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"Imitation is the best form of flattery, but in this case it's highly illegal."

- Nate March, New College of Florida.

[Branding]  New College Sues Bard College Over Alt Effort
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

An overhaul of New College has led to roughly a third of faculty leaving the institution. But with an Alt New College effort online, are some of those previously affiliated with the school hurting the brand of the institution they left behind?

New College of Florida on Friday issued a cease-and-desist letter to Bard College, demanding it stop branding a new venture at AltNewCollege.org.

“It has recently been brought to our attention that your organization is making, or inducing others to make, unauthorized use of our client’s ‘NEW COLLEGE’ mark in commerce, and that you are also offering educational services under the confusingly similar ‘ALT NEW COLLEGE’ mark,” attorney John Malloy wrote in a letter to Bard College. “It is this law firm’s considered opinion that the unauthorized use of the ‘NEW COLLEGE’ mark and the confusingly similar ‘ALT NEW COLLEGE’ mark constitute trademark infringement and unfair competition in violation of federal and state laws.”

Bard College, a private New York school, announced the launch of Alt New College and offered its first free webcast on Sept. 18, livestreaming a conversation with Russian American journalist Masha Gessen and University of California, Berkeley professor Judith Butler about recent attacks on Gender Studies academia. It was introduced by Libby Harrity, a former New College student forced to transfer to Hampshire College after allegedly spitting on New College trustee Chris Rufo.

Bard is working on the new effort in part with former professors at New College. A website even uses an empty set, a former unofficial mascot of the school, as the logo for the effort. In a press release announcing the effort, former New College Gender Studies Professor Nick Clarkson provided a statement critical of his former employers at New College and the state university system.

“Florida has passed a horrifying slate of anti-trans laws in 2023, and New College's new administrators have ensured that New College will no longer be a refuge from state violence,” Clarkson said. “Canceling the Gender Studies Program is an attempt by the trustees to suppress feminist, queer and trans knowledge. I'm excited to see gender studies teach-ins and events pop up to resist their attempts to silence us."

Notably, Gov. Ron DeSantis this year signed a state law dropping gender studies courses from the curriculum at any public institution, including all of Florida’s state universities and colleges. New College trustees dropped the course in accordance with that law.

New College leaders say Bard College is effectively co-opting the Sarasota institution’s decades-old brand.

“Imitation is the best form of flattery,” said New College communications director Nate March, “but in this case it’s highly illegal.”

The cease-and-desist letter screencaps parts of the Alt New College website and marketing material advertising “New College News” and a commitment to “Supporting the academic freedom & founding vision of New College. One section of the site says the institution’s “courses and lectures are being developed in partnership with the New College community,” mentioning that association ahead of Bard College.

“There can be no dispute that these actions have been willful, and were carried out in an effort to trade off the goodwill associated with New College’s marks and/or to cause confusion,” the cease-and-desist letter reads. “Therefore, statutory damages, triple damages, punitive damages, a disgorgement of profits, and attorneys’ fees are inescapable under these circumstances.”

The attorneys demand Bard College stop using the branding and transfer control of the altnewcollege.org web domain to the Sarasota university instead. 

[Recognition]  Christopher Alan Homes Named top Finalist for the Horizon Council's 2023 Industry Appreciation Awards

Hometown Florida builder Christopher Alan Homes has been named a top finalist by the Horizon Council for the 2023 Industry Appreciation Awards, Large Business of the Year category. The Industry Appreciation Awards celebrates and recognizes Lee County businesses that drive the local economy, employ the workforce and shape the industries. Winners will be announced Oct. 27 at a luncheon hosted at in the Caloosa Sound Convention Center at The Luminary Hotel. Christopher Alan Homes is one of three finalists in the Large Business of the Year category, which honors a Lee County company that offers high-quality products and services, provides superior customer service, demonstrates strong ethical standards, is community-minded, actively supports employee development and exhibits exemplary leadership within its industry and with its clients, contributing to the economic growth and free enterprise of Lee County. The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council has up to 80 members representing cities; chambers of commerce; economic development and trade organizations; community, business, and education organizations; along with various officers and at-large members. As the voice of business in Lee County, the Council’s mission is to improve Lee County’s business environment, retain and encourage the expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers. It is the only public-private partnership of Lee County Government and business leaders. 

[New Hire]  Tyler Brown Joins Icard Merrill as New Associate

The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen, and Ginsburg, P.A., is pleased to announce that Tyler J. Brown has joined the firm as an associate in their Sarasota office. Brown was officially sworn in by 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Andrea McHugh. His legal practice focuses on commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and appeals. Prior to joining Icard Merrill, Brown served as a law clerk with the firm in 2022. While in law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Board and competed in several competitions across the country. He is both a state and national champion and has argued in front of state supreme court justices, federal circuit court of appeal judges, and made an appearance before the Florida Supreme Court. He was presented the Judge John M. Scheb Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award and was recognized by the Judge Scheb Sarasota Inn of Court for his dedication to appellate advocacy. Brown was inducted into the Order of the Barristers for his outstanding achievements in written advocacy and service. In 2023, his classmates voted to award him the Moot Court Board Award of Excellence. Brown received his undergraduate degree in hospitality and tourism management from Florida International University, and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. 

[New Product]  PGT Innovations Launches Diamond Glass Production at Venice Headquarters

PGT Innovations (NYSE: PGTI), a national leader in the premium window, door, and garage door industry, is now producing and offering Diamond Glass as the standard glass in its WinDoor product portfolio. Diamond Glass is a laminated, ultra-lightweight glass featuring Corning® Architectural Technical Glass™. It is up to 45 percent lighter and three times more scratch resistant than traditional laminated glass. The next-generation glass technology stems from a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Corning Incorporated which PGT Innovations announced earlier this year. Diamond Glass can be used for either laminated or laminated-insulated windows or doors. In this first phase of the launch, Diamond Glass is available to order from select Florida dealers in the following products: Garage Door (GD9995A); Bi-fold Door (BF1199A); Pivot Door (PV9998A); Picture Window (PW9020); Terrace Door (TD9050); and Sliding Glass Door (SGD8100). PGT Innovations continues to envision new products to add to its robust brand product portfolios, as well as reimagining solutions to improve existing products to continue pushing the industry forward and shaping a brighter future for all. For more information on Diamond Glass, visit windoorinc.com. 

Pictured: WinDoor® 9050 Terrace Door with 9020 Picture Window sidelites featuring PGT Innovations’ new Diamond Glass.

[Recognition]  Sarasota County Named a Gold Community for Sustainability and Resilience

Sarasota County is proud to announce that it has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Gold” certification and national accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council, an honor recognizing an array of sustainability efforts across the county. Unlike certification for individual buildings, this designation evaluated sustainability and resilience efforts across the entire county, measuring progress in land use, ecology, quality of life, energy, transportation, water resources, and other categories.  Sarasota County’s continuing growth in popularity has made the area a destination for many, while also highlighting the need to protect limited resources and foster sustainable, equitable communities that respond to change. The county has implemented numerous programs and initiatives toward those goals, from energy conservation projects to water quality programs. LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system, helps buildings, communities, cities, and counties by providing a road map toward high performance in key areas of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Sarasota County achieved Gold certification through the LEED Cities and Communities rating system for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions to improve community-wide sustainability and the residents' standard of living. The certification process, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit with a 30-year history of helping shape healthy, vital built environments, assigns points in nine categories: integrative process, natural systems and ecology, water efficiency, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, transportation and land use, materials and resources, quality of life, innovation, and regional priority. Sarasota County received 65 points out of 110 possible to earn LEED Gold certification, including scoring maximum points for demonstrating achievements in Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Performance (14/14), Resilience Planning (4/4), Transportation Performance (6/6), Quality of Life Performance (6/6), Natural Resources Conservation and Restoration (2/2), and more. With the LEED Gold certification, Sarasota County joins an elite but growing group—including the City of Sarasota, also recently honored—to be certified using the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system. Questions? Call 311 (941-861-5000 from outside Sarasota County) or email sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu. 

[Leadership]  Crunch Fitness Franchisee CR Fitness Elevates Al Billiteri to the Role of VP OF Corporate Sales

CR Fitness, the leading franchisee of Crunch Fitness, is proud to announce the promotion of Al Billiteri to the position of Vice President of Corporate Sales. Al's journey to this key role reflects his resilience,
adaptability, and exceptional contributions to the organization. Al Billiteri's tenure at Crunch Fitness began on May 12, 2012, when he joined as a General Manager. Since then, his progression within the company has showcased his dedication and leadership. His migration through various roles, including General Manager, Area Manager, Regional Director, Senior Director of Corporate Sales, and now VP of Corporate Sales, highlights his commitment to personal and professional growth. Following his college graduation, Al aspired to be a Firefighter EMT and completed his training in 2007. However, that year, a nationwide economic crisis and a state-wide hiring freeze, motivated Al to find a different career path. It was during this time that he had the opportunity to explore the fitness industry and worked as a Sales Manager at Lifestyle Family Fitness from 2006 to 2010. This is also where he met now CEO of CR Fitness, Tony Scrimale. Al’s decision to transition into the fitness sector was driven by a deep desire to make a positive difference in people's lives, and it's a decision he’s never looked back on. Al's leadership has had a profound impact on Crunch Fitness. Under his guidance, the corporate sales department has witnessed remarkable growth, expanding by an impressive 300% within a single year. This achievement reflects Al's innovative approach, which includes a shift toward digital advertising, incorporating ads and commercials on in-club television monitors as well as significant enhancements to the Crunch Perks website. In addition, he has overseen the expansion of the corporate sales team from four representatives to a strong team of ten over four states. Beyond his professional achievements, Al's personal story adds depth to his character. A former collegiate football player, Al's background in sports instilled in him a sense of discipline, teamwork, and determination. Al resides in Sarasota Florida and in his spare time, he indulges his love for coaching youth tackle football and spending time with his three boys: Frank, John, and Dominic. 

[Voting]  Vote-by-Mail (Absentee) Ballots for November 7 City of Venice General Election in the Mail to Domestic Voters

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner will begin mailing vote-by-mail (absentee) ballots to domestic voters today for the November 7 City of Venice General Election. Only registered City of Venice voters are eligible to vote in this election. Turner said more than 6,100 ballots will be in the mail today to registered City of Venice voters who have a vote-by-mail request on file with the elections office. This mailing follows the vote-by-mail ballots sent last week to registered military and overseas voters with requests on file. Turner also noted that voters have until 5 p.m. Thursday, October 26 to request a ballot be mailed to them for the coming election. A voter may request a vote-by-mail ballot in one of the following ways: Online at SarasotaVotes.gov/VotebyMail. In person at any of three elections offices in Sarasota, Venice or North Port, by phone to 941.861.8618.A voter may update his or her signature any time by submitting a Florida Voter Registration Application to the elections office. However, a signature update for use in verifying a vote-by-mail ballot for a particular election must be received in the elections office before the voter’s ballot is received. For more information, visit SarasotaVotes.gov or call 941.861.8618. 

[Berlin Patten Ebling]  20 Years of Legal Excellence and Innovation on Florida's Gulf Coast

Since 2003, Berlin Patten Ebling has grown exponentially, now serving clients throughout the Gulf Coast with six offices, a team of dedicated attorneys, and an unwavering commitment to adhering to the ideals established on day one. From the beginning, the firm that specializes in real estate, community association law, estate planning and litigation has emerged as an innovator in Florida’s legal community, guiding thousands of clients through life’s biggest occasions. With an impressive track record of 5,000 real estate deals completed last year alone, totaling $2.5 billion in closed real estate sales, Berlin Patten Ebling has solidified its reputation as the go-to, trusted and approachable advisor. Over the span of two decades, Berlin Patten Ebling has truly evolved with the times – and embraced innovation. From the “old days” of team lunch outings at O’Leary’s or spicy sandwiches at Sangria to their now-famous annual Post Holiday Madness Party, the firm has stayed true to its spirit. And by hosting hundreds of seminars for Realtors and brokers, prioritizing communication, and providing valuable counsel, the firm also lives up to its core values, vision, and client-first culture.

“The reality is that it’s beyond my expectations,” said Founder and Managing Partner Evan Berlin. "I’m in awe of how far the firm has come. Something wows me every day, and as we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we look forward to continuing our journey, providing top-notch legal representation and making a difference in the lives of our clients and our community.” 

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[Civil Rights]  New College Enters Agreement with Department of Education Office of Civil Rights

New College of Florida has entered into an agreement with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education to resolve a compliance review brought under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The compliance review is related to OCR Docket No. 04-23-2301, which pertains specifically to the New College website (NCF.edu) and content on third-party websites where New College posts content, such as Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram. The noncompliant aspects of New College’s online presence, especially NCF.edu, are the result of years of inattentiveness to maintaining online compliance standards and effective guidelines for digital communications. New College leaders have taken immediate action to address the matters raised and will continue to do so in a collaborative manner with OCR. Members of the New College staff met with OCR representatives on September 13 to review potential areas of concern. Subsequently, an accessibility committee has convened and work has commenced on correcting identified issues. The execution of the agreement terms will take place over approximately eight months and will include significant upgrades to NCF.edu. OCR has conducted more than 100 similar investigations involving elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools in Florida and nearly 2,000 such cases nationwide. The Florida Department of Education entered an agreement to resolve a compliance review case earlier this year, and cases with nearly identical website issues as New College’s have been resolved at other State University System schools through the same agreement process. 

[Good Hero]  Nominate a Good Hero Today!

Do you know a board member, volunteer, philanthropist, staff member, or a corporate organization with a giving heart that has meaningfully impacted our community in the past year? Nominate them today! Nominations close Friday, October 6th, 2023 at midnight. 

Nominate Here!

[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]  FOOD: Sarasota Hooters Jeep Nights , September 16 – December 21, 6pm

Calling all Jeep Enthusiasts! The Sarasota Hooters location is hosting Jeep Night on the third Thursday of the month starting at 6pm. Hooters is giving away raffle prizes during the monthly events. The September 21 raffle prize is a Flashcal For Jeep Superchips Calibration Tool. Congratulations to Shawn Miller who won a Jeep Tow Kit during the August 17 Jeep Night. Upcoming Jeep Nights will take place on December 21. Hooters of Sarasota is located at 6507 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Visit Hooters during Jeep Night and present your Jeep key for 15% off food and non-alcoholic beverages and an entry for the giveaway. Jeep Night has become a favorite thing to do for the Sarasota community. From regular customers to Hooters Girls who own Jeeps and Jeep lovers everyone is enjoying this opportunity. For more information, visit www.HootersFlorida.com.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Media Training the C Suite , October 3, 11:30am-1pm

Expert media trainer Joel Staley will teach PR professionals how to train their senior executives to become better spokespersons. As a multilingual public relations professional with more than 25 years of experience, Joel Staley, Founder and CEO of JCS Communications, is an expert at training c-suite executives and brand spokespersons to deliver effective media interviews, public speeches and sales presentations. Learn the tell-tale signs that a spokesperson needs additional training, the situations that require additional training for any spokesperson, including experienced ones, the elements that constitute excellent media or presentation training and teaching techniques that help senior leaders accept the counsel and coaching given during media or presentation training. Kompose Hotel Sarasota, 965 University Parkway, Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: How To Create Marketing Graphics Like A Rockstar With Canva , October 4, 12-2pm

No need to hire a graphic designer or invest in expensive software. Canva can help you create marketing graphics like a rockstar. This affordable program allows you to easily drag and drop images, text, and other elements to create online and offline marketing materials. We will show you how to incorporate your own images and fonts, bring in animated elements and learn the latest cool effects, tips, and hacks to bring your marketing graphics to the next level. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Collaboration and Community: Art in Common Places at Creative Liberties , October 5 – October 28, 5-7pm

Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Galleries presents Collaboration and Community: Art in Common Places, October 5-28, at 927 N. Lime Avenue location. This exhibition is a retrospective of 34 broadsides, both one-sided prints and posters, created by artists and poets collaborating via the local non-profit, Art in Common Places. An opening reception is October 5, 5-7 p.m., and will feature live poetry readings. Jackie Cutrone will read The Rhythm of Structure by the late John Sims, Anne Morrison will read her poem On the Beach and Glenn Schudel will read Process. The founders of AICP, and many of its artist and poet members will be in attendance. Lite bites and refreshments will be available. For more information, visit creativeliberties.net.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota County Schools Job Fair , October 6, 10am-1pm

You are invited to attend a Job Fair at the SCS district offices at The Landings, 1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota. You will be able to learn about various careers available throughout the SCS district and the valuable benefits offered and complete an online application. School and district staff will be available for questions and application assistance. We can't wait to meet you.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Tips For Writing Successful Business Plans , October 11, 12 to 1 pm

This presentation could also have been titled The Art of the Start. You no longer need to experience a block when staring at a blank page attempting to draft a business plan. Follow the suggested steps to create a winning business plan that uniquely fits your situation. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Food Truck Rally , October 14 – October 15, 10am-4pm

Come hungry and enjoy tasty food on four wheels at the Fall Fete Holiday Market and Food Truck Rally. Trucks include Killiks Kitchen Food Truck, Smokin Momma Loras BBQ Mobile, Simply Greek by Wynnberry and Wow Wow Lemonade. Fall Fete Holiday Market and Food Truck Rally, Manatee County Fairgrounds. Visit http://www.fallfeteholidaymarket.com for more info.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Business Financials , October 18, 12 to 1 pm
Understand how your business financial statements are viewed and utilized in the financial industry to better prepare you for making a loan request. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  MUSIC: ensembleNEWSRQ Beyond the Veil , October 23, 7:30pm

ensembleNEWSRQ, enSRQ, the innovative chamber music ensemble, opens its eighth season with Beyond the Veil, an ethereal glimpse into the world beyond, with haunting works for string quartet and piano from some of the brightest new voices in music. String quartets from Nia Imani Franklin and Julia Adolphe bookend a captivating trio for violins and piano from Chris Rogerson. Philippe Manoury’s monumental Tensio for string quartet and live electronics transports audiences to a different world. The concert is Monday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota. Single tickets are $25. Season subscriptions for five concerts are available now for $115. For more information on ticket packages and single tickets, including student ticket pricing, visit www.EnSRQ.org

[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]  GALA: Dreams to Success Gala , November 17, 6-10pm

We invite you to join us to attend our 2nd Annual Dreams to Success Gala. This year, we promise an unforgettable evening that will resonate in your hearts for years to come. Picture a night filled with delectable dinner, live music that will move your soul, a captivating silent auction, dancing that will keep you on your feet, and inspiring testimonies from our adult and youth families who experienced the love from our programs. Expect a night filled with fun and meaningful connections as we eagerly anticipate your sponsorship and presence at our second annual fundraiser scheduled for Friday, November 17, 2023, at the Plantation Golf & Country Club. Your participation means the world to us, and it is through your support that we can continue making a significant difference in the lives of the children and families we have the privilege to empower. Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, laurelcivic.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra FREE Family Concert: Ferret in the Orchestra , October 6, 7pm

Sarasota Orchestra kicks off its 75th anniversary season at Van Wezel with a special, full orchestra concert for families entitled FREE Family Concert: Ferret in the Orchestra on October 6 at 7pm. Sarasota Orchestra invites families to come out for an evening of symphonic music in a narrated concert specially designed for elementary and middle school aged audiences. The live orchestra will entertain listeners of all ages with high-energy classical music and favorite popular tunes. Conductor Christopher Confessore, Principal Pops Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, leads the concert. For more information, visit SarasotaOrchestra.org/Family-Concert.

[SOON]  GALA: Oktoberfest Charity Bingo , October 5, 2-4pm
Join us for our Oktoberfest-themed Bingo event benefitting the Alzheimers Association. Enjoy a variety of local beer, bingo games, exciting prizes, themed foods and more. Inspired Living always puts on a great party so get your Oktoberfest outfit ready and RSVP today. Inspired Living Lakewood Ranch, 5424 Lena Road, Bradenton.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Birding Basics Family Program , October 4, 9-10:30am

Learn how to spot and identify birds in their natural habitat at this beginner birding program. Your little ones will learn essential skills and tips they need to become bird enthusiasts. Using hands-on games and activities, we will unlock the secrets of bird adaptations, showcasing the remarkable ways these creatures thrive in different environments. We will also discover the importance of land conservation to the well-being of our feathered friends, ensuring their habitats remain safe and healthy for generations to come. This program is recommended for children and their families, but all are welcome. A parent or guardian is required to stay on-site to assist and supervise their child for the duration of the program. Participants should bring a water bottle and wear clothing appropriate for the weather. We recommend sun protection, bug spray, and closed-toe shoes, no flip-flops. Restrooms and a water fountain are available on site. A $5 dollar donation per child is suggested for this program. Urfer Family Park, 4012 Honore Avenue, Sarasota, conservationfoundation.com.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: How to Recognize Domestic Violence Seminar , October 3, 6-8pm

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Office of Angelina, Angel, Colonneso, Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller for Manatee County, along with HOPE Family Services, is hosting a free seminar on how to recognize domestic violence on Tuesday, October 3, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave, Bradenton, in the Jury Assembly Room on the 2nd floor. How to Recognize Domestic Violence is an event aimed at empowering the community to become strong advocates against domestic violence. The event’s speakers include domestic violence experts, law enforcement, and public officials who will shine a light on what domestic violence is, the court process, and where to access resources safely. The event not only empowers the mind, but the body as well with a one-hour self-defense demonstration by Olivera Jiu Jitsu and Fitness Academy. HOPE Family Services provides services to survivors of domestic violence and helps them stay safe, gain strength, and evaluate their options. All services provided by HOPE are confidential and free. By the end of this event, attendees will leave with the valuable information needed for themselves and their neighbors, friends, and family to live a violent-free life. For more information and to register, visit https://recognize-domestic-violence-oct-3.eventbrite.com or contact the Clerk’s Public Information Office by phone at (941) 741-4007.

[SOON]  GALA: Celebrate 75 Gala and Concert , February 15, 6pm
Celebrate 75 years of inspiring music all season long, and our Celebrate 75 special concert and gala experience will be the party to top them all. We invite you to support 75 more years, and beyond, of enriching lives through music by purchasing tickets to Celebrate 75. For access to the best seats and the full celebration, opt for a Gala ticket, which includes pre-concert cocktails and a gourmet dinner after the performance. Concert-only tickets are also available for purchase. The concert program, led by Creative Partner Peter Oundjian, captures all the euphoria of reaching this milestone in our history as Florida’s oldest continuously operating orchestra. After two stirring fanfares written by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower, legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins Sarasota Orchestra for the monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Paired with An American in Paris by Gershwin, a rhapsodic portrait of a stroll through the City of Lights, this one-night-only program promises to thrill. Gala begins at 6:00 pm, and concert begins at 7:00 pm. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sarasotaorchestra.org.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Feast Upon the Fields , December 3, 12:30pm
Join us for an unforgettable afternoon at the beautiful and conserved Myakka Headwaters Preserve. Located where seven creeks converge to form the mighty Myakka River, our Myakka Headwaters Preserve is a breathtaking slice of natural Florida. The property contains numerous diverse landscapes, including floodplain forests, marshland, longleaf pine flatwoods, and oak hammocks. Fields of wildflowers host pollinators of all shapes and sizes, and fern-lined streambanks rise just a foot or two above the clear-flowing water, which supports submerged aquatic vegetation unable to grow in the sunlight-blocked blackwaters found elsewhere in the Myakka River. Experience this stunning landscape firsthand at our eighth annual farm-to-table luncheon, Feast Upon the Fields. Featuring a one-of-a-kind menu by Chef Paul Mattison, this ticketed event will sell out quickly. Early reservations are strongly recommended. conservationfoundation.com.
[SOON]  GALA: Resilient Retreat Farm to Table , November 5, 4 pm

Please join us for the annual Resilient Retreat Farm to Table dining experience on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm. The funds raised at the event are critical to Resilient Retreat to continue to serve survivors of trauma and first responders and helping professionals. Come immerse yourself among the majestic oaks at 84 acres of conservation land on the retreat. In true farm to table fashion, our local chefs will craft a tasting menu featuring the very best local seasonal foods. Dine under the stars nestled among the beautiful live oaks while experiencing al fresco farm to table dining. Farm to Table proceeds will benefit the Resilient Retreat mission to empower survivors of trauma to thrive through self care and community. Visit https://givebutter.com/farmtotable2023 for more information and to purchase tickets.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Tax Efficient Planning for Business Owners , October 25, 12 to 1 pm
This webinar will be focused on tax-efficient financial planning. We will dive into various strategies that business owners can utilize to lower their taxable income through investment strategies, employee benefits and how different accounts and structures can not only incentivize employees but also lower your tax exposure. We will conclude with tax-efficient distribution planning for the personal finances of business owners and an emphasis on 3 cornerstones of financial planning, cash, risk, and wealth management. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.

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