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SRQ DAILY Jun 15, 2021

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"IDEA is a visionary platform created by the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Education and Community Engagement Program who are invested in how the arts can have a positive impact on our community."

- Kelli Maldonado, Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

[Hotdogs]  A Dawg Dragged Through the Garden
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

In Depression-era Chicago, the poor and hungry heard rumors of hot dog vendors selling all beef dogs with a salad on top. Lined up and down Maxwell Street, the vendors peddled their franks for a nickel and, with the help of the Austro-Hungarian founders of Vienna Beef, helped codify and popularize what’s known today as the Chicago-style hot dog. A pure Chicago-style dog comes in a poppy seed bun and is topped with: yellow mustard, chopped white onions, cartoonishly green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. Never, under any circumstances, should ketchup be added to the dog. In fact, at Tony’s Chicago Beef Company in Gulf Gate, a bottle of ketchup is hard to find. A few are scattered here and there around the diner like booby traps, daring the unwitting novice out of hiding to be marked forever by Vienna Beef spies. All jokes aside, the dogs served out of Tony’s are rich, savory and a messy good time. The mix of tang and salt and textures and temperatures are seldom seen in traditional American street foods, and at $4.67—including fries!—you’d be hard pressed to find a more satisfying meal that’s been dragged through the garden. And try the fire dog, which comes with giardiniera and adds a layer of kick. 

For your Chicago dog: 941-497-1611

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[New Show]  Bilingual Hip-Hop Artist Olmeca Inspires & Empowers at Community Performance

Internationally recognized Bilingual Hip-hop Artist, Activist, Scholar, and Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Olmeca concluded a year-long residency in Sarasota today with a performance on the Van Wezel lawn that sought to inspire and empower the community. “IDEA is a visionary platform created by the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Education and Community Engagement Program and made possible by the Van Wezel Foundation and its donors, who are invested in how the arts can have a positive impact on our community,” said Kelli Maldonado, director of Education and Community Engagement at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. “IDEA brought to life this first-of-its-kind Artist-in-residence Program that allowed us to bring Olmeca here and spark important discussions through the arts; and we look forward to working alongside the Van Wezel Foundation to ensure our community has ongoing access to this type of diverse and thought-provoking programming.” 

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[New Show]  Rockin’ Brunch Sunday Clint & JSanti

Join Hamlet’s Eatery for a Rockin’ Brunch on Sunday, June 20 from 10-2pm. Located in the outdoor courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota. Clint Justesen and JSanti will be performing a range of tunes from oldies, rock, county and blues. Both have 20+ years of experience singing and playing guitar. This is the first time they will be playing together as a duo. 

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[Re-Opening]  The Players Centre Announces 92nd Season Unveiling Event

The Players Centre for Performing Arts will unveil its 92nd season to the public on Tuesday, July 13 at 6pm from its new home at the Crossings at Siesta Key. All are invited to celebrate The Players’ return to an indoor theatre. Attendees will enjoy performances and a champagne toast to christen the new performance space. The guest list is limited to 125 guests and is free to the public. To secure yours, follow this link: https://tickets.theplayers.org/TheatreManager/1/online?event=911. 

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[New Grant]  Samaritan Counseling Services Awarded $25,000 Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Samaritan Counseling Services was awarded a $25,000 grant provided by the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to support mental health services for uninsured and under-insured children and families in our community. Richard O. Howell, Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling said, “Affordable outpatient mental health counseling is a critical need in our community.  Since the pandemic began, that need has skyrocketed, and we see this trend continuing for a long time to come.”  We are truly grateful to the Community Foundation for this generous funding that will allow us to say YES to at-risk children and families who reach out to us in their darkest hour.” 

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[New Grant]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Supports Student Mental Well Being

Since 2007 Beyond the Spectrum has served families in Sarasota & Manatee counties affected by Autism and other related diagnoses, ensuring support to our families through our therapeutic and educational programs. During the past year, the Covid 19 pandemic pulled back the veil on the additional support needed for our students and their families in the area of mental health services. As a nonprofit these needs can only be met with the continued support of our community, patrons, and sponsors. Beyond The Spectrum would like to share their gratitude with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and its donors for awarding them with a Health Care grant. This funding will allow them to add a mental health therapist to their staff for additional support of their students and families.


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[Food Donations]  All Faiths to Continue Monthly Food Distribution and Vaccination Effort

Too many community members are still contending with the economic fallout from COVID-19. In its continued efforts to help those who are struggling to put food on the table, All Faiths Food Bank - in partnership with Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and The Bay Sarasota - is holding the third of five monthly large-scale food distributions at Van Wezel (these are scheduled the third or fourth Saturday of every month through October). The June installment takes place this Saturday, June 19, 9-11am at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (777 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota). 

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[Pool Design]  Arrowhead Metal Art Designs Enhance Pool and Spa Rails

Arrowhead Metal Art Designs make and install powder-coated aluminum rails used for entering and exiting swimming pools and spas safely. Their product mix includes standard rails, designer rails, and rails with an artistic upgrade. Options for the artistic upgrade includes a single or trio of dolphins, a seahorse, a palm tree, a star fish, a mermaid, a sea turtle, and a hibiscus flower. 

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[New Hire]  Centerplace Health Announces Additions to Growing Leadership Team

CenterPlace Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides high-quality, low-cost health care to Sarasota County families, announced three critical additions to its growing leadership team with the appointments of Debbie Green as Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Gonzalez-Abello, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer and Roseanne Gutmann, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, as its new Human Resources Director.  

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: On The Road Again: Family Musical Roadtrip , June 29 – August 3

Pack your bags. This summer, FST is taking the whole family on a one-of-a-kind musical road trip in On The Road Again, an all-new live performance. Featuring songs like “Country Roads,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas, we’ll celebrate all that makes this country special from sea to shining sea. Join us for an outdoor concert in this summer touring performance as we hit the road with music that has defined the U.S for generations. June: Tuesday, 6/29 at 10am - Fruitville Library and Wednesday, 6/20 at 10am - Gulf Gate Library. July: Thursday, July 1 at 10am - William H. Jervey Jr. Public Library, Saturday, July 3 at 10am - North Port Public Library, Friday, July 9 at 10am - Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library, Saturday, July 10 at 7:30pm - Elsie Quirk Library, Sunday, July 11 at 7pm - Nathan Benderson Park, Saturday, July 17 at 10am - Selby Library, Sunday, July 18 at 7pm - Phillipi Estate Park, and Saturday, July 24 at 10am - Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library. August: Tuesday, August 3 at 10am - William H. Jervey Jr. Venice Public Library.

[SOON]  FOOD: Food Drive at Nathan Benderson Park , June 19, 9 AM- 12:00 PM

The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is proud to announce a partnership with Impact100 SRQ and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to host a food drive at Nathan Benderson Park on Saturday June 19, 2021. The event will be held in the parking lot with drive-through and drop-off available from 9 AM to 12 PM. Members of the community are encouraged to donate both perishable and nonperishable food items during that time.

Impact 100 SRQ, Mayors' Feed the Hungry, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

[SOON]  FOOD: All Faiths Food Bank and J&J Vaccine Distribution , June 19, 9-11 AM

Too many community members are still contending with the economic fallout from COVID-19. In its continued efforts to help those who are struggling to put food on the table, All Faiths Food Bank - in partnership with Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and The Bay Sarasota - will hold a large-scale food distribution at Van Wezel on Saturday, from 9-11 AM. Additionally, J&J vaccinations will be available, thanks to the Sarasota County Health Department and regional coalition Shots in Arms; the first 100 to be vaccinated will receive gift cards.

All Faiths Food Bank, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, The Bay Sarasota , 777 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Great Balls of Fire , June 15 – August 22

In the Cabaret, FST will present the ultimate tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis: Great Balls of Fire. Created by Jason Cohen and Michael Schiralli, Great Balls of Fire brings the ivory-smashing superstar back to life, featuring “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” This electrifying act will play in FST’s Court Cabaret beginning Tuesday, June 15 and will play through August 22. Jerry Lee Lewis was the original bad boy of Rock & Roll. Led by Jason Cohen, who has played Lewis in nearly 80 cities across North America, Great Balls of Fire brings the ivory-smashing superstar back to life. With hits from the ‘50s and beyond, including “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” this electrifying act will have you dancing in your seat.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: In the Heights: Finding Home Virtual Book Launch , June 15, 8pm

On Tuesday, June 15 at 8pm In the Heights: Finding Home Virtual Book Launch with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter. Bookstore1Sarasota is joining with other bookstores throughout the country to offer this exciting special event hosted by Random House. Before Hamilton became a global phenomenon, before Lin-Manuel Miranda became a household name, a little show called In the Heights shook up Broadway with its hip-hop and salsa soundtrack and big, bilingual heart. In the new book In the Heights: Finding Home, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter tell the story of the show’s humble beginnings, from rehearsals in a bookstore basement to the Broadway smash (and soon-to-be feature film!) that created an unbreakable community and a new kind of family for everyone involved. Join Miranda, Hudes, and McCarter for a very special In the Heights Virtual Book Launch on Zoom. It’s sure to be an unforgettable conversation on creativity, community, and finding home, this is your chance to hear directly from the creative team behind the timeless story of how one neighborhood—Washington Heights—can speak to the world. The ticket price is $48. This includes a copy of In the Heights: Finding Home picked up at the store and the Zoom special event. A ticket is $53.50 to have the book shipped. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link. More event info at https://www.sarasotabooks.com/events or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: Rise and Shine Morning Paddle: Kayaking with Mote , June 15 – August 24, 7:30am-9am

Start your morning with a guided kayak tour of Sarasota Bay Staring June 15 and until August 24 from 7:30am to 9am. Paddle across shallow seagrass beds and take in the wildlife that depends on this ecosystem. Soak up some early rays as we look for dolphins, manatees, birds and more. Ages: 12 and older ONLY (no minors under the age of 12 are permitted); any participant under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a paying adult participant. Tickets are $36 for members and $40 for non-members. 

[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: Virtual: Manatee County: Town Hall Series on Hurricane Season , May 24 – June 15

For the second consecutive year Manatee County residents will have an opportunity to receive important preparation information for the 2021 Hurricane Season directly from County Commissioners and public safety experts. Each of Manatee County's seven County Commissioners will host a video conference with Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer and Public Safety Director Jacob Saur beginning May 24. In addition to the seven town halls, three Manatee County cities will host similar town halls with Chief Litschauer and Director Saur. After officials relay preparation tips, lines will be open for questions from the public. The Commissioner-hosted virtual town hall series is scheduled as follows: District 5 Commissioner and Commission Chair Vanessa Baugh on Monday, May 24 at 6:30pm, District 1 Commissioner James Satcher on Tuesday, June 1 at 6:30pm, District 2 Commissioner Reggie Bellamy on Wednesday, June 2 at 6:30pm, District 4 Commissioner Misty Servia on Monday, June 7 at 6:30pm, At-large Commissioner Carol Whitmore on Thursday, June 10 at 6:30pm, At-large Commissioner George Kruse on Monday, June 14 at 6:30pm, and District 3 Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge on Tuesday, June 15 at 11am. Three additional hurricane prep virtual town halls will be hosted by municipal partners: City of Bradenton on Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30pm, City of Holmes Beach on Monday, May 24 at 3pm, and City of Anna Maria on Wednesday, June 9 at 10am. The video link for each meeting will be announced one day before each meeting at www.mymanatee.org/townhall. Each town hall meeting also will be available for on-demand viewing on that area of the County website for within two days of the event.

[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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