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SRQ DAILY Jun 2, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"I was raised to embrace diversity and love in any form which is reflected in my vibrant artwork. I am excited to team up with them to unite the community and celebrate diversity & acceptance: That is One Love!"

- Alissa Silvers, Liss Art & Design
 

-Mining The Gap, as seen in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Art Auction]  Liss Design Artwork to Donate Proceeds at Project Pride SRQ's One Love Charity Event
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

A self-taught Swiss-born artist, Alissa "Liss" Silvers, may always call Münchwilen home, but she has since transplanted to Sarasota to continue her works of art that are now displayed in both private and public collections in the USA and Switzerland. The backbone of her creations reflects “an intimate expression of the unique individuals she has met and the diverse places in which she has lived and traveled.” 

Known for her combination of abstract art, brand identity designs and evocative portrait illustrations, her colorful and expressive art naturally aligns with the mission behind Project PRIDE SRQ , a local organization born out of the notion to unite, celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ people in the community. Coming up this month for Gay Pride Month is the 1st annual ONE LOVE charity event and silent art auction, sponsored by Project PRIDE. Liss Art & Design announced she will be featured at the event and will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the painting pictured above if sold, and 20% of her proceeds from other artwork sold at the event to the nonprofit.

"I am a big supporter of Project Pride SRQ's work in the LGTBQ+ community," Silvers shares. "I was raised to embrace diversity and love in any form which is reflected in my vibrant artwork. I am excited to team up with them to unite the community and celebrate diversity and acceptance: That is One Love!"

Come out and meet Silvers, celebrate Gay Pride Month and get to know the series of initiatives Project PRIDE has planned for 2021 and beyond. Sabal Palm Bank will be providing the venue for ONE LOVE, held in Downtown Sarasota on Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 6pm-9pm. In addition to the silent art auction, this free event will feature merchandise, live music, snacks, wine and an interactive art exhibit. 

Find out more and RSVP to One Love Charity Event & Silent Auction here.

 

Photo of Alissa Silvers, courtesy of Liss Art & Design

[New Hire]  Children's Dream Fund Officially Announces New Executive Director

Meet the new Executive Director, Amanda Griffin. A native of St. Petersburg, she graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Family and Child Sciences. Amanda has always loved children and making people smile. Her time at the Children’s Dream Fund began with an internship, and that’s when she felt she found her home. 

Click here for more information.

[New Program ]  Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Joins National Alliance of Black Theatres

In an effort to share knowledge and resources, and strengthen the infrastructure of the Black theatre landscape in the United States, seven of the country’s freestanding, independent Black theatres – including Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) – have forged a new alliance. The National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners (NABTBO) will work together to ensure there are stages where Black voices take center stage and are heard by diverse audiences. “The distinction between our spaces and the varied Black theatre companies, festivals and collegiate programs that are responsible for the consistent amplification of Black voices is measured solely in brick and mortar,” said WBTT Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs. “The latter community can assist Black playwrights as they develop and stage their work in spaces that mirror their cultural perspective and background. Our theatres provide spaces where diverse audiences can regularly enjoy the results of these artistic endeavors.” 

[Summer Camp]  Summertime Art Camp is Back at Art Center Sarasota

This summer, Art Center Sarasota is once again encouraging young children and teens to set their inner artists free at its weekly summertime art camps. These immersive sessions run June 14-August 6. The programs target two different age groups: Creative Kids serves children, ages 6-10; Emerging Arts is for aspiring artists, ages 11 to 15. The camps are Mondays through Fridays, 9:30am to 3pm. Art Center Sarasota is also looking for teens, 15 and over, to volunteer as teaching and after-care assistants. Volunteer hours count towards high school and Bright Futures and National Honor Society requirements.  

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[New Hire]  Blaclock Walters Hires Attorney Yazen Dides

The law firm of Blalock Walters, P.A. is pleased to welcome attorney Yazen Dides to its corporate, health care and tax law practice groups. Dides’ practice focuses on commercial and residential transactions, including purchases, refinances, and construction loans, as well as commercial leasing. Dides is a member of The Florida Bar and its tax and corporate sections. 

Dides can be reached at 941.748.0100 or ydides@blalockwalters.com.

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[Position Extension]  Sarasota Opera Announces Five-Year Contract Extension and New Title for Richard Russell

Sarasota Opera announced today that Richard Russell’s contract has been extended through the 2025–26 season, and that his job title will change from Executive Director to General Director to better reflect the breadth of his responsibilities with the company. Russell will continue to collaborate with Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Victor DeRenzi in the planning of upcoming seasons. 

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[Celebration ]  Local Business Celebrates Father’s Day with Father and Son Company Legacy

Aqua Plumbing & Air, local heating, air conditioning, and plumbing company, is proud to celebrate Father’s Day with a unique focus on family: Co-owners Skip Stanton and Chuck Jacobson hired and work alongside their own sons in order to continue the family tradition of working and finding success in the skilled trades industry while serving the community. "We believe in supporting our future tradesmen and women, and that starts with breaking down the stigma surrounding the skilled trades and stress that an education in the trades is just as valuable as any other," said Stanton. "My two sons, Matt & Michael, bring a dynamic multi-generational depth to the workplace. I’m proud that my sons are continuing the trade and hope my grandson and Chuck’s grandson will join us when they are older.”  

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[COVID-19]  DOH Sarasota Announces Plan To Permanently Close The Sarasota Square Mall COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

 Beginning Friday, June 25 DOH Sarasota will begin offering first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine at our immunization clinics in Sarasota and North Port. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be available Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4pm, no appointment is necessary. 

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[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: The Circus , June 10, 1pm

This classic Chaplin silent film stars Charlie Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, George Davis and Henry Bergman and will play on June 10 at 1pm at the Historic Asolo Theater. In this circus entrenched comedy, the ringmaster of an impoverished circus hires Chaplin's Little Tramp as a clown, but discovers that he can only be funny unintentionally. Wrongfully accused of criminal acts, the tramp (Charlie Chaplin) unwittingly ducks into a big top, where his bumbling attempts to avoid pursuing police officers earn the laughter and applause of the circus-goers. Impressed, the ringmaster (Allan Garcia) decides to employ the tramp as an entertainer. In between getting trapped in a lion's cage and partaking in clumsy high wire escapades, he falls for a beautiful show rider (Merna Kennedy), who unfortunately has eyes for a daring tightrope acrobat. Run Time is 1 hr 12 min. Admission to the Circus Museum is only an additional $5 with your ticket to this film, The Circus. 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 cancelled. Ticket holders will be notified upon any changes made and refunded if the screening is canceled.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: The Greatest Showman , June 17, 1pm

Growing up in the early 1800s, P.T. Barnum displays a natural talent for publicity and promotion, selling lottery tickets by age 12. After trying his hands at various jobs, P.T. turns to show business to indulge his limitless imagination, rising from nothing to create the Barnum & Bailey circus. Featuring catchy musical numbers, exotic performers and daring acrobatic feats, Barnum's mesmerizing spectacle soon takes the world by storm to become the Greatest Show on Earth (should this be capitalized?). Directed By Michael Gracey and starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson, this original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation will play on June 17 at 1pm at the Historic Asolo Theater. The Greatest Showman is rated PG and is 1 hr 45 min. Admission to the Circus Museum is only and additional $5 with your ticket to this film, The Greatest Showman. 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 cancelled. 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, $10 for students, and $5 for children.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Bird , June 18, 6:30pm

Bird is rated R and is 2 hr 41 min. Director Clint Eastwood, a noted jazz aficionado, directs this heartfelt study of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker) will play on June 18 at 6:30pm at the Historic Asolo Theater. Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs. Treat yourself to a special meal at The Ringling Grillroom before heading over to The Historic Asolo Theater. A special prix fixe menu will be available, in addition to the regular menu. Located in the John M. McKay Visitors Pavilion, The Grillroom offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations are encouraged; please call 941-360-7390. The pre fixe menu will be available soon, please check back. 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]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: DUMBO , June 24, 1pm

Directed by Tim Burton, and starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito, this 2019 remake of a beloved tale brings takes baby Dumbo to new heights will play on June 24 at 1pm at the Historic Asolo Theater. Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction, bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant's magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture. Dumbo is rated PG and is 1 hr 52 min. Admission to the Circus Museum is only an additional $5 with your ticket to this film, DUMBO. 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, $10 for students, $5 and children.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones , June 25, 6:30pm

The Lives of Quincy Jones is rated PG13 and is 1 hr 55 min. Interviews with Frank Sinatra, Jesse Jackson, and Ray Charles complement this compelling portrait of a musical virtuoso. The essential Quincy Jones – jazz trumpeter; songwriter, composer, arranger; record, film, and television producer will play on June 25 at 6:30pm at the Historic Asolo Theater. Treat yourself to a special meal at The Ringling Grillroom before heading over to The Historic Asolo Theater. A special prix fixe menu will be available, in addition to the regular menu. Located in the John M. McKay Visitors Pavilion, The Grillroom offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations are encouraged; please call 941-360-7390. The pre fixe menu will be available soon, please check back. 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]  FOOD: Bevardi's Salute: Father's Day Sunday , June 20, 4pm

Celebrate Dad with Bevardi's Salute on June 20. Father’s Day Dinner Specials Include: Dinner specials include: a 48oz Marinated and Dry-Aged, Porterhouse Steak carved table-side to share (or not), Seafood Linguine with Shrimp, Mussels, Calamari, and Clams in a zesty tomato sauce, Chef Laszlo's Signature European Grilled Dover Sole filleted table-side, PLUS Dads receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Bevardi’s Salute Restaurant offers the full à la carte menu from 4pm. Bevardi’s Salute Restaurant offers a complete dining experience from a variety of appropriately spaced indoor dining areas to a large outdoor garden terrace with twinkling lights and an evening breeze. Live music by Time Trax Duo is from 6-9pm. Bevardi’s Salute Restaurant offers curbside and delivery (Grubhub, DoorDash, BiteSquad) of menu items along with indoor dining and a large shaded outdoor dining garden to accommodate customers. Reservations recommended call 941.365.1020 or online.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas , June 2 – July 7

Florida Studio Theatre opens its Summer Mainstage Series on June 2 and will run through July 7 with one of the most popular shows FST has produced to-date, Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas, featuring FST favorite Kathy Halenda. Created by Halenda along with the late Venice-based playwright Jack Fournier, Sophie Tucker tells the thrilling story of the legendary trend-setter who made waves in the first half of the 20th century with her dynamic performances of comedic and bawdy songs. With over 20 of Tucker’s best known songs, like “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “Some of These Days,” this sizzling show will run in FST’s Gompertz Theatre.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: SCORE Manasota Forum Series Survive & Thrive: Customer Experience: Building Successful Customer Relationships , June 2, 12pm-1:30pm

Customer experience is the sum of all interactions a customer has with a business, from first learning about the company to then purchasing and using the product or service. Consistent good customer service contributes to the overall experience and gives your business a firm foundation to build on. Register for this Forum on June 2 from 12pm to 1:30pm to learn from SCORE Manasota mentors, Ramin Hashemi and Gio Cantarella, several key strategies on how you can deliver world-class customer service. Topics Covered: Developing a customer persona, Understanding what is driving their behavior, Determining what experience you want to create, Cultivating relationships, and Learning how to get your Customers involved. Additionally, this presentation will go over how you can derive metrics like your Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT), Net Promoter Score (NPS), and Customer Lifetime Value (CLV). This Forum includes multiple interactive discussions that will allow attendees to be involved in the presentation. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss with the presenters topics or issues they are facing regarding the Forum's topic.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Chamber: YPG After Hours at Cask & Ale , June 3, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Join us on Thursday, June 3 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Cask & Ale for this month's YPG After Hours. Whether you're looking to make new friends, build your network, or learn more about what Sarasota has to offer, this is a great opportunity to connect with other young professionals in the region. Enjoy drink specials for the duration of the event. This event is free for YPG Members and $15 for future members at the door. Pre-registration is encouraged. Mark your calendars for the first Thursday of each month for the area's longest running networking event just for young professionals. For questions regarding this event, please contact Alyssa Barnsley.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Florida Public Relations Association: Crisis Communication Coffee Hour , June 3, 8:30am-9:30am

Chapter members are invited to a special virtual coffee hour from 8:30am to 9:30am on Thursday, June 3, 2021 on Zoom. The Central West Coast Chapter of FPRA will be hosting a “Crisis Communication Coffee Hour” featuring Joe Curley, APR, CPRC. Over coffee, Joe will share some of his crisis communication stories and experiences throughout his career in public relations. Grab a coffee or other morning beverage of choice and join the conversation! To participate, click on the Zoom link at the time of the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83475007517. For more information about this event, contact Erin Hoffer, APR, CPRC, the chapter’s accreditation director, at accreditation@cwcfpra.com.

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