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"He took a purple state and made it red."

- Stephen Stepanek, New Hampshire Republican Party Chair

[Politics]  Gruters Falls Short in RNC Treasurer Bid
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, lost his bid to become treasurer for the Republican National Committee. He lost a race for the job Friday in a 98-60 vote to K.C. Crosbie, Kentucky’s GOP national committeewoman, at a meeting in California.

Gruters hoped a close relationship with Ronna McDaniel, who was re-elected the same day to a fourth term as RNC Chair, would carry him to a win as well. But he said his late entry in December made it impossible to defeat Crosbie, who ran for the same post four years ago and has effectively been running for the job since that time.

“I knew my path to victory was a narrow path due to the lead she had when I got into the race,” Gruters said.

Of course, the Sarasota Republican remains engaged in state politics. He just won re-election to the Florida Senate, representing all of Sarasota County and part of Manatee County.

He will soon wrap his second term as chair of the Republican Party of Florida. His term was extended into February so he could seek the RNC position. But he already decided to hang up the state chairmanship in December when he chose not to run for re-election as chair of the Republican Party of Sarasota, making him ineligible for another term leading the state party.

In that race, former Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler faces Leon County Republican Party Chair Evan Power, which creates an opportunity for Sarasota to have back-to-back chairs of the state party.

But for Gruters, this marks the first time in decades where he hasn’t had a significant position within the party lined up. He can’t necessarily spend four years running, as Crosbie did, because once his state chairmanship ends, he will no longer be a voting member of the RNC.

But he remains confident Republicans can win the White House back from Democrats in 2024, when President Joe Biden faces re-election. Gruters boasts ties to two major contenders for president on the Republican side. He co-chaired the Florida arm for former President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. And he was Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pick for state party chair shortly after the Governor was elected in 2018.

Most polling suggests either Trump or DeSantis stand the greatest chance of winning the Republican nomination for president in 2024.

While Gruters lost the RNC race, he did earn accolades for his leadership of the state party. During Gruters’ tenure, successful voter registration efforts led to Republicans leading Democrats in registered voters in the state for the first time in history.

“He took a purple state and made it red,” said New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Stephen Stepanek, who seconded Gruters’ nomination for RNC treasurer.

Gruters for the moment will focus on the coming legislative session. He also runs an accounting firm based in Venice. And he said he has no desire to give any of that up right now. “I have a job. I like my job,” he said.

But he does want to play a role in party politics in the future. “I want to win in 2024,” he said. 

[Business Networking]  International Networking Week

Sarasota’s Referral Champions BNI chapter is celebrating International Networking Week (February 5-11, 2023) with a special open house event at its breakfast meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at the Senior Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236). Doors open at 7 am for 45 minutes of breakfast and open networking followed by a fast-paced informative meeting focusing on how to build your business through community building and the spirit of Givers Gain. Be sure to bring at least 50 business cards! There is no charge for guests, but please RSVP by Friday, Feb 3 to save your seat as space is limited. Call 941-587-9217 or email Gayle@VisionPRM.com with your name, business, and contact information if you wish to attend.

International Networking Week is observed by business leaders in over 75 countries to connect and build their networking skills together. BNI International is the world's largest referral networking organization with 296K members who have generated $19.4 billion in the past 12 months alone. BNI Referral Champions has passed $2.9 million last year making the average chapter seat value $90K. 

[New Homes]  Christopher Alan Homes Announces Creekside Run Neighborhood in Babcock Ranch

Hometown Florida builder Christopher Alan Homes is currently under development with its first neighborhood in Babcock Ranch, the fifth best-selling community in the U.S. and America’s first solar-powered master plan. Christopher Alan Homes will offer 291 single-family homes at Creekside Run, featuring the homebuilder’s signature quality construction, livability, and value. Nestled within 100 acres along Curry Creek Preserve between two planned parks, Creekside Run will feature modern farmhouse-inspired architecture and a variety of floor plans spanning 1,450 to over 2,600 square feet of living space. Three professionally decorated model homes will highlight the builder’s craftsmanship and commitment to creating quality homes, highlighting industry-leading features like open-concept designs, an emphasis on outdoor living, and included upgrades for an easy, relaxed way of living. The gated enclave is located within the recently introduced Midtown, Babcock Ranch’s second development phase, and is a short walk from a planned mixed-use town center, a village green, six parks and a future school. The town’s expanding network of trails and sidewalks will link Creekside Run residents to amenities throughout Babcock Ranch, including pools, playgrounds, pickleball courts, multipurpose fields, and the lakefront Founder’s Square downtown area with restaurants, entertainment, and events. For families, Babcock Schools offers world-class project-based learning for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Homebuyers can learn more about Christopher Alan Homes at Creekside Run and receive the latest updates by joining the VIP List. Every Christopher Alan Home features steel-reinforced concrete masonry construction, hurricane-resistant structural design, and impact-rated low-e glass doors and windows.Affiliated with Barron Collier Companies, Christopher Alan Homes is Southwest Florida’s largest privately owned builder among the top five builders overall for the area’s permits in 2021. The company currently offers new-construction single-family homes in The Hammocks at West Port, a new Charlotte County community nestled around a 100-acre public park with a gymnasium, fitness center, indoor soccer and pickleball courts, ballfields, nature trails, and an aquatic center. It is also a preferred builder in Burnt Store Village in Punta Gorda and builds on scattered homesites in Charlotte, Sarasota and Lee counties in Southwest Florida. The company recently started operating in Melbourne and Palm Bay on Florida’s East Central Space Coast and will be expanding to Tampa with a new division opening in mid-2023. For more information, visit www.ChristopherAlanHomes.com or call 855-44-MYCAH. 

Pictured: Models at Creekside Run will highlight livability and quality construction with open-concept designs and an emphasis on outdoor living.

[New Hire]  Intercoastal Medical Group Welcomes New Pulmonology and Critical Care Specialist

Intercoastal Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Dunn, MD to its Cattleridge Medical Building I location, where he will be working in Pulmonology & Critical Care. Dr. Dunn received his undergraduate degree and medical degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. From there, he completed his residency at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado at National Jewish Health, Denver, CO. Dr. Ryan Dunn is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with a Subspecialty Certification in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Dunn relocated his family to Sarasota to be closer to family and to live in a beautiful state. In his free time, he enjoys reading, exercising, art and spending time with his three kids and lovely wife. Dr. Dunn is accepting new patients. He is located at the Intercoastal Medical Group Cattleridge Medical Building I office, 3333 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34232; phone (941) 379-1799. Call for an appointment or, to request an appointment on-line, visit www.intercoastalmedical.com. Intercoastal Medical Group is a professional association of more than 100 physicians in more than 20 specialties, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties with multiple locations. Founded in 1993, Intercoastal features a team of board certified, experienced physicians, all of whom completed their residency training programs in either the United States or Canada. 

[Volunteers]  Sarasota County Extension Opens New Energy Coach Volunteer Training

Learn to help low-income residents save energy, water, and money at home while making Sarasota more sustainable, by becoming a Sarasota County “Energy Coach” volunteer. Registration is now open for this four-day course, which includes 24 hours of hands-on training on home energy systems, energy- and water-saving techniques, and more. Participants will receive hands-on training and informative presentations about efficiency strategies, device installs and public outreach to energy-burdened community members. Nearly one in three Sarasota County households is cost-burdened, meaning residents pay more than 30% of their annual income on housing costs. Utility and water bills are a large contributor to this disparity – with some low- to median-income households in our region paying up to 19% of their annual income on energy costs. Due to poor infrastructure and outdated appliances, affordable housing units often have higher energy bills than other homes. These inequities in housing and utility costs have negative impacts on family stability, economic development, and human health. Last year, Energy Coach volunteers reached roughly 900 residents, co-teaching 11 Energy Upgrade classes and sharing information at a range of community events. And their actions provided immense benefits, helping residents save a total of more than $22,000 in utility costs and nearly 370,000 gallons of water. Join the team of Energy Coaches to help our conservation efforts and make your own unique impact on the Sarasota County community. Interested volunteers must attend each of four, six-hour training sessions, held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 and 27 and March 07 and 09. Topics covered include energy equity, efficiency-related financial incentives, energy- and water-conservation techniques, and more. Sessions feature lessons and field experience led by industry experts, access to energy evaluation equipment, and more. Learn more and register at http://tiny.cc/ufsaraext_EUcoachtraining. Note: We are seeking Spanish-speaking and bilingual volunteers to join the team, though this is not a requirement. If you would like to participate in the training but have concerns about cost or physical limitations, please contact SustainableSarasota@scgov.net.For more information and to register, visit the registration page or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000. 

[Roadway Improvements]  63rd Avenue Improvements Meeting

Manatee County is hosting a Public Information Meeting to detail an upcoming roadway improvement project on 63rd Avenue E. from U.S. 301 to Tuttle Avenue. The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, 34243. The public meeting will provide interested residents with an opportunity to learn more about the proposed improvements to 63rd Avenue E. Guests will be invited to view design boards and plans. Project staff will also be on hand to answer questions and provide other project-related information. There will be no formal presentation, and guests may arrive any time between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This roadway project will widen approximately 1.12 miles of 63rd Avenue E., from U.S. 301 to Tuttle Avenue from two lanes to four 11-foot lanes (two lanes in each direction). Improvements will include a 12-foot two-way left-turn lane (TWLTL) from U.S. 301 to Prospect Road, a 16-foot raised median from Prospect Road to Tuttle Avenue, 6-foot buffered bike lanes, curb and gutter, 6-foot sidewalks in each direction and street lighting throughout the corridor. The project also includes improvements at the 63rd Avenue E. intersections with 33rd Street and Tuttle Avenue that include replacing the stop sign-traffic control with traffic signals, left turn lanes and pedestrian crosswalks. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact Carmine DeMilio, Manatee County ADA Coordinator, by phone at (941) 792-8784, ext. 8203, or by email at Carmine.Demilio@mymanatee.org at least five (5) days prior to the public meeting. Persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Valerie Ciudad-Real at (813) 404-1572 or by email at valeriec@valerin-group.com at least five (5) days prior to the public meeting. For additional project information, please visit the project website at mymanatee.org/63rd. 

[Adult Education]  Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learnings 2023 Global Issues Series

2023 marks the 52nd season of Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning’s (SILL) “Global Issues” series. This hard-hitting series, which runs January 10-March 31, features 25 internationally renowned experts discussing a vast range of domestic and global issues. This month’s lectures feature front-page issues examined by leading speakers. Highlights include Martin Walker, acclaimed journalist, former director of the Global Business Policy Council, and author of the “Bruno, Chief of Police” mystery series, exploring the state of affairs in the EU, which faces the double challenge of a combined energy and economic crisis and a new Cold War. Yasmin Sayed, the Community Engagement Manager for the Refugee Resettlement Program at Lutheran Services in Florida, will present an overview of refugee resettlement efforts in SW Florida. Of particular interest are the human stories of the challenges and successes for families from over 10 countries. One of the refugees may accompany Sayed to share the story of their journey to the U.S. Dr. Aron Troen, the director of the Nutrition and Brain Health Laboratory at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will discuss the latest advances in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; and Amb. Dennis Ross, William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, will discuss the changing Middle East.  

[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

[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]  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]  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.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

[SOON]  THEATER: Network at Florida Studio Theatre , January 25 – March 19, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to present Network, a fast-paced drama following the downward spiral of Howard Beale, a longtime news anchor who has worked at a television network, UBS, for 25 years. When Beale learns that he is being fired for poor ratings and low viewership, he unravels live on air during his final broadcast. As a result, his show’s ratings soar, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on television. Seeing Howard as a new populist prophet, UBS decides to leverage Howard’s newfound popularity to boost its bottom line. Network begins playing January 25, 2023, in FST’s Gompertz Theatre. Single tickets to Network range from $25-39. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Elements by Cheryl Moody to be Featured at Art Uptown Gallery in February , January 27 – February 23

From January 27, 2023 to February 23, Art Uptown Gallery will exhibit Elements by Cheryl Moody. Cheryl loves being outdoors and painting subjects in oils that spark her interest, whether it's the way light filters through leaves, reflects on water, creates patterns of color in the landscape, or how palm fronds twist in the wind. Cheryl enjoys hearing from people saying they could “ feel the wind blowing” or “smell the salt air,” and knowing that they have been transported to her special places. Meet the artist at the gallery on Saturday, January 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the monthly First Friday, 6 p.m. public reception on February 3. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street daily where the diverse art works of regional, award-winning artists are exhibited. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel Foundation Inspiration Gala with Kenny Loggins , March 10, 5 pm

Join us as we celebrate the 35-year partnership of the Van Wezel Foundation and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for an intimate experience featuring exceptional dining and Grammy-winning musician Kenny Loggins. Proceeds from the evening will the support the mission of the Van Wezel Foundation: to create and sustain a vibrant perfoming arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 5:00 Cocktails, Dinner & Program, 8:00 Live Performance. Gala co-chairs: Kathy Martella and Susan Travers. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julie Schwartz at 941-271-4180 or jschwartz@vwfoundation.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , April 20 – April 24, Various times

The 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival will return for its 16th year. The Festival is scheduled for April 20-24, 2023 and offers a world-class weekend of winemaker dinners, interactive wine seminars and wine tastings that culminates with the alfresco Grand Tasting event at The Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard. Guests will savor delicious dishes presented by over 40 members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant group and sample from a collection of more than 300 unique wines from across the globe. There will be live musical entertainment and an expansive silent auction of rare and collectible wines and experiences. Due to the unprecedented demand this year, there are three available ticket levels: VIP, early access and general admission. For more information on Forks and Corks and to purchase tickets, visit EatLikeALocal.com. Follow Forks and Corks on Facebook and Instagram.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – April 16, Varied

A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Birds of North America , January 6 – February 12, Varied

"Birds of North America" runs January 6th-February 12th, 2023 at Urbanite Theatre. As birders, John and his daughter Caitlyn adore spending tender autumn days attempting to catch glimpses of elusive birds. But as seasons, the climate, and global politics change, the two find their connection as rare as a red-headed Woodpecker.  In a lyrical and endearing family portrait, Birds of North America unfolds in delicate, detailed layers like the scattered leaves of each passing year. For tickets and information contact Ph. (941) 321-1397, Email info@urbanitetheatre.com, Website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Art Center Sarasota: Same Source , February 2 – March 11

The Same Source exhibit by Luca Molnar uses various media to explore the connection between historical figures and personal mythologies. The exhibit highlights the connection between private life, domestic spaces and memory. On Thursday, Feb. 16, Molnar will participate in an artist talk via Zoom from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs from Feb. 2 to March 11. To learn more, visit artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association announces Free Music Matinees , January 4 – April 19, 12:00 PM

The Sarasota Concert Association announces its 2023 Music Matinees concert series. These four free noon-time concerts showcase exceptional regional musicians performing a variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music. Scheduled this season: Passerine; Wednesday, January 4 at noon. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing skills, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music, as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from ballads to contemporary Americana. Duo Pianists Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro; Wednesday, February 22 at noon; The Baron-Navarro Piano Duo performs a wide range of music, from classical to popular, for two pianos and piano four–hands with electric energy and melting lyricism. Their New York City debut as a piano duo at Carnegie Hall in March of 2022 was sold out and met with critical acclaim. Soprano Hein Jung and pianist Gregorios Zamparas; Friday, March 17 at noon Soprano Hein Jung has performed in recitals and with opera companies in major cities throughout the U.S, Italy and South Korea. She will be accompanied by pianist Gregorios Zamparas who has been praised for his versatility as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. Cellist Natalie Helm and Pianist Jesse Martins; Wednesday, April 19 at noon Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Natalie Helm is a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator. For this performance she will collaborate with pianist Jesse Martins, who also serves as conductor and vocal coach with the Sarasota Opera. The concerts are free but pre-registration is required and available 30 days before each concert at SCAsarasota.org. Performances take place at David Cohen Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. Visit www.SCAsarasota.org or call the box office at 941-966-6161.

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