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SRQ DAILY Jul 8, 2022

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"I wanted these young adults to have an opportunity to teach us adults, to express how they dream about a better future and a safer world, where we can all accept each other for who we are."

- Jim Weaver, Education Director and Artistic Associate, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Developing Dreams
Dylan Campbell. Dylan@srqme.com

Since June 13th, something special has been brewing amongst the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. Unlike the company’s traditional performances, however, this is not an effort spurred on by the talents of professional performers, but from the efforts of the Sarasota area youth. Now in its seventh year, the WBTT’s Stage of Discovery summer musical theater training program continues to be a haven for 13-18 year olds interested in exploring musical theater. The five week intensive program, requires an audition for entry, but is free of charge and offers lessons in singing, dancing, and acting from WBTT staff and guest instructors.

“The program is geared towards under-represented kids who typically wouldn’t have the opportunity to study theater. It’s a five week intensive featuring singing, acting and dancing with instructors of varying levels of experience coming in to teach. It culminates in the performance of an original production, We Dream, says Jim Weaver, WBTT’s Education Director and Artistic Associate.

We Dream, which was created, adapted, and directed by Weaver, will be performed by camp members on July 16th and 17th at the WBTT’s Donelly Theatre. The title of the production is in reference to the collective youth’s hope for a better future - something that Weaver felt was particularly relevant to the uncertain times the country finds itself in. “I wanted these young adults to have an opportunity to teach us adults - to express how they dream about a better future and a safer world, where we can all accept each other for who we are,” attests Weaver.

We Dream will feature a cohesive grouping of song and dance numbers, poetry, and monologues, all tied together by the production’s universal theme of peace, love, and understanding. “I wanted to challenge the students by putting something together that incorporated all three of the basic art forms they are studying - not just the song and dance aspect, but the acting as well. For We Dream, I created a compilation of different songs, strung together with poetry or monologues by different playwrights,” says Weaver. Tickets are $27/adults, $17/students

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Box Office: 941-366-1505, 1012 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota. Tickets are $27/adults, $17/students. 

Pictured: Rehearsal of WBTTs We Dream. Photo by Sorcha Augustine.

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[Medical Treatment]  New Procedure Available in Sarasota for Complex Digestive Conditions

For more than 12 years, architect James Nichols suffered from swallowing and throat problems. His condition got so bad he had trouble eating and sleeping, he lost more than 20 pounds and had constipation issues. He went to see Sarasota gastroenterologist Abdelhai Abdelqader, M.D., who diagnosed the problem and recommended a new procedure called POEMS. In the past patients like Nichols would have to travel to Orlando or Gainesville and wait months to see a specialist, but now this procedure is being offered at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital. Physicians are now able to perform the peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital. Physicians use high-definition, flexible endoscopes to go through the patient’s mouth and into the esophagus. Procedures are done in the endoscopy lab, which means no operating room or surgical scars for patients. Most patients go home the same day or just stay overnight. “This is big city care being done locally and this is the latest in endoscopic management. Complex digestive issues, that used to require surgery are now being done incisionless and minimally invasive so that means patients no longer have to suffer,” said board certified gastroenterologist Abdelhai Abdelqader, M.D. Patients are now coming to the Sarasota area from other parts of the state for treatment. James Nichols, is glad he didn’t have to travel far from his seasonal home in Sarasota. “In addition to eating and swallowing better, I sleep better and have an overall quality of life improvement,” added Nichols. 

Pictured: Endoscopy Team with Dr. Abdelqader.

[New Director]  Embracing Our Differences Names Sheila D. McKoy as its Exhibition Director

Embracing Our Differences recently named Sheila D. McKoy as its exhibition director. As an employee of the New Jersey Transit system for nearly 30 years, McKoy, a public art and creative placemaking expert and consultant, coordinated more than 150 public arts projects at transit facilities throughout the transportation system. During her tenure there, she managed the selection of artists from around the nation and oversaw contract negotiations with contractors and artists alike. McKoy also served as coordinator between communities, consultants, architects, and engineers to smoothly guide the process of integrating the artworks. In her new role, McKoy will oversee the planning, staging and management of Embracing Our Differences annual exhibit. McKoy participates regularly in panel discussions on public art at events and venues around the nation, including Audible, Pratt Institute, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, creative place-making conferences, and at museums and galleries. She is a board member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. McKoy holds a BA and an MBA in business management. 

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[Grant awarded]  Second Heart Homes Expands its Successful Supportive-Housing Program For Homeless Adults to Manatee County

An effective mental health and supportive-housing program for homeless adults in Sarasota will be expanding its work into Manatee County. Second Heart Homes recently purchased a property in Bradenton on June 9, expanding its program capacity to serve 43 men and women. The timing of the expansion comes as homelessness is up 25 percent in Manatee County since September, and more than 65 percent of those are homeless for the first time. Second Heart Homes’ high-touch, tailored-services approach sets it apart from other homelessness nonprofits by providing long-term housing and care that revives dignity, establishes stability, and teaches independence. Clients come to the organization based on their commitment to address their mental and physical health, remain sober and achieve personal goals toward self-sufficiency. Many later rejoin the community. The purchase of the new property was enabled by a $300,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. Other community leaders came together quickly to support the purchase, too, Howell said. Since being founded in 2019, the organization has provided its clients with more than 10,000 nights of living off the street. This has helped alleviate the strain on emergency and other social services personnel to care for homeless individuals, as well as the prevalence of panhandling. 

Pictured: Megan Howell, founder and executive director of Second Heart Homes (second from left) celebrates with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty team members Emilie Sebion, Craig Cerreta and Tamara Currey, who helped facilitate the purchase. Photo

[Board Members]  SPARCC Board Elects New Members & Officers

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) has elected the following officers for the 2022-2023 fiscal year: Barbara V. Gardner, Chair; Patrick Duggan, First Vice President; Shelley Walters-Walker, Second Vice President; Joan Castellani, Secretary; Andrea Hunt, Treasurer. Newly elected board members are: Gwen Arcara, Roger Capote, Luisa Goldman, Jami Goodlad, JoAnn Heisen and David Rayner. Continuing board members are: Susan Ghezzi, Charlotte Hinman, Capt. Deb Kiner and Charles Wilson. Outgoing board members are: Susan Erhart, Becky Mahoney, Diane Muir, Coral Pleas, Lori Rodgers, and Emily Walsh. “With over 40 years of service in our communities, SPARCC continues to successfully grow the free and confidential programs and services offered to survivors and their children,” said newly elected SPARCC Board Chair, Barbara Gardner. “I am honored to be part of an organization committed to being the heart of community free from the grip of domestic and sexual violence, and looking very forward to my term as Board Chair.” 

[Board Members]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Appoints Jon Soderberg to Its 2022-2023 Board of Trustees

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation announces the appointment of new board member, Jon Soderberg. Soderberg is managing partner at Prinsen Ventures and an attorney. He previously practiced with two large Washington, D.C.-based firms for several years and served as senior counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement. Jon joined medical device technology company Welch Allyn in 1999, where he served in several roles. In 2011 he was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Development and Strategy Officer, and later led the merger with Hillrom creating a global leader in patient care solutions. Jon earned a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland and a Juris Doctorate degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. A resident of Sarasota, Jon is a former trustee at Goucher College and currently sits on the board of PhotoniCare, a medical technology company. The current 20-member Healthcare Foundation board also includes Deb Kabinoff, Chair; Philip A. Delaney Jr., Past-Chair; Joel Morganroth, M.D., Treasurer; Gwen Mackenzie, Secretary; Robert G. Bartner; Carl W. Battle; Ariane M. Dart; Gary Dornbush; Mary Evelyn Guyton; Thomas F. Kelly, M.D.; Robert P. Martin; Diane M. Mayer; Jonathan E. Mitchell; Barbara Rodkin; Eric Spiegel; Sandra Stuart; David Verinder (Ex Officio); Kirk Voelker, M.D.; and Robert L. Wood. 

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[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]  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]  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]  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]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: Comedy Lottery , June 25 – July 30, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: Comedy Lottery Playing Through July 30 on Saturdays at 7:30pm. It’s the lottery where everyone wins! Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team of highly adaptable improvisers by selecting the night’s lineup from FST’s bucket of over 50 different improv games. Once the night’s games are chosen, our cast of funny people will be off to the races, spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. What will they come up with next? We have absolutely no idea. But one thing is for sure: every Saturday night, their destiny is in your hands.

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[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]  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]  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]  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.

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