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SRQ DAILY Jun 14, 2023

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Our local investments are only part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us."

- Susanne Kogut, President, Petco Love.
 

[Pride Event]  Seaward CrossFit to Host Rainbow Relay in Support of ALSO Youth
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

It’s June and that means the local LGBTQ+ community is out and proud in celebration of Pride all month long.

At Seaward CrossFit in the Rosemary District, inclusiveness is a key value. The owners, staff and clients believe that everyone deserves to flourish in a safe space without judgment or fear. On June 24th, the gym will proudly host their 2nd annual Rainbow Relay fundraising event for the local LGBTQ+ community at their new location on North Lemon Avenue in downtown Sarasota. The event will include six scavenger hunt/fitness challenges and prizes for best dressed/costume team. And best of all, 100% of profits and donations raised from this event will be donated to ALSO Youth, a nonprofit charity that provides peer support services, educational programs, advocacy, and referrals for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning youth ages 13 to 24, their families and friends, and the community.

According to the gym's owner/coach, Olivia Hardwick, the Rainbow Relay is a mixture of fitness and art appreciation. At the start of the event, challenges will be handed to each team in a sealed envelope. The teams will then leave the gym to scavenger for a local mural (located in the Rosemary District) and complete a fitness challenge at Seaward CrossFit where there will be fitness stations that can include riding on a stationary bike and completing push-ups or pull-ups. All fitness levels are welcomed to join as there will be scaled movements for all abilities.

Bobby Alford, a participant in the first annual Rainbow Relay and part of the Team Unicorn Squad called the event “amazingly fun and exhausting” adding that the kids loved it. “Great cause, great allies, great fun,” he said.

Registration for the Rainbow Relay opens at 7:30 am on the morning of the event with a start time of 8:00 am. The cost is $45 per person and there is a maximum of three people per team.

Seaward CrossFit, 423 N Lemon Ave, Sarasota, 941-867-0808. 

Pictured: The Rainbow Relay is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Photo courtesy of Seaward CrossFit.

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[Animal Welfare]  Humane Society of Sarasota County to Receive a $7,500 Grant Investment From National Nonprofit Petco Love

Petco Love is a national nonprofit leading change for pets by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested $350 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And Petco Love helps find loving homes for pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations across North America, with 6.7 million pets adopted and counting. “Our investment in the Humane Society of Sarasota County is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us. We recently launched Petco Love Lost, a national lost and found database that uses patented image-recognition technology to simplify the search for lost pets.”

“HSSC’s goal for the year is to save 2,700 cats and dogs. It takes a tremendous amount of support to make that goal a reality. From Petco Love lifesaving investments on the national level to in-store adoptions and collaborations with our local Petco Pet Care Center, it all makes a difference. We are so grateful for Petco Love’s investment in our lifesaving mission,” said Anna Gonce, Executive Director of HSSC. The Humane Society of Sarasota County is the area’s premier no-kill shelter and has served the Sarasota community since 1952. HSSC is committed to going “Beyond Shelter” for cats and dogs and realizing our vision of a community where all animals are cared for and loved. HSSC has received the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, for six consecutive years. Furthermore, HSSC has a perfect score, something only eight animal welfare organizations in the United States can claim.  

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[Seniors]  Senior Friendship Centers Highlights Programming to Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's and Promote Brain Health in Southwest Florida

As Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month takes center stage, Senior Friendship Centers brings attention to the alarming statistics that more than 500,000 people aged 65 and older in Florida are living with Alzheimer's, while 827,000 family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at a staggering $23.4 billion in 2023. This month, Senior Friendship Centers proudly highlights its programs that effectively reduce the risk of the disease and promote brain health through its Activity Centers and Nutrition Services in Southwest Florida. Additionally, the organization emphasizes its commitment to providing essential safety, quality care, and support through its Adult Day Care and Caregiver Support Groups. Alzheimer's is a growing public health crisis affecting a significant number of older adults in Florida. According to the National Institute on Aging, healthy lifestyle behaviors such as increasing physical activity, keeping your mind active, consuming a high-quality diet, and engaging in social activities can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The Activity Centers and Nutrition Services at Senior Friendship Centers are designed to support brain health and promote socialization for older adults. The organization's Activity Centers serve as vibrant hubs offering classes that keep the mind and body active. In addition, meals served through our neighborhood dining locations and home-delivered meals are reviewed by a registered dietician to ensure optimal intake and meet daily nutritional guidelines for seniors. Through these programs, seniors can actively reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's by participating in engaging activities that promote mental agility and having access to well-balanced meals that support optimal brain function. Moreover, Senior Friendship Centers understands the vital need for safety, quality care, and support for both individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. The organization's Adult Day Care program offers a secure and compassionate environment where individuals with dementia or other frailties of aging can engage in activities such as music, art, or pet therapy, and exercises that help maintain cognitive function and delay cognitive decline while providing respite time for their caregivers. Simultaneously, support groups provide a valuable lifeline for those caring for individuals with cognitive impairment, offering education, resources, and emotional support to alleviate the challenges associated with caregiving. To register or for any questions about events, please contact nnatal@friendshipcenters.org. To learn more about our programs and services, call (941) 955-2122 or  visit our website at www.friendshipcenters.org 

Pictured: Zumba, Tai Chi and line dancing are just some of the activities offered at Senior Friendship Centers. Photo courtesy of SFC.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Hermitage Continues Year-Round Programming with New Events Announced for July and August

The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Sarasota County, Florida) today announced new programs throughout the months of July and August. Continuing its commitment to innovative year-round arts programming, these events will be presented all across Sarasota County, from the Hermitage’s beautiful beachfront campus on Manasota Key to the heart of Sarasota’s vibrant downtown arts scene in collaboration with Sarasota Opera and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Hermitage programs introduce world-renowned artists to Florida’s Gulf Coast community and audiences across the country for candid and engaging conversations, open rehearsals, play readings, and film screenings. Newly announced summer programs include partnerships with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (F.A.A.E.) and the Englewood YMCA in a family-friendly program with five gifted arts educators from across disciplines and across the state of Florida. Featured Hermitage Fellows in July include Hermitage Greenfield Prize finalist Christopher Williams, who the New York Times calls “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there.” Williams is joined by his frequent dance collaborator Caitlin Scranton. August programs will spotlight the powerful storytelling of John Murillo (National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and 2021 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner) and Nicole Sealey (PEN Open Book Award and Rome Prize winner). Programs in August continue with celebrated playwright Dave Harris, who comes to the Hermitage as part of the recently announced partnership with New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company and their Underground Series, focused on producing some of the most exciting voices writing for the theater today; and returning Hermitage Fellow Hilan Warshaw whose films about music and opera have been seen around the world.

 

  

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[Child Protection]  Program Director of the Child Protection Team to Serve as Co-Chair of Sexual Abuse Response Team

Danielle Hughes, Team Coordinator of the Child Protection Team (CPT) at the Child Protection Center (CPC), has been named next year’s co-chair of Sarasota County’s Sexual Abuse Response Team (SART). This will be Danielle’s second time serving as a chair for SART. Danielle has served as a child abuse expert for 17 years at the Child Protection Center, where she leads the Child Protection Team in coordinating and providing intervention services in cases of children who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. Services include medical exams, forensic interviews, psychological and psychosocial assessments, and court testimony. CPT is a legislatively mandated program and the only provider authorized by the state to perform these intervention services in Sarasota County. Danielle’s additional contributions to improving the welfare and safety of victims include her founding of the PAWS (Pet Advocates Working in the Suncoast) pet therapy program, her service on the Department of Health’s Quality Assurance Team, member of the Critical Incident Rapid Response Team, member of the Child Death Review, member of the Child Interview Advisory Committee, and Supervisor of the VOCA Victim Advocate/Administrative Duties. Danielle’s expertise has also been utilized in training Child Protection Team Case Coordinators across Florida. The Child Protection Center’s mission is the Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment of Child Abuse, as the organization envisions a community where children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. For over 40 years, CPC has been serving Sarasota and DeSoto Counties in the State of Florida, and is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. For more information on CPC, visit www.cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277. 

Pictured: Danielle Hughes, CPT Team Coordinator and CPC’s PAWS Pet Advocate Dog, Cracker . Photo courtesy of CPC.

[Environment]  Science and Environment Council hosts Growing Green Reception

On June 9, the Science and Environment Council (SEC) and philanthropist Elizabeth Moore hosted the Growing Green Reception to announce details of two major events taking place in December: EcoSummit and Green Living Expo. Approximately 70 guests attended, representing interests across the region from Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor, including prominent members of the community, SEC sponsors and partners, elected officials, and the media. The EcoSummit, which takes place Dec. 5-6 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, is a lively and entertaining solutions-oriented experience with lectures, panel discussions, storytelling, and music. Dozens of national, regional, and local experts will share fascinating insights and innovations for recharging our environment and reducing our impacts. World-famous author Carl Hiaasen will lead a special evening of Florida environmental stories with local storytellers and music. Australian environmental thought leader and filmmaker Damon Gameau will kick off the EcoSummit with a keynote that re-envisions mankind’s relationship with Earth and how we find a new balance with nature. The Green Living Expo, which takes place Dec. 2-3 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, is a unique two-day trade show featuring sustainable products, services, and opportunities to get involved in local environmental issues. Meanwhile, outside at The Bay, Sarasota’s newest signature park along Sarasota’s bayfront, families can enjoy hands-on environmental activities and eco-tours from SEC’s partners. All activities will be free and open to the public. During the Growing Green Reception, guests enjoyed elegant canapes, wines, and presentations by SEC leaders, partners, and sponsors. Event host and lead sponsor Elizabeth Moore welcomed the assembled with a heartfelt call to action to protect our natural environment.  Next, Matt Sauer, Collaboration and Impact Officer for the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation and the presenting sponsor, spoke of the important role of charitable foundations in supporting the environmental community of practice in their work to protect and restore the environment. Then City of Sarasota’s Sustainability Manager Jeffrey Vredenburg shared that as part of its commitment to the collaborative work of the SEC, the city would be the Host Sponsor of the dual events at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Municipal Auditorium. Dr. Michael Crosby, CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and vice-chair of the SEC board of directors, spoke of the important partnerships that thrive within the SEC’s network of 40 science-based environmental organizations and pledged Mote’s continuing support as one of SEC’s founding members. Finally, Dr. Jennifer Shafer, SEC co-executive director, shared details of the upcoming December events. Presenting Sponsor is the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation; EcoSummit Lead Sponsor is Elizabeth Moore; Gulf Coast Community Foundation is sponsoring the Florida Stories session with Carl Hiaasen; and the Venue Host is the City of Sarasota. Numerous sponsorships are available; to learn more, visit eco-summit.org. 

Pictured: L-R David Shafer, Elizabeth Moore, Jon Thaxton, Jennifer Shafer, Jeff Vredenburg, Matt Sauer.

[Contribution]  Culverhouse Contributes $50,000 to Support Sarasota County Mental Health Court

Sarasota County developer and attorney Hugh Culverhouse Jr. contributed $50,000 to support the Sarasota County Mental Health Court, a diversion program that helps move individuals with mental issues out of the jails and into treatment programs. The funds will be directed to the Comprehensive Treatment Court (CTC), which delivers services to individuals who commit non-violent offenses and suffer from severe mental health disorders. Repeated arrests on minor charges clog court dockets, lead to overcrowding and unnecessary expenses in the county jail, and trap defendants in an endless cycle of personal and financial challenges. Treating the underlying mental illness for defendants who have committed certain non-violent offenses and do not have a significant criminal history, instead of detaining and prosecuting them, benefits society by decreasing the likelihood of repeated and possibly escalating criminal behavior and providing a cost-effective alternative to incarceration. In most cases, the criminal acts committed by individuals due to their mental illness are low misdemeanors, such as criminal trespass, theft, public intoxication, and other non-violent crimes. According to a recent article published in the Wall Street Journal by Dan Frosch and Elizabeth Findell, the issue of incarcerated people with mental illnesses has dramatically increased nationwide since the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal queried all 50 states in March on the number of people accused of crimes who are waiting in jail for inpatient treatment so they can be stabilized enough to stand trial. Of the 39 states that provide complete data, 34 saw their waitlists for such treatment lengthen since before the pandemic. Many of the lists are triple or even quadruple what they were prior to the start of the pandemic. (Frosch, D., Findell, E., “Mentally Ill Languish in Jail: With psych wards full, people ruled incompetent to stand trial lack treatment.” Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2023.) Sarasota County Judge Erika Quartermaine founded the Comprehensive Treatment Court in 2017 after presiding over a troubling number of cases involving the same defendants repeatedly arrested for non-violent offenses. Larger jurisdictions, including Hillsborough County and Miami-Dade County, have already implemented successful diversion programs, and Sarasota’s program is modeled after Miami-Dade County’s program. Funding for CTC comes from a grant from Florida’s Department of Children and Families, Sarasota County, the City of Sarasota, as well as the private sector. The program’s success is a result of intensive collaboration among the courts, law enforcement agencies, and social-service organizations. Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, serves as the coordinating service provider for CTC with the mission to safely divert individuals with mental illnesses and criminal justice involvement in Sarasota County from jail to treatment and recovery services in the community. Centerstone works with the Salvation Army, Second Heart Homes, and CASL, Inc. The program offered by Centerstone includes addiction treatment, counseling, drug testing, medication and medical care management, life skills training, linkage to housing and job training, and relapse prevention. Centerstone also features specialized programs for the military community, trauma care, and children’s services. Centerstone’s Research Institute provides guidance through research and technology, leveraging the best practices for use in all our communities. Centerstone’s Foundation secures philanthropic resources to support the work and mission of delivering care that changes people’s lives. For more information, visit https://Centerstone.org.

  



[Feature]  It's Never Too Late To Grow Up
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

It's Never Too Late To Grow Up | Producers Alexandra Barreto and Taylor Feltner were drawn to the reliability of the script written by Anna Greenfield about two women of two generations inspiring each other forward, May/June 2023. 

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[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Conservation Foundation Trivia Nights , June 9 – August 11, 5 to 8 p.m.

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is excited to announce a monthly trivia series this summer at their Bay Preserve headquarters in Osprey on June 9, July 14 and August 11. The free community events will take place from 5pm to 8pm with trivia beginning at 6pm. Each month a different food truck duo will be onsite offering a variety of tasty options the whole family can enjoy. The public is invited to come watch, play, or simply enjoy nature and food with family and friends. Each monthly event will have a different theme with a variety of questions covering categories ranging from movies and music to science and nature. Teams can have up to eight members and multi-generational teams are encouraged. The winning team for each individual monthly event will receive a prize package in recognition of their win. Points will also be accumulated across the series, with the overall winning team receiving their choice of a private, guided hike or kayak trip for up to ten people. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit upon for this outdoor, picnic-style gathering. In the event of rain, the trivia component will be moved to an area under cover. Learn more and RSVP at conservationfoundation.com/events. Conservation Foundation, 400 Palmetto Ave., Osprey.

[SOON]  FOOD: Savor Sarasota , June 1 – June 14, Various times
Mark your calendars for the most delicious time of the year in Sarasota, the 18th annual Visit Sarasota County’s Savor Sarasota. Beginning Thursday, June 1st through Wednesday, June 14th, visitors and residents alike will be able to wine and dine their way around Sarasota area restaurants relishing multi-course meals. Savor Sarasota restaurant week is a two-week dining program that offers artfully crafted prix-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. Lunch menus feature a two-course menu for $25 per person, and dinner menu features three courses for $40 per person. Many restaurants will also offer menu upgrades and wine and spirit pairings to elevate the experience. Visit https://www.visitsarasota.com/savor-sarasota/restaurants for an up-to-date restaurant list.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Lottery at Florida Studio Theatre Improv , June 3 – July 29, 7:30pm
It is the lottery where everyone wins. Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team by selecting the nightly lineup of games. Our cast of funny people are off to the races spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.
[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Music Festival , June 5 – June 24, Various times

The Sarasota Music Festival returns for the 2023 Festival season, centering around a special theme that ties together the 12 concerts highlighting the power of storytelling through music. Student fellows, who come from top conservatories and music schools, are afforded the opportunity to perform alongside world-renowned faculty artists on Friday and Saturday evening concert programs. The three-week Festival runs from June 5 to 24 and features a schedule of 12 different concerts, as well as a wide range of masterclasses, coaching sessions, and rehearsals. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: 8 Track, The Sounds of the 70s in Concert , June 8 – June 18, Various times
Get your platform shoes out and brush up on your favorite disco moves because June 8 through 18 the 8-Track, The Sounds of 70s in Concert is coming to The Players Centre. Get ready to boogie down through 10 years of groundbreaking music. With its propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies, 8-Track is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. This concert features the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, KC and the Sunshine Band, and more. Rediscover the heart and soul of the forgotten decade with this joyously rousing, moving, and often downright hilarious musical in concert. 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 1130, Sarasota, theplayers.org.
[SOON]  FILM: Exhibition on Screen, Tokyo Stories , June 9 – June 15, Various times

Based on a major exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford, Tokyo Stories spans 400 years of incredibly dynamic art, ranging from the delicate woodblock prints of Hokusai and Hiroshige, to Pop Art posters, contemporary photography, Manga, film, and brand-new artworks that were created on the streets. The exhibition was a smash-hit five-star success and brought a younger and more diverse audience to the museum. The film uses the exhibition as a launchpad to travel to Tokyo itself, and explore the art and artists of the city more fully. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Drive 8, Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: That Must Be The Entrance To Heaven , June 9 – July 9

THAT MUST BE THE ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN by Franky D. Gonzalez. A World Premiere. June 9 - July 9, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. Glory. Survival. Legacy. Citizenship. Four Latino boxers all chase a world title to achieve their personal versions of heaven. But to get there, they must battle each other, their own battered bodies, and the universe itself. All four men walk the line between life and death in this poignant, poetic collision of combat and cosmos. For tickets and info contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com.

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Summer Circus Spectacular , June 9 – August 12, Various times

Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat this summer at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts, thanks to the continued partnership of The Circus Arts Academy and The Ringling. The Summer Circus Spectacular returns this year, with exciting acts signed on for the one-hour, action-packed show. The 2023 Summer Circus Spectacular, which has become a seasonal highlight for locals, visitors, families and groups alike, takes place from June 9 through August 12. Tickets are $20 for adults, $13 for children 12 and under, and tickets for the 7 p.m. opening night performance and celebration on Friday, June 9, which includes a gala reception with the artists, are $50. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for an additional $5. Visit Ringling.org or call the Box Office at 941-360-7399 to purchase tickets and learn more. The Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  DANCE: Saltare Mortis In Studio Series at Sarasota Contemporary Dance , June 9 – July 17, 7pm
At the Saltare Mortis In-Studio Series, come take a glimpse into our lives as detectives as we attempt to solve a mystery in a town where crime is next to none. Though detectives in training, we have many tools up our sleeve to help us solve the mystery. But we could use your help. Put your detective skills to the test to help us unmask the criminal. You never know what surprises we will run into along the way. Shows will run in person on June 9 and 10 and July 14 with virtual options on June 19 and July 17. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sarasotacontemporarydance.org.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Surfer Boys at Florida Studio Theatre , June 13 – August 13, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre kicks off its Summer Cabaret Series with The Surfer Boys,an energetic tribute to the music of The Beach Boys. Featuring such hits as California Girls, Good Vibrations, Barbara Ann, and Surfin USA, The Surfer Boys is filled with the honey-tinged harmonies and unforgettable melodies that defined 1960s California and pop music. The Surfer Boys begins playing June 13 in the FST Goldstein Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps SCORE Workshop , June 14, 12pm
Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. In this workshop, you will learn how to create and manage a Google Business Profile from start to finish. In this session we will show you how to create or claim your Google Business Profile, manage your business info across Google Search and Maps and use your Business Profile to connect with potential customers. Visit score.org to register.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Think and Drink Science at The Bishop, Burrowing Owls, Uncovering the Secrets of Their Natural Lives , June 14, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Join us for a Special Edition of think and drink, science featuring guest speaker Dr. Raoul Boughton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rangeland Scientist-Wildlife. Presented by Mosaic Company. The Florida Burrowing Owl, is one of a few bird species to excavate its burrows, using them to protect their nests and young and to escape predators and the midday sun. Join Dr. Boughton as he discusses the biology and conservation of this State Threatened species and research that is being done to uncover their secret nocturnal lives. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Bishop After Dark, Love and Lights, a Celebration of Inclusion , June 15, 6 to 10 pm
This month join The Bishop as Bishop After Dark features Love and Lights, A Celebration of Inclusion. Come spread the love with us on Thursday, June 15th. Join us for delicious bites from local LGBTQ-owned businesses while sipping local craft beer and wine for purchase with cash or card. You will be welcomed with a fabulous specialty cocktail before enjoying not one, but two Laser Light shows featuring music artists Lady Gaga and Lizzo. Bring the one you love and your singing voice, as it is time to show our pride. Tickets are $40. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.
[SOON]  FOOD: Cheese 101 at Artisan Cheese Co. , June 15, 6pm
In Cheese 101, we take you through over eight cheeses and two wines. There will be a little bit of milk science, cheesemaker stories, and a lot of fun. From fresh to blue, we will introduce you to our most favorite pairings and wine to complement the cheese. Space is limited to 16 people, reserved in advance either by phone, or at the shop. The cheese classes are taught by our trained and enthusiastic cheese mongers. Visit artisancheesecompany.com to purchase tickets. Artisan Cheese Co., 550 Central Ave., Sarasota.
[SOON]  FILM: Cinema at The Bay featuring Mamma Mia , June 15, 8pm

Join us for a free movie at The Bay Park. Bring your blankets, chairs, family, and friends to enjoy a wonderful evening under the stars. The Nest, the new concession at The Bay, will be selling tasty food and beverages along with Simply Greek Food Truck to make the evening a legit and fun movie-going experience for all. In Mamma Mia, set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna Sheridan, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her back-up singers. The Bay Park, The Oval at The Bay, 1055 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, thebaysarasota.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Kettle of Fish , June 16, 5-9pm
Friday Fest, the free, outdoor summertime concert series at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall returns this year with an exciting lineup of bands who will bring the audience to their feet! The events run from 5-9 p.m. and are located on the lawn of the Van Wezel. Opening the Friday Fest series on June 16 is returning favorite, Kettle of Fish. Kettle of Fish plays festival music that features blues, soul, and funk with the energy of rock n roll. They make old songs new again, and their originals sound like classics. Kettle of Fish is one of the hottest live acts in southwest Florida, headlining to thousands, and opening for such acts as Eddie Money, Marshall Tucker, Elvin Bishop, Dickey Betts, and many more. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, take in the music and the sunset, and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. Bringing in food, beverages and coolers from outside Friday Fest is prohibited. For additional information, visit VanWezel.org.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Radiant Tarot, Pathway to Creativity at Hermitage , June 16, 6:30 pm
The Radiant Tarot, Pathway to Creativity with Hermitage Fellow Tony Barnstone, will be held on Friday, June 16. The Hermitage is about creating new works. When in conversation with Hermitage Fellow and creator Tony Barnstone and The Radiant Tarot, Pathway to Creativity an entirely new, yet ancient, approach is revealed. Inspired by the words of Rilke and William Blake amongst many other artists and practitioners, the artwork and guidebook of this Tarot deck are aimed at awakening creativity and personal growth. In this program, Barnstone, author of the guidebook, will illuminate some of the impulses behind its creation, its potential interpretations, and the creative projects it has already inspired. Hear from this multidisciplinary author of more than 20 books and begin to uncover the connections in the cards. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org $5 per person registration fee. Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Gothic Library, Three Classic Tales of Terror Brought to Life by Live Radio Theatre , June 16 – June 17, 8 to 9pm
Join us for an evening of classical gothic storytelling. By way of live radio theatre performed in the loft, watch and listen as a professional cast, with the help of a sound effects operator, dramatizes three stories by the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, and M.R. James. Tickets for this live performance are $15. The Gothic Library is an immersive audio experience designed to ignite the dark side of the imagination. This performance features moments that may prove too intense for younger guests or those with a sensitive disposition.Registration can be found here, https://www.sarasotabooks.com/events, or call 941-365-7900. Bookstore1Sarasota, 117 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.
[SOON]  FILM: Script to Screen Movie with Post Film Talk , June 17, 7pm

Join BookStore1 Bookseller and Film Critic Roxanne Baker to watch and discuss the 2022 Palme DOr Nominated Film Eight Mountains. Eight Mountains explores the lifelong friendship between two very different men, one who is apathetic to the Alps hiking of his father and the neglected boy who thrives on climbing endurance. The novel, Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti, was adapted to the screen by husband and wife team Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch. The book is available at BookStore1 Sarasota 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota www.sarasotabooks.com and the film showing and talk take place at Burns Court Theater and tickets are available at www.filmsociety.org or at the box office at 506 Burns Lane Sarasota.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Juneteenth Arts Festival , June 18, 1 to 9pm

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is proud to host its first-ever Juneteenth Arts Festival. On Sunday, June 18, from 1-9 p.m., WBTT will host numerous businesses, organizations and food trucks, screen films and film shorts from local filmmakers as well as students from Ringling College of Art and Design, and present spoken word and live music on an outdoor stage. Takes place at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe,1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. Entry to all events is free. For more information, call 941-366-1505 or contact Perterly Baptiste at pbaptiste@westcoastblacktheatre.org.

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