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SRQ DAILY Sep 14, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Children who are dealing with homelessness are already at a significant disadvantage when it comes to being prepared for life and career success."

- Ellen McLaughlin, Schoolhouse Link Program Director.
 

[Fundraising]  Art in the Dark Returns After Pandemic Pause

After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Art in the Dark” fundraiser for Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center returns on September 24, 2022, at Michael’s On East starting at 6pm. This signature event from Lighthouse illuminates the experience of art using senses beyond sight and will also feature a gourmet menu, dancing, and a silent and exciting live auction of fabulous items. Bob Harrigan, Chief Meteorologist for ABC 7, will emcee the evening. Funds raised from the event will support the organization’s mission of providing hope and empowerment to people experiencing vision loss. With the guidance of The Ringling's Education Department, guests will experience art as those with vision loss do: by using their other senses. The event’s signature piece of artwork is Drawing of the Lottery in the Piazza delle Erbe in Turin, Giovanni Michele Graneri, c. 1756. Bequest of John Ringling, 1936. During this Sponsors for the event include Tom and Sherry Koski; Bell Engineering & Consulting, LLC; MedOne; Kitchner Benefits; Publix Super Market Charities; Retina Associates of Sarasota; Mr. and Mrs. David Cruikshank; Martin Rometsch and Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, MD, FACP; Worthington-Keating Family Foundation; Coastal Properties & Management - Gail Welch, Realtor; and Jeff and Cindy Kaiser. Underwriters for the event include Cavanaugh & Co, LLP; Newsom Eye; E-Bikes and Cycles; Quigley Eye; Jon F. Swift Construction; Tervis; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; and The Ringling Museum. Tickets are available now at ArtInTheDark.org 

[Grant]  Sisterhood for Good Awards Grant to Child Protection Center

The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) has been selected by Sisterhood for Good to receive funding for the nonprofit’s Therapy programs. The grant will assist the nonprofit in providing the necessary equipment for mental health services for children and families suffering the traumas of child abuse in the community. This funding will specifically supply a variety of specialized resource tools for children who are undergoing therapy to use to express their thoughts/fears and to release potentially harmful energy in a positive and safe way. These items may include art supplies, puppets, punching bags, books, or “Packs of Healing” supplies such as stress balls, journals, sketchbooks, markers, aromatherapy oils, and fidget spinners. The various items provide children and families the resources and supplies to enhance their ability to use the coping and relaxation skills they are learning in therapy, and to
encourage bonding, play, normalcy, and self-care. The Child Protection Center’s mission is the Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment of Child Abuse, as the organization envisions a community where children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. For over 40 years, CPC has been serving Sarasota and DeSoto Counties in the State of Florida, and is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. For more information on CPC, visit www.cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277. 

Pictured: CPC’s Executive Director Doug Staley accepts funds from Sisterhood for Good. Photo courtesy of CPC.

[Free Event]  Van Wezel Foundation Brings Mr. Stevey and Friends to Newtown Farmers Market

The Van Wezel Foundation is teaming up with the Newtown Farmers Market to present Mr. Stevey & Friends’ “Exploring Outer Space,” the first in a series of free, family-friendly events, held on Saturday, September 24 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 2523 Cocoanut Ave. in Sarasota. Mr. Stevey and Friends will help children and families learn how to increase resilience and stress management through mindfulness using the arts while exploring the solar system. Mr. Stevey will be joined by guest artist Freda Williams, who will teach families how to make space rocks. Subsequent events, each featuring a different theme, will take place on the last Saturday of each month. The Education and Lifelong Learning program at the Van Wezel Foundation provides arts integration and education experiences to increase understanding in the classroom, the community and beyond. This event is another example of how the Foundation is living up to its mission to advance education and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts, while creating and sustaining a vibrant performing arts center. Mr. Stevey (Jones) is a Sarasota-based teaching artist who meditates daily and is certified in mindfulness. A former award-winning journalist and local substitute teacher, Stevey hosts “Mr. Stevey Meditates,” an educational channel on YouTube that explores mindfulness techniques. Stevey incorporates mindfulness, writing and social media into his teaching artistry to create educational experiences focused on helping students feel better so they can learn better. Stevey also enjoys developing and launching innovative arts education programs for nonprofits, school districts and community organizations with a focus on engaging students from traditionally underserved communities. Freda Williams is a teaching artist with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall specializing in arts integration for the past five years. She is a Ringling College alumna in the area of Fine Arts and Interior Space Planning. Freda utilizes her training to practice, design lessons and lead workshops for gifted elementary-aged students throughout the local school districts. This includes leading a well-known after-school Elementary Drama gifted program. Freda also teaches arts integrated activities to Summer Learning Academy students in Sarasota and helps lead Family Literacy Nights at Title 1 schools focused on drama and visual arts. She has previously won the Florida Reading Association Teacher of the Year for the State of Florida. 

To learn more click here.

[Grant]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Cements Strategic Partnership with WBTT

As Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe prepares for its 2022-2023 programmatic and performance season, it is thrilled to have received a Strategic Partnership Grant of $35,000 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The funds are to be allocated as follows: $15,000 for Stage of Discovery; $10,000 for the fall gala, “Groovin’ on the Soul Train”; $5,000 for WBTT’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and $5,000 for WBTT’s spring fundraiser, the April Fools Fête. Stage of Discovery, which was first offered during the summer of 2016, is a musical theatre program offered at no cost to the participants. The camp provides weeks of intensive training in singing, acting, dancing and improvisation, and culminates in a full-scale musical production. The Community Foundation-supported events take place on the following dates this year: Groovin’ on the Soul Train, November 11, 2022; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Celebrating His Legacy, January 16, 2023; April Fools Fête, April 3, 2023. Founded in 1999, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is the only professional black theater company on Florida’s West Coast. Its mission is to produce professional theatre that promotes and celebrates African American history and experience, engages a broad base of patrons and audiences, supports the development of a dynamic group of aspiring artists, and builds self-esteem in youth of color. The grant support was made possible thanks to the Thomas and Lola Seligman Fund, the Frances Wormser Founders Fund, the Leslie and Margaret Weller Fund, and the Allen Wirtz Nobbe and Jo Bowen Nobbe Fund of the Community Foundation. For more about WBTT, call 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org. 

Pictured: Funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County will support WBTTs Stage of Discovery summer youth training program Photo by Sorcha Augustine.

[Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota]  Back to School

Hi! I’m Charlie!

I want to introduce some of my friends at Boys & Girls Club. We’re working hard here after school doing all kinds of stuff.

My friend Quavian, he’s positive last year’s A in Reading will improve to A+. He’s hitting the books while others hit the beach. You’ll be writing your own story in no time, Quavian!

Kamiyah, she’s showing everyone why she’s going to be the next great chef. While others are sizzling in the sun, she’s sizzling a vegetable medley in our Culinary Arts program. You’re heating up, Kamiyah!

For my friend Akiel, he’s serving on a local Board of Directors after completing STAR Leadership Training. While others are bored home, he’s training to be on a Board. Character. Leadership. Go, Akiel!

And friend Dani, she’s at the Club doing stuff for college like ACT/SAT prep, financial aid guidance, and accessing $60 + million in scholarships. I don’t know what it all means but it sure sounds impressive!

Thanks to the Club, my friends and I will be ready for any challenge this school year brings! But the Club is there for us because you’re there for us. 

You make all these things possible.

See yourself helping Club members like me. Your support will help thousands of us do whatever we put our minds to. See yourself supporting great futures at the Club. And, if you really want to see yourself at the Club, I’d love to show you around! Visit bgcsdc.org or call 941-366-3911 for a private tour.
-Charlie 

Click here to learn more

[Grant]  Safe Children Coalition Receives Grant to Support Homeless Children, Displaced Teens

There are many different scenarios for students who do not have a stable home: families who are staying with others, living in shelters, motels, campgrounds, or cars due to a loss of housing, or older teens who are not in the custody of a parent or guardian and are fending for themselves on the streets. For homeless families or displaced teens who are on their own, Safe Children Coalition’s Schoolhouse Link program serves as protector, support system and advocate. To bolster Safe Children Coalition’s efforts on behalf of these youths, the McCune Family Foundation recently awarded a grant of $15,000 for the Schoolhouse Link program. In 2021, funding from the McCune Family Foundation directly supported program costs including staff salaries, transportation, and supplies for 66 youth including clothing, household supplies, books, and school-related expenses. Every child has a right to a public education but, when their home is in turmoil, it can be overwhelming to navigate school and social services systems. Schoolhouse Link serves as an advocate, helping students in transition attend and succeed in school. Schoolhouse Link helps to provide stability while students pursue their education, including funding for uncovered medical care, emergency medication, supportive counseling, housing subsidies, and rental and utility assistance, when appropriate. Additionally, the program assists homeless students with scholarships for ancillary expenses such as application fees, books, uniforms, computers, and other costs as they transition from high school to college or technical training opportunities. McKinney-Vento Services (McKinney-Vento Act of 1987, last amended by Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015) are provided to students in residential transition to help them enroll, attend and/or succeed in school. In Sarasota County, Schoolhouse Link works with the Sarasota County School Board and serves as the district's official "homeless liaison." In addition, the program provides support to the entire family by linking them with essential service providers and community resources. 

“The importance of providing support for children whose families are experiencing homelessness or teens who are without an adult guardian cannot be overstated,” said Schoolhouse Link program director Ellen McLaughlin. “Children who are dealing with homelessness are already at a significant disadvantage when it comes to being prepared for life and career success. We are most grateful to the McCune Family Foundation for its generous contribution as we work to ensure displaced youths enroll, stay in and graduate from school.”

  

Pictured: Thanks to generous donors and volunteers, hundreds of backpacks with school supplies have been donated, stuffed, and given to children who are homeless or in the foster care system.

To learn more click here.

[Volunteering]  Share the Joy of Reading! Embracing Our Differences Seeks Volunteer Readers for its “Bucket Fillers” Reading Initiative in November

If you love to share the joy of reading with young people, Embracing Our Differences hopes you will volunteer for its “Bucket Fillers” reading initiative, which will take place at 80 elementary schools and early learning centers throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties on Tuesday, November 15. What is a Bucket Filler? Since her first book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids,” was published in 2006, Carol McCloud, a nationally acclaimed author and Venice resident, has inspired millions of people of all ages to become daily “bucket fillers” through her books, seminars, and other publications. Her nine children’s books have sold three million copies worldwide and are used in schools around the world as their primary character development program. For the past five years, EOD has coordinated an annual Bucket Filler reading initiative—through a partnership with Sarasota County Schools, the School District of Manatee County, and the Early Learning Coalitions of Sarasota County and Manatee County. Ben Jewell-Plocher, EOD’s learning and engagement director, explains it this way. “The ‘Bucket Filler’ books use the concept of an invisible bucket to encourage positive behavior and warm hearts. Each book shows children how rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love to others.”

On November 15, EOD will coordinate hundreds of volunteers to read from “Bucket Filler” books to more than 8,200 students in pre-kindergarten through third grade classes in Sarasota County. If you’d like to volunteer to read on November 15, visit https://www.embracingourdifferences.org/bucket-fillers by October 1. For more information about Embracing Our Differences, call 941-404-5710, or visit www.embracingourdifferences.org. 

Pictured: Barancik Foundations John Annis reads to 2nd grade students at Fruitville Elementary during EODs Bucket Fillers Reading Day event. Photo courtesy of EOD.



[Trendsport]  The Bay For All
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

THE BAY FOR ALL | Portions of The Bay, the ambitious public space planned at the Sarasota Bayfront, have started to become accessible to the public.

Hear more from Bill Waddill, the chief operating officer for The Bay Park Conservancy, through this link, on our social media, or in the September edition of SRQ Magazine.

Stay tuned for more TRENDSPORT spotlights in the coming days! 

[Trendsport]  Farewell Hyatt
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Join us as we say goodbye to a beloved community hotel in FAREWELL HYATT through this link, on our social media, or in the September edition of SRQ Magazine.

Check back tomorrow for more TRENDSPORT content! 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Friday Fest 2022 , June 17 – September 16, 5pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest events are our outdoor concert series that provide the community with 4 entertaining and FREE events from June to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront. Our Friday Fest lineup includes: Yesterdayze - June 17, Kettle of Fish - July 15, Big Night Out - August 12, and Jah Movement - September 16 at 5pm. 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Revolutionists , September 16 – October 2, Varied

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson. Four bodacious women lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent, women-centered tragicomedy set during the French Revolution. This witty, thought-provoking, raucously funny adventure was inventively conceived by one of today’s most-produced American playwrights. * Includes adult language/themes. Audience discretion advised. September 16-October 2, 2022. Tickets Adult $29 College/Educator $21 Youth $15 For more information visit venicetheatre.org, Ph. 941.488.1115, email info@venicetheatre.net 

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W Venice, FL 34285 (The Box Office is currently closed for walk-up business)

[SOON]  THEATER: CreArte Latino Cultural Center: MADENUSA , September 16 – October 15, Varied

CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents MADENUSA A Play by Claudia Soroka September 16-17, at 8 p.m., September 18 at 5 p.m., and October 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. MADENUSA is an amusing and fresh take on the immigrant experience that delves into the intricacies of adjusting to a different culture. The comedy is directed by Carolina Franco, president and artistic director of CreArte Latino Cultural Center. The play will be performed in Spanish with subtitles in English. The playwright will attend the show on September 17 with a bilingual Q & A after the performance. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit www.creartelatino.org. CreArte Latino Cultural Center is at 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota. The show is sponsored, in part, by a $3,000 grant from Bradenton Area Arts & Culture.

CreArte Latino Cultural Center, 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FILM: From Script to Screen , September 16, 7:00 pm

Like an opportunity to discuss a film based on a classic Rainer Werner Fassbinder Play? How about Friday September 16 th 7 pm? Q&A directly following the film. By Bookseller Roxanne @ Burns Court Theater following the film: Peter Von Kant, Directed by Francois Ozon. Tickets available at: https://filmsociety.org/movies/showing.cfm?shoID=91977.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Side by Side by Sondheim , September 8 – September 18, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd Season with Six That Matter – shows that explore finding purpose, the universal desire to live a life that matters, to fully appreciate aspiration. Be it finding true love, sacrificing it all, a life of devotion, cultivating artistry, finding fame, each of these unforgettable shows- important in their own genres, are celebrations of greatness, of striving for more, that will make memories, sparking feelings of joy- of what being alive fully means. Side by Side by Sondheim is a revue that celebrates the wit and genius of musical theatre’s most influential artist, who searched for what it means to be alive. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics that are heartbreakingly true and music that captures the soaring emotions of a new generation with Side by Side by Sondheim. Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of this contemporary master and a must for diehard fans. September 8th-18th, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  SPORTS: WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup , September 9 – September 18

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball revealed the new dates for the next WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, with the 30th edition of the youth world championship to take place from 9 to 18 September 2022 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The elite international tournament will be played at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium and Bradenton’s LECOM Park, the respective Spring Training homes of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will include 12 national teams, whose rosters will feature the best youth players in their respective countries.

Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Art Museum: 209 - Author Mara Torres González Speaks , September 20, 4pm-6pm

Mara Torres González to Speak About Her Visual Art Book Exploring the Aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico September 20, 4-6 p.m., at Sarasota Art Museum. Torres González tells the story of the resilient, through “209,” a book featuring her own artwork and published by the Peppertree Press, LLC. “209,” which refers to the date the hurricane took place—September 20—features images of Torres González’s mixed-media paintings, with photography. The book also includes a poem about the hurricane by the New Jersey poet and author Danny Shot, which Torres González will read at this event, which happens to take place on the same day as the hurricane, five years later. Learn more about the artist on her website: www.marastudiogallery.com

Sarasota Art Museum , 1001 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Forty Carrots Family Center 20th Annual Free Virtual Community Speaker Event , September 21, 7:00 pm

Registration is open for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 20th annual free educational community speaker event Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The virtual presentation will feature educational psychologist and best-selling author Michele Borba, Ed.D. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. The event is free and advance registration is required. Michele Borba’s latest book, Thrivers, is a sharply insightful, science-backed guide that helps parents and educators teach the essential character traits kids need to become “thrivers” – young people who flourish in rapidly changing, digitally-driven and uncertain world. Borba will identify seven teachable strengths that will safeguard kids for the future, offering practical “how-to” strategies and ideas for everyday activities that build up kids’ strength, resilience, happiness, and success. Certificates of Attendance and CEU’s will be available. The previous 19 speaker events have reached nearly 14,000 parents, professionals, and educators in our area. To register for this free virtual community event visit www.fortycarrots.org, email events@fortycarrots.com or call (941) 365-7716. RSVP is required and registration is open at www.FortyCarrots.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Atelier de SoSi Art Show , August 12 – September 22, 7pm-10pm

Atelier de SoSi announces the opening of their newest art show “An Artful Home at Atelier.” Exhibition Dates: August 12th - Sep 22nd; Opening night: August 12th 7-10pm; Gallery hours Tues - Wed - Thur 1 - 5pm. “An Artful Home at Atelier” - focus is to showcase that art can be both functional and beautiful. Atelier de SoSi’s gallery space will be transformed to represent a living space. Displaying functional art such as: handmade table settings, glassware, lighting, textiles, furniture, etc. The space will also be featuring one of a kind paintings, sculptures and an array of other unique pieces. We want to show the viewer that artwork comes in all shapes, sizes and functionalities. Yes, your coffee table can be a piece of artwork along with your favorite reading chair, lamp, and coffee mug. Art can touch every area of our lives, come see examples of this and find one of a kind pieces for your own living space.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Zumba at The Bay , July 9 – September 24, 10am-11am

Join Ya’el Campbell for a special monthly Zumba from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. This is a high energy outdoor Zumba class! Come dance with a fantastic group of Zumba Rockstars who will make you move, smile, jump, shake and sing… (it happens sometimes). Grab a friend, bring your kids, and meet new Zumba friends. Program Dates: July 9 (Bayfront Community Center); August 20 (Bayfront Community Center); September 24; The Bay Park, 655 N. Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Geckos Grill and Pubs , December 6 – January 1, 7:30 pm

Gecko’s Grill & Pubs Trivia – Think While You Drink!  If you love Trivia, join the #BestTrivia award-winning fun at Gecko’s on Clark Road and Gecko’s on Hillview year round and at Gecko’s on SR 64 starting back up in April.  All Trivia starts at 7:30 pm. Prizes, Giveaways & Specials plus the Gecko’s fare you love. www.geckosgrill.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys , August 9 – October 2, Varies.

With more than 40 years of cumulative work on some of Broadway’s biggest hits, The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich songbook as a way to share their stories of life, love, and trying to make it in New York City. Whether you’re a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue or just a casual listener, The Uptown Boys have something to satisfy everyone. Featuring such hits as “Only The Good Die Young,” “For the Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and many more you know and love. New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys™ by Alexander Aguilar and John De Simini will play beginning August 9, 2022 in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret

[SOON]  THEATER: Manatee Performing Arts Center: RENT , September 14 – October 2, Varies

La Vie Boheme! Jonathan Larson’s iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  THEATER: URBANITE THEATRE: The Burdens , October 21 – November 27, Varied

Siblings Mordy and Jane have a problem. Their dreadful, centenarian grandfather is an emotional and financial tax on the family, and he just won’t die. Scheming almost entirely via sarcastic and misspelled text messages, the siblings hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their family of their grandfather’s burden. Zany, twisted and inventive, this dark comedy reminds us it’s much easier to write what we could never say face to face. LOCATION 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236 CONTACT (941) 321-1397 info@urbanitetheatre.com www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 1 - Premieres , October 21 – October 23

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 1 - Premieres. October 21-23, 2022 at the FSU Center for Performing Arts. Featuring: World Premiere - Choreography by Ricardo Graziano, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Gemma Bond, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Richard House, Music to be announced. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Ph. 941.359.0099

The Sarasota Ballet , FSU Center for the Performing Arts 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Arts Center: PUPPY PALS Comedic Stunt Dog Show , November 12, 2:00pm

A family fun action-packed show where adopted and rescued dogs perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking feats. Watch as we lead the puppies and audience through challenging and comical tricks as the pooches show everyone who is really boss! Full of surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy this performance appeals to children of all ages. During the PUPPY PALS Comedic Stunt Dog Show you will witness some of the most incredible dog stunts and behaviors ever performed by man’s best friend. For more information: www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875.

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  GALA: Art Bash 2022: Immersive Nature at Sarasota Art Museum , December 10, 6 pm

Sarasota Art Museum’s first annual Art Bash will start with cocktails, canapés and entertainment on the front lawn, followed by a seated dinner, auction, music and dancing. Galleries will be open throughout the evening. Art Bash proceeds support SAM’s world-class exhibitions and educational programming featuring new work by local, national, and international artists – allowing us to serve as an inspiration and resource for members of our community and visitors from around the globe.

Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Stuff The Bus Food Drive , October 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The annual Stuff The Bus event, which was started in 2009, was created through the kind hearts of the School District of Manatee County Transportation Staff. They wanted to give back to the community and knew of “Stuff the Bus” events in other cities and suggested placing one school bus in front of one Publix store in Manatee County. The leadership of Publix thought it was a great idea and requested a bus at every Publix store in Manatee County. Since 2009, nearly 1.1 million pounds of food has been donated through the Stuff The Bus food drive. Since the first Stuff the Bus event thirteen years ago, this event has evolved to include many Community Partners, including: United Way Suncoast, Publix, Herald-Tribune, the School District of Manatee County, and of course, the Transportation Staff of the School District. We are thrilled to have Mosaic as our presenting sponsor this year. All proceeds and donated food will benefit The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS. Please stop by your local Publix in Manatee County to support this event. Goal: Raise 150,000 pounds of food to feed Manatee County residents! All Manatee County Publix Locations. 

Meals on Wheels PLUS

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