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SRQ DAILY Mar 9, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"It is wonderful seeing kayaks and paddle boards out on the water and people enjoying this beautiful weather, wandering along the sidewalks and the lakefront trail, and watching the incredible sunsets."

- Rick Severance, President of Wellen Park.

-IN THIS ISSUE: Dreaming of Music - Music Go Round helps aspiring musicians bring their dreams to life, March 2023.
[Baseball]  The 2023 World Baseball Classic
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This spring, a different kind of competition has taken hold of Major League Baseball. The World Baseball Classic returned Tuesday in full swing for the first time since 2017. The international baseball tournament, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, features a field of 20 teams, including newcomers like the Czech Republic, Great Britain, and Nicaragua, all battling it out for the chance to be named world champions.

If this setup feels oddly familiar, it’s because we last saw baseball as an international competition just two summers ago, in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. However, the 2020 Olympic baseball tournament and the World Baseball Classic are not cut from the same cloth. For starters, the Olympic baseball tournament was, unfortunately, an anomaly – hosted for the first time since 2008, the sport will not return in 2024. Secondly, the Olympic baseball tournament only featured a pool of six teams as opposed to the World Baseball Classic’s 20 team pool. The last and most distinguishing factor between the two tournaments is the level of play – the 2020 Summer Games took place right in the middle of the MLB regular season, preventing the best players in the world from actually playing for their countries in the competition. The World Baseball Classic, on the other hand, takes place over the course of Spring Training, allowing MLB’s best and brightest to compete against each other on the international stage.

This means that players from the same teams will be competing against each other, something that never could have happened during the typical MLB season. The teams that call the Sarasota-area home for the spring are no exception to this either – the Atlanta Braves feature eight players representing six different countries in the tournament, the Baltimore Orioles with six players from five different countries, and the Pittsburgh Pirates with a whopping 13 players from 10 different countries. 

Photo courtesy of 2017 World Baseball Classic.

[Recognition]  Barancik Foundation Awards 25 Sarasota County Educators With Experience Of A Lifetime

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation announced 25 Sarasota County educators as TIME Fellowship winners. The Time to Inspire Margie’s Educators (TIME) Fellowship awards educators up to $12,000 to help refresh and renew their commitment to teaching. Within this cohort, twelve fellows will travel to Europe, three to South America, and one to visit Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Some plan to stay closer to home, like two teachers teaming up for an arts immersion in New York City and another teacher who will travel west to see the Grand Canyon for the very first time.  

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[Summer Camp]  Registration Open Now for Summer Art Camp at Art Center Sarasota

Registration is open now! Art Center Sarasota is once again encouraging young children and teens to set their inner artists free at its summertime art camps. The 10 weekly sessions run May 30 to August 4. The programs target two different age groups: Creative Kids serves children, ages 6 to10; Emerging Arts is for aspiring artists, ages 11 to 15. The camps are Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before- and after-care is offered. Fees are $250 per week for Art Center Sarasota members with a family membership; $300 per week for non-members. Art supplies are included; participants will also receive a free art camp t-shirt. Sibling discounts and scholarships are available upon request. Art Center Sarasota is also looking for teens, 15 and over, to volunteer as teaching and after-care assistants. Volunteer hours count towards high school and Bright Futures and National Honor Society requirements. For more information about Art Center Sarasota’s summer art camps and its teen volunteer program, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032. 

[Leadership]  Leadership Changes in the Sarasota County Schools Police Department and the Safety & Security Department

Effective immediately, Chief of Police Duane Oakes – also the school district’s Executive Director of Safety & Security – has been removed from his position with Sarasota County Schools. Interim Superintendent Dr. Allison Foster has appointed Stephen Lorenz – currently a Captain with the Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD) – as the district’s Acting Chief of Police and Executive Director of Safety & Security, effective immediately. Acting Chief Lorenz started his tenure with the SCSPD in August 2019 as a Lieutenant. Acting Chief Lorenz has over 35 years of law enforcement experience. He has obtained a Permanent Teaching Certificate in Adult Education from St. Petersburg College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree through St. Petersburg College as well. A former Security Policeman with the U.S. Air Force, Acting Chief Lorenz has also served with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the North Port Police Department. Acting Chief Lorenz has over 8,000 hours of Law Enforcement-related training, holds numerous High Liability and Training certifications, and is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Future Executive Studies program. He has also served as the Coordinator for the Suncoast Technical College Criminal Justice Academy. Acting Chief Lorenz is a recipient of the Police Cross, the Law Enforcement Combat Medal, and the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, among other awards and distinctions. 

[Renovation]  Groundbreaking Ceremony for Palmetto High School Renovation

The School District of Manatee County will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a school renovation project this Friday, March 10, 2023. The event is taking place at 10 a.m. at Palmetto High School, which is located at 1200 17th Street West in Palmetto. The school renovation was approved by the School Board of Manatee County in December 2022, and the scheduled opening of the building is August 2025. The project includes construction of a new two-story classroom building, a new cafeteria building, a new entrance addition to the administration building for enhanced security, a new bus loop and parking, a new retention pond and baseball field renovations. The project budget is $39 million. The architect is SchenkelShultz Architecture and the construction manager is Gilbane Building Company. 

[Events]  Wellen Park Celebrates Downtown Wellen Soft Opening with Events and Activities

Downtown Wellen’s expansive outdoor recreation areas, including the Great Lawn, Grand Lake and The Yard food and entertainment park, is now open. Regular event programming is now underway in Downtown Wellen, including Wellen Wednesdays featuring cornhole and live music at 6 p.m., the Friday Night Concert Series, from 6 to 9 p.m., yoga classes Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m., and Zumba classes Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday evening events will commence in the coming weeks. “It’s wonderful seeing kayaks and paddleboards out on the water and people enjoying this beautiful weather, wandering along the sidewalks and the lakefront trail, and watching the incredible sunsets,” said Rick Severance, president of Wellen Park. “This is exactly how we imagined Downtown Wellen and what we’ve been looking forward to since construction started in August 2021. Downtown is a special place for everyone to experience.”

Located along the 80-acre Grand Lake, the fully leased Downtown Wellen ushers in an exciting new chapter at Wellen Park with this first phase offering outdoor recreation, dining, entertainment and shopping, as well as a calendar packed with events and activities. The full calendar of events and details are available at wellenpark.com/events. For directions to Downtown Wellen, guests should use 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice, FL 34293, the address of Solis Hall, Downtown Wellen’s event and performance stage venue. Downtown Wellen has a one-of-a-kind play yard inspired by nature, a lakefront fountain and splashpad, and the Great Lawn for community festivals, markets, celebrations and events. Solis Hall, an elegant rental venue, features an outdoor stage and a lakefront patio. The Yard epitomizes Downtown Wellen’s emphasis on creating interesting and interactive outdoor experiences with areas thoughtfully designed to connect visitors to green spaces, nature and each other. Intimate gathering spaces feature Canopy Green, a waterfront destination under a relocated oak tree, and the Heritage Tree Living Room, an alfresco lounge with decking and seating in the shade of a nearly 100-year-old oak. Downtown Wellen is located off U.S. 41 just west of South River Road and can be accessed directly from Preto Boulevard and U.S. 41. A future downtown entry directly from U.S. 41 is currently under construction. Consistently ranked among the U.S.’s top-selling communities annually by prominent real estate consulting firm RCLCO, Wellen Park offers a mix of single-family and multifamily residential, commercial and recreational options. The community currently has approximately 9,500 residents, and at full buildout will have more than 50,000 residents and 22,500 homes within its three distinct districts: West Villages, Downtown Wellen and Playmore. Wellen Park’s expanding residential choices include new-construction single-family homes in picturesque neighborhoods, a bundled golf and country club community, paired and attached villas, coach homes and condominiums. Rental options offer one- to three bedroom luxury apartments and single-family homes, an apartment community for active adults 55 and older, and world-class independent, assisted living and memory care. Wellen Park is close to top-ranked beaches and the area’s many attractions. To learn more about Downtown Wellen and living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to wellenpark.com or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

[Cameo]  Dreaming of Music
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

DREAMING OF MUSIC | Music Go Round helps aspiring musician bring their dreams to life, March 2023. 

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[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Ken Ludwigs The Three Musketeers , January 11 – March 26, Varied

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Peter Amster. Harrowing adventure, bravery, and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women. Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time. All for one, and one for all! 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[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]  GRAB BAG: Ranch Nite Wednesdays at Waterside Place , February 8 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of fun at Waterside Place during Ranch Nite Wednesdays. The event features food trucks, live music, a night market, a vintage mobile bar and cornhole. Visit lakewoodranch.com to learn more. Waterside Place, 1561 Lakefront Drive, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursday at Sarasota Art Museum , February 9 – June 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature , February 12 – June 26, During garden hours

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 2023 Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature showcases the creativity and innovation of American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, the exhibition highlights the inspiring connection between Tiffany Studios and the natural world through unique horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens, accompanied by seminal examples of Tiffany’s work on view in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. To learn more, visit selby.org. Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Chicken & Biscuits , February 15 – April 13, Varied

The hilarious new play CHICKEN & BISCUITS introduces us to the Jenkins family, as they gather to celebrate the life of their beloved and recently deceased father and grandfather, the Revered Bernard Jenkins. When an unexpected guest reveals a secret, they all discover that nothing brings a family together like a big side of drama. This side-splitting new Broadway comedy explores the tenderness of family, the joy of reconciliation, and the nourishing power of love. Written by Broadway newcomer Douglas Lyons and directed by the talented Bianca LaVerne Jones, who was associate director of the 2021 Broadway production, CHICKEN & BISCUITS proves that while family may drive us crazy, we’re lucky to have each other. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Cirque des Voix , March 10 – March 12, 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. for select shows

The Circus Arts Conservatory and Key Chorale are thrilled to come together again for this year’s production of Cirque des Voix, or Circus of the Voices, a one-of-a-kind performing arts experience. This unique arts presentation combines the more than 100 voices of the Key Chorale with the 40-piece Cirque Orchestra and live circus artists. Featured in this season’s three performances will be circus artists of national and international acclaim as well as youth performers from the CAC’s Sailor Circus Academy, will dazzle audiences with acts performed to exquisite musical accompaniment. Performances will take place at the CAC’s Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota on Friday, March 10 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. Tickets for Cirque des Voix are $35-$75. Visit CircusArts.org or call 941-355-9805 to reserve your seats.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: ObSEUSSed- A Seussical Celebration Flower Show , March 10 – March 11, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Manatee River Garden Club presents ObSEUSSed, a Dr. Seuss-themed flower show. The show is atribute to Dr. Seuss and his whimsical books and art. There will be 24 artistic floral designs competing in 6 different classes. Educational exhibits will cover Butterflies and The Homegrown National Park Project. Botanical Arts exhibits will include Artistic Crafts and Photography. The show will be judged by nationally accredited Flower Show Judges on Friday morning and will be open to the public from 2:00 until 5:00 pm on Friday, March 11, and 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, April 17. The show is free to the public. Food will be available for purcahse. Manatee River Garden Club, 3120 First Avenue West, Bradenton. manateerivergardenclub.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 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, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, 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]  GRAB BAG: PoetryLife 2023 , March 11 – March 13, Various times

Each year since 2012 PoetryLife, a project of Bookstore1Sarasota, has been bringing the best of the world’s poets to Sarasota. PoetryLife 2023 features renowned poets Martin Espada and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, along with poet Philip Terman and Sarasota Youth Poet Laureate Haley Peace. Join us at Florida Studio Theatre for a celebration of heritage and poetry. The event will include readings and conversations as well as poetry writing workshops. Visit sarasotabooks.com to purchase tickets for specific events and learn more. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Manatee Pride Festival , March 11, 12 to 5 p.m.

Manatee Pride is a fun family event with all proceeds benefiting ALSO Youth. ALSO Youth provides Advocacy, Leadership, Support, and Outreach for LGBTQ+ youth in Sarasota and Manatee Counties and is dedicated to supporting, affirming, encouraging, and empowering all LGBTQ+ youth, their families, and allies via two youth centers that host weekly programming, support groups, scholarship opportunities, and more. Our annual Manatee Pride festival will showcase incredible live entertainment, music, delicious food, refreshments, health checks, and more. We would like to give a special thanks to Craig Byers for our beautiful logo for this incredible event. Riverwalk Pavilion and Event Area, 452 3rd Avenue W. Bradenton, alsoyouth.org. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Friendly City Flea Market , March 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet us at Oscura in Downtown Bradenton for our March Friendly City Flea. Outdoors there will be over 70 artisan vendors and a DJ. Indoors there will be jazz and brunch with a specialty food and beverage menu. Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave E., Bradenton, friendlycityflea.com.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Jazz Festival , March 13 – March 18, Various times

The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents the Sarasota Jazz Festival. A variety of jazz styles will be on display for audiences. The event will feature four evenings of main stage performances, a jazz trolley tour, late night jam sessions and jazz films. Programs will be held at University Town Center/Nathan Benderson Park and the Burns Court Cinema. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit sarasotajazzfestival.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: History Hop Trolley Tours in Englewood, Sarasota and Venice , March 14 – March 16, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Join us for History Hop, our annual week-long celebration of Sarasota County history in partnership with the Lemon Bay (Englewood), Sarasota and Venice Historical Societies. Explore one community each day, or visit all three. Each 2-hour tour offers guests a narrated tour of each community and the chance to “hop” off the trolley at various historic sites to learn from docents about each community’s history in Sarasota County. A percentage of net proceeds will be donated to each participating partner to support the programs and services they provide that keep Sarasota County history alive. discoversarasotatours.com

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