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"The Jewish community is too frequently the victim of assault, threats, vandalism, and other forms of intimidation."

- Rep. Fiona McFarland, R-Sarasota

-Pets We Love 2021, as seen in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Politics]  Buchanan, McFarland Join Town Hall Battling Antisemitism
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A recent case of vandalism at the Florida Holocaust Museum alarmed elected officials and Jewish leaders in the region and beyond. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday hosted an online town hall on antisemitism, where U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, and state Rep. Fiona McFarland, R-Sarasota, both spoke out about their concerns.

“The U.S. Jewish community has experienced a disturbing and dramatic rise in anti-Semitism.  Violence against Jewish people has no place in our country. As a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Eliminate Anti-Semitism, I am committed to combating this evil ideology,” Buchanan said.

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee was among seven Jewish organizations who helped to organize the event. Organizers estimated some 1,200 participated in the call.

Lawmakers from both parties participated in the call. DeSantis said that showed an important commitment, even at a time when politics is ramping up in Florida.

“Florida, regardless of party, has no tolerance for antisemitic behavior,” DeSantis said. “We need to speak with one voice. We are going to stand strong with our Jewish brothers and sisters.” 

The town hall included calls for the state and federal government to provide better security funding for faith-based institutions at risk of hateful attacks. The Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg was defaced by spray-painted swastikas in November. "Public officials and private citizens must continue to stand up and speak out against antisemitism and other forms of hatred and bigotry,” said state Rep. Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg. “Too many Americans feel unsafe right now, and we must work together to change that. We can have no tolerance for antisemitic vandalism, harassment or violence.”

The Jewish community in particular has been the target of increased attacks rooted in hate, McFarland said.

“The Jewish community is too frequently the victim of assault, threats, vandalism, and other forms of intimidation,” McFarland said. “We should not need to say this in the 21st century, but now, more than ever, we must stand together to affirm the safety and security of Israel and of our Jewish friends and neighbors here at home.” 

[ShopTalk]  Summer Fashion Fling
Madison Mursch, madison@srqme.com

Local fashion and beauty vendors and artists converge this Sunday to kick off the summer at the Art Ovation Hotel for the SRQ Fashion Benefit, sponsored by Blue Door Spa of Bradenton. Taking to the runway will be on-trend summer ensembles from online boutique Pink Sebastian Boutique accompanied by beach-style essentials from Christin Lilly’s Siesta Beach Babe Boutique, also an organizer for the benefit. Experience the Vintage-Pop style portraits from Venice-based artist Karen Chandler, known most recently for her 'Sarasota Heroes' mural in Downtown Sarasota honoring healthcare workers. She will be joined by Sarasota-based artist Heather Scarpinato, who specializes in water-inspired acrylic and resin paintings. Shop Terra Amazonia’s Brazilian jewelry and crafts showcasing cultural and ecological designs of Brazil and the Amazon,  jewelry from 12 Gate Treasures and H&M, Iice Candles’ icy clear wax candles and design from Lilac & Lace Vintage.

June 13, from 5-8 pm at Art Ovation. Purchase your VIP or GA tickets in advance here. All proceeds benefit Mothers Helping Mothers, a Sarasota nonprofit providing resources and necessities to local families in need at no cost. 

Photo courtesy of Beach Babe Boutique.

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[Van Wezel]  BROADWAY is BACK at the Van Wezel!

Subscribers save on select shows, get the best seats in the house and renew before the general public. The curtain is rising on the Van Wezel’s long-awaited subscription season, and productions like Come From Away, Anastasia, An Officer and Gentleman and An American in Paris will make their Sarasota debuts at the Hall. Though there have been plenty of great virtual offerings to keep us singing and cheering, there is no replacement for the magic of live theatre.

Subscribe today for a great season of Broadway productions, Classical favorites and Subscriber Specials! 

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[Workshop]  Music Compound to Host Cigar Box Guitar Workshop

Families seeking fun and creative options for their students this summer will enjoy this opportunity: On Saturday, July 10, Music Compound and the Suncoast Blues Society are partnering to present a Cigar Box Guitar Workshop, led by noted local blues musician Steve Arvey. Ages 8-18 are invited to participate in the fun-filled morning, with each child/teen building their own cigar box guitar. The workshop takes place from 10 a.m.-noon at Music Compound's Cattlemen location (1751 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota). Reclaimed woods and recycled materials are used to build the handcrafted cigar box guitars; the workshop includes all materials, a history lesson, and a jam session. The event is free – thanks to the sponsorship of the Suncoast Blues Society – but attendance is limited to the first 10 registrants. 

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[New Hire]  District Announces Interim Principal for Southside Elementary School

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Mrs. Jamie Hannon has been selected to serve as the interim Principal of Southside Elementary School. Mrs. Hannon will start her new position on July 1, 2021.


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[New Hire]  District Announces New Principal for Sarasota Middle School

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Mrs. Jennifer Nzeza has been selected as the next Principal of Sarasota Middle School. Mrs. Nzeza will start her new position on July 1, 2021. 

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[Recognition]  Harmar Mobility Earns 2021 Great Place to Work Certification

Harmar Mobility has recently been Certified™ by the worldwide organization Great Place to Work. The prestigious award is based solely on current employees’ feedback regarding their experience working at Harmar. This year, 75% of employees agreed that Harmar is a great place to work—16 points higher than the average U.S. company. Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention, and increased innovation. Harmar Mobility Chief Executive Officer Steve Dawson said, “We’re delighted to be certified as a Great Place to Work. Without the ongoing loyalty, determination and support from our employees and customers, it would be nearly impossible to continue to provide exceptional service and products for those with accessibility difficulties.” 

[Renovation ]  Halfacre Construction Company Begins Renovations on REALTOR Association Building

Halfacre Construction Company, a Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company, recently began renovations and construction on a North office and conference center for the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM). The new building will include a double wing auditorium, new roof design, reception center, REALTOR® store and conference rooms. New canopies will also be installed on the exterior of the current building. 

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[New Building]  Demolition Paves Way for New Behavioral Health Pavilion on SMH Sarasota Campus

Sledgehammers in hand, Sarasota Memorial Hospital leaders gathered this week to celebrate the first step in building a state-of-the-art Behavioral Health Pavilion on its Sarasota campus. Demolition of the 1960s-era Bayside East, which previously housed SMH behavioral health  administrative offices and outpatient services, began on Tuesday to clear the way for a new, 82-bed, 95,000-square-foot Behavioral Health Pavilion that will be built on the east side of Osprey Ave., between Waldemere and Hawthorne streets.  

[New Grant]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards $286,000 to Strengthen Healthcare Assistance and Services

Through the generosity of the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund and other funds, grants totaling $286,000 have been invested in increasing access and use of services for vulnerable populations, particularly communities of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, and single mothers. Crucially, nearly half of this funding will address the mental health needs of families and children by connecting individuals with treatments, therapists, and networks of support. 

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[Donations]  Local Foundations Support Children and Families in Need

Children First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County, has recently received nearly $50,000 in support of our community’s most vulnerable children, birth to age 5, and their families. President & CEO Philip Tavill said, "“Access to a high-quality education and opportunities for future success in life are critical components of the Children First mission. In our 60th anniversary year, we are so thankful for the continued support of our community partners who believe so deeply in our crucial work of strengthening children and families together." 

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[New Grant]  United Way Suncoast Grant to Bolster Financial Literacy for Goodwill Employees

One of the key mission goals of Goodwill Manasota is to provide employment as well as on-the-job educational opportunities and job skills training so that team members who may have barriers to employment can enjoy success on the job and strengthen their families. In recognition of these efforts, United Way Suncoast recently made a community investment of $55,000 to Goodwill to support its GoodPartner Coach program. “A lack of financial literacy skills is a major barrier for many of our team members,” said Margie Genter, vice president of mission services for Goodwill Manasota. "Thanks to the generous grant from United Way Suncoast, we can continue to provide important guidance and support to help employees achieve financial stability and get on the path to career and life success." 

Pictured: Goodwill Manasota GoodPartner Coach Dana Knuuti (left) with team member Dennis Burton.

[In This Issue]  Manifest Destiny

Michelle Noel of Wicked Awesome Ice Cream Emporium sees her foreordained plans through. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: Shark Pups & Grownups Class , June 12 – August 28, 9:30am-11am

MEGA-lodon sized fun for you and your little one! Join us as we explore the marine environment through imaginative play, songs, crafts and more. For preschool (2-5) aged kids and their favorite adult. Each class includes: movement (Ocean Moves with Mote), science tool exploration, role play/games, and immersive water time (dipnetting in the bay). All classes meet at the Whale Fountain at the entrance to The Aquarium. Be sure to read your confirmation email to know what to bring and wear to class. Click on "More Info" for additional details on our Shark Pups and Grownup class offerings, as well as information on at home options for Shark Pups near and far. Dates: June 12, 2021, June 26, 2021, July 10, 2021, July 24, 2021, August 14, 2021, and August 28, 2021 from 9:30am to 11am. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop , June 15, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Mote Marine Laboratory will host a virtual FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop. The workshops are organized by the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) and allow educators to earn a three-year collecting certificate from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) upon successful completion of the program. Date: June 15, 2021 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Group Size is up to 25 adults and the cost is $36. Contact: Jason Robertshaw, jrshaw@mote.org, (941) 388-4441; 250. The purpose of the workshop is to educate teachers/educators regarding responsible collecting and to widen the restrictions imposed by recreational fishing regulations (size, numbers, areal closures, etc). Topics include: rationale for collecting, alternatives to collecting, methods of collecting, minimizing environmental impact, minimizing loss of specimens, regulatory concerns, health concerns, related resources and support. The certificate does not supersede any state or federal regulations, but it does allow the collection of specified numbers of certain species for educational purposes, some undersized, and to use certain types of collecting gear that would not be allowed under recreational fishing guidelines. After successful completion of the two-to-three-hour workshop, a certificate will be mailed to each recipient within six to eight weeks by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This Educator Certification is valid for three years, and renewal workshops are available. This registration fee includes training, collection certificate processing, a free membership to FMSEA and digital access to workshop materials and resources.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Manatee Tiger Bay 2021 Legislation Panel Discussion , June 17, 11:30am

Manatee Tiger Bay will host Representative Tommy Gregory and Representative Will Robinson at Pier 22 Ballroom on June 17 at 11:30am for a panel discussion. Our local leaders will discuss topics including the 2021 legislative session and legislative priorities in the future.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Van Wezel: IDEA Artist-In-Residence Pilot Program , June 12, 11am

The Van Wezel Foundation’s philanthropy united with the mission of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s new IDEA initiative to create a first-of-its-kind, Artist-in-residence Program that seamlessly melds digital events with in-person ones to form a hybrid prototype that can serve as a national model for the future. Its inaugural Artist-in-residence is internationally recognized Hip-hop Artist, Activist, Scholar, and Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Olmeca, whose year-long virtual residency will conclude with a week-long residence in Sarasota with curated in-person community lectures, workshops, master classes and performances. As a result of their work together, the Foundation, in partnership with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall education department, launched a new initiative, called IDEA (inclusivity, diversity, equity and access). IDEA strives to teach and create with cultural appreciation in mind, championing the belief that art can increase student empowerment, destroy negative stereotypes, promote innovation, and equip students with the necessary tools to become more aware of their own agency from a local and global perspective. Olmeca will conclude his Van Wezel artist residency in person in Sarasota, where he will curate community lectures, workshops, and master classes with the overall goal of bringing groups together to talk about essential topics and social issues, such as diversity, inclusion and seeing the world through a different lens. Olmeca’s Sarasota visit will culminate with a special free bilingual community performance on the Van Wezel lawn on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 11am.

[SOON]  THEATER: Virtual: Florida Studio Theatre: Music Legends , June 10, 11am

Cabaret fans, have you ever wondered what it takes to put together an original music revue? Peek into the process with artists Brandon Wardell and Carole J. Bufford as you hear about their exciting new Cabarets in development on June 10, 2021 at 11am. Wardell’s Only The Lonely celebrates the extensive catalog of the one-and-only Roy Orbison. Bufford’s Daring Dames of the Silver Screen is a musical tribute to powerful female vocalists ranging from Old Hollywood to today. It’s no small feat to take on these big, bold, and legendary voices.  From song selection and storytelling to connecting authentically with the material and channeling the original artists who made it all famous, these Cabaret pros will share their knowledge and process.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Florida Cancer Specialists: Butterfly Campaign - Honor Someone Special , June 10, 8:30am

Butterflies are a symbol of the changing colors of life. Their amazing metamorphosis symbolizes rebirth, at times consoling us and always inspiring strength, joy and hope. There is still time to include your remembrance of someone special in our upcoming butterfly release. The response so far has been overwhelming. We are so moved by those who have chosen to make a gift to support cancer patients and express their appreciation for someone special in their lives. Each gift of $25 or more will be commemorated as part of a butterfly release on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 8:30am. The month of May traditionally marks the start of a season of remembrance and new beginnings – with Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, graduations, weddings and other celebrations filling our calendars. Make your gift even more meaningful by designating it in honor or in memory of someone special.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: The Hermitage Artist Retreat and Van Wezel: UNSCRIPTED+ Community Edition , June 10, 7pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Van Wezel Foundation present the fourth installment of “UNSCRIPTED+: Community Edition,” featuring Kennedy Center teaching artist, storyteller, and performer Reggie Harris, on Thursday, June 10, at 7pm, via Zoom. This intimate, "off-script" series takes audiences on an insider's journey of the artistic process, featuring award-winning writers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, educators, and other Hermitage Fellows from around the globe. Previous UNSCRIPTED programs have featured Hermitage Fellows Claire Chase (flutist, MacArthur “Genius” recipient, Avery Fisher Prize winner); Ann Patterson (visual artist, sculptor, author); Melissa Studdard (poet); Christopher Theofanidis (composer); and Patrick Harlin (composer, visual media artist); and Hermitage curator Eric Booth (arts educator).

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Sampler Workshop , June 7 – June 10, 2:30pm-5:30pm

4 Day Summer Workshop from June 7 to 10, 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Open to all dancers ages 13 and up with previous dance experience. Sarasota Contemporary Dance has created a one-of-a-kind workshop allowing dancers to experience a variety of classes with different teachers. This workshop offers a wide range of dance techniques with teachers from diverse backgrounds. Prices are $125/week or $40/day.

[SOON]  HEALTH: The Ringling: Moving Meditation Series , March 26 – June 25, 10am

Claudia Baeza is a Kripalu trained yoga instructor who has been sharing her love of yoga in Sarasota since 2016. Join her for Yoga + Meditation on the loggias of the Museum of Art Courtyard for a unique opportunity to gently move the body and calm the mind. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle and a friend– and enjoy the serenity of the Museum of Art Courtyard with Claudia. ​Please note: Tickets must be purchased online, in advance of the event. Upcoming dates include Friday, March 26, Friday, April 23, Friday, May 28, and Friday, June 25 at 10am.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Newtown Farmer's Market: Mr. Stevey & Friends , March 27 – June 12, 12pm-3pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Education and Community Engagement department is teaming up with the Newtown Farmer’s Market to present Mr. Stevey & Friends: a free, family-friendly series introducing children, teens and parents to mindfulness using games, exercises and art activities. The first event will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 12pm to 3pm at the Newtown Farmer’s Market, located at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. The three-hour mindfulness-themed events will feature live demonstrations, meditation tutorials, art activities, mindful games, raffle prizes and special guests through a collaboration between the Newtown Nation, the Newtown Farmer’s Market and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Artworks Anywhere program. Upcoming dates for the Mr. Stevey & Friends outdoor series featuring Van Wezel Teaching Artist Stevey Jones include April 24, May 29 and June 12. To learn more or pre-register, visit www.ArtworksAnywhere.org, though you may attend without registration. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Center for Architecture: Less is More Tiny House Competition , April 29 – June 17, Gallery hours.

This exhibit, running from April 29 until June 17, 2021 during Center for Architecture Sarasota's gallery hours, will showcase the designs of the winners of the Center's first design competition.

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