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"Statistically speaking, Sarasota County has been recognized as one of the nation's fastest growing regions. One of my jobs is to understand where the growth is occurring and plan accordingly, so voters have a positive experience in the voting booth."

- Ron Turner, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections.

[Medical]  SMH to Conduct Tests for DVT Treatment
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

An experimental treatment for an endovascular condition will be tested at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The local institution will assess the safety and effectiveness of using the Indigo Aspiration System to treat deep vein thrombosis.

That’s a new Computer Assisted Vacuum Thrombectomy system, a catheter-based process to speed up the detection of blood clots and then remove them using an aspiration pump. The hope is to both find and extract the clots in a single session without the use of clot-dissolving medication or performing open surgery.

“DVTs can pose significant risks, including fatal complications such as pulmonary embolism, if left untreated,” said Dr. Jason Wagner, a vascular surgeon heading up Penumbra’s multicenter BOLT study at SMH. “Advances like Penumbra’s Indigo Aspiration System provide another way to address and remove dangerous clots through CAVT before they can trigger a life-threatening event.”

Deep vein thrombosis can result in deadly pulmonary embolism. The condition kills some 300,000 people across the U.S. each year. But some of the first lives saved from the fate could receive treatment at SMH. 

The hospital will be one of 40 research sites testing the treatment on patients. Officials encourage local patients experiencing their first instanced of unilateral lower extremity deep vein thrombosis and who are symptomatic for at least two weeks, to call SMH’s Research Institute at (941) 917-2225. The research center conducts tests for a number of medical treatments, including for including cardiology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology, urology and vascular conditions.

The Food and Drug Administration also has a clinical trial website set up. 

Photo courtesy SMH: Dr. Jason Wagner

[Voting]  Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Increases Number of Precincts, Polling Locations

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner announced that his office has revised a total of 12 voting precincts and added nine new polling locations in advance of the 2024 election cycle. At the conclusion of the 2022 General Election, Turner asked elections office staff to begin studying each of Sarasota County’s 99 voting precincts to assess voter population size. With continued growth in the county, Turner wanted to ensure that voters continue to have convenient and efficient access to the voting process. The study resulted in the creation and/or revision of precincts 106, 128, 311, 312, 313, 314, 417, 425, 430, 501, 527 and 543. With the changes, there are now a total of 103 precincts in Sarasota County. “Statistically speaking, Sarasota County has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing regions,” Turner said. “One of my jobs is to understand where the growth is occurring and plan accordingly, so voters have a positive experience in the voting booth.” In addition to the revised voting precincts, the elections office added nine polling locations in high growth areas of the county. Turner also purchased new voting equipment and plans to hire extra poll workers to meet demand.“This project took more than a year to complete from start to finish. It was time-consuming, but ultimately, it was worthwhile,” Turner said. “We have more than 320,000 registered voters in Sarasota County, so expanding our capacity to ensure voters have a smooth voting experience is a major priority.” Any voter whose precinct and/or polling location has changed will receive a notification in the mail from the elections office in the coming weeks. urner reminds voters that 2024 will be a busy election year, with the March 19 Presidential Preference Primary kicking things off. He also wants voters to know that this presidential primary will be for registered Republican voters only since Florida is a closed primary state. Individuals have until Tuesday, February 20 to register to vote or update their party affiliation. For more information, visit SarasotaVotes.gov or call 941.861.8600. 

[Groundbreaking]  Halfacre Construction Company Celebrates Groundbreaking for Mosquito Management Facility

 Halfacre Construction Company, a Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company, recently broke ground on the new Mosquito Management Facility for Sarasota County. Located at 16500 Honore Ave. in Nokomis, the $12.8 million construction cost project will be a one-story, 19,822-square-foot storm-hardened building that will feature an administration area, laboratories, negative atmosphere testing area, chemical storage, CO2 trap storage, trap repair and battery storage area, insectary, chicken coop for baby chicks, mature chicken coop, aquaculture facility to breed and raise mosquito-eating fish, aquaculture plant and vegetable garden. The aquaculture facilities will serve a dual purpose that includes both mosquito management and tours for educational purposes.  Currently, the county division occupies nine buildings on Ashton Road at a site shared with the County Fleet Division and the administrative staff of Sarasota County Area Transit. The new facility in Nokomis will allow for the staff to more efficiently serve the growing population of South County and communities east of I-75. Halfacre Construction Company celebrated the launch of the project with a commemorative groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Jan. 12. The project launched earlier this month, with an expected completion date of spring 2025. Sarasota County Mosquito Management is dedicated to protecting and promoting public health by managing mosquito populations through environmentally sound and fiscally responsible practices.  

[Announcement]  Shumaker Announces Newly Elected 2024 Management Committee Members

The national law firm of Shumaker is proud to announce three newly elected members of the firm’s Management Committee as of January 1, 2024. The newly appointed members include W. Reed Hauptman—who previously served on the Management Committee—, Andrew S. Culicerto, and Michele Leo Hintson. All three bring a wealth of legal experience, strategic vision, and a commitment to their new roles. As Management Committee members, Andy, Reed, and Michele will actively contribute to shaping Shumaker's strategic direction, fostering client relationships, and advancing the firm's commitment to delivering unparalleled legal services. Andy has not only been elected to our firm's Management Committee, but he was also recently elected Managing Partner of Shumaker’s Charlotte, N.C, and Greenville, S.C. offices. In addition, he previously served as the firm’s Real Estate, Construction and Development Business Sector Co-Chair. Practicing law for more than two decades, Andy devotes the majority of his time to representing clients serving the construction industry and other complex business disputes. In practice for 25 years, Reed’s principal areas of practice are banking and commercial law, real estate finance and development, land use planning, and business law. He has extensive experience in representing large and small businesses and developers in a wide range of commercial transactions, including business formation and funding. Reed is most active representing parties in the acquisition, disposition, leasing, construction, and development of real property and has substantial experience in public and private financings to include commercial loans, tax credit financings, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loans, and state and federal loans and grants. Michele is a seasoned business litigator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator with more than 20 years of experience who dedicates her practice to representing individuals in a variety of business disputes, with a focus on development, construction, and commercial matters. Michele formerly served as the firm’s Litigation and Disputes Regional Service Line Leader. Seen as a leader in the community, she is Chair of the Pasco Economic Development Council (EDC) Board of Directors, where she plays a pivotal role in overseeing Pasco EDC's mission of stimulating balanced and diversified business growth in Pasco County. The firm is led by the Management Committee, comprised of nine partners, as well as the Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officers.  

[Partnership]  Tervis Announces Extension of Partnership with Association of Pickleball Players

Tervis, the nationally loved and family-owned drinkware company founded in 1946, will kick off its extended partnership with the Association of Pickleball Players (APP) at the first APP Tour event in Punta Gorda this week. The partnership with the pickleball tour, which began in 2023, designates Tervis as the official and exclusive water bottle of the APP. Founded in 2019, the APP serves professionals, senior professionals and amateurs in the fastest growing sport in the United States. The first and only tour officially sanctioned by USA Pickleball, the 2024 APP Tour has 12 announced tournament stops and kicks off in Punta Gorda, Florida on January 17 through January 21. The five-day season kick-off event launches at the newly renovated PicklePlex, where fans can watch the best pro pickleball players in the world compete, as well as the AARP Champions and AARP Masters Division competitors, and hundreds of amateurs. Tervis will be in attendance at the Punta Gorda event with a booth set up for spectators to stop by and learn more about the well-known drinkware brand, as well as purchase pickleball-themed tumblers. Through its partnership, Tervis will immerse itself with in-venue branding and visibility, including signage, social media promotion and inclusion in APP Tour broadcast productions — spanning coverage on CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2 and more linear broadcast partners to be announced by the APP, as well as livestream coverage on APPTV and ESPN+. For more information on the APP’s 2024 tour schedule, visit TheAPP.global.  

[Expansion]  Construction Advances for Bradenton Area Convention Center Expansion and Renovation

The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (BACVB) is underway with a $48 million renovation and expansion of the Bradenton Area Convention Center.  Built in 1985, The Bradenton Area Convention Center is undergoing a full renovation that includes the addition of a 14,000 sq. ft. ballroom with pre-function space. The additional square footage enables the convention center to attract corporate and association conventions from Florida, the Southeast and beyond. The expansion and renovation is anticipated to be completed in the second quarter of 2025. Managed by the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the convention center sits just off the Manatee River with easy convenience to downtown Bradenton and the stunning sugar-sand white beaches of Anna Maria Island. As the only full-service convention center of its size in a 150-mile radius from St. Petersburg to Naples, the reimagined 14,000 sq. ft. ballroom will seat 900 conference goers with the capability of being split into two equal sections with operable walls. Two additional outdoor event spaces allow for alternative event space, while the existing exhibit hall is set for new paint and an epoxy for the existing flooring. The interior design was inspired by the real, authentic touches of Florida’s West Coast. Driftwood, the turquoise waters, sugar-sand beaches of the gulf and boating are reflected in the textures and colors often seen around the Bradenton Area.  Connecting to the convention center will be a new 252-room premium upscale, full-service Marriott hotel. A climate-controlled corridor will provide a comfortable walkway for conference goers to get from the new Marriott Palmetto Resort and Spa to their events in the convention center. The new hotel will offer visitors and conference goers the best in high-end amenities, including a ground floor restaurant and lounge, VIP rooftop bar and lounge, outdoor resort-style pool, outdoor event space and concierge services, as well as a beach club located off Haben Boulevard. More than 10,000 square feet of meeting space will be available within the hotel that will complement the convention center.  The Marriott Palmetto Resort & Spa is anticipated to open spring of 2024. For more information, contact Kolby Gayson, Marketing & Communications Director for the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at kolby.gayson@bacvb.com or 941-290-8412.   

[Recognition]  Forbes Magazine Best-In-State Wealth Management Teams for 2024 - The Bellwether Group at Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) announced that The Bellwether Group based in Sarasota, has been named to Forbes Magazine’s 2024 list of America’s Best-In-State Wealth
Management Teams, for a second year in a row. Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Management Teams ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person, virtual, and telephone due diligence meetings to measure best practices, client retention, industry experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services. 

Pictured: (L to R) Rochelle A Nigri, Richard T. Williams III, Aimee Cogan, Scott Rockwell and Kathy Francoletti.

[Hospital News]  SMH Joins Multi-Center Trial Testing New Computer-Assisted Vacuum Technology to Rapidly Detect, Remove Dangerous Blood Clots

Sarasota Memorial is joining up to 40 other research sites across the nation testing a new, endovascular  option for patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a complicated condition that endangers nearly 1 million people in the U.S. each year. DVT occurs when blood clots develop in the deep veins of the body, usually in the leg. DVTs can become deadly when blood clots break loose and become lodged in the lung, a life-threatening complication known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT/PE is the third most common vascular disease, behind heart attacks and strokes, and kills as many as 300,000 people in the U.S. each year. Vascular surgeon Jason Wagner, MD, principal investigator of Penumbra’s multi-center BOLT study at SMH, said the clinical trial will assess the safety and effectiveness of treating DVT with the Indigo® Aspiration System used to perform Computer Assisted Vacuum Thrombectomy (CAVT). This catheter-based endovascular system uses computer-assisted technology to accelerate clot detection and remove clot using a dedicated aspiration pump, aimed to complete procedures in a single session, without the need for clot-dissolving medications or open surgery. Adults experiencing their first episode of unilateral lower extremity DVT, and who are symptomatic for 14 days or less, are eligible to enroll in the study. For information about the trial and enrollment criteria, call Sarasota Memorial’s Research Institute at (941) 917-2225 or visit the FDA clinical trial webpage at: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT05003843. 

[Architecture]  Architecture Sarasota Launches Four-Part Speaker Series Exploring the Evolution and Future of Downtown Sarasota

 Architecture Sarasota announces the launch of “Downtown Sarasota: Hindsight, Insight and Foresight,” a four-part speaker series conceived to spark an informed and constructive community-wide discussion about downtown’s future. Beginning on January 24, at Art Ovation Hotel, the series will explore downtown Sarasota's evolution over the last two decades with four distinguished speakers—Andrés Duany, David Houle, Mitchell Silver, and Victor Dover. Speakers will address vital topics, including the current downtown master plan and how it was shaped two decades ago; how downtown has developed since then; the macro-level forces affecting the city; effective current downtown planning practices; and insights drawn from successful urban planning in other locales. Tickets are $35 for the series or $10 per lecture and can be purchased at ArchitectureSarasota.org. For more information, call 352-219-4122. Art Ovation is located at 1255 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. 

[New Homes]  New Home Presales PLUS Model Home Construction Underway in The Strand at Cedar Grove by Centex

 Centex has started presales for new single-family homes in The Strand at Cedar Grove, an intimate gated enclave of 244 attractively priced homes with private amenities and a desirable location in The Woodlands area of North Port. Interested homebuyers can inquire about becoming one of the first homeowners at The Strand by visiting our nearby community, Cedar Grove to learn about presales.  Or visit us online at: www.Centex.com/TheStrand. Centex is also pleased to announce it has begun construction on model homes illustrating the national builder’s six innovative consumer-inspired floor plans. The Strand at Cedar Grove’s one- and two-story floor plans are created for modern lifestyles and a variety of budgets with open concept designs for families of all sizes, an emphasis on outdoor living and versatile spaces to meet today’s needs and those of tomorrow. Offering two to five bedrooms, two to four-and-a-half bathrooms, homes have 1,660 to over 3,400 square and two-car garages. Plan-specific flex rooms give buyers boundless opportunities for home offices, hobby rooms, dens, home gyms, additional bedrooms and more. Spacious main living areas blend gathering rooms, kitchens and casual dining areas for everyday living and entertaining and are balanced with private spaces for a secluded retreat. Well-appointed kitchens feature generous cabinetry and counterspace, center islands and walk-in pantries. The owners’ suites have walk-in closets and spa-inspired bathrooms with dual-sink vanities and glass-enclosed showers. Centex also offers opportunities for buyers to personalize their home by extending indoor rooms and garages, adding second-floor lofts and bedrooms, and elevating outdoor living with pools, spas, expanded lanais and zero-corner glass doors. The Strand’s private amenity campus will offer a neighborhood pool, covered poolside cabana, playground and half-court basketball. New-construction homes at The Strand at Cedar Grove start from the $320,000s. Located within the established, family-friendly master-planned community of The Woodlands in North Port, The Strand’s main gated entry is on Panacea Boulevard with a secondary entrance within Cedar Grove. The community is located four minutes east of the I-75 interchange at Toledo Blade Boulevard and 10 minutes north of U.S. 41. It’s also convenient to airports, well-rated schools, daily shopping needs, employment, healthcare, arts, entertainment and recreational activities, including Gulf of Mexico beaches, championship golf courses, parks and sports. For more information about The Strand at Cedar Grove by Centex, call or text 941-702-9358 or visit  www.Centex.com/TheStrand. 

Pictured: Cedar Grove provides homebuyers with a premier opportunity for new homes in top locations, coupled with versatile designs for every lifestyle.

[SRQIST]  Travel Back in Time
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME | Uzi Baram, Director of Public Archeology at Selby Gardens, shows us there's a lot to learn from the past, January 2024. 

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[SOON]  BUSINESS: Leading Edge, The High Performance Advantage for Entrepreneurs , January 31, 12 to 1 pm
Getting your ideas off the ground, taking your business to the next level, and securing the deals you have been dreaming of takes hard work, and the marketplace is a fast-paced and competitive environment. So how do you stand out among the crowd, create success, and establish yourself as an industry leader? The secret is in applying the same high-performance techniques to your business and practices that have helped athletes, performers, and high achievers across industries to attain top results. Join us for this webinar where you will learn the following how to make smarter, better decisions in life and work, how to achieve high-performance results when the pressure is on and how to boost your resilience and ability to bounce back after challenging situations. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Downtown Sarasota, Hindsight, Insight and Foresight , January 24 – February 28, 6-7:30pm
Downtown Sarasota: Hindsight, Insight and Foresight is a four-part speaker series conceived to spark an informed and constructive community-wide discussion about the future of our downtown. The six-week series will take place at Art Ovation Hotel and explore the evolution of downtown Sarasota over the last two decades with a group of four distinguished speakers, Andres Duany, David Houle, Mitchell Silver, and Victor Dover. Speakers will address vital topics including the current downtown master plan and how it was shaped two decades ago, how downtown has developed since then, the macro-level forces affecting the city, effective current downtown planning practices, and insights drawn from successful urban planning in other locales. Lectures will be held on Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 14 and Feb. 28. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit architecturesarasota.org.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: How to Land a Job Fast , January 24, 12 to 1 pm

Join the Womens Resource Center in collaboration with esteemed Corporate Trainer and Coach, Hannah McGowan ED.M., C.A.S., for an empowering virtual information session on How to Land a Job Fast. This exclusive webinar, scheduled for January 24th, is designed to equip you with essential strategies to accelerate your job search and secure meaningful employment. Learn about mastering your network with effective techniques to quickly navigate and leverage your professional connections for job opportunities; maximizing resume drop-offs by uncovering tips and tricks to optimize your resume submissions, ensuring they stand out in the application process; and community resources and strategies by discovering valuable community job placement resources and gain insights into leveraging them effectively for a swift job search. Do not miss this opportunity to boost your job search skills and connect with industry experts. Secure your spot now by registering now at mywrc.com.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Global Issues , January 9 – March 29, Various times
2024 marks the 53rd anniversary of Sarasota Institute of the Lifetime Learning Global Issues series. This hard-hitting series, which runs January 9-March 29, features 24 internationally renowned experts discussing a vast range of domestic and global issues. The lectures are presented on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sarasota; Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. at the Venice Community Center in Venice; and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 5 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church in Lakewood Ranch. Lectures will also be available for purchase on video. https://sillsarasota.org/index.htm.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College Winter Semester , January 8 – March 1, Various times

Registration is open for the 2024 winter semester at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI, at Ringling College, which offers noncredit educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. The semester, which runs Jan. 8-March 1, 2024, features more than 50 courses, workshops, lectures, and special presentations covering a wide variety of topics, including arts and entertainment, history, music appreciation, health, literature, philosophy, religion, and science. Semester highlights include Searching Dr. Google. What Should I Believe, The History of Psychiatry: Winners and Losers; Voting Behavior and the Electoral Process; Glass: The New Hot Contemporary Art Form; and The Historic First Federal Prosecution of a U.S. President. Classes are offered at the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; and online via Zoom. To register, or for more information about becoming an OLLI member, visit www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org or call 941-309-5111.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Music Mondays , January 8 – March 25, Various times

The 2024 season of Sarasota Institute of the Lifetime Learning Music Monday Series presents performances and lively conversations with renowned and emerging performers, January 8-March 25, on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Palms in Sarasota; and Mondays at 3 p.m. at Venice Presbyterian Church in Venice. https://sillsarasota.org/index.htm.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Coffee with a Scientist , December 12 – March 26, 10am

Join us for our Coffee With A Scientist series, a free public event held on Tuesdays in Boca Grande and hosted by Mote Marine Laboratory. Hear from Mote scientists on January 16, February 13 and March 26 as they share with you the latest in their groundbreaking research and their plans for the future with a Q and A session to follow. On Visit mote.org/pages/coffee to sign up and for more information.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens , November 11 – August 31, N/a

Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens will be on view through August 31, 2024 at the Historic Spanish Point campus. Selby Gardens is excited to present the extraordinary imagery of photographer and conservationist Clyde Butcher throughout the grounds of the Historic Spanish Point campus. Large-scale prints on aluminum of Butcher’s beautiful photographs of plants, animals, and habitats of Florida will be exhibited amid the natural landscape of the 30-acre waterfront preserve, enabling the public to engage with the artist’s work like never before. In the tradition of earlier landscape photographers like Ansel Adams, Butcher captures the beauty and majesty of America’s natural treasures in dramatic black and white. The unique environments of Florida have been subjects of particular interest to Butcher since the 1980s, when he was first introduced to the magic and mystery of sites such as Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Nature Through the Lens will include Butcher’s photographs of regional locales such as Myakka River State Park and Casey Key. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Clyde Butcher Gallery & Studio in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit selby.org.

[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]  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]  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]  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.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Shinique Smith, Parade , January 4 – January 5, Various times

Enjoy the extraordinary opportunity to experience the work of contemporary artist Shinique Smith in conversation with the collection of European art at The Ringling. Unfolding across six galleries of the Museum of Art, the exhibition creates a series of unique stories that together form an abstract narrative of the parade as a metaphor for life. Well known for her monumental sculptures created from an array of materials, including luxurious textiles, personal clothing, dyed fabrics, ribbon, and wood, and for her abstract paintings of calligraphy and collage, Smiths work in this exhibition speaks to various facets of the European artistic tradition, such as classical drapery and religious iconography, while foregrounding notions of Black femininity and the history of the circus. Learn more at ringling.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: ChromaShock, A Modern and Vibrant Exploration , January 4 – January 31, Various times
MARA Art Studio and Gallery presents ChromaShock: A Modern and Vibrant Exploration, an exhibition of work by 13 artists that pushes the boundaries of chromatic expression, inviting viewers into a mesmerizing world of vivid hues and dynamic compositions. The exhibit runs January 4-31, with an opening reception on Friday, January 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibit features work by Laura Arteaga Charlton, Ralph Berger, Bill Buchman, Lori Childers, David Erdman, Christina Jensen Vicente, Midge Johnson, Pamela Olin, Julia Rivera, Ashley Rivers, Jack Shapiro, Javi Suarez and Mara Torres Gonzalez. The gallery is located at 76 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. MaraStudioGallery.com.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Expressions of Experience, Two Generations, Two Perspectives. , January 17 – February 29, 11am to 4pm daily
Please join us to experience this unique exhibition featuring father/daughter local artists, Pamela Olin and Richard Olin. This premiere exhibition features three-dimensional works that offer a glimpse from the perspective of two distinctly different generations. The pieces address the transitions they have experienced over the last several years, making them relatable to all ages. As a duo, this public exhibit is both a curiosity and an insight into the self-expression of two generations of artists linked by DNA. Plymouth Harbour Gallery, 700 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Visit www.pamelaolin.com and www.olinrich.com to learn more.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Listening to Women Series , January 18 – February 22, 1pm

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College, OLLI, presents its fifth annual Listening to Women, a six-session series that recognizes women whose brilliance and fortitude have reshaped industries and who are making a difference in our communities. The series takes place on Thursdays at 1 pm, from Jan. 18-Feb. 22, 2024, at Sarasota Art Museum, the Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Registration for the complete series is $81 for OLLI Gold Members and $90 for OLLI Silver Members and general admission; register at www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org.

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