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November


Jack West, Architect: 60 Years of Sarasota Design
Thu. Nov. 9 thru Sat. Feb. 24
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The exhibit, featuring more than 70 architectural and urban planning projects conceived by Jack West while practicing in Sarasota, will be on display through the end of February 2018 at the Historical Exhibits and Education Center located in the historic Chidsey Library at 701 N. Tamiami Trail. Days and hours of operation are Thursday - Saturday
Location: Sarasota County History Center, 701 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: foschc.org or 941.361.2453

 

January


Ordinary and Extraordinary – An Architecture of Heightened Awareness Exhibit
Through Apr. 14
Tue-Fri Noon-5:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The first stop on its tour throughout the USA, this exhibit presents the work of Brooks + Scarpa, one of the most innovative and celebrated architecture and design practices in the USA who are described as “working at the intersection of fine art and socially responsive, progressive design.” Free.
Location: Center for Architecture Sarasota
Information: cfasrq.org/exhibitions/ or 941.350.5430

 

February


Manatee Community Concert Band--"The Tony Award Goes To"
Sat. Feb. 17
7:30 PM
“The Tony Award Goes to…”, featuring 90 minutes of your favorite Broadway hits, will be presented by the Manatee Community Concert Band under the direction of Randy Gilmore. Concert is Open and Free to the public, with donations appreciated, featuring highlights from Sound of Music, Music Man, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera and much more. See you there!
Location: Braden River High School Auditorium, 6545 53rd Ave. E. (State Rd. 70 E.), Bradenton
Information: www.manateeconcertband.org or 941.462.3188
Michael McDonald
Sat. Feb. 17
8:00 PM
Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin,” the five-time Grammy Award®-winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
7th Annual Superhero 5K and 1k Fun Run
Sat. Feb. 17
8:30 AM
Please join us as we raise awareness about foster care needs in our community. Did you know there are close to 1500 children in foster care in Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto counties? For these reasons, as in year's past, we highly encourage all runners to wear their favorite Superhero outfit to honor the true Superheroes -- kids in foster care and those who care for them! Given the right positive influences in these kidÂ’s lives, we believe the kids are resilient enough to push through and achieve incredible things in their lives.
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Information: www.5khero.com or 941.306.8628
Lido Beach Winter Fine Art Festival
Sat. Feb. 17 thru Sun. Feb. 18
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Explore art at the Lido Beach Winter Fine Art Festival. Discover how original, handmade art enriches your life. Artists from throughout Florida and across the United States create an outdoor gallery of original art. Painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more. FREE admission. See you there!
Location: Lido Beach on Lido Key, 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr.
Information: www.paragonartevents.com/S-36-Lido+Beach+Winter+Fine+Art+Festival.html or 941.487.8061
Sarasota Opera presents "Manon Lescaut"
Sun. Feb. 18
1:30 PM
Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des GrieuxÂ’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet despite the jewels and parties, ManonÂ’s love for Des Grieux is inextinguishable and will burn them in ways they do not foresee.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: tickets.sarasotaopera.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=2645 or 941.328.1300
Valentine Concert
Sun. Feb. 18
3:00 PM
Join us for an afternoon of Russian and European Romantic Music with award winning musicians Elona Krasavtseva + Nina Wegmann.
Location: Allegro Music Academy, 241 Whitfield Ave
Information: www.allegromusicacademy.com or 941.358.8511
The Hot Sardines
Sun. Feb. 18
7:00 PM
Quality is timeless. Just ask The Hot Sardines. In the hot jazz movement, The Hot Sardines stand apart for the innovation, verve and sheer joy they bring to music, both new and old. Music first made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice. DonÂ’t miss this exciting Sarasota premiere!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jazz in the Park - 3 bands
Sun. Feb. 18
12:00 PM
Free outdoor event at Phillippi Park. Begins at 12 noon with three bands: Thomas Carabasi Quartet, Westcoast Gospel Choir, North Port H.S. Jazz Band. Bring blanket or chairs, no coolers allowed.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
Stayin' Alive
Mon. Feb. 19
8:00 PM
Stayin' Alive, with Tony Mattina, Todd Sharman and George Manz, creates a realistic sense of hearing and experiencing the brothers’ Gibb live in concert. The trio, backed by studio musicians, wholly capture the sound mystique of The Bee Gees and offers their audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list. Singing blockbusters such as “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin,” “Nights On Broadway” and “Stayin’ Alive.” In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as “I Started A Joke,” “Massachusetts” and “To Love Somebody,” among other great hits. This Sarasota premiere is the largest and most definitive production of its kind, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Opera presents "Manon Lescaut"
Tue. Feb. 20
7:30 PM
Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des GrieuxÂ’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet despite the jewels and parties, ManonÂ’s love for Des Grieux is inextinguishable and will burn them in ways they do not foresee.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: tickets.sarasotaopera.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=2645 or 941.328.1300
Jazz at Two - Lorri Hafer Quartet
Fri. Feb. 23
2:00 PM
Lorri and Mike Hafer present the “Music of their Life”. Music of composers, such as, Gershwin,Ellington, Jobim, Harry Warren, and the swinging sounds of the Big Band Era and classic jazz standards. Lorri was featured vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Les Brown’s Band, guest vocalist with Buddy Morrow & the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Mike Hafer, piano, Paul Hafer, bass and drummer TBA
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
Wicked Water Panel Discussion
Fri. Feb. 23
6:00 PM
Award-winning architects and professors present this panel discussion. Brooks + Scarpa principal Jeffrey Huber will be joined by Keith Van de Reit, recognized for his innovative work in creating and engineering structures to better protect coastal communities, and Tim Rumage, environmentalist and professor at Ringling College of Art and Design.
Location: Center for Architecture Sarasota
Information: cfasrq.org/ or 941.350.5430
Sarasota Invitational Regatta
Fri. Feb. 23 thru Sat. Feb. 24
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Ninth annual Sarasota Invitational Rowing Regatta at Nathan Benderson Park , site of the World Rowing Championships. 1500 Youth, Masters, and Adaptive from the regional southeast and around the country compete in this nationally recognized Regatta. Spectating is free, parking is $5.
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Information: sarasotainvitational.com
Sarasota Opera presents "Manon Lescaut"
Sat. Feb. 24
7:30 PM
Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des GrieuxÂ’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet despite the jewels and parties, ManonÂ’s love for Des Grieux is inextinguishable and will burn them in ways they do not foresee.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: tickets.sarasotaopera.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=2645 or 941.328.1300
Moscow Festival Ballet - Romeo & Juliet & Carmen
Tue. Feb. 27
8:00 PM
Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko brought together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi & Kirov Ballets. Romeo & Juliet, the full-length ballet with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and choreography by Elena Radchenko, is the second part of our program. Carmen, a full-length ballet in one act, was initially banned by the Soviet hierarchy as "disrespectful" to the opera. It has since become, however, popular in the West and a “highly entertaining retelling” of Bizet’s tale. (Sanderson, allmusic.com).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

March


The Orioles Present Nashville's Music Row Comes to the Ballpark
Thu. Mar. 1
7:00 PM
For the third consecutive year, the Orioles will host ?Nashville?s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark??an exclusive outdoor performance at Ed Smith Stadium. Every dollar raised at the charity event, which brings together athletes and artists playing for their community, will benefit local arts, culture, education and youth empowerment in Sarasota, Nashville and Baltimore. This year?s event is presented by the Orioles in partnership with the Greater Sarasota Area Chamber of Commerce and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. The intimate evening will begin with a VIP cocktail reception, followed by performances showcasing a cross-section of Nashville?s vast songwriting community. Performers will include THE WARREN BROTHERS, GRAMMY nominated and CMA award-winning songwriting duo and CMT reality series stars; LEE THOMAS MILLER, Three-time GRAMMY nominated, CMA and AMC award-winning songwriter; TINA PAROL, Disney Music Group and multi-genre hit songwriter; MARGARET VALENTINE, Dreamlined Entertainment Group songwriter; and a host of special guests.
Location: Ed Smith Stadium
Information: 941.893.6316
Sarasota Opera presents "Manon Lescaut"
Thu. Mar. 1
7:30 PM
Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des GrieuxÂ’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet despite the jewels and parties, ManonÂ’s love for Des Grieux is inextinguishable and will burn them in ways they do not foresee.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: tickets.sarasotaopera.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=2645 or 941.328.1300
Jazz at Two - Tony Boffa Quartet
Fri. Mar. 2
2:00 PM
Guitarist/vocalist, Tony Boffa graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1973. Originally from Maine, Tony performed for many years with his own nine piece show/dance band and small jazz groups. Since moving to Florida's southwest coast, Tony works mostly with small jazz groups, performing music from the Great American songbook and creative jazz renditions of pop tunes. With Matt Bokulic, piano; Jay Heavilin, bass; Joe Bilardo, drums
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
Sarasota Opera presents "Manon Lescaut"
Sun. Mar. 4
1:30 PM
Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des GrieuxÂ’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet despite the jewels and parties, ManonÂ’s love for Des Grieux is inextinguishable and will burn them in ways they do not foresee.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: tickets.sarasotaopera.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=2645 or 941.328.1300
Celtic Woman
Sun. Mar. 4
3:00 PM
One winter’s night in Dublin, Ireland in 2004, an idea was conceived to create a musical ensemble featuring a selection of exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. And so Celtic Woman was born. The show is a joyful fusion of all things Celtic - from bagpipes and bouzouki to Irish dances as well as a universal celebration of life. Celtic Woman is a living legend — they draw you into a culture, and share a heritage that is every bit as enchanting as the women themselves. Don’t miss them live in concert!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Wizard of Oz
Tue. Mar. 6
7:00 PM
A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Jazz Festival
Various Times & Locations
Four days of great music and a verity of activities. See the website for times and locations. 14 performers from around the world will make this a festival that you don't want to miss.
Location:
Information: www.sarasotajazzfestival2018.org
Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl
Wed. Mar. 7
6:00 PM
Annual Jazz Trolley and Pub Crawl brings live jazz to downtown Sarasota. Trolley rides from 5:30. Music from 6 - 10 pm at eight venues/clubs. Wristbands required for trolley and admittance to venues. Performers and venues TBA.
Location: Downtown Sarasota
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
The Wizard of Oz
Wed. Mar. 7
7:00 PM
A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
38th Annual Jazz Festival
Thu. Mar. 8 thru Sat. Mar. 10
7:30 PM
Festival Theme -A WORLD OF JAZZ with musicians from Brazil, Denmark, Japan, Italy, Israel, Sweden and the United States. Ken Peplowski - Festival Music Director Recipient of the Jazz ClubÂ’s 2014 Satchmo Award. Other performers include: Kristian Leth Trio with Kristian Leth, drums; Ole Kock Hansen, piano, Hans Backenroth, bass. Also Sinne Eeg, vocalist, Jimmy Greene, sax; Jeremy Pelt, trumpet; Diego Figueiredo, guitar, Chiara Izzi, vocalist, Houston Person, sax, Graham Dechter, guitar; Akiko Tsuruga, organ; Ehud Asherie, piano; Jeff Hamilton, drums. Events include evening concerts all 3 night and Saturday afternoon concerts and more.
Location: Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N. Palm Ave
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
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
National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Sun. Mar. 11
7:00 PM
Since its inception in 1960, the NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF CUBA has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. International tours have taken the orchestra to The United States of America, Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dance To The Movies
Mon. Mar. 12
8:00 PM
DANCE TO THE MOVIES celebrates and reinvents some of Hollywood’s best musical moments on the silver screen. Seven of TV and stage’s top choreographers bring to life the classic movie dances of yesterday with a fresh new vision! Starring Dancing With The Stars Celebrity Pros, So You Think You Can Dance top finalists and combining forces with singing stars from American Idol and The Voice, DANCE TO THE MOVIES recreates some of the most iconic characters and memorable musical moments from movies like West Side Story, Grease, Chicago, Dirty Dancing and Moulin Rouge, with new, stunning dances to scores from such movies as The Godfather, Titanic, The Matrix and Les Misérables.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Neil Berg's 109 Years of Broadway
Tue. Mar. 13
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Neil Berg returns to the Van Wezel celebrating a record-breaking decade of annual performances with an exciting all new show! 109 Years of Broadway recreates the finest moments from the most memorable shows of the century featuring the actual Broadway stars of shows like Jersey Boys, Wicked, and Mamma Mia! Backed by an excellent New York-based band, Neil Berg presents skillfully revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as electrifying numbers from BroadwayÂ’s freshest hit shows.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Audra McDonald
Wed. Mar. 14
8:00 PM
Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress which makes her the powerhouse artist that she is. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards®, two Grammy Awards® and an Emmy Award®, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. “She is a one-of-a-kind musical super-talent … as a singer she is an irreplaceable resource.” – The New York Times
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Rick Springfield
Thu. Mar. 15
8:00 PM
For all of his accomplishments as an actor, best-selling author, and documentary subject, Rick Springfield’s first love is music. He has toured for over 30 years and this year he returns to Sarasota with his hits! His concerts are legendary with their rock-heavy, high-energy full-band sets. He has sold 25 million records and has 17 top-40 hits, including “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody” and “Jessie’s Girl.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jazz at Two - Jerry Eckert Trio
Fri. Mar. 16
2:00 PM
Jerry is one of the finest pianist in the Bay area. He was arranger for the USAF Air University Band, and music director for such notable performers as John Davidson, Kate Starr, Donald OÂ’Connor, Frank Gorshin and Bobby Vinton. A teacher for 33 years, Eckert now devotes his time to performing regularly and is favorite on the area jazz scene. Trio features Rich MacDonald, drums; Bruce Wallace, bass.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
Conversation and Book Signing with Larry Scarpa, FAIA
Fri. Mar. 16
6:00 PM
Brooks + ScarpaÂ’s Larry Scarpa, a graduate of the University of Florida School of Architecture, will discuss how the firmÂ’s collaborative approach, design excellence and environmental stewardship resulted in unique buildings of all types. Brooks + Scarpa was named 7th Best Overall Architectural Firm in the US by Architect Magazine.
Location: Center for Architecture Sarasota
Information: cfasrq.org/ or 941.350.5430
Sarasota Opera presents "Manon Lescaut"
Sat. Mar. 17
7:30 PM
Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des GrieuxÂ’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet despite the jewels and parties, ManonÂ’s love for Des Grieux is inextinguishable and will burn them in ways they do not foresee.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: tickets.sarasotaopera.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=2645 or 941.328.1300
The Four Phantoms
Wed. Mar. 21
8:00 PM
Former leading men from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera – Brent Barrett, Ciarán Sheehan, Franc D’Ambrosio and Marcus Lovett – bring the Sarasota Premiere of The Four Phantoms to the Van Wezel. A glorious new show that celebrates the legendary work of the many composers and artists who have made Broadway an American art form, The Four Phantoms will hold you spellbound as they revisit the passion of the masked man and honor the musical legacy of Broadway!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
America
Thu. Mar. 22
8:00 PM
Perennial classic-rock favorite America returns to the Van Wezel. The original band comprising Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek quickly rose to fame with their chart-topper “A Horse With No Name.” In the early '70s their massive success continued with classics such as “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway” and “Lonely People.” America’s musical journey has provided decades of lush, melodic folk-rock sounds and tight vocal harmonies
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jazz at Two - Patricia Dean Trio
Fri. Mar. 23
2:00 PM
Patricia Dean, drums and vocals. As a drummer, she is an inspiring and supremely tasteful time-keeper, accompanist and soloist. As a jazz vocalist, she is swinging, sensitive and wonderfully musical. Joining Patricia are Scott Smith, bass and Danny Sinoff, piano and vocals. Sinoff studied classical piano and turned to jazz at 17. His influences are Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Kenny Barron, Harry Connick, Jr and Frank Sinatra.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
Sarasota Opera presents "Manon Lescaut"
Fri. Mar. 23
7:30 PM
Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des GrieuxÂ’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet despite the jewels and parties, ManonÂ’s love for Des Grieux is inextinguishable and will burn them in ways they do not foresee.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: tickets.sarasotaopera.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=2645 or 941.328.1300
Academy of St. Martin In The Fields w Joshua Bell
Sat. Mar. 24
8:00 PM
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the worldÂ’s greatest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the worldÂ’s most-loved classical music. Led by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, the Academy retains the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble, which has become an Academy hallmark, while pushing the boundaries of play-directed performance to new heights.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Children's Concert featuring Jack Hartmann
Sat. Mar. 24
10:00 AM
The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County is proud to bring well known children's song writer and performer Jack Hartmann to Sarasota to perform for our areas children and families.
Location: Riverview Performing Arts Center 1 RAM Way
Information: www.riverviewperformingarts.com/Buy-Tickets or 941.954.4830
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
Sarasota Challenge Pro/Am Ballroom Dance Competition
Sun. Mar. 25
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
World's most exciting Pro/Am Ballroom Dance Competition. Dancers from all over the world compete in various levels and styles of ballroom dancing. Event is packed with seminars, competitions, shows and formal dinners at night. World Class 10 Year Anniversary Professional Show with headliners Manuel Favilla and Natalia Maidiuk.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: sarasotachallenge.com or 941.704.7613
Peter Pan
Mon. Mar. 26
7:00 PM
Based on the story by James M. Barrie, Peter Pan the 3D Stage Spectacular brings Never Never Land to life like never before. The audience will receive 3D glasses and literally fly with Peter Pan and Wendy to Never Never Land along a journey of breathtaking flying sequences and video rides on a huge panoramic screen. Peter Pan combines never before seen holograms, video-mapping and L.E.D. screens with jaw-dropping acts by 30 performers – including dancers, singers, actors from the London stage, and former Cirque du Soleil acrobats. All in attendance will become the lost children along with the boy who never grows up for 95 minutes of rides and thrills, joyful tears, and excitement.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Motown The Musical
Tue. Mar. 27
8:00 PM
It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Motown The Musical
Wed. Mar. 28
8:00 PM
It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Motown The Musical
Thu. Mar. 29
8:00 PM
It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Motown The Musical
Fri. Mar. 30
8:00 PM
It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

April


Illusionist Rick Thomas - Nothing Happens Until You Dream
Wed. Apr. 4
8:00 PM
Rick Thomas performs the most intriguing and innovative grand illusions in the world with a style unlike any other magical entertainer. His stage presence is unmatched as he weaves magic, music, comedy and dance into a seamless spectacle. But it’s the performance that Rick does beyond the magic, with his engaging one-of-a-kind persona, that sets him apart! “Fabulous entertainment for the entire family!” – Chicago Tribune
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Robert Dubac's The Book of Moron
Thu. Apr. 5
8:00 PM
Buckle up for a hilarious joy ride over the pot-holed highways of cultural hypocrisy with Robert Dubac's THE BOOK OF MORON! Having been brainwashed by a culture that worships Kardashians over character, delusion over truth and selfies over self-effacement, Dubac begins his journey with one simple question: Who am I? What do I believe? What's the point? Okay, that's three questions but suffice to say, he has no answers. Just voices. Inner voices who come to life with precision and wit. It's comedy on steroids. Think your funny bone can handle it?
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jazz at Two - Dave Morgan Trio
Fri. Apr. 6
2:00 PM
Now a full time Florida resident, Dave is a drummer, vibist and vocalist, He performs on the Gulfcoast from the Tampa Bay area to Naples with his own group and some of the areaÂ’s top musicians. During his career, he has performed with many big bands and entertainers, such as, Bob Hope & Phil Harris. Joining him are Mark Neuenschwander, bass and Marty Morell, long time member of the Bill Evans trio .
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
Moon Over Myakka Concert
Fri. Apr. 6
7:00 PM
Outlaw/guitarist Raiford Starke has earned a reputation for high powered roots rocking live performances. Listeners credit Starke's Southern swamp-boogie for always confirming a raw but considerable talent. Cost $20 per person ($15 for Friends members). Bring your chair and your friends! Park entrance fee waived for concert after 5 PM
Location: Myakka River State Park
Information: friendsofmyakkariver.org or 941.361.6511
The Value Of Insects
Sat. Apr. 7
1:30 PM
Karen Finch will educate us on the vast and engrossing world of insects, followed by a walk in our gardens to find and watch different insects at work. $5 donation
Location: Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center, 999 Center Road
Information: www.sarasotaaudubon.org
La Musica Open Rehearsals
April 7 -17 Time & Location varies depending on day of week
A unique opportunity to discover how notes come together to form a musical masterpiece and how musicians make this happen. Free for series subscribers, faculty, students; or pass to all rehearsals for $75 in advance; or daily pass $15 at the door. For specific dates, times and locations: lamusicafestival.org.
Location:
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/festival/rehearsals or 941.366.8450
5th Annual Fins, Flippers, and Friends!
Sun. Apr. 8
5:00 PM
Spend a refreshing evening sipping delicious drinks and nibbling hors d'oeuvres as you mingle with Sea to Shore Alliance scientists and friends at the South Florida Museum. 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 Dr. James Buddy Powell, Executive Director of Sea to Shore Alliance. Listen to Dr. "Buddy" Powell 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.
Location: South Florida Museum
Information: tinyurl.com/fins-flippers-friends
Jazz at the Temple - Ben Sidran
Sun. Apr. 8
7:00 PM
With Ben Sidran, jazz pianist - recognized as the host of NPRs landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive”, which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Israel 7:00 pm. tickets: $35 - $40
Location: Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival
Mon. Apr. 9
8:00 PM
La Musica brings together the finest musicians from around the globe to perform a four-concert series as part of its annual chamber music festival. Single tickets are $40 each; a series subscription is $150 and includes a festival rehearsal pass.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
“Sources of Inspiration” Panel Discussion
Tue. Apr. 10
4:35 PM
La MusicaÂ’s world class musicians Bruno Giuranna, Christine Lee, Antonio Meneses and composer Jerry Bilik discuss what has inspired them throughout their careers. Free and open to the public.
Location: Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/festival/rehearsals or 941.366.8450
AJC’s 2018 National Human Relatiohns Award Dinner
Tue. Apr. 10
6:00 PM
AJC is proud to honor Barbara Brizdle with its National Human Relations Award at a Tribute Dinner. This award is presented in recognition of her support of the arts, social programs and BarbaraÂ’s commitment to Israel, and our entire community. The event will include a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm with dinner following. Dinner Chairs are Gerri Aaron, Mark Pritchett, and Larry Thompson. AJCÂ’s CEO, David Harris, will be the Keynote Speaker. Sponsorships start at $1,000.
Location: Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue South
Information: ajc.org or 941.365.4955
Jersey Boys
Tue. Apr. 10
8:00 PM
JERSEY BOYS is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jersey Boys
Wed. Apr. 11
8:00 PM
JERSEY BOYS is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival
Thu. Apr. 12
8:00 PM
La Musica brings together the finest musicians from around the globe to perform a four-concert series as part of its annual chamber music festival. Single tickets are $40 each; a series subscription is $150 and includes a festival rehearsal pass.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
Jersey Boys
Thu. Apr. 12
8:00 PM
JERSEY BOYS is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jazz at Two - Mark Moultrup Jazz
Fri. Apr. 13
2:00 PM
Mark is from Detroit and now resides in St. Petersburg. He was a regular in the top Detroit and Chicago jazz clubs and performed in the Chicago and Detroit Jazz Festivals. Mark has shared the stage and performed with a diverse array of artists such as Smokey Robinson, Bobby Vinton, Marcus Belgrave, Eddie Kendricks, Dave Ruffin Regina Carter and Leslie Gore.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
Wynonna and the Big Noise
Sat. Apr. 14
8:00 PM
Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, return to the Van Wezel this season! Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 33-year career. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo "The Judds," Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival
Sun. Apr. 15
3:00 PM
La Musica brings together the finest musicians from around the globe to perform a four-concert series as part of its annual chamber music festival. Single tickets are $40 each; a series subscription is $150 and includes a festival rehearsal pass.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
Chris Botti
Sun. Apr. 15
7:00 PM
Returning by popular demand with an intimate live concert, trumpeter Chris Botti will again thrill you with his love for rich, evocative melodies and a treasure chest of jazz standards, famous classical masterpieces and soon-to-be instant favorites. Whether heÂ’s performing with illustrious symphonies or at renowned venues around the globe, his unparalleled crystalline and poetic sound transcends musical boundaries and has cemented his place as one of the most brilliant and inspiring forces of the contemporary music scene
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Let It Be
Tue. Apr. 17
8:00 PM
This is the show that you never got to see The Beatles ever perform. Let It Be relives the past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, with favorite hits including “Hard Day's Night,” “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Twist and Shout” and “Strawberry Fields,” and imagines the reunion that never was… "The Beatles are back sending theatre audiences dancing into the aisles" – Reuters, New York
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival
Wed. Apr. 18
8:00 PM
La Musica brings together the finest musicians from around the globe to perform a four-concert series as part of its annual chamber music festival. Single tickets are $40 each; a series subscription is $150 and includes a festival rehearsal pass.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
ABBA the Concert
Wed. Apr. 18
8:00 PM
The audience and press all agree: “This is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get.” ABBA The Concert brings one of the greatest pop phenomena back to life and continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world. Be dazzled by the performance of the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All” and “Dancing Queen.” Come dance, come sing, having the time of your life at the ultimate tribute celebration!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Thu. Apr. 19
8:00 PM
Since 2000, the Silk Road Ensemble has been redefining classical music for 21st-century audiences. Established by world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the musicians represent a global array of cultures while co-creating art, performances and ideas. They draw on a rich tapestry of traditions that make up our shared cultural heritage, creating a new musical language—a uniquely engaging and accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar that reflects our many-layered contemporary identities. Their most recent album, Sing Me Home, won the Grammy® this year for Best World Music Album!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Purple Martins
Sat. Apr. 21
1:30 PM
Sue Guarasci. A fascinating look at the largest American swallow. Opportunity to observe active nests, egg, and hatchlings from our Nature Center PM houses. $5 donation
Location: Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center, 999 Center Road
Information: www.sarasotaaudubon.org
Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival
Sat. Apr. 21
8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
This event brings together culture, sport and international flavors that blend a 2,500-year-old tradition with the fun and excitement of an outdoor festival. Twenty paddlers move in unison, combining strength and teamwork in a boat whose elaborate design originates from ancient China. Admission to the event is free; races will begin at 8:45am and will continue throughout the day. Festival features include the Health & Wellness Village, Food Trucks, the Beer Garden, and a the Marketplace. Families can bring their children to enjoy games and activities in the interactive Kids Zone.
Location: Nathan Benderson Park at 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Information: www.gwndragonboat.com/Default.asp?id=orlando&l=1 or 416.962.8899
Spalding Big Shot Volleyball Series ~ Siesta Key
Sat. Apr. 21 thru Sun. Apr. 22
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Spalding Big Shot Volleyball Series, presented by Unsinkable Polarized, will start the 2018 season at sites throughout Florida during February and April. Teams from throughout the East Coast will compete as they warm up for the 2018 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. All events are sanctioned by Volley America.
Location: Siesta Key Beach
Information: www.volleyamerica.com/VA-Beach-Volleyball-Event.aspx?EventID=3549 or 631.728.0297
Bill Engvall
Sun. Apr. 22
7:00 PM
Bill Engvall is a Grammy®-nominated, multi-platinum-selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. He was a contestant on Season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals. He also lent his voice to the animated comedy series Bounty Hunters, which aired on CMT. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which sold over nine million units and received a Grammy nomination. He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show Blue Collar TV.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Chorus Line
Tue. Apr. 24
8:00 PM
A CHORUS LINE is musical theatre in its most pure form! Its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage has earned the show unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theater. The iconographic stories, simultaneously touching, funny and inspiring, will haunt you long after you leave the theater. A CHORUS LINE, with its powerful true life stories, is what "American Idol", "So You Think You Can Dance", and "The Voice"can only aspire to be - gripping live theater with world famous songs, choreography that’s become part of our popular culture, and imagery that can only be epitomized as “One Singular Sensation” which is A CHORUS LINE.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Chorus Line
Wed. Apr. 25
8:00 PM
A CHORUS LINE is musical theatre in its most pure form! Its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage has earned the show unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theater. The iconographic stories, simultaneously touching, funny and inspiring, will haunt you long after you leave the theater. A CHORUS LINE, with its powerful true life stories, is what "American Idol", "So You Think You Can Dance", and "The Voice"can only aspire to be - gripping live theater with world famous songs, choreography that’s become part of our popular culture, and imagery that can only be epitomized as “One Singular Sensation” which is A CHORUS LINE.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Mummenschanz - You & Me
Thu. Apr. 26
8:00 PM
Swiss-based theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling worldwide audiences for more than 45 years with inventive uses of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects. “you & me” focuses on the love and mutual joy the audiences and performers experience in MUMMENSCHANZ’s one of a kind theatrical performances, hence the title “you & me”. As MUSICIANS OF SILENCE, their soundtrack is the awe, joy, and laughter expressed by audiences in response to their pioneered form of visual theater.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

May


Jazz on the Water
Sun. May. 6
3:00 PM
Sail the waters of Sarasota Bay aboard the Marina Jack II with music by Bill Buchman's "Art of Jazz" group. Boarding at 2:30 pm from the Marina Jack Plaza. Beverages and snacks available for purchase.
Location: Marina Jack II, 2 Marina Plaza
Information: jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
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

 

October


A Slow Fade: Art by Gary Morgan
Oct 12 - Dec 12 All Day
?Though fourteen artworks utilizing various styles and techniques, artist Gary Morgan explores the effects of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals and their loved ones. From the Artist Statement: "This is an exhibition about dementia in its many different forms. I hope you feel empathy for everyone associated with the disease and, most of all, gain a new understanding of the ever increasing challenges created by dementia. This event is free and open to the public.
Location: Selby Public Library Rotunda, 1331 1st Street
Information: 941.861.1100

 

December


Native Plant Sale
Sun. Dec. 2
1:30 PM
Tom Heitzman (Sweet Bay Nursery) will bring a truck of native plants to sell, along with info on where to plant and how much sun and water each plant needs. $5 donation
Location: Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center, 999 Center Road
Information: www.sarasotaaudubon.org

 

 

 

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