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SRQ DAILY Aug 6, 2022

Saturday Perspectives Edition

Saturday Perspectives Edition

"The very act of voting demonstrates engagement in citizenry."

- Jennifer Vigne, Education Foundation of Sarasota County

[Education]  Engage in citizenry: Vote for qualified school board
Jennifer Vigne, jvigne@edfoundationsrq.org

As we enter August, it’s abundantly clear that our region, state and nation have entered the primary election season. Many Americans consider the right to vote to be the most precious of all the treasured rights that we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. 

The very act of voting demonstrates engagement in citizenry. And of all the important decisions to be made by engaged voters, I can’t think of an election that hits closer to home and carries more long-term impact for our community and its families than the school board election. 

On the upcoming Aug. 23 ballot in Sarasota County, voters will be selecting three of the five school board seats, and although each school board member represents five geographic districts, they are elected countywide.  

In District 1, Dawnyelle Singleton is running against incumbent Bridget Ziegler. Vying to replace Shirley Brown, who is retiring, for the District 4 seat are Robyn Marinelli and Lauren Kurnov. In District 5, Tim Enos and Nora Cietek are running for retiring Jane Goodwin’s seat. 

School board members are responsible for setting policies, approving budgets, adopting rules to implement provisions of state law, prescribing and adopting standards to provide each student the opportunity to receive a complete educational program, and performing duties assigned by Florida Statutes (1001.42) and State Board of Education Rules. They govern through policy as a collective unit and work to create the foundation for students’ academic achievement, while leaving the day-to-day operations of the school district to the Superintendent who serves as the CEO. 

Based on the position that governing effectively can greatly impact the culture of the school district, selecting candidates who can perform these roles and responsibilities is important. School boards who spend their time, energy and effort on supporting the district vision, establishing accountability measures to assess performance, and being a bridge between the community and district by developing relationships with families, the business community, legislators and other stakeholders will help to achieve the district’s goal of “working as one for the success of all.”

Having an informed citizenry that knows the role, responsibilities, and job requirements of a school board member is critical to our students’ success. 

This is an important election, and your vote counts. I encourage all registered voters to take time to learn and understand each candidate’s positions and examine their qualifications to carry out their statutory responsibilities and fulfill their role. Our children and our community deserve our very best.

Note the following important dates from the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections: 

Deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed: Sat., Aug 13, 5 p.m.

Early Voting: Sat., Aug. 13-Sun., Aug. 21

Election day: Tues., Aug 23.

Jennifer Vigne is president and CEO of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. 

[On Politics]  Dan Lobeck is Pro-Resident
Shirl Gauthier

I support Dan Lobeck for an at-large seat on the Sarasota City Commission, and here's why: Dan is pro-resident. For decades, he has selflessly devoted untold hours of his time to controlling growth and noise for the benefit of residents. I support Dan because he is reasonable. He is for sensible growth that conforms to our Comprehensive Plan. But he opposes the giveaways to greedy developers who are turning downtown Sarasota into condo canyon. I support Dan because he favors a vibrant and livable downtown with the unique culture and charm that drew so many of us here. But he opposes the lack of enforcement of our ordinances and the block parties that are turning our downtown into party town.

I support Dan because although he is registered with a different party than I am, our City Commission election is a nonpartisan election. And I don’t care what party he’s registered with; he is pro-resident and that is why I support Dan Lobeck for Sarasota City Commission.

I urge voters regardless of party affiliation to help elect Dan Lobeck. 

Shirl Gauthier is a resident of Sarasota. 

[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 Gecko’s 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 Gecko’s 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]  GRAB BAG: Artful Philanthropy at The Ringling , August 10, 10:30 am

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to offer community members interested in philanthropy, estate planning, and making an impact on arts and culture a variety of resources, including seminars, curator talks, and panel presentations. In collaboration with the national organization Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) which engages 19 million people across 60 countries celebrating Black philanthropy, The Ringling is proud to host this dynamic panel discussion on the deep history and culture of giving by black women, and the importance of family philanthropy in Black communities. Join us for Black Women in Philanthropy: A Lesson in Altruism + Engaging the Next Generation, taking place on Wednesday, August 10, at 10:30 AM in The Ringing's Chao Lecture Hall. The session is FREE to attend, and will feature Dr. Caryl Sheffield, President of the Masala Giving Circle; Dr. Lisa Merritt, Executive Director for the Multicultural Health Institute and Member of The Ringling Board of Directors; and Ranata Reeder, Vice President, Knowledge and Equity at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The Ringling's Associate Director of Development, Michelle Young, will moderate the discussion. Morning refreshments will be provided.

[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]  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

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