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SRQ DAILY Aug 7, 2023

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"Obviously I know that this is temporary and we are all excited about the new county administrator coming on board very shortly."

- Charlie Bishop, Deputy Administrator, Manatee County.

[Government]  Bishop Becomes Latest Leader for Manatee Government
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Manatee County once again has a new leader at the helm of its government. County Commissioners last week selected Deputy County Administrator Charlie Bishop to fill the role in an interim capacity until a search for a permanent administrator concludes.

Bishop hinted at a public meeting he does not intend to hold job long-term.

“Obviously I know that this is temporary and we are all excited about the new county administrator coming on board very shortly,” he said.

Lee Washington, previously the county’s Neighborhood Services director, had been serving as interim county administrator since former County Administrator Scott Hopes abruptly quit from the role in February. In intervening months, the county discussed hiring Jon Mast, CEO of the Manatee Sarasota Building Industry Association, in the role but he ultimately withdrew his name from consideration.

Washington recently told the board he was going to retire. 

“Mr. Washington stepped up when asked to step up and did the job,” said County Commission chair Kevin Van Ostenbridge. “He was very near retirement anyway but the board asked him to step up for the county and he agreed to do so. Then of course he has been on leave the last couple of weeks, and we understand that in the end he made decision that it was time for him to move on, and we wish him all the best in his retirement. Godspeed going forward.”

Bishop said he felt good about the state of the county under Washington’s leadership the last several months.

“We’d like to say a few words about Mr. Washington and how much we respected him and his leadership to bring us to this point,” Bishop said at the meeting before agreeing to take on the job.

When Washington left, he temporarily left Deputy County Administrator Courtney de Pol is charge, but the county commission unanimously voted to put Bishop in the role through a formal vote. Bishop said he will work closely with de Pol and considered he a key member of the staff.

“This is a team effort,” he said. 

Photo courtesy Manatee County: Charlie Bishop

[Grand Opening]  Williams Parker Opens Second Office Location At Waterside Place In Lakewood Ranch

Sarasota’s largest, oldest, and most prestigious law firm, Williams Parker, is pleased to announce the opening of a second office location at the master-planned community and mixed-use development Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch. The new Lakewood Ranch office address is 7500 Island Cove Terrace, Suite 200, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34240. Later this summer the firm will move to its new downtown office location at Plaza Five Points, where it will occupy the entire eighth floor at 50 Central Avenue. This is just the fourth move in Williams Parker’s nearly 100-year history. Williams Parker is comprised of more than 45 attorneys. The firm serves clients globally through its membership in Ally Law, an international alliance of law firms with a membership of nearly 75 firms that include 3,000 lawyers in 100 business centers worldwide. 

[Grand Opening]  RejuvenX Announces Grand Opening of 10th Florida Accident Clinic in Sarasota

RejuvenX, a Florida-based healthcare provider specializing in comprehensive treatment of accident-related injuries, is pleased to announce the grand opening of its 10th clinic in Florida, and its second clinic in Sarasota County, located in the city of Sarasota. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m., Sept. 28, 2023. The event will feature food, music, facility tours, and remarks from the owners of RejuvenX, Dr. Timothy DeCanio, D.C., Dr. Jeremiah Joseph, D.C., and Jason Mink. "We are excited to continue to provide cutting-edge care in a compassionate setting to the residents of Sarasota County. I am thrilled to be bringing the RejuvenX brand to my hometown of Sarasota," DeCanio says. The grand opening is open to attorneys, orthopedic and medical doctors, neurologists and the general public. For over a decade, RejuvenX has committed to helping patients recover from accident-related injuries through a multidisciplinary approach. With existing clinics across Florida in Naples, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Venice, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Boynton Beach, the Sarasota clinic marks the 10th location in the state. The new Sarasota clinic boasts a state-of-the-art Digital X-ray Suite and will soon offer full pain management services with C-Arm imaging. Services provided at the clinic include chiropractic care, neck and back pain treatment, pain management, imaging services and physiotherapy. RejuvenX stands apart from its competitors with its personalized recovery plans, experienced physicians, same-day appointments, direct work with auto insurance, reliable guidance, and consistently excellent reviews. The clinic prides itself on ensuring patients’ medical needs are covered by insurance, so the patient can focus solely on recovery. RejuvenX invites you to join them in the celebration of their new clinic's grand opening and experience the high standard of care they bring to Sarasota County. For more information about the grand opening event or services offered, please contact RejuvenX or visit their website at www.rejuvenxfl.com. 

[Recognition]  Sarasota Memorial Among Nation's 50 Best Hospitals for Specialty Services

On August 1st, U.S. News & World Report recognized Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) among the nation’s top hospitals for 20 medical specialties, procedures and conditions, including two specialties ranked high enough to make the “50 Best Hospitals” list. Of nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated every year, SMH has repeatedly been recognized in the “50 Best Hospitals” for at least one medical specialty and rated among the nation’s top 10% for other high performing specialties, conditions and procedures. In the 2023-24 rankings and ratings, SMH-Sarasota is ranked #31 for specialized rehabilitation (rising from #35 last year) and #46 for obstetrics and gynecology care, a new national ranking this year. SMH’s other “high performing” specialties this year include: Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; and Urology. While the specialty rankings are meant for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions who need a hospital that excels in treating complex cases, U.S. News also rates hospital performance on more commonly performed procedures and conditions, such as hip replacement and heart failure. In addition to the broader specialty rankings and ratings, SMH-Sarasota received “high performing” ratings for 13 specific procedures and conditions. Hospitals that perform exceptionally well on multiple procedures and conditions also earn state and regional rankings from U.S. News. This year, SMH tied for the #5 spot in Florida, up from #6 last year, and maintained its longstanding record as the #1 hospital in the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port metropolitan region. Now in its 34th year, the full list of U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” rankings can be found here: http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings. 

[Recognition]  S-One Holdings Corporation Named One of Best Companies to Work For in Florida

S-One Holdings Corporation, a global company headquartered in Sarasota with a focus on the digital imaging industry, has been named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For. The annual Best Companies To Work For In Florida list ranks 100 companies in small, medium and large employer categories. S-One was ranked #9 as one of the Best Midsized Companies that includes businesses with 50 to 249 employees. Companies that chose to participate underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. The Best Companies To Work For In Florida is endorsed by the HR Florida State Council. Workforce Research Group managed the registration, survey and analysis and determined the final rankings. For a list of the 100 Best Companies To Work For In Florida, go to FloridaTrend.com/BestCompanies. 

[Veterans]  PulteGroup Dedicates New Mortgage-free Home in Sapphire Point to Army Veteran and Family

Retired U.S. Army veteran Lucio Gaytan and his family received a warm welcome during the July 12 dedication ceremony of their new mortgage-free Pulte home. Attended by more than 250 guests, including PulteGroup employees and trade partners, Lakewood Ranch community representatives, state and local dignitaries and neighbors, the ceremony marked the completion of the four-bedroom, three-bath home in Sapphire Point at Lakewood Ranch. The home was donated to Sgt. 1st Class Gaytan through PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® program, which recognizes and thanks military personnel who have been injured during their service.  Since founding Built to Honor® in 2013, PulteGroup has donated 77 mortgage-free homes to veterans and their families, totaling more than $35 million in value. Recipients are identified through partnerships with other organizations serving military veterans. For the Gaytan home, Pulte worked with Building Homes for Heroes, a nationwide nonprofit of communities and corporations dedicated to improving the lives of military personnel. After PulteGroup identified the decorated Army veteran as a recipient for a mortgage-free Built to Honor® home, Pulte first honored Sgt. Gaytan with a ceremonial groundbreaking this spring. Well- wishers lined the street as the family was escorted by a patriotic motorcade to their future home for the groundbreaking in early spring – coinciding with the 27th anniversary of Gaytan’s enlistment. Pulte also honored Gaytan in April during Notes of Love, an event attended by county and community leaders, the family’s future Sapphire Point and Lakewood Ranch neighbors, friends, military veterans, trade partners, and representatives from PulteGroup and Building Homes for Heroes. Attendees wrote messages of appreciation, support and encouragement on the foundation, beams and drywall of the under-construction home. As the newest residents in Sapphire Point, the Gaytan’s will enjoy the community’s recently completed amenity center which includes a resort-style pool, basketball court, dog park, playground, and clubhouse offering a fitness center and community room, as well as the active lifestyle and proximity to dining, shops and entertainment throughout Lakewood Ranch, the top-selling community in the United States. 

Pictured: PulteGroup’s donated Sapphire Point home includes more than 2,000 square feet and thoughtfully designed wheelchair accessible features for Sgt. 1st Class Lucio Gaytan. Photo courtesy of PulteGroup.

[Seminar]  Christopher Alan Homes Seminars Explore Lower Closing Costs and Interest Rates Available through Florida's Live Local legislation

Christopher Alan Homes is widening the path to home ownership through new Florida legislation which reduces down payments to as little as $6,000 for qualifying first-time homebuyers and military veterans. The hometown Florida builder is hosting two seminars Saturday, Aug. 5, detailing Senate Bill 102, the Live Local Act, and the state’s record investment toward down payment and closing cost assistance, lower interest rates and other benefits. Saturday’s seminars are 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Christopher Alan Homes’ Captiva model, located in The Hammocks at West Port, 1496 Sunset Preserve Way, Port Charlotte. There is no charge to attend, however space is limited. Both seminars will be held in English and Spanish. Guests can register by calling 855-44-MYCAH, or online at bit.ly/47bR0P9 for the 11 a.m. session and bit.ly/3rURPfb for the 12:30 p.m. session. Led by Michelle D’Auria, senior loan officer at Embrace Home Loans, the informational sessions include on-the-spot prequalification, consultations with a credit repair specialist, lunch, and free prizes and giveaways. Attendees will learn more about the Live Local Act, passed earlier this year, which expands eligibility for first-time homebuyers and veterans who need down payment assistance. The bill allocates up to $35,000 in closing costs for a limited time to buyers purchasing a primary residence who are employed full time by a Florida company and buying a primary residence. Created to meet the growing demand for attainable housing options for Florida’s workforce, the legislation also gives special consideration to law enforcement, teachers, first responders, active duty and retired military personnel while also supporting buyers no matter their income or state of life.


[New Homes]  Forestar Welcomes Homes by WestBay to Star Farms at Lakewood Ranch

Forester Group, Inc. ("Forestar"), one of the largest single-family community developers in the nation, welcomes Homes by WestBay to Star Farms, a multigenerational lifestyle development located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Homes by WestBay, Tampa Bay’s largest locally-owned, privately held homebuilder, is anticipated to unveil four new model homes at Star Farms at Lakewood Ranch, with a public grand opening event and sales release anticipated early 2024. Buyers will have the choice to build and personalize award-winning floorplans from the ground up or select from professionally designed Quick Move-In homes. Homes will range between approximately 2,100 to 3,500 square feet and will feature bright, open floorplans ideally designed for the Florida lifestyle. Offering buyers 50- and 60-foot homesites, the builder’s Innovation series includes five floorplans ranging from approximately 2,100 to 3,300 square feet. The Artisan series features 11 floorplans with options from about 2,500 to 3,500 square feet. Homes by WestBay plans to showcase four models, two on the 50- and 60-foot homesites respectively. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Southwest Florida, Star Farms at Lakewood Ranch is a multigenerational lifestyle community that offers a unique experience tailored to residents. The thoughtfully designed, 700-acre, gated village is a resort ranch hometown featuring 1,500 single-family homes, paired villa retreats and townhomes with a variety of amenities, clubs and hospitality services. Positioned within the award-winning master-planned community of Lakewood Ranch, Star Farms is minutes from dining, shopping and cultural activities as well as top-rated beaches. Whether exploring new adventures, discovering new passions, meeting new neighbors or finding new ways to connect with nature, Star Farms is an extraordinary place to call home. Visit www.starfarmslwr.com and join the VIP Club for the latest information. 

Pictured: Biscayne II model from Homes by WestBay.

[Leadership]  Crystal Bailey Named Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Selby Gardens

Crystal Bailey, Esq., has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. In her expanded role, Bailey will oversee the organization’s strategic operations, including implementing best practices in risk management, compliance, and governance. She will have responsibility for key areas including human resources, guest experience, administration, internal finances, facilities management, as well as all legal matters. Bailey also was elected Corporate Secretary of the organization by the Board of Trustees. Bailey joined the staff of Selby Gardens in January as Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel. She came from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, where she had served for eight years, most recently as general counsel on the Sheriff’s executive staff. Prior to her roles with the Sheriff’s Office, Bailey worked as a prosecutor handling all levels of offenses in Pinellas County. Bailey served on the City of Sarasota’s Charter Review Committee in 2021-22. 

[Grand Opening]  Senior-focused Healthcare Company ArchWell Health to Open New Center in Venice

ArchWell Health, a national company devoted to improving the lives of seniors, celebrates the opening of its first of 10 locations along the Central Gulf Coast, beginning with a center in Venice, Florida. Guests will enjoy flowers by Posies Flower Truck, live music by Trinidude Tom and Goodley Entertainment, local food trucks including Parise Coffee and El Guero Tacos, raffles and giveaways, site tours and opportunities to meet the ArchWell Health clinical team. In attendance will be Venice Mayor, Nick Pachota, a Sarasota County commissioner and Chamber of Commerce representatives. Thursday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the Chamber of Commerce at 12 p.m.

ArchWell Health, 543 Tamiami Trail S, Venice. 

To learn more, visit

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Key Financial Concepts for the Entrepreneur, A 3 Part Webinar Series 3, Building A Balance Sheet , August 23, 12 to 1 pm

A balance sheet provides all sorts of insights into the strengths, risks, and future prospects of a company, and understanding the entries and reading between the lines is important. What about when it comes to your own company? Creating the balance sheet should be more than simply listing the entries in the right places. You have an opportunity to analyze trade offs, project future effects from today’s decisions, and fix problems before they spiral out of control. This webinar will address those factors, while reviewing the elements and rules for balance sheet creation. This webinar is free. Visit www.score.org/manasota to register.

[SOON]  GALA: Toast Local , August 19, 1-5 pm

On Saturday, August 19th from 1-5pm, at Robarts Arena in Sarasota join us for Toast Local, and raise a glass to local charities. Benefiting The Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation, enjoy a craft cocktail and beer tasting with delicious bites, plus special musical guest Kettle of Fish. The fun begins with a free family-friendly car show from 9am to 1pm. The Rotary Club of Sarasota is a network of active and retired business, professional, and community leaders dedicated to helping make Sarasota and the world a better place. Each year, the club receives requests from a number of local not-for-profit agencies seeking support. Toast Local will bring the local community together for an afternoon this summer to taste local beers, cocktails, and food. All proceeds will then be donated back to the local community. Information and tickets at rotaryclubofsarasota.com/toast-local, 21 and older.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: BUSINESS Key Financial Concepts for the Entrepreneur, A 3 Part Webinar Series 1, Cash Issues for New Businesses , August 9, 12 to 1 pm

All businesses require cash for their operations including Equipment, Location, Materials, Supplies, and Staffing. In this webinar we will cover how to fund the business until you are generating sufficient cash to sustainably fund as well as other payment decisions that can affect your operating cash position. We will also delve into sources of funding. This webinar is free. Visit www.score.org/manasota to register.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Key Financial Concepts for the Entrepreneur, A 3 Part Webinar Series 2, Budgeting, A Tool for Planning and Managing the Business , August 16, 12 to 1 pm

This session will focus on using a budget as a tool for both planning and ongoing management of business operations. Discussion items will include some valuable budgeting techniques, use of important financial ratios and data, tracking and comparing actual financial results to the plan/budget, and steps to creating an income statement for the business. The session will include a Q and A session and discussions. This webinar is free. Visit www.score.org/manasota to register.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Wellen Park Summer Music Series , July 19 – September 30, Various times

Wellen Park invites the community to come out and enjoy music from local bands and artists during the Summer Music Series every Wednesday through Sunday in Downtown Wellen. Now through September, Wellen Park is hosting different musicians throughout the week. Every week, Wind Down Wednesdays, Thursday Tunes and Saturday Sounds will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Night Live, the first Friday of the month, will feature a band on the Solis Hall stage overlooking the Great Lawn from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Groove, the second, third and fourth Friday of the month, will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. On Unplugged Sunday, every Sunday, there will be music under the Heritage Tree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. The series is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating on the Great Lawn and around the Heritage Tree. For more information, visit wellenpark.com/events/summer-music-series.

[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]  THEATER: Divas Three , July 11 – September 17, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents Divas Three, a dynamic music revue featuring four decades of hits by some of the most influential women of music. With songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Carole King, and more, this original revue pays tribute to the artists whose musical impact has earned them the coveted title of diva. Created by Nancy Allen Productions, Divas Three begins playing on July 11 in the FST Court Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Flora at Art Uptown Gallery , July 29 – August 25, Various times

From July 29 to August 25, Art Uptown Gallery will display their artists creative interpretations on the theme Flora. The gallery will offer paintings and flower filled collages, plein air landscapes, abstract and traditional florals, decorative glass, ceramics, whimsical garden sculptures, bronze and glass mosaics to enchant visitors with a variety of plant based fine art. The First Friday Flora opening public reception will be on Friday, August 4 from 6 to 9 pm. The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 29 and runs through Friday, August 25. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of regional award-winning artists is exhibited. Visit www.artuptown.com for further information.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place , July 28 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Head out to Waterside Place for a rocking evening as part of the Lakewood Ranch Sights and Sounds Program. Enjoy a live concert in partnership with Easterseals and EveryoneRocks, featuring artists who are rocking their spectrum. This event is free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants. For more information on shows, dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.com/sights-sounds/. Waterside Place, 1560 Lakefront Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: John Pirman, Diving Into Nature , July 22 – September 17, Garden Hours

Dive into nature this summer at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, where a retrospective-like show of the career of Sarasota artist John Pirman to date can be seen inside the Museum of Botany and the Arts and outside in the Gardens. The show features several of his signature views of Sarasota, including iconic scenes of Selby Gardens itself, along with diverse works from his 30-year career in New York City and even pieces from his childhood in Ohio. On view daily through September 17. Learn more at selby.org.

[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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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.

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