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"We are committed to making Warm Mineral Springs Park an asset we can all be proud of."

- Jerome Fletcher, North Port City Manager

[Government]  Talks Break Down Over Warm Mineral Springs
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Negotiations ceased between North Port officials and a developer regarding the future of Warm Mineral Springs.

The city announced it had closed talks with WMS Development Group after both sides said the management plan was not feasible. WMS officials told the city they could not take on the operation of the spring, citing rising insurance and staffing costs.

The plan now will be for operation of the attraction to remain under control of the city Parks & Recreation Department.

“The City remains open to future opportunities that align with our shared vision for the future of this part of our community,” said City Manager Jerome Fletcher. “We are committed to making Warm Mineral Springs Park an asset we can all be proud of. The extensive research and analysis done during negotiations also gives us the confidence to move forward exploring a possible Phase II for the remaining acreage and the potential benefits it could bring to our taxpayers.” 

The years-long due diligence around discussions with WMS did provide valuable information for planning the future of the park, city officials said. If nothing else, officials now have in hand geotechnical and endangered species surveys showing what portions of land must be protected from development and where new structures can be built.

A real estate valuation by Hettema Saba also found the annual triple net market rent value for the operational portion of the springs is $495,000 and the market value for the undeveloped land is valued at $16.4 million.

Warm Mineral Springs has long been a major attraction for visitors and residents in North Port, with many living in the immediate area moving there for the perceived health benefits of regularly going into the springs.

The city adopted the current master plan for Warm Mineral Springs in 2019. But the project has been stifled routinely by costs for any development plans coming in much higher than expected. 

Photo courtesy City of North Port.

[County News]  Jury Scams on the Rise in Sarasota County

Karen E. Rushing, Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller, warns the community of a statewide surge in imposters calling residents and accusing them of missing jury duty, and it is occurring with increased frequency in Sarasota County. Citizens are being informed that there is an outstanding citation and/or warrant out for their arrest due to missing jury duty. The caller presents themselves as a Clerk official, judge or law enforcement officer, and requests that payment be made (often by wire, ‘green dot’ loadable debit cards or other prepaid gift cards) to avoid arrest and incarceration. Like most scams, jury duty scammers have a few versions, not all of which ask for money outright. In certain circumstances, the jury scam may be used to trick you into providing sensitive information that can be used for identity theft. There is no such process at the Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller’s office. Neither the Clerk and Comptroller, nor law enforcement employees initiate phone calls for missed jury duty. Nor will employees of either agency demand payment by phone or request personal financial information. Moreover, failure to appear for jury duty is not grounds for immediate arrest. Court-related communications are typically sent through normal mail.Important tips to remember: Jury summons come in the mail, not by email or phone; If no jury summons was received, then ignore phone calls from anyone claiming to be calling about jury duty; The Clerk and Comptroller’s office will not contact you by phone for failure to appear for jury duty; The Clerk and Comptroller’s office will not phone or email you to request any type of payment for missing jury duty; If someone asks you to pay a fee or fine with a gift card, it is likely a scam; Ignore calls for immediate action because scammers will often try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency; Be wary of relying on Caller ID, as many phone numbers can be “spoofed” making a phone call look like it’s coming from a legitimate source; If a caller threatens you, hang up and call 311 immediately; Do not give out financial or other personal information over the phone. Protecting yourself against phone or email scams is simple:  just hang up or do not reply to written communication. Unless you have initiated contact, never give your personal or financial information over the phone. If you receive a court-related call and are unsure about its authenticity, call the Clerk and Comptroller’s Jury Office at (941) 861-8000 for verification. If you feel you’ve been a victim of fraud, call local law enforcement at 311.


[Recognition]  Neighborhood Connections Manager Honored for Community Commitment

Manatee County Neighborhood Connections Division Manager Debbie DeLeon has been selected to receive this year’s President's Award from the Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) for her service and commitment to our community. The award highlights Debbie’s tireless efforts to help in the Rubonia Community following the flooding impacts of Hurricane Idalia—and more recently—a “no-name” storm which threatened the low-lying neighborhood in December 2023. DeLeon, who has worked with Manatee County for more than three decades, was quick to point out that her work, which included going door-to-door to assess individual neighbor’s needs, is just a part of a group effort. A past Employee of the Month for August 2019 and ACE Award winner, Debbie has been recognized before for her commitment to the community. Last fall, Bay News Nine highlighted Debbie and her work during Hispanic Heritage Month. She is a well-known and well-loved member of the Community and Veterans Services team that has been instrumental in providing support that fills gaps in Manatee residents’ lives to help them remain employed or become reemployed, stay in school, rehabilitate, gain new skills or simply make ends meet. The MBCC Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2024, at the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. For up-to-date information about Manatee County Government, visit mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ManateeGov. 

[Recognition]  Clive Daniel Home Wins Best Furniture Store—Multiple Locations at the 34th ARTS Awards

 Clive Daniel Home, the distinguished interior design destination, has once again secured its position as an industry leader by clinching the esteemed Best Furniture Store—Multiple Locations award at the 34th ARTS Awards gala. The event, hosted by Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, unfolded on Friday, January 12, 2024, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The ARTS Awards, recognized as the premier awards program in the U.S., spotlights excellence in interior design, honoring top manufacturers, retailers, designers, and sales representatives. Clive Daniel Home emerged victorious after a rigorous judging process conducted by a panel of industry experts. Pate Rauluk, Senior Accessory Merchant for Clive Daniel Home, joyfully accepted the award on behalf of the company. Reflecting on the achievement, Pate Rauluk remarked, "Receiving the Best Furniture Store—Multiple Locations award at the 34th ARTS Awards is an exceptional privilege for Clive Daniel Home. It is a testament to our dedication to providing exceptional design solutions and creating spaces that resonate with our clients." This marks another significant milestone for Clive Daniel Home, having previously been honored with the Best New Showroom in the USA award in 2012 and the Best Furniture Store—Multiple Locations award at the 33rd ARTS Awards. Daniel Lubner, CEO of Clive Daniel Home, expressed his gratitude for the recognition, stating, "We take pride in curating a collection that represents the pinnacle of luxury and style. Receiving the Best Furniture Store award is truly an honor, and it motivates us to continue our pursuit of excellence in the world of home furnishings." Clive Daniel Home has consistently demonstrated excellence in its product offerings and design expertise. Over the years, the showroom has received accolades from various prestigious organizations, including the Sand Dollar Awards, the Pinnacle Awards, ASID Florida South, and the Collier Building Industry Association. 

[Ribbon Cutting]  Harper Health Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Newest Medical Office

Harper Health proudly announces the highly anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 8th to inaugurate its medical office in Sarasota, Florida. The public is warmly invited to join us in celebrating this occasion and to learn about Harper Health’s mission to support each individual patient on their health journey so they can live their best life. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on February 8th, 2024 starting at 4 pm at 1219 South East Avenue Suite 310 Sarasota. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore our modern facility, meet our esteemed board-certified physicians, and learn more about the comprehensive healthcare services we offer. Immediately after the ribbon-cutting, the practice founder, Dr. Will Harper, and Harper Health Sarasota physician, Dr. Migdalia Merida, will sit for a Q&A. Everyone attending the ribbon-cutting is welcome to enter a raffle for a free DXA body composition assessment. “I have hd some friends move down to the Sarasota area recently and have heard so many good things about this wonderful community from them and from our patients who snowbird here,” says Dr. Harper. “We are proud to bring our practice model to this area, and eager to support each of our Sarasota patients on their health journey.”  The Harper Health team is excited to engage with the community, foster connections, and showcase our dedication to providing exceptional healthcare services year-round. With a focus on building lasting relationships and providing top-notch medical care, Harper Health is poised to make a positive impact on the well-being of our patients. “We chose our location across from Sarasota Memorial Hospital so patients can have convenient access to us, whether they’re coming from downtown, off the Keys, or from Lakewood Ranch, just 20 minutes away,” says operations chief John Sylvester. “We’re proud to add to this community of well-regarded physicians providing top-quality care to patients in the region.”  

[New Homes]  Second annual Model Home Showcase Introduces New Wellen Park Neighborhoods, Lifestyles

From lite bites and beverages to live music, caricature artists, photo booths, pickleball demonstrations, gift card raffles and swag bags, Wellen Park homebuilders are ensuring guests have a memorable experience during the 2024 Model Home Showcase Saturday, Feb. 10. With 34 fully furnished model homes open to the public, the second annual event also highlights Wellen Park’s newest lifestyles and neighborhoods, including the first for active adults 55+, luxury custom homes in the community’s inaugural multi-builder community and a multigenerational enclave with amenities designed for families of all ages. The annual showcase, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., covers 11 neighborhoods, each offering builder-sponsored activities and self-guided tours of model homes illustrating the latest in architecture, amenities and interior design.  The Wellen Park Model Home Showcase is free and open to the public. To receive access to the 2024 tour book providing full details of all model homes, homebuilders and Wellen Park, guests should register at wellenpark.com/2ndannualmodelhomeshowcase.com. For more information, call the Welcome Center at 941-960-7805. In addition to model tours and builder events, Downtown Wellen is hosting live music, games and activities with facepainting and a photo booth from noon to 5 p.m. and a performance by Bradenton blues band Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones on the Solis Hall stage from 1 to 5 p.m. Guests will also enjoy downtown’s variety of dining options, shopping and outdoor recreation. 

Pictured: Toll Brothers is offering a charcuterie spread and giving away totes to visitors touring its three models in Solstice.

To learn more, visit

[Recognition]  Fifth Third Named One of the World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine

Fifth Third is proud to announce it has been named to Fortune’s 2024 list of the World’s Most Admired CompaniesTM. This accolade is based on feedback from executives, directors, and analysts who rate enterprises in their own industry. “We’re honored to be included on Fortune’s list of Most Admired Companies for the first time,” said Tim Spence, chairman, chief executive officer and president​ of Fifth Third. “We’ve worked hard to build a company that delivers strong returns for our long-term investors, delivers innovations to empower our customers, is a vested partner in the community, and creates a culture of connection for our employees.” Fifth Third is consistently recognized as a leader among banks. In 2023, Fifth Third was named “Bank of the Year U.S.” by The Banker and included on the following lists: TIME's World's Best Companies, Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity and Fortune’s America’s Most Innovative Companies. Fortune collaborated with Korn Ferry on this survey of corporate reputation, including about 1,500 candidates: the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue, along with non-U.S. companies in the Fortune Global 500™ database that have revenues of $10 billion or more. The top-rated companies were picked from that pool of 645; the executives who voted work at the companies in that group. Korn Ferry asked those surveyed to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent. The complete list appears in the February/March 2024 issue of the magazine, available on newsstands beginning Feb. 20.  

To learn more, visit

[Leadership]  Bay Pines VA Welcomes New Chief of Center for Development and Civic Engagement

On Thursday, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System officially welcomed Ms. Shanel Kelly as the new Chief of Center for Development & Civic Engagement (CDCE), formerly known as Voluntary Service. Ms. Kelly joins the healthcare system from the Dayton VA Medical Center in Ohio, where she served as a voluntary service specialist and the acting CDCE chief. In addition to her voluntary service experience, Ms. Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in health care as a licensed practical nurse, rehabilitation health technician, and social services associate.  Ms. Kelly joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009, where she worked in a variety of mental health rehabilitation programs. She was exposed to the collaborative mission of CDCE while supporting Veteran rehabilitation and treatment programs like HUD-VASH and outreach to homeless Veterans, among others. This collaboration between clinical programs and CDCE fueled her inspiration and dedication to Veterans. In 2022, she transitioned full time to support CDCE at the Dayton VA Medical Center. Ms. Kelly obtained her licensed practical nurse certification in 2000, and she earned a Bachelor of Science in business management of information systems in 2014. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in health informatics. Bay Pines VA CDCE currently has 519 volunteers. Last year, volunteers donated more than 63K hours in support of Veterans, and thanks to the generosity of great partnerships, including multiple Veteran Service Organizations, and in-kind donations, CDCE accepted donations totaling more than $776K.  

To learn more, visit

[Concierge Service]  SOTA Residences and Hotel Announces Worldwide Virtual Concierge Service for residents

Rodrigo Trepp, President of Trepp Developments, announced the addition of a unique concierge service for SOTA Residents & Hotel. LIVunLtd, a global luxury brand specializing in all facets of service, has been contracted as the residential virtual concierge. With a focus on service for the 35 residents living above the boutique HOTEL SOTA, Trepp feels the partnership is a perfect fit. “LIVunLtd has delivered five-star service around the globe for over twenty years, and we are pleased to bring that level of sophistication to Sarasota. We call it the evolution of service.” SOTA residents will have a private staffed lobby, 24-7 valet, towel service poolside, access to in-residence dining, and a house account for all food and beverage outlets at HOTEL SOTA. “With LIVunLtd, our residents will also have a concierge in their pocket,” commented Trepp. The dedicated lifestyle curator assigned to SOTA will assist residents with everything from automobile shipping, hanging their art collection, and scheduling a personal trainer to travel planning and acquiring sporting event tickets. “What’s truly exciting for our buyers is that they will have immediate access to their lifestyle curator,” noted Simon Bacon, Executive Director of the Developer Services Division at Michael Saunders & Company. “The LIVunLtd concierge service has already been considered in the HOA fees for SOTA Residences and Trepp Developments is extending the worldwide service to buyers upon contract to showcase the serviced lifestyle of their future home.” SOTA will be the first project in the Sarasota region to offer this service. New York City based, LIVunLtd President Abbie Newman said she is looking forward to expanding her company to Sarasota on Florida’s West Coast. “We have a track record of providing outstanding service to 134 luxury properties across the county,” Newman explained, noting that her team will provide SOTA residents the convenience of a concierge at their fingertips to assist with everything from event planning to fitness options to dinner reservations.

SOTA Sales Gallery: 1734 Main St., Sarasota, Property Address: 1703 Main St., Sarasota. Schedule a private appointment: 941-462-3900 | info@TheSota.com | TheSota.com. 

[Relocation]  Williams Parker Moves Headquarters to Plaza Five Points As It Nears 100-Year Milestone

Sarasota’s largest law firm, Williams Parker, is pleased to announce the relocation of its headquarters to Plaza Five Points at 50 Central Avenue in downtown Sarasota. By moving from its 200 South Orange Avenue location to Plaza Five Points, Williams Parker is continuing the next step in its ongoing story of growth, beginning with its founding almost a century ago in 1925. The move is only the fourth in the firm’s long history. The new 35,000-square-foot headquarters occupies the entire eighth floor of the centrally located and iconic Plaza Five Points building. “We miss our brick building at 200 South Orange. While it was a terrific home for five decades, we needed new space to support our growth strategy and enhance our ability to serve our clients and the community,” says Williams Parker President Mike Wilson. “The new office reinforces our brand and culture and incorporates cutting-edge technology, sustainability, energy efficiency, and flexibility. The move has the added benefit of taking the firm back to its origins and historical roots.” Five Points—the intersection of Main, Pineapple, and Central—has been the center of downtown Sarasota since the city’s founding. By relocating to Plaza Five Points, Williams Parker returned to the identical location of the firm’s first headquarters, the First Bank and Trust Building (later known as the Palmer Bank Building), which opened 100 years ago with Williams Parker as a charter and signature tenant for 37 years. “After completion of a comprehensive, multi-site selection process, we selected Plaza Five Points as the new site for Williams Parker’s headquarters for many reasons, including the modern office design, amenities, iconic location in the center of downtown, and compelling views of Sarasota Bay. We are all truly looking forward to the next chapter in Williams Parker’s history.” The firm opened a second office location at the master-planned community and mixed-use development Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch in July, 2023. The new Lakewood Ranch office address is 7500 Island Cove Terrace, Suite 200, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34240.  

[SRQIST]  Keeping it Local
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

KEEPING IT LOCAL | Two local companies, S-One Holdings Corporation and Perform[cb], share their history, present-day success stories and future outlooks for their brands, February 2024. 

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[SOON]  BUSINESS: Using Mergent Intellect to Find New Customers , February 28, 12-1pm
This webinar is perfect for anyone looking to identify who your prospective customers are and create targeted B2B and B2C prospective customer lists. Discover the power of Mergent Intellect, which contains detailed company profiles, industry overviews, and forecasts powered by Dun and Bradstreet, custom market research, residential contact information and consumer data powered by Claritas/Nielsen. Learn how to filter and export lists at will based on company criteria like location, size, revenue, and industry NACIS/SIC codes, to target your B2B potential clients, or based on demographics to target your B2C prospective customers. Once you have the lists, you can use traditional or digital marketing channels to nurture and sell to them. We will also give a brief overview of other business resources available from Manatee Libraries, free to access with your library card. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: Inspire Your Marketing with AI Generated Content , February 21, 12-1pm

This webinar is for anyone curious about artificial intelligence content generation and how it works and who wants to learn how AI can save time and make marketing efforts more effective. In this session, you will discover how to incorporate AI into your marketing and recommendations to ensure your messages are compelling to your audience. Uncover what AI is and how it works, how to use AI in marketing to save time and inspire your messages and tips for using AI-generated content. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Unlocking Growth, How Smart Bookkeeping Creates Clarity In Your Business Financials , February 14, 12-1pm
We will review how bookkeeping is vital to understanding your financial position and which areas are performing well, as well as the ones that are not doing very well. Without having the transactions that feed in from the bank categorized correctly, it is virtually impossible to understand the financial foundation of your business. We will also be touching on specific ways that QuickBooks Online shows visual images and reports to get both snapshot overviews and comprehensive reports. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: Estimating Startup Expenses , February 7, 12-1pm

Nearly everyone who has ever started a business has underestimated the costs and then faced the danger of running with inadequate capital reserves. The key to avoiding this pitfall is to adopt a rigorous approach to your research and planning. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Downtown Sarasota, Hindsight, Insight and Foresight , January 24 – February 28, 6-7:30pm
Downtown Sarasota: Hindsight, Insight and Foresight is a four-part speaker series conceived to spark an informed and constructive community-wide discussion about the future of our downtown. The six-week series will take place at Art Ovation Hotel and explore the evolution of downtown Sarasota over the last two decades with a group of four distinguished speakers, Andres Duany, David Houle, Mitchell Silver, and Victor Dover. Speakers will address vital topics including the current downtown master plan and how it was shaped two decades ago, how downtown has developed since then, the macro-level forces affecting the city, effective current downtown planning practices, and insights drawn from successful urban planning in other locales. Lectures will be held on Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 14 and Feb. 28. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit architecturesarasota.org.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College Winter Semester , January 8 – March 1, Various times

Registration is open for the 2024 winter semester at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI, at Ringling College, which offers noncredit educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. The semester, which runs Jan. 8-March 1, 2024, features more than 50 courses, workshops, lectures, and special presentations covering a wide variety of topics, including arts and entertainment, history, music appreciation, health, literature, philosophy, religion, and science. Semester highlights include Searching Dr. Google. What Should I Believe, The History of Psychiatry: Winners and Losers; Voting Behavior and the Electoral Process; Glass: The New Hot Contemporary Art Form; and The Historic First Federal Prosecution of a U.S. President. Classes are offered at the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; and online via Zoom. To register, or for more information about becoming an OLLI member, visit www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org or call 941-309-5111.

[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]  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]  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]  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]  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: Global Issues , January 9 – March 29, Various times
2024 marks the 53rd anniversary of Sarasota Institute of the Lifetime Learning Global Issues series. This hard-hitting series, which runs January 9-March 29, features 24 internationally renowned experts discussing a vast range of domestic and global issues. The lectures are presented on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sarasota; Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. at the Venice Community Center in Venice; and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 5 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church in Lakewood Ranch. Lectures will also be available for purchase on video. https://sillsarasota.org/index.htm.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Music Mondays , January 8 – March 25, Various times

The 2024 season of Sarasota Institute of the Lifetime Learning Music Monday Series presents performances and lively conversations with renowned and emerging performers, January 8-March 25, on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Palms in Sarasota; and Mondays at 3 p.m. at Venice Presbyterian Church in Venice. https://sillsarasota.org/index.htm.

[SOON]  FOOD: The Big Game , February 11, Various times

Join Geckos Grill and Pubs for the Big Game and the most super seat outside of Nevada. Seating is limited so reserve today with a $25 per person deposit. Reserved guests will receive a $25 GC to use on Big Game day, but they must be present 15 minutes before kick-off. Enjoy giveaways, a special football menu and new cocktail menu, small batch spirits and our usual huge variety of craft beer. Ask your friendly server or barkeep for more details and reserve today! www.GeckosGrill.com.

[SOON]  GALA: Polo for Brain Health , February 25, 11:30am-3pm

Join us for the inaugural Polo for Brain Health event by The Roskamp Institute. Watch the exciting Polo match from the club side pavilion or stroll along the sideline and get up close and personal to the action and thundering of hooves. Enjoy lunch and a silent auction of more than fifty must-have items. At half-time, you are invited to participate in the tradition of stomping the divots, or stepping on the turf upturned by the horses and take a carriage ride on the Polo field. The event concludes with the winning team awards ceremony. Advance tickets $100. After 2/11 tickets $125. Proceeds benefit The Roskamp Institute’s research programs on: Alzheimers Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Red Tide, Gulf War Illness, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Learn more and purchase tickets at roskampinstitute.org.

[SOON]  GALA: Third Annual Polo for Parkinsons , March 24, 11am
The third annual Polo for Parkinsons fundraiser will be held at the Sarasota Polo grounds on Sunday, March 24, 2024. This annual fundraising event presented by Parkinson Place raises awareness for Parkinson Place Center, where community members with Parkinsons disease and other movement disorders, as well as their caregivers, can come together for support and participate in over 85 classes and activities. Companies, organizations and individuals have the opportunity to participate in this Luau-themed event. Sponsorships range from $10,000 to $1,000 with individual tickets priced at $100 per person. Parkinson Place Center will welcome you to the Polo Pavilion on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 11am. Lunch will be catered at Noon with the Polo match starting at 1pm. For more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities please call Suzanne Hudson-Smith, CFRE at 941-210-6275 or shudsonsmith@parkinsonplace.org.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Wild About Nature Festival , April 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us for a day of fun and outdoor adventure at the Wild About Nature Festival on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Reconnect with the great outdoors and help foster a love of nature in the next generation as you spend a day in the sun on the beautiful shores of Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve. Families of all ages are encouraged to take part in this fun-filled day of nature-based education and exploration. The wide variety of activities includes dip-netting, face painting, hula-hoop lessons, crafts, games, and more. There will be live music and food trucks making this a guaranteed good time. This is a FREE family festival open to all. Registration is not required. The event will take place at our Bay Preserve headquarters located at 400 Palmetto Ave. in Osprey. For more information, visit conservationfoundation.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Kenny G , May 5, 7pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Kenny G to Sarasota on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 7pm.  Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattisons at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Coffee with a Scientist , December 12 – March 26, 10am

Join us for our Coffee With A Scientist series, a free public event held on Tuesdays in Boca Grande and hosted by Mote Marine Laboratory. Hear from Mote scientists on January 16, February 13 and March 26 as they share with you the latest in their groundbreaking research and their plans for the future with a Q and A session to follow. On Visit mote.org/pages/coffee to sign up and for more information.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens , November 11 – August 31, N/a

Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens will be on view through August 31, 2024 at the Historic Spanish Point campus. Selby Gardens is excited to present the extraordinary imagery of photographer and conservationist Clyde Butcher throughout the grounds of the Historic Spanish Point campus. Large-scale prints on aluminum of Butcher’s beautiful photographs of plants, animals, and habitats of Florida will be exhibited amid the natural landscape of the 30-acre waterfront preserve, enabling the public to engage with the artist’s work like never before. In the tradition of earlier landscape photographers like Ansel Adams, Butcher captures the beauty and majesty of America’s natural treasures in dramatic black and white. The unique environments of Florida have been subjects of particular interest to Butcher since the 1980s, when he was first introduced to the magic and mystery of sites such as Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Nature Through the Lens will include Butcher’s photographs of regional locales such as Myakka River State Park and Casey Key. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Clyde Butcher Gallery & Studio in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Hooray for Hollywood with Michael Feinstein , February 9 – February 10, Various times
This is your opportunity to see Hooray for Hollywood with Michael Feinstein, February 9-10 at the Venice Performing Arts Center. You will be enraptured as this legendary artist sings New York, New York, The Way You Look Tonight, Singin in the Rain, and more in his signature style backed by Maestro Troy Quinn and the full Venice Symphony. Feinstein has played at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Buckingham Palace, and the White House. Now you can see this 5-time Grammy Nominee up close and personal in Venice at this special event concert. Visit thevenicesymphony.org. or call The Symphony box office at 941-207-8822 to purchase tickets.
[SOON]  GALA: SRQ Social Valentines Formal , February 10, 7:30 to 10:30pm
The SRQ Social Valentines Formal on February 10th will be held in the exquisite Sarasota Art Museum lobby. This exclusive event promises an enchanting evening filled with waltzing, live music, and sophisticated entertainment, creating a classy affair with formal attire, a live violin performance, a photo booth, delectable food and drinks, and even a touch of poker. SRQ Social is a group dedicated to building a vibrant community of young adults in Sarasota. To learn more, visit facebook.com/groups/srqsocial or instagram.com/srq.social.
[SOON]  GALA: Mardi Gras, A Community Celebration , February 10, 2-6pm
Family Promise of South Sarasota County, an organization that aims to alleviate homelessness for families, is excited to announce a new, exciting Mardi Gras celebration aimed at raising program funds. This event promises to bring the community together for a festive occasion while making a meaningful impact on the lives of families experiencing a housing crisis. Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with the spirit of Mardi Gras, complete with lively music, colorful costumes, and delicious cuisine. The event will feature live entertainment, culinary delights, a raffle, a parade and activities for children. All proceeds from the Mardi Gras celebration will go directly to Family Promise of South Sarasota County programs. Our organization is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children and families facing a housing crisis by providing shelter, resources, and support to help them regain stability and independence. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit familypromisessc.org/mardi-gras.
[SOON]  FESTIVAL: PoetryLife 2024 , February 11 – February 17, Various times
PoetryLife, the annual celebration of poetry at Bookstore1Sarasota, is taking place from February 11 to February 17, 2024. The celebration includes readings by local poets, a visit from Ruth Styron, poet and founding member of Amnesty International, a special Valentines Day reading of Pablo Neruda love poems, and a community Favorite Poem Project reading. Information about all PoetryLife events can be found at sarasotabooks.com/poetry.
[SOON]  FOOD: A Taste of Art , February 1 – January 31, 5:30-8pm
Longtime friends Chef Charles Amherst of Chaz 51 Steakhouse in Venice and Barbara Gerdeman, co-founder of Creative Liberties Artist Studios in Sarasota, have joined forces to create a series of interactive live art dinner showcases called A Taste of Art. The first of these events takes place Thursday, February 1, 5:30-8 p.m., at Chaz 51 Steakhouse, 549 US 41 Bypass N, Venice. The events will continue on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Guests who visit Chaz 51 on these evenings will be able to witness the creation of captivating works of art in real-time. To make a reservation, call Chaz 51 Steakhouse at 941-484-6200. To find out which artists are scheduled for February, check out the calendar at CreativeLiberties.net.
[SOON]  GALLERY: The Women Contemporary Artists Annual Member Exhibition , February 9 – March 21, Various times
The Women Contemporary Artists 2024 exhibit will open on Friday, February 9 at Art and Frame of Sarasota Gallery Hall, located at 1055 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The public is invited to the opening reception where all members, including painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists, fiber artists, printmakers and mixed media artists have work on display. This event also marks the 25th Year the WCA organization has been supporting creative, professional women actively engaged in the visual fine arts. This event is free and open to the public. Visit: WomenContemporaryArtists.com.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , February 11 – June 30, n/a

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will present Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe as the eighth iteration of its annual Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition, which examines the work of major artists through the lens of their connection to nature. The exhibition, which will be on view from February 11 through June 30, 2024, at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, will explore the unexpected yet profoundly impactful mentoring relationship that developed between iconic artists Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O Keeffe. The theme of the upcoming Goldstein Exhibition is the latest announcement of programming planned for Selby Gardens 50th anniversary season. For more information, visit selby.org.

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