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SRQ DAILY Nov 3, 2022

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"We have long focused on teacher retention, wanting the best and the brightest to remain with the Sarasota School District, so this is aimed at them."

- Matthew Sauer, Collaboration and Impact Officer, Barancik Foundation.

[TIME to Inspire Teachers]  TIME to Inspire Teachers
Ariana Kolesar, ariana@srqme.com

On October 31, the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation announced that applications had opened for the “Fellowship Program for Teacher Renewal”, encouraging Sarasota County educators to seize this opportunity. The Foundation is willing to support as many as 25 fellowships for local teachers, each totaling up to $12,000, to help pay for projects that are intellectually revitalizing and personally renewing. COVID-19 and Hurricane Ian have only added to the existing pressures on teachers to advance quality education while still prioritizing their own mental health. Hence, the goal of the Foundation’s TIME–Time to Inspire Margie’s Educators–Program is to help rejuvenate each teacher’s curiosity and deepen personal and professional development. Overall, the Foundation wants to advocate for a total teacher TIMEout, so to speak, aimed at helping teachers recharge and remain with their life’s work.

What will teachers be doing? The projects themselves are largely chosen by the individual educators, but must be in pursuit of intellectual and physical journeys. Overall, educators should seek to explore their personal and professional growth by utilizing the resources allocated to them by the Foundation. Teachers may choose to conduct their journeys alone, or travel with a companion. Matt Sauer, the Foundation’s Collaboration and Impact Officer, said that some teachers find company with fellow educators, spouses/partners, family members, loved ones, and more.

“Charles and Margery Barancik were very passionate about teachers, in part because Margie was a teacher and knew how important and hard a job it is,” says Sauer. "We have long focused on teacher retention, wanting the best and the brightest to remain with the Sarasota School District, so this is aimed at them.” To be eligible for fellowship however, one must meet the following criteria: proof of status as a current classroom teacher, principal, or assistant principal with at least three years’ experience teaching in Sarasota County public schools. Part of the agreement for accepting the fellowship is to remain with the district for another three years. Overall, applicants must be established within the Sarasota County Schools community and expect to continue their craft for at least a few more years within the district.

The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation views teaching as the most important job in the world and because of this belief, they are taking necessary steps to secure the future of their fellows as lifelong learners as well as teachers. Booker High School's Edna Sherrell, one of  last year's winners  spent a month in Africa and came back feeling renewed and ready to get back into the classroom. She says "The program gave me the chance to feel like teachers are special too." 

To learn more click here.

[Collaboration]  Art Center Sarasota and the Boys & Girls Club of Manatee Seek Artist to Design Mural

Art Center Sarasota (ACS) is actively seeking an artist to design a mural for a collaborative initiative it recently launched with the Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County. The selected artist will design the wall mural and outline the major details of the design. Youth who attend the Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County will
then paint the mural, with supervision, over the course of four days in January. What’s the concept behind the project? Jane Harris, ACS’s education director, says it fulfills two Art Center imperatives: to engage young people in the process of creating art and to foster public art. Harris adds that the initiative is sponsored by Joe and Gwen Ziomek, who are enthusiastic supporters of the arts and the Boys & Girls Club. Kinsey Robb, ACS’s executive director, emphasizes that this project signals the launch of what ACS and the Boys & Girls Club envision as a biennial initiative, with the artwork changing every two years. She explains that a vital element of the project is to be able to offer a rare opportunity to young people to become intimately involved with an art project from conception to completion. “They’ll experience interacting with artists, learning about the inspiration behind the artist’s design—and also learn how to paint a large outdoor mural. Finally, since this mural will be on public display for two years, they’ll bask in a sense of achievement over a significant period. It’s a tremendous opportunity for these youth and Art Center Sarasota is thrilled to be part of the process.” According to exhibitions coordinator, Christina Baril, the mural will be painted on the west wall of Art Center Sarasota’s building, and will be visible from The Bay’s Mangrove Path, “welcoming the many visitors enjoying the revitalized bay park,” she says. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and live in Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Hillsborough, or DeSoto counties. The artist’s commission is $2,800 and includes materials. Submission deadline is Sunday, November 20. 

To learn more or to apply click here.

[Competition]  2023 American Advertising Awards Calls for Area’s Creative Professionals

The local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, known as AAF Suncoast, is calling all local marketing and advertising professionals and students to submit their most creative work for the 2023 Local American Advertising Awards. Also known as the ADDY Award, the competition is the industry’s largest and most representative contest, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year offered through local AAF chapters. Submissions are encouraged from both up-and-coming advertisers as well as experts across all advertising disciplines, regardless of career level. Conducted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local chapter phase is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently across the country, local entrants vie to win ADDY Awards - recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local ADDY winners compete against winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District ADDY winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national stage of the American Advertising Awards. AAF Suncoast will be hosting a wine tasting and information special session for those interested in entering the 2023 contest in November. Learn all of the key tips and tricks on how to submit your work, and how you can NOW take advantage of the club’s early bird special ($10 Discount Per Entry) from 11/01/22-12/01/22. The competition officially opened on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Area businesses and agencies are also invited to support the 2023 ADDY Awards through sponsorship packages ranging from $375-$3,000. These packages have various opportunities to be showcased not only at the awards ceremony, but at annual events and marketing materials. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please go to www.aaf-suncoast.com or contact Christina Maksoud at president@adfedsuncoast.com. 

[Resilience]  The New College Challenge Launches Week of Conversations About Resilience

Last week’s New College Challenge launch week brought hundreds of attendees to the New College of Florida campus. Students, faculty and staff (along with business, community and higher education leaders) engaged in community conversations about coastal, economic and social resilience. THE NEW COLLEGE CHALLENGE: What it means for coastal resilience. The series began with a kickoff brunch on Tuesday, October 25, under the bayfront tent. New College President Patricia Okker, Ph.D. introduced the crowd to the unifying, year-long initiative. The New College Challenge, she explained, was designed to bring together students, experts and leaders from top universities and industries who will work to address the challenges facing our region and the world today. Throughout The Challenge, New College will become a community incubator for brainstorming new ideas and solutions for the future.  And the launch of The New College Challenge—with its series of discussions about protecting coastal campuses and communities—could not have arrived at a more critical time. Less than a month ago, Southwest Florida experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Ian, prompting locals to reimagine how to better safeguard against future environmental impacts.New College has already enlisted experts and design teams from Harvard, Yale, the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, Kean University, Syracuse University and the University of Miami to lend their unique perspectives. 

To learn more click here.

[Film]  Ringling College of Art and Design's Sneak Peek of Occult Detective

This summer, six Ringling College Film students and alumni joined the inaugural production crew for Occult Detective, a new feature-length film written by Film Department Coordinator Patrick Alexander and Code Red Executive Producer, Vivian Owen. Having written the screenplay for this mystery-thriller with our local community in mind, Patrick, Vivian, and their team began production at two unique Florida locations--Cassadaga, "The Psychic Capital of the World," and Jewfish Key, an island off Longboat Key only accessible by boat. Ringling College of Art and Design invites you to a sneak peek of the film on Monday, November 14th starting at 5:30pm. The presentation panel for the evening includes Director, Patrick Alexander, Vivian Owen, Director of Photography, CJ Julian, and specaial guest, Producer T. Just Ross. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, November 11th to 941-309-0118 or special events@ringling.edu.

Ringling College of Art and Design. Larry R. Thompson Academic Center. 2363 Bradenton Road, Sarasota. 

[STEM Education]  $40,000 Donation to Certify Future Innovators

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab is excited to announce it has received a $40,000 donation from a generous anonymous donor. The donation will aid in developing a robust training and certification program for the Fab Lab's high school volunteers, student participants and, eventually, anyone who wishes to learn how to use the lab's state-of-the-art machinery. "SSC/Fab Lab is fortunate to have a diverse set of the latest 21st-century machinery available to support its numerous STEM programs. This up-to-date machinery is a key factor that helps to inspire all participants to learn and innovate," shared the donor. "The new certification program will challenge and incentivize volunteers and students to fine-tune their skillsets, preparing them for success in future STEM careers while simultaneously creating a more synergistic environment at the Fab Lab." The gift will also support a part-time machinery expert to teach and oversee the certification program development. Student volunteers involved in the lab's Building Unique and Innovative Lab Designs (BUILD) program will also assist in creating the certification curriculum. Among the planned material to teach machine proficiency are video tutorials, slideshows, safety checklists and self-directed projects, all of which will be housed on a user-friendly online platform accessible in and out of the lab. By completing the certification courses, volunteers and students will earn a badge that unlocks access to the equipment.

"Highly trained volunteers and students are pivotal to the success of our summer camps, STEAM Saturdays classes, remote control car competition, and all other programs," added Fab Lab Executive Director and co-founder Ping Faulhaber. "This investment is a catalyst to build a long-term succession plan among our staff, youth and adult volunteers and will help create a sustainable learning environment for future generations of innovators!" 

Pictured: Student volunteers Aaron, Olivia and Daniel undergo equipment and tool training. Photo courtesy of Suncoast Science Center.

To learn more click here.

[Veterans]  Manatee County Lights Up Green for Veterans

In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Manatee County Government properties will be given the green light . . . literally. Community and Veterans Services staff—along with Property Management workers—are preparing the green illumination from November 7 through 13 as part of Operation Green Light—a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support those who have served in the military, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many Veterans—and the resources that are available at the county, state and federal level to assist veterans and their families. Manatee County residents and businesses are encouraged to participate—by simply changing one light bulb to green. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends. By shining a green light, community members can let our Veterans know that they are seen, appreciated and supported. While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day, participants are encouraged to keep shining the light year-round. Residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight. Visit Manatee County Veterans Services for more information about how to get assistance with Veterans benefits and available resources. For more information on Manatee County Government, visit mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @ManateeGov. 

[Red Tide]  Red Tide Present in the Gulf

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) is notifying the public of elevated levels of red tide detected at area beaches. Some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation like those associated with the common cold or seasonal sinus allergies. Some individuals with existing breathing problems, such as asthma, might experience more severe effects. Usually, symptoms stop when a person leaves the beach or goes indoors. Health officials recommend that people who are sensitive to red tide or experiencing symptoms avoid the beach or go into an air-conditioned space. If symptoms do not subside, contact your healthcare provider for evaluation. Due to elevated counts of red tide from Monday's beach water samples, DOH-Sarasota will be posting signage at several beaches to advise the public that red tide is present. The beaches with elevated levels of red tide include Venice Beach, Service Club Park, Venice Fishing Pier, Brohard Beach, and Caspersen Beach, Manasota Key, and Blind Pass. 

To learn more click here.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra - November Concert , November 4 – November 6, Varied

Sarasota Orchestra Presents Acclaimed Guest Artists in November Concerts. Masterworks 1: Symphonie Fantastique runs November 4th-6th at the Van Wezel. Sarasota Orchestra’s first Masterworks program of the 2022-2023 season features works written by three composers at the beginning of their careers. Prizewinning composer Quinn Mason describes A Joyous Trilogy, written in 2019, as “the very embodiment of happiness and cheerfulness.” Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang shines in Grieg’s Piano Concerto, completed when the composer was just 24. The program concludes with Berlioz’s evocative Symphonie fantastique. Tickets from $37, available at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or (941) 953-3434

[SOON]  MUSIC: Hermitage at Booker: Reggie Harris and the Power of Music , November 4, 5:30pm

Hermitage at Booker: Reggie Harris and the Power of Music, Friday, November 4 at 5:30 pm: Returning Hermitage Fellow Reggie Harris believes that music has the power to unite, the power to uplift, and the power to heal. An international leader in the folk and acoustic music scene for more than 40 years, Harris brings all his skill and charm to Booker High School and invites the community along for the joyful ride. Join this incredible musician and storyteller to rediscover the essential power of music to move us all. Presented outdoors and socially distanced in the Booker High School courtyard in partnership with Booker High School VPA. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org ($5/person registration fee). Booker High School Courtyard, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234.

Booker High School Courtyard, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Secret World of Og , November 5 – November 6, 11/05 at 5:00PM, 11/06 at 12:00PM

Sarasota Youth Opera will perform the operatic adaptation of the well-known children’s book by Canadian icon Pierre Berton.  Discover the classic story of a group of siblings who venture into the dark subterranean world of the Ogs to rescue their baby brother and cat.  This story has been a favorite with Canadian children since its publication in the 1960s. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236. For tickets visit www.sarasotaopera.org/tickets-events or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave.Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Manatee Performing Arts Center: Night of R&B and Jazz with Nu Jazz , November 5, 7:30pm

NuJazz is a contemporary jazz band from the Sarasota/Bradenton area. They play hits from many artists in the genre such as The Rippingtons, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Spyro Gyra, Boney James and many more. NuJazz is led by Dr. Melvin Price, a local Foot & Ankle Surgeon with MCR Health. Along with accomplished musicians Eric Enfield, Ron Ross, Corey Ross, Gregg Jordan, Keith Allenand Veola Drain. NuJazz brings your favorite R&B tunes to a new level with a jazz twist. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

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

[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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Medieval Fair , November 5 – November 27, 10am-5:30pm

SARASOTA MEDIEVAL FAIR Every Saturday and Sunday running November 5th-27th, 2022 at Woods of Mallaranny (29847 FL-70 E.Myakka City, FL 34251). Welcome one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the 18th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair! Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, acrobatics, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch jousts and human combat chess tournaments! Listen to musical displays of powerful bagpipes and the heart pounding drums. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales. A full day of entertainment. You will not miss your favorite show as you stroll through the village as the shows repeat several times a day to adjust to your schedule. Get into the fun by wearing your favorite medieval or renaissance garb to feel part of the clan! For tickets visit www.sarasotamedievalfair.com Phone 1-888-303-FAIR (3247)

Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E. Myakka City, FL 34251

[SOON]  SPORTS: Bradentucky Bombers vs. Swan City Roller Derby , November 5, 5pm

The Bradentucky Bombers are excited to announce our next home game on Saturday, November 5th against Swan City Roller Derby, a team out of Lakeland, Florida. Saturday, November 5th at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex (5309 29th St E., Ellenton, Florida 34222) at 5:00 p.m, doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets are available! Presale—$10 online; Adults at the door—$15; Kids 6-12––$10 at the door; Kids 5 and under FREE! For more information visit www.bradentuckybombers.com or our Eventbrite to purchase tickets (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bradentucky-bombers-vs-swan-city-roller-derby-tickets-435757411147).  Plenty of bleacher seating is available, but for close-up action and trackside seating, bring a chair. Make sure to shake the Florida sand out of your beach chairs before coming in, friends!

Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex , 5309 29th Street East Ellenton, FL 34222

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: WSLR's 13th Annual Very Merry Jerry Day , November 6, 4pm-9pm

Break out the tie-dye and hula hoops for WSLR's annual celebration of Jerry Garcia on Sunday, November 6th from 4-9pm. Playing guitar and singing for his band, The Grateful Dead, as well as several others, Garcia took his hippie movement from the 60's into the 90's, inspiring the following of millions of long-haired, tie-dye t-shirted, carefree "Deadheads."  The newly renovated patio will be hopping as The Joint Chiefs and Dead Uncle’s Ship take the stage. This is a family-friendly event, with kids’ activities and local vendors tabling. Attendees can bring t-shirts, socks, etc. for tie-dying, but no coolers please. Come out and help us re-create the mood and celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead.  Tickets are $12 for WSLR members and $15 for the general public; half-price for students and free for children under 12.  Tickets are available at www.wslr.org.  For more information call WSLR at 941-894-6469.  

[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]  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: 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]  : The Ringling - A Decade of Collecting , October 22 – January 22, Varied

A Decade of Collecting brings together a survey of artworks acquired for the permanent collection over the past eleven years. As the State Art Museum of Florida and a division of Florida State University, The Ringling’s collections are constantly expanding to provide our state and local community with access to current contemporary works in all media and thoughtful additions to our historic collections. Though the core of the collection has always been the works acquired by John and Mable Ringling, the museum’s holdings have been expanding ever since the State of Florida took full possession of the bequest in 1946. In the early years, these additions were mainly in pre-1800 European art and circus-related material, but over the second half of the 20th century, directors and curators also began acquiring works by modern and contemporary artists. A Decade of Collecting presents a unique snapshot of how The Ringling’s collection continues to evolve, allowing us to tell new stories of the past, present, and future. Visit ringling.org to plan your visit.

Museum of Art Searing Galleries

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Road Show: Education to Innovation , November 4, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Take a look at the expansion behind LWR with three locations that are bringing education and innovation to the Ranch! The day kicks off at RND Automation with a tour of their robotics, packaging and assembly platforms. From there, we visit the new 50,000 square-foot East County Library, to hear how this new staple in Lakewood Ranch has gone from dream to reality. Then, the new educational offering Lakewood Ranch Preparatory Academy invites us to tour their new K-12 charter school. Finally, we’ll end the tour at Waterside Place for drinks and appetizers. Friday, November 4, 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Tour begins at RND Automation, 3155 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Suite 110, Lakewood Ranch. $45 per person // Members Only. Participants will drive their own vehicles from location to location. Our schedule will allow for drive-time between stops. Comfortable shoes for walking are recommended.

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