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SRQ DAILY May 11, 2021

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"Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Only because of their dedication and service, we are able to provide these important services in our community."

- Cheryl Hedger, Volunteer Coordinator at Turning Points

-Manifest Destiny, as seen in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Breakfast]  Swanky Steak and Eggs Fit for Space Travel
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

When astronaut Alan Shepard launched into space in 1961 to become the second human to ever float gravity-free above the earth, he unwittingly ushered in a quirky tradition for subsequent launches from U.S. soil. His breakfast that morning was steak and eggs—filet mignon, to be exact—a meal with a high protein content that ensured Shepard would not need the bathroom for many hours. After the success of the launch, it became common practice for astronauts to down steak and eggs.

I pondered these things beneath a big umbrella on Main Street as I dined on steak and eggs at 1592 Wood Fired Kitchen. By the time 10:30 am rolled around, a plate of wood-fired hanger steak cooked medium with an over-easy egg and oven-baked potatoes was placed before me. Indulgent, savory and refined, the dish seemed a far cry from the utilitarian inspiration behind Shepard’s pre-launch meal. Accompanied by a basil mimosa, my mind considered Shepard on the morning of May 5th, 1961. He would be the first American to be exploded into space on a fiery death rocket, a milestone if successful but undoubtedly a source of anxiety even for someone as trained as him. Did he specifically request filet mignon because he thought it would be his last meal?

Fortunately, he lived to see himself entered into the history books and to enjoy many more steak and egg brunches. Unfortunately, it was never accompanied by a basil mimosa at 1592 Wood Fired Kitchen. 

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[New Grant]  Community Foundation Awards $320,000 Equity and Access Grants

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded 16 nonprofit organizations grants of more than $320,000 in its second Equity and Access competitive grant cycle.  The support will enhance programs that care for underrepresented and geographically underserved populations within Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties that face longstanding and systemic barriers to education and healthcare services. 

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[Volunteer Opportunity ]  Volunteer at Turning Points and Make a Positive Impact in Community

Join the volunteer team Turning Points for a great experience, meet new friends, and for the chance to make an important and positive impact in our community. At Turning Points, our vision is to live in a community where everyone has an opportunity to have a home. We provide, coordinate, and facilitate services to prevent and reduce homelessness in Manatee County. These services can only be completed with the compassionate work of our volunteers.  Volunteers are needed in several areas. The hours that are covered are up to the volunteers. Volunteers can come in a few hours a day or a few hours a week. A comprehensive tour is given to each interested volunteer and the positions that the volunteer is interested in, is fully discussed with the Volunteer Coordinator, Cheryl Hedger. Cheryl said, “Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Only because of their dedication and service, we are able to provide these important services in our community." 

Interested volunteers should contact Cheryl Hedger at 941-747-1509 x 308 or chedger@tpmanatee.org.

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[Recognition]  Lakewood Ranch Medical Center First Hospital in Manatee County to be Awarded CMS Five-Star Rating

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) is the first and only hospital in Manatee County to be awarded the CMS Five-Star Rating. For 2021, more than 4,500 hospitals were eligible to receive star ratings, giving 455 hospitals a rating of five stars, and awarding only 25 hospitals in the State of Florida with the five star rating. 

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[Opening]  TerraNova Equestrian Center Inaugural Event

TerraNova Equestrian Center welcomes you to its inaugural event, The Event at TerraNova, Oct. 22-24. It showcases the Olympic sport of three-day eventing, an exhilarating equestrian competition. Similar to an equestrian triathlon, eventing tests the abilities of horse and rider in three phases– dressage, cross-country and show jumping. Join us for the ultimate in equestrian sport and a lovely day in the country. General admission and VIP experiences are available. For details visit TerraNovaEquestrian.com 

[Celebration]  Junior League of Sarasota Annual Celebration

The Junior League of Sarasota (JLS) will be holding their Annual Celebration for members and their guests on Tuesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM at the Sarasota County Farm Bureau Pavilion to celebrate accomplishments from the past League year, present the annual awards, and welcome incoming leadership. 

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[Event]  Fixxation Boutique Sip & Strut Fashion Show

The Sip & Strut Fashion Show is a fun event for women of all ages who enjoy glamour, networking, and of course champagne. They will have a reserved area for VIP guest which will feature craft cocktails, yummy bites, and a swag bag. VIP Admission $40 (includes access to VIP lounge, 2 free drinks, a bag of goodies to take home, priority seating at the fashion show, and 20% off your Fixxation Boutique purchases). Saturday, May 22nd, 11:00am to 2:00pm (fashion show starting at 1:00), Standard Admission $15. From Monday, May 10th to Sunday, May 16th guests can use code STAYFIXXATED for $10 off their VIP ticket purchases.


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[Review]  The Bay Park Releases 2020 Annual Report and Park-Visitor Survey

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, has published their 2020 Annual Report highlighting park progress, key community initiatives, enabling partnerships, environmental enhancements and more. The 2020 Annual Report can be accessed via The Bay Park’s website or by visiting www.thebayannualreport.org. “We are pleased to share our first annual report. The report showcases our partners and teams combined efforts to design, plan, fund and develop a welcoming gathering place for the full diversity of our community,” said AG Lafley, Founding CEO of The Bay Park Conservancy. 

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[New Hire]  Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. Recruits John Cole as Finished Products Manager - Bethel for Hancock Lumber

Joseph McElmeel, Chairman and CEO of executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful recruitment by its Executive Recruiter, Rick Mohrman of John Cole as Finished Products Manager – Bethel for Hancock Lumber. 

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[Achievement ]  Manatee County Highlights Local Successes During Economic Development Week

A virtual treasure hunt, social media posts and an outreach event at the Oneco Market highlight a week’s worth of events planned for 2021 Economic Development Week, May 9 – 15. A team of Economic Development staff will set up a booth at the Oneco Farmer’s Market on Friday, May 14 from 3 – 5 p.m. to promote the County’s Inclusive Manatee Initiative, and kick off the County’s Microenterprise Program.  

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[SOON]  GALA: Junior League of Sarasota: Annual Celebration , May 18, 6pm

The Junior League of Sarasota (JLS) will be holding their Annual Celebration for members and their guests on Tuesday, May 18 at 6pm at the Sarasota County Farm Bureau Pavilion to celebrate accomplishments from the past League year, present the annual awards, and welcome incoming leadership. This year has been full of challenges for all, however JLS continued to use innovative ways to keep their members engaged and active in giving back to the community.  There is always an end of the year celebration however,   this year the celebration may look different. It will be less formal and more “spring casual” with food from Polpo Pizza Co. food truck in an outside affair that is sure to highlight all the wonderful accomplishments of the year.  In addition, the installation of the new Board of Directors and Management Team will occur. Awards for the following categories will be presented: President’s Award, Sustainer of the Year, Sustainer Community Service, Charter Award, Spirit of the League, Active Team of the Year, Active of the Year, Active Community Impact, New Member of the Year, and Community Partner of the Year.

[SOON]  THEATER: Virtual: SaraSolo: The Solo , May 28 – May 29, 7pm

The Solo is an ongoing series of adult education workshops, coaching, consultation, and master classes, lead by Ann Morrison and Blake Walton. The Solo springs from a desire by individual artists to grow a solo theatre project from early stages to performance. Each of these initial 8 artists approached Ann and Blake with an idea, a revision, or a nearly complete piece in need of a professional eye and an audience. We invite you to watch a part of the ongoing development of 8 multi-media solo theatre pieces on Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29 at 7pm live streamed through Accidental Jacket with talk-backs. Tickets are $10 and buyers can view a recording of the event any time after it streams for a full week after.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sip & Strut Fashion Show , May 22, 11am-2pm

The Sip & Strut Fashion Show will take place on Saturday, May 22 from 11am to 2pm (fashion show starting at 1pm). Standard Admission is $15. VIP Admission is $40 (includes access to VIP lounge, 2 free drinks, a bag of goodies to take home, priority seating at the fashion show, and 20% off your Fixxation Boutique purchases). The Sip & Strut Fashion Show is a fun event for women of all ages who enjoy glamour, networking, and of course champagne. We will have a reserved area for our VIP guest which will feature craft cocktails, yummy bites, and a swag bag. Fixxation Boutique, Modern Soul Boutique, Blend Fashion House, Motel Therapy, Ivy Style Lounge, Mer Soeur Swim, Jennifer Matteo Event Planning, A Shore Thing Events, Sweet B’s Floral Truck, Braid Bar by Sammi K, Body Jewelry by Amanda W, and Deck’s Plate (vegan food) are involved. From Monday, May 10 to Sunday, May 16 guests can use code STAYFIXXATED for $10 off their VIP ticket purchases.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Chamber: Chamber Connect: Sun 'N Fun RV Resort , May 20, 5pm-6:30pm

Make connections with Chamber business professionals. Meet us at our after-hours event, Chamber Connect--held bi-monthly on the third Thursday at various locations throughout Greater Sarasota. This month's Chamber Connect will take place on Thursday, May 20 from 5pm to 6:30pm at Sun 'N Fun RV Resort. You are invited to enjoy light appetizers and drinks in a laid-back atmosphere perfect for meeting your next customer or client. This is an event you don't want to miss and a great way to kick-off an early start to the weekend. Individual tickets are free for members and $20 for nonmembers.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Sarasota Chamber: CEO & Joe: Update on Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch , May 21, 8:30am-9:30am

Join us on Friday, May 21 from 8:30am to 9:30am for "virtual" coffee with your Chamber President/CEO, Heather Kasten and Guest Speakers: Kirk Boylston, President, Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty and Monaca Onstad, Director, Community Relations. They will update us on the opening of Waterside Place. Waterside Place is a mixed-use development in Lakewood Ranch that will include apartments, townhomes, shops, restaurants, office space, a theater and an 8-acre park. One of the largest projects to date on the Sarasota County side of Lakewood Ranch, it is under construction now and is expected to open Summer 2021. This meeting will be held virtually. A ZOOM meeting code will be emailed to registrants 24 hours prior to the event. You do not need to have a ZOOM account to register for this event. Space is limited. Please register ASAP.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Ringling: Panel Discussion: Arts Advocacy in Sarasota County , May 11, 10:30am

Arts advocates have been working tirelessly for over thirty years to ensure that all students in Sarasota County have access to quality arts education. Hear from arts advocates then and now as they remember the history of arts advocacy in Sarasota County and how the school district went from cutting arts funding to making it an integral aspect of student education. This event will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 11 at 10:30am. It is $5 for non-members and free for members. Tickets for Virtual programs are available 30 days prior to each program.

[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: 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]  FILM: WSLR: Speciesism: The Movie , May 11, 7pm

This event will occur at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Tuesday, May 11 at 7pm. Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms,” hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida: Developing Your Fundraising Plan , May 11, 12pm

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 Developing Your Fundraising Plan on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 12pm via Zoom. This exciting presentation features a dynamic panel including Susie Bowie, Manatee Community Foundation; Amy Towery CFRE, ACFRE, Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee; Declan Sheehy, New College Foundation; Steve Higgins, CFRE, Carter and moderator, Julie Poulin, CFRE, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, as they share best practices on developing an effective, creative and comprehensive plan to ensure success. Cost is $15 for AFP members and $25 for nonmembers.

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