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SRQ DAILY Sep 27, 2021

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"When the top headline above the fold in the New York Times is all about the COVID surge in Florida, it doesn't make you want to come here."

- Julie Leach, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

-A guide to Lakewood Ranch's many pet stores and services, as seen in Living Lakewood's 'Paws on the Ranch'
[Performance]  Venues Implement #SafeArtsSarasota Protocols
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

For many Sarasota arts organizations, this weekend marked a return to traditional performances, but in the case of most of the region’s top organizations, but with a new set of safety protocols in place. Leaders within the institutions say that’s a based primarily on business needs.

“Everyone is ramping up to get back to indoor performance and a normal business environment,” said Julie Leach, executive director of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. “But we were getting hesitancy from patrons in terms of coming back.”

Thus the #SafeArtsSarasota protocols came into being. According to the Arts and Cultural Alliance for Sarasota County, nine major arts organizations in the region agreed to apply uniform requirements on event goers. Those include requiring a negative PCR for COVID-19 administered by a medical professional within 72 hours of a performance or a negative rapid antigen test within the last 24 hours.  Patrons over age 12 who have been vaccinated for the virus alternately may produce records of their shots to bypass the requirement. Masks will be required indoors for patrons ages 6 and up.

“An increasing number of patrons and artists are extremely uncomfortable participating without strong health and safety protocols in place,” The Arts Alliance website explains. “The failure to secure robust audiences or top artists puts these arts organizations in danger of once again closing their doors, jeopardizing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars that the arts infuse into the community each year.”

The original groups to adopt rules included Asolo Repertory Theatre, Circus Arts Conservatory, Florida Studio Theatre, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. But others like The Players Centre for Performing Arts and the Urbanite Theatre since joined in as well. At this point, more than 25 groups in Sarasota will apply the rules.

It took time to develop rules in part because of a law passed in Florida banning so-called “vaccine passports”, which stops businesses for denying service to individuals who do not receive a COVID-19 shot. That law has led to legal fights between the state of Florida and the cruise industry. But cultural leaders kept an eye on how other major promoters doing business in Florida such as Live Nation, which manages nationwide concert tours, responded to the law. The requirements locally derive in large part from rules national tour companies put in place to venues to work around the law.

“Because no one is required to show their vaccine card, they have the option of getting tested, my understanding is that there’s no concern about that ban,” said Amanda Heisey, marketing director for The Platers Centre.

The vaccine passport law passed in large part amid backlash against lockdown orders and local regulations regarding the pandemic. But as cultural season kicks into gear, leaders say it’s market demand that drove creation of guidelines. That said, the concern in the populace seems in direct response to a shift in the pandemic. A delta variant of the coronavirus fueled a surge in infections in the fall that’s only now beginning to wane. Sarasota Memorial Hospital still reported 137 inpatients with COVID-19 as of Saturday, 54 of those in intensive care. To date, 464 COVID-19 patients have died in the hospital since last March.

Leach said if not for the surge, demand for test requirements and masks may not be so prevalent. While she said the new protocols promoted three calls from customers who wouldn’t attend shows with these rules in place, including one normal season subscriber, the announcement otherwise prompted a spike in sales. WCBTT has been selling between 20 and 25 tickets a day for “Eubie!,” its first indoor show since the pandemic which opens Oct. 6.

The fact Florida made national news for the surge hitting the state disproportionately hard also created other demands for companies. Outside talent from places like New York City voiced grave concerns coming to perform in a place with no protocols. “When the top headline above the fold in the New York Times is all about the COVID surge in Florida, it doesn’t make you want to come here,” Leach said. 

Photo courtesy Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

[Compass Real Estate]  Tech-Driven Real Estate Company is Providing New Resources to Sarasota Residents

Compass, a leading real estate technology company, is making its way to the sunny beaches of Sarasota. Founded in 2012, Compass provides services that help real estate agents grow their businesses and better serve their clients. With more than 20,000 agents across the U.S. and a presence in more than 35 major markets, it has the potential to connect agents from coast to coast. 

By combining the solutions-driven mindset of a startup and the sophistication of a luxury brand, Compass provides its agents with programs that provide exclusive benefits for their buyers and sellers. What if you could sell your home faster, at a higher price, without spending upfront on home improvements? Compass has the solution.  Exclusive to Compass agents, the Compass Concierge program covers the upfront costs of select services and improvements to increase a home’s price. Improvements like landscaping, painting, and staging can be costly for sellers but can have an impact on the value of their home. This program allows the seller to maximize their home’s potential and sell for top dollar on the market. 

Compass Bridge Loan Services also streamlines the buying and selling process by providing a simple solution to bridge the gap between the home you have and the home you want. Found a new home you love but haven’t sold your existing home yet? This service gives you access to competitive rates and dedicated support from well-established industry lenders, with the exclusive option to get up to six months of loan payments fronted when they sell their home with a Compass agent.

Compass believes that agents—and their clients—deserve better by developing innovative digital tools and customized marketing strategies. Why? Because they know that when agents can spend more time building relationships with clients, everyone wins. Want to learn more about Compass in Sarasota? 

Photo courtesy of Compass Sarasota

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[Marine Science]  Over 40 Sea Turtles Released Into the Ocean Following Rehab at Two Southwest Florida Aquariums

Last week, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium took over 40 sea turtle hatchlings offshore to be released following rehabilitation. Mote’s Hatchling Hospital successfully rehabilitated 33 hatchlings, many of which were recovered from pools after they became disoriented. Mote’s team made an additional offshore trip this week to release 10 additional hatchlings that recovered at Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s marine life hospital. These hatchlings suffered from a variety of impairments including disorientation and malnutrition. While nesting season is winding down, over 300 nests still remain on Sarasota-area beaches and another 100 nests remain on north Pinellas County beaches. Artificial lighting and other human-caused issues remain the biggest threat to the remaining nests and the survival of future hatchlings. Simple changes can make an ocean of difference.

For tips of nesting season, learn more at mote.org or connect with @motemarinelab 

Photo courtesy of Mote Marine

[People]  Kathryn Shea FASD Clinic Named in Honor of Sarasota Advocate

The Florida Center for Early Childhood held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring its former CEO, Kathryn Shea, on September 23, 2021. Over 50 people gathered in the sensory garden at The Florida Center’s Sarasota campus for a short presentation that featured the agency’s current CEO, Dr. Kristie. Skoglund, Shea and Eddie Perez-Ruberte, vice chair of the board of directors. A live stream of the broadcast is available here.

Shea was instrumental in opening The Florida Center’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic in 2005, the first and only clinic of its kind in the State of Florida. During the event, Shea discussed how her adopted son, Seth Winners, was the inspiration for all her efforts. When she and her husband were given the opportunity to foster him as a baby, they were told his fetal alcohol syndrome, the most severe diagnosis on the FASD spectrum, was “no big deal.” Like many other families with similar scenarios, they had no idea the disorder would affect him his entire life.

The heartfelt presentation culminating in a ribbon-cutting featuring the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce. In honor of all Shea’s efforts, the clinic will now be known as the Kathryn Shea FASD Clinic. Rise and Nyes was selected to cater the event because it employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Like autism, FASD is a lifelong spectrum disorder. Many people living with the disorder benefit from businesses, like Rise and Nye, that look past their disability and see them as the unique person that they are. 

Pictured: Stephen Winners, Kathryn Shea, Seth Winners and Kristie Skoglund cut the ribbon on The Florida Center's newly expanded Kathryn Shea FASD Clinic, the first and only fetal alcohol spectrum disorders diagnostic clinic in the State of Florida.

[Lecture]  Ringling College Library Association Towne Hall Lecture Series Returns

Ringling College Library Association announced plans to resume the TOWN HALL Lecture series with speakers postponed due to Coronavirus. "We are so excited to be back, live and in-person to present our long-awaited two remaining lectures of our 2020 season. Lisa and Annie will certainly surprise and delight our audiences with the kinetic discourse our premier lecture series has been providing for more than 40 years," said Emily Walsh, RCLA President. 

Presenting on Monday, November 1 st , renowned neuroscientist, Lisa Genova, will focus on neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, autism, Huntington's disease, and ALS. She is the New York Times bestselling author of “Still Alice,” “Left Neglected,” “Love Anthony,” and her newly released book “Remember”. Through fiction, she is dedicated to describing the journeys of those affected by neurological diseases, thereby educating, demystifying, and inspiring support for care and scientific research. Presenting on Monday, November 15, renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz will give a talk on her long career in journalism and the arts. A former chief photographer for Rolling Stone, her pictures have appeared regularly on magazine covers since the 1970s. As an astute documentarian of the social landscape, she developed a large body of work at Vanity Fair, and later at Vogue, including portraits of actors, directors, writers, musicians, athletes, and political and business figures, as well as fashion photographs.

All TOWN HALL lectures take place at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. All proceeds from the TOWN HALL series support the Alfred R. Goldstein Library on the campus of Ringling Collge of Art and Design and the RCLA scholarship fund. For details, please visit: Rclassociationg.org Learn more about TOWN HALL and to purchase tickets visit at rclassociation.org, or call 941-309-5101. 

Photo of Annie Leibovitz courtesy of RCLA

[Trade]  FleetForce Truck Driving School Expands Services in Sarasota-Manatee, Collaborates with State College of Florida

FleetForce Truck Driving School, one of Florida’s leading proprietary, entry-level commercial driver training programs, announced its expansion into Sarasota-Manatee beginning October 4. In collaboration with State College of Florida (SCF), the expansion will make this the second of FleetForce Truck Driving School’s two locations in the state, with projected plans to further grow into Venice by next year. “We are seeing a critical need for more commercial truck drivers around the nation,” says Tra Williams, FleetForce Truck Driving School president. “In Sarasota-Manatee specifically, there are significant driver shortages with no commercial truck driving schools for those who want to obtain a CDL license nearby."   

The Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training school will be the first to operate in the Sarasota-Manatee region with training programs taking place on SCF grounds. New classes begin every Monday. Students can choose between either a 40-hour Class B or a 160-hour Class A course to obtain their CDL license which certifies them as commercial drivers. With talent support from Suncoast CareerSource, most graduates have multiple job offers awaiting them with competitive benefits and entry level salaries averaging nearly $50,000. 

“State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is thrilled to collaborate with Fleet Force to ensure local business and industry partners have a skilled, ready-to-work pipeline of commercial truck drivers,” says Dr. Todd Fritch, Executive Vice President and Provost of State College of Florida. “For individuals wanting to reskill, we are seeing a greater interest in transportation, healthcare and IT-related jobs. Having FleetForce on campus allows another entry point for individuals to receive the training and certification they need to go to work.”

Interested applicants can enroll at DriveFleetForce.com.  

[New Hire]  New Orthopedic Surgeon Joins Intercoastal Medical Group

Intercoastal Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of John Thomas, MD, an orthopedic surgeon to Lakewood Ranch I and Beneva Professional Center. Dr. Thomas received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He earned his medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Orlando Health, Orlando, FL. From there, Dr. Thomas relocated to complete his fellowship in Adult Reconstructive and Hip Preservation at the Orthopedic Centers of Colorado, Denver, CO. 

Dr. Thomas is accepting new patients. He is located at the Intercoastal Medical Group Lakewood Ranch I office, 11505 Rangeland Parkway, Bradenton, 941-362-8662 and the Beneva Professional Center location, 943 S. Beneva Road, Suite 106, Sarasota, 941-955-6748. Call for an appointment or, to request an appointment online, visit intercoastalmedical.com. 

[Family]  The Ringling Welcomes New Exhibition in Community Gallery

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art opens The Ringling Re-imagined, on view from now till November 19, 2021 in the Community Gallery. This special exhibition highlights artwork by local children who were inspired by works of art in the museum's collection. Kallie Turner, Youth & Family Program Coordinator developed the concept for the exhibition in an effort to showcase the creations of children who have visited the museum or participate in the family programs that The Ringling offers. 

The Ringling’s Family Programs include: ROAR!, a free storytime program that connects art with early literacy. Weekly programs are held outdoors, during which preschoolers and toddlers make art, and learn about an object in the museum; FAM (Family Art Making) is a free program that provides art kits that include all supplies for projects that families can make at home, in conjunction with a live Facebook lesson; Homeschool Third Thursdays, designed just for homeschool families, is a self-guiding program that provides a packet of activities for families to participate with at the museum

The Ringling’s Community Gallery is always free and open to the public. Families are invited to learn more by joining the Family Programs at The Ringling Family Programs group on Facebook or visit ringling.org/kids-families. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Downtown Sarasota Alliance: First Friday Gallery Walk , February 5 – December 3, Times vary.

The DSA Presents First Friday Gallery Walk. Enjoy your walk or stroll in Downtown Sarasota with participating galleries, including State of the Arts Gallery on State Street, AlexArt International located at 25 North Pineapple Avenue, Dabbert Gallery on Historic Palm Avenue, Art Uptown Gallery on Sarasota’s Main Street, and 530 Burns Gallery in Historic Burns Court.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Skyway 2020: A Contemporary Collaboration , June 20 – October 3, 10am-5pm

The Skyway 2020 exhibition, now in its second iteration, is a celebration of artistic practices in the Tampa Bay region, as it is a collaboration between four institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. Working together, curators from each institution will offer context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Artworks and projects in the exhibition will be selected by museum curators and the guest juror, Claire Tancons, an independent curator and scholar whose practice takes a global focus on the conditions of cultural production. Tancons has curated biennials around the world, including Prospect.1, New Orleans; the 2008 Gwangju Biennial; and the 2019 Sharjah Biennial. This exhibit will begin on June 20, 2021 and will end on October 3, 2021. Runs from 10am to 5pm.

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[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]  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.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative: The Arts And Racial Justice/Discovery Series: The Black Experience in the Arts in Higher Education , October 4, 5:30pm-7pm

The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC), a nonprofit organization that uses the unifying power of the arts to nurture inclusion and diversity across the regional arts and cultural landscape presents “The Black Experience in the Arts in Higher Education,” as part of its four-part Arts & Racial Justice/Discovery Series, Monday, October 4, 5:30-7pm, at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave. The moderator for the event is Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, director, Florida Center for PAInT, USF. Panelists are: Dr. Karen A. Holbrook, regional chancellor, USF, Sarasota-Manatee; Dr. Patricia Okker, president, New College of Florida; Dr. Carol Probstfeld, president, State College of Florida; and Dr. Larry Thompson, president, Ringling College of Art and Design. The event also features faculty and students from area higher education institutions. This event is a fundraiser for SBAC’s programs and is limited to 100 guests. Masks are required to be worn at the event. Tickets are $100 per person and are not available for purchase until September 1. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.suncoastblackartscollaborative.org. The Arts & Racial Justice/Discovery Series is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and is a collaboration with Florida Studio Theatre’s Diversity Forum Series.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization: Destination Zero Workshop , September 27, 10:30am-12pm

All members of the community, and the press, who live, work, or play in Sarasota and Manatee County are invited to join Manatee and Sarasota County and City Elected Officials, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 1 to prioritize regional transportation safety needs for the MPO Destination Zero Action Plan. The MPO is interested in hearing from individuals of all ages, ethnicities, and economic statuses about regional transportation safety challenges. the Destination Zero Workshop will be held on September 27, 2021, from 10:30am to 12pm, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto. Contact Corinne Tucker at 941-259-6046 for more information or to schedule an interview with an MPO representative.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hermitage Artist Retreat: Paint on Canvas: An Artist Talk with Karen Chandler , September 28, 6pm

Join Hermitage Fellow and celebrated Sarasota/New York artist Karen Chandler as she discusses the various forms her work takes and what inspires her to spark joy in the people who see it. Recently featured in Sarasota Magazine for her “Sarasota Heroes” mural, Chandler’s work has taken her across the country: from the halls of many of the major publishing houses, to the launchpads and runways of NASA and the U.S. Air Force, and more recently to the vibrant beaches of Florida. Learn how her work has changed over time and continues to grow. This event is presented in partnership with Art Center Sarasota. Capacity is strictly limited. Tuesday, September 28, 6pm, in the courtyard at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arts A Blaze Studio: Saturday Morning Pottery and Donuts , September 11 – October 30, 10am

Bring your Coffee, Tea or Hot Cider and join Arts A Blaze Studio at 8111 Lakewood Main St. #107, Bradenton on Saturday Mornings throughout September and October at 10am. Free Donuts for every Painting Customer while they last.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota: Haunted Sarasota Tour , January 1 – December 31

Hop on board our haunted trolley tour for a spellbinding, interactive, narrated adventure! Hear stories about famous murders, visit spirited buildings, and explore unsolved crimes during this 90-minute, air-conditioned nighttime tour. Sit back and listen as our entertaining Ghost Hostess brings the rich history of Sarasota to life on this fun and spooky tour—be sure to keep an eye out for surprise guests along the way. Tour includes complimentary beer or wine at the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar before boarding. Ages 12+; young people ages 12-20 may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van. Tour tickets are $39.99 and includes FREE Parking. This tour departs from 1826 4th Street and happens year-round.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: The Wanderers , September 29 – February 6, Varies.

Fall in love all over again with the music of the ‘50s and ‘60s! Honoring the dynamic harmony groups of the mid-20th century—from The Four Seasons and The Platters to The Beatles and beyond, The Wanderers will transport you to simpler times with their tight harmonies, smooth moves, and, of course, matching jackets. Featuring such timeless hits as “At the Hop,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.” The Wanderers, by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play beginning September 29, 2021 through February 6, 2022 in FST's Court Cabaret.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: [TITLE OF SHOW] , October 6 – October 17, 7:30pm and 2pm

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival, however, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. [TITLE OF SHOW] — taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [TITLE OF SHOW] — follows friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. This show has strong adult language. Show dates are Oct. 6, 2021 – Preview 7:30pm, Oct. 7, 2021 – Opening Night 7:30pm, Oct. 8, 9, 12, 13, 2021 – 7:30pm, and Oct. 17, 2021 – 2pm. This show will be presented at ART CENTER SARASOTA. Single tickets $26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student. Subscriptions are available now.

[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]  GALA: Annual Fundraiser at Waterworks Sarasota , October 9

Save the date for Sarasota Contemporary Dance's 16th Main Stage Season "GRIT" is a testament to the company's passion, purpose, and perseverance. After surviving and celebrating its landmark 15th season through a global pandemic, SCD is returning to the stage with greater conviction than ever before in its responsibility to progress contemporary dance in Sarasota. Tickets and subscriptions will become available soon. The fundraiser will be held to kick off the season at Waterworks Sarasota.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance , 1005 N Orange Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Discover Mozart: Rebirth , October 2, 7:30pm

Experience the excitement as the full orchestra returns to the stage this season on Saturday, October 2 at 7:30pm at the Sarasota Opera House. Kensho Watanabe leads a program beginning with Valerie Coleman's heroic Seven O'Clock Shout, a tribute to essential workers. Dominic Cheli will shine in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, and Schumann's "Spring" Symphony will lend a perfect finale to this long-awaited reunion of orchestra and audience.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: Out of Bounds , October 2 – November 27, 8pm and 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents Out of Bounds Playing Every Saturday Beginning October 2 at 7:30pm. Out of Bounds is the heart of the FST Improv Winter Season. Eight teams comprised of our top improvisers will be competing for your attention, love, and points! The show is a fast-paced, no holds barred improv show featuring five of the best improv comedians of the Suncoast for a night of games, scenes, and skillful storytelling. No rules. No boundaries. Just spectacular comedy and incredible improvisation.

[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.

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