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SRQ DAILY Apr 13, 2021

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"We love Venice, and we want Shark Tooth Vodka to be a tribute to all those who live and visit here in search of that perfect tooth."

- Bea Dale, Co-Founder and Owner of Shark Tooth Vodka

-Jaws Open, as seen in SRQ's April 2021 edition. Click the photo for the full article.
[Sandwich and Salad]  Elevating the Lunch Combo at Libby's
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

If the words “lunch combo” seem to lack a spark of inspiration, then the blame rests largely on the shoulders of fast-food chains. Those purveyors of cheap calories have in many ways ruined the concept of putting tidy portions of food together into a complete and satisfying meal. But at Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie, their lunch combo combines some of the restaurant’s best sandwiches and soups with tasty sides.

Their Pick Two comes with a half sandwich and a choice of soup or salad, while the Pick Three gives the diner their choice of one of four sides. For those who need a meal that won’t bog them down for the afternoon behind a desk, the Pick Two offers plenty. A half meatball smash comes with Sunday sauce and mozzarella cheese atop Joe’s meatballs (as in Joe Seidensticker), with some arugula thrown in for color and a touch of pep. Served between a lightly toasted sesame seed hamburger bun, the sandwich pairs perfectly with the kale Caesar salad, especially the pickled onions atop the salad that complement the meatballs to a T. And like any good combo, the Pick Two is easy on the wallet, coming in under $9 before taxes. For heartier appetites, make it a Pick Three and add French fries or the zesty slaw.

Lunch combos are available weekdays until 4pm. 

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[Festival Update]  82nd Annual De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade Given Go-Ahead by Local Officials

Bradenton Mayor Gene Brown and the Hernando De Soto Historical Society today announced that the annual De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade has been given the green light by City and County officials. The De Soto Grand Parade will take place on Saturday, April
the 24th, and will step off from Manatee High School at 7pm. This year’s parade is entitled “A Salute to Our Healthcare Hero’s” and will honor the healthcare workers who braved the COVID epidemic to care for the area’s sick. The parade will also feature a large contingent of veterans from our nation’s military. 

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[Senior Offer]  ITNSunCoast Offers Free Rides to Seniors

ITNSunCoast Offers Free Rides to eye care appointments for seniors aged 60 and up and visually impaired adults in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. If you’ve been putting off your eye appointments due to transportation concerns, reach out to us at (941)364-7530 to find out how you can take advantage of this opportunity and learn more about the services we provide. 

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[Scholarship]  Manasota BUDS Now Accepting Summer Scholarship Applications

Manasota BUDS is pleased to offer individuals with Down syndrome the opportunity to apply for a 2021 Summer Camp/Enrichment Scholarship. This scholarship is available to individuals with Down syndrome living in Manatee or Sarasota county, and can be used to attend summer camp, specialized classes or lessons, sports or other approved enrichment activities. An online application must be completed and all applications must be approved by the board of directors. 

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[New Hire]  Blue Mimi Adds New Team Member

Blue Mimi Concierge & Lifestyle Management grows and welcomes Anne Robson to its team Adela Sejdic, CEO and founder of Blue Mimi Concierge & Lifestyle Management has made a commitment to set a good example for future generations of entrepreneurs through sustainable and forward-thinking entrepreneurial culture. To keep Blue Mimi growing and focused on the exact needs of its customers, Anne Robson has joined the team as Business Development and Marketing Officer.  

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[New Program]  The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Announces 2021 Program

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-SWFL), one of the most active chapters of professional fundraisers in the nation, offering members the opportunity to connect with colleagues, engage in creative thinking, network with new friends and achieve great results in their work, presents Trends in Giving with Dr. Bill Stanczykiewicz, from the Lily Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University on Tuesday, April 13 2021 at 12pm via Zoom. 

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[New Position ]  Neil D. McCurry, Jr. Appointed to FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking

Sabal Palm Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil D. McCurry, Jr. as a new member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)  Advisory Committee on Community Banking.  

[Recognition]  Educator Makes Connections and Bridges Cultural Divides

Sarasota Military Academy High School (SMA) is proud announce that Dr. Catherine Rodriguez, assistant head of school, has been named principal of Dreamers Academy. Dr. Rodriguez’s tireless dedication to SMA students and the entire SMA family has led to numerous accomplishments and firsts at Sarasota Military Academy, from re-envisioning student services to developing equitable academic initiatives. 

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[Business Guide]  Lakewood Ranch Business Guide Launches to Robust Community Response

The LakewoodRanchGuide.com has launched to an overwhelmingly positive response by Lakewood Ranch businesses who want to be visible to potential customers nearby, with more than 300 businesses already signed on since its launch in February. “We are thrilled with the vigorous response of the Lakewood Ranch business community to this opportunity,” said Rick Stusek, Founder of LakewoodRanchGuide.com. “They are reaching customers affordably and Lakewood Ranch residents and visitors are easily finding local solutions.” 

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[Achievement ]  Fifth Third Exceeds Five-Year Community Commitment and Achieves $41.6 Billion in Support Against $32 Billion Goal

Fifth Third Bank, National Association, today reports that it has exceeded the financial goal of the five-year Community Commitment it made in 2016. Fifth Third has delivered $41.6 billion in lending and investments, 130% of the $32 billion target it announced with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, together with more than 145 community signatories throughout its footprint. 

[In This Issue]  Wish Upon A Star

Margaret Kerry recalls her fairytale career as Disney's Tinkerbell. 

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Ringling: Paul Binnie, Woodblock Printmaker, Studio Visit , May 18, 3pm

In 2018, The Ringling invited artist Paul Binnie (Scottish, b. 1967) to create a woodblock print, Luna, demonstrating one of Saitō Kiyoshi’s signature techniques, mokume-zuri, or woodgrain printing. Join us for a special visit to the studio of Japanese-trained artist Paul Binnie, whose woodblock prints are held in the collections of several major museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and The Ringling virtually via zoom on May 18 at 3pm. Mr. Binnie drew on his expertise in historical woodblock print techniques to create an original print, Luna, to demonstrate the methods used by Saitō for our Saitō Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening. A gifted speaker and teacher, Mr. Binnie will share his printmaking practice and knowledge during this session. Following the presentation we will have a short Q & A with Paul. Watch your Ringling email for registration information. This is a members only event.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Aladdin , May 23, 1pm and 5pm

The School of Russian Ballet proudly presents the premier of its original ballet "Aladdin" with original choreography by Professor Vadim Fedotov and original music composed by Dr. David Goldstein on May 23 at 1pm and 5pm at the Sarasota Opera House. This will be the first time this amazing production will be performed and it promises to bring surprises and wonder to the entire family. This is a "must see" for all ages.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota: Public Art Tour , October 1 – May 31

Sculpture has long been an integral part of Sarasota’s cultural legacy. On this 90-minute trolley or van tour, you visit more than 50 of the city’s public art sculptures, monuments, and murals in charming neighborhoods and downtown Sarasota. Sit back and relax as painter and public art expert Jerome Chesley helps you see the city through new eyes. Get ready to discover beautiful public pieces you may have never noticed before! Admire Jorge Blanco’s “Bravo” on the roundabout at Ringling Boulevard and Orange Avenue. Catch a glimpse of John Henry’s “Complexus,” standing over 60 feet tall. Pass by Seward Johnson’s iconic bayfront sculpture, “Unconditional Surrender,” a larger-than-life recreation of the famous photograph taken on V-J Day in Times Square. Ready to learn more about what makes Sarasota a true arts mecca? See all this and more on this unforgettable public art trolley or van tour. Book your tickets online today. This tour is 90 minutes, open to ages 12 and up, departs from 1826 4th Street, from October to May. Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van. Tour ticket includes FREE Parking.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: The George Nickson Percussion Ensemble , April 13, 5:30pm

This program, specifically designed for Sarasota Concert Association, features percussionists George Nickson and Mike Truesdell, as well as violinist Samantha Bennett, in a variety of works, from traditional classical to contemporary composers on Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30pm at Selby Gardens. Featured works include selections from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Steve Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas, works by Ivan Trevino, Anders Koppel, and Maurice Ravel, and ragtime xylophone selections. Entrance for the concert is at the Palm Avenue gate in front of Payne Mansion, and free parking is available in the Palm Avenue lots across from the entrance to Selby Gardens. Ticket buyers may proceed through the gate beginning at 5pm. Out of consideration for the health of our patrons and staff, tickets will not be issued. Ticket buyer names will be on a list at our welcome table for quick and easy check-in. Wearing a mask at all times while on the grounds of Selby Garden will be required. Chairs will be provided and set up according to social distancing guidelines, and hand sanitizer and bug spray will be available at the entrance. There will be a cash bar available at the concert.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Tyler Gillespie's The Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State Book Launch , April 13, 7pm

On Tuesday, April 13th at 7pm Join us for a virtual book launch with Tyler Gillespie for his book of essays The Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State. Tyler will be in conversation with novelist and essayist Sarah Gerard. With perspective and empathy derived from his background as a gay man raised Southern Baptist, in The Thing About Florida Gillespie shows how important it is to understand the diversity and complexity of Florida today. “It’s dangerous to meet our fears with fear,” he says as he confronts his own as well as the state’s monsters—invasive species, hurricanes, environmental destruction. He reminds us that Florida’s people and problems are vital parts of the nation’s future. Tyler Gillespie, a fifth-generation Floridian, is a poet and award-winning journalist. Sarah Gerard is the author of the novels Binary Star and True Love, and the essay collection Sunshine State. Her short stories, essays, and interviews have appeared in Guernica, The New York Times, T Magazine, and many other periodicals and anthologies. 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: The Ringling: Parks, Promenades, and Plants: Bertha Palmers Garden and Gardening Books , April 13, 10:30am

Few people have been as influential in Sarasota’s history as Bertha Palmer: early pioneer, wealthy philanthropist, Chicago socialite, art collector, cattle rancher, and successful businesswoman. As the widow of Chicago multi-millionaire, Potter Palmer, she moved to Sarasota in 1910 and built an elegant home on Sarasota Bay in Osprey. The gardens Bertha Palmer created there were inspired by her many European travels and the excellent collection of gardening books she owned, now housed in The Ringling’s Art Library. This virtual program will occur on Tuesday, April 13 at 10:30am. It is $5 for non-members and free for members.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: Special Engagement: 2021 Modern Works Festival , April 13 – April 18

the 2021 Modern Works Festival Presented by Summer Dawn Wallace will be held from April 13 to 18, 2021. A playwriting contest, virtual reading festival and celebration of women in theatre. Of more than 300 scripts submitted, we've chosen three finalists to workshop and give staged readings with professional directors and actors. See all three readings, and you'll qualify to vote for the festival-winning playwright, who will take home a $3000 honorarium. Tickets will go on sale in January, 2021.

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