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July


Summer Ballet Intensive
July 3 to Oct 3
Every Wednesday
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Program is for Intermediate to Advanced Ballet students. Focus is on Vagnova method of classical ballet. Class sizes are small to give students individual attention. Students will be placed in appropriate levels to reflect their skill. Students will be trained in ballet, repertoire, contemporary, pas de deux. Students who attend three weeks will perform in "Giselle" in Orlando.
Location: School of Russian Ballet, 8031 Cooper Creek Blvd.
Information: www.schoolofrussianballet.com or 941.962.6664
Sizzling Summer Bellydance Series
Wed. Jul. 3 thru Wed. Oct. 2
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Is the Florida summer not hot enough for you? Treat yourself or someone special this season to some sizzle, sensuality and spice, and dive into this bellydance course held at Art Avenue every Wednesday night at 6:30pm! Surrounded by beautiful art work, this summer course offered by International Productions welcomes dancers of all levels to join in the fun and shimmy the summer away. Dancers with previous or advanced experience will be challenged and explore new layering techniques. Drop-in Rate: $20/class Five-class Summer Pass: $90 Ten-class Summer Pass: $175
Location: Art Avenue Gallery, 3501 S Tamiami Trail
Information: www.tahja.com/belly-dance-classes or 941.504.8446

 

September


Take a Child Outside Discovery Experience
Sat. Sep. 21
11:30 AM
Around the Bend (ATB) celebrates the joy and exuberance of children and the joy and awe that is found in nature. Bringing them together is what we do. To that end, ATB is holding these experiences in partnership with Take A Child Outside, a national effort to reconnect children with nature. (takeachildoutside.org). The benefits of nature for children are many. On the physical level, children who play outside regularly: • are more physically active and agile. • have more advanced motor skills and better balance and coordination • have stronger immune systems and are sick less. • get more vitamin D for stronger bones and are less likely to need glasses. Time in nature also develops a greater sense of awe and wonder, curiosity and connection for children (and adults). The experiences will include fun nature based discovery and sensory activities and will demonstrate to parents engaging ways to deepen their families connection with the outdoors and wildlife. Light refreshments will be served. Participants should bring water bottles. We will have extra water on site and fresh fruit. For Sarasota event please wear shoes (no flip flops!) and clothes that can get wet.
Location: Ken Thompson Park on City Island
Information: www.aroundbend.com or 941.228.5938
Art for the Bahamas
Sat. Sep. 28
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Two local art studio-galleries, Artfinity and Southern Atelier, are organizing a joint fund-raiser to help Bahamian victims of Hurricane Dorian. The public is invited to attend and participate in this worthy cause. Fund-raising activities will consist of the following: --Both galleries will donate 20% of art sales to the Bahamian Red Cross, including sales finalized up to one week after the event. --Artfinity will also donate 20% of orders for custom editing and printing of photo-enlargements (on a variety of archival papers, canvas, or face-mounted acrylic), as well as 20% of custom picture-framing orders. --Southern Atelier will have a free studio painting session with art instructors and live models. Participants are encouraged to donate to the Bahamas Red Cross. --Everyone is welcome to bring unopened, nonperishable food items for the relief effort. We have made arrangements with relief organizations to get these supplies to the Bahamas. —Beverages and snacks will be available at both businesses.
Location: 7222 21st Street E
Information: www.artfinity.com or 941.752.1873
National Public Lands Day at Oscar Scherer State Park
Sat. Sep. 28
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Come celebrate your local public land! We will be hosting multiple service projects to choose from for large groups or individuals! This year we will be: - Removing cattails around Lake Osprey - Cleaning up our walking trails - Mulching the playgrounds Free lunch and music will be provided at noon for all project participants. Celebrate giving back to the environment!
Location: Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S Tamiami Trl, Osprey
Information: www.floridastateparks.org/events/national-public-lands-day or 570.926.8634

 

October


Water Lantern Festival
Sat. Oct. 5
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the U.S. include food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflect upon the water.
Location: Nathan Bensderson Park 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Information: www.waterlanternfestival.com/sarasota.php
Voices The Performance Voice of Promising Florida Choreographers
Thu. Oct. 10
7:30 PM
Voices is a local favorite because the audience can see future choreographers of contemporary dance “just as they are just blossoming” said Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director. “I am especially excited that for the first time we are launching our season with our Voices production” she continued. “It is truly a representation of SCD and our artistic mission to continue to provide a platform for the young and innovative artists, both from within the company and beyond.” This year’s choreographers happen to all be natives of Florida. Tickets: $10-$49
Location: Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org
Voices The Performance Voice of Promising Florida Choreographers
Fri. Oct. 11
7:30 PM
Voices is a local favorite because the audience can see future choreographers of contemporary dance “just as they are just blossoming” said Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director. “I am especially excited that for the first time we are launching our season with our Voices production” she continued. “It is truly a representation of SCD and our artistic mission to continue to provide a platform for the young and innovative artists, both from within the company and beyond.” This year’s choreographers happen to all be natives of Florida. Tickets: $10-$49
Location: Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org
Grillsmith Grand Opening Celebration!
Fri. Oct. 11
10:30 AM -
Grillsmith requests the pleasure of your company at our Daytime Grand Opening Celebration on Friday, October 11th at 10:30am – 11am. There will be a Ribbon Cutting with the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Complimentary champagne and small bites. We will also be hosting a Nighttime Prize Wheel Party Friday, October 11th from 6pm-8pm. Spin the Prize Wheel and win! Hosted by 107.9’s Drew Thomas.
Location: Grillsmith, 6240 S. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.grillsmith.com/ or 941.259.8383
Voices The Performance Voice of Promising Florida Choreographers
Sat. Oct. 12
7:30 PM
Voices is a local favorite because the audience can see future choreographers of contemporary dance “just as they are just blossoming” said Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director. “I am especially excited that for the first time we are launching our season with our Voices production” she continued. “It is truly a representation of SCD and our artistic mission to continue to provide a platform for the young and innovative artists, both from within the company and beyond.” This year’s choreographers happen to all be natives of Florida. Tickets: $10-$49
Location: Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org
Voices The Performance Voice of Promising Florida Choreographers
Sun. Oct. 13
2:00 PM
Voices is a local favorite because the audience can see future choreographers of contemporary dance “just as they are just blossoming” said Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director. “I am especially excited that for the first time we are launching our season with our Voices production” she continued. “It is truly a representation of SCD and our artistic mission to continue to provide a platform for the young and innovative artists, both from within the company and beyond.” This year’s choreographers happen to all be natives of Florida. Tickets: $10-$49
Location: Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org
Clays for Kids
Fri. Oct. 18
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Please join the Children’s Dream Fund for our second annual sporting clays tournament, Clays for Kids! All proceeds will help make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses in our community.
Location: Sarasota Trap, Skeet and Clay
Information: childrensdreamfund.org/event/clays-for-kids-2/ or 727.896.6390
Slime Blowout
Sat. Oct. 19
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
For the first time ever, the Slime Blowout, a slime convention is coming to Sarasota, Florida! The event will feature VIP slime-world superstars and a variety of exciting slime-related activities like a slime market, a slime swap, contests, classes, a DJ and more. To buy tickets or to register as a vendor, please go to our website.
Location: Robarts Arena
Information: slimeblowout.com
Flip Flops & Fashion
Wed. Oct. 30
11:00 AM
Enjoy dazzling views of the Gulf, dine on tropical fare, and sip on tableside wine. The fashion show, presented by Bealls Stores, will take place on the beach to support at-risk children and families in our community. Enjoy a new twist on this year's "popping" event with a Bubble Bar.
Location: Sharky's on the Pier
Information: www.childrenfirst.net or 941.953.3877

 

November


America Recycles Day
Sat. Nov. 16
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Event to Feature: •2nd Annual Student Recycled Art Contest •Local vendors showcasing sustainable products and services •Games and activities for all ages •Dumpster painting •Information on Sarasota County's new single-stream recycling program •Display of garbage and recycling trucks •Composting demonstration •Educational presentations (proper recycling and living a more sustainable life) •Food trucks with food for purchase
Location: 8750 Bee Ridge Rd
Information: www.scgov.net/government/public-utilities-water/america-recycles-day or 941.861.5000
Keep The Dream Alive
Mon. Nov. 18
7:30 PM
Keep the Dream Alive, hosted by Aviva- Senior Living supports our Benevolent Care fund which enables us to provide for residents who have outlived their planned retirement. Join us for an amazing dessert buffet at Michael’s On East and entertainment by the Manatee Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $150.
Location: Michael's On East
Information: www.avivaseniorlife.org/the-aviva-foundation/keep-the-dream-alive-2019/ or 941.383.7969

 

March


Whiskers and Waves
Fri. Mar. 6
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Guests at Cat Depot’s “Whiskers & Waves” Gala will enjoy a magical evening “under the sea” while supporting hundreds of needy cats in the Sarasota area. The evening will include a cocktail reception, plated dinner, silent auction, and special entertainment all to benefit the cats and kittens in Cat Depot’s care.
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Information: www.catdepot.org or 941.366.2404
Florida Creativity Conference
Fri. Mar. 6
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
If you are open to awakening more of your creative potential, this conference is the great opportunity to explore creativity in many wonderful forms! FCC provides hands-on and interactive learning, music and movement, connecting and innovating. Participants walk away with a fresh ‘tool kit’ of creative problem solving skills and productive practices for their personal and professional life, and a sparked imagination which can positively impact every area of life!
Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee and Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.flcreativity.com or 941.744.7258
Florida Creativity Conference
Sat. Mar. 7
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
If you are open to awakening more of your creative potential, this conference is the great opportunity to explore creativity in many wonderful forms! FCC provides hands-on and interactive learning, music and movement, connecting and innovating. Participants walk away with a fresh ‘tool kit’ of creative problem solving skills and productive practices for their personal and professional life, and a sparked imagination which can positively impact every area of life!
Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee and Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.flcreativity.com or 941.744.7258
Florida Creativity Conference
Sun. Mar. 8
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
If you are open to awakening more of your creative potential, this conference is the great opportunity to explore creativity in many wonderful forms! FCC provides hands-on and interactive learning, music and movement, connecting and innovating. Participants walk away with a fresh ‘tool kit’ of creative problem solving skills and productive practices for their personal and professional life, and a sparked imagination which can positively impact every area of life!
Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee and Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.flcreativity.com or 941.744.7258

 

 

 

Recurring Events

Hatha Yoga in Arlington Park
Every Sunday 10 am, Tuesday 10 am, Wednesday 5:15 pm
For yoga, the prices are $95 per month for unlimited classes or $100 for a 10 class pass. The first class is free to attend. For the first month, meditation is free.
Location:  Arlington Park, 2560 Waldemere St.
Information:  Arlington Park or 941-554-2110
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 YogaOnSiestaBeach.com
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