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SRQ DAILY Nov 22, 2021

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"No one knows better than our team that the virus can have a severe and often deadly impact on patients. "

- David Verinder, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

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[Health]  Sarasota Memorial to Require Vaccines For Workers
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is requiring its workforce to be fully vaccinated. Under the new policy, all workers, medical staff and volunteers must have been administered a full dosage of vaccine by Jan. 4, whether that’s the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The decision comes despite Florida just passing a law in special session that prohibits vaccine mandates. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the legislation in Brandon on Friday, but a federal executive order by President Joe Biden impacting all health care institutions remains in effect. Hospital officials said they can’t wait for legal challenges to resolve and risk coverage health care participation.

“We are aware the federal mandate is facing several legal challenges, and the Florida Legislature has passed laws this week to counter the requirements. We are following these actions closely,” wrote David Verinder, Sarasota Memorial CEO, in a staff memo. “But we must start implementing the federal mandate now to meet the required deadlines and ensure our continued participation in Medicare and Medicaid. The majority of our patients — 62% — depend on Medicare/Medicaid, so jeopardizing our participation in these programs would disrupt care for tens of thousands of community members.”

Hospital officials say 82% of its 7,800-person workforce has already been vaccinated. That’s higher than the population at large. Steve Huard, spokesman for the Sarasota County Department of Health, reported 310,362 Sarasota residents, 73%, have been vaccinated for COVID-19 as of Friday.

But the stats also show 18% of the hospital’s employees now face potential job loss if they don’t receive the vaccine or secure a medical or religious exemption. Notably, individuals who have developed natural immunity because they contracted and survived COVID-19 still face the federal mandate.

Even those who secure exemptions, under the current federal rules, must undergo testing twice a week at external facilities, and must also wear masks at work and follow a set of strict restrictions in dining areas in SMH facilities.

Verinder, for his part, stressed those working in the health care field should understand well the need to become vaccinated.

“Most importantly, I encourage staff to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their family, patients and colleagues,” he wrote. “At this point, more than 7.5 billion COVID vaccine shots have been given around the world, including about 445 million in the U.S. There is overwhelming evidence the vaccine is very safe and effective.

“During the recent surge, 86% of COVID patients hospitalized at SMH from mid-July through September were unvaccinated. No one knows better than our team that the virus can have a severe and often deadly impact on patients. We support efforts that will prevent future hospitalizations and deaths, and ease the enormous strain on the health system and staff. And we are incredibly grateful to the thousands of staff who have already gotten vaccinated.” 

[Economic Stability]  Step Up Suncoast Awarded $50,000 from Bank of America to Support Economic Mobility Efforts

Step Up Suncoast has been named the region’s 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Champion for its work in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Sarasota and Manatee counties to empower individuals and families to achieve long-term economic stability through education, support services and community partnerships.

The organization will receive $50,000 in grant support from the bank to expand its Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program through intentional outreach with Manatee County Title I Schools. The FSS program financially supports individuals seeking a college or technical degree that will provide them a living wage job upon graduation.

As Neighborhood Champion, Step Up Suncoast will participate in virtual leadership training delivered by experts in the nonprofit sector on topics like human capital management, increasing financial sustainability and storytelling.  

“Given the recent labor shortages driven by the pandemic, local businesses are facing challenges as they look to meet rising customer demand, and nonprofits like Step Up Suncoast are working to further the development of a skilled labor force by offering career advancement opportunities and post-secondary education,” said Mike McCoy, president, Bank of America Sarasota-Manatee. “For years, we have supported Step Up Suncoast’s goal to help individuals chart a path toward financial stability. Programs like Neighborhood Champions helps these organizations grow sustainably and strategically for lasting change in the community.”

Alongside Sarasota-Manatee, the bank will bring the Neighborhood Champions program to over 42 additional communities across the U.S. this fall as part of its commitment to investing in the long-term health of communities. The program is invitation-only for nonprofits who are poised to take their work to the next level. Leading members of the community participated in a collaborative selection process to identify this year’s awardee. 

[Holiday Baskets]  Child Protection Center Continues Turkey Day Tradition

The Child Protection Center (CPC) celebrated another yearly “Turkey Day” last week. The clients and families of the organization, who utilize the nonprofit’s child abuse services, pick up a food basket for Thanksgiving, provided by the Gulf Gate Rotary Club. In partnership with Publix at Sarasota Pavilion, the Gulf Gate Rotary Club has provided these baskets to the Child Protection Center for over 40 years. Each family receives a turkey and fixings for Thanksgiving dinner as well as food for a full week. Stan Beberman, the President of Gulf Gate Rotary, said, “This year and the foreseeable future remain challenging with the COVID pandemic and economic pressures creating heightened stress levels and resulting in significant needs for many families.” Despite the fundraising obstacles brought by the pandemic, the Rotary accomplished their goal of providing 80 baskets, which were then distributed to CPC client families.

Doug Staley, the Executive Director of CPC, stated that most of the nonprofit’s clients are on the “economic edge” with 74% living below the Federal Poverty Level. “The impact of these baskets for our clients is huge,” Doug said. “Children cannot heal and learn when they are hungry. These baskets do more than satisfy their hunger, it allows them to begin to heal as they work through their trauma.” After receiving their family’s basket, a client said, “From my heart, from my family, I want to say thank you for caring about strangers, because the impact is huge.” 

Photo courtesy of CPC

[Grant Applications]  Apply for Selby Foundation Spring Grants Starting December 1

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Spring 2022 Grants Cycle opens on December 1 and will close at 3:59 p.m. on February 1. The Grant Portal will be open during that period for area not-for-profit organizations to create an account and access existing accounts as they begin the application process. The Selby Foundation board meets in April to review grant applications and award grants. The Foundation specializes in supporting local area not-for-profits with capital grants which support construction, acquisition and/or renovation of facilities as well as the purchase of equipment or software. Grants requests may also include the costs of related technical services like legal, architectural and engineering. Not-for-profit organizations are required to be primarily located in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee or Sarasota Counties. The Selby Foundation is a private foundation founded by William G. and Marie Selby in 1955. The Foundation supports Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties through capital grants and scholarships. Since its establishment, the Selby Foundation has provided more than $120 million to the community.

For additional information regarding the grant process, please visit selbyfdn.org. 

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[Nature]  Conservation Foundation to Host Two Nature Explorers Events in December

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is delighted to present two Nature Explorers events in December. Children ages five to ten are invited to take part in Audubon’s fun annual Christmas Bird Count. The two Saturday events will take place from 9:00 am to 11:00 am with one in Sarasota County on December 11 at the Celery Fields located at 6893 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, 34240 and one in Manatee County on December 18 at Felts Audubon Preserve located at 4600 24th Ave E, Palmetto, 34221.

Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count occurs each year from December 14 to January 5. Conservation Foundation is excited to introduce children to this engaging citizen science tradition. Participants will learn more about the habitats our local lands provide to various bird species, then use their powers of observation to help scientists across the country understand the migratory patterns of different birds. “Our Nature Explorers program furthers our commitment to youth education and community engagement,” says Christine P. Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation. “We hope our Nature Explorers’ events connect more kids to nature and create memorable experiences that lead to a lifelong love of the great outdoors.”

Both events are free and open to the public though space is limited and registration is required. Capacity is limited to 20 children per event and all children must have a parent or guardian present. To register, visit conservationfoundation.com/events 

Photo of Indigo Bunting at Felts Audubon by Bill Johnson

[Local Gift]  The ABC's of Siesta Key Book Now Available

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce announced that “The ABC’s of Siesta Key” book is now available for purchase. Books are $15 each and available at the Siesta Key Chamber office, 5114 Ocean Boulevard; Siesta Key, Beach Bazaar, 5211 Ocean Boulevard, Siesta Key; Captain Curt’s Gift Shop, 1200 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key, and online at www.siestakeychamber.com.  If ordered online there is an $11 shipping and handling fee per order.  Additional sales venues may be added at a later date.

“The book was created in partnership with local artist, “Siesta Shawn” Shawn McLoughlin, who passed away September 12, 2021, just prior to the book going to print. Shawn was very proud of this project and referred to it as his legacy.  With the help and permission of his family, the book was finalized per his wishes.  The book is 32 pages, cover to cover, featuring original artwork, illustrations, and content specific to Siesta Key.” said Ann Frescura, Chamber Executive Director

The ABC’s of Siesta Key is a wonderful gift and keepsake item for locals and tourists alike. For more information contact Ann Frescura, at ann@siestakeychamber.com or 941-349-3800. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Ringling: Bayfront Garden Tours , November 1 – March 28, 10:30am

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce that they are once again offering guided tours of the Bayfront Gardens. The tours will start Nov. 1 and run through March 28, 2022. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, beginning at 10:30am. This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce guests to interesting botanical specimens on the 66-acre campus while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling’s grounds have been accredited as a Level II Arboretum through ArbNet.  The property boasts over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical and culturally significant trees. The Bayfront Gardens tours last approximately 90 minutes and cover about 1 mile in distance. Guests are encouraged to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate closed-toe footwear, sunblock and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Tickets will be available 30 days before each tour. Price: $15 / $10 for Members. More information and tickets are available at: https://www.ringling.org/events/bayfront-garden-tour. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: Oscar Scherer State Park , November 4 – April 7, 8:30am

Sarasota Audubon Society (SAS) Oscar Scherer State Park Walks will take place every Thursday, from November 4 through April 7. Meet 8:30am inside park at Lake Osprey Nature Center (fee). 1st, 2nd and 5th Thursdays led by Venice Audubon; 3rd & 4th Thursdays led by Peter Brown (508-241-5541).

[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]  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: Sarasota Art Museum: Fresh Perspective Lunch Series , November 16 – February 8, 11:30am

A new series focusing on topics like history and architecture, and how they relate to the museum. A catered, two-course lunch will follow. Fresh Perspective Lunch #1 on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 11:30am in Thomas McGuire Hall at Sarasota Art Museum, Featured Speaker to be announced soon. Fresh Perspective Lunch #2 on Tuesday, February 8, 2021 at 11:30am in Thomas McGuire Hall at Sarasota Art Museum, Featured Speaker to be announced soon. Individual Tickets: $125/person, Member Price: $75/person, Contact Laura Stuart Wood at lwood1@ringling.educreate new email or 941-309-4321.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Orchid Show Tripod Tuesdays , October 5 – November 23, 9am-10am

Selby is offering special early hours access to our Tropical Conservatory during the Annual Orchid Show. This special opportunity permits photographers with advance registration to use tripods to capture images of hundreds of rare orchids and other endangered tropical plants. Open to all ages/experience levels. Early registration is recommended, as space fills up fast. Drop-ins are encouraged, but are limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Drop-in fee is $20. Payments can be made with cash, cheque, or card. Orchid Show Tripod Tuesdays will take place on Tuesdays from 9am to 10am. Class fee per session: $20. Class Size: 20 Students.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Key Chorale: Sheer Grace , November 28, 4pm-6pm

Grace and beauty combine in an alluring program featuring Key Chorale and The Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company and Trainees on November 28 from 4pm to 6pm at Sarasota Opera House. The elegance and dreaminess of Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, and his setting from the beloved children’s book Good Night Moon, contrasts with the cinematic drama of Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul and John Rutter’s tuneful and brilliantly colorful Magnificat. Crystalline soprano Mary Wilson adds her soaring voice to a perfect afternoon of ethereal beauty.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Outdoor Theatre Workshop , November 27, 12pm-2pm

This Outdoor Theatre Workshop will take place in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime on Saturday, November 27 from 12pm to 2pm. Presented by actors from Dingbat Theatre Project. Pay what you want. Ages 8 to 108.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre: Beneva Fruitville's Thanksgiving Drag Queen Bingo , November 28, 8pm

Come and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with a night of laughter, performances and Bingo with these fabulous Drag Queens that we give so much thanks for. This special event will take place on November 28 at 8pm in The Green Room.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Cirque Dreams Holidaze , November 29, 7:30pm

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the stage in this dazzling family spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the family! As lights dim and music plays, a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters come to life presenting an elaborate wonderland, invoking the stories behind a child’s eye as they dream on the most magical of nights. Ballerinas, nutcrackers, snowmen, reindeer, ethereal aerialists, gingerbread people and colossal ornaments fly, juggle and stretch imaginations. This show will take place on Monday, November 29 at 7:30pm.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: City Christmas Tree Lighting , December 2, 6pm-8pm

Downtown Sarasota's Christmas Tree is the perfect backdrop for your holiday snapshot. The annual tree lighting event will take place Thursday, December 2nd from 6pm to 8pm in Selby Five Points Park, located across the street from the Selby Public Library. Holiday Performance by Ring Sarasota. Enjoy refreshments, music, and photos with Santa! The Christmas Tree will be lit at 7pm where photos can be taken.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bradenton Blues Fest 10 Year Anniversary , December 3 – December 5, 4pm-7:45pm, 11am-7:30pm, 11am-2pm

Realize Bradenton is thrilled to announce the all-star lineup for the 10th anniversary of the Bradenton Blues Festival. Friday, December 3, 2021 will feature Cece Teneal and Soul Kamotion, Johnny Rawls, and Doug MacLeod from 4pm to 7:45pm. Saturday, December 4, 2021 will feature Terrie Odabi, Jimmy Carpenter, James Armstrong, Dawn Tyler Watson, Bernard Allison and Bobby Rush from 11am to 7:30pm. Sunday, December 5, 2021 will feature Ariella from 11am to 2pm. The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend will take place December 3 - 5, 2021. The Friday and Saturday concerts will be held at LECOM Park and the Sunday Blues Brunch at Mattison's Riverwalk Grille. Tickets go on sale May 1, 2021. 

[SOON]  GALA: Florida Center for Early Childhood: Lighting the Way For A Brighter Tomorrow , December 3, 6:30pm

Join The Florida Center for Early Childhood for the 34th Annual Winter Gala, Lighting the Way For A Brighter Tomorrow. It will take place on Friday, December 3 at Michael's on East. In-person event at Michael's on East with virtual options. Silent Auction opens to the public on Black Friday, November 26. Celebrate luminaries. Recognize people who have been lights in your life and help local children and families with a $25 donation.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: En Plein Air Painting Class: November , November 1 – November 24, 10:30am-12:30pm

Similar to French Impressionists, students in this open-air painting course will learn techniques of art in nature and apply landscape and close-up painting skills to understand perspective. Students will learn an approach to rendering acrylics, how to mix and build layers of colors, various stroke techniques, and reference materials for clarity. Open to artists of all ages/experience levels. En Plein Air Painting Class will take place on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm on November 1 & 3, 8 & 10, 15 & 17, 22 & 24. Class Fee: Members $135/Non-members $150. Class Size: 9 Students. Instructor: Norma Albertha Winter.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions: War Paint: Profiles of Courage , November 1 – December 10, 10am-3pm

WAR PAINT: Profiles of Courage was created as a tribute to the bravery of veterans who have served and those currently serving our country. Ringling College of Art and Design students, faculty, and local artists will create portrait profiles of veterans in variety of mediums. The images tell stories from WW ll, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and current enlisted troops that will enrich the Ringling College community for years to come. This exhibition will be held from November 1 to December 10, 2021 at Ringling College’s newest gallery, Project Space 340, located in the Arcos Building at 340 Central Ave., in the heart of Sarasota’s historic Rosemary District. The exhibition, War Paint: Profiles of Courage, was organized by the Galleries of Ringling College and Matthew Troyer, president of the Ringling College Veteran’s Club. Matthew is a combat veteran, former combat photographer, and is currently majoring in Photography and Imaging. Admission is free and open to the public, Monday - Friday 10am-3pm.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Opera: Moonlight & Melodies Dinner Series , November 1 – February 21, 6pm

Moonlight & Melodies Dinner Series is a new dining experience for opera lovers. This year Sarasota Opera welcomes our community into the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard for an immersive themed dinner series that highlights composers from the season. As we come together to share our awe for the exquisite art these composers created, enjoy curated cocktails and food prepared by the best of Sarasota’s chefs in a setting that will transport you to a different location each evening. Make your reservations now so you won’t miss out on this exciting and new event. Moonlight & Melodies Dinner #1 will take place on Monday, November 1 at 6pm and Moonlight & Melodies Dinner #2 will take place on Monday, February 21 at 6pm.

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