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SRQ DAILY May 6, 2022

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"The best part of job is not only helping my students creatively, but rather helping them figure out who they are and giving them a safe space to experiment, to not be judged and to have a home."

- Ricardo Robinson-Shinall, Fine Arts Department Chair, Braden River High School.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Creating a Home for All
Dylan.Campbell. Dylan@srqme.com

“I always tell my freshmen that theater teaches you how to live in the world and get through it,” says Ricardo Robinson-Shinall, the Fine Arts Department Chair at Braden River High School and Florida Studio Theatre’s WRITE A PLAY educator of the year. Florida Studio Theatre’s WRITE A PLAY program is a year-round arts integration initiative that provides students with the framework and skills to write their own plays. This year, out of thousands of submissions, two of Robinson-Shinall’s students wrote a winning play, Vending Machine Envy and another received honorable mention for Worst Day Ever. On Saturday, May 14th, Robinson-Shinall will be recognized for his achievements in education in Florida Studio Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival Day.

"I’m The Marching Band of Pirates Colorguard Director at Braden River High School and I teach theater and dance. My day has a period of colorguard class, two dance classes, then three theater classes. Right after school I usually have a thespian meeting, and if we’re in musical season then I have a musical rehearsal, and after that I have a color guard rehearsal. I go from 7:30am to 7:30pm pretty much six days a week,” chuckles Robinson-Shinall.

Robinson-Shinall, who’s receiving his Bachelor's degree on Saturday, which would allow him to move into an administrative role, still isn’t ready to leave the classroom. “I feel like I have way too much magic left to make with these kids, so I’m just not ready yet.”

“I teach the vast majority of my students for four whole years. I go with them from being these nasty little freshmen to stepping off into the world as an adult. I think the best part of job is not only helping my students creatively, but rather helping them figure out who they are and giving them a safe space to experiment, to not be judged and to have a home. Our t-shirts this year say ‘I found the theater and I found my home’. I think that’s really the most important aspect of my job,” Robinson-Shinall adds. 

Pictured: Ricardo Robinson-Shinall. Photo courtesy of Florida Studio Theatre.

[Circus Event]  This Summer to Heat up With the Return of the Summer Circus Spectacular

Thanks to the continued partnership of the Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling, audiences can enjoy world-class entertainment, once again, during the 2022 Summer Circus Spectacular. Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts at the Historic Asolo Theater on the grounds of The Ringling. Some of the circus world’s most exciting acts have signed on for the annual show, with performances presented for nine weeks this summer. The show runs from June 10 - August 13, 2022. This celebrated summertime event has become a seasonal highlight for locals, visitors, families and groups. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for just an additional $5 – an incredible value for a full day’s entertainment. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $18/adults, $12/children 12 and under. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for an additional $5. Go to Ringling.org or call the Box Office at (941) 360-7399. 

Postscript: Hand balance contortion artist Ricardo Sosa.

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[Photo Contest]  Conservation Foundation Announces Virtual Summer Photo Contest

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and presenting sponsor Elizabeth Moore invite photographers of all ages and experience levels to enter their original work in Conservation Foundation’s annual Summer Photo Contest. If you love nature, the outdoors, and taking photos - this is the photo contest for you! In its third year, the exhibition will be entirely virtual with website and Facebook displays. Works submitted for this online juried exhibition should showcase the beauty of Florida’s natural lands and reflect one of four categories – The Big Picture, A Way of Life on the Land, Florida in Focus, and Attention to Detail. There is also a Youth Perspective category specifically for photographers age 15 and under. Jurors include presenting sponsor, Elizabeth Moore; noted photographer, Kerri Gagne Deatherage; multidisciplinary artist, Traci Kegerreis; fine artist, Mary Louise O’Connell; and fine artist Karen Chandler. Up to three photographs may be submitted per person and must be received via email no later than midnight on May 31. Jurors will review all submissions and select 10 per category for display in online galleries on the Conservation Foundation website as well as the Conservation Foundation Facebook page. The virtual competition will award prizes to category winners as selected by the jury as well as People’s Choice winners determined by popular vote on Facebook.   

Pictured: Sea Scallops at Sunrise. Photo courtesy of Conservation Foundation.

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[New Hire]  CenterPlace Health New Hire

CenterPlace Health, a federally qualified health center that provides high-quality, low-cost health care to those in and around Sarasota County, is pleased to announce that Tiona Settles has been hired as a Community Health Worker focused on health equity. The fourth Community Health Worker at Center Place Health, Settles will work to build trust and vital relationships in the community. She will assist patients with access to services, improve the quality and cultural competence of care, create an effective system of chronic disease management, and increase
the health knowledge and self-sufficiency of underserved populations. Miss Settles has extensive experience in working with clients of diverse backgrounds and will serve the community by helping CenterPlace Health expand their reach. She graduated from Florida A &M University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Master of Public Health. She has an
extensive background in the Health and Human Services both locally and in Tallahassee. She is a member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group.
Miss Settles will work closely on a Health Equity collaboration between CenterPlace Health, Charles & Margary Barancik Foundation and other community leaders and activists. This collaboration is seeking to improve health equity by improving the outcomes for residents of underserved communities dealing with diabetes and obesity. 

[Family Festival]  Suncoast Remake Learning Days

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is presenting Suncoast Remake Learning Days, an exciting 10-day, free, regional learning festival from Friday, April 29, 2022, through Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. This multi-venue open house will celebrate the joy of adults and children learning side by side.  Suncoast Remake Learning Days, presented by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading with the support of The Patterson Foundation, consists of more than 140 events over 10 days hosted by more than 165 organizations, including schools, museums, libraries, after school organizations, early child care centers, universities, media outlets and more. All the events are free and designed to be hands-on, relevant, and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (PreK through high school) and their families, caregivers, and educators. Suncoast Remake Learning Days gives us all the opportunity to spark learning innovation. This festival is a fun and creative way to establish and affirm parents and families as learning allies. Learning events are grouped by the following themes: Arts, Maker Spaces, Outdoor Learning, Science, Technology, and Youth Voice. There are also Professional Development opportunities for parents and educators. 

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[New Hire]  Premier Sotheby's International Realty Names Paige Good as Global Advisor Concierge

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has announced the appointment of Paige Good to its leadership team as global advisor concierge. In this role, she will be responsible for leading and managing the onboarding process for the company’s new sales associates. Paige previously served as a sales associate at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Park Shore sales gallery. A seasoned real estate professional, she has over two decades of industry experience and business expertise. 

[Grant Awarded]  Goodwill Manasota Receives Grant for Financial Literacy Training

Goodwill Manasota is proud to not only provide jobs for team members who may have barriers to employment but also offer on-the-clock coaching, training and education to boost employees’ job skills and earning potential. One area of concern for Goodwill is that many team members lack financial literacy skills. To address this issue, the Wells Fargo Foundation has recently awarded a $10,000 grant in support of Goodwill’s efforts to provide financial literacy skills training to its team members, through its GoodPartner Coach program. The funds will pay a portion of the salary of one Goodwill GoodPartner Coach. Every Goodwill employee is assigned a GoodPartner Coach. These coaches work with team members to do needs assessments to determine barriers to self-sufficiency and identify areas that could be strengthened through training as well as determine access to basic needs such as housing, food and healthcare. Other program elements include helping to write an individualized development plan and offering case management services to address any issues that might be a barrier to their success.

Financial literacy is a key component of the GoodPartner Coach program, with information to help team members become banked, develop a personal budget, guidance on improving credit scores, and even assistance – through its Homebuyer’s Club – for employees seeking to purchase a home for the first time. When emergency financial needs emerge, coaches are able to direct the team member to a resource – whether internal or community-based – to help meet the need. Coaches assign online financial literacy skills training to employees using Goodwill’s Learning Management System. In-person budgeting classes are also available to those who want more in-depth training. GoodPartner Coaches also provide training regarding the benefits of filing taxes, utilizing VITA (free tax assistance) sites, and how the Earned Income Tax Credit works. In partnership with United Way Suncoast, Goodwill hosts VITA sites at its offices and trains its coaches to provide support at these sites. 

Pictured: Goodwill Manasota GoodPartner Coach Dana Knuuti (left) with team member Dennis Burton. Photo Courtesy of Goodwill Manisota.

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh First Fridays: Bloom in the Park , May 6, 7pm

Fresh Fridays is a first-Friday outdoor event series made possible by the City of Sarasota and the Downtown Improvement District in collaboration with Next-Mark, LLC. These pedestrian-only events serve to showcase all the dining options, merchants, and recreational assets located within the city to further establish downtown Sarasota as a vibrant cultural hub. These events are inclusive and always free, providing an opportunity for all members of our community to connect, socialize, and enjoy their city in new and dynamic ways. "Bloom in the Park," an outdoor, pedestrian-only, Spring-themed, inclusive event featuring free signature party favors for the first 500 guests, free polaroid portraits for the first 100 guests, live entertainment and album release event from Cassie Jean and the Fireflies, live entertainment from Dean Johanesen, food and beverages available for purchase from downtown vendors.

Selby Five Points Park

[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]  GALLERY: SPAACES Gallery: The Queue: Beyond The Surface , April 15 – May 7, Gallery hours.

The Queue: Beyond The Surface, A Solo Exhibit by Nneka Jones. In this exhibition, Nneka Jones comments on topics such as identity, stereotypes and the digital age. Jones embeds and camouflages portraiture, making some of her subjects almost unrecognizable. Contrasting technological symbols, such as barcodes and QR-codes, with the soft edges and skin tones of the figure, Jones creates a timely discussion on humanism vs. futurism. She brings to light a growing struggle to maintain true identity in the face of our highly influential social media sites. Jones believes social technologies create a digital mask ultimately causing issues with mental health and social segregation. She aims to magnify these issues in the hope of starting conversations surrounding identity and unity. Opening Night Reception is Friday, April 15th, 2022 from 6pm to 8pm. Open Exhibition Dates are April 16th through May 7th By Appointment Only.

[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]  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]  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
[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]  GALLERY: Free Second Sundays at SAM , May 8, 11am-5pm

Sarasota Art Museum will host another Free Second Sunday on May 8, 2022 with activities for all ages and musical performances. Bring your friends and family to explore new art and thought-provoking exhibitions, and participate in our fun activities.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Florida Maritime Museum hosts Hands-On Habits , May 7, 10am-1pm

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is pleased to partner with Rowlett Academies for Arts and Communication to host “Hands-On Habits,” a FREE outdoor learning event that is offered in conjunction with Suncoast Remake Learning Days. “Hands-On Habits" will take place on FMM grounds on Saturday, May 7, from 10AM −1PM. "Hands-On Habits" will feature students from Rowlett Academies Lighthouse Team and Student Council teaching the basics of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® to participating families through fun, interactive activities. This engaging event is open to the public and registration is not required.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Roses & Rose , May 8, 4-5pm

There's no better place to celebrate Mother's Day than at The Bay! Join us at Sarasota Garden Club for a sip of Rosé, complimentary roses, and live Latin Fusion music by  Jaleo featuring a Flamenco dancer. 

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