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SRQ DAILY Nov 3, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"When people love where they live, they are more connected to each other and have a stronger sense of civic pride."

- Johnette Isham, Realize Bradenton

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[Politics]  Moore, Boldt win in Venice, Manatee tax renewed
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Manatee County voters kept a tax in place. Venice voters kept a City Council member at the dais. Bradenton Beach reelected its mayor and Holmes Beach voters retained two incumbents while bringing another out of retirement. In a sense, the off year elections on Tuesday evening maintained a status quo, and yet sent a clear message on the state of public opinion.

In Manatee County, a referendum to extend a property tax funding teacher salaries passed with more than 69% of the vote. That’s a resounding victory, all the more noticeable after an aggressive campaign against it by local Republican leaders and a few years after a bare 51% of voters approved the tax in the first place.

“I don’t think anybody expected us to hit nearly 70%,” said School Board Chair Charlie Kennedy. “It goes to show you even with a vocal minority and a disinformation campaign against you, the voters are very smart. This community, across party lines and ideologies, recognized having an extra minute of school and having a competitive school district with competitive pay for our employees is worth investing in.”

Meanwhile, it was Republican leaders celebrating in Sarasota County. Venice City Council member Helen Moore won reelection while businessman Jim Boldt won the race for an open seat on the Council, both with the support of the Republican Party of Sarasota. “We thumped them,” said Jack Brill, acting RPOS chair, of opponents.

Moore said she was excited to win a second term. “I’m excited for Jim too,” she said. “I’m a proven leader and I think Jim is going to be stellar.”

Boldt felt honored by the win and thanked the community for the support as he came out on top of a field of three candidates. “It helps to have a lot of people behind you,” he said. “I was fortunate to have people jump in, stand at polling places and help get ideas out there.”

Bradenton Beach Maayor John Chappie won another term. And in Holmes Beach, voters reelected Commissioners Terry Schaefer and Carol Soustek, and returned former Commissioner Pat Morton to an open seat. The top three vote-getters in the Holmes Beach race win seats. 

[Community Initiative]  Realize Bradenton Launches a Celebration of Love for Bradenton
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Businesses throughout Downtown Bradenton are adding large wall and window decals to their buildings to show how much they Love This City. This is just one of the opportunities that nonprofit Realize Bradenton is providing for community members to rediscover and reimagine Downtown Bradenton through the 'Love This City Bradenton' campaign. "By promoting these actions, we hope to increase awareness for local businesses and cultural assets, encourage entrepreneurs to start new businesses and promote economic growth in Downtown Bradenton."

Festivities will begin at a kick-off celebration at the Downtown Bradenton Public Market (Market) on Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on Old Main Street. The 50+ weekly Market vendors will be joined by a community art project, scavenger hunts, the Made Here Craft Show and the return of 'Chef at the Market' with one of the chefs from Mattison's Riverwalk Grille. 

Self-guided scavenger hunts will also be available online for a fun way to explore the Riverwalk, Village of the Arts and Downtown Bradenton. Each hunt has a unique Love This City prize and a grand prize is available for people who complete all three scavenger hunts. Meanwhile, the new Love This City Holiday Gift Guide showcases a list of Downtown Bradenton's local businesses to support and "shop small" this season—available online and in print. "When you shop local, you are not only showing your love to the person receiving the gift, but you are also supporting a local entrepreneur and the City of Bradenton."

"When people love where they live, they are more connected to each other and have a stronger sense of civic pride," says Johnette Isham, Executive Director of Realize Bradenton. "The Love This City Bradenton campaign is our way of remembering the many reasons to love Bradenton."

Love This City fun will continue through May 2022. Scavenger hunts, the Love This City Holiday Gift Guide, events and announcements are available at RealizeBradenton.com/LoveThisCity. And for all other Love This City updates, follow Realize Bradenton socials @realizebradenton.

Love This City is made possible thanks to the Knight Donor Advised Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation and support from the City of Bradenton Community Redevelopment Agency.  

Photo courtesy of Realize Bradenton

[Holiday Drive]  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Partner Together for the Annual Giving Tree Toy Drive

Fifth Third Bank is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for its 2nd annual Giving Tree Toy Drive campaign. The Giving Tree Toy Drive program will begin on November 8, 2021 and end on December 3, 2021. “During the month of November, the Bank will host 'Giving Trees' in each of our 77 financial centers throughout South Florida,” said John Slavik, SVP, Retail Executive for Fifth Third Bank. “By allowing our financial centers to host a 'Giving Tree,' we hope to create awareness around supporting those families in need during this holiday season.”

Each tree will be decorated with gift tags with specific information that pertains to the need of a child in the community. A donation of a gift or gift card will help make a difference and ensure a brighter holiday season for the underserved youth in our community. Visit any local Fifth Third Bank financial center in South Florida during the month of November to pick up a gift tag. “Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them and who understands the power of connection," states Joy Mahler, President/CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.  "Our Fifth Third Bank partner is a champion and a connector for children throughout our ten county footprint."

All donations can be dropped off at any local Fifth Third Bank in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Broward and Palm Beach. To find the nearest location, visit 53.com. 

Pictured: Cindy Schindler, Lead Customer Service Representative, and Dave Norris, Financial Center Manager with Fifth Third Bank alongside the Giving Tree

[Anniversary]  JFCS of the Suncoast Honors its 35th Anniversary

JFCS of the Suncoast will pay tribute to the people and events that define its unique and proud history during a 35th Anniversary celebration at Michael’s On East in Sarasota, on Sunday, December 5 at 5:30 pm. The event is being co-chaired by retired JFCS President/CEO Rose Chapman and former Board member Stan Rutstein and his wife Jo Rutstein. JFCS has consistently been there to help people in times of need for over three decades,” stated Chapman. “The organization has provided support and comfort to tens of thousands of people in the past and continues to do so today.” 

Tickets for its celebration are available and may be purchased on the JFCS website (jfcs-cares.org/35anniv/). 

[Grants]  Gulf Coast Approves Nearly $11 Million In Grants

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Board of Directors approved nearly $11 million in grants and scholarships at its October meeting. The funding, which was approved at the Board’s first meeting of the fiscal year, included almost $7 million in grants from donor-advised funds, as well as $612,671 in scholarship awards.“In response to the growing needs of our community fueled by the pandemic, last year we experienced an increase in donor giving by about 30 percent from years prior," said Mark Pritchett, Gulf Coast President | CEO. "We anticipate similar increased support as we enter this new fiscal year.”

Among grants approved by the Gulf Coast Board in October were three Leveraged Grants totaling $512,500. Gulf Coast’s Leveraged Grants fund collaborative work that will address specific regional priorities identified by the foundation through periodic community assessments. These grants included: $62,500 to help Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast launch a Nature Interpretation Program and $150,000 to the State College of Florida (SCF) Foundation to address the critical shortage of nurses in our region by supporting the SCF Nursing Center of Excellence. Gulf Coast also awarded over $124,000 in Community Grants, which are smaller grants to fund programs and projects at regional nonprofit organizations. These included:  $25,000 to Venice Theatre to support AACT WorldFest 2022, an international community theater festival that will feature performances from around the globe and $14,000 to Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center to determine the feasibility of developing a nonprofit human-services center in North Port.  

[Grant]  Second Heart Homes Receives $20K Grant From Church of the Redeemer

Sarasota's Second Heart Homes nonprofit has received a $20,000 grant from Church of the Redeemer. The organization provides permanent and transitional homes, daily supportive services and skill-building workshops tailored to clients’ individual needs. The funds will be used to repair and refurbish two recently purchased duplexes that will provide secure housing, stability and critical support services to 12 homeless women with mental health issues. Megan Howell, founder and executive director of Second Heart Homes said, “Roofing, flooring, plumbing, electrical and other repairs are needed to bring the duplexes up to our gold-star standards so that we can begin taking in women. This grant, and the extension of friendship, is such a wonderful surprise." 

“Church of the Redeemer is committed to the work of meeting human needs and alleviating suffering in our communities,” said The Rev. David Svihel, clergy representative for the church’s Mission and Outreach Committee. “We are excited to support Second Heart Homes because they are working hard to address unmet housing and mental-health support needs for Sarasota’s more than 200 homeless women.”

For information and to donate, visit  secondhearthomes.org 

Photo courtesy of Church of the Redeemer

[Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center]  There's Never Been A More Important Time to Quit Tobacco

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, as part of the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program, offers free tobacco cessation sessions to help individuals quit all forms of tobacco.  These group sessions—held virtually and in-person—will assist you with developing your own customized quit plan. Free nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches, gum or lozenges (if medically appropriate and while supplies last) and follow up support from a trained tobacco treatment specialist are provided with the session. 

Contact us today at 866-534-7909 or visit our page to schedule a class or learn more about the program. 

Click here for more information about Tobacco Free Florida's Group Quit Calendar

[Writing Contest]  7th Annual 'Storytellers of Tomorrow' Creative Writing Contest for High School Students Now Open

Ringling College of Art and Design’s Creative Writing program announces the 7th annual Storytellers of Tomorrow writing contest for high school students. High school students are invited to send unpublished short stories, scripts, comics, graphic texts, or essays—up to 2,000 words—to the annual Storytellers of Tomorrow contest, which runs until January 15, 2022. Students may enter one piece of writing in each of the three contest categories. The contest is free to enter, and the three categories remain the same as in previous years: Genre Stories, Literary Stories, and Nonfiction. Young writers who are considering studying creative writing at the college level are especially encouraged to apply, but entries from any high school writer are always welcome. Former contest judge Virgil Suárez adds, “If there’s a story inside you, there’s no better time to write it than right now.” 

Winners recieve $1,000 cash prizes, a private consultation with a professional editor, and recognition and exposure for their creative pursuits. In addition, the high school English teacher of the top winner in each category receives an iPad for their classroom. “Story is at the heart of everything we do at the College,” explains Dr. Ryan G. Van Cleave, head of the Creative Writing major. “We want to support the work of young story makers, which is why we committed to more than doubling the prize money as well as offering the top winners the chance to have their work read and evaluated by Brooke Vitale, an author of more than 100 books who has worked 20 years as an editor for Penguin Random House and Disney.”

Find full submission details at the contest website here. On social media, follow and join the conversation: #CreativeWritingContestRCAD 

[Tech]  Sarasota Tech Startup KnaQ Hires Renowned TikTok Expert

KnaQ hired TikTok Expert, Karissa Leist, to lead their social media campaigns for the tech start-up based in Sarasota. Karissa is an influencer who resides in Lakewood Ranch and has grown her social media platforms to over 1M followers on TikTok and 72K followers on Instagram, organically. Karissa will be working alongside the Director of Marketing to create the social media marketing, digital ad campaigns and influencer outreach program designed for KnaQ.

The marketplace offers knowledge sharing for online teaching, coaching/consulting, skill-sharing to hire people based on their time and skills and connections to help small businesses and independent workers find more opportunities to grow their business. Karissa Leist, Social Media Specialist at KnaQ, stated, “Social media is the future of marketing. With the right strategy, anything is possible. I am looking forward to watching KnaQ grow, and I am grateful to be included in the process.” Stephen Catanzano, Chief Executive Officer at KnaQ, stated, “KnaQ is a social marketplace focused on connecting buyers and experts on topics, from the obvious to obscure. We are encouraging all KnaQ Experts to use their network and social media pages to promote their local expertise, making Karissa a great addition to our team with her background.” 

Email KnaQ at kristinas@knaq.com for more information. Pre-register for KnaQ at knaq.com 

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story , November 3 – January 2, Varies.

Experience the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from “That’ll Be the Day” hitting the airwaves in 1957 to “The Day The Music Died” two years later. With over a dozen of Holly’s greatest hits brought to life by performers playing their own instruments, Buddy celebrates the legend who changed the face of Rock & Roll forever. Featuring Holly’s “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” and “Oh Boy,” plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story by Alan Janes will play beginning November 3, 2021 through January 2, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Children First: Flip Flops & Fashion Luncheon , November 3, 11am

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 3 at 11am for Children's First 13th annual Flip Flops & Fashion Luncheon at Sharky's on the Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice. Enjoy their fabulous beachside fashion show while dining on fresh food and delectable drinks from Fins at Sharky’s restaurant in celebration of Children First’s 60th Anniversary.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Falsettos , November 3 – November 14, 7:30pm and 2pm

Marvin has left his wife for his male lover and is struggling to keep his family together. In classic William Finn fashion, Falsettos has themes of Jewish identity, gender roles, and gay life in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Single tickets available Sept. 1, 2021 ($26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student). Subscriptions are available now. The show dates are Nov. 3-6, 9-13 at 7:30pm and Nov. 7, 13-14 at 2pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Children's Cancer Center: 8th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes , November 4, 7pm-10pm

The event will include the sip, stop and shop marketplace filled with wine tastings from vintners around the world and shopping from exclusive vendors on November 4 from 7pm to 10pm at Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave. in Tampa. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, chances to win a closet filled with $30,000 of coveted items, bid on exciting silent auction packages and more. The second portion of our evening will entail a high end fashion show along with a live auction and entertainment. Since the inception, this event has collectively raised over one million dollars for the immediate needs of children and families battling childhood cancer. Don’t miss out on Tampa Bay’s event of the year. All guests will enjoy complimentary wine and champagne. Passed Hors d’oeuvres will be present during pre show along with our fabulous food vendors with tastings from some of the best Tampa restaurants. It is suggested to eat a heavier meal before attending. A suit is the easiest option for men heading to a fashion show. Mix things up if you prefer a more striking look. Instead of your usual tie, leave the top few buttons on your dress shirt undone and add a plaid scarf. Most women wear a cocktail dress or an outfit for a girls night on the town. Women typically wear with their most extravagant pair of heels to contend in the Best in Shoe competition.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: New College of Florida: 42nd Scholarship Clambake , November 4, 6pm

New College of Florida will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of its annual Scholarship Clambake, hosted by the New College Foundation, on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 6pm. Featuring cocktails at sunset, New England fare and a live auction, Clambake has been one of Sarasota’s most popular philanthropic events for more than four decades. The event will take place on the New College bayfront beside College Hall, 5800 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota. All ticket proceeds benefit student scholarships. Tickets start at $250, and sponsorships are available. For more information, please call 941-487-4800.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: The Next Horizon: The Latest from Playwright Bess Wohl , November 4, 5:30pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat presents a conversation on the beach with 2020 Tony Award-nominated playwright and 2021 Hermitage Fellow Bess Wohl. “The Next Horizon: The Latest from Playwright Bess Wohl” is Thursday, November 4, 5:30pm, live on the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road. This event will also be available via livestream. This outdoor Hermitage event is presented in partnership with the Asolo Rep, which will host the regional premiere of Wohl’s play Grand Horizons starting in January of 2022.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Masterworks: Portraits in Sound , November 5 – November 7, 8pm and 2:30pm

Brazilian composer Mozart Camargo Guarnieri spices his Festive Overture with flavors of South America on Friday, November 5 at 8pm, Saturday, November 6 at 8pm, and Sunday, November 7 at 2:30pm at the Van Wezel. Superstar violinist Blake Pouliot is featured in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. The program concludes with Mussorgsky's orchestral showpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition, showcasing ten vivid, short musical interludes that were influenced by works of art. The final movement, "The Great Gate of Kiev," stands as one of the most majestic moments in orchestral music.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Fresh Fridays Best Night Ever Kick-Off Event , November 5, 8pm-11pm

The Fresh Fridays team announces the final programming for its kick-off event, “Best Night Ever.” The first of downtown Sarasota’s elevated first-Friday events initiative seeks to offer residents and visitors dynamic opportunities to engage with the city’s diverse food, music, and cultural assets, reactivating downtown Sarasota as a hub for nightlife, entertainment and recreation. From 8-11pm on Friday, November 5, Lemon Avenue and State Street will be closed to vehicles for the pedestrian-only event. Free food tastings will be provided throughout the event zone courtesy of Cask & Ale, Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi, Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood., and Serenity Wellness & Smoothie Café. Guests can also purchase their favorite refreshments from participating restaurants within the event zone. Several live music options will also be spread throughout the two-block event zone that cater to a wide variety of preferences, including a jazz guitar duo, a Country cover band, and a DJ spinning contemporary and classic hits. The vibrant block party will be glowing in a dazzling digital light display, making this a comprehensive event for the senses. The first 500 guests will receive a Fresh Fridays cup to go along with other party favors, and guests are encouraged to utilize the Fresh Fridays step-and-repeat photo set up to get their photos taken. This 100% free event is an easy walk from just about any parking spot in the Downtown Improvement District including the State Street garage, where the first two hours of parking are free. Easily accessible and broadly inclusive of tastes, guests may enter the event from either end of State Street (including The Mark’s breezeway) and from Lemon Avenue at Main Street or Pineapple Avenue. Please refer to the included map. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Princeton Street Arts: 2021 Fall Art Walk , November 5, 6pm-8pm

Princeton Street Arts 2021 Fall Art Walk will take place on November 5 from 6pm to 8pm. Join us for our Monthly art walk. Visit the working studios of artists in the Princeton Street corridor. Explore this blossoming arts community in the heart of Sarasota. The Princeton street corridor is a growing community of warehouses converted to working art studios. Anchored by the SPAACES Gallery, this little neighborhood has evolved into a premier location for contemporary and conceptual artists. This event features open studios of 12 Princeton Street artists as well as an exhibition at the SPAACES Gallery featuring the work of Diana de Avila, Julie Kanapaux, and Jessica Mowery.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center: Grant Peeples , November 5, 8pm

A self-described “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR, and Buddhist with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads. He is the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” and their “unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” Grant tours coast to coast, and has been a regular performer at The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the 30A Songwriters Festival, and The Florida, Folk Festival. Grant Peeples will perform on Friday, November 5 at 8pm at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 1st Annual Bradenton Riverwalk Arts & Crafts Festival , November 6 – November 7, 10am-5pm

A new tradition starts in Bradenton with the 1st Annual Bradenton Riverwalk Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7 from 10am to 5pm at the Pavilion on the Bradenton Riverwalk, 452 3rd Avenue W. The event is FREE and open to the public. Explore fine arts and crafts in an outdoor gallery created by artisans from across Florida and the United States. All the artwork juried into this event is handmade, hand-crafted in such mediums as painting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, candles, glass, woodworking, dips & sauces, metalwork, digital art fishing apparel and more.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: LeMarche Parisian Marketplace , November 6, 10am-5pm

Experience LeMarche Bohemien Parisian-Inspired Outdoor Marketplace – Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10am to 5pm downtown Sarasota in Five Points Park. Admission is free. Discover an array of one-of-a-kind pieces created by some of the region's most talented artisans featuring Parisian vocalist, Michelet Innocent. The marketplace is a vintage collector's paradise, with wearable clothing and accessories that feature vintage photographs and re-purposing vintage apparel. Other artists will showcase re-purpose furniture and home accessories using chalk paint and stencils in intricate designs. From wall hangings crafted from stained glass and natural elements to sculpted work and intricate jewelry created from antique buttons, sterling silver and semi-precious stones, and MORE.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions: POW! The Comic Art of Mike Zeck from the Costas Collection , October 18 – March 25, 9am-3pm

After attending Ringling College in the late 60s, Zeck made a name for himself illustrating the horror stories of Charlton Comics before turning his talents in both illustration and storytelling into one of the most successful careers of The Bronze Age of comic books. His talents served him well for both Marvel and DC. Zeck is credited with creating the alternative black costume for Spider-Man that would eventually become the character Venom, and his work on Kraven’s Last Hunt is considered one of the best stories in the Spider-Man canon. In the DC universe, he helped modernize Batman into the flawed and dark knight he would become in the modern era. With “POW!,” Ringling College Galleries has compiled the best of The Costas Collection, featuring over 60 original illustrations of Zeck’s most iconic storylines and covers. This exhibition will be on view from October 18, 2021 – March 25, 2022. In-person viewings are free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm at The Lois and David Stulberg Gallery is located inside the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center on campus at Ringling College of Art and Design at 1188 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Great American Trailer Park Musical , October 29 – November 28, Varies.

Starke, Florida has everything: agoraphobia, ‘80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan and disco. Get your seats early… Trailer Park filled every seat in 2009, 2011, and 2013. The Great American Trailer Park Musical from show from October 29 to November 28 at the Venice Theatre. Includes adult language/themes. Audience discretion advised.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Selby Gardens: Yoga in the Gardens November , November 1 – November 24, 10am-11am

Treat yourself to a peaceful mind and body Yoga experience at our beautiful Downtown Sarasota Garden campus. The focus is on alignment, breathing techniques, and relaxation. Designed for both beginners and advanced students. Recommended supplies include: water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable clothes, a towel or yoga mat. Open to students of all ages/experience levels. Yoga in the Gardens will take place on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10am to 11am. November Yoga Pass 1,3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24. Fee per drop-in class: $20. Monthly Fee: $160.00 (Members $120). Class Size: 30 Students. Instructor: Michelle Roy.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Florida Farm Bureau Pavilion: Free Fall Festival 2021 , November 6, 11am-4pm

NextHome Excellence and NextHome In The Sun's annual Free Fall Festival at the Florida Farm Bureau is BACK on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 11am to 4pm. Join us for a completely free, KID-FRIENDLY event. This is one of the most fun events of the year - here are just some of the things you can enjoy at the festival: Carnival Games, Bounce Houses, Dunk Tank, Food Trucks, Airbrush Tattoos, Arts & Crafts, Obstacle Course, Inflatable Axe Throwing, Live Music, Artisan Market, and Fun & Games. All proceeds benefit Heroes Welcome Home, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping veterans buy and maintain their homes.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Medieval Fair , November 6 – November 28, 10am-5:30pm

The Sarasota Medieval Fair is Back - NEW LOCATION: Woods of Mallaranny. Welcome one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the Sarasota Medieval Fair. We are so proud to announce the triumphant return of the renowned 17th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. The fair will be November 6th-28th, running every weekend on Saturday and Sunday at our much anticipated and beautiful NEW LOCATION, Woods of Mallaranny. Visit us each weekend as each weekend features a full new line-up of different nationally renowned acts! Plus, don't miss our returning favorites such as the Washing Well Wenches, the Human Combat Chess Match, and full-armored full-contact jousting tournaments held twice daily. Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Plus, join in on the fun with this years Scottish scenario, the Battle of Falkirk, 1298 AD. We encourage all to interact with our cast of characters, ask questions, and participate in the grandeur of color, sound, taste, and festivities. Come one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the Sarasota Medieval Fair. 

[SOON]  SPORTS: Satchel's Last Resort 10th Annual Pars 4 Paws Golf Tournament , November 6, 8:30am

If you love animals, love golf and would love to play at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s gorgeous Links on Longboat Key Course, please join us for a great morning of golf followed by a delicious cookout lunch at 8:30am on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Love Satchel’s and our no-kill mission but not a golfer? Join us for our gourmet Cookout Buffet Lunch to be served when the golfers head back (likely starting around 11:30). We’re hoping for a beautiful fall day where you can sit back and relax while enjoying a delicious cookout lunch under the oaks at the Longboat Key Club. Raffle tickets for a chance at 1 of 3 baskets containing $100 in lottery tickets will be available and pics of our beautiful dogs and cats looking for their forever homes will be on the tables promoting Satchel’s Be Our Hero sponsorship program.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary: Twilight Lemur Yoga , November 3, 5:45pm

Join Big Cat Habitat for our first ever Twilight Lemur Yoga fundraising event, in collaboration with instructor Erika Cain on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, Doors Open at 5:30pm, 60-Minute Flow Begins at 5:45pm. This is a unique interactive animal experience with gentle yoga weaved into the adventure. Erika will guide you through a yoga flow in our intimate encounter area, while our two beautiful Ruffed Lemurs, Marley and Ziggy, freely leap around and connect with you. Allow yourself to be transformed by this exclusive experience as you become immersed in the outdoor environment and powerful energy of the lemurs. This alignment-based class synchronizes breath with movement for you to deepen the mind-body connection and tune into your spirit animal. Practice is for most levels, giving you the opportunity to be gentle on your body. Big Cat Habitat hopes that this event will help guests connect with our majestic animals in a new way and support our mission to provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures in need. We take pride in educating our guests on the importance of species preservation to ensure the survival of these magnificent animals for future generations and to keep alive the human-animal connection in our world and in our community. Registration: $125 per person; includes interactive animal encounter, yoga flow and a single day pass to return to the habitat during normal business hours. (Friday through Sunday 12pm-4pm). Only six spaces available. Advanced reservations ONLY. What to bring: Yoga mat, towel and any props to assist your practice. Complimentary refreshments and light snacks available.

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