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"There is such a strong network of support amongst the nonprofits in this community. Everybody supports everybody, and a lot of us are serving the same people. "

- Rick Yocum, Executive Director of Humane Society of Manatee County.

[Politics]  Marinelli Wants Parents' Involvement Welcomed Again
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

School Board candidate Robyn Marinelli spent most of her career in the Sarasota school system. After teaching for five years in Kentucky, she worked in Sarasota as a guidance counselor and later as a district level administrator for the Sarasota County School District.

But after seven years of retirement, she’s not happy with the direction the district has taken. “I’ve seen changes in how parents have not been included in some of the decisions that have been made and are they not listened to,” she said. “Areas of the curriculum have concerned me, and also the lack of transparency.”

Now she’s running for an open District 4 seat on the School Board; incumbent Shirley Brown is not seeking re-election.

While Marinelli holds concerns about spending decisions, her greatest fear is about a potential loss in student performance that could threaten the district’s long-held A grade. “I don’t want to sound negative,” she said. “Our teachers and support staff are absolutely wonderful and they have had to work under some trying conditions.”

That includes several years working under a controversial superintendent Todd Bowden, who stepped down in 2019 following a sexual harassment investigation. And it includes years dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarasota schools were among a handful in the state who enforced a mask mandate part of this year despite an executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis prohibiting such policies . 

“But aside from the pandemic, because every one of the 67 counties in Florida went through the same thing so you cannot totally blame that, the learning experience for kdis was different and very difficult,” she said.

Marinelli also sides with the governor on a controversial new state policy requiring conversations about gender identity and sexual orientation take place with parents. A new law signed by DeSantis has been decried as the “don’t say gay” bill by critics, who suggest the legislation could lead to outing students who do not face supportive environments at home. But Marinelli returns to her days as a guidance counselor. There, she spoke with students about a variety of personal struggles.

“I want students to be able to talk to their teachers and counselors, whoever that safe person in,” she said. “But as a former counselor, I would never want to keep something from a parent. In those situations where a student is in danger, there are systems in place and you can absolutely call on agencies outside of that. I dealt with every situation you could deal with. But I would tell students ‘We have to talk to your parents. I will be there with you but we have got to let your parents know.’”

She has heard from some upset their students navigated issues like gender identity completely separate from their parents. Sometimes the children learned from library books parents didn’t know were on the shelves. That said, Marinelli does stress she doesn’t want any books banned or censored in the schools.

A neophyte to politics, Marinelli has faced controversy. She recently faced criticism when an individual associated with the Proud Boys planned a fundraiser; she ultimately distanced herself and declined to attend.

But she said her main priority if elected to the board will be making a system that allows input regardless of what a parent’s views are and to have a system inclusive for all.

“I’m for all kids of all parents,” she said. 

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Rick Yocum of the Humane Society of Manatee County

In the July/August 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Rick Yocum, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Manatee County as part of our In Conversation feature about nonprofit leaders. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Yocum shares his insights with SRQ readers on community growth and changes.

What do you think is unique about the nonprofits in our area?

There are a couple of unique characteristics that exist in this area. One is that every one of the leaders in this area wants the other leaders to succeed. I've said the word collaboration more in the last six years than I've said my entire life, it is a very unique quality here, the collaborative effort. There is such a strong network of support amongst the nonprofits in this community. Everybody supports everybody, and a lot of us are serving the same people, so there's a ton of crossover from all the different organizations. So, it's not like I only have people at the Humane Society that we're helping, those same people are getting help, and direction, and given opportunity in many different other areas in the community. So, as I travel around the country and talk to other nonprofit leaders, I can't talk enough about those unique qualities that we have here that make this a great place to be an executive director or CEO of a nonprofit, it's just amazing. 

The Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205. 941-747-8808.

To read the full article, click here.

[Recognition Given]  Outstanding Youth Leadership in Our Community: Miranda M.

Our community is filled with many incredible young people doing such amazing things. This summer, we are featuring some of these young people in our Thursday Family & Education edition. Each of the students we are highlighting has been chosen as one of this year’s SRQ Magazine’s top youth leaders based on their values, determination and outstanding achievements in different aspects of their lives in and out of school.

Miranda is an eighth grade student at Sarasota Middle School who is involved in both basketball and track. She has been at Girls Inc. since kindergarten and is a 2019 recipient of Girls Inc.’s She Knows Where She is Growing award.

We asked Miranda what inspires her to be a leader.

"I think what inspires me to be a leader amongst my peers would be my desire to better myself by creating an environment where my peers and I can challenge each other to learn and grow," she said. "When I see my peers struggle in any way, be it intellectually, physically, or emotionally, I want to try my best to help them in any way I can, by helping them myself or pointing them in the right direction to help them help themselves." 

Pictured: Miranda M., an eighth grade student at Sarasota Middle School. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[Board Members]  Selby Gardens Announces Three New Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has elected three new members. Attorney Morgan Bentley, journalist Mary Braxton-Joseph, and philanthropist Audrey Robbins each will serve a three-year term on the Board. Their Board service began on July 1. Bentley is managing partner of the law firm Bentley Goodrich Kison. A highly regarded attorney, he concentrates his practice in litigation involving business and real-estate disputes. He handles both trial proceedings as well as complex arbitrations and administrative hearings. Bentley is a former president of the Sarasota County Bar Association, a former member of the board of governors of The Florida Bar, and a past chairman of the Florida Commission on Ethics. Braxton-Joseph is an Emmy-award winning television journalist and media consultant. From 1990 through 1995, she was Senior Advisor for Media Relations and Public Affairs for the Council on Foundations. Prior to that, Braxton-Joseph served as Manager of Community Affairs and Editorials for WJLA-TV 7, the ABC network affiliate in Washington, D.C. She also served for five years on the Rhodes Scholars Selection Committee. Robbins is a retired educator and a community volunteer and philanthropist who is active in local nonprofit arts organizations. She previously served as Math Department chair at the Out-of-Door Academy. Currently, she serves as a trustee of The Sarasota Ballet, and she chaired the Gala Committee for the 2022 Sarasota Opera Gala. The other members of the Selby Gardens Board of Trustees are Daniel “Pat” Ball, Aaron Bellamy, Ariane Dart, Norbert P. Donelly, Renée James Gilmore, Jean Weidner Goldstein, Teri A Hansen, Marcy Klein, Katherine A. Martucci, Cornelia Matson, Marianne D. McComb, Keith Monda, Dr. Joel Morganroth, Michael Quillen, Jeannie Russell, Pauline L. Wamsler, Margaret Wise, and Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President & CEO of Selby Gardens. McComb and Morganroth were reelected as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, for the current year of Board service. Former Trustees J. Allison Archbold, Esq., and Michael J. Wilson, Esq., each completed nine years of service on the Selby Gardens Board at the end of June.


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[Business Openings]  Spa and Vein Center and Orthodontist Practice Announced for Downtown Wellen

Downtown Wellen will have an enhanced focus on health and wellness with two new medical offices. Florida Lakes Vein Center, Florida Lakes Spa and Dr. Jeffrey Seymour Smiles Orthodontics are the newest tenants announced for Downtown Wellen, the vibrant central hub and gathering place for Wellen Park and the region. The first phase of Downtown Wellen is under construction with businesses expected to begin opening by the end of 2022. The pedestrian-friendly mixed-use destination is 90% leased and offers restaurants, retail shops, medical offices, beauty and professional services, public community spaces and outdoor recreational opportunities. “Countdown to Downtown,” a monthslong series of special events and pop-up experiences celebrating Downtown Wellen, continues through the summer.  To learn more about living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to wellenpark.com or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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[New Hire]  Valerie Mallia Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group

Realtor Valerie Mallia has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a member of Lisa Zambuto’s Alpha Team in the Venice, Florida, office. Mallia has extensive customer service experience in a variety of fields, including corporate travel management, hospitality and health care. Born in Manhattan and raised in Rockland County, New York, she attended the University of South Florida in Tampa. Mallia enjoys theater, baseball games, going to the beach, and spending time with her family. She has been married 27 years and has four children and six grandchildren. The RE/MAX Alliance Group Venice office is located at 1314 E. Venice Avenue. Mallia can be reached at (845) 551-2619 or valeriemallia1@gmail.com. 

[Recognition]  Five Bentley Goodrich Kison Attorneys Selected for 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Star Lists

Sarasota-based law firm Bentley Goodrich Kison is pleased to announce that five members of the firm have been chosen for the 2022 Florida Super Lawyers list, including Morgan R. Bentley, Brian D. Goodrich, Amanda R. Kison, Jennifer L. Grosso, and David A. Wallace. Only five percent of attorneys in Florida receive this distinction. Selection for the Super Lawyers list is based on independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Recognition is a reflection of the excellence an attorney brings to his or her practice and the quality of work provided to clients. Bentley Goodrich Kison focuses primarily on business and commercial litigation. Businesses throughout Southwest Florida turn to the firm for pointed advice and assertive legal representation. The team is well-equipped to handle even the most complex, high-profile commercial matters in an effective manner. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is the most widely distributed legal magazine in the country reaching more than 13 million readers and has one of the top-viewed legal websites. 

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[Professional Development]  A Seat at the Table: PR and Communications in the C-Suite

The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) will present “A Seat at the Table: PR and Communications in the C-Suite,” featuring Erin McLeod, President & CEO of Senior Friendship Centers. The professional development program will take place on July 19, 2022, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm at Senior Friendship Center Inc. (1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota). “From crafting internal messages to authentic stories, communications professionals are the perfect ally to an organization’s C-Suite of executives, and yet so many face challenges securing a seat and say at the table,” says Melanie Reda, APR, CPRC, president of the CWC-FPRA. “We hope that this discussion will provide advice for communications professionals looking to advance their careers and be better positioned for leadership within their organizations.” Senior Friendship Centers (SFC) is a regional nonprofit with a $15M+ annual budget that has served seniors, families and caregivers since 1973 and has a mission to promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging. McLeod began in 2004 as SFC’s communications director, became chief operating officer in 2006, senior VP in 2012, and was appointed president and CEO in January 2016. In this after-hours conversation, McLeod will share her journey from PR Pro to CEO and critical lessons learned along the way. In addition, attendees will learn about the components of creating their own brand and how to position themselves for strategic growth in their career and business on the way to the C-Suite. Tickets for the in-person program are $25 for FPRA members and $35 for guests.  

To register click here

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: Athena , June 10 – July 10, Varies.

Athena by Gracie Gardner Directed by Summer Wallace will run from June 10 to July 10, 2022. Mary Wallace and Athena are brave young fencers training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They just wish they were friends.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Shop Holidays in July and Support Compeer Sarasota , July 10, 11am-3pm

Join Compeer Sarasota at The Artful Giraffe Gallery-Gifts-Studio for Sunday Fundays on Sunday, July 10, 2022, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. What a fantastic opportunity to Holiday shop in July for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts at the Artful Giraffe, and support Compeer Sarasota in the process!! Tess and Timothy of The Artful Giraffe are donating a portion of their sales on July 10th to Compeer Sarasota.Free admission, Free parking, Live music, Food trucks, activities, and fun for all ages! Compeer Sarasota provides a 1:1, non-clinical, mentor/friendship program to individuals from ages 5-85+ who have a mental illness. Come learn how to become a volunteer mentor with Compeer Sarasota, a fifty-year-old organization that has been in Sarasota for ten years. If you know how to be a good friend, and you enjoy the gift of friendship, come speak with our representatives for additional information. The Artful Giraffe is located at: 1861 Fruitville Road (parking is in the back of the building). 941-388-3700.

The Artful Giraffe

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Charity Poker Tournament at One-Eyed Jacks Poker Room , July 14, 6pm

The Charity Poker Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 14 at One-Eyed Jacks Poker Room, 4404 Bee Ridge Road. There will be a welcome reception at 6pm with complimentary appetizers, tournament welcome gift, and full cash bar. The tournament will begin at 6:30pm. The entry fee is $115 and all participants must pre-register. $500 will go to each top 5 winner.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: The Jersey Tenors: Part II , July 19 – September 11, Varies.

Back with a new show, this opera/rock mash-up sensation blends iconic opera classics with Rock & Roll hits from artists like Queen, Journey, and Elton John, along with the songs from Jersey’s finest—Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and Bon Jovi. From Frank Sinatra to Figaro, hear The Tenors’ original arrangements of songs celebrating artists from the stage to the screen, including “Walk Like A Man,” “Your Song,” “That’s Life,” “Eye of the Tiger,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and many more. The Jersey Tenors: Part II, created and conceived by Brian Noonan, will play beginning July 19, 2022 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Goldstein Cabaret

[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]  FILM: Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House , May 22 – September 23, Varies.

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2022 summer movie series: HD at the Opera House and Classic Movies at the Opera House. HD at the Opera House featuring filmed performances of opera and ballet from around the world will open on Sunday, May 22nd at 1:30 p.m. with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with tickets at $22, and $20 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series will open with In the Heat of the Night on Friday, July 8th at 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $12. (Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, May 2nd.)

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Friday Fest 2022 , June 17 – September 16, 5pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest events are our outdoor concert series that provide the community with 4 entertaining and FREE events from June to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront. Our Friday Fest lineup includes: Yesterdayze - June 17, Kettle of Fish - July 15, Big Night Out - August 12, and Jah Movement - September 16 at 5pm. 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch , January 2 – December 25, 10am-2pm

The Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch is home to more than 90 curated vendors of the region’s best food and flavors, located at Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch. It takes place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at Waterside Place. It’s your weekend destination for organic produce, meat, poultry, seafood, bread, pasta, juices and prepared foods. Stay up to date on vendors and events by visiting TheMarketLWR.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Eleanor Merritt: Remembrance , February 18 – August 21, Museum hours.

The Ringling is pleased to present an exhibition that celebrates the life and artwork of Eleanor Merritt from February 18, 2022 to August 21, 2022. Eleanor was a dedicated volunteer at The Ringling for many years as a docent and Board member. She also served as president of the Venice Art Center and was active in other arts organizations as well. Eleanor passed away in 2019 leaving a legacy of art and public service. This exhibition is dedicated to her spirit and creativity and represents a small sample of a significant body of work the artist created over her long career. Beginning with an early work from the 1950s Untitled (Seated Figure) and concluding with her last painting Blue Embrace of 2018, the exhibition highlights her creative use of materials, movement between figuration and abstraction, and her commitment to women’s rights. The works in the exhibition come from the artist’s estate and from a few prestigious private collections. The artist’s daughter, Lisa, and artist Mike Solomon were critical guides in the development of this exhibition. 

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Limelight Market , April 23 – December 17, 10am-3pm

Every 3rd Saturday from 10-3 The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime opens their outdoor space for guest vendors, dog rescues, and live music. Check out the 40 local creators and curators inside The Bazaar every Thursday - Saturday. Enjoy a delicious lunch and support local. Free, until you buy something amazing! 

[SOON]  HEALTH: Zumba at The Bay , July 9 – September 24, 10am-11am

Join Ya’el Campbell for a special monthly Zumba from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. This is a high energy outdoor Zumba class! Come dance with a fantastic group of Zumba Rockstars who will make you move, smile, jump, shake and sing… (it happens sometimes). Grab a friend, bring your kids, and meet new Zumba friends. Program Dates: July 9 (Bayfront Community Center); August 20 (Bayfront Community Center); September 24; The Bay Park, 655 N. Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  FILM: Summer Fun Under the Stars at The Bay's Family Movie Night! , July 29, 7:30pm-9pm

Come early to enjoy a walk through The Bay Park, then find a spot on the Civic Green, set out your blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic if desired. We recommend you bring beverages and bug spray, but definitely don't confuse the two! Once the sun sets, enjoy the free movie, popcorn and ice cream stretched out under the stars. Brought to you by our Founding Business Partners of The Bay! Run time: 1.5 Hours Date and time Fri, Jul 29, 2022, 7:30 PM EDT Location The Bay Park - Civic Green North side of the Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail.

[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: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 10 – August 13, 11am and 2 pm

The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling are happy to partner once again to present the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Don’t miss this family-friendly show that runs Friday, June 10 through Saturday, August 13! The Summer Circus Spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. The Summer Circus Spectacular takes place at the Historic Asolo Theatre at The Ringling (5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota). Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. 941-360-7399.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Maytag Virgin , June 29 – July 31, Varies.

A classic Southern love story. When the unflappable Jack Key moves in next door to the endearingly neurotic Lizzy Nash, sparks fly. Over time, neighborly nagging softens and a deeper connection emerges between the two high school teachers. As the leaves turn yellow and the months march on, kept secrets shake loose and the pair finds themselves facing the same question: how do you know when you’re ready to live, and love, again? Maytag Virgin by Audrey Cefaly will play beginning June 29, 2022 in FST's Keating Theatre. Run Time is 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Keating Theatre

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