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"Kids know a lot more than we give them credit for. I've always spoken to them like adults and challenge their brains to think like playing chess on a moving board."

- Jim Zellmer, Local Sailor

[Government]  Selby Gardens-Inspired Tax Bill Moves In Senate
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, moved through committee on Wednesday that could change how nonprofits get assessed property taxes. The bill makes its way through Tallahassee following a high-profile disagreement between Sarasota County and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

The bill would allow institutions to retain property tax exemptions available to charitable, religious, scientific, educational, or literary organizations, but also set up provisions so if there’s an incidental private sector effort on a property, taxes could be assessed on just that use.

“The bill will allow nonprofits to focus on what they do best, and it will clarify existing law and help preserve and protect nonprofits preventing loss of a property tax exemption,” he said.

The legislation was filed after a local disagreement where Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst sought to strip Selby Gardens of its tax-exempt status over a for-profit restaurant managed by Michael’s On East on its property.

The Property Appraisers' Association of Florida expressed misgivings about Gruters’ legislation and said disputes would best be left to the courts to settle. Regardless, the Senate Community Affairs Committee unanimously advanced Senate Bill 1214, which now will be heard by the Senate Finance and Tax Committee. Companion legislation filed by Rep. David Borrero, R-Sweetwater, is awaiting its first committee hearing in the House.

While Gruters said his legislation isn’t retroactive and will leave the immediate dispute between institutions to local boards and courts, it will make clear that in the future Selby Gardens can retain its exempt status while the county can still levy taxes only for the incidental use.

“Bill Furst is doing his job, which is fine and that will be resolved,” Gruters said. “I just want to help all other nonprofits in the future.” The legislation, if passed and signed into law, would set up what Gruters views as a fair solution that applies to 94,000 nonprofits in the state. 

[Copenhagen Imports]  Curate Your Space at Copenhagen Imports

A home has truly become a safe space and refuge during these unique times and we have noticed a trend towards minimalism and functionality when curating how to style a space. Luckily, lovers of all things modern can find no shortage of items that ‘spark joy’ and bring the feeling of 'hygge' home at Copenhagen Imports.

Celebrating 37 years in business, family-owned and operated Copenhagen Imports’ collection of furniture and decorative pieces boast innovative, environmentally-sensitive design and exceptional quality. The styles at their boutique showroom represent a mix of modern, contemporary, transitional and urban aesthetics. Whether you’re in the market for a statement piece or a sectional sofa that is durable enough to hold up to daily use while still embodying striking design, furnishings at Copenhagen are often handcrafted to ensure longevity. Beyond furniture, Copenhagen Imports also carries a broad selection of lighting, artwork, and custom rugs.

Visitors to Copenhagen Imports are welcomed by a staff of Allied ASID designers, who offer their expertise to assist with navigating the showroom’s curated collection and also have the pleasure of being greeted by Polaris, the boutique’s mascot dog who was adopted by the Hansen family from Southeastern Guide Dogs  lending a sense of levity to the stylish, upscale showroom as well as a feeling of home.  

Visit the Copenhagen Imports Website Here

[Competition ]  Sarasota Film Festival is Accepting Submissions for Parallel Universes

The 23rd annual Sarasota Film Festival is accepting submissions for “Parallel Universes” – a unique new student film contest about living in parallel universes. Young filmmakers can submit films inspired by how much their life changed because of the pandemic or showing their visions of what life in parallel universes would be like. The stories could be based on reality or be entirely science fiction. All submissions are free and open to students grades 1-12. The film should be no longer than 5 minutes. 

For questions, please email us at education@sarasotafilmfestival.com

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[New Fellowship]  The Patterson Foundation Welcomes Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Scholar as Fellow

The Patterson Foundation, in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, has selected Connor LaGrange to become its next Fellow. This is the third year of The Patterson Foundation’s Fellows Program — a year-long opportunity for aspiring philanthropists to gain experience and learn innovative philanthropic principles while contributing to initiatives strengthening people, organizations and communities. “The Patterson Foundation is excited to welcome Connor LaGrange to the Suncoast as the next Fellow,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Over the past two years, the astute Fellows from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy have had the opportunity to immerse in The Patterson Foundation’s approach to philanthropy while investing their knowledge and experience for the greater good.” 

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[Virtual Seminar]  “The Power of Showing Up” 19th Annual Free Virtual Community Speaker Event

Forty Carrots Family Center announces its 19th annual free Educational Community Speaker Event presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The virtual presentation will feature psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D at 7pm on Wednesday, Sept. 22nd. The event is free and advance registration is required. 

RSVP is required and registration opens August 1, 2021.

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[New Position ]  Home Helpers of Bradenton Announces Recent Promotions

Home Helpers of Bradenton, a local senior in-home care agency serving Manatee County, announces 2 promotions in the first quarter of 2021. Daphne Cardona promoted to Community Liaison and Christina Nall promoted to Care Coordinator. 

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[New Hire]  District Announces New Principal for Woodland Middle School

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Mark Grossenbacher has been chosen to serve as the new Principal of Woodland Middle School in North Port. “Mr. Grossenbacher is a strong leader with a proven track record of success,” noted Steve Cantees, executive director of Secondary Schools. “His natural ease with people and steadfast commitment to the academic, cultural, and civic growth of his students, teachers, and staff members alike has helped Englewood Elementary shine bright.  

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[Re-Opening]  Grand Re-Opening for the Basketball Court at Pioneer Park

Join in celebration of our Grand Re-Opening for the Basketball Court at Pioneer Park. The City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation District removed the old court and goals back in January and replaced it with a brand-new court and pro-style goals. Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 5pm. Special guest Commissioner Kyle Battie will be in attendence.  

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[Recognition]  Lakewood Ranch Coach Earns National Recognition

Positive Coaching Alliance has announced that Lakewood Ranch High Flag Football Coach Elijah Weaver is one of the recipients of the 2021 National Double-Goal Coach® Award. Elijah Weaver said “My team and staff had a role in the Double-Goal Coach® Award nomination process and it’s a remarkable feeling as a coach to know you are appreciated.” 

Pictured: District Supervisor of Athletics Jason Montgomery, Lakewood Ranch High School Principal Dustin Dahlquist, Coach Elijah Weaver and LRHS Director of Athletics Kent Ringquist

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[Building Sales]  SVN Commercial Advisory Group Manages Sale of $1.075M Industrial Building in Bradenton

Senior advisor Gail Bowden, of SVN Commercial Advisory Group recently coordinated the sale of a 13,900 SF Industrial building located at 1215 50th Avenue Plz West in Bradenton. Manatee 1215, LLC was the buyer. Franklyn, LLC, represented by Bowden, was the seller. Ryan Hoffman with Wagner Realty Commercial represented the buyer. Purchase price was $1,075,000. 

[Recognition]  ArtisTree Landscape Wins Seven Awards at Parade of Homes

ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design earned seven awards recognizing excellence in landscaping at the annual Parade of Homes awards dinner hosted March 4 by the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association. “The excitement we feek integrating indoor-outdoor design is a key reason why we enjoy collaborating with builders and their clientele,” said Joe Mantkowski, General Manager over ArtisTree’s Design Division. “Every element contributes to a beautiful unified look, and that process is very gratifying to us.” 

[New Technology ]  Massage Therapy Connections New Certification

Massage Therapy Connections therapist; Misa McCue now certified in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma. 

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[Meal Donations]  Manatee County Kids and Teens Eat Free During Spring Break

 The School District of Manatee County’s Food and Nutrition Services Department will provide kids and teens, ages 18 and under, free lunch plus a snack for the day during Spring Break, which runs next week from Monday, March 15 through Friday, March 19, 2021.

Bus #1 Locations: Bradenton Village Apartments 11:30pm – 12pm, Turner Chapel 12:30pm – 1:15pm and Palmetto Youth Center 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Bus #2 Locations: Southeast High School 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Manatee Mobile Home Park 12:30pm– 1:15pm and Freedom Elementary School/Haile Middle School 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Bus #3 Locations: Lee Middle School 11:30pm. – 12 pm, Daughtrey Elementary School 12:30 pm– 1:15 pm and Ballard Elementary School 1:30 pm – 2:30pm

There will also be two drive-up/walk-up locations at Buffalo Creek Middle School from 11:30pm – 1:30pm and King Middle School from 11:30pm – 12:30pm 

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[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Selby Gardens: Botanical Briefing , March 11, 12pm-1pm

Professional gardener and artist, Elizabeth Murray helped to restore Monet's Giverny gardens in the 1980s and has since enjoyed privileged access to the site. Elizabeth will share tales from Monet’s gardens and how his garden became his muse, deepening and expanding his life’s work on Thursday, March 11 from noon to 1pm on Zoom. Through her award-winning photography, she will provide insight into the restoration of the gardens, historic photographs, and Monet’s paintings. This lecture is available to Selby Gardens' members and donors. If you aren't a member yet, join today.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: IQuest: Ancient Ecosystems , March 13, 4pm-8pm

IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious middle school students in grades 6 through 8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems. Due to limitations on attendance and staffing, attendees must pre-register by 11am on the day of the program. We will be adhering to social distancing measures during all activities and the class size will be limited to 10 children. Masks will be required for all staff and students, and all students will be temperature-screened upon arrival. This month, on Saturday, March 13 from 4pm to 8pm at The Bishop, explore Ancient Ecosystems. How do we learn about life in the past? Join us to explore fossils, and learn how they are uncovered and the stories they can tell us. Admission is $8. Kids only — this is a drop-off program. Paid reservations required; includes a slice of pizza and a drink.

[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]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: All In The Family , March 11 – March 14

Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach fathered 20 children during his lifetime, and it should come as no surprise that several of them blossomed into remarkable composers in their own rights. This program features music by two of his sons, as well as music by Johann himself. Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was the 2nd oldest child and received rigorous keyboard and composition lessons from his father. His graceful Sinfonia in F Major was his first full symphonic work. Christopher Takeda and Jennifer Best Takeda, Associate and Assistant Concertmasters, combine forces in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins. Frequently called Bach’s “Double Concerto”, the late Baroque masterpiece offers high energy music for the two soloists. Concluding the program is the Cello Concerto in A Major by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann’s 5th child. Sarasota Orchestra Principal Cellist Natalie Helm will bring to life this treasured work from March 11 until March 14, 2021, providing a lively conclusion to this tribute to a remarkable musical family. $10 Streaming Access from March 18 through March 23.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail

[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]  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: 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]  FOOD: Wine Dinner at the Ringling Grillroom , March 11, 6:30pm

Chef Curtis Hawk will offer a five-course wine dinner, at 6:30pm Thursday, March 11 at The Ringling Grillroom, 5401 Bay Shore Road, featuring Michael David Winery. The menu includes a sesame crusted Ahi tuna starter; poached pear and goat cheese crouton salad; wild boar ravioli pasta course, braised beef short rib with mascarpone polenta main course, and chocolate brûlée for dessert. Each course includes a glass of wine from Michael David Winery. Cost is $125 per person. For information, call 941.360.7390 or visit ringlinggrillroom.com.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual Talk: Van Wezel: The Lion King , March 11 – March 14

Meet the original Broadway stars of "The Lion King." Your purchase includes access to view the Video On Demand from 12am PST on March 11 through 11:59pm PST on March 14. Featuring (from the Original Broadway Cast): Heather Headley (Nala), Max Casella (Timon), Tom Alan Robbins (Pumbaa), Geoff Hoyle (Zazu) plus Bradley Gibson (current Simba). The Broadway Cast Reunion Series gives audiences a chance to do what they may never have done before: visit “backstage” with the cast and hear personal, hilarious, unscripted stories and gossip – as the casts really let their hair down. Viewers can even ask questions via the chat feature.

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