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SRQ DAILY Jun 28, 2023

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Especially after hurricane Ian, we had so many deputies and first responders who lost their homes and were still trying to answer the call to protect the community so any help is always greatly appreciated"

- Anne Rollings, Board Member, The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Charitable Foundation.

[Fundraising Event]  Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Charitable Foundation Hosts 9th Annual Charitable Foundation Clays Shoot
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Charitable Foundation (SCSOCF) is gearing up for their ninth annual sporting clays event this fall. This is the Foundation’s only fundraiser of the year to benefit Sheriff’s Office employees facing extraordinary, or unexpected needs.

A nonprofit organization, SCSOCF, was established in 2015 by a group of concerned business leaders who recognized that despite the enormous contribution law enforcement employees make to our quality of life, their economic security is often inadequate when faced with extraordinary personal or family circumstances. The Foundation’s mission is to assist employees of the Sarasota County Sheriff's office who are experiencing these types of situations. To raise awareness of the Foundation and to fund grants, the SCSOCF hosts an annual clays shoot, with this year’s event taking place on Friday, November 17.

Every dollar raised from the event will go directly to supporting law enforcement through Foundation assistance grants. The Foundation has seen a 1400% increase in grants awarded since the first Foundation grant application was submitted and a 70% increase in the numbers of companies or individuals who joined as supporters of the Foundation.

“Thank you so very much! This is a huge relief given everything else we are dealing with” said one 10-year employee whose spouse was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, had surgery and was undergoing aggressive medical treatment, which caused the family to fall behind on their bills. The Foundation provided mortgage and car payment support, relieving the burden so that the family could focus on the health of their loved one. Other examples of how the Foundation steps in to help include providing assistance after natural disasters such as the recent damage caused by Hurricane Ian, and accidents that employees or their family members may encounter.

To show community support, the Foundation members are asking for sponsorship and raffle items to help them answer the call for every crisis grant application they receive. Community support helped them set a new record for the 2022 Sporting Clays Fundraiser–225 shooters, raising $62,000, but in this post-Ian year the need is even greater.

“As a small foundation we compete with 2000 others in our very philanthropic community but seem to have made some inroads with helping our deputies and their families with any number of crises,” says board member Anne Rollings “Especially after hurricane Ian, we had so many deputies and first responders who lost their homes and were still trying to answer the call to protect the community so any help is always greatly appreciated.”

Interested donors may register for the event at www.scsocharitablefoundation.org and send tax-deductible contributions to: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Charitable Foundation, Inc., c/o Kim Noyes, 6120 So. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231.

The event will take place on Friday, November 17, 2023 at Knight Trail Park, 3445 Rustic Road, Venice.  

Pictured: Chair, Mike Quillen; Lon Deckard, Quadrel Labeling and Team Quadrel/SRQ Hot Shots. Photo courtesy of Courtesy Geckos Hospitality Group.

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[Board of Directors]  Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation Announces Board of Director Appointments

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Barancik and Ben Hanan to its Board of Directors. Steve Barancik is a former screenwriter, children’s book author, and educator with a strong interest in the environment. He and his wife, fellow board member Lisa Hise, live in the Pacific Northwest. Ben Hanan is a senior partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. He is on the boards of All Faiths Food Bank and Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, formerly served on the boards of Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation and is a founding director of IMG Academies Student-Athlete Foundation. 

[Donations]  Wellen Park Donates Playhouses and $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County for the Cottages for Kids Program

Wellen Park presented a $15,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County on Monday, June 26. The donation is to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission and Cottages for Kids program. During the check presentation, families selected by Habitat for Humanity were present to pick up cottages Wellen Park and its residential and commercial partners built earlier this year. The donated cottages were given to Habitat families. The playhouses have been on display in Downtown Wellen since the Model Home Showcase event in February. During the event, visitors were able to view the playhouses and vote for their favorite one. Wellen Park and its commercial and residential development partners built 6’x6’ playhouses, all designed with different styles, paint colors and unique details that would make them feel like home and stand out. Wellen Park built two playhouses, one with a cute seating area inside and outside painted with bright blue and yellow colors. The second Wellen Park playhouse was designed as a barn, with bundles of wood, fruits and vegetables, and stuffed animals such as a chicken. Mattamy Homes also built two playhouses, the first with different murals painted on every side of the playhouse, including a beach scene and a burst of color with the saying “Hello Sunshine” written out on the back of the cottage. Mattamy’s second playhouse was an animal-friendly barn with a dog painted on one side of the exterior and a car painted on the other. Ryan Companies’ playhouse showcased a modern architectural feel, incorporating black paint and large floor-to-ceiling windows. Davis Development also took a modern design approach with plants painted on the outside of its playhouse. Sam Rodgers Homes created “Sam’s Coffee Cafe” playhouse,
complete with a coffee menu, kitchen with pastries on display and a seating area where guests can enjoy their sweet treats and cup of coffee. Lennar’s playhouse included its own putting green so kids can practice their golf swing. Lee Wetherington Homes’ playhouse featured a bird sitting on the roof. PulteGroup went a nontraditional route and instead of building a playhouse, created a swing set with a slide and rock-climbing wall. Wellen Park is planning another Cottages for Kids buildout later this year. The next round of cottages will be on display in Downtown Wellen as a part of Wellen Park’s holiday series, with participation extended to Wellen Park neighborhoods and residents. In December, there will also be a Cottages for Kids auction to raise awareness and funds to support Habitat for Humanity of South Sarasota County’s mission. 

Pictured: PulteGroup and Mattamy Homes cottages were on display in Downtown Wellen in front of Solis Hall since February.

[Guide Dogs]  Hospital Leaders Become Puppy Raisers

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital has a tradition of providing healthcare training to serve the community. On a typical day nursing students are doing clinical rotations, soon internal medicine residents will be at work and now the hospital is preparing a new breed of helper. This month, Skipper, a 13-week old black Labrador retriever started at the hospital. Skipper comes to the hospital from Southeastern Guide Dogs, a non-profit organization that breeds, raises, and trains guide dogs for the visually impaired and service dogs for veterans with PTSD, and is being raised by Chief Medical Officer, Jennifer Bocker, M.D. and Chief Operations Officer, Kelly Malloy. The hospital leaders take turns bringing Skipper to work and after work she goes home to live with them. Skipper is learning how to navigate in busy spaces such as hallways; commands like sit, walk, and stay; how to enter an elevator and how to deal with copious requests for puppy kisses from caregivers. “We work in a busy and stressful environment. Having Skipper here lightens our days. She is not visiting our patients, because she is a guide dog in training, but there are so many smiles when Skipper visits our caregivers. This is a great environment for her to learn socialization. She is very smart, loves tummy rubs and sleeping under our desks,” said Jennifer Bocker, M.D., Chief Medical Officer.  “Puppy raisers play an integral role in the lives of our dogs and even into the lives of the people who ultimately become their match,” said Leslie Shepard, Director of Puppy Raising Services of Southeastern Guide Dogs. “It is an incredibly rewarding experience and a great opportunity for co-workers, friends, or families to be a part of something that is meaningful, rewarding, and fun.” Skipper will live and train with the hospital leaders until she is 12-14 months old. The goal is for her to be a guide dog, service dog or skilled companion dog to assist people with vision loss, veterans or children. 

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[Board Members]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Appoints Robert Essner to Its 2023 Board of Trustees

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of new board member, Robert “Bob” Essner. Bob Essner is the retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He was elected President of the corporation in July 2000, serving until April 2006, and also served as Chief Operating Officer between July 2000 and May 2001. During his tenure at Wyeth, Essner was also Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and Chairman of the Dolder Group, a council of leaders of large global pharmaceutical corporations. Currently, Essner is an Executive in Residence and an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. He is Chairman of Elucida Oncology and on the board of directors of Organon and Omeza. He is a member of the board and previous Chairman of both the Children’s Health Fund in New York and Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. During his career, he served on the board of Mass Mutual and was Senior Advisor to the Carlyle Group. Essner is a graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. The current 21-member Healthcare Foundation board also includes Deb Kabinoff, Chair; Philip A. Delaney Jr., Past-Chair; Gwen Mackenzie, Vice Chair; Joel Morganroth, M.D., Treasurer; Sandra Stuart, Secretary; Robert G. Bartner; Carl W. Battle; Gary Dornbush; Mary Evelyn Guyton; Thomas F. Kelly, M.D.; Robert P. Martin; Diane M. Mayer; Jonathan E. Mitchell; Barbara Rodkin; Samuel C. Scott III; Jon Soderberg; Eric Spiegel; David Verinder (Ex Officio); Kirk Voelker, M.D.; and Robert L. Wood. 

Pictured: Bob Essner. Courtesy of SMH.

[Grants]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Board Approved Final Fiscal Year 2023 Grants

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s (Gulf Coast) Board of Directors approved over $1.5 million in grant awards this week. “I am pleased to share that our Board of Directors have approved nearly $40 million in grants to our nonprofit partners this past fiscal year,” shared Phillip Lanham, president | CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. These grants include: $440,000 to support Venice Theatre and rebuild the Jervey Theatre destroyed by Hurricane Ian. Supported by Gulf Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund, this grant brings the foundation’s total support since last year to over $600,000 to help in this critical rebuilding project. $150,000 to Bay Park Conservancy to support the operations, maintenance, and care of key features at The Bay Park. Gulf Coast has invested over $1.2 million into The Bay to ensure it remains a thriving and sustainable community asset for years to come. Generously supported by Gulf Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund and the Katherine Naismith Witten Fund. $50,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast to support year-one staffing of its expanded Mentoring Center. Supported by the generous Gould Family Trust Foundation and Gulf Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund. $340,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties for the second installment of Gulf Coast’s $1 million commitment to support the rebuilding of the Gene Matthews Club in North Port destroyed by Hurricane Ian. Supported by Gulf Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund and the generous Gould Family Trust Foundation. $50,000 to Education Foundation of Sarasota County to support at-risk students with resources to graduate and to create seamless pathways for students to move into higher-skilled, higher-wage jobs. Supported by Gulf Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund, the Odile Robertson Field of Interest Fund, and the Arthur E. and Audre B. Smith Charitable Fund. $18,000 to Ringling College Library Association to support and sponsor the 2024 Town Hall Lecture Series. Supported by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Fund and the Joseph A. Schasney and Marion W. Schasney Endowment. $125,000 to Sarasota Chamber of Commerce to continue support for CareerEdge Funders Collaborative. Established in 2010 as Gulf Coast’s nationally acclaimed workforce and business innovation initiative, Gulf Coast has given over $1.7 million to this program. Support for the $125,000 grant comes from Gulf Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund and the generosity of the A. Hamilton and Edith T. Gardner Fund. $75,000 to State College of Florida Foundation. The grant will provide instructional equipment for nursing students to continue to address the critical shortage of registered nurses in Southwest Florida. Supported by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Fund, Gulf Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund, and the Ed and Barbara Strobel Fund. $710,000 in Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Arts Appreciation Grants across 13 cornerstone arts organizations in our region: Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Ringling Museum, Venice Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Embracing Our Differences, Circus Arts Conservatory, Hermitage Artist Retreat, Venice Symphony, and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. 

Pictured: Gulf Coast Community Foundation and its philanthropic friends support CareerEdge Funders Collaborative. Photo credit: Suncoast Technical College.

[Grant]  Women’s Resource Center Receives Grant from BofA

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from Bank of America for its “Pathways to Success” initiative. “This program supports individuals pursuing post-secondary education,” notes Ashley Brown, WRC’s CEO and president. “By weaving together scholarships, programs, mentoring and direct financial support, the Pathways to Success program supports women who are going back to school with the goal of increasing their earning potential. It removes financial barriers and provides students the vital resources they need to thrive academically. 

Pictured: Jamie Kahns, senior vice president and Sarasota-Manatee market manager for Bank of America, with Ashley Brown, WRC’s CEO and president, and members of the WRC’s board of directors.

[Fundraising]  2023 edCFDA Pride Eyewear Initiative

In honor of Pride Month in June, five independent CFDA eyewear designers are unit-ing to launch the second annual edCFDA Pride Eyewear Initiative. The designers of Blake Kuwahara Eyewear, Christian Roth Eyewear, Krewe Eyewear, l.a.Eyeworks and Selima Optique, will each offer a limited edition sunglass design, with a portion of pro-ceeds collectively benefiting the TransLatin@ Coalition. Accompanying the limited edi-tion eyewear designs is a dedicated lens cleaning cloth created exclusively for the ini-tiative by New York-based artist Pedro Silva. The “edCFDA Pride Eyewear Initiative” is an annual charitable venture driven by inde-pendent eyewear designers of the CFDA to target and highlight specific needs within the broad spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming community.Blake Kuwahara. Collective proceeds from this year’s effort will benefit the TransLatin@ Coalition, whose members are TransLatin@ leaders from different parts of the U.S., who organ-ize and advocate for the issues and needs of TransLatin@ individuals residing in the United States. translatinacoalition.org The designers – Blake Kuwahara (Blake Kuwahara Eyewear), Christian Roth (Chris-tian Roth Eyewear), Gai Gherardi (l.a.Eyeworks), Selima Salaun (Selima Optique), Stirling Barrett (Krewe Eyewear) – are members of the Eyewear Designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA), a working group of the CFDA that seeks to expand the understanding and presence of designer eyewear as a vital com-ponent of contemporary fashion. cfda.com. 

[Grant]  Art Center Sarasota Receives Grant from Michael Saunders and Company Foundation

Art Center Sarasota (ACS) received a $500 grant from the Michael Saunders & Company Foundation. The grant, which was sponsored by Linda Driggs, an artist and real estate agent with Michael Saunders & Company, will help fund the center’s fall Youth Saturdays, a free program that provides arts education and inspiration to youth ages 6-15. The weekly 3-hour sessions enable young people to learn about art, explore their creative sides, collaborate with other students, and have fun.  

[Grant]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Prioritizes Education and Mental Health Services with $53,000 Investment

Gulf Coast Community Foundation awarded Forty Carrots Family Center three grants totaling $53,000 dedicated to Partners In Play® (PIP) in Sarasota County and mental health services for families affected by Hurricane Ian. This funding is made possible through the Community Health Endowment Fund, Anna V. Pfister, Nellie Mae Koss and Helen K. Hadden Memorial Fund, and the Hurricane Ian Recovery Initiative at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. With these transformative grants, Forty Carrots is able to provide its parenting education program, Partners In Play® (PIP) groups at no cost to children and families at Sarasota County libraries and mental health support for families to not only recover from the hurricane’s trauma but also develop the coping skills they need as they rebuild their lives. 

Pictured: Partners In Play® (PIP) group. Photo courtesy of Forty Carrots Family Center.

[Feature]  Survival in the Water
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Survival in the Water | Unfiltered: The Truth about Oysters takes a long and hard look into the demise of oyster harvesting in Florida's Apalachicola Bay and the collapse of oyster reefs around the world, May/June 2023. 

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[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: 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]  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]  MUSEUM: Eco Engineers , April 12 – September 3, During museum hours

Eco Engineers are plants and animals that profoundly impact their ecosystem. Through their presence or behavior, eco engineers create microhabitats, or unique areas within an ecosystem. Other species have taken notice of these microhabitats and decided to move in! In this exhibition, explore nine of Florida’s eco engineers and discover why our landscape wouldn’t be the same without them. Eco Engineers is a bilingual (English and Spanish) special exhibition created by our own Museum curators. Included with museum admission. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: From the Chambers Honoring John Sims at Ringling Museum , May 6 – August 6, Museum hours

In December 2022, the innovative artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker John Sims passed away suddenly at his studio in Sarasota. The tragic loss of Sims left a deep impact on the art world. His art, informed by mathematics, design, sacred symbols, and poetic text, boldly confronted white supremacy, the Confederate flag, and the deep disparities and division within our society. The Ringling is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Sims, who was their artist in residence in 2020. The exhibition From the Chambers, Honoring John Sims brings those two works together, on view publicly for the first time, in conjunction with John Chamberlain’s sculpture Added Pleasure. The exhibition serves as just one part of the significant legacy the artist leaves behind, in Sarasota and beyond. On view May 6 through August 6, 2023 in the Searing East galleries. Ringling Musuem, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Lorna Bieber, Natural World at The Ringling , May 20 – October 15, Museum hours

The Ringling presents a solo exhibition of works by Lorna Bieber in May that includes two new pieces making their debut in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. Her artwork first and foremost encourages us to indulge in the pleasures of looking and discovering anew the details of the visual world. Her artistic practice is grounded in appropriating, recycling, and manipulating imagery. The work reminds us of the image world that inundates our daily existence. Our experience of reality is mediated through a barrage of photographic digital images that supplants our connection to the natural world. Yet, Bieber is less interested in a critique of this condition than she is in offering her work as an antidote, a way to inspire viewers and reconnect with our shared sense of wonder. Included with museum admission. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Identity, Exploring the Human Condition , June 1 – August 5, Gallery hours

The 2023 exhibition season continues with Identity, Exploring the Human Condition, which highlights the diverse talents of artists from across the southeast region of the United States and will be on display in all four gallery spaces. On view from June 1-August 5, the opening reception is Thursday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. The juror is Christy Paris, an art professor and PhD candidate in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. A Juror’s Critique, with Paris, will take place on Tuesday, June 6. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.

[SOON]  GALLERY: 55 Frida Project , June 18 – August 18, Various times

Maverick, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo painted 55 self-portraits in her short and tragic life. View the commemorative exhibit by artist Beck Lane of her work at UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, her artwork merges extraordinary creative vision and innovative technique and has been collected and shown in pop-up galleries, solo shows, galleries, and private collections in Boston, California, New York City, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Miami, Brussels, Switzerland, South America, and Israel. On her YouTube Channel, Catalyst and Co., Beck records herself painting live, while offering encouragement to fellow artists, and sharing her experiences as an artist and her painting process and techniques. These mixed medium works pulsate with powerful, vibrant energy, fluid color and rare style. On Sunday, July 16, Lane will be painting live from 12-2 pm at the Lexow Gallery. UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, 3975 Fruitville Rd., www.uucsarasota.com, www.becklaneartist.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bradenton Public Market , June 24 – August 26, 9 am to 2 pm

Realize Bradenton is pleased to announce the continuation of the Bradenton Public Market through the summer months. The summer Markets are scheduled once a month on the last Saturdays of each month, on June 24th, July 29th and August 26th on Old Main Street and 3rd Ave West in Bradenton. Our Market family is excited to see their customers throughout the summer while still enjoying some well-earned time off. The Market was founded in April of 1979 in a Downtown Bradenton parking lot. Over the past 44 years, the Market has grown and evolved to fill Old Main Street with produce, local artisans, and prepared foods. realizebradenton.com/market.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Small Works Show , May 27 – June 30, Gallery hours
The artists at Art Uptown Gallery will present Small Works Show, showcasing small framed pieces of their original art. Meet the artists at the First Friday public reception on June 2 from 6-9 p.m. All of our award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, May 27 and runs through Friday, June 30. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of regional award-winning artists is exhibited. artuptown.com.
[SOON]  FOOD: SIN Nights at Geckos on Hillview , May 12 – August 31, 10 pm to midnight

Enjoy SIN Nights for Geckos Hospitality and Service Industry Colleagues. Join Geckos on Hillview Street in Southside Village and let us serve you late at night after your shift on Friday and Saturday nights. We will keep the light on late for you and offer Geckos food and drink specials just for you from 10-Midnight. Come in wearing your uniform or bring in your schedule and enjoy the camaraderie of friends at Geckos on Hillview. 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota, www.GeckosGrill.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch Art Exhibition , May 8 – July 31, 9 am-5 pm
ComCenter Lakewood Ranch hosts local art groups to exhibit in the main lobby area of the building. The exhibits are open to the public to view Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, and the majority of the art is for sale. The artists are usually treated to a welcome reception by ComCenter as well. The exhibits continually change about every four to six months so there is always something new to see and our ComCenter clients and their clients enjoy the ever-changing exhibits. The next group, The Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch, will be exhibiting for the first time at ComCenter from May 8 through July 31. ComCenter Lakewood Ranch, 9040 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch, comcenters.net.
[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: How Writing a Book Will Boost Your Business , June 28, 12 pm

In this online workshop, publishing expert Meghan Stevenson will discuss the intersection of entrepreneurship and book publishing. Specifically, she will explain three main ways that entrepreneurs and experts publish their books. She will explain what methods have proven to be the best fit depending on the author and subject matter of the book. She will also explain some do's and don'ts of writing, publishing and promoting a book and answer questions. https://www.score.org/manasota/event/how-writing-a-book-will-boost-your-business

[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Night Show at Oscura , June 30, 8pm

Oscura presents a night of music from The Roulettes, Sincerely Yours, Sataria and District Title. Free admission. Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, oscura.live.

[SOON]  THEATER: Freedom, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Laughter , July 1, 7:30 pm
Celebrate Independence Day with FST Improv. Sure, you know the story of the American Revolution. Red coats vs. colonialists. Taxation without representation. Hotdogs and fireworks. But do you know the back, back, backstory behind the major historic events? Join our cast of patriotic improvisers as they celebrate the birth of our great nation and reveal an untold story of the American Revolution in this never-before-seen musical. Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.
[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]  GRAB BAG: Laser Light Nights at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature , May 25 – September 2, 7pm and 9pm

Break out the big hair and acid-washed denim because Laser Light Nights are back at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from May 25 through September 2, we are rocking out to some of your favorite artists in the Planetarium! A variety of food options and drinks are available for purchase onsite with cash or card. Tickets are $15. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Shear Madness , May 31 – July 16, Various times

There has been a murder in a local hair salon, and it is up to the audience to solve the crime. Everyone is a suspect when the old lady living above Shear Madness salon is mysteriously offed. Join two police officers to piece together the clues behind this strange, scissor-stabbing homicide. Chock full of up-to-the minute spontaneous humor, Shear Madness has slayed the hearts of audiences around the world. Now it is up to Sarasota audiences to outwit the suspects and catch the killer in this interactive comedy whodunit. FST Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St.
Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[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]  FILM: Summer Movie Nights at CoolToday Park featuring Shazam, Fury of the Gods , June 4 – July 30, 5pm
Summer movie nights are back at CoolToday Park. Shazam, Fury of the Gods will be shown on the scoreboard and will begin at 5pm each night. Children ages 3 and under will receive free admission, while tickets for ages 4-9 are only $3, and ages 10 and up are $7. Tickets are available now at the CoolToday Park box office, online at cooltodaypark.com/movies or by calling 941-413-5004. Parking is free, seats will be available in the seating bowl. No outside food or beverages are chairs are allowed inside the stadium. The Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar and Grill will be open for full dinner service. For more information on the 2023 Movie Nights, or CoolToday Park, visit www.cooltodaypark.com , email springtraining@braves.com, or call 941-413-5000.
[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]  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.

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