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"This legislation will help defend and protect our hardworking domestic growers from the impacts of these unfair trade practices and support their continued success."

- Rick Scott

-Pets We Love 2021, as seen in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Trade]  Buchanan Presses For Relief For Florida Farmers
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Rep. Vern Buchanan. R-Sarasota, will lead a bipartisan push by Florida lawmakers to shield farmers in the state from the impacts of unfair trade practices. He has filed the Defending Domestic Produce Production Actm which provide economic protections to seasonal fruit and vegetable growers, allowing them to petition the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission for relief.

It’s a long-promised protection following approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement but which many feel did not do enough to protect domestic agriculture.

“Illegal seasonal dumping and unfair Mexican trade practices are crippling Florida’s fruit and vegetable growers,” Buchanan said. “It’s time to level the playing field and protect hardworking Florida farmers. Our bill would do just that.”

Buchanan serves as co-chair of Florida’s Congressional Delegation, and will work with Rep. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, to create relief for seasonal producers. “This issue is crippling our state’s agriculture industry and threatening its place as one of the top agricultural producers in the country,” Lawson said. “The Defending Domestic Produce Production Act will work to protect Florida’s farmers and make sure they have a fair chance in the marketplace.”

Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both Republicans, will carry companion legislation in the Senate.

“We must ensure the viability of Florida’s fruit and vegetable growers, who for years have struggled to compete with dumped and unfairly priced Mexican imports,” Rubio said.

“This legislation will help defend and protect our hardworking domestic growers from the impacts of these unfair trade practices and support their continued success,” added Scott. 

[Shop Talk]  'Totes' Adorable
Madison Mursch, madison@srqme.com

Ah, yes, the familiar handbag affliction: lip gloss tumbling, loose coins jingling, mask crushed in the corner hiding and keys retreating into a dark and bottomless pit. Meet the antidote: the incredibly spacious Haute Shore Greyson Tote. With stylish, thick industrial rope straps, this classic silhouette emerges from the flexible DNA of durable neoprene fabric. Crisp button snaps on each side panel give you the ability to adapt the shape of the bag on-the-go. A matching wristlet pouch makes you the all-star-general in reconnoitering your wandering valuables, which doubles as a standalone clutch for on-the-go errands. Is that you holding up grocery lines again while scrambling for change and receipts? Not anymore! Pick out the perfect Haute Shore bag for you—from neutrals and neons to pastels and tie-dye patterns—at either the Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch locations of INfluence Style.

Prices range from $25-$98 and limited quantities are for sale. 

Shop the Haute Shore collection here.  

Photo Courtesy of Influence Style

[Architecture]  Architecture Sarasota's Annual MOD Weekend to Celebrate the Vision of Philip Hiss

The 2021 Sarasota MOD Weekend, November 12-14, will celebrate the origins of Architecture Sarasota and Philip Hanson Hiss, the primary catalyst of the modern architecture movement in Sarasota. The three-day festival will celebrate Hiss’s forward-thinking ideas and how they gave rise to the origins of the Sarasota School of Architecture (SSA). Hiss, a visionary civic, education and design leader, will also be celebrated in Architecture Sarasota’s exhibition The Vision of Philip Hiss, which opens in October.

MOD Weekend is known for inspiring visitors to immerse themselves in Sarasota’s modern architectural treasures. Celebrating Hiss’s role as a catalyst in creating those treasures is a fitting way to launch Architecture Sarasota, a union of the vision and mission of Center for Architecture Sarasota and the Sarasota Architectural Foundation. Hiss’s appreciation that good design could make a difference in how people engaged with civic buildings—such as schools, colleges and municipal buildings—caused him to run for the Sarasota County School Board, establish New College and involve himself in local government. Notably, Hiss set up a competition to design New College’s campus, attracting 10 of the most renowned architects of the day and awarding I.M. Pei the commission. The Paul Rudolph-designed Riverview High School and Sarasota High School and Victor Lundy’s Alta Vista Elementary School are just a few examples of Hiss’s design leadership. 

In 1958, Time Magazine celebrated Sarasota’s public school renaissance, led by Hiss, writing that Sarasota “…can top any community in the U.S. in school architecture.”  Hiss felt strongly that good design and educational outcomes were integrally connected and envisioned New College as a place of “complete freedom of inquiry”.  

Stay tuned for the full MOD Weekend schedule in early July.  Details will be available on SarasotaMod.com 

Pictured: Hiss Studio, taken by Jenny Acheson.

[New Show]  Art Center Sarasota Presents 'Here Comes the Sun'

Art Center Sarasota’s 2021 exhibition season continues with “Here Comes the Sun,” a juried exhibition showcasing the wide-ranging talents of regional artists, July 23-August 20. An opening reception will take place on Friday, July 23, 6-8pm. The juror is Tampa-based artist and first-place recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2020 VSA Emerging Artists Award, Savannah Magnolia. A call for artists to submit work in all mediums is ongoing through July 4. 

Click here for more information.

[New Hire]  Michelle Bente Named Director of Marketing of the Van Wezel

Mary Bensel, Executive Director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, is proud to announce that Michelle Bente has been named Director of Marketing. Bente has served as Assistant Director of Marketing of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for 18 years.  

Click here for more information.

[Fundraising]  Humane Society of Sarasota County Seeks Champions for Debut Fundraising Challenge Event

The Humane Society of Sarasota County (HSSC) announces the first-ever Generosity Unleashed, a month-long campaign combining the excitement of a giving day, the competitive element of a team fundraiser, and the entertainment of a lock-up event. Fundraising “Champions”—animal-loving individuals and teams—are tasked with raising $5,000 each between Thursday, June 17, and 10am on Friday, July 16. If Champions do not raise the funds in time, they will be in the dog house—literally. They will be “locked up” in a dog or cat room at HSSC for an hour, during which time they will call on friends and family to donate and bail them out. Champions who hit their $5,000 goal before the deadline will not be locked up. There will be prizes for the Champions who raise the most, along with bragging rights. 

Click here for more information.

[Food Donations]  All Faiths Food Bank Supplies Food for Children in State Care System

All Faiths Food Bank recently supplied Safe Children Coalition with 100 BackPacks filled with healthy food and nutritious snacks for children in the state care system, to be distributed through Safe Children Coalition (SCC) Emergency Response and Assessment Team counselors and intervention programs. These SCC programs work with families that have current or recent Child Protective Services/Department of Children and Families investigations in order to connect them to community supports, with the ultimate goal of children being able to remain safely in their homes. 

[Scholarship]  Sarasota Teen Named 2021 Southeast Youth of the Year Awarded $20,000 Scholarship

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties is thrilled to announce that  Jorge Hernandez-Perez, an 18-year-old senior in the IB Program at Riverview High School, was named the 2021 Southeast Youth of the Year on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in a virtual competition with eight other outstanding youth candidates from various Boys & Girls Club organizations across the southeast region. After two rounds of interviews, the panel selected Jorge to be the 2021 Southeast Youth of the Year and presented him with a $20,000 scholarship. 

Click here for more information.

[Philanthropy ]  2021 Seniors from the Teen Court Family Receive Scholarships

Since 1996, Teen Court of Sarasota has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships. They will celebrate our outstanding teens graduating from high school that have volunteered for them over the years on a virtual platform on June 23rd, at 6pm. Heather Todd, Executive Director said, “The past year has been unprecedented, and these scholarships could not have come at a better time.  With the increased complexity of issues teens are experiencing it is vital now more than ever to help them continue to grow and prosper. We appreciate the Community Foundation’s continued investment in our organization." 

Click here for more information.

[New Hire]  May 2021 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: Bonnie Allen, Lakewood Ranch and Sharron Empson, Downtown Sarasota. 


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[New Hire]  JMX Brands Names Doug Tuck Business Manager

Doug Tuck has been selected to step into the role of Business Manager at JMX Brands, a Sarasota-based ecommerce business and the largest online retailer of Amish furniture under DutchCrafters at www.dutchcrafters.com. 

Click here for more information.

[In This Issue]  Bonding Time

A growing number of Gulf Coast therapists have started employing Child-Parent Psychotherapy. But can it positively transform family relationships damaged by years of trauma? 

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Laughter in LWR Stand-Up Comedy Show , August 28, 5pm & 8pm

Grove Restaurant, Patio & Ballroom and Knock Out Marketing & PR presents, “LAUGHTER in LWR™!” a stand-up comedy event on August 28, 2021. The event will have two show times, 5 pm & 8 pm and feature three nationally-accredited comedians at each show: Happy Cole, Mariannetta Torres and Jeff Jena. A portion of the event proceeds will be given to The Players Centre for Performing Arts and The Humane Society of Manatee County.

Ticket prices range from $40 to $60, and the show style encompasses three hilarious comedians back-to-back, creating non-stop laughter. Cash bars will be available as well as service throughout the show by Grove’s finest staff. (Cash and credit cards accepted). The event organizers encourage you to come early and socialize with your friends, as doors open 45 minutes before each show time. Grove is also offering a 10% off voucher with each ticket. You are welcome to enjoy dinner in the Grove restaurant (connected to the ballroom) before or after your show time. Reservations are recommended.Wind down the evening with a night cap and meet-and-greet with the comedians after each show. Leave with a smile and laughter exhaustion.


Grove Restaurant, Patio & Ballroom , 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch

[SOON]  : Sarasota Music Festival Streaming , June 24 – July 24

The Sarasota Orchestra is re-imagining its Music Festival this year, the event includes socially distanced live performances by faculty and former fellows. Starting June 24, audience members who purchase streaming access will be able to watch the festival's five events at any time. Events include, Voices of the Violin, The Romantic Revolution, Majestic Cello, Dedications and Calidore Quartet.


Sarsota Orchestra , Virtual

[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]  GALLERY: Here Comes the Sun: A Regional Juried Exhibition , July 23 – July 20, 6-8pm

This regional exhibition, juried by Savannah Magnolia, showcases the wide-ranging talents of regionally based artists. Art Center Sarasota's 2021 exhibition season continues with Here Comes the Sun, a juried exhibition showcasing the wide-ranging talents of regional artists, July 23-August 20. An opening reception will take place on Friday, July 23, 6-8 pm. The juror is Tampa-based artist and first-place recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2020 VSA Emerging Artists Award, Savannah Magnolia. A call for artists to submit work in all mediums is ongoing through July 4.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trail., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Independence Day Party , July 4, 7-9:30pm
In a salute to the red, white, and starry blue, PIER 22 gets patriotic with a July Fourth pig roast, decadent buffet, and a VIP fireworks viewing area on the waterside terrace. The party starts at 7 pm. and ends with an explosive fireworks finale by Zambelli International around 9:30 pm. Guests keep their table for the entire evening. Due to the popularity of the event reservations are required. Buffet menu selections include fresh seafood stations, a low country boil, BBQ smoked prime rib and pig roast carving stations, salad stations, assorted sushi, buffalo mac & cheese, Mexican corn, delicious miniature desserts, and much more! Buffet prices are $100 for adults and $39.99 for children under 10 plus tax and 20 percent gratuity. Specialty stars and stripes cocktails are also available for purchase for those 21 and up.

PIER 22 Restaurant, Patio & Catering , 1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton

[SOON]  SPORTS: 36th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix , June 26 – June 27, 9:45am-3pm
Around 90 competitors are expected for two days of world-class marine motorsport action. It is the 36th annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, which is part of the newly-renamed Suncoast Summer Fest. The weekend of 26-27 June will see a double bill of powerboat and personal watercraft racing along Lido Beach. Located on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast, Sarasota County provides the quintessential white-sand beach getaway, perfect for absorbing the noise, power and excitement of a double-bill of powerboat and personal watercraft racing.

Suncoast Summer Fest, 1105 10th St., Sarasota,

[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]  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: Virtual: Children's Cancer Center: All In Poker Tournament , June 17

The Children's Cancer Center is hosting an All In Virtual Poker Tournament on Thursday, June 17 for the kids. Sponsorship opportunities include Royal Flush Title Sponsor - $10,000, Full House Sponsor - $2,500, and Prize Sponsors. If interested, Please contact Director of Development and community engagement, julien borbon at jborbon@childrenscancercenter.org.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Orchestra: Celebrate the Sounds of Summer , June 10 – July 24

Wear and share your love of Sarasota Orchestra. During the months of June and July, the beautiful music of Sarasota Music Festival and Summer Music Camp fill the air. By purchasing a limited edition T-shirt by July 24, you make it possible for Sarasota Orchestra’s mission to shine through programs like these and provide our musicians with the ability to enrich the community during all four seasons of the year. Help us celebrate the Sounds of Summer by wearing and sharing your love of Sarasota Orchestra with your friends. Thank you for your support of these wonderful programs. T-shirts purchased before June 26 will ship in mid-July. T-shirts purchased from June 27 through July 24 will ship in mid-August.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Anna Maria Oyster Bar's Dive Into Reading seeks Volunteer Mentors for Summer Reading Program , June 7 – July 15, 8:30am-10:30am

Dive Into Reading (DIR) summer reading program aims to improve children’s reading levels by combating “Summer Slide” and continuing education over summer break - now in its fifth year. The program’s long-term objective is to improve elementary level reading levels, instill a lifelong love of reading and teach social-emotional skills. By the end of the summer 2021 program, Dive Into Reading will have served nearly 1500 students in its five year history. In 2020, DIR continued virtually with the help of more than 100 volunteer mentors. This summer, the DIR program will return safely in-person and is seeking a diverse group of volunteer mentors to encourage, grow, and inspire the young minds of rising 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders in the Manatee County area. Interested mentors can apply online and will be required to attend one 90-minute training session on a date of their choice (May 18, 19, 21, 24 or June 4). Volunteers must commit to one morning shift (8:30am-10:30am) one time per week for 5 weeks during June 7 through July 15. No sessions week of July 4. Story Opportunities: Interview: Amanda Horne, Director of Marketing & Philanthropy, Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Interview: John Horne, CEO of Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Interview: Melissa Powell, reading coach at Daughtrey Elementary and teacher-coordinator at Landside who has worked with DIR for 4 years. Social Media: Instagram takeovers & other content available.

[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

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