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SRQ DAILY Oct 27, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"This is a particularly gratifying time of year because we know the joy they feel when they are remembered during the holidays."

- Marjorie Broughton, Meals On Wheels of Sarasota

[Gift Drive]  'Stuff The Trunk' With Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Holiday Gift Drive Launch
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

It's that special time of year — a time to give and feel good about giving.

Throughout the entire year, Meals On Wheels of Sarasota (MOWSRQ) delivers hot, nourishing meals with a smile everyday to more than 750 homebound seniors, veterans, children and families. Meals On Wheels clients, who range in age from 3 to 106, receive meals because they are physically or mentally impaired and unable to prepare meals or go to a food pantry or grocery store. Hundreds of volunteers help prepare, pack and deliver heart-healthy meals daily throughout the year. 

Now, with holidays around the corner, they are collecting more than just food supplies — MOWSRQ is inviting the community to bring a little extra comfort and holiday cheer to neighbors in need through its annual Share the Love Holiday Gift Drive. In September, a wish list was distributed to help generous donors choose gifts that mean the most to clients.  Donated gifts will be available to drop off now through Friday, December 3, 2021 for their more than 1,000 clients to be delivered in early December. Only new items are accepted for children and adults in MOWSRQ's program. 

In addition to facing hunger, the Sarasota organization says, many of their clients are alone and isolated. The gift bags they receive brighten their holidays and remind them they are not forgotten. "The holidays can be difficult for those who are unable to spend them with friends or loved ones – especially now. Even a small gift makes a world of difference for the homebound," said Marjorie Broughton, the executive director of Meals On Wheels of Sarasota. “This is a particularly gratifying time of year because we know the joy they feel when they are remembered during the holidays.” 

In addition to the holiday drive, MOWSRQ will participate in the 2021 Subaru Share the Love® Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America, one of four national Share the Love charitable partners supported through the promotion. From November 18, 2021, through January 3, 2022, Subaru car dealership will donate $250 to a host of charities – including Meals On Wheels – for every new Subaru purchased or leased, per customer selection. “We are excited to continue our partnership with Subaru,” Broughton added. “Without the support of federal funding, we count on campaigns like this to help us continue supporting our seniors, veterans, children and families in need.”   

Share The Love Holiday Gift Drive option to "stuff the trunk" remains, where donors dropping off gifts fill up the trunks of their car with gifts and MOWSRQ photographs them. New gifts may be dropped off at Meals On Wheels of Sarasota (421 N. Lime Ave.), Monday to Friday, 10 am - 2 pm.

2021 HOLIDAY WISH LIST: blankets, bath soaps, combs and brushes, deodorant, first aid kits, ink pens, magnifying lenses, nail files and nail clippers, puzzle books, shampoo and conditioner, small calendars, socks, stamps, tissues – boxes or packs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, writing pads, notecards/postcards, coloring books/colored pencils and toys appropriate for children between 3 and 15 years of age will also be welcomed.
For questions about volunteering or donating, contact Meals On Wheels of Sarasota: info@mealsonwheelsofsarasota.org or 941-366-6693. 

Photo courtesy of Meals on Wheels Sarasota

Learn more about Share The Love Holiday Gift Drive here

[Festival]  First Annual Bradenton Riverwalk Arts & Crafts Festival Set November 6 & 7

A new tradition starts in Bradenton with the 1st Annual Bradenton Riverwalk Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7 from 10 am - 5 pm at the Pavilion on the Bradenton Riverwalk, 452 3rd Avenue W.  The event is free and open to the public. Explore fine arts and crafts in an outdoor gallery created by artisans from across Florida and the United States. All the artwork juried into this event is handmade, hand-crafted in such mediums as painting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, candles, glass, woodworking, dips & sauces, metalwork, digital art fishing apparel and more.

For more information visit paragonartevents.com 

[Recreation]  Celebrate 'BLVD Bike Rides' Event During Mobility Week

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Commute Connector program has partnered with the City of Sarasota, DreamLarge, Sarasota County, and Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to host the newest installment of BLVD Bike Rides, a free community bike ride that aims to bring residents, neighbors and friends together to celebrate the community and cycling in downtown Sarasota.

The ride, which will take place after work in downtown Sarasota will take place on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, starting at 5:15 pm. The event is part of Mobility Week, an annual initiative from October 29 through November 5, 2021.  Mobility Week is a coordinated and concentrated celebration of activities to promote transportation choices and safety.  

People that live or work in the greater Sarasota area are invited to grab their bikes and helmets, pump up their tires and join us in the DreamLarge Yard at the corner of Central Avenue and Boulevard of the Arts (600 Central Ave. Sarasota).  Participants will enjoy a scenic bicycle tour of Sarasota’s vibrant art and urban design with colleagues, neighbors, and friends. Registration for the event is now open; space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Free traditional and electric bike rentals will be available on-site for those who need them.

The guided group ride will begin at 5:45 pm and will end at the Mandeville Beer Garden for a small networking event after the bicycle tour. Riders are encouraged to stay to meet and network with their fellow bikers. Food and drink will be available for purchase. The approximately 2.0-mile, slow-paced ride will be safely led by City of Sarasota Sustainability Coordinator and local bike enthusiast Jeff Vredenburg.

During the event, an on-site transportation fair will allow residents and commuters to learn more about their commute options. Helmets are strongly encouraged. To learn more and to register online, visit dreamlarge.co/blvd 

Image courtesy of DreamLarge

[Grant]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Awards $1,082,000 in Grants Benefitting SMH

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation recently awarded three grants totaling more than $1 million to Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. These grants will help SMH purchase a pharmacy robotics system, implement a clinical trial management system for the Women’s Cancer Care Program and expand the RENEW wellness program to the community.  $845,000 was granted to help renovate the SMH-Sarasota pharmacy and purchase an automated pharmacy storage system and software. The fully automated medication storage and retrieval system creates efficiencies that reduce the time pharmacy staff spends locating and verifying medications, and increases the time they can spend caring for patients. $120,000 was provided to the Women’s Cancer Care Program to implement a clinical trial management system for active studies conducted by the SMH clinical research team. The RealTime Clinical Trial Management System provides the tools and accessibility needed to cover all areas of research and trial data storage.  

For more information click here

[Grant]  CenterPlace Health Receives Equity and Access Grant

CenterPlace Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides high-quality, affordable health care to Sarasota County families, has received a $30,000 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to support their mobile health clinic and community outreach vaccination initiative. The grant from the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund will be used to ensure residents of Sarasota County have equity and access to the COVID-19 vaccination. 

CenterPlace Health is collaborating with the Shots in Arms coalition to reach underprivileged communities that have limited access or hesitancy to the COVID-19 vaccine. The initiative aims to increase vaccination numbers by 20% and establish trust for community health care among the underserved communities in Sarasota county.  The mobile health clinics will enable CenterPlace Health to be “boots on the ground” and interact with communities in their neighborhoods to create a trusting relationship. 

Learn more at CenterPlaceHealth.org 

Photo courtesy of the organization

[Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center]  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 Tobacco Free Florida today at 866-534-7909 or visit their page to schedule a class or learn more about the program. 

Click here for more information

[Outdoor Sale]  Tremblay Wood Art Trail Sale

Wood craftsman Ryan Tremblay of Tremblay Wood Art announced his 3rd annual Trail Sale on Saturday, November 6. The sale will take place in the back of Osprey Plaza (862 S Tamiami Trl., Osprey) from 8am - 3pm. The sale offers 20% off all slabs—including local recovered trees and over a dozen exotic species (most from Hurricane Irma), milled in-studio, solar kiln dried, planed smooth and ready to finish. "It doesn't get more sustainable than this," says Tremblay. In addition to wood slabs, Tremblay will be selling his handmade charcuterie boards, various carved art and fine furniture pieces. Learn more at tremblayart.com or @tremblaywoodart. 

[History]  Arts Advocates Receives Gift of Sculptor Frank Colson’s Doughboy Statue

Arts Advocates announced that sculptor Frank Colson’s wife, Diana, and son, Sean, have gifted the organization with a 12-inch bronze sculpture of “Spirit of the American Doughboy.” The statue, which is a replica of the life-size sculpture Colson was commissioned to create for Rev. J.D. Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota, is now on exhibit in the Arts Advocates Gallery, located in the Crossings at Siesta Mall, 3501 S Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. The gallery will have special hours from 2-4pm on Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11, to honor both this gift and veterans. 

The memorial statue of a World War I American soldier – a “doughboy” – is one of the most reproduced life-size sculptures in the United States. Its original sculptor was Ernest Moore “Dick” Viquesney (1876-1946), who created it in 1920. Often referred to as simply the doughboy statue, its proper name is “Spirit of the American Doughboy.” According to doughboysearcher.com, “While [Viquesney] wanted to depict an American soldier in battle, he didn’t want to depict excessive might or power … Instead, he wanted to depict the ‘spirit’ of the American doughboy's determination to preserve freedom for their country and mankind.” 

Arts Advocates will add “Spirit of the American Doughboy” to its current exhibit of Sarasota Art Colony artists. Regular gallery hours are every Saturday from 2-5pm Docent-guided gallery tours are offered the first Wednesday of every month at 11am; reservations for tours are required. To register for gallery tours, and learn more about or become a member of Arts Advocates, visit ArtsAdvocates.org. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SPARCC: Halloween Card & Game Party , October 27, 10am-2:30pm

Halloween fun will play a big role at Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center’s (SPARCC) annual Card & Game Party. The event is being hosted at the Plantation Golf & Country Club on Wednesday, October 27, from 10am to 2:30pm. Games of chance and skill like Mahjongg, Bridge, Euchre, a 50/50 drawing, duck pluck and additional drawings for fantastic gift baskets will keep guests occupied. Hand crafted items will be available for purchase in a boutique setting and a delicious lunch and dessert, coffee, tea, soda, a cash bar and Harvest Candy Bar will keep spirits satisfied. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Bring your friends and set up a table for cards or Mahjongg. Your registration supports SPARCC and helps raise funds to provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Opera: Curtain Raiser Dinner , October 27, 6pm

Curtain Raiser Dinner will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 6pm at Michaels on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Welcome back. Join your fellow Sarasota Opera friends as we celebrate the start of the 2021-22 Season. The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres amid the lush landscape of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens followed by a three-course dinner and exciting performances by Sarasota Opera Artists.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota: Sunset Jazz at the Crosley , October 27, 5pm-7pm

Sunset Jazz at the Crosley will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 5pm to 7pm at Seagate, Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 North Tamiami Trail. A Free Jazz Club of Sarasota Concert at the Powel Crosley Estate with Michael Ross, James Suggs, Liston Gregory III, John Medico, and Emmanuel Montalvo. A $15 per person donation is suggested to support the Scholarship Fund.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center: Time Sawyer , October 28, 8pm

Time Sawyer is interested in “real people and real songs” and that’s just what the listener finds in their music – a sense of realness. Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time. Time Sawyer will perform on Thursday, October 28 at 8pm at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Landscape Photography Workshop at Historic Spanish Point , October 28, 10:30am-1:30pm

We’ll discuss a winning methodology and workflow guaranteed to improve your landscape photography skills no matter what kind of equipment you use on Thursday, October 28 from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Lecture format with examples and techniques, followed by practical exercises at beautiful and photogenic Historic Spanish Point Campus. Any photography equipment welcome. Open to students of all ages/experience levels. Class Fee: Members $55/Non-members $75. Class Size: 20 Students. Instructor: Perry Johnson.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: American Lyric , October 28, 5:30pm

The soundtrack of America as heard by three diverse masters on Thursday, October 28 at 5:30pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Amanda Gorman's Excerpt from In This Place (An American Lyric). This program consists of Amy Beach String Quartet Op. 89, Samuel Barber Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet, and Dvorak String Quintet "American."

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Stranger Things Drive-In , October 29 – October 30, 8:30pm and 10pm

You know the Netflix story: After the mysterious and sudden vanishing of a young boy, the people of a small town begin to uncover secrets of a government lab, portals to another world and sinister monsters. The boy’s mother desperately tries to find him, convinced he is in grave danger, while the police chief searches for answers. Fans can’t get enough of the retro vibe of the hit series Stranger Things. Take a trip to the upside-down world in safety on October 29 at 8:30pm and 10pm and October 3o at 8:30pm and 10pm. Experience the 80s tunes and soundscapes from the show reinterpreted in brilliant laser light and visual effects. See intense beams zoom over your head as you freak out to STRANGER THINGS. Be there if you dare. This program is designed to be family friendly.  

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: We're Doomed , October 29 – October 30, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents We're Doomed Playing October 29 and October 30 at 7:30pm. In a world where blockbusters come and go, FST Improv entertains with an unforgettable, original, and fully improvised motion picture. The cast of We’re Doomed will perform an improvised horror movie based on a title provided by the audience. We’ll leave the fancy equipment behind as we use unique staging, special effects and onstage acrobatics to recreate the excitement and magic of the silver screen. You’ll even get to see improvised previews of upcoming attractions.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen , October 29 – December 5, Varies.

At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen by Terry Guest Directed by Damian Lockhart will run from October 29 to December 5, 2021. In rural Georgia, drag star Courtney Berringers (given name: Anthony Knighton) would like to welcome you to her wake. She has recently died from complications due to AIDS, you see. But make no mistake, this isn’t your grandma’s funeral. There will be no black frocks, no perfumed flowers, and definitely no crying. Tonight is a celebration.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Escape to Margaritaville , October 29, 7:30pm

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all — and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award® winner Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl, Raising Hope) and Emmy Award® nominee Mike O’Malley (Survivors Remorse, Shameless), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. This show will take place on Friday, October 29 at 7:30pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hermitage Artist Retreat: Hermitage Beach Program: What Even Is This? Discovering Surrealist Fiction with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah , October 29, 5:30pm

In his New York Times bestselling novel, Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah creates a series of short stories that simultaneously feel like a dystopian future and a case study of our present moment. This surreal quality leaps off the page from start to finish as the stories swerve between both startlingly familiar and shockingly strange landscapes. Hear from the author about the importance of “beginnings” and how this has shaped his work. Presented in Partnership with Bookstore1. Friday, October 29, 5:30pm, at the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Also available via Zoom live-stream.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Boo! at The Bazaar , October 30, 10am-3pm

On Saturday, October 30 from 10am to 3pm, The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime will celebrate Halloween. Kids can go trick or treating (free!) at more than 20 different spots throughout The Bazaar. Costumes are encouraged. Free Halloween Air Brush Tattoos from 11am to 1pm by Suzy of Troll Fairy Designs. Tyler Vaden will be playing live music. Special guest performances from Dingbat Theatre Project’s upcoming musical of Spongebob, coloring, make spooky spin art, and so much more.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Mattison's: Halloween Costume Contest , October 30, 9pm and 7pm-9pm

Don’t be scared this Halloween. Come to Mattison’s for their annual Halloween Costume Contest a day before Halloween on October 30th. Whether you are lurking around Downtown Sarasota or Downtown Bradenton stop into Mattison’s to enter the contest. Mattison’s City Grille in Sarasota will hold their contest at 9pm sharp with a $50 Mattison’s Gift Card being awarded to the Best Male costume, Best Female costume, and Best Group costume. If you are getting ghoulish up in Bradenton stop by Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille from 7pm-9pm where the prizes will be $100 Mattison’s Gift Card for first place, $50 Mattison’s Gift Card for second place and $25 Mattison’s Gift Card for third place. Enjoy Halloween themed Boozy drinks, devilishly good food and haunt the night away with live music at both locations. For more info visit mattisons.com. Boo.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre & Humor Institute: Beneva Fruitville's Halloween Drag Queen Bingo , October 30, 8pm

Beneva Fruitville's Halloween Drag Queen Bingo will take place on Saturday, October 30 at 8pm. Rated AB. Tickets are $25. Special Saturday Night Halloween performance with Dazzling Guest Stars.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Cortez, The Fishing Village by Frank Bibbins , October 30 – November 26, Gallery hours.

This November, Art Uptown Gallery will feature the work of local photographer Frank Bibbins in an exhibit entitled ”Cortez, The Fishing Village” with art that captures the beauty, energy and determination of the historic village and its people. The exhibit runs from Sat., Oct. 30 through Fri., Nov. 26. The public is also invited to a public reception on November 12 from 6pm-9pm. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes you to the 1367 Main Street gallery, where the diverse art works of 29 local artists are shown Monday-Friday 11am-5pm (except First Friday when open until 9pm), Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Telephone: 941-955-5409 for further information. www.artuptown.com.

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