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SRQ DAILY Mar 24, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"It is our duty to serve those who first served us,"

- Todd Hughes, Goodwill Veterans Services Program Manager
 

-Play Ball, as seen in SRQ's March Living Lakewood 2021 edition. Click the photo for the full article.
[Mural Reveal]  Project Pride to Unveil LGBTQ Street Mural at Sarasota's First Pride Walk
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Project Pride SRQ  is preparing to celebrate the installation of Sarasota's inaugural Pride Walk & Street Mural in the heart of Downtown Sarasota. The LGPTQ-supportive organization pay tribute to unity, inclusion and visibility in a big way for upcoming Pride Month. 

Enlisted for the project is Detroit-based artist, Joey Salamon, who gained national attention already by creating one of the largest Rainbow Street Murals in the world, located in Grand Rapids, MI—measuring 7,000 square-ft. The artist will now create what will be the first major and largest mural installation ever in Sarasota. His painting style combines head-turning patterns, rainbow-colored palettes and three-dimensional geometric shapes. At the Five-Point intersection of Cocoanut Avenue and 2nd Street, each crosswalk will be connected in a striped assembly of colors from the Progress Pride flag—including black, brown, white, pink and light blue to expand upon Pride flag's traditional six-stripe rainbow design of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. The additional colors promote a greater emphasis on “inclusion and progression” for the marginalized people of color. trans individuals, those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost. 

Project Pride's board partnered with various local officials, businesses and donors to commission the mural’s design—with more than $70,000 raised so far to cover its cost, maintenance and the organization’s other LGBTQ-focused campaigns. Fundraising for the 2,500-square-foot piece is still underway, however, every dollar counts to continue the nonprofits year-round efforts. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available and donations will be accepted until March 29.  

Pictured: Concept art by Joey Salamon, scheduled for installation April 2-12. Rendering courtesy Project Pride.

[Children First]  Children First Announces Million Dollar Plus 60th Anniversary Challenge Match Campaign

In honor of Children First’s 60th Anniversary, the agency is proud to announce a $1,060,000 matching campaign to increase the support of early childhood education, family strengthening, and comprehensive services for children and families living at-risk.  

The Challenge for Changing Lives matching campaign is being spearheaded by Children First’s Diamond Circle: a dedicated group of extraordinary supporters leading the charge in advancing the mission of strengthening children and families together. Their goal is to inspire others to give by matching all gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $1,060,000, throughout 2021.

Members include: Two anonymous donors, Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Dawn and Mitchell Epstein, Julie and Brock Leach, Joan and Dr. Bart Levenson, Katherine and Frank Martucci, Elenor Maxheim in loving memory of John Maxheim, Keith Monda and Veronica Brady, Leslie and Dick Rivera, Gaye and Jack Schwarz, Karen Solem, in loving memory of Charles Forman, John Bean and Alexandra Jupin, Lisa and John Giglio, Carol and Richard Kalikow, Bob and Lin Williams, Alison and Howie Madsen, Jo and Stan Rutstein, Mike Rutstein, and CEO Philip Tavill.  

As the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, Children First has grown to serve hundreds of children and their families at 15 locations annually throughout Sarasota County with campuses in Venice, North Port, and Sarasota. As a four-time designated Head Start Program of Excellence, the agency ranks in the top 1% of over 1,800 programs nationwide. 

To make a gift in support of ‘The Challenge for Changing Lives,’ please visit childrenfirst.net/donate. 

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[Recognition]  Local High School Students Come Together to Make A Difference Over Spring Break

While communities across the nation are still facing the implications of COVID-19 one year later, the nonprofit sector needs support now more than ever. Forty-six high school students in Sarasota dedicated 425 service hours to nine different nonprofit partners and community sites through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties’ 7th annual Alternative Spring Break, March 15 to 19. “Alternative Spring Break gives our high school students a sense of ownership in their community,” said Caroline Nigro, Teen Program Director at Boys & Girls Clubs. “They get to learn about our area’s key resources, give back and see how they can help our partners save time, save energy and focus more on better serving their clients during this time of great need.” 

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[Scholarship]  New College of Florida Now Offering Scholarships for 2021 Sarasota Contemporary Dance Summer Intensives

New College of Florida is offering scholarships to students to participate in Sarasota Contemporary Dance's 2021 Summer Dance Intensive. The week-long intensive program features daily classes. Scholarships are available through references from dance teachers and priority will be given to students identifying as BIPOC. To refer a student for the scholarship contact Leymis Bolanos Wilmott at lwilmott@ncf.edu. All applications and letters of recommendation are due April 2, 2021.  

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[Veteran Services]  Organizations Come Together to Help Veteran in Need

When veterans are in need, the community comes together to help. The air conditioning system at the home of former U.S. Marine Horras Sheffield and his wife, Willie Mae, didn't work but they couldn’t afford to replace the unit. After a big storm came through the area a couple of years ago, there was damage to their home and they were just never able to catch up on much-needed repairs. Thanks to a collaboration of Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program, spearheaded by program manager Todd Hughes, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Office of Veteran Success, represented by program administrator Carlos Moreira, and Veteran Air Conditioning owner Kevin Henault, the Sheffields had a new system installed recently – at no cost to them. “It is our duty to serve those who first served us,” said Hughes. “Through the Veterans Services Program, we are dedicated to providing whatever a veteran might need, whether it’s career services, opportunities to network with others who understand their challenges, housing, food or emergency financial assistance. I am so happy that we were able to make this happen for Mr. and Mrs. Sheffield!” 

Further support, financial and hands-on, is being sought to help replace the Sheffields’ roof and repair drywall damage. Contact Moreira for details: 941-359-4291 or cjmoreira@sar.usf.edu.

[Mindfulness Exercises ]  Van Wezel Partners with Newtown Farmer's Market for Family-Friendly Education Initiatives Promoting Mindfulness

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Education and Community Engagement department is teaming up with the Newtown Farmer’s Market to present Mr. Stevey & Friends: a free, family-friendly series introducing children, teens and parents to mindfulness using games, exercises and art activities. The first event will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 12pm to 3pm at the Newtown Farmer’s Market, located at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Newtown Nation President Valerie Buchand welcomed the partnership and hopes to continue collaborating to help the community. “The children need to feel that they are important,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what background they have, it’s important the child feels important.”  

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[Veteran Services]  Equine Therapy for Veterans

OWR is hosting an Equine Therapy group starting Friday, April 9th thru Friday, May 14th at InStride Therapy in Nokomis, FL. Equine assisted therapy has been shown through research to heal veterans from service-related physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles. Our program is specifically designed to address veteran specific issues through horses. The horses provide us with a unique experience to learn how to become more self-aware, regulate the nervous system response, be in the present moment, build trust, confidence, connection, and more. This is all provided at no cost to the veteran. Please email info@operationwarriorresolution.org to attend. 

[New Seminar]  SRQ Strong Presents “Parents Have the Power to Change the World”

The first 1000 days of a child’s life are a critical period of development. At least one nurturing adult relationship builds resilience and helps children grow and flourish, even when exposed to stressful experiences. Supportive parents are also key to raising new generations of children who are accepting and compassionate. This event will be held on Zoom and streamed on the SRQ Strong Facebook LIVE on Monday, April 26 from 6pm - 7:30pm. Details will be sent upon registration.  

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[Family Event]  Junior League of Sarasota Announces Jungle Jamboree Held at Big Cat Habitat

Come join the Junior League of Sarasota (JLS) at the 4th Jungle Jamboree taking place at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary on Saturday, April 10th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm EST. Jamboree is an annual family-friendly celebration for all ages and is open to the public. Ticket purchase includes: food, non-alcoholic drinks, entertainment and a silent auction. Adult ticket includes one alcoholic drink per ticket. A cash bar offering beer and wine will be available. Adult tickets are $30, kids over 3 are $15 and 3 & under are free. VIP Ticket options include tiger and bear feedings. 

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[COVID-19]  Department of Health Sarasota Continues to Welcome Registrants 18 and Older

The Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH) expanded vaccination registration eligibility on Monday, March 15, for those 18 and older in anticipation of the governor’s drive to rapidly open eligibility criteria. Individuals with questions or needing assistance with account registration may call the Vaccine Registration call center at 941-861-VAXS (8297), 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

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[Film Festival ]  2nd Annual Sarasota Native American Film Festival

The 2nd annual Sarasota Native American Film Festival takes place virtually from March 19th until March 28th, 2021. Showcasing over 20 films, documentaries, educational panels that speak to the Indigenous people's experience. There will be tribe leaders on Zoom Live discussing the importance of showcasing Native American culture, life, and art.  

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[In This Issue]  Rigged For Success

Seasoned sailing instructor Jim Zellmer keeps the wind in his sails by showing the next generation of sailors the way. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's March 2021 edition.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Newtown Farmer's Market: Mr. Stevey & Friends , March 27 – June 12, 12pm-3pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Education and Community Engagement department is teaming up with the Newtown Farmer’s Market to present Mr. Stevey & Friends: a free, family-friendly series introducing children, teens and parents to mindfulness using games, exercises and art activities. The first event will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 12pm to 3pm at the Newtown Farmer’s Market, located at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. The three-hour mindfulness-themed events will feature live demonstrations, meditation tutorials, art activities, mindful games, raffle prizes and special guests through a collaboration between the Newtown Nation, the Newtown Farmer’s Market and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Artworks Anywhere program. Upcoming dates for the Mr. Stevey & Friends outdoor series featuring Van Wezel Teaching Artist Stevey Jones include April 24, May 29 and June 12. To learn more or pre-register, visit www.ArtworksAnywhere.org, though you may attend without registration. 

[SOON]  HEALTH: Operation Warrior Resolution: Equine Therapy for Veterans , April 9 – May 14

OWR is hosting an Equine Therapy group starting Friday, April 9 through Friday, May 14 at InStride Therapy in Nokomis, FL. Equine assisted therapy has been shown through research to heal veterans from service-related physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles. Our program is specifically designed to address veteran specific issues through horses. The horses provide us with a unique experience to learn how to become more self-aware, regulate the nervous system response, be in the present moment, build trust, confidence, connection, and more. This is all provided at no cost to the veteran. Please email info@operationwarriorresolution.org to attend.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: From Creation to Production: Where it All Begins , April 23, 6pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat presents “From Creation to Production: Where it All Begins,” a talk with Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy, Friday, April 23 at 6pm on the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. A Tony Award-winning champion of new work, Kirdahy will speak with Hermitage Artistic Director Andy Sandberg about the inextricable link between theatrical development and production, and the multi-year creative journey from an idea to production. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. (Free with a $5 per person registration fee.)

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Zoom Poetry Mic , April 18, 2pm

On Sunday, April 18th at 2pm Bookstore1Sarasota is having a Zoom Poetry Mic. PoetryMic is a series that presents an array of varied and talented poets. This month’s poets are Greg Gaul, Mary Katherine Wainwright and Doug Knowlton. There is no charge for this event. There is an optional fee of $7.00 to help defray the cost to the bookstore. Reservations required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Dear Roberta: Letters to my Wife: A Golden Apple Memoir Chat , April 20, 7pm

On Tuesday, April 20th at 7pm Long-time Sarasota theater owner and producer Bob Turoff will join us to chat with actress and playwright Beth Duda about his heartwarming book of memories, Dear Roberta: Letters to my Wife: A Golden Apple Memoir. A Zoom chat. Dear Roberta: Letters to my Wife: A Golden Apple Memoir is a series of letters written by Robert Turoff to his late wife, the First Lady of Sarasota Theater, Roberta MacDonald, shortly after her death. These letters chronicle their love affair through their years on Broadway and the regional theatre and opera circuits to their 42-year-long adventure running the Golden Apple Dinner Theater, a professional Equity venue in Sarasota, Florida. Together, they produced over 500 productions locally, nationally, and internationally.

[SOON]  HEALTH: American Red Cross Lifeguarding Blended Learning Course , April 8 – April 10, 3:30pm-7pm and 9am-3pm

The City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation District is offering another fantastic American Red Cross Lifeguarding blended learning course! The course is taught by our Head Lifeguard and Recreation Leader. Together they will teach you to help others stay safe in, on, and around the water, and help you learn the latest safety and rescue techniques, and how to deliver critical care, like CPR, first aid, and AED administration, when it is needed most. Every class will cover important skills that will not only help you stay safe while helping others enjoy the water safely but can help you begin, or advance, your career in aquatics. The course will take place on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 3:30pm to 7pm, Friday, April 9, 2021 from 3:30pm to 7pm, and Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 9am to 3pm. Participants must attend all classes to receive a certificate. The fee is $225 per participant. Prerequisites include that particpants must be at least 15-years-old by the last day of class and pass swimming skills test at the beginning of the course. Register by calling Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex at 941-263-6732 or email Emily.Oberlin@sarasotafl.gov by Friday, April 2.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Vintage POP , March 24 – May 16, Times vary.

With music made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, this revue starring Summer Cabaret favorite Carole J. Bufford explores the evolution of popular music from The Roaring Twenties to The Soaring Eighties. Featuring hits like "St. Louis Blues," "Every Breath You Take," "Sway," and "A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On." Vintage POP, created by Carole J. Bufford with arrangements by Carole J. Bufford and Ian Herman, will play from March 24 until April 18, 2021 in FST's Keating Theatre. Run time is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

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With music made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, this revue starring Summer Cabaret favorite Carole J. Bufford explores the evolution of popular music from The Roaring Twenties to The Soaring Eighties. Featuring hits like "St. Louis Blues," "Every Breath You Take," "Sway," and "A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On." Vintage POP, created by Carole J. Bufford with arrangements by Carole J. Bufford and Ian Herman, will play from March 24 until April 18, 2021 in FST's Keating Theatre. Run time is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Sylvia , March 24 – March 28, 7:30pm and 2pm

You only have 4 short days to catch this doggone funny show. March 24, 25 and 27 at 7:30pm and 28 at 2pm at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. A street-smart mixture of Lab and poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. Masks are required for this outdoor event. Temperature checks will be done and and patrons will be socially distanced. Hamlet's Food Truck will be available (will be closing 30 minutes prior to performance). Tickets are $20 for Adults and $12.50 for Students under 24 (Call 941-365-2494 to purchase student tickets) plus $1.50 per ticket handling fee. No tickets will be printed for this event. Upon making your purchase your name will be on a reservation list.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Virtual: Madeby Gallery: Spring Student Show , March 24 – April 9, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Please join Ringling College of Art and Design and Madeby Gallery for the 2021 Spring Student Virtual Art Show. The Zoom Opening Reception, a juried show of innovative and creative artwork by Ringling College of Art and Design Students, will take place on Zoom on March 24 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. The show gives students the opportunity to experience the procedures for submission of their artwork, the jury process, preparing their artwork to be gallery ready, exhibiting their artwork, and attending the Zoom Opening Night event. All Zoom guests have the opportunity to purchase original artwork, digital art design prints, and fine crafts by the students. The Student Show runs from March 24 through Friday, April 9.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: A Few of Our Favorite Things , January 11 – March 27, 9am-3pm

Now in its 12th year, the Ringling College glass sculpture exhibition from the Richard and Barbara Basch Collection presents A Few of Our Favorite Things from January 11 through March 27 at the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center. This exhibition features some of the most exceptional examples of art glass and brilliant one-of-a-kind commissions by the greatest masters of the medium from around the world. It highlights the Basch Collection of more than 300 works of art glass by iconic artists, including Giampaolo Amoruso, Martin Blank, Latchezar Boyadjiev, Peter Bremers, Lucio Bubacco, Dale Chihuly, Laura di Santillana, Laura Donefer, Robin Grebe, Colin Heaney, Shin-ichi Higuchi, Richard Royal, Lino Tagliapietra, and Bertil Vallien. Appointments are required to view this exhibition. Admission to this exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: Science Sprouts , January 10 – April 25, 10:30am-11:30am
We're happy to report that our popular program, Science Sprouts, for budding scientists ages 2-5 will be returning on January 10 from 10:30 to 11:30am on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. January 10 is "A Waddle of Penguins", January 24 is "All About Opposites", February 14 is "Wonderful Wetlands", February 28 is "Burrow Buddies", March 14 is "Prehistoric Pals", March 28 is "Manatee Mischief", April 11 is "Earth Sweet Home" and April 25 is "Beneficial Bees". Tots can bring their favorite grown-ups to explore and discover in the Mosaic Backyard Universe. Cost is $14 per child for members of the Discovery Society and $18 per child for all others. This includes one adult to accompany each child. Advance reservations are required.
[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: For Real This Time , December 20 – May 16

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the
opening of a new video exhibition. For Real This Time will showcase the work of artists Deanna Bowen from December 20, 2020 until January 7, 2021, Allison Janae Hamilton from January 8 until January 28, John Sims from January 29 until February 18, Cauleen Smith from February 19 until March 11, Martine Syms from March 12 until April 1, Kara Walker from April 2 until April 22 and Bear Witness from April 23 until May 16. During this extraordinary time, video has become the key medium contributing to the public sphere. Video, often captured on cellphones and shared through social media, exposes social justice issues and matters of civic life to a global audience. For Real This Time features video-based works that examine the current state of American society and pose uncomfortable yet vital questions about personal and collective attitudes toward issues of race and inequality. The exhibition is presented in a sequence of individual screenings. Each work brings to light narratives of systemic racism and offers a unique inquiry that evokes historical exchange to illustrate the expansiveness of the issues affecting Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) today. For Real This Time opens up a space for deeper reflection on the common experience of resilience across cultures in order to create a shift in our psyches that inspires tangible and effective change.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore 1 Sarasota: Imagining Your Way Through Pandemic: Storytelling and Tarot , January 13 – April 14, 5pm-7pm

Join New College creative writing professor Dr. Emily Carr for this four-part Zoom workshop series is offered from 5pm to 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month: January 13, February 10, March 10, and April 14. A fee of $95 is required for participation. This includes a copy of the required text, The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin, and all four Zoom sessions. This mixed-genre, all-levels workshop includes a basic introduction to the Tarot, generative writing exercises, storytelling tips and tricks, unique Tarot-inspired provocations for creativity in times of crisis, and a discussion of the various ways writers might use the Tarot in their work. This workshop is open to writers at all levels, working in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Together, we'll explore a series of Tarot-inspired writing activities designed to offer you strategies for using the cards to 1) start a new poem/story/essay 2) inject new life and surprising stakes into a poem/story/essay you're already working on and/or 3) breakthrough imaginative blocks - in this particular historical moment.

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

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

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