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"Quaint is often the word used to describe our Town. I want to keep it that way."

- Jennifer Lewis, Venice City Council

[Politics]  Three Running for Open Venice Council Seat
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

There will be at least one new face on the Venice City Council following elections on Tuesday. Three candidates are running to fill retiring Councilman Rich Cautero’s Seat 4 spot at the dais. Jim Boldt, Jennifer Lewis and Chris Simmons are vying for the job.

It’s become somewhat of a partisan affair with the Republican Party of Sarasota endorsing Boldt and the Sarasota Democratic Party backing Lewis, while Simmons touts his proud status as a no party affiliation voter.

Boldt in the final days of the race stressed his business background. “That I have owned five businesses in four different industries make me uniquely qualified for the council seat. The council deals with so many different aspects of the city, a broad background will be very helpful.’ He believes the town runs well now but needs to invest in infrastructure to support continued growth.

Lewis said she remains focused on preserving a community her family loved visiting for 30 years. “My interest is in preserving the best of Venice, she said. “That would include leaving downtown height restrictions as is. Quaint is often the word used to describe our Town. I want to keep it that way.’ She also said the city must work with appropriate state and federal entities to combat red tide.

And Simmons said the city needs a balanced approach in addressing community needs. “We have a large disabled population and we need to make sure they feel included,” he said. He pointed to mobility issues he has faced, whether that’s being asked to part a distance from Venice Theater for shows and being unable to attend beach festivals because of access issues. He noted Venice 15 years ago had an award-winning disabilities advisory board and he would like to reinstate that. 

[Fine Jewelry]  Jade and Pearls Are A Girl's Best Friend
Chloe Cuyler, chloe@srqme.com

The iconic bombshell blonde, Marilyn Monroe, once sang that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” But what about gold, silver and all of the other precious gems? A gal deserves more than just one BFF. 

Lucky for all of us, Nikki Sedacca Art Jewelry has the same idea. Founded by designer, Nikki Sedacca, the jewelry brand specializes in wearable wirework and artful creations inspired by the shapes, colors and textures of the world. The newest addition to her Jade Collection includes the dangling Jade, Pearl and 18kt Gold Earrings. These beautiful and elegant earrings are expertly crafted using Sedacca’s signature weaving technique, the twists and turns of the 18kt gold wire highlighting the delicate pieces of cut jade and baroque pearls that dangle from them. An accessory is the perfect way to bring any outfit from drab to fab, so why not accessorize with something less traditional and more original? While diamonds make for a solid companion, it’s time to broaden your horizon and meet some newer, more exciting friends with nature's greatest gems. 

Jade, Pearl and 18kt Gold Earring, $1850; Nikki Sedacca Fine Art Jewelry, 941-951-0620, sedacca.com, @nikkisedaccagallery 

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct, Sarasota, 941-951-0620, 530burnsgallery.com, @530burnsgallery

Photo courtesy of Nikki Sedacca Fine Art Jewelry

[Centerstone]  Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone - Florida, Melissa Larkin-Skinner

Melissa Larkin-Skinner, MA, MBA, LMHC

Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone – Florida

Delivering care that changes people’s lives is Centerstone’s mission and what guides CEO Melissa Larkin-Skinner in helping children, adults and families live full and healthy lives.  Serving the community since 1955, Centerstone is a provider of mental health and addictions care.  

Melissa has worked in diverse programs during her 25-year career with Centerstone, including inpatient, outpatient, crisis intervention, intensive community-based and child welfare.  She has designed and operated several programs to meet community needs, including the first children’s Community Action Treatment (CAT) team, which was adopted as Florida’s statewide model for serving youth who are struggling with severe mental health, behavioral and co-occurring disorders. 

Her inner determination is key to helping others, especially during challenging times.  “Throughout my career, I questioned whether I’d be able to stay the course.  What I learned is that I am far more resilient than I realized.  We all are.  Being resilient does not mean that we never experience stress. But that when we do, we cope with our thoughts and emotions and take actions that help us move beyond it.  Building resilience or being resilient is something we can all achieve.  It’s not a personality trait that you either have or don’t have.  I think of resilience as being made up of building blocks we’ve collected through life experience, learning and leaning on others.  Those building blocks expand and grow stronger over time, helping us overcome whatever life throws at us.  We are often stronger afterwards and more prepared for the next uncontrollable, stressful experience.” 

Centerstone, 4010 Sawyer Rd., Sarasota, 941-782-4150, centerstone.org

[Air Travel]  Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service To/From SRQ to Akron

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces a new nonstop route to Sarasota from Akron, Ohio beginning March 3, 2022. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $59.*

“Sarasota continues to prove itself as a destination that provides warm getaways where vacationers can enjoy a variety of outdoor leisure activities,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s senior vice president of revenue and network planning. “The addition of this route will give our customers new, affordable options for visiting Florida.” More than ever, travelers appreciate the convenience Allegiant provides by offering nonstop flights that get them directly to their destination, without the hassle of layovers or connections, Wells said. They also like the convenient access through smaller airports Allegiant serves in communities that have traditionally lacked commercial air service.

The new nonstop route from Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) will operate twice weekly. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com. 

[Research]  Coastal Orthopedics' Dr. Avi Kumar is First in Market to Use Mixed Reality 3D Hologram Technology During Shoulder Arthroplasty

Dr. Avi Kumar, a board certified orthopedic surgeon with Coastal Orthopedics, is the first physician in the Sarasota/Manatee area to perform shoulder arthroplasty with the assistance of a new mixed reality technology platform, Stryker’s Blueprint Mixed Reality™. Dr. Kumar has been performing the procedure since early 2021 at Coastal Orthopedics’ outpatient surgery center and area hospitals, and is one of only 15 sites in the nation offering the technology to patients during this limited release period. 

Blueprint Mixed Reality is the latest software solution from Stryker Trauma & Extremities that allows shoulder arthroplasty surgeons to reference and interact with a holographic representation of their pre-operative Blueprint plan, in real-time, intra-operatively. In the future, the technology will have the potential for a more precise and personalized shoulder replacement compared to traditional surgical options. “Blueprint Mixed Reality’s 3D holographic models allow me to bring the pre-operative plan into the operating room, in real time, and to visualize implant positioning that assists in surgical decision making,” said Dr. Kumar. “The state-of-the-art technology allows me to tailor shoulder joint replacement procedures to the unique needs and anatomy of my patients.  It also gives me the capability to visualize and rotate three-dimensional holographic objects in front of the surgical field.”

Where virtual reality immerses the viewer into a completely virtual world, mixed reality overlays 3D holographic images with real-life, allowing the two to interact. The 3D hologram technology enables a surgeon to maintain a direct view of the surgical site and simultaneously visualize and manipulate a holographic representation of the patient’s native anatomy and pre-operative plan. By using hand gestures and voice commands, the surgeon can interact with a robust data set to optimize the position of the 3D holographic models. This allows the surgeon to replicate the pre-operative plan as closely as possible given the availability of information while operating.

For more information visit ShoulderBlueprint.com 

[Conservation]  Sarasota County Votes to Purchase Conservation Foundation’s Recently Protected Land

The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase 228 acres in Old Miakka, acreage that was recently acquired by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast in-order-to act quickly in this hot real estate market. This land is a critical link between Sarasota County’s Old Miakka Preserve and Conservation Foundation’s Tatum Sawgrass Scrub Preserve, further connecting to over 120,000 acres of conserved land protecting the Myakka River. Sarasota County voted to purchase the property from Conservation Foundation with funds from the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP), a voter-approved and taxpayer-funded program designed to acquire and protect natural lands and parklands. The additional 228 acres will more than double the size of the existing Old Miakka Preserve, which is open to the public daily for hiking, picnicking, birdwatching and wildlife viewing. The property’s former owner, MAG Properties, Inc., received multiple offers and Conservation Foundation recognized that if this key land was to be saved, time was of the essence. Conservation Foundation worked quickly to purchase the property to ensure its permanent protection. The purchase was completed using Conservation Foundation’s dedicated land fund and $3.9 million in short-term loans.

The benefits of protecting this strategically located land extend well beyond its boundaries. It impacts our region’s water quality, water quantity, and timing of water flows and levels. Wetlands located within the property store and filter water that flows into both the Tatum Sawgrass Marsh and the Myakka River. The property also provides rich and diverse habitat for a variety of iconic Florida wildlife. The County purchase is expected to close by the end of the calendar year. 

To learn more about the Conservation Foundation, click here

[Grant Awarded]  Sarasota Opera Receives $50K Arts Appreciation Grant From Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce a $50,000 Arts Appreciation Grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. In a longstanding commitment to honor the cultural and economic contributions of the region’s cornerstone arts groups, Gulf Coast provides flexible funding to organizations so they can focus on their artistic missions.  Acknowledging the region’s reputation as a leading artistic and cultural haven, Gulf Coast awarded Arts Appreciation Grants to 12 arts organizations in the area, including Sarasota Opera. Sarasota Opera’s 63rdconsecutive season will begin this week with Rossini’s The Silken Ladder. The 2022 Winter Festival will open with Puccini’s Tosca, followed by Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, and Verdi’s Attila. The Gulf Coast grant also supports the Sarasota Youth Opera, which will be presenting a special concert with the Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra in March 2022. With generous backing from the entire community, Sarasota Opera was the only opera company in the U.S. to present a season in their theater during February and April 2021. 

For more information click here

[SRQ Event]  Reminder - Together We Roar Luncheon Moved to May

This is a reminder that our Together We Roar Luncheon was postponed to Friday, May 13, 2022. If you have questions, please contact Digital Marketing & Engagement Manager Hannah Peterson at hannah.peterson@srqme.com.  

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Great American Trailer Park Musical , October 29 – November 28, Varies.

Starke, Florida has everything: agoraphobia, ‘80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan and disco. Get your seats early… Trailer Park filled every seat in 2009, 2011, and 2013. The Great American Trailer Park Musical from show from October 29 to November 28 at the Venice Theatre. Includes adult language/themes. Audience discretion advised.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Free Bicycle Helmet Giveaway and Fitting Event for Kids , October 30, 9am-12pm

Join the Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead for a free bicycle helmet giveaway event on Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 9am to 12pm at Osprey Junction Trailhead Park, 939 E. Bay Street, Osprey. They will be giving away free bicycle helmets to kids from ages 1 to 18. Kids must be present to receive and be fitted for their free helmet. Limit one helmet per child. A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign up children to receive a free helmet. Helmets are given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last, and at the sole discretion of the Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead. 

[SOON]  DANCE: The Ringling: De Paso by Sara Perez & Ruben Puertas , October 30 – November 3, 7:30pm and 5:30pm

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is thrilled to announce the opening of their Art of Performance season with De Paso by Sara Perez & Ruben Puertas. Show times are Oct. 30 and Nov. 3 at 7:30pm and Oct. 31 at 5:30pm. Dancer and choreographer Sara Perez makes her Sarasota premiere with a stunningly precise new work, De Paso (Along the Way), which reveals the choreographic virtuosity of this rising star in the realm of contemporary Flamenco. In a theatrical duet with firebrand dancer Ruben Puertas, De Paso employs the remarkable song, guitar and percussion talents of four musicians as part of a dance work that uses the language of Flamenco to express the allure of the unknown, the fear of failure, and the joy of sharing life's journey with others. This presentation is part of the Casa Patas Foundation's commissioning series of new Flamenco works, back by popular demand after two sold out shows in 2019 at The Historic Asolo Theater. Tickets for De Paso by Sara Perez & Ruben Puertas are priced at $25-35 with a 10% discount for members and are available at https://www.ringling.org/events/de-paso-sara-perez-ruben-puertas or by calling 941-360-7399. Perez and Rubens will also be offering a Masterclass Nov. 2, 2021, 6:30pm. A Masterclass is a specialized course that is taught by an expert in that style. These classes give participants the opportunity to spend a period of time focusing on improving their knowledge and technique of a certain style of theater, music or dance. This masterclass will focus on dance technique and will delve into the art of flamenco by reviewing its roots. The class is free for students, $10 for general public, $5 for all members and to patrons who have purchased a ticket for the performance before the class. Space is limited.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: MAMMA MIA! , October 14 – October 31

MAMMA MIA! Runs from Thursday October 14 2021 to Sunday October 31 2021 at Stone Hall, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget. Rated PG-13 for thematic material and sex-related comments. 

[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]  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]  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]  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]  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.

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