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"For centuries, horses have embodied the spirit of American freedom and pride. They are our companions, work partners, entertainers, and athletes. "

- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois

[Federal]  Buchanan Files Ban on Slaughtering Horses for Meat
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

No Americans should have resorted to eating their horses, according to Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota. The congressman on Wednesday filed bipartisan legislation with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, that would outlaw killing horses for food.

“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is a barbaric practice that has no place in America,” Buchanan said. “I look forward to continuing to lead the effort with Congresswoman Schakowsky to ban domestic horse slaughter and end the export of horses abroad for the same purpose.”

It’s not just a stance against an easily reviled act. Just two years ago, a horse was stolen from a property in Palmetto and later found gutted for meat; the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office last year arresting a Pinellas County resident on charges of grand theft and animal cruelty. The Sarasota-Manatee area saw two horses killed for meat by rustlers within a month in 2015.

Buchanan’s office said there have been scattered reported around Florida for years regarding the slaughter of horses, often by thieves. But the act of killing the horse for meat isn’t itself a crime. In fact, federal agencies estimate 37,000 American were exported to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico, with the meet typically shopped overseas. Buchanan, who has been honored as the U.S. Humane Society’s Legislator of the Year twice, wants federal law to change. In addition to a prohibition on such killing in the U.S., the newly filed Save America’s Forgotten Equines Act (SAVE) Act would also ban such international sales. Selling horses in the United States to be slaughtered to export the meat is already a violation of the law, but it’s a regulation that has to be extended every year, and it doesn’t stop selling to buyers in Canada and Mexico.

“Only nine years ago, 160,000 American horses were exported abroad for slaughter,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “Due to awareness of this inhumane and predatory industry, that number has dropped dramatically with only 37,249 shipped to slaughter in 2020. But one horse is still too many.” The Humane Society supports the bill.

So does the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose horse slaughter for human consumption and with May being Adopt a Horse Month, there is no better time than now to support at-risk horses by prohibiting this unnecessary and cruel practice,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of Government Relations for the ASPCA. “We are grateful to Representatives Schakowsky and Buchanan for their steadfast commitment to protecting our horses and we urge Congress to pass the SAFE Act to finally end this abhorrent practice.”

The lawmakers behind the bill hope to find bipartisan support. “For centuries, horses have embodied the spirit of American freedom and pride,” Schakowsky said. “They are our companions, work partners, entertainers, and athletes. With such a special place in our nation’s history it’s beyond time that we end the brutal practice of slaughtering these majestic creatures as food for humans.” 

[ShopTalk]  Sip and Strut into the Weekend
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Fixxation Boutique, in collaboration with five other local women's boutiques, will be presenting its 2nd annual fashion show this Saturday. The Sip & Strut Fashion Show welcomes women of all ages to come and enjoy some feminine glamour, networking, and of course champagne, all while the trendy merch is modeled on the outdoor patio of Fixxation from each of the five boutiques contributing.

Rosemary's Fixxation Boutique, St. Armand's Modern Soul Boutique, Hillview's Blend Fashion House, Burns Court's newly-opened Motel Therapy and local swimwear brand Mer Soeur Swim
Other local businesses and vendors involved include: Ivy Style Lounge, Jennifer Matteo Event Planning, Sweet B's Floral Truck, Braid Bar with Sammi K, Body Jewelry with Amanda W and  A Shore Thing. Meanwhile, popular vegan chef Deck's Plate will be serving up elevated vegan foods to fuel your shopping and socializing. 

There will be a reserved area with priority seating for VIP guests to upgrade their experience with featured craft cocktails, yummy bites and a swag bag. Standard admission: $15. VIP admission: $40.

Event takes place Saturday, May 22, 11 AM - 2 PM (fashion show starts at 1 PM). Located at Fixxation Boutique, 1108 N Orange Ave., Sarasota, 34236 

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[New Hire]  District Fills Three Leadership Positions

Superintendent Cynthia Saunders announced today that she has filled three senior leadership positions, including a new Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services, a new Chief Operations Officer and a new Director of Construction Services. Dr. Daniel J. Evans will become the School District’s new Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services, Joseph A. Ranaldi will become the school district’s new Chief Operations Officer and William Horton has been named the new Director of Construction Services.  

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[New Grant]  Asolo Rep Receives $225,000 Grant from the Toulmin Foundation

Asolo Repertory Theatre has been granted $225,000 from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. The funds will go toward Asolo Rep’s 2021-2022 season, which will include six mainstage productions, produced indoors. The Toulmin Foundation, which has a long history of supporting Asolo Rep, most recently provided $175,000 in operating grant funds and general assistance for COVID-19 contingencies in April 2020 and $100,000 in support of the outdoor Terrace Stage where the 2020-2021 season was performed. 

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[Recognition]  Barancik Foundations Awards First Ripple Effect Awards to Sarasota County School Teachers in Honor of Late Philanthropists

In partnership with Sarasota County Schools, Barancik Foundation unveiled its Ripple Effect Teacher Award at the School Board meeting on May 18th. The newly established, semi-annual prize acknowledges outstanding teachers who have impacted lives in and outside classrooms. Each are awarded $5,000 to spend on professional development experiences or on material and equipment for their classrooms. The spring semester awardees are: Darwin “Tony” Epps from Brookside Middle School, Jessica Gardner from Wilkinson Elementary School, Steve Lord from Atwater Elementary School, Mary Pedro from Lamarque Elementary School and Judi Robson from Sarasota Middle School. 

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[New Seminar]  The Florida Center’s Inaugural Training Symposium Aims to Educate Early Childhood Professionals and Parents

The Florida Center for Early Childhood is launching its inaugural “Mind Matters” Early Childhood Development Symposium, a virtual conference for early childhood professionals and caregivers on Thursday, June 24 from 9am to 3pm. The first 150 registrants receive the training for free. “A child’s brain develops more in the first five years than at any other time in life,” said Dr. Kristie Skoglund, CEO of The Florida Center. “Adults who interact with young children regularly need to know how to nurture that development and help them reach their full potential.” 

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[New Building]  SVN Commercial Advisory Group Manages Sale of $2.7M Medical Office Building

Senior advisor Mike Migone, CCIM of SVN Commercial Advisory Group recently coordinated the sale of a 15,395 SF, multi-level medical office building at 5922 Cattlemen Lane in Sarasota, FLA. The seller, Medical Leasing Group, LLC, was represented by Migone. The buyer was RJK Florida Properties, LLC. Purchase price was $2,700,000. 

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[New Community Member]  West Coast Entrepreneur and Former Banking Executive Makes Move to Sarasota

Crystal Sargent, the principal of Invested Advisors, Inc., a California-based business consulting firm has established a residence in Sarasota, Florida. The relocation provides a regional presence to better support Gulf coast clients. The founder of Invested Advisors, Inc., Ms. Sargent established the firm in 2016 to fill a critical void in the marketplace by delivering an integrated business consultancy with strategic marketing, communications, and events services. 

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[Recognition]  Sweet Sparkman Wins Twin Awards at Tampa Builders Competition

Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors (SSAI), a multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, earned top honors at the 2021 Excellence in Construction (EIC) competition in Tampa, Florida, on May 7 – taking home two Eagle Awards for a pair of projects. They included: 2021 Eagle Award - Charlotte County Justice Center Renovation-Remodel with Ajax Building Company and 2021 Eagle Award - City of Cape Coral Fire Station #2 with Wright Construction Group from Fort Myers, Florida. 

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[New Hire]  All Faiths Food Bank Names New Operations Director

Following an extensive national search, All Faiths Food Bank is pleased to announce that Ryan Beaman has been promoted to Senior Director of Operations. In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing the planning, accountability and logistics involved in keeping a fleet of trucks on the road, managing a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, and coordinating with nearly 200 community partners and programs in the Food Bank’s network to feed the hungry in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Sarasota Music Festival , June 12 – June 19

Get ready for one marvelous week of music-making this June as the sounds of the Sarasota Music Festival (SMF) fill Holley Hall. From June 12 to 19, SMF artistic leadership, faculty artists, and distinguished alumni will present a special series comprised of four concerts and a lecture. Each event celebrates SMF's deeply held values regarding the magnificence of chamber music and offers performances of the highest caliber. Due to health and safety considerations, the 2021 SMF will not include the teaching component that normally convenes 100 faculty and fellows from around the world, but Sarasota Orchestra looks forward to returning to the full festival format in 2022. This year, all concerts in Holley Hall will follow the same safety protocols that have guided the Orchestra's 2020-2021 concert season, including required masks, temperature checks at entry, and socially distanced seating for audiences of less than 50 patrons. Patrons who want to attend concerts in person can sign up to the events' registration lists through June 4 for the chance to purchase tickets. Streaming will also be available starting June 24, so patrons won't miss a note. A $40 SMF Streaming Pass includes online access to all five remarkable programs of this year's reimagined festival.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Players Centre: Summer Minicamps , June 21 – July 30

The Players Studio (TPS), the education department of The Players Centre for Performing Arts, is proud to announce this year’s summer camps. TPS has six one-week minicamps perfect for ages 5 to 10 starting in June and running through the end of July. These camps focus on acting, dancing, and singing, all related to a theme. Each week there is a different, exciting topic for students to enjoy. Campers also create characters, make crafts, use their imagination and work with other students to present a short performance on the last day. Disney Fairytales from June 21-25: Life is a fairytale, and you are the main character. Learn how to craft the perfect fairytale story and perform numbers from Disney musicals. Marvel Heroes from June 28-July 2: Capes and masks are all part of this creative storytelling camp. Using the power of imagination students can create their own superhero that saves the world through dance, song and scenes. Pirates & Mermaids from July 5-9: Ahoy, matey. Students will have fun acting out scenes and songs from Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid, among others. Vampires & Zombies from July 12-16: Are you more of a zombie or more of a vampire? Learn stage makeup, design your own monsters, and dance to songs like Thriller and Time Warp. Under the Sea from July 19-23: Spend this week under the sea learning songs and dance from Finding Nemo, Moana and The Little Mermaid. Star Wars from July 26-30: Learn to use the Force through creative dramatics with basic stage combat techniques to stage an epic battle. (Includes a take-home practice light saber.) One-week minicamps are limited to 20 students and cost $160 for the whole week, this includes a t-shirt. Students should bring their own lunches. On Wednesday campers can purchase pizza and ice cream. More information will be available after registration. Before and after care are available, as well as financial assistance. Masks are required.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Summer Music Camp , June 21 – July 23

Sarasota Orchestra's Summer Music Camp is the place to be this summer for amazing musical enrichment with 3 sessions from June 21 through July 23. From our Bootcamp for beginners to our Summer Intensive and Audition Workshop for advanced players, every camp module offers incomparable opportunities for skill-building. Our camp ensembles include all orchestra instruments and all experience levels (even no experience). Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay and risk losing a spot. Applications must be mailed by June 1. Visit our website to download an application and learn more about all that's in store this June and July at Summer Music Camp.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Selby Gardens: Botanical Briefing: The Nature of Glass , August 18, 12pm-1pm

Join us on August 18 from 12pm to 1pm to learn from three artists, Dan Alexander, Lauren Hill, and Danyell Bauer, working in glass at the DMG Hot Glass Workshop as they share stories of inspiration and technique about their nature inspired works, and the development of their art under the mentorship of Duncan McClellan.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Ringling: New Perspectives on Women & the Historic Circus: Amelia Osterud , May 20, 10:30am

In a series of virtual presentations by Circus and Cultural Historians whose research has brought them to The Ringling, learn about the experiences, contributions, and documentation of women in the circus and allied arts. This particular edition, with Amelia Osterud, will take place virtually on Thursday, May 20 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]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance In-Studio Performance: Zoe Austin , May 20 – May 21, 7pm

Sarasota Contemporary Dance presents Zoe Austin both in-person and virtually. In-Person on May 20 and 21, 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. Virtually on May 20, 2021 at 7pm LIVE Stream and May 21, 2021 at 7pm Broadcast Recording. Tickets are choose what you pay, $5, $10, $15. Ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show. Zoe Austin (Dancer) was born in Montreal, Canada and raised in Sarasota, FL. She attended New World School of the Arts where she humbly graduated as valedictorian with a BFA. She is trained in ballet, Horton, Limón, and Graham techniques and was honored to perform works by Michael Foley, Robert Battle, Bill T. Jones, Sean Curran, and Darshan Singh Bhuller while also creating and performing works of her own. In the summer of 2015, she received the Rosie Herrera full tuition scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival, working with artists Jennifer Nugent, Pamela Pietro, and Sara Procopio. Zoe is currently residing in her hometown of Sarasota, FL, where she has started a family of her own and gained a new family in SCD. This is her second season with the company and she is beyond blessed and excited to continue her journey and growth as an artist.

[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: How Financially Successful People Build & Preserve Wealth , May 20, 4pm-6pm

No good happens by rushing things, especially when it comes to investing. In this presentation, you’ll learn what destroys wealth, how successful investors create wealth, and how to alter behavior to work toward being successful. Join ACE Instructor and Wealth Advisor Joe Walsh in person on Thursday, May 20, from 4pm to 6pm for this discussion. Register at sarasotacountyschools.net/ace. Joe is a volunteer instructor. Your $25 registration fee supports ACE, a program of the Sarasota County Schools system.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Your CBD Store: Educational Series to Educate, Raise Awareness , May 20 – May 25

'Your CBD Store,’ a local, holistic wellness shop, invites the community to attend free informational workshops planned throughout May to educate and raise awareness of CBD and related topics. The workshops, planned for Thursday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 25, will share research, facts and myths surrounding the cannabidiol compound found in hemp and cannabis, commonly referred to as CBD. The first educational series workshop on Thursday, May 20 at the Lakewood Ranch store, located at 8215 Natures Way #105, in Lakewood Ranch will cover CBD options for pets, from 10am to 11am, in recognition of May as “National Pets Month,”, and CBD information for senior citizens from 12pm to 1pm, as May is also “Older Americans Month.” The following workshop series, held at Your CBD Store located at their Lakewood Ranch store on Tuesday, May 25: from 10am to 11am, the workshop will include information on CBD and PTSD, in recognition of May as “National Military Appreciation Month,” and from 12pm to 1pm, for “National Mental Health Awareness Month,” topics will include the impact of CBD for depression, anxiety and sleep issues.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Off to the Races , February 20 – May 23, Museum hours.

The entertainments to be found on the circus lot at the end of the 19th century were not limited to those that took place in and above the rings. When American circuses expanded their performance areas from one ring to two and, eventually, three, the space that encircled the rings became an additional space for special presentations. Called the hippodrome track to align its displays with the pageants and contests of Ancient Rome, the track became the site of some of the most exhilarating and mad cap features of the circus – the races. Enjoy this exhibition at the Circus Museum from February 20 through May 23 during museum hours free with admission.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Selby Gardens: Roy Lichtenstein: Monet's Garden Goes Pop , February 13 – June 27, 10am-5pm

This exhibition showcases the legendary Pop artist's screen prints based on Monet's world-famous paintings of waterlilies and haystacks from February 13 until June 27, 10am to 5pm. Lichtenstein's rarely seen Water Lilies and Haystacks provide an unexpected homage to a staple of the public imagination - Monet's paintings of his garden and home at Giverny that inspired them. The display of Lichtenstein's art in the midst of a horticultural evocation of Giverny creates a unique experience for more than 100,000 garden visitors. Selby Gardens, transformed into Monet's famed gardens at Giverny through the Pop Art lens of Roy Lichtenstein, includes iconic elements of Monet's garden such as the green Japanese bridge, trellises, and benches. This conjuring of Lichtenstein's world also serves as the dynamic backdrop to the lush plantings and mixed borders for which Monet's paintings were renowned. An avid gardener, Monet once said, "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece." Marie Selby Botanical Gardens evokes this crowning achievement with a surprising Pop Art twist.

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