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"Our lift stations work off the same power grid as everyone else. As power goes out, so do the lift stations."

- Manatee County Commissioner George Kruse

[Hurricane]  Sarasota, Manatee Look Toward Hurricane Ian Recovery
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

After Hurricane Ian made landfall in Lee County, Sarasota and Manatee counties dealt with the rain and wind of the Category 4 storm as it moved through the region.

Manatee County saw more than 100,000 residents evacuated from flood zones into shelters or out of the state. County commissioners there declared a state of emergency this weekend. Sarasota County also evacuated residents from flood zones A and B as the storm track forecasts showed the storm system impacting the region. 

While the Sarasota-Manatee area avoided a direct hit from the storm, severe winds forced law enforcement and first responders to suspend service for several hours on Wednesday. Residents were ordered off the roads, and shelters early in the day were locked down in Manatee at capacity as individuals still in the region were to shelter in place in their own homes. Meanwhile, Manatee County officials immediately ran into power issues as 15% of lift stations lost power, leading the county to discourage people from excessive flushing of toilets.

“Our lift stations work off the same power grid as everyone else. As power goes out, so do the lift station,” said Manatee County Commissioner George Kruse in a tweet. “Help preserve our infrastructure. We’ll get them up and running as soon as it’s save. In the interim, you shouldn’t be going anyplace that requires a shower anyway!”

As of 8 p.m., the eye of the storm moves into the Port Charlotte area but continued on a north-northeast path toward Orlando and alongside Sarasota and Bradenton. By that point, more than 164,000 customers were without power in Manatee County and nearly 255,000 were in the dark in Sarasota County. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday came through Sarasota and met with local officials about storm response. “State and county officials are working to ensure we are prepared for the significant anticipated impacts of Hurricane Ian,” he said.

The aftermath of the storm will become clear with daylight this morning. Government officials have stressed individuals should remain off the roads as first responders work to secure the area.

School districts in both counties canceled school for the remainder of the week, as did all of the colleges in the region. Many public schools are serving right now as shelters for evacuated residents. 

Image courtesy Manatee County Government.

[Hurricane]  BBB Warns Consumers to Watchout for Storm Chasers after Hurricane Ian

Better Business Bureau warns consumers that in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, watch out for storm chasers going door-to-door looking to take advantage of people. The moments after a hurricane can feel overwhelming and leave many people with damage to their homes. Hurricane victims should never feel pressured to make a hasty decision or choose an unknown contractor. Make temporary repairs if necessary so you can take the time to choose a trustworthy contractor. BBB’s Florida Hurricane Guide is a one-stop resource page to help Floridians prepare and recover from a hurricane. Within this hurricane guide, you will find guidance on disaster preparedness, recovery and repair, and how to avoid scams post-hurricane.  

For more information click here

[In Conversation ]  In Conversation Tanya Ryskind of NewGate Montessori School

In the September 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Tanya Ryskind, Head of School, NewGate Montessori 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 Rysking shares her insights with SRQ readers.

How can educational institutions and parents help form kids that are able to handle stressors like we are seeing today?

I really think in today's culture, certainly Christian schools, parochial schools, Montessori schools, we call ourselves learning environments and communities. The stressors will always be there, but I know at our school, because we have different age groups with different appreciations of what's going on, it's very different to have a 10 year old talk about gun violence than it is to have a three year old use a stick and start shooting. I mean, there's one of innocence. And then there's one of trying to manage the world because they heard it on their older teenage brothers podcast. So I think that that's where our schools become places of transparency and consistency and we're going to be there for them when they ask us the tough questions, but we're not necessarily going to rub violence in their face. Montessori schools have a universal curriculum and we treat people the way we want to be treated. It is kind of a mutual, organic, beautiful respect and the foundation of our core values. And I think families and students of all ages feel that it's a visceral feeling when they're on our campuses and believe it because we model it every day. We wake up and, and find joy in living our best selves. 

To read the full article, click here.

[Living Lakewood]  Getting Sirius
Abby Weingarten

GETTING SIRIUS | Behind Karen Medford's Award-Winning Sirius Day Spas.

Find out more about Sirius Day Spa”s sweeping success through this link, on our social media, or in the Fall 2022 edition of Living Lakewood! 

Read Here!

[Living Lakewood]  Medical Forefront
Abby Weingarten

MEDICAL FOREFRONT | Behind the Scenes with CEO Andy Guz of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

Gain insight with the Andy Guz interview through this link, on our social media, or in the Fall 2022 edition of Living Lakewood! 

Read Here!

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County: Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair , October 1, 8am-1pm

2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair is an exciting community event, drawing in a variety of consumers from casual houseplant owners to dedicated horticulturalists. Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 8:00am to 1:00pm UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County will be hosting a plant fair at the Barbara Davis Educational Gardens located at 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221. Instead of buying your next plant at a big box store, why not find a more affordable, expertly grown plant that supports your local community? All our plants are grown by Master Gardener Volunteers and all proceeds go towards supporting and maintaining Manatee County’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program. People can register for free for a one hour time slot on the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County Eventbrite page. 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Information Call Alyssa Vinson at 941-722-4524 extension 1822


[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]  THEATER: Manatee Performing Arts Center: RENT , September 14 – October 2, Varies

La Vie Boheme! Jonathan Larson’s iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Revolutionists , September 16 – October 2, Varied

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson. Four bodacious women lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent, women-centered tragicomedy set during the French Revolution. This witty, thought-provoking, raucously funny adventure was inventively conceived by one of today’s most-produced American playwrights. * Includes adult language/themes. Audience discretion advised. September 16-October 2, 2022. Tickets Adult $29 College/Educator $21 Youth $15 For more information visit venicetheatre.org, Ph. 941.488.1115, email info@venicetheatre.net 

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W Venice, FL 34285 (The Box Office is currently closed for walk-up business)

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series Concerts: Virtuoso Violins Magnificent Markovs , October 2, 4pm-6pm

Violin phenom Alexander Markov has wowed audiences playing his gold electric violin in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and packed stadiums. This program unites him with his gifted violinist parents as the “first family of the violin” presents classical favorites, followed by Alexander Markov’s original composition Caesar, for electric violin, organ, choir, percussion, rhythm section and orchestral musicians.  Sunday, October 2, 2022 4:00 PM 6:00 PM at the Sarasota Opera House For tickets visit artistseriesconcerts.org Ph. 941-306-1202

Sarasota Opera House , 61 North Pineapple AvenueSarasota, FL, 34236

[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]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Little Shop of Horrors , October 6 – October 16, 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. Little Shop of Horror will feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man who seeks fame at the cost of his morals with the help of a man-eating plant. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, this musical has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. October 6-16, 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]  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]  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: Friendsgiving - Dessert and Wine Auction , November 5, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Save the date for Friendsgiving, a Dessert and Wine Auction to benefit local shelter animals on November 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Elks Lodge #1511, 2511 75th St. West Bradenton. Delectable desserts made by professional bakeries and gift baskets will be available by live and silent auction. There will be a wine raffle, lite bites and a cash bar. Free to attend. Proceeds benefit: Grace and Friends Medical Fund, Heal My Heart treating heartworm positive dogs, Slumber Fund for dog beds, Traveling Paws transporting dogs to northern forever homes, Enrichment and Food for Ferals. 

Elks Lodge

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