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SRQ DAILY May 10, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"I am incredibly proud of our Emergency Operations Bureau personnel. This group exemplifies the highest level of public service, and their recognition is well-deserved."

- Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman.

[The Dish]  Surf the Blue Wave at 41 Smoothie Co.
Abby Weingarten. Abby@srqme.com

Who doesn’t love a belly-filling fruit bowl, jam-packed with fresh produce and creamy coconut milk? It’s truly comfort food for uber-hungry health buffs.

At 41 Smoothie Co. in Palmetto, which opened in March, these big-bowl concoctions are as refreshing as they come—like the vibrantly-hued Blue Wave Bowl with banana, mango, honey and spirulina. Top it off with sweet granola, crushed almonds, strawberries, pineapple chunks and shredded coconut, and consider your daily fruit quota met.

Proprietor Adam Shahin, who holds a degree in engineering, also owns the computer repair shop next door—so it’s easy to keep a close eye on his new smoothie venture.

“We very much appreciate the positive response from the community so far, and the glowing reviews of our smoothies and acai bowls,” Shahin says.

The raves are for good reason. All of the menu items at 41 Smoothie Co. are made to order with a choice of coconut or whole milk. The base for the acai bowls is blended with bananas and
strawberries, and toppings include chia seeds, granola, honey, blueberries, kiwi, shredded coconut, peanut butter and Nutella. There’s also a Berry Bowl with acai, mango and blueberry;
or a Dragon Bowl with mango and dragon fruit.

And don’t dip out without a peanut butter and jelly parfait or a pineapple-rich Sunrise smoothie.

41 Smoothie Co.: 735 Seventh St. W., Palmetto, 941-304-2708. 41smoothieco.com. 

The vibrantly-hued Blue Wave Bowl at the newly-opened 41 Smoothie Co. in Palmetto is a mix of fresh banana, mango, honey and spirulina. Photo courtesy of 41 Smoothie Co.

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[Court Sports]  Manatee County Dedicates State-of the Art Racquet Sports Complex

Scores of tennis and pickleball enthusiasts joined Manatee County leaders today to dedicate the new newly renovated C.V. Walton Racquet Center at G. T. Bray Park. With 20 pickleball courts (most of them under cover) and 8 clay tennis courts, the complex welcomes players of all ages and abilities to the West Bradenton facility. All courts were filled shortly after the early morning ceremony – which also featured the renaming of a main road that crosses through the complex for a long-time local supporter of recreation and education opportunities. Manatee County Commission Chair Kevin Van Ostenbridge joined past and present political leaders in a ceremony renaming part of 33rd Ave. Drive W. to Wilbur Boyd Boulevard in memory of the former Florida State Senator and civic leader. County Administrator Scott Hopes thanked Van Ostenbridge – and fellow Commissioners – for maintaining the mission of building the facility to support the fast-growing participatory sport of pickleball. Praising the hard work of Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources, Administration and Property Management teams, the Manatee County School Board and Clerk of Court, City of Bradenton, contractors McIntyre Elwell & Strammer, Kimley Horn and Sweet Sparkman, he said that this facility is nothing short of world-class. And it’s a sign of what’s to come – across the county. For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter @ManateeGov. 

[New Hires]  Fishman & Associates Expands Business Development Team

Fishman & Associates has hired three experienced business development professionals. The new team members are Matt Andrus, Justin Sells, and Jennifer Stott. Bob Daly, the president and owner of Fishman & Associates, made the announcement today. “Matt, Justin and Jennifer have significant experience in the food service industry, and we’re excited to have them join our team,” Daly noted. “Matt managed restaurant operations for more than 23 years, Justin was a chef for 18 years, and Jennifer was the program director for Farm Fresh Rhode Island after being a chef for 20 years.” Fishman & Associates, established in 1986, provides food service design support to clients nationwide including top restaurants, assisted living and retirement centers, country clubs, resorts, clubhouses, hospitals, other healthcare facilities, hotels, schools, churches, and more. The Fishman team has supported more than 360 senior living projects in 25 states. Its expertise includes kitchen design, bar and dining room layout, equipment specification, cost budgeting, refrigeration, and fabrication for new and remodeled food service facilities. 

[Air Travel]  Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service to Minneapolis, MN

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces seven new nonstop routes beginning service as soon as August. “We’re thrilled to grow our network and provide Allegiant travelers with new flight options. Our recent announcement to begin base operations in Provo, Utah has opened the door for an expanded route map and these new flights will connect area travelers to four top-tier destinations,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s senior vice president of revenue and planning. “In addition, we look forward to connecting vacationers from Minnesota and Ohio to popular costal destinations in Florida. Allegiant is dedicated to providing the most affordable, accessible flights – without the hassle of layovers or connections.” The new route to Sarasota, Florida via Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) includes: Minneapolis, Minnesota via Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) – beginning October 6, 2022 with one-way fares as low as $49.* 

[New Opening]  Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s Announces a New Office in Charlotte County

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s is excited to open a new community office in Charlotte County. Neuro Challenge Foundation has been providing free programs and services to the Port Charlotte area for the past 5 years. The need to expand those services was expressed by the Charlotte County Parkinson’s community and having an office in Port Charlotte will allow Neuro Challenge Foundation to broaden and grow the programs and services in this region. The new office is located at 17831 Murdock Cir, Unit B Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Neuro Challenge is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 10th at 5:30 – 7pm in partnership with the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. Members of the public are invited to attend. Also, Neuro Challenge is hosting a Distinguished Speakers Series on May 14th at Murdock Baptist Church from 9:00-12:00. The topic includes ‘Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s’ presented by Dr. Liliana Montoya and “Parkinson’s and Care Partner Communications, It Take Two Baby” presented by Mary Spremulli, MA-CCC-SLP, of Voice Aerobics. Murdock Baptist Church is located at 18375 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Free to attend but registration is required at www.neurochallenge.org. 

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[Award Given]  Tri County Air Receives Community Award from Lennox® International

Lennox Industries, a trusted HVAC brand for more than 125 years, awarded Tri County Air, based in North Venice, FL the Lennox Community Award. The award is presented annually to a select group of dealers that best represent Lennox values and a shared dedication to making a difference in the community. Only three awards are given out per year out of over 7,000 Lennox Dealers in the USA and Canada and each winner is chosen by Lennox’s Executive Team. Established in 1977, Tri County Air employs over 100 people and services Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Florida. The Tri County Community Foundation, also known as Serve FL, has been co-directed by the husband-and-wife team of Jim and Christine Foubister since 2013. Under their leadership, Tri County Air has been able to partner with the City of Venice, Venice High School, and other cities, schools, churches, and non-profits, meeting the critical needs of the families who live in the cities served. Earning this award showcases their dedication to bringing their mission to life through their business practices. To find out more about how Tri County Air can help you with your home’s heating, cooling, and indoor air quality needs, call or text (941) 485-2222 or visit us online at tricountyair.com. If you want more information on how you can be involved in your community, contact Jim Foubister at (941) 223-1771. 

[Hands-on Learning]  Robotics Demonstration at Wilkinson Elementary School

Several members of the surgical team at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital were at Wilkinson Elementary School as part of the national program called Remake Learning Days Across America. The program encourages hands on learning experiences. The team brought along a surgical robot for students and the community to try out. In addition, the hospital made a $1,000 donation to help foster the robotics program and donated several science, robotics, and STEAM books to the school library. The team hopes this will inspire students to pursue careers in healthcare, science, and robotics. HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital has 11 operating rooms and one of the most comprehensive robotics programs in the area. 

Pictured: Dr. Charles Stewart demonstrates a surgical robot to Lauren Quinn, 3rd grader in STEAM Academy. Photo courtesy of HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital.

[Recognition Given]  Telecommunicators Recognized with Two Awards

Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to announce several members of the Emergency Operations Bureau were recognized Tuesday by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO). During the annual conference held by the Florida Chapter of APCO, Emergency Operations Supervisor Cindy Bresse received the 2021 Supervisor of the Year Award, while the agency’s Incident Dispatch Team received the 2021 Team of the Year Award. Bresse joined the sheriff’s office in 2014 as a Communications Operator and promoted to her current rank in 2020. She is one of eight supervisors assigned to the Public Safety Communications Center and completed APCO’s Registered Public Safety Leader and Certified Public Safety Executive programs in 2021. The Incident Dispatch Team (IDT) is comprised of nine part-time members who also serve in full-time positions within the Emergency Operations Bureau. The IDT functions as a specialized communications support team who responds during major events and incidents. In 2021, the IDT responded to a total of 20 separate incidents including widespread flooding due to Hurricane Elsa and a large-scale missing person search involving seven local and federal agencies. “I am incredibly proud of our Emergency Operations Bureau personnel," said Sheriff Hoffman. “This group exemplifies the highest level of public service, and their recognition is well-deserved.” 

Pictured: Front: Tia Brand, Keri Halpin, Cindy Bresse, Kristen Williams, Christine Peterson, Kathleen Mitchell, Katie Herwig, and Christina Valderrama. Back row: Michael Speigle, Daniel Tutko, Kurt A. Hoffman, Jon Goetluck, Brian Woodring, Arik Smith.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: The Legend of Georgia McBride , April 6 – May 22, Varies.

He's young, he's broke, his landlord's knocking at the door, and he's just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is struggling with his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business - and himself. The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez will play beginning March 30, 2022 through May 22, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: Comedy Freestyle , April 2 – May 28, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents Comedy Freestyle Beginning on April 2 and through May 28, 2022 at 7:30pm. What happens when you take some of your favorite improv games…and remove all the rules? Anything goes at Comedy Freestyle, an off-the-wall improvisation potpourri. Featuring a mashup of both short-form and long-form styles, audiences get the best of the art form when styles and techniques collide! We’ll set our performers free from all of the traditional dos and don’ts of improv, and you get to watch them figure out what comes next, completely on the spot. Tickets are $15 per person and the performance will take place in FST's Bowne's Lab.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Knoxville , April 23 – May 11, Varies.

The world premiere of Knoxville is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. This moving and innovative new musical reunites the dynamic Tony Award-winning creative team behind Ragtime, one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Based on James Agee’s autobiographical, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Death in the Family, the story begins as Agee struggles to write his greatest work—about the event that touched his young life and the effect it had on his mother, his town, and his own future. A powerful illumination of the forces that shape who we are, Knoxville is a universal coming-of-age story about family, faith, and love—and about the boy who will grow up to write it. With a sweeping musical score and an extraordinary creative team and cast, this world premiere is a must-see event. Contains mature themes. Recommended for age 10+. Knoxville will show April 23 - May 11, 2022 with Previews April 15-22, 2022.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Seeing the Invisible , September 25 – August 31, 10am-5pm

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, opening on September 25, 2021 and ongoing through August 31 2022, as one of 12 participating gardens across six countries. Seeing the Invisible features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR. Visitors will engage with Seeing the Invisible via an app designed for the exhibition downloadable to smartphones and tablets. Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Ranch Nite Wednesdays , November 10 – May 31, 6-9pm

Your favorite weeknight hangout has arrived at its new home, Waterside Place, the newest town center in Lakewood Ranch. Ranch Nite Wednesdays will take place from 6-9pm, every Wednesday, starting November 10, 2021 and through May, 2022. It will feature New food trucks + dessert truck each week, Weekly live music from local artists, Night market every 2nd Wednesday hosted by Main Street Market LWR, Outdoor bar hosted by Waterside Place tenant Good Liquid Brewing & Scratch Kitchen, and The 2nd largest recreational cornhole league in the nation hosted by MVP Sports & Social.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Laughing Matters , February 9 – June 19, Varies.

Laughing Matters, FST’s hit musical sketch comedy show, is back for round six! And this time, nothing and no one is safe from a good-spirited roast. From never-ending Sarasota construction and the perpetual hunt for downtown parking to Mother Nature’s increasingly wild mood swings and our endless quest to stay young, Laughing Matters delivers fast-paced comedy inspired by the culture and politics of today. Laughing Matters, by head writer Rebecca Hopkins with contributing writers Kevin Allen, Sarah Durham, Stephan deGhelder, and Jim Prosser, will play beginning February 9, 2022 through June 19, 2022 in FST's Court Cabaret.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light , February 13 – June 26, Garden hours.

This winter, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Selby Gardens) will spotlight the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century, together with the poetry of legendary singer-songwriter and poet Patti Smith in a special exhibition on view throughout the garden’s 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus. Marking the sixth edition of the Gardens’ annual Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, which explores the work of major artists through the lens of their connection to nature, this immersive exhibition puts a selection of Mapplethorpe’s photographs of orchids, hyacinths, and irises, and excerpts of Smith’s poems and lyrics on flowers and nature, in dialogue with new horticultural installations inspired by the two artists’ work. On view from February 13 through June 26, 2022, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light is curated by Dr. Carol Ockman, Selby Gardens’ Curator-at-Large and the Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History Emerita at Williams College. The Gardens will host an Evening with Patti Smith, on Tuesday, February 15, a lecture and performance with Smith that will shed new light on this body of work. 

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Rep stages the timely comedy Eureka Day , May 11 – June 4, Varies.
Asolo Repertory Theatre proudly presents the timely new comedy EUREKA DAY, written by New College of Florida alumnus Jonathan Spector. Directed by Bianca LaVerne Jones, EUREKA DAY begins previews on May 11, opens on May 13 and runs through June 4, in the intimate Cook Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
[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]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In-Studio Performance Series featuring SCDE: Spring Showcase , May 13 – May 14, 7pm

"SCDE Spring Showcase" Featuring works choreographed by SCDE Co-Directors Melissa Rummel and Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers, as well as guest artists Kathleen Candales and SCD Company Member Monessa Salley. This performance will take place on Friday May 13th at 7pm and Saturday May 14th at 3pm and 7pm and its Virtual Stream will take place on Saturday May 14th at 7pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Poets Unplugged: An Evening of Spoken Word and Music , May 14, 7pm

Fogartyville will present the final event in their “Poets Unplugged” Spoken Word series on Saturday, May 14. Doors will open at 7pm as DJ Rozay sets the mood with his musical mix. At 8pm there will be a curated Open Mic featuring some of the best poets from the previous spoken word events. The featured poet this month will be local spoken word artist and series host Melanie Lavender. Tickets are $5 and are available online at www.Fogartyville.org. Food will be available for purchase from C&D’s Sandwich Shop.


[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Discover Mozart: Genius of Youth , May 14, 7:30pm

Musical prodigies have always fascinated. Britten wrote his Sinfonietta No. 1 at age 18, dedicating the ingenious work to his teacher. Mozart's highly dramatic Symphony No. 25, composed at 17, shows extraordinary musical maturity. Teen cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing makes her Sarasota debut playing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, proving that young people of rare talent are not just the stuff of legend and will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30pm at the Sarasota Opera House.

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