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SRQ DAILY Oct 9, 2023

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"If you are a resident of the City of Venice and want to vote in the November 7 General Election, time is running out to register to vote"

- Ron Turner, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections.

[Politics]  Buchanan, Steube Split on Next Speaker
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The lawmakers representing the Sarasota-Manatee area in Congress are split about who should be the next Speaker of the House. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, endorsed Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, for the job. But Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, backs House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

Both look for the best path forward months after both firmly supported former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-California. But the House remains in turmoil after McCarthy’s historic ouster days after passing a budget deal relying on the support of House Democrats. Shortly after a budget vote that staved off a government shutdown until at least mid-November, eight Republicans led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, were joined by all House Democrats in voting to vacate the Speaker’s Office, effectively firing McCarthy from the role.

Now, Buchanan wants the second highest ranking member of the House elevated to Speaker. He has been a close ally to Scalise for years. 

“Steve Scalise is a proven leader and a battle-tested fighter,” Buchanan said. “He is exactly the right man to lead our country forward with his conservative, optimistic vision for the future as Republicans work to secure the border, restore fiscal sanity to Washington and get our country back on track. I am pleased to call Steve a true friend and know he will make us proud as the next Speaker of the House.”

Of note, after Buchanan sided with McCarthy in the Speaker race, he lost a close race to chair the House Ways and Means Committee to close McCarthy ally Rep. Jason Smith, R-Missouri. While it appears unlikely any chairmanships will change in this Congress, a Scalise speakership could mean Buchanan has a stronger chance at the committee gavel next year if Republicans can maintain a majority.

Steube, though, has pushed for the caucus to move in a different direction. The three-term representative initially pushed for another historic move  by endorsing former President Donald Trump for Speaker. House rules allow for representatives to name a Speaker from outside their membership, although over 55 Speaker races since the dawn of the nation, only elected members of Congress have ever held the job. Steube initially suggested Trump, the leading Republican candidate for President in 2024, would be able to bring the caucus together during a chaotic time.

But when Trump last week issued his own endorsement of Jordan, Steube followed suit. Jordan leads the select House Weaponization of Government Committee, on which Steube sits, and the House Judiciary Committee, where Steube served in prior years.

“I encouraged Donald Trump to run for Speaker because he could unite the Republican conference in historic ways. But I have full confidence in President Trump’s pick for our Speaker: Jim Jordan,” Steube posted on social media platform X. “We must unite around Chairman Jordan, who has led the charge in the Weaponization Committee’s and House Judiciary Committee’s critical work to protect our freedoms. Jim is a great patriot who can get the job done! He holds the respect of so many in our conference and I trust him to lead!”

Steube and Buchanan both endorsed Trump for President next year over other Republicans in the field, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The GOP Conference plans to meet Tuesday on the leadership race, with ballots for Speaker likely happening the following day. 


[New Construction]  Home Quest Model Home Event at Babcock Ranch

 Babcock Ranch celebrates the grand opening of MidTown Saturday, Oct. 28 with outdoor exploration, nature, new homes and an all-expenses-paid travel adventure grand prize, valued at $10,000. Home Quest: Discover Your New Home, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., showcases the town’s exciting next phase of development immersed in expansive green spaces, nature trails and six inaugural neighborhoods featuring the town’s newest collection of fully furnished model homes. A travel-themed experience, Home Quest is free and open to the public, and includes nature presentations, live entertainment, children’s activities, and food trucks serving international cuisine and beverages in Explorers Park. Guests will also discover single-family homes, twin villas and one-story townhomes illustrating the latest architecture, unique design and homebuying adventures in Southwest Florida, and neighborhoods coming soon to Babcock Ranch, the nation’s fifth fastest-selling community in 2022. Nestled along lakes, wetlands, nature preserves, parks and landscaped areas, MidTown’s neighborhoods are a quick walk to the future live-work-play town center and village green. Future plans for the village will feature an abundance of outdoor recreation, including the Curry Creek linear trail that will eventually span 3.5 miles connecting to six new parks. Meandering trails hugging wetlands and water will offer playgrounds and play fields and event lawns for community gatherings. The first in the series of parks is scheduled for completion in early 2024, with the remaining parks completed by mid-2025. Home Quest highlights the hometown experience at MidTown and Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered town. Minibuses will shuttle guests from parking next to WellWay in Founder’s Square to Explorers Park for guest check in. Visitors will receive a QR code that will serve as their digital passport as they tour an array of model homes throughout Babcock Ranch. Located along Babcock Trail, new enclaves created by national and regional homebuilders Christopher Alan Homes, D.R. Horton, Meritage Homes, Pulte Homes, Toll Brothers and William Ryan Homes appeal to an array of lifestyles and homebuyers, feature the latest amenities and include low-maintenance options and Babcock Ranch’s first community for active adults 55 and over. Accessible during Home Quest by hop-on and hop-off trolleys, decorated model homes in the newly opened MidTown neighborhoods provide a look inside more than 50 available one- and two-story floor plans designed for modern-day living with large main gathering areas and outdoor spaces, two to five bedrooms and 1,430 to 3,440 square feet under air. As guests visit designated models and builderinformation tables, their QR code digital passport will be scanned for added entries for the grand prize drawing. For official rules and to RSVP and preregister for a chance to win the grand prize, visit www.BabcockRanch.com/ Home-Quest. Visit the Home Quest check-in tent on event day to complete registration. For more information about Southwest Florida’s new hometown, located just northeast of Fort Myers off Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, visit the Woodlea Hall Discovery Center at 42850 Crescent Loop in Babcock Ranch, call 877-709-6620, or visit www.BabcockRanch.com. 

Pictured: Ranked the No. 5 top-selling master-planned community for 2022 by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors and John Burns Real Estate, Babcock Ranch offers homes from national and regional homebuilders starting from the high $200s.

[Recognition]  Sarasota Memorial Jellison Cancer Institute Named Among Nation’s 100 Great Oncology Programs

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System earned national recognition this week for its work in providing leading-edge cancer research and care. On Thursday, the health system’s Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute was named in Becker’s Hospital Review 2023 list of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs. The healthcare industry trade publication’s annual list recognizes hospitals and health systems that offer leading-edge clinical trials and pioneer research discoveries that expand access to care and enhance patient outcomes. In Sarasota Memorial’s spotlight, Becker’s noted that in the past several years, SMH has invested more than half a billion dollars into state-of-the-art cancer institute facilities. SMH opened its first two Jellison Cancer Institute facilities at the height of the pandemic, including the health system's first radiation oncology center in 2020 and an eight-story dedicated inpatient and surgical oncology tower in 2021. In November, the health system plans to break ground on a new cancer pavilion on the Sarasota campus. That facility, which will be connected via skybridge to the oncology tower, will provide a full complement of outpatient services, including a new breast health center, outpatient surgery, radiation oncology, infusion services, diagnostic imaging, medical, surgical, and radiation oncology physician clinics and integrative and supportive care. The health system also invested significant resources in research and graduate medical education, tripling the size of those programs and attracting top tier cancer specialists and researchers to the hospital and community. Today, the Jellison Cancer Institute team includes more than 80 employed and community-based physicians committed to raising awareness and educating the community about prevention, care navigation and support. Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder said the recognition is a testament to the teamwork and dedication of a collaborative team of physicians and cancer specialists that grows larger every year. In recent years, SMH has recruited fellowship-trained specialists and surgeons to expand its thyroid/parathyroid, gastrointestinal, colorectal, lung and breast cancer teams. Richard Brown, MD, chief medical director for the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute, said caring for cancer patients involves much more than facilities and technology. It means understanding the importance of each patient’s medical and psychosocial needs and meeting those needs close to home. The Becker's Hospital Review list features cancer centers with nationally recognized specialists pioneering clinical trials and exceptional safety ratings. The editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on recognition organizations have received from reputable rating agencies, including U.S. News & World Report, National Cancer Institute and American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Organizations can be nominated, but cannot pay for inclusion on this list. The full list features individual profiles of all hospitals and health systems on the list, and can be read here: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/100-hospitals-and-health-systems-with-great-oncology-programs-2023.html. Among many other awards, SMH earned multiple rankings and ratings from U.S. News & World Report this year. In the 2023-2024 Best Hospitals report, SMH was listed among the nation’s top hospitals for 20 medical specialties, procedures and conditions, including the following areas of oncology care: Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal Surgery; Urology; Colon Cancer Surgery; Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma; Lung Cancer Surgery; and Prostate Cancer Surgery.  

[Grand Opening]  SMH Opens South Venice Urgent Care Center

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System opened its seventh urgent care center last week, offering people who live near U.S. 41 and Jacaranda Boulevard in south Venice and surrounding neighborhoods a more convenient, less costly place to seek care for minor emergencies and pressing health concerns. Sarasota Memorial’s new urgent care center replaces a Gulfcoast Medical Group family practice that closed abruptly in 2022 with the closure of ShorePoint Health-Venice. Located at 8431 Pointe Loop Drive near the intersection of Jacaranda and US 41 in Venice, the new urgent care center is roughly five miles south of the SMH urgent care center on the Venice Bypass and about five miles north of a medical campus SMH is planning in Wellen Park. The new medical facilities, along with the new hospital planned on Sumter Blvd., are part of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar expansion plan approved by the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board to fill the gaps caused by ShorePoint’s closure and address pressing health needs in the growing south county region. Like Sarasota Memorial’s six other urgent care centers, the south Venice location is open seven days a week, 8 am-8 pm, and staffed by Sarasota Memorial’s board-certified emergency and family medicine physicians. The team provides adults and children (over 3 months of age) with high-quality care for a variety of non-emergent injuries and illnesses (infants under 3 months should be seen by their pediatrician for routine or urgent care). In addition to urgent care, the center provides flu shots and other vaccinations and school and executive physicals and testing for COVID-19 (COVID vaccinations and childhood immunizations are not available at the center). All of Sarasota Memorial’s urgent care centers also offer walk-in laboratory and X-ray services for those receiving care at the center as well as others with referrals from a personal physician. The center accepts most insurance plans and provides discounts for self-pay patients. No appointments are necessary. Most patients are seen within 30 minutes or less. People may also use the health system’s Save Your Spot app to help minimize wait times (https://smhurgentcare.com/). Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Center at South Venice Open 8 am-8 pm, every day. No appointments necessary. Board certified ER & family physicians provide care for urgent, non-life threatening illnesses/ injuries. X-ray/ lab services also available on a walk-in basis.

8431 Pointe Loop Dr, Venice, 941261-6800. 

[Recognition]  Sheriff Hoffman Holds Promotion Ceremony

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is proud to announce the promotion of four sheriff's deputies in a Monday ceremony. Prior to his promotion, Sergeant Christian Murphy served as a patrol deputy at the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) since 2014. During that time, he became a field training deputy before transferring to the Homeless Outreach Team. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Deputy Erica Howell was promoted to sergeant following her years of service in the agency's Mounted Patrol Unit and Special Investigations Section and having served as a field training deputy. She attended Keiser University, receiving her Associate of Arts in Criminology and law enforcement certificate from the Sarasota County Technical Institute. Sergeant Diana Darby was promoted to lieutenant, having served the agency in various assignments since she was hired in 2005. Through her many years of service, she has served as a field training deputy, school resource deputy, negotiator with the agency’s Hostage Negotiations Team and as supervisor in both patrol and investigations before assuming the role of sergeant with Internal Affairs. Sergeant Mariah Piper was promoted to the rank of lieutenant after serving the past 17 years in various agency roles. Hired by SCSO in 2006 as a patrol deputy, she had previously spent four years at the St. Petersburg Police Department.  

[Hospital News]  SMH Named Among World's Most Wired Hospitals

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMH) passed its 2023 digital health check-up with flying colors, once again earning a spot among the world’s “Most Wired” hospitals. The health system was spotlighted this week by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in its global list of “Most Wired” hospitals for 2023. One of the most extensive digital health benchmarking programs in the world, CHIME recognizing hospitals with digital health systems that promote safer care and more secure hospital systems. According to CHIME, SMH ranks in its highest Level 9/10 category, recognizing leaders in healthcare technology who actively push the industry forward, leveraging new and emerging technologies in innovative ways. “As a result, they are realizing meaningful outcomes, including improved quality of care, improved patient experience, reduced costs, and broader patient access to healthcare services,” the organization noted in its 2023 report released Tuesday. Some of the advanced technologies SMH uses to enhance outcomes include telehealth solutions, price-transparency and cost-analysis tools, access to data at the point of care, and tools to engage patients and their families throughout the care process. The Digital Health Most Wired survey and recognition program represents a comprehensive digital health checkup for over 38,000 facilities from 10 countries. In 2023, SMH was one of eight Florida hospitals recognized in the Level 9/10 status, and the only hospital from the Suncoast that was recognized on this year’s list. To access the complete list, visit: https://info.dhinsights.org/dhmw-2023. 

[Recognition]  General Counsel from PGT Innovations Named as Florida Trend's Legal Elite

PGT Innovations (NYSE: PGTI), a national leader in the premium window, door, and garage door industry, recently announced Ryan Quinn, the organization’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, was named on Florida Trend’s 2023 Legal Elite Notable General Counsel list. This year’s list included 11 peer-nominated individuals that were selected for their senior leadership roles and ability to affect growth in the industries they represent. Quinn joined PGT Innovations in 2021 and has over 14 years of experience representing and advising a variety of clients in corporate law. As the organization’s General Counsel, he is tasked with strategically counseling the Chief Executive Officer and executive leadership on a variety of legal and business matters, actively participating in strategic planning and decision-making as a member of the company’s executive team, and engaging, managing, and maintaining a network of outside counsel to effectively and efficiently support the company, among other duties. During his time with PGT Innovations, some of Quinn’s major accomplishments have included establishing the legal function as the first in-house General Counsel at PGT Innovations in five years, implementing initiatives and procedures to mitigate risk and comply with the various laws affecting a public company, and overhauling the company’s annual proxy statement to make it compliant with new disclosure requirements, more reader-friendly, and easier to understand. To qualify for the list, nominees had to be based in Florida; be a practicing attorney with at least 10 years of experience in the legal profession and five years of experience as General Counsel, be serving as in-house General Counsel or Chief Legal Officer for a company with at least 10 employees, and have made a measurable, specific impact in the company’s leadership and business dealings. Nominees also must mentor or act as a role model for others in the workplace and show leadership in professional organizations and in civic and community service initiatives. 

[Recognition]  Members Graduate Command Office Management Course

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to announce that two members graduated from the most recent Command Officer Management Program Cohort sponsored by St. Leo University and hosted by the Wildwood Police Department. Administrative Division Chief Lisa Kiesel and Lieutenant Arik Smith participated in the 18-credit hour certificate program consisting of six courses over six months. The students learned about critical topics such as leadership, ethics, human resources, critical incident management, and other relevant administrative competencies. Saint Leo University’s Command Officer Management Program: Executive Leadership Institute was designed to provide onsite education that prepares law enforcement officers and employees for the transition to command staff and leadership positions. “In succession planning, leadership development must be a priority,” said Sheriff Hoffman. “This level of continuing education enhances our personnel’s ability to serve and lead in our agency and community.” 

[Community Event]  Manatee County Clerk and Comptroller Offers a Free Community Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event this November

The Office of Angelina "Angel" Colonneso, Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller for Manatee County, invites residents to dispose of personal documents, recycle electronics, and destroy old hard drives during the Fall Community Shred Day Event on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Manatee Technical College, 6305 State Road 70 E. Vital Records Control (formally ShredQuick), a professional shredding company that is AAA Certified by the National Association for Information Destruction, will provide shredding services. In addition to document shredding, the Fall Community Shred Day event will provide electronic recycling and hard drive destruction services. There is no cost for these services. 

To learn more, visit

[Real Estate]  Casual Elegance at Ritz Carlton Beach Residences

Just one day after being placed on the market, a stunning condominium at Ritz Carlton Beach Residences on Lido Key, Florida, went under contract with three competing cash offers. It was listed for $5,695,000 and sold at $6,025,000, the highest sales price at The Beach Residences in the past two years. Representing the seller was The Kotaska Team at RE/MAX Alliance Group, led by Dennis Kotaska, a former builder and third generation broker whose family spans 100 years in home building and sales. The Realtor team includes James Lorenz, a former executive in the financial sector, and Terri Kotaska, a former builder sales director, each bringing a distinctive advantage to the marketing and sale of this spectacular property. The sellers, who resided locally in the winter months and have owned properties on the Gulf Coast for many years, plan to spend more time traveling and with their family at their main residence. Located at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Unit 1102, the 3,964-square-foot residence boasts expansive views of Lido Key Beach and the Gulf of Mexico, offering a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living. This magnificent waterfront retreat features luxury appointments, upscale furnishings, three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a study, distinctive great room design, private entry elevator, two-car under-building parking and a 10' x 33' travertine balcony overlooking the glistening Gulf waters. The luxurious Ritz Carlton Beach Residences offers 88 units, a 24-hour concierge and club with gathering room, billiards, theater, state-of-the-art fitness center, pool, spa, massage room, saunas, firepit, grills, and a dog run. An optional beach and spa membership is available. Dennis has been practicing real estate in Florida since 1982, wife and partner Terri since 1992 and Jim Lorenz since 2013, offering extensive local knowledge and marketing expertise, leveraging RE/MAX resources to bring maximum exposure to every listing. Dennis’s grandfather and parents owned their own brokerage in suburban Chicago, Illinois, and Dennis earned his Illinois license in 1971. The Kotaska Team is based in the RE/MAX Alliance Group Sarasota office at 2000 Webber Street, Sarasota, Florida 34239, and can be reached at (941) 815-6772 or 941-907-8207. Website: https://www.SarasotaHousing.com. 

Pictured: Kotaska Team Photo.

[Recognition]  Nurse Leader Recognized with HCA Florida West Florida Division DAISY Award

On a typical day, Stephanie Kent, RN moves quickly through the halls and floors of HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital. She starts her day volunteering to vaccinate caregivers for flu season, then meets with her team in ICU and then moves to the progressive care unit to meet caregivers she supervises. In between, she stops to offer encouragement to patients and their families and then snaps photos to celebrate the achievement of a new nurse. She does all this before starting her full time responsibilities as the Director of Critical Care, overseeing the intensive care unit and the progressive care unit. Recently, Chief Nurse Executive for the West Florida Division of HCA Florida Healthcare Leanne Salazar stopped by the hospital to present Kent with the West Florida Division DAISY Award. The DAISY Foundation sponsors this international award to recognize nurses for extraordinary compassion and skillful care. Nurses can be nominated by patients, families or their peers. Stephanie Kent, RN is only the second nurse to earn the division DAISY Award. Kent started her nursing career as a nurse extern, then worked in the medical surgery unit, was promoted to charge nurse and then became a nursing manager at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been the Director of Critical Care at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital for more than two years.Nursing runs in her family. Her father is a nurse and as a child, she and her mother would visit her father at hospital for lunch. She was inspired seeing the nurses working. “I always wanted to be a nurse, I love people and I love taking care of people, “said Kent. 

Pictured: Stephanie Kent Daisy Award Winner and nursing Team.

[Voting]  November 7 City of Venice General Election Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is reminding City of Venice residents that the deadline to register to vote in the November 7 City of Venice General Election is this Tuesday, October 10. “If you are a resident of the City of Venice and want to vote in the November 7 General Election, time is running out to register to vote,” Turner said. Registering to vote is quick and easy and can be done online at RegistertoVoteFlorida.gov. Voter registration applications may also be downloaded at SarasotaVotes.gov and mailed or delivered in person to one of our three elections offices in Sarasota, Venice or North Port. Turner also noted that the November 7 City of Venice General Election sample ballot is now available online. Voters can review their sample ballot by visiting SarasotaVotes.gov and clicking on the Sample Ballot icon. In addition, sample ballots will be mailed to City of Venice registered voter households that do not have a vote-by-mail request with our office. “There are two races on the November 7 City of Venice General Election ballot, City Council Seats 1 and 2,” Turner said. “I encourage City of Venice voters to take the time to learn more about the candidates in these races before casting their votes.” Turner reminds Sarasota County residents that only registered City of Venice voters are eligible to vote in the November 7, 2023 election. For more information, visit SarasotaVotes.gov or call 941.861.8619.  


SRQ’s Giving Coast program connects the nonprofits in our region with our philanthropic readers in the Giving Back May/June and the December editions of SRQ Magazine with the Donor's Guide To Giving. Our region is known for its strong philanthropic spirit. Join us this May/June in recognizing and sharing your organization’s mission and your wish list with those who want to support you. Capture your story and engage our readership in your philanthropic work. Space closes Friday, October 20, 2023. Please reach out to your Account Executive or Robinson Valverde at robinson.valverde@srqme.com 

[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: 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]  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.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Bradenton Market Returns , October 7 – May 25, 9am-2pm

Realize Bradenton is happy to announce the return of the Bradenton Market to its weekly schedule. This beloved community gathering will be held Saturdays through May 25, 2024 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on Old Main Street in Bradenton. Founded in 1979, the Market has expanded to include more than 90 local vendors. In addition to the weekly shopping and music, the Market hosts special event days throughout the season. Halloween at the Market will be held on Saturday, October 28. This family-friendly event includes trick or treating with vendors, face painting with Manatee School for the Arts Academic Team from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and a dance performance by Slick Motion Studios at 10:00 am. For more information, visit RealizeBradenton.com.

[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]  SEMINAR: Small & Shrewdly Specific, A Sarasota Dining Guide, Featuring Roxanne Baker with Special Guest Chef , October 16, 6-7pm
Not sure where to eat? Roxanne Baker has done the work for you. Come listen to her dish on the experience of writing a small and shrewdly specific restaurant guidebook for Sarasota as she is joined by a special guest chef. You will also sip some wine and enjoy a sampling of some small bites. Tickets for this event are $15 and include a copy of Small and Shrewdly Specific, A Sarasota Dining Guide. Bookstore1Sarasota, 117 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. sarasotabooks.com.
[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]  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: Liverpool Legends at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , December 1, 8pm

Grammy-nominated and internationally acclaimed Liverpool Legends will be at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 8pm. Liverpool Legends are four talented musicians and actors, handpicked by Louise Harrison – sister of George Harrison. This one-of-a-kind Beatles show is narrated by Louise and will feature special guests Robyn Bell and members of The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota. Robyn has directed The Pops Orchestra for over a decade. Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing! This show will be a special celebration commemorating Louise Harrison’s life and contribution to The Beatles. Louise was living in America in 1963 and she was instrumental in promoting The Beatles in their early days. Not many people know that Louise was a resident of Sarasota, spending her final years there before she passed in January of this year. For more information, visit vanwezel.org.

[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: 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]  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]  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: 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]  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.

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