Haus of Trikes & Bikes Joins the Cycle Society of Sarasota-Bradenton

Brittany Mattie,

Powersport enthusiasts patiently awaited for Haus of Trikes & Bikes to open its second location, a new 10,000 square-foot showroom in Bradenton. Similar to its headquarters in Fort Myers, Haus of Trikes & Bikes Bradenton will carry inventory and provide service for a mix of motorcycle manufacturers, including household US names such as Harley Davidson and Indian, while also being the official dealership for harder-to-find international bike brands including Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, both Italian made. Haus is also the official dealership for Royal Enfield, a rare breed of models to find on the streets here in Florida—including the Classic 500 cruiser, the Himalayan street bike, the Continential GT cafe racer and the Int650 roadster. Royal Enfields are typically referred to as “the oldest global motorcycle brand in continuous production,” manufactured in factories in Chennai, India, and popular throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. Also available, are a variety of other fun powersport vehicles with two additional wheels, including CF Moto ATVs, UTVs and Side-by-Sides. 

“We are thrilled to become an integral part of the Bradenton/Sarasota area,” says VP of Operations and Co-Owner Jeff Free. “In addition to our large inventory of new and pre-loved motorcycles, our state-of-the-art service center will provide repairs and custom conversions for most touring metric brands and Harley Davidson models.”

Its Grand Opening Party is sure to rally bikers and moto admirers to Saturday, March 21st festivities. Ride up and enjoy live music with 30OT6 Band, various vendors, storewide sales, bites and beverages from local food trucks, and most importantly, the chance to finally check out over 100 motorcycles, trikes and more across the newly-renovated facility. 

Pictured: VP of Operations and Co-Owner Jeff Free. Courtesy of Haus of Trikes & Bikes

6823 14th St. W, Bradenton, 941-375-4200, @hausoftrikesandbikes

[The Dish] 
Fried Meat From the Levant

Andrew Fabian,

Like the cultures and cuisines of the Levant in the Middle East, Sahara Mediterranean Café has maintained a distinct identity in Sarasota even as the region has undergone dramatic changes to its makeup. Every few years, the owners spruce up the décor, slap on a fresh coat of paint and maybe hang up some new art, but the one thing they never change is the flavor profile of the food that has made them so successful for 20 years. Average customers gravitate towards their gyro wraps, and rightfully so. Others might go for a vegetarian platter of hummus, grape leaves, tabbouleh and falafel. But we direct our attention now to kibbeh.

Kibbeh comes from the Classical Arabic word for “ball,” but unlike its more spherically inclined vegetarian cousin falafel, kibbeh often takes the shape of a football. The shape comes from the small cones that are used to mold the delicious morsel, but more important than the shape is its contents. Minced beef gets sautéed with onions, parsley, pine nuts and various spices that may include cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, pepper, allspice or whatever else tickles the fancy of its maker. The spiced meat is then stuffed into a pocket of a crudely made cracked wheat dough, then deep-fried. An exquisitely browned and crispy treat similar to a croquette is the final result, and it makes the perfect fried and meaty compliment to accompaniments like tabbouleh and hummus. 

Photo taken by Andrew Fabian.

Sahara Café and Mediterranean Foods, 1121 South Tamiami Trl., 941-954-1423.

LECOM Launching New Doctor of Healthcare Administration Program

Timothy Novak, D.B.A., M.S.A., FACHT, dean of LECOM’s School of Health Services Administration (SHSA), announced licensing approval by the Florida Department of Education’s Committee for Independent Education for the LECOM Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) three-year concentrated research track terminal degree program. The LECOM D.H.A. degree qualifies healthcare industry professionals as faculty members, preparing them to perform research and teach “the business of healthcare” at the college level and equips senior healthcare executives for advanced career opportunities. D.H.A. graduates will have a next-generation understanding of artificial intelligence, machine learning and the ability to conduct rigorous research and analysis with the objective of applying the findings to real-world decision-making throughout the healthcare industry and effectively interfacing with local, state and federal governments related to healthcare issues. This program is focused on next-generation patient-centered healthcare delivery, support and wellness. 

“The LECOM DHA program creates a unique opportunity for executive healthcare administrators and other professionals seeking to advance their career opportunities by obtaining a terminal degree that is relevant, innovative and provides the essential knowledge and skills required to ‘teach the business of healthcare’ to our next generation leaders,” said LECOM Senior Vice President, Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O.   

For more information about how to apply for the DHA program’s July cohort or any other SHSA master’s degree programs, call (941) 405-1533, email or visit 

[Community Development ] 
City of Sarasota Selects Apollo Sunguard to Install Lido Beach Sunshade

The City of Sarasota has selected Apollo Sunguard as the contractor to design and install a shade sail structure at the historic Lido Beach Concession Building. The shade will provide a refuge from the sun and heat for patrons enjoying the beach and concession area. Custom engineered to suit the location, the shade structure will include multiple fabric shade sails set at different heights and angles. The design will maximize the amount of shade provided in the courtyard while placing the steel structure on the outside to keep the courtyard and walkways clear. The shade panels will block up to 94% of UV rays and lower temperatures underneath by up to 20 degrees, helping reduce exposure to sun damage and heat-related illnesses. Apollo Sunguard was selected for the Lido Beach project by the City of Sarasota’s Parks and Recreation department following a Request for Proposal process. Kevin Connelly, president of Apollo Sunguard, says, “We’re especially proud to be selected for projects in our own hometown. We emphasize form and function, so this project for Lido Beach will have a coastal and nautical feel while providing the UV reduction and cooling shade that beachgoers need on a hot day. It will also be designed to withstand the winds that we know will come over the lifetime of the shade.” The structure is engineered to withstand winds up to 90 mph with the sail shades installed and up to 150 mph with the shades removed. A quick-release system allows the shade panels to be easily removed and reinstalled if needed. The shade structure is one of several improvements being made to the Lido Beach concession area.

The installation of the sunshade is expected to begin in April or May. The concession stand is currently closed, but the installation of the sunshade will not interfere with concession or restroom operations. No installation will take place on Saturdays or Sundays. 

Conceptual drawing of Apollo Sunguard shade structure to be installed at Lido Beach Pavilion.

To learn more about this project or Apollo Sunguard

[Public Education] 
First Day Films Offers Coronavirus Video Free to Business Owners

Following Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declaring a public health emergency over the weekend, local business owners need to do what they can immediately to ensure their team in the workplace is protected in the event of a coronavirus outbreak. In an effort to promote awareness, local health care technology firm First Day Films is offering their educational video on preparing for an outbreak in the workplace for free to all business owners and managers. The four-minute animated video breaks down exactly what the CDC recommends for business owners to prevent, plan for, and respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. “At its inception, our employee benefits, health, and wellness video library was built to educate the workplace. We know that preventing the spread of the coronavirus is the first defense, which is why First Day Films has built a video to build awareness and reduce transmission,” First Day Films founder and CEO Nick Altier said. This comes after two Florida residents (one in Manatee County) testing “presumptively positive” for coronavirus. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases and a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. To access the video for use in your workplace, email First Day Films at or visit the website. 

To learn more about First Day Films or to access the video for use in your workplace

[Marine Science] 
Wonders of Water: A March Celebration of Manatees

This year, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is exploring all of Florida’s watery finery during Wonders of Water, a celebration of everything that’s wet and wonderful about the state of Florida, the planet, and the universe! Take a deep dive into manatee awareness and celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day on Wednesday, March 25, with bonus Manatee Appreciation Day activities on Saturday, March 28. The Bishop has been doing manatee rehabilitation since 1998 and the Museum was a founding partner of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership — a cooperative group of nonprofit, private, state and federal organizations that participate in manatee population management or manatee rescue and rehabilitation. The Bishop has cared for 42 manatees, including the four currently living in the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat: Felicia, Doscal, Viva and Collie! Leave with special take-home manatee activities for kids — paper-bag puppets and coloring pages — along with extended presentations focused on manatee rehabilitation and awareness. 

To learn more about The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Manatee County Kids Eat For Free During Spring Break

The School District of Manatee County’s Food and Nutrition Services Department will provide free lunch to kids during Spring Break, which runs next week from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020. The free meals will be offered to ages 18 or younger, as part of the Spring Break Food Service Program. Two Food and Nutrition Services Mobile Feeding Buses and a Caboose will deliver the meals to seven stops. This program is designed to ensure that children have access to nutrition during the time when school lunches are not available and to help ensure that their students have a healthy body and mind for the remainder of the school year. This service is not based on income status, and all children in Manatee County who are 18 and younger will be able to participate. Many favorite school menu items will be featured on the Mobile Feeding Buses including tornados, cheeseburgers, corn dogs, and pizza, along with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. The buses will have indoor and outdoor seating to allow kids to enjoy their meal in the comfort of air conditioning or in the shade of an awning. Times and locations of the mobile feeding bus stop, along with complete spring break menus can be found on the Manatee County Food and Nutrition Service’s website 

To view a full list of times and locations of the mobile feeding bus stop, along with menu options

[Staff Announcement ] 
360 ORTHOPEDICS Surgeon Named as Chief of Surgery

360 ORTHOPEDICS is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey A. Silverstein, MD as Chief of Surgery at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Dr. Silverstein is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee reconstruction.  He is Managing Partner and President of 360 Orthopedics with three locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Dr. Silverstein hails from West Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University.  He holds his Medical Degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He performed his orthopedic residency at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center and completed Fellowship in hip and knee reconstruction at Florida Orthopedic Institute in Tampa. Dr. Silverstein treats patients at all three of the 360 Orthopedics locations where same day and next day appointments are available when needed. The facilities are full service offering MRI, X-ray, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, EMG, Nerve Conduction Studies, and the dispensing of durable medical equipment. 360 Orthopedics was established in 1978 to offer comprehensive orthopedic care for the community. 

For more information on 360 ORTHOPEDICS

Pop-Up Exhibit with Tom Stephens and John Pirman , March 9 – March 14

A special one-week “pop-up” exhibition of work by Tom Stephens and John Pirman will be on view starting with a free opening reception for both artists on March 9, 5-7 pm. Stephens will unveil new paintings that reflect the environmental effects of Sarasota’s surge in downtown construction. Stephens, who has spent the majority of his life fishing off the west coast of Florida, now depicts the once limitless coastline with the forceful vertical lines of condominium towers. Pirman, an illustrator best known in Sarasota for his back page illustrations in Sarasota Magazine, branches out and reveals his personable, humorous side. Pirman will exhibit a new series of quirky and light-hearted Sarasota portraits. Free admission.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Where are the Jobs? State of The Community Lunch Series , March 10, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce at the Carlisle Inn for a regional labor market update – learn about what industries are experiencing job growth, job compensation rates and the career pathways associated with these careers. This presentation will address the labor market in Sarasota and Manatee Counties and how it compares to the state of Florida. Featured Speakers include Dr. Jerry D. Parrish | Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, Chris Benner, Ph.D. | Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Member registration fees are$35, and $45 for non members. 

Carlisle Inn – Sarasota , 3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

Continuing Studies at Ringling College’s , March 7 – March 15

This concentrated week of workshops welcomes students of all skill levels and features introductory workshops and master classes with visiting and local artists. Students of all skill levels can explore their creative interests and sharpen their artistic skills in non-credit art master classes and workshops offered by the Ringling College Continuing Studies’ Studio + Digital Arts program during its Spring Art Week, March 7-15. Classes and workshops are offered in figure art, painting and drawing, illustration, jewelry, glass art, fiber arts, sculpture, clay, and ink painting. Classes and workshops are held on the Ringling College campus at 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and at the Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information and to register, visit or call 941-309-5111.

Ringling College of Art & Design, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Lucky Leprechaun 5K Walk And Festival , March 14, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The 2nd Annual Lucky Leprechaun 5K and Festival is back and better than ever. Who Knew Pop Up Market will be at the event, and is looking for vendors! Other festival activities include: 5K Walk / Run, The Motorworks Beer Tasting and Game Tent, Food Trucks, Beer Garden, Irish Bar, Costume Contests and a jam-packed Kid Zone featuring the Let’s Jump Events Inflatable area. The Kid Zone will also include magicians, face painting and more. For vendor information please contact, register for the 5K HERE.

Nathan Benderson Park, Nathan Benderson Cr., Sarasota,

John Sims American Pi Day Dinner at The Rosemary Sarasota , March 14, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Rosemary restaurant in Sarasota, FL, is excited to announce American Pi: A Wine and Words Pi Day Dinner – A John Sims Project on March 14. This multi-course multimedia dinner in honor of Pi and all things circles celebrates the intersecting spaces of mathematics, human culture and nature.  The dinner menu will consist of 4 courses, where each course with paired wine will have a guest presenter responding to the Pi theme. The featured guest is Stephen Ornes, an award-winning science and mathematics writer, and author of the recent book, Math and Art: Truth, Beauty and Equations. The first chapter of this book features Sims’ Pi quilt collaboration with Amish quilters in Sarasota, the subject of Ornes’ award-winning podcast episode, How to make an American Pi?. Other guests include Colleen McGue, Chief Transportation Planner of Sarasota, poet Yuki Jackson, actor/musician Michael Mendez, and Modern Jazz Ensemble. John Sims, the event host and current Artist in Residence at The Rosemary says, “Pi Day, as does this dinner event, presents an opportunity to explore and celebrate the power and magic of mathematics as a universal language that can create connections and paths across boundaries of nature, cultures, communities and different creative spaces.” 

For information contact John Sims at and for dinner reservation The Rosemary at 941.955.7600 For more info on these events, please visit

The Rosemary, 411 N Orange Ave, Sarasota,

Home School Third Thursdays , March 19, 10:30 am

The third Thursday of each month is a special day designed just for homeschool families. Facilitated stations designed to engage different age levels will be set up throughout the Museum of Art. Families are free to move through these stations at their own pace to enjoy and learn together as a family. Attendees will be exploring the Circus Museum and learning about the physics behind performers’ bodies, the technological developments that changed the circus, the engineering that coordinated the movements of the circus, and the math involved in running the circus day-to-day. This is free to attend, however, tickets are required. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each program. 

The John & mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

Women & Medicine | Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation , March 27, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

This year marks the 8th Anniversary of Women & Medicine and will feature informative presentations and lively interactive discussions by Sarasota Memorial physicians. To date, Women and Medicine has raised more than $415,000 to support various programs and departments at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. This year’s proceeds with benefit Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at SMH.

Michael’s on East , 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota

Florida Winefest & Auction Announces 2020 Schedule Of Events Celebrating 30th Anniversary , April 2 – April 5

The Board of Directors of Florida Winefest & Auction announced the detailed schedule for the 30th Annual Florida Winefest & Auction events.  The four-day celebration of more than 10 events featuring global wines, gourmet food prepared by local chefs and vendors, will take place April 2 – 5, 2020 primarily on the grounds of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Sarasota Bay under the elegant Winefest tent. To date, Florida Winefest & Auction, Inc. has awarded over $8.6 million in charity grants, making it one of the largest and most successful on-going charity events on the Gulf Coast. Winefest continues to be the best “Party with A Purpose” on the Suncoast. A complete schedule of events with ticket prices can be reviewed at

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The Ringling Welcomes International Expert on Leonard da Vinci , April 4, 10:30 am

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to present author Martin Kemp as part of their Viewpoint lecture series, who will present Living with Leonardo. Having been involved in the “Leonardo business” for over 50 years, Martin Kemp is uniquely placed to discuss the resulting sanity and insanity surrounding the cultural phenomenon of Leonardo da Vinci. The talk will look at selected incidents that involve insights into how Leonardo’s mind worked and how he is received in the present. The topics are drawn from Kemp’s book of the same title. The cost for the program is $10.00 and $5.00 for members. Tickets may be obtained at or by calling. 

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

Blossoms Garden Party , April 11, 10:30 am

The Ringling Museum will host this floral affair celebrating the legacy of Mable’s beloved rose garden. Surrounded by blooming roses, you will enjoy musical entertainment, mimosas and a variety of foods as you stroll the gardens. In recognition of Mable’s legacy the net proceeds from this event will support ongoing maintenance and improvements of the Bayfront Gardens. 

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

Learn to Understand Your Medicare Benefits for FREE in Englewood , March 20, 3:30 pm

Medicare beneficiaries are invited to attend a free presentation about the ins and outs of Medicare in Englewood.  The presentation will feature professionally trained counselors of the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program.  SHINE is a Medicare counseling program offered locally through the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL). SHINE Counselors will offer Medicare 101, a well-rounded presentation that teaches the basics of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D.  A counselor will be available to answer questions after the presentation. SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is operated locally through AAASWFL. Specially-trained SHINE counselors help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to understand their health care options so they can make the best decisions for their individual needs.  The SHINE mission is to provide free and unbiased information about Medicare and Medicaid for beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers. Additionally, counselors can educate beneficiaries about the benefits of their Medicare programs, like preventive services. SHINE counselors can also assist low-income Medicare beneficiaries in applying for cost-saving programs. As part of the national Senior Medicare Patrol program, SHINE counselors also educate beneficiaries to protect, detect, and report potential errors, fraud, and abuse with their Medicare coverage. To receive help from SHINE, individuals may call to schedule appointments at designated SHINE counseling sites, attend enrollment events in their local communities, or arrange to speak with a trained SHINE counselor by calling the AAASWFL Elder Helpline 1-866-41-ELDER (1-866-413-5337). 

Englewood Charlotte Public Library , 3450 North Access Rd., Englewood

SMARTgirl | 2020 Leadership and Mentorship Summit , March 13, 9:30 AM

Part networking, part testimonials from professionals and fully impactful, SMARTgirl is an event held at The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota for select elementary and middle school girls from Sarasota and Manatee counties or who are actively involved in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Sarasota YMCA, Girls Inc or the Girl Scouts. SRQ Media will host a soft-skills focused luncheon where a leader-mentor will be present at each table to connect with the girls and give them the opportunity to ask their most burning questions about their desired career path. The format of the luncheon is a presentation lineup of inspiring women leaders and the organizations supporting the program. Prior to the luncheon, the girls will participate in a networking meet & greet with mentors and local leaders.The goal is to connect young girls to examples of excellence within in our region and provide encouragement, advice and feedback on how to make it happen.

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

Sarasota Architectural Foundation Film Screening of ‘Columbus’ , March 12, 5:30 pm

Columbus is a 2017 American drama film written, directed, and edited by Kogonada in his feature directorial debut. A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his famous architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, instead of pursuing her own dreams to be an architect. The film is shot on location at the many famous architectural icons in Columbus, which are almost a third character in the film. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the United States on August 4, 2017, by the Sundance Institute, receiving acclaim from critics. Among the famous Modernist buildings that feature in the film are the First Christian Church by Eliel Saarinen, the Irwin Union Bank, Miller House, and North Christian Church by Eliel’s son Eero Saarinen, and the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library by I. M. Pei.

*Ringling Students FREE with ID. Otherwise, admission $15. Tickets here

Larry Thompson Academic Center, 2700 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour , March 13 – March 22, 8:30 am – 5 pm

All aboard! Little engineers and their families are invited to Ride, Play, and Stay All Day at Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour. In 2020, Thomas & Friends is celebrating its 75th anniversary, where families can join in the fun with an entire day of adventure when the #1 Engine pulls into the Florida Railroad Museum. This fun-filled event offers families the opportunity to hop onboard an interactive train ride with a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as all-day access to Thomas & Friends activities including photo ops, app stations, toy play areas, and much more! It’s full steam ahead to an unforgettable day when children pick up their “Passport to Adventure” and track their journey to the Imagination Station, the Play Pod, and a Meet & Greet with Sir Topham Hatt, the Railway Controller from The Island of Sodor. Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour will make 34 stops to heritage railroad museums across the U.S. and Canada in celebration of the 75 th anniversary of Thomas & Friends.

Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd Street East, Parrish

Into the Breeches | Asolo Repertory Theatre , February 12 – March 21

“We Can Do It!” said Rosie the Riveter, and so say the women of Sarasota, Florida in this vibrant new comedy. It’s 1942. World War II is on and the leading men of Sarasota’s local playhouse are off at war. But the show must go on and a group of passionate, but inexperienced performers rally together to produce their season opener, an ambitious all-female production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V. Will their production be a victory on the home front or be pelted with rotten tomatoes? This surprisingly modern and moving new play celebrates the singular way that art and community reveal our boldest selves even in the darkest times. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

SRQ Daily Mar 10, 2020

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