Monday, October 20   

Events

 
Coming Events
Alex and Ani Grand Opening
Oct. 23
4:00 - 7:00 PM
Alex and Ani Grand Opening Event will be at our new retail location. Ribbon Cutting will begin at 4pm followed by food, beverages, and live entertainment. The first 20 people in line will receive a gift.
Location: Alex and Ani, 1461 Main Street
Information: www.alexandani.com or 401.369.0522
SSIS Fall Carnival
Oct. 25
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Join the staff and students of Suncoast School for Innovative Studies for a fun and safe family day! Carnival events include: bouncy house, face painting, crazy hair designs, lots of food and more! Support our school by attending this fundraiser.
Location: Suncoast School for Innovative Studies, 845 South School Avenue
Information: www.suncoastschool.org/index.html#!newsmedia/c5sb or 941.953.4433
Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball
Oct. 25 9:00 AM
Oct. 26 10:00 AM
The $75,000 Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball Series, presented by Spalding, will bring beach volleyball players from throughout the US and Canada to Siesta Key. Admission is free for all spectators who are encouraged to come early for a front row seat. A player’s party open to the public, will be held Saturday evening at The Boatyard Bar & Grill at the south bridge onto Siesta Key.
Location: Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Rd.
Information: www.eevb.net. or 631.728.0397
Safe Sex Halloween Bash: Midnight on the Bayou
Oct. 25
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Description: Join us for the Safe Sex Halloween Bash: Midnight on the Bayou - Sarasota's premier Halloween party! Be immersed in the sights and sounds of a haunted Louisiana bayou ? complete with live gators, a Tunnel of Terror, and a haunted pier! Featuring music by DJ Imminent, dancing, open bar & late nite bites from Michael's on East. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed to impress in their favorite Halloween custom - extra points for staying in theme for the event or creating your own costume to compete in our infamous Costume Contest! This is a ages 21+ and over event! All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida's sex ed and prevention programs. Find us on Facebook or visit www.MyPlannedParenthood.org for more information and to purchase your tickets!
Location: Michael's on East
Information: ww.safesexhalloweenbash.com or 941.365.3913
Pierian Spring Academy Free Public Lecture
Wed. Oct. 29
2:00 PM
Nanocap Technologies President Arthur Kesten will discuss "Rapid Changes in Science & Technology." Learn about the accelerating pace of today's technical developments and what you can do to keep abreast of them without becoming bewildered. Open to the public at no charge. Free parking.
Location: Selby Library, 1331 First St.
Information: www.PSAsrq.org/lectures or 941.716.2471
Grave Encounters at the Crosley
Fri. Oct. 31
6:30 PM
Featuring Spirit Stalkers and uninvited Ghosts, Spirits and other oddities.Join us on Halloween at the old Powel Crosley Estate for a haunting para-normal experience. Explore the scary legend of Gwendolyn, wife of Powel Crosley who died upstairs, and then discover your fate with the psychics or join our spirit stalkers at the Crosley graveyard. Freaky Halloween bites known to ward off evil spirits may be your only safe answer. Entertainment throughout the night , heart-stopping music and Halloween sweets. Come in costume. 21+ Dinner service starts at 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and includes three entrées After party starts at 9:00 p.m. Event ends at midnight. Cash bar. Tickets: Dinner and After Party - $75 per person, After Party - $35 per person
Location: Powel Crosley Estate
Information: www.crosleysupperclub.com or 941.312.0000
Sarasota Bay Water Festival
Nov.1
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Join the fun celebration of the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life. Live music starts at 10:30am. Free admission and convenient parking, or take the water taxi from Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota! This is a rain or shine event with lots of tents.
Location: Ken Thompson Park
Information: sarasotabaywaterfestival.com/
Le Barge Historic Sarasota Cruise
Sun. Nov. 2
11:00 AM
Narrator-Historian, John McCarthy takes the mike, for the 24th year on this popular, always Sold Out Cruise on Sarasota Bay. Continental Buffet Brunch served. Early boarding for VIP ticket holders. Reservations a must! $40.00. VIP $50.00
Location: Marina Jack Bayfront Park
Information: www.hsosc.com or 941.364.9076
25th Historical Cruise and Tour of Sarasota Bay
Sun. Nov. 2
11:00 AM
The cruise will feature narration by popular local historian John McCarthy. Guests can expect a complimentary continental breakfast and a cash bar at noon. This specialty cruise tour has been a favorite with residents and tourists alike who want to learn more about the bygone people and places that have impacted the development of Sarasota County. Guests cruise along the shoreline of Sarasota Bay and enjoy the sunshine and refreshments while John McCarthy paints a picture of the formative years in Sarasota’s growth. Tickets are $40 per person. A VIP pass is available for $50 which provides early boarding and a complimentary beverage from the bar (limited to beer, wine and soda). Reservations are a MUST.
Location: LeBarge
Information: www.hsosc.com or 941.364.9076
Siesta Key Chamber Of Commerce Hoedown Sandfest
Nov. 7
6:00 - 10:00 PM
Raffles, Great Food, Silent Auction, Music Dancing, Cash Bar. Courmet Cawboy Cuisine Provided by Siesta Key area restaurants. Tickets $25 Members, $30 Non-Members
Location: 948 Beach Road
Information: SiestaKeyChamber.com or 941.349.3800
Masterworks Framed
Nov. 7 & 8
8:00 PM Nov. 9
2:30 PM
Conductor: Anu Tali, Music Director
Soloist: Alexander Toradze
Jump into the excitement of Anu Tali's first full Sarasota Orchestra season with this exciting program showcasing three Russian composers. The unrelenting pace of Prokofiev's virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3 will be amplified by one of the greatest interpreters of Prokofiev, Alexander Toradze. Shostakovich's Gadfly Suite comes from the world of the movies. Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition transports you to the sphere of visual art with its legendary mastery of majestic description.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Festival of Footprints and Fun
Nov. 8
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
We will have a fantastically fun family friendly pet adoption and fund raiser event at our shelter! Come meet our adoptable dogs & cats! We will have vendors, a raffle, a silent auction, food & drink, ice cream, kids activities, a bounce house, games, contests, prizes, music and more! Free admission. All proceeds to benefit Hooves, Paws-n-Claws a 501 c 3 not for profit animal sanctuary-rescue.
Location: Paws-n-Claws, 10930 SR 70 E, Bradenton
Information: www.facebook.com/events/444093375729228/ or 941.323.3870
Boots & Buckles Charity Fundraiser
Nov. 8
4:00 - 7:00 PM
FND Manasota presents Boots & Buckles - Join us for a rootin' tootin' good time at our 2nd annual Boots & Buckles event! This year's event offers fun for the whole family. Join us on Saturday, Entry fee is $10 per person, 16 and up. Ages 15 and under are free.
Location: White Buffalo Saloon, 5377 McIntosh Road
Information: www.fndmanasota.org/news-events.aspx or 941.321.1754
Symphony on the Sand
Sat. Nov. 8
4:30 PM
Experience a beach concert on Anna Maria Island with a full orchestra, chorus and professional soloists performing the sounds of Broadway, classical music and patriotic American songs. $100 Table Seating, $35 Chair seating
Location: Coquina Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Drive South
Information: symphonyonthesand.com/ or 941.795.2370
Inaugural Golf Tournament
Sat. Nov. 8
8:00 AM
We will have a shotgun start at 8:00am followed by lunch and awards. We will have several holes providing catered food from local establishments. We will be holding a silent auction. Each player will receive a Player bag with over $300 of products and gifts.
Location: Serenoa Golf Club 6773 Serenoa Dr
Information: TheSixFingerFoundation.com/golf or 508.441.8801
South Pacific
Nov. 11 - Dec. 28
Times Vary
Pulitzer Prize for Drama, South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples ? US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and expatriate French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and Navy Airman Joe Cable and young local girl Liat ? and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
USFSM Open House
Thu. Nov. 13
5:00 PM
Attendees will receive a brief overview of USFSM, academic programs for freshmen, transfers and graduate students, as well as the admissions process, financial aid and other services. This open house will also feature instant decision opportunities for freshmen with qualified students receiving on-the-spot acceptance to USFSM.
Location: University of South Florida, 8350 N Tamiami Trail
Information: usfsm.edu/event/usfsm-open-house-5/ or 941.359.4264
Downtown Disco
Sat. Nov. 15
6:00 PM
The Riverview High School Foundation invites you to join them for Downtown Disco, an evening of dancing and entertainment to support their community service programs in the Sarasota community. The fun begins at 6:00 pm and will feature music and memories of the 80s as well as a silent auction and lots of surprises. Your $75 ticket price will include dinner, dancing, a complimentary cocktail and so much more. Have a great time and help the RHS Foundation raise money to help students and families in our community.
Location: The Francis, 1289 North Palm Avenue
Information: www.RHSFoundation.org or 941.923.1484
Chamber Soirees - String Quartet
Sun. Nov. 16
4:00 PM
Featuring the Sarasota String Quartet
Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres beginning one hour prior to concert.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
USFSM Open House
Tue. Nov. 18
9:00 PM
Attendees will receive a brief overview of USFSM, academic programs for freshmen, transfers and graduate students, as well as the admissions process, financial aid and other services. This open house will also feature instant decision opportunities for freshmen with qualified students receiving on-the-spot acceptance to USFSM.
Location: University of South Florida, 8350 N Tamiami Trail
Information: usfsm.edu/event/usfsm-open-house-4/ or 941.359.4264
Songs of Wars I Have Seen
Thu. Nov. 20
7:00 PM
Conductor: Anu Tali, Music Director
Songs of Wars I Have Seen is a theatrical concert conducted by Anu Tali and featuring female musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra both performing and narrating. Created by renowned German composer Heiner Goebbles (no relation to the notorious one!), the concert experience is an indictment of violence and extremism. A touching performance of baroque music is combined with readings from Gertrude Stein's recounting of wartime diaries from the homefront.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Masterworks - American Dream
Dec. 5 & 6
8:00 PM
Dec. 7
2:30 PM
Conductor and Pianist: Evan Haile
Don't miss this showcase of American compositional brilliance featuring guest conductor and pianist Evans Haile. Savannah River Holiday and Sequoia take their cues from nature. Copland's narrated Lincoln Portrait is every bit as illustrious and electrifying as its inspiration. The touching Adagio for Strings has become America's anthem in times of memorial. No celebration of American music is complete without Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. This concert of shorter works will be performed without intermission.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Great Escapes - Jingle All the Way
Dec. 10 5:30 PM
Dec. 11 7:30 PM
Dec. 12 5:30 PM
Dec. 13 8:00 PM
Conductor: Andrew Lanef
Celebrate the holiday season without the snow, but with many of your favorite tunes. Highlights include Rossini's Fantastic Toyshop, The Christmas Song, The Skaters Waltz, Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, White Christmas, and, of course, Jingle Bells Forever. You'll love BasSOON It Will be Christmas!
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Pops Orchestra: Holiday Spirit on Broadway!
Mon. Dec. 15
7:30 PM
Nothing celebrates the holiday season like the sounds of Broadway! Many of our standard holiday songs were born there such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and many more! Join the Pops Orchestra and Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota as we ring in the holiday season and new year with these wonderful Broadway holiday classics.
Location: Neel Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
The Pops Orchestra: Holiday Spirit on Broadway!
Sun. Dec. 21
3:00 PM
Nothing celebrates the holiday season like the sounds of Broadway! Many of our standard holiday songs were born there such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and many more! Join the Pops Orchestra and Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota as we ring in the holiday season and new year with these wonderful Broadway holiday classics.
Location: Riverview Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
The Matchmaker
Jan. 6 - Apr. 11
Times Vary
The uproarious comedy that inspired the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly!, Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker proves that sometimes money can buy happiness.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Love
Fri. Jan. 9
8:00 PM
This program features three of music's most celebrated love stories. Strauss' Death and Transfiguration narrates the final hours of a man as he reminisces about his memories, ideals, and loves. Tchaikovsky's arresting Romeo and Juliet Overture needs no introduction. Ravel's Daphnis et ChloƩ shimmers with delicate sensuality.
Location: Neel PAC
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Love
Sat. Jan. 10
8:00 PM
This program features three of music's most celebrated love stories. Strauss' Death and Transfiguration narrates the final hours of a man as he reminisces about his memories, ideals, and loves. Tchaikovsky's arresting Romeo and Juliet Overture needs no introduction. Ravel's Daphnis et ChloƩ shimmers with delicate sensuality.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Love
Sun. Jan. 11
2:30 PM
This program features three of music's most celebrated love stories. Strauss' Death and Transfiguration narrates the final hours of a man as he reminisces about his memories, ideals, and loves. Tchaikovsky's arresting Romeo and Juliet Overture needs no introduction. Ravel's Daphnis et ChloƩ shimmers with delicate sensuality.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Both Your Houses
Jan. 12 - Apr. 21
Times Vary
A comic masterpiece that could have been pulled straight from today's headlines, this marvelous political satire is as relevant today as when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933. Colorful characters, sharp wit and glorious wisecracks reminiscent of 1930s screwball comedies add to the fun and fury.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Good People
Jan. 14 - Feb. 26f
Times Vary
This humor-filled, Tony-nominated hit from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire takes a look at the "haves" and the "have-nots" as it questions the American dream and how to achieve it ? hard work, skill, or luck?
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Enigma
Thu. Jan. 29
8:00 PM
Beethoven's revered Piano Concerto No. 4 calls for a consummate artist. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Steven Hough, one of classical music's living legends, perform one of the preeminent piano concerti. Estonian composer Arvo Part is featured in his moving tribute to British composer, Benjamin Britten.
Location: Neel PAC
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Pops Orchestra: Broadway Celebrates Love!
Sun. Feb. 8
3:00 PM
Love is in the air in the New York City theaters and the Sarasota/Bradenton communities. From Bernstein to Berlin, Schwartz to Sondheim, and Hamlisch to Herman, all your favorite Broadway love songs are performed with singers Robin Fernandez and Larry Alexander. This is sure to put you in the Valentines mood!
Location: Riverview Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
The Pops Orchestra: Broadway Celebrates Love!
Mon. Feb. 9
7:30 PM
Love is in the air in the New York City theaters and the Sarasota/Bradenton communities. From Bernstein to Berlin, Schwartz to Sondheim, and Hamlisch to Herman, all your favorite Broadway love songs are performed with singers Robin Fernandez and Larry Alexander. This is sure to put you in the Valentines mood!
Location: Neel Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
Master Artists of the Sun Coast Gala
Fri. Feb. 27
6:00 PM
Gala fund-raiser for the Keith Farmhouse, the Master Artists of the Light Chasers will mingle and sell their works at this Reception in the Edson Keith Mansion. Tickets: $25.00 per person, in advance. tnmason@gmail.com for tickets and sponsor info.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: 941.366.1323
Our Betters
Mar. 11 - Apr. 19
Times Vary
If this play were a personal ad, it might read: Rich American women seeking financially strapped British men with titles. A hot topic (i.e. Downton Abbey) on both sides of the pond when this delightfully cheeky play was written in 1917, the exchange of a "milady" for a large financial sum was all the rage. But the emotional cost of social climbing is revealed in this sexy, stylish and wildly witty look at Europe's posh set and the Americans who crashed the party.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
The Pops Orchestra: The Amazing Technicolors of Broadway!
Sun. Mar. 15
3:00 PM
The Pops Orchestra and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe team together to perform some of Broadway's most colorful compositions including songs from Porgy and Bess, Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, the musical Ain't Misbehavin', songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Somewhere That's Green from Little Shop of Horrors, Red and Black from Les Miserables, and more!
Location: Riverview Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon and Relay
Sun. Mar. 15
7:00 AM
Half Marathon and Relay race through scenic Sarasota. Join us for a great race as we celebrate 10 years! The First Watch® Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay is one of the premiere running events in West Florida, making this a tradition for family, friends and runners from all over the country to enjoy. With most of the course running either right next to the water or a couple of blocks from the bay, runners will always feel the breeze. This city is a gem in the West Florida coast and this event is one of its crown jewels. Now is your chance to register and become a part of the last of the five Florida Storm Series events to win your bling!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
Information: www.usroadsports.com/Signature/Sarasota/default.taf or 305.278.8668
The Pops Orchestra: The Amazing Technicolors of Broadway!
Mon. Mar. 16
7:30 PM
The Pops Orchestra and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe team together to perform some of Broadway's most colorful compositions including songs from Porgy and Bess, Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, the musical Ain't Misbehavin', songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Somewhere That's Green from Little Shop of Horrors, Red and Black from Les Miserables, and more!
Location: Neel Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
Sotto Voce
Mar. 31 - Apr.26
Times Vary
In this exquisite, dreamlike sonata of a play, Greenfield Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) examines the resiliency of true love and the indelible power of memories.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Tom Jones
Apr. 9 - May 31
Time Varies
Tom Jones is a play written by Mark Brown, who also wrote the FST audience favorite, Around The World in 80 Days. The play is an adaptation of the ground-breaking novel, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, by Henry Fielding. In this thrilling adventure of the heart, Tom Jones, a charming young man of questionable birth, is madly in love with Sophia Western. But when Sophia's father arranges for her to marry a loathsome man, she flees for her life. Aristocrats, wenches and scalawags abound in this bawdy and rollicking romp through the back roads and bedchambers of England.
Location: Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=406 or 941.366.9000
It Only Takes A Moment
Apr. 28 - May 24
Times Vary
Created by Gordon Greenberg (Jacques Brel? ?, Working), Josh Rhodes (Cinderella, Working), and Charlie Rosen (Cyrano, One Man, Two Guv'nors), this show is a rich brew of Jerry Herman's most powerful music told in joyous uplifting song, text and dance.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Pump Boys & Dinettes
Jun 4 - 29
Time Varies
The pump boys sell high octane fuel on North Carolina's Highway 57 and the sassy dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. Between changing tires and baking pies, the gang performs a rousing, down-home mix of country western, rock n' roll and blues in this charming tale of friendship, romance and life's simple pleasures.
Location: Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=432 or 941.366.9000
   
   
   
   
Recurring Events

Handz-on Family Program
Every Sunday
1:00-3:00 PM

Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to bring their favorite adult to the Ringling Museum for Handz-On!  Guided by creative Museum educators, families will explore the galleries, enjoy family-friendly activities, and make fabulous works of art. 
Location:  John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Information: To reserve your space, call Janine Packard, Education Specialist at 941-359-5700 ex 1-3703, or email jpackard@ringling.org   www.ringling.org
Palm Singles
Every Monday
6:00 PM
Over 50's singles group meets for dinner at 6 pm followed by a program. We also offer a full monthly calendar of events. This is a great time to come out and make new friends.
Location: Church of the Palms 3224 Bee Ridge Road
Information: For dinner reservation call 924.7430.Dotty
Meet The Sky
First Monday of the Month
Jan - Sep
8:00 PM
Join Eve Plews and other sky observers as we explore the infinite night sky. See constellations, stars and planets through telescope provided. Weather permitting. Free for all ages!
Location: Siesta Key Beach Pavilion
Information: 941.952.1200

Free Yoga On Siesta Beach
Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat
9:00 AM

Bring your own mat and water to the Siesta Beach Main Entrance. Taught by Avananda (with over 35 years of teaching experience in Hawaii and around the world. If your  coming for the first time it would be good to call.
Information: 941-320-6693 or email yogaonsiesatabeach@yahoo.com hathayogalesson.com
Sarasota African Violet Society
Every 3rd Tuesday  except June, July, August
10:00 AM - Noon
Learn and share America's favorite and most recognized house plant,including monthly workshops. 
Location:  First Baptist Church 265 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey
Information: 941.343.0976

Art on the Boardwalk
Every Tuesday
Feb. & March
Noon - Dusk

This exhibit is a juried, weekly event showcasing the fine art and quality craftsmanship of approximately 30 outstanding local and regional artists.
Location: The Boat Yard Village, 1508 Stickney Pt Rd
Information: 941.539.7972

MOMS Club of Sarasota North
Every 1st Wednesday
10:00 AM
We discuss club business and activities planned for the month while children play or make a craft. You and your children are WELCOME to join us.
Location: St. James United Methodist, 2049 N. Honore Ave.
Information:  941.306.3649 or momsclubofsarasotanorth.com
Mommy and Me at Mote
Every Thursday
9:50 AM
Ocean education for small fry! Kids ages 2-5 and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed games, songs, stories, crafts, role plays, and guided visits to the Mote exhibits. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Aquarium Entrance at 9:50 AM.
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Information: www.mote.org/mommyandme
Preschool Storytime
Every Thursday
10:00 & 11:15 AM
For ages 3 and up. Read-aloud stories, music, films, finger games, and community guests.
Location: Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Information: 941.316.1181
Not-Two-Young Storytime
Every Thursday
10:00 AM & 11:15 AM
For 2-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Read-aloud stories, music, films, finger games, and community guests.
Location: Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Information: 941.316.1181
Sarasota Shell Club
2nd Thrusday of the Month
7:00 PM, Sep - Apr
Meetings include:  Guest speaker, raffle, door prizes,business meeting, refreshments, and a whole lot of shell talk. Don't miss the fun.  Everyone Welcome.
Location: Waldemere Fire Station, 2nd Floor
Information: sarasotashellclub@hotmail.com
Positively Speaking Toastmasters
Every Friday
6:00 PM
Do something different on Friday nights by challenging your mind and having loads of fun with a great group of people. Guests are always welcome.
Location: Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 5900 N. Lockwood Ridge Road
Information:  941.685.1614 or posspeaking.freetoasthost.org

Live from Downtown it's Friday Night!
Every Friday
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Friday night downtown has never been better, featuring a different downtown Sarasota neighborhood each week. Every month a new theme to showcase and celebrate Sarasota's unique seasons and holidays.
1st Friday Palm Ave, Main St, 1st St & Whole Foods
2nd Friday Burns Square (South Pineapple)
3rd Friday Towles Court (Adams & Washington)
4th Friday Rosemary District (Fruitville & Central)
Sarasota Farmers Market
Every Saturday
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Every Saturday, rain or shine, the Downtown Farmers' Market is is a potpourri of fresh produce, food, flowers and plants, fine artisanship, friends and fun. It has become a community happening - a gathering place for people to bring families, friends and even dogs to peruse the displays of garden-fresh produce and unique craft products.
Location: Main St. and Lemon Ave.
Information: www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org

Historic Burns Square Artists' Market
Every Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Local artists display/sell handmade works of art to also include jewelry, greeting cards, pottery, quilts and so much more. Meet a local author. Taste a Chicago Hot Dog. This is a free outdoor event that runs every Saturday through May 8.
Location: Pineapple & Laurel Streets
Information: 941.927.6845 or artistsmarket
Mommy and Me at Mote
Every Saturday
9:50 AM
Ocean education for small fry! Kids ages 2-5 and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed games, songs, stories, crafts, role plays, and guided visits to the Mote exhibits. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Aquarium Entrance at 9:50 AM.
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Information: www.mote.org/mommyandme