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SRQ DAILY May 30, 2024

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- Dr. R. Scott Allen, Managing Director, Arts Schools Network.

[Baseball]  Strong Pitching Buoys the Bradenton Marauders in May
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

At LECOM Park, just north of Sarasota, the Bradenton Marauders–Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates– are continuing to grind out a strong season. Although Bradenton’s record is just 20-26 and the team has skidded as of late with just three wins in their last 10 contests, the Marauder’s have used the month of May to turn their young season around. Entering Tuesday’s game against the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels, the Marauders held the second-best ERA in the Florida State League (FSL) at 3.20 in the month of May, good for fifth-best in all of Single-A. Bradenton also tallied the second most strikeouts in the FSL this month with 245 in just 213.1 innings. Much of Bradenton’s success has come from their bullpen arms, particularly Yoldin De La Paz, a 22-year-old reliever who was promoted to High-A Greensboro earlier this week. De La Paz left Bradenton in the midst of an scoreless innings streak of 8.1 and tied for the team lead in wins at five. For the season, De La Paz possessed a 5-0 record with a 1.19 ERA in 22.2 innings of work. With De La Paz gone, Bradenton’s bullpen will look to relievers like Magdiel Cotto, 3-3 with a 1.85 ERA and Garrett McMillan, 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA, to keep up the pressure on opposing hitters. The Marauders will need it to continue their success–Sunday’s loss to Dunedin marked the team’s 19th one-run game of the season, with the Marauder’s holding a 10-9 record in that span. Offensively, the Marauder’s have been leaning upon their top prospects to shoulder the load. Catcher Omar Alfonzo, the Pirates’ no. 28 ranked prospect, leads the team in batting average and is in the midst of a 13 game on-base streak, during which he’s slashed .310/.492/.381 with three doubles and five RBIs. Outfielder Shalin Polanco, the Pirates’ no. 15 prospect, has brought the power, tied for the team lead in home runs with five and leading the club in RBIs with 22. The Marauders return to Bradenton on June 4 to begin a six-game homestand against the Clearwater Threshers.

LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton. 

Pictured: Bradenton Marauders in their Friendly City Friday edition uniforms. Photo courtesy of Bradenton Marauders.

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[The Dish]  The 19th Annual Savor Sarasota Starts This Saturday

Sarasota’s yummiest time of year officially starts this Saturday, June 1, 2024, with an impressive list of restaurants participating in this year’s Savor Sarasota! As the summer season kicks in, Sarasota restaurants prepare to wow palates with their prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. Savor Sarasota restaurant week is a two-week dining program that offers artfully crafted prix-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. Lunch menus feature a two-course (appetizer and entrée) menu for $25 per person, and dinner menus feature three courses (appetizer, entrée, and dessert) for $40 per person. Many restaurants will also offer upgraded menu items, and wine pairings to elevate the diner’s experience, and some eateries like Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood are offering an extra course for the same price for both lunch and dinner. “This year’s list of participating restaurants is fantastic. They have upped their Savor game this year with some very impressive menus," said Erin Duggan, President of Visit Sarasota County. “All across Sarasota County, our chefs have created dishes to wow their guests, from Chef Dino’s  ‘Sardinian Gnocchi with Zucchini, Mint, and Fresh Pecorino’ at Sardina, to Savor newcomer Chef Gino of Kolucan’s ‘Cochinita Pibil’, which is a Yucatan-style roasted pork shoulder in banana leaves with sour orange, annatto seeds, and cinnamon – they sound so enticing! What’s more exciting is that some restaurants are taking it even further to make their guests' experience remarkable. For instance, Fins at Sharky’s in Venice is offering curated wine pairings to elevate each course. Imagine Lobster Seafood Risotto with an Italian Pinot Grigio, or Short Ribs with a Bordeaux wine. These mouthwatering menus showcase our amazing restaurants’ creativity and dedication to designing unforgettable and delicious dining experiences." Savor Sarasota is sponsored by Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Sarasota Magazine, WUSF/NPR. 

[Recognition]  Five Sarasota County Schools Educators Honored with Ripple Effect Teacher Award

Five outstanding Sarasota County Schools educators were recognized last week with the Ripple Effect Teacher Award for their expansive impact in the classroom and beyond. Leaders from the school district and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation honored the winners in a series of surprise presentations at their schools.  Created by Barancik Foundation in memory of Chuck and Margie Barancik to celebrate exceptional Sarasota County public-school teachers, the Ripple Effect Award includes a $5,000 gift. The five Sarasota County Schools teachers who received the award are: Stacy Bellanca, Literacy Teacher, Garden Elementary School, Carrie Koontz, 2nd Grade Teacher, Taylor Ranch Elementary School, Jillian Nelson, ESE Resource Teacher, Sarasota Middle School, Brittany Smith, Music Teacher, Venice High School, Shannon Wynne, 5th Grade Teacher, Pine View School. At each award presentation, Superintendent Connor read from the nomination letter submitted by the winning teacher’s principal.  The celebrations included district and school administrators, fellow teachers and staff, and enthusiastic students.  Barancik Foundation senior vice president John Annis described the affection and respect that Chuck and Margie Barancik had for teachers before he handed the winners a framed award certificate and their $5,000 check. The latest Ripple Effect Teacher Awards were presented in May to commemorate Chuck Barancik’s birthday, which was May 27.  The Foundation will present five more awards in September in memory of Margie Barancik, who was a teacher by profession.  Nominations are submitted annually by school principals at the invitation of school district leadership and the Foundation.  Since 2021, Barancik Foundation has recognized 35 educators with the Ripple Effect Award. 

[Competition]  Bay Haven's Rocking World Detour Team Places 3rd at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Competition

Bay Haven School of Basics Plus’ Rocking World Detour Problem (Rocking World Detour) placed 3rd out of 56 teams – representing 46 states and 10 countries – in the division one Elementary category at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Competition (held from May 22 - May 25 at Iowa State University). The 2024 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals featured more than 700 teams from around the globe competing in the annual international event. Rocking World Detour’s “problem” was sponsored by Arm and Hammer, an element the team had to incorporate into their performance. The criteria for the problem also involved: the team creating a rock band that was unexpectedly transported to an unexpected location; writing a team-created original song and lyrics; and singing the song while playing a creative team-created instrument. The team was judged on creative and original hair and make-up and had to use music to transport back on tour. Rocking World Detour also had to participate in a spontaneous problem that teams must solve on-the-spot using quick thinking and creativity. These problems can help develop teamwork and the ability to deal with unexpected situations. The team scored 4 points below the highest team in this category. Bay Haven represented all of Florida at the worldwide competition and was the #1 team from the United States. A team from China placed 1st and a team from Poland placed 2nd. Rocking World Detour was comprised of (5) 4th grade students and (1) 5th grade student. The team truly “ROCKED” the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals! 

[Law Enforcement]  Announcements from Sheriff Hoffman

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to announce that Captain Debra Kiner graduated on May 24 from the Florida Sheriffs Association Commanders Academy, Graduating Class 15. Corrections Captain Debra Kiner completed the academy at the Florida Sheriffs Association headquarters in Tallahassee. This program, recognized as the premier course of executive study for mid to upper-level criminal justice leaders, was designed by sheriffs to ensure that these leaders have the background and training to carry out their responsibilities in the agencies they serve.

Sheriff Hoffman is also proud to announce the promotion of two sheriff’s office members in a ceremony held on Monday. Deputy Brendan Keats is promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Bureau. The sheriff’s office hired Keats in 2017 as a patrol deputy. He was later appointed to the Aviation Unit as a Tactical Flight Deputy and, in 2019, transferred to the Criminal Investigations Section as a detective. Sergeant Matt Tuggle is promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the Court Services Bureau. The sheriff’s office hired Tuggle as a patrol deputy in 2010. He has worked in several areas of the agency, including patrol, tactical, criminal, and special investigations. 

[Award]  Booker Middle School Earns Outstanding Arts School Award

On May 24, 2024, Booker Middle School (BMS) was recognized with the Arts Schools Network (ASN) 2024 Outstanding Arts Schools Award. This award is presented to a school with an outstanding record of overall excellence in the categories of faculty and student achievement, community recognition and involvement, arts and academics integration, curriculum innovations, continuing growth and development, and state and national recognition. ASN – the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools – will honor BMS at the Awards Ceremony during the ASN 2024 Annual Conference in Washington, DC from October 23-25. BMS’s Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) magnet program – inside a Title I middle school (6th-8th grade) located in Sarasota, FL – welcomes students from all demographics and backgrounds to join in a professional and robust arts learning environment. Prospective magnet students audition for the program and come from both the general student population (students who are zoned to Booker Middle School) or from other school zones. VPA students may participate in two arts classes as part of their daily routine in addition to their general education classes. VPA class offerings include Fine Art, Band, Chorus, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Digital Design, Modern Band, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, Film & TV, Circus Arts, and Orchestra. In addition to the magnet students, their arts program also impacts the general student population. All students at BMS are enrolled in arts electives that change quarterly and the arts program staff works collaboratively with core curriculum teachers to create arts integration opportunities. Students are involved in creating academically challenging classrooms throughout the learning community. BMS takes great pride in inspiring tomorrow’s leaders. Dr. R. Scott Allen, Managing Director for ASN said, “Our organization offers guidance, inspiration, and incentives to arts schools and their leaders who strive for excellence on campuses across the country. When they demonstrate outstanding efforts toward this goal, we recognize and reward their achievements with awards such as this.”  

[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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mystery Reef , April 2 – June 30, Various times
Get ready to use your brain coral and start Kraken the case at the new Mystery Reef exhibit Mote Aquarium. Coral reefs, the rainforests of the sea, are in serious danger. Help us find out what is hurting the corals and how we can help. Become a coral detective and uncover clues throughout Mystery Reef while learning about real coral science and restoration at Mote Marine Laboratory. For more information: mote.org/mystery.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Nutcracker, Magical Christmas Ballet , December 27, Various times
NUTCRACKER Magical Christmas Ballet returns to captivate audiences this holiday season at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on December 27, 2024 at 3pm and 7pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nutcracker.com or www.VanWezel.org.
[SOON]  FILM: Summer Movie Nights , June 2 – June 28, 5pm

Back by popular demand, the Summer Movie Nights provide a unique experience for everyone during the summer, while remaining fun and affordable. The 2024 Summer Movie Night lineup offers something for everyone. Summer Movie Nights will take place on most Sundays during the months of June and July, inside the stadium at CoolToday Park. The movies will be shown on the scoreboard and will begin at 5 PM each night. Children ages 3 and under will receive free admission, while tickets for ages 4-9 are only $3, and ages 10 and up are $7. Tickets are available now at the CoolToday Park box office, online at cooltodaypark.com/movies, or by calling 941-413-5004. Parking is free, seats will be available in the seating bowl. No outside food, beverages, or chairs are allowed inside the stadium. The Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar and Grill will be open for full dinner service.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Out of this World , June 17 – June 21, 8:30

There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade).How often do you think of the world around you? What about beyond our world? This week, we will be exploring all things space.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Free Second Sundays , March 10 – December 8, 11am-5pm
Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum. On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances, and art-making activities for the whole family. To learn more, visit sarasotaartmuseum.org.
[SOON]  FOOD: Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch , September 3 – September 30, 10am-2pm

Experience some of the best food and flavors of the region with more than 100, and still growing, curated vendors. The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch has fast become a favorite weekly tradition for people from all over the region seeking farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts. Aside from all the goodies you can shop at the Farmers Market, find your flow in a free yoga class or have the kiddos get creative during weekly-hosted workshops. 1561 Lakefront Dr., Lakewood Ranch.

[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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Innovation Station , July 8 – July 12, 8:30

There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade). This week, we will tinker, design, create, build, test, and tweak to solve some real-world problems. Hands down, amazing hands-on fun.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[SOON]  DANCE: Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance , June 2, 7:30pm
Irish dancers and musicians from Edmonds Herbert W. Armstrong College and Armstrong Dance will embark on their fifth U.S. tour beginning May 5, visiting 10 states over seven weeks with their show Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will host a one-night performance at 7:30 p.m., June 2. Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance explores the ancient origins of Irish step dance and celebrates the millennia-long journey of a music-and-dance-loving people as they migrate from the ancient Near East to Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States. Tickets to Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance begin at $25 and can be purchased at VanWezel.org. For more information, please visit celticthrone.com.
[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]  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]  GALLERY: Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , February 11 – June 30, n/a

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will present Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe as the eighth iteration of its annual Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition, which examines the work of major artists through the lens of their connection to nature. The exhibition, which will be on view from February 11 through June 30, 2024, at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, will explore the unexpected yet profoundly impactful mentoring relationship that developed between iconic artists Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O Keeffe. The theme of the upcoming Goldstein Exhibition is the latest announcement of programming planned for Selby Gardens 50th anniversary season. For more information, visit selby.org.

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