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SRQ DAILY Jul 1, 2021

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"We wanted to provide an opportunity for young artists and creatives in our community to put a stamp on the park."

- Anand Pallegar, RDA Board Member and Founder of DreamLarge
 

[ShopTalk]  Cabana Wear with Flair
Madison Mursch, madison@srqme.com

Sprawled out on the lanai, your feet hang off the edge of the rippling pool as water splashes against tanned skin and a draping cover-up. When you live where tourists vacation, resort-wear is a wardrobe staple—a staple made effortless with Art Guy’s “cabana wear.” Dedicated to completing a sustainable pandemic passion project, owner and designer Valerie Bernhard began sewing 100% cotton towels imported from Turkey, recycling her round, striped towels into beachy ponchos perfect for sunshine-soaked activities. The Siesta Poncho, St. John Poncho, Adult Hooded Poncho and Kimono are now nautical necessities made of fabric that is easy to throw in a tote and go, quick to dry and can be worn on, or off, the shoulder. The pieces have a knotted boho fringe hem and terrazzo tile-inspired button details to cinch the waistline, ensuring it’s breathable but not too boxy.

“I am working on new designs and placing an order for more patterns,” says Bernhard. “I hope to provide cabana wear for those with upcoming cruise, pool or beach plans. And should we need to lock down again, the poncho is a great go-to work uniform.” This sustainable, by-the-water or at-home wardrobe offers elegance paired with Art Guy’s Panama straw hat and a mojito in hand.  

Photo Courtesy of Art Guy Workshop, artguyworkshop.com, @artguyworkshop

Hop on board and purchase an Art Guy poncho here.

[Government]  Buchanan Wants Federal Crackdown on Fentanyl
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, said an increase in fentanyl trafficking at the border is leading to deaths in the Manatee-Sarasota area. He led a bipartisan letter this week urging a crackdown on synthetic drugs arriving in the country.

Buchanan earlier this year filed the Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting (FIGHT) Fentanyl Act with Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H. The bill would permanently classify fentanyl and any related substances as Schedule I narcotics.

“This bill is one more tool for law enforcement to reduce the amount of illegal fentanyl on our streets and fight back against the illegal fentanyl producers, smugglers and dealers who are directly responsible for the deaths of so many Americans,” Buchanan said. “Congress should act to give law enforcement certainty and one more tool to protect our communities.”

In June alone, Customs and Border Protection officials report seizing 951 pounds of fentanyl at the U.S. Mexico border. That’s a 300% increase over what was collected in May 2020. Year-to-date, the increase has been even more significant. A total of 4,241 pounds of fentanyl have been intercepted for the calendar year, a 365% boost from the same period in 2020.

And its not staying at the border. Buchanan noted two major fentanyl traffickers were caught in Manatee County and sentenced last week respectively to 11 and 30 months in prison respectively. But that means within a few years, they could be back in operation. That’s why he wants stiffer penalties.

He and Pappas together sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asking for a vote to be slated on the bill.

“To address this continued surge in opioid related deaths, since 2018, illegal fentanyl and fentanyl analogs have been classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule I substance to allow federal law enforcement authorities greater latitude to bring criminal actions against individuals who manufacture, distribute or handle fentanyl-related substances,” the letter reads. “Unfortunately, this classification is temporary and set to expire on October 22, 2021.”

Fentalyl-related overdoses account for 73% of opioid-involved deaths and 52% of all fatal drug overdoses in the country, the letter states.

Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells and Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt Hoffman have both expressed support for the legislation. 

Image courtesy Pixabay: Opioid abuse.

[Visual Arts]  Local Students Paint Mural Celebrating Future Rosemary District Park

DreamLarge, the first registered benefit corporation on the Gulf Coast of Florida and the organization behind the PINC Experience, is proud to announce the creation of a new, student-led mural in the Rosemary District. Twenty middle school students, grades 5-8, at the Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences (SSA+S) Summer Art Camp joined forces with the Rosemary District Association (RDA) and DreamLarge and painted a temporary, park-themed mural. The mural commemorates the future site of Rosemary Park. Led by art teacher, Brian Hubbard, and assisted by his wife and coworker, Sarah Hubbard, SSA+S students have been learning about art, design, creativity while attending the summer camp and ended their experience with the painting of this community mural.

In 2021, the local community, led by the Rosemary District Association, rallied together and donated the last of the funding needed to help the City secure park land — effectively making the community’s dream of a park a reality. “As something that has been in the City’s plans for quite some time and finally is being brought to fruition, we wanted to provide an opportunity for young artists and creatives in our community to put a stamp on the park,” said Anand Pallegar, RDA Board Member and founder of DreamLarge “This is an opportunity for students to engage in the celebration of a park that’s ultimately being built for them - for the next generation.”

The mural, designed by Cat Forrest and commissioned by DreamLarge, depicts a children’s scene within a park.  

Photo courtesy of DreamLarge.

[New Hire]  Community Foundation of Sarasota Appoints New Officers, Welcomes New Board Member

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has appointed new members and elected officers to its 2021-2022 Board of Directors, which governs the organization, its charitable investments, and strategic decision-making. Daniel DeLeo, a partner with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, will serve as Chair. 

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[New Technology ]  The Color of Success Palm Printing Installs New Press, Expanding Services

Palm Printing recently installed a new Heidelberg press, allowing the 33-year-old company the opportunity to incorporate the printing of UV technology into their lineup. 

941-907-0900

[Recognition]  Manatee Memorial Hospital Has Earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

Manatee Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certifications for the second consecutive time by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. 

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[New Grant]  Tidewell Foundation Contributes Grant Toward New Family Grief Center in Ellenton

The Tidewell Foundation has made a $1.1 million capital grant to Tidewell Hospice for the creation of the new Tidewell Family Grief Center in Ellenton, a first-of-its-kind facility in our region that will provide holistic grief support for individuals, families and the community. 

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[Teacher Appreciation]  Local Foundations Recognize Summer Learning Efforts

In partnership with Sarasota County Schools, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation surprised summer teachers with gift cards and other weekly prizes to celebrate their ongoing commitment to keep learning thriving throughout the break. Tickets to local cultural experiences were also donated from The Ringling, Selby Gardens, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Mote, Sarasota Orchestra, Sky Family YMCA, and The Hermitage. The cumulative gifts added up to more than $40,000. 

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[Fundraising]  Children First Earns $165,000 in Community Investment Funding from United Way Suncoast

Children First, the exclusive Head Start grantee for Sarasota County, will receive $165,000 from United Way Suncoast’s Community Investment Fund to support Early Head Start and Head Start efforts. 

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[Pet Adoption]  HSSC National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

To celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, fancy felines are dressed to impress for this adoption promotion. All adult black and tuxedo cats' adoption fees will be reduced to just $25. Visit our website to see who is ready to walk the red carpet. 

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[New Hire]  Anna Maria Oyster Bar Hires its First Chief Operations Officer in 25-year History

Anna Maria Oyster Bar, who operates four restaurants throughout Manatee County, has just hired its first ever Chief Operations Officer as the hospitality group sets its eyes on growth and expansion. Welcoming Chris Frawley to the team, who spent 27 years with Miller's Ale House, and was integral in growing Miller's from 6 stores to 95 stores across the Southeast. 

[Airport Updates]  Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service

Allegiant announces new nonstop service from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) to Washington DC, Dulles, VA (IAD) beginning December 18, 2021, with low introductory fares. 



[In Conversation]  Now Online: In Conversation with Real Estate and Construction Leaders

Printed in the July 2021 magazine and now available to read and download online, In Conversation: State of Real Estate shares dialouge from local experts in the real estate and construction industry. The roundtable of leaders share key market insights as they discuss the future of commercial and residential real estate and development. 

View the Feature Here

[SOON]  DANCE: The Ringling: Sidewalk Salsa Dance Series , July 1 – July 29, 6:30pm

Participate in 60-minute Salsa dance lessons taught by DK Dance from July 1 through July 29 at 6:30pm. Then practice your new dance moves with 30 minutes of social dancing. This evening of Latin culture and lively dance will be great for students who participated in the Summer Latin Series and beginners alike. This is an outdoor event. Please wear workout clothes and sneakers. We also encourage participants to bring a water bottle. Museum admission is not included. About the Instructors: DK Dance Creations is a Latin dance studio located in Sarasota, FL. Offering Latin dance classes, choreography services for wedding/quince/sweet-sixteens, private instruction, dance teams, dance shoe store and makeup classes. They provide an array of classes including but not limited to Bachata, Salsa On1, Salsa On2, Cha-cha, Kizomba, musicality, spinning techniques, tricks and lifts and many more. Individual Class is $15 for nonmembers, $14 for members, and $10 for students. Purchase the complete 5-class series and save, $50 or $45 for members.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Monsoon Wedding , July 1, 1pm

Cultures and families clash in Mira Nair’s exuberant Monsoon Wedding, a mix of comedy and chaotic melodrama concerning the preparations for the arranged marriage of a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter, Aditi. Of course there are hitches—Aditi has been having an affair with a married TV host; she’s never met her husband to be, who lives in Houston; the wedding has worsened her father’s hidden financial troubles; even the wedding planner has become a nervous wreck—as well as buried family secrets. But Nair’s celebration is ultimately joyful and cathartic: a love song to her home city of Delhi and her own Punjabi family. 1hr 54min – Rated R. Join us at 1pm on July 1 at the Historic Asolo Theater for big-screen movie magic in the Historic Asolo Theater. July is dedicated to Asia in the Movies, an ongoing series of film screenings and conversations showcasing a broad range of films and filmmakers from across Asia and the Asian diaspora. The initiative celebrates established and emerging voices, contemporary films and classics, animated films, as well as documentaries. The series builds on The Ringling’s mission to represent and center diverse voices and celebrate various cultures, as well as to become a space for relevant conversations around current social and political topics. For her final project, Anna Green, the performance Intern from New College of Florida has thoughtfully selected films for a series that educates, provides opportunity for conversation, and fosters understanding. We recommit to our values of equity, to providing a space for representation, and to highlighting the diversity and beauty of the Asian Community through Ringling’s film programming. Asia in the Movies strives to deepen our understanding of Asian cultures and our community. View the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjQjw-UyAX0. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13.50 for members, and $10.00 for students.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Suncoast Summer Fest: Newtown Backyard BBQ Cook-Off , July 1, 6pm-9pm

The Newtown Backyard BBQ Cook-Off will take place on July 1 from 6pm to 9pm and is A Celebrate Sarasota Event. For more information on this event contact Shantel Norman at 336-918-1658 or snorman@visitsarasota.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota County Centennial Celebration , July 1

The Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn St, Englewood, will mark the Centennial with FREE family-friendly festivities including a to-go centennial craft project, historical presentations, and facts, along with cupcakes and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
The North Port Library, 13800 Tamiami Tr, North Port, is offering FREE Centennial Grab and Go Activity Bags for Adults and Seniors. Stop by the Library from July 1st through the 16th to get a bag filled with centennial-themed puzzles and crafts. Bags available while supplies last.
ALL Sarasota County Libraries will be offering FREE Centennial Activity Bags and mini cupcakes while supplies last.

For more information on these Centennial Events along with others, please visit www.sarasotacountycentennial.com/events.

Sarasota Centennial Steering Committee

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: The World Before Her , July 2, 6:30pm

A tale of two Indias. The World Before Her is a 2012 Canadian documentary film written and directed by Nisha Pahuja. The film explores the complex and conflicting environment for young girls in India by profiling two young women participating in two very different types of training camps — Ruhi Singh, who aspires to become Miss India, and Prachi Trivedi, a Hindu nationalist with the Durga Vahini. Post-Film Conversation: Directly following the film audience is invited to participate in a conversation with the curator of the series, Anna Green and Dr. Maneesha Lal from New College to discuss some of the important themes from the film. Join us at 6:30pm on July 2 at the Historic Asolo Theater for big-screen movie magic in the Historic Asolo Theater. July is dedicated to Asia in the Movies, an ongoing series of film screenings and conversations showcasing a broad range of films and filmmakers from across Asia and the Asian diaspora. The initiative celebrates established and emerging voices, contemporary films and classics, animated films, as well as documentaries. The series builds on The Ringling’s mission to represent and center diverse voices and celebrate various cultures, as well as to become a space for relevant conversations around current social and political topics. For her final project, Anna Green, the performance Intern from New College of Florida has thoughtfully selected films for a series that educates, provides opportunity for conversation, and fosters understanding. We recommit to our values of equity, to providing a space for representation, and to highlighting the diversity and beauty of the Asian Community through Ringling’s film programming. Asia in the Movies strives to deepen our understanding of Asian cultures and our community. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13.50 for members, and $10.00 for students.

[SOON]  FOOD: The Generous Pour , July 5

Looking ahead to a new normal, dining out tops the list of activities people are most excited to resume. A celebratory restaurant dinner calls for great wine, and The Capital Grille offers the perfect pairing with The Generous Pour. Starting on July 5, the annual summer wine event invites guests to sip as many wines as they wish from a collection of seven distinctive labels for $28 with dinner.

The Generous Pour encourages guests to explore new varietals and styles as they sample from a collection of acclaimed labels by Jackson Family Wines. Servers tap into their wine expertise to guide guests through a distinctive pairing experience, offering tasting notes and personalized recommendations for each new pour. Chosen to complement The Capital Grille’s menu, each course brings an opportunity to try something new—or a fresh glass of a favorite—in the ultimate wine dinner through September 6.

For guests who prefer a tasting in their own dining rooms, the restaurant also offers The Generous Pour at Home. With their takeout dinner, guests can order two, three or all seven of the featured bottles of wine and receive a complimentary wine opener as a gift. The offering honors the in-restaurant experience, with access to private tasting videos so guests can enjoy a guided wine dinner at home.

 

The Capital Grille , 180 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 2021 ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola , July 1, 8pm

It’s official! The battle for the title of R&B king is back on the line--and this time, the 2021 ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola will feature two of the genre’s icons going head-to-head for the crown in a Verzuz battle to rival the best of them! Watch as none other than Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat step onto the ESSENCE Festival X Verzuz stage and go hit-for-hit in what’s sure to be an epic showdown filled with a host of the R&B classics fans love. It all takes place tomorrow night, Thursday, July 1ST, at 8 P.M. (ET) via ESSENCE.com, the Triller app and the Verzuz TV Instagram page.The ESSENCE Festival's virtual experience continues all weekend long on ESSENCEStudios.com. 

Essence

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Sam Gilliam , February 21 – August 15, Museum hours.

The Ringling is pleased to announce a new exhibition of the work of Sam Gilliam. The exhibition, which is being drawn primarily from local collections and features work from the early 1970s to 2010, will run February 21, 2021 through August 15, 2021. Sam Gilliam is one of the most important abstract artists working today. He will have a career retrospective, at the age of 87, in 2022 at the Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Known for his experimental exploration of materials and constant invention, Gilliam first came to critical attention in the 1960s as a later member of the Washington Color School artists. To emancipate his art from constraints, Gilliam infused his appreciation of blues and jazz improvisation to be conceptualized in abstraction. His radical freedom to express spontaneity when working with materials created the first of his important "drape" paintings in the late 1960s that he would continue to explore throughout his career. By removing the canvas from the traditional stretcher, Gilliam created innovative work that was both painting and sculpture. His installation of the "drape" works filled galleries with painted canvases suspended off the walls or from the ceilings and often draped over objects such as sawhorses or ladders. These pieces encouraged improvisation because they could not be hung in the same manner twice.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College: 2021 Summer Semester , May 10 – July 2

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College Announces Its 2021 Summer Semester from May 10 to July 2. Registration Opens April 27. The summer semester features dozens of classes and programs covering a wide variety of topics. Highlights include Segregated Sand: Florida’s Beaches in the Civil Rights Movement: An exploration into Florida’s struggle to racially integrate public spaces and institutions; Responding to Grief: An experiential workshop that invites participants to gain a deeper understanding of the grief process; Shakespeare in the Time of COVID, and the Baha’i Faith: A Guide for the Perplexed. Classes and lectures are offered in-person on the Ringling College Museum Campus and online via the Zoom platform. Registration opens on April 27 for the summer 2021 semester at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College), which runs from May 10 to July 2, 2021. The semester features dozens of classes and programs covering a wide variety of topics. Classes are offered in-person on the Ringling College Museum Campus and online via the Zoom platform. Classes cover a rich diversity of topics, including art and music appreciation, health and well-being, global issues, philosophy, religion, culture and travel, and science. The Ringling College Museum Campus is at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Masks and physical distancing are required. To register for classes and lectures, visit www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org or call 941-309-5111.

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