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SRQ DAILY Jul 22, 2022

Friday Weekend Edition

Friday Weekend Edition

"Many of the families are seeing theater or a cabaret style performance for the first time. We just want to cultivate that love for theater while listening to music that everyone from the kids to the grandparents can enjoy."

- Caroline Salvidar, Director of Childrens Theater, Florida Studio Theatre.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Theater for Everyone
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This Saturday, come to Phillippi Estate Park to catch a performance from Florida Studio Theatre. At 7pm, FST will make its next stop on its summer touring show, Off the Charts! - a free, public performance that features a high-energy music revue designed to make musical theater as accessible as possible. “The show is performed by our acting apprentices - recent college graduates who come and apprentice with us. Off the Charts is a music based show, featuring pop music from the 1950s to today,” says Caroline Salvidar, FST’s Director of Children’s Theater.

The show, which lasts about 45 minutes with no intermission, is targeted towards creating a positive experience for children and their families.. “We encourage people to bring snacks and get up and sing and dance along to the music, as opposed to telling a child to sit perfectly still and be silent during a traditional theater performance. Many of the families are seeing theater or a cabaret style performance for the first time and we just want to cultivate that love for theater while listening to music that everyone from the kids to the grandparents can enjoy,” says Salvidar.

By eliminating the element of cost and making the show a roving act - previous weeks have seen the show at Nokomis Community Park and the Selby Library - FST hopes to make theater as accessible as possible. “Our goal is always to engage the audience where they are right now. We understand that if you live too far away from Florida Studio Theatre, it might be difficult for you to get to downtown Sarasota,” attests Salvidar.

Additional opportunities for engagement are present at the shows as well. Families are encouraged to learn about FST’s theatrical education classes as well as their Write A Play program - a nationwide effort that empowers schoolteachers to help students write their own plays in the classroom. 

Picutred: Harry Shaull, Linnzie Hays, Gemma Vodacek, Caleb Lee and audience volunteers perform the YMCA during performance of Off the Charts! at Lakewood Ranch Waterside Plaza. Photo by FST.

[School News]  Important Reminders from Sarasota County Schools

Please note the following reminders and important information from Sarasota County Schools: Register for the 2022-23 School Year. All parents and guardians are encouraged, if they have not done so already, to begin registering first-time students – as well as re-register existing students – for the upcoming school year! As a reminder, the first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 10. Please visit www.sarasotacountyschools.net/register for more information and to start the registration or re-registration process. Free & Reduced-Price Meal Benefit Applications – Now Open. Eligible families are encouraged to complete & submit their Free & Reduced-Price Meal Benefit application before the start of school: Free & Reduced-Price Meal Benefit Application. The USDA did not extend free meal waivers for the 2022-23 school year. As a result, families will need to complete a Free & Reduced-Price Meal Benefit application to receive breakfast and lunch for free or at a reduced price. If you are unsure if you need to apply for this year, please contact Food & Nutrition Services’ main office for assistance at 941-486-2199. More information can be found at on our website at www.sarasotacountyschools.net/FREE. Sign-up for the Family Access Portal. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to create a Family Access Portal account if they haven’t done so already. Please also consider checking your existing Portal account to make sure your information is correct. The Family Access Portal can be used to view student report cards, track student attendance, assignment grades, and other important information. Creating an account will also provide your current email address to your child’s teachers. 

[New Construction]  Excitement Building for DiVosta’s New Amenity Campus at Talon Preserve

Residents and homebuyers at DiVosta’s Talon Preserve in the sought-after Palmer Ranch area of Sarasota County are excitedly watching the progress of the community’s elevated lifestyle taking shape as the expansive amenity campus is well underway. With the 18,000-square-foot grand resort clubhouse, freeform pool with rock waterfall and beach-entry features, and 14 sports courts for pickleball, tennis, and bocce ball taking shape before their eyes, there’s heightened anticipation for the grand opening expected for early 2023 and vision of an enhanced get-to-know-your-neighbors lifestyle. Designed to be the social hub for the community, the sprawling amenity campus was created collaboratively by the area’s top planners, architects, and designers. It offers various social, recreational, and fitness opportunities, with inviting indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. The centerpiece of Talon Preserve’s alfresco lifestyle is the resort-inspired pool with a sloping beach entry, rock waterfall feature, and lap lane. The expansive pool deck provides chaises for lounging in the sun and the convenience of a full-service outdoor bar and restaurant. Other outdoor amenities include a splash pad, outdoor spa, fire pit lounge overlooking the lake, and a playground.mThe grand clubhouse features a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio and weight training equipment, a performance training room, and separate group fitness studio to practice aerobics, yoga, or Pilates. Gathering rooms for clubs and activities, a classic arcade with an air hockey table and games, and a welcoming social lounge encourage conversation and camaraderie, while an oversized community room complete with a catering kitchen is ideal for hosting larger group events. The clubhouse’s covered terrace and outdoor lounge offer additional gathering places, with an alfresco living room positioned by the soft glow of an outdoor fireplace. The courts complex caters to sports enthusiasts at Talon Preserve, offering eight pickleball courts, four bocce courts, two tennis courts, and shade canopies with seating. Residents also enjoy a full calendar of social events, community clubs, classes, and outings coordinated by a full-time on-site activities director. Talon Preserve on Palmer Ranch is located at 6248 Grande Talon Lane in Nokomis off Honore Avenue, half a mile south of FL-681. The on-site sales gallery is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information or to speak with a member of the DiVosta team, call 941-300-1116 or visit www.TalonPreserve.com. 

Pictured: Featuring new tailored floor plans, DiVostas models offer flexibility in space design that reflects the preferences and passions of today’s homebuyers, and expansive outdoor living spaces for alfresco entertainment.

[Artwork]  Resilient Retreat, Call for Sarasota Artists

Resilient Retreat, a new non-profit that serves survivors of trauma and helping professionals (police, firefighters, advocates and medical professionals, among others), is pleased to invite local artists to contribute to the soon-to-open retreat center. Generously sponsored by the Halo Arts Project, the Art Competition is open to artists of all ages who wish to donate pieces of hung art focused on resilience, hope and strength after adversity. A variety of mediums will be accepted, including photography, mixed medium and paint. The Art Committee will be looking for three main criteria: a focus on resilience, hope, and strength after adversity; meaning and purpose provided in description; and flow with architecture and design (hygge). Up to fifteen pieces will be selected for display, and in addition to having their name and artwork displayed at Resilient Retreat, two honorariums will be awarded the following: 1st Place: $1,500 cash (sponsored by Halo Arts Project); 2nd Place: Two VIP tickets to Resilient Rhapsody Concert, including a one-night stay at the Retreat Center on April 16, 2023. All artwork must be framed with a simple contemporary frame (metallic or light wood) or gallery wrapped no less than 1.5 inches with finished edges. Entries must be wired and ready to hang. There is no entry fee, and entries may not depict copyrighted images, characters or logos, unless the copyright is owned by the artist. All artwork for judging must be received by September 1, 2022. Those who would like to see the space in advance and get inspiration are welcome to Artist Inspiration Day on July 30, 2022, at 10 a.m. at the Retreat Center. Artists are responsible for bringing the artwork to Resilient Retreat (13010 Fruitville Road, Sarasota). The new Retreat Center is located on 84 acres of conservation land in Sarasota, and its buildings are inspired by the Danish concept of hygge, reflecting coziness and self-care. Winners will be announced on October 1, 2022, and the grand opening is scheduled for November 3, 2022.  

To learn more, visit

[Youth Leadership]  BGCSDC to Honor Community Leaders at 16th Annual IPG Leadership Breakfast on September 9

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties will honor Carolyn Mason, Community Leader, and Steve Cantees, Secondary Schools Executive Director at the 16th Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering our community’s future leaders to reach their full potential. The event will take place on Friday, September 9 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. For the last 16 years, our community has come together every September at the annual Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) Leadership Breakfast to honor incredible individuals who have been instrumental in empowering our youth to achieve great futures. This year our two honorees are dedicated and committed to ensuring our youth and families have access to community enrichment programs that provide a pathway for academic success. The Leadership Breakfast will celebrate the honoree’s dedication to supporting teens as they develop leadership skills, explore entrepreneurial education, and continue college and career readiness. All proceeds from this event will allow BGCSDC to elevate their award-winning slate of Teen Programs and provide life-changing programs to thousands of teens across Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at bgcsdc.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Dawn Bouck, Community Engagement Manager at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties for more information by emailing dbouck@bgcsdc.org or calling (941) 366-3911. 

[New Hire]  Casey Jones Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group

Charles L. “Casey” Jones Jr. has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a sales associate in the Bradenton, Florida, office. A 42-year resident of the area, Jones brings extensive market knowledge and strong customer service experience. Prior to becoming a Realtor, he was store manager of SiteOne Landscape Supply in Lakewood Ranch. Jones earned a bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, and enjoys traveling, fishing and golf. He and his wife of 48 years, Kathy, have three children and four grandchildren. The RE/MAX Alliance Group Bradenton office is located at Bradenton office at 3007 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton, Florida. Jones can be reached at (941) 704-4725 or CaseyJones@remax.net.  

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Christmas in July , July 21 – July 23, 10am-3pm

Ho! Ho! Ho! Head over to the Limelight District if you are ready to find great deals on unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and visit with Santa! The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is celebrating Christmas in July from Thursday the 21st to Saturday the 23rd from 10-3 each day. The 40 creators and curators are offering great deals on clothing, original art, plants, jewelry, unique one-if-a-kind items, and so much more! Plus, kids can always pick out a free book when they visit. It’s Breakfast with Santa at Hamlet’s Eatery in The Bazaar courtyard from 10:30-12:30. Enjoy delicious breakfast items off the menu and bring your camera. Our neighbors across the street, Creative Liberties, are also celebrating Saturday with deals, cookies, and activities for the kids. 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information call 941-445-1938 or visit www.BazaarOnApricotandLime.com

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Love, Linda at The Players , July 14 – July 24, 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm

The Players Centre presents Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter. July 14-16 & 21-23, 2022 at 7:30pm; July 17 & 24, 2022 at 2pm. The timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter weave through the compelling narrative of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who was the driving force behind the legendary songwriter. Studio 1130-The Crossings at Siesta Key, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Please park and enter the mall at the Connors Steak & Seafood.

[SOON]  SPORTS: International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships , July 18 – July 24

The 13th CCWC will be held from July 18 to 24, 2022 at Nathan Benderson Park (NBP), located in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. Held in alternate years, these championships are for entire boats from individual clubs around the world. Dragon boat races are water sport activity in which teams race in a canoe-like vessel.

Nathan Benderson Park

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Fantasticks , July 21 – July 24

The Fantasticks, with Book & Lyrics By Tom Jones and Music By Harvey Schmidt, will show July 21 - 24. “Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

Venice Theatre Jervey Main Stage

[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]  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]  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

[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]  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: 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]  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]  GRAB BAG: Humane Society of Sarasota County Adult Summer Camp , July 30, 3 pm - 6 pm

Do you wish you could attend HSSC's Fur Fun Camps? Now you can! HSSC's Adult Summer Camp gives adults the chance to learn about and interact with shelter pets and other animals, both domestic and exotic. Join us on Saturday, July 30, from 3-6pm, for exciting speakers, an inside look at the happenings in our facility, and "adult" snacks and drinks. Our Adult Summer Camp is designed for adults (but just as fun as the kids' version) and will be held in the Education Center at the Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th St., Sarasota. HSSC's Adult Summer Camp is open to adults, ages 21+. Cost is $40 per attendee (Pre-registration is required). For more details and to register, visit our Adult Summer Camp webpage. https://www.hssc.org/get-involved/events/adult-summer-camp.

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