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SRQ DAILY Mar 30, 2021

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"When a wrap offers the possibility of eating bits of fried chicken tossed in buffalo sauce, who really cares how healthy a wrap is anyway?"

- Andrew Fabian, Contributing Writer with SRQ

-Eat, Live, Lunch, as seen in SRQ's March Living Lakewood 2021 edition. Click the photo for the full article.
[Sandwich Wrap]  Fried Chicken Wrapped in a Tasty Half-Truth
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Though flatbreads have existed as a carbohydrate staple for centuries, its only since the mid-90s that the U.S. has adopted their widespread use outside of Tex-Mex foods like burritos or chimichangas. Like many American food trends, the rise in popularity of wraps was made possible by clever and disingenuous marketing. Wraps were touted as a healthier alternative to bread when it came to sandwiches, and when shredded lettuces and veggies crammed their way into these food logs, the unwitting customer felt secure in their assumption that they were basically just eating a salad. We know now that wraps are not the low-calorie alternative to bread and that, in many cases, they either contain more calories or are so large that the stuffing negates any minor caloric savings.

But when a wrap offers the possibility of eating bits of fried chicken tossed in buffalo sauce, who really cares how healthy a wrap is anyway?

At Gecko’s, the trusty local chain (I know, a dirty word), their buffalo chicken wrap allows you to drop the pretense altogether of a wrap’s low-calorie promises and just enjoy a delicious meal. The bits of fried chicken are tossed in a bright-orange buffalo sauce that has a good amount of kick, but that kick is offset by the coolness of the romaine lettuce doused in Caesar dressing. Crumbled bleu cheese provides a nice twist to the profile, while diced tomatoes and bits of bacon help fill in any gaps in the wrap. Though it’s hard to imagine a more appropriate side than the house made potato chips, by all means, order a side of sauteed veggies or brussels sprouts if it makes you feel better about eating fried chicken.

Just don’t come bragging to me about it. 

Gecko's Grill & Pub, 351 North Cattlemen Rd., 941-378-0077

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[Local Business]  Discover Bradenton Launches New #SupportLocal Campaign

Discover Bradenton launched a county-wide #SupportLocal campaign designed to educate the public about the significant impact of shifting even a small portion of their monthly spending to local businesses. Regarding the new campaign, Discover Bradenton founder Beth Deyo said, “It’s no secret that the events of the past year have had a major impact on our small, local businesses. While chains and big-box stores had huge spikes in sales, far too many of our family-owned businesses either didn’t make it or are struggling to stay open. Our local businesses need our help, so we’ve decided to use our influence to give them the support they need.” 

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[COVID-19]  Manatee County to Schedule 8,000 Appointments For Adults 40+

Manatee County has begun scheduling 8,000 first dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments for adults 40 and older at Tom Bennett Park and the Public Safety Center. The Public Safety Department and the Health Department in Manatee County will administer another 8,000 second-dose vaccines, as well. Anyone ages 18 and over interested in receiving the vaccination should enroll in the County’s online registration system by going to vax.mymanatee.org or by calling Manatee County’s call center at 311. Anyone 18 and over can enroll for the standby pool and Manatee County will begin vaccinating patients younger than 40 on April 5. 

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[Public Parks]  The Bay Park Celebrates Mangrove Walkway

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), the non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of 53-acres of City-owned land along Sarasota Bay into a public park, celebrated the Mangrove Walkway with a small, private ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 25. The Mangrove Walkway will officially open for public access on April 10. “The Mangrove Walkway marks an exciting milestone in The Bay’s progress,” said AG Lafley, Founding CEO of The Bay Park Conservancy. “We’ve been dedicated to the conservation of public land, restoration of the bay, wetlands and green space.  The Mangrove Walkway upholds our guiding principles and furthers our journey to provide a blue and green oasis for future generations.” 

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[Volunteer Opportunity ]  Meals On Wheels for Kids Needs Volunteer Drivers in Tampa

Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH), a tri-county leader in hunger relief, research, and program development, is in great need of volunteers to help deliver Meals On Wheels for Kids (MOW4Kids) in Tampa each week. The program relies on over 125 volunteers to help deliver lunchtime meals to children who are learning remotely and are at risk of going hungry. Volunteer are needed to help pack boxes of food at Community Stepping Stones (CSS) (1101 E River Cove St) and TC Delivers (7002 Parke E Blvd) in Tampa on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.  Background checked volunteers drive their own vehicles to deliver shelf stable boxes of food and cold meal packs to children and families. Delivery begins at 10AM and routes take about 60 minutes to complete. 

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[Achievement]  Allegiant Research Analyst Completes Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Program

Allegiant Private Advisors Research Analyst Cameron Dees, CFA®, has completed the CFA Program® earning the designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) charterholder. Considered the gold standard in the global investment management profession, designation as a CFA® charterholder represents a deep knowledge of the broad field of investing and a commitment to ethics and professionalism. 

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[Technological Upgrade]  Sarasota Memorial Hospital Offers Experimental Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Sarasota Memorial is one of just two hospitals in Florida enrolling pancreatic cancer patients in a Phase III clinical trial to extend survival and improve quality of life.  Patients receive eight treatments at two week intervals of a unique drug-device combination called RenovoGem. SMH surgical oncologist Kenneth Meredith, MD, and cancer patient Vince Scully from Bradenton discussed an experimental treatment for pancreatic cancer being offered at SMH in the video linked. 

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[In This Issue]  Inside the Scoop

Stacking sweet sandwich treats at Rise Coffee Co. & Nye's Cream Sandwiches. 

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

[SOON]  FOOD: Vegan Kitchen Takeover with Decks Plate , April 7, 5pm-9pm

Chefs Erik & Evan Decker, and their team, will be taking over the kitchen at 99 Bottles for the night on April 7. Deck's Plate, doing what they do best - amazing flavors, all plant-based dishes from 5pm to 9pm. Bring a friend, Come hungry. During a kitchen takeover event, the guest chef's menu is the only food that is being served. The menu will be posted on the day of the event. No reservations - seating is first-come, first-served.

[SOON]  DANCE: Virtual: Sarasota Contemporary Dance In-Studio Performance Series: Stephanie Bastos , April 9 – April 10, 7pm

Sarasota Contemporary Dance In-Studio Performance Series Presents an open rehearsal of Timeline with Stephanie Bastos. Virtually on April 9, 2021 at 7pm live Stream and April 10, 2021 at 7pm Broadcast Recording. Tickets are free but donations are welcomed to support arts education. Timeline is returning to Sarasota this April 2021 to dive back into the creative process; reconnect with the dancing body and re-ignite that which has been dormant since the start of the pandemic. Instead of a finished product for this work that we envisioned this past season of digital dance, this intimate encounter (not a performance) will invite the community to join us- Stephanie and Leymis, in the creative rehearsal process of revisiting, reinvestigating, and resurfacing what this work is and how it continues to evolve with Stephanie today.

[SOON]  DANCE: Virtual: Sarasota Contemporary Dance In-Studio Performance: REVYouth with Dwayne Sheuneman , April 17, 1pm and 7:30pm

SCD In-Studio Performance presents REVolutions Dance + REVyouth virtually on April 17, 2021 at 1pm and 7:3pm LIVE Stream. Tickets are free but donations are welcomed to support arts education. REVolutions Dance’s performance will highlight both its professional performers and its REVyouth performers. Their REVyouth program is in its tenth year and features young dancers of all abilities. The REVyouth ensemble has performed at many community events and local theaters. Through the REVyouth program, these talented young performers have and have had the opportunity to work with and learn from a variety of professional dancers from around the world, including Sidiki Conde from Africa, Liu Yan from China and Hanna Harchakova from Belarus. For fifteen years, REVolutions Dance’s professional company has been entertaining audiences with their signature style of partnering and collaboration between dancers from diverse physical and cultural backgrounds. The REVdancers have performed throughout the country and around the world including international tours in Russia, China and Poland. Experiencing a REVolutions Dance performance will surely broaden one’s perspective of the artistic and physical contributions disabled dancers offer the dance community and delight and surprise audience members.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance In-Studio Performance: Jennifer Nugent , June 18 – June 19, 7pm

Sarasota Contemporary Dance presents Jennifer Nugent both in-person and virtually. In-Person on June 18 and 19, 2021 at 7pm. Masks are required. Seating is limited at half capacity. Please book in advance to secure a spot. Tickets are $20. Ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show. Virtual on June 18, 2021 at 7pm LIVE Stream and June 19, 2021 at 7pm Broadcast Recording. Tickets are choose what you pay, $5, $10, $15. Ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show. Jennifer is originally from Hollywood, Florida, and has been living and working in New York City since 1998. Her practices are profoundly inspired by Daniel Lepkoff, Wendell Beavers, Patty Townsend, Thomas F. DeFrantz, and Paul Matteson. Through performing and teaching she aims to nurture the proposition of physicality as a theoretical and complex language that resides inside a rejuvenating container of possibility. Jennifer continues to augment these practices through sharing and refining ideas in front of others—a transmission of spoken and gestural language. Since living in NYC Jennifer has performed most notably with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (NYC 2009-2014), Paul Matteson (NYC 2002-2020), David Dorfman Dance from (NYC 1999-2007), and Martha Clarke (NYC 2007-2008). In 2019 Jennifer received an MFA in Dance from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She is currently a teaching artist at Gibney Dance (NYC), Sarah Lawrence College, (NY), and the virtual platform freeskewl where she hosts a monthly series called pedagogy/poetic entry.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Selby Gardens: Class Spotlight: Tripod Tuesday , March 30, 9am-10am

Enjoy special access to our Tropical Conservatory before hours in conjunction with the special exhibition, Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop on Tuesday, March 30 from 9am to 10am at the Downtown Sarasota Campus. Participants are permitted to use tripods to capture images of thousands of orchids and other lush tropical plants. Fee per session is $20 for non-members and $15 for members.

[SOON]  MUSIC: John Douglas' High-Performance Fine Art Tour , March 30 – April 3, 12pm-3pm and 6pm-9pm

Fresh off drumming with Aerosmith at the Grammy’s and performing at the prestigious MusicCares where Aerosmith was honored as the Person of the Year... John Douglas has been getting ready to continue his 2021 North American Art Tour... and what better place than Tampa Florida. Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa’s premier fine art gallery, announces their presentation of John Douglas’ “High-Performance” Fine Art Tour: in its’ limited engagement: March 30 through April 4, 2021, with live appearances by Douglas on Friday, April 2 from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday April 3 from noon to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm. The events are open & complimentary to the public and all artwork is on exhibition & available for acquisition with RSVPs recommended at 813-902-1414 or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-renowned-drummer-and-rock-roll-fine-artist-john-douglas-to-exhibit-tickets-143994115275. Please visit www.mmgart.com for more info.

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