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SRQ DAILY Oct 13, 2022

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

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Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"Kids of challenged families need services, support and care that are 24/7, 365 and multigenerational."

- Ralph Smith, Managing Director, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

[Education]  2022 Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Update Breakfast
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

After meeting virtually for the past two years, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading came together for their first in-person community update breakfast Tuesday morning at GROVE in Lakewood Ranch. Lead partners and community members gathered together to connect and strengthen their resolve to help children from birth through third grade, especially those from asset-limited families, succeed in life by ensuring they read on grade level.

Beth Duda, director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading opened the program by asking everyone to keep in their minds and hearts our neighbors who have suffered after Hurricane Ian. She welcomed the donation of gift cards to be distributed with families who are struggling and shared opportunities to contribute to disaster relief. She noted that the families facing the greatest challenges right now are also the families who have had two years of learning disrupted because of Covid 19 and that although third-grade reading scores had improved a few years ago, the pandemic and disruption it caused are reflected in the most recent scores, which are lower. She encouraged individuals, businesses, nonprofits, schools, housing authorities, government and the media to work together to help lift our students to the success they deserve.

The power of video was then used to present twin sisters, Niavy and Janeli Griffith, students at Ashton Elementary School. The girls proudly announced that they are ‘fantastic readers' because for the past two years, they participated in THIS BOOK IS COOL, a series of 100 webisodes designed to encourage a love of reading. It premiered on June 1, 2020, and since then, thousands of children from across the Suncoast region have qualified to receive free books thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation. In 2022, 3,220 kids participated and combined, they read 89,721 books.

After the video presentation, keynote speaker, Ralph Smith, Managing Director for Campaign for Grade-Level Reading took the stage. He spoke about the fact that today, we have far more children stranded on the wrong side of an achievement gap. “The pandemic didn’t cause the gap, but it contributed to it and made it worse,” he said. He talked about the layering of disasters upon economically-challenged families as a “slow-moving disaster” referring to all of the challenges these families are facing, including the pandemic, climate disasters and the latest hurricane. “Kids of challenged families need services, support and care that are 24/7, 365 and multigenerational,” he said. “Schools are not the solution. We’ve got to broaden our aperture and get communities involved in and leading the effort.” He acknowledged the unique work of the partnerships involved--The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, United Way Suncoast and United Way of Charlotte County–which together create a set of relationships that become networks and webs through which community is built and the foundation for which community resilience is set. ”What we are doing is helping us commit to the generational imperative to do what we can to build a community that will leave to the next generation a democracy that works to solve problems, a world with good air to breathe, a world that can accommodate migration and refugees, a world that can solve the climate challenge, and a world that is worthy of the children of which we profess to care.”

After a group singalong of “This Little Light of Mine,” President and CEO of the Patterson Foundation, Debra Jacobs briefly spoke. “You are part of every child in our region's future,” she said. “Thank you for giving and using your gifts the way you do.” 

Pictured: Keynote Speaker Ralph Smith, Managing Director, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

[Philanthropyropy]  Barancik Foundation, ELC Help Preschools Rebuild Playgrounds
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Hurricane Ian ended playground time at 19 Sarasota County preschools.

Mostly because of destroyed fencing, playground equipment remains unusable for the moment. Damage hit the area thanks to winds and rain connected to the Category 4 hurricane, which made landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sept. 28. But a partnership between the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County should restore facilities soon. The Barancik Foundation will provide $50,000 to keep the outdoor play opportunities available to the region’s youngest citizens.

“Schools and teachers of all varieties have been through so much disruption in the last few years that Barancik Foundation has made returning classrooms – and playgrounds – to normal a priority in the wake of the storm,” said Teri A Hansen, Barancik Foundation president and CEO.

The construction community also made valuable contributions to the effort. Willis A. Smith Construction, one of the leading builders for education facilities in the area, connected the foundation and coalition with Starline Multiservices, a Pasco County-based cleaning and restoration specialist.

Janet Kahn, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition, said the contributions by Starline proved invaluable.

“We would like to commend Carlos Yeguez of Starline Multiservices for his compassion and cooperation in putting the needs of our littlest learners center stage,” Kahn said. “Despite his company’s full plate, he has dedicated a team to this widespread preschool effort. We are grateful for his initiative, focus and speed in getting our little ones back on the playground.”

The foundation stressed in an announcement the value of outdoor play in child development, helping children improve gross motor skills and activating senses while also providing an environment where young people must learn to behave and respect one another.

Foundation officials said they play to continue to watch the restoration of playgrounds and preschools, and are committed to helping the region with long-time recovery.  

Photo courtesy Barancik Foundation

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Elizabeth Fisher Good of The Foundation United

In the October 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Elizabeth Fisher Good, CEO/Founder of The Foundation United as part of our In Conversation feature in which she discussed her foundation’s work in eradicating sexual abuse and exploitation locally and globally. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which she shares her insights with SRQ readers.

It feels like the issue of sex trafficking and sex abuse has become more public. That people have become more publicly aware of it due to high profile situations like Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, R Kelly. 

I could tell you for the last 12 years, I've been in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune. I've been on television, radio, Fox News…practically screaming it and finally, like you said, they're hearing it a little bit. Because we had Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. But, what happened then? It still was buried in a week. It's very, very interesting how few people care. I think you have the victims' side of it and those people that were abused, care. And then, you have the fact that, I think the stat now is up to 70% of men or women, will consume pornography as a form of sex trafficking. Every time we have a trafficking ring bust, and there's a pastor in it, a teacher in it, a father in it, they always say, "I don't know how I got here. I never would've bought a child." But, it's a progressive addiction. And, the research is telling us that it is rewiring our children's neural pathways. They are being rewired to systemically not be capable of forming intimacy. It's such a different world. So, I think we're finally getting a little bit of attention.



[Donations]  Everglades University Donates Supplies for Homeless Veterans to Goodwill Manasota

The Everglades University – Sarasota Campus recently partnered with Goodwill Manasota and its Veterans Services program to collect items to benefit homeless veterans. The Everglades University donation drive – which ran from mid-August through mid-September – resulted in the collection of items such as socks, T-shirts, canned food, Slim Jims, trail mix and other snacks, mini water bottles, combs, deodorant and more; these items are being packed into backpacks and distributed to homeless veterans served by Goodwill’s American Veterans and Their Families program. At Everglades University, students, staff and faculty choose a nonprofit to support each month. The veteran-serving charitable effort is a particularly good fit for the campus: Everglades University is a yellow ribbon school, serving many veterans who are on campus getting their education after serving our country. The partnership was cemented after school representatives visited the Veterans Services program office a handful of years ago and heard how Goodwill works to address critical needs of the local veteran population. Goodwill’s Veterans Services program works to help eliminate barriers to employment, provide opportunities for higher-paying positions for veterans and their families, and connect veterans with needed social services. It also offers networking opportunities and emergency financial assistance – which is particularly important for veterans without housing or at risk of becoming homeless. 

Pictured: Sydney Pollock, director of student services for Everglades University - Sarasota Campus, with Todd Hughes, Goodwill's American Veterans and Their Families program manager

[Seniors]  Fall Programs at The Paradise Center

The Paradise Center, Longboat Key’s only senior community center catering to the health and wellness of island residents and visitors year-round, has put their fall programming
in place in anticipation of a busier-than-ever season. “If the last few weeks are any indication, we are in for a very busy fall and winter. Our 2022 attendance is already our highest ever! Many new visitors and residents in our community are looking for things to do and places to go for social engagement, physical wellbeing and mental stimulation,” remarks The Paradise Center’s Executive Director Suzy Brenner. “We have a variety of classes and events designed with seniors in mind, but everyone is welcome!” The Paradise Center is located at 546 Bay Isles Road, LBK (across from the Longboat Library). Most programs are FREE for members or $10/person for non-members. Walk-ins are welcome to all fitness classes, but some programs require advance registration. More info can be found at TheParadiseCenter.org or call 941-383-6493. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  FST’s 22-23 Winter Mainstage Series Opens With Hit Broadway Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN!

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) kicks off its 49th Winter Mainstage Series with Something Rotten!, a hit musical comedy that was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. With Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and Music & Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten! is a humorous mashup of 16th century Shakespeare and 21st century Broadway. Something Rotten! begins playing November 9 in FST’s Gompertz Theatre. Something Rotten! is part of a four-show subscription package. Also included in the Winter Mainstage subscription package is the Florida Premiere of What the Constitution Means to Me, the thought-provoking drama Network, and the World Premiere of Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!). Subscriptions for all four Winter Mainstage shows can be purchased for as little as $69, and single tickets for Something Rotten! range from $29-49. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. 

[She Roars]  Through the Looking Class
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

THROUGH THE LOOKING CLASS | Louis Tiffany's stained glass is shown in a new light at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Take a closer look at Selby’s upcoming The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature exhibit through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read Here!

[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]  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]  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]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 1 - Premieres , October 21 – October 23

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 1 - Premieres. October 21-23, 2022 at the FSU Center for Performing Arts. Featuring: World Premiere - Choreography by Ricardo Graziano, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Gemma Bond, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Richard House, Music to be announced. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Ph. 941.359.0099

The Sarasota Ballet , FSU Center for the Performing Arts 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: URBANITE THEATRE: The Burdens , October 21 – November 27, Varied

Siblings Mordy and Jane have a problem. Their dreadful, centenarian grandfather is an emotional and financial tax on the family, and he just won’t die. Scheming almost entirely via sarcastic and misspelled text messages, the siblings hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their family of their grandfather’s burden. Zany, twisted and inventive, this dark comedy reminds us it’s much easier to write what we could never say face to face. LOCATION 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236 CONTACT (941) 321-1397 info@urbanitetheatre.com www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota 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]  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]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: The Rocky Horror Picture Show , October 28, 10:00pm

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas will be screening "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on October 28th. The Evening kicks off at 10:00pm with A Costume Contest with the Winner receiving a $50 Gift Card to Sarasota Film Society.  Come Dressed in your Ghoulish Best. The Screening of the film starts at 10:30pm.  Enjoy the film with BOGO Beer & Wine Specials. Tickets for this event are $30 each which inclues Ticket to the Film, Popcorn, Soft Drink & Choice of Candy. Tickets must be purchased in advanced online.  Last Day for sales will be October 25th at 5pm. For more info Ph. (941) 955-3456, filmsociety.org.

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas , 10715 Rodeo Drive #8 Sarasota, FL 34202

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