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SRQ DAILY Oct 4, 2023

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Ageism inflicts harm, casting a shadow on physical and mental health, finances, self-esteem, and so much more"

- Erin McLeod, President/CEO of Senior Friendship Centers.

[Pet Adoption]  Sarasota Subaru and Satchel's Last Resort Team up For Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Pets make the world a better place and Subaru is proud to work with Satchel's Last Resort to help make the world a better place for them.

Since 2008, the automaker has donated over $51 million to organizations in support of the adoption, rescue, transport, and health of over 420,000 animals. Through their Subaru Loves Pets® initiative, the company has been committed to improving the lives of as many shelter animals as possible.

This Saturday, Sarasota Subaru and Satchel’s Last Resort are partnering to host a local adoption event in which doptable pets from Satchel’s Last Resort and pet lovers in the Suncoast area will gather with the goal of promoting adoptions and raising awareness for local pets in need. For every shelter pet adopted in the month of October, Sarasota Subaru will donate $100 to Satchel's Last Resort to help more pets get adopted and they will also spotlight shelter animals that need the most help–the senior, physically challenged and different dogs lovingly called the “Underdogs,” who are often the last to be adopted.

Subaru is also celebrating the fifth annual National Make A Dog’s Day by encouraging the local community to do something special for the dogs in their life, adopt a shelter dog, or volunteer at an animal shelter and share the experience on social media using #MakeADogsDay.

Saturday, October 7, 2023, between 10 am and 2 pm, Sarasota Subaru, 7611 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-925-1234, sarasotasubaru.com. 

To learn more, visit

[Grant]  The Florida Center for Early Childhood Receives $1 Million to Strengthen Programs and Capacity

Early childhood is arguably one of life’s most important passages, with research consistently showing that support in these crucial stages of development results in positive outcomes throughout children’s lives. For 44 years, the Florida Center for Early Childhood has been a leader in providing early education and therapeutic services for young children in southwest Florida. A $1-million grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation will enhance its ability to provide high-quality services, just as needs in the region and demand for those services are growing. 

Pictured: Child receiving mental health therapy at Florida Center for Early Childhood.

[Nonprofit News]  Groundbreaking Study Reveals Economic and Social Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector in Sarasota County

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota will share the Sarasota County nonprofit arts and culture industry generated economic activity in 2022, at Sarasota County: An Arts Powered Economy on Thursday, October 12 at the Sarasota Opera House. “This gathering reflects the collective effort of our community to come together and celebrate Sarasota County's identity as Florida's Cultural Coast,” said Brian Hersh, Arts Alliance CEO. “For more than a century, the arts have been a beating heart of this region, and the sustained economic impact generated by this thriving industry honors our community's enduring legacy.” Tickets to attend are $15. Doors will open at 4:00 PM, followed by a reception in the lobby and courtyard of the Sarasota Opera House. Guests will receive 1 drink ticket, passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will also be available. The official program will begin at 5:00 PM. 

[Grant]  Embracing Our Differences Receives Grant from Junior League of Sarasota

The Junior League of Sarasota recently awarded Embracing Our Differences (EOD) a $8,500 grant to support EOD’s Coexistence Clubs at eight schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Sarah Wertheimer, EOD’s executive director, explains that the funds will be used for student docent training, workshops for faculty advisors, curriculum development for club activities, and materials and resources for students and teachers. 

[Ribbon Cutting]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties hosts a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Louis & Gloria Flanzer Boys and Girls Club in Arcadia and Board of Director Officer Installation

On Thursday, September 28, over 100 guests gathered at the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club in Arcadia to celebrate the completion of the permanent Clubhouse; an addition of 10,000 square feet to the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club on the Smith Brown Campus that will expand youth development programs in DeSoto County. The recently completed state-of-the-art Clubhouse features new classrooms, a technology lab, an art studio, a commercial teaching kitchen, a food pantry for local families, and a multipurpose dining space. The facility will also be available for local use outside of the Club’s operating hours making it a viable community asset. While the expansion brings innovative opportunities to Arcadia’s future leaders in a modern, up-to-date facility, the facility also incorporates tributes to the historic significance of the Smith Brown Recreation Center and local trailblazers, including Coach Richard Bowers. Guests were invited outside for the official ribbon-cutting. Among those present were key supporters, community leaders, and visionaries who played a vital role in the project including Dr. Dean Hautamaki and Eric Kaplan, Co-Trustees of the Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust. Guests were then welcomed inside for tours led by member “Tour Ambassadors” who proudly showcased each of the Club’s new rooms including; the art room, tech room, power hour homework & reading room, a culinary kitchen, and a cafeteria. The evening concluded shortly after with light bites and refreshments. This fall, the final phase of construction will commence to transform the former temporary Club into The Club Teen Center named The Malcolm Family Teen Center. The Club will be equipped with new technology and furnishings and will offer innovative programming with opportunities for teens to collaborate with like-minded peers in leadership development, improve critical skills, explore career paths, and make plans for success after high school graduation. To date, the organization has raised over $5 million from private donors, foundations, and community partners. Key capital supporters include; A+ Environmental Restoration, Alico Inc, Judith Ammerman Brielmaier, Bucket Fillers, Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust, Hollingsworth Family, Keith D. Monda Family, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, Sun Bulb Company, James M. Doss Foundation, and The Mosaic Company. Lead construction partners include Halfacre Construction, PGT Innovations, and Hoyt Architects.  

[Grant Awarded]  Face Autism Awarded $14,400 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

To support The Dynasty Stars special needs ballroom dance program, the Community Foundation awarded a $14,400 grant to Face Autism. Funding for this program was provided by the Mildred Schwartz Lentini Fund and the George and Alice Pugh Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundationn of Sarasota County. Thanks to the incredible support of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Face Autism can continue supporting our autistic community in Sarasota and its surrounding areas through dance outreach. In a partnership with Dynasty Dance Clubs, Face Autism provides a structured educational environment wherein individuals can engage with one another in a positive and productive manner through the medium of dance. While the organization has had incredible growth and stories through the years, Face Autism leaders selected one of Star’s personal testimonials illustrating how ballroom dancing has positively impacted his life: “An interesting aspect of human existence is how isolating it can feel. After all, I am around myself 24/7, nobody can grasp all the complexities to who I am. Sometimes, I even struggle with understanding myself. However, dancing is beautiful, in the way that it can part that veil of isolation. It demands for the individual to step outside themselves. The movement and music join in a loving marriage that grabs and awakens you. When I started dancing, I was nervous about my skills, how I looked, and what people thought of me. But dancing couldn't care about your insecurities, because what it focuses on is your unique expression of who you are. Dancing took me outside of my head and has begun to show me ways I can connect with people despite how confusing I think I am. I have learned to be braver, more caring, and artistic. In dance I am not alone anymore, but amongst other beautiful people.”—Shiloh, 2022. Because of the Community Foundation’s generous grant, Face Autism can continue supplying positive, life-changing experiences through ballroom dancing for individuals like Shiloh. Thank you for your support of our work and the positive impact you are having on the autistic community in the Sarasota area. For more information, visit www.CFSarasota.org or call (941) 955-3000. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Embracing Our Differences and Sarasota Art Museum Present Embracing Kindness October 21-November 26

Sarah Wertheimer, the executive director of Embracing Our Differences, recently announced that the organization will be staging its final exhibit of EOD’s 20th anniversary season at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, October 21-November 26. “Embracing Kindness” will showcase 14 artworks and accompanying quotations selected from exhibits from the past 20 years. This free exhibit will be located on the Museum’s Great Lawn at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, visit EmbracingOurDifferences.org. 

Pictured:2019 EOD Exhibit-One World , One Heart by Anna Zigel of Boyarka, Ukraine.

[Scholarship]  Children First Awarded $75,000 in Scholarship Support from Community Visionaries

Children First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, has received a substantial boost to its scholarship program. Two esteemed contributors, the McCune Family Foundation and an anonymous donor, are providing a combined total of $75,000 in support of children and families living at risk. The McCune Family Foundation, well-known for its commitment to philanthropy and education, has generously given $50,000 toward Children First's scholarship program. In addition to the McCune Family Foundation's gift, an anonymous donor has demonstrated their unwavering support for Children First by contributing an additional $25,000. Scholarships provide comprehensive services including early childhood education, nutrition, emotional and behavioral support, and family strengthening services for the most vulnerable children and families living in our community. By providing scholarships for full-day infant and toddler care as well as pre-school education, parents also receive the opportunity to strengthen their finances and ultimately achieve self-sufficiency. Philip Tavill, President & CEO of Children First, expressed his gratitude for these contributions, stating, "We are immensely grateful to the McCune Family Foundation and our anonymous donor for their incredible generosity. These significant contributions underscore their dedication to empowering all children and families to thrive.” 

[Seniors]  Senior Friendship Centers and Advocates Call for End to Ageism on Second Annual Ageism Awareness Day

October 7, 2023, marks the second annual Ageism Awareness Day, a day dedicated to drawing attention to ageism, mobilizing action to end biased language and discrimination based on age. Ageism includes stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination against individuals or groups because of their age. It can take many forms, from derogatory language, jokes, and attitudes to unfair policies and practices that limit opportunities for older adults. Sarasota County is a designated Age-Friendly community and is home to one of the country’s largest proportions of older adults with more than a third aged 65 and older. By 2045 seniors are projected to represent over 17% of all residents nationally. Despite this fact, “Ageism is still one of the most pervasive and accepted forms of bias that exists,” says Erin McLeod, President/CEO of Senior Friendship Centers. “Ageism inflicts harm, casting a shadow on physical and mental health, finances, self-esteem, and so much more." says McLeod. “It's not just a mission – this touches everyone and we want to encourage a new perception of the journey of aging. Now, and into the future, we must cultivate a culture that sees each person for their value to society, that honors and recognizes the resources and talents that older adults bring to our world. Honestly, every day is ageism awareness day at Senior Friendship Centers!” Senior Friendship Centers and other advocates are urging businesses, organizations, and individuals to take concrete steps to counter ageism, such as reviewing policies and practices for unintended biases, using inclusive language, depicting people of diverse ages positively and having age diversity in leadership. Research shows ageism detrimentally affects individuals and communities. But by taking action, we can build a society that values wisdom, celebrates diverse contributions, and ensures equity regardless of age. A few facts about ageism, which affects people of any age and harms all: There are many forms of ageism, including internalized, cultural, implicit, and benevolent.Ageism decreases quality of life and can shorten lifespan by 7.5 years. Although it is universal, people do not always take ageism as seriously as they do other forms of inequity. Ageism intersects with, and exacerbates, all other discriminatory “isms.” In the media, underrepresented older adults most often reflect negative stereotypes. According to the United Nations, on a global scale, one in two people are ageist. 

[New Hire]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Hires New Director of Advancement Services

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation announced that Laurie Wallace has joined the organization as Director of Advancement Services. Stepping into this newly created role, Wallace brings more than 20 years of fundraising and advancement services experience, and will be responsible for researching prospects, overseeing data management, reporting and integrity. Prior to joining the Healthcare Foundation, Wallace most recently was a consultant to a broad range of not-for-profit healthcare organizations. She also served as Senior Director of Development for LifeBridge Health, Baltimore, Md.: Director of Bereavement and Thought Leadership Institute for Hospice of the Chesapeake, Pasadena, Md.; Director of Development, at Loyola University, Baltimore, Md. and Executive Director of Meritus Health in Hagerstown, Md. Wallace earned her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University in Philadelphia, Pa. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Business Management from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. 

[Donation]  A Donation Renewed and Families Strengthened

Forty Carrots Family Center is honored to receive a second gift of $50,000 from William Brown and Stephanie Filippi Brown to support mental health services through Forty Carrots’ Mental Health Program. “We are very happy to be a part of the Forty Carrots family. Sarasota holds a very special place in our hearts as does Forty Carrots. It’s always difficult to narrow amazing organizations out there but we have chosen Forty Carrots as one of our top charities.” says Ms. Filippi Brown. With one in five children experiencing mental health issues, high-quality mental health services are crucial for healthy, strong child and family development. Ensuring mental health services are available to children and families from all walks of life is essential in preventing child abuse, neglect, and trauma.“Having dedicated donors who prioritize the importance of child and family mental health is one of the best investments in our community. Providing life changing intervention and treatment of mental health concerns early in life sets children and families up for success, no matter what challenges they encounter in the future,” said Michelle Kapreilian, Forty Carrots CEO. 

Pictured: William Brown and Stephanie Filippi Brown. Photo courtesy of Forty Carrots Family Center.

[Good Hero]  Nominate a Good Hero Today!

Do you know a board member, volunteer, philanthropist, staff member, or a corporate organization with a giving heart that has meaningfully impacted our community in the past year? Nominate them today! Nominations close Friday, October 6th, 2023 at midnight. 

Nominate Here!

[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]  GRAB BAG: NAMI Walks in Sarasota and Manatee , October 7, 8-11am
The power of our mission is being felt as never before. The achievement of Mental Health for All has never felt this critical yet closer to being realized. It is not how far we walk at NAMIWalks Sarasota and Manatee on October 7 at Payne Park, but how far we have come to make our milestones count. With your support and high spirits, we intend to make an unprecedented impact on mental health in our community. NAMIWalks 2023 represents a powerful chance to leave a significant mark on the local mental health landscape. Whether you're a previous participant or a new voice waiting to be heard, we're pretty sure you'll find the festivities inspired and inspiring.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota County Schools Job Fair , October 6, 10am-1pm

You are invited to attend a Job Fair at the SCS district offices at The Landings, 1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota. You will be able to learn about various careers available throughout the SCS district and the valuable benefits offered and complete an online application. School and district staff will be available for questions and application assistance. We can't wait to meet you.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Charity Halloween Fashion Show , October 13, 6-9 pm
Come on out and join our Halloween Fashion Show. Have some fun, listen to great music and see how unique the costumes are. If you want to be a part of the Fashion Show it will be a $25 donation going toward our Suicide Awareness Project. We will have local small business vendors, lawn games, song trivia and raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle. We will have individuals that will share their passion for bringing awareness and prevention to suicide. Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.
[SOON]  FILM: Taylor Swift the Eras Tour at at Sarasota Film Society , October 13 – October 22

The cultural phenomenon continues on the big screen! Immerse yourself in this once-in-a lifetime concert film experience with a breathtaking cinematic view of the history-making tour. Taylor Swift Eras attire and friendship bracelets are strongly encouraged! Tickets available for October 13-15 and October 19-22. For more information visit filmsociety.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bay Turns 1! Community Celebration , October 18 – October 22

The Bay Turns One! Community celebration provides free, exciting, and diverse programming for the entire community to enjoy. With more than 30 free events over the 5 days, there’s something for everyone, including family-fun activities, headlining musical acts by Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri and Sarasota’s own Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, food and cultural festivals, a one-year community celebration party, Boo! at The Bay Halloween, dancing, nature explorations in nature and more! For more information, visit thebayturnsone.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Unite for Good Bazaar , October 14, 11am-3pm
Join us for a day of inspiration, community, and making a difference. This event is your chance to connect with ten of our favorite nonprofits and learn more about the amazing work they do to create positive change in our world. You will have the opportunity to engage with these exceptional organizations, discover their missions, and find out how you can get involved to make a lasting impact. Whether you are passionate about the arts, feeding those in need, empowering youth, or addressing social justice issues, there will be a nonprofit here that aligns with your interests. This event is not only about learning and connecting but also about having fun. There will be various interactive exhibits, engaging presentations, and hands-on activities for all ages. You will leave inspired, armed with knowledge, and ready to take action for the causes close to your heart. Do not miss this chance to make a difference and contribute to creating a better world. Together, we can ignite positive change and create a brighter future for all. The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota, bazaaronapricotandlime.com.
[SOON]  SPORTS: Sarasota Chamber's 2023 Sporting Clays , October 20, 8am-1:30pm

Come and enjoy a day filled with sports and networking at the 2023 Sporting Clays Tournament on Friday, October 20th from 8:00 AM-1:30 PM at Sarasota Trap, Skeet & Clays. When you register, you'll not only secure your spot but also receive a complimentary lunch! Whether you sign up individually or assemble a team of four, it promises to be a day of thrilling shooting. Registration fees will be $245 for an individual, non-chamber member and $195 for an individual chamber member, as well as $750 for a team of four non-chamber members and $600 for a team of four chamber members. For more info, or ot register, visit sarasotachamber.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Gaze & Graze , October 20, 5:30pm

Limited tickets are on sale now for Gaze & Graze, a progressive dinner and gallery tour, Friday, October 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. Gaze & Graze is presented by Creative Liberties and Grae Productions. Guests will visit seven locations, including Hamlets Eatery, Vino Bistro, SPAACES, Define Art Gallery, Art Ovation Hotel, and Creative Liberties. Featured local food includes Hamlets, Vino Bistro, Skinny Niks BBQ and Tzeva. Tickets are $125 per guest, limited tickets are available. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit creativeliberties.net/ggdinner.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 7th Annual Dream Walk , October 14, 8-10am
Family Promise of South Sarasota County is pleased to announce registration, donation information, and walk details for the 7th Annual Dream Walk. This event is a Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser with a charity walk that will be on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Funds raised from Dream Walk support FPSSC comprehensive programs for families with minor children. The event will feature a choice of a short or long walking path, engaging activities at each stop along the way, and culminates with a pancake breakfast. Funds raised will directly support our programs that help local working families achieve lasting housing stability. Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice.
[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Hooters Jeep Nights , September 16 – December 21, 6pm

Calling all Jeep Enthusiasts! The Sarasota Hooters location is hosting Jeep Night on the third Thursday of the month starting at 6pm. Hooters is giving away raffle prizes during the monthly events. The September 21 raffle prize is a Flashcal For Jeep Superchips Calibration Tool. Congratulations to Shawn Miller who won a Jeep Tow Kit during the August 17 Jeep Night. Upcoming Jeep Nights will take place on December 21. Hooters of Sarasota is located at 6507 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Visit Hooters during Jeep Night and present your Jeep key for 15% off food and non-alcoholic beverages and an entry for the giveaway. Jeep Night has become a favorite thing to do for the Sarasota community. From regular customers to Hooters Girls who own Jeeps and Jeep lovers everyone is enjoying this opportunity. For more information, visit www.HootersFlorida.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Collaboration and Community: Art in Common Places at Creative Liberties , October 5 – October 28, 5-7pm

Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Galleries presents Collaboration and Community: Art in Common Places, October 5-28, at 927 N. Lime Avenue location. This exhibition is a retrospective of 34 broadsides, both one-sided prints and posters, created by artists and poets collaborating via the local non-profit, Art in Common Places. An opening reception is October 5, 5-7 p.m., and will feature live poetry readings. Jackie Cutrone will read The Rhythm of Structure by the late John Sims, Anne Morrison will read her poem On the Beach and Glenn Schudel will read Process. The founders of AICP, and many of its artist and poet members will be in attendance. Lite bites and refreshments will be available. For more information, visit creativeliberties.net.

[SOON]  GALA: Oktoberfest Charity Bingo , October 5, 2-4pm
Join us for our Oktoberfest-themed Bingo event benefitting the Alzheimers Association. Enjoy a variety of local beer, bingo games, exciting prizes, themed foods and more. Inspired Living always puts on a great party so get your Oktoberfest outfit ready and RSVP today. Inspired Living Lakewood Ranch, 5424 Lena Road, Bradenton.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Orchid Show 2023: A 50th Anniversary Celebration at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , October 7 – November 26, n/a

The Orchid Show 2023: A 50th Anniversary Celebration will be on view October 7 through November 26 at the Downtown Sarasota campus. Since its establishment in 1973, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has formed the best scientifically documented collection of living orchids in the world. The Orchid Show 2023, presented by Better-Gro, will celebrate Selby Gardens 50th anniversary and highlight spectacular orchids from the living plant collection for which it is known across the globe. The Orchid Show 2023 will include a horticultural display in the Tropical Conservatory and an exhibition in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. Orchids of various shapes, colors, and patterns will abound in the Conservatory, illustrating the beauty and diversity of one of the largest and most beloved families of flowering plants. The Museum exhibition will present a selection of rare artifacts and historical images to help tell the rich story of Selby Gardens’ first 50 years, with emphasis on the plants and people who have made it such a special place. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: ensembleNEWSRQ Beyond the Veil , October 23, 7:30pm

ensembleNEWSRQ, enSRQ, the innovative chamber music ensemble, opens its eighth season with Beyond the Veil, an ethereal glimpse into the world beyond, with haunting works for string quartet and piano from some of the brightest new voices in music. String quartets from Nia Imani Franklin and Julia Adolphe bookend a captivating trio for violins and piano from Chris Rogerson. Philippe Manoury’s monumental Tensio for string quartet and live electronics transports audiences to a different world. The concert is Monday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota. Single tickets are $25. Season subscriptions for five concerts are available now for $115. For more information on ticket packages and single tickets, including student ticket pricing, visit www.EnSRQ.org

[SOON]  GALLERY: Embracing Our Differences at Sarasota Art Museum , October 21 – November 26, n/a

Sarah Wertheimer, the executive director of Embracing Our Differences, recently announced that the organization will be staging its final exhibit of EOD’s 20th anniversary season at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, October 21-November 26. “Embracing Kindness” will showcase 14 artworks and accompanying quotations selected from exhibits from the past 20 years. This free exhibit will be located on the Museum’s Great Lawn at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, visit EmbracingOurDifferences.org.

[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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Birding Basics Family Program , October 4, 9-10:30am

Learn how to spot and identify birds in their natural habitat at this beginner birding program. Your little ones will learn essential skills and tips they need to become bird enthusiasts. Using hands-on games and activities, we will unlock the secrets of bird adaptations, showcasing the remarkable ways these creatures thrive in different environments. We will also discover the importance of land conservation to the well-being of our feathered friends, ensuring their habitats remain safe and healthy for generations to come. This program is recommended for children and their families, but all are welcome. A parent or guardian is required to stay on-site to assist and supervise their child for the duration of the program. Participants should bring a water bottle and wear clothing appropriate for the weather. We recommend sun protection, bug spray, and closed-toe shoes, no flip-flops. Restrooms and a water fountain are available on site. A $5 dollar donation per child is suggested for this program. Urfer Family Park, 4012 Honore Avenue, Sarasota, conservationfoundation.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra FREE Family Concert: Ferret in the Orchestra , October 6, 7pm

Sarasota Orchestra kicks off its 75th anniversary season at Van Wezel with a special, full orchestra concert for families entitled FREE Family Concert: Ferret in the Orchestra on October 6 at 7pm. Sarasota Orchestra invites families to come out for an evening of symphonic music in a narrated concert specially designed for elementary and middle school aged audiences. The live orchestra will entertain listeners of all ages with high-energy classical music and favorite popular tunes. Conductor Christopher Confessore, Principal Pops Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, leads the concert. For more information, visit SarasotaOrchestra.org/Family-Concert.

[SOON]  GALA: Dreams to Success Gala , November 17, 6-10pm

We invite you to join us to attend our 2nd Annual Dreams to Success Gala. This year, we promise an unforgettable evening that will resonate in your hearts for years to come. Picture a night filled with delectable dinner, live music that will move your soul, a captivating silent auction, dancing that will keep you on your feet, and inspiring testimonies from our adult and youth families who experienced the love from our programs. Expect a night filled with fun and meaningful connections as we eagerly anticipate your sponsorship and presence at our second annual fundraiser scheduled for Friday, November 17, 2023, at the Plantation Golf & Country Club. Your participation means the world to us, and it is through your support that we can continue making a significant difference in the lives of the children and families we have the privilege to empower. Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, laurelcivic.org.

[SOON]  GALA: Celebrate 75 Gala and Concert , February 15, 6pm
Celebrate 75 years of inspiring music all season long, and our Celebrate 75 special concert and gala experience will be the party to top them all. We invite you to support 75 more years, and beyond, of enriching lives through music by purchasing tickets to Celebrate 75. For access to the best seats and the full celebration, opt for a Gala ticket, which includes pre-concert cocktails and a gourmet dinner after the performance. Concert-only tickets are also available for purchase. The concert program, led by Creative Partner Peter Oundjian, captures all the euphoria of reaching this milestone in our history as Florida’s oldest continuously operating orchestra. After two stirring fanfares written by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower, legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins Sarasota Orchestra for the monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Paired with An American in Paris by Gershwin, a rhapsodic portrait of a stroll through the City of Lights, this one-night-only program promises to thrill. Gala begins at 6:00 pm, and concert begins at 7:00 pm. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sarasotaorchestra.org.
[SOON]  FOOD: Suncoast Food and Wine Fest , November 11, 1-4pm
Suncoast Food and Wine Fest offers an afternoon of samplings and tastings from a large selection of fine restaurants as well as a variety of fine wines and other beverages in a beautiful outdoor setting. Your participation by purchasing a ticket provides financial assistance to many charitable organizations within Sarasota and Manatee counties, and other Rotary projects. Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.

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