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SRQ DAILY Jul 16, 2021

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- Alexis Robbins, Owner Beaucoop Farms

[New Exhibit]  The Ringling Showcases Comprehensive Saito Kiyoshi Collection
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

One of the biggest challenges following the end of WWII was the formulation of new diplomatic and cultural ties between Japan and the U.S. How could two hemispheres constructively relate to each other after so much destruction? As Western diplomats and former military leaders took up posts around Japan’s cultural centers, many found an answer in Japan’s newly reawakened arts scene, and with “Graphic Awakening,” The Ringling celebrates the most widely collected artist from this mid-century period, Saito Kiyoshi.

Born in Aizu, Fukushima prefecture in 1907, Saito's career and influences would lead him to become the seminal figure of the sosaku hanga (Creative Prints) movement. The printmaking movement sought to honor Japan’s long history in the medium but diverged in process, with artists now opting for complete control of design, blockcutting and printing. It was a fine arts approach to printmaking influenced largely by greater travel and artistic cross-pollination of Japanese artists and Western artistic traditions. Saito would even end up signing, naming and dating most of his pieces in English.

In terms of his success, Saito found himself in just the right artistic context for a captive audience in post-War Japan. The mid-century modern aesthetic combined with renewed interest in Japanese art meant that he had no shortage of admirers and patrons from abroad. The understated refinement of his prints seemed to complement geometric forms of mid-century furniture and architecture. He would win the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1951 and the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts in 1957, putting him on the map internationally and helping to reestablish Japan’s printmaking prowess.

The “Graphic Awakening” exhibition in many ways begins in 1953, when Karl and Madira Bickel organized a sosaku hanga exhibition at what is now Art Center of Sarasota. They would eventually donate some of these prints to The Ringling in 1961, including eight by Saitō (all eight are included in the exhibition). Then, in 2014, local collectors Robyn and Charles Citrin donated 100 works from the first half of the printmaker’s career and were motivated to help The Ringling not only celebrate the artist’s prints, but contribute to the scholarly aims of the museum with the first comprehensive English-language monograph of his work.

Including the research and expertise of The Ringling’s own Dr. Rhiannon Paget as well as scholars of Japanese art from around the world, the 200-page “Graphic Awakening” breaks down the aesthetic and historic facets of Saito's work, tracking his evolution from his early impressionistic prints to his ongoing Aizu landscapes, as well as the Mondrian-esque prints depicting Japanese architecture. 

As Dr. Paget writes in her foreword, “the variety within his oeuvre, his sublime design sensibility, the breathtaking effects he skillfully coaxed from wood, ink, and paper, and his negotiation of local and international elements continues to sooth and excite the eye.”

“Graphic Awakening” runs through August 15th. The monograph is available for purchase through most book retailers. 

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[Abroad Program]  An Artistic Tribute: Experience Portugal 2022

Experience Portugal 2022 is an artistic tribute to Portugal, designed for consummate travelers, foodies and lovers of the good life. The trip is a curated insider's perspective to the good life in Portugal: including dining like royalty in Sintra's Pena Palace; visiting the Chapel of Bones in Evora; viewing Lisbon both by land and by sea; cruising along rally style in your very own classic car as you drive from Sintra to Cascais; exploring the labrynth landscapes of Quinta da Regaleira, sleeping in Seteais Palace; and so much more. The trip will be take place Saturday August 13th through Monday August 22nd, 2022.  

For more information and to make your reservation: julie@juliedeffense.com.

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[New Position ]  The Sarasota Ballet Names Board of Trustees for the 2021 – 2022 Season

The 2021 – 2022 Executive Officers for The Sarasota Ballet Board of Trustees are: Richard Johnson, Chair; Patricia Golemme, Vice Chair; Frank Martucci, President; Pat Kenny, Treasurer; Jonathan Coleman, Secretary; Maureen Steiner, Governance; Jean Weidner Goldstein, Founder / Chair Emeritus; and Sydney Goldstein, Board Chair Emeritus. The Sarasota Ballet welcomes three additions to their Board of Trustees – Sandra DeFeo, Mercedita OConnor, and Jan Sirota. Returning Trustees include Peggy Abt, Isabel Anchin Becker, Ginger Cannon Bailey, Paul Cantor, Lynda Doery, Mark Famiglio (Honorary), Julie Harris, Phil Lombardo, Teresa Masterson, Peter Miller, Rosemary Oberndorf, Dr. Bart Price (Honorary), Audrey Robbins, Hillary Steele (Honorary Chair Emeritus), and Jean Weiller. 

Pictured: Ricardo Rhodes. Photography by Matthew Holler.

[Live Like a Local]  Tour the City All Summer Long With Visit Sarasota and Discover Sarasota

This summer take advantage of some fun in the 941. Visit Sarasota is rolling out special deals and offers all season long through valued partners of their 'Live Like a Local' campaign. Choose from Discover Sarasota Tours' many different historical- or cultural- themed tours and receive 2$ off each ticket purchased. Valid through September 28, 2021. Be sure to use the code SUMMER! for your discount at checkout when booking your tour for when friends and family come to town, or if you are newly a local and would like to get to know your new city and area more!  Seasonal tours include the Amish Experience, the Art Crawl Gallery Tour, Ladies Who Launched Sarasota, Sunset City Tour and Public Art Tour. In addition, year-round tours include City Sightseeing, Circus Secrets of Sarasota, Tiki Trivia Trolley, Boutiques & Bubbles Shopping Tour, Psychic Sunday Tour, Soulful Sunday Brunch and more!

More information for Visit Sarasota's Live Like a Local deal, visit here. To book a Discover Sarasota Tour, visit here, and be sure to tag your experience on social with #funinthe941 

Photo courtesy of Discover Sarasota Tours

[Event]  JFCS Beyond Me Event

Join JFCS of the Suncoast for Beyond Me, a complimentary evening filled with food, fun and self-care, at the Sarasota Yacht Club on Thursday, July 22 from 6pm to 8pm. Mingle with other like-minded individuals igniting their journey into the gratifying world of philanthropy. You’ll also enjoy an intimate discussion with our guest speaker, Dr. Chippy Ajithan, “The Mindful Cardiologist,” about “Self-Care in a Post-COVID World.”  

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

[Veteran Services]  Goodwill Helps Senior Veteran in Need

For many in their sunset years, there is the promise of relaxation, the enjoyment of cultural amenities, and comfort. But for too many seniors – particularly veterans – aging can be fraught with anxiety as they try to live on fixed incomes in a world where the cost of living only goes up. Sarasota resident, 93-year-old World War II-era Army veteran Tom Halliwell, recently lost his housing. Distressed, Halliwell stopped in at the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services Program office and met with program manager Todd Hughes. Hughes provided Halliwell with some pre-made meals from Meals on Wheels Sarasota, then connected him with a case manager at Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Others got involved, too: Mattress Firm sold a mattress for Halliwell at cost, Goodwill provided furnishings from its Bargain Barn and Streets of Paradise contributed as well. Veterans living at Harvest House helped him to move in.


Veteran Tom Halliwell (left) with Todd Hughes, Goodwill Veterans Services Program manager

[New Grant]  The Greenfield Foundation Awards FST $30,000 Grant To Provide WRITE A PLAY to Sarasota Schools in Need

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is pleased to announce that the nonprofit theatre received a $30,000 grant from the Greenfield Foundation in support of FST’s award-winning WRITE A PLAY program. This grant is a cornerstone of FST’s efforts to bring WRITE A PLAY, an arts-in-education initiative, to Sarasota County elementary schools with the greatest need. The Foundation’s support will help to subsidize thousands of students’ participation in WRITE A PLAY, which is designed to give students the example, inspiration, and skills to write their own original plays.  

[New Grant]  Visible Men Academy Receives $27,200 Grant from Truist Foundation

Visible Men Academy (VMA), founded in 2012 to provide boys with outstanding academic, character, and social education in a nurturing school environment, announced today that it received a $27,200 grant from Truist Foundation. 

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[New Grant]  Child Protection Center Awarded Grant for Mental Health Services

The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) has received a $50,000 grant supporting mental health services for children suffering from child abuse in Sarasota County. This funding has been provided by the Franklin D. Stanford Fund, the Carolyn B. Byers Fund, and the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. 

[New Grant]  Bank of America Awards CareerEdge $50,000 to Continue Its Workforce Development Efforts

Bank of America awards CareerEdge, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s workforce initiative, $50,000 to continue its efforts in workforce development, specifically with its Fast-Track training programs.   As a founding investor and 11-year participant on the CareerEdge Funders Council, this is the latest support the bank has provided in a longstanding partnership that seeks to strengthen the workforce opportunities available to the community. 

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[Health Food]  CROP Celebrates Summer with Kokolada Smoothie

CROP’s Kokolada Smoothie is quite literally koko for coconuts. They use organic young Thai coconut meat, organic coconut water, organic almond milk, organic pineapple blended with organic banana & organic dates. This quintessential summer blend will be “the love that you’ve looked for,” to quote Rupert Holmes.  

[Recognition]  Aqua Plumbing & Air Receives 2021 President’s Award from Carrier for Quality and Leadership Excellence

In recognition of its commitment to quality, leadership and excellence in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, Aqua Plumbing & Air recently received the 2021 President’s Award from Carrier. 

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[New Technology ]  Local Surgeon At SMH Testing Motion-Preserving Alternatives to Spinal Fusion

Led by Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Ashvin Patel, MD, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is testing non-fusion technologies and motion-sparing devices that could change the gold standard. “With advances in non-fusion techniques and devices, our goal is to decrease or eliminate the pain and stabilize the spine while also preserving functional movement and shortening recovery time,” said Dr. Patel. “These breakthrough devices have shown in early clinical studies to deliver immediate and sustained pain relief and improvement in patient quality of life." 

[New Hire]  Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Graduate Joins The Patterson Foundation’s Fellows Program

Michael Zimmerman, a graduate of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI’s M.A. in Philanthropic Studies program, is joining The Patterson Foundation as its newest Fellow. Through The Patterson Foundation’s Fellows Program, Zimmerman will contribute his knowledge of effective philanthropy to the work of diverse initiatives strengthening people, organizations and communities while accelerating his development as a leader in the space. 

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Arts Center: Roald Dahl's Matilda Jr. the Musical , July 16 – July 17, 7pm and 11am

Rebellion is nigh in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Jr., a gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination that will be showing on July 16 at 7pm and 17 at 11am. This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the “revolting children” who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson. Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence… and special powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace. Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda JR. is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Raya and the Last Dragon , July 16, 6:30pm

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together in harmony long ago. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well. Raya and the Last Dragon features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, a warrior whose wit is as sharp as her blade, and Awkwafina as the magical, mythical, self-deprecating dragon named Sisu. Characters also include a street-savvy 10-year-old entrepreneur named Boun, the formidable giant Tong and a thieving toddler Noi with her band of Ongis. This film is Rated PG. Audience members are invited to participate in a post film conversation around themes from the film with Anna Green. Join us at 6:30pm on July 16 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]  GRAB BAG: Pages & Popsicles Open House , July 16, 10am-12pm

Visit the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park at 515 10th Ave. West, Palmetto, for their Pages & Popsicles Open House on Friday, July 16, from 10 am to 12 pm. The Ag Museum will be celebrating the launch of their new Little Free Library with a ribbon-cutting at 10:15 AM.  Children and adults will be able to take home a book from the little library and if visitors have books at home that they would like to donate to share with others, please bring them along to add to the library. Free popsicles will be distributed during the open house. Palmetto Historical Park will be conducting a tour of their historical buildings at 11:00 and a craft activity will be available on the grounds or to take home. A story time will be held at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30 in the Chapel featuring the book, “Little Libraries, Big Heroes,” by Miranda Paul.

Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. West, Palmetto

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: 2021 STAR Showcase , July 17, 11am

Five Florida public school arts teachers will spend part of their summer on Manasota Key while working on their own artistic endeavors. They are the winners of the 2021 State Teachers Artist Residency program (STARs), presented by the Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE). This year's recipients include three visual arts educators, a creative writing teacher, and one music instructor. The five receive a residency at the nationally renowned Hermitage Artist Retreat, where they can focus on their own work and craft as creative artists. These five teaching artists will present a hands-on, family-friendly showcase of their work on Saturday, July 17 at 11am at the Hermitage’s Manasota Key campus, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Additional details to be announced soon. To register for this program, visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates to Open New Art Gallery in Siesta Mall , July 17, 2-5pm

Arts Advocates is pleased to announce the opening of the Arts Advocates Gallery in the Siesta Mall. The gallery will be open every Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For the first time since its founding in 1969, Arts Advocates has its own gallery to display works from its collection of Florida artists and to host community events. The opening exhibit features Sarasota Art Colony pieces from the collection, including Jon Corbino’s Palette, on view for the first time since it was stolen from the collection in 1991 when it was on display at the Van Wezel. In 2019, the piece was recovered from a local estate sale by a treasure hunter and returned to Arts Advocates. Written information about all the pieces on display will be available for self-guided tours. Docent-guided tours are also available at 11:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month starting Wednesday, July 7, before the gallery opens to the public. Tours are $10 per person. 

Art Advocates , Suite 119, 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Summer Spoken Word Series , July 17 – August 13

WSLR + Fogartyville is pleased to host a Summer Spoken Word series for individuals that want to explore the art form or those experienced with spoken word that want to work in a collaborative environment to develop new pieces. Spoken word poetry is a broad designation for poetry intended for performance. Though some spoken word poetry may also be published on the page, the genre has its roots in oral traditions and performance. Spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theater, and jazz, rock, blues, and folk music. Characterized by rhyme, repetition, improvisation, and word play, spoken word poems frequently refer to issues of social justice, politics, race, and community. Related to slam poetry, spoken word may draw on music, sound, dance, or other kinds of performance to connect with audiences.

The series will start with four workshops and end with a live performance on Friday, August 13th at 7pm. Each workshop will be two hours in length and participants are asked to make a commitment to all four sessions. The cost to attend all four workshops is $20 per person and scholarships are available if the cost is a barrier to participation.

Participants will learn about the spoken word art form---including (but not limited to) what it is, its history, writing techniques, and performance practices. In doing so, participants will also gain self-knowledge as they create different narratives and performances. All participants will walk away with a portfolio of poems at various stages, as well as two polished performance pieces. They will perform these poems at a culminating event, open to the public. The workshop series will spark creativity, nourish vulnerability, strengthen community and uncover marginalized histories and art (spoken word poetry is inextricably linked to the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and hip hop). The workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required. You can register online at WSLR.org.

WSLR, Fogartyville , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Technicolor Musical , July 17 – July 18, 7:30pm
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Stage of Discovery musical theatre summer camp students will present two performances of The Technicolor Musical to culminate its 2021 camp program. The young artists will sing numerous uplifting songs and send a message of love, understanding, peace and harmony to a world that needs it now, more than ever. Songs will include Imagine, Everybody is a Star, Man in the Mirror and many more, performed with youthful energy and enthusiasm. This show will give you hope for the future as the students welcome patrons back to WBTT's indoor theatre! Book by Nate Jacobs and Adrienne Pitts; created, adapted and directed by Jacobs. Stage of Discovery is intense, focused and fun - and free - designed for youth ages 13-18 who are serious about developing their artistic talents. An audition for the camp, which runs June 14 - July 18, was required to participate. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18, at Westcoast Black Theatre (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota). Audience capacity will be capped at 50% and masks are required to protect patron and student health and safety. Limited tickets are available; cost is $27/adults and $17/students.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's, 1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Limelight Market , July 17, 10am-3pm

Limelight Market happens every 3rd Saturday with different guest vendors, animal rescues, live music, and food. Join us 10-3 and Support Local! Located at the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota. They welcome dogs looking for their fur-ever home from Tender Heart Charities plus, Punaballo, Myakka’s Gold Apairy, Trinity Terrariums, Cozy Sunday Vibes, There Goes Lo, Spare Change Art, Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee, Express Cakes & More, Forest Fae Oddies, Grace Creations and live music by Sabrina McCleinthan. Hamlet's Eatery will be open, as well as the 40+ vendors inside The Bazaar.


The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: 15: Mission of Discovery: Celebrating the the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 15 , July 20 – August 15, 12:15-2:45pm

When people think of the Apollo program, they tend to remember Apollo 11 (the first moon landing) and Apollo 13 (the successful failure), but Apollo 15 was an extremely important mission as well. Mission commander David Scott and lunar module pilot Jim Irwin became the first humans to drive a vehicle on another world — the 460-pound Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV)! Scott and Irwin traveled 17.5 miles (compared to Apollo 14’s previous record of 2.1 miles) and Scott and Irwin set a record for most time on the lunar surface during extravehicular activities: 18 hours and 37 minutes. Have you ever imagined what it was like to drive a rover on the Moon’s surface? You can experience one of humanity's greatest achievements in The Planetarium during 15: Mission of Discovery, a new show created exclusively by The Bishop to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 15 moon landing! Playing July 20-August 31 only at The Bishop! Tuesday-Friday: 12:15 and 2:45pm Saturday: 12:15 and 2:45pm Sunday: 12:30 and 2:30pm

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature , 201 10th Street West., Bradenton

[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]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In The Round , May 28 – July 17, 7pm

In The Round is an opportunity for emerging choreographers from Sarasota Contemporary Dance members and selected choreographers chosen by SCD’s Artistic Staff to set a work in progress during the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive. The choreographers are given feedback during the performance from audience members using the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process (CRP). Each In the Round will be its own unique experience, offering works choreographed on SCD summer participants by a variety of emerging choreographers and SCD Company dancers. In-Person Dates: May 28, June 25 & July 16 at 7pm. Masks are required. Seating is limited at half capacity. Please book in advance to secure a spot. Tickets are $20. Ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show. Virtual Dates: May 29, June 26 & July 17, 7pm Virtual Broadcast Recording. Tickets are Choose what you pay, $5, $10, $15. Ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex: Summer Swim Lessons, Programming & Extended Hours , May 8 – August 31

The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District is increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming at the Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex. From lessons, to extended hours, they have your swimming needs covered. Learn to Swim: This program provides a positive, fun-filled opportunity for youth to learn abilities that will help reduce the number of water accidents and provide lifelong skills in swimming. Swim lessons are geared toward youth ages 6 months to 12 years. Participants will be divided into classes based on their abilities and ages. Sessions offer eight lessons for a registration fee of $65. Parent & Me classes are offered in a four-week session consisting of four lessons on Saturday mornings for $35. Adding to Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex’s Aquatic Programming is the Aqua Blast Class. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for a steady paced cardio exercises mixed with weights and resistance training. This new class is a great way to burn calories just before lunch time. Non-swimmers welcomed, as this class is in our 3-foot Water Instructional Pool. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 11 from 10am to 10:45am. Ages 18 and up are welcome, and classes are $3 each. Purchase a 5-Class Pack for $55. Registration Deadline: Mondays prior to Tuesday class and Wednesday prior to Thursday class. Call 941-263-6732 or register on eTrak: https://www.letsplaysarasota.com/program-guide/online-registration/how-to-register. Starting May 8 Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex will be open on Saturdays. Reservations are available on the hour between 11am and 4pm. The high diving board is closed, but the low diving board will be available. Reservations for Saturday swim are now available on eTrak: https://www.letsplaysarasota.com/program-guide/online-registration/how-to-register.

[SOON]  HEALTH: St. Armands Circle: Sol of the Circle: Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series , June 9 – September 8, 6pm-7pm

Life on the Circle only gets better when days are bathed in the summer sun. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in the perfect setting for adventure and fun. Join us for the “Sol of the Circle,” a series of special events for the entire family. Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series will take place every second Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm. Dates are June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8.

[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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: 'Seas' the Summer with Miss Dana , June 16 – August 4, 1:30pm-3pm

Put a STEAM twist on your summer fun with Mote starting June 16 and until August 4 from 1:30pm to 3pm. Join Miss Dana, creator of Mote’s popular homeschool programs, each week this summer to learn about ocean animals as we explore the Sarasota Bay or get ArtSEA making upcycled crafts while learning how to protect the ocean. Whether you want your fins in the water or prefer sharks and crafts, we will ‘seas’ the summer. This program is for ages 6-14, accompanied with a parent/guardian (one parent/guardian is included with each participant fee). Due to health and safety restrictions, only one adult chaperone is allowed per paid child and additional (younger or older) siblings or other family members will not be permitted to attend the program; please make sure you complete registration for each participating child in your family. Admission to Mote Aquarium is NOT included with this program. Please visit mote.org/visit for information and to reserve tickets.

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