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June


Hetty Feather
June 2 - 26
Various Times
U.S. Premiere! Charles Dickens meets Orphan Annie meets the Circus in this smashing new play that has taken the U.K. by storm. Based on Jacqueline Wilson's best-selling novel, Hetty Feather is a feisty young 19th century redhead with an indomitable imagination and a zest for adventure. Left at the not-so-tender mercies of the Foundling Hospital as a baby, Hetty's quest to find her true home takes her from the English countryside to the traveling circus to the mean streets of London, all by way of thrilling aerial and circus feats, live music and spectacular story-telling. A true celebration of the random nature of life, this is a must-see theatrical adventure for all ages.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Tr.
Information: asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Sarasota Music Festival presents Memories of a Legend
Thu. Jun. 9
4:30 PM
In honor of the late Joseph Silverstein We open our festival season with a moving tribute to virtuoso and longtime Festival faculty member Joseph Silverstein. The concert features a selection of his favorite pieces performed by Festival faculty. Four powerfully poignant chamber works Bach's stately Cantata, Schubert's moving adagio, Dvoák's serene Notturno, and Brahms's plaintive Andante -- make prime companions to Beethoven's Violin Sonata. Ardent in its intensity, this alluring showcase for violin will be an apt eulogy to Maestro Silverstein. Purchase wine along with complimentary hors d'oeuvres beginning at 3:30.
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/artist-showcases/artist-showcase-1 or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents A Potpourri of Passions
Fri. Jun. 10
8:00 PM
Our first student/faculty chamber concert of the season brings a perfect menagerie of sublime music. Mozart's string quintet is quintessential Amadeus: intellectual, intriguing, and graceful. Allow Dutilleux's Les Citations to transport you to an otherworldly realm of mystery and enchantment. Dedicated to the famous tenor Peter Pears, this unusual work is not to be missed. Smetana's Piano Trio makes for a forceful finale. Emotion pours forth from the work's unconstrained passion.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/friday-festivals/friday-festival-1 or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Levin Lecture 1
Sat. Jun. 11
1:00 PM
Informative and entertaining talk providing insight by Artistic Director, Robert Levin.
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/lectures or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Tour de Force
Sat. Jun. 11
8:00 PM
Noah Bendix-Balgley, a former Festival student, is now concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and recognized as one of the world's great violinists. Prepare to be astounded by Beethoven's challenging violin concerto in the hands of a true force of nature. Australian soprano Susan Lorette Dunn will whisk you away to the French countryside with Canteloube's romantic and magical Chants d'Auvergne, based on French folk songs. We open the concert with a musical turning point for Brahms. His Variations were the first set of stand-alone orchestral variations ever written.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/saturday-symphonies/saturday-symphony-1 or 941.953.3434
Just One Day Adopt-A-Thon
Sat. Jun. 11
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Adopt a certified pre-owned dog at BMW Sarasota. The New Barker hosts Manatee County Animal Services, Almost Home Rescue, Moonracer Rescue.
Location: BMW of Sarasota, 5151 Clark Road
Information: www.thenewbarker.com or 727.214.7453
Sarasota Music Festival presents Student Recital 1
Sun. Jun. 12
3:00 PM
Student ensembles perform works of their choice in recital.
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/student-recitals/student-recital-1 or 941.953.3434
Inter-Generational Jam Session at Music Compound
Wed. Jun. 15
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Inter- generational jam sessions are a great way for musicians of all ages and levels to come together and learn from one another and just have a fun time rocking out. This is perfect for parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, couples, or friends! Bring your Instrument and be ready to jam out!
Location: Music Compound, 1747 Cattlemen Rd.
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100
Sarasota Music Festival presents Magnum Opus
Thu. Jun. 16
4:30 PM
Bach's cello suites are called by many the most beloved works for solo cello in the repertory, and for good reason. Music seamlessly flows from the cello and hypnotically ferries the listener to an other-worldly realm. Return to earth with Satie's humorous Three Pieces in the Shape of Pears for piano four hands. Mozart's stately Piano Quintet communicates elegance unrivaled by any other composer, and Mozart declared it the best work he had ever written. Our finale is Blanc's rollicking and dizzy Tarantella movement from his Septet. Purchase wine along with complimentary hors d'oeuvres beginning at 3:30.
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/artist-showcases/artist-showcase-2 or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Contrasts and Parallels
Fri. Jun. 17
8:00 PM
Students and faculty musicians come together for a night of new and old. In Robert Levin's arrangement of Penny Lane, the Beatles are performed with the perfection and passion as only classical musicians can provide. Followed by the emotionally complex Schumann Piano Trio, the audience is bound to draw inspiration when the past and future collide. From the quirky timbre of our very own Music Director's Woodwind Quintet to the dramatic tones of Dvorak's String Quintet, the night promises to be full of juxtaposition, contrasts, and parallels.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/friday-festivals/friday-festival-2 or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Levin Lecture 2
Sat. Jun. 18
1:00 PM
Informative and entertaining talk providing insight by Artistic Director, Robert Levin.
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/lectures or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Europe Meets America
Sat. Jun. 18
8:00 PM
Immediately at its onset, Copland's Clarinet Concerto transfixes you with its beauty. Nevertheless, its beauty is surrounded with a sad edge, perhaps in remembrance of a lost love. Former Festival student and world renowned clarinetist Moran Katz is the perfect choice to bring these intense emotions to the Sarasota stage. The best of Haydn's spirited "Paris" Symphonies joins Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony to whisk listeners away to a musical tour of Europe. Mendelssohn's Symphony is beloved for its elegance and simple charm.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/saturday-symphonies/saturday-symphony-2 or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Student Recital 2
Sun. Jun. 19
3:00 PM
Student ensembles perform works of their choice in recital.
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/student-recitals/student-recital-2 or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Arie Vardi Recital / Lecture
Wed. Jun. 22
2:00 PM
The only chance to see pianist Mr. Vardi perform at SMF!
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/lectures or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Remembrances and Homage
Thu. Jun. 23
4:30 PM
In celebration of Paul Wolfe's 90th Birthday Our beloved Artistic Director Laureate and co-founder of the Sarasota Music Festival, Paul Wolfe, is turning 90! Join us as we celebrate with a concert of musical remembrances and homage. Beethoven's Duo promises to be a jubilant opening for the evening and primes the audience for the ever dramatic Schubert String Quartet. Festival Artistic Director Robert Levin has penned a perfect Hommage à Paul Wolfe; the work is a fitting finale to the evening's lush soundscape. Purchase wine along with complimentary hors d'oeuvres beginning at 3:30.
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/artist-showcases/artist-showcase-3 or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Student Recital 3
Fri. Jun. 24
3:00 PM
Student ensembles perform works of their choice in recital.
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/student-recitals/student-recital-3 or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Back to the Future
Fri. Jun. 24
8:00 PM
See the future of classical music with short chamber works performed by the best student ensembles as chosen by the faculty. Beethoven's serene string quartet, arranged from one of his piano sonatas, sets the stage for greatness, past and future. Fun and jubilant, Reger's abundant wit is evident in his Serenade for flute, violin, and viola. We jump into the 20th century with another of Robert Levin's unique Beatles arrangements for chamber ensemble. Our finale is a uniquely stormy work by Fauré. Its pulsating rhythm drives forward with an intense energy and momentum.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/friday-festivals/friday-festival-3 or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Music Festival presents Mozart and Levin
Sat. Jun. 25
8:00 PM
No modern scholar or musician quite channels Mozart like Festival Artistic Director Robert Levin. Mozart's famous Piano Concerto No. 24 is the perfect finale for our festival season. Known for its character and big forces, this piece has moved audiences with its passion for centuries. Such emotion is an apt companion for Schubert's Symphony No. 6. You'll love its perfectly constructed splendor. Vivaldi's robust concerto opens our concert and is an excellent showcase for our skilled horns and concertmaster.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival/concerts/saturday-symphonies/saturday-symphony-3 or 941.953.3434
Gluten Free + Healthy Lifestyles Expo
Sat. Jun. 25
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Gluten Free + Healthy Lifestyles Expo is the best place to learn how to live healthy and love it! Sample products, get coupons, attend informative classes & demos along with hundreds of people living the gluten free lifestyle. It's a fun, family-friendly, educational event with over 50 exhibitors and respected guest speakers.
Location: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail
Information: glutenfreelifestyles.org or 941.302.2351

 

July


Inter-Generational Jam Session at Music Compound
Wed. Jul. 13
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Inter- generational jam sessions are a great way for musicians of all ages and levels to come together and learn from one another and just have a fun time rocking out. This is perfect for parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, couples, or friends! Bring your Instrument and be ready to jam out!
Location: Music Compound, 1747 Cattlemen Rd.
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100
Eco Friendly Florida Fest
Thu. Jul. 14
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free -- Bring your whole family to the biggest gathering of green and sustainable resources that our community has to offer. Over 10,000 sq' of vendor and educational space. We have continuous classes every day from businesses and individuals that promote eco-sustainable, organic, safe and healthy living. From homeopathic remedies and organic farming to solar energy and greener ways to build a home, Eco-Friendly Florida Fest is the one stop shop for your family to learn how to go green and be more sustainable. Kids will learn how to recycle and why its important while adults learn about products that could decrease their carbon footprint and maybe even save a little money in the process.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: ecofriendlyfloridafest.com or 941.981.0182
Eco Friendly Florida Fest
Fri. Jul. 15
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Free -- Bring your whole family to the biggest gathering of green and sustainable resources that our community has to offer. Over 10,000 sq' of vendor and educational space. We have continuous classes every day from businesses and individuals that promote eco-sustainable, organic, safe and healthy living. From homeopathic remedies and organic farming to solar energy and greener ways to build a home, Eco-Friendly Florida Fest is the one stop shop for your family to learn how to go green and be more sustainable. Kids will learn how to recycle and why its important while adults learn about products that could decrease their carbon footprint and maybe even save a little money in the process.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: ecofriendlyfloridafest.com or 941.981.0182
In The Heat Of The Night (Boxing)
Sat. Jul. 16
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Come see fighters from all over Florida. You can see future professional and Olympic fighters on this exciting night!
Location: Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd
Information: tcsentertainment.eventbrite.com or 941.587.1671
Eco Friendly Florida Fest
Sat. Jul. 16
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Free -- Bring your whole family to the biggest gathering of green and sustainable resources that our community has to offer. Over 10,000 sq' of vendor and educational space. We have continuous classes every day from businesses and individuals that promote eco-sustainable, organic, safe and healthy living. From homeopathic remedies and organic farming to solar energy and greener ways to build a home, Eco-Friendly Florida Fest is the one stop shop for your family to learn how to go green and be more sustainable. Kids will learn how to recycle and why its important while adults learn about products that could decrease their carbon footprint and maybe even save a little money in the process.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: ecofriendlyfloridafest.com or 941.981.0182
Eco Friendly Florida Fest
Sun. Jul. 17
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free -- Bring your whole family to the biggest gathering of green and sustainable resources that our community has to offer. Over 10,000 sq' of vendor and educational space. We have continuous classes every day from businesses and individuals that promote eco-sustainable, organic, safe and healthy living. From homeopathic remedies and organic farming to solar energy and greener ways to build a home, Eco-Friendly Florida Fest is the one stop shop for your family to learn how to go green and be more sustainable. Kids will learn how to recycle and why its important while adults learn about products that could decrease their carbon footprint and maybe even save a little money in the process.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: ecofriendlyfloridafest.com or 941.981.0182

 

November


LSF Luau and Silent Auction
Sat. Nov. 12
5:00 PM10:00 PM
The Annual Sunset Silent Auction fundraiser benefits the Sarasota Guardianship program of Lutheran Services Florida. This is an evening event where attendees will dine from various local restaurants, participate in a silent and live auction for items ranging from gift cards, art, weekend escapes at local hotels and vacation trips.
Location: Faith Community Center, 7750 Beneva Road
Information: www.lsfnet.org/auction or 800.651.1853

 

 

 

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 Dotty, 941.924.7430
Meet The Sky
First Monday of the Month from Jan - Sep
Dusk
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.
Location:  Siesta Beach
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
Edson Keith Mansion Historic Tours
Wednesdays through April 27, 2016 10:00 AM
Tour this Italian Renaissance Mansion, built in 1916. Docents will take guests through the house, recounting its history, its occupants and the early days of the Sarasota Community. Donations gratefully accepted.
Location:  Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information:  941.316.1309 or www.farmhousemarket.org
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.
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, Sep - Apr
7:00 PM
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.
Location:  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)
Information: 
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
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