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"Earning accreditation is an important distinction of excellence for museums and I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to uphold the standards for accreditation set forth by AAM."

- Steven High, Executive Director, The Ringling Museum of Art.

[Culture]  High Named To National Museum Accrediting Commission
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The leader for one of Sarasota’s most well-known cultural institutions will soon have a voice in accrediting museums nationwide. The American Alliance of Museums appointed Steven High, executive director for The Ringling, to its Accreditation Commission.

“I am honored to be selected by the Nominating Committee to join the Accreditation Commission,” High said. “Earning accreditation is an important distinction of excellence for museums and I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to uphold the standards for accreditation set forth by AAM.”

AAM Chair Jorge Zamanillo announced High’s appointment, along with five others: Greta Brunschwyler, executive director for Millicent Rogers Museum in New Mexico; Norman Burns, president and CEO of Conner Prairie in Indiana; Quantia “Key” M. Fletcher, museum director for Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Arkansas; Scott Harris, executive director of the University of Mary Washington Museums in Virginia; and Laurie Norton Moffatt, director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts.

High’s term on the commission will begin in 2024. In total, 78 applied for six open spots on the panel.

“The Nominating Committee was extremely pleased by the strong response to the call for self-nominations, the range of museum types represented, and the high caliber of the nominees and their enthusiasm and commitment to nurturing excellence in the museum field,” said Carrie Rebora Barratt, AAM Board Member and Nominating Committee Chair. “With so many outstanding nominees to consider for only a handful of seats, our charge was challenging.”

The commission meets three times a year to independently rule on the accreditation status for museums across the country. The AAM has operated since 1906, serving as the preeminent advocate for museums, and its accreditation program is more than 50 years old.

High previously served on the AAM board of directors from 2006 through 2009, when he was the director of the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah Georgia. He led that museum until 2011, when he took over as executive director of The Ringling. He previously led the Nevada Museum of Art, the Anderson Gallery at the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Baxter Gallery at the Portland School of Art in Oregon. He served as president of the Nevada Museums Association from 2002 to 2004.

He also has been an accreditation peer reviewer for 15 years, so the process and standards are not new to the museum leader. He also helped lead the John and Mable Ringling of Art through the re-accreditation process, and also led the Nevada Museum of Art through a similar effort during his time there. 

[Recognition]  Bentley Goodrich Kison Achievements

Bentley Goodrich Kison is pleased to announce that multiple attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Bentley Goodrich Kison is led by managing partner Morgan R. Bentley and partners Brian D. Goodrich and Amanda R. Kison. Bentley was selected for The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in the practice areas of commercial litigation and real estate litigation. Goodrich was selected for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for his work in commercial litigation and real estate law, and Kison was selected for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for her work in commercial litigation. Caroleen B. Brej was also included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for her work in commercial litigation and real estate law. Bentley Goodrich Kison focuses on business litigation, real estate litigation, and appeals. Businesses and individuals throughout Southwest Florida turn to the firm for pointed advice and assertive legal representation. The team is well-equipped to handle even the most complex, high-profile commercial matters in an effective manner. For more information, visit www.bgk.law or call (941) 556-9030. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the most credible measure of legal integrity and distinction in the United States. Best Lawyers recognitions are compiled based on an exhaustive Purely Peer Review® evaluation. 

[Recognition]  Icard Merrill Attorneys Honored as 2024 Best Lawyers

Icard Merrill is pleased to announce that twelve of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2024 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ® . Shareholder Thomas F. Icard, Jr. was named by Best Lawyers as the 2024 Construction “Lawyer of the Year” in Sarasota. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as a "Lawyer of the Year." Icard was previously honored as Sarasota Construction “Lawyer of the Year” in 2021. Icard Merrill attorneys selected to the 30th edition of Best Lawyers are G. Matthew Brockway (Real Estate), Drew Clayton (Securities Litigation), Thomas F. Icard, Jr. (Construction, Mediation), Robert G. Lyons (Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs), Bianca N. Manos (Family Law), William W. Merrill III (Administrative/ Regulatory Law, Land Use and Zoning, Land Use and Zoning Litigation), Robert E. Messick (Real Estate), Alyssa M. Nohren (Real Estate Litigation), Stephen D. Rees, Jr. (Land Use and Zoning), and Jaime L. Wallace (Family Law). In addition, two of the firm’s attorneys are included in the fourth edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch: Bradley J. Ellis (Construction, Land Use and Zoning) and Jordan J. Riccardi (Real Estate). Best Lawyers was founded more than 40 years ago to recognize excellence in legal practice. Inclusion is based on comprehensive peer-review surveys, which this year, comprised of more than 16.1 million
confidential evaluations by top attorneys. Lawyers are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. 

[Hospital News]  SMH Cancer Team Offers New Treatment for Life-Threatening Brain Tumors

A tiny implant, about the size of a postage stamp, is bringing new hope to people with life-threatening brain tumors. Sarasota Memorial Hospital has begun the use of a novel technology, GammaTile Therapy, to target and treat malignant tumors inside the brain. The first new FDA-cleared treatment for brain tumors since 2011, GammaTile was approved in 2018 to treat aggressive, recurrent brain tumors; the FDA expanded its clearance in 2020 to include newly diagnosed malignant brain tumors. Sarasota neurosurgeon Peter Mayer, MD, and radiation oncologist Larry Silverman, members of Sarasota Memorial’s Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute, brought the new treatment to Sarasota Memorial Hospital earlier this year. The hospital is one of about 100 treatment centers in the nation, and the first in southwest Florida, offering GammaTile to select patients. While the treatment is not recommended for all brain tumor patients, it may be appropriate for those with certain ones, such as gliomas, glioblastomas, meningiomas and brain metastases. At Sarasota Memorial’s Jellison Cancer Institute, a multidisciplinary team of specialists meets regularly to review challenging brain cancer cases and recommend treatment options they believe will yield the best outcomes for patients. After removing as much of the tumor as safely possible, neurosurgeons implant one or more of the collagen “tiles” at the tumor site to eliminate any residual cancer cells that might be hiding in surrounding tissue. A form of brachytherapy, GammaTile utilizes small radiation seeds that provide an immediate, targeted dose of radiation in a confined area. The tiles deliver about 50 percent of the therapeutic dose within the first 10 days following surgery, which helps prevent residual tumor cells from replicating. The rest of the radiation is delivered within six weeks. Therapy occurs as patients go about their daily life, with no need for repeated trips to radiation centers or isolation from family or others. The tile is insulated except for a small area that allows the targeted dose to focus on the site most likely to have a recurrence, which spares healthy tissue and can limit side effects such as hair loss. The tile dissolves harmlessly into surrounding tissue, so no further surgery is required to remove it. Every year in the United States, more than 200,000 people are diagnosed with aggressive brain tumors that spread rapidly, build resistance to some treatments and are often fatal. In patients with recurring meningioma and brain metastases, clinical trials of GammaTile have demonstrated the approach resulted in nearly twice as many tumor-free months compared to prior treatment for patients with recurring brain tumors located in the same area.


Pictured: GammaTile® Therapy, a highly targeted radiation treatment specifically designed for use inside the brain, raises new hope for patients with aggressive brain tumors. Photo courtesy of SMH.

[Recognition]  Lee Wetherington Homes and Builders Design Take Best in Show at Aurora Awards’ Competition

Luxury homebuilder Lee Wetherington Homes and model merchandising company Builders Design are proud to announce they won the prestigious Golden Aurora Award, presented by the Southeast Building Conference during its recent 45th annual gala in Orlando. The Golden Aurora represents the best-in-show award for the firms’ exceptional collaboration on the Solstice model home at Star Farms in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The Solstice – Lee Wetherington Homes’ latest custom creation – earned the pinnacle achievement in residential, commercial and remodeling design from a pool of nearly 400 entries across 14 states. The Solstice at Star Farms offers a forward-thinking take on modern ranch-style architecture, featuring 3,500 square feet of living area with a spectacular primary suite showcasing a spa-like bathroom and sweeping closet, two large private guest suites, ensuite bathrooms, pool bath, den and bourbon room. Nearly 900 square feet of covered outdoor living and dining space, and a three-car garage complete the premier amenities within the Solstice’s dynamic design. This design venture has also earned the esteemed Grand Aurora Award for Best Custom Home. Blending dark metals and organic elements, the Solstice reflects the “hometown” feel of Star Farms – a new development located on property that has operated as a ranch for more than 100 years, featuring hardwood preserves and the Lakewood Ranch lifestyle that has been recognized as the most desirable planned community in the country. Established in 1979, the Aurora Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers, and other housing-related professionals. The Awards are affiliated with the Florida Home Builders Association and the Southeast Building Conference, one of two regional trade shows recognized by and affiliated with the Association of Home Builders. The two Aurora wins are the latest in what has been a banner year for Lee Wetherington Homes’ Solstice, earning four top awards during the 2023 Parade of Homes, and a Gold Award for “Best Master Bath” at the Kitchen & Bath Design Awards. 

Pictured: Lee Wetherington Homes' Solstice model at Star Farms offers a forward-thinking take on modern ranch-style architecture, featuring 3,500 square feet of living area, including a bourbon room.

[Airport News]  Breeze Puts Fall Foliage Flights on Sale from Sarasota-Bradenton with First Ever Percent Off Promotion

Breeze Airways, the nation’s only ‘NLCC’ (Nice Low Cost Carrier) is celebrating the change of seasons by introducing its first ‘percent off’ promotion. Starting today through Thursday, fall travelers can book a roundtrip flight at flybreeze.com, or on the Breeze app, and enter “YOUDOYOU” at checkout to get a 30 percent discount off the base fare from Sarasota-Bradenton nonstop to Hartford, CT, and Providence, RI, to see the Fall foliage. The promotion is on sale through August 24 (11:59pm ET) for travel between September 5 and December 19, 2023. Breeze offers its Guests both bundled and ala carte options known as Nice, Nicer and, on flights operated with the Airbus A220-300, Nicest. The Nicest bundle includes two checked bags, priority boarding and Breeze Ascent – the carrier’s premium inflight experience featuring 2x2 recliner style seating and complimentary snacks and beverages, including alcohol.  Breeze doesn’t charge change or cancellation fees up to 15 minutes prior to departure and offers other benefits such as free family seating and a la carte pricing. With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24-months of reusable flight credit and customized flight features delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly. Flights are now on sale at www.flybreeze.com and via the Breeze app. 

[New Construction]  Halfacre Construction Company Breaks Ground on Addition for Veterinary Medical Center at Lakewood Ranch

Halfacre Construction Company, a Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company, recently broke ground on a two-story addition for the Veterinary Medical Center at Lakewood Ranch. Located off Lorraine Road and State Road 70 at 15205 Garnet Trail in Lakewood Ranch, Halfacre Construction originally constructed the 6,300-square-foot facility that houses a full-scale medical center – outfitted with seven exam rooms, a surgery suite, a full laboratory, a dental suite and a spacious reception area. The 12,000-square-foot two-story addition to the existing clinic will allow for the veterinary office to meet the demand for emergency and specialty services. Along with the addition, Halfacre will also supervise site upgrades, including landscaping, irrigation, site lighting, parking and hardscape. The project is expected to be complete in winter 2023. The hospital is equipped with the latest diagnostics to treat everything from minor issues to life-threatening diseases. The on-hand laboratory equipment includes multiple in-house blood machines, ultrasound machines, digital and dental x-ray devices, three intensive care oxygen units, a high flow oxygen unit and endoscopy, among other items. A hyperbaric oxygen therapy and CT scanner will be added once the new facility is completed. The new facility will also add 13 additional exam rooms, two treatment areas, a designated animal blood donation room and fully operational animal blood bank, additional surgery rooms and isolation facilities for infectious diseases. The privately owned hospital offers a family-oriented atmosphere and sets a new standard of excellence with high-level customer service and compassionate vet care in Lakewood Ranch.  

[Hospital News]  Advanced Wound Healing Now Available at Sarasota Memorial's Blackburn Point

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has opened an advanced wound healing center at its health care center at Blackburn Point, expanding access to specialized outpatient services to residents of southern Sarasota, Osprey, Nokomis, Venice, Englewood and surrounding communities. Now with two convenient locations, Sarasota Memorial’s Center for Wound Healing combines advanced therapies, proven medical techniques and personal consultations to heal wounds that have resisted treatment for weeks, months or years. The wound care team specializes in diabetic foot ulcers, venous/arterial ulcers, burns, bed sores and other pressure ulcers, radiation-related tissue damage, bone infection (osteomyelitis), traumatic injuries and other hard-to-heal wounds. Dr. Wadi Gomero-Cure, MD, medical director of the Center for Wound Healing, heads a multidisciplinary team of specially trained clinicians that includes general surgery, plastic surgery and vascular surgery, infectious disease, podiatry and advanced practice nurses certified in wound care. The team collaborates with other specialists and primary care physicians to develop a plan of care that best meets each patient’s needs. The new Blackburn Point location and the Center for Wound Healing on the SMH-Sarasota campus offer a wide range of wound care services, including debridement, compression bandages, negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, advanced wound care products, skin substitutes, wound care and disease management education, and psychosocial support. The Center for Wound Healing at Blackburn Point is located at 929 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 206, in Osprey. For referral information or to schedule an appointment, please call 941-261-2111. For information about the SMH-Sarasota campus location, call (941) 917-2111 or visit www.smh.com/Home/Services/Wound-Care.  

[Safety]  Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman Completes the 120th Session of National Sheriffs Institute Leadership Development Course

Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office completed participation in the 120th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute Leadership Development Course hosted at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, August 7-11th, 2023. This no-cost program is provided by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), U.S. Department of Justice, in collaboration with the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA). Sheriff Hoffman was nominated to join 23 other sheriffs from across the country for training on effective leadership within the sheriff’s office, the local criminal justice system, and their community. The NSI is the only executive leadership training program designed specifically for sheriffs to prepare them for all matters that impact the Office of Sheriff. The NSI was first developed and presented in the early 1970s in response to a need by sheriffs to meet the evolving demands of the office. The NSI has gone through many iterations throughout its history. Since 1993, the NSI has been housed in the NIC Jails Division. 

[Education]  Advocating for SCF Parrish and Comparable Funding
Carol Probstfeld, presidentsoffice@scf.edu

Like many nonprofits, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30, with state appropriations comprising a portion of SCF’s budget. During the summer of each year, we begin implementing our budgets for the new fiscal year, consider the impact of total funds available, and designate our legislative priorities for the upcoming session.

Our local delegation is very supportive of your community’s state college. It has helped SCF to obtain funding for capital projects, including the Science buildings at SCF Bradenton and Venice, and vital academic programs, such as nursing and our Coding Academy.

This legislative session, we are requesting funding for two priorities: $18 million to go toward phase one of SCF Parrish and $9.8 million in recurring base funding for the implementation of high-demand workforce programs and services, expansion of student- centered programs and services; and the recruitment of high-quality faculty and staff.

The total cost of SCF Parrish Center Phase 1 is $40 million — with the $9 million awarded by the state in the 2023 session and the $3.6 million SCF has committed to raise for the project, we continue making progress. We can begin the design and site development if we receive the $18 million in this year’s state appropriations. SCF’s Phase 1 goal is to construct a 40,000-square-foot mixed-use building that will house workforce academic programs, collaborative space, and student services offices.

SCF’s second request, $9.8 million in recurring base funding, aligns with the per-student funding model developed with the Florida College System Presidents and the Florida Department of Education last year. The model promotes the mission of the Florida College System, is designed to achieve equitable funding and recognizes each Florida College for its different academic programs, cost of operations and students’ graduation. It also allows each college to receive additional funding outside the model to address unique needs.

According to the model, SCF is currently among the state’s lowest-funded colleges. Noteworthy however, SCF is one of the most productive Florida College System institutions in degrees, both two- and four-year programs, awarded for the recurring state funding it receives. In 2022, we produced 2,081 degrees and averaged $16,066 per degree compared to state colleges of similar enrollment size, averaging between $22,468 and $35,612 per degree.

SCF has demonstrated our ability to be responsive, flexible and affordable – we have not raised our tuition rates for 13 years. I commend the faculty and staff for finding efficiency at every corner; however, we need additional support with increased expenses, including but not limited to insurance, utilities and an inflationary environment. Most recently, after due consideration and in the best interest of all students, we decided to evaluate SCF’s athletics program to develop a long-term sustainability plan based on current funding.

Providing the additional $9.8 million in recurring operational funding to SCF will allow us to provide our SCF students with resources comparable to students at other state colleges and reduce the need for further cost-cutting measures. Also, recurring funding would support local workforce needs by allowing SCF to accept every qualified applicant into our high-achieving nursing program.

Please consider supporting SCF’s advocacy efforts and students. Contact Jamie Smith, associate vice president of communications and government relations, at SmithJ4@SCF.edu or 941-752-5587 to learn how you can help.

Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld is president of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. 

Photo courtesy SCF.

[Feature]  Kitchen Bling Black+Gold
Compiled by Kate Wight

KITCHEN BLING BLACK+GOLD | Of all the rooms in a house, kitchens are undeniable among the most costly and time-consuming to renovate. While it would be impractical to fully redesign your kitchen every year, you can make small, sustainable changes over time. Updating kitchen fixtures is an easy and effective way to give your space a fresh and modern look without breaking the bank, July/August 2023. 

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[SOON]  BUSINESS: Business Networking and Cowork Session , August 22 – June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attention all business professionals. Join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event every Tuesday at Out and About Coffee in downtown Sarasota. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Limited spots available, so register now on Eventbrite. O and A Coffee Supply, 1316 Main St., Sarasota.

[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]  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]  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]  FOOD: Amore Restaurant Wine Dinner , August 29, Restaurant dinner hours

Amore Restaurant, which specializes in delectable Portuguese and Italian cuisine, will host a five course wine dinner. A specific wine will accompany each course. Dishes will include salted cod, beef Wellington and vanilla creme brulee. $130.00 per person all inclusive with drinks, and $100.00 per person all inclusive without drinks. Visit amorelbk.com to learn more.

[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]  SEMINAR: Cultural Heritage Exhibit: Open House , August 31, 5:30pm

Interested in learning about the Sarasota School of Architecture, currently featured in a special cultural heritage exhibit at City Hall? Join us for an open house and lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 31 in the Commission Chambers to hear about this noted regional style of modern architecture. Our City Hall exhibit includes renderings, reproductions, original blueprints, and archival photographs. Many of the most well-known Sarasota School of Architecture practitioners are represented: Victor Lundy, Phillip Hiss, Paul Rudolph, and Jack West, who designed City Hall in the early sixties. So, City Hall offers the perfect location to foster conversation about this architectural movement! The open house will feature presentations by Sarasota County Division of Historical Resources Manager Joshua Goodman, Architecture Sarasota President Morris Hylton III, and Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources Director Renee Di Pilato. The current exhibit is on display through June 2024. The Commission Chambers are located at 1565 1st Street, Sarasota, in room 101. For more information visit www.sarasotafl.gov.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Suncoast Composer Fellowship Program Concert and Conversation , September 5, 7pm

ensembleNEWSRQ, enSRQ, the innovative chamber music ensemble, has collaborated with Sarasota based Soundbox Ventures in the Suncoast Composer Fellowship Program, SCFP, a new residency program for six emerging composers and nine classical musicians. The group is producing the program’s first concert, on Tuesday, September 5, 7 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota. The event will include a pre-concert lecture and salon, featuring wine and refreshments, while the composer fellows speak about the work that will be performed that evening. Audiences can meet and greet the artists and composers following the concert. Tickets are $25 for the general public, free for enSRQ subscribers if a season subscription is purchased before September 5 and can be purchased at www.EnSRQ.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: FASD Awareness Walk , September 9, 9am
September is not only a month of transitioning seasons but also a time for raising awareness about a critical issue that affects countless lives. September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, FASD, Awareness Month and to raise awareness, The Florida Center for Early Childhood will be hosting a 5K walk or run that will go on in various locations all over Florida. By walking together, we can amplify our voices, raise awareness about the risks of prenatal alcohol exposure, and stand in solidarity with those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Let's stride towards a healthier future for all children and families. Your steps matter, join us on this empowering journey as we make every step count. See you at the starting line! Our Local Location will be at Oasis Church, 5215 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton, on September 9th, starting at 9am. For more information visit thefloridacenter.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: 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]  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.

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