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SRQ DAILY Aug 3, 2021

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" As for the 5 a.m. start time, the most salient question is: are those customers just starting their day or just ending their night?"

- Andrew Fabian, SRQ Contributing Writer

-Faithful Friend Betrayed, as seen in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Breakfast]  Morning Pit Stop at Town Hall Restaurant and Lounge
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Few restaurants have survived quite like Town Hall Restaurant & Lounge on MLK Way. Open a whopping 21 hours a day—that is not a typo—the restaurant serves the surrounding community with breakfast, lunch, dinner and, when parties are in full swing, late night bites to soak up the party punch. A neighborhood staple for decades, it’s the place where many in the Newtown area start their day.

Breakfast is served from 5 a.m. to noon, with orders being taken from the walk-up window beneath the patio overhang. Offerings include eggs, toast and grits combinations with an assortment of breakfast meats, while pancakes and biscuit sandwiches round out the breakfast menu. A bacon, eggs, toast and grits breakfast runs just $7 and includes coffee. The grits go great smeared on buttered toast and, more importantly, provide lasting, sticky energy for the daytime grind.

As for the 5 a.m. start time, the most salient question is: are those customers just starting their day or just ending their night? 

Town Hall Restaurant & Lounge, 1970 Dr. Martin Luther King Way, Sarasota

[Summer Fitness]  Get Your Sweat on at Pineapple Yoga + Cycling Studio
Grace Castilow, grace@srqme.com

Pineapple Studios offers everything from Vinyasa, a yoga flow with a higher level of difficulty; Hatha yoga, a more integrated approach involving meditation and breathwork; and specialized cycling classes every day of the week. Claudia Baeza, its owner, saw a need for accessible, all-level cycling and, two years after opening, began offering sessions thoughtfully tailored to her clients. “We look at each individual and shape the class around who shows up,” Baeza says. “We are very in touch with the pulse of what is going on with our clients and the community.” During the pandemic, the studio adapted and took its indoor classes outdoors to the courtyard - a boutique experience allowing patrons to move their bodies and expand their minds while maintaining a safe social distance. And the studio has hosted classes outside ever since. “I’ve had clients say that the studio saved them this year,” Baeza says, “that it was their go-to space for mental health, that it was the one part of their day that they looked forward to, and that it helped them face the reality of challenges outside of the studio.” These classes, which incorporate nature and promote community as well as self-care, are the optimal response to the resurgence in appreciation for health and wellness (particularly mental health). “Yoga and cycling are how we lift each other up and how we feel better in body, mind, and spirit,” Baeza says.

In addition to the studio’s regular offerings, Pineapple also does karma work - or work of the heart. Baeza affirms that “there is a need for a place to find community, spirituality, and wellness, and this has become that place.” The studio offers recovery yoga (for those affected by addictions) twice per week on a donation basis, and is relaunching “Love Your Brain” yoga for traumatic brain injury - both classes reiterate Baeza’s ideal that yoga can positively change the world. “Trust yourself to arrive as you are to a studio that cares and will work with how you are, not expecting any particular level, experience, or background,” she advises. Get your mojo back this summer with Pineapple Yoga + Cycling Studio and try out their newest class: yoga sculpt with light weights. It's only 45 minutes, from 7am to 7:45am.

Classes take place each day of the week and private sessions are available. For more information, call 941-210-3739.


Photo courtesy of Pineapple Yoga, pineappleyogastudio.net, @pineappleyogastudio.

[New Classes]  Sarasota Contemporary Dance Announces Classes and Registration

SCD is proud to continue offering classes during our fall season at their Home Studio in the Rosemary District. They are also excited to announce that they are bringing back their Kids Classes: Intermediate Movers and Little Groovers! Classes are a year commitment for kids and pre-teens ages 5-12. Class Prices
$15 per adult class. Monthy Unlimited or 10 class card: $120. New Student Special: 3 classes for $30 

Photos by Sorcha Augustine.

[New Grant]  Women's Resource Center Of Manatee Earns $22,000 In Community Investment Funding

A program aimed at boosting the financial stability of ALICE families in Manatee and Sarasota counties has earned an infusion of support from one of the area’s leading nonprofits. United Way Suncoast will grant $22,00 from its annual community investment funding to the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee for its Project UpLift program. Project UpLift aims to elevate financial self-sufficient and emotional healthy. 

[Rental Assistance ]  Manatee County to Make over $400,000 Available Through SHIP Housing Rehabilitation/Replacement Program

Low and very low income Manatee County homeowners can apply for financial help for housing rehabilitation and replacement assistance from Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity (REO). Program entry forms will be available today on Manatee County’s Rehabilitation/Replacement Program webpage or at REO offices located on the third floor of the Manatee County Administration Building at 1112 Manatee Ave. The deadline for entry forms is August 20 at 5pm. 

[Recognition]  Copenhagen Imports Selected to Feature Florida’s First Stressless Design Gallery

Sarasota’s Copenhagen Imports was identified by Ekornes Stressless of Norway as one of their strongest independent dealers and chosen to debut a newly installed Global Premium Partner Comfort Zone. A state-of-the-art design gallery has been added to their South Tamiami storefront to allow furniture buyers and design professionals a fully customized experience.   

[Summer Camp]  JFCS Camp Mariposa Welcomes Back Campers

JFCS of the Suncoast’s Camp Mariposa® Sarasota is a year-round addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth ages 9 to 17 who are affected by a family member’s substance use disorder. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic compelled JFCS to temporarily offer numerous programs and services virtually. This included Camp Mariposa, which started hosting remotely weekly teen support groups and youth and teen counseling sessions. Financial assistance, case management, and emotional support were also offered during weekly calls with parents and caregivers. 

Click here for more information.

[COVID-19]  SMH Re-Activates ‘No Visitors’ Policy with Limited Exceptions

Sarasota Memorial will activate a “No Visitors” policy with limited exceptions. The temporary change is intended to reduce the number of people in the hospital and protect patients and staff from rising cases of COVID-19 on the Suncoast. 

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[Recognition]  Campus of Caring Dedicates Building To Community Foundation of Sarasota County

In recognition of a decades-long partnership, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center has dedicated a building on its five-acre campus in honor of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County‘s Zella I. and Junius F. Allen Fund. “I’m so proud that our partnership is now more visible to the public,” says Glasser/Schoenbaum’s CEO, Dr. Kameron Hodgens, “Our 30-year partnership with the Community Foundation illustrates our shared interest in supporting a healthy and happy quality of life for our region.” 

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[Recognition]  Bentley Law Attorneys Named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite List

Sarasota-based law firm Bentley Law is pleased to announce that managing partner Morgan R. Bentley, Jennifer L. Grosso, and Amanda R. Kison have been named to Florida Trend magazine’s prestigious Legal Elite list. Lawyers on the list are chosen by their peers, who are invited to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or whom they would recommend to others. Legal Elite lawyers are considered among the top 2% of lawyers practicing in Florida. 

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[New Position ]  JMX Brands Promotes Seth Carter to Eco Friendly Digs Manager

 Niche Internet retailer JMX Brands has promoted Seth Carter to Eco Friendly Digs manager.  The Indiana University East alum will be responsible for overseeing and developing the Sarasota-based company’s newest ecommerce store at ecofriendlydigs.com. In alignment with JMX Brands’ commitment to sustainability, Eco Friendly Digs carries home furnishings and décor that are environmentally friendly. 

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[New Hire]  Non-Profit Healthcare Announces New Board Member

CAN Community Health (CAN), a Sarasota, FL based healthcare non-profit organization, announced today that past President & CEO, Michael W. Cuffage, has returned to the organization as a new board member. During Cuffage's tenure as CEO, he established the Federal 340B Drug Discount Program. In addition, he created business models that allowed CAN to grow sixtyfold and continue its growth after retiring. 

Click here for more information.

[In This Issue]  Do Not Disturb

Getting intimate in slow-fashion, sustainable loungewear at Motel Therapy. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition.

[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]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Blue Star Museums Initiative , May 15 – September 6, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art announced it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6. Find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide. Blue Star Museums include children's museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and hail from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The current list of participating museums will continue to develop over the summer as organizations are welcome to register to be a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer.

[SOON]  MUSIC: St. Armands Circle: Sol of the Circle: Songs on the Circle , June 1 – September 7, 6pm-9pm

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. Songs on the Circle will take place every first Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm. Dates are June 1, July 6, August 3, and September 7.

[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]  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]  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]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: On The Road Again: Family Musical Roadtrip , June 29 – August 3

Pack your bags. This summer, FST is taking the whole family on a one-of-a-kind musical road trip in On The Road Again, an all-new live performance. Featuring songs like “Country Roads,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas, we’ll celebrate all that makes this country special from sea to shining sea. Join us for an outdoor concert in this summer touring performance as we hit the road with music that has defined the U.S for generations. June: Tuesday, 6/29 at 10am - Fruitville Library and Wednesday, 6/20 at 10am - Gulf Gate Library. July: Thursday, July 1 at 10am - William H. Jervey Jr. Public Library, Saturday, July 3 at 10am - North Port Public Library, Friday, July 9 at 10am - Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library, Saturday, July 10 at 7:30pm - Elsie Quirk Library, Sunday, July 11 at 7pm - Nathan Benderson Park, Saturday, July 17 at 10am - Selby Library, Sunday, July 18 at 7pm - Phillipi Estate Park, and Saturday, July 24 at 10am - Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library. August: Tuesday, August 3 at 10am - William H. Jervey Jr. Venice Public Library.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: My Lord, What a Night , June 30 – August 15

Next up on FST’s Mainstage is the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort, an award-winning writer and a member of FST’s Playwright Collective. In 1937, after performing a sold-out concert in Princeton, NJ, internationally renowned singer Marian Anderson was refused a room at the whites-only Nassau Inn. With nowhere to go, Albert Einstein invited her to stay in his own home, sparking a lifelong friendship. Based on actual events, this insightful new play offers a rare glimpse into real-life struggles faced by two 20th century icons. Rolling World Premiere with the National New Play Network. Called “Stunning” and “Provocative” by BroadwayWorld, this historical drama begins playing in FST’s Keating Theatre Wednesday, June 30 and will run through August 15.

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