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SRQ DAILY Jan 12, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

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Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"Pottery On the Wheel is definitely our most popular class and a really, really fun one at that."

- Gina Fortino, Potter, Artful Giraffe.

[Recreation]  Pottery On The Wheel at Artful Giraffe
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This week, treat yourself to a different type of art experience than what you might be used to, a more engaging, immersive one – take a pottery class at The Artful Giraffe. The gallery, gift shop, and studio space features a litany of hands-on art classes for all skill levels, the most enticing of which includes their Pottery On the Wheel class. The class is open to beginners and allows for participants to create up to three pieces of their own before leaving their work to dry in the kiln and return in 2-3 weeks to glaze their pottery free of charge.

“Pottery On the Wheel is definitely our most popular class and a really, really fun one at that. It’s a beginner class, so what happens is you get a demonstration from the instructor and then you make three pieces of your own,” says Gina Fortino from Artful Giraffe. “They learn the basic technique of throwing and can make cups, bowls, plates – anything that can be made on the wheel. Then they return in a couple of weeks to glaze them after they’ve been in the kiln.”

Although throwing clay on the spinning pottery wheel might sound intimidating, it’s actually a lot more approachable than it may seem. “Generally, people do get the hang of it very quickly. We’re making smaller bowls that are a little more beginner friendly,” ensures Fortino. “The class is anywhere from an hour to two hours, so depending on the person and what they’re skill level is – even if they’re new to it – everybody walks away with three pieces.”

At the end of the day, the class offers an opportunity to have a truly rewarding and different art experience. “I think people are really proud of themselves when they leave, because at the beginning it’s going to be difficult but once they figure out that they can do it, they walk away really proud of themselves and happy with what they’ve made,” says Fortino. “That’s always the goal here.”

Pottery On the Wheel Classes: ($95) for 1 Student ($195) for 2 Students. 1861 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-388-3700. https://artfulgiraffe.com/classes%7Cevents%7Cparties. 

Photo courtesy of Artful Giraffe.

[Fitness]  Celebrate Fitness at Crunch West Bradenton
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

It's that time of year again. Resolutions are in place and fitness goals are being set. To help keep those resolutions and meet those goals, Crunch West Bradenton is having a Renovation Celebration party on Saturday, January 21st at their West Bradenton location, 4836 14th St W, from 10 am until 1 pm. This is the perfect time and place to talk about getting fit and healthy in 2023.

Crunch West Bradenton has recently undergone some renovations. The makeover features new equipment upgrades including a brand new HIITzone, training hub, and relax & recover area, as well as a full line of hammer strength, twenty-five percent more dumbbells and racks, benches and much more.

The celebration will help kick off those New Year's resolutions and provide the encouragement needed to concentrate on health and wellness.

CR Fitness is the franchise group that operates all 4 locations in Sarasota/Bradenton. Founder Vince Julian and CEO Tony Scrimale are both from the Sarasota area and are planning to open a new club in Parrish in 2023 with another planned in 2024.

Crunch West Bradenton, 4836 14th St W, Bradenton, FL. https://www.crunch.com/locations/bradenton 

[Childrens Audition]  Sarasota Opera Announces Casting Call for a Non-Singing Role for Children in Madama Butterfly

Sarasota Opera is seeking several enthusiastic children to volunteer for a performance opportunity in Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. The character of Madama Butterfly’s son Dolore can be played by either a girl or boy and is a non-singing role. The age of Dolore calls for a three-year-old but should be played by an older child who is smaller in size: less than about 3 ½ - 4 feet tall. The selected children should be able to stand or sit on stage and be comfortable being picked up by an adult who will be singing in an operatic voice. Multiple children will be selected for the role to accommodate the 10 total performances of Madama Butterfly between February 18th and March 24th, 2023. Rehearsals will begin on January 16th. There is some flexibility with scheduling and the selected performers will not be required to attend all rehearsals in their entirety. Those interested in this exciting performance opportunity should please contact Director of Artistic Administration, Marco Nisticò, at mnistico@sarasotaopera.org or call 941-366-8450 ext. 534 to schedule an appointment. 

[Festival]  Temple Sinai Hosts 15 th Annual Sarasota Jewish Food Festival

Thousands will enjoy a tantalizing day of traditional homemade Jewish delicacies at the annual Sarasota Jewish Food Festival, hosted by Temple Sinai. This indoor, free event for the whole community will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road (enter only from Proctor Road. Temple Sinai members, “chefs and bakers,” will be preparing a wide range of delicious Jewish food. The menu will feature hard-to-resist corned beef and pastrami from Carnegie Deli, bagels and cream cheese, kugel, blintzes, knishes, matzo ball soup and stuffed cabbage. Home-baked goods will also be featured including challah, cakes, pies, pastries and cookies. Tickets will be sold for food purchases. In addition, there will be craft and jewelry vendors, unique treasures and an art sale. For the children, they will be thrilled this year to play in the bounce house and have their faces painted. A student concert will be held in the temple’s sanctuary at 12:00 pm. It has been several years since the festival was last held. Director of Communications and Programming Andrea Eiffert says, “Since we were not able to hold the Food Festival during the pandemic, we are especially excited to welcome the community back to celebrate great Jewish food and culture.” Chair Patty Glah adds, “Temple Sinai has sponsored the Sarasota Jewish Food Festival for 15 years. It’s a yearly tradition in our community that brings young and old together to enjoy traditional Jewish food made by Temple members. We look forward to the whole Sarasota-Manatee community joining us! For more information, visit templesinai-sarasota.org or call 941-924-1802. 

Pictured: Delicious traditional Jewish food is a mainstay of the annual Sarasota Jewish Food Festival. Photo courtesy of Temple Sinai.

[Event]  SB2 Luncheon

Join us on March 7, 2023 at Michael's On East for a dynamic luncheon symposium centered on conversations focused on regional philanthropic topics. The luncheon will include a panel discussion to explore the ever-changing world of non-profits and honor outstanding individuals who have made a meaningful impact within the community. 

Reserve Your Tickets Here

[Feature]  Great Minds Dink Alike
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com
GREAT MINDS DINK ALIKE | These days, it seems like everyone is pickling, and that does not mean they are making pickles. 

People of all ages are playing pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country. What makes this game that has been called a combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton so hot? Don't get pickled-read on to find out what the hype is all about. Read all about it through the link, on our social medias, or in the January Edition!

Read Here!

[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]  GALLERY: Contemporary Realism First Friday Gallery Walk at the Dabbert Gallery , January 6 – January 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Contemporary Realism First Friday Gallery Walk at the Dabbert Gallery. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, the Dabbert Gallery will host the First Friday Gallery Walk through its new contemporary realism exhibit. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31. For more information, visit dabbertgallery.com. Dabbet Gallery, 46 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  HEALTH: New Year, New You at the Green at Lakewood Ranch , January 12, 4 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., Sirius Day Spas will host its New Year, New You event at its Lakewood Ranch location. The event will feature a free yoga class, refreshments from 3 Natives and Modern Gents, gift bags, a live DJ and more. There will also be Morpheus8 skin treatment demostrations, promotions and special guests. Participants must bring their own yoga mats and RSVP to LWR@SiriusDaySpas.com. To learn more, visit siriusdayspas.com. Sirius Day Spas,11585 E. State Rd. 70, Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  HEALTH: A Woman's Journey , March 3, 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Don't miss A Woman's Journey, on March 3rd at the Westin Sarasota. Since 1995, Johns Hopkins Medicine’s annual women’s health program A Woman's Journey provides new and compelling information about important issues affecting women's health. Through a selection of seminars presented exclusively by Hopkins faculty physicians, participants are able to hear first-hand about advances in medicine from the individuals performing the research, all the while interacting with a diverse group of attendees. Registration is $95. Click here to register: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/awomansjourney/upcoming-live-programs/florida-2023-sarasota.html

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Ernani , March 11 – March 26, Varied

Ernani is a Dramma lirico in four acts. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. The bandit Ernani has lost his land, wealth, and title, and faces competing suitors, including the king, as he pursues his true love, Elvira. One of the greatest of Verdi’s early works encompasses love, honor, and tragedy with passionate choruses, emotional arias, and a stirring score. Sung in Italian with Translations in English. Runs March 11th-March 26th. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300 

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SB2 Luncheon: Featuring the Good Hero Awards , March 7, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The SRQ Philanthropic Agenda and Good Hero Awards luncheon and panel discussion will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with the SRQ Good Hero Philanthropic Awards program at which we will honor individuals who have meaningfully impacted our community for good in the past year and for-profit companies who have been incredible philanthropic partners to the community.

Michael's On East, 1212 S East Ave Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Madama Butterfly , February 18 – March 24, Varied

Madama Butterfly is an Opera in three acts. Music by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. A young geisha known affectionately as Madama Butterfly is swept off her feet by an American Naval Officer. Left with a promise that he would return one day, Butterfly waits faithfully for three years, but is met with heartbreak in one of opera’s most enduring tragedies. Sung in Italian with Translations in English. February 18th-March 24 For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or Ph. +1 941 328 1300

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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Thunder by the Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival , February 17 – February 19

The 25th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival. The iconic three-day Festival, organized by and benefitting Suncoast Charities for Children, is scheduled for February 17-19 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Continuous live music will be featured throughout the weekend, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for outdoor seating in front of the stage. The Festival plans to feature over 100 vendors, a 17-class bike show, a motorcycle stereo sound off competition, motorcycle freestyle demonstrations, a tented full bar area with seating, a “little riders” kid zone, a food court, “Thunder Alley” inside Robarts Arena and so much more!  For tickets, vendor information, sponsorship opportunities, and a complete listing of all Festival events visit: THUNDERBYTHEBAY.ORG | (941) 487-7904. 

Sarasota Fairgrounds

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , January 14, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity. For January, attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to Impact100 SRQ. The event will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Downtown Bradenton Friendly City Flea Market , January 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Downtown Bradenton Friendly City Flea, a collective of makers, musicians and creatives, presents their first market of the year at Oscura. The indoor and outdoor event will feature over 40 artisan vendors selling everything from jewelry and candles to plants. There will also jazz and brunch offerings. To learn more, visit friendlycityflea.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Broadway Brunch at Bijou Cafe , January 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bijou Garden Café will host its January Bijou Broadway Brunch event. There will be piano and singing performances as well as a menu freshly baked quiche, eggs Benedict, salads and lunch fare. The restaurant is currently accepting reservations for this month’s Broadway Brunch. To make a reservation, visit BijouGardenCafe.com or call 941-366-8111.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , January 11 – January 22, During garden hours

The annual Rainforest Masks exhibition showcasing handcrafted art from the Indigenous Boruca tribe of Costa Rica is now on view! Experience (and purchase) vibrant, hand-carved and painted balsa wood masks featuring flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest. With over 400 spectacular masks on display, this year's display highlights the common motifs of the orchid, butterfly, hummingbird, frog, sloth, jaguar, and warrior found in the work of the Borucan artists. Proceeds from mask sales support the Borucan village and also benefit Selby Gardens’ education, research, horticulture, and scientific work. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks at the Bishop , January 11 – March 18, During museum hours

Get inspired to create your own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose LEGO® bricks available in hands-on construction areas. Young and old will be limited only by their imagination as they add their creations to a steadily rising futuristic LEGO® metropolis inside the exhibition. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit bishopscience.org.

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