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"Navigating a new world that includes impaired vision can lead to further feelings of helplessness and isolation. We welcome this new partnership with Samaritan and look forward to helping our clients cope with the challenges vision loss entails."

- Lisa Howard, CEO of Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center.

[Sports]  Spring Training Slates Scheduled For 2023
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Grapefruit League has dates set for the 2023 spring training season. Major League Baseball teams will bring with them a boost in sports tourism for the region.

The Baltimore Orioles will play 16 home games at Ed Smith Stadium in its 14th consecutive season in Sarasota. The Atlanta Braves will also play 16 games at home at CoolToday Park in North Port. And the Pittsburgh Pirates will play 16 home games at LECOM Park in Bradenton, where the team has played for 55 years.

All three teams managed to schedule opening games at home this year on Feb. 25, making the Sarasota-Manatee County area a major sporting venue as the Major League season kicks off. The Os play the Minneapolis Twins, the Braves face the Boston Red Sox and the Bucs will play the Toronto Blue Jays.

And over the course of the season, which runs through March 28, the three teams expect to draw thousands to baseball diamonds in the region. Major League Baseball for the 2022 season reported that the Braves attracted 46,320 to spring training, the Orioles drew 38,351 spectators and the Pirates pulled in 30,738 to games. Of note, attendance has been down 31% since 2019, with seasons impacted by both the COVID-19 pandemic and by an MLB lockout, but this year should be the first “normal” season in three years.

The teams will also spent much of their time away but still in this market. The Orioles and Pirates will play each other a record six times over the course of the season, three times in Sarasota (March 5, 8 and 19) on and three times in Bradenton (Feb. 28, March 14 and 25). The Braves also play the Os on March 4 in Sarasota and March 13 in North Port, and face the Pirates on March 14 in Bradenton and March 26 in North Port.


CoolToday Park. Image courtesy Visit Sarasota.

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Joseph Stokes of Sarasota Christian School

In the September 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Joseph Stokes, Head of School at Sarasota Christian School as part of our In Conversation feature with educational leaaders about current trends in education. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Stokes shares his insights with SRQ readers.

How do you think that having a set of principles has benefited the students at a school like yours?

In our mission statement as might be expected, it would embody our savior as part of being a Christian school. So we talk about the love of Christ, we talk about learning about the scriptures, but one of the things that's most important is that we serve. And so I think we find the service piece historically at this school has led to everything from environmental things to service projects in the community to mission trips. And so the more that we can help students develop their service concepts about other people and get outside of themselves, the love of Christ ends up becoming something that is visible and real. And you realize that if we're not serving in a way that helps others, we're kind of missing a point of the gospel. So I'm, I'm very happy to say that we may have different names for the things that are important in our creed, but I think we all have a creed that is trying to produce citizens that are an advantage for the community, for the churches they come from, from the families that they serve. 

To read the full article, click here.

[Retirement]  Icard Merrill's Steve Greenberg Announces Retirement

Icard Merrill Shareholder and Real Estate Attorney Steven Greenberg has announced his retirement from the practice of law. Greenberg joined the firm in May of 1994 and has been board certified in real estate law by The Florida Bar since 1993. He has handled tens of thousands of closings over his career and has provided countless hours of education to realtors and affiliates in the region to help them stay current on legal issues. Greenberg has been an instructor and frequent lecturer for REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) and other organizations. Greenberg served as an agent for most title underwriters and as general counsel to several real estate companies, advising clients on all aspects of real estate law. He was named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America® in 2022 and 2023. Icard Merrill’s extensive real estate practice group continues to serve clients throughout the Suncoast region, offering skilled and comprehensive counsel in a diverse range of legal matters including closings, property valuation, buying or selling property, liens and titles, coastal and waterfront matters, planning and development, and more. More information can be found at icardmerrill.com. 

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[Grand Opening]  Ribbon cutting at Waterside Place

O&A Coffee, 1570 Lakefront Drive, #102, in Waterside Place at Lakewood Ranch, will hold its ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Founded in 2015, O&A Coffee was originally conceptualized as a mobile coffee bar. Originally stationed on the sidewalk in downtown Sarasota, the focus of O&A remained a constant: to make delicious coffee with great service. O&A’s roasts are small farm, ethically-sourced high-quality coffees from across the globe. For more information visit oandacoffee.com. 

[Guest Speaker]  Michael Saunders to Speak at Dreamers & Doers Speaker Series

Michael Saunders, Founder and CEO of Michael Saunders & Company, will speak at Dreamers & Doers on Thursday, September 8. The series, presented by Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, provides a platform for young professionals and business owners to network while learning from the global business leaders living in the Sarasota region. Michael Saunders, known for her successful development of the real estate empire Michael Saunders & Company, has a well-established reputation in the industry. Through her tenacity and determination, Saunders has worked to break down barriers in her field, and today leads an enterprise that achieved $4.79 billion in sales in 2021.The journey of building Saunders' real estate business was not without its obstacles. Beginning in 1976, when it was rare for women to own their own businesses, Saunders had to fight against the “status quo” to even get started. But with her “never give up” attitude she was able to transform the industry, building one of the most successful and well-known companies in the country. Her wide range of success and ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles make her an invaluable resource. Breaking Barriers with Michael Saunders will take place on Thursday, September 8 at 5:45 pm at The Bay Park. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit https://breakingbarrierswithmichaelsaunders.eventbrite.com. The series continues with The Greater Good featuring Mark Pritchett, President and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, on Thursday, October 13. 

[Grant awarded]  Mental Health Support for Vision Loss

Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to provide mental health counseling services to its clients. In conjunction with Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast, this new program will offer support for those who have significant vision loss or are blind. Services will include individual counseling along with small group sessions. “Loss of eyesight can have a devastating effect on anyone,” said Lisa Howard, CEO of Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center. “Navigating a new world that includes impaired vision can lead to further feelings of helplessness and isolation. We welcome this new partnership with Samaritan and look forward to helping our clients cope with the challenges vision loss entails.”

“We are blessed to work with this population helping them find hope and peace in their lives,” said John Gregory, Community Care Director for Samaritan Counseling. “Our counselor reports clients are expressing positive comments and results. Some are moving forward by starting new things in their lives, resuming relationships, and exploring work opportunities. Many have expressed they are able to have a life again as they are learning to look at things from a different perspective.” Funds for this initiative were granted through the Community Foundation’s Equity and Access program to support projects that promote equity and access to services amongst populations who face systemic barriers in our community. These grants are an opportunity for the Community Foundation to partner with organizations who are focusing on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access in local, direct service work. 

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[New Director]  Anne-Marie Russell Joins The Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg as Interim Executive Director

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (MFA) announces Anne-Marie Russell as new Interim Executive Director. Anne-Marie joins the MFA from Architecture Sarasota, where she recently served as Executive Director. Russell brings to bear more than 25 years of expertise in cultural production leadership to the MFA. As interim Executive Director, Anne-Marie will be responsible for continuing the successful momentum of the MFA. She will provide leadership and support to the accomplished staff in the curation of new and upcoming exhibitions, build out the MFA’s encyclopedic collection, and ensure that the museum maintains the high-quality experience for which it’s celebrated. Russell was the inaugural Executive Director of the Sarasota Art Museum and previously the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson. Most recently, she served as Executive Director for Architecture Sarasota. She received a BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MA in art history from the University of Arizona. Russell succeeds Kristen A. Shepherd, who served as CEO and Executive Director of the MFA from December 2016 to August 2022. Russell is joining the MFA at a pivotal moment. With exciting exhibitions such as the nationally acclaimed Gio Swaby: Fresh Up coming to a close, and the opening of True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism on the horizon, the MFA looks forward to continued growth and momentum under Russell’s tenure. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bookstore1Sarasota: Author Talk & Book Signing with Jason Cannon , September 3, 12pm-1pm

This Above All: How to Live an Artistic Life. Author Talk & Book Signing with Jason Cannon. Bookstore1Sarasota 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 September 3rd, 2022. 12pm-1pm. Price $0 – $8. Is there something holding you back from what you know you can do? From who you know you can be? Are you always starting, but never finishing? Your novel? Your music? Your painting, poetry, sculpture, or play? Do you struggle to maintain passion and balance in your work, your exercise routine, or your relationship? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this book is for you. Come participate in a Q&A with Jason, buy the book, and get it signed. For more information visit www.sarasotabooks.com

Bookstore1Sarasota , 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Robinson Preserve: Stargazing , September 3, 8PM-11PM

An astronomical extravaganza! Join us for an evening of stargazing in the Robinson Preserve Expansion. Dozens of local astronomers will be set up in the Robinson Preserve Expansion, with telescopes at the ready. Be sure to bring a sense of wonder and exploration and view the skies through high-powered telescopes. Learn how to identify these heavenly bodies, and how you can stargaze at home too. Program suitable for all ages. Sat, September 3, 2022 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT Located 10299 9th Avenue Northwest Bradenton, FL 34209


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Sarasota Modern: Wink Wink Modern Pool , September 4, Noon-5pm

The Sarasota Modern & Hiatus Tequila present Wink Wink Modern Pool: Sunday Funday! Join us for some end-of-summer fun on Sept 4, 2022! 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. $30 General Admission $40 at the door VIP Rentals (prices vary, limited availbility). Our Wink Wink Modern Pool Bar will offer a full menu fun tropical fusion bites and featuring Hiatus Tequila cocktails. DJ Joey D will be playing Tropical House and your favorite summer time tunes from Noon til' 5:00 PM. This event is 21+. ID's will be checked and wristbands will be given out upon arrival. Valet Parking $14.00 per vehicle All registered Sarasota Modern Hotel guests are allowed free access to this event Please see our front desk agents for your wristband for entry. $30 General Admission Online, $40 at the door.

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Mr. Yunioshi , September 7 – September 11, Varied

MR. YUNIOSHI Written, Directed and Performed by J. Elijah Cho. A Limited Engagement. September 7 - 11, 2022. Urbanite Theatre. What compels an actor to play a character that they probably shouldn't? In this side splitting roast, J. Elijah Cho cleverly answers that question by exploring Mickey Rooney's infamous yellowface performance of Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's. For tickets and info contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Bailando at The Bay: Dance Lessons , September 7, 6:30pm-9pm

Learn a variety of Latin dance styles that are suitable for beginners or advanced dancers. September 7th feature Bachata! Fred Astaire Dance Studios partners with The Bay to offer this new dance series! Enjoy learning a variety of Latin dance styles that are suitable for beginners and advanced dancers. Dance lessons will take place from 6:30-7:15pm, and then practice your skills at a dance party hosted by DJ Nando from 7:30-9pm. Dance style focus on September 7th: Bachata! Location Van Wezel Terrace 777 North Tamiami Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Side by Side by Sondheim , September 8 – September 18, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd Season with Six That Matter – shows that explore finding purpose, the universal desire to live a life that matters, to fully appreciate aspiration. Be it finding true love, sacrificing it all, a life of devotion, cultivating artistry, finding fame, each of these unforgettable shows- important in their own genres, are celebrations of greatness, of striving for more, that will make memories, sparking feelings of joy- of what being alive fully means. Side by Side by Sondheim is a revue that celebrates the wit and genius of musical theatre’s most influential artist, who searched for what it means to be alive. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics that are heartbreakingly true and music that captures the soaring emotions of a new generation with Side by Side by Sondheim. Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of this contemporary master and a must for diehard fans. September 8th-18th, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

[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]  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]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: Movies For Heroes , September 13 – December 13, Varied

Sarasota Film Society is proud to present "Movies For Heroes", a year long Salute to our Military. Active, Non-Active, Retired Personnel & their family are welcomed to join us once a month at 11am at Burns Court & Lakewood Ranch Cinemas starting in January of 2022 for a year of free movie screenings. 10% of the concession sales from these screenings will go to Wounded Warrior Project. Space is limited, reserve your tickets today. Location Burns Court Cinemas 506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236.

506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: MOTE MARINE: Meet the Women of Mote , September 14 – October 7, Varied

MEET THE WOMEN OF MOTE This year, we are celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of  Mote’s founding director, Dr. Eugenie Clark. Thanks to her amazing legacy, many women have followed in her wake. This fall, we introduce you to the marine science educators, researchers, and ocean explorers that we call "The Women of Mote".  You’ll learn about their journeys, career challenges, and their incredible accomplishments impacting marine environments in our own backyard and around the globe. We hope you'll join us- and find yourself inspired- as we celebrate these talented and pioneering women during the second season of Women of Mote. The three-part series will include two virtual events, and one hybrid event held in the WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium while being broadcast to our virtual audience. Sept. 14 and 21 and one hybrid event Oct. 7. More event details can be found at mote.org/womenofmote

Mote Marine , 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida.

[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Guys and Dolls , October 5 – November 20, Varied

A Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Guys and Dolls tells the story of New York City gambler Nathan Detroit, who dreams of setting up a big dice game while avoiding the authorities—and marriage to his longtime fiancée. Meanwhile, fellow gambler Sky Masterson ends up wooing a strait-laced missionary in a scheme to fund the game. WBTT will add its own special twist to this crowd-pleasing show! Performances run October 5th-November 20th, 2022. For more information visit westcoastblacktheatre.org, Ph. 941-366-1505, Box Office questions email boxoffice@westcoastblacktheatre.org

The Donelly Theatre , 1012 N. Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Forty Carrots Family Center 20th Annual Free Virtual Community Speaker Event , September 21, 7:00 pm

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. 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.

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