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SRQ DAILY May 3, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"At CAN Community Health we strive to remove barriers to care and provide the best health services to those living with and affected by HIV, STDs, and Viral Hepatitis. It is truly great to be a Florida Gator."

- Dr. Rishi Patel, CAN President and CEO.

[The Dish]  Tap into Summer with a Watermelon Lemonade
Abby Weingarten. Abby@srqme.com

Downtowners have been lining up along Sarasota’s South Pineapple Avenue since April 16 for a sip of Summer Tap Juice Bar’s fresh libations.

Owner/chef Galina N. is churning out cooling blends like the Watermelon Lemonade with watermelon, lemon, strawberries and lemon zest. The sugary, tangy signature drink—stunningly presented with a strawberry and lemon slice—is as summer-perfect as it gets. And Galina N. is thrilled to be showcasing such creative concoctions.

“My family and I have lived in Sarasota area for almost 19 years, and we’re absolutely in love with watching the city grow and expand,” says Galina N., who sources her produce from Florida farms. “We wanted to offer fresh-squeezed juice in downtown Sarasota that you can drink right away.”

That they did. Every ingredient that goes into Summer Tap’s juices (for $9.99) and smoothies (for $7.99) is made from fruits and vegetables (there are no mixers, additives or powders). To sweeten up the drinks, Galina N. incorporates agave nectar, Florida orange juice or natural apple juice.

Bite-wise, Galina N.’s sweet and savory toasts (like Banana Nutella Toast with honey and mint; or Avocado and Tomato Toast with chickpeas and basil) are made with vegetarian bread from a local bakery. She also serves acai bowls and loose-leaf teas from across the globe.

The Refreshing Green smoothie is a fan fave, with its spinach, pineapple, mango, banana, agave and orange juice. And, when the crop is ideal, try a Seasonal Starfruit drink with pear, pineapple, orange and starfruit juices. Stake out your spot at Summer Tap and sip up.

Summer Tap Juice Bar, 411 South Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-993-1449. instagram.com/summertapjuicebar. 

Pictured: The Watermelon Lemonade at the newly-opened Summer Tap Juice Bar in downtown Sarasota is a fresh blend of watermelon, lemon and strawberries. Photo courtesy of Summer Tap.

[Recognition Given]  CAN Community Health Recognized as a Gator100 Organization

CAN Community Health (CAN) was named to the University of Florida’s 2022 Gator100 during an April 22 awards ceremonytodayin the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the UF campus. Presented bythe University ofFlorida Alumni Association, the Gator100 recognizes the world’s fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni. Ernst & Young, independent accounting firm of the Gator100 since the program began in 2015,verifies financial information submitted by each company and calculates the rankings based on compound annual growth rate over the past three years. CAN President and CEO Dr. Rishi Patel began his academic career at the University of Florida, earning a bachelor’s degree in microbiologyin 1996. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a doctorate of pharmacyfrom Nova Southeastern University.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized alongside other incredible organizations that represent the values of the University of Florida. At CAN Community Health we strive to remove barriers to care and provide the best health services to those living with and affected by HIV, STD’s and Viral Hepatitis. It is truly great to be a Florida Gator,” Patel said. The 2022 Gator100 celebrated companies from more than 17 industries, with the top three representing construction and design, health, and consumer products and services. The Gator100 honor comes just a few months after CAN was selected as one of the “2022 Best Nonprofits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times, the leading national business publication for nonprofit managers. 

Pictured: Dr. Rishi Patel, CAN Community Health President & CEO.

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[Open Forum]  Community Listening Sessions

Drug Free Manatee held its first community listening session at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church last Thursday evening. Thad Jensen, Outreach Coordinator for Drug Free Manatee, moderated this open forum for members of Manatee County. These listening sessions are being held so the public has an opportunity to voice their concerns in an open forum, and to obtain resources and information pertaining to their needs.

Panelists, Tammy Collins-Kerr, Family and Friends Support Network; Tim Santamour, Florida Harm Reduction Collective; Luke Barnett, Suncoast Behavioral Health Center; Ken Brown, Florida Department of Children & Families Ann Swanson, Operation PAR and Andres Gonzalez, Centerstone, addressed concerns from members of Manatee County. Drug Free Manatee has two additional sessions: Wednesday, May 4th at the Palmetto Youth Center and Thursday, May 19th at the Oneco United Methodist Church - both begin at 6 pm. 

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[Live Music]  Save the Dates: Friday Fest Returns to the Van Wezel

Friday Fest, the free, outdoor summertime concert series at The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall returns this year with an exciting lineup of bands who will bring the audience to their feet! The events run from 5-9 p.m. and are located on the lawn of the Van Wezel. Opening the Friday Fest series on June 17 is Yesterdayze. The fun continues with Kettle of Fish on July 15. Enjoy the beats of Latin, R&B and island dance music when Big Night Out takes the stage on August 12. Closing out the concert series on September 16 will be reggae band Jah Movement.

Bring blankets or lawn chairs, take in the music and the sunset, and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. Friday Fest takes place in “rain or shine”. In the event of inclement weather, the festival will move indoors to our grand foyer or main stage of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Bringing in food, beverages and coolers from outside Friday Fest is prohibited.  

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[Recognition Given]  FST Announces 2022 WRITE A PLAY Educator of the Year

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to announce the WRITE A PLAY Educator of the Year for the 2021-2022 academic year: Ricardo Robinson-Shinall. As the Fine Arts Department Chair at Braden River High School, Robinson-Shinall teaches theatre and dance and has been integral to the theatre program’s expansion and excellent standing in the community. Robinson-Shinall will be recognized for his dedication to inspiring his students through the art of playwriting during an awards ceremony on Saturday, May 14: FST’s Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) Day. An annual celebration of children’s imagination and creativity, YPF Day marks the culmination of FST’s WRITE A PLAY program—an arts-in-education initiative giving students the example, inspiration, and tools to write their own plays. More information about FST’s WRITE A PLAY program and Ricardo Robinson-Shinall can be found in the attached press release, which is also copied below my signature. 

[Fundraising]  The Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida Chapter Presents its April Program

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-SWFL) presents Back to Basics in Planned Giving on May 10, 2022, at Michael’s On East, doors open at 11:30 a.m., program begins at noon. Whether you are aiming to jump start a giving program or getting started with planned gifts, this expert panel discussion will provide you with clear steps to be successful in this space given current tax implications, donor financial considerations, and nonprofit donor relationships. Join us as we explore the “Why’s and How’s” of planned giving strategies through a series of conversations with local and distinguished professionals in the philanthropic environment including J. Allison Archbold, JD, Specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates, Archbold Law Firm, Betsy Pennewill, JD, Corporate Counsel, Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Kirsten Fulkerson, Sr. Vice President for Philanthropy, Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Panelists will discuss topics including, Will and Estate Planning Essentials, Donor Advised Funds in Estate Planning, IRA Rollover Requirements, Required Minimum Distributions, Endowments as a Repository for Legacy Gifts, Best Practices in Planned Giving and more. This program is for all nonprofit CEOs, administrators, fundraisers and finance staff. RSVP today at www.eventbrite.com/e/back-to-basics-in-planned-giving-tickets-323438963647. 

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays , March 6 – May 8, Varies.

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) proudly presents The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays, a collection of plays inspired by the imaginations of children in sixth grade and below. This production is presented as part of FST’s WRITE A PLAY program, an award-winning arts-in-education initiative that provides students with the example, the inspiration, and the skills to write their own original plays. Students’ creations are then submitted to FST’s annual youth playwriting competition, and about a dozen winning plays are selected out of thousands of submissions from around the world to be brought to life in a full-scale production performed by professional actors. This season’s anthology of winning plays, The Grandma That Eats Everything, marks the 31st year that FST has inspired young students through the WRITE A PLAY program. The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays will play on weekdays to school groups in FST’s Keating Theatre as part of FST’s WRITE A PLAY program. The play is also available to tour to your school. From March 6 to May 8, The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday mornings as part of FST’s Children’s Theatre Series. Single tickets are $10.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions presents: Jude Zawaideh: Pulse , April 1 – May 6, 6pm-8pm

Ringling College Undergraduate and Surrealist artist, Jude Zawaideh will have an exhibition on display April 1-May 6. Celebrtae the opening at the public reception on Friday, April 1st from 6-8pm . Viewings are free and open to the public.

Downtown gallery PS340, 340 Central Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: CreArte Latino Cultural Center Partners with Suncoast Remake Learning Days Festival , April 29 – May 8, Varies.

CreArte Latino Cultural Center is a major participant in the 2022 Suncoast Remake Learning Days Festival, presented by Remake Learning, which hosts festivals in 14 regions across the nation. This festival will be held in four Florida counties, including the Sarasota area, for the first time, April 29 through May 8. CreArte Latino invites children and families to three free special events promoting arts and literacy, created in cooperation with other community organizations and sponsored by The Patterson Foundation and The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

[SOON]  GALLERY: M A R A Art Studio + Gallery Presents "black+white" Monochrome Expression by 9 Artists , May 1 – May 31, Varies.

M A R A Art Studio + Gallery presents “black+white,” featuring monochromatic works by nine artists: Grace Howl, Jack Shapiro, Jana Millstone, Ralph Berger, Lisa DiFranza, Craig Palmer, Dan Wilkerson, Sam Wuerfel, and MARA Torres, May 1-31. The opening reception is Friday, May 6, 5:30-7 p.m. The gallery is at 1421 5th Street, Rosemary District, Sarasota. For more information, call (941) 914-8110 or visit MaraStudioGallery.com

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: From Birmingham to Broadway and Float Like a Butterfly , May 4 – May 29

This season, WBTT is also thrilled to present two world premiere one-act plays under the auspices of its New Playwrights Series. Tarra Conner jones has written and stars in an ode to Nell Carter, titled “From Birmingham to Broadway.” Nate Jacobs and his brother, Michael, have written a play about Muhammad Ali, titled “Float Like a Butterfly”; staring Darius Autry. These plays will be presented together from May 4 to 29, 2022. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: WBTT's One-Act Plays , May 4 – May 29, Varies.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will close its 2021-2022 season with two world-premiere one-act plays, under the auspices of its New Playwrights Series. These plays, "From Birmingham To Broadway” and “Float Like A Butterfly," will be presented together May 4-29. "From Birmingham to Broadway," an ode to Nell Carter, was written by and stars popular WBTT artist Tarra Conner jones. "Float Like a Butterfly," which examines the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, was written by WBTT founder/artistic director Nate Jacobs' brother, Michael Jacobs, and stars Darius Autry. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club: Author and Columnist David Brooks to Annual Keynote Luncheon , May 5, 11:30pm-1:30pm

The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club, a not-for-profit Florida Corporation with a 501(c)(3) status, will welcome David Brooks, Author, The Second Mountain, The Road to Character and The Social Animal, New York Times Columnist and major political and social analyst to the May 5 luncheon to be held at Michael’s On East. Doors will open at 11:30am and the program will go from noon to 1pm with a book signing until 1:30pm. David Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. He holds several prestigious positions as a commentator: Bi-weekly Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, Regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered. The annual keynote luncheon is the only fundraising event for the organization whose mission is to promote community understanding of current political and social issues, through public discourse and the free exchange of ideas. The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club is a non-partisan political organization that was formed to foster understanding of public issues. Tiger Bay’s philosophy is that in-person, face-to-face exchanges and confrontations with key policy makers is the ideal to understand today’s complex issues. Tiger Bay is political but non-partisan. Its Charter and By-Laws prevent candidate endorsements or taking sides in political campaigns.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Award winning pianist Ying Li , May 5, 4pm

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents pianist Ying Li in recital as part of State College of Florida’sPianopalooza Festival, Thursday, May 5 at 4:00 pm, at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. Li will be joined by principal string musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra in a program to include music by Mozart and Dvorak. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased online at ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or by calling 941-306-1202, M-F 10 am-4 pm.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Outdoor Pops: Iconic Songs of the '70s , May 6 – May 7, 8pm

Sarasota Orchestra collaborates with Nashville-based duo Swearingen & Kelli, who recreate the magic of '70s singer-songwriters such as James Taylor, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell and more. Christopher Confessore, a frequent guest with the Orchestra, conducts. This longstanding partnership between Sarasota Orchestra and the Orioles gives music-lovers a chance to take in a live performance while enjoying ballpark fare and a relaxed, fun ambiance under the stars. A spectacular fireworks display closes out an evening of musical hits and home runs. Tickets from $15, availible at www.orioles.com/arts or (941)-893-6312

Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Key Chorale: Choral Splendor in 40 Parts , May 6 – May 7, 7:30pm-9:30pm and 4pm-6pm

Choral Splendor in 40 Parts will take place on Friday, May 6 at 7:30pm at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, and Saturday, May 7 at 4pm at First Presbyterian Church. A concert 450 years in the making, featuring 40 voices of the Chamber Singers and special guest Les Canards Chantants, a solo-voice ensemble specializing in music of the Renaissance. Experience a rare opportunity to hear Thomas Tallis’ Spem in alium (Hope in any other) considered one of the greatest compositions of all time and Alessandro Striggio’s Mass in 40 parts, a masterpiece lost for more than 400 years. These rarely performed works are scored for 40 independent vocal parts, and as many as 60 parts for Striggio’s final Agnus Dei − a feat unequaled to this day. Experience an unforgettable program of polychoral extravagance and unparalleled splendor.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In-Studio Performance Series featuring Marsi Burns , May 6 – May 7, 7pm

This In-Studio Performance Series featuring Marsi Burns will take place on Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th 2022 at 7pm and its Virtual Stream will take place on Saturday May 7th at 7pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation: The Golf Tournament , May 6, 8:30am

One of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s most anticipated events, The Golf Tournament is a day of fun, food, and fast greens. The Tournament will take place on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 8:30am at Laurel Oak Golf & Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd. Join Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation for their 20th annual Golf Tournament benefiting Physician’s Endowment at SMH, which provides continuing education for our health system staff and gives them the opportunity to earn new certifications and update existing credentials. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sally Schule, Director of Community and Donor Engagement, at 941.374.9700 or sally-schule@smh.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Booker High VPA: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum , May 6 – May 7, Varies.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will take place May 6-7, 2022 at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Succulent Science and Tequila Tasting at Selby Gardens , May 6, 6-8pm

Botany and beverages meet in the first installment of a new series called “Noshing in Nature” at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. On Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Gardens will host “Tequila Tasting and Succulent Science,” a program that delves into the tequila-making process and the resulting complex flavors, at its Downtown Sarasota campus. Senior director of gardens horticulture Christopher Elenstar will lead a dialogue on agave, cacti, and other succulents with tequila experts from award-winning distillery Hiatus Tequila. After learning about the key succulents that play a role in the distilling process, attendees can put their new knowledge into practice through a guided tasting of Hiatus Tequila varieties. Botany has never tasted so delicious! Cost is $65 for Selby Gardens members, and $70 for non-members. Advance registration is required, as capacity will be limited. Learn more and register online at selby.org/events/noshing-in-nature/.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Plant Parents Spring Plant Sale , May 6 – May 7, Varies.
We hope you'll join us at the SPRING Plant Sale! Come to our sale of the season to enjoy unbelievable bargains on plants starting at $1! Our gate opens Friday 5/6 at 9AM. Houseplants & Landscape Plants For Your Home & Lanai Great buys on Orchids, Bromeliads, Palms, Containers & More Explore Our Greenhouses & Get Expert Advice $1, $2 & $5 Bargain Prices, Beautiful Selection Family-Friendly Event

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