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"His visionary pedagogy wove the discourse of technology, education and design together in a way that presciently helped pave the way for future initiatives."

- Anne-Marie Russell, Architecture Sarasota
 

[Politics]  Moore, Sibley face Off in Venice City Council Contest
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

It’s an off year for most of the political world, but Venice will have two City Council races decided in November. Then, Councilwoman Helen Kirchner Moore faces a challenge by Sandy Sibley. Both sell real estate in the Venice area, and now compete against one another in a different market— this one of ideas and visions for the city’s future.

Both agree the future of growth and development in the city should be the top concern of voters this year. Moore, who served on the Planning Commission for five years before her election to the Council in 2018, said the city’s implementation of land development regulations will benefit from knowledge and experience of the city’s comprehensive plan. She helped with the last update of that plan and wants ideas realized in full. “What comes with experience is you know what you can and cannot do,” she said.

But Sibley said Moore can do more all around. Beyond suggesting Moore spoke up little at meetings to make any thoughts on growth known, Sibley said the city should reconsider changes that will allow higher buildings downtown and compromise the character of the community. “I’m always listening to people’s concerns and comments about Venice, and it would be fantastic to bring those to the Council,” she said.

Moore notably believes there’s misinformation about those height restrictions. The land development regulation could add inches to maximum building heights downtown, she said, but would come with a reduction in variances and special exceptions. That means the city should end up with a more clear and even more strict set of rules for construction. But Sibley said even allowing buildings one more extra floor will change the entire look of the downtown, never mind the potential for destroying historic buildings as developers try and maximize the use of the land. She also said new development threatens the beach downtown with environmental hazards.

“We need to maintain what we have right now,” Sibley said.

Moore said what needs preservation is the city’s fiscal health. “We are financially in really good shape,” she said. “In the last 10 years there has been progress and our budget is solid.”

Sibley and Moore face each other for the Seat 3 post on the City Council. The winner of the Nov. 2 election will serve a three-year term. 

[ShopTalk]  From Wax to Wick with Blossom & Burn Co.
Chloe Cuyler. chloe@srqme.com

Gone are the days when candles were mere sticks of wax, simply used to illuminate a room. So much more today, candles are part of our daily routines. Their therapeutic fragrances can give us an early morning pick-me-up or help us to unwind after a stressful day. When it comes to something that plays such an important role in our mental and emotional wellbeing, we deserve the best. Blossom and Burn Co. gets it. A female, Native American-owned candle company operating out of Bradenton, founder and maker Lindsay Wood crafts candles that provide an attention-worthy centerpiece for your home, all while keeping it free of harmful chemicals. Armed with a mission to create non-toxic yet stylish candles that you can enjoy and feel safe using, Wood hand-pours Blossom & Burn’s candles in small batches of 100% non-GMO soy wax—free of lead, parabens, zinc and phthalates. 

If you’re eager and ready for your beloved autumnal scents already, Wood recently announced the launch of her Fall-scented candles which include Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cider Donut, Autumn Bonfire, Hello Fall and more. These new candles can come in her original clear glass jars, or, her new modern, colored clay vessels made by Chasing Stone and The Wooden Wick Co. And if you’re looking for a less seasonal, more ubiquitous scent, Wood recommends her best-seller: Hello Sunshine. This scent contains notes of citrus, mandarin, and grapefruit. What better way to start or end a day in the Sunshine State than with a jar of solid sunshine? 

Photo courtesy of Blossom & Burn Co., @blossomandburnco

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[Architecture]  Architecture Sarasota's MOD Weekend Honors Legacy of Philip Hiss

Architecture Sarasota recently announced the schedule for Sarasota MOD Weekend, November 12-14, which will honor Philip Hanson Hiss, the primary catalyst of the modern architecture movement in Sarasota. The three-day event will celebrate Hiss’s forward-thinking ideas and how they gave rise to the origins of the Sarasota School of Architecture (SSA). The festivities kick off Thursday with a private VIP Champagne reception for Architecture Sarasota Circle level Members. Friday night welcomes guests to the Party Under the Banyan Tree at Hiss Studio, Saturday begins with the morning Symposium and an afternoon of walking, trolley and kayak tours. The inaugural Hiss Dinner on Saturday night celebrates the launch of Architecture Sarasota and The Hiss Award, and the tours continue on Sunday.

Philip Hiss was the pioneering developer behind Lido Shores, where he used knowledge of life in the global tropics to lead a group of emerging architects to create innovative designs well suited to this environment. Hiss expanded his architecture patronage by leading the Sarasota County Schools building program, which Time Magazine celebrated in their pages in 1958. He then went on to be a founder of New College, where he secured I.M. Pei to build dorms for the new school. 

“Celebrating the legacy of Philip Hiss—the man who made Sarasota Modern—gives us the opportunity to share the origin story of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Hiss’ massive contributions to our community—intellectually, creatively, aesthetically—are but a microcosm of his impact nationally as a thought leader engaging with forward-thinking colleagues across the country, from Alfred Barr to Walter Paepcke to Margaret Mead,” said Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director of Architecture Sarasota. “His visionary pedagogy wove the discourse of technology, education and design together in a way that presciently helped pave the way for future initiatives. His rich and varied contributions, including his war-time service, provide extraordinary inspiration to us all."  

Ticket sales to the general public begins Monday, September 27, and advance tickets sales to Members begin Monday, September 20. For a detailed schedule and programming visit sarasotaMOD.org 

Photo courtesy of Architecture Sarasota

[Fundraiser]  Tickets Now on Sale for 2021 Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration

Tickets are now on sale for the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s signature fall fundraising event, The Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration. The 13th Annual Artful Lobster raises valuable funds for the Hermitage’s nationally and internationally renowned artist residency program. The event, which takes place outdoors beneath a large, open-air tent on the Hermitage’s environmentally pristine beachfront campus, is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 11:30 am - 2 pm; entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Road, in Englewood.

Guests will enjoy a luscious lobster feast by Michael’s On East and a performance by a celebrated Hermitage Fellow (to be announced). The 2021 Artful Lobster co-chairs are Sarasota arts champion Charlie Huisking and Hermitage trustee Charlotte Perret. This year’s event will be dedicated to the memory of Susan Brainerd, a great friend and advocate of the Hermitage who passed away in August, shortly after starting her most recent term as a Hermitage trustee. “This year’s Artful Lobster is an opportunity to celebrate and champion the artists who are giving us hope and giving us a reason to return to the theaters, concert halls, and museums that we know and love,” says Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. “Join us in celebrating a year of overcoming obstacles and believing in the power of the arts – and artists – to make a meaningful difference in our lives.”

Sponsorship packages and tables range from $1,000 to $5,000. Single tickets, at $350, are extremely limited due to capacity, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Bookings may be made online at HermitageArtistRetreat.org or by calling Hermitage Development Director Amy Wallace at 941-475-2098, Ext. 2. 

Photo courtesy of The Hermitage

[Sport]  Entries Now Open for The Event at TerraNova Equestrian Center

Enter now to compete in The Event at TerraNova CCI4*-S, October 22-24, 2021—hosting a range of levels including, Starter, Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Modified, Preliminary, Intermediate, CCI1*-S, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S.  Experience the new state-of-the-art facility just east of Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. With the wide range of levels offered, it is an event for everyone; riders just starting in the sport to the country’s top professionals. The quality of the TerraNova Equestrian Center facility is unmatched in Southwest Florida.

Set in the Florida countryside, TerraNova Equestrian Center is a beautiful and welcoming venue. The team at TerraNova built a family-friendly facility designed to deliver an unparalleled experience for competitors and horses while keeping safety a priority. No detail was overlooked with six state-of-the-art arenas and a sprawling Capt. Mark Phillips-designed and Eric Bull-crafted cross-country course. "We put together a top-notch organizing and management team to build a destination event that everyone will enjoy," said Hannah Herrig Ketelboeter. "Pair that with the quality of this facility and you have the makings for the best in equestrian sport."

Sponsorship opportunities, VIP experiences and vendor boutiques available for the inaugural event. To enter, go to EventEntries.com 

Photo by EQ Media

[Education]  Manatee School District Seniors Celebrate Constitution Day

Constitution Day is celebrated in the United States on Friday, September 17, 2021, and Manatee County high school seniors are celebrating the 234th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by submitting an essay on “What the Constitution Means to Me”. The Constitution essay contest is a project led by Dr. Robin Thompson and the Manatee School District’s Curriculum Department. Manatee County's traditional high school students submitted essays and a committee of community members serving as judges selected the top five essays. The winners, along with a parent and their social studies teacher, will attend a special reception on Monday, September 13, 2021, at Pier 22 Restaurant in Bradenton. 

The Community Constitution Judging Committee includes: Tarnisha Cliatt, President of Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce; Kathy Doddridge, Regent, Manatee Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Gregory Hagopian, Esq., Gallagher & Hagopian, Attorneys; and Brian A. Iten, Esq., Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. 

 
[Science]  Coastal Orthopedics Research Assists with FDA Approval for SCS Treatment of PDN

Coastal Orthopedics, an orthopedic surgery practice whose physicians specialize in orthopedics and pain management, alongside surgical device vendor Nevro Corp., recently announced the receipt of FDA approval of a Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) treatment of Painful Diabetic Neuropathy (PDN). Specifically, the approval is for Nevro’s 10kHz stimulation and is now the only SCS system approved by the FDA with a specific indication to treat PDN for long-term relief. 

Prior to receiving FDA approval for this new system, Coastal Orthopedics’ Dr. Richard H. Bundschu, and Dr. Gennady Gekht, pain management specialists, together with the research department at the practice took part in the largest study to date for SCS treatment of PDN. This study focused on alternate treatment options as Dr. Bundschu and Dr. Gekht recognized that there was a need to change the way patients were treated for this condition since neuropathic pain medications can lead to significant side effects. 

“People with chronic PDN know it is a cruel addition to the chronic disease they have to fight daily,” said Dr. Bundschu. “This new treatment is a comprehensive solution that includes the insertion of the Senza spinal cord stimulation system into the patient in a minimally invasive procedure. It delivers mild pulses at a high frequency directly to the spinal cord to stop pain signals from reaching the brain. There is no other treatment or therapy like this, so having the ability to offer it to my Bradenton and Sarasota patients is an incredible opportunity.” 

[People]  PGT Innovations Welcomes Eric Kowalewski as Executive Vice President of Florida Operations

Kowalewski brings more than 20 years of operations experience in an executive role, with eight of those years in the building products industry, where he has been successful in developing high-performance teams and cutting-edge global supply chains, while also leading multi-site and multi-national manufacturing locations. “As our company continues to grow, we are excited to have Eric join our PGT Innovations family,” said Jeff Jackson, PGT Innovations President and CEO. “His broad and impressive operations experience, coupled with his dedication to customer relationships and team development, makes him a solid fit for our organization.” 



[Video]  As Seen In the Magazine | Making the Cake

SRQ MEDIA's new "As Seen In" series brings articles you've read in SRQ Magazine to life through video. Check out our latest episode where we meet up with Mike from Reef Cakes! 

Watch the Reef Cakes video here!

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Ringling: Private Lectures presented by Dr. David Berry , April 13 – December 31

David Berry, Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Special Projects, is one of Sarasota’s favorite lecturers. His dry sense of humor and wealth of knowledge is sure to both entertain and educate your group. Dr. Berry is available to speak on any of the following subjects: The origins of museums, museum architecture and display, The Victorian museum, early museums in America, museums, education, and community engagement, great women collectors, the illicit trafficking of cultural property, world fairs, an introduction to natural history, great illustrated natural history books, natural history and children’s literature, scientific illustration, natural history specimens, natural history collections, art and medicine, the art of anatomy, the art of astronomy and microscopy, the art of geology and paleontology (including dinosaurs), botanical and zoological art, botanical and zoological gardens, the golden age of botanical exploration, the orchid craze in Victorian Britain, and Japanese garden design and horticultural practices (ikebana and bonsai). $100 flat fee; must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance, $250 for custom topics; must be scheduled at least 6 weeks in advance. Lectures include a single-speaker, slide illustrated lecture. All programs are hosted via Zoom. For additional information, or to book a virtual program, contact Laura Steefel-Moore, Head of Educational Programs, at laura.steefel-moore@ringling.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Friends of the East Manatee Library: Author Luncheon Presents Author and Journalist Mary Walton , October 6, 11:15am

Author Luncheon presents acclaimed author and journalist Mary Walton. She will share the historic account of one of our nation’s leading suffragettes, as featured in her book, A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot. Where HIStory meets HERstory will celebrate the perseverance and self-sacrifice of Alice Paul that resulted in the unalienable right for all women, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Registration is open for the in-person fundraiser that takes place on October 6, 2021 at 11:15am. Very limited seating. Masks strongly encouraged per CDC guidance. Tickets begin at $45 and they can be purchased at https://libraryfriendsemlwr.org/events. Sponsorships available. Mary Walton is a retired journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 22 years, where she wrote scores of articles as a staff writer for the Sunday Inquirer magazine. She has also written for the New York Times, Washingtonian, the Washington Monthly, the American Journalism Review, and PBS. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

[SOON]  FILM: 6th Annual Single-Take Film Challenge , October 8 – October 10

1917. Rope. Birdman. Victoria. Russian Ark. Lost in London. All these films tell their complete stories in one continuous, uninterrupted take. Or at least they give that illusion. The Sarasota-based Single-Take Challenge, however, is only for filmmakers attempting the "real thing". 2021 marks the 6th anniversary of the Challenge, to be held both online and live at a theater in Sarasota. The Challenge prides itself on finding professional filmmakers to act as judges. This year for example, Larry McConkey is on the panel. McConkey is best known for shooting the infamous "Copa scene" long take in the movie "Goodfellas." Filmmakers interested in creating and submitting their one-shot masterpieces have until August 15. The awards and screening ceremony will take place the weekend of October 8-10. For more information contact SingleTakeChallenge@gmail.com

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Book Fair , September 25, 10am-3pm

Love to read? On Sept. 25 from 10am-3pm The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime welcomes more than a dozen local authors. Meet the writer of your new favorite books including children's books, vegan cookbooks, romance, mystery, and sci-fi. While you are here, enjoy food from award-winning Hamlet's Eatery, live music, and the 40 local vendors and artisans who make up The Bazaar community. Participating authors include: Vicki Chelf, Ann and Alan Votta, Rena Koontz, Lucia Barrett, Kate Costigan, David Marks, Hannah Bagnall, Christina Westott, Karen Hamilton, Simone Knego, Tara September, Darlien Simos, Teresa Michael, Betty Mann McQuee, MaryKatherine Wainwright, and more. Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.BazaaronApricotandLime.com.

[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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Children's Cancer Center: 9th Annual Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede , September 1 – September 30

This year marks the 9th annual Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede benefitting the Children’s Cancer Center. The event is held every September, Childhood Cancer Awareness month. We challenge you to virtually walk or run with your herd for the Children’s Cancer Center. Run/Walk: We challenge you to set a mileage goal to complete by the end of September. All participants will be entered in a chance drawing where 30 people will win FREE Chick-fil-A for a MONTH; 1 Mile, 5 Miles, 10 Miles, 25 Miles, 50 Miles, and 100 Miles. Raise: Create a fundraising page and raise funds throughout the challenge for the immediate needs of children battling pediatric cancer. The top 10 fundraisers will receive FREE Chick-fil-A for a MONTH. Packet Pickup: Drive by our COVID-19 compliant Packet Pick Up Party on Monday, August 31 from 8am to 10am or 6pm to 8pm where all participants will receive a t-shirt, swag bag and a Chick-fil-A sandwich. Tampa: Children’s Cancer Center (4901 W. Cypress St. Tampa) or Sarasota: Fruitville Chick-fil-A (5384 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota). Free Chick-fil-A for a Month consists of 30 promotional cards redeemable for a free Chick-fil-A entrée (Chick-fil-A Sandwich, Original or Spicy, Chick- fil-A Nuggets, Original or Grilled (8-count) or a Grilled Chicken Sandwich). Valid during lunch and dinner hours only.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota: Circus Secrets Of Sarasota , January 1 – December 31

Learn about the rich circus history of Sarasota on an unforgettable trolley or van tour. Pass by key city landmarks as our informative and passionate tour guide, Bob Collins, tells stories about the colorful cast of circus characters, showmen, and performers who called Sarasota home. Meander through historic neighborhoods such as the Rosemary District, known for its vibrant food and art scene. Learn about the rich history of the Ringling brothers, the five brothers who owned and operated the circus renowned as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Pass by the 21-gallery museum John Ringling constructed to house his extensive artwork collection, which opened to the public in 1931. Explore several other locations intimately involved in Sarasota’s circus history, including Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Circus Arts Conservatory, and the Circus Ring of Fame on St. Armands Circle. This 90-minute trolley or van tour is perfect for all ages and shows you a whole new side of Sarasota. Get ready for a fun-filled circus adventure during this show on wheels. It’s an illuminating experience you don’t want to miss. Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van. Tour tickets are $34.99 and include FREE Parking.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Suncoast Science Center: Weekend Science Classes for Kids Return at the Fab Lab , October 2 – December 31, 10am-1pm

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab’s STEAM Saturdays classes are back by popular demand. The weekly courses provide students from grades 1-12 with a unique opportunity to explore various science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) areas through engaging hands on activities and the use of high-tech Fab Lab equipment such as laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D printers and more. STEAM Saturdays run weekly from 10 am-1 pm beginning Saturday, October 2. Returning classes include Robotics, Engineering, Chemistry and Art Lab, while new courses like Coding & Artificial Intelligence, Electric Engineering, and Build Your Brand have been added. All students are invited to spend their Saturday at the Fab Lab. There are classes to suit every age and interest, from creating spooky pumpkin volcanoes in “Halloween Chemistry” to programming a robot to travel across a zipline in “Engineering” class. No experience is required. Classes are $40 and include all supplies and take-home projects. Limited spaces are available, and sessions sell out quickly. For the full schedule and more information, visit https://suncoastscience.org/steam-saturdays.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Trash Dance , September 9, 1pm

¸Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides along with Austin, Texas sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver — for one night only — a stunningly beautiful and moving performance, in front of an audience of thousands. This On Screen will show on September 9 at 1pm at Historic Asolo Theater.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Waste Land , September 10, 6:30pm

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. This On Screen will show on September 10 at 6:30pm.

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