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SRQ DAILY May 16, 2024

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"Here at Visit Sarasota County, we all pitch in when it comes to just about everything."

- Erin Duggan, President and CEO of Visit Sarasota County.
 

[The Dish]  Savor Sarasota and National Travel and Tourism Week Celebrated at Bird Key Yacht Club
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

On Tuesday, May 14, the elegant Bird Key Yacht Club played host for the 19th Annual Savor Sarasota media preview event, sharing a sneak peak of what nearly 30 Sarasota County restaurants have planned for the special dining event taking place June 1-14. Throughout the two-week experience, participating restaurants will feature multi-course menus for only $25 per person for lunch and $40 per person for dinner.

Representatives from favorite local dining spots including Michael’s on East, Tripletail Seafood & Spirits, Pop’s Sunset Grill, Melting Pot, Duval’s and San Marco of Venice were onhand sharing featured menus along with a delicious preview of their cuisine. Select restaurants also plan to extend their special offerings beyond the scheduled dates and will offer additional deals during Savor Sarasota, such as wine pairings, cocktail flights and opportunities to upgrade your prix fixe menu.

As part of the celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, key players who have helped to make Sarasota a world-class travel destination were honored. Erin Duggan, President & CEO of Visit Sarasota County recognized sponsors, elected officials and others who have contributed to our dynamic tourism landscape, saying “Here at Visit Sarasota County, we all pitch in when it comes to just about everything!” She then presented awards to new inductees of the Haley Hall of Fame for their contributions to the community.

The prestigious 2024 Voice of Sarasota award, an award given to an individual whose exceptional efforts have significantly promoted and enhanced Sarasota County as a tourism destination, was presented to Jennifer Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Rominiecki thanked the Selby Gardens Board of Trustees, staff, members, supporters, volunteers and everyone who has believed in Selby Gardens and supported their journey to accomplish their master plan. 

Pictured: Kelly Dungan, marketing director for Duval's, shared a sampling of the restaurant's offerings for Savor Sarasota. Photo by Barbie Heit.

Click here to find participating restaurants.

[Baseball]  The Bradenton Marauders are the Hottest Team in Minor League Baseball
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

In baseball, everything can change in just a couple of weeks. 14 days ago, the Bradenton Marauders were 5-17, tied for last place in the Florida State League. Today the Marauders are 16-18, good for third in their division, courtesy of an 11-game win streak. The Marauders broke a franchise record on Sunday against St. Lucie with their 10th straight win and extended the record in Tuesday night’s victory against the Tampa Tarpons. With Tuesday night’s victory, the Marauders tied the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, the High-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, for the longest active win streak at 11. The BlueClaws’ streak ended at 11, however, giving the Marauders the chance to be the hottest team in all of the Minor Leagues with a win Wednesday night over Tampa.

Bradenton’s recent success has come at the hands of both an offensive surge and an uptick in shut-down pitching. In their 11-game winning streak the Marauders have scored a whopping 70 total runs, averaging 6.36 runs a game. During this winning streak the Marauders have also been extremely active on the base paths, swiping an FSL-best 21 bags on 26 steal attempts. In the month of May alone the Marauders have cracked 10 home runs, tied for the lead in the FSL. In addition to slugging, they’ve also hit for average, notching a .254 batting average this month, raising their team batting average to .207 on the year. The Marauders have particularly benefited from just simply putting the ball in play–in May they have a .349 Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP), compared to just .266 in April.

Not to be outdone, the Marauder’s pitching staff has also been excellent as of late. In May, they’ve allowed merely 31 earned runs in 109.0 innings, good for a league-best 2.56 ERA. While Bradenton already has 127 strikeouts this month, their success has come from improving their command. Missing bats was never an issue for Bradenton, in fact their 10.28 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) in April has dropped to 9.36 in May. However, the team’s walks per nine innings has drastically decreased, dipping from 5.33 BB/9 in April to 4.38 in May.

LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton. 

Pictured: Pitcher Yoldin De La Paz. Photo courtesy of Bradenton Marauders.

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Space Lounger Lands at Suncoast Science Center
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Standing an impressive 20 feet tall, the "Space Lounger" sculpture created by Canadian painter and sculptor, Viktor Mitic, has officially touched down at the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab in Sarasota. This awe-inspiring masterpiece is made of upcycled materials, steel, and painted fiberglass and pays homage to the ancient Mayan astronaut carving with a contemporary twist.

Mitic, who has spent most of his life living and working in the Toronto area, is now a Sarasota resident. He works in his tropical beachside studio, where he enjoys the views of his very own ‘Sculpture Studio Garden--a museum-like backyard that he is also proud to share with visitors. He was inspired to create the sculpture after visiting the UFO museum in Roswell, NM.

"I stumbled upon a captivating photograph suggesting an unconventional theory: that a Maya sarcophagus lid may depict an ancient king piloting a rocket ship," Mitic says. "I was intrigued by this fusion of ancient art and futuristic concepts and felt compelled to create my own interpretation. Utilizing upcycled materials, I jumped on a project to create a colorful and contemporary representation of this scene. The outcome? A towering, 20-foot-tall structure resembling a rocket, but less angular in form."

Mitic first met Ping Faulhaber, Co-founder and Director of Suncoast Science Center, through his friend, Diane Barth, Director of Johnson Singer Foundation. "I was kindly offered a tour of the science center, where we discussed their mission and the intersection of science and art," shares Mitic. "With the coordinated efforts of Jenn Sams Scott, Steven Piskoty, Eric McGrath, and a dozen super strong students, the installation of the Space Lounger went smoothly and based on the substantial amount of concrete poured at the base of the sculpture, it appears that the sculpture is intended to be there permanently!" 

[Leadership]  District Announces New Chief of Student Services, Executive Director of Elementary Schools and Principal of New K-8 school

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce three upcoming leadership changes within the district: Dr. Kirk Hutchinson – the current Principal of Venice Elementary – has been selected to serve as the new Chief of Student Services for Sarasota County Schools, effective Monday, June 3, 2024. Ms. Cindy Thro – the current Principal of Atwater Elementary – has been selected to serve as the new Executive Director of Elementary Schools for Sarasota County Schools, effective Monday, June 3, 2024. Mrs. Jamie Hannon – the current Principal of Southside Elementary – has been selected to serve as the Principal of the school district’s new K-8 school located at Skye Ranch, effective Monday, June 3, 2024. Dr. Hutchinson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, College Park; a Master’s Degree in Administration & Supervision from Johns Hopkins University; and a Doctor of Education from the University of Florida. Prior to assuming his former role as the Principal of Venice Elementary in June 2018, he served as the Principal of Atwater Elementary and the Assistant Principal of Lamarque Elementary. Dr. Hutchinson and his wife have two college-age children who both attended schools in Sarasota County. Ms. Thro earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from the University of South Florida. Prior to assuming her former role as the Principal of Atwater Elementary in June 2018, she served as the Principal and the Assistant Principal of Oak Grove Elementary (Tampa, FL). When not at school, Ms. Thro finds great joy and relaxation in spending time on the boat and enjoying the beautiful beaches in Sarasota. Mrs. Hannon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Disabilities from Florida State University, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Florida State University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. Prior to assuming her former role as the Principal of Southside Elementary in July 2021, she served as the Assistant Principal of Fruitville Elementary and an Assistant Principal Intern at Phillippi Shores Elementary. Mrs. Hannon grew up in Sarasota and is a product of Sarasota County school system. 

[Leadership]  District Announces New Principal of Southside Elementary

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Dr. Allison Foster has been appointed as the new Principal of Southside Elementary School. She will assume her new role on Monday, June 3, 2024. Dr. Foster earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Wake Forest University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida, and her Educational Doctorate in K-12 Educational Administration from the University of Florida.Dr. Foster served as Sarasota County Schools’ Interim Superintendent of Schools from February 2023 to July 2023. Before assuming her current role as the Executive Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations in April 2021, she served as the Principal of Phillippi Shores Elementary for thirteen years. Dr. Foster has also served as the Assistant Principal of Toledo Blade Elementary and the Assistant Principal of Gulf Gate Elementary. A proud product of the Sarasota County school system, she has spent her entire twenty-seven-year career in education working for Sarasota County Schools.  

[Recognition]  Ringling College of Art and Design Announces Inaugural Carl Foreman Award Winner

 A film student and a father living with Alzheimer’s are at the center of Matthew Peterson’s “Swan Song,” winner of Ringling College of Art and Design’s inaugural Ringling College Film Carl Foreman Award. The award, to be given annually, recognizes a graduating senior majoring in film or creative writing for outstanding achievement in screenwriting, directing or producing. The student winner receives a monetary award of $5,000 as well as a Will Kane bronze statuette, inspired by the lead character in Foreman’s 1952 western “High Noon.” The Will Kane statuette was created by sculptor, illustrator, Ringling College faculty member and alumnus Alexander Snyder. Foreman’s widow, Evelyn “Eve” Williams-Jones, originally created the Carl Foreman Award in 1983 in memory of her late husband, a prolific screenwriter, director and producer who was blacklisted by Hollywood and forced to leave the United States in 1951. Winners of the original award, created in conjunction with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), include Joe Wright, Amma Asante, Belinda Bauer, Asif Kapadia and Steve McQueen. When Eve and her husband Michael Williams-Jones decided to bring the Carl Foreman Award back to the United States, Foreman’s beloved homeland, they considered several film schools to continue a legacy of recognizing outstanding student work in the film industry before bringing it to Sarasota, a place they recognize as culturally vibrant and stunning. “Swan Song,” written and directed by Peterson, was selected from among 30 entries by a panel of seven jurors, including Patrick Alexander, Ringling College film interim department head; Brad Battersby, Ringling College film faculty; CJ Callins, Ringling College trustee and film alumnus; Sheryl Haler, Ringling College film faculty; Jonathan King, producer of “Spotlight,” “Roma” and “Dreamgirls”; Sylvia Whitman, Ringling College creative writing faculty; and Michael Williams-Jones, voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTA. Peterson’s senior year at Ringling College was an ambitious one. He worked as a screenwriter, director, producer, editor and digital image technician (DIT) on nearly a dozen films. Now that he’s graduated, Peterson will continue his filmmaking journey in Sarasota as an intern for videography company Storyvox before relocating to Los Angeles, where he plans to work in post-production and story development and eventually start a production company producing narrative and documentary content. Eve Williams-Jones presented Peterson with the inaugural Ringling College Film Carl Foreman Award when more than 900 Ringling College students, faculty, patrons and friends gathered at Sarasota’s historic Opera House for a special screening of the film program’s senior thesis projects, which included 12 senior films. The films are not yet made available to the public, so that students can apply to the festival circuit. In recognition of the close contest between the top two Carl Foreman award finalists, film senior Wilderley Mauricette received Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Directing and Screenwriting for “Curtain Call.” That film tells the story of a young Black man torn between two powerful mentors as he must navigate between the criminal environment he was born into and his true passion for the arts. 

  

Pictured: Matthew Peterson and Eve Williams-Jones with award statuette after she announced he won the Ringling College Film Carl Foreman Award for Swan Song. Photography by Harry Sayer.

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[Shopping]  Spotlight on Limelight Market

This Saturday, May 18 from 10-3 the Spotlight is on Limelight Market! This fun, pop up market happens in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime with rescue dogs, unique guest vendors, food, and live music Check out the 40+ local creators and curators inside. Great way to support local! Free, until you buy something amazing! Sarasota Honey Co. is also celebrating their grand opening inside The Bazaar. Free samples, games and a live beer demo. Sarasota Street Talk, a popular podcast with Mark Klecka and Scott Malouf, will be recording and broadcasting live. Be sure to say hi to them and maybe you’ll end up being interviewed! For more information visit www.BazaaronApricotandlime.com  Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. 

[Children]  All Star Children's Foundation Offers Potential Foster Parents a Guided Tour on May 16

May is National Foster Care Month and All Star Children's Foundation is urgently seeking compassionate individuals and families in the regional community to become foster parents, responding to a critical shortage of foster homes for children displaced from their families due to abuse or neglect. In the United States, there are over 391,000 children and youth in foster care. Approximately 20,000 youth age out of the foster care system each year without a permanent family. Currently, there are approximately 115 foster homes in the Sarasota area, a significant decline from nearly 200 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decreasing trend poses a serious challenge, as more foster families are needed to accommodate the rising number of children requiring care. Those interested in making a lasting difference in the lives of children are encouraged to visit the All Star Campus of Hope & Healing for a guided tour on Thursday, May 16, at 11 a.m., at 3300 17th Street in Sarasota. Details about other upcoming tours and how to become a foster parent are available at www.allstarchildren.org.  



[SOON]  MUSIC: Manatee Music Series , April 18 – May 16, 6-8pm
The inaugural season of the Manatee Music Series continues with Trevor Bystrom and Zion Albert, who will perform at the Amphitheater on April 18. Paul Fournier is on the bill for the May 16 concert. In addition to the outdoor concerts in this beautiful tree-covered section of the park, located at 2811 51st St. W. in Bradenton, there will be family-friendly activities by local community partners and crafts sponsored by Bayside Church. Visit mymanatee.org to learn more.
[SOON]  GALA: Grand Carnival In Bloom , June 1, 8-11pm
On June 1, Project Pride SRQ will present the Grand Carnival In Bloom. Event organizers are looking forward to launching Pride Month in grand style with the Grand Carnival In Bloom, an enchanting evening filled with flowers, a DJ spinning music hits, cool country performances, and delightful surprises. Dive Bar Wine and Spirits will be on-site to craft specialty cocktails that will elevate the experience, and some of the finest restaurants in Sarasota will tantalize your taste buds with lite bites and desserts. The Grand Carnival takes place on Saturday, June 1, 8-11 p.m. at the Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. Tickets, which include open bar, food and entertainment, are $125/VIP, enables early entry at 7 p.m., $85/general admission; door price is $150, subject to availability. Proceeds from the event will support Project Pride programs and events. For more about Project Pride and its Pride Month events, visit www.ppsrq.org.
[SOON]  GALLERY: The Petticoat Painters , May 3 – June 1, Various times

Check out The Petticoat Painters, an exhibition of female artists, at SPAACES. The exhibition runs from May 3 through June 1, with an opening reception on Friday, May 3 from 6-8pm. The Petticoat Painters is one of the oldest continuously exhibiting art groups of women in the U.S. This group was formed in 1953 to showcase the talents of female artists at a time when women had difficulty finding venues to show their work. Seven women participated in the first show held at a local Sarasota, Florida gallery. These original members selected the name Petticoat Painters, thinking it would be a one-time show of their work. The name continues to be used both in honor of the founders and to retain its historical signature. While we revere our history, each generation of members evolves its own identity framed by contemporary thinking. As we continue to engage new members, we actively move into the 21st Century in concert with the dynamic metamorphosis in art philosophy and aesthetics. Learn more at Petticoatpainters.com. SPAACES Art Gallery, 2051 Princeton Street, Sarasota.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Lewis Black, Goodbye Yeller Brick Road , December 6, 8pm
Two-time Grammy Award-winning Comedian Lewis Black releases additional dates for his GOODBYE YELLER BRICK ROAD, THE FINAL TOUR that will include a show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday, December 6, 2024 at 8pm. Tickets start at $35 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]  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]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

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

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

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bradenton Market Returns , October 7 – May 25, 9am-2pm

Realize Bradenton is happy to announce the return of the Bradenton Market to its weekly schedule. This beloved community gathering will be held Saturdays through May 25, 2024 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on Old Main Street in Bradenton. Founded in 1979, the Market has expanded to include more than 90 local vendors. In addition to the weekly shopping and music, the Market hosts special event days throughout the season. Halloween at the Market will be held on Saturday, October 28. This family-friendly event includes trick or treating with vendors, face painting with Manatee School for the Arts Academic Team from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and a dance performance by Slick Motion Studios at 10:00 am. For more information, visit RealizeBradenton.com.

[SOON]  FILM: The Greatest Show On Earth at the Sarasota Opera , October 18, 7:30pm

From May 10th- October 18th, Sarasota Opera House will be showing classic movies as timeless as the theater itself. Our Classic Movies at the Opera House series begins on Friday, May 10. HD at the Opera House series begins on June 9. Tickets on sale now! This lavish tribute to circus life, features three intertwining plotlines concerning romance and rivalry beneath the big top. Action sequences include a show-stopping train wreck. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Story. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Dorothy Lamour, Cornel Wilde, and Gloria Grahame. Running time: 2 hours, 32 minutes.

Sarasota Opera, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Wheel of Fortune Live , November 12, 7:30 pm
Wheel of Fortune LIVE, a live theatrical experience, will be coming to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on Tuesday, November 12, 2024 at 7:30pm. The live stage show, produced by Right Angle Entertainment in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television and UTA, is the one-and-only way fans can experience the in person outside of Sony Pictures Studios. Tickets go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets start at $37 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mission Impossible C.S.I. , July 29 – August 2, 8:30
There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade). Learn how real, local experts solve crimes and then help us solve The Bishop Mystery. Will your critical thinking skills and the clues left behind be enough?

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Ooey, Gooey Science , July 15 – July 19, 8:30

There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade). We love things that go fizz, bubble, or pop! Join us for some fun, messy, and sensory-driven science experiments.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Innovation Station , July 8 – July 12, 8:30

There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade). This week, we will tinker, design, create, build, test, and tweak to solve some real-world problems. Hands down, amazing hands-on fun.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Marine Mammals of Florida , July 22 – July 26, 8:30
There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade). What are our local marine mammals, and how are they critical to our ecosystem? We will look closely at a variety of marine mammals found in Florida.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSIC: Air Supply , November 17, 7pm
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Air Supply to Sarasota on Sunday, November 17, 2024, at 7pm. Tickets start at $41.57 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. VIP packages are also available. 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]  FILM: A Fistful of Dollars at the Sarasota Opera , September 13, 7:30pm

From May 10th- October 18th, Sarasota Opera House will be showing classic movies as timeless as the theater itself. Our Classic Movies at the Opera House series begins on Friday, May 10. HD at the Opera House series begins on June 9. Tickets on sale now! A wandering gunfighter enters the Mexican village of San Miguel and plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. This film helped define a new era for the Western and usher in its most iconic star. Directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Wolfgang Lukschy, Marianne Koch and Gian Maria Volonté. Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes.

Sarasota Opera, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Magic, Myths, and Mysteries , July 1 – July 3, 8:30

There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade). Real or Magic? Truth or Myth? Who done it? Those are the questions we will be asking in this new and exciting mini-week.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Out of this World , June 17 – June 21, 8:30

There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade).How often do you think of the world around you? What about beyond our world? This week, we will be exploring all things space.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Think Blue, Water, and You , June 10 – June 14, 8:30

There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade). Water is the key to life on our planet. Explore water in a variety of fun ways, make a splash and jump in for this new and exciting week.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[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.

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