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SRQ DAILY Aug 3, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

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Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"We are so thankful to all of the players who came out for our first tournament and are extremely proud and humbled to see how our foundation is changing lives through pickleball."

- Valerie McCarthy, Executive Director of The Play For Life Foundation.

[Baseball]  A Revolving Door of Prospects for the Bradenton Marauders
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

As temperatures continue to rise and July rolls into August, one constant remains on Florida’s Gulf Coast: professional baseball. Yes, the Gulf Coast is home to its very own Major League Baseball team–the incredibly good Tampa Bay Rays–but it is also home to a slurry of Minor League teams, from the Florida Complex League’s Orioles, who play in Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium to the Florida State League’s Bradenton Marauders, who play down the road in Bradenton’s storied LECOM Park.

It is here, in this haven of Minor League Baseball, away from the glitz and glamor of the Major Leagues that some of the most interesting stories take place. These are not the stories of multi-million dollar contracts or splashy brand deals, instead they are the stories of new beginnings, of hope, promise and hard work. To follow Minor League Baseball is to know that it is transitory in nature–the teams assembled at these levels are not built to last. Players are meant to progress onto bigger and better teams, with the hopes of eventually reaching their Major League Affiliate.

One such player that has moved onto greener pastures is Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Termarr Johnson, a 19-year-old second basemen who on August 1 was promoted to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Pirates High-A affiliate. Despite a slow start to the year, Johnson has been a star for the Bradenton Marauders all season long, helping propel the team to a 56-40 record on the year. Sporting a slash line of .244/.419/.448 on the year with 44 RBIs and 13 home runs, Johnson’s OPS climbed steadily each month culminating in a whopping 1.013 OPS in July.

While Johnson will be missed in Bradenton, there is already new talent waiting in the wings. On Monday, the Pirates assigned 2023 third-round pick Garrett Forrester to Bradenton. Forrester, a 21-year-old third baseman out of Oregon State, made his debut on Tuesday night, going one for two with three walks. Not bad for a rookie.

LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton. 

Pictured: Pregame warm-up work at LECOM Park. Photo by Thomas Bender at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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[Leadership]  New College Presidential Search Committee Names Three Finalists

New College of Florida’s (NCF) presidential search committee has submitted three finalists to the NCF Board of Trustees for consideration. The three finalists for consideration by the trustees are Richard Corcoran, Tyler Fisher, and Robert Gervasi. Corcoran is the interim president of NCF, a role to which he was appointed in February 2023. Previously, he served four terms in the Florida House of Representatives, holding the seat of Speaker of the House during his final term. From 2018-2022, Corcoran was Education Commissioner of Florida, leading the state’s K-12 education and state college systems including COVID-19 response. He is a member of the Florida Bar, earning his Juris Doctor from Regent School of Law. Fisher is an associate professor of modern languages and literature, Burnett Honors College faculty fellow, and core faculty in the Ph.D. program for texts and technology at the University of Central Florida. A Rhodes Scholar, Fisher earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy at the University of Oxford. He conducted a wealth of scholarly work abroad before joining UCF in his current position in 2018. Gervasi was most recently interim president at the University of Mount Union, and was previously president of Ohio Dominican University and Quincy University. He sits on the board of directors of the Fulbright Association and chairs its selection committee for the annual Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in classics from Ohio State University, in addition to an MBA in marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.The 15-member search committee, comprising a distinguished group representing the SUS BOG, NCF Board of Trustees, student body, faculty, NCF Foundation, alumni and other stakeholders and supporters of NCF, started its work on April 7. Over the last four months, the committee received and reviewed 63 applications and conducted eight interviews. The committee was tasked with identifying candidates who could guide New College beyond its recent history of enrollment and economic challenges while restoring its reputation for providing a nationally-recognized liberal arts undergraduate education. Details on candidate forums and interviews will be posted on the NCF.edu Board of Trustees page. 

[Agriculture]  Manatee County Farm City Week

It is time once again to nominate individuals who have enhanced the agriculture industry in Manatee County. Each year Manatee County Farm City Week recognizes two individuals who have made significant contributions to the agriculture community through the Agriculturalist of the Year and Agriculture Hall of Fame awards. These individuals may have provided these contributions through their farm or ranch, representing the agricultural industry, serving as agriculture consultants, agricultural educators, or by being someone who has been involved in the agriculture sector. The Outstanding Agriculturalist must be a current living member of our community and will be honored during the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Farm City Week Luncheon. Nominees for the Manatee County Ag Hall of Fame may be living or deceased and will be honored at the Farm City Week Hall of Fame Luncheon. Photos of both recipients will be placed in the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Hall of Fame in Palmetto. Nomination forms and award guidelines may be obtained online at https://adobe.ly/4740Fao or by stopping by the Manatee County Extension Office at 1303 17th St. West, Palmetto, FL. Nominations must be submitted by close of business on August 31, 2023. Farm City Week runs from November 14th through the 22nd. For a full schedule of agricultural awareness events happening during this annual affair, visit http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu or call 722-4524.  

[Arts & Entertainment]  Whiskey and Willow Debuts at Hamlet's Eatery

For the first time ever, popular local musicians JSanti & Sabrina are teaming up for a rocking duo called Whiskey & Willow. See them perform live on Saturday, August 5th from 5-8pm at Hamlet’s Eatery. It's going to be a night of unforgettable music, great food, and pure joy. JSanti is a master at blending different music styles and genres, creating a unique sound that's all his own. His music is an uplifting experience that will leave you feeling energized and inspired. Sabrina is a soulful and sultry singer-songwriter who's quickly become a fan favorite in the local music scene. Her powerful vocals and heartfelt lyrics have touched the hearts of many, and her music is perfect for those who love to get lost in the moment. They will be playing a mix of covers and originals from classic to southern rock. The patio at Hamlet’s Eatery is the perfect venue with its intimate setting and casual vibes. Hamlet’s Eatery has a great menu of classic items and vegan options. Plus, craft beer, wine and Prosecco on tap. So mark your calendars for August 5th from 5-8pm, and get ready to experience the ultimate doubleheader show. Don't miss out! Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.HamletsEatery.com or call 941-445-1938. 

[Grant]  Goodwill Receives Grant to Support Pursuit of Education Program

Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $5,000 from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of TD Bank, in support of Goodwill’s Pursuit of Education program. These funds will enable Goodwill team members who are Sarasota County residents and mid-career (ages 30-54) to earn market-relevant, post-secondary credentials in technology, which will lead to higher earnings. The Pursuit of Education program will enable full-time employees to attend classes either online or in person, resulting in certificates in content areas such as the Microsoft Office Specialist, various CompTIA certifications, Python, and others. Goodwill will work with its training partners Manatee Technical College, Suncoast Technical College, and ed2go to enroll employees in these and other technology certification programs, based on the individual’s interests and preferences. Goodwill’s GoodPartner Coaches will ensure that each participant has the support (i.e., access to the internet, appropriate digital skills training, a digital device, arrangements for transportation, etc.) prior to enrolling in classes. The goals for the program in the current fiscal year (August 1, 2023 through July 31, 2024) are to enroll 10 team members in training; have at least seven team members achieve certification; and have at least five team members receive a raise and/or a promotion at Goodwill or be hired for a higher-paying job elsewhere. For more information about Goodwill, visit experiencegoodwill.org. 

[Tournament]  The Play for Life Foundation Announces Tournament Winners

The Play for Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Pickleball Club, recently celebrated winners from its first tournament. Benefiting the foundation’s mission, the tournament was held on July 29 at The Pickleball Club near Lakewood Ranch. The 3.0/4.0 women’s and men’s doubles tournament were open to the public and brought in more than $5,000 in entrance fees and donated $1,000 of the proceeds to The Play for Life Foundation.  In total, 43 teams competed during the 10-hour event. “We are so thankful to all of the players who came out for our first tournament and are extremely proud and humbled to see how our foundation is changing lives through pickleball,” said Valerie McCarthy, executive director of the foundation. “By serving youth, veterans and first responders, we have seen first-hand how the sport is decreasing stress levels, encouraging teamwork and promoting healthy lifestyles.” Youth clubs and organizations, schools, veteran programs, fire stations, EMTs, police departments, sheriff offices and highway patrols are encouraged to request a Club-N-Box. Each box contains nets, paddles, balls and instructional material on how to play and setup a court. Qualified requests will be granted a Club-N-Box free of charge. The Foundation has distributed over 40 Club-N-Boxes to date at a cost of $24,000. Each Club-N-Box benefits 200 to 1,000 recipients.  The foundation relies on local businesses and individual support for most of its funding for the Club-N-Boxes. For more information or to donate to help fund a box, visit P4L.org.  

Pictured: Danielle Pfeil, Janet Kempton, Yanette Davis, Grayson Hall, Jennifer Bright and Tatyana Ayaroglu.

[Event]  JFCS Brings Families Together at Their Game of Life Event

 This past Saturday, 7/29, JFCS of the Suncoast held their 2nd Annual Family Day this year themed the “Game of Life” event at the Potter Building in Sarasota. Over 200 individuals attended to make this a successful event to celebrate past participants, welcome new families and collaborate with the community. The purpose of the event was to teach families how to play games together that taught life lessons, fostered an environment of teamwork, and helped build problem solving strategies. Attendees were also invited to enroll in JFCS’s Ignite Fatherhood Program or REACH (Restoring Empowerment and Choosing Hope) program. REACH assists adults in developing the skills they need to hone healthy relationship skills, improve parenting/co-parenting skills, and enhance skills and abilities required to gain and retain economic self-sufficiency. Skills and support are provided through the usage of 10-week evidence-based curricula and individualized case management. Program Director, Melissa Putman states, “Saturday’s Game of Life event was an opportunity for us to spread awareness of the services we provide. We had a great turnout and people signed up to learn further how to promote health relationships.” JFCS’s Ignite Fatherhood program is a grant & research study exploring the role of fathers and father figures through individualized coaching and group discussions. Participants are welcomed into an encouraging growth environment where they can connect with others and share their experiences. For more information about REACH and Ignite please contact JFCS at 941-366-2224. 

Photo courtesy of JFCS of the Suncoast.

[Feature]  The Wallenda Circus Family
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

THE WALLENDA CIRCUS FAMILY | One of the most daring circus families in the world, the Wallendas, has held a prominent place in the circus and in Sarasota for the greater part of this century, July/August 2023. 

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Geckos Grill and Pubs Trivia , July 1 – June 1, 7:30 pm

Geckos Grill & Pub’s Award-winning Trivia-Think While You Drink! If you love Trivia, join the fun at Geckos all year round. All Trivia starts at 7:30pm. We will have prizes, giveaways and specials plus the Geckos made-to-order fare, signature cocktails and hospitality you love. Monday trivia will be held at the Clark Road location in Palmer Crossing and on Tuesdays at the SR 64 location in Braden River Plaza. The SR 64 location will be taking a break from Trivia in October, but will start back up in April. On Wednesdays, trivia will take place at the Hillview Street location in Southside Village. www.GeckosGrill.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  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: 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]  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]  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]  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]  MUSIC: Friday Fest at The Van Wezel , July 11 – September 22, 5-9pm

Friday Fest, the free, outdoor summertime concert series at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall continues with TEN-76 on August 11. TEN-76 is a powerhouse high energy band that covers classic and modern rock. From the Lakewood Ranch homebase, TEN-76 regularly plays many of the local venues and are expanding in the Southeast Region. They have volunteered their time and entertainment for many charities to help raise funds and awareness.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Resources for Veterans Starting a Business , August 30, 12 to 1 pm

Learn what resources are available for veterans interested in starting their own businesses. We will review some of the national programs available including the SBA Boots to Business program as well as other free and low cost resources available for both the government, non profit and private sector. This webinar is free. Visit www.score.org/manasota to register.

[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.

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