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SRQ DAILY Oct 6, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Climate Warming here is baked in the cake for at least another lifetime no matter what we do to limit emissions. Our only choice now is to mitigate and adapt."

- Bob Bunting, The Climate Adaption Center

[Environmental]  The Climate Adaption Center Announces Florida Climate Forecast Conference
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The second Florida Climate Forecast will take place on November 19, 2021 in the Selby Auditorium at the University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus. Hosted by Sarasota-based nonprofit, Climate Adaption Center (CAC), this in-person event will focus on Florida’s west coast and explore what our climate will prospectively look like in the years 2030, 2040 and 2050. The conference will also present first-ever forecasts of its kind and will examine how public, private and academic sectors can prepare for the future. 

Featuring CAC scientists and experts, attendees can expect speakers to discuss climate forecasts for the next three decades, how they were developed, as well as conduct a deeper dive into issues of great importance to the west coast of Florida. To make them more understandable and useful to the public, the CAC shares that forecasts will be presented in a familiar form akin to weather reports we hear every day using probabilities instead of broad ranges. These forecasts may be considered as not only the first operational climate ones for our region, they may be the first regional-specific climate forecasts ever, they say. Furthermore, they are intended to be a prototype for future climate forecasts and be a guide and inspiration for other regional forecasts as the CAC expands its geographical footprint. 

Area-specific issues of conversation include Hurricanes: how often and how dangerous; Sea Level Rise: how much and how quickly; Red Tide: will it become a new normal; Seasonal Temperatures: day and night temperature trends; Unlikely but high-impact events and the risks of extreme events increasing; and Economics: financial risk and opportunity in a changing climate. “We humans face two monumental shocks right now in Sarasota," says Chairman of Cumberland Advisors David Kotok. "The first is a pandemic; we get one about once or twice a century. The second is massive climate change; history shows how big a shock climate change can be. We use science to confront the pandemic and we can use science to mitigate climate change. CAC can help us do it and inform us how to do it."

Speakers for the day include Rick Newman, Senior Columnist, Yahoo Finance; Bob Bunting, CEO CAC; Dr. Matt Burgess, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado; Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability and Resilience, City of Orlando; David Kotok, Cumberland Advisors and Dr. Stuart Waterman, CAC.  The keynote address, Clean Electrification, Getting to Net-Zero, and Pitfalls: Why we are not Trading One Problem for Another, will be delivered by Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Senior Resident Fellow for Climate and Energy Program, Third Way; former Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce; and former Chief Economist, Ford Motor Company.

"Unless we deal with climate warming on a local level where we connect emotionally to the problem, we will lose the battle on climate warming," says Bob Bunting, CEO of the CAC. "The next 10 to 30 years are very high-risk periods. If we don’t get it right by then many of the climate disruptions will be irreversible. We have time to act but time is running out to protect our Florida way of life."

Bunting also shares the CAC recently launched a membership campaign, which offers five levels of membership involvement – Category 1 through 5 – corresponding to hurricane intensity. Each level includes tickets to the upcoming conference.

Tickets for the November 19, 2021 Climate Conference are now available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. They are $65 each and include admission to all the sessions, a continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Register for the event here

For more information on the 2021 Florida Climate Conference or the Climate Adaption Center, visit climateadaptioncenter.org. 

Photo courtesy of CAC

[Grants]  Ringling College Awarded Grants from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to Support Community, Diversity and Inclusion

The award of two grants totaling $25,000 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County was recently given to support the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) at Ringling College of Art and Design and production of CDI’s Narrative Collective Project. The Community Impact and Equity and Access grants reflect the Community Foundation's commitment to enhance programs that care for underrepresented and geographically underserved populations. Specifically, the CDI’s Narrative Collective Project is a multidisciplinary, intergenerational and multimedia framework that brings awareness to social justice issues in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through the arts, education and dialogue. 

“Current events have put into stark contrast how through oppression and marginalization certain communities are made invisible," Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez, Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion and Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Ringling College. "The Community Foundation’s investment in CDI and our programming shows what a valuable role community support and Ringling College can play in helping to bring recognition to, and celebration of, stories that need to be told.”

The CDI at Ringling College received an initial $10,000 grant from the McCauley-Brown Fund of the Community Foundation to support the CDI’s Narrative Collective Project, a documentary film series initiated by the CDI in 2019. Violet Stripes is the first film featured as part of the project, which brought together an intergenerational LGBTQ group comprised of Ringling College students and local residents to share stories of their individual journeys. The Violet Stripes trailer is viewable at youtube.com/watch?v=y8SAhLESwHwThe $15,000 Equity and Access grant supported the second documentary film undertaking in the CDI's Narrative Collective Project – Warriors of Sarasota: Powerful Women of Color in Sarasota – a multi-part documentary and gallery project featuring the powerful stories of women of color in Sarasota who are working in service of bettering our community and shifting systemic oppression and other social injustices within our Sarasota-Manatee communities. 

“Violet Stripes and Warriors of Sarasota: Powerful Women of Color in Sarasota are CDI projects that cement our voices and let them be heard and included as part of our bigger community,” Yoleidy concluded. “We want to be valued, acknowledged, respected, and to be treated with love, kindness and humanity. Thus, by highlighting these kinds of stories, we are showcasing consciousness and creating visibility for many stories that have been ignored or erased from our collective education and history.” 

Photo courtesy of Ringling College Center for Diversity and Inclusion

[Board]  Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast Announces 2021-2022 Board of Trustees

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast (CFGC) announces its Board of Trustees and newly elected officers for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. These dedicated individuals are committed to the Conservation Foundation’s mission of protecting the land and water in Southwest Florida for the benefit of people and nature. “With their support we are able to be strategic and efficient in our work, ensuring our waters are clean, our endangered animals have homes and our people are healthy because of the land we save and protect forever,” says Christine P. Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation. 

Rhonda O. Deems, Ph.D., co-founder of FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers, is the newly elected chair. In this role she will help Conservation Foundation complete the ambitious goals detailed in their 2020-2023 strategic plan, The Call to LeadJoining Deems in officer positions are Atlas Insurance president, Robert W. Brown, as vice-chair; PricewaterhouseCoopers retired managing partner, Sherry Davis, as treasurer; and Sabal Trust Company principal, Lowe Morrison, as secretary. The 2021-2022 Board of Trustees includes Mario Bernardis, Stephen Cetrulo, David Crawford, Michael Knupp, Elizabeth Moore, Eileen Scudder-Zimmermann, and immediate past chair, Glenn Shipley. 

Photo courtesy of the organization. Learn more about CFGC here.

[Nonprofit]  Children First Named Top Place of Employment in Sarasota-Manatee for Third Consecutive Time

Children First has been recognized as a top employer in Sarasota-Manatee in the “Best Places to Work” competition for the third consecutive year. Hosted by independent firm Best Companies Group and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the competition identifies and recognizes our area’s top employers who demonstrate workplace excellence and are known for retaining and recruiting the best and brightest employees. 

Companies representing thousands of local employees all vied to make the list. Children First was one of four nonprofit organizations to be recognized and ultimately selected for our mission-driven approach to employment. To qualify, more than 200 staff members completed a confidential survey worth 75% of the overall score.

“As we celebrate our 60th anniversary and my 25th anniversary as CEO, Children First is deeply honored to be recognized as a best place to work for the third year in a row. During this tumultuous time, our amazing team has remained laser-focused on their commitment to serving our community and now, together, we celebrate them in making Children First the best place to work every day!” says CEO Philip Tavill. 

In April of this year, Children First was also named a top 50 Best Nonprofit to Work For nationwide by The Nonprofit Times. The agency also earned top honors in the 2021 Best of SRQ Local competition, receiving the Platinum award for, “Best Children’s Nonprofit,” “Best Nonprofit Leader,” “Best Organization to Provide COVID-19 Support,” “Best Nonprofit to Adapt,” and “Best Preschool,” as well as the Silver award for “Best Local Nonprofit.” 

Click here to learn more about employment opportunities at Children First

[Architecture]  Dive in to Vertical | Design+Build

Vertical | Design+Build brings over 50 years of experience designing and building award-winning, high-end custom homes along Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast. The design and build process provides the homeowner with one single source responsible for architecture, engineering, construction, and interior design. 

Unlike traditional custom home builders, Vertical | Design+Build features an internal design studio headed by a state licensed architect and a team of interior designers, along with a construction management staff who work together in a fully coordinated process. This process simplifies the delivery of the home, providing clients with not only a more cost-effective and time-efficient build, but also a more enjoyable and rewarding experience. There is so much that goes into building a home, and the Vertical team is with you every step of the process to keep things on track and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. 

With Vertical | Design+Build, homeowners can design a home from the ground up. For those who need a little help getting started, the firm offers fully customizable, design-ready floor plans. 

Whether you are looking to build your dream home on the waterfront or renovate your downtown condo, the team at Vertical | Design+Build is ready to collaborate and bring your vision to life.  

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[Teaching]  Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

The School District of Manatee County will be hosting a Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and Paraprofessionals from 4 PM until 7 PM on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Interested applicants can register early at tinyurl.com/SDMCOctoberJobFair To view a list of all open positions, visit ManateeSchools.net, click on “Careers”. For more information, please call Director of Human Resources Wendy Mungillo at 941-708-8770 ext. 41239 or email mungillow@manateeschools.net. 

[Parking]  St. Armands Paid Parking Adjustments Begin Soon

Paid parking operations in the St. Armand Parking District will be adjusted beginning the week of Oct. 11 to align with rates and hours of operation in downtown Sarasota providing consistency within the parking districts. On-street parking rates and times will become uniform throughout the St. Armands Parking District at $1.50 per hour, the current maximum rate.  Meters will be in service from 10 am - 8 pm. Monday through Saturday, excluding City-observed holidays. 

“We’re moving to a one-zone, one-rate program in St. Armands,” said Parking General Manager Mark Lyons.  “With over 700,000 transactions since the start-up, data shows that 85% of on-street parking users on St. Armands currently opt to use the $1.50 per hour spaces. The rate change will provide consistency throughout the St. Armands parking district and downtown’s system, making it easier to use.” 

When using the Park Mobile app or a pay station, 10 minutes free on-street parking will be provided in the St. Armands Parking District like downtown. Rates for the St. Armands Garage also will become consistent with the City’s two parking garages in downtown.  The first two hours will be free, the third hour $3 and for each additional hour it will be $1 per hour or part thereof. The Fillmore Lot will be adjusted from 75 cents per hour to $1 per hour or part thereof.  Approximately 150 free on-street parking spaces, located within a short walk of shops and restaurants on St. Armands Circle, will remain free along North and South Boulevard of the Presidents. The adjustments to the St. Armands Parking District will provide consistency with downtown paid parking and are necessary to meet requirements tied to the revenue bonds which funded the construction of the St. Armands Garage. 

For more information visit the Parking Management Division webpage or email ParkingInfo@SarasotaFL.gov or call 941-263-6475. 

RADD + Proud, read about the newly-launched organization Rosemary Arts + Design District as seen in the October issue of SRQ Magazine

[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: 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]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre & Humor Institute: Bob Zany , October 7 – October 9, 7pm, 6:30pm, and 8:50pm

Bob Zany will perform on Thursday, October 7 at 7pm, Friday, October 8 at 6:30pm, Friday, October 8 at 8:50pm, Saturday, October 9 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, October 9 at 8:50pm. Rated AS. Tickets are $25. Bob has appeared on over a thousand national T.V. shows, from The Tonight Show to a seventeen-year stint appearing on and co-hosting The Jerry Lewis Telethon. He appeared on Showtime in Billy Gardell’s Road Dogs+ film credits include Joe Dirt with David Spade+ The Informant playing Matt Damon’s attorney.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Selby Gardens: New Award-Winning Play Make Thee An Ark Premiere , October 8 – October 17, 6:30pm and 1pm

Raychel Ceciro brings the World Premiere of the 2019 Kilroys List Featured Play Make Thee an Ark to Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus through a John Ringling Towers Grant for the Performing Arts October 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17. Taking place in Mary’s Chapel, Make Thee an Ark is a new site-specific play set 300 years in the future in a New Ark floating above an undersea Florida. Moored to an old oil rig, the New Ark harbors what may be the last vestiges of humanity after global warming has wreaked havoc on the planet. Two sisters tell stories of a Florida long forgotten while elsewhere on the ship, the Pastor, the leader of the New Ark, prepares his people for an oncoming storm. Combining storytelling with immersive performance, projection, and puppetry, Make Thee an Ark interprets the archived histories of Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus from the perspective of a generation living in the flooded future. Following the final performance of Make Thee an Ark*, a site-specific performance at Selby Garden's Historic Spanish Point on Sunday, October 17th, is Ark Dialogues, a public panel and discussion focused on the play’s use of Sarasota history, and how it combines lived Sarasota experiences with a fictional narrative about Florida’s possible futures.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County: 75th Anniversary Online Auction , October 10 – October 25

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County is getting ready to run an online auction in celebration of our 75th anniversary. Starting on October 10, 2021 and running through October 25, 2021, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization. For 75 years, BGCMC has provided afterschool and summer programs that offer hope and opportunity to every child in our community, especially those who need us most. We rely on the generosity of our donors to help provide essential support for our children and teens. Categories include Food & Gourmet Items, Golf & Sports Gear, Memorabilia, Entertainment, Sports, Travel, and Wine. Don't See An Item You Like? Simply Make a Donation. Every donation made during this auction event will be matched dollar for dollar up to $75,000.

[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]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Immortal Beloved , October 8, 6:30pm

This biography chronicles the life of infamous classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven (Gary Oldman) and his painful struggle with hearing loss. Following Beethoven's death in 1827, his assistant, Schindler (Jeroen Krabbé), searches for an elusive woman referred to in the composer's love letters as "immortal beloved." As Schindler solves the mystery, a series of flashbacks reveals Beethoven's transformation from passionate young man to troubled musical genius. Gary Oldman stars in this tale of a man of genius, a woman of passion and the mystery of a lifetime. The untold story of Ludwig van Beethoven. This On Screen will show on October 8 at 6:30pm at Historic Asolo Theater.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre & Humor Institute: Carlos Mencia , October 15 – October 16, 6:30pm and 8:50pm

Carlos Mencia will perform on Friday, October 15 at 6:30pm, Friday, October 15 at 8:50pm, Saturday, October 16 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, October 16 at 8:50pm. Rated AS. Tickets are $37. “Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central + became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history. Most recently, Mencia has gone back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy venues – allowing him to share his newest material with a more intimate audience. His current tour, called the “C 4 Urself Tour.”

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Invisible History: Middle Florida's Hidden Roots , October 9, 6:30pm

A documentary film by Valerie Scoon, Professor and Filmmaker in Residence, FSU College of Motion Picture Arts. The film sheds light on the invisible history of plantations and the enslaved in North Florida through a visually compelling story that explores the history of a people who contributed so much to what the region is today. Valerie Scoon will provide a talk back directly following the film. Valerie Scoon literally came to Tallahassee from Hollywood. She has been with the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts since 2003 and is central to the film school’s longstanding success. Ms. Scoon teaches screenwriting, producing and documentaries. Her work has resulted in many of our Student Emmys, Oscar nominations and entry into innumerable film festivals. Most recently, Ms. Scoon has exhibited her own documentary filmmaking skills by practicing what she teaches. Her documentary “Daring Women Doctors: Physicians in the 19th Century” recounts the history of America’s first female physicians and was aired nationwide on PBS in 2020. More recently her timely documentary “Invisible History: Middle Florida’s Hidden Roots” is also being aired nationwide on public television in 2021. This On Screen will show on October 9 at 6:30pm at Historic Asolo Theater.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Cinderella , October 9 – October 30, Varies.

Have a ball with FST’s all-new adaptation of Cinderella! This magical production brings the classic fairy tale to life with a contemporary twist. Enjoy the story you love with even more added fun, including a soundtrack of contemporary pop hits, audience interaction, slapstick humor, and more. Will Cinderella be able to escape her cruel stepmother and stepsisters and finally get her happily ever after with Prince Charming? Find out in this music-filled re-imagining of the timeless tale. Cinderella by Sarah Durham will play Saturdays and select Sundays from October 9, 2021 - October 30, 2021 in FST's Keating Theatre. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale and can be purchased by clicking the buttons above or by calling the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Selby Gardens: The Orchid Show 2021: Aerialists from the Tree Top to the Big Top , October 9 – November 28, 10am-5pm

Selby Gardens’ annual Orchid Show, from October 9 to November 28, brings together two of Sarasota, Florida’s most renowned legacies —orchids and the circus. Presented in collaboration with the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (The Ringling), The Orchid Show 2021: Aerialists from the Tree Top to the Big Top!, is presented by Better-Gro®, celebrates the breathtaking beauty of orchids in tree-top canopies high above the forest floor with the artistry and spectacle of the circus, particularly the aerialists who perform extraordinary feats of human ability high above captivated crowds. Pairing astonishing air plants with amazing aerial acts enables a fascinating exploration of the intersection of nature and entertainment. The show is deeply rooted in Selby Gardens’ status as possessing the world’s best scientifically documented collection of orchids. As always, the Orchid Show highlights the diversity and richness of the Orchidaceae family, one of the largest families of flowering plants on earth. The synergy with Sarasota’s extensive circus history fortifies the theme of this year’s show. Once the winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the city remains the home of many circus performers and their families. In addition to The Ringling, housing the finest circus collections in existence, Sarasota is home to the Circus Arts Conservatory and associated Sailor Circus Academy, the oldest youth circus in America.

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