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SRQ DAILY Nov 29, 2023

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We are educating people about Hanukkah and all the different rituals and traditions and we are coming together as one. "

- Bethany Leinweber, Director of Youth Education Programming and Family Engagement and Student Rabbi, Temple Sinai.

[Holiday Events]  Temple Sinai Hosts Hands On Hanukkah Celebration
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Hanukkah is a whole latke fun in our community as Temple Sinai hosts its annual Hands On Hanukkah Celebration at four different locations. These free programs are open to the community and will feature a variety of performances, arts and crafts, raffles, giveaways, and holiday food as well as traditional menorah lightings.

Bethany Leinweber, Director of Youth Education Programming and Family Engagement and Student Rabbi, says "Hands On Hanukkah has become a beautiful way to engage not only the Jewish community but the entire Sarasota-Manatee community in the lights of Hanukkah. We partner with non-Jewish organizations to come together as one community to share in the holiday celebration, educate, and spread kindness, tolerance, and acceptance of our differences.”

Leinweber started the Hands On Hanukkah celebration three years ago when she noticed the abundance of beautiful Christmas decorations around town. “I love Christmas. I love the joy and the lights but Hanukkah is all about joy and lights as well. I thought it was important to share this joy in our town publicly, allowing people to see us and feel the warmth of Hanukkah and the celebration of lights through a different holiday,” she says. “When we go out in public, we're educating people about Hanukkah and all the different rituals and traditions and we're coming together as one. It’s really incredible.”

When you come to a Hands On Hanukkah program, you can taste foods like potato latkes, play dreidel which is a game that reinforces the story of Hanukkah, hear songs, see entertaining performances and then light the candle together as a community. “We often have someone from the community helping us light the candles. Sometimes they’re Jewish and sometimes not,” shares Leinweber. “We've had the mayor, representatives from Embracing Our Differences, and a variety of people light the candles and say the prayers. We are coming together in public spaces and celebrating just the same way that the rest of our community does with other holidays.”

One higlight of this year's celebration includes a program with internationally known disability and mental health advocate and professional stand-up comedian, Pamela Schuller. “Pamela Schuler is hilarious but also a very serious comedian who has Tourette syndrome. She talks about it and makes light of it,” says Leinweber. “She's found a beautiful way of making people aware of accepting differences and also being able to laugh at some of our struggles and challenges. She makes it really clear how important it is to love each other.”

The complete schedule of events is as follows: Wednesday, December 6, Gulf Gate Library, 5:30PM - 7:00PM (registration required); Sunday, December 10, The Mall at University Town Center (in front of Macy’s), 4:00PM - 6:00PM, performance by The Players Studio; Wednesday, December 13, Venice Centennial Park, 4:00PM - 6:00PM, performance by Laurel Nokomis School and Venice High School Orchestra ; Friday, December 15, Temple Sinai, 6:00PM - 9:00PM, dinner (registration required), Shabbat service and program with Pamela Schuller. Hands On Hanukkah is sponsored by Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Laurel Nokomis School, PJ Library of Sarasota-Manatee, Robert Toale & Sons, SVN Commercial Partners, The Mall at University Town Center, The Players Studio, The Sarasota Dental Group, and Venice High School. 

Pictured: Temple Sinai teens, Ella Collier, Alix Leinbweber and Madeline Gersh at the 2022 Hands On Hanukkah Celebration. Photo courtesy of Temple Sinai.

To learn more and to register for the events, click here.

[Fundraising Event]  Laughter Unlimited Fundraiser

Beloved entertainer, clown, and founder of the World of Chucko, Chuck Sidlow’s, non-profit “Laughter Unlimited will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser at McCurdy’s Comedy Club on December 13, 2023, at 7pm. National touring comedian Devin Siebold takes the stage to support The World of Chucko organization. A portion of the proceeds for Siebold’s performance will contribute to the important work Chucko’s “Laughter Unlimited” programs do in the community. McCurdy’s Comedy Club is an 18 and up only venue. The "Laughter Unlimited" programs are filled with Humor, Music, Art, Entertainment, and Education! Laughter Unlimited uses "humor therapy" and “music therapy” to reduce stress, decrease pain and have a positive and lasting effect. The "HUMOR-PUTIC" interactive and empowering programs are enjoyed by the residents, their families, staff, and management teams at numerous senior care and special needs facilities. “Laughter Unlimited” customizes the programs for community centers, veterans’ organizations, children's activity centers and special events.  

For ticket information click here

[Recognition]  Hospital Recognizes Outstanding Colleagues for Service to the Community

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital has selected four caregivers for the annual hospital Frist Humanitarian Awards. The awards were created in honor of HCA Healthcare founder, Dr. Thomas Frist Sr. and recognize those whose work at the hospital and in the community reflects the mission of HCA Healthcare. The hospital winners are: Physician: Katrina Davis. M.D.- recognized for her kind and caring treatment of patients; her grace and skill in the operating room; and positive interactions with hospital staff, fellow physicians and hospital leadership. Dr. Davis is a member of The Links Organization and works with their Health and Human Services group to bring breast and cardiovascular health awareness to the community. Employee: Jay Torres, RN- recognized for going above and beyond with fellow caregivers, physicians and patients as the clinical nurse coordinator in the surgery department. He mentors new staff members and provides compassionate care for patients and their families. He is also a volunteer for Operation Walk assisting with orthopedic surgeries in Cuba and Guatemala at his own expense. Nurse: Linda Hoefer, RN- as the Director of Case Management she serves some of the hospital’s most vulnerable patients. She is compassionate as she ensures each patient is successfully discharged so they can take the next step in their recovery. She is recognized for her determination to get patients and families the tools they need for healing. Volunteer: Liz Mercer- volunteers at the front desk of the hospital and greets patients with kindness and compassion. For the past five years, she has volunteered at the hospital twice a week. She is also a volunteer with the Streets of Paradise organization helping the homeless in Sarasota by cooking meals and coordinating housing and shelter for those in need. 

[Board Member]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Appoints Terrence Lundgren to its 2023-2024 Board of Trustees

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of new board member, Terrence “Terry” Lundgren. Terry Lundgren served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Macy’s, Inc. for 14 years before retiring as the company’s Executive Chairman. He also served as President of Macy’s, Inc. and as its Chief Merchandising Officer. Previously, Lundgren was Chairman and CEO of Neiman Marcus. Currently, Lundgren is the founder and CEO of TJL Advisors, LLC, and is on the board of directors of Proctor & Gamble. During his career, he served on the board of Kraft and Mondelez Food, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; served twice as chair of the National Retail Federation; and chaired the Economic Club of New York. Lundgren is a former Trustee of Carnegie Hall and served as Commissioner on Women's Economic Development by appointment of the mayor of New York. He is a former board member of The New York City Partnership and United Way of New York City along with serving for two terms as chair of the National Minority Supplier Development Council and was co-founder of the American Heart Association's CEO Roundtable. Lundgren is a graduate of the University of Arizona. The current 19-member Healthcare Foundation board also includes Deb Kabinoff, Chair; Philip A. Delaney Jr., Past-Chair; Robert L. Wood, Vice Chair; Eric Spiegel, Treasurer; Joel Morganroth, M.D., Secretary; Robert G. Bartner; Carl W. Battle; Gary Dornbush; Robert Essner; Thomas F. Kelly, M.D.; Gwen Mackenzie; Diane M. Mayer; Jonathan E. Mitchell; Barbara Rodkin; Samuel C. Scott III; Jon Soderberg; Sandra Stuart; David Verinder (Ex Officio); and Kirk Voelker, M.D. 

[Fundraising Event]  FST Celebrates Half-A-Century of Theatre on March 4, 2024

On Monday, March 4, 2024, Florida Studio Theatre (FST) will hold its Golden Anniversary Shindig in celebration of the regional theatre producing high-quality, professional contemporary theatre for 50 years. Held in FST’s Hegner Theatre Wing, FST’s annual Shindig will be a gathering of dedicated friends, artists, and community partners that have supported the theatre as it welcomes over 225,000 attendees each year. Chairing this celebration is Wendy Grady, a Winter Season Underwriter and staunch supporter of FST’s award-winning WRITE A PLAY program. As the theatre’s major fundraising event of the 2023-2024 Season, the Golden Anniversary Shindig will pay homage to FST’s vibrant history and exciting future. 

[Grant]  Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Receives Grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Michéle Des Verney Redwine, the founder and executive director of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC), announced that the nonprofit was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to help support hiring a grant and fundraising consultant for one year. “The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative is especially grateful for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s recognition that capacity building efforts are essential for the long-term growth and viability of nonprofits,” says Redwine. “This generous grant will fund the hiring of a fundraising specialist, who will work with staff to create a comprehensive development plan for increased sustainability and diversified sources of income. In addition to exploring new grant sources, we can investigate purchasing new tools to help us, including a state-of-the-art donor database.” Redwine adds that funding stability will enable SBAC to broaden its “remarkable work and develop deeper programs for advocacy, education, and collaboration.” SBAC’s programs include: The Syllabus of Color initiative engages families and community partners to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion in art education for under-represented middle and high school students in Sarasota’s Newtown community. The Cultural Arts in Motion program is a collaborative initiative with the Sarasota Housing Authority. The event showcases the talent of young artists with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Sarasota Art Museum, Florida Studio Theatre, and Choral Artists of Sarasota. Parents and youth will participate in a day of creative expression at an Art Block Party, on January 13, 2024. The Arts and Racial Justice Discovery is a series that brings arts and civic leaders together for courageous conversations about inclusion and diversity in the arts. The Beyond Boundaries initiative nurtures and promotes artists of color through pop-up exhibitions from Tampa to Sarasota. The program also offers workshops on art and business, professional skill development and public speaking. The program is collaborating with the Tampa Art Museum, James Museum, Sarasota Art Museum and with arts and cultural alliances in Sarasota and St. Petersburg. “Since the organization’s inception in 2018, Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative has been instrumental in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in educational settings throughout the Sarasota-Manatee region,” says Redwine. “The overarching goal is to ignite greater interest in art by artists of African descent and provide students from underrepresented communities opportunities to discover the arts. We are thrilled the Community Foundation supports these endeavors.” For more information about the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, visit www.suncoastblackartscollaborative.org. 

Pictured: Michele Redwine, SBAC’s founder and executive director, addresses participants at SBACs Arts and Racial Justice Discovery Series II on November 13 at Florida Studio Theater. Photo by Elliot Himmelfarb.

[Donation]  Neal Land and Neighborhoods Donates $10,000 to Barbara A. Harvey Elementary for Classroom Books

Neal Land & Neighborhoods has donated $10,000 to Barbara A. Harvey Elementary School for the purchase of classroom books for long-term use. The donation allowed teachers to order 833 books for grades K-5, catering to the different grade level standards and enhancing learning opportunities. Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a local land planning and community developer at the helm of North River Ranch and Vistera of Venice master-planned communities. Neal Land & Neighborhoods made the donation after John A. Neal, president of Neal Land & Neighborhoods, learned about the elementary school’s need for classroom books after visiting the school to support the PTO’s Read-A-Thon fundraiser. During this visit, Neal surprised the top readers of each grade level with donut parties – 419 students participated and read a total of 86,420 minutes. To commemorate the opening of the school in 2020, the land developer donated over $10,000 in scholastic books to help stock Barbara A. Harvey Elementary’s library. Neal Land & Neighborhoods was instrumental in facilitating the development of Barbara A. Harvey Elementary School, which has been rated an A school for two consecutive years, and the nearby Parrish Community High School. With plans for a new middle school and a State College of Florida campus in the future, North River Ranch has become an educational hub for the Manatee County region. For more information on Neal Land & Neighborhoods, including the company’s latest development news, visit www.nealland.com. To learn more about North River Ranch, the land developer’s flagship master-planned community in Parrish, visit www.northriverranch.com. 

[Animal Welfare]  Hound Happy Hour at Hamlet's Eatery

Friday, Dec 1st is paw-ty at Hamlet’s Eatery! The award-winning permanently located food truck is open until from 5pm - 8pm for Hound Happy Hour. Joining with adoptable dogs is Satchel’s Last Resort. Live music by Panda Pete. Plus, there are guest vendors and The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is staying open for some holiday shopping. The Makery SRQ is also offering a DIY craft and so much more!

821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938 

[Recognition]  Non-Profit Resilient Retreat Recognizes Three Honorees on National Philanthropy Day

November 27, 2023 - Resilient Retreat, a Sarasota non-profit providing free and confidential support for survivors of trauma, first responders and helping professionals, proudly recognizes three key individuals who have helped contribute to the organization’s success. During a National Philanthropy Day celebration held on November 14, by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the following honorees were recognized: Beth Bradburn, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Homes By WestBay. Homes by WestBay has been an outstanding corporate sponsor for Resilient Retreat since their Grand Opening events in 2022. They provide generous and enthusiastic support including personal support from members of their executive team led by Beth Bradburn, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. With a philosophy of good stewardship and neighborliness, Homes by WestBay proudly upholds a solid commitment of giving back and supporting our community. As such, they are a perfect corporate partner for Resilient Retreat given the shared focus of building strong and healthy communities. Steve Spencer has been volunteering at Resilient Retreat since October 2022. He joined them when the need was great, jumped in, and ever since has met every challenge and call for help with enthusiasm and grace. From the organized chaos of moving into their new retreat center during grand opening events to guiding participants on calming nature walks, Steve brings his gentle demeanor, expertise in mental wellness, and empathy to every occasion. They consistently hear from program participants that the nature walk with Steve was a highlight of their time during the retreat. Bonnie McIntyre has been a major supporter of Resilient Retreat since 2020. Recently, Bonnie has joined the Board of Directors for The Retreat Sarasota and generously contributes her time and professional experience to the success of this start-up social enterprise. The Retreat Sarasota – the venue that saves lives, is a for-profit property rental business that supports the mission of Resilient Retreat. Aside from her Board duties, Bonnie is an exceptional ambassador for Resilient Retreat and their mental wellness community partners. Her community work includes serving on the fundraising committee for SPARCC for the past 7 years, and she recently joined their board. She has also served on the boards of Bird Key Yacht Club and the HOA for her condo association. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Presents The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA , May 4, 8pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA to Sarasota on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 8 p.m. The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including Mamma Mia, S.O.S, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes All, Waterloo, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, and Dancing Queen. Tickets are $30-$75 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]  MUSIC: Rick Springfield Returns to The Van Wezel , March 13, 7:30pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Rick Springfield back to Sarasota on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at 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.

[SOON]  GALA: Celebrate 75 Gala and Concert , February 15, 6pm
Celebrate 75 years of inspiring music all season long, and our Celebrate 75 special concert and gala experience will be the party to top them all. We invite you to support 75 more years, and beyond, of enriching lives through music by purchasing tickets to Celebrate 75. For access to the best seats and the full celebration, opt for a Gala ticket, which includes pre-concert cocktails and a gourmet dinner after the performance. Concert-only tickets are also available for purchase. The concert program, led by Creative Partner Peter Oundjian, captures all the euphoria of reaching this milestone in our history as Florida’s oldest continuously operating orchestra. After two stirring fanfares written by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower, legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins Sarasota Orchestra for the monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Paired with An American in Paris by Gershwin, a rhapsodic portrait of a stroll through the City of Lights, this one-night-only program promises to thrill. Gala begins at 6:00 pm, and concert begins at 7:00 pm. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sarasotaorchestra.org.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , February 11 – June 30, n/a

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will present Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe as the eighth iteration of its annual Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition, which examines the work of major artists through the lens of their connection to nature. The exhibition, which will be on view from February 11 through June 30, 2024, at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, will explore the unexpected yet profoundly impactful mentoring relationship that developed between iconic artists Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O Keeffe. The theme of the upcoming Goldstein Exhibition is the latest announcement of programming planned for Selby Gardens 50th anniversary season. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , January 25 – January 29, Various times
The 2024 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival, hosted by the Sarasota Manatee Originals, will take place January 25 to 29. Grand Tasting tickets go on sale in October. A full five day slate of food and wine themed fun is planned, including the University Master Classes, wine dinners at area restaurants, wine shop tasting events, a trade tasting and the much anticipated Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum of Art. Due to the unprecedented demand for tickets, ticket sales for The Grand Tasting launch on two consecutive Tuesdays: On October 10 at 9 a.m. there is a presale of the VIP and Early Access tickets and on October 17 at 7 p.m. General Admission tickets will be available and historically have sold out in a matter of minutes. All Forks and Corks Grand Tasting tickets will be available online only. For more information, please visit www.eatlikealocal.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series Concerts Presents The Queens Six , December 17, 2pm

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota is thrilled to present The Queens Six on December 17, 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota. Direct from Windsor Castle where they perform chapel choir duties and sing regularly for the royal family, this program includes austere early chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, bawdy madrigals, haunting folk songs, upbeat jazz and pop arrangements, and seasonal favorites in the incomparable British tradition. A meet and greet with the musicians will follow the concert. For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call 941-306-1202.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Breakfast with Santa , December 16, 10am-12pm

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources invites children ages 12 and under and their families to the free Breakfast with Santa event, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 16. Enjoy breakfast, holiday music, and a visit by Santa in person at Laurel Park and at Newtown Estates Park. Pre-registration is required to attend this event. Register children ages 12 and under online before Friday, Dec. 8, or until the event is full. Unwrapped toy donations for children ages 12 and under are being accepted through Monday, Dec. 11 at Sarasota County parks, events, fire stations and library locations throughout the county. For more information, or to register, visit scgov.net.

[SOON]  SPORTS: 47th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run , December 9, 8am

Kick off the holiday season by participating in the 47th annual Sandy Claws Beach Run at Siesta Beach, on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8am. Register by Nov. 17 to guarantee the best price, along with receiving a long-sleeve performance event shirt and runner swag. For more information, or to register, visit runsignup.com/47thannualsandyclawsbeachrun.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Feast Upon the Fields , December 3, 12:30pm
Join us for an unforgettable afternoon at the beautiful and conserved Myakka Headwaters Preserve. Located where seven creeks converge to form the mighty Myakka River, our Myakka Headwaters Preserve is a breathtaking slice of natural Florida. The property contains numerous diverse landscapes, including floodplain forests, marshland, longleaf pine flatwoods, and oak hammocks. Fields of wildflowers host pollinators of all shapes and sizes, and fern-lined streambanks rise just a foot or two above the clear-flowing water, which supports submerged aquatic vegetation unable to grow in the sunlight-blocked blackwaters found elsewhere in the Myakka River. Experience this stunning landscape firsthand at our eighth annual farm-to-table luncheon, Feast Upon the Fields. Featuring a one-of-a-kind menu by Chef Paul Mattison, this ticketed event will sell out quickly. Early reservations are strongly recommended. conservationfoundation.com.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Second Installment of Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens , November 30, 5pm

The second installment of this season’s Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens series will take place on Thursday, November 30th at 5pm at Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point campus with a panel discussion featuring Hermitage National Curatorial Council member Nataki Garrett, Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer Tom Kirdahy, and President of the Manasota Chapter of ASALH David Wilkins. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org, $5/person registration fee.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries Screening , November 29, 6:30pm

Join The Bishop and special guest, Derek Demeter, Executive-Secretary for the International Planetarium Society, for a screening of Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries during Stelliferous on Wednesday, November 29, at 6:30pm! Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries is a story of the people and places who make big astronomy and big science happen. This 30-minute award-winning planetarium show highlights the diverse people who enable discoveries at world-class observatories in Chile. Following the film, Derek will host a Q and A and share his experience visiting the observatories featured in the show. For more information, visit bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Take it to the Limit at Florida Studio Theatre , November 29 – November 30

Florida Studio Theatre presents Take it to the Limit, a high-energy tribute to the rebel musicians of the 1970s who helped bring Rock and Roll back to its Southern roots. Created by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah Durham with Musical Arrangements by Jim Prosser, this all-new Cabaret features such songs as When Will I Be Loved, Ramblin Man, Landslide, and Hotel California. Take it to the Limit begins playing November 29 in FSTs Goldstein Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941-366-9000.

[SOON]  THEATER: Deck the Halls Returns to Florida Studio Theatre , November 25 – December 24, 10am and 12pm

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is excited to bring children and their families the magic of the holiday season with the latest iteration of Deck the Halls. This interactive family-friendly, music-filled show celebrates everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. Since Deck the Halls was first produced in 2016, the show has become a holiday tradition for many families on the Suncoast. This year, the festivities return with all-new sketches, all-new songs, and all-new memories ready for the making. Created by Caroline Saldivar and Sarah Durham with additional material by Dellan Short and Jeremy Weinstein, Deck the Halls plays select Saturdays and Sundays with showtimes starting at 10am and 12pm in FST’s Keating Theatre. For more information, visit FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens , November 11 – August 31, N/a

Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens will be on view through August 31, 2024 at the Historic Spanish Point campus. Selby Gardens is excited to present the extraordinary imagery of photographer and conservationist Clyde Butcher throughout the grounds of the Historic Spanish Point campus. Large-scale prints on aluminum of Butcher’s beautiful photographs of plants, animals, and habitats of Florida will be exhibited amid the natural landscape of the 30-acre waterfront preserve, enabling the public to engage with the artist’s work like never before. In the tradition of earlier landscape photographers like Ansel Adams, Butcher captures the beauty and majesty of America’s natural treasures in dramatic black and white. The unique environments of Florida have been subjects of particular interest to Butcher since the 1980s, when he was first introduced to the magic and mystery of sites such as Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Nature Through the Lens will include Butcher’s photographs of regional locales such as Myakka River State Park and Casey Key. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Clyde Butcher Gallery & Studio in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Holiday Gems at The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota , December 5, 7:30pm

The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota will open its 2023-2024 season with Holiday Gems on December 5, 2023 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota located at 2050 Oak Street. The annual holiday program, conducted by music director Robert Vodnoy, includes music by Debussy, Vivaldi, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky, plus holiday favorites. Featured soloists include harpist Giuseppina Ciarla and mandolinist Rafael Ramirez. Tickets are $39 for adults and $5 for students. A series ticket for all three orchestral concerts is priced at $105, and includes an invitation to a pre-concert reception. More information and tickets are available online at www.chamberorchestrasarasota.org, or call 219-928-8665.

[SOON]  FOOD: 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ Event , December 6, 5:30-8:30pm

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is excited to announce they will be the new home for the 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ event on December 6th, previously put on by Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. This event has been the premier networking event in the region for decades, which brings together the business community from the Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch Region to enjoy an evening of food, drinks and fun. The event will be held at the Premiere Sports Campus from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.For more information, visit members.lwrba.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursdays , July 13 – December 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

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