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SRQ DAILY Jul 23, 2021

Friday Weekend Edition

Friday Weekend Edition

"Seeing athletes stand on the podium as their national anthem plays is the most amazing thing that still gives me chills just thinking about it. "

- Emma Weyant, Local Olympian

-Street Smarts, as seen in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Local Olympians]  Q&A With Swimmer Emma Weyant
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. 

Emma Weyant 

Age: 19

Hometown: Sarasota 

Current City: Sarasota 

Competing Olympic Sport: Women's Swimming, 400m IM

Beginnings: Began swimming competitively in Sarasota at age 9. 

Titles: 2018 Junior Pan Pac Champion, 2019 National Champion, 2021 Olympic Trial Champion, 4A state champion

Share a brief description of a recent day in the life…  Currently, I am at an Olympic training camp in Hawaii with the rest of the Team USA swimmers. Every morning we wake up and eat breakfast together before heading over to our first pool workout. Getting to train with the best swimmers in the country creates the coolest environment where everyone around you is working hard and supporting each other. After practice, we visit the weight room where we get in our strength training and dryland workouts. Then, after a quick nap, we go back to the pool for the second practice of the day. The second workout of the day usually consists of stroke and technique work as well as resistance training for me.  We all eat dinner together as a team and end the night with a team meeting and Team USA cheer. 

What are you most excited about going to the Olympics/representing Team USA? I’m so excited to have the honor to wear the flag on my cap and compete with the best in the world. The culture of Team USA is like no other and I can’t wait to have more experiences being a part of it. 

Your favorite motto . . . “I’m not defined by what I achieve, but by whom I am loved.” Someone shared this quote with me a couple of years ago and it has always stuck with me. Being an athlete, there are inherent pressures to achieve at the highest levels, but at the end of the day, no matter the outcome, having a team and family and supporters behind you that love you and are proud of you no matter what, make every race and result worth it.  

Your guilty pleasure . . . Chocolate. Anyone who knows me knows I’m the biggest Hershey’s fan there is. 

Your favorite heroes . . . My mom. Without her, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. She’s the most selfless and strong person I know. 

Your last supper would include . . . Any type of bread and pasta. Noodles and Company is my favorite during a swim meet. 

Athlete/Coach you admire the most and look up to . . . My current coach, Brent Arckey. I’m so incredibly grateful for everything he has done for me over the years. Coach Brent pushed me to be my best every day and gave me the confidence to believe that no goal is unattainable.  

What was the funniest thing you remember doing as a kid? I grew up the oldest of four girls, so my sisters and I were always together having fun and keeping ourselves entertained whether it be in the pool or driving around or even just making each other laugh.  

Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button in your life? I would say a pause button. I think it’s hard sometimes to stop and appreciate where you are and what you have done to get to where you are. I would say that I am a fairly goal-oriented person, so in the past, after reaching one goal it was always natural to have my next move be adjusting my goals and getting back to work.  

Your favorite snacks of the moment are . . .  I love Triscuits. They’re super easy to eat in between races or take with me wherever I go.

What song best describes your life right now?  “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift. Being an Olympian and getting to compete in the Olympics has always been a dream of mine and I’m just so excited to live out those dreams and perform at my best for Team USA. 

If you could snap your fingers and appear somewhere else, where would you be? After my race at Olympic trials, I walked off the pool deck and all my teammates and coaches were standing there and gave me the biggest hugs. It was all just super emotional and I’m so grateful I got to share that moment with them. It was one that I will never forget and one that I replay in my head all the time. 

Your greatest fear. . .  Needles and blood, which might be a slight issue if I plan on getting the Olympic Rings tattooed haha

What do you consider the most underrated virtue? Trust. Trusting in yourself, in your coaches, in your teammates, and in your journey. My coach's mantra is, “Trust the process.” This means that when you put your trust in your coaches and their plan, you will get the results you want in the long run.  

Where you most like to live . . . I know that I want to be somewhere close to my family and close to the water. 

On the plane, you’ll be. . . listening to Taylor Swift. She’s been my favorite since I was 8 years old. So I can honestly just put her entire discography on shuffle and I’ll be happy. 

What are you most excited to see or try whilst in Tokyo? I’m really excited to get to live in the athlete village and be surrounded by the best athletes from all over the world.  

What is your most memorable or cherished moment whilst competing? Touching the wall at Olympic trials and realizing that I had become an Olympian. The last 50 meters of the race was all that was running through my mind, so touching the wall and hearing my name announced as an Olympian was the most surreal experience ever. 

Which sport in the Olympics are you most excited to go watch as a spectator? I would probably say gymnastics. There are so many talented women who dominate the podium every Olympic Games. 

Your favorite Opening/Closing Ceremony or performance watching previous Olympic Games? My favorite moment from the last Olympics to watch was definitely the medal ceremonies. Seeing athletes stand on the podium as their national anthem plays is the most amazing thing that still gives me chills just thinking about it.  

Where will your winning medal(s) hang when you get back? If I get the opportunity to win a medal for Team USA, I will definitely be keeping them hanging in Sarasota to share with my family and my teammates. 

Tune in Sunday, July 25, starting at 6:00am EDT to watch Emma Weyant compete in Women's 400m heat.  

Photo courtesy of USA Swimming

Full Olympic Swimming Schedule here.

[Live Like a Local]  Enjoy 'Museum Free Day' at SAM

This summer take advantage of some fun in the 941 by joining Visit Sarasota on the last Sunday of the month, this month and next, for Museum Free Day at Sarasota's newest art institution, Sarasota Art Museum. Rolling out special deals and offers all season long through valued partners of their 'Live Like a Local' campaign, the Museum Free Day will take place this Sunday, July 25 and August 29, 2021. Bring your friends and family to explore new art and thought-provoking exhibitions. 

Free Day Activities include:

Musical Interludes – 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza for acoustic Carlos Silva/John Kendall Guitar Duo.

Mary’s Front Porch – 1:30 pm to 2 pm on the Front Porch, encouraging a thirst for knowledge where children of all ages can share their imagination and creativity.

What’s your medium?- 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, many individuals come to the museum to view the art but many may not understand the art medium that the artist utilizes to express their art movement. This is an introductory class and at the end of the session, each individual will receive a brown bag to carry the supplies that are given to take home. This month’s medium is oil pastels.

For more information and ideas on how you can Have Fun in the 941, head here.  And be sure to tag your experience on social with #funinthe941

Support for Museum Free Day is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. 

Photo courtesy of Sarasota Art Museum. Learn more here.

[Artist]  Dominic Avant Finds New Energy After 'Repose'
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

At the height of the pandemic, Dominic Avant wasn’t painting.

Between COVID-19 and yet another national reckoning over police brutality and systemic racism, negativity had made a home in his head and found a way into his studio. “I was paralyzed,” he says. But there was a bright spot hanging on the wall. A painting he had completed shortly before the pandemic began—the intended beginning of a whole series, now cut short. On a lark, he submitted it to the 15th International ARC Salon, vying with 4,941 artists from 83 countries for a chance to show in the Art Renewal Center’s traveling exhibition this year, to see his work hang in the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona.

The painting won four awards. It is one of only five selected for publication in Collection Magazine in China.

Titled Repose, the painting began from a trip to The Petit Palais in Paris, France, where Avant found himself captivated by the work of one painter in particular. He doesn’t remember the name, but he remembers what he saw. “Beautiful paintings of these African subjects,” Avant says. “I loved his handling of the skin tone—the temperature range he was getting. He was painting with such beauty.” As an artist, Avant wanted to explore that beauty himself, that delicate dance of near-hidden greens and blues and violets. As a man of African heritage, he felt conflicted. “You should have already done this a number of times,” he says to himself still.

Returning to Sarasota, serendipity knocked in the form of a muse—a figure model named Bianca Sel-Ket. Invited to an artist’s home where Sel-Ket was sitting for a session, Avant was immediately struck by her elegance. “She looked like everything I wanted to capture in the painting I’d been envisioning,” Avant says. “That first session, I knew it was a perfect match.” When the session ended, he told her about the series he was planning—a series celebrating African heritage and beauty, of positive and uplifting representation. And when they later met for a second session, outside to take advantage of the natural light, Avant remembers the “exquisite” moment a single shaft of sunlight broke through the foliage like a spotlight on Sel-Ket. “Everything aligned perfectly,” he says.

According to the Art Renewal Center, Repose “shows an immense understanding of the human figure, composition and light.” To Avant, it’s a sign to keep going, to keep painting, to trust his artist instincts.

“This was a personal thing for me,” he says. And he’s ready to finish the series.

Currently on display in Sotheby’s New York, Repose will later travel to the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain, where it will be on display from October 8 through December 12. 

[Pet Photos]  Free Dog Portrait Pop-Up the Focus of July St. Armands Family Day

St. Armands Circle’s summer program series, “Sol of the Circle,” is scheduled to continue Sunday from 11am to 1pm for a special St. Armands Family Day event dedicated to dogs. Pet parents and their furry best friends can venture out to St. Armands Circle and stop by a limited-time professional photography pop-up for a free portrait session during the two-hour event. Those attending and getting their photo taken will be able to download their pictures free through an online photo portal. 

Click here for more information.

[New Store]  Debbie Dannheisser Threads Opens on Main Street

Clothing designer & fine art painter Debbie Dannheisser announces the Grand Opening of the new Debbie Dannheisser Threads location at 1834 Main St., Sarasota on August 26th. The opening will feature Debbie’s popular line of art inspired women leggings, skirts and apparel and a gallery of her finest paintings. Doors open at 5 o’clock with wine and hors d’oeuvres served from 5pm until 8pm. 

Click here for more information.

[Competition ]  $50,000 Prize Purse In ACO Bradenton World Championships of Cornhole 16

July 26-31 are the dates for the Biggest Cornhole Party of the year. This weeklong Cornhole Festival of Events includes action for the Cornhole Pros and the Cornhole Backyarders all happening at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. This year's $50,000 prize purse is sponsored by Gold Coast Eagle Distributing of Sarasota Florida and Bud Light.



Click here for more information.

[New Hire]  Animal Rescue Coalition Grows Team with Two New Hires

Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide and promote spay and neuter as the key to ending shelter overcrowding and senseless euthanasia, recently welcomed Kayla Murphy as clinic manager and Maggie O’Brien as program manager. 

[New Technology ]  SMH Expands 3D Printing During COVID-19 Pandemic

During the first wave of the pandemic, one of the most valued pieces of personal protective equipment for clinicians – controlled air-purifying respirators known as CAPRs – became scarce as hospitals struggled to replace the helmets and other personal protective equipment (PPE) amid a worldwide shortage. That's when the SMH biomedical engineering team stepped in to help. With a small 3D printer that cost just $1,000, the team began producing a routine CAPR replacement part that manufacturers could no longer provide: a vital break-away tab for the helmet's faceshields. Without it, the CAPRs could not be used and medical care providers had to rely on N95 masks and other dwindling supplies to protect themselves from becoming infected while caring for COVID patients. 

[New Hire]  ArtisTree Announces New Hires

ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design announces the promotions of two company veterans. Michael Casper, who has held multiple positions within ArtisTree since 2005, will oversee client acquisitions as vice president of Business Development. His new role will continue to build on his overall market knowledge and extensive operations experience. 

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: A Simple Life , July 23, 6:30pm

A film producer (Andy Lau) helps care for his family's lifelong servant (Deanie Ip) after she suffers a stroke and must move into a nursing home. This film is not rated. 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 23 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. AWARDS: 2011 Hong Kong Film Awards – won Best Film, Best Director Ann Hui, Best Actress Deanie Ip, Best Actor Andy Lau; 2011 Venice International Film Festival – won Best Actress Deanie Ip and was nominated for Best Film. 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]  BUSINESS: Summer Food Truck Series at Bay Preserve , July 23 – September 17, 8pm

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast invites the community to a monthly Food Truck Friday Night this summer at their Bay Preserve headquarters in Osprey. Enjoy food and fun with friends while taking in a summer sunset at this family-friendly event. Each month, July through September, a different food truck will be onsite serving up local flavor on the shores of Little Sarasota Bay. Members of the Conservation Foundation team will be available to answer questions about their work and the Burrows-Matson House will be open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for this picnic-style gathering. The dates and food trucks are as follows: Friday, July 23, 5pm to 8pm - Curb Your Appetite (classic American fare) Friday, August 20, 5pm to 8pm - Big Blue Grilled Cheese Company (creative versions of a family favorite) Friday, September 17, 5pm to 8pm - Killik’s Kitchen (modern Asian-Hawaiian fare) “After the isolation of the last year, connection is what we are all craving,” notes Christine Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. “Connection with other people and connection with nature. We hope these Friday nights help our community reconnect with each other and with our beautiful natural environment.” Bay Preserve is located at 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey, Florida. This series is free and open to the public, however in an effort to ensure plenty of parking, RSVPs are requested. To RSVP for any of the dates, visit conservationfoundation.com/events. Food prices vary by truck. Learn more about each truck’s menu on Facebook.

Conservation Foundation, 400 Palmetto Ave., Osprey

[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]  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]  FILM: Sarasota Opera: Classic Movies at the Opera House: Moonstruck , July 24, 7:30pm

In her Academy Award winning role, Cher plays Loretta, an unlucky-in-love bookkeeper whose feelings about her engagement to the staid and timid Johnny (Danny Aiello) are thrown into question after she meets his hot-blooded brother, Ronny, played by Nicolas Cage. One night at the opera changes everything, as this enchanting 1987 romantic comedy unfolds to passionate Puccini melodies. Directed by Norman Jewison and also starring Olympia Dukakis. Running time: 1 hour, 43 minutes. This film will show on Saturday, July 24 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]  BUSINESS: National Hot Dog Day , July 24

Free Beer! Yup, you heard right. What better way to celebrate National Hot Dog Day? Located in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota. Traditional and Vegan dogs cooked in J'Dub's Bell Cow Beer, available with a variety of toppings, and served with their award-winning hand-cut fries! Live Music with Zeena Brown & Sabrina McClenithan and FREE J'Dub's beer (while supplies last). For more information visit HamletsEatery.com or call 941-445-1938.

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

[SOON]  SPORTS: Aerial Straps Workshop , July 24, 10am-6pm

The Aerial Straps workshop at the CAC is a full day of training working with coaches with over 20 years of coaching experience. Throughout the workshop students can expect to advance their straps skills learning: - Flexibility/line work and drills - Breakdown of skill positioning/basic techniques and purpose - Flares/flags/switches - One and two arm swing technique - Proper roll up drills and positioning/technique Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Cost: $200, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

The Circus Arts Conservatory

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Summer Circus Spectacular , July 30 – August 14

The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling are happy to partner once again to present the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Don’t miss this family-friendly show that runs Friday, July 30, 2021 through Saturday, August 14! The Summer Circus Spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. The Summer Circus Spectacular takes place at the Historic Asolo Theatre at The Ringling (5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota). Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Opening Night Performance & Celebration, Friday, July 30 @ 7:00 PM

The Ringling Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[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]  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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: Shark Pups & Grownups Class , June 12 – August 28, 9:30am-11am

MEGA-lodon sized fun for you and your little one! Join us as we explore the marine environment through imaginative play, songs, crafts and more. For preschool (2-5) aged kids and their favorite adult. Each class includes: movement (Ocean Moves with Mote), science tool exploration, role play/games, and immersive water time (dipnetting in the bay). All classes meet at the Whale Fountain at the entrance to The Aquarium. Be sure to read your confirmation email to know what to bring and wear to class. Click on "More Info" for additional details on our Shark Pups and Grownup class offerings, as well as information on at home options for Shark Pups near and far. Dates: June 12, 2021, June 26, 2021, July 10, 2021, July 24, 2021, August 14, 2021, and August 28, 2021 from 9:30am to 11am. 

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

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

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

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

[SOON]  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]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Summer Music Camp , June 21 – July 23

Sarasota Orchestra's Summer Music Camp is the place to be this summer for amazing musical enrichment with 3 sessions from June 21 through July 23. From our Bootcamp for beginners to our Summer Intensive and Audition Workshop for advanced players, every camp module offers incomparable opportunities for skill-building. Our camp ensembles include all orchestra instruments and all experience levels (even no experience). Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay and risk losing a spot. Applications must be mailed by June 1. Visit our website to download an application and learn more about all that's in store this June and July at Summer Music Camp.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Players Centre: Summer Minicamps , June 21 – July 30

The Players Studio (TPS), the education department of The Players Centre for Performing Arts, is proud to announce this year’s summer camps. TPS has six one-week minicamps perfect for ages 5 to 10 starting in June and running through the end of July. These camps focus on acting, dancing, and singing, all related to a theme. Each week there is a different, exciting topic for students to enjoy. Campers also create characters, make crafts, use their imagination and work with other students to present a short performance on the last day. Disney Fairytales from June 21-25: Life is a fairytale, and you are the main character. Learn how to craft the perfect fairytale story and perform numbers from Disney musicals. Marvel Heroes from June 28-July 2: Capes and masks are all part of this creative storytelling camp. Using the power of imagination students can create their own superhero that saves the world through dance, song and scenes. Pirates & Mermaids from July 5-9: Ahoy, matey. Students will have fun acting out scenes and songs from Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid, among others. Vampires & Zombies from July 12-16: Are you more of a zombie or more of a vampire? Learn stage makeup, design your own monsters, and dance to songs like Thriller and Time Warp. Under the Sea from July 19-23: Spend this week under the sea learning songs and dance from Finding Nemo, Moana and The Little Mermaid. Star Wars from July 26-30: Learn to use the Force through creative dramatics with basic stage combat techniques to stage an epic battle. (Includes a take-home practice light saber.) One-week minicamps are limited to 20 students and cost $160 for the whole week, this includes a t-shirt. Students should bring their own lunches. On Wednesday campers can purchase pizza and ice cream. More information will be available after registration. Before and after care are available, as well as financial assistance. Masks are required.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Selby Preschool Book Drive , July 13 – August 10

Selby Preschool Book Drive is asking for book donations based on their lesson plans. You can order books online on their amazon wishlist or drop off at the school Monday through Friday. For more information contact Hallie Peilet, hpeilet@thehavensrq.org. 4405 Desoto Rd., Sarasota

The Haven

[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

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