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"We must come together to find solutions to clean up our state waterways and protect them for future generations."

- U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota
 

-Through troubled waters, Dominiq Art gives tribute to nature with endangered animal species surfboards in 'Call To The Wild'
[Federal]  Buchanan Leads Delegation in Confronting Water Troubles
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Oil drilling, algal blooms and manatee deaths were all tackled at a Florida Congressional Delegation meeting in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. With U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, co-chairing the bipartisan meeting, he focused on a number of water issues threatening the region.

“We must come together to find solutions to clean up our state waterways and protect them for future generations,” Buchanan told colleagues.

Another high-profile leader from the Sarasota area, Mote Marine Laboratory President and CEO Michael Crosby, also attended the meeting as an expert witness. The scientific leader urged the Delegation to support resources for science-based seagrass restoration projects. That will help address a surge in manatee deaths this year threatening the fragile sea cow population. Through Oct. 29, Florida has recorded 988 manatee deaths this calendar year, shattering previous mortality records.

He supported efforts by members of the delegation to increase Florida’s dedicated funding for water quality projects. “We really do have a desperate need to provide resources to deal with point source and non-point source pollution,” he said. That will help address red tide, which has threatened Florida’s ecology and economy.

Buchanan called the meeting with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Sunrise. As a South Florida congresswoman, she stressed the need with Army Corps of Engineers leadership to prioritize Everglades restoration once an infrastructure bill emerges from Congress.

There’s some tension right now about how the Army Corps will manage water discharges from Lake Okeechobee. U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, could not attend the meeting but sent his own message regarding a plan under consideration that would lower Lake levels. He said that “would have significant detrimental effects for millions of Floridians, especially those in Lakeside and agriculture communities. The Congressman looks forward to working with colleagues to find a solution that benefits all stakeholders.”

Both delegation co-chairs voiced opposition to any expansion of offshore drilling off the Florida coast.  Buchanan noted that when he arrived in Congress shortly after his initial 2006 election, there was a push to allow drilling as close as three miles off the Florida shore in the Gulf of Mexico. That seemed to dissipate following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in 2010. Since then, the House has three times voted for a long-term ban on drilling off Florida’s coast.

“Florida’s oceans and pristine waterways are essential to our state’s economy and way of life,” Buchanan said. “I appreciate our distinguished panelists for their participation and thoughtful insight into water quality issues and for their suggestions about how we can work together as a delegation to combat some of the challenges we’re facing.” 

Photo courtesy of Buchanan office: U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

[Beauty]  Natural Nailcare is In
Emma Tufano, emma@srqme.com

When picking a nail salon, you want a place that cares about your nails AND your health. Maybe even the earth too. PAINT Nail Bar cares about all. Utilizing vegan, clean polish that is free of toxins, PAINT emphasizes the “strength and integrity” of your natural nail. 

First off, what does it really mean for a nail polish to be non-toxic? 

Nail polishes at PAINT are either labeled “5-7-9 Free”, but for the average nail salon goer, like myself, it’s not obvious what this means. When nail polish is labeled “9- or 5- Free” it means it’s free of that number of toxic agents/chemicals such as Toluene, Camphor, DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and Formaldehyde (formaldehyde is seriously bad for your nails and can even cause allergic reactions). The higher the number, the better, at PAINT Nail, where technicians reduce the risk of compromising health by exclusively choosing clean product lines.

Of those lacquers, ZOYA was one of the first polishes to remove toxic ingredients from its long-lasting formulations and maintain its focus on health and well-being—a smart choice for women with allergies, skin sensitivities or who may be pregnant. SMITH & CULT is a 5-Free formula to also look for, with fun fall colors to choose from such as “Bite Your Kiss” and “Bang The Dream”. For those needing gel, go with BIOSEAWEED—odorless, dustless, safe for all ages and expecting mothers, as it does not “stain, weaken or dehydrate the natural nail”. Meanwhile, MADAM GLAM offers all the “free” components—cruelty-free, 9-Free and gluten-free gel—making it an easy choice for those health- and planet-conscious. Plus, no UV lamps are used for gel manicures, only LED at PAINT.

And, if you're looking for natural skincare to match your nails, PRIMERS is the salon’s newly-launched, proprietary line of active plant-based products of certified organic ingredients—sans parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, formaldehyde, sulphates, GMOs, silicone and artificial colors. So once you’ve got those nails painted and dried pretty, rub on their “A Show of Hands” hand repair cream and “Hey Cutie” cuticle treatment oil. Coming clean never felt, or looked, so good. 

Photo courtesy of PAINT Nail Bar

Learn more about PAINT's product offerings and services here

[Children First]  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.” 

To learn more about employment opportunities at Children First, visit childrenfirst.net/employment

Photo courtesy of Children First

[Tech]  Rumble Announces New U.S. Headquarters in Sarasota County

Rumble is excited to announce that it has signed a lease for property in Longboat Key, FL and estimates it will invest upwards of $50 million in the state over the next several years. Rumble is one of the most respected independent and privately-owned companies in the online video-sharing platform industry and has more than of 40 million monthly average users as of August this year. Moving to Sarasota County provides exactly the right environment for Rumble to continue building its international brand as an innovative company focused on providing cutting-edge technology for its users and content creators.  

"Moving to Longboat Key is a win-win for Rumble and the Sarasota community," said Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski. "Sarasota County is growing rapidly, and we are excited to be part of the growth. We plan to fill 20-25 new positions in Florida immediately for our U.S. headquarters, with many more planned for the future. This move positions us to continue providing a platform to content creators without the threats from big tech monopolies. We are excited to invest in Florida in the coming years while we continue to grow Rumble.” 

State officials, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, have acknowledged the importance of the platform by joining Rumble, and are enthusiastic about Rumble's move to the Sarasota area. Florida has one of the best business climates in the nation and a growing talent pool. It is no surprise that the state has quickly become a destination for vibrant corporations. “We are thrilled to welcome Rumble to Florida, and we support its mission to promote free expression and stand up to Big Tech censorship,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Over the past year, we have seen businesses flock to Florida from across the country because, as long as I am Governor, our state will be free and built for opportunity. We wish Rumble all the best in their endeavors in Florida, and we look forward to watching their success.”

Rumble's discussions with local officials and stakeholders led the company to choose Sarasota County because of the area's friendly business climate; its proximity to Tampa, one of the fastest-growing tech cities in America; and the potential for further development. The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and Enterprise Florida both played a key role in bringing Rumble to Sarasota.  

Rumble is hiring. Send your cover letter and resume to jobs@rumble.com 

[Acquisition]  MarineMax Completes the Acquisition of Intrepid Powerboats

MarineMax, Inc., the world’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Intrepid Powerboats (Intrepid), a premier manufacturer of powerboats. Intrepid Powerboats is recognized as a world class producer of customized boats, carefully reflecting the unique desires of each individual owner. Intrepid follows a direct-to-consumer distribution model and has received many awards and accolades for its innovations and high-quality craftsmanship that create industry leading products in their categories. Intrepid produced revenue in excess of $60 million during the last 12 months. MarineMax is the world’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer, selling new and used recreational boats, yachts and related marine products and services, as well as providing yacht brokerage and charter services. MarineMax has over 100 locations and dealerships worldwide—including Sarasota. 

For more information click here

[Restoration]  The Ringling Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Restore the Ca'd'Zan's Organ

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art announced they have been selected as the recipient of a $1,500,000 grant from the Wyncote Foundation, at the recommendation of Frederick R. Haas and Rafael Gomez. The grant will be used for the restoration of the Ringling’s Aeolian Organ Opus 1559 (1924). The Aeolian organ, prominently displayed in the grand court of the Ca’d’Zan mansion, was used by John and Mable Ringling to provide background music during their intimate dinner parties. Mable Ringling was famous for her large garden parties and musicales featuring guest artists who came from New York, Boston and Tampa to play the organ. 

“The pipe organ is an important cultural icon and served as the heart of the Ca’d’Zan” said Steven High, The Ringling’s Executive Director,” After restoration, it will provide a significant addition to the visitor’s experience, creating an auditory component to complement the visual experience. We are grateful to the Wyncote Foundation for their generous grant and look forward to once again filling this incredible space with music.”

The Ringling has been fundraising for this project over the last several years, raising nearly $245,000 from generous local donors. These gifts will be combined with the grant to move forward on the much-anticipated restoration of the organ. Parsons Pipe Organ Builders of Canandaigua, NY has been selected to perform the restoration work. Parsons has specific expertise in the restoration of historic residential organs. Parsons Organ maintains the organs of the Eastman School of Music and recently installed the organ in the George Eastman House Museum. The Ringling work is expected to take over two years and the Ringling’s organ will be shipped to New York for the majority of the restoration.  

Photo courtesy of The Ringling

[Holiday Donations]  All Faiths Food Bank to Distribute Thousands of Turkeys

For 16 years now, All Faiths Food Bank has worked to brighten the holidays for those who are struggling to put food on the table. For Sarasota and DeSoto County residents and those who are already clients of the food bank, All Faiths will offer numerous distributions in an effort to take empty plates and turn them into “ThankFULL tummies and hearts” this holiday season. Funds from the ongoing “ThankFULL” campaign will enable All Faiths to distribute more than 12,500 turkeys and sides – the largest number ever – in advance of Thanksgiving this year. With the financial impacts of the pandemic continuing, too many community members who were already at risk are struggling to put food on the table. To help All Faiths respond to the need, The Bay Park Conservancy and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will, once again, host the kick-off for this year’s turkey distribution effort.

On November 6, frozen turkeys and side dishes will be distributed at Van Wezel starting at 9:00am and continuing as long as supplies last. Another distribution in central Sarasota will be held at Ed Smith Stadium on November 18, 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Over the next several weeks, additional turkey distributions will take place through All Faiths’ partner agencies, including school pantries, youth-serving nonprofits, and mobile pantry sites. Proof of Sarasota or DeSoto County residency is required.  The funds for the turkey distributions are being raised through generous gifts to the ThankFULL campaign as well as through the generous support of the Kathleen K. Catlin Foundation of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, which contributed $50,000. The goal of the ThankFULL campaign is to raise enough money to provide 3.2 million meals through the end of the year for families who are facing hunger.  

Pictured: AFFB board member Terri Vitale (left) and volunteer Lorraine Vitale helped distribute turkeys at Van Wezel in 2020.

To donate or learn more, click here



[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Children's Cancer Center: 8th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes , November 4, 7pm-10pm

The event will include the sip, stop and shop marketplace filled with wine tastings from vintners around the world and shopping from exclusive vendors on November 4 from 7pm to 10pm at Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave. in Tampa. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, chances to win a closet filled with $30,000 of coveted items, bid on exciting silent auction packages and more. The second portion of our evening will entail a high end fashion show along with a live auction and entertainment. Since the inception, this event has collectively raised over one million dollars for the immediate needs of children and families battling childhood cancer. Don’t miss out on Tampa Bay’s event of the year. All guests will enjoy complimentary wine and champagne. Passed Hors d’oeuvres will be present during pre show along with our fabulous food vendors with tastings from some of the best Tampa restaurants. It is suggested to eat a heavier meal before attending. A suit is the easiest option for men heading to a fashion show. Mix things up if you prefer a more striking look. Instead of your usual tie, leave the top few buttons on your dress shirt undone and add a plaid scarf. Most women wear a cocktail dress or an outfit for a girls night on the town. Women typically wear with their most extravagant pair of heels to contend in the Best in Shoe competition.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: New College of Florida: 42nd Scholarship Clambake , November 4, 6pm

New College of Florida will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of its annual Scholarship Clambake, hosted by the New College Foundation, on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 6pm. Featuring cocktails at sunset, New England fare and a live auction, Clambake has been one of Sarasota’s most popular philanthropic events for more than four decades. The event will take place on the New College bayfront beside College Hall, 5800 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota. All ticket proceeds benefit student scholarships. Tickets start at $250, and sponsorships are available. For more information, please call 941-487-4800.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: The Next Horizon: The Latest from Playwright Bess Wohl , November 4, 5:30pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat presents a conversation on the beach with 2020 Tony Award-nominated playwright and 2021 Hermitage Fellow Bess Wohl. “The Next Horizon: The Latest from Playwright Bess Wohl” is Thursday, November 4, 5:30pm, live on the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road. This event will also be available via livestream. This outdoor Hermitage event is presented in partnership with the Asolo Rep, which will host the regional premiere of Wohl’s play Grand Horizons starting in January of 2022.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Princeton Street Arts: 2021 Fall Art Walk , November 5, 6pm-8pm

Princeton Street Arts 2021 Fall Art Walk will take place on November 5 from 6pm to 8pm. Join us for our Monthly art walk. Visit the working studios of artists in the Princeton Street corridor. Explore this blossoming arts community in the heart of Sarasota. The Princeton street corridor is a growing community of warehouses converted to working art studios. Anchored by the SPAACES Gallery, this little neighborhood has evolved into a premier location for contemporary and conceptual artists. This event features open studios of 12 Princeton Street artists as well as an exhibition at the SPAACES Gallery featuring the work of Diana de Avila, Julie Kanapaux, and Jessica Mowery.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center: Grant Peeples , November 5, 8pm

A self-described “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR, and Buddhist with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads. He is the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” and their “unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” Grant tours coast to coast, and has been a regular performer at The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the 30A Songwriters Festival, and The Florida, Folk Festival. Grant Peeples will perform on Friday, November 5 at 8pm at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Fresh Fridays Best Night Ever Kick-Off Event , November 5, 8pm-11pm

The Fresh Fridays team announces the final programming for its kick-off event, “Best Night Ever.” The first of downtown Sarasota’s elevated first-Friday events initiative seeks to offer residents and visitors dynamic opportunities to engage with the city’s diverse food, music, and cultural assets, reactivating downtown Sarasota as a hub for nightlife, entertainment and recreation. From 8-11pm on Friday, November 5, Lemon Avenue and State Street will be closed to vehicles for the pedestrian-only event. Free food tastings will be provided throughout the event zone courtesy of Cask & Ale, Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi, Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood., and Serenity Wellness & Smoothie Café. Guests can also purchase their favorite refreshments from participating restaurants within the event zone. Several live music options will also be spread throughout the two-block event zone that cater to a wide variety of preferences, including a jazz guitar duo, a Country cover band, and a DJ spinning contemporary and classic hits. The vibrant block party will be glowing in a dazzling digital light display, making this a comprehensive event for the senses. The first 500 guests will receive a Fresh Fridays cup to go along with other party favors, and guests are encouraged to utilize the Fresh Fridays step-and-repeat photo set up to get their photos taken. This 100% free event is an easy walk from just about any parking spot in the Downtown Improvement District including the State Street garage, where the first two hours of parking are free. Easily accessible and broadly inclusive of tastes, guests may enter the event from either end of State Street (including The Mark’s breezeway) and from Lemon Avenue at Main Street or Pineapple Avenue. Please refer to the included map. 

[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.

[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]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture , October 31 – January 23, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to welcome Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture. The exhibition will run Oct. 31, 2021 – Jan. 23, 2022, in the museum’s Searing Wing. Since Neolithic times, craftspeople across East Asia have used the sap of the lacquer tree (Toxicodendron vernicifluum) to coat and bond together wood, bamboo, textiles, and ceramics to make articles for daily and ritual use. The natural polymer refined from the sap forms a durable, waterproof surface that protects and beautifies. Lacquerware was — and continues to be — prized for its luster, which artists learned to accentuate over the centuries with inlaid gold, silver, mother-of-pearl and other precious materials. However, lacquer is not an easy material to work with. Years of technical training are necessary to master the medium. Nonetheless, lacquer continues to attract young artists who are undeterred by these rigors and continue to expand its’ possibilities. Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture will present over 30 works by 16 artists. Hard Bodies is the first — and to date, only — survey exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture in the United States. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Medieval Fair , November 6 – November 28, 10am-5:30pm

The Sarasota Medieval Fair is Back - NEW LOCATION: Woods of Mallaranny. Welcome one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the Sarasota Medieval Fair. We are so proud to announce the triumphant return of the renowned 17th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. The fair will be November 6th-28th, running every weekend on Saturday and Sunday at our much anticipated and beautiful NEW LOCATION, Woods of Mallaranny. Visit us each weekend as each weekend features a full new line-up of different nationally renowned acts! Plus, don't miss our returning favorites such as the Washing Well Wenches, the Human Combat Chess Match, and full-armored full-contact jousting tournaments held twice daily. Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Plus, join in on the fun with this years Scottish scenario, the Battle of Falkirk, 1298 AD. We encourage all to interact with our cast of characters, ask questions, and participate in the grandeur of color, sound, taste, and festivities. Come one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the Sarasota Medieval Fair. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 1st Annual Bradenton Riverwalk Arts & Crafts Festival , November 6 – November 7, 10am-5pm

A new tradition starts in Bradenton with the 1st Annual Bradenton Riverwalk Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7 from 10am to 5pm 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.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: LeMarche Parisian Marketplace , November 6, 10am-5pm

Experience LeMarche Bohemien Parisian-Inspired Outdoor Marketplace – Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10am to 5pm downtown Sarasota in Five Points Park. Admission is free. Discover an array of one-of-a-kind pieces created by some of the region's most talented artisans featuring Parisian vocalist, Michelet Innocent. The marketplace is a vintage collector's paradise, with wearable clothing and accessories that feature vintage photographs and re-purposing vintage apparel. Other artists will showcase re-purpose furniture and home accessories using chalk paint and stencils in intricate designs. From wall hangings crafted from stained glass and natural elements to sculpted work and intricate jewelry created from antique buttons, sterling silver and semi-precious stones, and MORE.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Satchel's Last Resort 10th Annual Pars 4 Paws Golf Tournament , November 6, 8:30am

If you love animals, love golf and would love to play at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s gorgeous Links on Longboat Key Course, please join us for a great morning of golf followed by a delicious cookout lunch at 8:30am on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Love Satchel’s and our no-kill mission but not a golfer? Join us for our gourmet Cookout Buffet Lunch to be served when the golfers head back (likely starting around 11:30). We’re hoping for a beautiful fall day where you can sit back and relax while enjoying a delicious cookout lunch under the oaks at the Longboat Key Club. Raffle tickets for a chance at 1 of 3 baskets containing $100 in lottery tickets will be available and pics of our beautiful dogs and cats looking for their forever homes will be on the tables promoting Satchel’s Be Our Hero sponsorship program.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast: Annual Giving Tree Toy Drive , November 8 – December 3

Fifth Third Bank is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for its annual Giving Tree Toy Drive campaign. The Giving Tree Toy Drive program will begin on November 8, 2021 and end on December 3, 2021. Each Fifth Third financial center will host a “Giving Tree” decorated with gift tags with specific information that pertains to the need of a child in the community. We encourage you to visit any local Fifth Third Bank financial center in South Florida during the month of November to pick up your gift tag. Your donation of a gift or gift card will help make a difference and ensure a brighter holiday season for the underserved youth in our community. All donations can be dropped off at any local Fifth Third Bank in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Broward and Palm Beach. To find the nearest location, visit 53.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota Tours: Sarasota's Leading Ladies , November 10 – May 18

A city tour led by one of Sarasota’s Founding Women: Rose Wilson, Mable Ringling, Marie Selby, and Bertha Palmer, as portrayed by actress and guide Kathryn Chesley. History comes to life on this Sarasota City Tour led by Rose Wilson, Mable Ringling, Marie Selby, or Bertha Palmer, as portrayed by actress and guide Kathryn Chesley. Each week’s 90-minute tour features a different leading founder and focuses on her contributions to Sarasota. Tour ticket includes FREE Parking.

[SOON]  FILM: WSLR + Fogartyville: Duty Free , November 7 – November 10, 7pm

Duty Free will have an in-person screening and local panel discussion on Tuesday, November 9, 7pm and a FREE Virtual Screening November 7 – November 10. Rebecca worked every day of her life as a hotel housekeeper to give her two sons, Sian-Pierre and Gabriel, every opportunity life could afford. When it was time for Sian-Pierre to go to college, she even cashed out her 401K to give him the best education possible. But when she was suddenly fired from her job at 75, Rebecca was left with nothing: no savings, no safety net, and no future job prospects. Now, Sian-Pierre is giving her back the life she sacrificed, and helping her to reclaim her future, one bucket-list adventure at a time. Ageism and Financial Insecurity in America are pervasive. Older folks are invisible in their communities, workplaces, and, sometimes, within their own families. An estimated 25 million won’t have enough money to get through retirement age. Duty Free examines ageism, the care crisis, and economic insecurity in America. Who will care for and support our moms and dads? Our grandmothers and our grandfathers? Who will support us as we age?

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: An Evening with Bruce Hornsby , November 11, 7pm

Bruce Hornsby, the creatively insatiable pianist and singer-songwriter from Williamsburg, Virginia, always has succeeded on his exceptional gifts, his training and his work ethic. He has collaborated with Ricky Skaggs and the Grateful Dead. He has scored films and performed with symphony orchestras. Hornsby describes his new album Absolute Zero as “a compendium of what I like and moves me.” Prepare for a multi-faceted ride on November 11, 2021 at 7pm.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

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