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SRQ DAILY Feb 23, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"It is amazing to watch the kids arrive. At first they are nervous and unsure of themselves. By the end of the event, they are selling professionals."

- Kim Livengood, APR, CPRC The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, Hamlet's Eatery, Eclipse Agency.

[Entrepreneurs]  The Young Entrepreneur Market Returns February 25
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

The area’s youngest business owners will come together at the 4th Annual Young Entrepreneur Market on Saturday, Feb 25th from 10-3 at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. What started as a fun way to encourage young people to learn how to sell their creations has grown into a popular business/educational event for the community, capped at 20 participants ranging in ages from 5-16 years old.

“It’s amazing to watch the kids arrive. At first, they are nervous and unsure of themselves,” shares Kim Livengood, of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. “But by the end of the event, they are selling professionals.” Items sold in the market include handmade jewelry, clothing, soaps, candles, artwork, and even eggs.

Eleven-year old tie-dye artist Jasper will be at the market representing her business, Twizted Tie Dye. Jasper first started working with tie-dye art when she was only 8 years old. She has since expanded to creating colorful dyed accessories, beaded jewelry and art on canvases as well. Being an entrepreneur at such a young age, Jasper wasn’t even able to spell the name of her own business initially. “The first time I wrote it out on a sign I was making, I wrote "TwiZted" with a "z". We decided to go with it though, as it made it more unique (and easier to have that name available on Instagram too!)” she shares. Jasper has participated in the Young Entrepreneur Market every year. Why? “I really like making money!” she says. “I also like how the Young Entrepreneur Market at the Bazaar lets kids create whatever they want to sell, and be completely in charge of their own space. I love seeing other friends there, too, and checking out all of the other artwork and things for sale.” You can find Jasper’s art at local pop-up markets and through her Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/twiztedtiedye/. She also takes custom orders through email: twiztedtiedye@gmail.com.

Maximus Yarkin will also be at this year's market selling fresh organic eggs from chickens he raises at Raptor Beach Farm. In 2021 his family bought 2.5 acres in Sarasota to start raising chickens, however, he has been learning about and caring for chickens for years. His eggs are sold at Hamlet’s as part of their menu so he is very happy to participate in the market. Ten-year old Maximus is a homeschooled 4th grader who likes to work with computers and gaming. He is a first-time participant in the market and is excited to be there. “We just hatched some baby chicks and will be bringing them to the market so come meet the babies!” he says.

Live music will be playing all day at the market, courtesy of the students of Music Compound and food will be available from Hamlet’s Eatery.

“From bakers to artists, you will be amazed at the talent and skills these young people offer,” shares Livengood. “It’s going to be a great event!”

For more information visit www.Bazaaronapricotandlime.com. 

[Baseball]  SRQ's Spring Training Preview
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Spring has finally sprung on the Gulf Coast, bringing with it more than a dozen Major League Baseball teams to Florida’s own Grapefruit league. Spring Training’s six-week stretch predating the 162-game regular season began last week, with pitchers and catchers reporting, and continues on in full-swing with games starting this weekend.

Of particular note are the team’s that have their facilities in the immediate Sarasota area: the Atlanta Braves, in CoolToday Park in North Port, the Pittsburgh Pirates with LECOM Park in Bradenton, and of course, the Baltimore Orioles, who call Sarasota’s Ed Smith stadium home. Although all of these teams are in close proximity to one another, each organization finds themselves at a different juncture heading into Spring Training.

For the Atlanta Braves, this Spring Training is about trying to stay on top. After finishing with a gaudy regular season record of 101-62, securing the National League East for the fifth consecutive year, the Braves fell flat in the postseason, falling to the upstart Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Divisional Series. Even still, the Braves remain one of top five teams in all of Major League Baseball, with one of the sport's deepest rosters. After losing long-term shortstop Dansby Swanson in free-agency, look for the battle between top prospects Vaughn Grissom and Orlando Arcia to be the highlight of camp.

For the Pittsburgh Pirates, on the other hand, this Spring Training represents an opportunity for new beginnings and new growth within the organization. Make no mistake about it, after finishing last in the National League Central with a 62-100 regular season record, the Pirates are smack in the middle of a rebuild. However, that doesn’t render their Spring Training any less significant. Look for newcomers like outfielder Connor Joe from the Colorado Rockies and first-baseman Ji-Man Choi from the Tampa Bay Rays to make an impact.

Last, but certainly not least, are the Baltimore Orioles. After finishing a lowly 52-110 in 2021, the Orioles completely flipped the script in 2022, posting a regular season record of 83-79, and just missing out on the last American League Wild Card spot. With plenty of additions in free agency, the Orioles are looking to make a run at the postseason in 2023. Look for top prospects like infielder Gunnar Henderson and pitcher Grayson Rodriguez to pop in Spring Training.

https://www.mlb.com/braves/tickets/spring-training; https://www.mlb.com/pirates/tickets/spring-training; https://www.mlb.com/orioles/tickets/spring-training. 

Photo courtesy: https://www.dmsas.com/project/orioles-spring-training-facilities-ed-smith-stadium/

[Summer Camp]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Opens Summer Program Registration

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties has opened its online application for summer programs. Youth ages 6 to 18 are invited to apply for the 2023 Great Futures Academy Summer Program. The Summer Program will run Monday through Friday from May 30 to August 4 at the following Boys & Girls Club locations across Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.Gene Matthews Club, 6851 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port, FL 34287; Lee Wetherington Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237; Louis and Gloria Flanzer Club, 18 School Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266; Newtown Estates Park Club, 2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234; Robert and Joan Lee Club, 920 Gulf Coast Blvd., Venice, FL 34285; Roy McBean Club, 1790 21st Street, Sarasota, FL 34234. Youth who participate in the program will have access to positive adult mentors and opportunities that encourage academic excellence, leadership development, healthy habits and success after high school graduation. The Great Futures Academy Summer Program will feature a comprehensive slate of exciting activities including daily education, experiential activities, field trips, art demonstrations, physical fitness activities, technology instruction, career exploration and more. Meals will also be provided. Middle and high school students are also invited to participate in the organization’s specialized programs that will take place throughout the summer in leadership training, volunteerism, entrepreneurism, college & career readiness, workforce development and more. For the online application, program details, calendars and more visit bgcsdc.org. 

To learn more click here.

[Leadership]  Leadership Changes at Cranberry Elementary School

Please note the following changes to the leadership team at Cranberry Elementary School: Effective Friday, February 17, Mr. Brad Porinchak will be transitioning to a Principal on Assignment position that will focus on essential initiatives assigned by the Interim Superintendent. Ms. Linda Daniels – a highly experienced, valued, and well-known former Principal in our district – will serve as the Interim Principal of Cranberry Elementary, effective immediately, for the rest of the 2022-23 school year. A principal search for a permanent replacement will be conducted before the end of this school year. We will share more information about the principal search as it becomes available. Once a new Principal is selected, Ms. Daniels and the school district team will assist to ensure that the school has a smooth, seamless transition & a strong start to the 2023-24 school year. We are thankful for the dynamic students, families, teachers, and staff members at Cranberry Elementary and their continued involvement in, and support of, their school community! 

[Construction Project]  Event Celebrates the Completion of West Bradenton School Construction Project

A grand opening event is scheduled to showcase the completion of a construction project at Sugg Middle School. Principal Lorie Starkweather is welcoming guests for a special event at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, February 23, 2023. It will feature a ribbon cutting and tours of the brand new building. The school is located at 5602 38th Avenue West in Bradenton. Please note: The school entrance is located off 59th Street West. The project included a brand new two-story building, which was built adjacent to the original school. It contains science technology labs, custom animatronics (Garner Holt Education through Imagination), and a robotics/programming station. There are 104 additional student stations within the new school and its center features a mall-like facade. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments in a state of the art culinary kitchen (classroom) and visit the modern urban agriculture facilities. Work on the $48.8 million project began in March of 2021 and was completed in November of 2022. This project was made possible thanks to funds provided by the voter-approved half-cent sales tax referendum. Architecture/Engineering: Harvard Jolly Architecture. Construction Manager: Willis Smith Construction. 

[Tours]  New History Hop Trolley Tours Offered By Discover Sarasota Tours

During the week of March 14-16, 2023, Discover Sarasota Tours will offer three separate days of trolley tours in three Sarasota County towns: March 14 - Englewood, March 15 - Sarasota and March 16 - Venice. Two 90-minute tours each day running at 10 AM and 1 PM will explore historic buildings, neighborhoods and communities. Each air-conditioned trolley tour will be led by a tour guide and include spots to hop off the trolley for docent-led tours. In Englewood, guests will tour the Historic Green Street Church and the Englewood Area History Museum to learn about Lemon Bay. In Sarasota, hop-offs occur at the Bidwell-Wood House, Crocker Memorial Church and the Whittaker Cemetery. In Venice, the tour begins at the Historic Venice Train Depot and the recently restored Ringling Circus Car Museum and continues through the downtown historic district. The Englewood tour is led by Don Bayley of the Englewood Museum; in Sarasota and Venice, Kathryn Chesley, Discover Sarasota Tours guide and resident historian will lead the tours. The History Hop Trolley Tours grew out of the recent Sarasota County Centennial Celebration and is a partnership with the three historical societies.  2023 marks the first year of History Hop Trolley which is expected to continue in future years as a weeklong Sarasota County history celebration. Tour tickets can be booked online at DiscoverSarasotaTours.com or by calling 941-260-9818. Each tour departs from and returns to the same starting point: ENGLEWOOD Tour departs from Historic Green Street Church at 510 South Indiana Avenue in Englewood on Tuesday, March 14 at 10 AM & 1 PM. SARASOTA Tour departs from The Trolley Cottage at 1826 4th Street in Sarasota on Wednesday, March 15 at 10 AM & 1 PM. VENICE Tour departs from the Historic Venice Train Depot, 303 East Venice Avenue in Venice on Thursday, March 16 at 10 AM & 1 PM. 

To learn more click here.

[Open House]  Temple Sinai Hosts Connect with Sinai

Temple Sinai invites the community to “Connect with Sinai,” an open house to learn more about the congregation and share in the fun of the Purim holiday. Attendees will learn what Temple Sinai has to offer, meet its clergy, speak with members of the Board of Trustees, the Men’s Club, Women of Sinai, and other committees as well as religious school (JQuest) and preschool (The Gan) representatives. The event is being held in conjunction with the annual Purim Carnival, which is a treat for all ages with games, prizes, face painting, cotton candy and everyone’s holiday favorite, hamentashen. Connect with Sinai will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2023, from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road (enter only from Proctor Road), Sarasota. For more information, visit templesinai-sarasota.org or call 941-924-1802. 

[Tournament]  Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Announces Tennis Tournament Dates and Unveils Sponsorship Opportunities

The Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open recently announced its return with this year’s tennis tournament dates taking place April 9 - 16, 2023 at Payne Park in the City of Sarasota. The professional tennis tournament has been hosted in Sarasota since 2009. This year marks the second year the event is being held under new ownership. The new owners represent
some of the most successful tennis event organizers in the world and last year, more than 10,000 people attended the week-long event. The annual event is played on outdoor green clay courts and is part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour. With a huge economic impact, the tournament also brings top-tier tennis talent to the area. The Tennis Ball, the event’s concluding gala, will be held at Michael’s On East on Friday, April 14. Proceeds from the event will stay local and go to the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota and Desoto Counties and the USTA Foundation. A number of area businesses have already committed as sponsors, including Ameniti Bay, Art Avenue, City of Sarasota, Coastal Orthopedics, Dimmitt Automotive Group, Firkins Auto Group, FPL, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Magnolia Pointe Hotel & Suites, Mallory Agency, Premier Live, Remington Reynolds, Sandy Bay Partners, Tommy’s Express Car Wash and Visit Sarasota, with Elizabeth Moore being the title sponsor and Fifth Third Bank sponsoring the VIP lounge. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities still remain. Interested individuals should contact Casey Brown at case@remingtonreynolds.com. 

[Fundraising Event]  Wellen Park to Host St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon and 5K Run March 19

Wellen Park is introducing its inaugural half marathon to the annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run Sunday, March 19. The 13.1-mile course is certified by USA Track & Field. Both races start and finish at Solis Hall in Downtown Wellen, with an awards ceremony recognizing the top three male and female finishers in each age group, best male and female overall winners, male and female grand masters, male and female masters, male and female senior grand masters and male and female veterans’ grand masters. Runners and attendees will also enjoy live music from Solis Hall’s outdoor stage, green beer, mimosas and food. The half marathon is open to runners 15 and older and starts at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run at 7:45 a.m., is open to all ages of runners and walkers, with strollers and leashed dogs permitted. The half marathon and the 5K have also been cleared for disabled runners. Entry fees are $80 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K. Entrants receive a dri-fit performance race shirt (register by March 12 to guarantee size) and a finisher medal. Registration and event details, such as race packet pick-up, are available at wellenpark.com/events/st-patricks-day-half-marathon-5k. A portion of race proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of Southwest Florida, the local chapter of a national nonprofit youth development program combining an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and a healthy lifestyle for pre-teen girls. Mattamy Homes and new Downtown Wellen tenants Florida Lakes Spa and Florida Lakes Vein Center are the Platinum Sponsors for the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon and 5K run. AMC Contracting, Inc., Capstan Financial Consulting Group, Lennar, Willis Smith Construction and Tropia at Wellen Park are Gold Sponsors. The DeMoya Group, Stillwell at Wellen Park and Streetsense are Silver Sponsors for the event. Additional sponsorships are still available by contacting Wellen Park Events Coordinator Elizabeth Barroso at events@wellenpark.com. To learn about living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to wellenpark.com or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla., open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Pictured: The St. Patrick’s Day 5K, now in its second year, kicked off Wellen Park’s new race series in 2022 and was a great success. Photo courtesy of Wellen Park.

[Recognition]  Good Samaritan Shows Up at Hospital

Alex Strouhal has been a physical therapist at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital for more than 20 years. As an avid cyclist he rides his bike to and from work several times a week. He was riding home recently when he saw a car swerve, cross a lane of traffic and crash into a bridge. Behind the wheel was 85-year-old Archie Suse. He was on his way to pick up Chinese food for dinner when he blacked out and crashed. Alex immediately got off his bike, stopped traffic and helped the man in the car. He quickly assessed him, dialed 9-1-1 and stayed with him. Mr. Suse was brought to the emergency room at Sarasota Doctors Hospital. He wanted to find the man who helped him immediately after the crash, but only knew the man was on a bike and named “Alex.” The next day the physical therapist was doing assessments on patients in the emergency room. As he walked into the room he realized the patient looked familiar, the patient also recognized the physical therapist as the man who had helped him after the crash. The patient was considering taking an ad out in the newspaper to try and find the good Samaritan who helped him to thank him. As fate would have it, that good Samaritan was in his hospital room. The patient said: “It’s a miracle, I was able to find him. A lot of people would not have stopped, but he did and he saved my life.” Alex remained very humble about the experience. When asked why he sprang into action and helped the driver he said, “That’s what we do here; he needed help and I would do it again.” 

Pictured: (left to right) Patient Archie Suse and Physical Therapist Alex Strouhal. Courtesy of HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital.

[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. 

Reserve Your Tickets Here

Kate Wight
FINDING A HAPPY PLACE | Angela Rodriguez on designing a one-of-a-kind family-friendly retreat. 
Although she has always been an artist, she has never constricted herself to a single discipline. Discover her project known as the Happy Place through the link, on our social medias, or in the February edition!

Read Here!

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Walking Tours at The Ringling's Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM

This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.

[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]  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]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Silent Sky , January 19 – March 5, Varied

At the turn of the 20th century, years before women had the right to vote, one woman’s breakthrough changed our perception of the stars. Full of wonder, humor, and heart, SILENT SKY is the remarkable true story of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the pioneering women astronomers working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. You will be enthralled by the story of this extraordinary woman who took on the astronomy establishment in order to discover the mysteries embedded in the sky. Henrietta transcended the odds while navigating love, family, and the universe, going on to make a world-altering advancement to the field of astronomy that forever changed our view of the cosmos.  Written by one of today’s leading playwrights, Lauren Gunderson, this mesmerizing drama is directed by Seema Sueko, who recently brought this work to life at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

[SOON]  THEATER: Network at Florida Studio Theatre , January 25 – March 19, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to present Network, a fast-paced drama following the downward spiral of Howard Beale, a longtime news anchor who has worked at a television network, UBS, for 25 years. When Beale learns that he is being fired for poor ratings and low viewership, he unravels live on air during his final broadcast. As a result, his show’s ratings soar, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on television. Seeing Howard as a new populist prophet, UBS decides to leverage Howard’s newfound popularity to boost its bottom line. Network begins playing January 25, 2023, in FST’s Gompertz Theatre. Single tickets to Network range from $25-39. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature , February 12 – June 26, During garden hours

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 2023 Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature showcases the creativity and innovation of American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, the exhibition highlights the inspiring connection between Tiffany Studios and the natural world through unique horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens, accompanied by seminal examples of Tiffany’s work on view in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. To learn more, visit selby.org. Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Chicken & Biscuits , February 15 – April 13, Varied

The hilarious new play CHICKEN & BISCUITS introduces us to the Jenkins family, as they gather to celebrate the life of their beloved and recently deceased father and grandfather, the Revered Bernard Jenkins. When an unexpected guest reveals a secret, they all discover that nothing brings a family together like a big side of drama. This side-splitting new Broadway comedy explores the tenderness of family, the joy of reconciliation, and the nourishing power of love. Written by Broadway newcomer Douglas Lyons and directed by the talented Bianca LaVerne Jones, who was associate director of the 2021 Broadway production, CHICKEN & BISCUITS proves that while family may drive us crazy, we’re lucky to have each other. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSIC: Reel Music at the Florida Studio Theatre , February 15 – June 25, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents the original music revue, Reel Music, celebrating the movies that helped create the soundtrack to the last century. Featuring classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Circle of Life,” and “My Heart Will Go On,” this new Cabaret traces how films—and the music highlighted in them—have evolved over the past one hundred years. Created by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah Durham with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, Reel Music begins playing February 15, 2023, in FST’s Court Cabaret. Single tickets for Reel Music
range between $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Last Match at the Florida Studio Theatre , February 22 – March 17, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) presents the Regional Premiere of The Last Match by Anna Ziegler, a fast-paced play diving into the intense world of professional sports. Set during the semifinals of the U.S. Open, The Last Match follows Sergei Sergeyev, an up-and-coming Russian phenom, and Tim Porter, a great American superstar in the twilight of his career, during one of the most important matches of their careers. Called “Exceptional” and “Highly Engaging” by the Wall Street Journal, The Last Match begins playing February 22 in FST’s Bowne’s Lab. Single tickets range from $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  FOOD: Truchard Vineyards Wine Dinner at Michael's Wine Cellar , February 23, 6 p.m.

The Truchard family wine tradition began in the U.S. in the late 1800s. Today, the Truchard estate covers 400 acres and houses an amazing 11,000-square-foot wine cave. Among the wines produced by Truchard Vineyards are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec, all of which are estate grown. This exquisite multi-course wine dinner will feature a special selection of Truchard’s finest wines. And best of all, Anthony Truchard will be our guest host for this event! To learn more and purchase tickets, visit michaelswinecellar.com. 

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 5 - Dance Theatre of Harlem , February 24 – February 27

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 5 - Dance Theatre of Harlem. February 24-27, 2023 at FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The Sarasota Ballet Presents: Dance Theatre of Harlem. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Don Giovanni , February 25 – March 25, Varied

Don Giovanni is an Opera in two acts. Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Mozart’s most famous opera is a comic and tragic masterpiece. Set in 17th century Spain, this tale of obsession, betrayal, crime, and retribution centers around the infamous lover Don Juan, who leaves a path of broken hearts wherever he goes. Sung in Italian with English Translations in English. February 25th-March 25th. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300, 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience by Compass Rose History Experiences , February 25 – April 22, 3:30 p.m.

Compass Rose History Experiences announces the launch of Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience. Guides Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies will navigate attendees on a journey back in time down Main Street as we explore the resilience of the Sarasota community during the Great Depression and World War II. Locals and visitors alike will find inspiration from the stories of the people and places of Sarasota's past. Tours meet at Five Points Park in Downtown Sarasota and cover a distance of less than one mile over the 75-90 minute tour. All tours begin at 3:30 pm. Tickets cost $20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Guests purchasing both tours can receive a $10 discount by selecting the ticket package. Visit CompassRoseHistory.com to purchase your tickets or to learn more about Compass Rose History Experiences.

[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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel Foundation Inspiration Gala with Kenny Loggins , March 10, 5 pm

Join us as we celebrate the 35-year partnership of the Van Wezel Foundation and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for an intimate experience featuring exceptional dining and Grammy-winning musician Kenny Loggins. Proceeds from the evening will the support the mission of the Van Wezel Foundation: to create and sustain a vibrant perfoming arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 5:00 Cocktails, Dinner & Program, 8:00 Live Performance. Gala co-chairs: Kathy Martella and Susan Travers. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julie Schwartz at 941-271-4180 or jschwartz@vwfoundation.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursday at Sarasota Art Museum , February 9 – June 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

[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]  FOOD: 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , April 20 – April 24, Various times

The 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival will return for its 16th year. The Festival is scheduled for April 20-24, 2023 and offers a world-class weekend of winemaker dinners, interactive wine seminars and wine tastings that culminates with the alfresco Grand Tasting event at The Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard. Guests will savor delicious dishes presented by over 40 members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant group and sample from a collection of more than 300 unique wines from across the globe. There will be live musical entertainment and an expansive silent auction of rare and collectible wines and experiences. Due to the unprecedented demand this year, there are three available ticket levels: VIP, early access and general admission. For more information on Forks and Corks and to purchase tickets, visit EatLikeALocal.com. Follow Forks and Corks on Facebook and Instagram.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

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