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SRQ DAILY Sep 7, 2023

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"The presence of art can spark thoughtful discussion, contribute to reducing stress levels, promote relaxation and elevate the overall gym atmosphere."

- Mark Eakins, Owner of Balance

[Balance Art]  An Exercise in Creativity
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

A work of art, whether it’s a masterpiece hanging in a famous museum or a simple smiley face drawn on a bathroom wall, can have a transformational effect on its viewer. At Balance, a boutique fitness and wellness studio in Sarasota, Owner Mark Eakins has curated an inspiring space filled not with TVs, but pieces of art from local artists.

At first glance, art seems to have little in common with the act of exercising, but at Balance, they intertwine. “We believe that incorporating fine art on our walls can significantly enhance the exercise and wellness experience. Art can inspire and motivate individuals during their workouts, creating a more enjoyable and immersive environment,” says Eakins. “The presence of art can spark thoughtful discussion, contribute to reducing stress levels, promote relaxation and elevate the overall gym atmosphere.”

In addition to working with personal trainers, practicing yoga or getting a massage, patrons can take in creative and thought-provoking pieces throughout the space. A variety of forms, like photography by Barbara Banks, paintings by Tom Stephens and multidisciplinary installations by Nathan Skiles adorn the walls. Giclee prints of images featured by Embracing Our Differences are also on view. Guests have the opportunity to purchase all of the works, further supporting the area’s arts community. New pieces often pop up, keeping things fresh and exciting. “Supporting local artists is crucial, especially at a time when the traditional avenues for showcasing, such as local galleries, are dwindling. It’s an investment in cultural diversity and vitality,” Eakins adds.

Like exercise, art can have a positive impact on people of all ages. In the monthly Kids Yoga and Art Class, children engage their bodies and creativity with an art project following the exercises, fostering a love for both activities from an early age. “When we support local artists,” he says, “we’re not just promoting their individual talent; we’re preserving the richness of our local arts culture.”

Balance, 711 South Osprey Avenue, Suite 2, Sarasota, 941-365-6581, balancesarasota.com. 

Pictured: The Art of Balance installation by Nathan Skiles inspires patrons at Balance in Sarasota. Photo Courtesy of Balance.


[Visit Sarasota County]  Discover Natural Sarasota - Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

This neighborhood park is your go-to for a day of horseback riding on its 3.7 miles of trails. Situated on 160 acres under an oak canopy, it is also ideal for hiking, biking and camping. The Myakkahatchee Creek Connector Bridge connects the park to the Carlton Reserve. The footbridges, pavilion and public restrooms make the park a winner for family outings. 

6968 Reisterstown Rd., North Port.

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[Pickleball]  The Pickleball Club in Lakewood Ranch Certifies Staff Members and Grows Team with Six New Hires

The Pickleball Club, the leading developer and operator of private, membership-based high-amenity indoor pickleball facilities throughout Florida, recently expanded its team with six new hires. David Dubendorf, Dana Richcreek, Zach Combs, Weston Fugitt, Chris Westlake and Brenda Whittle all joined the team in August. Dubendorf and Richcreek were hired as member coordinators; Combs as a full-time instructor and programming coordinator; Fugitt as food prep; and Westlake and Whittle as retail sales. Last month, the indoor pickleball club also hired Scott Brynski as its new general manager for the Lakewood Ranch location. The club is still seeking additional pickleball instructors for both full- and part-time positions. In continuing to act as a leader in the industry, The Pickleball Club in Lakewood Ranch recently held a workshop accredited by the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR). On Friday, July 28, members and staff of The Pickleball Club were offered the opportunity to become PPR certified. During the workshop, the club had 13 individuals certified. The certification workshops are designed to guide instructors who are working with adult pickleball players at the beginner and improver levels towards certification. Each certification workshop is delivered by highly trained clinicians responsible for creating an effective learning environment for all coaches. The 33,393-square-foot club is located at 1300 Sarasota Center Blvd. and features championship-grade courts with permanent nets, an outdoor players’ courtyard, Pickles Café, Dink’s Pro Shop, an indoor players’ lounge observation deck, locker rooms and a HEPA filtered air-conditioned environment. The club has six additional facilities underway, with a goal of opening at least 15 over the next five years. 

Pictured: The Pickleball Club at Lakewood Ranch team members.

[Party]  Daiquiri Deck to Host End of Summer Party to Kick off Football Season

Daiquiri Deck, an iconic bar and casual restaurant that delivers a quality experience, great times, good vibes and the best frozen daiquiris around, is celebrating the end of summer and the start of football season with a party on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6 p.m. to close. Taking place at all five of the restaurant’s locations during the first game of the season, football fans can enjoy festive fanfare while watching the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs. Each location will be decked out in football-themed decor, with fun giveaways and free Jello shots at the bar during every touchdown. Various food and drink specials will also be available all day for dine-in only, including: Wing platter with 2.5lbs of wings and choice of all current hot sauces, celery and either ranch or bleu cheese for dipping - $28; Taco platter with six beef, chicken or shrimp tacos and served with guacamole and chipotle aioli - $25; Beach Keg cup with 34-ounce Landshark draft - $24; Refills available on Beach Keg cup with Landshark - $10; Beach Keg cup with 34-ounce 1993 margarita on the rocks - $24; Refills available on Beach Keg cup with 1993 margarita on the rocks - $16; Beach Keg cup with 34-ounce daiquiri - $24; Refills available on Beach Keg cup with daiquiri - $14; Throughout football season, Daiquiri Deck is pleased to offer viewings of all the Thursday, Sunday and Monday games, and encourages football fanatics to come cheer on their favorite teams at the deck. Reserve a TV on Sundays for your favorite team by calling the specific location of interest. 

[Celebration]  The Bay Park Conservancy Announces Free 5-Day First Anniversary Celebration – October 18-22

The Bay Park Conservancy announces The Bay Turns One! – a five-day First Anniversary Community Celebration beginning Wednesday, October 18, 2023. Over the past year, The Bay has become a beloved and sustainable gathering place for the community. More than 250,000 people have already visited The Bay to enjoy all that the park has to offer including more than 10 acres of revitalized greenspace, a tree-shaded Mangrove Bayou Walkway, a larger-than-life Ibis Playground, sprawling Common Ground lawns, restored and preserved mangroves and shorelines, the architecturally stunning Nest Concession, The Oval mini-amphitheater with stadium-sized LED screens, an ADA-accessible paddle launch, and spectacular sunset views. A signature bayfront public park designed to be “one park for all,” the park’s First Anniversary community celebration will feature “the best of The Bay” and provide free, exciting, and diverse programming for the entire community to enjoy. The full schedule of events can be found online at www.TheBayTurnsOne.org. Headliners of The Bay Turns One! five-day celebration include free bayfront concerts by Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri (playing hits that made Journey one of America's most accomplished Rock & Roll bands); and by Sarasota’s own Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe performing “Soul & Sass” (featuring a mix of R&B and Soul favorites). Other Signature Events include a Latino-inspired dance party, a one-year community celebration party for one-year old babies and couples celebrating their one-year milestone together, Boo! at The Bay Halloween festivities; the second annual Multicultural Festival, and the second annual “Taste of The Bay” food festival in partnership with The Sarasota-Manatee Originals. The entire celebration is intertwined with everyday free programming such as guided kayak tours in partnership with Ride & Paddle, fitness classes provided by CoreSRQ, yoga taught by local yogis, guided nature walks, and music featuring some of the area’s favorite artists. Everyone is encouraged to bring family, friends, co-workers, Meet-up and other groups to attend any of the free events offered in the park. For more information and to register for various The Bay Turns One! events, visit the website at www.TheBayTurnsOne.org. The community is also invited to subscribe to The Bay newsletter and follow The Bay on Facebook and Instagram. The Bay Turns One! is sponsored by generous Friends of The Bay including: Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Jody Beresford and Bob Mayer, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, DreamLarge, Michael & Terri Klauber, AG Lafley, Cathy Layton & Pete Russell, Leading To Win, Michael Saunders & Company, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, and others. 

[Renovation]  Groundbreaking Ceremony for Haile Middle School Addition and Renovation Project

The School District of Manatee County will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a school addition and renovation project this Friday, September 8, 2023. The event is taking place at 8:15 a.m. at Haile Middle School, which is located at 9501 State Road 64 East in Manatee County. The school addition and renovation was approved by the School Board of Manatee County in March 2022, and the scheduled opening of the building is Fall 2024. The project includes construction of a new 10-classroom building and modernization of the entire campus including the replacement of roof systems, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, building systems, kitchen reconfiguration and partial equipment replacement. Site improvements include canopies, concrete walks and associated drainage deep energy retrofit. The project budget is $46.2 million. Architect: Long & Associates architects | engineers, inc., Construction Manager: Halfacre Construction Company. We hope you can join us this Friday. All visitors must check in at the front office and present a photo ID before entering Haile’s campus for the ceremony. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Melissa Parker at parkerm@manateeschools.net. 

[Internships]  Pathway to PGTI Program Sees Success with First Hire

PGT Innovations (NYSE: PGTI), a national leader in the premium window, door, and garage door industry, is achieving results with its Pathway to PGTI program, as it recently welcomed Andrew Clark, a Venice High School alum, into its four-year apprenticeship program in the Tool and Die Department at the company's Venice facility. Clark is the first hire to come from the program, which aims to build interest and awareness in manufacturing career opportunities. The program places PGT Innovations at the forefront of the movement to provide local students with a direct pipeline to rewarding, growth-oriented jobs. Clark was introduced to PGT Innovations in 2022 as a high school senior enrolled in the Pathway to PGTI program. In the program, Venice High School students spend two hours of each school day at PGT Innovations, with part of that time dedicated to classroom training at PGT Innovations’ on-site training center and the rest of the time working alongside a skilled mentor. The program provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to develop skilled trade experience while still in school, and students benefit from a technical education path, guided training, and a viable employment opportunity after graduation. After completing the Pathway to PGTI program earlier this year, Clark was invited back to PGT Innovations for a full-time paid summer internship opportunity in the Tool and Die Department. During his time interning, Clark had access to more hands-on activities throughout the department, including working on the mill and grinder, welding, and learning a variety of new skills. Upon completion of his summer internship, Clark was admitted into the four-year apprenticeship program for the Tool and Die Department at PGT Innovations, starting Aug. 1. Clark is working directly with Mike Edmunds, a Journeyman Tool and Die maker with over 45 years of experience, who will serve as his mentor throughout the apprenticeship. PGT Innovations launched its apprenticeship program, sponsored by CareerSource Suncoast, in 2018 for the Tool and Die Department, and currently has one in development for Line Maintenance. The apprenticeship programs must be designed, developed, and then approved by the Department of Education before they can operate. Per the Department of Education's annual apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship report for 2021-22, an increasing number of employers across the state recognized the value of such programs, with 275 active apprenticeships, 53 active pre-apprenticeships, and 3,600 participating employers reported. As PGT Innovations continues to lead the industry in workforce development, it proudly champions the impact of innovative programs like Pathway to PGTI in shaping the future of manufacturing. 

Pictured: Andrew Clark, full-time apprentice at PGT Innovations, with Mike Edmunds, Journeyman Tool and Die maker at PGT Innovations.

[Recognition]  New College Dubbed a Hidden Gem by College Raptor

New College of Florida (NCF) has been named Florida’s best “Hidden Gem” by College Raptor for a sixth consecutive year. College Raptor is a widely utilized college matching service with more than a decade of successfully helping students find their ideal college. College Raptor highlighted NCF’s contract system, under which students receive written evaluations instead of letter grades and contractually arrange with their advisor a set number of classes to pass each semester. The focus on academic experimentation and intellectual curiosity was also noted. The results of a New College education speak for themselves: Students benefit from a 7:1 student to faculty ratio for a personalized experience. NCF is 12th nationally for students who go on to earn PhDs as a percentage of its graduates, and 77% of Florida’s Fulbright Scholars have come from New College. 

[SRQIST]  It's a Dog's World After All
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

IT'S A DOG'S WORLD AFTER ALL | At their new dog bar, Bobb Boivin and Mindy Kaufman bring canine comforts to the Rosemary District, September 2023. 

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[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: 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: 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]  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]  MUSEUM: Working Conditions at The Ringling , August 26 – March 3, varied times

Explore labor through The Ringlings Working Conditions photography exhibit, running until March 3, 2024. The Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries radically changed the nature of human labor. That era is defined by a global shift from producing goods by hand to manufacturing by machines and technologies that emphasized efficiency. Working Conditions explores the myriad ways in which photographs have communicated ideas about labor since the nineteenth century through examples from The Ringlings photography permanent collection. For more information, visit ringling.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , January 25 – January 29, Various times
The 2024 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival, hosted by the Sarasota Manatee Originals, will take place January 25 to 29. Grand Tasting tickets go on sale in October. A full five day slate of food and wine themed fun is planned, including the University Master Classes, wine dinners at area restaurants, wine shop tasting events, a trade tasting and the much anticipated Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum of Art. Due to the unprecedented demand for tickets, ticket sales for The Grand Tasting launch on two consecutive Tuesdays: On October 10 at 9 a.m. there is a presale of the VIP and Early Access tickets and on October 17 at 7 p.m. General Admission tickets will be available and historically have sold out in a matter of minutes. All Forks and Corks Grand Tasting tickets will be available online only. For more information, please visit www.eatlikealocal.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Tobias Quartet at the Perlman Music Program , November 15, 7pm

Join us on November 15th at 7pm to kick off the 2023-2024 season with the Tobias Quartet! Members of the Tobias Quartet initially connected during summers spent at the renowned Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. They reunited during their studies at the Juilliard School and the quartet ultimately formed in the summer of 2021 at the Music from Angel Fire Festival, located in New Mexico. During their residencies at Music from Angel Fire in 2021 and 2022, the quartet performed a wide range of repertoire including the world premiere of an octet by Elise Arancio in collaboration with the Vera Quartet. The name of their ensemble pays homage to Toby Perlman, to whom they are eternally grateful for her infinite wisdom and inspiration. Tickets will be available October 1st and this public show will be located at the Sarasota Art Museum in Thomas McGuire Hall, 1001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, https://www.perlmanmusicprogramsuncoast.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Suncoast Food and Wine Fest , November 11, 1-4pm
Suncoast Food and Wine Fest offers an afternoon of samplings and tastings from a large selection of fine restaurants as well as a variety of fine wines and other beverages in a beautiful outdoor setting. Your participation by purchasing a ticket provides financial assistance to many charitable organizations within Sarasota and Manatee counties, and other Rotary projects. Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.
[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]  BUSINESS: Lets Connect at Oscura in Old Manatee , August 31 – December 26, 8:30-10am

Connect with local business owners at every Thursday at Oscura. Lets Connect is a community of collaborative business professionals from the Manatee and Sarasota County areas. RSVP on Eventbrite to attend, admission is free.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Collaborative Coworking Meetup at UTC , September 1 – December 27, 11am-4pm

Attention all business professionals, join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event at Panera Bread at the UTC Mall every Friday. 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. Panera Bread, 215 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Siesta Key Rum Distillery Tours , September 2 – September 30, Various times

Siesta Key Rum runs free year-round tours for guests to learn the story of the craft distillery, the awards they have won and the secret to how they make their rums taste so good. During our 30-45 minute tour we will discuss the following topics: history of Siesta Key Rum, an overview of the awards our small company has won, what makes our rums taste so good, the rum-making process from mashing and fermentation to distillation, barrel aging and bottling of our rums. After the tour, we welcome you to sample a freshly made Siesta Key Rum cocktail, stock up on your favorite rums and browse our gift shop. 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.

[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]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursdays , July 13 – December 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Center Sarasota New Exhibitions , August 24 – September 30, Gallery Hours

The 2022 through 2023 exhibition season of Art Center Sarasota concludes with four exhibits, August 24 through September 30. In The Ephemerality of Being, Lauren Mann reflects on the beauty and magic of everyday life in colored pencil drawings that are full of patterns and idiosyncrasies. Artist Iren Tete presents Systems of Entanglement is an installation of ceramic sculptures inspired by forms, materials, and thoughts that exist somewhere between reality, dream, and possibility. In SUPERPOSITIONS, Ry McCullough creates colorful works of collage, sculpture, and wall bound hybrids inspired by the traditions of still life and modernist abstraction. An Abstract View re-examines abstraction and its relevance in contemporary art and is juried by Tre Michel, co-owner of State of the Arts Gallery. The opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, August 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.

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