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"As teachers we are used to adapting to any situation thrown at us. Teachers and families, we did this and we adapted and we are resilient."

- Kathleen Ferry, 7th Grade Team Leader at SSAS
 

[Education]  DeSantis Touts Bonuses, Boasts About Reopenings
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Gov. Ron DeSamtis swung through Sarasota to promote $1,000 bonus checks issued to educators across the state in recognition of working in the pandemic. While speaking at Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences, a charter school, he stressed the money would go to those working at traditional public schools and public charter schools.

“Principals and teachers across Florida understood the importance of getting kids back to school in person,” he said. “Virtual education quite frankly just doesn’t cut it.”

Teachers expressed gratitude. They also shared stories making clear they have worked to serve both students who came back to classrooms in the fall and those who remained at home for remote learning. Around 85% of students now have returned to on-campus instruction.

“As teachers we are used to adapting to any situation thrown at us,” said Kathleen Ferry, a 7th Grade team leader at SSAS. This year, that involved teaching students in-person and at home simultaneously. “Teachers and families, we did this and we adapted and we are resilient.”

Kevin Corwin, a math teacher and department head, noted that was done by many teachers himself included, while also dealing with education of their own children at home. He has children attending five schools in Sarasota or Manatee County and worked directly with some 75 educators professionally or personally.

A number of other elected officials and administration leaders joined DeSantis for the event at the Sarasota School. Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, in town already to meet with other local officials, attended the event. Sens. Joe Gruters and Jim Boyd also stood by the governor along with Reps. Tommy Gregory and Fiona McFarland. Superintendent Brennan Asplen also joined the governor for the event.

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran also talked up the state’s decision to require districts this year to offer in-person learning five days a week. “We had a leader who said, despite all the onslaught, we will open our schools,” Corcoran said.

  

Image courtesy Rep. Fiona McFarland via Twitter

[ShopTalk]  All That Glitters is Gold with There Goes Lo's Repurposed Gucci, Dior and LV Charms
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Perhaps it’s not in your cards, credit cards that is, to splurge on that Louis Vuitton Flower Pendant Necklace, but local e-boutique There Goes Lo works a little magic so that you can thriftily procure high fashion name pieces without taking a trip to NYC’s Canal Street or going beyond your budget. Vintage designer charms are sourced, then There Goes Lo will recycle and renew the charms to become unique pieces that shine with new life. All pieces in its LUXE Collection are refurbished or repurposed from 100% authentic luxury designer pieces that are now limited editions put on chunky paperclip or dainty gold chains. Whether the DIOR Charm Necklace, the Vintage LV Lock & Key Necklace or the Gucci Bamboo Tassel Necklace, “Our goal for this collection is to give everyone luxury for less while recirculating and updating pieces that otherwise would be discarded.” Prices range from $55-$180 and have limited quantities for sale. 

There Goes Lo is not affiliated with any of the fore-mentioned brands or affiliates. Copyrighted trademarks and images are the sole property of their respective owners. 

Photo courtesy of @there.goes.lo

Shop the LUXE jewelry collection here.

[GSAHEC]  Quit Tobacco Today with Free Cessation Sessions

There’s never been a more important time to quit tobacco. 

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, as part of the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program, offers free tobacco cessation sessions to help individuals quit all forms of tobacco.  These group sessions—held virtually and in-person—will assist you with developing your own customized quit plan. Free nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches, gum or lozenges (if medically appropriate and while supplies last) and follow up support from a trained tobacco treatment specialist are provided with the session. 

Contact us today at 866-534-7909 or visit our page to schedule a class or learn more about the program! 

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[New Hire]  Premier Sotheby's New Associates in Sarasota

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that the following sales professionals have affiliated with the company’s Sarasota area sales gallery locations: Sheila Johnson, Lakewood Ranch, Clint Kasten, Downtown Sarasota, Rumen Tchorbadjiev, Venice and Marisa Turner, Downtown Sarasota. 

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[New Program]  B & I Contractors Joins Encompass Health Project

B & I Contractors, a Florida based Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical subcontracting and building services firm, was awarded the $2.5 million Electrical scope for the new ground-up Encompass Health project in Naples. The Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Naples will offer inpatient physical therapy services to patients. 

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[Job Opportunity ]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Manatee County is accepting applications for seven seats on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, a volunteer committee that makes recommendations to County Commissioners to encourage or facilitate affordable housing. Applications are due June 18 and may be completed online 

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[New Grant]  Ringling College Receives $500,000 Gift from the Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust to Support Premier Makerspace and Student Scholarships

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that the Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust has made a $500,000 gift in support of the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center including the Wood Shop, which will be named the Daniel E. Offutt III Wood Shop. It also establishes the Daniel E. Offutt III Endowed Scholarship which will furnish an annual scholarship of at least $7,500 beginning in Fall 2022, and will provide an additional one-time scholarship for a student this fall, who will be the College’s first Offutt Scholar. 

[New Position ]  Manatee County Commissioners Confirm Dr. Scott Hopes as Official County Administrator

Manatee County Commissioners yesterday confirmed Dr. Scott Hopes as their official County Administrator, deciding to remove the "acting" designation he has held since he was originally hired on April 1.  

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[Meal Donations]  Free Meals for Manatee Kids and Teens Starting June 1

For 14 years, the Summer BreakSpot program has been providing nourishment for children during the long summer months. This program provides free meals (lunch and breakfast for the next day) for kids and teens at multiple locations starting on June 1st, 2021. Food & Nutrition Services will also have drive-through sites at four schools, Monday – Friday, serving 11am – 12pm. Quick Grab n’ Go meals will be available for those who drive or walk up. Children can receive meals at any of the four locations: Bayshore High, Buffalo Creek Middle, Haile Middle and King Middle.   

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[Movie Event]  Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House to Begin Saturday June 5th

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the initial lineup for the 2021 summer movie series, which will open with “La Cage aux Folles” on Saturday, June 5th at 7:30 pm, with tickets at $10. The HD at the Opera House series that features productions of opera and ballet from around the world will open on Sunday, June 6th with the opera film of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, with tickets at $20, and $18 for subscribers.  

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[New Show]  Florida Studio Theatre Improv Presents Life's A Beach

Florida Studio Theatre (FST)’s resident improv team, FST Improv, returns to the Bowne’s Lab stage with one the troupe’s most popular shows, Life’s a Beach. Drawing inspiration from audience suggestions, FST Improv’s cast members create scenes and musical numbers that celebrate—and poke fun at—all things “Sarasota.” Beginning June 5, FST Improv will perform Life’s a Beach every Saturday at 7:30pm in FST’s Bowne’s Lab. Doors open one hour before show time.  

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[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Monsieur Chocolat , June 3, 1pm

This vibrant bio drama recounts the life and times of Rafael Padilla Chocolat, who escaped a legacy of slavery in Cuba to become the first Black stage performer in France. Performing a lead role in a circus pantomime act in Paris, Chocolat shot to stardom with his partner, Charles Footit, a white clown.  Starring Omar Sy and James Thiérrée, the film’s potent and adventurous casting and art direction entertains and expands our circus knowledge while it reflects on historical realities of race and the entertainment industry. The film will play at the Historic Asolo Theatre on June 3 at 1pm. 2016, French – subtitles, Rated PG-13 and 1 hr 59 minute duration. Admission to the Circus Museum is only an additional $5 with your ticket to this film, Monsieur Chocolat. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13.50 for adult members, $10 for students, and $5 for children. Seating will allow for social distancing. In the event of rising COVID cases or safety concerns this event is subject to be moved outdoors or canceled. Ticket holders will be notified upon any changes made and refunded if the screening is canceled.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Jazz On A Summer's Day , June 4, 6:30pm

This documentary concert film, which will play at the Historic Asolo Theatre on June 4 at 6:30pm, captures the sounds and performances of some of the major jazz artists at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Unlike earlier jazz movies that had been filmed in smoky black and white, this is shot in vibrant color. While musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Anita O'Day and Mahalia Jackson perform, images of beaches, sailboats on water, dancing couples and the faces of joyful audience members are intercut into the proceedings. Seating will allow for social distancing. In the event of rising COVID cases or safety concerns this event is subject to be moved outdoors or canceled. Ticket holders will be notified upon any changes made and refunded if the screening is canceled. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13.50 for adult members, and $10 for students.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: Life's A Beach , June 5 – July 31, 7:30pm

Florida Studio Theatre (FST)’s resident improv team, FST Improv, returns to the Bowne’s Lab stage with one the troupe’s most popular shows, Life’s a Beach. Drawing inspiration from audience suggestions, FST Improv’s cast members create scenes and musical numbers that celebrate—and poke fun at—all things “Sarasota.” Beginning June 5, FST Improv will perform Life’s a Beach every Saturday at 7:30pm in FST’s Bowne’s Lab. Doors open one hour before show time. A full food and drink menu is available for pre-show dining. Tickets are now on sale at 941.366.9000 or floridastudiotheatre.org. After performing for live, limited capacity audiences this spring in FST’s Mainstage Keating Theatre, FST Improv will now return to its “home theatre,” FST’s Bowne’s Lab. Lampooning and celebrating this “piece of paradise” loved by so many are FST Improv members Kevin Allen, Sarah Durham, Kyle Van Frank, and Will Luera. ​These quick-thinking performers will also be joined onstage by one of two musical improvisers, Sergei Glushonkov and Michelle Neal. From the annual “snowbird migration” and never-ending construction to pervasive roundabout confusion and elusive downtown parking, nothing is safe from a good-spirited tease.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Opera: Classic Movies at the Opera House: La Cage aux Folles , June 5, 7:30pm

A middle-aged gay couple who are the manager and star performer at a glitzy drag club in Saint-Tropez agree to hide their sexual identities, along with their flamboyant personalities and home decor, when ultraconservative parents come for a visit. This elegant comic scenario kicks off a wild and warmhearted French farce about the importance of nonconformity and being true to oneself. The 1979 classic is directed by Edouard Molinaro and stars Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, and Claire Maurier. Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes. This film will show at the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday, June 5 at 7:30pm. All seating is reserved at 50% capacity of the theater. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated and recommended for all others. Tickets are $10 and buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Opera: HD at the Opera House: Der Rosenkavalier , June 6, 1:30pm

Richard Strauss’s incandescent romantic comedy is placed in a sumptuous setting of timeless elegance directed by Herbert Wernicke and conducted by Christian Thielemann. Staged at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Germany, the cast includes Renee Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata, and Jonas Kaufmann. Running time: 3 hours, 20 minutes. This film will show on Sunday, June 6 at 1:30pm. All seating is reserved at 50% capacity of the theater. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated and recommended for all others. Tickets are $20, $18 for subscribers and buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Opera: Classic Movies at the Opera House: Marnie , June 19, 7:30pm

In this Alfred Hitchcock classic from 1964, kleptomaniac Marnie Edgar—who moves from job to job and has a pathological fear of the color red—is caught stealing by her latest employer Mark Rutland. Instead of turning her over to the police, Mark forces Marnie to marry him, convinced that he can get to the bottom of her psychosis. Starring Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, and Martin Gabel. Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes. This film will show on Saturday, June 19 at 7:30pm. All seating is reserved at 50% capacity of the theater. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated and recommended for all others. Tickets are $10 and buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Opera: HD at the Opera House: The Ninth Symphony Ballet by Béjart , June 20, 1:30pm

Maurice Béjart’s compelling staging of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has been enchanting audiences worldwide since its inception and its idea of universal brotherhood remains highly topical. “Alle Menschen werden Brüder” (All men will be brothers) is the powerful message communicated by the unforgettable music and choreography. From the stage of the NHK Hall in Tokyo, 250 dancers and musicians send this message out into the world. Featuring the Béjart Ballet Lausanne Ensemble, The Tokyo Ballet, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes. This film will show on Sunday, June 20 at 1:30pm. All seating is reserved at 50% capacity of the theater. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated and recommended for all others. Tickets are $20, $18 for subscribers and buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Opera: Classic Movies at the Opera House: West Side Story , July 10, 7:30pm

Set to a score by Leonard Bernstein, the 1961 film “West Side Story” transports the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 50s. The two feuding families are replaced by brawling street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Though they come from rival gangs, Maria and Tony meet at a dance, and no one can stop their love. Will their passion carry them through a battle that threatens to destroy the people they love? Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, and Richard Beymer. Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes. This film will show on Saturday, July 10 at 7:30pm. All seating is reserved at 50% capacity of the theater. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated and recommended for all others. Tickets are $10 and buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Opera: HD at the Opera House: La Clemenza di Tito , July 11, 1:30pm

Regarded by many as Mozart’s opera seria masterpiece, La Clemenza di Tito was composed in the summer of 1791—a few months before Mozart’s death—as a commission for the coronation of Emperor Leopold II as King of Bohemia in Prague. He supposedly composed the opera in just 18 days. This production is from the Zürich Opera House, conducted by Frans Welser-Möst with stage direction by Jonathan Miller, starring Jonas Kaufmann, Eva Mei, Vesselina Kasarova, Malin Hartelius, Liliana Nikiteanu, and Günther Groissböck. Running time: 2 hours, 4 minutes. This film will show on Sunday, July 11 at 1:30pm. All seating is reserved at 50% capacity of the theater. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated and recommended for all others. Tickets are $20, $18 for subscribers and buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Opera: Classic Movies at the Opera House: Moonstruck , July 24, 7:30pm

In her Academy Award winning role, Cher plays Loretta, an unlucky-in-love bookkeeper whose feelings about her engagement to the staid and timid Johnny (Danny Aiello) are thrown into question after she meets his hot-blooded brother, Ronny, played by Nicolas Cage. One night at the opera changes everything, as this enchanting 1987 romantic comedy unfolds to passionate Puccini melodies. Directed by Norman Jewison and also starring Olympia Dukakis. Running time: 1 hour, 43 minutes. This film will show on Saturday, July 24 at 7:30pm. All seating is reserved at 50% capacity of the theater. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated and recommended for all others. Tickets are $10 and buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Opera: HD at the Opera House: Manon Lescaut , July 25, 1:30pm

Born of his passion for Puccini, Riccardo Chailly’s journey through historic operas features an exciting new entry, the earliest version of Manon Lescaut – which debuted in Turin in 1893 – on the stage of Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy. Standing out among the many differences is the final concertato of the first act, omitted from the opera before its 1894 premiere at La Scala, in which Puccini shows off his stunning orchestral virtuosity. With María José Siri, Massimo Cavalletti, and Roberto Aronica. Conducted by Riccardo Chailly with stage direction by David Pountney. Running time: 2 hours, 12 minutes. This film will show on Sunday, July 25 at 1:30pm. All seating is reserved at 50% capacity of the theater. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated and recommended for all others. Tickets are $20, $18 for subscribers and buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300.

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