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SRQ DAILY Oct 12, 2022

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"We are expanding our manatee program to include an offsite facility that will allow us to increase our manatee holding capacity and perform emergency hospital care work for injured and ill manatees. "

- Virginia Edmonds, Director of Animal Service at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.

-You're invited! Nominations now open for the 2023 Best of SRQ Local Readers Competition!
[Grant awarded]  The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Secures State Funded Grant to Extend Efforts for Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

On Monday, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature announced that it has secured an additional state funded grant for $718,700 to be used in the expansion of its manatee care and rehabilitation program. The funds appropriated through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will provide supplementary assets for manatee rescue and rehabilitation. Upgrades include emergency transportation, veterinary lab equipment, and renovation of a newly-leased facility in Myakka City, formerly used as a sea lion conservation center. The facility has seven pools with life support systems that will need to be retrofitted to hold manatees. Manatees are plant eating marine mammals with a sensitivity to cold water temperatures. The life support will be adapted to filter plant material and the pools will need heaters to keep the manatees warm in the winter.

Wild manatees are facing more challenges than ever due to an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) affecting Florida’s manatee population. A UME is defined by the Marine Mammal Protection Act as a significant die-off that demands immediate response. Since 2020, more manatees have been lost to the current UME than any other period in our state’s history. The Bishop has been rehabilitating manatees since 1998 and was a founding member of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) in 2001. The MRP is a cooperative of nonprofit, private, state, and federal entities that rescue, rehabilitate, and return manatees to the wild. In addition to the over 700 manatee deaths related to the Unusual Mortality Event in the past two years, the dangers and risks to the manatee population include getting hit by boats, becoming entangled in crab trap and monofilament line, water pollution, cold-stress syndrome, red-tide illness and orphaned calves.

“The Bishop performs second stage manatee rehabilitation and release,” says Virginia Edmonds, Director of Animal Service at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. “We are expanding our manatee program to include an offsite facility that will allow us to increase our manatee holding capacity and perform emergency hospital care work for injured and ill manatees. The second funding award we received will help us purchase much needed equipment for transport, manatee handling and care, and veterinarian equipment to help with manatee illness and injury diagnosis and treatment.”

November is Manatee Awareness Month. Please watch for manatees as they start making their way to warm water refuges. Report an injured or ill manatee to FWC at 888-404-FWCC. 

Pictured: Members of Bishop Animal Care performing ultrasound on Janus the Manatee. Photo courtesy of The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.

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[Hurricane Relief]  Charles & Margery Barancik Aids Teachers, Social Service Agencies in Hurricane Ian Relief Effort

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has provided $644,000 as part of its immediate Hurricane Ian relief this week, with an aim to help teachers recover from the storm and return to their classrooms while also aiding area nonprofits to provide critical help in food provisions, early learning and youth services, mental health, and other areas. Barancik Foundation created a $200,000 fund for the Sarasota County School District to assist staff with immediate needs and a similar $30,000 effort for the DeSoto County School District. Another $200,000 was contributed to help ease the financial burden on thousands of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System staffers impacted by storm. About 25% of the system’s more than 8,000 employees live in the hard-hit areas of south Sarasota County. Other recipients of the Barancik funding and other aid include the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto counties, the YMCA of Southwest Florida, All Faiths Food Bank, Harvest House, Links2Success, Children First, Florida Center, and Early Learning Coalition. Barancik and the region’s other major foundations are coordinating to make sure they are not duplicating efforts and are collaborating to provide complementary relief that magnifies impact. Additional efforts will be made by Barancik Foundation for the longer-term recovery. 

[Fundraising Gala]  Florida Studio Theatre Announces Date for It Annual Fundraising Event

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) will hold its annual shindig on Monday, February 6, 2023, in FST’s Hegner Theatre Wing. Attendees are invited to don their favorite ‘70s apparel or best cocktail attire for FST’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Wendy Grady, a Winter Season Underwriter and staunch supporter of the theatre’s WRITE A PLAY program for several years, will chair this event. Gulf Coast Community Foundation is the lead sponsor of FST’s annual shindig. Sponsorships of various levels are available. To reserve a table for this event on February 6, contact Kristin Hartnett, Development Associate, at KHartnett@FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9017 ext. 316. The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception, performances by FST’s resident improv troupe, and more, at 5:30PM. Guests will then assemble in FST’s Gompertz Theatre to watch exclusive live performances by some of FST’s beloved artists. A seated dinner by Michael’s On East will conclude the evening. During the Shindig, FST will present the esteemed Spelman Award. Named in honor of Florida Studio Theatre’s founding Artistic Director, Jon Spelman, the Spelman Award is presented to a foundation or an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership by providing FST with mentorship, financial, and/or in-kind support. 

Pictured: The 70s--More Than A Decade (23): Brianna Barnes. Photo by John Jones.

[Recognition]  Locals Honored with Wildlife Champion and Inspiring Artist Awards

Mary Lundeberg of Englewood is the inaugural recipient of the Wildlife Champion Award, and Clare Harvey and Barry Thorne, a couple from North Port, are the inaugural recipients of the Inspiring Artist Award. Both awards were presented by Randy Moore, the owner of Triple 3 Marketing and publisher of Englewood Healthy Living and South County Healthy Living.
Mary was recognized for using her talent as a photographer and author of books and articles to promote the preservation of wildlife. Clare and Barry were recognized for building one of the region’s most successful children’s art programs at the North Port Art Center. Triple 3 Marketing has presented awards to 21 individuals, businesses and nonprofits since 2018. The
awards include the Lee Reid Englewood Lifetime Achievement Award, Venice Lifetime Achievement Award, Venice Spirit Award, North Port Spirit Award, Englewood Spirit Award, and the Sarasota County Spirit Award. A complete list of the award recipients is posted at EnglewoodHealthyLiving.com and SouthCountyHealthyLiving.com. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Return of the SARTQ Sarasota Artist Collective Print Party

SARTQ Sarasota Artist Collective announces the return of their legendary print party, scheduled for Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Art Central, 1330 Central Avenue in
Sarasota. The print party offers guests the opportunity to select from 7 different designs created specifically for this event by local artists. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own clothing items such as t-shirts, tote bags, towels, etc., any item that can lie flat under a screen and accept ink. Choose your favorite design to have printed for just $10 or pick three designs to print for $20. Blank adult t-shirts will also be available for purchase. Cash preferred, however Vemno will be accepted. One of Sarasota’s favorite food trucks, Big Blue Grilled Cheese Company, will also be on site offering up their famous grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as beverages. This is a free, family friendly event with music and a hangout atmosphere.
This annual event gives the public a chance to interact with both art and artists,” Julie Kanapaux, Co-Director of SARTQ said. “This year’s party, the first since 2019, will serve as an opportunity for the public to purchase a print created right before their eyes while meeting the members of SARTQ.” SARTQ Sarasota Artist Collective aims to maintain a network of accomplished Sarasota artists, manage exhibitions and events, and collaborate with the community. Current members include Danielle Dygert, Zachary Gilliland, Grace Howl, Julie Kanapaux, Laine Nixon, Rae Ramos, Taylor Robenalt, Javier (Javo) Rodriguez, Tom Stephens and Sam Wuerfel. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  KOLO: The Show to Premiere in Sarasota: Celebrating the Artistic & Cultural Heritage of Ukraine

As our world experiences a pivotal chapter in history, it is both an honor and a privilege to present KOLO: an unparalleled immersive theatrical show performed tocontemporary settings of authentic music that allows audiences a magical window to the magnificent expression of the cultural heritage and the spirit of Modern Ukraine. Never-before in history has this story been told through performance, music, and dance. This extraordinary show features renowned United States and World Professional Theatre Arts and Ballroom Champions, whose grace, beauty, and expression inherent in their dance performance tells the story of human soul in pursuit of freedom in the cycle of modern Ukrainian history. KOLO makes its’ global premiere in Sarasota and is the brainchild of award-winning, Ukrainian-bred competitive ballroom dancers and partners, Iaroslav and Liliia Bieliei, both natives of Kyiv. Serving as executive producers of KOLO, Iaroslav and Liliia are widely respected in the dance sport community with over 25 years of experience and world-renown. KOLO premieres at Sarasota’s venerable Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for two performances on December 26, 2022. The do not miss show of 2022! Tickets on sale now HERE or www.koloshow.com.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

[Jewish Family & Children's Service of Suncoast]  JFCS Cares

JFCS is there when our community needs us most. From major societal upheavals like COVID to international refugee crises, and local families like the Mendoza children who suffered an unimaginable tragedy with the loss of both parents in an accident, JFCS hears the call. We don’t just listen – we act, bringing together our expert resources, your philanthropic support, and the compassion of community partners. Together, we make a difference.

Today our community comes together yet again to help those most severely affected by Hurricane Ian. JFCS again will use our resources in any way we can. Our counseling professionals help by providing trauma-informed care, our outreach team will coordinate resources to provide meals, and our aging services team will help seniors regain a sense of normalcy by offering group sessions and socialization – a chance for people to feel better by sharing their stories.

 JFCS never stops looking for ways to help, and your support will allow us to continue through this current calamity and whatever comes next.



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[Awareness]  Manatee County Clerk’s Office recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October

Each year thousands of women, men, and children in Florida are impacted by domestic violence. Throughout October, the office of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller observes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month, the Clerk is heightening awareness of their services to help protect the individuals affected by domestic violence issues. The Clerk’s office provides critical public services to help those facing domestic violence, including processing domestic violence injunctions, better known as restraining orders, at no cost to the filer. Over the last fiscal year, which ended September 30, 2022, the office received and processed nearly 1,000 injunction applications. An injunction, sometimes called a restraining order, is a court order which tells someone to do or not do something. An Injunction for Protection against Violence is signed by a judge and can be enforced by law enforcement or the courts. In Florida, Injunctions for Protection are governed by Florida Statutes Sections 741.30 and 784.046. The Clerk’s office provides several injunction packets, including domestic violence, repeat violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. In addition to processing and filing injunctions, the office partners with HOPE Family Services, the Rape Crisis Center provided by Centerstone, and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Victim's Advocate Unit to provide additional services and information to customers in need. Here are the steps to take if you believe you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence or have a reasonable fear that violence is imminent: If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 for assistance from law enforcement; Visit our office to start the process of filing for an injunction; Call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119 for support, advocacy, and assistance finding a shelter.  

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[Culture City]  Dynamic Duo
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Dynamic Duo | Asolo Repertory Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards and Managing Director Linda DiGabriele look back on their time with the institution.

Read more about the Rep’s resounding directors through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read here!

[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]  THEATER: CreArte Latino Cultural Center: MADENUSA , September 16 – October 15, Varied

CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents MADENUSA A Play by Claudia Soroka September 16-17, at 8 p.m., September 18 at 5 p.m., and October 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. MADENUSA is an amusing and fresh take on the immigrant experience that delves into the intricacies of adjusting to a different culture. The comedy is directed by Carolina Franco, president and artistic director of CreArte Latino Cultural Center. The play will be performed in Spanish with subtitles in English. The playwright will attend the show on September 17 with a bilingual Q & A after the performance. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit www.creartelatino.org. CreArte Latino Cultural Center is at 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota. The show is sponsored, in part, by a $3,000 grant from Bradenton Area Arts & Culture.

CreArte Latino Cultural Center, 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Geckos Grill and Pubs , December 6 – January 1, 7:30 pm

Gecko’s Grill & Pubs Trivia – Think While You Drink!  If you love Trivia, join the #BestTrivia award-winning fun at Gecko’s on Clark Road and Gecko’s on Hillview year round and at Gecko’s on SR 64 starting back up in April.  All Trivia starts at 7:30 pm. Prizes, Giveaways & Specials plus the Gecko’s fare you love. www.geckosgrill.com.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Stuff The Bus Food Drive , October 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The annual Stuff The Bus event, which was started in 2009, was created through the kind hearts of the School District of Manatee County Transportation Staff. They wanted to give back to the community and knew of “Stuff the Bus” events in other cities and suggested placing one school bus in front of one Publix store in Manatee County. The leadership of Publix thought it was a great idea and requested a bus at every Publix store in Manatee County. Since 2009, nearly 1.1 million pounds of food has been donated through the Stuff The Bus food drive. Since the first Stuff the Bus event thirteen years ago, this event has evolved to include many Community Partners, including: United Way Suncoast, Publix, Herald-Tribune, the School District of Manatee County, and of course, the Transportation Staff of the School District. We are thrilled to have Mosaic as our presenting sponsor this year. All proceeds and donated food will benefit The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS. Please stop by your local Publix in Manatee County to support this event. Goal: Raise 150,000 pounds of food to feed Manatee County residents! All Manatee County Publix Locations. 

Meals on Wheels PLUS

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Siesta Key Crystal Classic , November 11 – November 14

The free Siesta Key Breeze Trolley runs daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm to and from Siesta Key Village and Turtle Beach. A mobile app is available to track the trolley in real time. New transportation on and off Siesta Key is now available via Sarasota County’s OnDemand Service. Customers can request a ride via a mobile app, which is available in app stores for iPhone and Android devices, online at scgov.net/OnDemand, or by calling 941-300-1553. OnDemand uses accessible minivans and operates similarly to today’s popular ridesharing services like Uber and Lift. The OnDemand vehicle will pick up customers and take them to their destinations within the same zone.

Siesta Key Beach

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Arts Center: PUPPY PALS Comedic Stunt Dog Show , November 12, 2:00pm

A family fun action-packed show where adopted and rescued dogs perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking feats. Watch as we lead the puppies and audience through challenging and comical tricks as the pooches show everyone who is really boss! Full of surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy this performance appeals to children of all ages. During the PUPPY PALS Comedic Stunt Dog Show you will witness some of the most incredible dog stunts and behaviors ever performed by man’s best friend. For more information: www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875.

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

[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]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Voices - Rising Choreographers , October 13 – October 16, Varied

Voices - Rising Choreographers. October 13th-16th 2022. Opening Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s 17th Season is Voices – Rising Choreographers, this program presents rising voices who were selected by adjudication from SCD's Summer Intensive Programs, chosen by Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. This years range of work presented reinforces SCD spirit of nurturing artists in various stages of their career. From emerging to mid-career, these contemporary voices matter, and we aim to provide a performance platform that EMPOWERS these choreographers. Performance Location: Jane B. Cook Theater 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 Contact: info@sarasotacontemporarydance.org - 941.260.8485 - www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: That Must Be The Entrance To Heaven , June 9 – July 9

THAT MUST BE THE ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN by Franky D. Gonzalez. A World Premiere. June 9 - July 9, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. Glory. Survival. Legacy. Citizenship. Four Latino boxers all chase a world title to achieve their personal versions of heaven. But to get there, they must battle each other, their own battered bodies, and the universe itself. All four men walk the line between life and death in this poignant, poetic collision of combat and cosmos. 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: Sarasota Ballet: Program 7 - Tribute to Balanchine , April 28 – April 29

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 7 - Tribute to Balanchine. April 28-29, 2023 at the Sarasota Opera House. Featuring: Divertimento No. 15 - Choreography by George Balanchine, Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Four Temperaments - Choreography by George Balanchine, Music by Paul Hindemith. Western Symphony - Choreography by George Balanchine, Music – American folk tunes arranged by Hershy Kay. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 6 - La Sylphide , March 24 – March 25

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 6 - La Sylphide. March 24-25, 2023. At the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. La Sylphide (Company Premiere) Choreography by Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville, Music by Herman Severin Lovenskiold. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

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