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SRQ DAILY Sep 14, 2023

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Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"Ryan exemplifies the vision and strength needed to lead a notable school like Sarasota High."

- Rachael O'Dea, Deputy Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer, Sarasota County Schools.

[Baseball]  The Bradenton Marauders Finish Their Season with a Win
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

As October nears and many Major League teams make their final push for the postseason, baseball comes to an end here on the Gulf Coast. With the conclusion of the Florida Complex League–the lowest level of Minor League baseball–back in August, the Florida State League ended this past Sunday. The Florida State League, consisting of 10 teams across two divisions in the Single-A level of the Minor Leagues, is home to none other than the Bradenton Marauders–the Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Although the Marauders (41-24, 76-54) just missed out on postseason contention, the Pirates affiliate still had an incredibly strong season, with big showings from major prospects across the board. The Marauders fought until the very end–despite being eliminated from postseason contention on September 8th, they rallied to win the final two games of the season over the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels, the Single-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

While some may argue that making the playoffs in the Florida State League is irrelevant–after all, Single-A baseball is designed to be a transitory place, an incubator for the development of future Major Leaguers–the Marauders, by virtue of their play, would beg to differ. For the Marauders and countless Minor League teams across the country, winning isn’t just about making the playoffs, it’s about playing with pride. Winning is about playing the game the right way–upholding a standard of organizational excellence from the Major Leagues down to rookie ball. It’s also about not being forgotten. While Tampa Bay may be home to the Rays, Sarasota, Bradenton and countless other cities across the country do not have a Major League team of their own. It’s part of what makes Minor League baseball beautiful–while the names of the prospects that pass through may not live on in memory, the play of these teams like the Marauders surely will. 

Pictured: LECOM Park. Courtesy of The Bradenton Herald.

[Pickleball]  The Pickleball Club in Lakewood Ranch Opens Registration for LevelUp Pickleball Camp

The Pickleball Club, the leading developer and operator of private, membership-based high-amenity indoor pickleball facilities throughout Florida, recently opened up registration for its LevelUp Pickleball Camp, the premier pickleball instructional camp recognized by Pickleball Magazine. The two-day camp will be led by Kyle McMakin, head pro at LevelUp Pickleball. McMakin is a two-time triple crown 5.0+ winner in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, a gold medalist at Nationals in Men's Doubles - 35+ 5.0, and gold medalist in Men's Doubles at the PPA Bubly Las Vegas. The camp will take place on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Lakewood Ranch club. While the organization offers three skill-based pickleball camps, this series is designed specifically for intermediate players ranging from 3.0 - 4.5. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., participants will learn new skills, have their skills analyzed by pickleball professionals throughout drills and play semi-competitive games that focus on reinforcing skills learned. The program will offer 12 hours of instruction, a low eight students to one pro class size ratio and individual pre- and post-camp video review. “We are thrilled to have the talented professionals from LevelUp visit our facility to offer high-quality instruction to our intermediate players,” said Cliff Aiken, pickleball and programs manager for The Pickleball Club. “Being that they are the world's largest and highest rated pickleball instructional camp, we have no doubt our members will enjoy learning from some of the top players and instructors in the sport.” Registration for the two-day camp is $595 and currently open to members and non-members. Interested individuals can sign up online. 

Pictured: Kyle McMakin, head pro at LevelUp Pickleball. Photo courtesy of The Pickleball Club.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Unleash the Magic as Derric and Friends Set the Stage Ablaze with a Spectacular Live Performance

Get ready for an unforgettable evening of music and dance at Hamlet's Eatery on Saturday, September 23rd from 5pm to 8pm! The incredibly talented singer and dancer, Derric Gobourne Jr, will be gracing the outdoor stage with mesmerizing performances. You may recognize him from multiple productions at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. But that's not all! Derric will be joined by a lineup of other exceptional performers from the Westcoast Black Theatre, promising a night filled with soulful melodies and captivating moves. From soul to pop, this diverse group of artists will keep you entertained from start to finish. While you enjoy the incredible performances, indulge in delicious food and drinks available at Hamlet's Eatery. Mark your calendars and gather your friends and family for an evening of entertainment that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted. Join Hamlet's Eatery Saturday, September 23rd, and let the magic of music and dance take you on a remarkable journey. Hamlet’s Eatery is located in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.Hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938.


[Jewelry]  Get Your Permanent Jewelry Fix with Forever Linked
Emma Dannenfelser, emma@srqme.com

If you’ve spent any time pursuing social media recently you know that fumbling with clumsy latches and hooks is out while getting permanent jewelry is in. Jackie Long and Mary Horton started the business nearly a year ago after Long purchased her first ever piece of permanent jewelry while in Texas.

The duo have both lived in the Sarasota area for around a decade and met through their children’s daycare, starting their Forever Linked business together after seeing that there weren’t any permanent jewelry providers in the area. Permanent jewelry usually is a process where a gold or silver chain is “permanently” zapped onto you as a bracelet, necklace, ring or anklet using a welder to close the jump ring. Recently, this practice has become hugely popular due to its customizable nature and long-lasting durability.

“We just did a lot of research. We called the company that we bought the welder from and it took us about two months to really practice,” Long says. “That’s kind of how we got started, and then we just started reaching out to other small businesses which has been really cool because now that we have our small business, we realized just how many women-owned small businesses are in the area. So, that’s really neat.”

Forever Linked operates through monthly pop-ups at local businesses, such as Modern Soul boutique in St. Armands Circle, Malibu Fox at UTC and CycleBar. Along with the pop-ups, Forever Linked also offers private parties for bachelorette groups, wine-clubs and bridal showers. “It's fun to do the bachelorette and the bridal parties when it's a surprise. It's just something a little different.” Long says.

What makes Forever Linked special is the top-tier type of chains they offer. “A big thing for us is the quality. We make sure we go through a wholesaler for chains that are good quality so they do last and they don't tarnish,” Long adds. They offer eight options of chains, with varying thickness and design, in both sterling silver and gold-filled. Along with that, they also have three options made of 14 karat gold for an even more durable and precious gift for yourself or someone you love. Forever Linked also offers the option to reweld your jewelry back on if it has to be removed for things like an MRI or surgery.

In the future, Long and Horton hope to add custom jewelry to their repertoire, with both of them taking jewelry classes through Manatee County to further their skills.

The best place to find a location to get your link fix? Head to the Forever Linked Instagram to find current updates on monthly pop-up locations, available chains and how to schedule a private jewelry party.

For more information, visit getforeverlinked.com or @getforeverlinked on Instagram. 

Pictured: (from left to right) Mary Horton and Jackie Long. Photo courtesy of Forever Linked.

[Plant Sale]  2023 Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale

 Breathe new life into your landscape! Join Master Gardener Volunteers October 7 for the 2023 Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale located at the Barbara Davis Educational Gardens (1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221) from 9:00am - 12:00pm. The sale will feature Florida natives, pollinator plants, edibles, shrubs, ground covers, and more, all grown by Master Gardener Volunteers. All proceeds from this event go to the operation and maintenance of the Master Gardeners’ Educational Gardens and Greenhouse, and to support Master Gardener educational and outreach programs. Our latest goal is to install an outdoor shade structure in the gardens so we can offer more hands-on learning opportunities during the hot, sunny months! Tickets to the event are free and guests are required to register beforehand on Eventbrite. Only cash or personal checks will be accepted during the sale.   

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[New Hire]  District Announces New Principal of Sarasota High School

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Mr. Ryan Chase – the current Principal of Brookside Middle School – has been selected to serve as the next Principal of Sarasota High School. Chase will begin his new role on Monday, September 25. “Ryan exemplifies the vision and strength needed to lead a notable school like Sarasota High,” commented Rachael O'Dea, Deputy Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer. “His extensive secondary level administrative experience and proven history of driving student achievement forward will be a dynamic addition to the school community.” “I am honored to serve as the next Principal of Sarasota High School,” said Chase. “I am looking forward to preserving the wonderful traditions of the school’s culture and academic success, while fostering a growing capacity for even more innovations in the future. It is a joy to be collaborating again with the immensely talented administrators, teachers, staff members, students, and families that comprise Sailor Nation.” Mr. Ryan Chase holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Florida, a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Florida, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to assuming his new role as the Principal of Sarasota High School, he served as the Principal of Brookside Middle School, the Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Sarasota High School, an Assistant Principal at Woodland Middle School, and an Assistant Principal at McIntosh Middle School. Prior to his time with Sarasota County Schools, Chase served in Manatee County as an Assistant Principal at Carlos E. Haile Middle School and a History teacher at Buffalo Creek Middle School. Chase was named the 2022 University of Florida Alumni Association’s National Leader of the Year and was a 2021 40 Gators Under 40 Honoree for the University of Florida Young Alumni Award. 

[New Hire]  New College Names Kate Leavell Women's Lacrosse Coach

New College of Florida (NCF) announced the appointment of Kate Leavell as head coach for women’s lacrosse. Leavell, a Sarasota resident, has a long track record of success coaching at the high school and collegiate levels. She is also an accomplished author and speaker whose experience developing leadership and highly motivated teams in a variety of fields. Leavell is a former USA Lacrosse coaches education trainer and Positive Coaching Alliance trainer. Her collegiate coaching experience includes stints at Georgia State, Oglethorpe University, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, and Adams State University. She also coached highly successful high school teams in Georgia and Minnesota, and was the Minnesota high school coach of the year in 2010. Leavell is the author of  SUPERPOWER; An Inspiring Story to Overcome Self-Doubt and Unleash Your Authentic Greatness and Confessions of an Imperfect Coach, and co-author of the Wall Street Journal best-seller Stick Together.  She also wrote the Coaches Emergency Practice Guide for youth lacrosse. NCF launched its intercollegiate athletics department earlier this year with six teams starting play in 2023-2024. The Mighty Banyans’ first year of competition in women’s lacrosse will be the 2024-2025 academic year. 

[Safety]  SCSO Announces Successful Completion of Operation Safe Kids in Sarasota County

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Safe Kids, a strategic initiative in 42 Florida counties that called attention to traffic safety in and around schools to ensure that children had a safe return to school from Summer Break. During the Task Force Operation Safe Kids, Florida’s sheriffs issued 7,218 warnings and 5,171 traffic citations, dedicated 5,900 hours during the enforcement period, delivered 5,520 educational messages and posted 80,674 social media messages throughout the state. Operation Safe Kids contributes to two of the FSA business operations goals: to foster effective law enforcement and crime prevention for the public safety of the citizens and visitors of Florida and to protect Florida’s future by promoting public support of programs and services focused on the youth of our state. The 42 sheriffs’ offices that participated in the operation are from Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jackson, Lake, Lee, Leon, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia, Wakulla, and Washington counties. 

[Recognition]  Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota And DeSoto Counties Honors Carol Butera, Richard Perlman And Jim Price at 2023 Leadership Breakfast

Over 300 business professionals, community leaders, and philanthropists attended Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties’ 17th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast on Friday, September 8, 2023. Initiated by Community Youth Development in 2006, the Leadership Breakfast was adopted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties in 2016, and honors local trailblazers each year for their commitment to empowering teens as tomorrow's leaders. This year's event recognized the dedication of Carol Butera, Non-Profit Executive, Richard Perlman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ExamWorks Group, Inc, and James (Jim) K. Price, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of ExamWorks Group, Inc. Proceeds from the event support the organization's award-winning Teen Programs, which include leadership training, service opportunities, entrepreneurial education, workforce development, and college and career prep. Congratulations to the 2023 Leadership Honorees Carol Butera, Richard Perlman, and Jim Price, and a special thank-you to our MC, Senator Lisa Carlton. 

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[Visit Sarasota County]  Discover Natural Sarasota - Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park

Take a hike! With 15 miles of marked hiking trails, this is the place to do it, on your own or with a guided ranger walk. The only freshwater lake for swimming in the county, the park offers endless opportunities for adventurous kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Camping is very popular in the 104 total RV sites on the park. 

1843 S. Tamiami Trl., Osprey.

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[The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall]  The New 2023-2024 Season is Here!

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is set to dazzle audiences with its blockbuster 2023-2024 season, promising a captivating mix of sensational Sarasota premieres and beloved returning acts. Kicking off on September 30 with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this season is hailed as the grandest yet. Broadway enthusiasts can revel in smash-hits like Hadestown and Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, while comedy aficionados can look forward to Terry Fator’s uproarious performance. The season also boasts diverse musical acts, illusionists, and classical performances, making it a thrilling cultural extravaganza for all. Tickets on sale now. 

Click here to purchase tickets.

[Literacy]  Shumaker's Launch of Literacy Initiative Aims to Impact More Than 100,000 Lives

Shumaker is thrilled to announce the launch of its forward-thinking Make a Difference through Literacy Initiative, dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals through the power of words. Committed to fostering positive change, Shumaker aims to improve literacy for more than 100,000 individuals by 2025 as part of the firm’s centennial celebration. In a world where literacy is a vital tool for success and confidence, Shumaker recognizes the need to address literacy gaps and ensure that everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. According to the 2022 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) – the “Nation’s Report Card” – in Reading, only 32 percent of fourth graders in the U.S. are reading at a proficient level, and only 29 percent of eighth graders in the U.S. are reading at or above a proficient level. "We believe that harnessing the power of words through literacy is the cornerstone of positive change," stated Jennifer Compton, Chair of Shumaker’s Management Committee and Sarasota Managing Partner. "Our literacy initiative is a concerted effort to break down barriers, ignite curiosity, stop cycles of dysfunction, and empower individuals to shape their own destinies. By delivering the power of words to more than 100,000 lives, we are sowing the seeds of a brighter future for all of our communities." The foundation of this initiative is structured around Shumaker’s commitment to making a difference in its communities since 1925, aligning with the firm’s core mission to be a positive and impactful difference maker for clients and in the communities it serves. Through community partnerships, employee engagement, and the gift of time, Shumaker will implement a multifaceted approach to promote literacy within the communities it serves. The program will offer tailored learning resources, mentorship, and engaging activities designed to make reading and learning a captivating experience for participants of all ages. As part of the program launch, Shumaker welcomes individuals, businesses, and institutions to join in and have a hand in creating a lasting impact. “Volunteers, donors, and advocates are crucial partners with Shumaker in the journey to transform lives and build a stronger, better-educated community. The sky is the limit, and the only limit is our own imagination,” Jennifer said. 

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[Forage]  A Krewe of Two
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

A KREWE OF TWO | Krewe Du Sno-Ball brings a taste of New Orleans to Sarasota, September 2023. 

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[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.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Lorna Bieber, Natural World at The Ringling , May 20 – October 15, Museum hours

The Ringling presents a solo exhibition of works by Lorna Bieber in May that includes two new pieces making their debut in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. Her artwork first and foremost encourages us to indulge in the pleasures of looking and discovering anew the details of the visual world. Her artistic practice is grounded in appropriating, recycling, and manipulating imagery. The work reminds us of the image world that inundates our daily existence. Our experience of reality is mediated through a barrage of photographic digital images that supplants our connection to the natural world. Yet, Bieber is less interested in a critique of this condition than she is in offering her work as an antidote, a way to inspire viewers and reconnect with our shared sense of wonder. Included with museum admission. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  THEATER: Divas Three , July 11 – September 17, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents Divas Three, a dynamic music revue featuring four decades of hits by some of the most influential women of music. With songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Carole King, and more, this original revue pays tribute to the artists whose musical impact has earned them the coveted title of diva. Created by Nancy Allen Productions, Divas Three begins playing on July 11 in the FST Court Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursdays , July 13 – December 14, 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]  MUSIC: Wellen Park Summer Music Series , July 19 – September 30, Various times

Wellen Park invites the community to come out and enjoy music from local bands and artists during the Summer Music Series every Wednesday through Sunday in Downtown Wellen. Now through September, Wellen Park is hosting different musicians throughout the week. Every week, Wind Down Wednesdays, Thursday Tunes and Saturday Sounds will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Night Live, the first Friday of the month, will feature a band on the Solis Hall stage overlooking the Great Lawn from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Groove, the second, third and fourth Friday of the month, will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. On Unplugged Sunday, every Sunday, there will be music under the Heritage Tree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. The series is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating on the Great Lawn and around the Heritage Tree. For more information, visit wellenpark.com/events/summer-music-series.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place , July 28 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Head out to Waterside Place for a rocking evening as part of the Lakewood Ranch Sights and Sounds Program. Enjoy a live concert in partnership with Easterseals and EveryoneRocks, featuring artists who are rocking their spectrum. This event is free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants. For more information on shows, dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.com/sights-sounds/. Waterside Place, 1560 Lakefront Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Working Conditions at The Ringling , August 26 – March 3, varied times

Explore labor through The Ringlings Working Conditions photography exhibit, running until March 3, 2024. The Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries radically changed the nature of human labor. That era is defined by a global shift from producing goods by hand to manufacturing by machines and technologies that emphasized efficiency. Working Conditions explores the myriad ways in which photographs have communicated ideas about labor since the nineteenth century through examples from The Ringlings photography permanent collection. For more information, visit ringling.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch , September 3 – September 30, 10am-2pm

Experience some of the best food and flavors of the region with more than 100, and still growing, curated vendors. The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch has fast become a favorite weekly tradition for people from all over the region seeking farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts. Aside from all the goodies you can shop at the Farmers Market, find your flow in a free yoga class or have the kiddos get creative during weekly-hosted workshops. 1561 Lakefront Dr., Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Aquarelle After Hours: Watercolor Workshop with Artist Keith Crowley , September 5 – September 28, 6-8:30pm

Aquarelle After Hours: Watercolor Workshop with Artist Keith Crowley is part of Lifelong Arts at The Ringling. Lifelong Arts is a new hands-on workshop program for older adults, 55 and up, to gain new artistic skills, gather inspiration from The Ringling’s collection, and build a community together. Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of traditional approaches to layering watercolor, with a focus on the medium’s properties. This series will culminate with a celebration event and exhibition of student work in the Education Building. No prior watercolor experience is necessary; all levels and backgrounds are welcome. All levels and backgrounds are welcome! The program will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout September, from 6-8:30pm. Enrollment is $550 for non-member and $450 for members. A portion of this workshop’s proceeds supports a workshop series offered to Senior Friendship Center at no cost. For more information, or to register, visit www.my.ringling.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2023 Wedding Expo at Solis Hall , September 16, 9 a.m. to 12pm and 2 to 5 p.m

Wellen Park is hosting its first Wedding Expo at Solis Hall, the newest waterfront venue in the region for weddings, community celebrations, business meetings, milestones and just because events, in Downtown Wellen on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Wedding Expo will feature more than 20 local vendors in the wedding industry to help couples plan their big day. Interested guests can register to attend one of two sessions taking place 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased online in advance at wellenpark.com/events. Attendance is limited to 80 people per session. Solis Hall, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Key Chorale Presents First Concert of the Season , September 23, 4pm

Key Chorale, the Suncoast’s premier symphonic chorus, first concert of the season is Tango on September 23, 4PM at Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Billboard Top 10 Duo Ben and Winnie join the more than 100 voices of Key Chorale to celebrate the passion and sizzle of the Argentine Tango. Bandoneonist Ben Bogart, pianist Winnie Cheung, and four traditional tango dancers take you to the streets of Buenos Aires. Together they present Martín Palmeri’s Misatango, a Latin mass incorporating the harmonies, rhythms, and sensual qualities of the tango. Soloists Amy Connours and Stephanie Jabre add their vocal sparkle to the dance. Key Chorale will be joined by a string quintet, piano, and the bandoneon, a button-accordion that has become synonymous with the tango.To purchase tickets to “Tango” or to buy a season subscription, visit www.keychorale.org or call 941-552-8768 to reserve the best seats and to take advantage of additional savings.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Marketing on Main Sarasota Networking Event , September 27, 5:30-8:30pm

Exchange cards, explore and create powerful realationships by getting invovled in MonM. This event is filled with positivity, encouragement, motivation, and is built for those who are looking to make a difference. If you are a small business, just starting out in business, a multi-million dollar conglomerate, a career seeker, a student or just someone trying to be the change they would like to see in Sarasota...then Marketing on Main is a must attend. BOLD, Sarasota, 1680 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , January 25 – January 29, Various times
The 2024 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival, hosted by the Sarasota Manatee Originals, will take place January 25 to 29. Grand Tasting tickets go on sale in October. A full five day slate of food and wine themed fun is planned, including the University Master Classes, wine dinners at area restaurants, wine shop tasting events, a trade tasting and the much anticipated Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum of Art. Due to the unprecedented demand for tickets, ticket sales for The Grand Tasting launch on two consecutive Tuesdays: On October 10 at 9 a.m. there is a presale of the VIP and Early Access tickets and on October 17 at 7 p.m. General Admission tickets will be available and historically have sold out in a matter of minutes. All Forks and Corks Grand Tasting tickets will be available online only. For more information, please visit www.eatlikealocal.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Tobias Quartet at the Perlman Music Program , November 15, 7pm

Join us on November 15th at 7pm to kick off the 2023-2024 season with the Tobias Quartet! Members of the Tobias Quartet initially connected during summers spent at the renowned Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. They reunited during their studies at the Juilliard School and the quartet ultimately formed in the summer of 2021 at the Music from Angel Fire Festival, located in New Mexico. During their residencies at Music from Angel Fire in 2021 and 2022, the quartet performed a wide range of repertoire including the world premiere of an octet by Elise Arancio in collaboration with the Vera Quartet. The name of their ensemble pays homage to Toby Perlman, to whom they are eternally grateful for her infinite wisdom and inspiration. Tickets will be available October 1st and this public show will be located at the Sarasota Art Museum in Thomas McGuire Hall, 1001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, https://www.perlmanmusicprogramsuncoast.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Suncoast Largest Food Truck Festival 4.0 at UTC , November 11, 12-9pm
Featuring over 70 Food Vendors, and coinciding with the Grand Arrival of Santa Parade held at UTC. 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Choral Artists of Sarasota Present Veterans Day in Song , November 11, 1pm

Choral Artists of Sarasota presents the songs that brought hope and inspiration during military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm. The featured guest artist is baritone Bob McDonald, a retired Sergeant Major from The US Army Chorus. The performance will be on Saturday, November 11, 1pm, at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Tickets are $40 for guests and $25 for Veterans. Student tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Fest at The Van Wezel , July 11 – September 22, 5-9pm

Friday Fest, the free, outdoor summertime concert series at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall continues with TEN-76 on August 11. TEN-76 is a powerhouse high energy band that covers classic and modern rock. From the Lakewood Ranch homebase, TEN-76 regularly plays many of the local venues and are expanding in the Southeast Region. They have volunteered their time and entertainment for many charities to help raise funds and awareness.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: John Pirman, Diving Into Nature , July 22 – September 17, Garden Hours

Dive into nature this summer at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, where a retrospective-like show of the career of Sarasota artist John Pirman to date can be seen inside the Museum of Botany and the Arts and outside in the Gardens. The show features several of his signature views of Sarasota, including iconic scenes of Selby Gardens itself, along with diverse works from his 30-year career in New York City and even pieces from his childhood in Ohio. On view daily through September 17. Learn more at selby.org.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Business Networking and Cowork Session , August 22 – June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attention all business professionals. Join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event every Tuesday at Out and About Coffee in downtown Sarasota. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Limited spots available, so register now on Eventbrite. O and A Coffee Supply, 1316 Main St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Center Sarasota New Exhibitions , August 24 – September 30, Gallery Hours

The 2022 through 2023 exhibition season of Art Center Sarasota concludes with four exhibits, August 24 through September 30. In The Ephemerality of Being, Lauren Mann reflects on the beauty and magic of everyday life in colored pencil drawings that are full of patterns and idiosyncrasies. Artist Iren Tete presents Systems of Entanglement is an installation of ceramic sculptures inspired by forms, materials, and thoughts that exist somewhere between reality, dream, and possibility. In SUPERPOSITIONS, Ry McCullough creates colorful works of collage, sculpture, and wall bound hybrids inspired by the traditions of still life and modernist abstraction. An Abstract View re-examines abstraction and its relevance in contemporary art and is juried by Tre Michel, co-owner of State of the Arts Gallery. The opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, August 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Lets Connect at Oscura in Old Manatee , August 31 – December 26, 8:30-10am

Connect with local business owners at every Thursday at Oscura. Lets Connect is a community of collaborative business professionals from the Manatee and Sarasota County areas. RSVP on Eventbrite to attend, admission is free.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Collaborative Coworking Meetup at UTC , September 1 – December 27, 11am-4pm

Attention all business professionals, join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event at Panera Bread at the UTC Mall every Friday. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Limited spots available, so register now on Eventbrite. Panera Bread, 215 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Siesta Key Rum Distillery Tours , September 2 – September 30, Various times

Siesta Key Rum runs free year-round tours for guests to learn the story of the craft distillery, the awards they have won and the secret to how they make their rums taste so good. During our 30-45 minute tour we will discuss the following topics: history of Siesta Key Rum, an overview of the awards our small company has won, what makes our rums taste so good, the rum-making process from mashing and fermentation to distillation, barrel aging and bottling of our rums. After the tour, we welcome you to sample a freshly made Siesta Key Rum cocktail, stock up on your favorite rums and browse our gift shop. 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Women's Resource Center You Are Worthy Series , September 14 – November 9, 6-8pm

The Women’s Resource Center presents “You Are Worthy,” an eight-week series from September 14th through November 9th moderated by Chris Florand and Denise Whalin. This in-person series is part of the Women’s Resource Center’s life enrichment programs. The program is $25 for all sessions and takes place at WRC’s Sarasota office at 340 S. Tuttle Ave. To register, please call 941-256-9721 or visit mywrc.org/youareworthy. This program meets weekly on Thursdays from 6-8pm, with each session focusing on developing self-awareness skills, the building block where real personal growth and power to change lives starts.

[SOON]  GALA: Whip, Sip and Mingle! , September 16, 7pm

Get ready for a night of fun, laughter, and mingling at the exciting event, Whip, Sip and Mingle with Truly Valued on September, 16! Whip, Sip and Mingle is all about bringing people together in a relaxed and informal setting. This event offers a great chance to connect with like-minded individuals, and make new friends. Do not miss out on this exciting event! The event will start at 7pm and will be located at 6127 26th Street W, Bradenton. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whip-sip-and-mingle-tickets-687507101247.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SCORE Webinar, How Artificial Intelligence Can Take Your Social Media to the Next Level , September 20, 12 to 1 pm
Step into the whirlwind love story of AI and Digital Marketing: Love at First Byte. This engaging session spotlights the unexpected couple, Artificial Intelligence and Content Creation, redefining the rules of engagement in the digital marketing arena. We will delve into how AI is crafting compelling content, generating everything from catchy headlines to creative copy, with surprising effectiveness and wit. And, as any love story goes, there are a few complications. We will navigate the complex ethical terrain that comes with this tech-empowered creativity. Perfect for marketers, content creators, or anyone with a thirst for understanding the role of AI in the digital realm. Prepare for a journey full of wit, wonder, and the odd aha moment as we delve into the heart of the role of AI in content creation.

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