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SRQ DAILY Feb 15, 2024

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"The Florida Women's Sailing Association started as an ecosystem five decades ago for promoting women leaders who love to sail."

- Joy Sheets, President, Florida Women's Sailing Association.

[New Construction]  Phase One of Marie Selby Gardens' Master Plan
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Last month, phase one of the Master Plan at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus opened to the public. Phase one of the three-phase Master Plan is perhaps the most transformative of all the phases–with the addition of 188,030 square feet of new facilities and amenities to the Downtown Sarasota campus, Selby Gardens has become the world’s first net positive energy botanical garden complex. More than $56 million has been raised for the implementation of the Master Plan, with $51.6 million going toward the capital needs of phase one.

For Selby Gardens’ however, it’s money well spent. Phase one has elevated Selby Gardens into truly one of the preeminent botanical garden complexes in the world, with new facilities that include the Morganroth Family Living Energy Access Facility, which houses parking as well as vertical gardens, a garden-to-plate restaurant and most importantly a nearly 50,000 square foot solar array. Amongst the other improvements which include a new welcome center and a major stormwater management system, is the Steinwachs Family Plant Research Center, a hurricane-resilient structure that is home to organizations’ permanent collections of plants, research laboratories and library.

“When we set out to create the Master Plan there were several key challenges that we wanted to address. The first is that we have the world's best scientifically documented collection of orchids and bromeliads,” says Jennifer Rominiecki, President and CEO of Selby Gardens. “And they have been housed on the ground in the flood zone in aging infrastructure. It was really Hurricane Irma that put an exclamation point on our need to act. Another core challenge was that we could no longer accommodate thousands of visitors who wanted to connect with our mission. The third challenge we wanted to address was preserving our 15 acres of land in the heart of downtown Sarasota– one of the aspects of the Master Plan is codifying those parcels as a botanical garden to prevent it from being broken up for future generations. Lastly, we wanted to address long term fiscal and environmental sustainability.”

Selby Gardens, Downtown Sarasota Campus, 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, 941-366-5731. 

Pictured: The new welcome center at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Photo by Ryan Gamma

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[Holiday Event]  Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Office Hosts Heartwarming Valentine's Day Group Wedding Ceremony

Six couples started a new chapter in their love story at Wednesday’s Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Fourth Annual Valentine's Day Group Wedding ceremony. The couples joined together in love and commitment when they exchanged vows in a picturesque ceremony outside in Courtyard Square officiated by Clerk Angel Colonneso. Augustine “Auggie” Garcia and Maryann Lawler met in downtown Bradenton ten years ago. When they became engaged, finding the right time and place took a while due to money, time, and COVID. The Clerk’s Valentine’s Day Group Wedding became the perfect opportunity to bring their love story full circle by returning to the place they originally met on the most romantic day for the year. Joining Auggie and Maryann, and the couples, were family and friends who gathered to witness and celebrate the union of their loved ones, creating an atmosphere filled with warmth and joy. "This event is something our office has done for a number of years," said Clerk Angel Colonneso. "It is always a day filled with smiles and joy. Performing ceremonies is one of the many services our office offers, and to be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day with this ceremony makes for a great day for all." The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller office extends its warmest congratulations to Auggie and Maryann, and all the newlyweds, and wishes them a lifetime filled with love, happiness, and cherished memories. Ready to tie the knot? The Clerk’s Marriage License Division is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assist couples with applying for their marriage license. The Division also performs wedding ceremonies. For more information, visit the Clerk’s website at www.ManateeClerk.com. 

[Sailing]  Scores of Female Racers to Sail-a-brate Florida Women's Sailing Association's 50th Anniversary

Get ready to experience world-class sailing when approximately 100 women sailors around the Sunshine State who are members of the Florida Women’s Sailing Association (FWSA) showcase their skills, adventure and decades-long friendships as they celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary with the Rainbow Regattataking place at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS) on April 10 and 11th. Competitors will single-handedly rig and race Sunfish, Pram’s and International Opti dinghy boats on the sparkling waters of Sarasota Bay. All are female racers spanning in age from 25 to more than 80-years old. Members of the SSS’s Luffing Lassies and the Venice Bitter Ends will host the FWSA Rainbow Regatta with up to six races over two days.  Nearly every Thursday morning, for 51 years, a score of Luffing Lassie members continue the group’s mission of learning to sail, competing and being together to honor the late Lily Kaighin’s philosophy of motivation, organization, involvement and good sportsmanship.  “The Florida Women's Sailing Association started as an ecosystem five decades ago for promoting women leaders who love to sail. We have grown to 11 clubs across the state. We also have a Young Women’s Sailing award that helps sailors financially continue the love of this sport into college, win Olympic spots and compete globally. We look forward to another 50 years of honoring sailing for the life skills that it develops: adventure, independence, curiosity and motivation,” notes Joy Sheets, president of FWSA. This summer’s first gender-equal Olympics, Paris 2024, is the first time that sailing features duo female-male teams. In preparation for the games, local nautical devotees are invited to watch world-class sailors competing in the Rainbow Regatta. A SSS spectator boat will teach Admiral sponsors the strategies of sailing in a narrated, on-the-water experience. For sponsorship opportunities, call Vilia Johnson at 425-883-8905. 

[Literacy]  Sarasota County Libraries and Baltimore Orioles Hit a Grand Slam for Literacy

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources is teaming up with the Baltimore Orioles to offer children in the community a chance at a triple play – read three books and earn tickets to a baseball game. Children, ages 6-18, who register at any of the 10 Sarasota County library branches and read three or more books from now until March 6 can receive a complimentary grandstand ticket to the Orioles’ Spring Training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. This year's Big-League Reader program is coming in time to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of spring training in Sarasota County. The Big-League Reader program, now in its 14th consecutive year, is a joint partnership between Libraries and Historical Resources and the Orioles to promote literacy and a love of reading. "The Orioles' generous donation of tickets over the years speaks volumes about their commitment to literacy,” said Dr. Renée Di Pilato, director of Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources. “It's incredibly uplifting to witness their support, and it sends a powerful message to our children about the value of reading." After registering, children will receive a scorecard to keep track of the books they’ve read. Once they complete their three books, they return to the library to have their scorecard stamped and signed by a library staff member. The stamped card can be exchanged at the box office up until March 6 for a ticket to the game on March 10. The collaboration between Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources and the Baltimore Orioles instills the invaluable lesson that reading is a gateway to endless possibilities. For additional information on the Big-League Reader program, visit www.SarasotaCountyLibraries.org or call 311 or 941-861-1110. 

[Recognition]  Manatee County Educator and Support Employee of the Year Announced

The School District of Manatee County is proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Excellence in Education Awards. A tremendous event was held at Manatee High School last Thursday evening, February 8, 2024, to celebrate public education. Manatee County's Educator of the Year: Katie Bagley, 3rd grade Academy Teacher - Prine Elementary School, 5 years with School District of Manatee County. As a young girl, Katie found herself in a safe place surrounded by adults who taught her things most don’t learn in a classroom. “I learned morals, life skills and how to be a good citizen,” said Katie. “School was never a place I went solely to learn academics.” Her experience inspired her to become the teacher she is today. When she’s not delivering remarkable results in student growth, Katie is motivating running buddies as a coach for Prine Elementary School’s Girls on the Run team. She also started a fifth-grade science club, which sparked excitement throughout the entire school. As a new teacher mentor, she takes pride in leading 24 educators on a successful path. “Katie Bagley’s outstanding contributions as a 3rd grade academy teacher, mentor, leader and community volunteer, make her an exemplary candidate for this prestigious recognition,” said Principal Greg Sander. “Her dedication, passion and positive impact on our school community cannot be overstated.” What’s next for Katie? She aspires to become a school principal. Support Employee of the Year: Denise Costello, Paraprofessional - Sea Breeze Elementary School, 23 years with School District of Manatee County. Denise lives by the philosophy to always go the extra mile. While dedicated to helping students improve their reading and math skills, she is also a passionate volunteer for the parent teacher organization and organizes the school’s annual Walk-A-Thon. “Over the years, I’ve encouraged everyone to do a small part,” said Denise. “I’ve always believed that people just want to be involved, not overwhelmed.” Her position allows her to work with students and help them build their leadership skills. As safety patrol coordinator for 13 years, Denise has taught students how to serve their school as role models for safe, responsible, and respectful behavior. Lessons she says will serve them well into their future. “Denise has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to Sea Breeze Elementary School,” said Principal Aliki Bovoletis. “She is a dedicated, passionate and supportive paraprofessional, who makes a significant difference in the lives of her students and colleagues.” Both winners receive a $5,000 cash prize, provided by Suncoast Credit Union; four tickets to a 2024 spring training game at LECOM Park, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders; and exclusive use of the Mayor’s Suite at LECOM Park for 24 friends and family during a Spring Training game. In addition, the Educator of the Year received a trip for two to Hawaii, including round trip airfare and hotel, courtesy of Astro Skating Centers; and an all expenses paid trip to the University of Notre Dame for the Notre Dame Excellence in Teaching Conference.Katie Bagley will now advance to the Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Program, while Denise Costello will advance to the Florida School-Related Employee of the Year Program. The remaining six finalists, who were also deserving of the “Educator of the Year” and “Support Employee of the Year” recognition, received a custom engraved award and $1,000 cash award from the Manatee Education Foundation. The Excellence in Education Awards wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community partners including the Manatee Education Foundation, and a long list of event sponsors. Please visit www.ManateeSchools.net/EEA for details.   

[Leadership]  School Board Approves Leadership Candidates

During a School Board meeting Tuesday morning, Board members approved the following leadership candidates put forward by Superintendent Dr. Jason Wysong. “Each one of these individuals is an important contributor to the success of the school district and an accomplished leader,” Dr. Wysong said. “I am excited about the opportunities in front of them and I look forward to working with them closely as we all continue to move forward together. Reginald Goff – Assistant Director of Construction Services, Willie Clark – Executive Director of School Support Services, Sharon Scarbrough – Executive Director of Secondary Schools, Shane Hall – Interim Principal of Manatee High School. 

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[Education]  New College Foundation Welcomes New Board Members in 2024

The New College of Florida Foundation has added seven new members to its Board of Directors for 2024. The Foundation, which raises money to support student scholarships, academic programs, faculty hiring, capital improvements to the New College campus, and other key initiatives, is striving to build on the fiscal success achieved in 2023. Rob Bilott‘83 – Bilott is a partner in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he has practiced in the Environmental and Litigation Practice Groups for over 32 years. Hazel Bradford ’73 – Bradford is an award-winning senior reporter covering institutional investing regulatory issues in the United States and Europe. She is a graduate of New College and has previously served on the New College Alumni Association Board. Greg Douglas – Douglas is a Sarasota native and local business owner. He graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University with degrees in history and political science. Brian McCarthy – Admiral McCarthy is a Vietnam combat veteran who served for three decades in the U.S. Navy. As a longtime entrepreneur, Admiral McCarthy most recently founded The Pickleball Club, with the first location opening in Lakewood Ranch and several additional under development. James McDonald ’77 – McDonald is a member of the bar in Florida and California, having founded the Irvine, California office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. Elizabeth Moore – Moore co-chaired the 2023 New College Foundation Clambake. She has been a significant civic activist and philanthropic conservationist in Sarasota and Manatee counties for years, supporting noteworthy initiatives such as Mote Marine Aquarium and Research, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Lemur Conservation Foundation, Tree Foundation, Southface Institute, Climate Adaptation Center, Gulf Shellfish Institute and, recently, Roger Williams College President’s Taskforce on the Blue Economy. Fermin “JJ” Miranda – Miranda served previously on the New College Board of Trustees as an appointee of then-Governor Rick Scott. He is passionate about education for underprivileged children, serving for 15 years in various roles with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast and on a national leadership position on an advisory council to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. His daughter Alexandra is a New College alumnae who is giving back to the community as a teacher at Bradenton Christian School. Learn more about the New College Foundation at ncf.edu/alumni/foundation. 

[Conservation]  Conservation Foundation is Enhancing Communities in Southwest Florida

 Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is delighted to announce their 20th Anniversary February spotlight, Enhancing Communities. As they celebrate twenty years of conservation and community, each month the not-for-profit land trust is spotlighting a different aspect of their work and the corresponding community impact. This 20th Anniversary spotlight series is generously sponsored by Elizabeth Moore. Saving land enhances communities in a myriad of ways. At the most fundamental level, land conservation protects vital natural resources such as forests, wetlands, rivers, and wildlife habitats. These resources contribute to clean air and water, regulate climate, support biodiversity, and provide recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Saving land in Florida also yields significant economic benefits, contributing to the multiple industries, property values, and overall economic prosperity. Florida's natural landscapes attract millions of visitors each year, and conserved land provides extensive opportunities for nature-based recreation such as hiking, biking, kayaking, birdwatching, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing, which are vital to our state’s tourism revenue. By protecting natural habitats and biodiversity, land conservation helps to sustain tourism and nature-based businesses, including tour operators, guides, and outdoor suppliers, thereby creating jobs and income opportunities for residents. Visitors to the Sunshine State also spend money on accommodations, dining, transportation, and other recreational services, further supporting local businesses, creating jobs, and generating revenue for communities. To learn more about how, together with their conservation community, Conservation Foundation is enhancing communities, visit conservationfoundation.com/februaryspotlight. 

[Culture City]  Inheriting a Courtroom Classic
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

INHERITING A COURTROOM CLASSIC | Peter Rothstein brings back an old classic in Asolo Rep's production of Inherit the Wind, February 2024. 

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[SOON]  DANCE: Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance , June 2, 7:30pm
Irish dancers and musicians from Edmonds Herbert W. Armstrong College and Armstrong Dance will embark on their fifth U.S. tour beginning May 5, visiting 10 states over seven weeks with their show Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will host a one-night performance at 7:30 p.m., June 2. Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance explores the ancient origins of Irish step dance and celebrates the millennia-long journey of a music-and-dance-loving people as they migrate from the ancient Near East to Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States. Tickets to Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance begin at $25 and can be purchased at VanWezel.org. For more information, please visit celticthrone.com.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Theresa Caputo Live, The Experience , April 11, 7:30pm

For more than a decade, Theresa Caputo, known worldwide as the Long Island Medium, and star of the new Lifetime Series Raising Spirits, has touched the lives of millions of fans, comforting supporters when they need it most. Now Sarasota fans will get their chance at healing when the acclaimed medium and beloved personality appears live at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm. Known for her unique ability to communicate with those who have passed on, Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience brings Theresa face-to-face with her fans as Spirit guides her through the audience. A full-stage video display ensures that everyone in the theater has an up-close experience regardless of seat location. Through personal life stories, candid humor, and intimate details about her gift to communicate with those who have passed, the beloved television personality and best-selling author delivers healing messages to her audience, reassuring them with the revelation that their deceased loved ones are still with them, just in a different way. Recognized as one of the most renowned mediums for over 20 years, Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience is an awe-inspiring event you will not want to miss. Learn more about Theresa at www.theresacaputo.com. Tickets start at $64.23 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office. Pre-show dining is available through Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Jazz Festival , March 17 – March 23, Various times

The Sarasota Jazz Festival returns this March. The event will feature concerts, the jazz trolley pub crawl, late-night jazz jams, jazz films and more. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit jazzclubsarasota.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Carr-Petrova Duo , March 3, 6pm
The Perlman Music Program Suncoast presents The Carr-Petrova Duo and their new album, HERS, in a special evening of music comprised entirely of works by female composers. Featuring violist and PMP alum Molly Carr, the newest member of the acclaimed Juilliard String Quartet, and Bulgarian educator and pianist Anna Petrova, the duo will premier HERS in Sarasota. This concert vibrantly celebrates the vision, strength, resilience, and vital contributions of the female sex throughout history. Through music and storytelling, the Carr-Petrova Duo will lead the audience through the inspirations, battles, and incredible accomplishments of eight fearless women, from Hildegard Von Bingen in the 12th century to Beyonce, and share centuries of heartbreak, struggles, and triumphs that comprise the female experience. The concert is Sunday, March 3, at The Harvest, 3650 17th Street, Sarasota. The event begins with an artist talk at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at PMPSuncoast.org.
[SOON]  GALA: ALSO Youth Brunch , March 3, 11am-2pm

Join us for a brunch benefitting ALSO Youth, a local non-profit organization serving the LGBTQ youth community in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, at Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi on Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. Enjoy incredible food courtesy of Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi, a unique auction, and live music during this event supporting our mission to empower LGBTQ youth and allies and create inclusive communities. Learn more and purchase tickets at alsoyouth.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Live Arts in Museum Spaces , February 23, 5pm
Live Arts in Museum Spaces with Hermitage National Curatorial Council Member Limor Tomer and The Ringling Curator of Performance Elizabeth Doud, Friday, February 23, 5pm: Traditionally the home of some of the world’s most valuable artistic treasures, museums have been repositories for visual art of all styles through the ages. But more recently, thanks to the efforts of innovative and forward-thinking curators like Hermitage Curatorial Council member Limor Tomer, museums are increasingly a site for contemporary, live performances as well. Hear from a leader in this growing field about the unique challenges and opportunities of transforming these hallowed halls into community gathering spaces for performance. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. $5/person registration fee. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota.
[SOON]  FOOD: Cooking for Wishes , February 22, 6pm
Save the date for the 14th Annual Cooking for Wishes 2024, presented by Exceptional Dentistry of Sarasota. The event features an interactive cooking dinner where guests at each table will prepare a one-of-a-kind 4-course meal led by Chef Jamil Pineda and Phil Mancini of Michaels on East. Guests will also enjoy specially-selected wines curated by Michael Klauber. The dinner and Wizard of Oz-themed gala will feature an exciting raffle and Live Auction for a festive evening of cooking, fun, and fundraising. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.cookingforwishes.com.
[SOON]  GALA: Annual Catholic Charities Ball , February 17, 6pm

Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. celebrates a significant milestone, 40 years of dedicated service in Sarasota County, at the Annual Catholic Charities Ball. The distinguished gala is scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 6 p.m., hosted at Michaels On East Ballroom located at 1259 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The Annual Catholic Charities Ball has functioned as a unifying force within the community, garnering support for impactful programs and services delivered by the Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice. The theme, 40 Years of Serving All, reflects on four decades of unwavering dedication and the profound impact made possible through the collective support of the community taking center stage. The 40th-anniversary celebration promises an evening of camaraderie, philanthropy, and gratitude. An invitation is extended to all members of the community to join in this occasion, reflecting on four decades of service and looking forward to positive change together. For more information about the Annual Catholic Charities Ball or the services available, visit www.catholiccharitiesdov.org or call 941-376-7854.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Chorus of the Keys 75th Anniversary Concert , February 17, 2:30 and 7:30pm
Sarasota Chorus of the Keys, celebrating its 75th Anniversary, will present its Annual Show, Your Dreams Will Come True, on February 17, 2024, at 2:30 and 7 p.m. at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. The Chorus will perform the exciting sounds of four-part acapella harmony and will be joined by a special guest quartet, My Three Sons, who are also members of the highly regarded Ditchfield Family Singers. It is a show you won’t want to miss. Order tickets online at www.ChorusoftheKeys.org. Call 941-224-0314 for information.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Bird Photographer of the Year , February 13 – April 28, Various times
Prepare for an awe-inspiring journey into the world of birds. The prestigious Bird Photographer of the Year exhibition has landed at The Bishop, showcasing winning and finalist images that capture the beauty, drama, and intricate details of avian life. Travel to remote corners of the globe through stunning photographs: witness eagles soaring, hummingbirds hovering, and penguins waddling. Each image is a testament to the skill and passion of the photographer, offering a unique window into the lives and wonders of these feathered marvels. Beyond a visual feast, the exhibition is a powerful reminder of our interconnected planet and the importance of bird conservation. Prepare to be captivated, and inspired, and leave with a renewed appreciation for the birds that share our world. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit bishopscience.org.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Embracing Our Differences , January 24 – April 14, Various times
Embracing Our Differences celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. Visit the exhibit at the downtown Bayfront Park in Sarasota. The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message. Awards are given for Best-in-Show Adult, Best-in-Show Student, and Peoples Choice categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $2,000, and students receive $2,000 to be split with their school’s art or writing program. The statements accompanying each artwork are also vital and provide insight into our common humanity as well as the differences that make us all unique. For more information, visit www.embracingourdifferences.org.
[SOON]  THEATER: Improvisational Drama Workshop Series , January 24 – March 12, 1-3pm

The Ringling invites older adults to participate in this free improvisational drama workshop series on the Strengths and Challenges of aging. The workshop series is free for all 55 and older community residents. No acting experience is necessary. Please note that this is not taking place at The Ringling. The weekly workshops will be held at: The Pines of Sarasota Healthcare, Cullers Hall, 1501 N Orange Ave, Sarasota. Your talents, abilities, and creativity will be explored through fun-filled improvisational theater games in a safe, creative, and inspiring environment. Through creating various drama characters, participants will experience the strengths, joys, and challenges of aging. Improvisational drama is a form of theater in which characters and dialogue of a story are made up in the moment…there are no written scripts. Participants tap into and celebrate their creativity while interacting and learning from their peers. The program will culminate in a celebration of your work, held at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Please email education@ringling.org or call 941-358-2693 to register. Space in this workshop is limited; please register as soon as possible.

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

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

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

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

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