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"This is not a home expo - this is truly a festival showcasing Tiny Living, as well as other ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle."

- Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1

[House & Home]  Return of the Tiny Homes Festival
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

In just its second year running, it has grown to be the largest Tiny Home festival anywhere on the U.S. Gulf Coast and second largest in the entire state of Florida. On March 23 and 24, event producer/small business advocacy group LocalShop1 brings back the St. Pete Tiny Home Festival—rolling in more than 30 “Tiny Structures” on wheels, 50 local food trucks, mobile boutiques, regional crafters/artists, home-related businesses, an environmentally conscious water station by Chart 411 and a wine/beer garden presented by the Skyway Marina District.

The local Tiny Home movement proves to be huge and vastly growing due to their reduced costs and minimal carbon footprint. And to embrace the buzzing lifestyle trend, St. Pete Tiny Home Festival 2019 will showcase model homes and custom-made homes by professional builders, tiny work studios, “skoolies” and van conversions, built by talented enthusiasts who roadtrip the country in their habitable, portable creations. Of the SRQ regional standouts, locals can expect to find Siesta Key’s Tiny House Beach Resort, showing off its colorful brigade of vacation homes, as well as Venice’s Tiny Studios LLC, creatively transforming shipping containers into dream work/play spaces.

Tiny Studio's Founder and CEO Tamaryn Sullivan is excited to share this new venture to offer 300-600 square foot villas, studios, cabanas, retail spaces, work units, etc. “I have a massive love for all things design and construction,” she says. “I studied interior design overseas and locally. I also work closely alongside a great local general contractor.” Find Sullivan at the upcoming festival to talk tiny and check out her recently debuted layouts/designs, such as the new Bungalow unit, which is 20’x8’ -160 sq ft (1/bed 1/bath with a mini kitchen and an outdoor shower). Sullivan also noted discussions for a potential project with a not-for-profit organization to provide affordable living micro-homes to the community.

In addition to exploring and touring the grounds, guests will get to speak directly with the homeowners and builders. The event will also include a lineup of two dozen leading experts in the Tiny House Movement, with a through-line theme of eco-friendly living practices. Presentations will be held in the SPC ballroom and include practical advice on living green, sustainable communities, building on a budget, living large in a small space, decluttering your current residence, small ways to make a big difference, going solar and zoning regulations to build your own tiny dwelling.

More than 5,000 people are expected at the second annual St. Pete Tiny Home Festival throughout the weekend, many traveling from throughout the state, even across the country, and the festival is expected to sell out entirely as last year’s did. Founder of LocalShops1, Ester Venouziou highly urges people to buy tickets in advance online. "Last year, both days sold out by noon, and we had to turn away many people who showed up without tickets," she says.

"Come prepared to be entertained as well as informed," Venouziou says. "This is not a home expo—this is truly a festival showcasing Tiny Living, as well as other ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle." 

St Pete Tiny Home Festival 2019 is a production of LocalShops1, and sponsored by Skyway Marina District, Chart 411, Historic Shed, Tiny House Advisor and Leaf Filter. 

Photo courtesy of Tiny Studios LLC

Tickets to the St Pete Tiny Home Festival & Live Local Expo 2019�Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 10am-6pm. SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th St South, St. Petersburg, 33711.

[GoodBite]  Freedom of Choice
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

A modern menu revamp takes shape at State Street Eating House + Cocktails. Introducing a craveable foray of plant-based options and protein accents, diners can now create innumerable combinations of wholesome mash-ups. First and foremost, the new menu puts mindful meals front and center, while allowing guests to capitalize on an aspect that many restaurants frown upon—personalizing.

The latest expansion features a dozen new ‘Chef’s Special Garden Selections’, such as the Seared Cauliflower (drizzled with salted mango chili puree and plated atop a vibrant blend of corn, okra, sweet pepper, cilantro and shallots) or the Szechuan Noodles (sauteed seaweed and a fresh duck egg yolk). Diners can then elect to build upon and enhance their dish of choice with one of eight ‘Protein Preferences’, such as sustainable salmon, seared tofu, domestic shrimp, herb and tumeric marinated chicken, grilled octopus or grass-fed beef.

"He has a way with vegetables that will drive you nuts, they're so good," restaurant co-owner Chris Voelker says of Chef Adam Ruth’s innovations for the menu revamp. With health-conscious choices in an increasingly high demand, Chef Ruth specially delivers flavorful fare to satisfy not only dietary considerations, but diners who simply value dishes that nourish the palate as much as the body. 

Pictured: Seared Cauliflower with Organic Grilled Chicken Breast, Sticky Rice Bowl with Grilled Wild Domestic Shrimp, Half-Crispy Potato & Arugula with Pan-Roasted Salmon.

State Street's New Menu

[Government]  CIty Urges Residents Continue Using Recycling Bins Through April 1

As new, large recycling carts are delivered curbside this month, City of Sarasota residents are urged to continue using their classic recycling bins until April 1. The new single-stream collection system begins April 1, when City of Sarasota crews take over recycling collection.  The current contractor, Waste Pro, does not have the necessary equipment to lift the 65-gallon carts, and recycling carts left curbside prior to April 1 will not be emptied.

Approximately 15,000 carts are being delivered to residential customers throughout March.  The large carts will replace the smaller recycling bins, and the new single-stream system will allow all recyclables to be placed together in the large cart. Once the new collection system begins, the old recycling bins can be placed curbside for pickup, so the City can re-purpose or recycle them.

For more information and instructions on what can and cannot be recycled, plus other Frequently Asked Questions, visit the website below. 


[Government]  Manatee Hosting Public Meetings About Updated FEMA Flood Maps

FEMA representatives and Manatee County officials will hold two meetings in April to answer questions about new FEMA preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and elevation requirements that highlight flood risk and could impact insurance rates for many Manatee County homeowners. 
Over time, flood risks change due to weather events, environmental changes, erosion, land use and other factors. Maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes. FEMA recently released updated, digital flood hazard maps that show the extent to which areas throughout the county are at risk for flooding. The new preliminary FIRM is based on updated coastal modeling and Gamble Creek watershed in Parrish, and many property owners may find that their risk is higher or lower than they thought. If the risk level for a property changes, so may the requirement to carry flood insurance.

These open house meetings are scheduled for April 1 from 4pm to 7pm and April 2 from 1pm to 7pm at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto. Residents can find out whether their flood zone has changed at the website below. 

Manatee County Flood Zone Information

[Business]  Deadline Today for Nonprofit Workshop on Hiring Practices

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has announced that openings remain to register for the upcoming workshop Human Resources: Best Practices for Hiring Employees on March 14. The workshop is for nonprofit organizations and is presented through GCCF’s Invest in Incredible initiative. The deadline to register online at the website below is today, March 12.

The presentation is intended for hiring managers, executive managers, board members accountable for hiring and CEOs, to help set themselves up for success when trying to find the right person for the right job. Attendees will learn about interviewing techniques, effective onboarding processes, and how to evaluate what candidates know and how they will function and contribute in your organization’s culture. The session is led by Laurie Huebner, a senior-level human-resources consultant with extensive experience in the nonprofit and private sectors.

The workshop (8am breakfast; 8:30am–12:30pm presentation) costs $25, and will take place at Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s headquarters in Venice. 

GCCF Human Resources: Best Practices for Hiring Employees Registration

[Business]  Sarasota Farmers Market Announces Updated Attendance Count

The Sarasota Farmers Market has announced an updated attendance count conducted by Roger and Phyllis Barry. On February 1, 2014 attendance for a cloudy February day was 12,424. Roger and his wife Phyllis organized an updated market customer count, which included nine volunteers at different entrances around the market. The attendance for February 23, 2019 was 16,340, an increase of 31.5%. 

Sarasota Farmers Market

[TODAY]  THEATER: A Doll's House, Part 2 , January 18 – March 31

In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 masterwork, Nora Helmer slammed the door on her marriage and family life, leaving her family. This sequel imagines her 15 years later as a successful writer and independent women, but she must return home to the one man who can help her. Universally acclaimed during its recent Broadway run, this new comedy raises questions about marriage and the roles of women have—and have not—changed.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Gauguin's Voyage to Paradise , February 10 – June 30

Just as Paul Gauguin left an indelible mark on the post-Impressionist art world, the deep impact of botanical imagery on his work cannot be denied. This exhibition will highlight the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the savage, primitive and exotic. Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, the show will feature dramatic woodcuts and rarely seen works in other mediums by the artist

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , January 23 – March 17

Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name , Christopher is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an ear-shattering discovery.

[SOON]  THEATER: Love Sung in the Key of Aretha , March 13 – April 28

Four women musically review their life experiences as told through the songs made famous by the late and legendary “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. Join to pay tribute to one of America’s most iconic voices in this joyful appreciation of Aretha’s music and its impact on our lives.

Westcoast Black Theatre Mainstage, 1646 10th Way., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 4 , March 14 – April 19

Through a visceral mixing of oil and acrylic paint, Walter Matthews’ densely worked canvases create a reflection of the artist’s intensity and anxiety. Continuing the annual tradition, Spectrum IV embeds the independent work of three natural solo artists into an experimental installation that blurs the lines between collaboration and contamination. Split between a series of micro-exhibitions, New Realities features the perspectives and studio practices of junior level Fine Art students attending Ringling College of Art and Design.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SRQ MEDIA's SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit, Applications Open , March 15, 9:30am to 1:30pm

Applications are open for this year's SRQ Magazine SMARTgirl Mentorship and Leadership Luncheon taking place on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9:30am-1:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The free program provides 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls attending school in Sarasota and Manatee counties with career pathway exploration, STEM coding workshops and a luncheon featuring speakers presenting on the topic of overcoming challenges, being a leader and achieving success. The sessions and workshops are led by some of the community’s top women leaders including the ambassadors of the Hear Me Roar Leadership Circle.

Free program, no cost to apply or attend. Submit your application online at SRQMAG.COM/SMARTGIRl by Thursday, January 31, 2019 to be considered. All materials for the conference will be provided, including lunch and snacks. Limited spots available, apply early.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Stan Kenton All Star Big Band , March 17

With a 17-piece orchestra, the program includes such well-loved favorites as “Here’s That Rainy Day,” ”September Song,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Minor Blues,” “Artistry in Rhythm” and many more from the American popular music and jazz artist.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Mallets and Forethought , March 21

A percussionist of great versatility and virtuosity, George Nickson brings the marimba to the fore in this concert that includes selections from Debussy’s “Children’s Corner Suite” and “Over The Rainbow” by Harlan/Oetemo. Principal percussionist for the Sarasota Orchestra and founding member of ensemblenewSRQ, Nickson has been hailed across the country, including as “a performer handling his role with ease and flair” by The New York Times.

Michael's on East ballroom, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Ain't Misbehaving , March 21 – April 7

A musical tribute to the black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance and the new “swing” beat, experience the jazz scene—uptown, downtown, raffish and startling beautiful atmosphere. Come, swing and jive to such songs as “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “I’m Going To Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “The Joint is Jumpin’” and, of course, “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

Stone Hall: Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton

[SOON]  GALA: Avant-Garde: A Magical Evening , March 23

Wizards and sorcerers. Magicians and illusionists. Fairies and elves. Genies and dragons. Singer Stevie Nicks or Titania, Queen of Fairyland? Harry Potter or Harry Houdini? Midsummer Night’s Dream or Puff the Magic Dragon? The magical world beckons you to step through the sliding doors of illusion and onto the dazzling Ringling College campus, where we will honor the most wondrous beings in our realm - Ringling College students. Reserve your seats now for this spellbinding evening.

[SOON]  THEATER: Cirque Des Voix , March 22 – March 24

A Key Chorale special event, Cirque des Voix is a performance unlike any other. See world-class circus artists combine with the 100+ voices of the Key Chorale and the musical mastery of the 40-piece Cirque Orchestra to produce one of the most unforgettable productions you’ll ever experience.

The Mall University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota,

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Piano Pizzazz Meets Fiddle Finesse , March 26

Good food and great music is always a perfect pairing. In this performance, enjoy a "West Side Story Medley", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "And I Love Her", "Fiddler on the Toof Medley" and a nod to the classics with "Beethoven With a Twist!"

Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice

[SOON]  GALA: HospitaBull , March 26

Enjoy a night of exquisite dining while supporting USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Hospitality Management program. This dining experience is organized, prepared and served by USFSM students and faculty. Students in the restaurant management, event management and food prep courses organize, plan and execute each aspect of the event from start to finish.

The Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Collaboration Celebration , March 26, 11:30am 1pm

How does a place create a community? We know from research that a person’s zip code is a more reliable determinant of health than their genetic code. Why then, do we still struggle with poverty, addiction and homelessness in this region of beauty and prosperity?

Join us for our annual luncheon in March, where guest speaker Elma J. Felix-Lamontagne, AICP, will deliver a presentation about how places help to shape the identity of a community.

The Westin Sarasota, 100 Marina View Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FOOD: Wine Walk to Ca' d'Zan , March 29, 6:00PM

This is a wine pairing experience unlike any other. Each individually themed station features exciting food and wine pairings along with activities and entertainment throughout the Ringling estate. Taste a variety of wines from Total Wine & More and engage with their wine experts while enjoying culinary delights from Sarasota's top caterers.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE: Mentoring at the Speed of Life, June 13 , June 13, 5-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of deep-dive peer mentorship at the spring SkillSHARE: Mentorship at the Speed of Life on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the SRQ Studios at 331 South Pineapple Avenue in Downtown Sarasota from 5-7:30pm. Register online by submitting questions from the areas in which you'd like to be paired with a peer mentor for the evening at SRQMAG.COM/SKILLSHARE. Light bites and wine. Registration closes on Friday, May 17, 2019; the registration fee is $25 per person. Limited to 16 mentees. For more information, contact SRQ MEDIA at 941-365-7702 x204.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

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