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"While there's still nothing quite like the experience of attending a live performance, we're grateful for this technology that allows us to virtually keep the music playing and the performances happening."

- Joseph Holt, Director of Artist Programs for Artist Series Concerts
 

-Remembering the awesome spaces of the SRQ Home of The Year 2020. Pictured: Gold Winner Best Overall Home Over $2 Million || Sarasota Modern Retreat by Murrary Homes
[Politics]  Amanda Linton Drops Out Of Senate Race
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A Manatee County Senate race saw a sudden shift in its lineup Wednesday when Democrat Amanda Linton announced she would withdraw from the contest. Her reason? The COVID-19 pandemic, or more notably the economic consequences of it, are forcing her family to move out of state.

“My husband was faced with no choice but to close our small business,” Linton wrote in an open letter. “For the past several years, he has built a commercial restaurant maintenance company; the statewide shut downs brought his workload to a screeching halt. Since then, he has taken a job out of state. We spent the majority of the summer separated and it is time for our family to reunite. The boys and I will be moving soon to join my husband in the Memphis, Tennessee area.”

Jim Boyd, the likely Republican nominee, said he was surprised by the news. “While I looked forward to the debate of issues on the campaign trail, my thoughts are with her and her family during this transition,” he said. “I wish them the very best.” He faces a Republican primary Tuesday against John ‘Mr.Manners’ Houman. The winner of that race advances to the general election.

The change has political consequences. Since Linton was the only Democrat running and had secured the nomination, state law allows party leaders to choose a replacement candidate. Tracy Pratt, Manatee Democratic Party chair, said several candidates have already expressed interest, and a new candidate will be announced within the next few days. “We are disappointed she had to resign her race, but like many other working Americans, Amanda Linton’s family has been greatly impacted by the challenges of this pandemic,” she said.

Pratt, who ran for state House two years ago, did not say if she would be one of the applicants. She did say she expects wide interest because Democrats feel the seat is winnable, more so than it seemed last summer when Linton jumped in the race.

The selection process will be similar to one used in 2018 in a south Sarasota Congressional district when Democrats needed to replace nominee April Freeman after her unexpected death. Then, candidates from across the state applied to run for a rare open Congress seat now held by Republican Rep. Greg Steube. An open state Senate seat may draw interest from outside the region as well.

At the same time, a new candidate starts fundraising from scratch; Linton’s account won’t transfer to a different candidate. Boyd as of July 31 had $91,979 in cash on hand and $468,831 available in an associated political committee, Building On Your Dreams.

And the district, represented now by Senate President Bill Galvano, remains right leaning. About 42% of registered voters ahead of the primary are Republicans, with 31% Democrats and another 27% independents or third-party voters. 

[Visit Sarasota]  Use Sarasota Big Pass to Plan the Ultimate Local Getaway

An exciting program is underway in August and September that will connect you to dozens of deals countywide. Welcome back, Sarasota Big Pass—Visit Sarasota County’s one-stop-shop of local deals and discounts in three distinct categories: Buy One Get One Free (BOGO), 25% Off and $5 Off.

If you’re looking for a break from the routine at home, there are plenty of ways to enjoy these limited-time offers at local restaurants, attractions and hotels responsibly. As the media sponsor for this local program, SRQ MEDIA has put together a guide to some of the deals you should be taking advantage of right here in Sarasota County.

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What’s better than a hotel getaway in gorgeous Sarasota County just minutes from picturesque beaches? How about a 25% discount off your stay! Access the private beaches of Casey Key by booking at Escape Resort & Marina, or stay 3 blocks from Venice Beach at Venice Beach Villas. Enjoy walkable Downtown Sarasota from your trendy room at The Sarasota Modern, wake up with a hot Amish breakfast at Carlisle Inn, or enjoy open-air curbside shopping at University Town Center from nearby Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/LWR, Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota/LWR, Homewood Suites Sarasota/LWR or EVEN Hotel. Change your scenery stress-free at one of these homes-away-from-home, many of which have added signs, sanitizer stations and other new cleaning protocols to provide peace-of-mind with your stay.

All these deals and more are available online. Show the deal’s digital listing on your phone or mention “Sarasota Big Pass” to redeem the discount.

SRQ MEDIA is proud to sponsor Sarasota Big Pass in partnership with Visit Sarasota County and local businesses. 

Image courtesy of Visit Sarasota

Visit the Sarasota Big Pass Website to learn more

[ShopTalk]  Local Wedding Professionals Team Up for Styled Photo Shoot at Selby Gardens
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

In a unique effort to promote specialized businesses that were directly affected the last few months due to Covid-19 canceling an innumerable amount of events and weddings, Nicole Kaney of NK Productions Wedding Planning planned a styled shoot collaboration with a cascade of local vendors and fellow event professionals. Totally dialed in and revered throughout Sarasota and Boca Grande, Kaney and NK Lead Planner Korrin Kelly coordinated a creative crew of hospitality mavens to get together Tuesday, August 11 at Selby Gardens. The crew collectively gathered at the South lawn of Selby under a giant Banyan tree at sunset to set up and stage a picture-perfect Gulf Coast wedding. 

Among them was The Wandering Whale, who provided a Pinterest-worthy statement bar full of botanicals and serving up glasses of roséVictoria Blooms curated the amazing floral arrangements, while a gorgeous candlelit chandelier was hung by Affairs In The Air, modern cocktail tables and chic outdoor couches came from Florida Furniture RentalTrout Design created the paper goods and signage, and Michael's on East provided dining china and a dance floor to set the scene for the pretend wedding. Capturing the visuals was Cat Pennenga, local wedding photographer, and Kemari Lynn Films, a local videographerboth brought on for the staging of the shoot as a way for them too, to market their creative services and gain momentum back in hired business. NK Productions also brought in a "bride" to model a designer wedding dress from Truly Forever Bridal SRQ as well as an afterparty dress, designed by Sarasota designer Camilyn Beth. Beautifully-braided hair was done up by Sarasota bridal hairstylist Suzan Watson. 

As large, condensed party gatherings are still held at bay at the moment as we continue to flatten the curve of coronavirus, you can still help support these businesses by thinking local anytime you need specialized equipment or services.   

Photo of bride and groom, and The Wandering Whale pop up bar, taken by Cat Pennenga

NK Productions Wedding Planning

[Submissions for The Players Centre's A Few of Our ]  The Players Centre Virtual Show

The Players Centre for Performing Arts is excited to announce, A Few of Our Favorite Things, a virtual goodbye to 90 Years in downtown Sarasota. The Players has been around since 1929, the same year the Iron Lung and the car radio were invented. That is 90 years of memories, friendships, and community arts education and entertainment. Such a historic and loving facility deserves a send-off like none other. This isn’t “goodbye,” it’s only “see you later.” They've decided to take A Few of Our Favorite Things, originally set to close their 91st Season, and use it as a virtual farewell to their home in downtown Sarasota. Have you performed on their stage? Were you a crew member backstage? Have you worked in the costume and/or scene shop? Ushered, designed, choreographed, or directed a show? Here’s how it works: Film yourself performing a song, dance, scene, monologue, you name it from one of your favorite Players memories. Do you simply want to tell us your favorite Players story? We want to hear it. All submissions must be between 1-3 minutes and filmed horizontally. Please make your background look presentable, make sure there’s light on your face and your surroundings are clean and not distracting. Submissions are due Sept. 1, 2020 to this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/3cj6heebdMQydJhiUMlq. This virtual farewell will air online Friday, Sept. 25 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 and available online. 

The Players Centre For Performing Arts 838 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota FL 34236, 941-365-2494

Click here for more information.

[New Performance ]  Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Siren Song

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Siren Song, its first video production, featuring soprano Johanna Fincher, mezzo-soprano Robyn Rocklein and pianist Michael Stewart. The program, which was performed and filmed in the one-of-a-kind music room of the Fischer-Weisenborne residence, includes duets from the operas Lakmé and The Marriage of Figaro as well as popular tunes from The Sound of Music, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Little Women and more. Tickets are $15 and will be available at ArtistSeriesConcerts.org from August 21st through August 31st. Patrons will receive a link and password to the video that will be available for online viewing anytime during that time. The expression “direct to video” has taken on a whole new connotation for artists and arts organizations this season, with live performances everywhere being supplanted by video and live-streaming. “I think COVID-19 has made accidental techies out of everyone,” says Joseph Holt, director of artist programs for Artist Series Concerts. “And while there’s still nothing quite like the experience of attending a live performance, we’re grateful for this technology that allows us to virtually keep the music playing and the performances happening.” 

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[Online Safety]  CPC Prevention Educators Present at National Conference

The Personal Safety and Community Awareness (PSCA) team of the Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) recently presented at the Florida Network of Child Advocacy Centers’ 2020 Krimes Against Kids conference. This annual conference, comprised of over 50 workshops in a three day period, reaches professionals who work in the child welfare system across the country, including law enforcement, child protective service personnel, victim advocates, attorneys, therapists, counselors and social workers. PSCA’s presentation, Encouraging Safe Practices: An Informed Approach to Protecting Children Online, focused on the potential risks and misuse that accompany children’s use of the internet and highlighted the importance of discussing internet safety, encouraging safe practices, and empowering others to implement internet safety techniques into their lives. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to empower other professionals on keeping children safe on the internet,” said Ariane Beauchamp, one of the presenters from the PSCA team. “We have seen a sharp increase in screen time in correlation to this pandemic and children need our guidance and vigilance more than ever. The more education adults receive on the topic, the better we can assist our children.” 

Pictured: Ariane Beauchamp and Shelby Marsh, Prevention Educators from CPC’s Personal Safety and Community Awareness Program, as they prepare to present at the Krimes Against Kids conference.

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[Mote Marine]  Mote Marine Laboratory Documents Another First for Massive Corals in Florida

For the first time in Florida or Caribbean waters, restored massive corals were observed spawning—part of sexual reproduction that could result in the next generation of coral offspring—thanks to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's innovative efforts to restore Florida's Coral Reef. Over the past few nights, Mote coral scientists observed restored colonies of mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata) on a reef near Cook Island, hoping to capture the brief moment during the evening where the coral release their gametes (eggs and sperm) into the water column, a process known as spawning. On August 9th, to the delight of Mote scientists, a coral colony known to be gravid (containing gametes) released its gametes in an extraordinary display. Further cause for underwater celebration came on Aug. 10, when five more colonies spawned. This is the first time that restored massive corals have been documented to spawn on Florida’s Coral Reef. The documentation of the presence of gametes and of spawning in colonies of restored mountainous star coral is a first for massive corals in Florida and the Caribbean. This key species is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and is one of the most critical reef-builders on Florida’s Reef Tract, helping to form the backbone of the entire reef system. 

Pictured: A restored colony of mountainous star coral releases gametes into the water column. Credit Joe Berg.

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[New Hire]  Ryntal Property Management Announces Addition of New Employee

Ryntal Property Management, a leader in residential property management announced today that it has added a new employee to their team. Ryntal Property Management Leasing Manager, Colbey Amspaugh stated, "On behalf of Ryntal, we are very pleased that Kayla Beiser has accepted her new role as a Leasing Specialist. Her experience and communication skills will enhance and build upon Ryntal’s exceptional customer service.” 

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[Home Sales]  $14 Million Beachfront Paradise Enters Market on Siesta Key

A resort-like retreat sited on a rare 4-acre parcel of land in the exclusive Sanderling Club has entered the market for $14 million. The Gulf-to-lagoon property with a private beach and separate guest house is the ultimate relaxing hideaway. Located at 8218 Sanderling Road, the residence is marketed exclusively by Joel Schemmel of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sarasota – Downtown office. With over 8,600 interior square feet of luxury living, the four-bedroom, 3-story principal residence features waterfront views from every room. Multiple terraces and open-air living spaces overlook the expansive beachfront property with a private clay tennis court with a charming 1,986-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath guest house with boat dock perched upon Heron Lagoon. “The current owners have taken one of the most incredible properties on Siesta Key and reimagined a stunning yet casual beach house. From the direct beach frontage and breathtaking views to the array of updated amenities, this is a rare opportunity to own a private tropical getaway," says Joel Schemmel, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. 

[New Hire]  Michael Saunders and Company Welcomes Michael Foley

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Michael Foley to the Siesta Key office. Michael brings more than 34 years of real estate experience with him, hailing originally from Boston, Mass., where he operated his own brokerage and property management firm. Michael’s confirmation of being a successful agent is by seeing the smiles on his customers’ faces and their referrals of services to family and friends which is a true compliment. 

Michael can be reached by calling 612-262-9966 or visiting the office located at 5100 Ocean Blvd.

[Recognition]  Sheriff Knight Announces 2019 Employees of the Year

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight recognized the 2019 Employees of the Year. Including: Operator II Roger Marks received the 2019 Emergency Operations Bureau Quality Assurance Award, Deputy Cecil Harper, 2019 Courts and Corrections Deputy of the Year, Civil Process Server Rosemarie Marsala is recognized as the 2019 Civilian Employee of the Year and Deputy Michael Watson, 2019 Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year.  "While all of the men and women of the sheriff's office perform to the highest standards of professionalism," said Sheriff Knight, "these four honorees are absolutely deserving of this recognition. Through their unwavering commitment to our values and to their community, these members exemplify what it means to serve." 

Pictured: rom left: Sheriff Tom Knight, Communications Operator II Roger Marks, Court Services Deputy Cecil Harper, Civil Process Server Rosemarie Marsala, and Deputy Michael Watson.



[In This Issue]  Snap Shots of Sarasota During COVID-19

Moments captured during the pandemic. 

Click here to read the full article from SRQ's Summer 2020 edition.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Update From Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , August 14, 9am-10am

Join us for "virtual" coffee with your Chamber President/CEO, Heather Kasten and Guest Speaker Rick Piccolo, CEO of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to hear updates on air travel during COVID-19 and the steps put in place to keep us safe. A Zoom meeting code will be sent to registered attendees 24 hours prior to the event. You do not need a Zoom account to register for this event.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Frida Kahlo: Love & Surrealism , August 18, 1pm-2:30pm

Join Historic Spanish Point for incredible stories on the artists that shaped and influenced history around the world. We are proud to offer this art lecture series with Baila Miller as part of our monthly programming. Baila’s unique storytelling presentations will connect you to the art world in a whole new way. All presentations take place at Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms. Tickets: $15 for Historic Spanish Point members and $20 for future members.

Historic Spanish Point's Visitor Center Classrooms, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Online: Florida Studio Theatre Presents Women Unite: A Centennial Celebration , August 20, 5:30pm

Florida Studio Theatre is proud to present The Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (August 20, 2020), the woman’s right to vote. Bringing together over 55 organizations, this bi-county artistic commemoration will feature plays, dance performances, art exhibits, lectures, panel discussions, and in-school educational offerings, all in recognition of this monumental milestone. Opening remarks given by Mayor of the City of Sarasota, Jen Ahearn-Koch. Featuring special performances of speeches given by famous suffragists, presented by artists from across the country. Get a sneak peek of a new documentary about FST’s Suffragist Project co-produced by BTW Films and METV.

[SOON]  FOOD: A Taste of Venice , August 26, 5:30pm-8pm

The 3rd Annual Event, Hosted by Hotel Venezia, will feature 15+ Local Eateries Serving Up Awesome Tastes. Early Bird Tickets are available for $15 until they’re Sold Out and General Admission is $20. Tickets include all Food Tastings and Beverages are available at the Cash Bar.

Hotel Venezia, 425 US 41 Bypass N Venice, Florida

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Healthy Communication , August 26, 9am-10am

Healthy communication during COVID. Maintaining relationships and proactive communication to customers, employees and the community. Presented by Gabriele Harris, Chief Development Officer, Grapevine Communications. This meeting will be held virtually.  A ZOOM meeting code will be emailed to registrants 24 hours prior to the event.  You do not need to have a ZOOM account to register for this event.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Try Your Hand at Poetry: A Zoom Workshop , July 28 – August 18, 6pm-8pm

Join us for Try Your Hand at Poetry led by Georgia Court. There will be four Zoom sessions: Tuesdays at 6pm: August 4, August 11, August 18. Have you always wanted to write poetry, but thought the genre was just too difficult? This is your chance to give it a try using Ted Kooser's The Poetry Home Repair Manual as a guide. A fee of $30 is required for participation. This includes a copy of The Poetry Home Repair Manual and all four sessions. The book can be picked up curbside (We will send you an email when the book is ready for pickup) or you can have it shipped to you via email. This Zoom workshop is limited to 12 participants. If the workshop is full and you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email georgia@sarasotabooks.com. Complete the registration and we will get you the book with plenty of time before the first meeting. The Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the book club meeting. Ted Kooser is a former US Poet Laureate and, as a human being, as humorous and folksy as anyone I have ever meant. His personality shines through this book and makes all of us feel like we could actually be poets. We'll write our own poems based on his advice and share them with others in the club. This is the perfect place for absolute beginners and for more experienced poets who just want to have a good time with poetry. Oh, and as an added bonus, we'll be joined from time to time by two experienced and well-published poets: Phil Terman and Rick Hilles.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Try Your Hand at Poetry With Well-Published Poets in Online Class , July 28 – August 18

A Zoom Workshop will be offered Tuesdays at 6:00 pm on July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18. Led by store owner, Georgia Court, this is a chance to give poetry writing a try. They will be using Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual as a guide. As a bonus, two experienced and well-published poets, Phil Terman and Rick Hilles, will be making guest appearances. A fee of $30 is required for participation. This includes a copy of The Poetry Home Repair Manual and all four sessions.

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[SOON]  HEALTH: Lakewood Ranch Yoga in The Park , July 26 – August 30, 9am-10am

Join us for free yoga on the second Sunday in the beautiful setting of Bob Gardner Community Park just off of White Eagle Blvd. The Yoga Shack Florida will host the morning flows starting at 9 am. Please bring your own mat and water bottle. Mats must be placed at least 6-feet apart from others and we ask all participants to closely follow all social-distancing guidelines. Thank you to the Brain Health Initiative for sponsoring this event. Learn more about BHI on their website.

Bob Gardner Community Park, 2710 White Eagle Blvd Bradenton FL 34211

[SOON]  HEALTH: Virtual: The Players 5K , August 1 – August 31

Walk or run on your own or with a group of friends anytime between August 1 - August 31, 2020. Participants will receive an event t-shirt, lanyard and Players swag. Prizes and incentives are offered! Please list shirt size in order notes. Registration Deadline is July 15.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Center Sarasota Presents The Big Show National Juried Exhibition , August 6 – August 21, Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 12pm-4pm

Art Center Sarasota invited contemporary artists from across the nation to submit work for Sarasota's premier open, all media, all subjects national juried exhibition. Visitors will have an opportunity to see diverse artistic mediums and talent both locally and nationally. First Place: Human Briar by Art Venti, Second Place: Little Blue by Richard Lamson, Third Place: Feeling Marginalized at 65 Karen Smith-Lovejoy, Merit Awards: Open Up a Box of Secrets... by Rebecca Quigley and When Cows Fly by Jillian Vida Nova, Special Award: Cold Spring House by Maeve McCool and Honorable Mention: Cape Florida Lighthouse by Miriam Esteve.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Online: A Killer Party - A Murder Mystery Digital Musical Series , August 5 – August 19, 10am

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall invites you to join A Killer Party - A Murder Mystery Musical - a brand-new musical starring Broadway theater favorites Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl, Bonnie & Clyde), Laura Osnes (Tony® nominee, Cinderella, Grease), Alex Newell (Glee, Once on This Island), Carolee Carmello (Tony® nominee, Scandalous, Parade), Miguel Cervantes (Hamilton), Drew Gehling (Waitress), Jarrod Spector (The Cher Show, Beautiful, Jersey Boys), Jessica Keenan Wynn (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Heathers), Michael James Scott (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), Krystina Alabado (Mean Girls) and Jackie Burns (Wicked, If/Then). The entire 9-part musical series can be purchased for the single price of $12.99 through this link. You will receive the full 85-minute filmed episodic musical, plus bonus behind-the-scenes footage including cut material and more. A Killer Party will be available for streaming beginning August 5 at 10am ET and will be released three episodes at a time: Episodes 4-6 debut on August 12 and episodes 7-9 debut on August 19. A collaboration between more than 50 Broadway professionals all working together remotely, A Killer Party is not only a new musical, but represents a new type of musical. With a purchase of the series, you support these artists “on stage” and behind-the-scenes, while they provide laughter and levity during this time of new ways to create and support art. A portion of your purchase price will also support the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. When Varthur McArthur, the artistic director of a failing theater in Duluth, invites his troupe of disgruntled actors and collaborators to the first read of an “immersive murder mystery dinner party,” no one knew that he would be the victim. Or did they? Enter eager, determined, and untested Detective Case. After sequestering the guests into separate rooms (because, you know, social-distancing), she gets down to finding out whodunnit, uncovering secret affairs, life-long grudges, backstage drama and a lot of musical theater song and dance. This hilarious and irreverent send-up of the classic Murder Mystery features an all-star creative team that includes Jason Howland (Little Women, Music), Nathan Tysen (Amelie, Lyrics), Kait Kerrigan (Book), Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Direction), Bobby Pearce (Taboo, Costume Design), Billy Jay Stein (Grammy® winner, Music Producer) and HMS Media (Video Post-Production).

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Myakka River: A Florida Treasure at The Bishop , February 7 – September 6, Museum hours.

Ultra-white sand beaches and magnificent sunsets have long defined our region, but just nine miles east of I-75 you’ll find an environment just as alluring, exotic and primal at the Myakka River State Park.  For more than 20 years, Clyde Butcher has explored the deeper regions of Myakka and spent seasons experiencing its changes and its diverse ecosystems. Designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, the tannic waters flow through bottomland swamp and freshwater marsh spilling into lakes and sinkholes. Alligators, turtles and cottonmouths swim in the river. Herons, cranes and limpkins strut through its shallows, feeding in the muck. In the rainy season, the river rises and floods. In the dry months, the river shrinks and wildlife once again lines the banks of the Myakka River.  Myakka River: A Florida Treasure features large-format, amazing photographs taken by world-renowned landscape photographer Clyde Butcher, known as the “Ansel Adams of Florida.”  The special exhibition will remain open through September 6, 2020. Visiting is included in the price of admission.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Farmers Market , August 1 – December 26, 7am-1pm

The Sarasota Farmers Market is proud to announce the reopening of the market on Saturday, August 1st. Hours will remain the same as always, 7am-1pm, rain or shine. We understand the severity of COVID-19; therefore, we are instituting some guidelines for both vendors and customers to follow as you join us downtown. Customer Code of Conduct: Stay home if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, Make a shopping list before coming, Pre-order and prepay vendors online if possible, Designate one shopper per household, Leave pets at home unless it is a service animal, Wear a mask, Look with your eyes only touch what you will buy, Maintain 6 feet of space between you and any others, Shop quickly and get everything to go, No gathering keep walkways clear, Hand sanitizer available at all vendor booths and sanitizing stations. Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time!

Downtown Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery Presents Summer Sojourn Artists' Showcase , August 4 – August 29, 11am-5pm

Art Uptown's regionally acclaimed artists offer passage to worlds unseen and under explored through the upcoming Summer Sojourn showcase on view from Tuesday, August 4 through Saturday, August 29. The exhibit features a wide array of media: photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, ceramic, sculpture and painting. Hungering for a reminder of Provence? Take in Jill Krasner's Yellow Daffodils (top left) or Jana Millstone's Tulip Trip (lower left). Seeking a little Zen-like serenity? Pause at Joan Libby Hawk's ceramic vessel, Elegy (top right). Marlane Wurzbach's Egret's Buffet (lower right), Bill Swanson's Juvenile Angelfish and Maro Lorimer's Haze take you right to the water's edge of your choice. Elijah (below left) by Janet Mishner invites the viewer to a more spiritual place and Liz Cole's abstract Bring on the Sun (below right) pushes the darks to brights. More than twenty other accomplished artists' work fills the Summer Sojourn showcase with unexpected, art-inspired journeys. The gallery continues its commitment to visitor and staff safety by the use of masks, sanitizer, frequent cleaning and social distancing.

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALA: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Sarasota Kickoff Celebration , August 27, 6pm

Let's get together and celebrate Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Sarasota. Kickoff Celebration and Real Men Wear Pink Reveal. Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Light Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails. Complimentary Valet Parking. RSVP by Monday, August 24, 2020.

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: 5th Annual Reef and Beach Cleanup , September 12 – September 13

Calling all Scuba Divers, Fisherman and Land Lubbers! This event is for everyone who cares about our shoreline and water ways. This is a "one of a kind" competitive trash collecting event. Bring friends and family. Trash collectors of all ages are welcome. There is NO entry fee. Community Service hours available for groups and students. Over $6,000. dollars in prize money will be spread out over 20 different categories. Categories include: most anchors, most recyclables, chain & other metals, tires, non-recyclable trash, fishing gear, nets, rope, tackle and an award to the most unique item brought in (as determined by judges). We've added a new category this year. There is now a category for Lion Fish. Lion fish are taking over our reefs. They are an invasive species that are killing off indigenous species.

Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. West, Palmetto, FL

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show , September 11 – September 13, 10am-7pm and 10am-6pm

At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement - whether it's a minor renovation or a major remodel. Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you'll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence. More importantly, we want you to be excited for all the fantastic possibilities that come with your project. When it's all said and done and you're ready to celebrate your home, we'll do a little celebrating ourselves, knowing we had some part in it.

Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  HEALTH: Lakewood Ranch Barre in The Park , August 2 – August 16, 9am-10am

Join us for free barre class in the beautiful setting of Bob Gardner Community Park just off of White Eagle Blvd. Please visit the ‘tickets‘ link to RSVP and complete the online waiver agreement before the event. barre3 will host Sunday morning classes at 9 am. Please bring your own mat and water bottle. Mats must be placed at least 6-feet apart from others and we ask all participants to closely follow all social-distancing guidelines. Parking is extremely limited. If you live in close proximity to Bob Gardner Park, we encourage biking or walking to the event.

Bob Gardner Community Park, 2710 White Eagle Blvd Bradenton, Florida

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