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SRQ DAILY Aug 3, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Our community is stronger when parents, educators and professionals have the latest information to better support children as they strive to achieve their full potential."

- Michelle Kapreilian, CEO, Forty Carrots Family Center.

[Guest Speaker]  “THRIVERS: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine” 20th Annual FREE Virtual Community Speaker Event

Registration is open for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 20th annual free Educational Community Speaker Event Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The virtual presentation will feature educational psychologist and best-selling author Michele Borba, Ed.D. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. The event is free and advance registration is required.

Michele Borba’s latest book, Thrivers, is a sharply insightful, science-backed guide that helps parents and educators teach the essential character traits kids need to become “thrivers” – young people who flourish in rapidly changing, digitally-driven and uncertain world. Borba will identify seven teachable strengths that will safeguard kids for the future, offering practical “how-to” strategies 

and ideas for everyday activities that build up kids’ strength, resilience, happiness, and success. Certificates of Attendance and CEU’s will be available.

“Our community is stronger when parents, educators and professionals have the latest information to better support children as they strive to achieve their full potential. We are especially grateful to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for their longstanding support as our presenting partner,” stated Michelle Kapreilian, Forty Carrots Family Center CEO. The previous 19 speaker events have reached nearly 14,000 parents, professionals, and educators in our area.To register for this free virtual community event visit www.fortycarrots.org, email events@fortycarrots.com or call (941) 365-7716. RSVP is required and registration is open at www.FortyCarrots.org. 

[Upcoming Event]  Actress Ashley Judd to Appear at Local Non-Profit

Resilient Retreat, a new non-profit that serves survivors of trauma and helping professionals (police, firefighters, advocates and medical professionals, among others), proudly announces the dates of its upcoming dedication and grand opening. Free and open to the public, the Campus Building Dedication and Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, October 18. Inspired by the Danish design concept of hygge, reflecting coziness and self-care, the Retreat’s new facilities will be available for small group, guided tours. Attendees will also experience samplings from Resilient Retreat’s programming, a sage ceremony and the placement of a time capsule to help commemorate this important milestone for the local community. The official Grand Opening Celebration Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Ashley Judd will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 3. This ticketed event will feature a ceremonial ribbon cutting, a sponsor reception and book signing and a tented luncheon on the retreat’s magnificent 84 acres of conservation land.  

[Circus Arts]  Summer Circus Spectacular

Thanks to two very generous sponsors, we have recently been able to share the art of circus with children who might otherwise not have been able to participate in this experience. Sun Outdoors Sarasota has sponsored a weekly circus workshop series, taught by artists appearing in the Summer Circus Spectacular. This program has reached more than 150 children. The Tom and Carol Beeler Foundation has awarded 17 full scholarships to the CAC's Circus Summer Camp. Children from the Boys and Girls Club and the Visible Men Academy are learning circus skills and self-confidence in our final weeks of Circus Summer Camp 2022. Will you join these generous sponsors? Your gift can help break down financial roadblocks to success, and create opportunities for students to build strength and character. You can give the gift of achievement, belonging, confidence, and connection. 

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[Board Members]  Community Day School Appoints Two New Members to its Board of Trustees

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School recently appointed Dr. Jesse Ehrlich and Rabbi Michael Shefrin to its board of trustees, a committed group of leaders who continue to guide the school after its success moving onto its new campus in 2021. According to Mitch Blumenthal, who serves as president of Community Day School’s board of trustees, the board is entrusted with the responsibility of creating school policies, as well as financial and strategic planning for long-term success. Blumenthal notes that, “Dr. Ehrlich and Rabbi Shefrin share a profound commitment to Community Day School and its mission. They’ve both demonstrated a tireless passion for education and the community with years of service and dedication. Their combined experience, expertise and leadership qualities are immeasurably valuable. We’re thrilled and honored to welcome them to the Community Day School

PIctured: Left to right: Rachel Saltzberg, Mitch Blumenthal, Dan Ceaser, Rabbi Michael Shefrin, and Dr. Jesse Ehrlich. Photo courtesy of Community Day School.

[Sustainability Solutions]  First Watch Reduces Plastic Footprint by 30 Million Straws

First Watch, the leader in Daytime Dining, has partnered with WinCup, Inc. to replace about 30 million plastic straws annually in its more than 440 restaurants nationwide with phade®, a first-of-its-kind sustainable straw that naturally breaks down in the ocean in a matter of months. The new partners collectively place innovation and environmental sustainability as their core priorities, while providing a customer experience that looks and feels like a traditional plastic straw yet will safely return to nature through composting. Currently, First Watch offers phade® straws in two of its markets and intends to rollout nationally in the next two months. The secret behind phade® lies in its careful development that uses natural, raw materials to create straws that quickly and safely return to the earth in a matter of months after use, a significantly reduced timeline when compared to the hundreds of years it can take traditional petroleum-based straws to leave the environment. This is thanks to the straw’s unique PHA (short for polyhydroxyalkanoate) properties, which because of its organic, plant-based make-up, bacteria treat as a food source in nearly all natural environments. First Watch’s partnership with WinCup comes as the Bradenton, Florida-based company is experiencing unprecedented growth. Named the fastest growing full-service restaurant company in 2021 by FSR Magazine, First Watch today has a geographical footprint stretching across 28 states. The restaurant concept is making progress in ensuring its experiences and operations are based in sustainable practices. These efforts include offerings such as its award-winning Project Sunrise coffee, which supports independent groups of female farmers in Colombia, 100% recyclable to-go paper bags and containers made from 90% post-consumer waste fibers, napkins made with 100% recycled paper and, most recently, compostable phade® straws. In addition to sharing commitments to quality performance, team wellbeing and doing the right thing, First Watch was drawn to WinCup in part because its unique, award-winning focus on sustainable solutions. WinCup has won numerous awards for the development and launch of phade®, including the 2021 Innovation Award for Foodservice for Sustainability Solutions from the National Restaurant Association and SmartBrief, and 2020 Innovation in Bioplastics Award from the Bioplastics Division of PLASTICS (The Plastics Industry Association). Connecting the two organizations helps empower customers to play a role in taking care of the planet.


[New Construction]  Amenity Center Opens in Neal Communities’ Windward Neighborhood in Lakewood Ranch

Residents of Windward at Lakewood Ranch, a Neal Communities neighborhood, have a new reason to enjoy their community. A 9,600-square-foot clubhouse with a gathering center, full-time activities director and state-of-the-art fitness center recently opened. The neighborhood amenities also include two resort-style pools – one for families with children and one for adults only, as well as pickleball and tennis courts, trails for walking and biking, and playgrounds and park areas. Windward at Lakewood Ranch is located near 1-75 at Fruitville and Lorraine Roads in Sarasota County. It is a gated community featuring homes with two to four bedrooms, ranging in square footage from 1,434 to 2,936. Home prices start at $495,990 and there are new homes under construction now. Visit www.nealcommunities.com/new-homes/windward/ for more information. 

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[County News]  Manatee County Homeowners: Don’t Overpay for Your Records

The Office of Angelina "Angel" Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, is warning homeowners of letters sent by private companies offering to provide a copy of their recorded deed for $89. The official-looking letter is sent to new homeowners, informing them that a deed has been recorded in Official Records. The document identifies the mail recipient as the new property owner. The message continues with instructions on obtaining a copy of the recorded deed by filling out the bottom portion of the document and returning it along with a check or money order for $89 to Property Records Office, LLC. While the service this company provides is not illegal, it is unnecessary. Homeowners who wish to receive a copy of their recorded deed can contact the Clerk & Comptroller's office at (941) 741-4045 to request a copy. A hard copy of a document costs $1.00 per page and $2.00 for certification if ordered. Additionally, residents can visit the Clerk & Comptroller's website at www.ManateeClerk.com to download a copy of their recorded deed for free through the Clerk's Public Records Hub. While on the Public Records Hub, homeowners are encouraged to set up property fraud alerts. The Clerk & Comptroller's office provides Property Fraud Alerts free of charge. This service notifies customers whenever an instrument of record, such as a declaration, lease, mortgage, or lien, is recorded in the Official Record. Subscribers create as many alerts as needed using different variations of their name, spouse's name, or business name. An email alert is sent when a record containing one or more of these names is recorded with the Clerk & Comptroller's office. 

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[Announcement]  Jim Shirley, Arts and Cultural Alliance Executive Director, Announces Retirement

Arts and Cultural Alliance Executive Director, Jim Shirley, has announced he will retire at the end of December 2022. Shirley assumed leadership in 2009 of what was then called the
Arts Council in 2009 and has served in that capacity for the past 13 years. The Arts Council was founded in 1986 and serves as the umbrella organization for all arts and culture institutions in Sarasota County. Its name was later changed to recognize the importance and impact of arts and culture on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The mission of the Alliance includes being the chief advocate for all facets of the arts in the community including arts education for all children in our schools. The Alliance administers the Tourist Development
Tax Arts Grant program for Sarasota County in addition to other granting programs supporting arts organizations and individual artists throughout the region. These programs have resulted in over $45 million of funding for the cultural community in Sarasota County.

“The Arts Alliance would not be where it is today if it were not for Jim’s hard work and dedication over the years. We are very grateful for the many things he has accomplished during his tenure. We will continue to move forward during this pivotal time and shortly will begin the process of engaging new leadership,” said Alliance President of the Board, Kelley Lavin. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: The More You Know , August 6, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: The More You Know Saturday, August 6 at 7:30pm. It’s time to go back to school! Uproarious characters and memorable plot twists will arise as the audience provides suggestions that the FST Improv cast will improvise into a John Hughes Back to School-style epic. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a teen, or a younger brother or sister, everyone can identify with the timeless characters that cross paths in our school’s hallways. Come relive your school days with FST Improv’s The More You Know!

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  HEALTH: Health and Wellness Beauty Fair , August 6, 11am-3pm

This relaxing day will feature the latest technology in non-invasive, no down time facial/neck treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, SofWave. On-site treatments, demos, discounts & samples, vendors & shopping, food, wine & live music + amazing door prizes! Free EMSlim body sculpting session w/ SofWave purchase. Please come out and meet Nancy Dowe, RN, BSN, Licensed Esthetician with 30 years of nursing and skincare experience and owner of Esteem Medical Aesthetics of Bradenton. Saturday, August 6th, 11 am to 3 pm, Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Boulevard East, Bradenton, RSVP by text: 615-319-3603.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Rock & Roll Reignited With Not Fade Away , June 14 – August 7, Varies.

This is Rock & Roll Reignited! Inspired by the legendary music of artists like Buddy Holly, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more, this new revue reignites Rock & Roll classics with sizzle, showmanship, and style. Fresh off their national tour, Not Fade Away has performed to sold out theatres in over 150 cities. Now, the four-piece band brings the best of the ‘50s and ‘60s to Sarasota with such hits as “It’s So Easy,” “Rave On,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and more. Rock & Roll Reignited With Not Fade Away, created by Jared Mancuso with musical arrangements by Jared Mancuso and Nick Gallardo plays June 14 - August 7, 2022, in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hard Heart Burlesque at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre , August 7, 8:00 pm

Hard Heart Burlesque is back at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre August 7 at 8pm for an unforgettable night of tease, variety and more. This show is a love letter to the films we love, each act paying homage to the silver screen. Hard Heart is bringing together some of the starlets of Florida burlesque to bring you a steamy night of celluloid. Starring your producers "the sweetheart with a switchblade," Miss Marina Elaine and "the quadruple threat," Karma Kandlewick, this smoke show features the talents of Dahlia Dupre, Morgan La Rue, Nilla Bean, Mr. Mary and your emcee, the one and only, Lady LaLa. Tickets are $37 and can be purchased here: https://www.mccurdyscomedy.com/shows/show.cfm?shoID=404.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys , August 9 – October 2, Varies.

With more than 40 years of cumulative work on some of Broadway’s biggest hits, The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich songbook as a way to share their stories of life, love, and trying to make it in New York City. Whether you’re a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue or just a casual listener, The Uptown Boys have something to satisfy everyone. Featuring such hits as “Only The Good Die Young,” “For the Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and many more you know and love. New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys™ by Alexander Aguilar and John De Simini will play beginning August 9, 2022 in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Tap Takeover Tuesdays at Geckos on Hillview Street , August 9 – August 31, 7:00-8:00 pm

Still going strong on the second Tuesday of each month. We are local and we support local! Join us from 7:00-8:00 to sample flights of the latest craft beer offerings from our local craft breweries as they take over our taps, along with all your favorite Geckos fare. August is Sierra Nevada Brewery’s five newest craft beers to enjoy. Hillview-Southside Village, 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota. wwwgeckosgrill.com

Gecko’s on Hillview

[SOON]  GALLERY: As long as there is sun, as long as there is light: Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art , November 21 – August 13, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of As long as there is sun, as long as there is light. Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run Nov. 21, 2021 – Aug. 13, 2023, in the museum’s Searing Wing. In 2020, The Ringling received a significant gift of art from Murray Bring and Kay Delaney Bring, in support of the modern and contemporary collection. Highlights from the gift include an important minimalist work by Anne Truitt and a monumental work on canvas by Gene Davis, both artists affiliated with the Washington Color School, an art movement during the 1950s to 1970s in Washington D.C., made up of abstract expressionist artists Additional works in the gift represent a generation of prominent artists who work, or have worked, in abstraction, including Clement Meadmore, Jules Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Rebecca Salter, Kenneth Snelson, and Yuriko Yamaguchi, among others. Also on view are sculptures and paintings by distinguished African American and Latin American artists from The Ringling collection, including William Edmondson, Eduardo Mac Entyre, Omar Rayo, Baruj Salinas, and Joyce de Guatemala.  

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Metadata: Rethinking Photography from the 21st Century , March 6 – August 28, Museum hours.

The exhibition features work from the past decade by an international selection of artists and visual activists that are working to make palpable the unseen information, or metadata, that undergirds the image regime. This includes not just the tags or descriptors attached to image files, but the power relationships, biases, and economic interests that are not always visible in the image itself. The exhibition emphasizes an expanded concept of photographic practice that includes research-based projects, installation, conceptual work, and activism as well as analog and digital photographs. Artists featured are Mohsen Azar, Viktoria Binschtok, Mladen Bizumic, Joy Buolamwini, Jason Lazarus, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Lilly Lulay, Trevor Paglen, and Penelope Umbrico. Metadata: Rethinking Photography in the 21st Century will be held at The John and Mable Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida from March 6 through August 28th, 2022. The exhibition is curated by Christopher Jones, Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Curator of Photography and Media Art.

[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.)

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