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June


"Crate Expectations" Citrus Exhibit
Fri. Jun. 23 thru Thu. Aug. 31
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Come view colorful, original citrus labels and memorabilia from local citrus. Have a photo op with Captain Citrus, the newest super hero from Marvel Comics!
Location: Historical Exhibit and Education Center, 701 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: foschc.org or 941.361.2453

 

July


Advanced Archery
Sat. Jul. 29
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Practice and develop your archery skills as you shoot at moving and other unique targets! Instructor Riley Wimans, lifelong archer and certified archery instructor, will help you succeed! Equipment will be supplied. (but bring your own if you have it.) $15. Rain or shine. Advance registration is necessary.
Location: Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Information: crowleyfl.org or 941.227.9003

 

August


Back to School Bash at Music Compound
Sat. Aug. 26
4:00 PM
Join Music Compound for our Back to School Bash on August 26th! From noon - 4pm, we host kids activities, live music and meet our awesome staff! Enjoy the music of the Savannah Brady Band while sipping samples from Big Top Brewery. This event is free and open to the public - we'll see you soon!
Location: Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.musiccompound.com/events or 941.379.9100

 

September


Singer/Song Writer's Concert!
Fri. Sep. 8
6:00 PM
Calling all singers and song writers! Music compound will be holding a FREE open mic concert on Friday, September 8th from 6-8pm. Jam with a variety of musicians, meet our accomplished staff and other artists just like you!
Location: Music Compond, 1751 Cattleman Rd Sarasota
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100
Macy's Wedding & Special Occasion Expo
Sat. Sep. 9
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Macy's @ University Town Center has gathered the best of the best local special occasion vendors to assist with your special event. Admission is free. Join us and bring a friend!
Location: Macy's @ University Town Cente
Information: www.macys.com/registry or 941.232.7325
The Mystical Bazaar
Sat. Sep. 23
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
A day of fun, mystical connections and experiences! A marketplace for the public to enjoy: Vendors, Psychic Readers, Speakers, Healers, Jewelry, Gemstones, Metaphysical items, and more.
Location: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
Information: www.Thespirituniversity.com or 215.353.6159

 

October


Wayne and Friends
Sun. Oct. 1
5:00 PM
FREE Concert. Our own organist/accompanist Wayne Fisher will open the 2017-18 Concert-Series by joining with five outstanding Sarasota musicians: Gary Reinstrom - French horn, Linda Bento-Rei —flute, Carlann Evans — violin, Cheeko Matsusaka - cello, and Michelle Nicholette — flute. They will join Wayne for a spirited concert of Solos, Duets, Trios and combined pieces using eight instruments.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Chruch, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshores.org or 941.922.1597
Beer, Bands, and Barbeque
Sat. Oct. 7
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The 3rd Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ presented by Music Compound. Local craft and Domestic beers will be on tap. Yummy, local restaurants will be serving up BBQ inspired dishes. Top, local bands will take the stage for 45 minute sets. $15 at gate
Location: Sarasota Farm Bureau, 7289 Palmer Boulevard
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100

 

November


Cocktails and Conversation with Colonel Don Christensen (ret) USAF
Sun. Nov. 5
5:00 PM
Don Christensen, the former Chief Prosecutor of the USAF and Protect Our Defenders founder, Nancy Parrish will talk about their work in providing our service members with a safe and respectful work environment. Proceeds will benefit Protect Our Defenders Pro Bono Legal Network Program, which provides free legal and casework services to veterans and active duty members for claims arising from being raped or sexual assaulted while on active duty, including claims relating to various forms of retaliation. Catered graciously by Jeremy Hammond-Chambers of Innovative Dining. Location: Private Residence (Disclosed Upon Ticket Purchase)
Location: Private Residence
Information: www.protectourdefenders.com or 650.544.4090
Bethune Cook-man University Concert Chorale
Sun. Nov. 19
5:00 PM
FREE concert. The Bethune Cook-man University Concert Chorale Established in the 1950s and '60s as one of the nation's premier Concert Choirs, they are known as "The Ambassadors of Good Will." The Chorale has traveled across the United States, Canada, The Bahamas, and other countries. Since 2013 the Chorale, led by Damon H. Dandridge, has continued its domestic travel and has performed abroad in Colombia, South America and Cuba. In December 2016, the Chorale performed at the White House and had an exclusive audience with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Chruch, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshores.org or 941.922.1597
Sarasota's Solutionary Health Festival
Sat. Nov. 25
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Featuring knowledgeable speakers, health food, live music, health-oriented vendors, a kids’ health zone, health trivia, yoga, and more, the Solutionary Health Festival is fun for all! Solutionary Events is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the intention to create healthy, compassionate, and regenerative communities through leading vegan and socially responsible events.
Location: Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey
Information: www.solutionaryfestival.org or 941.730.4745

 

December


Arthritis Foundation 2017 Jingle Bell Run-Manasota
Sat. Dec. 2
7:30 AM
Be part of the longest-standing, holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere – and fight with us to conquer arthritis! The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk, spread smiles and good cheer … and be a Champion of Yes! 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause.
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Information: www.jbr.org/manasota or 813.559.2087

 

January


Swingset
Sun. Jan. 28
5:00 PM
A FREE concert featuring Rebecca Zapen (vocals/violin), Jeremy Douglass (keyboard), and Dave Hamar (drums) Swingset is a classy, swinging, Nat Cole-inspired jazz ensemble based in Tampa Bay, performing songs from the Great American Songbook, Brazilian bossa nova, as well as jazz arrangements of select pop tunes.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Chruch, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshores.org or 941.922.1597

 

March


Pianist Joel Raney
Sun. Mar. 11
5:00 PM
FREE concert. Joel Raney started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. Since 1999, he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Chruch, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshores.org or 941.922.1597
Sarasota Challenge Dancesport Championships
Sun. Mar. 25
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Brilliant Ballroom Dance Competition in Florida! All level Pro/Am competitions and challenges. Amazing formal dining experience and World Class Professional Show. Tickets available online.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: www.sarasotachallenge.com or 941.704.7613

 

 

 

Recurring Events

Handz-on Family Program
Every Sunday
1:00-3:00 PM
Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to bring their favorite adult to the Ringling Museum for Handz-On!  Guided by creative Museum educators, families will explore the galleries, enjoy family-friendly activities, and make fabulous works of art
Location:  John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Information:  To reserve your space, call Janine Packard, Education Specialist at 941-359-5700 ex 1-3703, or email jpackard@ringling.org   www.ringling.org
Palm Singles
Every Monday
6:00 PM
Over 50's singles group meets for dinner at 6 pm followed by a program. We also offer a full monthly calendar of events. This is a great time to come out and make new friends.
Location:  Church of the Palms 3224 Bee Ridge Road
Information:  For dinner reservation call Dotty, 941.924.7430
Meet The Sky
First Monday of the Month from Jan - Sep
Dusk
Join Eve Plews and other sky observers as we explore the infinite night sky. See constellations, stars and planets through telescope provided. Weather permitting. Free for all ages!
Location:  Siesta Key Beach Pavilion
Information:  941.952.1200
Free Yoga On Siesta Beach
Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat
9:00 AM
Bring your own mat and water to the Siesta Beach Main Entrance. Taught by Avananda (with over 35 years of teaching experience in Hawaii and around the world. If your  coming for the first time it would be good to call.
Location:  Siesta Beach
Information:  941-320-6693 or email yogaonsiesatabeach@yahoo.com hathayogalesson.com
Sarasota African Violet Society
Every 3rd Tuesday  except June, July, August
10:00 AM - Noon
Learn and share America's favorite and most recognized house plant,including monthly workshops.
Location:  First Baptist Church 265 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey
Information:  941.343.0976
Art on the Boardwalk
Every Tuesday, Feb. & March
Noon - Dusk
This exhibit is a juried, weekly event showcasing the fine art and quality craftsmanship of approximately 30 outstanding local and regional artists.
Location:  The Boat Yard Village, 1508 Stickney Pt Rd
Information:  941.539.7972
Edson Keith Mansion Historic Tours
Wednesdays through April 27, 2016 10:00 AM
Tour this Italian Renaissance Mansion, built in 1916. Docents will take guests through the house, recounting its history, its occupants and the early days of the Sarasota Community. Donations gratefully accepted.
Location:  Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information:  941.316.1309 or www.farmhousemarket.org
MOMS Club of Sarasota North
Every 1st Wednesday
10:00 AM
We discuss club business and activities planned for the month while children play or make a craft. You and your children are WELCOME to join us.
Location:  St. James United Methodist, 2049 N. Honore Ave.
Information:  941.306.3649 or momsclubofsarasotanorth.com
Mommy and Me at Mote
Every Thursday
9:50 AM
Ocean education for small fry! Kids ages 2-5 and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed games, songs, stories, crafts, role plays, and guided visits to the Mote exhibits. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Aquarium Entrance.
Location:  Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Information:  www.mote.org/mommyandme
Preschool Storytime
Every Thursday
10:00 & 11:15 AM
For ages 3 and up. Read-aloud stories, music, films, finger games, and community guests.
Location:  Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Information:  941.316.1181
Not-Two-Young Storytime
Every Thursday
10:00 AM & 11:15 AM
For 2-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Read-aloud stories, music, films, finger games, and community guests.
Location:  Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Information:  941.316.1181
Sarasota Shell Club
2nd Thrusday of the Month, Sep - Apr
7:00 PM
Meetings include:  Guest speaker, raffle, door prizes,business meeting, refreshments, and a whole lot of shell talk. Don't miss the fun.  Everyone Welcome.
Location:  Waldemere Fire Station, 2nd Floor
Information:  sarasotashellclub@hotmail.com
Positively Speaking Toastmasters
Every Friday
6:00 PM
Do something different on Friday nights by challenging your mind and having loads of fun with a great group of people. Guests are always welcome.
Location:  Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 5900 N. Lockwood Ridge Road
Information:  941.685.1614 or posspeaking.freetoasthost.org
Live from Downtown it's Friday Night!
Every Friday
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday night downtown has never been better, featuring a different downtown Sarasota neighborhood each week. Every month a new theme to showcase and celebrate Sarasota's unique seasons and holidays.
Location:  1st Friday Palm Ave, Main St, 1st St & Whole Foods
2nd Friday Burns Square (South Pineapple)
3rd Friday Towles Court (Adams & Washington)
4th Friday Rosemary District (Fruitville & Central)
Information: 
Sarasota Farmers Market
Every Saturday
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Every Saturday, rain or shine, the Downtown Farmers' Market is is a potpourri of fresh produce, food, flowers and plants, fine artisanship, friends and fun. It has become a community happening - a gathering place for people to bring families, friends and even dogs to peruse the displays of garden-fresh produce and unique craft products.
Location:  Main St. and Lemon Ave
Information:  www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org
Mommy and Me at Mote
Every Saturday
9:50 AM
Ocean education for small fry! Kids ages 2-5 and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed games, songs, stories, crafts, role plays, and guided visits to the Mote exhibits. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Aquarium Entrance at 9:50 AM.
Location:  Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Information:  www.mote.org/mommyandme