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SRQ DAILY Oct 23, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Jack Davis was the pinnacle of what every illustrator wanted to be,"

- Tim Jaeger, Director of Galleries and Chief Curator

[Exhibit]  Ringling College's Jack Davis Exhibit Elevates Pop Culture
Andrew Fabian

Popular culture and art have a way of becoming so ubiquitous that their merits go largely unnoticed. A film like The Avengers often fails to elicit consideration of the massive, talented staff of artists involved in its production; or, someone can go a lifetime without realizing their familiarity with two dozen Beatles songs or the band’s role in transforming the modern recording process. With the “Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture” exhibit that opened last Friday at Ringling College’s Basch Visual Arts Center, Tim Jaeger, the newly appointed Director of Galleries and Chief Curator, hopes to show that even pop art warrants admiration for its technical proficiency and its cultural impact.

Jack Davis, one of the founders of Mad Magazine, is arguably one of the most prolific, influential and well-known illustrators of all time. His iconic illustrations made it onto the front covers of Time Magazine, educated an entire generation of kids about politics and global affairs, and lined the racks of Blockbuster in the form of VHS covers. “Jack Davis was the pinnacle of what every illustrator wanted to be,” says Jaeger, who himself was heavily influenced by Davis. His signature style–the spindly body, pointy feet and outsized heads bursting with life and color–was everything a cartoon should be: fun.

Because of the sometimes-silly and always-satirical nature of his work, the mastery of his penmanship and skills with water color have been overlooked. “To my knowledge, this is the first time his work is getting a gallery treatment,” says Jaeger, “and once you frame his work and put a description under it, it really forces you to stop and admire it more closely.” Along with magazine-sized prints and original mock-ups, the gallery features enormous prints of select illustrations that showcase just how rich Davis’s work was, from the meticulous dotting of texture on a football to the lush colorations of grease stains on a mechanic’s jumpsuit.

The exhibit runs through December 6th, with a panel discussion on November 14th that will explore Jack Davis’s unique place in the visual lexicon of American culture.  

Pictured: Jack Davis’ “Chasing the Bull Market” published in The Wall Street Journal

More at the galleries.

[Restaurants]  Tacos for Treats
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Name two things better than burritos and puppies, we’ll wait… 

Poppo’s Taqueria’s philanthropic program, Poppo’s Pups, to help canine friends in the community. Fostered on October 1, Poppo’s has already joined paws with a number of local adoption and rescue organizations in its short time span, including Nate’s Honor Animal RescueBishop Animal CenterHumane Society of Manatee CountyFriends of Manatee County Animal ServicesSatchel’s Last ResortHumane Society of Sarasota County and more.

“Save a dog, ride the taco train,” as they say. In other words, when you adopt from any one of Poppo’s Pups partners, the Mexican street food eatery will throw you a bone, with a meal voucher in your adoption packet, which entitles you to either two free tacos or a free burrito. And when you go to get your guac fix, Poppo’s made sure each location is pet-friendly on their patio to include water bowls and leash hooks under the tables. 

Poppo’s Pups will also be hosting one fundraiser a month, where 5% of the proceeds on that day will go directly to benefitting its selected Partner-of-the-Month. Who’s a good boy for October? Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue. So feel good about ordering your tempeh taco bowl tomorrow, October 24, with a portion of it taking care of the wet-nosed residents of Nate’s. And if you want to call one of those wet-noses yours to have and to hold, October happens to be ‘National Adopt a Shelter Dog’ month. What better time to add a member to the family? The free carnitas tacos certainly doesn’t hinder the temptation either. 

Photo courtesy of Poppo's Taqueria. Offer available at all locations covering A nna Maria Island, Bradenton, Sarasota and the St. Pete region.

Nate's Honor Animal Rescue Fundraiser Event

[Philanthropy]  Immersive Nature Experience for Youth in Honor of Foundation Anniversary

In celebration of Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s 25th anniversary, staff from the foundation last week joined the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and a dozen girls from Girls Inc. on an exploration hike at Oscar Scherer State Park. The field trip was funded by Gulf Coast through a grant in honor of the foundation’s historic relationships with both organizations. The field trip also supported Conservation Foundation’s ”Youth in Nature” initiative, which engages local at-risk youth in a variety of memorable nature experiences.

The trip was extra memorable for one girl in particular. Even though she was born and raised in Florida, the girl had never seen an alligator—until she reached Big Lake at Oscar Scherer. Another girl said she loved learning about all wildlife they saw along the hike, including a shiny horned beetle.

On the five-mile hike the girls were accompanied by Gulf Coast staff who attended as a part of Gulf Coast’s ”Anniversary Volunteer Program,” which encourages staff to volunteer 25 hours throughout the foundation’s anniversary year. The field trip was the first of multiple partner-appreciation field trips to be held throughout the year.     

[Pets]  Manatee County Animal Services and Friends Co-Host Fall Tail-Gate Party Adoption Event

With football season underway, pets at Manatee County Animal Services are suited up and ready to tackle your heart at the Fall Tail-Gate Party co-hosted by Manatee County Animal Services and Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. Meet dogs and cats hoping to score the ultimate touchdown, a new home. This family friendly event will feature reduced-fee, adoption specials for all pets, raffle prize giveaways, food trucks, live music, pet-friendly vendors showcasing a variety of products and services and a bounce house for the kiddos. This is a free event to attend with free parking. Attendees will be
able to tour the shelter to find their next four-legged family member.  The shelter is currently over its normal capacity. All fee-reduced adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and rabies certificate. Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $20.

Fall Tail-Gate will be Saturday, November 9, 12pm – 4pm at Manatee County Animal Services shelter, 305 25th St. West, Palmetto. For information about Manatee County Animal Services, please contact Hans Wohlgefahrt at hans.wohlgefahrt@mymanatee.org or 941-742-5933 ext. 8307 or visit www.mymanatee.org/pets. 

[Holiday]  Halloween Fun at the SPARCC Card & Game Party

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) injects Halloween fun into its annual Card & Game Party with a costume contest. Attendees gather with friends to play games like Mahjongg, Bridge, Euchre or their favorite board game, enjoy a delicious lunch and participate in raffles. Attendees' egistration supports SPARCC and helps raise funds to provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. “It’s such a fun event,” said Auxiliary President, Sandy Kier. “Everyone who attends not only has a great time but also supports the critical work that SPARCC does in our communities. It’s fulfilling on so many levels.”

The event is hosted at the Plantation Golf & Country Club on October 30, 10am to 2:30pm. 

For more information on SPARCC events, visit here.

[United Way Suncoast]  With Care, Patience and Support, Everyone Grows at Janie's Garden

United Way Suncoast, along with Better Tomorrows, the social services organization onsite, and the USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Education, is proud to support the Earl & Mary Watts After-school Program at Janie’s Garden in North Sarasota. The program, which opened September 30th, offers multi-faceted academic support during the school year for 6-12 year-olds living in the apartment complex. Programming centers on homework support, study skills, reading achievement, social and emotional skills and character building. United Way Suncoast and Better Tomorrows are also supporting families by offering financial coaching and volunteer income tax preparation.

By providing opportunities for the entire family right where they live, we remove barriers so children and their families can focus on learning. Why? Because along with access to learning opportunities, family financial stability is a key contributing factor to a child’s success. 

Children who are reading at grade level by the end of third grade are FOUR TIMES more likely to graduate high school. And high school graduates have greater career opportunities and the potential to earn 75% more over a lifetime than those who do not graduate.

With your support, United Way Suncoast continues to fight for the education and financial stability of every person in our community. With your help, our garden will continue to grow! To learn how you can get involved, contact United Way Suncoast at 941.366.2686. Join the fight. Give. Advocate. Volunteer.


United Way Suncoast Website

[Philanthropy]  Area Businesses Team Up to Help Breast Cancer Patients

Through October, Brew Life Brewing and Wigs and Hair Extensions of Sarasota have teamed up to help breast cancer patients and survivors. The businesses are raising money to create a scholarship program to help women who are going through chemotherapy to buy a wig. They are also collecting personal care products, such as lotions, essential oils, nail polish, bubble bath, hard candies and more for gift bags. Brew Life Brewing is offering hat and shirt sales as well as food and drink specials at the brewery throughout the month. Thanks to the efforts of Community Day School teacher Cindi Bavry, who is volunteering for this effort, teachers and parents at the school are donating items for the gift bags and purchasing lots of hats to support the cause. On Sunday, October 20, Brew Life hosted Lunch for the Cause, where 100% of all food sales was donated to the wig scholarship fund. 

[Awards]  Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Volunteers Win Statewide Award

Longtime Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources volunteers, Fred and Grace Whitehouse, have won the 2019 Florida Recreation and Park Association Voluntary Service Award. This prestigious award recognizes the Whitehouses for their exemplary volunteer service to the field of parks of recreation. Over nine years, Fred and Grace have expanded the Phillippi Farmhouse Market from 19 vendors to over 50 local vendors and coordinated with non-profit organizations such as Suncoast Blood Bank and the Humane Society of Sarasota County to have a presence at the market. Under their advocacy, the market has also contributed over $192,000 towards renovations of the historic Keith Farmhouse. Grace also spends time working with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to promote park systems and provide analytic support to the foundation's Giving Partners program, which provides funding for parks projects and other community programs. Additionally, Grace manages the Siesta Key Memorial Paver program and is the Treasurer for Friends of Sarasota County Parks. Fred also manages the Venice North Jetty Memorial Fish program.

"We are so proud of the volunteer service that Fred and Grace Whitehouse provide to the community," said Parks, Recreation and Natural resources Director Nicole Rissler. "Their work over the last nine years has been both humbling and inspiring. Fred and Grace are truly deserving of this service award." 

Photo courtesy of Sarasota County

[Grants]  Van Wezel Foundation Grants $600,000 to Support Arts Education and Provide 30,000 Families with Access to the Performing Arts

Van Wezel Foundation recently announced that it closed its fiscal year providing grant support of more than $600,000 to underwrite arts education programs for children and educators throughout the Suncoast. Foundation grants helped fund multiple initiatives, including Van Wezel Schooltime Performances, a program that presents high quality, nationally and internationally renowned artists and performances for area students. Each Schooltime Performance connects to Florida Standards through engaging, awe-inspiring performing arts. To help prepare students for Schooltime Performances, teachers are trained and provided with learning materials for each performance. “We are grateful to our donors for their commitment to investing in arts education and the impact it makes in shaping the fabric of a child’s life,” said Van Wezel Foundation CEO Cheryl Mendelson. 

In addition, more than 400 teachers attended workshops to incorporate Schooltime Performances into their curriculum and lesson plans. The workshops ranged from Artworks modules, Kennedy Center Artist Classes and Arts Integration League Summer Intensives that served as extended education credits for the educators.

The Van Wezel Foundation also helps support the Total Access program, providing veterans, seniors and low-income families with access to performances at the Hall. Over 400 tickets were granted in partnership with local organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Suncoast Charities for Children, Christ United Methodist Church, Hearing Loss Association of America, Friendship Centers, Step House, Loveland Center, The Warehouse of Venice, St. Jude Hispanic Center, Community Haven, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and First Step of Sarasota. “We are proud to deliver on our mission to ensure that all members of our community can experience the power of the arts,” said Mendelson. “I’m inspired by the generosity of our donors who make this important work possible.” 

[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]  SEMINAR: Modern Education Symposium , October 23, 5pm-7pm

Join SRQ Magazine and its family magazine RocketKids for an evening with representatives from local private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in a panel discussion about how each school prepares their students for success.  With the future workforce continuing to evolve rapidly, we ask local schools how they are creating programs that will prepare our students. We will also discuss the increasing importance of teaching social emotional literacy (SEL) and the role of schools in engaging with students in fostering these skills. Schools include: The Out-of-Door Academy, NewGate School, Sarasota Christian School, Island Village Montessori School, St. Martha's Catholic School and The Pinnacle Academy. Free admission. Lightbites, beer and wine will be served. RSVP at srqmag.com/moed.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SWAC Lecture: Diego Arria , October 23, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the opening program of its 2019-20 Lecture Series, “Venezuela: A Real Threat in Our Backyard,” featuring Diego Arria, former Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations and President of the Security Council – now a political and human rights activist living in exile in the US. Ambassador Arria will describe the background of this volatile situation, the most current status, and the complex interplay of domestic and international forces that are working to resolve the political issues and alleviate suffering. Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay. The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested.

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[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]  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]  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]  BUSINESS: BeingWE: The Superwoman Badge , October 29, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Women are natural-born leaders. Yet, many feel overwhelmed by attempting to juggle life’s demands and have it all—home, family and career. How to balance work and home life? The Women’s Resource Center will explore these issues with BeingWE (Being Women Empowered), a guided conversation series for women by women, created by Keren Lifrak, an area-based entrepreneur and real estate professional. The series launches with three sessions: The Superwoman Badge, October 29th, Women Balancing Business & Life: Creating What’s Possible Against All Odds, December 3rd and Follow Your Bliss: How Our Brains Are Uniquely Wired to Take Action, January 23rd. Each session is 4:30-7:30 p.m., and all genders are welcome to participate.  

Women's Resource Center, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Boomer Conference, 2019 , November 1, 8:30am to 1:30pm

Retirement. What a concept! And what a challenge. Even those who have prepared financially might not be psychologically ready. Who are you when you’re not working? What do you do with all that free time? What do you want to do with the rest your life? Boomers across America are facing these questions. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College) will address these concerns with the fourth annual Boomer Conference. The event features speakers and networking sessions offering useful strategies on retirement’s social, financial, and practical implications. Keynote speaker Marianne Oehser, a certified retirement coach and author of “Your Happiness Portfolio for Retirement: It's Not About the Money,” will challenge audiences to rethink their retirement expectations. The fee is $39.95, which includes lunch, with a $5 certificate toward OLLI membership for each registrant.

Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Orchid Evening , November 6, 6pm

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School presents “Flowers in the Air.” Choreographed by Tania Vergara, with students from the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, this premiere is inspired by traditional Asian culture, its strength, lyricism and rich dance heritage. This visually stunning piece weaves technique, flamboyance and colorful movement, drawing from both folkloric narrative and contemporary artistry. “Flowers in the Air” uses stylistic elements such as long sleeves, fans and defense sticks, among others, to reveal a new dimension of rigor and spectacular beauty

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

[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]  THEATER: The Sound of Music , November 13 – December 28, 7:30pm and 8pm evening performances and 1:30 and 2pm matinees

Like a breath of fresh Alpine air, this beloved musical masterpiece sweeps onto the Asolo Rep stage just in time for the holidays. Maria, a young nun causing trouble at the abbey, is sent off to be governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven troublesome children. She brings much-needed love and joy to the family – and the widowed captain – and transforms their world and hers through the power of music. But the looming threat of Nazi Germany’s invasion of their native Austria darkens their future. Overflowing with some of the most iconic songs of all time, this heart warming family musical will be helmed by Josh Rhodes, returning on the heels of his spectacular production of Evita in 2017.

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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: New Topics Lecture Series | Can You Dig It: Sea Turtle Research and Conservation at Disney's Vero Beach Resort , November 12, 5:30pm

A lecture with Rachel Smith, the conservation programs manager at Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment. From climate change to dwindling habitats, sea turtles face a range of challenges. But they also have powerful allies. Smith will explore Disney’s efforts to reverse the decline of this beloved species and share tips on what people can do to help. Tickets are $15. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at ncf.edu/new-topics, or by calling the New College events hotline at 941-487-4888. 

Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, 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

[SOON]  GALA: Champions for Children Gala , November 23, 6pm-10pm

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is thrilled to announce the Champions for Children Gala will be held at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club on November 23, 2019. This year, we will honor Tom and Debbie Shapiro. Join us for an enchanting evening with silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Paul Mattison and dancing. All proceeds will support our valuable programs designed to enhance more than 9,000 Club members' academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership development.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

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