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It's a feel good issue this month - we've got a feature on CoreSRQ which is experiencing great success. CoreSRQ used to the the Sarasota Family YMCA and in our feature on their new CEO Michelle Mitchell, you'll read how they did it and what they've got planned for the future. Don't miss our "Good News" feature on generous people helping our community. As for good fun, check out two fantastic exhibits at the MFA in St. Petersburg that are on women artists. Good food can be found in this month's eclectic recipes plus we have lots of arts news, our popular You're News and our extensive calendar of events.

It's a feel good issue this month - we've got a feature on CoreSRQ which is experiencing great success. CoreSRQ used to the the Sarasota Family YMCA and in our feature on their new CEO Michelle Mitchell, you'll read how they did it and what they've got planned for the future. Don't miss our "Good News" feature on generous people helping our community. As for good fun, check out two fantastic exhibits at the MFA in St. Petersburg that are on women artists. Good food can be found in this month's eclectic recipes plus we have lots of arts news, our popular You're News and our extensive calendar of events.


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<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Michelle<br />

Mitchell<br />

CoreSRQ’s<br />

Chief Executive<br />

Officer<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ Women Artists<br />

at Museum of Fine Arts,<br />

St. Petersburg<br />

■ The Bay and CoreSRQ<br />

— a healthy partnership<br />

■ Dining In:<br />

Food “Impostors”<br />

■ NEW Arts News

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<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

contents<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

Louise M. Bruderle<br />

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

Carol Darling<br />

Contributing Photographer<br />

Evelyn England<br />

Art Director/Graphic Designer<br />

Kimberly Carmell<br />

Assistant to the Publisher<br />

Mimi Gato<br />

West Coast Woman is published<br />

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feature:<br />

The Bay and Core SRQ -<br />

a healthy partnership<br />

To go along with our profile of Michelle Mitchell<br />

of CoreSRQ, here’s information on their fitness<br />

offerings at The Bay.<br />

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), in partnership<br />

with CoreSRQ, now offers park visitors a series of<br />

free, outdoor health and wellness classes taught<br />

by CoreSRQ’s certified trainers at The Bay Park.<br />

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Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Here are our columns:<br />

n Out & About: includes<br />

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,<br />

lectures, dance, poetry, shows &<br />

performances, theatre, film,<br />

seasonal events and more.<br />

n You’re News: job announcements,<br />

appointments and promotions,<br />

board news, business news and<br />

real estate news.<br />

need some good news?<br />

Here’s some from the Charles & Margery<br />

Barancik Foundation and the $6.3 million<br />

they’ve granted to area nonprofits.<br />

Homelessness, food insecurity,<br />

supporting minorities, foster children, the<br />

arts - to name a few - are the recipients.<br />

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on the arts<br />

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Two fantastic exhibits<br />

are taking pace at the<br />

Museum of Fine Arts in St.<br />

Petersburg about, and by,<br />

women. Read more on<br />

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west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

7 Out & About: listings for things to do<br />

9 healthier you: The Renewal Point -<br />

hormone balancing<br />

11 feature: The Bay and CoreSRQ -<br />

a healthy partnership<br />

12 arts news<br />

15 happening this summer:<br />

Events at Selby Gardens<br />

16 west coast woman:<br />

Michelle Mitchell, CoreSRQ’s<br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

18 travel news<br />

20 good news department:<br />

The Barancik Foundation<br />

21 health feature: Craniosacral Therapy<br />

22 focus on the arts: Gio Swaby exhibit<br />

at MFA, St. Petersburg<br />

23 focus on the arts:<br />

Women Photographers at MFA,<br />

St. Petersburg<br />

25 healthier you: Nicotine’s effect<br />

on the brain<br />

26 you’re news<br />

28 dining out: Try These Food<br />

“Impostors” - clever substitutions on<br />

classic recipes<br />

30 healthier you: Food Delivery Safety<br />

■ on the cover: Photo of West Coast Woman Michelle Mitchell, of CoreSRQ at the Berlin Branch on Euclid Ave, Sarasota. ■ Photo by Evelyn England.<br />

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just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

West Coast Woman Michelle Mitchell<br />

Michelle Mitchell<br />

Photo by Evelyn England<br />

It’s no longer the Y, but it’s still very much a popular,<br />

multi-generational fitness center, a diverse<br />

meeting place and a way to keep your children<br />

busy after school and in the summer. It’s CoreS-<br />

RQ now, and the new moniker was made back<br />

in July, 2021. The then-YMCA’s challenges were<br />

well chronicled — lack of money and declining<br />

membership. A group fought to keep the Y open<br />

and Save Our Y became the interim name.<br />

Then things started to change. They left<br />

the YMCA fold and struck out on their own<br />

and now, two years later, they’re rebounding.<br />

The word I used and the word their new CEO<br />

Michelle Mitchell also used was that CoreSRQ “phoenixed.” So this<br />

month’s WCW will provide more info — of a positive nature — about<br />

that turnaround through my interview with Michelle who is now into<br />

her third month in charge.<br />

I read Michelle used to work at the Herald-Tribune<br />

so we talked about her transition<br />

from the for-profit to the not-for-profit world as<br />

well as sharing a few memories of the “good old<br />

days” of print media. I also shared that I have<br />

been a member of the then-called Y for longer<br />

than I’ve owned WCW — for almost 40 years.<br />

Back then, the Euclid branch was changing,<br />

too, from gender-segregated to co-ed and the tennis courts were always<br />

booked. So yes, I’m a bit biased, I want them to succeed, but not just for my<br />

convenience, but for the many ways CoreSRQ benefits the community.<br />

My old membership card<br />

The Bay and CoreSRQ<br />

I had the opportunity to tour the Bay project going on along Sarasota Bay<br />

and US 41. It’s quite amazing and no, it’s not a condo or anything to do<br />

with building unless of course you consider adding greenspace building.<br />

It’s more like building open and accessible<br />

space for all and for future generations.<br />

It’s a great partnership — exercise in the<br />

open air and the price is right: free. The Bay<br />

has a ways to go, but you can take classes<br />

and walk along paths they have created<br />

or go kayaking. More on the Bay in the fall<br />

when they complete Phase1.<br />

The Generosity Continues…<br />

Each month we easily receive a dozen releases or so about large donations<br />

going out to nonprofits. The Exchange, Barancik Foundation, Gulf<br />

Coast Community Foundation — to name a few. Collectively they’re<br />

keeping dozens of organizations afloat at the least, or in a stronger<br />

position to help more people who are suffering from the pandemic and<br />

economic stress.<br />

Just as important, but on a smaller scale, is the generosity of groups<br />

like the women at Sunnyside Village who raised money for Ukraine.<br />

In response to the invasion of Ukraine, Sunnyside Village residents<br />

wanted to be proactive to provide aid.<br />

Sunnyside Foundation helped the Villagers organize the Sunnyside<br />

Ukraine Relief Fund. Sunnyside Foundation Director of Development Allison<br />

Newhouse partnered with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to<br />

provide a safe place where 100% of residents’ donations would be used for<br />

emergency relief for the people impacted by the Ukraine invasion. MCC<br />

is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that has been serving in<br />

this capacity for over 100 years.<br />

The Villagers came together to raise $16,700 for the Sunnyside Ukraine<br />

Relief Fund. In response to receiving the Sunnyside fundraising, Laura<br />

Pauls-Thomas, Communications and Donor Relations Associate, reported,<br />

“In Ukraine, MCC partners are already at work on the ground,<br />

providing relief with food, medications, fuel, and other supplies. MCC is<br />

also developing a response that is a longer-term scale up of existing relief<br />

work. It will likely include psychosocial support and trauma healing,<br />

temporary emergency housing, emergency distributions of locally purchased<br />

emergency supplies such as blankets, and distribution of food<br />

packages.” More info at SunnysideVillage.org/. The Mennonite Central<br />

Committee’s home page is https://mcc.org/.<br />

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Coming up this Fall at WCW<br />

Fall? Well, that’s a misnomer. Extended summer is more like it before<br />

the heat breaks and the humidity lowers — aka winter. Here’s what we<br />

have coming up this extended summer:<br />

• September - Florida Travel Issue<br />

• October - Lifelong Learning Issue<br />

• October - Women’s Health Issue<br />

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We profiled Jenny Townsend in WCW<br />

back in 2021. Here’s an update via a press<br />

release we received, “The third time’s the<br />

charm for music school Music Compound,<br />

with the impending opening of a<br />

long-awaited location in Manatee County.<br />

‘Music Compound MAN’ (located at<br />

4740 SR64, just west of I-75 in the Braden<br />

River Business Park) will serve families<br />

and adults in Parrish, Lakewood Ranch<br />

and Bradenton.<br />

They’re launching an Introduction<br />

to Music Summer Camp for elementary-school-age<br />

students the last two weeks of July and then feature<br />

lessons for kids, including Kidz Rock and Modern Band programs. Available<br />

adult programs will include private and group lessons as well as jam<br />

sessions for those wanting to play music while meeting new people.<br />

Music Compound owner Jenny Townsend has been working on this<br />

new location for two years. She first hoped to open a Lakewood Ranch<br />

location in 2018, but that effort didn’t pan out. She then prepared to make<br />

the dream a reality in 2020 but, with the deal on a 10,000-square-foot<br />

space – which would have required a significant build-out – scheduled to<br />

close in March, the pandemic made such a huge investment too risky.<br />

The expansion comes as Music Compound’s SRQ (Cattlemen Road)<br />

location is fully booked. Music Compound SRQ started with six studios<br />

and now, even with the addition of “lots of walls” and growth to 13 studios,<br />

programming is still at capacity.<br />

“We have clients who have been asking for us to consider a location<br />

in Manatee County for quite some time,” Townsend says. “We have students<br />

who have been commuting for years from Parrish and Lakewood<br />

Ranch. And even with the addition of new studios at SRQ, we can’t keep<br />

up with demand!”<br />

Congratulations and the hard work has paid off, Jenny! For information,<br />

visit musiccompound.com or call 941-379-9100.<br />

Music Compound owner Jenny Townsend at the<br />

music school’s new Manatee County location<br />

Louise Bruderle | Editor and Publisher |<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

We welcome your thoughts and comments on this column and on other columns and features in this issue.<br />

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Special Events<br />

AJC has its Lunch & Learn series<br />

that brings world-renowned speakers,<br />

including national and global<br />

AJC leaders, to Sarasota to inform and<br />

inspire. Here’s what’s coming up:<br />

• Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC Director,<br />

Interreligious and Intergroup Relations<br />

on Tuesday, July 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30<br />

p.m. at Michael’s on East, Sarasota.<br />

Cost: $39 and includes luncheon.<br />

He’ll speak on The Many Voices of<br />

Christianity on Israel: Not One Size<br />

Fits All. Christians worldwide, and<br />

especially in the U.S., are not of one<br />

mind regarding support for Israel<br />

and diverse approaches for different<br />

denominations are needed<br />

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St. Armands Circle’s Sunset Yoga<br />

is is on the inner circle, and will<br />

run through the end of September.<br />

Yoga enthusiasts can relax, stretch,<br />

and gaze at a sunset while enjoying<br />

a nice workout. Attendees should<br />

bring their own yoga mat and block.<br />

https://www.ajc.org/westcoastflorida<br />

The class will be led by Liana Sheintal<br />

Bryant. Breathe: A Sunset Yoga<br />

Series will be held on July 24, August<br />

28, and September 25 from 5 to 6 p.m.<br />

and is free for the public. For directions,<br />

more information, and to RSVP,<br />

visit the Facebook event page, https://<br />

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Suncoast Summer Fest runs to<br />

June 24-July 10. The second annual<br />

festival features a variety of events<br />

including 4th of July bayfront fireworks<br />

in downtown Sarasota, a<br />

“Waves & Wheels” summer party,<br />

“Blast On The Bay” boat fun run and<br />

more. All proceeds benefit Suncoast<br />

Charities for Children. Info: suncoastsummerfest.org.<br />

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At The Bishop<br />

On exhibit: Illumination: Seeing<br />

Beyond the Shell. A shell can be<br />

many things: a mollusk’s protection<br />

against a predator, a piece of jewelry,<br />

a makeshift spoon—it can even be a<br />

calcium supplement or an alternative<br />

to limestone mining to help fight<br />

climate change. But what happens<br />

when you take a closer look?<br />

With Illumination: Seeing Beyond<br />

the Shell, The Bishop continues the<br />

celebration of its 75th Anniversary<br />

Year of Light with the photography<br />

of Scott Odell who is not only a local<br />

photographer, but also a member of<br />

the Museum’s Staff.<br />

This exhibition of macro photography<br />

literally takes a closer look at the<br />

shells in The Bishop’s permanent collection,<br />

showing what happens when<br />

you take an object and view it in a<br />

completely different way.<br />

These images are the fortuitous<br />

result of the Museum’s temporary<br />

closure during the Covid-19 pandemic.<br />

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with the idea of having an online<br />

exhibition where visitors to The Bishop’s<br />

website could continue to view<br />

items from the permanent collection<br />

The Bishop Museum of Science<br />

and Nature, 201 10th St. West,<br />

Bradenton. www.BishopScience.org.<br />

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UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County<br />

Lectures<br />

July 11—Wild Sarasota: Snakes<br />

of Florida (webinar). Snakes eat rats,<br />

mice and other undesirable pests,<br />

and occasionally visit our home landscapes.<br />

Learn which snakes you are<br />

most likely to see and how to identify<br />

venomous snakes.<br />

Register for this event only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com<br />

rather than<br />

any third party websites, as they are<br />

not affiliated with their classes and<br />

events. Instructor: Dr. Katherine Clements,<br />

ecology and natural resources<br />

educator, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota<br />

County.<br />

• July12 and 19— Disaster Preparedness<br />

(webinar). This class<br />

will offer tips and ways to prepare<br />

for unexpected disasters, such as<br />

hurricanes. Learn how to assemble<br />

an emergency supply kit and other<br />

ways to prepare for emergencies.<br />

Register for this event only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com<br />

rather than<br />

any third-party websites, as they are<br />

not affiliated with their classes and<br />

events. Instructor: Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo,<br />

UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County family and consumer<br />

sciences agent<br />

• July 13—Green Living: Tips to Live<br />

Sustainably This Summer (webinar).<br />

This class will introduce ideas in the<br />

categories of energy, water, waste,<br />

transportation and food, help you prioritize<br />

what will work best for you and<br />

connect you with resources available<br />

in the community to get you started.<br />

Register for this event only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com<br />

rather than any<br />

third party websites, as they’re not affiliated<br />

with their classes and events.<br />

• July 13—It’s a Buggy World: Identifying<br />

Insects in the landscape. Join<br />

in on a Zoom webinar for an engaging<br />

conversation on identifying backyard<br />

bugs, beneficial insects, and problem<br />

pests. Register at ufsarasotaext.<br />

eventbrite.com to save your seat and<br />

receive notice of any changes.<br />

Insects are pollinators, predators,<br />

decomposers, and detritivores. While<br />

most insects are ‘good bugs’, only 1<br />

percent are truly problematic pests<br />

that either cause us physical harm<br />

(ant bites, wasp sting) or do damage to<br />

the landscape. In this webinar, you’ll<br />

learn how to identify insects through<br />

their feeding behaviors as well as understand<br />

how using integrated pest<br />

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Sarasota Contemporary Dance is hosting a variety of dance intensives, workshops, and classes for students of all ages<br />

during its summer <strong>2022</strong> programming. SCD is offering Summer Intensives, its annual Summer Sampler workshop, Kids<br />

Camps, along with weekly class offerings—all happening at SCD’s Home Studio in the Rosemary District.<br />

management strategies can help support<br />

a healthy ecosystem.<br />

Instructor: Carol Wyatt-Evens,<br />

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County<br />

Chemicals in the Environment Agent.<br />

Register: https://www.eventbrite.<br />

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Season is Here<br />

Sea turtle nesting season takes<br />

place through Oct. 31 on Southwest<br />

Florida beaches. Mote Marine coordinates<br />

with county, state and federal<br />

efforts to conserve sea turtles — particularly<br />

loggerheads, since Sarasota<br />

County hosts the highest density of<br />

loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.<br />

Data show that nesting by loggerhead<br />

turtles declined and then rebounded<br />

in recent years, while green<br />

turtle nesting — although very low in<br />

numbers — has increased.<br />

On nesting beaches, light from<br />

waterfront properties can disorient<br />

nesting female turtles and their<br />

young, which emerge at night and<br />

use dim natural light to find the sea.<br />

Also, beach furniture, trash and other<br />

obstacles can impede sea turtles and<br />

their young. While Mote documents<br />

turtle nests, the best thing you can do<br />

to help is to refrain from using artificial<br />

light while on the beach.<br />

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Here are some “do and don’t” tips to<br />

keep beaches turtle-friendly:<br />

• DO stay away from sea turtle nests<br />

marked with yellow stakes and tape,<br />

and seabird nesting zones that are<br />

bounded by ropes.<br />

• DO remain quiet and observe from<br />

a distance if you encounter a nesting<br />

sea turtle or hatchlings.<br />

• DO shield or turn off outdoor lights<br />

that are visible on the beach from<br />

May through October.<br />

• DO close drapes after dark and<br />

stack beach furniture at the dune line<br />

or, ideally, remove it from the beach<br />

• DO fill in holes that may entrap<br />

hatchlings on their way to the water.<br />

• DON’T approach nesting turtles<br />

or hatchlings, make noise, or shine<br />

lights at turtles.<br />

• DON’T use flashlights, head lamps<br />

or fishing lamps on the beach.<br />

• DON’T encourage a turtle to move<br />

while nesting or pick up hatchlings<br />

that have emerged and are heading<br />

for the water.<br />

• DON’T use fireworks on the beach.<br />

• DON’T walk dogs on any Sarasota<br />

County beach other than Brohard<br />

Paw Park in Venice. There, dogs must<br />

be leashed or under voice control, according<br />

to county ordinances.<br />

Report stranded sea turtles and marine<br />

mammals. Mote Marine Laboratory’s<br />

Stranding Investigations Program<br />

responds 24 hours a day seven<br />

days a week to reports of sick, injured<br />

and dead marine mammals and sea<br />

turtles for animals in Sarasota and<br />

Manatee County waters. Live animals<br />

are brought back to Mote’s Dolphin<br />

and Whale Hospital or Sea Turtle Rehabilitation<br />

Hospital for treatment<br />

and the deceased animals undergo a<br />

detailed post-mortem examination so<br />

that we may learn more about the natural<br />

history of these animals and evaluate<br />

long-term trends in mortality.<br />

Within Sarasota or Manatee County<br />

waters, if you see a stranded or<br />

dead dolphin, whale or sea turtle,<br />

call Mote’s Stranding Investigations<br />

Program, a 24-hour response service,<br />

at 888-345-2335.<br />

If you see a stranded or dead manatee<br />

anywhere in state waters or a<br />

stranded or dead dolphin, whale or<br />

sea turtle outside of Sarasota or Manatee<br />

counties, call the FWC Wildlife<br />

Alert hotline at 1-(888) 404-3922.<br />

Sarasota Film<br />

Festival Camps<br />

Registration is open for summer<br />

<strong>2022</strong> film camps. Industry professionals<br />

with years of experience will<br />

teach the campers how to make short<br />

films and online videos, with completed<br />

projects screened every week for<br />

friends and family. Kids learn screenwriting,<br />

cinematography, directing,<br />

acting, editing, VFX and make great<br />

friendships while exercising their creativity.<br />

For campers aged 8-1.<br />

• July 11 - 15: Ultimate Movie Mashup.<br />

This camp is for everyone who<br />

loves creating in different genres.<br />

Whether you love comedy, fantasy,<br />

sci-hi, horror, buddy cop comedies,<br />

road movies, romances or anything<br />

in between, you will learn to combine<br />

genres in this fun and innovative<br />

film camp. Campers will learn<br />

how to make short mashup films,<br />

focusing on understanding genres,<br />

screenwriting, cinematography, VFX,<br />

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directing, and acting, and producing.<br />

Campers will learn how to use<br />

the necessary filming equipment,<br />

including cameras, lights and green<br />

screens, as well as how to edit in industry-standard<br />

Adobe Premiere.<br />

Learn film history by watching and<br />

analyzing clips from many great<br />

genre movies. They’ll showcase all<br />

the films created in a screening on<br />

the last day of camp.<br />

Camps are at Southgate Community<br />

Center, 3145 Southgate Cir,<br />

Sarasota. The camps will take place<br />

both inside as well as on the lovely<br />

grounds of the center.<br />

• July 20 - 24: Comedy. Love making<br />

people laugh? Campers will learn<br />

how to make short comedy films, focusing<br />

on screenwriting, cinematography,<br />

VFX, directing, and acting, and<br />

producing. Learn how to use the necessary<br />

filming equipment, including<br />

cameras, lights and green screens, as<br />

well as how to edit in industry-standard<br />

Adobe Premiere. Learn much<br />

film history, watching and analyzing<br />

clips from many great comedy movies.<br />

They’ll showcase all the films<br />

created in a screening on the last day<br />

of camp. Info: https://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/filmcamps/.<br />

Summer Art Camps<br />

Sarasota Contemporary Dance is<br />

hosting a variety of dance intensives,<br />

workshops, and classes for students<br />

of all ages during its summer programming.<br />

SCD is offering Summer<br />

Intensives, its annual Summer Sampler<br />

workshop, Kids Camps, along<br />

with weekly class offerings—all happening<br />

at SCD’s Home Studio in the<br />

Rosemary District.<br />

SCD’s week-long Summer Intensives<br />

in July offer students a variety of<br />

technique classes, including contemporary,<br />

jazz, afro-modern, and repertory<br />

classes where students will learn<br />

original choreography from past SCD<br />

works. Additionally, students have<br />

the opportunity to perform at the end<br />

of each Intensive week during the<br />

“In the Round” showcase, featuring<br />

original works by summer intensive<br />

Rising Choreographers.<br />

SCD’s Annual Kids Camp will take<br />

place July 25-29. The Little Groovers<br />

Camp (ages 5-8) explores new ways<br />

of moving through Contemporary,<br />

Hip Hop, Acro, Afro-Modern, Jazz<br />

and Creative Movement classes.<br />

Each day will also include a variety<br />

of games and crafts. Students taking<br />

the Intermediate Movers Camp (ages<br />

8 - 12) will learn actual works from<br />

SCD’s performance repertoire. Daily<br />

classes include Contemporary, Hip<br />

Hop, Afro-Modern Jazz, and Acro.<br />

SCD Summer Intensive offerings:<br />

• SCD July Intensive July 16-22.<br />

Teaching Artists: Melissa Cobblah<br />

Gutierrez and Sea Lee. Register:<br />

https://www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org/summer-intensive<br />

• SCD Kids Camp July 25-29. Little<br />

Grovers (Ages 5-8): 9am-1pm.<br />

Intermediate Movers (Ages 8-12):<br />

9am-2pm. Register: https://www.<br />

sarasotacontemporarydance.org/<br />

kids-summer-program<br />

SCD Summer Classes Schedule:<br />

• SCD will continue to host weekly<br />

classes during the summer. Check<br />

the schedule at https://www.sarasota<br />

contemporarydance.org/classes.<br />

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Art Center Sarasota offers Summer<br />

Art Camp through August 5.<br />

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out and about continued<br />

their creativity, learn about art, and<br />

make original masterpieces that will<br />

be “exhibited” on Friday afternoons<br />

for friends and family. Instructors<br />

provide age appropriate activities<br />

for campers in two groups: Creative<br />

Kids for ages 6-10 and Emerging Artists<br />

for ages 11-15.<br />

Camp runs M-F, 9:30am-3pm.<br />

Before and after care available.<br />

Info: https://www.artsarasota.org/<br />

summer-camp.<br />

ArtCenter Manatee offers sprouting<br />

artists, ages 4 to 6, an opportunity<br />

to express their creativity. In Marvelous<br />

Mondays, children ages 6-10 will<br />

make drawings, paintings and prints.<br />

In Thrilling Thursdays children will<br />

have fun playing in clay. If they want<br />

more, this age group can attend oneweek<br />

KidsArt Camps from 9-3 Monday<br />

through Friday.<br />

Every week has a different theme,<br />

from animals and aliens to artists<br />

and super heroes. Emerging Artists,<br />

ages 11-15, are challenged in<br />

weekly half-day camps where they<br />

can make clay sculptures and learn<br />

on the potter’s wheel, learn mosaics,<br />

painting, drawing, fiber, collage and<br />

more. Scholarships available. Location:<br />

209 9th St., West, Bradenton.<br />

Info: / 941-746-2862 / https://artcentermanatee.org/kidsart-overview/<br />

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At Mote Marine<br />

Mote Aquarium has an exhibit<br />

from National Geographic. SHARKS:<br />

On Assignment with Brian Skerry<br />

includes large-scale images that<br />

highlight the work of National Geographic<br />

Explorer and award-winning<br />

photojournalist, Brian Skerry.<br />

The exhibit runs through Aug. 7,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>. The exhibition strives to raise<br />

awareness about the status of sharks<br />

around the world. Visitors can dive<br />

into the ocean depths to swim alongside<br />

tiger sharks, great whites, oceanic<br />

whitetips and shortfin makos while<br />

learning about each species’ habitat<br />

and threats they face. Additionally,<br />

they’ll get a glimpse into National Geographic’s<br />

ocean conservation efforts.<br />

National Geographic Explorer and<br />

award-winning photojournalist Skerry<br />

has spent more than 10,000 hours<br />

underwater exploring the world’s<br />

oceans with a camera to show why<br />

sharks need to be protected and appreciated<br />

as integral species within<br />

the ecosystem. The exhibition will<br />

include large-scale images and videos—all<br />

highlighting Skerry’s passion,<br />

skill and life-long commitment<br />

to conservation of the world’s oceans.<br />

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■ Join Mote for some fun outdoor<br />

exploration. Participants will use<br />

dip nets to explore the nearshore seagrass<br />

beds and learn about the plants<br />

and animals that call the Bay home.<br />

All ages. Fee: $15. Held 11:30 a.m.-<br />

12:30 p.m. Next date: June 18.<br />

Pre-registration (including parents/<br />

guardians) is required. This is an outdoor<br />

program and participants will<br />

wade in water up to waist deep. Details<br />

here: https://mote.org/experiences/details/kayaking-with-mote<br />

■ Seashore SEAfari allows you to<br />

explore a mangrove forest. Put on<br />

your adventure hat and come along<br />

as you tour a mangrove boardwalk,<br />

use science tools to test water quality<br />

and complete a seashore scavenger<br />

hunt with one of the best views in<br />

Sarasota. All ages. Fee: $15. Held 10<br />

a.m.-11a.m.<br />

June 18. re-registration<br />

(including<br />

parents/<br />

guardians) is<br />

required. This<br />

is an outdoor<br />

program (not<br />

water-based)<br />

that involves<br />

walking. Details<br />

here: https://<br />

mote.org/<br />

experiences/<br />

details/kayaking-with-mote.<br />

Elling<br />

Eide<br />

Center<br />

Arboretum<br />

Tours<br />

and<br />

Lectures<br />

Join docent Norman Burr on a<br />

90-minute trek through their historic<br />

grounds. Walk through the arboretum<br />

and learn about rare, interesting,<br />

and exotic plants. Norman will discuss<br />

the geologic history of Florida<br />

and how plant life evolved. He will<br />

also share the history of the inhabitants<br />

of the Elling Eide Center from<br />

pre-history to today.<br />

Then, venture inside and see Elling<br />

Eide’s personal collection of Asian<br />

art and artifacts. Arboretum Tours<br />

are held every Tuesday/Thursday<br />

of every week. Register at www.ellingoeide.org<br />

for the Arboretum Tour<br />

and their other events. Elling Eide<br />

Center, 8000 South Tamiami Trail,<br />

Sarasota. Admission: $5. Tour is 2<br />

hours with 60 minutes of the tour is<br />

outside and 30 minutes of the tour is<br />

of the inside of the Eide Center.<br />

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Lots of Fun<br />

Outdoor Events<br />

The Palm Avenue First Friday<br />

Walks in downtown Sarasota gives<br />

art lovers a backdoor peek without<br />

the hustle and bustle of the crowds<br />

but with the cool breeze and moonlight<br />

sky the evening brings. The<br />

event is held the first Friday of every<br />

month, running 6-9 p.m. The next<br />

ones are on July 1 and August 5. Info:<br />

https://palmave.com/<br />

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Start your Saturday with a sunrise<br />

stretch at The Sarasota Farmers<br />

Market. They’ve partnered with<br />

Pineapple Yoga Studio to bring free,<br />

weekly sunrise yoga to downtown<br />

Sarasota. Participants meet at the<br />

Mermaid Fountain in Paul Thorpe<br />

Park, near the Intersection of Pineapple<br />

and Lemon Avenues. Enjoy Artful<br />

Movement with Bianca, a 45-minute<br />

guided practice accompanied by a<br />

playlist to match the intention.<br />

Starting at 7 a.m., participants<br />

will enjoy a gentle yoga flow suitable<br />

for all ages and levels. The weekly<br />

45-minute yoga practice will focus<br />

on movements that foster inner and<br />

outer balance.<br />

For information, call 941-225-9256 or<br />

visit sarasotafarmersmarket.org/yoga<br />

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At The Ringling: The world is just so small, now: Works on paper from The<br />

Ringling’s Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.<br />

Friday Fest is BACK! The Van<br />

Wezel Friday Fest events are an outdoor<br />

concert series that provides the<br />

community with free events to September,<br />

showcasing the best of local<br />

bands from Sarasota and Bradenton.<br />

Friday Fest brings together a wide<br />

variety of talented artists along with<br />

food trucks and drink stations on the<br />

Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful<br />

Sarasota Bayfront.<br />

Our Friday Fest lineup includes:<br />

• Kettle of Fish - July 15<br />

• Big Night Out - August 12<br />

• Jah Movement - September 16<br />

Info: https://www.vanwezel.org/<br />

boxoffice/friday-fest-<strong>2022</strong>/<br />

Marie Selby<br />

Botanical Gardens<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

is one of 12 participating gardens<br />

across 6 countries offering “Seeing<br />

the Invisible” which features works<br />

by more than a dozen international<br />

artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik<br />

Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE,<br />

Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau,<br />

Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz,<br />

and Timur Si-Qin—including several<br />

artists’ first work in AR.<br />

Visitors will engage with “Seeing<br />

the Invisible” via an app designed<br />

for the exhibition downloadable to<br />

smartphones and tablets. The exhibition<br />

fosters collaboration between<br />

institutions, artists, and audiences,<br />

highlighting the power of art to connect<br />

people around the world. “Seeing<br />

the Invisible” runs to August 31<br />

at the Historic Spanish Point campus.<br />

Information: www.selby.org.<br />

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Art Exhibits<br />

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Sarasota Art Museum has Daniel<br />

Lind-Ramos’ Las Tres Marías runs<br />

through August 7, <strong>2022</strong>. Las Tres<br />

Marías is comprised of two new<br />

assemblage sculptures created<br />

specifically by Lind-Ramos for<br />

the Museum’s exhibition, Baño de<br />

María and María Guabancex, in<br />

addition to his previously-made<br />

work, María de los Sustentos.<br />

Lind-Ramos creates assemblages<br />

from found and reclaimed objects,<br />

many of which were collected in<br />

the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.<br />

Through the combination of natural<br />

and manufactured materials,<br />

Lind-Ramos’ sculptural assemblages<br />

recall the<br />

experiential<br />

elements of the<br />

hurricane—<br />

wind, rain,<br />

thunder, and<br />

lightning—as<br />

well as cultural<br />

signifiers of<br />

Puerto Rico,<br />

specifically, the<br />

city of Loíza,<br />

where the artist<br />

was born and<br />

still resides.<br />

Sarasota Art<br />

Museum also<br />

presents I M(O)<br />

ther: Threads<br />

of the Maternal<br />

Figure, the<br />

first U.S. solo<br />

museum exhibition<br />

of Jamaica-based<br />

textile<br />

and fiber<br />

artist Katrina<br />

Coombs, through October 2,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>. This exhibition will feature 12<br />

fiber artworks including large-scale<br />

installations and intimate sculptures<br />

that reference the artist’s personal<br />

experiences, as well as experiences of<br />

other maternal figures in her life.<br />

On view in the Museum’s John &<br />

Charlotte Suhler Gallery, I M(O)ther:<br />

Threads of the Maternal Figure illuminates<br />

the range of fiber arts techniques<br />

Coombs uses in her practice,<br />

including the laborious technique of<br />

finger-knitting the works with various<br />

fiber materials. Coombs’ works<br />

are inspired and guided by a quest to<br />

deepen the spiritual, emotional, and<br />

psychological understanding of the<br />

numerous conflicting roles that have<br />

been attributed to women in contemporary<br />

society.<br />

■ Sarasota Art Museum is at the<br />

Ringling College Museum Campus,<br />

1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

https://www.sarasotaartmuseum.<br />

org/visit/<br />

Next up at Art Uptown Gallery<br />

is “MOXIE by Rita Rust,” with watercolors<br />

by a longtime gallery artist.<br />

In a pivot from Rita’s usual subject<br />

matter, these “action portraits” serve<br />

to illuminate the capacity to find<br />

joy even in the darkest times. These<br />

paintings embody the exuberant<br />

spirit, determination and courage<br />

the girls in this series display —<br />

their “moxie.” MOXIE by Rita<br />

Rust runs through July 30.<br />

Art Uptown Gallery will be celebrating<br />

its 42nd summer with “Summer<br />

in the City,” an exhibit of new<br />

art by its 25 local artists.The mediums<br />

included are paintings, photography,<br />

sculpture, glass works, pottery and<br />

jewelry. Meet some of the artists on<br />

August 5 from 6-9 p.m. at the First<br />

Friday public reception at the gallery<br />

and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

The exhibit opens on July 30 and<br />

runs through August 19.<br />

■ Art Uptown Gallery is located at<br />

1367 Main Street, Sarasota. Also view<br />

art works by 28 local artists. Call 941-<br />

955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com.<br />

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Art Ovation Hotel has an ongoing<br />

series of art displays by six international<br />

artists and organizations<br />

that will run through September 6,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>. The six new exhibits include<br />

Tribute to Andrés Valerio; Ana<br />

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Albertina Delgado: The Human<br />

Mysteries and the Indifference of<br />

the Universe; Alexander Solotzew:<br />

Life in Colors; Peter Jacob Christ:<br />

Disappearing Signs of Life; and The<br />

Rainer Hildebrandt Collection:<br />

Original Painted Slabs from the<br />

Berlin Wall, as well as The Florida<br />

Watercolor Society (FWS)’s 2021-<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Traveling Exhibition.<br />

Visitors are invited to enjoy the<br />

works at their own leisure or can request<br />

a guided tour for a deeper understanding<br />

of the artists and their works.<br />

■ Located at 1255 North Palm<br />

Avenue, Sarasota.<br />

Art Center Sarasota has WCA<br />

“Faces and Places” exhibit which<br />

runs through August 6. The center<br />

received submissions from 173 artists<br />

from the Southeast region. Baril<br />

says the work had to be inspired by or<br />

reflect their surrounding community,<br />

including faces, places, landscapes,<br />

and societal experiences.<br />

“We were deeply impressed with the<br />

artistic quality of the submissions,”<br />

says Baril, adding that the center’s<br />

annual regional exhibit “gives area<br />

residents and visitors a chance to see<br />

outstanding works by area-based artists—as<br />

well as art by artists from outside<br />

our tri-county region. By staging<br />

this exhibition in the summer months,<br />

we’re able to create cultural opportunities<br />

for tourists and year-round residents<br />

during a time when there are<br />

less arts and cultural events happening<br />

in our area. Art Center Sarasota is<br />

part of #SafeArtsSarasota.<br />

■ Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota. For information,<br />

visit www.artsarasota.org or call<br />

941-365-2032.<br />

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At The Ringling<br />

On exhibit is “As long as there is<br />

sun, as long as there is light.” Selections<br />

from the Bring Gift and The<br />

Ringling Collection of Modern and<br />

Contemporary Art. The exhibition<br />

runs through Aug. 13, 2023, in the<br />

museum’s Searing Wing.<br />

Highlights include minimalist<br />

work by Anne Truitt and a monumental<br />

work on canvas by Gene<br />

Davis, both artists affiliated with<br />

the Washington Color School, an art<br />

movement during the 1950s to 1970s<br />

in Washington D.C., made up of abstract<br />

expressionist artists.<br />

Additional work represent a generation<br />

of prominent artists who<br />

work, or have worked, in abstraction,<br />

including Clement Meadmore, Jules<br />

Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Rebecca Salter,<br />

Kenneth Snelson, and Yuriko Yamaguchi,<br />

among others. Also on view<br />

are sculptures and paintings by African<br />

American and Latin American<br />

artists from The Ringling collection,<br />

including William Edmondson, Eduardo<br />

Mac Entyre, Omar Rayo, Baruj<br />

Salinas, and Joyce de Guatemala.<br />

The Ringling has Haitian-Canadian<br />

artist Rhodnie Désir for the world<br />

premiere of her first gallery installation,<br />

Rhodnie Désir: Conversations<br />

in the Ringling’s Monda Gallery. In<br />

her multidimensional choreographic<br />

career, dancer/choreographer Rhodnie<br />

Désir created BOW’T TRAIL, a<br />

choreographic-documentary journey<br />

in which she has conducted research<br />

throughout the Americas since 2015.<br />

Her work included visits to countries<br />

such as Martinique, Brazil, Haïti,<br />

Canada, Mexico, and the United<br />

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“<br />

Imiss the old me. I’m irritable,<br />

tired, lots of brain fog…. having<br />

trouble sleeping through the night…<br />

and forget about sex,” a patient told<br />

me as she sat in my office. She had<br />

recently moved to Sarasota and had been<br />

on hormones prescribed from another<br />

physician in her previous town for over a<br />

year. She was taking them faithfully, but<br />

still not feeling much better. She did say<br />

that at least her hot flashes and vaginal<br />

dryness had resolved… “I’m glad for<br />

that,” she said, “but I just want to feel like<br />

myself again. I used to have energy, focus,<br />

and a pretty good sex drive, but all that<br />

seems to have changed with menopause.”<br />

When I asked to see labs that were<br />

drawn prior to beginning hormone<br />

therapy, and then after, to see if they had<br />

balanced, I was surprised to hear that no<br />

hormone lab tests had been run. “My<br />

doctor just began me on an estrogen pill<br />

in the morning and a progesterone pill<br />

before bedtime. Later, we switched to an<br />

estrogen patch and kept the same pill<br />

at night,” she added, “but….” and she<br />

began to tear up.<br />

When a series of blood and salivary<br />

test results came back, we found her<br />

answers. Her cortisol levels were low all<br />

day long, relating to an adrenal fatigue<br />

problem. Her estrone levels were high,<br />

contributing to irritability and increasing<br />

a tendency toward Estrogen Dominance.<br />

Her testosterone levels were practically<br />

non-existent, explaining her brain<br />

fog and lack of libido. Blood tests also<br />

revealed a persistent low progesterone<br />

level, although she was faithfully taking<br />

her nighttime dose of progesterone.<br />

Through lab tests, we knew how to<br />

correct the problem. After a few weeks,<br />

she was sleeping through the night.<br />

Within two months, her irritability had<br />

calmed down. And within three months,<br />

her libido was back where she wanted it.<br />

While the only way to tell if you truly<br />

need hormone replacement therapy<br />

is through blood, saliva, and/or urine<br />

testing, there are some symptoms in<br />

both men and women that can provide<br />

clues as to whether or not you might<br />

be experiencing hormone imbalances.<br />

These include…<br />

j Fatigue<br />

j Brain fog<br />

j Low sex drive<br />

j Mood swings<br />

j Vaginal dryness<br />

j Erectile dysfunction<br />

j Depression/Anxiety<br />

j Trouble sleeping<br />

j Memory loss<br />

j Irritability<br />

j Weight gain<br />

j Hot flashes<br />

Most patients come to our practice<br />

because they are experiencing one or<br />

more of these symptoms. From there, we<br />

determine which tests are most appropriate<br />

to run. And, from there, we run these<br />

tests every 6 months to make sure they<br />

continue to stay on track.<br />

From the inception of The Renewal<br />

Point 20 years ago, one of our mottos<br />

has been “Test and Correct”. We continue<br />

to practice this today because of<br />

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out and about continued<br />

States to immerse herself within the<br />

African and afro descendant cultures<br />

and rhythms generated from<br />

the ingenuity of her ancestors since<br />

the Slave Trade.<br />

The Ringling also has Eleanor<br />

Merritt: Remembrance, running<br />

through Aug. 21. The exhibition celebrates<br />

the life and artwork of Merritt<br />

who was a volunteer at The Ringling<br />

for many years as a docent and board<br />

member. She also served as president<br />

of the Venice Art Center and was<br />

active in other arts organizations as<br />

well. Eleanor died in 2019 leaving a<br />

legacy of art and public service.<br />

This exhibition is dedicated to her<br />

spirit and creativity and represents a<br />

small sample of a significant body of<br />

work the artist created over her long career.<br />

The exhibition highlights her creative<br />

use of materials, movement between<br />

figuration and abstraction, and<br />

her commitment to women’s rights.<br />

Arriving in Sarasota in the 1980s,<br />

Eleanor exhibited widely in Florida.<br />

Her final exhibition in 2017 at the<br />

Arts & Cultural Alliance celebrated<br />

her 60 years of painting. In 2013, she<br />

received national recognition with<br />

an exhibition at the Houston Museum<br />

of African American Culture.<br />

And there’s Ballroom Florida:<br />

Deco & Desire in Japan’s Jazz Age<br />

on view to September 25. This exhibition<br />

celebrates a recent gift of<br />

six paintings from Mary and Robert<br />

Levenson by Enomoto Chikatoshi<br />

(1898–1973) and a photograph by Hamaya<br />

Hiroshi (1915–1999) depicting<br />

the women of the Florida and its chic<br />

décor. The exhibition is augmented<br />

with loans that elaborate on themes<br />

that define this group of artworks:<br />

Art Deco design, the exotic, and elegant<br />

pleasures.<br />

Metadata: Rethinking Photography<br />

from the 21st Century is on<br />

view until August 28. This exhibition<br />

explores new paradigms for understanding<br />

the ecology of the photographic<br />

image. The term “metadata”<br />

is used to describe the information<br />

that travels with a digital image file<br />

but is unseen within the image itself.<br />

The Ringling also has “The world is<br />

just so small, now: Works on paper<br />

from The Ringling’s Collection of<br />

Modern and Contemporary Art” on<br />

view through October 23.<br />

The exhibition’s title, The world is<br />

just so small, now, is borrowed from<br />

the first stanza of a poem by Brazilian<br />

artist Abraão Batista. Bringing<br />

together additional prints, watercolors,<br />

and drawings by artists working<br />

on paper, the exhibition highlights<br />

the medium as fundamental to the<br />

artists’ practice.<br />

Assembled from The Ringling’s<br />

collection of contemporary works<br />

on paper, most of the pieces are on<br />

display for the first time since their<br />

recent acquisition through purchase<br />

or donation. Shown along with these<br />

are several rarely seen lithographs,<br />

woodblocks, and a relief print on<br />

glass acquired between the early<br />

1960s and late 1990s.<br />

This exhibition is located in the<br />

Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery<br />

for Contemporary Art and features<br />

the work of Abel Barroso, Abraão Batista,<br />

Romare Bearden, Sandra Cinto,<br />

Francesco Clemente, Elisabeth<br />

Condon, Mary Beth Edelson, Leon<br />

Hicks, Corita Kent, Hung Liu, Jason<br />

Middlebrook, Ibrahim Miranda,<br />

Duke Riley, John Scott, David Alfaro<br />

Siqueiros, Cauleen Smith, Linda<br />

Stein, Howie Tsui, and<br />

William Villalongo<br />

The John and Mable<br />

Ringling Museum of<br />

Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.,<br />

Sarasota. Info: www.<br />

ringling.org.<br />

Theatre<br />

At Urbanite Theatre:<br />

ATHENA by Gracie<br />

Gardner; directed by<br />

Summer Wallace. Runs<br />

to July 10. Mary Wallace<br />

and Athena are brave<br />

young fencers training<br />

for the Junior Olympics.<br />

They practice together,<br />

they compete against<br />

each other, they spend<br />

their lives together.<br />

They just wish they were<br />

friends.<br />

Urbanite is located<br />

at 1487 2nd Street,<br />

Sarasota. Tickets: (941)<br />

321-1397 or visit https://<br />

www.urbanitetheatre.<br />

com/season.<br />

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Florida Studio Theatre<br />

(FST) has its Summer Cabaret<br />

Series.<br />

Here’s what’s on:<br />

• Rock & Roll Reignited With Not<br />

Fade Away, is a new, high-energy<br />

revue reinvigorating Rock & Roll<br />

classics with sizzle, showmanship,<br />

and style. Performed by Not Fade<br />

Away, a live, four-piece band fresh<br />

off their national tour, Rock & Roll<br />

Reignited features almost two dozen<br />

songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s, including<br />

“It’s So Easy,” “Johnny B. Goode,”<br />

and “A Little Less Conversation.”<br />

Playing in FST’s Court Cabaret.<br />

• Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny<br />

Cash. Cash was one of the most<br />

revered storytellers in American<br />

music. Now, his remarkable life<br />

story is told through his iconic songbook—from<br />

“I Walk the Line” and<br />

“Folsom Prison Blues” to “Country<br />

Boy” and “A Boy Named Sue.”<br />

• Maytag Virgin. A classic Southern<br />

love story. When the unflappable<br />

Jack Key moves in next door to the<br />

endearingly neurotic Lizzy Nash,<br />

sparks fly. Over time, neighborly<br />

nagging softens, and a deeper connection<br />

emerges between the two<br />

forty-something high school teachers.<br />

As the leaves turn yellow and<br />

the months march on, kept secrets<br />

shake loose and the pair find themselves<br />

facing the same question: how<br />

do you know when you’re ready to<br />

live, and love, again?<br />

• Smoke & Mirrors Begins August<br />

3. Hamilton Orr will stop at nothing<br />

to get what he wants. A top Hollywood<br />

director, Hamilton comes up<br />

with a deadly scheme to gain control<br />

over a multi-million-dollar film. He<br />

just needs to persuade the movie’s<br />

screenwriter, Clark, to get onboard.<br />

And make sure that Barbara, his<br />

wife, plays her part. When his plot<br />

doesn’t go as planned, Hamilton<br />

comes face-to-face with the wily<br />

local sheriff, Leroy. Smoke & Mirrors<br />

keeps the audience guessing<br />

(and laughing) until the end.<br />

• The Jersey Tenors - Part II begins<br />

July 19. Back with a new show, this<br />

opera/rock mash-up sensation<br />

blends iconic opera classics with<br />

Rock & Roll hits from artists like<br />

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Queen, Journey, and Elton John,<br />

along with the songs from Jersey’s<br />

finest—Frankie Valli and The Four<br />

Seasons and Bon Jovi. From Frank<br />

Sinatra to Figaro, hear The Tenors’<br />

original arrangements of songs celebrating<br />

artists from the stage to<br />

the screen, including “Walk Like<br />

A Man,” “Your Song,” “That’s Life,”<br />

“Eye of the Tiger,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,”<br />

and many more.<br />

• New York State of Mind: All the<br />

Hits of Billy Joel With the Uptown<br />

Boys. Begins August 9. With more<br />

than 40 years of cumulative work<br />

on some of Broadway’s biggest hits,<br />

The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich<br />

songbook as a way to share their stories<br />

of life, love, and trying to make<br />

it in New York City. Whether you’re<br />

a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue<br />

or just a casual listener, The Uptown<br />

Boys have something to satisfy<br />

everyone. Featuring such hits as<br />

“Only The Good Die Young,” “For the<br />

Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and<br />

many more you know and love.<br />

Florida Studio Theatre | 1241 N.<br />

Palm Avenue, Sarasota. (941) 366-<br />

9000 | FloridaStudioTheatre.org<br />

Farmer’s Markets<br />

The Sarasota Farmers Market<br />

is open on Saturdays with normal<br />

hours of 7 am-1 pm, rain or shine.<br />

http://www.sarasotafarmersmarket.<br />

org/ (941) 225-9256<br />

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Venice Farmers Market has more<br />

than 40 vendors on Saturdays, many<br />

based during the week in Venice,<br />

Englewood and other areas of Sarasota<br />

County. Held at Venice City Hall, 401<br />

W. Venice Avenue, Venice. Call (941)<br />

445-9209 or visit https://www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org/site/<br />

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The Newtown Farmer’s Market is<br />

open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday<br />

and Saturday. The market is located<br />

at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park,<br />

at the corner of Cocoanut Avenue and<br />

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.<br />

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The Farmers Market at Lakewood<br />

Ranch is now at Waterside Place. Their<br />

Farmers Market currently has about<br />

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Florida Studio Theatre (FST)<br />

has its Summer Cabaret Series.<br />

Rock & Roll Reignited With<br />

Not Fade Away, is a new, highenergy<br />

revue reinvigorating<br />

Rock & Roll classics with sizzle,<br />

showmanship, and style.<br />

60 vendors and went this<br />

past summer from a seasonal<br />

market to a yearround<br />

event.When the<br />

market transfers to Waterside<br />

Place, taking up<br />

space all along Lakefront<br />

Boulevard and Kingfisher<br />

Lake, more than 80 vendors<br />

will line the street.<br />

The Farmers Market will<br />

stick to a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br />

time slot on Sundays.<br />

At<br />

Benderson<br />

International Dragon<br />

Boat Federation 13th<br />

Club Crew World Championships<br />

is on July<br />

18-24. More about IDBF<br />

at https://www.dragonboat.sport/<br />

The Ronald A. Balducci<br />

Playground is open<br />

during regular park<br />

hours (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), but<br />

hour-long closures at 8<br />

a.m., noon and 4 p.m. allow<br />

crews to clean playground<br />

equipment.<br />

Only electric boat motors are authorized;<br />

gas motors must be raised<br />

to indicate they aren’t in use. (This is<br />

in accordance with Sarasota County<br />

ordinances.)<br />

Operating hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m.<br />

through Halloween, then 6 a.m.-6<br />

p.m. through March 30, and variances<br />

on closing time (such as for NBP’s July<br />

3 fireworks) are by permit. Follow the<br />

park at NathanBendersonPark.org.<br />

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Art Around<br />

the State<br />

Orlando Museum of Art<br />

has Jimm Roberts: Southernmost<br />

Art and Literary Portraits<br />

through July 17, <strong>2022</strong>. This exhibition<br />

presents a selection of portrait<br />

photographs of 50 internationally<br />

renowned artists and writers who<br />

were living in Florida during the last<br />

decades of the 20th century.<br />

This extraordinary archive was created<br />

by Orlando-based photographer<br />

Jimm Roberts who embarked on a 20-<br />

year mission to interview these exceptional<br />

individuals and document<br />

them in their studios and working<br />

environments. The project provides<br />

new insight into their artistic practices<br />

and personalities, while also<br />

recognizing an important chapter in<br />

Florida’s cultural history.<br />

Current Exhibitions:<br />

• Connoisseurship & Collecting:<br />

Masterworks of European Painting<br />

from the Muscarelle Museum of<br />

Art at The College of William & Mary<br />

• Cathedrals of Florida: Masterworks<br />

by Clyde Butcher<br />

• Heroes & Monsters: Jean-Michel<br />

Basquiat, The Thaddeus Mumford,<br />

Jr. Venice Collection<br />

• Louis Dewis: An Artist’s Life in<br />

France<br />

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Florida CraftArt presents: What<br />

is a Book? Beyond Words: Celebrating<br />

Books as Art. The exhibit is<br />

a juried exhibition showcasing fine<br />

handcrafted work by 36 artists from<br />

Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. The<br />

diversity of contemporary books as<br />

art is highlighted by the 75 pieces on<br />

exhibit at Florida CraftArt.<br />

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“Each book represents a personal<br />

story, a reflection of cultural heritage<br />

or international sensibilities,” says<br />

Bartosek. There are thought-provoking<br />

pieces and conversation starters<br />

around social justice and state of the<br />

world issues. Some are pieces that<br />

stretch the imagination or relate personal<br />

joys and sorrow; others remind<br />

us of the beauty and wonder of the<br />

world around us and its peril. Others<br />

take the book structure beyond everyday<br />

expectations, challenging our<br />

preconceptions of what a book is and<br />

can be.” Beyond Words: Celebrating<br />

Books as Art, runs through July 30.<br />

Showing in the exhibit are artists<br />

Kathy Arrowood Oates, Kingsport,<br />

Tenn., Robert Barancik, St.<br />

Petersburg, Fla., Barbara Beyhl, St.<br />

Petersburg, Fla., Kim Borowy, Tequesta,<br />

Fla., Harry Bower, Dunedin,<br />

Fla., Karen Brown, Tampa, Fla., Bonnie<br />

Bruner, Lake Worth, Fla., Lisa Co,<br />

Gainesville, Fla., June Colburn, Largo,<br />

Fla., Mary Correa, Lakeland, Fla.,<br />

Neverne Covington, St. Petersburg,<br />

Fla., Liliana Crespi, Port St. Lucie,<br />

Fla., Rima Day, Thompsons Station,<br />

Tenn., Christine Di Staola, Clearwater,<br />

Fla., Lauren Dykes, Tampa, Fla.,<br />

Helen Ensign, East Point, Ga., Melissa<br />

Fair and Emily Hashagen, Tampa,<br />

Fla., Judy Flescher, Palm Beach Gardens,<br />

Fla., Eric Folsom, Gulfport, Fla.,<br />

Kristina Gintautiene, Holiday, Fla.,<br />

Carla Golembe, Delray Beach, Fla.,<br />

Mary Grieco, St. Petersburg, Fla.,<br />

Kally Harvard, St. Petersburg, Fla.,<br />

Andrea Huffman, Sunrise, Fla., Kianga<br />

Jinaki, Riviera Beach, Fla., Jack<br />

King, Tampa, Fla., Ryan Lutz, Cape<br />

Coral, Fla., Elizabeth Neily, Gulfport,<br />

Fla., Polly Perkins, St. Petersburg,<br />

Fla., Rose Marie Prins, St. Petersburg,<br />

Fla., Stephen Sidelinger, Venice, Fla.,<br />

Rebecca Skelton, St. Petersburg, Fla.,<br />

Shelly Steck-Reale, St. Petersburg,<br />

Fla., Jacob Wan, Orlando, Fla., and<br />

Kathy Wood, Port Charlotte, Fla.<br />

Florida CraftArt is located at 501<br />

Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. For<br />

more information, visit www.Florida-<br />

CraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391.<br />

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feature<br />



The Bay and Core SRQ -<br />

a healthy partnership<br />

Free fitness classes<br />

are being offered at the park<br />

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o go along with our profile of<br />

Michelle Mitchell of CoreSRQ,<br />

here’s information on their<br />

fitness offerings at The Bay.<br />

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), in<br />

partnership with CoreSRQ, now offers park<br />

visitors a series of free, outdoor health and<br />

wellness classes taught by CoreSRQ’s certified<br />

trainers at The Bay Park.<br />

Classes take place every weekday<br />

morning at The Bay, Monday through<br />

Thursday, and include a variety of offerings<br />

for all ages and experience levels. All<br />

programs are open and accessible, free<br />

and welcoming to all.<br />

The new partnership brings CoreSRQ’s<br />

fitness, health, and wellness programs to<br />

The Bay’s community of park goers, with<br />

the overall objective of encouraging the<br />

entire community to enjoy a healthier<br />

and happier quality of life.<br />

The 45-minute classes start at 8 a.m.<br />

on The Bay’s Civic Green (801 N. Tamiami<br />

Trail Sarasota) and include:<br />

• Bootcamp at The Bay: A workout<br />

targeted at building muscle, reducing<br />

body fat, and increasing cardiovascular<br />

fitness using body weight exercises.<br />

Classes are offered every Monday.<br />

• Fit Kids at The Bay: An active and<br />

fun workout for kids ages 6-13 incorporating<br />

basic aerobic exercises and physical<br />

activities to get their hearts pumping and<br />

interests engaged while also having fun.<br />

Classes are on every Tuesday.<br />

• Tai Chi at The Bay: A low impact<br />

class safe for all ages and fitness levels using<br />

an ancient form of Chinese exercise<br />

consisting of slow, beautiful, and relaxed<br />

movements. Find your zen and get moving<br />

with this low impact class putting<br />

minimal stress on muscles and joints,<br />

making it safe for all ages and fitness<br />

levels. Offered Wednesdays.<br />

• Moving Moms at The Bay:<br />

A prenatal, pregnancy, or postpartum<br />

workout that teaches how to prevent<br />

pregnancy injuries and rehabilitate the<br />

body back to balance. Moving Moms is a<br />

45-minute, outdoor prenatal / pregnancy<br />

/postpartum workout for any fitness level.<br />

Workout with a professional prenatal<br />

fitness training and a mama and get nutritional<br />

advice to help keep mama and<br />

baby healthy. Offered Tuesdays.<br />

Register at www.thebaysarasota.org/<br />

calendar/<br />

• What is The Bay:<br />

The Bay Park project is an initiative led by<br />

The Bay Park Conservancy. The approved<br />

Bay Park master plan will conserve 53<br />

acres of city-owned land and create an<br />

iconic public park along Sarasota Bay.<br />

The park will cost about $100-150 million<br />

and will take between 10-15 years, over<br />

5 or more phases, to complete. Phase 1 will<br />

include a restored coastal wetlands and<br />

Mangrove Bayou Walkway, open lawns,<br />

and a sunset boardwalk over the bay,<br />

among other environmental and conservation<br />

efforts to make a space that is open,<br />

accessible, free, and welcoming to all.<br />

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC) now<br />

has a community partnership with Ride<br />

& Paddle to provide park visitors with<br />

weekly kayak and paddle board rentals at<br />

The Bay Park.<br />

The program brings Ride & Paddle’s<br />

ACA-accredited kayak instructors and<br />

naturalists to The Bay, providing the<br />

community with a new way to explore<br />

the flora and fauna of Sarasota’s coastal<br />

ecosystems. Offered every Thursday from<br />

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br />

Ride & Paddle will be located on-site,<br />

equipped with a number of kayak and<br />

paddleboard rentals. In addition, Ride &<br />

Paddle offers free guided tours through<br />

The Bay Park every Thursday from 8 a.m.<br />

to 10 a.m.<br />

Rentals and tours launch from The Bay<br />

Park’s newly added ADA-accessible kayak<br />

and paddle launch, located at the southeast<br />

edge of the bayou. The two-hour,<br />

intermediate-level tour circles through<br />

The Bay’s restored mangroves and to the<br />

north and south of the park, allowing<br />

paddlers to explore Sarasota Bay and<br />

learn more about The Bay Park from Ride<br />

& Paddle’s experienced guides.<br />

Tours and rentals are recommended<br />

for children 12 years and older. Due to a<br />

high volume of interest, pre-registration<br />

is encouraged for rentals and tours.<br />

• Parking: If you’re coming to visit The<br />

Bay, use the main park entrance at the<br />

10th Street roundabout. There is plenty<br />

of parking available in the Van Wezel and<br />

Arts and Culture District parking lots<br />

RSVP online: https://<br />

www.thebaysarasota.org/calendar<br />

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Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD, Shallow Breathing<br />

Digestive and Constipation Issues<br />

Leaky gut and Autoimmune problems<br />

Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Depression<br />

Concussions, Brain and Spinal Cord Health<br />

Mobility and Energy Issues for Seniors<br />

T. Grywinski specializes in difficult issues with great success<br />

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gave me little relief. Terry relieved my pain, after all these years!<br />

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arts news<br />

Editor’s Note:<br />

Here’s a new column WCW will<br />

publish periodically about local and<br />

regional arts news. We received<br />

so many news items over the past<br />

few months that we decided to<br />

include them here — in case you<br />

might have missed them!<br />

2<br />

Bishop Parker<br />

Foundation makes<br />

$<br />

1 million gift to<br />

ArtCenter Manatee<br />

ArtCenter Manatee has made a one million<br />

dollar gift to the Center’s building fund<br />

by the Bishop Parker Foundation. The<br />

Bishop Parker Foundation is committed to<br />

Adell Erozer, Executive Director of the Bishop<br />

Parker Foundation and Carla Nierman, Executive<br />

Director of ArtCenter Manatee<br />

supporting organizations and nonprofits in<br />

Manatee County that are working to build<br />

a better community.<br />

ArtCenter Manatee, founded in 1937,<br />

has received support from the Bishop<br />

and Parker Foundations for its children’s<br />

education programs for over 10 years. this<br />

lead gift that will advance the Center’s<br />

vision of building a new facility<br />

Edward E. and Lillian H. Bishop and Mary<br />

E. Parker dedicated their financial resources<br />

and love for the arts, education, science<br />

and animals for many years and their Foundation<br />

continues to carry out their mission.<br />

With this gift, and others, the ArtCenter<br />

plans to break ground in late <strong>2022</strong> on a<br />

new 28,000 SF facility which will be renamed<br />

the Herrig Center for the Arts.<br />

2<br />

The Hermitage Artist<br />

Retreat Announces<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Recipient of<br />

the Hermitage Major<br />

Theater Award<br />

The Hermitage Major Theater Award<br />

(HMTA) recognizes a playwright or theater<br />

artist with a commission of $35,000 to<br />

create an original work, in addition to providing<br />

a residency at the Hermitage and an<br />

inaugural workshop of the newly created<br />

play, anticipated for the fall of 2023 in<br />

Chicago, New York, or London.<br />

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“This award will alter the course of my<br />

life; it is a true game changer.”<br />

—Shariffa Ali,<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Hermitage Major Theater Award Winner<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Hermitage Major<br />

Theater Award (HMTA)<br />

Recipient Shariffa Ali<br />

(Photo Credit: Miguel Herrera)<br />

Andy Sandberg,<br />

Artistic<br />

Director and<br />

CEO of the<br />

Hermitage<br />

Artist Retreat,<br />

announced<br />

that accomplished<br />

theater<br />

artist and director<br />

Shariffa<br />

Ali has been<br />

selected as the<br />

<strong>2022</strong> recipient<br />

of the Hermitage<br />

Major<br />

Theater Award (HMTA).<br />

This national jury-selected prize, newly<br />

established by the Hermitage last<br />

year with support from the Kutya<br />

Major Foundation, offers one of the<br />

largest non-profit theater commissions<br />

in the country. Ali will receive<br />

a cash prize of $35,000, as well as<br />

a residency at the Hermitage and a<br />

developmental workshop in a major<br />

arts capital such as New York, Chicago,<br />

or London in the fall of 2023.<br />

Ali’s past theatrical productions<br />

as a director include Eclipsed, Detroit<br />

’67, Intimate Apparel, We Are<br />

Proud to Present, and the original<br />

musical We Were Everywhere. She<br />

has worked as an arts administrator<br />

at The Public Theater and The New<br />

Group, and she has taught at New<br />

York University, Brooklyn College,<br />

Yale University, and Princeton<br />

University. She is the second recipient<br />

of the HMTA, which was first<br />

awarded in 2021 to playwright and<br />

filmmaker Radha Blank.<br />

2<br />

Tampa Museum<br />

of Art Announces<br />

$<br />

25 Million Gift to<br />

Capital Campaign<br />

The Tampa Museum of Art received a<br />

donation from Dick Corbett towards their<br />

Centennial Renovation and Expansion.<br />

The historic $25 million lead gift towards<br />

the $100 million Centennial Campaign will<br />

Cornelia and Dick Corbett at the Tampa Museum of<br />

Art during Pavilion XXXIII in 2018<br />

Tampa Museum of Art expansion Centennial Renovation and Expansion rendering<br />

allow the Museum to expand exhibition,<br />

event, restaurant and retail spaces, as well<br />

as complete their brand new Education<br />

Center that serves 24,000 Hillsborough<br />

County school students annually.<br />

This gift from Dick Corbett makes history<br />

in Florida’s art community because it constitutes<br />

the single largest private donation<br />

ever made to a public art museum and art<br />

education center in Florida. Although there<br />

have been other large donations made to<br />

museums in Florida, those have been in<br />

the form of part cash-part collections of<br />

art. This donation is a stand-alone cash<br />

contribution to their capital campaign<br />

The donation will allow the Museum<br />

to grow their overall area from 69,000 to<br />

120,000 square feet and expand exhibition<br />

and collections space from 14,800 square<br />

feet to 43,000 square feet. It will also more<br />

than triple available event space, add<br />

public restaurant and retail store space in<br />

addition to the 10,000-square-foot Education<br />

Center<br />

Museum renovations are<br />

already underway and their<br />

expansion project is scheduled<br />

to break ground in the next eight<br />

to 10 months, according to<br />

Dianne Jacob, President of the<br />

Tampa Museum of Art Board of<br />

Trustees.<br />

Corbett has developed,<br />

financed, and constructed more<br />

than $1 billion in real estate<br />

ventures as chief executive<br />

officer and president of Concorde<br />

Companies, a Tampa-based real<br />

estate investment firm. His most<br />

achievement was conceiving, developing,<br />

and attracting funding<br />

for Tampa International<br />

Plaza and Bay Street<br />

shopping center adjacent to the<br />

Tampa International Airport.<br />

2<br />

Art Center<br />

Sarasota<br />

Announces<br />

“Faces and Places”<br />

Winners<br />

Christina Baril, exhibitions coordinator<br />

for Art Center Sarasota,<br />

announced the winners for its<br />

regional, juried exhibit, “Faces<br />

and Places.” Baril says the center<br />

received submissions from 173 artists<br />

from the Southeast region. Baril<br />

says the work had to inspired by or<br />

reflect their surrounding community,<br />

including faces, places, landscapes,<br />

and societal experiences. The juror for<br />

the exhibition was Amanda Cooper, chief<br />

curator at the Morean Arts Center in St.<br />

Petersburg.<br />

“We were deeply impressed with the artistic<br />

quality of the submissions,” says Baril,<br />

adding that the center’s annual regional<br />

exhibit, “…gives area residents and visitors<br />

a chance to see outstanding works by<br />

area-based artists—as well as art by artists<br />

from outside our tri-county region. By staging<br />

this exhibition in the summer months,<br />

we’re able to create cultural opportunities<br />

for tourists and year-round residents during<br />

a time when there are less arts and cultural<br />

events happening in our area.”<br />

“Faces and Places” Winners:<br />

• 1st Place: Karla Pirona for “Southgate”<br />

(<strong>2022</strong>)<br />

• 2nd Place: Li Volk for “Shane” (2021)<br />

• 3rd Place: David Fithian for “Quiet Pool”<br />

(2021).<br />

3rd Place: David Fithian for “Quiet Pool” (2021). Oil on<br />

canvas; 36 x 42 in.<br />

• Merit Award: Tony Reinemann for<br />

“Danger on a Sutton Place Terrace” (<strong>2022</strong>)<br />

• Merit Award: Gianna Santucci for<br />

“Bottoms Up!” (2021)<br />

• Honorable Mention: Brian Jones for<br />

“Pink” (2021)<br />

• Honorable Mention: Nika Zusin for<br />

“Home” (2020)<br />

• Honorable Mention: Tony Souza for<br />

“Federal Style Living Room c. 1800” (2021)<br />

• Honorable Mention: Alaina Pompa for<br />

“Sunday Float at Siesta” (<strong>2022</strong>)<br />

Art Center Sarasota is part of #SafeArts<br />

Sarasota. They’re located at Art Center<br />

Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

For information, visit www.artsarasota.org<br />

or call 941-365-2032. The exhibit runs<br />

through August 6.<br />

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5<br />

p.m.; Saturday: Noon-5 p.m.<br />


arts news continued<br />

The Legend of Bijan<br />

and Manijeh” will<br />

Premiere with Key<br />

Chorale in 2024<br />

Key Chorale will present the US premiere<br />

of “The Legend of Bijan and Manijeh” by<br />

Iranian composer Farhad Poupel for piano,<br />

choir, and orchestra with pianist Jeffrey<br />

Biegel in February, 2024. This evocative<br />

work is based<br />

on an ancient<br />

Persian love<br />

story taken<br />

from the<br />

Shahnameh<br />

(The Book of<br />

Kings), an epic<br />

poem by Persian<br />

poet Ferdowsi<br />

written<br />

between 977<br />

and 1010 CE.<br />

The friendship<br />

between<br />

Composer Farhad Poupel<br />

artistic director<br />

Joseph Caulkins<br />

and pianist Jeffrey Biegel led to this opportunity<br />

for Key Chorale. They have done<br />

numerous projects together, including one<br />

memorable performance of Beethoven’s<br />

“Choral Fantasy” in 2018 with the Chorale.<br />

“In addition to the traditional repertoire<br />

for piano, I have enjoyed exploring the<br />

many possibilities to continue adding to the<br />

repertoire by way of commissioning composers<br />

to write new music for piano and<br />

orchestra, as well as adding chorus,” says<br />

pianist Jeffrey Biegel. “This project with Farhad<br />

Poupel is the first time I have created a<br />

project with a composer outside of the US.<br />

His music speaks a language of harmonies<br />

and melodies reflecting his heritage, which<br />

is precisely what I had proposed.”<br />

“Key Chorale is thrilled to present the US<br />

premiere of this evocative and magisterial<br />

setting of this ancient Persian love story,”<br />

says Maestro Caulkins. “Poupel’s music is<br />

full of deep, rich orchestral colors with an<br />

incredible sensitivity to how the voices and<br />

piano interact with the orchestra. What a rare<br />

opportunity to present a Persian story written<br />

by an Iranian composer here in Sarasota.”<br />

• For more information about Poupel,<br />

visit http://www.farhadpoupel.com<br />

• For more information about Biegel,<br />

visit: http://www.jeffreybiegel.com<br />

• For more information about Key Chorale<br />

and Maestro Caulkins, visit https://<br />

keychorale.org.<br />

2<br />

Hermitage <strong>2022</strong> STARs<br />

Announced;<br />

Showcase on July 15<br />

Five distinguished Florida public school arts<br />

teachers have been selected as the winners<br />

of the <strong>2022</strong> State Teachers Artist Residency<br />

program (STARs) – now in its twelfth<br />

year – presented by the Hermitage Artist<br />

Retreat in partnership with the Florida Alliance<br />

for Arts Education (FAAE).<br />

This year’s recipients were selected<br />

from dozens of applicants, and the five<br />

teachers selected from across the State<br />

of Florida include three visual arts educators,<br />

a band leader and music theory<br />

teacher, and a dance instructor.<br />

The five will receive a residency at the<br />

Aerial View of an Outdoor Program on the Hermitage Beach (Provided by the Hermitage<br />

Artist Retreat)<br />

Hermitage Artist Retreat, where they can focus<br />

on their own work and craft as creative<br />

artists. These five teaching artists will present<br />

a hands-on, family-friendly showcase of<br />

their work on Friday, July 15 at 2pm. This<br />

special event will be held outdoors at the<br />

Hermitage’s beachfront campus on Manasota<br />

Key; entrance at 6660 Manasota Key<br />

Road, Englewood. The program is presented<br />

in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of<br />

Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.<br />

The program is free and open to the<br />

public with a $5/person registration fee.<br />

Due to capacity limitations and safety<br />

protocols, registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

2<br />

Suncoast Black<br />

Arts Collaborative<br />

Receives Grant<br />

(Left to right): Dr. Caryl J. Sheffield, president, Masala<br />

Giving Circle; Michele D. Redwine, executive director,<br />

Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative; Dr. Francine Brown,<br />

board secretary, Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative.<br />

Michéle Des Verney Redwine, the founder<br />

of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative<br />

(SBAC), announced that the nonprofit<br />

was recently awarded a $10,000 grant<br />

from the Masala Giving Circle for its “Art<br />

in Black” initiative.<br />

According to Redwine, the program was<br />

created to help students of color at Booker<br />

Middle and High schools explore their creative<br />

talents. The program features artist<br />

visits to the schools and exhibitions of the<br />

students’ works.<br />

According to Redwine, “‘Art in Black’ was<br />

created to spread this level of interest, advocacy,<br />

and education to the next generation<br />

in our public school systems. Due to the<br />

Masala Giving Circle’s belief in our work, we<br />

will continue to build a stronger community<br />

of students of color to engage in the arts<br />

and demonstrate their creative talents.”<br />

Masala Giving Circle’s mission is to<br />

promote economic and personal empowerment<br />

through financial support for programs<br />

and initiatives that benefit African<br />

American/Black communities in Sarasota<br />

and Manatee counties. For more information,<br />

visit www.masalagivingcircle.org.<br />

For more information about the Suncoast<br />

Black Arts Collaborative, visit www.<br />

suncoastblackartscollaborative.org.<br />

2<br />

Hermitage to Expand<br />

Core Team<br />

Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy<br />

Sandberg announced that the Hermitage<br />

is adding new staff positions and growing<br />

its core team once again, with support from<br />

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.<br />

The Hermitage is the only major arts organization<br />

in the Gulf Coast region exclusively<br />

committed to supporting the development<br />

and creation of new work across all artistic<br />

disciplines. Since the start of the pandemic,<br />

the Hermitage has offered more than 100<br />

live outdoor artist programs, free and accessible<br />

to the members of our community.<br />

Over the past two seasons, the Hermitage<br />

has expanded its community programming<br />

while adding new positions to keep<br />

pace with the<br />

growth of the institution.<br />

A recent<br />

$300,000 capacity-building<br />

grant<br />

from Barancik<br />

Foundation is<br />

designed to help<br />

support these<br />

efforts, including<br />

the Hermitage’s<br />

Artistic Director and<br />

Chief Executive Offi-<br />

growing community<br />

outreach and<br />

education initia-<br />

cer Andy Sandberg<br />

tives, enhancing this prestigious national<br />

organization’s support for its artists, and<br />

broadening the organization’s reach and<br />

impact in schools and underserved<br />

communities.<br />

Artistic Director and CEO Andy<br />

Sandberg took the helm at the<br />

Hermitage in January of 2020.<br />

Over the past two seasons, he<br />

has been joined by Development<br />

Director Amy Wallace, Operations<br />

Director Elizabeth Power, Programs<br />

Manager James Monaghan,<br />

Executive Assistant/Residency<br />

Coordinator Sydney Ladendecker,<br />

and Grants Coordinator Whitney<br />

Stone. The organization aims to<br />

have 11 full-time employees by<br />

the end of the year.<br />

For information or to register for<br />

upcoming community programs,<br />

visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

2<br />

Perlman Music<br />

Program Suncoast<br />

Receives $10,000<br />

Grant<br />

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast<br />

(Perlman Suncoast) was awarded a<br />

grant in the amount of $10,000 by The<br />

Exchange at a ceremony held in June.<br />

These funds will help support outreach<br />

programs presented by Perlman Suncoast<br />

throughout the <strong>2022</strong>-2023 Season: PMP<br />

Alumni: In Schools, PMP Alumni: Around<br />

Town, Super Strings and the annual Celebration<br />

Concert.<br />

Each year, Perlman Suncoast presents<br />

education outreach programs in Sarasota<br />

and Manatee counties featuring graduates<br />

of The Perlman Music Program (PMP). PMP<br />

Alumni: In Schools brings alumni into<br />

elementary, middle and high schools, as<br />

well as special education schools and<br />

after-school programs, to educate and<br />

interact with students and teachers.<br />

PMP Alumni: Around Town offers lowcost<br />

performances and events in collaboration<br />

with local community venues and<br />

organizations. Super Strings provides<br />

young string musicians, ages 8-18, from<br />

across the state of Florida the opportunity<br />

to perform with the PMP String Orchestra<br />

during the PMP Winter Residency, under<br />

the baton of Itzhak Perlman. The annual<br />

Celebration Concert is the culmination<br />

of the PMP Winter Residency, and<br />

features, in concert, the PMP Chorus led<br />

by Chorus Master Patrick Romano, and<br />

the PMP String Orchestra conducted by<br />

Itzhak Perlman.<br />

For more information, visit Perlman<br />

Suncoast.org.<br />

2<br />

St. Armands Circle<br />

Summer Concert<br />

Series<br />

The St. Armands Circle Business Improvement<br />

District (BID) has a Summer<br />

Concert Series. On select Saturdays<br />

throughout the summer from July to September,<br />

residents and visitors are invited<br />

to enjoy this free monthly series featuring<br />

various jazz performers.<br />

Families, friends, and guests are encouraged<br />

to bring lawn chairs and blankets<br />

for a family-friendly, jazzy trio of shows<br />

featuring:<br />

• Jazz on the Circle – Saturday, July 9,<br />

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br />

• JAC of All Trades - Saturday, Aug. 13,<br />

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br />

• Big Band Concert – Saturday, Sept. 17,<br />

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br />

The July 9th event kicks off the series<br />

with Hot Tonic, a jazz ensemble that<br />

specializes in original jazz arrangements of<br />

popular songs.<br />

August 13th features Jac of All Trades,<br />

the high-energy former American Idol finalist,<br />

Jonathan Cortez.<br />

Closing out the series on Saturday, September<br />

13th is the Sarasota Jazz Project,<br />

a 17-piece jazz band featuring a conductor<br />

and full horn section that evokes the swing<br />

of the 1930’s Jazz Era.<br />

For information, visit https://starmandscircleassoc.com/events-happenings/.<br />

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events at their two campuses<br />


Flora Imaginaria: The<br />

Flower in Contemporary<br />

Photography is at the downtown<br />

Sarasota campus and is on<br />

view July 16 to September 25.<br />

Co-developed in partnership with the<br />

Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography,<br />

this indoor/outdoor show will premiere<br />

at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus<br />

this summer. Flora Imaginaria celebrates<br />

the beauty and diversity of flowers, which<br />

have long been appreciated aesthetically for<br />

their colors and forms as well as for their<br />

decorative potential and symbolic power.<br />

The show features more than 70 diverse<br />

works produced by nearly 50 different contemporary<br />

artists from around the world over<br />

the past three decades. Photographs will be<br />

displayed inside the Museum of Botany & the<br />

Arts as well as outside in the Gardens.<br />

Seeing the Invisible: An Augmented<br />

Reality Contemporary Art Exhibition is<br />

at the Historic Spanish Point campus and is<br />

on view through August 2023.<br />

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition<br />

to date of contemporary artworks created<br />

with augmented reality (AR) technology<br />

premiered at Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish<br />

Point campus in September 2021 as one of 12<br />

participating gardens across six countries.<br />

Using a custom app downloaded to a<br />

smartphone or tablet, visitors can interact<br />

with more than a dozen AR works in carefully<br />

curated locations throughout the 30-acre<br />

preserve. The show features works by such<br />

international luminaries as Ai Weiwei, El<br />

Anatsui, and Refik Anadol.<br />


Fourth of July All-American Cookout<br />

at the Downtown Sarasota campus is on<br />

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on East Grill (available for purchase),<br />

family-friendly games and activities, and a<br />

spectacular view of the fireworks show over<br />

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General admission (parking in off-site<br />

lots only): Selby Gardens members $25 /<br />

non-members $35 / children 12 and younger<br />

$10 / children 3 and under free. All-inclusive<br />

(limited capacity; includes on-site parking):<br />

$200 / children 12 and younger $50 / children<br />

3 and under free.<br />



Yoga in the Gardens is being offered<br />

at the Downtown Sarasota campus on<br />

Wednesdays, 10 to 11 a.m.<br />

This class focuses on alignment, breathing<br />

techniques, and relaxation. Open to all ages/<br />

skill levels. Recommended supplies: water<br />

bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable<br />

clothes, towel, or yoga mat. Fee per drop-in<br />

class: $20.<br />

Beach Walks & Bird Talks are held on<br />

the last Saturday of the month, 7 to 9 a.m.<br />

Join a local parks and rec expert naturalist on<br />

a guided walking tour of Lido Beach. Learn<br />

about the local flora, fauna, geology, and geography,<br />

as well as seasonal migrations, blooms,<br />

and natural history. Binoculars, comfortable<br />

water shoes, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen<br />

are recommended. Cost: $45<br />

TOURS<br />

Savage Science: Carnivorous Plant<br />

Tour is a new program at the Downtown<br />

Sarasota campus. Dates/times flexible, but<br />

reservations required. Must book tour two<br />

weeks in advance.<br />

Take a ‘terrifying’ tour of the Savage Garden<br />

at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota<br />

campus. In this new program, guests can<br />

learn about different species of carnivorous<br />

plants and the shocking science behind<br />

their abominable appetites, then take part in<br />

their very own feeding frenzy through a live,<br />

hands-on demonstration.<br />

At the end of each tour, guests take home<br />

their own carnivorous plant. Designed for<br />

families and audiences of all ages. Cost:<br />

$45. Reservations: 941-366-5731 ext. 243.<br />

Set Sail With Selby Gardens Saturdays,<br />

9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (advanced<br />

reservations required). This full-day,<br />

campus-to-campus boat-tour experience<br />

includes a narrated, roundtrip cruise on<br />

the Intracoastal Waterway between Selby<br />

Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota and Historic<br />

Spanish Point campuses, access to both<br />

campuses for self-touring, and lunch. Selby<br />

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<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 15

Michelle<br />

Mitchell<br />

S he’s<br />

CoreSRQ’s<br />

inaugural Chief<br />

Executive Officer<br />

who came on<br />

board in April after<br />

a long career with<br />

newspapers including<br />

the Sarasota Herald-<br />

Tribune and the Tampa<br />

Bay Times.<br />

It’s her first foray into<br />

the nonprofit sector,<br />

but having grown<br />

up in Sarasota, her<br />

business, marketing<br />

and people skills<br />

will go far to<br />

keep CoreSRQ<br />

on solid<br />

footing.<br />

16 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

CoreSRQ and its various,<br />

previous iterations<br />

has been in Sarasota<br />

for more than 70<br />

years, first as the<br />

Sarasota YMCA<br />

then as Save our Y, Our Y, and now as the<br />

phoenixed CoreSRQ.<br />

Most fitness centers, gyms, etc., are typically<br />

all business — you get in, puff away at<br />

your preferred equipment or classes, mop<br />

your brow and head to your car.<br />

CoreSRQ, formerly known as the<br />

Sarasota YMCA, has always been much<br />

more than that. Regulars greet each other,<br />

many stay for coffee and conversation,<br />

some play cards together. Generations have<br />

seen their kids and later grandkids take<br />

swimming lessons, gymnastics or basketball<br />

classes.<br />

So when the then-Y was in danger of<br />

shutting down due to costs and waning<br />

memberships, members were upset not just<br />

that they were going to possibly lose their<br />

favorite workout place, but also lose a part<br />

of their social life — even their history.<br />

This past spring, CoreSRQ hired its first<br />

ever CEO who knows a lot about Sarasota<br />

and especially how to promote, market and<br />

create business plans. Michelle has had<br />

a long career in newspapers back when<br />

they were called just that and not media<br />

groups. She grew up in Sarasota, lives here<br />

and went to the University of South Florida,<br />

earning a Business degree<br />

Only a few months into the job, Michelle<br />

says it’s still about listening to staff and<br />

members as we walk the spacious CoreSRQ<br />

campus on Bahia Vista at Euclid Avenue<br />

(CoreSRQ also owns and operates the<br />

Palmer Ranch location in south Sarasota<br />

County).<br />

It’s a busy Monday morning (the busiest<br />

time there, she explains) with classes going<br />

on in their largest classroom, the equipment<br />

and weights area are filling up, the<br />

pool is full of kids, racquetball courts are<br />

mostly full and there’s a steady stream of<br />

people coming in and out of the entrance.<br />

It’s a far cry from a few years ago when<br />

members like myself were told the facility<br />

would be closing. Michelle heard about the<br />

CEO position from a friend who spotted it<br />

on the Poynter Institute website and forwarded<br />

it to her.<br />

In addition to listening, Michelle has<br />

been reaching out to other nonprofits to<br />

seek possible synergies while also promoting<br />

CoreSRQ since many may not know<br />

about the name change. Michelle’s skillset<br />

is solid in marketing having led advertising<br />

sales in the media industry for over 30<br />

years, starting her career with the Herald<br />

Tribune Media Group (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)<br />

in 1991.<br />

She recalls the early ‘90s and how hard<br />

it was to find a job during the recession<br />

that was taking place then. Her family on<br />

her dad’s side had been in the newspaper<br />

business and her grandmother even owned<br />

a weekly here. Work was hard to find, but<br />

her dad, a veteran newspaper man, told her,<br />

“newspapers are always hiring.”<br />

So Michelle went to the Herald-Tribune’s<br />

offices (where the Publix south of<br />

Sarasota Ford now stands) and found a job<br />

in the classified dept. She successfully rose<br />

through the advertising ranks at the HT<br />

then went to work for the The Tampa Bay<br />

Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) in a<br />

senior leadership role for over 10 years and<br />

then returned to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune<br />

five years ago to become a Regional<br />

VP of Advertising & Sales.<br />

Michelle calls this position her “second<br />

act” and says that even if she hadn’t gotten<br />

the job, she’d have helped CoreSRQ in some<br />

capacity. After all, her children played basketball<br />

and gymnastics at the former Y. Michelle<br />

was a member and played racquetball<br />

there, swam there— she even trained<br />

for a marathon there.<br />

Michelle has two children, a daughter<br />

who graduated from Sarasota High School<br />

and Florida State University; and a son, a<br />

graduate of Pine View who is now attending<br />

University of South Florida in Tampa.<br />

Rehashing things briefly, The Sarasota<br />

Family YMCA closed its two fitness centers,<br />

Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch at Potter Park<br />

Drive and the Frank G. Berlin Sr. Branch on<br />

South Euclid Avenue on Sept. 13, 2019 due<br />

to financial issues. Before that reality had a<br />

chance to sink in, a grassroots effort called<br />

“Save our Y” was underway. Michelle notes<br />

that 400 people showed up on a rainy night<br />

to gather and formulate a plan for keeping<br />

the Y open.<br />

Two large donations came in from individuals<br />

who contributed a half million<br />

each and over a million more came in from<br />

individuals in varying amounts to total $2.2<br />

million. CoreSRQ owns their land and their<br />

buildings. The name was chosen in part<br />

because “cor” means heart in Latin as one<br />

supporter noted, and CoreSRQ is adorned<br />

with heart artwork throughout the building<br />

including Michelle’s office.<br />

Since Michelle’s arrival, CoreSRQ raised<br />

over $10,000 during the <strong>2022</strong> Giving Challenge,<br />

pushing them to over $100,000 in donations<br />

this year. (You can support CoreS-<br />

RQ via The Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic<br />

Trust which is continuing their 1:1<br />

matching challenge in <strong>2022</strong> to benefit local<br />

nonprofits. All donations between $5 and<br />

$500 will be 100% matched).<br />

CoreSRQ has partnered with The Bay<br />

Park Conservancy (BPC) to provide park<br />

visitors with a series of free, outdoor health<br />

and wellness classes taught by CoreSRQ’s<br />

certified trainers. Classes are offered every<br />

weekday morning at The Bay (near the Van<br />

Wezel) for all ages and experience levels.<br />

(There’s an article also in this issue that lists<br />

the fitness classes that are being offered.)<br />

Michelle did the Boot Camp and is planning<br />

on taking the Tai Chi.<br />

Michelle says her meet and greets “have<br />

allowed me to hear so many wonderful<br />

stories, positive feedback and identify<br />

opportunities for us to continue to be the<br />

Best Health Club in Sarasota and continue<br />

to give back to our community.” Giving<br />

back is done through scholarships and<br />

subsidized memberships for those “who<br />

want to engage with our community, but<br />

are means-constrained.” Michelle is taking<br />

CoreSRQ back to its roots as a community<br />

place, but adding a business model the will<br />

make the nonprofit stay on solid footing<br />

And another thing that differentiates<br />

CoreSRQ from other fitness centers is that<br />

they offer educational seminars on topics<br />

like stress reduction as well as babysitting<br />

and lifeguard training, CPR certification,<br />

child watch — even a safety class for realtors.<br />

Pickleball is extremely popular as are<br />

Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba Dancetrance to name<br />

a few. No wonder their hashtag is “more<br />

than a gym.”<br />

Given the unique provenance of CoreSRQ<br />

and its long history, Michelle calls CoreS-<br />

RQ “a startup with a long legacy.”Michelle<br />

encourages the community to come in for a<br />

visit and a tour and adds, “The future looks<br />

bright.”<br />

STORY:<br />

IMAGES:<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Evelyn England<br />

<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 17

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Epcot International<br />

Food and Wine Festival<br />

Epcot, one of Disney’s four<br />

theme parks within Walt<br />

Disney World is home to the<br />

annual Epcot International Food<br />

and Wine Festival. Hosted by<br />

Corkcircle, this festival draws one<br />

of the biggest foodie crowds in the<br />

world. It will take place July 14<br />

through Nov. 19.<br />

The Festival introduces food<br />

and adult beverages from six continents.<br />

You need an Epcot park<br />

ticket to enter the festival where<br />

you can take a tour around Epcot’s<br />

world showcase, visiting “countries” and<br />

booths to try new things such as Mongolian<br />

Beef Bau Bun from the China pavilion<br />

or Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon<br />

from Italy.<br />

Prepare your taste buds to go on an<br />

epicurean journey and discover new<br />

concepts and menu items at more than 25<br />

Global Marketplaces located throughout<br />

EPCOT. Returning favorites will include<br />

The Swanky Saucy Swine, Appleseed Orchard,<br />

Hops & Barley, Earth Eats hosted by<br />

Impossible and Shimmering Sips hosted by<br />


Some Global Marketplaces will open a<br />

few weeks later, as well, to keep the 129-day<br />

event spicy. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series<br />

returns this year with internationally<br />

recognized artists as well as local<br />

bands offering fun tunes on the<br />

America Gardens Theatre stage.<br />

In addition to the festival, discover<br />

incredible new EPCOT experiences<br />

during the Walt Disney<br />

World Resort 50th Anniversary<br />

celebration, including Remy’s<br />

Ratatouille Adventure, “Harmonious”<br />

and the Spaceship Earth<br />

Beacon of Magic.<br />

For information, visit<br />

TasteEPCOT.com.<br />

Dirty French Steakhouse<br />

opens in Miami<br />

The original Dirty French, which<br />

holds a Wine Spectator Best of Award<br />

of Excellence, opened in 2014 in the<br />

Ludlow Hotel on New York’s Lower East<br />

Side. There, chefs Mario Carbone and Rich<br />

Torrisi brought haute-cuisine flair and<br />

international flavors to classic bistro dishes<br />

such as tuna tartare, cod Provençale and<br />

côte de porc. Its opulent, steak-centered<br />

spinoff, which still showcases some of the<br />

original menu favorites, opened on April 28<br />

in Miami's booming Brickell neighborhood.<br />

The NYC wine list is 100 percent French,<br />

but in Miami they’re including American<br />

wines because of the prominent steak<br />

aspect of the restaurant and, to a lesser<br />

extent, Spanish reds. Along with a raw bar,<br />

shellfish tower and caviar service, starters<br />

include grilled oysters bourguignon,<br />

lobster ravioli and Dirty French’s famous<br />

mushroom mille-feuille with green curry<br />

and peas. A selection of fish, duck, pork and<br />

chicken and crêpes for two round out the<br />

menu for diners who don’t want steak.<br />

For the restaurant’s lavish design, Ken<br />

Fulk created an energetic, 1980s-era atmosphere.<br />

“We took inspiration from legendary<br />

hot spots across the globe—El Morocco,<br />

Indochine, Maxim’s Paris—using elements<br />

from these fabled nightclubs like animal<br />

prints, jungle patterns, mashrabiya screens<br />

and silk lanterns,” Fulk said in a statement.<br />

“The result is an utterly intoxicating atmosphere.”—S.Z.<br />

Floral artworks from Brooklyn-based<br />

Marc Dennis give a local touch to the classic<br />

elements of French bistro décor at Le Gratin.<br />

Location: 1200 Brickell Ave., Miami.<br />

Visit https://www.dirtyfrench.com/location/dirty-french-steakhouse<br />

Philadelphia’s<br />

largest new restaurant<br />

Liberty Point at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia’s<br />

largest restaurant, is now<br />

open for business. Big as in it can seat<br />

1,400 people. The restaurant wraps around<br />

the entire backside of the Seaport Museum,<br />

giving spectacular views of the Delaware<br />

River and Ben Franklin Bridge.<br />

The family-friendly spot has three levels<br />

of food, drinks, and live entertainment.<br />

The first level is dog friendly. The entire<br />

restaurant is open air. The Ben Franklin<br />

Bridge is to the north and the Walt Whitman<br />

Bridge is in the distance to the south.<br />

A recent survey by the Center City<br />

District shows that tourism is recovering<br />

Also in Philly:<br />

Harry Potter: The Exhibition<br />

in Philly. The survey showed foot traffic is<br />

71% of what it was pre-pandemic, making<br />

the opening of Liberty Point that much<br />

more significant.<br />

“This is the front end of the entire<br />

Waterfront Redevelopment which is going<br />

to overpass I-95 over time, so they’re really<br />

at the forefront of what’s an amazing<br />

destination to an extraordinary destination,”<br />

Gregg Caren, with the Philadelphia<br />

Convention & Visitors Bureau, said.<br />

The decks of the restaurant are seasonal,<br />

but there is an inside area for the colder<br />

months. They also say they’re going to have<br />

coverings for rain.<br />

Visit Philly has an overnight hotel<br />

package that includes two tickets to<br />

Harry Potter: The Exhibition at The<br />

Franklin Institute. The perks-packed deal<br />

includes two untimed tickets to Harry Potter<br />

in addition to hotel parking. The offer is<br />

available through September 11, <strong>2022</strong>, while<br />

supplies last.<br />

Long known for its overnight hotel<br />

parking, the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel<br />

Package — booked more than 175,000 since<br />

it launched in 2001 — includes perks valued<br />

at up to $218 and is available at more than<br />

a dozen hotels for one- or two-night stays.<br />

Visitors can book the package at visitphilly.<br />

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“Harry Potter: The Exhibition is the hottest<br />

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Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation<br />

will address areas such as hunger<br />

and food insecurity, support affordable<br />

housing opportunities, and promote<br />

projects that enhance diversity,<br />

equity, and civil rights in the region.<br />

Addressing Food Insecurity<br />

for Children<br />

Investment: A $2,500,000 million<br />

grant to All Faiths Food Bank to<br />

expand food insecurity screening<br />

programs in Sarasota and DeSoto<br />

counties.<br />

Why it matters: Health care<br />

providers are an essential first line<br />

of defense to combat child hunger.<br />

All Faiths currently works with<br />

10 health care providers to screen<br />

children and families for food insecurity,<br />

and these funds will help<br />

them expand this work.<br />

Removing Barriers to<br />

Social Services<br />

Investment: A $546,220 grant to<br />

Mothers Helping Mothers to build<br />

a suite of wrap-around services at<br />

the organization’s Sarasota drop-in<br />

center. Funding for this initiative<br />

will remove barriers to their<br />

services, such as program costs,<br />

limited transportation options, and<br />

lack of childcare.<br />

Why it matters: Time, or lack of<br />

it, is a common and overwhelming<br />

challenge for families living on the<br />

economic edge. Many have tenuous<br />

transportation that requires<br />

them to spend long travel times<br />

on bus routes or have unreliable<br />

transportation, which causes them<br />

to miss work, appointments, and<br />

other opportunities. This funding<br />

will help deliver more human services<br />

at a single location, removing<br />

the burden of having to visit<br />

multiple locations for assistance.<br />

Supporting Housing First Models<br />

Investment: A $300,000 grant to<br />

Second Heart Homes to purchase<br />

additional homes to help address<br />

homelessness.<br />

Why it matters: The Housing<br />

First approach to ending homelessness,<br />

grounded in the underlying<br />

principle that people are better<br />

able to move forward with their<br />

lives if they are first housed, has<br />

helped many overcome homelessness<br />

and has proven to deliver<br />

effective mental health and addiction<br />

recovery outcomes.<br />

Keeping Teachers in the<br />

Classroom<br />

Investment: A $300,000 grant to<br />

support Barancik Foundation’s<br />

Teacher Retention|Recruitment<br />

initiative.<br />

Context: Barancik Foundation<br />

launched the Teacher R|R Initiative<br />

in 2017 to examine issues affecting<br />

All Faiths Food Bank to expand food insecurity screening programs.<br />

teacher recruitment and retention.<br />

These efforts have helped support<br />

the development of a new local<br />

teacher pipeline while also focusing<br />

on existing teachers’ wellness<br />

and professional development.<br />

Expanding Capacity to Enhance<br />

Community Arts Impact<br />

Investment: A $300,000 grant<br />

to the Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

to help the organization grow its<br />

capacity to deliver programming<br />

focused on community impact,<br />

education, and social justice.<br />

Context: The Hermitage continues<br />

to keep its programs free and accessible<br />

to all members of our community,<br />

reaffirming its commitment<br />

to being one of the most inclusive<br />

arts organizations in the nation.<br />

Preventing Homelessness<br />

with Flexible Funding<br />

Investment: A $250,000 grant<br />

to Suncoast Partnership to End<br />

Homelessness to establish a flexible<br />

housing fund.<br />

What’s happening: The grant will<br />

allow the organization to bridge<br />

the gap when lease renewals become<br />

financially unattainable for<br />

residents when all other available<br />

funds and support in the community<br />

have been exhausted.<br />

Building Affordable Housing<br />

Opportunities<br />

Investment: A $250,000 grant to<br />

Community Assisted & Supported<br />

Living (CASL) to build and operate<br />

affordable rental units.<br />

Context: CASL is partnering with<br />

Gracewater and Blue Sky Communities<br />

to develop land in Sarasota<br />

County that will provide about<br />

370 affordable rental units (80 in<br />

the first phase) and add access to<br />

amenities such as a clinic and a<br />

grocery store. Additional funding<br />

will come via Low-Income Housing<br />

Tax Credits (LIHTC) and the Florida<br />

Housing Finance Corp.<br />

Providing Programming<br />

to Address Important<br />

Community Issues<br />

Investment: A $250,000 grant to<br />

WEDU PBS to boost local programming<br />

that focuses on diversity, equity,<br />

community wellness, attainable<br />

ALSO Youth<br />

is relocating<br />

their<br />

Manatee<br />

County<br />

service<br />

center.<br />

housing, and civil rights.<br />

What’s happening: This funding<br />

will act as seed money toward<br />

producing local issue-focused<br />

programs and help leverage other<br />

philanthropic support. WEDU’s<br />

ability to expand and meet the<br />

needs and interests of the growing<br />

populations of Sarasota, Manatee,<br />

and DeSoto counties.<br />

Creating Health Equity<br />

Investment: A $150,000 investment<br />

into collaborative, community<br />

efforts to combat diabetes and<br />

obesity in underserved communities<br />

and create a five-year health<br />

equity plan in Sarasota County.<br />

Why it matters: There are substantial<br />

health disparities between<br />

people of color and their white<br />

counterparts because of structural<br />

racism and a series of societal<br />

failings. African American adults<br />

are 60 percent more likely to be<br />

diagnosed with diabetes than their<br />

white counterparts. They also are<br />

twice as likely to die from complications<br />

related to the disease.<br />

Supporting People with Vision<br />

Loss and Their Families<br />

Investment: A $132,141 grant to<br />

Lighthouse Vision Loss Education<br />

Center to support capacity expansion<br />

to better serve blind and<br />

visually impaired individuals.<br />

Why it matters: Strong support<br />

from family is crucial for an<br />

individual experiencing vision loss.<br />

When the family understands what<br />

their loved one is going through,<br />

it is much easier to be supportive.<br />

The Lighthouse will be a resource<br />

for families of loved ones struggling<br />

with the diagnosis and be a place<br />

for support and hope.<br />

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students<br />

Investment: A $130,000 grant to<br />

ALSO Youth to assist the organization<br />

in relocating their Manatee<br />

County service center.<br />

Context: The housing and office<br />

space market is not only putting a<br />

strain on residents and businesses<br />

but also nonprofit organizations.<br />

The grant will help them relocate<br />

to a new space that allows for a<br />

visible and continued presence in<br />

Manatee County.<br />

Southeastern Guide Dogs to support blind children &<br />

teens program.<br />

Supporting College Transfer<br />

Students<br />

Investment: A $103,341 grant<br />

to New College Foundation to<br />

improve equity by helping area<br />

students aspire to and attain a<br />

bachelor’s degree.<br />

What’s happening: Funds will<br />

be used to provide in-person<br />

and online college essay writing<br />

workshops, ease transfer students’<br />

transition to the campus, and provide<br />

targeted advising to first-time<br />

college students.<br />

Building Connections Between<br />

Young Professionals of Color<br />

and the Community<br />

Investment: A $100,000 grant to<br />

Emerge Sarasota to improve the<br />

relationship between our community<br />

at large and Black and<br />

Indigenous young professionals.<br />

What’s happening: Emerge has<br />

three programs through which<br />

they help educate, support, uplift,<br />

and shine a light on talented young<br />

professionals of color in the region<br />

— health and wellness, arts and culture,<br />

and professional development.<br />

These funds will help the emerging<br />

organization expand its capacity.<br />

Easing Economic Strains<br />

Investment: A $100,000 grant to<br />

purchase gas cards for clients of<br />

human service agencies.<br />

What’s happening: We all know<br />

rising inflation and gas prices are<br />

putting a strain on those that help<br />

those most in need in our community.<br />

These funds will be used<br />

to purchase gas cards that will be<br />

distributed to clients of partner<br />

agencies that provide assistance.<br />

Addressing the Needs of Foster<br />

Children<br />

Investment: A $100,000 grant to<br />

The Children’s Guardian Fund to<br />

provide unrestricted funding to<br />

help respond to children’s immediate<br />

and ongoing needs when<br />

they are removed from abusive or<br />

neglectful homes.<br />

Why it matters: Too many<br />

children removed from chaotic<br />

environments may have never had<br />

a birthday cake, a book, or even<br />

the calm, undivided attention of an<br />

adult in their lives. This grant will<br />

help fulfill the range of basic and<br />

more profound needs of children<br />

in foster care.<br />

Expanding the Healthy<br />

Ponds Initiative<br />

Investment: A $100,000 grant<br />

to Solutions to Avoid Red Tide<br />

(START) to improve the quality<br />

of our waterways by emphasizing<br />

the reduction and flow of excess<br />

nutrients out of our ponds.<br />

Context: In 2021, Barancik Foundation<br />

partnered with START to<br />

launch a new collaborative aimed<br />

at helping more neighborhoods upgrade<br />

their ponds, more effectively<br />

remove red-tide causing nutrients,<br />

and cost-share the improvements.<br />

These funds will help the organization<br />

expand its efforts into Manatee<br />

County in partnership with the<br />

county government.<br />

Investing in Local Arts Teachers<br />

Investment: A $100,000 grant to<br />

Sarasota County Schools to create<br />

engaging Professional Learning<br />

opportunities for K-12 art teachers.<br />

What we learned: An increasing<br />

number of prospective art teachers<br />

come to our district with little<br />

or no educational experience or<br />

formal training. The grant will help<br />

the Sarasota School District deliver<br />

rich art and music-based professional<br />

development for teachers.<br />

Supporting Blind Children<br />

and Teens<br />

Investment: A $75,000 grant to<br />

Southeastern Guide Dogs to support<br />

its Children & Teens Program.<br />

Context: In 2019, with Barancik<br />

Foundation support, the organization<br />

lowered its age limit and<br />

expanded its children and teens<br />

guide dog program, making it<br />

available for teens ages 14-<br />

17. SGD is the only guide school in<br />

the country that offers guide dogs<br />

to teenagers as young as 14. For a<br />

child, losing sight can have lifelong<br />

effects, putting them at risk for<br />

failing in school, substance abuse,<br />

and mental health disorders, such<br />

as depression and anxiety.<br />

Increasing Mentorship Opportunities<br />

for At-risk Youth<br />

Investment: A $60,000 grant<br />

to Gulf Coast Sports Group to<br />

support the “A Lions Reach” Youth<br />

Mentoring Counselor/Ambassador<br />

Program.<br />

What’s happening: The organization<br />

is comprised of current<br />

and former sports professionals<br />

who provide mentoring opportunities<br />

and student internships to<br />

underserved students in Sarasota<br />

and Manatee counties. Programs<br />

include not only on-the-court experiences<br />

but also related support<br />

functions like video production,<br />

sports management, and other<br />

sports-related jobs.<br />

An additional $500,000 was<br />

awarded to support programs<br />

and projects with partner<br />

organizations.<br />

About Charles & Margery<br />

Barancik Foundation was established<br />

in 2014 as a private, family<br />

foundation located in Sarasota.<br />

Barancik Foundation creates initiatives<br />

and awards grants in<br />

Sarasota and beyond in the areas<br />

of education, humanitarian causes,<br />

arts and culture, the environment,<br />

and medical research. For more<br />

information, visit www.barancikfoundation.org.<br />

20 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

your healthier health you<br />

Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing<br />

CST treats the whole body physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically<br />

Clients come to me because they are in physical<br />

pain such as neck, back, pain and TMJ as well as<br />

for chronic headaches and migraines.<br />

Pain and stress caused by<br />

shortened Fascia<br />

Fascia (strong connective tissue) encases all<br />

our muscles, organs, brain and spinal cord.<br />

Whenever fascia shortens any place in the<br />

body, the entire network of fascia creates an<br />

increased tension affecting the functioning<br />

of our physical body as well as our organs,<br />

our brain and spinal cord.<br />

Our body is the history of every major<br />

trauma we have experienced physically and<br />

emotionally beginning with birth issues, falls,<br />

head trauma, car accidents, childhood abuse<br />

issues, death, divorce and other emotional<br />

issues. Our body tries to minimize each trauma<br />

by shortening fascia to isolate the energy<br />

coming into the body from that trauma.<br />

Shortened fascia results in pain, loss of mobility<br />

and range of motion, organs becoming<br />

less efficient and with parts of the brain and<br />

spinal cord becoming stressed.<br />

To keep the brain functioning, the body<br />

transfers some of your functional work play<br />

energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain resulting<br />

in less energy to make it through each<br />

day. As we age, the accumulation of all the<br />

tightened fascia, from every major trauma<br />

in life, begins to restrict every aspect of our<br />

body’s functions resulting in pain, loss of mobility,<br />

mis-functioning organs, loss of energy,<br />

as well as our brain losing some its sharpness.<br />

How Craniosacral<br />

Therapy Works<br />

The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe<br />

place, with gentle holding techniques, that<br />

engages your body’s ability to self correct,<br />

reorganize and heal itself with the release<br />

of some of that tightened fascia during<br />

each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist<br />

engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.<br />

As the fascia releases, pain begins to<br />

decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,<br />

organs begin functioning better and<br />

with less stress on the brain feels, it returns<br />

the energy it borrowed at the time of each<br />

trauma resulting in an immediate increase in<br />

your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave<br />

from my first session not feeling better.<br />

Short Leg Syndrome<br />

Eighty-five percent of my clients have one<br />

of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened<br />

fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome<br />

on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae at bottom<br />

of the spine) is transferred up the dural tube<br />

that encases the spinal cord into the lower<br />

and upper back, the neck, the cranium and<br />

The physical stress in bodies caused by shortened<br />

fascia (connective tissue) shuts down<br />

energy flows to certain organs. Short leg syndrome<br />

by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is pulled up<br />

by shortened fascia) shuts down energy flow to<br />

the spleen (an important part of your immune<br />

system) and the small and large intestine. With<br />

the release of that shortened fascia, energy returns<br />

to these organs.<br />

the brain. Headaches, migraines, TMJ and<br />

neck problems can originate from the fascial<br />

stress in the sacrum.<br />

Releasing this sacral stress increases energy<br />

in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys and<br />

the chakras as well as releasing major stress<br />

in the upper part of the body.<br />

Cause of Shallow Breathing<br />

A great majority of the clients who come to<br />

me for various problems are also shallow<br />

breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm<br />

restricts the depth of breathing by restricting<br />

energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium<br />

and the heart. With the release of fascial diaphragm<br />

restriction, the client immediately<br />

starts breathing deeply and energy is restored<br />

to the pericardium and the heart.<br />

Shoulder blades that are cemented to the<br />

body also restricts how much the rib cage can<br />

open and thereby also restricting depth of<br />

breath. Without proper breathing, your cells<br />

do not get enough oxygen. Everyone, especially<br />

people suffering from bronchitis, asthma<br />

and COPD as well as shallow breathing can<br />

benefit when the fascial stress is released.<br />

Specialized Training<br />

to work with Brain<br />

Dysfunctions<br />

Just as the body physically gets stressed from<br />

physical and emotional trauma, the functioning<br />

of the brain is also affected by fascial stress. For<br />

our brains to remain healthy, we need dynamic<br />

production of craniosacral fluid which performs<br />

the important function of bringing nourishment<br />

to all the cells in the brain and spinal<br />

cord as well as cleansing all the metabolic<br />

wastes given off by those same cells.<br />

Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these<br />

metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these<br />

metabolic wastes into the lymph system is<br />

absolutely necessary. Research has shown,<br />

that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid<br />

plaques from the brain. If the drainage<br />

is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed<br />

in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years of<br />

your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry<br />

affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s,<br />

Alzheimer’s and other brain dysfunctions?<br />

A Craniosacral Therapist, who has received<br />

training in working with the brain, can reverse<br />

that stress on the brain that eventually can<br />

result in those brain dysfunctions. As we all<br />

know, the proper functioning of the body is<br />

dependent on a healthy functioning brain.<br />

Babies and Children can benefit<br />

■ Our little boy Leo, four years of age, had a<br />

difficult birth and at 7 months was put on antibiotics<br />

for an ear infection and as a result developed<br />

c-diff. His development came to a stop.<br />

At 3 years, with the help of an OT, he started<br />

to walk and talk. In spite of the improvements,<br />

he was unable to answer questions and his<br />

communication skills were very poor. Leo<br />

had very poor muscle tone, a lot of stress in<br />

his body and physical activities such walking,<br />

jumping and climbing were difficult for him.<br />

Beginning with the first session with Terry,<br />

he began showing improvement and with each<br />

following session. Everyone from his teachers<br />

to his grandparents noticed an increase in his<br />

■ “I was in awful pain and the<br />

MRI showed 2 pinched nerves<br />

and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.<br />

My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.<br />

After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to<br />

advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went<br />

for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”<br />

■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was all it took for<br />

Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging<br />

(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/<br />

pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”<br />

physical strength, as well as improvements in<br />

comprehension, speech and communication<br />

skills. For the first time, he started participating<br />

in class lessons and interacting with his<br />

classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on<br />

getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at<br />

age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.<br />

■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old<br />

baby boy from recent hospitalization into<br />

the first series of healthy bowel movements<br />

when seemingly nothing could help. Our son<br />

was able to latch onto the breast and for the<br />

first time completed his feeding. He was much<br />

calmer after working with Terry.<br />

■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have<br />

been carrying around for 15 years or more.<br />

I left his office table with more energy than I<br />

have had in years.”<br />

■ “I began working with him because I was<br />

dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of<br />

emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized<br />

how much stress can cause damage to<br />

your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was<br />

a big help.”<br />

Terrence Grywinski<br />

of Advanced<br />

Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049<br />

Testimonials from Clients<br />

SOURCE:<br />

■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral<br />

Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger<br />

Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues<br />

as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy<br />

provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility<br />

issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part<br />

of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral<br />

brain and peripheral nervous system classes which enables him<br />

to work at a cellular<br />

level and with brain<br />

dysfunctions.<br />

Call 941-321-8757<br />

for more information,<br />

Google Advanced<br />

Craniosacral<br />

Therapy.<br />

■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I re-injured<br />

my back. I found Terry online. I can say<br />

with complete joy that was the best decision<br />

I made in the history of my back pain. I have<br />

sought many modalities and visit a CST regularly<br />

and never have I had such a healing in<br />

my entire body.<br />

After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive<br />

home with no pain or discomfort in my entire<br />

body. Unbelievable. My body has a sense of<br />

moving freely and that is completely new. I’m<br />

advanced craniosacral therapy<br />

so grateful to Terry for his knowledge, for his<br />

sensitivity to my needs and his kind generosity<br />

in healing my body. I will see him when I return<br />

next year.”<br />

■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months<br />

in Sarasota. I have had back problems for 25<br />

years. Terry’s techniques have led to a great<br />

deal of release and relief in areas that have<br />

been problematic. I have been seeing him over<br />

the years when my body says ”it’s time”. Usually<br />

after a few sessions, I can tell a huge difference.”<br />


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focus on the arts<br />

At The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg:<br />

Multidisciplinary artist GIO SWABY explores the<br />

intersections of Blackness and womanhood<br />

Gio Swaby, My Hands Are Clean 4,<br />

2017, Thread and fabric sewn<br />

on canvas, 20 x 16 inches<br />

Collection of Claire Oliver and Ian Rubinstein<br />

T<br />

he Museum of Fine<br />

Arts, St. Petersburg<br />

has the debut solo<br />

museum exhibition of<br />

multidisciplinary artist Gio<br />

Swaby (b. 1991, Nassau, Bahamas),<br />

whose work explores the intersections<br />

of Blackness and womanhood. The<br />

exhibition Gio Swaby: Fresh Up will<br />

be on view at the MFA through October<br />

9, <strong>2022</strong>. The exhibition is co-organized<br />

with the Art Institute of Chicago, where<br />

it will open in 2023.<br />

Swaby’s art is grounded in the personal<br />

connections forged between subject and<br />

artist, and conversation is key to achieving<br />

these portraits of beauty and power<br />

that she calls “love letters to Black<br />

women.” Swaby’s work has garnered<br />

significant attention and acclaim in the<br />

art world, following exhibitions at Claire<br />

Oliver Gallery in New York City and at<br />

other international venues.<br />

Her work is included in the permanent<br />

collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, St.<br />

Petersburg, as well as other major public<br />

institutions throughout the U.S., such<br />

as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Art<br />

Institute of Chicago, Weisman Art Museum,<br />

and the Minneapolis Institute of Art<br />

(https://mfastpete.org/exh/gio-swaby/).<br />

The exhibition features more than 40<br />

works ranging from intimate portraits<br />

to life-size textile panels fabricated from<br />

sewn line drawing and quilting techniques.<br />

Creating unique portraits through<br />

a range of textile-based techniques,<br />

Swaby’s work is anchored in a desire<br />

to celebrate the imperfect and complex<br />

humanity of Black women.<br />

In her interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones<br />

for the exhibition catalogue<br />

Gio Swaby: Fresh Up published by<br />

Rizzoli Electa, Swaby states, “I would<br />

describe my work first and foremost as<br />

an act of love.” She continues, “For me,<br />

these physical pieces are not necessarily<br />

the work itself. The work is more making<br />

connections and growing love. Those<br />

portraits are like a dedication to that<br />

work, or a residue of that work.”<br />

The portraits begin with a photo shoot,<br />

where the artist and subjects collaborate<br />

on a cohesive story told via clothing and<br />

poses and result in a snapshot of empowerment<br />

and self-awareness. Swaby foregrounds<br />

their personal style—seen in the<br />

detailed renderings of jewelry, hair, and<br />

clothing—creating space for self-definition<br />

and unapologetic self-expression.<br />

Growing up surrounded by the threads<br />

and fabrics of her mother, a seamstress,<br />

Swaby chooses to work in mediums traditionally<br />

associated with domesticity<br />

as a means to imbue her works with familiarity,<br />

labor, and care. Swaby upends<br />

tradition, however, and gives the sewing<br />

medium a sense of monumentality with<br />

the life-size series Pretty Pretty. The<br />

subjects are intricately rendered in sewn<br />

thread lines and shown on the reverse<br />

side of the canvas so that the stitching<br />

process—its knots and loose threads, so<br />

often hidden—is visible.<br />

Her work particularly showcases<br />

the beauty of these imperfections and<br />

individuality as a counterpoint to the often-politicized<br />

Black body, so frequently<br />

depicted in states of anger or trauma.<br />

The works span 2017 through 2021, presenting<br />

aspects of Black womanhood<br />

which include joy, softness, and vulnerability<br />

in addition to the strength that is so<br />

often the focus of less multidimensional<br />

representations.<br />

The Museum of Fine Arts,<br />

St. Petersburg is at 255 Beach Drive<br />

NE. Visit https://mfastpete.org/<br />

Gio Swaby<br />

courtesy of Claire<br />

Oliver Gallery<br />

22 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

focus on the arts<br />


Women’s Work A Survey Of Female Photographers<br />

through September 11, <strong>2022</strong><br />

T<br />

he MFA in St. Petersburg is a wonderful<br />

museum - inside and out.<br />

They have two exhibits by women<br />

artists and, combined, they make<br />

for a visually beautiful and powerful<br />

statement of the diversity of women and their work,<br />

beliefs and interests.<br />

Gio Swaby is contemporary while this exhibit<br />

takes a generous overview of photography going<br />

back to the 19th century up to contemporary artists<br />

like Sally Mann.<br />

More than any other visual medium, women have<br />

played vital and sustained roles in the making and<br />

advancement of photography since its invention. Unfortunately,<br />

this contribution has been underemphasized.<br />

With a broad interest growing in museums to<br />

enlarge the canon to be more inclusive and reflective<br />

of under-recognized contributors, this<br />

Margaret exhibition seeks to do our part.<br />

Bourke- The MFA photography collection is<br />

White,<br />

rich in examples of innovative, courageous,<br />

and talented women photographers<br />

Self<br />

Portrait,<br />

1931, Gelatin from the earliest days of the medium to contemporary<br />

times.<br />

silver print<br />

Highlighting work by photographers like<br />

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879), Gertrude Käsebier<br />

(1852–1934), Margaret Bourke-White (1904–1971), Diane<br />

Arbus (1923–1971), Sally Mann (b. 1951), and Imogen Cunningham<br />

(1883-1976), as well as lesser-known figures in the<br />

field, this exhibition examines the rich visual testimony that<br />

contributed to the emergence of women as a driving force<br />

in modern photography.<br />

Also of note, The MFA was founded by art collector and<br />

philanthropist Margaret Acheson Stuart (1896–1980). As<br />

its first president, Mrs. Stuart contributed significantly to<br />

the construction of the building and provided endowment<br />

funds through her estate to support annual operations and<br />

to maintain the beauty of the grounds. She also provided<br />

monies to acquire art and donated works from her collection.The<br />

current Executive Director is Kristen A. Shepherd.<br />

Shepherd is the youngest and the first female Executive<br />

Director of the Museum.<br />

Diane Arbus, Girl in a Shiny Dress, New York,<br />

1967, Gelatin silver print<br />

Imogen<br />

Cunningham,<br />

Water<br />

Hyacinth,<br />

1925 Gelatin<br />

silver print<br />

Museum of Fine Arts,<br />

St. Petersburg<br />

255 Beach Drive NE<br />

Visit<br />

https://mfastpete.org/<br />

Julia Margaret Cameron, Blessing and<br />

Blessed, 1865, Albumen print<br />

Marion<br />

Post<br />

Wolcott,<br />

American,<br />

1910–<br />

1990, Picnic<br />

on Running<br />

Board,<br />

Sarasota,<br />

Florida.<br />

1941,<br />

Gelatin<br />

silver<br />

print<br />

Sally<br />

Mann,<br />

Leah<br />

and Her<br />

Father,<br />

1985,<br />

Gelatin<br />

silver<br />

print<br />

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Nicotine’s Effect<br />

on the Brain<br />

M<br />

ark Twain once said<br />

“quitting smoking<br />

is easy. I should<br />

know, I have done it<br />

a thousand times.”<br />

Many tobacco users may be able to relate<br />

to this statement as it often requires multiple<br />

attempts to kick the habit for good.<br />

There are several reasons quitting<br />

smoking is challenging. First, it is legal<br />

for adults to use tobacco products; therefore,<br />

there is less legal risk with tobacco<br />

than with other illegal substances. Second,<br />

nicotine is available for purchase at<br />

many convenient locations. The third<br />

and most significant reason is due to<br />

nicotine’s effect on the brain. In fact,<br />

research has shown that nicotine is as<br />

addictive as alcohol, heroin, and cocaine<br />

and is often more difficult to quit. 1<br />

When an individual smokes a cigarette,<br />

nicotine is delivered to the brain within<br />

seven seconds. Once in the brain, nicotine<br />

activates seven different neurotransmitters<br />

– many of which are responsible<br />

for pleasure, appetite suppression, reduction<br />

of tension and anxiety and increased<br />

focus. These outcomes can be perceived<br />

as positive and rewarding which strengthens<br />

the addiction to nicotine. It is important<br />

that individuals find other ways to get<br />

these same benefits without the tobacco<br />

products when quitting. Quitting tobacco<br />

involves “retraining” the brain’s reward<br />

pathway as nicotine levels are reduced<br />

during the quit process.<br />

The addiction to nicotine itself accounts<br />

for the biological component of<br />

addiction; however, addiction can happen<br />

on the psychological and cultural<br />

level as well. Tobacco can be used as a<br />

coping mechanism during challenging<br />

situations and as self-medication. Developing<br />

a dependence on tobacco during<br />

the tough times can make quitting even<br />

harder. Tobacco may also be promoted as<br />

part of social activities and norms.<br />

Although quitting tobacco can be<br />

challenging, it can be done! According<br />

to the Center for Disease Control and<br />

Prevention, more than three out of five<br />

adults who have ever smoked cigarettes<br />

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you’re news<br />

Appointments<br />

■ G. Todd Yeomans and Yeomans<br />

Work Architecture have<br />

hired Emi Kopke as an Architecture<br />

Associate.<br />

Emi will<br />

be contributing<br />

to a<br />

broad range<br />

of custom<br />

residential,<br />

commercial,<br />

cabinetry<br />

and<br />

furniture<br />

Emi Kopke<br />

design projects.<br />

She is a recent graduate of<br />

the University of Miami where she<br />

was on the Provost’s Honor Roll<br />

& Dean’s List and was awarded<br />

numerous scholarships for design<br />

and excellence.<br />

An entrepreneur at heart, Emi<br />

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SEASUNed Toys, LLC in 2020,<br />

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and fabricated a unique modifiable<br />

indoor wooden climbing<br />

frame for children ages 6 months<br />

to 6 years.<br />

■ Sheila McLean has accepted<br />

the assignment of Interim Chief<br />

Financial Officer for Manatee<br />

County Government. McLean<br />

brings over three-and-a-half<br />

decades of financial management<br />

experience<br />

to the role—<br />

with nearly<br />

a quarter-century<br />

of that<br />

locally in<br />

Manatee<br />

County.<br />

Most<br />

recently,<br />

Sheila McLean<br />

she was the<br />

Deputy Director for Budget for<br />

Manatee County Government. Of<br />

her 24 years in local government<br />

work, 16 were in the Finance<br />

Department at the Manatee<br />

County Clerk of Circuit Court,<br />

and eight years have been in the<br />

County’s Financial Management<br />

Department. She has been working<br />

in accounting—both public<br />

and private—for more than 35<br />

years. She will be overseeing the<br />

operating and capital improvement<br />

budgets, infrastructure sales<br />

tax revenues and financial analysis<br />

for all county departments.<br />

■ Sarasota Memorial Healthcare<br />

Foundation announced that<br />

Barbara and Gary Rodkin have<br />

made a $2 million gift in support<br />

of the Cornell Family Behavioral<br />

Health Pavilion at Sarasota<br />

Memorial. The Rodkins’ $2 million<br />

donation will be used to support<br />

geriatric services at the Cornell<br />

Family Behavioral Health Pavilion,<br />

which is currently under construction<br />

on Sarasota Memorial’s<br />

Barbara and Gary Rodkin<br />

Sarasota Campus.<br />

The new $71 million pavilion<br />

is slated to open in 2023, replacing<br />

Sarasota Memorial’s Bayside<br />

Center for Behavioral Health with<br />

a facility that enhances, expands<br />

and centralizes care for people<br />

affected by mental and behavioral<br />

health challenges.<br />

The Rodkin’s interest in the<br />

geriatric services at the pavilion<br />

arose from personal experience.<br />

“In his 90s, my father had mental<br />

and physical issues, and it was<br />

extremely difficult to connect the<br />

dots and get the right people to get<br />

us the help that was needed,” says<br />

Gary. “There was no coordinated<br />

care and it really pointed out how<br />

much improvement the whole<br />

geriatric system needed.”<br />

Barbara, who currently sits on<br />

the Healthcare Foundation board,<br />

gained interest in supporting the<br />

project after learning that the<br />

new facility would have a specific<br />

geriatric inpatient unit with 16 private<br />

rooms and services designed<br />

specifically for geriatric patients.<br />

In addition to their support of<br />

the Cornell Family Behavioral<br />

Health Pavilion, the Rodkins are<br />

long-term supporters of the Community<br />

Specialty Clinic at Sarasota<br />

Memorial. The Clinic provides<br />

specialty medical care and referral<br />

services to local residents who are<br />

uninsured or underinsured. To<br />

learn more, visit smhf.org.<br />

■ Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation (Gulf Coast) has<br />

announced the promotion of a<br />

staff member, the addition of a<br />

philanthropic trailblazer, and the<br />

addition of an experienced donor<br />

relations staff member.<br />

Kelly Borgia joined Gulf Coast<br />

in the summer<br />

of 2018 after<br />

having worked<br />

10 years at<br />

Asolo Repertory<br />

Theatre<br />

as their Production<br />

Stage<br />

Manager. Borgia<br />

served as a<br />

Philanthropic<br />

Kelly Borgia<br />

Coordinator<br />

and Administrator in the Philanthropy<br />

Services team at Gulf Coast,<br />

and she has now been appointed<br />

to Strategic Engagement Manager.<br />

As a member of the Brand Strategy<br />

team, Borgia will work with all<br />

functional teams at Gulf Coast<br />

to create and execute engagement<br />

experiences. She is also<br />

responsible for managing Gulf<br />

Coast’s Arts Appreciation and<br />

sponsorship grant programs.<br />

Sasha Hausman Pyatte,<br />

CFRE, joins the Gulf Coast<br />

team as a Philanthropic<br />

Advisor, bringing experience<br />

in leadership, communications,<br />

donor<br />

cultivation,<br />

and stewardship.<br />

Pyatte<br />

most recently<br />

served as<br />

Director of<br />

Advancement<br />

& Strategic<br />

Partnerships<br />

at the<br />

Sasha Hausman Pyatte Van Wezel<br />

Foundation where she developed,<br />

executed, and evaluated longterm<br />

goals and strategies for the<br />

foundation and the future Sarasota<br />

Performing Arts Center.<br />

Pyatte has also served as<br />

Executive Director of the AdventHealth<br />

Zephyrhills and Dade<br />

City Foundation where she had<br />

responsibilities for the direction<br />

and development of two hospital<br />

foundations. In the past, Pyatte<br />

was the Director of Philanthropy<br />

for Second Harvest Food Bank of<br />

Central Florida for 10 years.<br />

Priscilla Boward joins the<br />

Gulf Coast team as Philanthropic<br />

Administrator.<br />

Boward hails<br />

from Caledonia,<br />

Michigan,<br />

where<br />

she worked<br />

with many<br />

nonprofits for<br />

several years.<br />

She brings<br />

experience<br />

Priscilla Boward<br />

in donor<br />

relations, volunteer coordination,<br />

and communications. In her new<br />

role, Boward will work with the<br />

Philanthropy Services team to<br />

assist donors in establishing relationships<br />

with Gulf Coast. Learn<br />

more at GulfCoastCF.org.<br />

■ Hershorin Schiff Community<br />

Day School (CDS) has welcomed<br />

Rinat Heiman as its new Hebrew<br />

and Judaic studies instructor.<br />

Heiman had previously served in<br />

this position at Temple Sinai from<br />

1994 to 2013 and, more recently,<br />

as a private bar and bat mitzvah<br />

teacher.<br />

Beginning as early as 14 months<br />

old, all students at CDS are offered<br />

classes in both Hebrew and cultural<br />

Jewish studies. https://www.<br />

communityday.org/<br />

■ All Faiths Food Bank has recently<br />

hired Daniela Malo ain the<br />

newly-established role of associate<br />

All Faiths Food Bank's<br />

associate director<br />

of development,<br />

Daniela Malo<br />

director of<br />

development.<br />

In this role,<br />

Malo will play<br />

an active role<br />

in increasing<br />

the organization's<br />

capacity<br />

through securing<br />

significant<br />

gifts to further<br />

its mission.<br />

The primary<br />

objective of<br />

this new position is to cultivate<br />

and steward a portfolio of major<br />

donors while also encouraging<br />

existing supporters to consider<br />

deeper engagement with the food<br />

bank/hunger relief organization.<br />

Prior to coming to All Faiths,<br />

Malo spent nearly four years with<br />

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida,<br />

rising to her position as the<br />

organization's regional director;<br />

she was responsible for assisting<br />

in developing the strategic plan,<br />

leading all fundraising efforts - including<br />

grants, corporate support,<br />

major gifts, individual giving and<br />

event management - and building<br />

the organization's presence in<br />

the region while maintaining a<br />

strong fundraising base. Previous<br />

employers included Feeding<br />

Children Everywhere in Orlando,<br />

Fla. and the White House Office of<br />

Presidential Correspondence.<br />

For more about All Faiths Food<br />

Bank, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org.<br />

Accolades<br />

■ Charles & Margery Barancik<br />

Foundation recognized five<br />

Sarasota County teachers for<br />

going above and beyond in their<br />

profession.<br />

Barancik Foundation named<br />

five Ripple Effect Teacher Awards<br />

winners in partnership with<br />

Sarasota County Schools in<br />

memory of Chuck Barancik. The<br />

semi-annual prize acknowledges<br />

five outstanding teachers on<br />

Chuck’s birthday in May and five<br />

on Margie Barancik’s birthday in<br />

September. Each teacher recognized<br />

for their positive impact on<br />

their students’ lives is awarded<br />

$5,000 to spend on professional<br />

development experiences,<br />

material, and equipment for their<br />

classrooms.<br />

Chuck’s spring semester<br />

awardees are:<br />

• Tessa Healy, Wilkinson<br />

Elementary<br />

• Megan Wink, Lakeview<br />

Elementary<br />

• Michelle Rivas, Gulf Gate<br />

Elementary<br />

• Dorothy Rieger, McIntosh<br />

Middle<br />

• Melissa Dweck, Sarasota High<br />

The recipients were commended<br />

for their innovative efforts in<br />

building positive cultural changes<br />

at their schools—among their<br />

students and peers. All were recognized<br />

for the lasting impact they<br />

have on their students.<br />

Launched in 2021, the award<br />

was inspired by the late Barancik<br />

couple’s philosophy on their charitable<br />

giving, often noting, “We<br />

can’t change the world, but we can<br />

change little pieces of it and hope<br />

for a ripple effect.”<br />

Facilitated by the School<br />

District, each Sarasota County<br />

principal nominated one teacher<br />

to be considered for the award. A<br />

committee made up of community<br />

leaders then identified the top<br />

candidates.<br />

Previous winners have used the<br />

funds for classroom improvement<br />

projects, professional development<br />

workshops across the<br />

country, and items like musical<br />

equipment and state-of-the-art<br />

robots to help pique students’<br />

interest in the classroom. Barancik<br />

Foundation has made an ongoing<br />

commitment to award the ten<br />

$5,000 teacher grants each year.<br />

For more information, visit<br />

www.barancikfoundation.org.<br />

Gulf Gate Elementary teacher Michelle Rivas receives Barancik Foundation’s<br />

Ripple Effect award in front of her class.<br />

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1 bunch fresh golden beets (about 5)<br />

1 (15-oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed<br />

drained (about 1 3/4 cups)<br />

2 green onions, diced<br />

2 cloves garlic, minced<br />

1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped<br />

1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley<br />

1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts<br />

1/4 cup ground flax seeds<br />

1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs<br />

(or use gluten-free)<br />

1 tsp. sage<br />

1 tsp. tarragon<br />

1 tsp. thyme<br />

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika<br />

1/4 tsp. black pepper<br />

2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce<br />

2 Tbsp. tahini<br />

Clever substitutions on classic recipes<br />

F Golden Beet Veggie (not meat) Balls<br />

VEGGIE BALLS: Trim beets and scrub outside surface, leaving peels on. Shred beets<br />

with food processor or box grater.<br />

Place beans in a mixing bowl and mash slightly with a potato masher to achieve a thick<br />

mixture with some lumps.<br />

Add beets, onions, garlic, mushrooms, parsley, hazelnuts, flax seeds, breadcrumbs,<br />

sage, tarragon, thyme, smoked paprika, and black pepper. Toss together well.<br />

Mix in soy sauce, tahini, and lemon juice—using hands to combine well.<br />

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour (or overnight).<br />

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.<br />

Form 24 golf ball-sized balls out of the mixture and place evenly on baking sheet.<br />

Bake veggie balls in top rack of oven for about 40 minutes, until golden brown.<br />

Serve with Almond Sage Cranberry Crema.<br />

F Avocado Deviled Eggs<br />

12 eggs<br />

2 medium avocados, chopped<br />

1 medium tomato, chopped<br />

2 Tbsp. red onion, finely chopped<br />

1 clove garlic, minced<br />

1 Tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped<br />

1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice<br />

1/4 tsp salt<br />

Sprinkle of paprika<br />

1/2 jalapeño pepper, minced (optional)<br />

Try These Food “Impostors”<br />

Avocado Deviled Eggs T<br />

This delicious twist on deviled eggs is so creamy and satisfying, you’d never know it was<br />

a healthier version of traditional deviled eggs. The addition of traditional guacamole ingredients—such<br />

as lime, cilantro and tomato—added to the filling bring an extra punch<br />

of flavor. Editor’s Note: I tried this recipe and, across the board, everyone loved it. It’s<br />

super easy and you can add whatever you like and “hold the mayo” if you prefer.<br />

Hard boil eggs by placing eggs in an even<br />

layer in large pot covered by 2 inches of<br />

cold water. Heat pan on high and bring<br />

to rolling boil. Immediately turn off heat,<br />

cover pot with lid and let eggs sit on hot burner for 10 minutes.<br />

Transfer eggs to bowl of ice water to cool; peel eggs.<br />

Slice eggs lengthwise and scoop out yolks; place yolks in large mixing bowl.<br />

Add avocados to yolks and mash with fork until completely mixed.<br />

Add remaining ingredients, except paprika. Stir to combine.<br />

Carefully scoop about 1 Tbsp. of mixture into each egg white half.<br />

Sprinkle with paprika to garnish.<br />

Top with jalapeño, if using.<br />

Note: Fresh eggs are more difficult to peel; to make it easy, buy eggs 1-2 weeks before<br />

you plan to make this recipe.<br />

Per serving: 130 calories, 10 g total fat (0 g trans fat), 185 mg cholesterol, 4 g<br />

carbohydrates, 7 g protein<br />

Golden Beet Veggie (not meat) Balls T<br />


1 cup peeled, slivered almonds<br />

1/3 cup plain, unsweetened plant milk<br />

1 Tbsp. lemon juice<br />

1 clove garlic<br />

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper<br />

1/2 tsp. ground sageSea salt (to taste,<br />

optional)<br />

1 Tbsp. fresh, chopped sage leaves<br />

1/4 cup dried cranberries<br />

ALMOND SAGE CREMA: Soak almonds in water for 2 hours (or overnight).<br />

Drain the water and place soaked almonds in the container of a blender<br />

or food processor.<br />

Add plant milk, lemon juice, garlic, black pepper, and ground sage and<br />

process to make a thick, creamy dip.<br />

Transfer crema to a dish and stir in fresh sage, cranberries, and salt if<br />

desired. May garnish with additional freshly ground black pepper and<br />

fresh sage.<br />

Note: You can use any plain unsweetened plant milk for this recipe (i.e.<br />

soy, almond).<br />

Makes 8 servings (2 1/2 Tbsp). Per serving: 280 calories, 15 g<br />

total fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 28 g<br />

carbohydrates, 12 g protein<br />

F Smoky Chermoula with Spaghetti Squash<br />

Smoky Chermoula with Spaghetti Squash T<br />

Chermoula or charmoula is a marinade and relish used in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan<br />

and Tunisian cooking. It is traditionally used to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be<br />

used on other meats or vegetables.<br />

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1 medium (approx. 4 pound) spaghetti<br />

squash<br />

3 tablespoons of slivered almonds<br />

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves<br />

1/4 cup olive oil (plus extra to drizzle)<br />

1 teaspoon pressed garlic<br />

2 teaspoons harissa powder or chili<br />

powder<br />

3 tablespoons lemon juice<br />

1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt<br />

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper<br />

3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika<br />

Lemon zest<br />

Preheat oven to 375°. Prick the squash all over with the tines of a fork. Place foil on a<br />

rimmed baking sheet, and place the squash on its side in the preheated oven. Bake for<br />

about one hour, or until soft to the touch. Turn once mid-baking.<br />

Remove squash from the oven. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then slice it horizontally,<br />

and scoop out and discard the seeds and pulp. Separate strands with a fork and set aside.<br />

Spread almonds in one layer on an ungreased, rimmed baking sheet and lower oven<br />

temperature to 360°. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden<br />

and set aside.<br />

In a blender, add two tablespoons of the roasted almonds (set aside one tablespoon for<br />

garnish), cilantro, oil, garlic, powder, lemon juice, salt, pepper and paprika and blend<br />

until smooth. Taste and adjust if needed.<br />

Serve one cup squash with 1/4 cup of the chermoula, massaged gently through squash.<br />

Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, the additional tablespoon of roasted<br />

almonds and lemon zest and enjoy immediately.<br />

Watermelon Cake T<br />

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this fun no-bake “cake” the whole family will enjoy. Greek<br />

yogurt, cream cheese, and a little whipped cream create a sweet and tangy frosting. Top<br />

with seasonal berries for a cool and healthy dessert.<br />

1/3 cup whipping cream<br />

12 oz. non-fat plain Greek yogurt<br />

2 Tbsp. reduced-fat cream cheese<br />

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar<br />

1 tsp. lemon juice<br />

1 medium seedless watermelon, wellchilled<br />

Blackberries, kiwi slices, red<br />

raspberries, for garnish<br />

Pour whipping cream in small mixing bowl<br />

and chill in refrigerator for about 10 to 20<br />

minutes. (Cream is easier to whip when cold.)<br />

Meanwhile, in medium mixing bowl, mix<br />

together yogurt and cream cheese.<br />

When cream is chilled, add sugar to cream<br />

and whip with whisk or electric mixer until<br />

moderately stiff peaks form. (Be careful not to over beat, as too much whipping will turn<br />

cream to butter.) Add whipped cream and lemon juice to yogurt/cheese mixture. Chill.<br />

Slice off both ends to make a flat top and bottom on your melon. Set melon on one flat<br />

end and carve rind off sides to make a round, cake-shaped melon.<br />

Place melon cake on serving plate and frost top and sides with chilled icing. Decorate with<br />

fruit on top and around the bottom. Keep well chilled until serving. Makes 10 servings.<br />

Per serving: 150 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 26 g carbohydrate, 5 g protein<br />

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• Transportation for those suffering from seizures is readily<br />

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• There is a network of support and resources available<br />

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seizure disorder feels alone or isolated.<br />

• People are educated and trained and can respond<br />

appropriately to help someone when they are<br />

having a seizure.<br />

For more information contact:<br />

JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation, Inc.<br />

5428 Sundew Drive<br />

Sarasota, FL 34238<br />

Info@JoshProvides.org<br />

(800) 706-2740<br />

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