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SRQ DAILY Sep 18, 2023

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"As the summer travel season draws to a close, the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is thrilled to have reported an overall increase in total passengers for each summer month"

- Rick Piccolo, CEO, SRQ Airport.

[Flight]  Passenger Numbers Continue to Soar at SRQ Airport
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Even with a hurricane disrupting traffic at the end of the month, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport officials reported a 10% spike in August traffic.

The airport reported 261,091 passenger flights through SRQ Airport during the month of August, while officials reported 236,799 during the same month in 2022. 

That means 2,973,800 people boarded or deplaned at the Sarasota airport already this calendar year, with a 3 million milestone likely already passed in September. That means traffic year-to-date at the airport has spiked roughly 18% in 2023.

For the 12-month period ending in August, the airport just blew past 4 million, with 4,209,480 total passenger flights, up 12% compared to a similar period from September 2021 through August 2022, when upward of 3.7 million flew through SRQ Airport.

By comparison, the airport at the end of 2022 reported 3,847,606 total passenger flights, a total that seems destined to be eclipsed before the close of 2023.

“As the summer travel season draws to a close, the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is thrilled to have reported an overall increase in total passengers for each summer month,” said SRQ Airport CEO Rick Piccolo. 

The strong month came despite traffic disruptions in late August. Hurricane Idalia forced the airport to close complete for parts of Aug. 29 and 30 because of Hurricane Idalia. The storm also disrupted hundreds of flights throughout Florida.

The passenger flight increase at SRQ regardless of temporary disruptions shows continued momentum at the local airport, which has seen an explosive boom in passenger flights since Florida’s re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Over a five-year period, the airport has seen growing interest from carriers, and has gone from six airlines flying direct to 12 destinations to now 11 airlines connecting to 54 destinations.

But the growth hasn’t ceased. The airport in May broke ground on a new terminal, which will bring five more gates.

“The positive trajectory of passenger traffic at SRQ is expected to continue well into the fall season with the addition of new and returning flight services,” Piccolo said.

Later this year, the airport has already announced new routes. Avelo Airlines will launch new service to Wilmington Airport in Delaware, in the Philadelphia market, starting on Nov. 2.  

Additionally, Air Canada will restore international flights to Toronto starting on Oct. 31, and Frontier Airlines will return service to Cleveland, Ohio starting on Dec. 21.


Photo courtesy SRQ Airport: A Delta flight takes off on Aug. 4.

[New Homes]  Christopher Alan Homes Launches Home Sales in Creekside Run at Babcock Ranch

Single-family home sales are off to a strong start in Creekside Run at Babcock Ranch, where hometown Florida builder Christopher Alan Homes has already sold six homesites and is well into construction of three professionally-decorated models and 16 quick move-in homes. Prospective buyers can schedule a VIP appointment by calling 855-44-MYCAH or joining the VIP list. Located in Babcock Ranch’s new Midtown phase, the 100-acre gated enclave features a private amenity center and single-family homes nestled along lakes, parks and preserves, a future town center and village green. Creekside Run’s collection of 16 quick move-in homes is ideal for those who want to expedite their new home move-in just in time for the holiday season. The homes illustrate Christopher Alan Homes’ contemporary floor plans designed for casual living with large main gathering areas, well-appointed owner’s suites and kitchens, and covered lanais emphasizing Florida’s outdoor lifestyle. All homes have stone countertops, designer cabinetry and are built to the highest standards with steel-reinforced concrete masonry construction, hurricane-resistant structural design and impact-rated low-e glass doors and windows for added safety and peace of mind. Creekside Run offers eight plans featuring two to five bedrooms, two to four baths and 1,450 to 2,635 square feet within one and two stories. The three model homes, slated for completion in October, highlight the choices available on three homesite sizes. A first-floor bedroom with an adjoining bathroom in the two-story Hampton model highlights versatility, providing opportunities for a home office, den or multigenerational suite. The five-bedroom, three-bath home spans 2,402 square feet under air and features a loft, laundry area and a spacious primary suite with a large walk-in closet and private bathroom on the upper floor. The 1,720-square-foot Captiva model has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious great room flowing to the adjoining kitchen and dining room. Its primary suite offers two walk-in closets and a generously sized bathroom. Representing one of Creekside Run’s largest floor plans, the four-bedroom, three-bath Magnolia model encompasses 2,635 square feet and features a den, tray ceilings and a three-car garage. A wall of sliding glass doors in the great room seamlessly connects to the covered lanai. The Magnolia’s private primary suite features two walk-in closets and a well-appointed bathroom with an extra-large walk-in glass-enclosed shower. New homes in Creekside Run start from the mid $300,000s. Creekside Run residents also enjoy exclusive access to neighborhood amenities, including a pool with a covered cabana and a playground as well as Babcock Ranch’s miles of nature trails, parks, community gardens, pools, playgrounds, pickleball courts, multipurpose fields, kayaking and paddleboarding, and the lakefront Founder’s Square downtown area with restaurants, entertainment and events. Babcock Ranch is America’s first solar-powered town and the nation’s fifth top-selling community in 2022. For families, Babcock Schools offer world-class project-based learning for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. 

Pictured: Christopher Alan Homes’ professionally decorated model homes at Creekside Run in Babcock Ranch, including the pictured Captiva, blend flexible living areas with inviting outdoor living spaces.

[Voting]  Time to Request 2024 Vote by Mail Ballots for Manatee Elections is Now

More than 100,000 registered Manatee County voters will receive official correspondence from Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office (SOE) this month. It’s part of an effort the elections office is making this fall to inform voters of an important update they may not have already known about. Manatee County voters who cast vote by mail ballots in prior years will receive notice in September from the SOE that they will need to make a new request to receive mail ballots in 2024. Those who have provided their email address in the past will receive an official email. Others will receive the notification via postal service. Requesting a vote by mail ballot is simple and voters can make their request by visiting www.votemantee.gov/VBM Voters may also call the SOE’s office at (941) 741-3823 and press 1. The vote by mail request requires the voter to provide their name, date of birth and either last four digits of their social security number or a valid Florida driver’s license or  Florida identification card. The change comes as part of the Florida Legislature’s SB 90 in 2021 which “limits the duration of requests for vote-by-mail ballots to all elections through the end of the calendar year of the next regularly scheduled general election." 

[Board of Directors]  2023-2024 Board of Directors for the Limelight District

The Limelight District, a thriving community of more than 100 independent businesses, is excited to announce the election of its new board of officers for the 2023-2024 term. They are committed to fostering a vibrant and enriching experience for artists, makers, and innovative businesses in Sarasota. As the Limelight District continues to evolve, these passionate individuals are poised to lead the way, ensuring that the district remains the location of choice for artists, makers, and creative enthusiasts alike. With their collective expertise, the Limelight District is set to soar to new heights, solidifying its position as a hub for artistic expression and community engagement. Kim Livengood, APR, CPRC, a seasoned Public Relations & Marketing professional owns and operates The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime and Hamlet’s Eatery. She brings a wealth of experience to her role as President of the Limelight District's board of officers. She is dedicated to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone in the Limelight District. Howard Davis, an accomplished entrepreneur and advocate for small businesses, assumes the role of Vice President. With a strong focus on economic growth and sustainability, Howard will work tirelessly to ensure that the Limelight District remains a bustling hub of independent businesses, fostering prosperity and collaboration within the community. Rob Manley, owner of Boombacha Kombucha, will serve as the Limelight District's Secretary. Drawing upon his background in marketing and communications, Rob will play a pivotal role in retaining membership and promoting the district's events, initiatives, and the exceptional talent within its boundaries. Mark Adams, owner of Burgess Signs, takes on the position of Treasurer. Mark will oversee the district's financial management, ensuring that resources are allocated effectively to support the Limelight District's growth and development. Rounding out the board of directors is co-owner of Creative Liberties Elizabeth Goodwill, owner of Skip’s Automotive Rob Wong, and co-owner of Sun King Brewery Clay Robinson. Together, this exceptional team of officers will work collaboratively to steer the Limelight District towards a bright future. By leveraging their unique skills and shared vision, they will continue to cultivate an environment that encourages artistic expression, fosters entrepreneurship, and nurtures community. For more information about the Limelight District, its mission, and the newly elected board of officers, please visit www.limelightdistrict.org. 

[Real Estate]  New Gulf Front Luxury Estate in Sarasota Closes for Full Asking Price of $13.95 Million

The luxury, new construction, beach property on nearly half an acre (.42 acres) closed on Monday, September 11 for $13.95 million in an all-cash deal. Coldwell Banker Realty’s Charles Buky, who specializes in luxury properties, was the listing agent for the property. . It was the highest price property sale in Sarasota so far this year. Located on the Gulf in the heart of Lido Key, this five-bedroom home has incredible views of The Gulf of Mexico. With over 5,700 square feet under air, this home features Control I4 smart home automation, expansive living spaces with custom, designer finishes, 34 in-ceiling speakers, custom built-ins, commercial -grade elevator and motorized Lutron blinds throughout. The open-concept, main living area features an oversized living room with floor-to-ceiling, pocket sliding doors that offer views of the crystal blue waters of the Gulf. This level also features a dining room, gourmet chef's kitchen with Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, separate walk-in pantry, full bar sitting area with a walk-in, temperature-controlled wine room and a custom outdoor kitchen on the lanai. Continue up the grand staircase to the private hideaway master suite which includes an oversized bedroom, sitting and lounge area, balcony, walk-in designer closet, large designer bath area with spectacular finishes and, of course, more amazing Gulf views! This floor also features two additional guest suites with a separate den/lounge area for those suites. Back on the ground level, the expansive Gulf-front swimming pool and enormous surrounding deck offers significant, additional entertaining space. The huge pool has a central, negative-edge spa. The pool deck also features lounging/dining areas, another custom outdoor kitchen and large activity area covered in all-weather, no maintenance professional turf. There’s also a 6-car garage and paved driveway with plenty of room for both owner and guest vehicles.  

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[Recognition]  Jordan Chancey and Sarah Whisnant Earn Numerous Real Estate Awards

Jordan Chancey, Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Alliance Group, and Associate Sarah Whisnant have received numerous awards for outstanding performance over the past year, including recognition as one of the top RE/MAX teams in Florida for 2022. They surpassed $100 million in RE/MAX career sales in 2022. Jointly they received the distinguished RE/MAX Chairman’s Club Team Award and have individually received the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award for outstanding performance during their careers. In addition, Whisnant has qualified for the esteemed RE/MAX Platinum Club Award for 2022. The awards recognize high-achieving real estate professionals for their service to buyers and sellers. Chancey joined RE/MAX Alliance Group in 2017 in the Bradenton office and quickly earned the Rising Star Award. As a sixth generation Florida Gulf Coast resident and 18-year real estate professional, he brings extensive market knowledge and real estate expertise, specializing in residential, commercial and land sales. He was named a Realtor to Watch Under 40 by the Realtor Association of Sarasota Manatee and its Young Professional Network (YPN). He is president of the Palmetto Historical Commission and president of the Palmetto Main Street Committee. Whisnant has more than 20 years of local real estate experience, specializing in unique properties, including waterfront, acreage and historical properties. Since joining RE/MAX, she earned the Rising Star Award and has continually been recognized as a top achiever within the company. Qualifying for the Five Star award for many years, she has just been named a Five Star Professional for 2024, an honor received by only 3 percent of professional real estate agents. She is a member of Leadership Manatee and serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Manatee County Agricultural Museum. The Team is based in the company’s Bradenton office at 3007 Manatee Avenue West, and serves clients in Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. They are recognized as experts in estate and probate property sales and provide professional staging and consultation at no fee to clients as part of their comprehensive marketing approach. Chancey can be reached at (941) 545-8816 or flbrokerjordan@gmail.com. Whisnant may be reached at (941) 238-8624 or selectpropertiesbysarah@yahoo.com. 

[Hospital News]  Local Physicians Raising Awareness of New Childhood Obesity Guidelines

For the first time in 15 years, and in response to a rise in childhood obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officially updated its guidelines on the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity earlier this year. Local physicians are joining the national fight to raise awareness and reduce obesity’s long-lasting impacts on children. One in seven children are affected by obesity and over 14 million children have obesity, which makes it the nation’s most common chronic pediatric disease. The new guidelines reflect a new understanding of childhood obesity as being the result of many factors, including genetic, cultural, socioeconomic and environmental, and recommend a more proactive approach to preventing obesity by building healthy habits. Obesity is a complex, common and chronic medical problem with significant health and social consequences. Nationwide, there has been a significant rise in the impact to the pediatric population. In 1965, obesity affected approximately 5% of that population. In 2018, that number was 19%, which is a threefold increase in obesity. The 2023 guidelines acknowledge that the previous standard of “watchful waiting” is ineffective, and instead recommends earlier intervention, including lifestyle changes, with more intensive treatment available when needed.Dr. Mihm says the emphasis is really on establishing healthy habits early, which can benefit the entire family. Top tips to families for preventing childhood obesity before it comes a problem include: Establish a healthy relationship with food: Food should not be punishment. Food should not be reward. Food should be nutrition, health and fun; Promote healthy sleep: Build a healthy sleep routine, avoiding cups and bottles at bedtime and removing TVs from bedrooms; Reduce screen time: Try creating screen-free zones in the house. Parents must also model good behavior; Increase activity levels: Children should have at least one hour of activity per day, and that doesn't have to be sports or PE at school. It can be going for a walk with the family or the dog. This is also an important opportunity for parents to engage with children and spend quality time together. Local pediatricians utilize a program called Intensive Health Behavior and Lifestyle Treatment to assist families or adolescents who need a multi-disciplinary approach. This includes nutritional assistance to provide help with meal planning and feedback, emotional therapy for mental well-being, and a medical evaluation to identify any medical problems, such as thyroid issues, that could be contributing. A physician will also evaluate and manage comorbidities such as elevated lipids or elevated blood sugars or prediabetes. The new treatment guidelines also include medications for eligible adolescents, as well as surgical options for teens with severe obesity. To learn more about the new AAP guidelines and how pediatricians are helping local families with prevention strategies, view Dr. Mihm’s episode of SMH HealthCasts.  

[Recognition]  Ford-Coates Receives Finance Award

Sarasota County Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates has earned a special designation for excellence in the field of financial operations. The process involved for consideration of the Legacy Award is rigorous and includes a comprehensive review of the financial functions, records, practices, and use of technology of the Tax Collector’s Office. Award recipients are selected by a five-person judging panel made up of government financial executives from throughout Florida. This panel examines the Tax Collector’s processes as it relates to the following four areas of competency: Innovation & Automation, Perfect Annual Audit Report, Customer Focus and Budgeting. “It is always an honor to bring home this award to my staff,” shared Mrs. Ford-Coates. Consistently receiving this award since its inception in 2011, “this recognition is a testament to the hard work of our whole team and the exceptional work they do on behalf of Sarasota County residents each and every day,” Mrs. Ford-Coates added. 

[Celebration]  EDC of Sarasota County Celebrates Local Achievements with 2023 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County held its 2023 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on September 14 at Michael’s on East. ‘Cultivating a Successful Future’ was the event’s theme, which provided an opportunity for the organization to celebrate and recognize outstanding leadership and innovation within the community. Josh Ewen, EDC’s Vice President of Economic Development, presented the EDC’s annual report, featuring the organization’s successful initiatives throughout the year and its dedication to supporting the county’s growing business community. Josef Matosevic, President and CEO of Helios Technologies, presented the Clyde Nixon Leadership Award to Joe R. Hembree, who chaired the Committee of 100, which played a vital role in launching the EDC as the public-private partnership that is today. After serving as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, Hembree began his real estate career in Sarasota. In 1985, he founded Hembree & Associates, a business that is instrumental in shaping Sarasota’s skyline. Throughout his career, Hembree worked on several landmark projects, such as City Center, The Southeast Bank Building, Ringling Tower, Kane Plaza, The Zenith Building and The Bold Building. He was also among the first to build and invest in Lakewood Ranch. Most recently, he partnered to build the county and medical examiner’s office on Fruitville road, which was the first ground-up development public/private partnership in Sarasota County. This will be vital for our community's growth and development, meeting an urgent need and acting as a road map for future public/private partnerships. The EDC of Sarasota County and Ringling College of Art and Design collaborated for the Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award. The award recognizes a business for an innovative product or service that demonstrates a creative design solution and has achieved market success. Entries were judged on the quality of their design process and evidence of market success and/or business impact. Three award finalists – Tra Williams from Fleetforce, Irin Ruben from MamaZen and Charles Murray of PPi Technologies – were on hand to participate in a panel discussion for attendees. The winner of the Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award, presented by President of Ringling College of Art & Design’s Dr. Larry Thompson, went to Irin Ruben for MamaZen. MamaZen is a suite of tools and programs specifically designed to promote mental and emotional well-being for mothers. Through a user-friendly mobile app, mothers can access a range of programs addressing issues such as breaking generational cycles, healing from past trauma, and overcoming anxiety, burnout, and guilt. MamaZen has created a safe, private, and nurturing space for mothers, empowering them to prioritize their well-being and contribute to a ripple effect of positivity within families and the community. The event closed with a passing of the gavel to recognize outgoing board chair Mark Irwin and incoming board chair Devaney Iglesias. 

Pictured: EDC of Sarasota County leadership: Joe C. Hembree (2022 Board Chair), Devaney Iglesias (2024 Board Chair), Erin Silk (President and CEO) and Mark Irwin (2023 Board Chair).

[SRQIST]  Pieces of Our Past
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

PIECES OF OUR PAST | Liz Waytkus, Executive Director of Docomomo US, gives a behind the scenes look into her organization's efforts to preserve modern architecture, September 2023.


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[SOON]  GALA: SRQ Together We Roar 8th Annual Together We Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon , October 27, 10:30am-1:30pm
SRQ Media will present the 2023 Trailblazer Award to Paulina Porizkova, model and author of No Filter: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful, and an advocate for celebrating women of every age. The luncheon celebration will also include a Pop Up Boutique Salon featuring fabulous gifts from Camilyn Beth, PAINT Nail Bar, Saks Fifth Avenue, Discover Sarasota Tours Gift Shop and BookStore1 among others. Blair Bloomston of Game On Nation will present an energizing, interactive motivational leadership session followed by the highly anticipated announcement of the 2023 SRQ Women Who Roar Competition Honorees. To purchase your online tickets to the SRQ Women Who Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon and for more details on the program, visit https://www.srqmagazine.com/2023/TogetherWeRoar.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: SRQ Womens Expo at the Ritz Carlton , September 30, 12-5pm
Join us for a fabulous day at the SRQ Womens Expo. This exciting event is all about celebrating and empowering women. Come to Ritz Carlton Drive in Sarasota to connect with like-minded individuals, discover new products and services, and be inspired by incredible speakers. Whether you are looking for fashion, beauty, health, or career advice, this expo has it all. Do not miss out on this opportunity to network, shop, and indulge in some well-deserved pampering. Mark your calendars and get ready to have a blast at the SRQ Womens Expo. $40 per person.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: Marketing on Main Sarasota Networking Event , September 27, 5:30-8:30pm

Exchange cards, explore and create powerful realationships by getting invovled in MonM. This event is filled with positivity, encouragement, motivation, and is built for those who are looking to make a difference. If you are a small business, just starting out in business, a multi-million dollar conglomerate, a career seeker, a student or just someone trying to be the change they would like to see in Sarasota...then Marketing on Main is a must attend. BOLD, Sarasota, 1680 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SCORE Webinar, Cyber Security 101 for Small Businesses , September 27, 12 to 1 pm

all be washed away in a moment? Come learn the fundamental pieces of cyber security, including why disaster recovery is critical. Using free and inexpensive tools, learn how to begin protecting your dream with some basic best practices including password management, why you should use SSL on your website, and how to protect your business from hazards like ransomware and computer crashes.

[SOON]  FOOD: Pressure Canning Basics , September 27, 9am-12pm
Enjoy garden-fresh produce long after the harvest, by learning the basics of pressure canning to lock in the freshness and taste. For your safety, we ask that you wear closed-toe shoes and pull back any long hair you might have. This is a hands-on class, so feel free to bring an apron to protect your clothing. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. So, register early through ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com. 6700 Clark Rd., Twin Lakes Park, Sarasota.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: SCORE Webinar, How Artificial Intelligence Can Take Your Social Media to the Next Level , September 20, 12 to 1 pm
Step into the whirlwind love story of AI and Digital Marketing: Love at First Byte. This engaging session spotlights the unexpected couple, Artificial Intelligence and Content Creation, redefining the rules of engagement in the digital marketing arena. We will delve into how AI is crafting compelling content, generating everything from catchy headlines to creative copy, with surprising effectiveness and wit. And, as any love story goes, there are a few complications. We will navigate the complex ethical terrain that comes with this tech-empowered creativity. Perfect for marketers, content creators, or anyone with a thirst for understanding the role of AI in the digital realm. Prepare for a journey full of wit, wonder, and the odd aha moment as we delve into the heart of the role of AI in content creation.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Women's Resource Center You Are Worthy Series , September 14 – November 9, 6-8pm

The Women’s Resource Center presents “You Are Worthy,” an eight-week series from September 14th through November 9th moderated by Chris Florand and Denise Whalin. This in-person series is part of the Women’s Resource Center’s life enrichment programs. The program is $25 for all sessions and takes place at WRC’s Sarasota office at 340 S. Tuttle Ave. To register, please call 941-256-9721 or visit mywrc.org/youareworthy. This program meets weekly on Thursdays from 6-8pm, with each session focusing on developing self-awareness skills, the building block where real personal growth and power to change lives starts.

[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]  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: 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: 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.

[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]  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]  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]  SEMINAR: Aquarelle After Hours: Watercolor Workshop with Artist Keith Crowley , September 5 – September 28, 6-8:30pm

Aquarelle After Hours: Watercolor Workshop with Artist Keith Crowley is part of Lifelong Arts at The Ringling. Lifelong Arts is a new hands-on workshop program for older adults, 55 and up, to gain new artistic skills, gather inspiration from The Ringling’s collection, and build a community together. Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of traditional approaches to layering watercolor, with a focus on the medium’s properties. This series will culminate with a celebration event and exhibition of student work in the Education Building. No prior watercolor experience is necessary; all levels and backgrounds are welcome. All levels and backgrounds are welcome! The program will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout September, from 6-8:30pm. Enrollment is $550 for non-member and $450 for members. A portion of this workshop’s proceeds supports a workshop series offered to Senior Friendship Center at no cost. For more information, or to register, visit www.my.ringling.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Divorce 101 , September 13 – October 11, 6-7:30pm

The Womens Resource Center presents Divorce 101, a free, five-part workshop series that provides a comprehensive understanding of the divorce process. It is divided into five sessions, each dedicated to a specific topic. The sessions will delve into the emotional aspects of divorce, the laws governing divorce in Florida, ways to assert your financial rights, dealing with children and the family home during divorce, and house and forensic accounting. This in-person series is at the Womens Resource Center Sarasota, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. Participants can attend one or all of the sessions. To register, visit mywrc.org/divorce101. For more information, call 941-366-1700.

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