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SRQ DAILY Jun 17, 2022

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"Juneteenth is the American story and belongs to every last one of us. It is a celebration of the legacy African Americans have left for us, through music. "

- Joyce Ward, President and Founder of Juneteenth Music Entertainment.

-Tomorrow is National Go Fishing Day! Celebrate with Local Fisherman Nathan Meschelle in our short documentary, Coming Home.
[Arts & Entertainment]  Honoring Our Nation's Legacy
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This Sunday, on June 19th, 2022, the nation’s youngest federal Holiday will be celebrated once again. The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, passed by Congress in June 2021 and signed by President Biden on June 17th, 2021, federally recognized a holiday which so many across the country have celebrated since its inception.

The holiday commemorates the emancipation of the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865 - two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Now, the holiday serves as a reminder of the strength and resiliency of the African-American community and a look forward into creating a better future for this nation.

The holiday’s legacy lives on through Juneteenth Music Entertainment, a label for independent artists to tell African-American history through music. “Look at African American musical storylines back into the last century, much of our history is told through story. One of the reasons that I made this label was because when Biden made Juneteenth the Federal Holiday, I really wanted to do something that could impact others and make a difference. Juneteenth is the American story and belongs to every last one of us. It’s a celebration of the legacy African Americans have left for us, through music,” says Joyce Ward, President and Founder of Juneteenth Music Entertainment.

In preparation for the company’s first world tour - a trip to Ghana, where the holiday is also celebrated - Juneteenth Music Entertainment released their new song, “Our Legacy Lives Forever” by Joyce Ward, featuring P. Manzell Bledsoe. “We recorded a live video of us performing “Our Legacy Lives Forever” at on June 10th. After that, we will be in Galveston, Texas to celebrate the holiday on the 17th,” says Ward.

Juneteenth Music Entertainment’s trip to Ghana will feature a collaboration with artist Hakeem Shabazz and the premiere of two new songs, “Save the Children” and “Mama Africa is Calling You”. 

Photo courtesy of Joyce Ward.

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[Summer Sizzler]  Beach Guide with Sarasota County Lifeguard Manager Rick Hinkson
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

As the sun grows hotter and your time spent at work seems to drag on even longer than usual, a day spent at the beach seems so appealing. Good thing that there may be no better place in the country than Sarasota to cool off in the clear Gulf waters and sunbathe in the pristine white sand - every year thousands of locals and tourists alike flock to the area for an experience unlike anything else.

The area’s unrivaled beauty, however, is not without its hazards. High heat-indexes, rip currents, and near-daily thunderstorms can ruin a beach day in no time - which make it all the more important to swim in the safety and protection of the Sarasota County Lifeguards.

While they may wear red swim trunks, forget the hair spray and skimpy bathing suits from Baywatch - these lifeguards have a very real and vital duty to beachgoers.

“Our staff consists of 29 full-time open water lifeguards, eight of which are lieutenants, two are captains, and I’m the manager,” says Rick Hinson, Manager of the Sarasota County Lifeguards. “I started here 23 years ago. After three years I became a Lieutenant and spent almost 17 years working all of the beaches. About three years ago, I was promoted to Captain, where I learned how to train our lifeguards,” says Hinkson.

“There are six beaches that we guard over a 35-mile stretch of coastline. Every beach has its own quirks and characteristics. Lido beach is our northernmost beach, housed in the city of Sarasota. Siesta Key beach is the crown jewel - it’s won the whitest sand competition, has been voted the number one beach in America over the years and gets by far the largest footprint of visitors every year,” says Hinkson.

Further south lie Nokomis and North Jetty beaches. “We call those pocket beaches, as they’re much smaller than Lido and Siesta. Both of these beaches also have their own challenges because of a rock jetty - any time there’s a fixed structure, you’re gonna have consistent rip currents or a little more volatility when storms hit,” attests Hinkson.

While the southernmost beaches, Venice - known as the shark tooth capital of the world - and Manasota - are without fixed structures (check), the threat of riptides is still very real at any location. “First and foremost, always swim near lifeguards in safe, designated areas. If you’re in the water and start to feel like you’re in a rip current, swim parallel to shore. Rip Currents run perpendicular to the shore, so if you’re swimming parallel to the shore, hopefully you can swim out of it. Most importantly, however, is not to panic - we’ll come get you. At the end of the day, our goal is always to have everyone come home with a smile,” says Hinkson.  

Pictured: Rick Hinson, Manager of the Sarasota County Lifeguards. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

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[Suicide Awareness]  Local Nonprofit CEO Will Embark on a 3,000 Cross Country To Raise Awareness for Veteran Suicide

Beginning June 18, 2022, Kendra Simpkins, One Mile Team Member from Sarasota, FL will embark on an extraordinary journey that is truly a test of camaraderie, mental and physical toughness with a commitment to raise awareness for much needed veteran suicide prevention. As a team member in Race Across America (RAAM), Simpkins/Team One Mile (20pp) will be supporting 8 riders traveling 3,000 miles across the North American Continent from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Simpkins, is CEO of Operation Warrior Resolution (OWR), a Sarasota based nonprofit that provides holistic mental health treatments to military veterans. She is a service-disabled veteran, who struggled with her own mental health
challenges after she was discharged from the U.S. Army. As a result, she created OWR which is now the leading provider, outside of the Veterans Affairs, for mental health services for veterans and their family members. Now OWR has an opportunity to change lives, ONE MILE at a time. Operation Warrior Resolution will join Team ONE MILE, a nonprofit on a mission to help veterans, first responders, their families, and those struggling from trauma. We all come from different backgrounds, with different life stories and journeys.

Team ONE MILE combines veterans and civilians to recreate the teamwork and purpose needed to succeed and heal. By offering once in a lifetime challenge, we can reignite that spark that these individuals have deep inside them. Purpose is created by teamwork! The toughest endurance event in the world, RAAM gives long-distance cyclists the opportunity to challenge themselves to the height of their abilities. Fewer than 2,500 cyclists have completed RAAM since its first edition in 1982. Solo winners complete the course in under 9 days, and winning teams complete the journey in less than 6 days. These modern-day heroes brave the desert, plains, and mountain weather, lead a crew and a mini-organization of support, and raise thousands of dollars for charities around the world. To follow Team One Mile’s progress in this year’s Race Across America, visit RAAM online or Team One Mile on Facebook. 

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[New Hire]  McCaw Joins Selby Foundation Team

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation welcomes Joan McCaw as its Office Manager. Prior to joining the Selby Foundation, McCaw served as Grants and Scholarship Manager at the Manatee Community Foundation. She brings decades of experience in office management, accounting and finance to the Foundation. McCaw joins team members Diane Ballinger, Grants Manager, and Kiarra Womack, Scholarships & Special Projects Manager; led by Carol Butera, President and CEO, and board members Barbara Zdravecky, Chair; Keith DuBose, Vice Chair; Cathy Layton, Immediate Past Chair; Carolyn Johnson, Secretary / Treasurer; Hector Tejeda and Susan Hines. 

[Community Support]  Wellen Park Hosts Local Rotary Clubs for Symbolic Tree Planting Ceremony

Wellen Park recently hosted representatives from eight local Rotary Clubs, the City of North Port and local Ukrainian community groups to plant five pine trees, donated by People for Trees to symbolize peace and community roots and in recognition of the local Ukrainian community. David Pankiw, president-elect of the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club and a second-generation American of Ukrainian descent, led the tree planting planning efforts with community support. He has been involved with Rotary for 31 years. Understanding and respecting other cultures, which includes the Ukrainian tree planting project, is important to Pankiw. Local Rotary Clubs have held tree plantings in past years in connection with the Greening Planet Global Initiative, a Ukraine-based effort that is focused on bringing together 100 million people globally around planting trees. This year’s tree planting holds increased significance with the current events taking place in Ukraine. The participating Rotary Clubs included the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Venice Suncoast, Rotary Club of North Port Central, Rotary Club of Rotonda West, Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary, Rotary Club of Englewood, Rotary Club of Englewood Sunset and Rotary Club at Wellen Park. With guidance from landscapers, participants dug holes and planted the trees behind the Wellen Park Welcome Center at the northeast corner of Market Way and Sunglow Boulevard.  

Pictured: The tree planting was held in connection with the Greening Planet Global Initiative, a Ukraine-based effort that is focused on bringing together 100 million people globally around planting trees.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre Returns to Summer Programing with RABBIT HOLE , June 8 – June 19

The Players Centre for Performing Arts presents the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play Rabbit Hole at Studio 1130 located in the Crossings at Siesta Key mall (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239) June 8-19, 2022. Becca and Howie Corbett have a picture-perfect family life in the suburbs of New York until a random, tragic accident takes the life of their four-year old son. Soon after, Becca’s younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant. As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca’s mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process, and Jason, the young driver who killed their son, continually shows up to ask forgiveness, the group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. Rabbit Hole delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart. 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Florida Center for Early Childhood: Mind Matters Symposium , June 22, 9am-3pm

Join The Florida Center for Early Childhood for a full-day, virtual course on understanding and supporting early childhood brain development and mental health on Wednesday, June 22 from 9am to 3pm. Learn to identify brain differences, their implications, and strategies to address them.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Women Contemporary Artists Members Spring Exhibition , June 3 – June 24

The Women Contemporary Artists Members Spring Exhibition 2022 will take place at Ringling College of Art & Design Lois and David Stuhlberg Gallery, 1188 MLK Way, from June 3 – 24, 2022. The exhibition is open to active WCA members who may submit two entries only, $30 for one entry and $35 for two entries. Art specs are 2D - 36” x 36” max, mid-sized and smaller works preferred. All media. Diptych and Triptychs allowed, but must fit into size requirements and sold as one painting. 3D work 72” x 20” max. Pedestals are available. If accepted into the show, be prepared to sit for one sitting in the gallery, if needed, from 9-12 or 12-3 on Monday through Friday for the length of the show. You can do this with a friend. Awards are $600 for 1st, $400 for 2nd, $300 for 3rd, and 5 Merit Awards $100 each. Receiving on Tuesday, May 24 between 10 AM and 2 PM and Jurying on Tuesday, May the 24th at 3 PM.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions Opening Receptions June 10th , June 3 – June 24, 5pm-7pm

Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions invites you to attend two opening receptions for: Petticoat Painters, exhibiting June 3 - June 24 in the Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. Gallery and Women Contemporary Artists, exhibiting June 3 - June 24 in the Lois + David Stulberg Gallery. Join us on June 10th, 5-7 pm for the opening reception in each gallery and meet the artists. Both galleries are on the Ringling College campus and are open M-F 9-3 pm. While you're on campus don't forget to stop by Valetta's exhibition in the Thompson Gallery. Valetta will be exhibiting June 3 - August 12.

[SOON]  SPORTS: 6th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic at The Meadows Country Club , June 24, 7:30am

The 6th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic will take place on Friday, June 24 at The Meadows Country Club course only. Player check-in and breakfast will be from 7:30am to 9am, with a shotgun start at 9am. $800 per foursome, which includes continental breakfast, tee sign, and lunch. The tournament is limited to 36 foursomes on a first come first served basis and two golf carts will be provided to each foursome. For more information and registration, visit suncoastsummerfest.org or call 941-706-3685.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Moxie , June 25 – July 30
The July Gallery for Art Uptown will exhibit "MOXIE by Rita Rust." Rust's watercolor action portraits capture the feeling of joy that can be found even in the darkest times.
[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]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival 2022: Mozart and Brahms , June 18, 7:30pm

The Mozart and Brahms Festival Saturday will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 7:30pm at Sarasota Opera House. The rapturous Second Sextet for Strings—Brahms’s musical farewell to a lost love—opens a program of music by composers who defined their eras. Margaret Batjer and Desmond Hoebig team up with four Festival fellows in Brahms’s exhilarating tour de force. “Entrée de Polymnie” is a brief, yet profoundly beautiful selection from French Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau’s final opera Les Boréades. World-renowned pianist and Mozart scholar Robert Levin returns as soloist in Mozart’s darkly brooding Piano Concerto No. 24, the composer’s most richly scored work for piano and orchestra. Festival Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the Festival Orchestra in this dramatic program.

Sarasota Opera House

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival 2022: Rising Stars Concert 2 , June 19, 2:30pm

The Rising Stars Concert – 2 will take place on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 2:30pm at Holley Hall. Program: Mendelssohn I. Allegro vivace from Sextet in D Major; D’Rivera I. Alborado, II. Son and III. Vals Venezolano from Aires Tropicales; Beethoven I. Entrata and II. Menuetto from Serenade in D Major; Poulenc III. Finale from Sextet; Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor; Dvorak II. Lento from Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major; and Tchaikovsky IV. Allegro vivace from Souvenir de Florence.

Holley Hall

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival 2022: Creative Voices , June 21, 7:30pm

Creative Voices will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 7:30pm at Holley Hall. Caroline Shaw and Gabriel Kahane, two of today’s most sought after composers, come together for an evening of chamber music and song. The concert includes music from Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part, Shaw’s acclaimed collaboration with Sō Percussion, and excerpts from Kahane’s recent albums Magnificent Bird and Book of Travelers (hailed by Rolling Stone as “a stunning portrait of a singular moment in America”). The experience will showcase Shaw and Kahane in an intimate duo setting, as well as buttressed by a string quartet of Festival fellows. This concert promises a rich palette sonically and emotionally, and features an exploration of the role of the composer, including a Q&A segment.

Holley Hall

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival 2022: Triumphs , June 23, 4:30pm

The Triumphs Artist Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 4:30pm at Holley Hall. Explore the colors and sounds of individual instruments in the hands of our new Festival faculty members. Demarre McGill performs one of the most popular works in the flute repertoire: Francis Poulenc’s exquisite Sonata for Flute and Piano. When British-American composer Rebecca Clarke’s viola sonata was performed in 1919, the bias against women in classical music was such that critics refused to believe she had written such a “powerful work” herself. Clarke’s “one little whiff of success,” as she called it, has since become a mainstay of the repertoire; Teng Li will perform the groundbreaking piece. Robert DeMaine, Ani Kavafian, and Jeffrey Kahane join forces in Schumann’s First Piano Trio. From its expressive opening to its soul-searching slow movement and radiant finale, the trio brings to life every aspect of Schumann’s complex personality.

Holley Hall

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Amore Restaurant Extends Savor Sarasota Promotion to December , June 1 – December 18

Amore Restaurant has decided to extend Savor Sarasota Menu through December 18th (not combined with any other offer and, not available on special occasions). Savor Sarasota is a 3 course menu dinner for $35.00 per person. The restaurant offers a Portuguese and an Italian menu. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9PM. Fridays and Sundays 5 to 9:30pm. With indoor and outdoor seating available. Easy and free parking. Menu can be viewed here:https://www.amorelbk.com/savor-sarasota/

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Circus Arts Conservatory & The Ringling: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 10 – August 13, Varies.

Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts. Some of the circus world’s most exciting acts have signed on for the annual show - a longtime partnership of the Circus Arts Academy and The Ringling - with performances presented over nine weeks this summer. The lineup for the Summer Circus Spectacular includes a wide range of acts, including duo lyra, adagio, hand balancing/contortion, rolla bolla, and more. 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 just an additional $5 – an incredible value for a full day’s entertainment. Go to Ringling.org or call the Box Office at 941-360-7399.

Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: "Waves & Wheels" Summer Party at Robarts Arena , July 9, 6pm-1opm

Suncoast Summer Fest presents the Waves and Wheels Party on Saturday, July 9 at Robarts Arena from 6pm to 10pm for $100 per person. The party will feature live music from Tampa Bay’s ultimate party band, Hurricane Shane Band, as well as an open bar, food stations, raffle prizes, and casino style gaming tables. For more information and registration, visit suncoastsummerfest.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Spotlight on the Limelight Market , June 18, 10am-3pm

Saturday, June 18 from 10-3 the spotlight is on Limelight Market! This fun, outdoor, pop up market is happening outside The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime with unique guest vendors, a dog rescue, food, and live music. Plus, check out the 40+ local creators and curators inside and Support Local! Free, until you buy something amazing! June 18 guests include: TenderHeart Charities, Myakka’s Gold Apiary, Shawn’s Custom Creations, Apiphany Art, The Wonderful Earth, Caitlin Bauer Art, Cuh Custom, The Tie Dye Nerds, Sherry Bays, Ollie Baggs, and Kool Neck. For more information visit www.BazaaronApricotandlime.com Located at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota.

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