings of his garden and home at Giverny that inspired them. The display of Lichtenstein's art in the midst of a horticultural evocation of Giverny creates a unique experience for more than 100,000 garden visitors. Selby Gardens, transformed into Monet's famed gardens at Giverny through the Pop Art lens of Roy Lichtenstein, includes iconic elements of Monet's garden such as the green Japanese bridge, trellises, and benches. This conjuring of Lichtenstein's world also serves as the dynamic backdrop to the lush plantings and mixed borders for which Monet's paintings were renowned. An avid gardener, Monet once said, "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece." Marie Selby Botanical Gardens evokes this crowning achievement with a surprising Pop Art twist.

[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: Urbanite Theatre: Immersive Experience: Safe House , February 26 – April 4, Times vary.

Safe House written and directed by Brendan Ragan will begin February 26 and run through April 4, 2021. After leaving his cybersecurity job at a powerful corporation, Fletcher and his wife Ava have gone into hiding, along with their damning company secrets. When Ava mysteriously disappears, Fletcher turns to a stranger to help find her: you. In this fully immersive and interactive experience, step inside Fletcher’s secretive safehouse and navigate his cryptic digital clues to uncover the truth. Please note that Safe House is an interactive, walk-through experience. This production does not feature traditional theater seating and there are no live performers. Audiences will be limited to four patrons per viewing. Run-time is roughly 30 minutes, but will vary with each group's experience. Masks and temperature checks are required for all patrons.

[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]  GALLERY: The Ringling: The Edge Becomes the Center: A Contemplation on Community , March 1 – March 31, Gallery hours.

The Community Gallery at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to present The Edge Becomes the Center: A Contemplation on Community. The photography exhibition is a collaboration with Senior Friendship Centers and Ringling College of Art and Design. The project, orchestrated by Ringling College of Art and Design students Mathew Dalton and Adam Misiti, involved capturing images of LBGTQ adults in their homes as they dealt with the Covid pandemic and the resulting isolation. Additionally, Dalton and Misiti dedicated time to interviewing each of the five participants to best share their individual stories. The Community Gallery is located on the first level of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art, and admission to the gallery is always free. More information can be found at ringling.org.

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