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"The students discussed how they could create a campaign focused on bullying prevention that involved partnering with the regional performing arts community. I was deeply impressed by their creative thinking and out of the box ideas."

- Sarah Wertheimer, executive director of Embracing Our Differences

[Community]  The Winning Solutions from 2019 DreamLarge Weekends' Nonprofit Challenge
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The prequel to this SRQ Daily series of DreamLarge Weekends can be found here.

Two student teams emerged as winners last Sunday, October 13 at the first DreamLarge Weekends event. The #SRQHacks weekend challenge for the group of young changemakers was to find an innovative solution to current challenges local nonprofit organizations face in the community today. Presentations were held in the Larry Thompson Academic Center at Ringling College Art & Design in an exciting competition between the six teams, to win money for the nonprofit they represent. The panel of judges, which included Kati Burns, Douglas Cherry, Michael Corley, Lisl Liang and Peter McAllister, chose the winning teams based on the viability, creativity and impact their solutions represented.

'Team Darkhorse', the first-place winner, showcased an entrepreneurial spirit as they combined the challenges of two complementary nonprofits, Embracing Our Differences and SaraSolo Productions. "This tactical approach utilized the strengths of both nonprofits in order to support and help one another towards a viable solution to incorporate live theatre throughout the art exhibition, to make the experience more engaging, conversational, impactful and shareable for participants," shared the team of DreamLarge.

"I had an incredible experience at the recent DreamLarge weekend," says Sarah Wertheimer, executive director of Embracing Our Differences. "The students discussed how they could create a campaign focused on bullying prevention that involved partnering with the regional performing arts community. I was deeply impressed by their creative thinking and out of the box ideas." The students' idea to join forces with fellow nonprofit, SaraSolo Productions, was that it would allow the participating student artists the opportunity to express themselves through another art form of solo performance. "We can’t wait to see what will come from that!" she says.

'Team Current' was the runner-up, and their innovative and modern approach toward their nonprofit challenge was to drive student interest in theatre by utilizing social media platforms, including Snapchat and TikTok, and encouraging students to intern and volunteer at Urbanite Theatre, with the goal of bringing in youth who have never seen a play and encouraging them to become theatre-goers and supporters. 

Photo courtesy of DreamLarge

Learn more about DreamLarge Weekends.

[Health + Wellness]  Saddle Up for Sarasota 'Bike to Work Day'
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Florida Department of Transportation's annual Mobility Week initiative incubates October 25, and goes till November 1. Next Friday, November 1, an event is going down in the Payne Park Ampitheater area to provide a free, fun opportunity for co-workers, neighbors and friends, to bike together on a breezy, fall morning for Sarasota Bike to Work Day. Pedaling to the office can be an eco-friendly and wellness-friendly option for your commute--saving you money on gas, reducing your carbon footprint and improving your health.

Participants should meet at Payne Park at 7:30am to check-in before a Welcome and Safety Briefing. An on-site transportation fair will allow residents and commuters to learn more about their commute options from the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, Sarasota-Manatee MPO and Sarasota County Area Transit. During this time, coffee, water and donuts will be provided, courtesy of Kimley-Horn. After questions are answered and early morning bellies are fed, the Guided Group Ride begins at 8am, and ends back in Payne Park by 9am. The 2.5-mile, slow-paced loop through downtown will be escorted by the Sarasota Police Department and helmets are strongly recommended.

This event is co-organized by the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization and Commute Connector, a program of the Florida Department of Transportation.

Questions can be directed to Commute Connector at 866-585-RIDE (7433) or Info@CommuteConnector.com 

Payne Park Amphitheater, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, 34237.

Sarasota Bike to Work Day Eventbrite Registration.

[Exhibit]  The Ringling Welcomes Manuel Alvarez Bravo Exhibition

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art presents an exhibition of work by one of the 20th century’s most celebrated photographers: Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002). Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Specters and Parables will open Dec. 8, 2019, and run through March 1, 2020. Bravo is recognized as the first modern fine art photographer in Mexico, but his unique visual legacy has intrigued viewers and inspired other artists around the world. Although his work was inflected by avant-garde modernism of the 1920s and 30s, his practice always remained grounded in the complexities of Mexican society. This exhibition, curated from the collection of Stanton B and Nancy W Kaplan, includes work spanning throughout Bravo’s life; some photographs often reproduced and quite well-known, others less familiar, highlighting the range of Bravo’s personal style as he explored the poetics of the everyday.

“Like many of the artists of his era, Bravo was influenced by indigenismo—the embrace of the country’s indigenous people and culture as positive attributes of its identity," says Christopher Jones, The Ringing’s Curator of Photography and Media Arts. Jones will lead a tour of the exhibition Dec. 19, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Ringling will be celebrating Mexican culture throughout the month of December. In addition to the Bravo exhibition, the Art of performance series will feature Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol’s presentation of Tijuana. This Mexico-city based theater ensemble has created a suite of works that explore ideas of democracy in the 21st century, and blends them with narrative collages from Mexican history. Tijuana is the staged result of a real anthropological theater experiment undertaken by Lagartijas ensemble member Gabino Rodríguez. The play will take place Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 in the Historic Asolo Theater. 

Photo credit: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 – 2002, Frida Kahlo, ca. 1930, Gelatin silver print, Courtesy of Stan and Nancy Kaplan, 2019, IL2019.17.11 © Colette Urbajtel/Asociación Manuel Álvarez Bravo

[Business]  Sun Country Airlines Announces New Seasonal Route from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Sarasota-Bradenton

Sun Country Airlines announced nonstop seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida (SRQ) with fares as low as $79* one-way. The new nonstop seasonal service to SRQ will operate twice a week on Fridays and Mondays beginning December 20, 2019.   

"We are very excited to welcome Sun Country Airlines to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport,” said SRQ President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Piccolo. “The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is a high-demand destination that visitors and locals have been requesting for some time. With modern aircraft and affordable fares, we are confident that Sun Country's new nonstop service will be a great success.”  

The airline first added new routes beyond its home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul in June 2018 and has experienced extensive growth over the past year. Now operating a total of 86 routes across 53 airports, Sun Country Airlines has grown its network by nearly 65 percent over the past year. In addition, the airline has added to its customer experience with new in-flight entertainment, a mobile-friendly website with more self-service tools, and new interiors on each aircraft.  

“At Sun Country Airlines, we pride ourselves on affordably connecting our guests to their favorite people, places and memories,” said Sun Country Airlines Chief Revenue Officer Grant Whitney. “We are excited to continue building on our Florida Gulf Coast service to accommodate more guests with their travel needs.” 

More info.

[Careers]  Sarasota Bradenton International (SRQ) Announces Airport Job Fair

Looking to start a meaningful career at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport?  The Airport is hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Airport tenants representing Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, SRQ Airline Customer Service Agents and Ground Operations, Janitorial Services, retail concessions and the Airport Authority will be available to discuss career opportunities and accept applications.

With 9 airlines and 38 destinations, airline traffic at SRQ is increasing significantly and airport tenants are looking to fill positions, including supervisory roles.  Please stop by and check out some of the fun and exciting career opportunities available at your local airport.

Location:  Dan McClure Auditorium, 5900 Auditorium Lane, Sarasota, Florida 34243.  From US 41, turn east onto General Spaatz Blvd.  A left turn at the median break leads to the driveway of the Auditorium and parking is available on the south side of the building. 

[Recognition]  Local Professional Sharon Kunkel Earns Public Relations Accreditation

Sharon Kunkel, president of Wordslinger Marketing & PR and a board member of the Central West Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) has earned professional accreditation in public relations. In receiving the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR), Kunkel joins the more than 5,000 professionals nationally that represent an elite group of highly-skilled public relations professionals committed to practicing with exemplary ethical standards.

Kunkel is the founder and president of Wordslinger Marketing & PR, an award-winning agency specializing in nonprofit public relations, strategic and content marketing, branding, and crisis communications. Kunkel, who has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, marketing and communications, earned her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Tufts University. She has served on the CWC-FPRA board since 2016. 

[Education]  Center Montessori School Opens New East County Campus

Center Montessori School, the longest running Montessori school in Manatee County, is expanding to East County, starting January 7, 2020. The school will begin with a Primary classroom serving children ages 3 through 6 years of age, with traditional Montessori instruction and will be housed in the Peace Presbyterian Church facility among acres of undeveloped, pristine land, 12705 East State Road 64, Bradenton.

The East Campus will offer the same Montessori education and personal attention to families that the school has offered at its Bradenton campus, originally established in 1976. Educators at Center Montessori School look forward to bringing a personalized education and the Montessori way of life to East County families. 

[Family]  Tomahawk 5K to be Held at New Spring Training Home of the Atlanta Braves

Sign up for a family fun 'Tomahawk 5K' event at the new Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves, CoolToday Park in the West Villages. Participants will finish inside the park at home plate and everyone will see it up on the JumboTron. Enjoy a rollicking post-race at the Tomahawk Tiki Bar with breakfast and drinks.

The Overall Winner will receive two free tickets to Opening Day of Spring Training 2020. Both the Male and Female Overall Winners will receive a pair of Official Braves Tennis Shoes. Custom race awards for male and female Overall, Master, Grandmaster, Senior Grandmaster, and Veteran Grandmaster plus 3-deep age group awards for 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, then 5-year age groups from 15-19 through 80 & over. Tshirts and custom finisher medals are given to all participants. 

Saturday, November 23 at CoolToday Park, 18800 South West Villages Parkway, North Port, 34293. 

Early entry: $30 per runner. After October 31: $35 per runner

To enter, visit here.

[Architecture]  Center for Architecture Sarasota to Host '4 Site Lines' Exhibition

The 4 Site Lines: Architectural Views exhibition and opening reception will have work and words from four standout local creatives, AIA award winning architecture photographer Ryan Gamma, modernist artist John Pirman, owner and designer of Design Spur, LLC Sean Harris, and principal of The Greg Wilson Group, Architectural and Commercial Photography Greg Wilson. The exhibition looks to heighten understanding of and appreciation for innovative architecture, good design and resilient urban planning.

Thursday, October 24, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at 265 South Orange Ave., Sarasota. Members $20. Non-members $25. Young Moderns $10. Students Free (with ID). 

Photo courtesy of Center for Architecture Sarasota.

Tickets to 4 Site Lines here.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Orchid Show , October 12 – December 1, 10am-5pm

Blossoms of Asia combines a dazzling display of living orchids in the Tropical Conservatory with an elegant exhibition of orchid treasures from Selby Gardens’ bibliographic and preserved collections in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. The magnificent orchids in the Tropical Conservatory will include Asian specimens from Selby’s living plant collection. The display will reference traditional Japanese garden design and horticultural practices, including ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) and bonsai (the creation of miniaturized trees), in order to evoke a sense of Asia in the heart of Sarasota.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture , October 18 – December 6

Famed in particular for his speed and a tendency to create images overflowing with colorful characters, Jack Davis was one of the founding members of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots." He supplied covers for Tim and TV Guide, designed numerous album covers and movie posters, and, over his 60-year career, became one of the most in-demand caricaturists and cartoonists in the world. This exhibition attempts to show Davis' range by bringing together a selection of his original work that demonstrates his breadth of subjects and his skills as an artist. This body of work focuses on American popular culture, diving deeper into his career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known. Opening Reception, Friday, October 18, 5-8pm. Evening Panel Discussion, Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm.

Lois and David Stulberg Gallery in the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Artists Minding Their Business , October 18 – December 6

How do you go from creative spark to creative business? An interactive multimedia exhibition and event series, Artists Minding Their Business takes us on the evolution from making art to making a living. Ringling’s Business of Art & Design Department and founder of Culture Hustlers, Lucas Spivey (BFA/MBA) have curated the Willis Smith Gallery into a visual showcase of the entrepreneurial journey. Inside interactive installations, visiting founders and creative entrepreneurs swap inspiring stories and provide visitors with practical advice. Opening Reception, Friday, October 18, 6-8pm.

Willis Smith Construction Inc. Gallery in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Out of the Blue NAMI , October 24, 6-830pm

The second annual Out of the Blue benefits National Alliance on Mental Illness Sarasota County. NAMI works to support families in Sarasota County who have a loved one living with mental illness; advocate at the county, state, and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education, and employment for people with mental illness; educate the public about mental illness; and work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: International Author & Wildlife Activist Boyd Varty Kicks-Off Book Tour , October 24, 10:30am

Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker, life coach, and gifted storyteller reveals how ancient wisdom can teach you how to recognize the essential ingredients that create a meaningful life. Boyd will kick off the press tour of his NEW book, The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life, with an intimate talk at Ringling College Morganroth Auditorium in partnership with Ringling College Library Association. Celebrating the release of his new book, each guest will receive a signed copy.  Watch Boyd Varty's Ted Talk here. 

Ringling College, Morganroth Auditorium, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Gauguin in Tahiti, Paradise Lost , October 24, 1pm

Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  DANCE: Graziano, Retrospective , October 25 – October 27, 7:30pm evening performances and 2pm matinees

The Sarasota Ballet’s first program of the Season, titled Graziano, Retrospective, serves as a tribute to Principal Dancer and Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s tenth year with the company by featuring three of his choreographic works. Opening the program, Shostakovich Suite is his most traditionally classical ballet; premiered in 2011 and set to movements from Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2” and “Ballet Suite No. 2”, Shostakovich Suite is an eight-scene ballet demonstrating the aptitude of the company dancers whom Graziano has grown to know so well over the past decade. Graziano’s 2015 work, En las Calles de Murcia, not seen since its world premiere, returns to the stage; the choreography was inspired by the city of Murcia in southeastern Spain as well as the music of early eighteenth-century guitarist and composer Santiago de Murcia, bringing a distinctive vibrancy to the dance. The program closes with Graziano’s critically lauded In a State of Weightlessness; since its August 2015 world premiere at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA, the production, set to Philip Glass’s “Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra”, explores concepts of lightness in motion while generating its own ethereal sort of emotional gravity. 

FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: National Theatre Live A Midsummer Night's Dream , October 25, 1pm and 6:30pm

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Never Fly Solo , October 25, 11:30am

Designing Women Boutique presents the author of "Never Fly Solo," Waldo Waldman. A member of the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame, Waldo Waldman is a motivational speaker that leverages his real world military, sales and business experience into a transformational program that empowers leaders to take action and produce results. This Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, New York Times Bestselling Author, Executive Coach and Decorated Combat Fighter Pilot puts you right on the flight line and in the cockpit to experience how high performance teams really function under pressure. Every motivational keynote and analogy is based on real world jet fighter combat and training missions. Whether veteran, military personnel, corporate executive, grandparent, parent or child, experience the transformational power of becoming a Wingman when you attend this event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sarasota Military Academy and the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter. The event will start at 11:30am at Michael's on East on October 25.

Michael's on East, 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 22nd Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market , October 26, 8am to 1pm

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is hosting its 22nd Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 8am to 1pm. If you love boats, swoon at the sight of an anchor, taste the salt of the sea in your dreams then this event is for you. Searching for deals amongst the piles of new, used and eclectic maritime treasures has never been so much fun. Examples of vendors are used and new fishing supplies, power boat equipment, diving gear and sailing gear. Items will be available for sale and trade so bring your whole family and enjoy some live music by Treble Hook while mingling with other “salty dogs”. Live music will take place from 10am to 1pm. If you’re interested in being a vendor, there is a $25 fee (until October 12)* and space is very limited. Dig out or dust off all that old boat stuff and bring it on down, but make sure to reserve early.

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM), 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Cat Habitat's Kid-Friendly Wild-O-Ween , October 26 – October 27, Noon to 4pm

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting a kid friendly Wild-O-Ween Halloween weekend Oct. 26 and 27, including contests, wild animal encounter shows, face painting and trick-or-treating throughout the Habitat. The events will be held during normal daily admission times, 12 to 4 p.m., for the regular admission prices of $18 for adults and $8 for children. Special events include costume and mummy wrapping contests, rubber duckies, pony rides and wild animal encounter shows. Children also can participate in pumpkin bowling and watch the big cats and bears go wild over their fall enrichment treats. Refreshments are available and parking is free. The arena schedule includes a 1 pm reptile review show, 1:30 pm mummy-wrapping contest, 2 pm wild animal encounters show and 3 pm kids costume contest.

Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: 20th Annual Morton's Firehouse Chili Cook-Off , October 27, 2-5pm

Join us in front of Morton’s Gourmet Market on Sunday, October 27 from 2-5 pm for the chili event of the year. Aspiring chefs from more than 15 local firehouses as well as Sarasota Police and County Sheriff Deputies will compete for the title of “Best Firehouse Chili.” Attendees may sample all entries and vote for their favorite for only $10. Celebrity judges and live entertainment will help make this event one of Sarasota’s best. All proceeds go to The Sarasota Firefighters’ Benevolent Fund. Find more information at mortonsmarket.com or sffbf.org. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event or in advance at Morton’s Gourmet Market.

Morton's Gourmet Market, 1924 South Osprey Avenue, between Arlington and Hyde Park Streets

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Noche Latina , October 27, 4:30pm

UnidosNow's signature fundraising event, Noche Latina 2019, is happening on October 27th at 4:30 p.m. on the rooftop of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, to benefit UnidosNow programs for our students and families. Come enjoy food from Latino and other restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee: Darwin Evolutionary Cuisine, Huanchaco Grill, Tableseide Restaurant Group, and Poblanos Mexican Grill. This year Renesito will attend Noche Latina. Tickets are now on sale for $80 at unidosnow.org/noche-latina.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Casa Patas Flamenco: Raiz de 4 , November 6 – November 7, 7:30pm

Curated by the Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation, Raíz de 4 honors the art of Flamenco by delving into its most primitive roots, evoking the convergence of cultures and the folklore of Spain. The purest styles of flamenco, some of which are: romances (ballads), martinetes, fandangos and soleares are brought into the forefront in a performance made up of a cast of distinguished dance and musical artists. Song (cante), dance (baile), guitar (guitarra), and percussion (percusión) seamlessly convey a genuine love for this art form and take the audience on an intensely authentic and unswerving journey of sensations, and emotions.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Veterans Day Block Party , November 9, 4pm-9pm

Everyone is welcome to come celebrate the military nonprofits of Sarasota over Veterans Day weekend, November 9th at CitySide Apartments in the historic Rosemary District. The celebration will kick off at 4pm with Sarasota's most popular yoga teachers for an hour of Street Yoga, the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and color guard to kick off the bands at 5pm with performances by Dan Johnson of Operation Hemingway, Ari and the Alibis, Enrique Casados and Kaliedogroove. Great food and beverages provided by Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Tsunami Sushi, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. There will be fun activities for kids and admission is free.

CitySide Apartments , 700 Cocoanut Ave. and May Ln.

[SOON]  SPORTS: 16th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament , November 9, 7:30am

Golf one of the country’s finest courses while supporting children, teens and young adults in grief. Before you tee off, a delicious breakfast will be generously provided by Station 400. Enjoy food and fun on the course, and then come back to the clubhouse for cigars and whiskey. All food and drink for the entire day is included in your golf registration. 

Legacy Golf Club At Lakewood Ranch, 8255 Legacy Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34202

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Modern Home Symposium , November 13, 5:30-7pm

Join SRQ MEDIA and Modern Home Magazine for the annual Modern Home Symposium featuring panelists who represent the top modern architecture and design gurus from the region to share their most memorable structures. Taking the audience into the design process, each panelist shares their source of inspiration in creating some of the area’s most significant spaces. Panelists include Nathan Cross of NWC Contruction, Steve Murray of Murray Homes, Jonathan Parks of Solstice Planning and Architecture and Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects. Registration opens at 5pm. The program is from 5:30-7pm. Light bites, wine and beer. RSVP to srqmag.com/moho.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival , November 15 – November 18, 10am-5pm

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is a visual and cultural arts festival held on Siesta Beach every November. In just 24 sculpting hours, the master sculptors create sand masterpieces, some over ten feet tall, and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. And it’s more than just sand, the festival also features live music daily along with a large village of shopping and food and drink vendors. Other activities include the popular three day “Quick Sand” competition, sand sculpting lessons and an amateur competition. Hours are extended on Saturday & Sunday until 9 pm with colored lights on all the sculptures and live music!

Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242

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