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SRQ DAILY Nov 24, 2021

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"The program heightened my awareness on the global health crisis related to brain illness and taught me that brain health is more than just being free of disease; brain health is an integral part to our overall well-being."

- Brain Health Scholar student

[Health + Wellness]  Brain Health Scholars Program Paves the Way for Young, Healthy Minds
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Continuing to pave the way for brain healthy communities is Lakewood Ranch's Brain Health Initative (BHI). With mental wellness at its core, BHI has garnered local and national recognition for its research and promotion of developing brain healthy communities. In a collaborative effort with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), BHI launched a new Pilot program known as Brain Health Scholars, which includes student leaders from Sarasota County Schools, School District of Manatee County, as well as schools across the state and country. The Pilot program is the first step in a long-term strategic plan to provide positive impact to brain and mental health for the region at large, as well as support Lifesciences, student leaders, and the additional communities and college/university systems where chapter programs will be established over the years. 

"Scholars are informed about basic brain health science, participate in aspects of research, and acquire the skills to translate that science into usable knowledge and action," says Dr. Stephanie Peabody, PSYD, HSPP, neuropsychologist and executive director of BHI. 

“The program heightened my awareness on the global health crisis related to brain illness and taught me that brain health is more than just being free of disease; brain health is an integral part to our overall well-being,” said one of the inaugrial students of the 2021 Scholars.

Strategically planned to personally support these youth thought leaders, and those they interact with through the stressful period of adolescent and young adult development, BHS aims to normalize and destigmatize their lived brain health and illness experiences and to share the science of brain health and performance. “Being a Scholar has enhanced my ability to work in teams, discuss sensitive issues among others, collect data as a researcher and conduct surveys for those in my community," said another student. "Through this program I have learned more about myself with respect to my own personal mental health, and the various perspectives of those around me.”

Further, BHS is designed to give students a leg up in the college and scholarship application process. Peabody goes on to say, the progam ultimately hopes to inspire these Scholars to continue to pursue future careers in Health Science such as clinicians, scholars, advocates, innovators, educators or in other related capacities. "We have had many requests to expand this program and to create Brain Health Scholar chapters in other cities," she says, "and to create partnership with multiple esteemed college and universities which will serve as great paths for the students entering and developing Life Science careers."

In addition, the Scholars learn how to translate the science into action to impact themselves and those they care about. "And our plan has worked," says Peabody. "Many Scholars from the Pilot not only integrated the science into their own lifestyle but influenced the thoughts and behaviors of their peers and family members related to protecting their own brain health, and preventing and fighting brain illness."

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation is the main sponsor of the Brain Health Scholar Program.


Learn more about BHI's Brain Health Scholars here

[Volunteering]  Bradenton Kiwanis Offers Several Community Service Opportunities in December

As the holiday season fast approaches, the Bradenton Kiwanis Club has organized several opportunities for both club members and the public to get involved in the community. 

For one, you may get involved with Salvation Army Bell Ringing, where each year, members of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club help support the Salvation Army by ringing the bell outside the Westgate Plaza Publix on Manatee Avenue. Those who volunteer for this service always have a great time sharing the holiday spirit with one another and with customers patronizing the store. Opportunities to get involved will take place on Friday, December 10, and Saturday, December 11. Both days are broken into four 2-hour shifts. In addition, there is Wreaths Across America, which seeks to pay honor to those veterans who are no longer with us. The opportunity to lay wreaths at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton will take place on Saturday, December 18. And lastly, the Boys & Girls Club of Manatee Christmas Tree Sales, which has been a Bradenton Kiwanis Club tradition for many years in helping the nonprofit with their Christmas tree sales. The lot is located on Manatee Avenue between Westgate Shopping Center and Jessie P. Miller Elementary School. Volunteer opportunities are available on Saturday, November 27.

Community members who are interested in volunteering or who would like to learn more about the club are invited to contact Sharon Barhorst at sharonb.bradentonkiwanis@gmail.com 

Photo courtesy of the organization

[Grant Awarded]  The Ringling Receives Grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce that they have received a Strategic Partnership Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The generous gift of $42,500 will provide support for three important programs at The Ringling: the Community Gallery, an upcoming photography exhibition and community outreach related to the Art of Performance program. The Ringling’s Community Gallery is a public exhibition space that is located on the ground floor of the museum’s Center for Asian Art. The gallery features rotating exhibitions, highlighting the works of local groups ranging from the Sarasota County Medical Society to our youngest artists who have created works at home with their parents. Admission to the gallery is always free. The gallery was originally created with the support of the Community Foundation. The next exhibition in the Gallery that opens Nov. 30 is From Legend to History: Archaeology of the Underground Railroad in Our Backyard, which showcases New College professor Uzi Baram’s archaeological work on the community of Angola in Bradenton. 

In May 2022, The Ringling will present an exhibition in the Searing Wing of the Museum of Art displaying photographic works that were generously gifted to the museum by Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan. The Community Foundation is the supporting sponsor for the exhibition. Community outreach is an important aspect of the museum’s strategic plan. The Art of Performance program works with local schools to provide a rich and diverse array of opportunities for local students and nonprofit organizations to engage with the arts and the international artists that perform in this series. 

To learn more, visit here

[Virtual Discussion]  MCF Hosts 'Site Visits That Engage Donors- Tips & Tricks From the Field' for Nonprofits

On Tuesday, November 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Manatee Community Foundation is hosting a virtual conversation to help nonprofits host more effective site visits. Bringing people face-to-face to see programs in action, take a virtual tour, or visit the "room where it happens" is an important way to engage and steward donors, funders and investors. In this fast-moving conversation, organizations will learn ways to effectively conduct a site visit--and what to avoid--based on experiences over many years. Through interaction with others, participants will also hear their tips from the field and can share their own.

To register, email events@ManateeCF.org. 

[New Exhibition]  Go Inside the Making of 'Jurassic Park' During December's Think + Drink / Science

During December’s 'Think + Drink / Science', we’ll take you inside the making of the Jurassic Park film and other media celebrations of dinosaurs. Presented by “Dino” Don Lessem, “Jurassic Park: Fact or Fiction” is an audience-participation experience for all ages, featuring real fossils! Can we find dinosaur DNA? Bring dinosaurs back to life? Should we? How accurate are the movie depictions of dinosaurs? “Dino” Don Lessem, the dinosaur advisor on Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, is known worldwide for his dinosaur expertise. He has written more than 40 popular science books about dinosaurs, excavated and reconstructed skeletons of some of the largest dinosaurs that ever existed, and has a dinosaur — the Lessemsaurus, a sauropod — named for him. He also created the animals in The Bishop’s DinoVenture experience, which is open now through March 18. 

Hosted at The Bishop Museum of Science + Nature on December 8, 7:00pm. Cost: $5 for members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all others. 

For more information click here

[Music Event]  Dovydas Performs Two Nights at Fogartyville

Døvydas (formerly David Smash) is a Lithuanian-born musician, composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and YouTube sensation. Døvydas can take and make his own rendition on any song, and has achieved a worldwide fan base doing just that—streaming live to hundreds of thousands of viewers. Døvydas will perform live from the Fogartyville stage for two nights.  At 8pm on Friday, December 3 he will perform solo, looping and layering a backing track with a synthesizer and drum machine, then working magic with his guitar.  On Saturday, December 4, 8pm he will perform with a live band with Jack Berry on Bass and Jarred Johnson on drums. 

Tickets are $18 for WSLR+Fogartyville members and $20 for nonmembers.  

To purchase tickets click here

[New Leadership]  We Care Manatee Hires New Executive Director

We Care Manatee in Bradenton announces the hiring of Annie Breitinger as its new executive director. Annie brings seven years of experience with We Care, serving as a board member since 2014.  She previously worked as a health care attorney at the local law firm of Blalock Walters, P.A. We Care Manatee’s mission is to facilitate free medical care to uninsured, limited income residents of Manatee County.  

For more information click here

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County: 67th Annual Christmas Tree Lot , November 26 – December 25, Varies.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County will be hosting their 67th Annual Christmas Tree Lot at the Westgate Shopping Center (Publix), 3913 Manattee Ave. W. Bradenton beginning on Friday, November 26 from 9am to 7pm and will be open Saturday, November 27 from 9am to 7pm. It will be closed Mondays - Wednesdays, open Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 9am to 6pm and Sundays from 12pm to 7pm.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: St. Armands Circle: Holiday Soiree 2021 , November 27 – December 19, Varies.

St. Armands Circle has announced the event dates for its upcoming 2021 Holiday Soirée. Experience life on the circle and visit an assortment of some of the best merchants in the region. Holiday Soirée, a joint effort by the St. Armands Circle Association and St. Armands Business Improvement District, invites locals and tourists alike to immerse themselves and enjoy weekly events happening throughout the month of December. The Holiday Soirée will start Saturday, November 27. Is there a better place to spend the holiday season than on the Circle? Let it snow somewhere else. Come join an incredible series of holiday events presented by the St. Armands Circle Association. There will be six different events throughout the next month, the first starting on Saturday, November 27 as the circle kicks off the holiday season with the Let’s Go Shop Small event. Visitors can support local businesses on the Circle and get a head start on all their holiday shopping. The following week on Friday, December 3, features the Holiday Night of Lights. Beginning at 5:30pm, come enjoy the ceremonial tree lighting, sing along with carolers and witness Santa arrive on the Circle. Kids will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa from 6:30pm – 8pm. The final two weeks of the Holiday Soirée features two weekly events. Starting on Thursday, December 9 from 6pm to 9pm, enjoy the sweet sounds of the season by coming to Songs on the Circle. Stroll, shop and dine while you listen to this live music event. Then on Saturday, December 11, come see Porsches in the Park. Experience a day filled with beautiful automobiles and perfect weather. St. Armands Circle Association finishes its Holiday Soirée with its final two events on the week before Christmas. Ladies Night, which will be held on Thursday, December 16 from 6pm to 8:30pm, includes promotions from participating merchants for ladies. Shop and dine out on the Circle with a festive atmosphere that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. The final event will conclude on Sunday, December 19. From 11am to 1pm, the Circle encourages you to enjoy a special holiday-themed mid-day soirée at its St. Armands Family Day.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Venice Holiday Parade , November 27, 6:30pm

The Venice Holiday Parade returns to downtown Venice this year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. The parade officially begins at 6:30pm at the corner of Park Blvd. and W. Venice Ave (south side). It will proceed on the north side of W. Venice Ave. after crossing over Harbor Drive. From there, it will make a turn on Nokomis Avenue and go all the way down to Turin Street, where it turns right, ultimately making its way to the Venice Community Center, where the parade ends. For parade viewers wishing to be more socially distanced along the route, we encourage you to watch the parade from Nokomis Avenue. Masks are encouraged in crowded areas where social distancing is a challenge. The 2021 Holiday Parade will most likely be smaller this year, but traditionally exciting. For more information, please visit the parade website at veniceholidayparade.com or call 941-488-8780.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Small Business Saturday , November 27, 10am-3pm

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime's Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, November 27 from 10am to 3pm. This event will feature deals throughout the Bazaar plus outdoor theatre workshop and live music.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Temple Sinai: Hands on Hanukkah , November 28 – December 5, 4pm-7:15pm

HANDS ON HANUKKAH is a Community Event taking place at the UTC Mall during the 8 days of Hanukkah. The family-friendly events feature arts & crafts, raffles & giveaways, food & photos, storytelling, live musical performances and end with lighting the hanukkiah. All events start at 4pm and end at 7:15pm. HANDS ON HANUKKAH runs Sunday, Nov. 28th - Sunday, Dec. 5th and is produced by Temple Sinai Sarasota.  

[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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: "BIRKING" Biking & Birding at the Celery Fields , November 17 – November 24, 8am-10am

“Birking” at the Celery Fields will take place every week on Wednesday, repeating until November 24, 2021 from 8am to 10am at the Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd. Birking (biking and birding) at the Celery Fields. Meet at the Nature Center. Bring your own bike and binoculars. We will bike about a 4-mile loop around the Celery Fields, stopping to bird along the way. Email Kathryn Young or phone (612-760-1771). 

[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.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes: Holiday Lights , December 1 – December 5, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 4pm

Take time to savor the holidays as Broadway conductor William Waldrop serves a program of seasonal favorites, including Winter Wonderland, Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, and Christmas at the Movies on Wednesday, December 1 at 5:30pm, Thursday, December 2 at 7:30pm, Friday, December 3 at 5:30pm, Saturday, December 4 at 8pm, and Sunday, December 5 at 4pm at Holley Hall.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Joyful! Joyful! , December 1 – December 30

During the holiday season, WBTT presents its Christmas card to the community, the world-premiere musical revue “Joyful! Joyful!” Enjoy high-spirited, uplifting songs of the season as only WBTT’s singers, dancers and musicians can perform them. A blend of new takes on traditional holiday tunes, gospel-infused classics and pop songs, the concert will include a twist on the carol “Joy to the World,” a version of “Carol of the Bells” that’s an homage to the O’Jays, and a lively gospel rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” to name a few. Some talented Stage of Discovery students will be featured; Jacobs will direct. Show runs from December 1 to 30, 2021. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[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]  HEALTH: Royal Glow Meditation Retreat , December 2 – December 5

Explore how you already have the power within to live a prosperous, healthy, peaceful, and happy life. The Royal Glow Meditation Retreat is a 4-day immersive deep-dive experience that teaches participants methods of self-transformation that are simple enough to start and practical enough to sustain from December 2-5. Hosted in tropical southwest Florida at The Westin, this retreat presents an extraordinary opportunity for you to detach from the ordinary pressures of daily responsibilities, routines, and environments that habitually create the reality you currently live in. Explore who you are beyond the identity that people in your life know you as, or the changing roles you play in the world, what you truly desire, and who you will become. Step into this unique space free from stimulating daily modern technologies and distractions so you can develop a deeper relationship with yourself. This space is intentionally cultivated for you to experience the infinite, Higher consciousness using your mind, your body, and your breath. In this safe container, you'll learn the tools and modalities to bring forth your deepest desires and Highest expression.

[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.

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