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SRQ DAILY Nov 9, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"The initial idea for the tournament was for me to get the public to see how well these women can play baseball."

- Sue Zipay, Founder and President, American Girls Baseball.

[Baseball]  Time for a League of Their Own
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Baseball has long been hailed as America’s pastime. And it’s true, baseball is the United States’ oldest, original, organized sport. However, America’s pastime hasn’t always been for everybody. As the sport exploded in popularity in the late 1800s, an alternative sport, softball, was constructed for women to play, with larger balls and smaller fields. While softball is an exciting, fast and truly original sport, with a large and passionate fan base of its own, the distinction between baseball and softball has inherently left a specific group of people out of luck: the women who love to play baseball.

On November 17, Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium will host the 2nd Annual All-American Women’s Baseball Classic Tournament, a three day event hosted by American Girls Baseball. The tournament, which includes 52 female baseball players from across the country–many of which were recently selected to be on USA Baseball’s 2023 National Team–will feature four teams with eight professional coaches as well as a free skills clinic hosted by the tournament players on Monday, November 20 for girls up to 16 years old.

American Girls Baseball is an affiliate of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association. The AAGPBL, popularized by the 1992 film A League of Their Own, was a professional women’s baseball league that ran from 1943 to 1954, originally started by Major League Baseball executives to provide the public with baseball while many of their players were serving in World War II. Sue Zipay, Founder and President of American Girls Baseball and the organizer of the tournament, was a member of the AAPGPBL’s most successful team, the Rockford Peaches from 1953 to 1954. “The initial idea for the tournament was for me to get the public to see how well these women can play baseball. Not many people in this country have ever seen high level girls play,” says Zipay. “I’ve had girls who are 13, 14, 15 years old come crying to me about how now that they’re out of Little League they have to switch to softball and that they don’t like softball and I think to myself, that was me some 80 odd years ago, having to play softball while I looked over at the boys baseball team in school and knew that I could play as well as they could.”

Zipay’s mission with American Girls Baseball is to build enough momentum and excitement so that a women’s professional baseball league can once again be alive and well. “It’s the right thing to do. The time is now for another league of our own,” says Zipay.

November 17 to 19, Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota. 

Pictured: 2022 All-American Women's Baseball Classic

[Women's Fashion]  Rediscover a Classic Shopping Experience at Modern Soul Boutique
Emma Dannenfelser, emma@srqme.com

In the age of Amazon Prime and the fast-fashion craze, the luxurious experience of shopping has become increasingly rare, but at Modern Soul Boutique on St. Armands Circle you’ll find both fashion forward items and the kind of customer service that transports you back to a time when shopping was an exciting occasion.

Holly Skowronski is a Sarasota native who worked in corporate retail as a buyer at Bealls for 15 years, a career that not only sharpened her eye for fashion, but also sparked the idea to open her own boutique one day. Even from her earliest years, Skowronski has had a serious passion for fashion, one that was developed through shopping with her grandmother. “The reason I opened my store was because I felt like shopping is different now compared to when I used to shop with my grandma. She would take me to buy all these pretty dresses and it would be such a personal experience, but I feel like stores lack that experience now,” Skowronski says. “In stores now there’s no special service included. The reason I opened Modern Soul is because I felt like it’s an old soul in a modern world. When you walk in you get that old-school experience where we want to help you and we want to make you feel good.”

In January 2019, Skowronski opened Modern Soul and today the boutique caters to women of all ages, with pieces that will help any shopper reinvent or find their own unique style, no matter what phase of life they are in. Skowronski’s background in buying allows her to offer items that are timeless such as denim pants and satin blouses, as well as trendy pieces like matching sets and rompers that are more risky. “It’s knowing your customers, but it takes a lot of guts too. Sometimes you have to take risks and try new things, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s a fun process, picking the items and learning what the customers like.”

Skowronski’s customer-service ideals extend to the boutique’s social media, with regular try-on videos and new arrival hauls giving customers the ability to stay up to date on what items are in the store at all times, making the shopping experience seamless and reliable. Modern Soul will be having a multitude of sales starting on Black Friday and continuing throughout the following weekend, both online and in-store, making it the ideal place to kickstart the looming holiday shopping marathon.

Modern Soul Boutique, 59 S Boulevard of the Presidents, Sarasota, modernsoulboutique.com, @modernsoul_boutique, 941-260-5744 

Pictured: Modern Soul Boutique is the Perfect Destination for Holiday Shopping. Photo Courtesy of Holly Skowronski.

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[Contest]  Aqua Holds Youth Christmas Card Contest with Cash Award and Free Books

Aqua Plumbing and Air is holding its first Christmas Card Contest and encourages local students to let their imagination roam to reflect ‘The true meaning of Christmas’ in any artistic medium. Christmas is a time of spiritual reflection on the important foundations of the Christian faith. As many people know, the Christmas season has been translated in many ways; however, the etymology of the word Christmas literally means Christian Mass. It’s a shortened form of Christ’s Mass. The grand prize winner will receive $500, the winner’s name will appear on the back of the card, and all entries will receive a voucher for a complimentary book redeemable at any Goodwill Manasota retail or bookstore location in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Findings suggest that experiencing art can connect people more deeply with the world around them and to common issues in society. Essentially, creative art allows young children to develop deeper connections and empathy. Submission: Christmas-related painting, drawing, photography, digital, mixed media - anything as long as it is flat and can be printed on a Card. It must be appropriate for business and consumer use. Artwork should be no bigger than 9” x 12”. It can be either portrait or landscape orientation; however, it must be your own original work. How to enter: Entries will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. Artwork must be submitted electronically with the completed entry form found on the company’s website at www.aquaplumbing.com. 

[Event]  Registration now open for 2024 Gulf Coast Games for Life

Registration is now open for the 35th annual Gulf Coast Games for Life, which takes place in January and February throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. The 2024 Gulf Coast Games for Life events are open to amateur athletes 50 years and older as of Dec. 31, 2024. The games consists of 16 events beginning with the women’s doubles pickleball on Jan. 9, 2024, and continuing with events from Jan. 10 through Feb. 3, 2024. Events take place in Sarasota County, Manatee County and the City of North Port. Other Gulf Coast Games for Life events include basketball shooting, bowling, golf, rowing and paddling, shuffleboard and more. A one-time registration fee of $13 is required, with $4 for each event. Some events may also have an additional facility fee. The registration deadline is two weeks prior to the first date of each event. The Gulf Coast Games for Life are a qualifying event for the 2024 Florida Senior Games State Championships, to be held in December 2024 at Florida’s Sports Coast/Pasco County and are a collaborative effort between Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, Manatee County Sports & Leisure Services and the City of North Port Parks and Recreation. For more information call 311 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. 

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[Contest]  Manatee High student, Boys and Girls Club Member Lauren Holbrook is 2024 I Voted Sticker Contest Winner

Artwork by Lauren Holbrook, a Manatee High School freshman and member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, will appear on Manatee County voter lapels whenever they cast a ballot at the polls in 2024. Holbrook’s drawing of a flag-toting “I voted” manatee was selected from among 50 pieces of art turned in as part of the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections’ (SOE) local contest that has become a fun tradition for Manatee County high school students in recent years. During non-election years, the SOE has worked with the School District to solicit art from future voters around the county. This year, the SOE invited Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County members to the competition. Lauren’s design, 1 of 16 submitted by Club members, will appear on 300,000 stickers. “I took a civics class in school last year and understand the importance of voting,” Lauren said regarding her inspiration to enter the contest. “My family is very excited that I won. I appreciate my Boys & Girls Club for encouraging me to submit my design.”  The Manatee County School Board and Superintendent Jason Wysong will recognize Lauren for winning the “I Voted” Sticker Contest at the School Board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m., and it will be held in the Board chambers at the Miller School Support Center located at 215 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton. On June 6, members of the Palmetto Boys & Girls Club presented at the County Commissioners meeting and voiced their interest in having the “I voted” sticker designed by a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. Commissioners sent a letter to the Supervisor of Elections recommending that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County be included in the “I voted” sticker contest. “We’re so proud of Lauren’s recognition,” said Dawn Stanhope, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. “While she may not be old enough to vote, her voice and that of her peers matter. Expressing her pride for our community through art, while encouraging civic duty, demonstrates the ability for youth to express themselves in ways that truly impact those around them.” 

[Family Event]  School District of Manatee County Hosting Showcase Fair for All Families

The School District of Manatee County invites families to attend a School Showcase Fair on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, and “Discover the Difference” traditional public schools can make for all students. The event is happening from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Manatee Technical College – Main Campus, located at 6305 State Road 70 East. School principals and educators will be available to discuss the various academic and extracurricular opportunities available. Our traditional public schools offer rigorous academic opportunities, such as International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge AICE, Advanced Placement, Dual Language and Dual Enrollment. We also provide innovative programs such as Guy Harvey Academy of Arts and Science, Woz-ED Pathways and Garner Holt Animatronics, preparing young learners for high-demand careers. The School District of Manatee County offers a variety of life-enriching arts experiences, championship caliber athletics and award-winning Career & Technical Education organizations from sectors including agriculture to technology and business to health care. The School District of Manatee County’s “School Choice Open Enrollment” is Monday, November 27, 2023 through Wednesday, December 20, 2023. School Choice Open Enrollment is the only time during the year when parents and/or guardians can apply to send their child(ren) to a school other than their zoned school without specifying a reason. Approval of school choice applications is subject to class size allocation capacities. For more details, please visit www.ManateeSchools.net/SchoolChoice. 

[Fellowship]  Barancik Foundation Selects 25 Sarasota County Educators for 2024 TIME Fellowship

"Awesome!” “I’m gobsmacked.” “Oh, my goodness. Are you for real?” Those were just three of the reactions of Sarasota County Schools educators who were notified in late October that they had been selected as 2024 TIME Fellows by Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. The TIME Fellowship provides teachers and school-based administrators with funding and support to pursue a unique, self-designed personal project intended to reignite their passion for education. In all, Barancik Foundation awarded 25 TIME Fellowships for 2024. “All of these wonderful educators are committed to lifelong learning, professional development, and, most importantly, student enrichment,” said Teri A Hansen, president and CEO of Barancik Foundation. “We want to give them the time and space to renew that love of teaching, because it will only mean better things for their students.” Through its TIME Fellowship program, Barancik Foundation invites teachers, principals, and assistant principals in the Sarasota County School District to submit proposals for a project or experience that will revitalize their commitment to the teaching profession. Winning proposals are meant to be intellectually stimulating and personally rejuvenating while expanding the educator’s experience. Among the projects selected for 2024 fellowships are a science teacher’s ecological adventure to the Galapagos Islands with the goal of inspiring future scientists and conservationists, and an elementary school teacher’s expedition in the paths of past pioneers to bring back new insights on U.S. history and geography for her students. The TIME Fellowship is part of Barancik Foundation’s initiative to recruit, retain, and recognize good teachers in Sarasota County. “Outside of family, teachers have the greatest influence on a child’s academic performance and future success,” said Hansen. “That’s why we want to help our school district retain and refresh the dedicated professionals serving in this vital role.” All TIME Fellowship applicants are asked to commit to teaching in the Sarasota County School District for at least three more years after they complete their fellowship. TIME Fellows receive up to $12,000 to complete their project. Other proposals selected for 2024 fellowships include a theater teacher’s transatlantic excursion to experience world-class stage performances in the live-theater capitals of New York and London, a once-in-a-lifetime journey to South Africa to learn about the country’s pre- and post-Apartheid history, and an Alaskan adventure to bring back firsthand experiences for an annual, multi-subject teaching unit built around the famed Iditarod dogsled race. The fellows, who were selected through an open application process, teach a diverse range of subjects across elementary, middle, and high schools from Sarasota to North Port. Launched in 2022, the TIME Fellowship honors Barancik Foundation cofounder Margie Barancik’s chosen profession of teacher. TIME stands for “Time to Inspire Margie’s Educators.” The Foundation previously awarded 25 TIME Fellowships each for 2022 and 2023. A full list of 2024 TIME Fellows and summaries of their fellowship projects can be found at BarancikFoundation.org. 

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[Holiday Events]  Come Celebrate the Holidays at Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch will be celebrating the holidays in November and December, at its Main Street and Waterside Place town centers, and everyone's invited! Ranch residents are encouraged to come out to one or all events and to bring friends, family, and visitors to experience how the Lakewood Ranch lifestyle exemplifies what community is all about. There is so much to do – and not just for the holidays, but year-round! Make sure you don’t miss anything; stop by our Information Center pop-up events at Waterside Place on Nov. 19 at the Farmers’ Market and Nov. 22 during Ranch Nite Wednesday, to learn more about living in Lakewood Ranch and all our award-winning lifestyle has to offer! First, start the season out right by finding the hidden elves from Nov. 22 through Jan. 1. Spot the elves hidden around Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street and you could become a winner! More than 15 mischievous elves are hiding inside and outside, so be sure to look high and low. Record what they’re doing and drop your entry form off at the Lakewood Ranch Information Center to enter. Entry forms can be picked up from the Lakewood Ranch Information Center, 8131 Lakewood Main St, Lakewood Ranch. Make sure to do some seasonal shopping at the Main Street Small Business market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, and don’t forget to visit local businesses for Small Business Saturday, on Nov. 25 at both town centers and all independent stores on The Ranch. On Dec. 2 and 3, Main Street will host the LWR Holiday of the Arts Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The official Main Street tree lighting will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1, preceding Music on Main, at LWR Main Street. There will be breakfasts and brunches with Santa all throughout December at both Main Street and Waterside Place. Santa will also stroll Main Street and Waterside Place throughout the month; visit lakewoodranch.com/connect/events-list for times and dates. Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch’s annual Chanukah Celebration will be held at LWR Main Street from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7; for more information visit chabadofbradenton.com. On Dec. 15, come to see the Holiday Movie in the Park – “The Santa Clause” – from 6-9 p.m. at Waterside Park, with a visit from Santa from 6-8 p.m. Also at Waterside Place, catch the Out-of-Door Academy’s holiday performance at the Sights and Sounds arts series from 6-7 p.m. If you’re trying to get a jump on your New Year’s resolutions, sign up for the Jungle Run 5K on Dec. 15, “one of the largest and most cheerful 5K races in the area”! Registration opens at 4 p.m.; the night ends with a post-race holiday festival. For more information visit thejingle5k.org. With both town centers decorated for the holidays, don’t forget to come out and enjoy favorite activities such as Music on Main, from 6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month; Ranch Nite Wednesdays, weekly at Waterside Place from 6-9 p.m.; and the Farmers’ Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, at Waterside Place. And to start 2024 out right, come celebrate the new year at Waterside Place, starting at 6 p.m. and running until midnight, when the sky will be illuminated with a drone show over Kingfisher Lake! DJ Truth will be spinning high-energy tunes, and food and beverage will be available for purchase from town center merchants and participating food trucks. Come out and enjoy the holidays with us! 

[SOON]  FOOD: Sage Restaurant Rooftop Launch , November 10, 5-11pm

Sage Restaurant, a culinary destination offering worldly cuisine and crafted cocktails in downtown Sarasota, is elevating its rooftop experience by introducing a brand-new gourmet street food menu available exclusively on the 4th-floor open-air rooftop. Set against the backdrop of an elegant ambiance and mesmerizing city views, this gastronomic journey kicks off on Friday, Nov. 10 and will be available every Thursday through Saturday evening. Highlights from the rooftop menu include Cod and Baby Shrimp Ceviche with Assorted Chips; Guacamole with House Made Chips; Confit of Patatas Bravas; Smoked Beef Empanadas; House Blend Smash Burger with Kimchi and Garlic Mayo; Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Tomato-Bacon Jam and Cabbage Slaw; and Panino with Eggplant Confit, Capicola, Porchetta and White Truffle Aioli. While the food promises to tantalize your tastebuds, the rooftop continues to offer a full-service bar, open table seating and, in line with Sage's commitment to providing unparalleled experiences, guests can enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday evening. While reservations are encouraged for the main dining area, the rooftop does not require reservations. However, given the excitement around this launch, early arrival is recommended for the best seats under the stars. For more information, visit SageSRQ.com.

[SOON]  THEATER: Deck the Halls Returns to Florida Studio Theatre , November 25 – December 24, 10am and 12pm

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is excited to bring children and their families the magic of the holiday season with the latest iteration of Deck the Halls. This interactive family-friendly, music-filled show celebrates everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. Since Deck the Halls was first produced in 2016, the show has become a holiday tradition for many families on the Suncoast. This year, the festivities return with all-new sketches, all-new songs, and all-new memories ready for the making. Created by Caroline Saldivar and Sarah Durham with additional material by Dellan Short and Jeremy Weinstein, Deck the Halls plays select Saturdays and Sundays with showtimes starting at 10am and 12pm in FST’s Keating Theatre. For more information, visit FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Boo's Ice House Barksgiving , November 18, 2-9pm

Happy Barksgiving! Bust out your stretchiest, comfiest pants on November 18th from 2-9pm! Boo's will have Turkey Dinner options for both hoomans and 4-leggeds! Leslie Patterson from Coastal Paws LLC will be offering doggy baths & nail trims. We invite you to add a paw to our Thankful Wall and enjoy the sounds of the Sabrina McClenithan. Tickets aren't needed, but they help us know how much food to prepare, so we prefer you RSVP. $15.99 Hooman plate: Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, steamed veg, and gravy. $9.99 Dog plate: Turkey, mashed potatoes, rice, beef broth. For more information or to RSVP, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barksgiving-tickets-750018715167

[SOON]  SPORTS: All-American Women's Baseball Classic Tournament , November 17 – November 19

Get ready for an unforgettable three-day baseball extravaganza as the second annual All-American Women's Baseball Classic tournament descends upon Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home of the 2023 AL East Champion Baltimore Orioles. Hosted by American Girls Baseball, an affiliate organization of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association, and Visit Sarasota County, this event promises to deliver non-stop action, fierce competition, and unforgettable moments on the diamond. From November 17th to 19th, witness the nation's top women's baseball players as they showcase their skills, athleticism, and determination in a series of thrilling games. The All-American Womens Baseball Classic is the epitome of sheer joy and excitement that only women's baseball can provide. To purchase tickets, visit mlb.com/orioles/spring-training/all-american-womens-baseball-classic.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Free Dentistry Day at Creekwood Dental , November 17, 7am-12pm

Residents in the Bradenton community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Creekwood Dental on Friday, November 17. Drs. Jennifer Pfeiffer, Brian Harrington and team at Creekwood Dental will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 108 million Americans are living without dental insurance. During Free Dentistry Day, cleanings, fillings and extractions will be provided to patients on Friday, November 17, between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. at 5210 Creekwood Boulevard in Bradenton. Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call 941-755-1488 or visit www.FreeDentistryDay.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park , November 16, 5pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces a newly developed partnership with Nathan Benderson Park as a part of the Hermitage’s 2023-2024 season. Expanding on the success of the Hermitage programming at Selby Gardens and other venues throughout the region, the new Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park series launches this year following a popular Hermitage program at the park last season. Each program in the Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park series will feature a celebrated Hermitage artist to be announced. The outdoor series features performances and explorations of works-in-progress by Hermitage artists-in-residence and alumni. Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park events are currently scheduled to take place by Benderson Lake near the Nathan Benderson Family Finish Tower. The first event in this series is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th at 5pm and will feature two of the most innovative voices working in theater today. Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park: Theater on the Lake showcases the talents of Hermitage Fellows Terry Guest and James Anthony Tyler. These two talents split the bill to share some of their latest work and discuss the creative process as the sun goes down over the lake. This first program in the new series is presented in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Urbanite Theatre, and Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy. Admission is free, but registration is required for $5 at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Cynthia Sayer Glenridge Performing Arts Center , November 15, 7:30pm

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center’s 2023-2024 season opens with multi-award winning banjoist and vocalist Cynthia Sayer with her all-star Joyride Band performing a mix of jazz, American Songbook standards, and more, Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m., at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. Tickets are $30. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 941-552-5325 or visit GpacTix.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Artscape Wellen Park , November 11, 2-10pm

Join Wellen Park on Nov. 11 from 2 to 10 p.m. for its first celebration of visual and performing arts. Downtown Wellen will come alive with the sounds and visions of local artists. Experience visual arts exhibitions, mesmerizing public art, an artist marketplace, immersive family experiences, unforgettable live musical performances, and so much more. For more information on Artscape Wellen Park, visit wellenpark.com/events/artscapewellenpark.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Laugh on the Green , November 9, 8pm

Get ready to laugh it up at UTC! Join for Laugh on the Green, an outdoor series featuring clean comedy acts by top stand-up comedians. Taking the stage on Thursday, November 9 is Richy Leis, a seasoned comic known for his hilarious anecdotes inspired by growing up in a big family. As seen on MTV, VH1, TMZ and more, Richy has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Dana Carvey, Jeff Garlin and Craig Robinson. Laugh on the Green starts at 8:00 pm on The Green at UTC, located near Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar. The outdoor comedy show is open to the public, and no advance registration is required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Get here early to grab dinner and drinks from more than 80 eateries and bars at UTC. For more information, visit utcsarasota.com.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Geckos Grill and Pubs Trivia , July 1 – June 1, 7:30 pm

Geckos Grill & Pub’s Award-winning Trivia-Think While You Drink! If you love Trivia, join the fun at Geckos all year round. All Trivia starts at 7:30pm. We will have prizes, giveaways and specials plus the Geckos made-to-order fare, signature cocktails and hospitality you love. Monday trivia will be held at the Clark Road location in Palmer Crossing and on Tuesdays at the SR 64 location in Braden River Plaza. The SR 64 location will be taking a break from Trivia in October, but will start back up in April. On Wednesdays, trivia will take place at the Hillview Street location in Southside Village. www.GeckosGrill.com.

[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]  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.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Wellen Park Thanks4Giving Project , October 3 – November 17, 9am-5pm

Wellen Park and The Rotary Club are partnering again this year from October 3 through November 17 for Thanks4Giving, a service project to help make Thanksgiving memorable for members of the community. The Thanks4Giving tree will be set up in the Wellen Park Welcome Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., filled with tags for you to choose from. Purchase a Publix or Walmart gift card and return it to the Wellen Park Welcome Center, where a member of the ambassador team will be prepared to receive it. On Nov. 18, the Rotary Club will collect the cards and use them to purchase full Thanksgiving dinners from Publix and Walmart. These dinners include frozen turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. For more information, visit wellenpark.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration! , November 11, 11:30am-2pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces that world-renowned and Grammy Award-winning string quartet ETHEL will headline the Hermitage’s signature fall fundraising event, “The Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration!” on Saturday, November 11th from 11:30am to 2pm at the Hermitage campus on Manasota Key. This is the first time in many years that all four members of ETHEL – Ralph Farris, Kip Jones, Dorothy Lawson, and Corin Lee – will be reuniting at the Hermitage to celebrate this milestone anniversary of the event. This year’s Artful Lobster will also feature a performance by new Hermitage Fellow Emi Ferguson, a celebrated flutist and performer. For more information about the Hermitage and upcoming programs, visit HermitagArtistRetreat.org.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: 2023 ECOSummit , December 5 – December 6

Get inspired by two days of Big Ideas and Solutions at the ECOSummit as experts share insights and innovations for recharging our environment and reducing our impacts-crucial to sustaining our coastal community’s quality of life. Community storytellers will explore our environmental heritage as a touchstone for a resilient future. It’s a lively and entertaining two-day solutions-oriented experience with lectures, panel discussions, storytelling, and music. Award-winning Americana songwriter Karen Jonas and her band will weave dazzling threads of their dreamy Alt-Country music through the tapestry of stories over two days. Networking coffee breaks, lunches, lunchtime wellness and guided walks, and professional continuing education credits all included. The summit will take place from December 5-6 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. For more information, visit scienceandenvironment.org.

[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.

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