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SRQ DAILY Jul 21, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"I saw how much more popular the sport of swimming became in America once Michael Phelps entered the world stage and still dream of having a similar impact in the sport of rowing."

- Clark Dean, Olympic rower

-The Gardener's Life, as seen in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Local Olympians]  Q&A With Crew Rower Clark Atlas Dean
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

It’s triumphant enough to have one local—formerly, or currently—go to the Olympics to represent Team USA. But to have four? Four outstanding athletes that hold roots to the (941) that are heading to Tokyo to make their mark on history? Now that’s impressive, medal coming home or not. From Women’s Swimming and Women’s Air Rifle to Men’s Rowing and Men’s Street Skateboarding, we'll be celebrating the young talented squad of Sarasotans that have qualified in their respective sport and whom we await excitedly to watch on our televisions this weekend as the Olympics kick-off and air worldwide.

While you may have read/seen local news stories of their victories, we're rolling out daily, candid Q&A style interviews—based on the famous Proust Questionnaire—with each of them throughout the week. So before putting on your red, white and blue outfits to cheer them on through the screen, get to know each of the athletes beyond their sport and what they're most looking forward to competing in the Games. Queue the flame. 

Clark Atlas Dean

Age: 21 

Hometown:  Sarasota, FL

Current City: Oakland, CA 

Beginnings: Sarasota Crew Rowing Club in 2012.

Current Titles: U19 World champion in single scull 2017 & 2018, World record holder u19 single scull, US Rowing U19 athlete of the year 2015 and 2018. 

Competing Olympic Sport: Men’s Rowing 4- (also called the “straight four”) 

Share a brief description of a recent day in the life.  Wake up at 6:00 am to get to our first morning row at 7:20. The Olympic Team has no boathouse of its own so we work around the schedule of the Cal Berkeley rowing team, and row out of their boathouse. Our first row goes from around 7:20 to 9:30, we then get off the water and go get a quick breakfast at a nearby grocery store. We return to the boathouse around 10:45 for a shorter technical row. After this second session, we would head home to rest for a few hours before our land session of weights and indoor rowing machines that goes from 3:30 to 5:30. Most days, we will have some video review and boat meetings following our land session. 

What are you most excited about going to the Olympics/representing Team USA? Racing and potentially winning a medal for my boat, my family, and my country. Since being a kid I dreamed of being able to represent my country on a stage like this.

When you were younger you always dreamed of growing up to be . . . An Olympian! I saw how much more popular the sport of swimming became in America once Michael Phelps entered the world stage and still dream of having a similar impact in the sport of rowing. 

Your guilty pleasure . . .Publix chicken tenders 

Your favorite heroes in fiction . . .Captain America 

Your favorite heroes in real life . . . Michael Phelps, my parents, and my grandma! 

If you could snap your fingers and be anywhere, where would it be? Sarasota! I haven’t been home since January 2nd and can’t wait to see my family after the Games. 

What was the funniest thing you remember doing as a kid?  Coming up with games to play using my friend's golf cart, which we crashed three separate times. 

Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button in your life? Pause; anyone who has seen the movie Click knows time travel is a slippery slope. I could just pause occasionally when super busy to stay on top of my work! 

What in your mind is the biggest fashion faux pas? Wearing rowing gear in non-rowing settings. 

If you could undo one invention in the world, what would it be? Social Media 

What do you consider the most underrated virtue? Altruism 

What do you consider your greatest achievement thus far? Knowing I am helping motivate younger rowers

What achievement/goal do you have set for yourself in the next 5 years? 10 years? In 5 years: Graduate from college and compete at another Olympics. In 10 years: Have a fulfilling job and meaningful relationships

Where you most like to live . . . I love Sarasota and Florida but could see myself living in Boston after graduating from Harvard

What is your most treasured possession? My used 2012 Toyota Avalon 

On the plane, you’ll be. . .Prepping for classes I intend to take this fall, and sleeping

What are you most excited to see or try whilst in Tokyo? I have only ever been to Europe before and am excited to experience Japanese culture and food

What is your most memorable or cherished moment whilst competing? Qualifying the 4- at the 2019 World Championships was an important step to making the team this year and will always be a cherished memory. 

If you weren’t an Olympian in your own sport, what other sport would you love to represent/compete in the Summer Olympics?  I envy swimmers and how they are able to compete in so many different events in one Summer, with rowing you only have one shot in one boat every 4 years.

Which country are you most intimated by in your sport? No country “intimidates” me, but the British 4- have won every Olympics since 1996 and could be considered the favorites. However, in 2019 we were less than 2 seconds off them, so I think we can get them. 

Tune in on Friday, July 23 at 7:30pm EDT to watch Clark Dean and his team in the Men's Rowing Four heat.  

Pictured: Clark Dean at the Nathan Benderson Aquatic Park, taken by Wyatt Kostygan.

Full Olympics Rowing Schedule found here.

[Local Olympians]  Q&A With Air Rifle Shooter Mary Tucker
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

It’s triumphant enough to have one local—formerly, or currently—go to the Olympics to represent Team USA. But to have four? Four outstanding athletes that hold roots to the (941) that are heading to Tokyo to make their mark on history? Now that’s impressive, medal coming home or not. From Women’s Swimming and Women’s Air Rifle to Men’s Rowing and Men’s Street Skateboarding, we'll be celebrating the young talented squad of Sarasotans that have qualified in their respective sport and whom we await excitedly to watch on our televisions this weekend as the Olympics kick-off and air worldwide.

While you may have read/seen local news stories of their victories, we're rolling out daily personal, candid Q&A style interviews—based on the famous Proust Questionnaire. Before putting on your red, white and blue outfits to cheer them on through the screen, get to know each of the athletes beyond their sport and what they're most looking forward to competing in the Games. Queue the flame. 

Mary Tucker

Age: 20

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Current City: Lexington, KY

Current Titles: NCAA individual airgun, individual Smallbore, individual overall, and team National Champion. First Olympic team member airgun and Smallbore (out of two, won both qualifiers). 6x World Cup finalist, 3x World Cup medalist. World rank #2 in airgun, #11 in Smallbore.

Competing Olympic Sport: Women’s Air Rifle, Air Rifle mixed team, Women’s Smallbore Rifle

Share a brief description of a recent day in the life. Right now, since it is summer and I am not on campus, I usually get up around 8:00 or 9:00 am, have a quick breakfast and drive to the range. Once I’m at the range, I will go to whichever gun I am shooting first and set it all up. I don’t really have a warm-up other than some quick balance board work, so then I shoot for however many hours (usually 3 or 4) before lunch. After lunch, I typically switch to the other gun and will do that for another 3 or 4 hours before packing up and heading back to wherever I’m staying. I also go to the gym Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Training for shooting is hard since there are only three facilities in the US, so where I am is never really set but that is the general routine.

What are you most excited about going to the Olympics/representing Team USA? I am excited for the atmosphere the most, and getting to check another country off. I have heard a lot about how fun the Games are, and I look forward to seeing a lot of friends from other countries.

Your favorite motto. . .'Prove them wrong.' There are always doubters, especially when you are young/inexperienced and in a sport people don't fully understand. 

When you were younger you always dreamed of growing up to be . . . Being a veterinarian was something I thought I was going to be for a very long time, but I am too invested in shooting to ever leave it, so now I just live with a vet student.

What was the funniest thing you remember doing as a kid? My mom said when I was little I would always rub my hands together like I was plotting something evil, I think that’s pretty funny.

What is the scariest thing you have ever done? Shot a 600 in airgun. It really isn’t a huge deal, but because I had shot so many 599s in the past, I was extremely nervous for it. I did it, but I was shaking so bad.

Your favorite snacks of the moment are . . . I have a minor obsession with Haribo gummies right now, especially the little colas and the fruit ones. I like them so much that when at World Cups other countries will bring me Haribos that are specific to their countries so I can try them. 10/10

You have to wear a T-shirt with one word on it, what would it be? Breathe. Things move fast and everything can be really stressful, I have to remind myself a lot to just let things happen and focus on myself. In shooting, breathing is a big thing to pay attention to, also.

What song best describes your life right now? As someone who can never remember songs, this is a hard question, but one song that I really like and makes me happy is “Live a Little” by Chaz Cardigan.

What achievement/goal do you have set for yourself in the next 5 years? 10 years? My main goal is to be the best there ever was in this sport. We have a lot of American legends and I want to be one of them.

If you could snap your fingers and appear somewhere else, where would you be? Right now, probably with my best friend. She lives in another country, so I only ever get to see her at World Cups.

Where you most like to live . . . I don’t think I will end up living in one place, I really enjoy traveling and would prefer to be on the move. I have noticed that I thrive when I am always in new places. 

On the plane, you’ll be. . . Sleeping, no doubt. 

What are you most excited to see or try whilst in Tokyo? I always love going downtown in other countries, just because it is so different from the states. I am not sure how it will look with Covid, but I hope to at least see a little bit of it.

What is your most memorable or cherished moment whilst competing? My first European match, I was in the final in airgun and we had gotten down to the gold and silver medals with one shot left. We have 50 sec to take a shot and I usually am slow, so right when I was about to pull the trigger the other girl shot and the crowd gasped so loud that I didn't take the shot. I wasn’t aiming at the target and glanced at the clock that said 10sec, I had to take that shot so fast and I have no idea how it was a 10 but it was definitely the most nerve-wracking shot I've ever taken. I think I ended up getting silver by only .1, it was crazy.

Which sport in the Olympics are you most excited to go watch as a spectator? I think the new sports will be very cool to go watch. If there are new sports at the Games, you have to go see them since it's their debut. 

If you weren’t an Olympian in your own sport, what other sport would you love to represent/compete in the Summer Olympics? Probably equestrian. I have ridden horses my whole life and while I was never very good, I still want to go for it.

Which country are you most intimated by in your sport?  I am not intimidated by anyone specifically, but I do think it’s interesting to be in a sport that isn’t dominated by the US. This past quad India, China, Hungary, and Russia have had a lot of really good performances, so it will be cool to see them there.

Where will your winning medal(s) hang when you get back? I have a teammate at school who makes really cool racks and things out of wood. I asked him to make something to put them in and I'm excited to see what he thinks of.

Tune in on Friday, July 23 at 9:45pm EDT to watch Mary Tucker compete in Women's Air Rifle Final.  

Photo courtesy of USA Shooting

Full Olympics Shooting Schedule found here.

[In Conversation]  In Conversation With Veronica Thames

Published in the July magazine, In Conversation with Non Profit Leaders features a roundtable discussion among representatives from local non profit organizations. Below is an excerpt from the conversation in which Veronica Thames of Gulf Coast Community Foundation shares insight on fundraising during the pandemic.


As a non-profit community, we didn’t stop working on our initiatives, we added to them. Our non-profits needed their staff and then some to execute on the transition to virtual and on the new programmatic needs of the community especially around mental health, resilience, and now readiness to handle the re-entry into the workplace and what’s going to happen to our families when the moratorium is lifted and their living quarters are in jeopardy. We built a strategy around donor affinity groups: identifying donors’ main priorities and drive and helping them hone in and focus on those missions that spoke the most to them. A stronger focus on legacy planning and planned giving which is the key to longterm sustainability of the organizations in a region. We are so blessed and so lucky to be in this incredible region, with over 5,000 non-profits conducting incredible missions that meet the community need. Those needs emerge and grow, so all hands on deck, more help, more dollars needed, and the honing in of our donors’ philanthropic journey for greater footprint and greater impact has been incredible to watch and something that we expect will continue and make us an even greater region. 

This is an excerpt from the In Conversation with Non Profit Leaders published in the July 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine. Click here to see the full article.  

Read More From In Conversation Here

[Recognition]  Starfish Academy at The Florida Center is Awarded National Accreditation

The National Accreditation Commission (NAC) for Early Care and Education Programs announced that Starfish Academy at The Florida Center for Early Childhood has been awarded accreditation. "We are committed to offering our students and families a high-quality early childhood education," said Susan Carney, director of early childhood education at The Florida Center. "We have made a long term commitment to NAC to maintain these standards in all areas of our education program." 

Click here for more information.

[New Hire]  Girls Inc of Sarasota County Announces New Board Members

Girls Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to their board: Melanie Singletary & Jim Rolfes. President and CEO Angie Stringer says, “We are honored to welcome Melanie and Jim to the Girls Inc. Board of Directors.  This dynamic group of individuals is passionate about serving girls in our community, and we are looking forward to leadership and service these two new members.” 

Click here for more information.

[New Position ]  Child Protection Center Announces Changes to Board

The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) has announced the appointment of Tina Granthon as Chair, Jennifer Steube as Vice-Chair, and Freya Robbins as a new member to its board of directors. 

Click here for more information.

[Job Opportunity ]  ALSO Youth is Hiring for a Program Manager

Responsible for creating and implementing engaging programs for LGBTQ+ youth, and administrative duties associated with the programs and services of ALSO Youth. For a full job description and qualifications, please visit alsoyouth.org/careers. Send resume and cover letters to resumes@alsoyouth.org. 

Click here for more information.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Down Dogs and Cat Cows Yoga Night , July 22, 5:30pm

Fitness with a furry twist. Instructors Janet Boyden and Elizabeth Seymour will lead a combination yoga/pilates class in HSSC's brand-new Education & Training Center. Burn some calories and get our zen on, then celebrate a great workout with wine and light bites. Expect some shelter pets to join the fun too. They will have two fantastic yoga-themed raffle baskets up for grabs: each worth $100+. Space is limited, so sign up today.

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021
Time: 5:30pm
Place: HSSC's Education & Training Center, 2331 15th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237
Cost: $25 per attendee (includes yoga/pilates session, wine, and light bites)
Raffle Entries: 1 for $10, 3 for $20. Two yoga-themed prize packages, each worth $100+.
Shelter Dog & Cat Cuddles: Free
Please bring your own yoga mat, straps, blocks, towels, and water.

The Humane Society of Sarasota County , 2331 15th St., Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: The Joy Luck Club , July 22, 1pm

In San Francisco, a group of aging Chinese women (Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu) meet regularly to trade familial stories while playing Mahjong. In a series of sixteen vignettes that spans generations and continents, this adaptation of Amy Tan's bestselling novel explores cultural conflict and the often-turbulent relationships between four first-generation Chinese-American women (Ming-Na Wen, Tamlyn Tomita, Lauren Tom, Rosalind Chao) and their mothers. This film is Rated R. Join us at 1pm on July 22 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]  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]  SPORTS: Kids Summer Beach Run , June 22 – July 27, 5:30-7pm

The Kids Summer Beach Runs are one mile beach runs held every Tuesday (through July 27) at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through July 28) at Brohard Beach (1600 Harbor Drive) next to the Venice Fishing Pier, near Fins at Sharky's, Venice. This one-mile fun run for kids is a summer favorite and a great opportunity for families to exercise together and have fun at the beach! Weekly registration begins at 5:30 pm with race time at 6:30 pm. Kids receive a participation ribbon at each run. Complete four runs and earn a free custom t-shirt. The runs are a popular summer event combining exercise and fun. Ages 1 - 17. 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota

Siesta Beach, Venice Beach

[SOON]  GALLERY: Beneath the Surface Exhibition , June 26 – July 30

A solo exhibition of abstract figurative paintings by William Swanson Inspired by the beauty of the coral reef will be open June 26-July 30. His passion for the beauty and mystery of the coral reef has led Bill Swanson to attempt to bring attention to its endangered ecosystem through his paintings. William started scuba diving in 1985 with a trip to Roatan, Honduras. It was not until 1998 that Swanson began studying painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His love of diving has remained, but due to the strenuousness of this sport, he limits his exploration to snorkeling to catch the beauty of underwater life. Memories of the beauty he saw while scuba diving and his continued concern for the underwater environment have been a constant theme in his large paintings. His works are featured in the window and inside the gallery during this solo exhibition. Swanson will be in the gallery for our MEET THE ARTIST event on two consecutive Saturdays, June 26 and July 3 from 10am to 3pm. 1367 Main St., Sarasota 

Art Uptown Gallery

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Sarasota Music Festival , June 24 – July 24, 7:30pm and 4pm
Our reimagined Sarasota Music Festival, streaming from June 24 to July 24, kicks off with an appearance by a festival favorite, followed by a fascinating lecture on an astonishing era of music history. SMF Music Director Jeffrey Kahane will present the festival lecture, providing musical illumination at the piano. His presentation will open a panoramic view onto the flowering of Romanticism and the influential ties between some of its most pivotal composers. The festival continues with a majestic program of Brahms’ cello sonatas with Jeffrey Kahane and faculty artist Clive Greensmith; an exciting piano recital by distinguished SMF alumna Angie Zhang; and an exuberant concert of Mendelssohn and Schumann’s chamber works featuring the award-winning Calidore String Quartet performing with Jeffrey Kahane at the piano. Donors at the Patron ($100+) level or above will receive a complimentary Festival Streaming Pass, which unlocks access to enjoy all five SMF events online for 30 days beginning June 24. Register now for the opportunity to purchase tickets to these fantastic, live festival experiences or buy a Festival Streaming Pass for $40. Concert 1 Voices of the Violin on Saturday, June 12 at 7:30pm with Angelo Xiang Yu, violin and Feng Niu, piano. The Romantic Revolution Lecture on Sunday, June 13 at 4pm with Jeffrey Kahane, Festival Music Director. Concert 2 Majestic Cello on Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30pm with Jeffrey Kahane, piano and Clive Greensmith, cello. Concert 3 Dedications on Friday, June 18 at 7:30pm with Angie Zhang, piano. Concert 4 Calidore Quartet on Saturday, June 19 at 7:30pm with Jeffrey Kahane, piano.
[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]  GALLERY: Embracing Our Differences , July 1 – August 8

An international art exhibit designed to proclaim inclusion, respect and kindness debuts at Sarasota-Bradenton’s Nathan Benderson Park. The annual, juried art exhibit is composed by a Sarasota-based arts and education non-profit, Embracing Our Differences (EOD). It consists of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. The international exhibit uses the power of art and prose to promote diversity and inclusion. The 2021 exhibit brought 15,912 entries from 128 nations, and from 48 U.S. states. The winning quotes and art are showcased in the Bayfront Park every year, from January through March. Thanks to the generosity of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, the public will have another opportunity to see this exhibit. The exhibit is on display at the park May 20 - Aug. 8 and is free for the public to view.

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Choral Artists: American Fanfare , July 4 – August 17, 4pm

American Fanfare concert will be held Sunday, July 4 at 4pm at the Sarasota Opera House and will be available on demand from July 17 to August 17. Rousing patriotic anthems and stirring inspirational choral works celebrate Independence Day. The Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble joins Choral Artists for the first time, performing Sousa marches to complement the program. Musical fireworks abound in this annual salute to America.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Bay Estuary Program: Eyes on Seagrass , July 12 – July 24

Water conditions and the health of seagrass beds in the Sarasota Bay area have been changing rapidly, and there is a pressing need to gather more information about the amount of algae growing in our bays. Algae is a natural part of the ecosystem, but if changing conditions cause it to grow out of control, it can damage vital habitats. Volunteers will help monitor macroalgae by snorkeling in an assigned area, estimating the coverage of seagrass and macro algae, and collecting samples. Volunteers of all levels of experience are welcome. The Eyes on Seagrass survey will take place over a two week window from July 12 - July 24. Volunteers can pick any time during this window. The survey will take about one hour. Training and gear distribution will be held over three days. You Will Need: A team of 2 or more (Give your group a name), Transportation, Mask & Snorkel, Kayak, paddle board, or boat, and GPS or GPS capable phone. We Will Provide: Survey equipment, Dive flags, and Training. Training and Gear Distribution on June 28 at Blackburn Park 9am-1pm, June 29 at Ken Thompson Park 9am-1pm, and June 30 at South Coquina Boat Ramp 9am-1pm.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Veterans Equine Therapy , July 12 – August 23, 3-5pm

Operation Warrior Resolution has another session of Veterans Equine Therapy starting July 12th. It’s 6 sessions, running each Monday from 3pm-5pm, July 12-August 23 (break on August 9) at InStride Therapy, Inc. in Nokomis, FL. Those veterans who have been apart of this previously say it is  an incredible experience! The program is specifically designed to address veteran specific issues through the use of horses. The horses provide a very unique experience to learn how to become more self-aware, regulate the nervous system response, be in the present moment, build trust, confidence, connection, and more. To join this upcoming session please email at info@operationwarriorresolution.org, 1629 Ranch Rd, Nokomis

Operation Warrior Resolution

[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.

[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

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