Thursday, April 24   

Events

 
Coming Events
Sound of Music, Spring Musical
Apr. 23-25
7:00 PM Apr. 26
2:00 & 7:00 PM
Sound of Music, Spring Musical by the Drama Students of Sarasota High School. Pre-sale Tickets Students/Seniors: $5.00, Adults: $10.00
Location: Sarasota High School Theater
Information: www.shstheater.com or 941.361.6288
Sarasota Orchestra - A Wink and a Smile
Apr 23 5:30 PM
Apr 24 7:30 PM
Apr 25 5:30 PM
Apr 26 8:00 PM
This lighthearted program is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Highlights include music from Mel Brooks' The Producers, Liberty Bell March (from Monty Python's Flying Circus) and light classics featured in Bugs Bunny cartoons and Disney's Fantasia. Boston Pops favorites by Leroy Anderson include comical renditions of The Typewriter and The Syncopated Clock. The finale to our Great Escapes season is PDQ Bach's 1712 Overture. Tickets $29-$49
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/index.php/concerts/a-wink-and-a-smile
Dad's Garage
Apr. 24-26
Time Varies
Join returning Sarasota Improv Festival group Dad's Garage as they perform for ONLY FOUR SHOWS in Bowne's Lab Theatre!
Location: Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=428 or 941.366.9000
Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus LIVE!
Thu. Apr. 24
8:00 PM
Based on the Best-Selling Book by John Gray. The hilarious fusion of theatre and stand-up, starring Peter Story, is a side-splitting one-man show that makes for the perfect date night! Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book by John Gray, and covering everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom, the show provides an interesting and witty glimpse into the complex psyches of men and women, while allowing couples to elbow each other in laughter as they see themselves reflected on stage!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Americana - Pops Concert
Apr. 25
7:30 PM
Apr. 26
3:30 & 7:30 PM
The Venice Symphony tells story of America with music! Selections will include Dixieland Jazz, Ragtime, and the St. Louis Blues.
Location: Church of the Nazarene, 1535 E Venice Ave, Venice
Information: thevenicesymphony.org or 941.207.8822
USF Sarasota-Manatee Open House
Apr 25
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Join staff from Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, and more to learn about all that USFSM has to offer! Free food, campus tours, admissions and financial aid presentations, advising assistance and more will be available to attendees of this informational Open House.
Location: University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: usfsm.edu/event/usfsm-open-house/ or 941.359.4334
NRA Pistol Course
Sat. Apr. 26
8:00 AM
Learn to shoot a pistol safely and correctly. Certified NRA Instructors teach this Course. Meets Florida Concealed Carry Permit requirements.
Location: AmericInn Hotel Conference Room
Information: www.ftisarasota.com or 941.706.4358
Air Fair 2014 Radio Controlled Model Airplane Fly-In
Apr. 26-27
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Public Welcome-Lots of Parking-Handicap Friendly-Family Fun. Covered Sun Shelters-Concession Stand-Bring a Lawn Chair-PortaPotties-Handy Capped Friendly. Model Airplane Raffle-Public Announcer for event.
Location: Rothenback Park, Sarasota R/C Squadron Field, 8730 Bee Ridge Road
Information: www.sarasotarc.com or 941.704.9375
Climb to Cure Diabetes
Apr. 27
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Reservations available every half hour between 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Participants receive a 10% discount if they mention JDRF when they book their adventure by phone or use code JDRF14 if they book online. Visit the website for age and height requirements. This family friendly event which includes raffles and other activities benefits the local chapter of JDRF.
Location: TreeUmph! Adventure Course
Information: www.treeumph.com/ or 941.322.2130
TBS Schools Open House
Wed. Apr. 30
9:00 AM
TBS Schools invites parents of children to come and find out why Project-Based-Learning is proven to be the best way for your child to achieve academic success!
Location: TBS Schools 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue
Information: tbsschools.org or 941.552.2770
USF Sarasota-Manatee Fall 2014 Freshmen Admission Application Deadline
Thu. May. 1
9:00 AM
This is the last day Freshmen can submit an application for Fall admission at USF Sarasota-Manatee
Location: University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: usfsm.edu/admissions/ or 941.359.4330
Kentucky Derby Party
May 3
4:00 - 7:00 PM
FND Manasota Hosts 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party. Join us for a fun family event. Raffle Baskets, Live Auction, Hat Contest for Kids and Adults, Kids Activities, Delicious Food, Cash Bar and Complimentary Lemonade & Tea. Grand Prize Raffle Drawing: 50" LED Flat Screen TV! Tickets $10/each. 200 Ticket Limit. Tickets for the Event: $25.00 for Adults, Kids 12 and Under $10.00 and 5 and Under FREE.
Location: Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch, 8201 Polo Club Lane
Information: fndmanasota.org or 941.928.0682
Mint Juleps and Roses
Sat. May. 3
4:30 PM
We are hosting a Kentucky Derby party complete with live music, a fabulous dinner and live horses!! Join us on the grounds of Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy for this unforgettable fund raising evening!! Many interesting auction items are available. Tickets are $75.
Location: Sarasota Manatee Associaton for Riding Therapy, 4640 CR 675 in Bradenton
Information: www.smartriders.org or 941.322.2000
Exotic Bird Extravaganza
May 4
10:00 AM - 4:00 PMB
Presented by the Florida West Coast Avian Society. Birds, Toys, Food, Cages. Free educational handouts. Admission $4.00. No charge for children 10 years or younger when accompanied by an adult.
Location: Potter Building at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd.
Information: fwcas.org or 941.475.7103
Exotic Bird Extravaganza
May 4
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Family-friendly event: Vendors selling birds, cages, toys, stands, perches, food, and other items; three raffles 11:00am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm; FREE bird care information at the Education Table! FREE PARKING! NO DOGS ALLOWED; Service Animals are welcome. PET BIRDS must be in cage or carrier!
Location: Potter Building, 3000 Ringling Blvd
Information: www.fwcas.org or 941.475.7103
TBS Schools Open House
Wed. May. 7
9:00 AM
TBS Schools invites parents of children to come and find out why Project-Based-Learning is proven to be the best way for your child to achieve academic success!
Location: TBS Schools 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue
Information: tbsschools.org or 941.552.2770
Spirit of America
Sat. May. 10
7:00 PM
Join the Sarasota Orchestra for a family-friendly outdoor Pops at the most American of venues, the ballpark. Grammy nominated artist, Molly Cherryholmes is an exceptional violinist, vocalist and songwriter. The Sarasota Orchestra closes its season with an outdoor Pops celebrating our 65th anniversary. Adult tickets $15 and students $5.
Location: Ed Smith Stadium
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/concerts/spirit-of-america
Mother's Day Garden Tour
May 10 & 11
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bring your camera, mom, and your friends to explore one of Sarasota's most exotic private tropical gardens. Rainforest trail, Koi pond & waterfall, cactus & succulents, thousands of bromeliads, aroids, heliconias, gingers, bamboos and more.
Location: Cocoanut St. between 38th and 39th St. North
Information: 941.358.4953
Meet Your Muse - Creativity
Mon. May. 19
11:30
For anyone who wants to get below surface brain chatter to tap into their deepest creativity, this workshop includes discussion and a guided visualization to Meet Your Muse,' the embodiment of personal creative process. Speaker: Phyllis Mufson, Career Coach, Catalyst for Personal & Career Transformation. Fee: $10 + lunch on your own
Location: The Bijou Cafe, 1287 1st Street at Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.greatersarasotacoaches.org or 941.366.8111
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
At The Hop
Jun 10 - Jul 6
Time Varies
America's Premiere Doo- Wop group, performing songs of the 50s and 60s. This dynamic a cappella group entertains with a spontaneous humor and refreshing contemporary style of song. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, The Alley Cats are a perfect blend of musical talent and comic timing. Featuring songs such as "Life Could Be a Dream," "Rock & N' Roll Is Here To Stay," and "Duke Of Earl."
Location: Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=435 or 941.366.9000
Brides Against Breast Cancer
Jun. 12
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Join local celebrities for an evening of fun and entertainment! Proceeds from this event benefits Brides Against Breast Cancer. Tickets: $35 purchase online, $45 at the door.
Location: Old School Bar & Grill 1991 Main St.
Information: www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/forms/wedding-crashers-2014-celebrity-networking-party/ or 941.921.5539
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
   
   
   
   
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