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SRQ DAILY Apr 20, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"Modern childhood is often dominated by adult-led activities and screen time, at the expense of old-fashioned independent free play."

- Hannah Wolfman-Jones, Let Grow Play Club.

[Playtime]  Let Grow Play Club Encourages Independent Play
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Many of today’s school children spend their out-of-school time in adult-directed activities, from soccer to dance class to tutoring, without much unstructured free play time. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, playing has so many benefits including less stress, improved academic performance and social-emotional resilience. Hannah Wolfman-Jones, a former environmental engineer and current parent at NewGate Montessori School in Sarasota is hoping to change this for her son and other local children by bringing Let Grow Play Club to Sarasota.

“There is mounting evidence that heavily monitored and scheduled childhoods make kids less resilient and more anxious and depressed, but free play with minimal adult intervention can counter these trends,” says Wolfman-Jones. “This play club is a step in that direction and will be hosted at the New Gate school playgrounds or at a local park and supervised by parent volunteers.”

Let Grow Play Club is a chance for students ages 6-12 and their siblings to play independently and together outdoors. The Club is the brainchild of Let Grow co-founder Dr. Peter Gray, the eminent psychologist who has spent his life studying the crucial role of unstructured, mixed-age “free play” in developing children’s creativity, confidence, and ability to thrive. As Dr. Gray explains: “Children who have more opportunities than others for independent activities are not only happier in the short run, because the activities engender happiness and a sense of trustworthiness and competence, but also happier in the long run, because independent activities promote the growth of mental capacities for coping effectively with life’s inevitable stressors.”

Wolfman-Jones says that her goal is to provide kids a chance to play freely in mixed-age groups outdoors without caregivers breathing down their necks. She feels that this gives them a chance to come up with activities, resolve conflicts, and make friends on their own and provides many opportunities for growth as well as relaxation and fun.

“Modern childhood is often dominated by adult-led activities and screen time, at the expense of old-fashioned independent free play,” she says. “The result has been a meteoric rise in anxiety and depression in children. Let Grow Play Club counters these trends by letting kids do what they do best - get outside and play!” 

To learn more click here.

[New School]  College Preparatory Academy at Wellen Park Will Provide New Charter School Option to Open for the 2023-24 School Year

College Preparatory Academy at Wellen Park, a new tuition-free K-8 charter school, is under construction and now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year. Located at 11611 Mezzo Drive, just west of River Road off U.S. 41, College Preparatory Academy will open with an initial capacity of 600 students in grades kindergarten through sixth, with seventh and eighth grades being added each subsequent year. Managed by Charter Schools USA, College Preparatory Academy’s vision is to build college and career readiness through experiential learning and academics. Students will learn important skills through academics and technology-enabled experiences, with a parallel focus on college readiness and academic growth and emotional well-being. Utilizing an innovative village model, the school will have open and accessible spaces to encourage students to collaborate with classmates. Each grade will be a “village” and students will share four to five teachers, rather than being assigned an individual teacher. This student data-directed and teacher-supported model allows for greater flexibility to meet each student with instruction at the level needed and provide opportunities for students who excel to be even further challenged. The enrollment process for Florida charter schools starts with a random student selection lottery. Information on the enrollment process is available at wellenparkprep.org/apps. For families interested in learning more about College Preparatory Academy at Wellen Park, there are two upcoming information sessions taking place at the State College of Florida in the Selby Room: 6 p.m., Thursday, April 27, and 9 a.m. and noon, Wednesday, May 10. Additional information is also available at wellenparkprep.org or by calling 941-357-4783. 

Pictured: College Preparatory Academy at Wellen Park, a new tuition-free K-8 charter school, is under construction and now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year..

[Create First Glass Artworks at Shattered Glass Art]  Create First Glass Artworks at Shattered Glass Art Studio SRQ
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Glass has long fascinated humans, owning to its bright colors and ability to morph into anything from simple drinking vessels to massive yet intricate sculptures. At Shattered Glass Art Studio SRQ, the medium of glass lends its transformative powers to its clients, who throughout the studio’s classes grow more confident in their artistic and creative abilities.

Husband and wife team Nicole and Kevin Berry opened Shattered Glass in 2021. Nicole, born and raised in Berlin, a city renowned for its cutting edge art scene, harbored a deep appreciation for the visual arts. Kevin, an Army infantry combat veteran, had been struggling with post traumatic stress disorder, and his therapist encouarged him to take up art therapy. “Nicole got me into doing art pieces and noticed that creating things put me in a good frame of mind and took my mind off the bad things I’d been through,” says Kevin, “and she decided it would be best if I stayed in that environment and opened a studio.”

Shattered Glass offers a variety of classes for clients to enjoy, including glass art, charcuterie board and ocean wave resin pour on canvas classes, as well as private party classes. Students in the glass art classes use tumbled and shard glass to create custom works. There’s no template, so they are free to make whatever their heart desires, be it a portrait of their dog or beachside cluster of palm trees. In the charcuterie board classes, students select from premium wooden boards designed by the Berrys and imported from Italy and Germany and complete a resin design on the board. Because students delight in showing off their finished creations which they display in their homes, the studio offers the opportunity to make custom bowls that match their boards in color and style, forming a set. Beach lovers will delight in the ocean wave resin pour on canvas class, creating a stunning effect evocative of the sea’s tremendous power. Students can pick up their works after completion of the class or the next business day.

While resin crafts have been around for years, they’ve experienced a recent surge due to the development of non-toxic resins that allow the general public to work with the product indoors, like at Shattered Glass. The studio prides itself on using non-toxic, BPA-free and food-grade resins, ensuring a safe and fun experience for all. Students develop into intrepid artists, with many becoming repeat students eager to tackle new projects. “You forget about your worries and stress because you’re so into what you’re doing,” adds Nicole. “It’s therapeutic, and you’re immersed in making something come alive into world through your own creativity.”

To book a class, visit shatteredsrq.com, and visit their social media pages for project inspiration. Shattered Glass Art Studio SRQ, 2740 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, shatteredsrq.com. 

A compilation of students works made at Shattered Glass. Photos by Nicole Berry.

Shattered Glass Art Studio SRQ

[Fitness]  SHACK yoga + fitness Opens at Waterside Place

SHACK yoga + fitness, a Sarasota staple in the Rosemary District, has opened a new location in Lakewood Ranch. SHACK has served the Sarasota community for over 10 years and will now bring their SWEAT style of yoga, as well as their SCULPT and CIRCUIT fitness classes to Waterside Place. SHACK’s signature power flow style class “moves” you in a sweaty, music-vibing, collective-energy kind of way, according to Nikka Colorado and Courtenay Smith, SHACK yoga + fitness co-owners. Each teacher will have a splash of their own individuality while guiding clients through a yoga flow, they said. All levels of experience are welcome. Download the SHACK app in the app store to schedule your first class. View the class schedule and pricing at www.shackyogafitness.com. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Studio doors open 15 minutes prior to class and the doors close at class start time. SHACK yoga + fitness is located at 1561 Lakefront Drive, Ste. 210, Lakewood Ranch, 34240. For more information visit shackyogafitness.com, email hi@theyogashack.com, or call (941)203-5146. 

[Volunteering]  Hospital Volunteers Honored for Service

Volunteers at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital were honored with a special proclamation from Sarasota County for National Volunteer Week. The proclamation was presented as volunteers gathered for an appreciation lunch and to receive service awards. Volunteers have been serving at the hospital since it first opened in 1967. In 2022, front lobby reception and admitting desk volunteers assisted approximately 48,650 people who entered the hospital and were seen in admitting, courtesy cart drivers assisted 6,297 passengers; volunteers provided support for approximately 8,275 patient discharges and assisted with 41,953 patients who were treated in the emergency department at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital. Several volunteers were also honored for their long-time service to the hospital and patients. Claire Darlow, who volunteers in the emergency room, was recognized for 10 years of service and Barbara McKenzie was recognized for 40,000 hours of service. The hospital has 130 adult and teen volunteers who donate their time and talents. 

Pictured: Volunteers with proclamation. Photo courtesy of HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital.

[Culture City]  Backwards Forwards Back
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Backwards Forwards Back | Jacqueline Goldfinger's latest drama has its world premiere at Urbanite, April 2023. 

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[BOSRQ]  Calling All 2023 BOSRQ Winners and Honorable Mention Honorees!

If you missed SRQ Magazine’s Decals and Donuts event this past week, not to worry. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be doing another one! Join us Wednesday, April 26 from 8am to 1pm at our studios in Downtown Sarasota. Pick up your decal while chatting with other winners over donuts and coffee. And we’ll have the BOSRQ signage up for selfies and photos! See you then! 


[SOON]  MUSEUM: Walking Tours at The Ringling's Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM

This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.

[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]  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: Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience by Compass Rose History Experiences , February 25 – April 22, 3:30 p.m.

Compass Rose History Experiences announces the launch of Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience. Guides Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies will navigate attendees on a journey back in time down Main Street as we explore the resilience of the Sarasota community during the Great Depression and World War II. Locals and visitors alike will find inspiration from the stories of the people and places of Sarasota's past. Tours meet at Five Points Park in Downtown Sarasota and cover a distance of less than one mile over the 75-90 minute tour. All tours begin at 3:30 pm. Tickets cost $20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Guests purchasing both tours can receive a $10 discount by selecting the ticket package. Visit CompassRoseHistory.com to purchase your tickets or to learn more about Compass Rose History Experiences.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art at Ringling Museum , March 29 – September 4, Museum hours

Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art group exhibition will mark The Ringling’s first presentation of contemporary art by Native American artists with ancestral, historical, and present-day connections to Florida. An imperative step toward establishing a meaningful relationship with the Native American artistic community, Reclaiming Home will highlight the breadth and depth of the artwork by Seminole, Miccosukee, and mixed-heritage artists from Florida with the important work by internationally-recognized artists. The exhibition will expand the conceptual framework of Native American art made in Florida today and provide a fuller understanding of the complexities of issues within the art of the Seminole diaspora. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Big Sexy The Fats Waller Revue , April 19 – May 28, Various times

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller was an American jazz pianist, composer, singer and comedic entertainer. He realized his dream of becoming a professional musician at age 15. His Harlem stride style influenced the sound of modern jazz piano. Nate Jacobs’ original tribute, “Big Sexy, The Fats Waller Revue,” to this irrepressible artist features Waller’s signature songs, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Your Feet’s Too Big,” “The Joint is Jumpin’” and many more. Tickets are $50 for adults, $20 for students and active military (cost includes all ticket fees). WBTT's Donelly Theatre, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota, westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Science of Gaming at Bishop After Dark , April 20, 6–9pm

Come and get your game on in a fun and unique event at the museum during Bishop After Dark: Science of Gaming. That’s right, we’re bringing in all your favorites, but in retro style. There will be Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Mortal Kombat, Star Wars Pinball, and more! Bring some friends, have a battle, and see who the ultimate vidhead really is. Concession-style snacks and munchies, including beer, wine, and soda, are available for purchase. Cash and card accepted. Bishop After Dark is a Museum experience designed for adults 18 and older. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. College students can use the code COL10 at checkout to save 10 percent. Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: BLVD Bike Rides at the Rosemary District , April 20, 5:30pm

DreamLarge is thrilled to announce the return of BLVD Bike Rides, a free community bike ride that aims to bring residents, neighbors and friends together to celebrate the community and cycling in downtown Sarasota. The guided group ride will end at a local restaurant or bar. Riders are encouraged to stay and mingle with their fellow bikers after the ride. The event is free and open to everyone in the community and aims to bring residents, neighbors and friends together while enjoying a fun bike ride in downtown Sarasota. Please bring your own bike and water bottle for this ride. DreamLarge Office (facing Rosemary Park), 513 Central Ave., Sarasota, rosemarydistrict.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Oscura Listening Room , April 20, 7pm
Oscura presents the Oscura Listening Room, featuring songs and stories from Matt Burke (Have Gun, Will Travel) and Deb Ruby. No cover charge. Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave E., Bradenton, oscura.live.
[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Urbanite Theatre: 2023 Modern Works Festival , May 3 – May 7

2023 MODERN WORKS FESTIVAL Presented by Summer Wallace. May 3 - May 7, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. Back for the fourth time and returning to an in-person experience, the Modern Works Festival is a playwriting contest, reading festival and celebration of women in theatre. See all three finalist readings and become eligible to vote on the festival-winning playwright! Titles of finalist plays will be announced in 2023. For information contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Reel Music at the Florida Studio Theatre , February 15 – June 25, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents the original music revue, Reel Music, celebrating the movies that helped create the soundtrack to the last century. Featuring classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Circle of Life,” and “My Heart Will Go On,” this new Cabaret traces how films—and the music highlighted in them—have evolved over the past one hundred years. Created by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah Durham with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, Reel Music begins playing February 15, 2023, in FST’s Court Cabaret. Single tickets for Reel Music
range between $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Paralyzed at Florida Studio Theatre , March 29 – April 21, Various times

Leigh and Lee are two strangers who have little in common besides their names. She is a Type A statistician, and he is an aggressive former athlete. But the discovery of a mysterious suicide note in a hotel bathroom sets their lives on unexpected paths that go anywhere but according to plan. Paralyzed tells a striking story of guilt, personal responsibility, and the power of forgiveness. Single tickets range from $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000. FST's Bowne's Lab Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: All the Sex I've Ever Had , April 20 – April 23, Various times

All the Sex I’ve Ever Had is a stirring, hilarious and moving work that challenges what we think we know about the lives of our elders. A group of six older adults from the Sarasota/Manatee community discuss the evolution of love and sexuality from the perspective of life’s later years. In this unique, socially engaged work, elders courageously open up their personal lives and experiences to fellow performers and strangers, divulging stories of first crushes, turbulent affairs, unexpected pregnancies and deaths of loved ones as they go year-by-year through their entire lives. In our youth-obsessed culture, All the Sex I’ve Ever Had re-establishes a community of wise elders to whom we can turn for advice and offers younger audiences an understanding of intimacy in later years, as well as support to older adults who can learn from, or find common ground in the experiences of their peers. For mature audiences only. Performances will be accompanied by live ASL interpretation on April 20th and April 23rd. Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

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