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SRQ DAILY Jan 18, 2023

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"The work that Caregiver Relief is doing truly changes lives, and at Duke Energy, one of the things that motivates us is to know that the programs we are investing in are making a difference in the community."

- Jeff Baker, Government and Community Relations Manager of Duke Energy Florida.

[Donation]  Duke Energy Florida $25,000 Donation to Parc Center for Disabilities
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Parc Center for Disabilities recently received a $25,000 donation from Duke Energy Florida for its Nationally Recognized Caregiver Relief Services. Jeff Baker, Government and Community Relations Manager of Duke Energy Florida, stopped by Parc to present Caregiver Relief with the check. The donation funds the continuation of vital relief services after the department’s current funding source ended last year. This will allow the department to continue providing respite services to enrolled families who cannot afford them.

“The work that Caregiver Relief is doing truly changes lives, and at Duke Energy, one of the things that motivates us is to know that the programs we are investing in are making a difference in the community,” Baker stated during the check presentation. Established in 2010, Caregiver Relief is a pillar for families in need of assistance. The department, led by Whitney Stout and Kelly Barrie, is designed to offer short-term breaks to relieve stress for families raising a child with a diagnosed disability, developmental delay, or documented trauma. It currently serves 60 families across Pinellas County and allocates 15 to 35 hours of service per month to each family. In June, ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center named Caregiver Relief an Innovative and Exemplary Respite Service, an award only five programs across the country received. Whitney had the opportunity of speaking at an ARCH conference in September, where she was also presented with this award.

Caregiver Relief Services supports families with children with special needs, providing supports and resources to prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce caregiver stress and burnout, and keep the family unit intact to reduce out of home, foster care placements. Over the last 13 years, Parc’s Caregiver Relief Services has provided Kai, a 16-year old boy with cerebral palsy, seizure disorder and several cognitive delays, and his family opportunities to work, share quality time, preserve positive mental health, and nurture and maintain their family unit.

Kai first came to Parc Center in 2010 when his mother sought assistance from Caregiver Relief Services.  Because of his disabilities, Kai has limited mobility and must use a wheelchair when he leaves the house. Kai's mother, a single parent, found it increasingly difficult to get him out of the house as he grew older. Not only do they lack a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, but Kai, like any other teenager, has a low tolerance for frustration and struggles even in a small grocery store. Caregiver Relief Services was able to respond quickly and provide Kai and his mother with the assistance they needed. Kai and his Caregiver Relief Provider, Tyyne, now go on many adventures while his mother gets to go out and take a vital break away from her daily caregiving responsibilities.

“I'm very grateful for Caregiver Relief," says Kai's mother, Kristie Jo Redfering. "As a single parent raising a child with a disability, you can feel very isolated, but knowing that I have the support of an experienced and caring service like Caregiver Relief makes a huge difference in our lives.” 

Pictured: Kai and Caregiver Relief Provider, Tyyne. Photo courtesy of Parc Center for Disabilities.

[Grant]  ELC Awarded $10,000 Grant From Manatee Community Foundation to Fund the Spot On Program

he Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (ELC) has been awarded a grant for $10,000 through the Manatee Community Foundation to help financially support their Spot On Program. The Spot On Program seeks to reduce communication, self-regulation, and functional life skill deficits that may interfere with student progression in the early learning environment. This grant is made possible through the Weichel Family Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. Many times, young children in preschool classrooms with limited social or academic communication abilities struggle to meet school expectations. These children may have access to therapy, but the carry-over between the therapeutic setting and home or school life is often unavailable. Spot On seeks to create teams of therapists, teachers, and families to support the child in all environments. Spot On funds 30 minutes of professional development and collaboration per child per week. This same practice is also applied toward addressing skill concerns with self-regulation and functional life skills. These skills can be critical in the early learning setting to help children become more independent and make the social and academic gains necessary for kindergarten preparedness. The kindergarten readiness rates in Manatee County represent a call to professional action, and we feel Spot On answers this cry. When bringing therapeutic practices into the classroom, the barriers children who struggle to communicate or self-regulate face are often lowered as suddenly their teachers have access to strategies to support their unique needs. A child is a complex being with needs outside of the academic domain. Spot On feels that to reach academic standards, one must address the needs of the whole child. With access to weekly training and support, teachers can grow in skills beyond pedagogy and incorporate therapeutic practices into their entire day, allowing students to progress faster. Moreover, the learning environment is elevated when the learned strategies are applied to all children in the classroom. These modifications allow for more appropriate developmental functioning, which creates less frustration and more success for children. Finally, when children have access to adults with the skills to meet their needs, it is a win for all. 

[Grant]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Supports Venice Residents Through Community Nurse

Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast) recently provided a $20,000 grant to First Baptist Church of Venice through the Hurricane Ian Recovery Initiative to continue and expand the Faith Community Nurse Program. When Hurricane Ian hit, the community nurse provided instrumental mental health support to people who were struggling after the storm. The program is helping people who have been impacted by the hurricane, as well as the many volunteers staying at the church who are participating in recovery efforts. The church hosted 140 volunteers from 13 states including Arizona and Montana and members of the Missouri Disaster Relief group. They served 100 plus meals, three times per day, to anyone in need. They also collaborated with The Salvation Army Sarasota to offer 150 showers a day and 80 loads of laundry a day. The community nurse also conducts outreach in the community, and provides healthcare, counseling support, and palliative care. Together, with Gulf Coast’s generous donors and resilient community partners, impactful assistance is being offered to Hurricane Ian victims. 

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[New Leadership]  UnidosNow Appoints New Leader

UnidosNow’s board of directors has announced the promotion of associate executive director, Cintia Elenstar, to the position of executive director following the recent retirement of Luz Corcuera. Elenstar joined the organization in 2019 and has been groomed for this leadership role over the past three years as part of a board-led succession plan. Since joining UnidosNow, which specializes in supporting Latino students on their path to earning a postsecondary credential, Elenstar has helped the nonprofit innovate and advance its mission. At the onset of the pandemic, she adapted the organization’s flagship program, the Future Leadership Academy, to a fully online format, ensuring that students’ progress toward achieving their academic dreams could continue. Elenstar also spearheaded UnidosNow’s College Completion program, which supports more than 100 first-generation, low-income students each year . In addition, she formalized the organization’s mentoring program and implemented a donor management system. A former business owner from Argentina, Elenstar brings an entrepreneurial spirit and years of leadership to her new role. She started her travel company in Argentina as a one-woman operation and quickly grew it to a team of 25 employees. Through that experience, Elenstar gained insight into the importance of customer service, how to lead a team effectively, and the value of empowering others. After arriving in southwest Florida in 2012, Elenstar served as education administrator at a botanical garden, where she coordinated classes for community members and supported the volunteer management program. She also has experience teaching English as a second language to new citizens in underserved communities and working as a legal assistant supervisor in a public defender’s office. A firm believer in life-long learning, Elenstar holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, summa cum laude, in sustainability management from St. Petersburg College, as well as several certifications, including as a certified nonprofit professional. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit management and a graduate certificate in fundraising at the University of Central Florida. Elenstar also serves on the board of the Florida Policy Institute. UnidosNow offers educational and professional outreach initiatives to the Hispanic and Latinx communities in Sarasota and Manatee counties so that they can create cycles of opportunity for generations to come. The organization achieves this through education initiatives, leadership training, community services, and civic engagement. Visit UnidosNow.org for more information. 

[Fundraising Event]  Palm Aire Womens Club Annual Fashion Show Luncheon Fundraiser

The Palm Aire Women’s Club’s annual Fashion Show will be held Feb 3rd, 11am-2pm at Palm Aire Country Club. The club, founded in 1958 is a 501(C)(3) mission is to support both local higher education and local charities, primarily assisting women and children. This is their major fundraiser to support their scholarship & charities programs. The theme this year is I ❤️ Fashion featuring Women’s Spring 2023 Fashions by Dillard’s at UTC, music by the Presidential Jazz Band at State College of Florida and there will be silent auction items as well as raffle items. Tickets are $65.00 including 3-course luncheon and are guaranteed to sell out early. Get your ticket or reserve a table for you and your friends. For reservations, contact Carolann Garafola at carolanngarafola1@gmail.com or 908-9221973. Deadline is January 27th. 

[Board Members]  Local Non-Profit Has Busy Year Ahead – 2023 Grant Cycle, Newly Elected Advisory Board Members and Announces Exciting New Gala

Sisterhood For Good Inc. (SFG), an all-volunteer local public charity continues its growth with the addition of 27 new Members, and exciting new additions to its Advisory Board.
Board Chair, Amy Gorman today announced “The following women have joined the Advisory Board of Directors: Maria MacDonald as incoming Board Chair; Christina Sisti as Ethics & Accountability Chair; and Kathleen Osterberg as Volunteers Chair. Each one provides unique experiences to assist SFG in effectively executing our all-female group philanthropy mission”. Remaining on the Advisory Board are: Pamela G. Modisett, Treasurer; June Braithwaite Secretary; Angela Massaro-Fain and Laurel Corriveau, Communications Co-Chairs; Kathy Collums, Finance Chair; Peggy Kronus, Roxanne Sima and Becca Towery as Fundraising & Events Co-Chairs; Lorri Kidder, Grants Chair; Jill Maciag, Grants Vice-Chair; Graceann Frederico, Membership & Recruitment Chair; Tracy Wolfe, Member At Large Chair; Brenda Kleiber, Nominating Chair; as well Carrie Lewis, Governance Chair. Gorman also announced the upcoming February 17, 2023 “GATSBY – A 1920’s Speakeasy Soiree”. The fundraising gala will feature heavy passed hors d'œuvres, Champagne Wall, a Cigar Station, seated dinner, live and silent auction, and featured entertainment. Tickets are currently on sale on their website: www.SisterhoodForGood.org Additionally, Lorri Kidder, Grants Chair, announced SFG is now accepting applications for its 2023 Annual Grants Program until April 28th. Last year, the organization awarded $76,850 to 25 locally based non-profit organizations. The grants focus on specific projects and outreach programs. SFG’s members base their granting decisions on the overall impact these programs will have on area individuals. For guidelines and application information, visit SFG’s website. The Lakewood Ranch-based corporation whose sole purpose is to raise funds for the betterment of the community, has awarded more than $208,441 in grants to 111 qualified local non-profits since 2013, and
has positively assisted 18,446 individuals. For more information on Sisterhood For Good Inc., visit www.SisterhoodForGood.org or contact Angela Massaro-Fain at 941.730.7900. 

[Fundraising Event]  The Paradise Center Hosts Dancing Through the Decades

The Paradise Center, Longboat Key’s only year-round, non-profit community center offers its visitors and members fitness classes, seminars, social gatherings, workshops, outings and more. To keep their mission momentum going, they are hosting their 8th highly anticipated, fun fundraiser on February 12…Grab your poodle skirt, hippie beads, spandex pants – whatever attire got you through your very favorite decade – because The Paradise Center is turning back the hands of time with a Dancing Through the Decades party! Bop, twist or hustle your way to the dance floor for live music by Daniel Fugazzotto! Savor delicious appetizers from Harry’s Continental Kitchens and retro cocktails at the cash bar. There will also be a silent auction for some big-ticket prizes, as well as a Spin to Win raffle for the chance to win even more fabulous prizes donated by local businesses.  Dancing Through the Decades’ major sponsors are Empath Tidewell Foundation, Observer Media Group and Fitness Quest with supporting sponsorships from Bellagena Med Spa, Casa del Mar Beach Resort, Cindy Schatzle Realtor, Design 2000 Hair & Nail Salon, Euphemia Haye, Evelyn & Arthur, Florida Studio Theatre, Lazy Lobster, Longboat Key Tennis Center, Mary Lou Johnson Photography, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, OLLI at Ringling College, David and Laney Pitt, Sarasota Film Society and The Resort at Longboat Key Club. For sponsorship opportunities, contact donnasharpblaney@theparadisecenter.org. The Dancing Through the Decades event is open to all and will take place at The Paradise Center, 546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key on Sunday, February 12, 4-7pm. There are three ticket levels: The Bopper $80, The Twister $90 (includes 1 drink ticket) and The Hustler $100 (includes 2 drink tickets). Purchase tickets online at TheParadiseCenter.org (to avoid credit card service fees, pay in advance with a check or cash at The Paradise Center.) Advance ticket purchase by February 3 is requested. So, bring your dancing shoes and get down and boogie! The Paradise Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life on Longboat Key by promoting accessible healthcare and providing year-round lifestyle enrichment programs. Its exercise classes and educational seminars are designed to keep seniors active both mentally and physically, and their Medical Suite is home to physicians providing a variety of medical services, such as primary care, dermatology and podiatry. For more information, visit TheParadiseCenter.org or call 941-383-6493. 

[Dog Rescue]  Hound Happy Hour

It’s a paw-ty at Hamlet’s Eatery! The award-winning permanently located food truck is staying open Friday for Hound Happy Hour. Chris Lincoln will be playing live music from 5-8pm. This Friday, Jan 20 dogs from Lowrider Dachshund Rescue will be joining and Friday, Jan 27 will be dogs from Satchel’s Last Resort. There will also be guest vendors for local shopping. Hamlet’s offers traditional and vegan options. They offer local craft beer, wine, and Prosecco on tap. Located outdoors with plenty of room under a covered patio. This is a great way to kick off your weekend. Dogs welcome.

Hamlet's Eatery. 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota. For more information visit www.hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938. 

Pictured: This adorable pup from Lowrider Dachshund Rescue is looking for a home. Photo courtesy of Lowrider Dachshund Rescue.

[Recognition]  Florida Studio Theatre Announces Spelman Award Recipient

FST is proud to announce that the theatre will be presenting its esteemed Spelman Award to Ed and Susan Maier at its annual fundraising event on Monday, February 6. Named in honor of FST’s founding Artistic Director, Jon Spelman, this award is presented to an institution or individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership by providing FST with counsel, financial backing, and/or in-kind support. Ed and Susan Maier will be presented with the 2023 Spelman Award at the theatre’s biggest fundraiser of the year, The 70s Shindig, on Monday, February 6. Attendees are invited to don their favorite ‘70s apparel for the event, which will feature exclusive live performances by some of FST’s beloved artists and a three-course plated dinner by Michael’s On East. Special thanks to Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the lead sponsor of The 70s Shindig. 

[Impact100 SRQ]  One Woman...One Vote...One Mission...Collective Impact

Impact100 SRQ is a local nonprofit 501(c)3, all-volunteer organization, founded in 2018 by three Sarasota-based women inspired by a growing international model of women’s collective giving. One by one, other women joined the journey, and together their mission empowers women to change the face of philanthropy in the local community. In 2023, Impact100 SRQ is celebrating its 5th giving year, having already funded 15 grants aggregating a total of $1,637,000 donated to local nonprofits since 2019. 

The Impact100 SRQ model is simple. Every year, at least 100 women come together, each make a $1,000 tax-deductible donation, and collectively they fund grants in increments of at least $100,000 to local nonprofits in five focus areas: Arts, Culture & History; Education; Environment & Recreation; Family; and Health & Wellness.  

The women of Impact100 SRQ combine their time, talent, and treasure, to make a greater impact in strengthening the community. Every year nonprofits in Sarasota and Manatee Counties are invited to apply for an Impact100 SRQ grant. All Impact members are encouraged to volunteer their time on a committee to impartially review and extensively evaluate each initiative. These committees then determine finalists from each focus area to present to the full membership for a final vote to decide collectively which grants will be funded.

All members of Impact100 SRQ are encouraged to design their own experience. As an all-volunteer organization, there is an opportunity for members to get involved as much or as minimally as they desire. Most importantly and uniquely, all members have a voice in deciding which grants will be funded.

The passion that the women of Impact100 SRQ share for problem solving in our community is extraordinary. The more women who join the organization, the more grants Impact100 SRQ can fund. Joining is open to all women of all backgrounds, all ages, and all stages of life. 

Gail Lisi Vice President Membership GailL@Impact100SRQ.org www.Impact100SRQ.org

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[Event]  SB2 Luncheon

Join us on March 7, 2023 at Michael's On East for a dynamic luncheon symposium centered on conversations focused on regional philanthropic topics. The luncheon will include a panel discussion to explore the ever-changing world of non-profits and honor outstanding individuals who have made a meaningful impact within the community.  

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[Culture City]  One Look Back, Two Steps Forward
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com
ONE LOOK BACK, TWO STEPS FORWARD | Johnette Isham and Karen Corbin take us through the history and the future of the nonprofit organization Realize Bradenton

Our editors had the opportunity to learn the history and nostalgia of Downtown Bradenton and all that Realize Bradenton has brought to the area. Read the interview through the link, on our social medias, or in the January Edition!

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[SOON]  GALLERY: Contemporary Realism First Friday Gallery Walk at the Dabbert Gallery , January 6 – January 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Contemporary Realism First Friday Gallery Walk at the Dabbert Gallery. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, the Dabbert Gallery will host the First Friday Gallery Walk through its new contemporary realism exhibit. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31. For more information, visit dabbertgallery.com. Dabbet Gallery, 46 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , January 11 – January 22, During garden hours

The annual Rainforest Masks exhibition showcasing handcrafted art from the Indigenous Boruca tribe of Costa Rica is now on view! Experience (and purchase) vibrant, hand-carved and painted balsa wood masks featuring flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest. With over 400 spectacular masks on display, this year's display highlights the common motifs of the orchid, butterfly, hummingbird, frog, sloth, jaguar, and warrior found in the work of the Borucan artists. Proceeds from mask sales support the Borucan village and also benefit Selby Gardens’ education, research, horticulture, and scientific work. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks at the Bishop , January 11 – March 18, During museum hours

Get inspired to create your own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose LEGO® bricks available in hands-on construction areas. Young and old will be limited only by their imagination as they add their creations to a steadily rising futuristic LEGO® metropolis inside the exhibition. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors , January 16 – February 7, 11:00 AM

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its annual golf tournament, Scramble for SPARCC, at the Laurel Oak Country Club on Monday, January 16, 2023. With the support of sponsors, community donations and golfers, this tournament raises funds to help provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Entry fee is $185.00 per person and includes green fees, individual carts, happy hour light bites, beverages (cash bar available) and player awards. Registration opens at 11:00 AM with a shotgun start at 12:30 PM to kick off the 18-hole scramble. In addition to the golf tournament, there is also a closet to the pin contest, closest to the line contest, golf ball launcher, 50/50 chance drawing, and awards celebration. Co-Chairs for this event are Sandy Fulkerson and Bonnie VanOverbeke.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 10 x 10: Ten Slides, Ten Speakers at the Sarasota Art Museum , January 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

After a two-year hiatus, the 10 x 10 series will return to the Sarasota Art Museum. 10 speakers will be invited to present 10 images of their work, interest or inspiration. Slides advance automatically every 30 seconds with brief introductions between the speakers. The informal and fast-paced event is intended to showcase and introduce a diverse group of leaders and creative minds from our community. Tickets are $15 for AIA members, $15 for Ringling faculty and staff, $25 for non-members and free for students. Sarasota Art Museum, McGuire Hall, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit 10slides10speakers.com.

[SOON]  HEALTH: A Woman's Journey , March 3, 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Don't miss A Woman's Journey, on March 3rd at the Westin Sarasota. Since 1995, Johns Hopkins Medicine’s annual women’s health program A Woman's Journey provides new and compelling information about important issues affecting women's health. Through a selection of seminars presented exclusively by Hopkins faculty physicians, participants are able to hear first-hand about advances in medicine from the individuals performing the research, all the while interacting with a diverse group of attendees. Registration is $95. Click here to register: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/awomansjourney/upcoming-live-programs/florida-2023-sarasota.html

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Man of La Mancha , May 10 – June 11, Varied

Considered by many to be one of the best musicals of all time, MAN OF LA MANCHA is brilliantly reimagined with a contemporary urgency by celebrated director Peter Rothstein, who immerses us in Miguel de Cervantes’s retelling of Don Quixote and his quest. This epic and poignant journey celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals and who is determined to see life not as it is, but as it ought to be. The winner of five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and featuring a soaring score, including “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” and one of theatre’s most beloved songs, “The Impossible Dream,” this classic musical celebrates the power of theatre, the bravery of holding strong to our dreams, and the resilience of imagination.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – April 16, Varied

A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association announces Free Music Matinees , January 4 – April 19, 12:00 PM

The Sarasota Concert Association announces its 2023 Music Matinees concert series. These four free noon-time concerts showcase exceptional regional musicians performing a variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music. Scheduled this season: Passerine; Wednesday, January 4 at noon. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing skills, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music, as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from ballads to contemporary Americana. Duo Pianists Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro; Wednesday, February 22 at noon; The Baron-Navarro Piano Duo performs a wide range of music, from classical to popular, for two pianos and piano four–hands with electric energy and melting lyricism. Their New York City debut as a piano duo at Carnegie Hall in March of 2022 was sold out and met with critical acclaim. Soprano Hein Jung and pianist Gregorios Zamparas; Friday, March 17 at noon Soprano Hein Jung has performed in recitals and with opera companies in major cities throughout the U.S, Italy and South Korea. She will be accompanied by pianist Gregorios Zamparas who has been praised for his versatility as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. Cellist Natalie Helm and Pianist Jesse Martins; Wednesday, April 19 at noon Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Natalie Helm is a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator. For this performance she will collaborate with pianist Jesse Martins, who also serves as conductor and vocal coach with the Sarasota Opera. The concerts are free but pre-registration is required and available 30 days before each concert at SCAsarasota.org. Performances take place at David Cohen Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. Visit www.SCAsarasota.org or call the box office at 941-966-6161.

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Birds of North America , January 6 – February 12, Varied

"Birds of North America" runs January 6th-February 12th, 2023 at Urbanite Theatre. As birders, John and his daughter Caitlyn adore spending tender autumn days attempting to catch glimpses of elusive birds. But as seasons, the climate, and global politics change, the two find their connection as rare as a red-headed Woodpecker.  In a lyrical and endearing family portrait, Birds of North America unfolds in delicate, detailed layers like the scattered leaves of each passing year. For tickets and information contact Ph. (941) 321-1397, Email info@urbanitetheatre.com, Website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ranch Nite Wednesdays at Waterside Place , January 18, 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of fun at Waterside Place during Ranch Nite Wednesdays. The event features food trucks, live music, a night market, a vintage mobile bar and cornhole. Click the above link to learn more. 1561 Lakefront Drive.

[SOON]  FILM: Cinema at The Bay: Raiders of the Lost Ark , January 19, 7 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a free, outdoor movie at The Bay Park! Bring your blankets, chairs, family, friends and good dogs to enjoy a wonderful evening under the stars. The Nest, the new concession at The Bay, will be selling tasty food and beverages to make the evening a legit and fun movie-going experience for all. Click the above link to learn more.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Art Center Sarasota: Same Source , February 2 – March 11

The Same Source exhibit by Luca Molnar uses various media to explore the connection between historical figures and personal mythologies. The exhibit highlights the connection between private life, domestic spaces and memory. On Thursday, Feb. 16, Molnar will participate in an artist talk via Zoom from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs from Feb. 2 to March 11. To learn more, visit artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: The Big Game at Geckos , February 12

Join Geckos Grill and Pubs, your #BestSportsBar for the Big Game and the most super seat outside of Glendale! Seating is limited so reserve today with a $25 per person deposit. Reserved guests will receive a $25 GC to use on Big Game day (must be present 15 minutes before kick-off). Giveaways | Gecko’s special football menu & new cocktail menu | Small batch spirits + our usual huge variety of craft beer & award-winning Happy Hours! Ask your friendly server or barkeep for more details and reserve today! www.GeckosGrill.com

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Ken Ludwigs The Three Musketeers , January 11 – March 26, Varied

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Peter Amster. Harrowing adventure, bravery, and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women. Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time. All for one, and one for all! 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Always... Patsy Cline , February 2 – February 12, Varied

Always… Patsy Cline created and originally directed by Ted Swindley
Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight – 27 songs in all. Feb 2-12, 2023. 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]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Madama Butterfly , February 18 – March 24, Varied

Madama Butterfly is an Opera in three acts. Music by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. A young geisha known affectionately as Madama Butterfly is swept off her feet by an American Naval Officer. Left with a promise that he would return one day, Butterfly waits faithfully for three years, but is met with heartbreak in one of opera’s most enduring tragedies. Sung in Italian with Translations in English. February 18th-March 24 For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or Ph. +1 941 328 1300

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SB2 Luncheon: Featuring the Good Hero Awards , March 7, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The SRQ Philanthropic Agenda and Good Hero Awards luncheon and panel discussion will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with the SRQ Good Hero Philanthropic Awards program at which we will honor individuals who have meaningfully impacted our community for good in the past year and for-profit companies who have been incredible philanthropic partners to the community.

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

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