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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

 

August


Reggae Inspired Workshops
Sat. Aug. 19
Inspired by the legacy of Oswald “Ham” Caines Music Compound invites you to FREE workshops on reggae music. Sessions include Music of the Caribbean, Lyrics and searching for the meaning behind popular songs, History behind Caribbean culture, and a Movement class including salsa dancing! Workshop includes a Caribbean inspired lunch and a Jam Session for all aspiring artists. For more information please contact Music Compound at www.musiccompound.com or give us a call at 941-379-9100
Location: Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100
Beginning Archery
Sat. Aug. 19
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn the basics and move from beginning to intermediate skills during this class. All equipment (long and recurve bows, arrows) are supplied. Instructor is Riley Winans, a lifelong archer and professional instructor. $15/person. Ages 10 - adult; children under 15 accompanied by parent. Pre-registration is required. Please RSVP to Anne Cederberg, 941-227-9003, acederberg@crowleyfl.org. Registration available at our website crowleyfl.org. Space is limited! Please register early to assure your place!
Location: Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Information: crowleyfl.org or 941.227.9003
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
Tales of a Lovable Thief
Sat. Aug. 26
6:00 PM
A showcase of lovable, endearing tales of Krishna, one of the most revered and popular Hindu divinities, comes to life with a colorful performance presented by Sai Nrityalaya School for Dance. The performers will take you on a journey through the playful life of an irrepressible child, a terrible prankster, an enchanting flute player, an irresistible lover, and a man who left a broken heart in every home.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: tickets.sarasotaopera.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=3003
Bow Hunter's Safety Course
Aug 26-27 Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sun 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
For Ages 8 and up. This course will include classroom time and practice shooting at targets (not at actual animals during the class) and will certify you as a safe bow hunter in any state or country that requires it. (Florida doesn’t require certification yet but it’s good idea to get trained.) Bows will be supplied, unless you want to bring your own. Study materials will be provided as well. Bring your own lunch. Rain or Shine Instructor: Riley Winans, lifelong archer and Certified Bow Hunter’s Safety Instructor.
Location: Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Information: crowleyfl.org or 941.227.9003
Fairy House Building
Sat. Aug. 26
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Build your own little houses and create a whole village if you like. It’s very inexpensive if you use twigs, shells and stones and anything else you can find . Be creative and your houses will be unique. Kathleen Warno , local decorative artist, will show you how much fun it is! $10 per person. All ages welcome. Instructor: Kathy Warno Pre-paid reservations required. Please reserve your place by contacting Anne Cederberg, 941-227-9003, acederberg@crowleyfl.org.
Location: Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Information: crowleyfl.org or 941.227.9003

 

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
5th Annual Fins, Flippers, and Friends!
Sun. Sep. 10
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fins, Flippers, and Friends: 5th Annual Fundraiser for Sea to Shore Alliance! Spend a glorious afternoon sipping delicious drinks and nibbling hors d'oeuvres as you mingle with Sea to Shore Alliance scientists and friends at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Enjoy live music and breathtaking views as you bid on unique trips, prizes, and items at the silent auction. Guests will also enjoy a presentation by world renowned dolphin expert, Dr. Randall Wells, Director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, who will tell us about his 30+ years of studying dolphins of Sarasota Bay and around the world. Listen to Dr. James "Buddy" Powell, our Executive Director, share stories about his adventures living in the West African bush or working as a field guide for Jacques Cousteau in Crystal River when he was only a teenager. All proceeds from this event benefit Sea to Shore Alliance’s work to protect manatees, North Atlantic right whales, sea turtles and their habitats. Mark your calendars for September 10th! It will be an afternoon to remember!
Location: Sarasota Sailing Squadron
Information: sea2shore.givezooks.com/events/5th-annual-fins-flippers-and-friends
Eco Friendly Florida Fest 2017
Sat. Sep. 16
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Connecting the community with their local resources for going green by bringing together over eco-conscious business in one place to sell their goods/services.
Location: Municipal Auditorium 801 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: ecofriendlyfloridafest.com or 941.549.5738
Eco Friendly Florida Fest 2017
Sun. Sep. 17
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Connecting the community with their local resources for going green by bringing together over eco-conscious business in one place to sell their goods/services.
Location: Municipal Auditorium 801 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: ecofriendlyfloridafest.com or 941.549.5738
2017 World Rowing Championships
Sep 23 - Oct 1 Times & Events Vary
We welcome the world. For the first in over twenty years the World Rowing Championships will return to the United States of America at the newly developed Nathan Benderson Park. We are excited to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships. From rowing enthusiasts of all ages to volunteers of all kinds the Sarasota-Bradenton community is ready to Welcome the World.
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Information: wrch2017.com/
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
8th annual Taste of St Armands
Sat. Oct. 7
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Come enjoy tastes from over 18 restaurants in St Armands as well as some delicious libations. Our very popular silent auction will be returning with fabulous packages from our local stores, boutiques and galleries. participate in our 50/50 raffle and listen to live music throughout the event. hope to see you there.
Location: St Armands Circle
Information: www.starmandscircleassoc.com or 941.952.8367
ReptiDay Sarasota Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo
Sat. Oct. 7
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
ReptiDay Sarasota is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!
Location: Sarasota County Fairgrounds Potter Building
Information: repticon.com/florida/reptiday-sarasota/ or 863.268.4273
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
SCOPE Annual Celebration and Boundary Crosser Award
Wed. Oct. 11
5:30 PM
Join us in honor of Michael Klauber, SCOPE's 2017 Boundary Crosser Leadership Award recipient. Owner of Michael's on East, co-founder of Manatee Sarasota Originals and leader in the hospitality sector, Michael Klauber brought the community together in a shared vision for a vibrant waterfront. Limited seating, RSVP at SCOPEsarasota.org. Sponsorships available; contact Kim Noyes at SCOPEboundarycrosser@SCOPEsarasota.org.
Location: Michael's On East
Information: www.scopesarasota.org/bc2017/ or 941.365.8751
Sarasota Contemporary Dance + Piazzolla
Oct 12-15 Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30 PM, Sundays @ 2:00 PM
The highly anticipated collaboration with renowned harpist Ann Hobson Pilot and violinist Tai Murray is a performance inspired by the music of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla, the world’s foremost composer of tango music. “The evening will not be a tango show,” says Bolaños Wilmott, “but rather a unique spin on this famous artist, both musically and choreographically, which promises to keep romance alive through a hot contemporary production.”
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099

 

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
AJC 2017 Civic Achievement AWard Dinner
Thu. Nov. 16
6:00 PM
American Jewish Committee West Coast Florida is proud to honor Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens with its 2017 Civic Achievement Award at a Tribute Dinner at Michael’s on East in Sarasota! The event will include a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm with dinner following. This prestigious award is presented to individuals for their professional achievements and civic-minded leadership. Dinner chairs are Gerri Aaron, Teri Hansen and Jean Weidner-Goldstein. Sponsorships start at $1,000. Please contact AJC Director, Brian Lipton.
Location: Michaels On East, 1212 East Avenue South
Information: liptonb@ajc.org or 941.365.4955
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
Voices of Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Nov 30 - Dec 3 Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30pm, Sundays @ 2:00pm
“Our annual spectacle, ‘Voices’ is a hallmark of the company’s approach to dance,” says Bolaños Wilmott. “It is full of physicality, thought, and delight.” Original and adventurous, the works presented are choreographed by company members and emerging choreographers from around the country. In this performance, four Emerging Choreographers, selected by adjudication from SCD's Summer Intensive Program, will have the opportunity to expand and set their work for the main stage. “This idea of fostering emerging choreographic voices is beginning to attract more and more attention to our performances. Our local audiences also want to see the future choreographers of contemporary dance as they are just blossoming” says Bolaños Wilmott.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099

 

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


Dance Makers
Jan 25 - 28 Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30 PM, Sundays @ 2:00 PM
This performance will be the main event of the season, featuring new imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Millicent Johnnie of Brazil, Lucy Bowen McCauley of DC, Rosanna Tavarez of CA, and Crystal Edwards of FL. In season 12, this popular annual concert will feature imaginative dance pieces by these internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers. Also featured is a solo from the 1920s by pioneer of modern dance, Ted Shawn, as re-staged by Historical Modern Dance Specialist Jack Clark. “We have selected these works to present the power, charm, and diversity of the company, in addition to our mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community” said Bolaños Wilmott.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
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

 

May


Evolving/Revolving
May 10-13 Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30 PM, Sundays @ 2:00 PM
The final performance of the Sarasota Contemporary Dance's 12th season comprises diverse new works by past company collaborators, and dancers Anamaria Diamant, Sandra Portal-Andreu, Doug Gillespie, Rachael Inman (co-founder of Fuzión Dance Artists, now SCD), and Kristin O’Neal. “This performance celebrates the company’s past and future through impactful collaborations,” said Bolaños Wilmott.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099

 

 

 

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