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SRQ DAILY Sep 8, 2021

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"Our three day retreat is equivalent to receiving about 12 months of weekly talk therapy."

- Kendra Simpkins, Operation Warrior Resolution

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[Mental Health]  Operation Warrior Resolution to Host Women Veterans Retreat and September 11 Candlelight Vigil
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

This week not only marks National Suicide Prevention Week, but also the anniversary of September 11th approaches its two-decade mark this weekend. Agreeably, there seems to be no better time for Operation Warrior Resolution to host a multi-day retreat for female veterans experiencing PTSD, anxiety and depression.

The local nonprofit aims to serve and heal all veterans, male and female (including their spouses and children), with holistic treatments, providing alternative and innovative approaches to heal the long-term effects of trauma. Retreats happen on a quarterly basis, with the next one offered sooner than usual in November for male veterans experiencing hardship at home due to the recent events happening in Afghanistan right now.

"Through our mission, we are determined to bring the number of veteran suicides down to zero," says President & CEO Operation Warrior Resolution Kendra Simpkins. "The retreat includes individualized Rapid Resolution Therapy which targets and alleviates trauma, then we introduce veterans to a lifestyle of health and wellness that's sustainable through various workshops—yoga on the bay, equine therapy with horses at InStride Ranch, how to use food to heal the body through nutrition workshops, chiropractic and medical massage therapy to take care of their physical body, Qigong, evening fire pits and time bonding with one another." 

Veterans stay in an inclusive environment that is designed specifically for healing, having fun and creating a new, uplifting tribe. All participants stay at the beach house where most of the activities take place, while fresh and organic meals are prepared on location. This is all at no cost to the veterans, in thanks to the ongoing sponsorship by The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. According to Simpkins, as well as independent evaluations and testimonies, after attending this retreat, 100% of veterans say they would recommend it to other veterans and they report having a significantly improved outlook and hope for the future. "Our retreat is equivalent to receiving about 12 months of weekly talk therapy," shares. 

The women's retreat program will start this Friday, September 10th, and since the second day will fall on the 20th anniversary of September 11th, the organization plans to hold a candlelight vigil as well. Located at "The NEST" at Robinson Preserve (840 99th St NW, Bradenton), starting at 7:30 pm, Operation Warrior Resolution invites the public community as well as other veterans to join. Manatee County's Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge, State Representative Will Robinson, Kendra Simpkins and a local chaplain (spiritual caretaker) will all be saying a word at the commemorative vigil. 

"During this time we will honor the service members who were killed in the recent attacks in Afghanistan," says Simpkins. "There are a lot of veterans struggling right now and we want to give them a way to relieve their suffering and let them know there's support."


Photo of equine therapy, courtesy of Operation Warrior Resolution

To learn more about their services and retreats, head here

[Animal Welfare]  Pets Rescued from Hurricane Ida Will Find New Homes in Sarasota

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, the Humane Society of Sarasota County (HSSC) is aiding animal shelters in Louisiana whose facilities were damaged by the Category 4 storm. “The damage caused by Hurricane Ida left many animal shelters in Louisiana struggling to provide care to the animals that survived the storm,” said Anna Gonce, Executive Director of HSSC. “We are grateful to have the space and resources right now to help these animals. Those of us on the Gulf Coast have to support each other. The next time, it could be us asking for help.”

HSSC recently completed an extensive renovation project that has doubled their facility space and the enhanced facilities allow HSSC to shelter, treat, and find homes for 50% more animals. HSSC made room for at least 20 cats and dogs that arrived on a chartered flight this past weekend. The animals came from shelters in Louisiana that were ravaged by the storm and are left without power or air-conditioning, making it almost impossible to care for animals that lost their homes in the storm.

“HSSC is a no-kill organization and our commitment to no-kill extends beyond the walls of our shelter,” Gonce added. “We are so grateful to the Sarasota community for supporting our capital campaign drive so we could expand our lifesaving work. We are looking forward to welcoming these little survivors to HSSC and giving them the care they need.” 

To view a list of pets and HSSC residents available for adoption, visit hssc.org/pets/pet-adoptions 

[Award]  Drug Free Manatee is Awarded State Farm Grant

Drug Free Manatee is the recipient of a State Farm Grant.  The grant, in the amount of $1500 will be presented to Drug Free Manatee by Senator Boyd and a group of State Farm agents.  Drug Free Manatee will use the funding to initiate a program aimed at reducing substance use in the workplace. The program is in the pilot phases and is titled “Drug Resistant Workplace Program”. The program will target businesses with a high percentage of employees between the ages of 18-35 years old, as this is a high-risk group for substance abuse. The goal is to train business owners in practices that are responsive to mental health and wellness, which includes substance use and misuse.  Employers of the chosen participating businesses will be supplied Narcan and drug testing kits. Participating businesses will also be designated as a “drug-resistant and safe workplace” for those in recovery who are seeking employment.  The philosophy guiding this program is that employees will be willing to commit to not coming to work impaired, and employers will commit to providing a wellness-oriented environment.

Drug Free Manatee’s hope is this program will also bring community awareness of how businesses can support healthy lifestyles and recovery for our citizens, by reducing substance use at the workplace and educate the community on the use of Narcan to prevent death. By educating  workplaces and creating a mentally healthy work environment, the nonprofit hopes the city can increase job retention and job satisfaction.  

[Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center]  Free Tobacco Cessation Sessions

There’s never been a more important time to quit tobacco. 

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, as part of the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program, offers free tobacco cessation sessions to help individuals quit all forms of tobacco.  These group sessions—held virtually and in person—will assist you with developing your own customized quit plan. Free nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches, gum or lozenges (if medically appropriate and while supplies last) and follow-up support from a trained tobacco treatment specialist are provided with the session. 

Contact us today at 866-534-7909 or visit our page to schedule a class or learn more about the program! 

Visit our page link: tobaccofreeflorida.com/groupquitcalendar  

Learn more here.

[Art Competition]  City Issues Call-to-Artists for Fruitville Roundabout Sculpture

A competitive call to artists issued by the City of Sarasota for a landmark sculpture in the center of the roundabout at U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road is now open for submissions through September 16. A request for qualifications is available online. Professional artists may submit proposals online at no cost. Submissions must complement the roundabout’s downtown location and meet the required criteria detailed in the call to artists, including height, lighting, non-interactive form and the ability to meet the demands of Sarasota’s climate.

The budget for the sculpture is no more than $175,000, which will be funded by developer contributions to the Public Art Fund. The piece will become part of the City’s permanent public art collection. Three finalists selected by the Public Art Committee (PAC) will make in-person presentations to the PAC, which will make a recommendation to the City Commission for consideration. The final candidate will be asked to engage the City and community stakeholders before designing the artwork. The selected piece will also be submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation for review and approval.

For more information, contact Mary Davis Wallace, Public Art Senior Planner, at marydavis.wallace@sarasotaFL.gov or 941-263-6349. 

[Voting]  Sample Ballots for November 2 Municipal Elections Now Available Online

Sample ballots for the November 2, 2021, City of Venice General Election and Town of Longboat Key Referendum are now available online at SarasotaVotes.gov, Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner announced today. To access a personalized sample ballot, a voter may click on the “Sample Ballot” quick link in the blue banner on the home page, then enter the requested information in the form provided and follow the easy instructions. Voters who reside in the City of Venice will be electing council members for seats 3 and 4. Precincts within the city limits include 301, 305, 435, 511, 513, 515, 517, 519, and 521. Town of Longboat Key voters (Precinct 201) will be voting on whether to approve or reject a density referendum. 

Voters can find their precinct numbers listed on their voter information cards or may call the elections office at 941-861-8619 for assistance. 

[People]  Carey Beychok Ranked Among the Top 100 RE/MAX Agents in the United States

Broker-Associate Carey Beychok of RE/MAX Alliance Group has placed among the top 100 RE/MAX agents in the United States from January to June 2021. She ranked #77 among individual residential agents. A lifelong resident of Southwest Florida, Beychok has extensive knowledge of the area and its history. Beychok is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) and holds the Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS) and Residential Construction Certified (RCC) designations. She is based in the Sarasota office at 2000 Webber St. and can be reached at 941-315-4348 or via email at CareyBeychok@remax.net 

[Staff ]  Visit Sarasota County Promotes Within and Adds to Sales Team

Visit Sarasota County is excited to welcome Lani DeJesus to the team as Sales and Marketing Coordinator, and congratulating Carolyn Perry on her recent promotion to Industry Development Manager. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto: Leadership Breakfast , September 9, 7:30am

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto and Intertape Polymer Group present the 15th Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 3100 Fruitville Rd. honoring Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman Trophy Winner, and Lisa Bechtold, Executive Director of Take Stock in Children Sarasota. Registration and breakfast service begins at 7:30am and the program begins at 8am. Tickets are $50 per person.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Ecoperformance Week , September 6 – September 12

The John and Mable ringling Museum of Art is pleased to present Ecoperformance Week, Sept. 6- 12, 2021. Ecoperformance events at The Ringling have an arts-driven focus on conversations, performances, activities and films about ecology, climate, culture and environmental justice. The field of eco-performance looks at climate change and environmental justice as multifaceted environmental and social phenomena that can be transformed through cultural engagement. The week will kick-off with a streaming presentation of Ludic Proxy: Fukushima on Sept. 6. Set a few years after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Fukushima, Japan, the film is a video adaptation of Brooklyn-based theater-maker Aya Ogawa’s play Ludic Proxy. The presentation, which runs approximately 35 minutes and is presented in Japanese with English subtitles, may be viewed anytime during the day. Additionally, all ticketholders will have access to an “on demand” version, available from Sept. 6-12, 2021. Performance and Environmental Justice: A Panel Discussion will be offered via ZOOM on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This panel presents perspectives that elucidate and redefine environmental justice and how culture, performance and storytelling impact awareness and social transformation around these issues. The series will include two films that will be screened in the Historic Asolo Theater. TrashDance will be presented Sept.9 th at 1 p.m. Trash Dance follows choreographer Allison Orr as she finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Waste Land will be shown Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The week will close with a workshop on Sept. 11 via ZOOM. Decolonizing Theatre Basics with Groundwater Arts will examine the nuances of colonization and how they intersect with how we live and work. The workshop will entail both active and passive activities, videos and discussions, creating radical access points for everyone of all levels to leave empowered.

The Ringling Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The City of Sarasota: Public Input Meetings for Penny Sales Tax , September 15 – October 6, 6pm-7pm

The City of Sarasota will host three community meetings to welcome input on infrastructure projects for the continuation of the countywide Penny Sales Tax. Residents are invited to suggest infrastructure projects during the following public listening sessions: Wednesday, Sept. 15 6pm– 7:30pm at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Thursday, Sept. 16, 6pm – 7:30pm at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St., and Wednesday, Oct. 6 6pm – 7:30pm at City Hall Annex – SRQ Media Studio, 1565 First St. Input also can be provided online at www.SarasotaCountySurtax.net. The Sarasota County Penny Sales Tax, also known as the sales surtax, surtax, or one cent tax, is a countywide voter approved one percent sales tax used to invest in local infrastructure improvements, including parks, libraries, schools, sidewalks, police vehicles, street resurfacing and mobility upgrades. Sarasota County voters approved the Penny Sales Tax in 1989 and again in 1997 and 2007. The current surtax expires at the end of 2024. Voters throughout Sarasota County will have an opportunity in November 2022 to continue the Penny Sales Tax for another 15 years to fund local infrastructure projects.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Michael Murphy Gallery: Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection , September 16 – September 26, 1pm-3pm and 7pm-9pm

Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa’s premier fine art gallery, is proud to announce its presentation of Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection. The collection will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery beginning September 16, 2021. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to meet Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali's legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet, during scheduled special appearances by Madame Argillet for the public: Saturday, September 25 from 1pm–3pm and 7pm–9pm as well as Sunday, September 26 from 1pm–3pm. All appearances are complimentary to the public. For additional information about this exhibition, contact the gallery via phone: 813.902.1414 or info@michaelmurphygallery.com. RSVPs are strongly recommended HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salvador-dali-the-argillet-collection-tickets-165960505339.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Manatee Pride Festival , September 18, 12-5pm

We are please to announce that the 7th Annual Manatee Pride Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021, once again at the beautiful downtown Bradenton Riverwalk, from noon to 5 pm. We credit our sponsors, donors, vendors, volunteers, and patrons for making Manatee Pride the success it has become. We know and appreciate that you have supported Manatee Pride in the past, and we also know LGBTQ+ youth in Manatee County would not have a safe space in Manatee County without the corporate and community support we've received since 2010. We would welcome your continuing support at our 7th Annual Festival. In the past, all of the proceeds benefited Prism Youth Initiative Inc., a non-profit Florida corporation, however, in October of 2020, Prism Youth merged with Also Youth. Also Youth continues to provide even more services to the LGBTQ+ youth in Manatee County and all the proceeds will benefit the youth in Manatee County. Also Youth’s mission is Empowering LGBTQ+ Youth and their Allies, and Creating Inclusive Communities. Manatee Pride 2021 will again have live performers and renowned bands, great food at reasonable prices, beer, cider, health checks and more. We expect our attendance to meet or exceed our previous attendance record. Our all inclusive community is growing every day. 452 3rd Ave W., Bradenton

Manatee Pride

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Experience Extraordinary Day , September 18, 10am-5pm

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce Experience Extraordinary Day, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Visitors will be able to experience the Museum of Art, Circus Museum and Bayfront Gardens free of charge. Visitors must pre-register to enjoy free admission. Register online at https://www.ringling.org/events/experience-extraordinary day. Please present either a printed or an electronic ticket at the admissions desk. The Ringling is open 10am to 5pm daily and parking is free.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Let's Get Healthy Tampa Bay Wellness Expos , September 18 – September 26, 10am-2pm, 11am-3pm, 10am-2pm, 12pm-4pm

Let’s Get Healthy Tampa Bay Wellness Expos, Florida Penguin Production’s annual wellness expo series, is returning to 4 locations this September. (Brandon, Sarasota, Clearwater & Citrus Park) Each “Let’s Get Healthy Wellness Expo” will feature 30-40 wellness related resources & activations catered to patrons of all ages. From Geriatrics to Pediatrics, and holistic to modern, we have it all in one place for Tampa Bay to learn more about all the options available to them. Activities include fitness demos, free health checks, healthy food & drink samples, product sampling stations, a Teddy Bear Giveaway sponsored by Florida Blue, and dozens of vendors on display including many of the top Health Insurance brands, chiropractors, mental health, government services, primary care, fitness, and healthy food and drinks. Sponsored by Florida Blue, Liberty Dental Plans, Life Guard Imaging, and Your CBD Store. September 18th (10am-2pm) at The Mall at University Town Center - 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, September 19th (11am-3pm) at Westfield Brandon Mall - 459 Brandon Town Center Dr, Brandon, September 25th (10am-2pm) at Countryside Mall - 27001 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, and September 26th (12pm-4pm) at Citrus Park Mall - Center, 8021 Citrus Park Town, Tampa.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Arts LIVE , September 18, 11am-2pm

St. Armands Circle, in collaboration with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota, announced on Tuesday, a lineup of nationally acclaimed acts scheduled to perform at the inaugural Sarasota Arts LIVE event on Sept. 18. from 11am to 2pm. The confirmed lineup features notable pillars of the Sarasota arts community, including the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota, Jazz Club of Sarasota, Florida Studio Theatre and national recording artist, The Alan Grant Band. The arts-focused event will pair an extraordinary ensemble of performances with immersive artist pop-ups spread throughout the district’s lush central Circle Park, allowing attendees to jaunt from booth to booth while connecting with local artists, taking in live painting sessions and interactive exhibits.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Shades of Buble: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Buble , July 13 – September 19

With three voices singing incredible songs like “Feeling Good,” “Moondance,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Home,” “Everything,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and many more, Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event. Next up in the Cabaret is Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé, a high-energy concert event highlighting the swinging standards and pop hits of “The Modern Sinatra.” Since the show’s sold-out debut in 2015, Shades of Bublé has entertained audiences across the country with exciting three-part harmonies, smooth choreography, and sophisticated charm. Featuring songs like “Feeling Good,” “Moondance,” and “Home,” Shades of Bublé will play in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret starting Tuesday, July 13 and will run through September 19.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Friends of the East Manatee Library: Heather Graham Interview , September 19, 1pm

Prepare your mimosas, sit back, and relax while Heather Graham shares intimate knowledge about her career and sneak peek into her upcoming book. “The Unknown” is the latest in the Krewe of Hunters series and takes place in New Orleans. A suspicious fire sets off an investigation that sends an agent to catch a serial arsonist roaming the shadowy streets of New Orleans... before the city burns down. Registration is open for the virtual event that takes place on September 19, 2021 at 1pm. Tickets begin at $15 and can be purchased at https://libraryfriendsemlwr.org/events. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. She has written over 200 novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, and the occult.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 22

This free virtual event will feature Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. who teaches the power of showing up in her book How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired. Become a community partner and SUPPORT free quality educational programming for those who care for kids in our community. The virtual speaker event will be held Wednesday, September 22 by the Community Foundation of Sarasota. 

Community Foundation of Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Opera Film: Ariadne auf Naxos , September 12, 1:30pm

The proven Richard Strauss trio of Renée Fleming, Sophie Koch and Christian Thielemann gets together once again on September 12 at 1:30pm at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, which continues its series of triumphs after Rosenkavalier. In this colorful and humorous staging by Philippe Arlaud, Strauss specialist Thielemann leads his first opera at the head of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, which performed the world premieres of nine Strauss operas. While Renée Fleming dazzles in her role debut as the spurned Ariadne, Sophie Koch, Robert Dean Smith and Jane Archibald prove themselves worthy counterparts of the American soprano. Conductor: Christian Thielemann, Director: Philippe Arlaud, Cast: Renée Fleming | Robert Dean Smith | Jane Archibald | Sophie Koch | Eike Wilm Schulte | René Kollo. Opera in a prologue and one act, Total running time: 136 mins. Sung in German.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Artists and Thinkers: An Intimate Conversation Series , September 23 – September 30, 7pm and 5pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat Announces “Artists and Thinkers: An Intimate Conversation Series” A new virtual series featuring nationally renowned Hermitage curators and artists, including Golden Globe Award winner Regina Taylor. Join us online for a deep dive into the creative process with: Limor Tomer and Luke Stewart on Thursday, September 23, 7pm and Christopher Burney and Regina Taylor on Thursday, September 30, 5pm. Amidst its active season of live outdoor programming and events, the Hermitage Artist Retreat is launching a new virtual series spotlighting the brilliant curators and Hermitage alumni who have developed their work and craft in residence at the Hermitage. Presented online in real time via Zoom, these candid and intimate conversations between Hermitage alumni artists and members of the Hermitage’s National Curatorial Council strip away the trappings of performance to get at the heart of the creative process and the vital role art plays in shaping our future. Focused on themes determined by the curator and artist, these hour-long events will be moderated by a member of the Hermitage team and provide audiences a unique glimpse into how curators and artists alike keep their finger on the pulse of our time to boldly create the impactful works of tomorrow.

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