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SRQ DAILY Apr 7, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Dance is what connects us. Dance should not discriminate."

- Leymis Bolanos Wilmott, New College of Florida and Sarasota Contemporary Dance

[Health + Wellness]  SCD and NCF Launch 'Physically Integrated Dance Series' to Thwart Parkinson's
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) in collaboration with New College of Florida (NCF) recently launched a virtual dance series to thwart the perception of Parkinson’s disease and disabilities. Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, founder and artistic director of SCD as well as professor of dance at NCF, believes movement is a pathway to personal empowerment, and that pathway should always be accessible to people of all ages, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities and experience levels. 

The Physically Integrated Dance Series expands on New College’s annual Dance for Parkinson partnership event with SCD by offering physically integrative movement classes, performances, both in-person and virtual, as well as special offerings designed to honor National Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Overall, the series aims to show all its participants that dance is for anybody and everybody. It is also to be free and open to the public as part of the New College Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast initiative, which is funded by a five-year $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, shares New College's Senior Editor Abby Weingarten in the Office of Communications and Marketing.

The series kicked off on April 1 with a well-attended virtual performance by Parkinson’s Place, a Sarasota-based nonprofit for those living with Parkinson's disease on the Suncoast, along with NCF participants, and co-led by SCD teaching artists Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancingers and Elisha Byerly. The power of movement will be showcased in a multitude of other events throughout the remaining April series, led by guest artists who live with disabilities. 

Dancer Stephanie Bastos will perform an urban contemporary routine and host physically integrated/inclusive dance workshops from April 5 to 10. SCD hosts an in-studio open rehearsal of Timeline—a dance theatre piece that illuminates the themes of resiliency and vulnerability—which will take place on April 9 and 10, then dance educator Dwayne Scheuneman of REVolutions Dance will teach inclusive workshops focused on diversity from April 12 to 17; a screening of Life After Life film with a post-screening talkback with Dr. Christopher Boulton and Scheuneman will take place on April 16; and the series will culminate with a SCD performance of Revolutions Dance + Revyouth on April 17.

“There is a big interest in art, health and dance therapy among our students," says Wilmott. "And, every year, we have something at New College that brings awareness to Parkinson’s disease, integrating our students with people in the community." These collaborative dance projects with NCF students and those from Parkinson Place are in its third year running. The event has been acclaimed for benefitting its participants with improvements in flexibility, strength, coordination, posture and breathing, and most notably, creating an outlet for freedom of expression. “Dance for Parkinson reflects on these benefits, but more prominently captures the multigenerational, physically integrated dance experience, and opens our eyes to how dance can be a tool for encouragement, for wellness, for building community and for challenging us,” Wilmott says. “Dance is what connects us. Dance should not discriminate. 

Photo courtesy of New College of Florida

For more information on the Physically Integrated Dance Series, a full schedule of events and registration, visit here.

[Veteran Services]  Equine Therapy for Veterans

Operation Warrior Resolution (OWR) will be starting another 6-week round of equine therapy with the horses at InStride Therapy in Nokomis, FL. Veterans come join us every Friday, April 9th to May 14th from 3pm-5pm. Equine assisted therapy has been shown through research to heal veterans from service related physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles. This is all provided at no cost to the veteran. 

To participate or for more information please email info@operationwarriorresolution.org.

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[Application]  Focused on Restoring Vision: Center For Sight Accepting Applications for Free Cataract Surgeries

Center For Sight, one of the nation’s leading ophthalmology practices, is accepting applications for free cataract surgeries through Mission Cataract, an annual event where Center For Sight performs 100 free surgeries for individuals who have no health insurance or other means to pay for surgery. 

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[Child Abuse Prevention ]  CPC Goes #BlueForKids for Child Abuse Prevention Month

The community showed their support for Child Abuse Prevention Month and their dedication to keeping kids safe, simply by wearing blue. The entire month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Children Protection Center encourages you to go BLUE with them all month long. Email photos of you, your family, or your pets in blue to ShannonM@CPCSarasota.org by April 5th to be featured during our virtual Blue Ties & Butterflies gala on April 14th. 

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[COVID-19]  Tidewell Hospice and NAACP Partner to Provide COVID Vaccine to Underserved Populations

Tidewell Hospice and the Sarasota Chapter of the NAACP have teamed up to make sure the vital COVID-19 vaccine reaches at-risk and underserved populations. The community partners have scheduled four vaccine clinics in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Sarasota. About 200 people, registered through the NAACP, will receive a first dose of the Moderna vaccine at each of the first two clinics. First shots: Saturday, April 10 at Light of the World Int’l Church (3809 Chapel Drive, Sarasota) and Wednesday, April 14 at Bethlehem Baptist Church (1680 18th St., Sarasota). Second shots: Saturday, May 8 at Light of the World Int’l Church (3809 Chapel Drive, Sarasota) and Wednesday, May 12 at Bethlehem Baptist Church (1680 18th St., Sarasota).


[Fundraising]  Thunder By The Bay Raises $224,000 For Suncoast Charities

The 23rd Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival, held this past February at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, experienced it’s most successful year ever raising $224,000 for Suncoast Charities for Children. Suncoast Charities for Children’s Executive Director, Lucy Nicandri, stated: “The net revenue raised during Thunder By The Bay will enable us to continue supporting over 8,000 children, teens, and adults with special needs." Next year’s Festival is scheduled for February 18-20, 2022. 

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[Fundraising]  Mean Deans Local Kitchen to Offer Goodwill Day

In an effort to support local nonprofit organization Goodwill Manasota, Bradenton restaurant Mean Deans Local Kitchen (6059 26th St. W., Bradenton) will hold "Goodwill Day" on Tuesday, April 13, 11am-9pm. On this day, 10% of all restaurant sales  and 100% of the sales of a special dessert created in Goodwill's honor, the "Good Drizzle Nut Brownie" will go to Goodwill, to support its Supported JobsPlus (SJP) program. 

Pictured: Goodwill Manasota community outreach & development manager Pavitra Ciavardone (left) with Mean Deans owners Dean Donnelly and Michele Angell.

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[Environmental Protection]  Quad Parcels Move Forward

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and Sarasota Audubon Society announce the selection of the Quad Parcels Project Owners’ Representative, Steve Suau of Progressive Water Resources. As Owners’ Representative, Suau will assist both organizations in managing the project from beginning to end which will improve wildlife habitat, buffer the Celery Fields from industrial uses and I-75 to the west, and provide low-impact public access. 

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[Recycling Program]  Free Electronics Recycling Event Moves to Bradenton for Earth Day

SouthTech, a provider of managed technology solutions serving businesses in Southwest Florida, will be hosting an electronics recycling event in Bradenton. This upcoming Earth Day, April 22, the Data Dump will be held in the parking lot of the Manatee Technical College Main Campus. The “Data Dump,” as the event is called, has previously been hosted in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch. This will be the first time the event has been hosted in Bradenton, and the goal is to reach a wider geographic area. “I’m very excited to host one of these events in Bradenton,” says Lauren Selle, Marketing Coordinator at SouthTech, “because it gives us an opportunity to reach people who may not have been able to make it to our events before.”     

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[Hospital Update]  Manatee Memorial Inpatient Visitation Hours Extended

As of Monday, April 5, 2021, visitation to hospital Inpatient Nursing Units will be extended to 10am– 8pm Patients will be allowed one visitor per day, age 18 or older.  

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[ASID FL West Coast Chapter]  Now Online: The ASID April 2021 BrandStory

Featuring the 2020 Design Awards Showcase, the ASID Florida West Coast Chapter's April 2021 BrandStory is now online to view and download.  The feature highlights ASID- a community of interior designers, industry representatives, educators, and students and delves into key updates, trends, and luminaries who are making an impact in the design world.  

Read the ASID BrandStory HERE

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Mary Alice Monroe's The Summer of Lost and Found Book Launch , May 11, 7pm

On Tuesday, May 11 at 7pm join us for a virtual book launch of Mary Alice Monroe’s new heartwarming novel The Summer of Lost and Found. Mary Alice will be in conversation with best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand, queen of the summer novel. Mary Alice Monroe’s novel The Summer of Lost and Found will be published on May 11. Elin Hilderbrand’s new novel Golden Girl will be published on June 1. With The Summer of Lost and Found, Monroe surprises readers by shifting her focus from animals to the challenges and changes families and friends face during unprecedented times of isolation, limited social interaction, economic strain, and health concerns brought on by a pandemic— creating a timely and compassionate family saga as the next generation of the Rutledge family calls the beach house home. 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: Zoom PoetryMic , May 16, 2pm

On Sunday, May 16 at 2pm Zoom PoetryMic featuring nationally acclaimed poet Peter Schmitt, joined by poets Martin Tucker and Frank Bubba Henson. PoetryMic is a series that presents an array of varied and talented poets. Peter Schmitt is the author of six collections of poems and two chapbooks. He has received The Lavan Award from The Academy of American Poets; The "Discovery"/The Nation Prize; The Julia Peterkin Award; and is a two-time recipient of grants from The Florida Arts Council. His work has appeared in many leading publications, including The Hopkins Review, The Hudson Review, The Nation, and The Paris Review. Martin Tucker has published six collections of poetry and six works of literary criticism. Tucker's poetry, fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The Nation, The New Republic and the New York Times Book Review. Tucker was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Confrontation Magazine for 42 years. Frank Bubba Henson worked for MTV in the early ‘80’s, co-founded the marketing company Seismic Communications, and worked as a creative consultant for NBC, ABC, SyFy Network, USA Network, Comedy Central, and ESPN. He has written for World Wrestling Entertainment and Golden Publishing. 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: The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza , May 11, 11am

On Tuesday, May 11 at 11am The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza. This month we are discussing Northern Spy by Flynn Berry. A fee of $33 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Northern Spy to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $38.50 to have the book shipped. About Northern Spy: The acclaimed author of Under the Harrow and A Double Life returns with her most thrilling novel to date: the story of two sisters who become entangled with the IRA. Riveting, atmospheric, and exquisitely written, Northern Spy is at once a heart-pounding story of the contemporary IRA and a moving portrait of sister- and motherhood, and of life in a deeply divided society. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Poetry Book Club led by Doug Knowlton , April 14, 2pm

On Wednesday, April 14th at 2pm The Poetry Book Club led by Doug Knowlton. Meets online via Zoom. This month we are discussing The Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillip Reed. A fee of $23 is required for participation. This includes a copy of The Malevolent Volume to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $28.50 to have the book shipped. About The Malevolent Volume: Subverting celebrated classics of poetry and mythology and examining horrors from contemporary film and cultural fact, National Book Award winner Justin Phillip Reed engages darkness as an aesthetic to conjure the revenant animus that lurks beneath the exploited civilities of marginalized people. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Dream Career Day 2021 , April 17, 10am-2pm

The Dream Law Firm, PLLC and Dream Succeed Become LLC present: Dream Career Day 2021. We invite all business owners, managers/supervisors, and high-level employees to give an exciting 10-minute presentation via Zoom that is educational and appropriate for children ages 10-18. The goal of Dream Career Day is to expose children to traditional and non-traditional career paths. Dream Career Day will be held via Zoom on April 17, 2021 from 10am to 2pm. There is no cost for children to attend. All proceeds will be awarded as a scholarship to local graduating seniors in June 2021. The cost to become a presenter is $60 for businesses and $30 for individuals. Register here: https://forms.gle/mdkJHMUba4vY2aZcA.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: WSLR and Fogartyville Spring Membership Drive , April 8 – April 14

WSLR+Fogartyville is community-owned and operated. It’s a place where people come together to build community and break down barriers. With community support, we provide a space for independent ideas and music right in the heart of Sarasota. During the Spring Membership Drive, from Thursday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 14, you can pledge your support by calling 941-894-6469 or donating online atwww.wslr.org. WSLR will also be kicking off a ‘Building the Future Brick-by-Brick' Campaign to help raise money to fund outdoor patio improvements including a covered structure for outdoor seating. You can visit https://polarengraving.com/wslrinc to purchase a brick and support the campaign. Over 70 hours of programming each week are brought to the WSLR airwaves by volunteers from the community. They have helped WSLR 96.5 become a vital community resource for independent news, views and music you won’t hear anywhere else on your radio dial. You can check out WSLR’s full program schedule at www.wslr.org. In addition, Fogartyville has re-opened and has a number of upcoming concerts scheduled. For more information, visit www.fogartyville.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: The FSU/Asolo Conservatory: Julius Caesar , April 7 – April 26

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory has announced that Julius Caesar, this year’s Shakespeare show typically held in the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, will shift to a digital format due to the still-strict COVID guidelines. Julius Caesar will be available to stream on Asolo Rep’s website from April 7 through 26, 2021. Jonathan Epstein will direct all of the second-year ensemble in this show. The production will be filmed in student homes, Conservatory studios, and outdoor locations around Sarasota. Tickets are $25, with $10 student tickets, and are available for purchase on Asolo Rep’s website. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, February 5, 2021. Directions on how to log-in and stream the show can also be found online. To learn more about the show and purchase tickets to stream the recorded production of Julius Caesar, please visit asolorep.org/Julius-Caesar. Once you have purchased your tickets, you will be able to stream the show on our website anytime from noon on April 7 through 11:59pm on April 26, 2021.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Selby Gardens: Strings Con Brio: A Little Night Music , April 7, 6pm-8pm

Join Strings Con Brio and Conductor Kenneth Bowermeister for “A Little Night Music.” Featured soloists will be the dazzling duo guitarists Joseph Shields and Dr. Zachary Johnson performing the effervescent Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra by Antonio Vivaldi on April 7 from 6pm to 8pm at Historic Spanish Point Campus. Also on the program will be “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” the original A Little Night Music, by Mozart. The concert will include the stunning “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana, Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s haunting “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, and selections from the great Walt Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast”. Come and enjoy the music and celebrate this nocturnal serenade with the award-winning community-based orchestra, Strings Con Brio. In-Person Tickets are sold out but Virtual Live Stream are available.

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

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

[SOON]  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: ArtCenter Manatee: International Watercolor Society Florida , March 9 – April 9, Gallery hours.

An ArtCenter Manatee curated exhibition featuring master watercolor artists from around the world from March 9 through April 9 at the Kellogg Gallery. The International Watercolor Society has chapters in over 110 countries, and gathers together one of the largest and most diverse group of watercolor artists and art lovers alike. Being of many nations, cultures, and backgrounds, it provides a platform for the continual development, learning, and sharing of the art of watercolor. In addition to the exchange of ideas between artists in the field and industry, it advocates and supports the next generation of artists with the events and exhibitions that are difficult to come by for many. This is the inaugural exhibition of the recently formed IWS Florida USA Chapter at ArtCenter Manatee.

[SOON]  GALLERY: 530 Burns Gallery: Moving to the Shoreline Rhythm , March 12 – April 7, Gallery hours.

Shoreline Rhythm opens Friday, March 12 and goes through April 7. Move to the beat of waves crashing on the beach, captured in oil paint. Shoreline Rhythm features three Sarasota-based artists Katie Cassidy, Linda Richichi, and Bettina Sego and is inspired by movement of water in artwork, capturing Florida’s coastal feel. We will have new arrivals by Katie Cassidy. For artwork that brings bold, bright color, enjoy abstract mixed-media works by Bettina Sego. She often finishes her paintings with a coat of resin, further capturing the reflective qualities of the water. Bettina has been a beloved gallery artist since opening their doors back in 2009. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Choral Artists: You'll Never Walk Alone , March 11 – April 9

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 42nd season, entitled “Rise Up!” continues with “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” which features” uplifting songs from Broadway musicals. Through adversity, many characters of the Broadway musical “rise up” and successfully confront life challenges, inspiring and ennobling us by their courage. This uplifting Broadway revue features selections from Les Misérables, Carousel, A Chorus Line, Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, and Sweet Charity—characters that inspire us through their perseverance. Guest soloist for this performance is renowned Broadway star Ann Morrison. Originally designed to be part of the Garden Music Series presented by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the live performance for patrons has been re-imagined as a virtual experience. With the Choral Artists Chamber Chorus; Michael Stewart, piano; and Joseph Holt, piano and conductor. Filmed onsite at Selby Gardens, this virtual concert will be available on demand March 11 through April 9; tickets are $15. The “Concert Insight” for this concert is live-streamed Thursday, February 18, at 10am and available on demand through March 19. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900.

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