Festivals & Events

FRIDAY AUGUST 29TH

 

2014 Tampa Bay Labor Day Showcase

Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch – 941-757-1582
The 2014 Tampa Bay Labor Day Showcase is our annual Chargers Soccer Club tournament for competitive boys & girls teams U11 through U19. We will host approximately 250 teams that weekend. This year’s tournament will continue to be played at the Premier Sports campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Premier Sports Campus is a full-time sports complex and boasts of 28+ professional size fields, all with Celebration Turf (120×75) and over 40 acres of parking, plus over the last couple of years, the developers of this beautiful complex have continue to invest in lights on 10 fields; increased number of lanes at the fields entrance and exit; and added drainage to parking areas making the tournament experience at these fields wonderful. The Premier Sports Complex is just minutes from restaurants, hotels, entertainment, and those beautiful Sarasota and Manatee area beaches!

 

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

Sunsets in Joseph’s Coat, The Ringling

7:30 PM – 8:30 – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Joseph’s Coat is a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell. The permanent installation is a “gathering place” for contemplation, sustained experience and conversation. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. No matter when you enjoy the Skyspace — sunset, during the day, rain or shine — you will have a unique experience. Non-members $5, Ringling Members are Free Arrive 30 minutes prior to sunset. Yoga mats are encouraged, Dress for outdoor conditions. The program will last one hour. Capacity limited to 56 per evening. Advance reservations recommended; call 941-358-3180. $5

Englewood Pioneer Days

Englewood 58th Annual Englewood Pioneer Days! Englewood, Florida – A Small Town With A Big History.  2 WEEKS OF FUN FROM AUGUST 16 – SEPTEMBER 1 HOOKED ON ENGLEWOOD!

“That Wasn’t Me,” Players Theatre

7:30 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
Life-changing events hurl a mother and her son into the unexpected. High School senior, star athlete and popular, 17-year-old Billy Hayman’s actions forever change many lives — most profoundly his mother’s. With pathos, humor and understanding, “That Wasn’t Me” brings a highly sensitive issue onto The Players Stage and explores its effects. Also Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. $15

Live Jazz at Ziti Restaurant

6-9 p.m. – Ziti, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-706-1281
Evening of live jazz every Wednesday & Friday. Local jazz trio featuring the vocals of Shelly Torman. From Cab Calloway to Frank Sinatra, Torman is a class act and has performed at such local venues as The Jazz Club Of Sarasota, Ophelia’s On The Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Make your reservations today – limited seating! $20 minimum per person purchase for dining room seating with the band. No minimum purchase on bar or patio seating.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Music & Movies, Bishop Planetarium

6 p.m. – Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton – 941-746-4131
(2006) Rated PG, 103 minutes. In the fall of 2005, Neil Young returned to the sound and style of his iconic 1972 album “Harvest with Prairie Wind.” This modern classic documentary was shot during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Proving that it’s neither better to burn out nor fade away, “Neil Young: Heart of Gold” works both as a concert film and a meditation on mortality. Music Performance The Other Ryan Willis. Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum have joined forces for a great new series of evening programs called “Music & Movies,” featuring live musical performances followed by films about some of your favorite musicians! On Fridays, July 11-Sept. 19 (excluding July 18), local musicians assembled by the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and sponsored by Realize Bradenton and the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority will perform in the Bishop Planetarium theater at the South Florida Museum, followed by special screenings of great music documentaries. Light bites will be provided by Renaissance on 9th and available for purchase. $5; members $3

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Full Moon Friday Happy Hour

5pm – 9pm – 1413 Main St. @ Five Points, 1413 Main St, Sarasota – 941-223-9159
We are excited for you to join us for the re-opening of the NEW & Improved Ivory Lounge. 1413 Main St @ Five Points. EVERY FRIDAY starting July 25th, Full Moon Promotions will be your host for the BEST & Latest HAPPY HOUR on Main St. From 5pm-9pm we’ll have LIVE music or a DJ spinning lounge beats (like we did at The Ritz “777″ :-) DJ Aaron LeSage from Tampa will kick us off A special Food menu is being created and will be provided by Cafe Americano. Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot & Bulleit Bourbon to keep with FMP Orange theme, we’ll be offering $60 Bottles of Veuve!!!! Of course we’ll have a Full Moon Martini and many other drink specials to select from. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Karaoke Night with Bobby Lanza

6pm-10pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Bobby Lanza kicks us off with music and karaoke all evening long. Enjoy Bobby’s musical talent as he sings songs by some of the great singers! Come out and show us your talent!

Mike Imbasciani & His BluezRockerz

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Mike Imbasciani, a blues/rock guitar prodigy and vocalist, is backed by his BluezRockerz band, performing classic favorites from the genres of blues, rock, and rockabilly. $5

Family Bowling with Face Autism

10 Am to 12 PM – AMF Bowling Lanes, 7221 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-921-4447
When: Saturday: August 29, 2015 from 10 AM to 12 PM, Where: AMF Bowling Lanes, 7221 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231. This fun event is for families with a child with Autism. The bowling is FREE to family members! This event, sponsored by Face Autism, is part of an overall program to provide social experiences for children with autism and their family members. Further information is available at www.face-autism.org. THANK YOU FOR “PROVIDING HOPE FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM”

“Lobster Pots” at the Crow’s Nest, Labor Day Weekend

11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. – Crow’s Nest, 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Sarasota – 941-484-9551
Venice’s Waterfront Landmark since 1976 will be featuring a traditional end of summer weekend featuring “Lobster Pots” over Labor Day Weekend (Thursday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 1). Seafood is always a specialty at the Crow’s Nest and live Maine lobsters will be featured in the “Lobster Pots,” along with littleneck clams, red potatoes and farm-fresh corn on the cob. On Thursday evening from 6-8 pm on the deck, there will be a Wine Tasting with Charles Smith Wines of Washington – 5 wines with light appetizers – for $25. Reserve online in advance as space is limited. The restaurant will also feature a “Lobster Sparkling Wine Flight” all weekend consisting of: Feather Prosecco (Italy), Mont Marcal Rosado Cava (Spain), Roederer Estate Brut (Anderson Vly CA), Francois Montand Rose (France). Our Award Winning Cellar Wine List has over 1,200 selections. Tavern entertainment for the weekend will be local favorite Darrell Lawhorne (Thursday & Saturday), Bob Comeau (Friday) and the sax-piano duo of “Straight Up” on Sunday – all starting around 8:30 p.m. The Crow’s Nest is located on the Venice Inlet at the South Jetty and is open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations (for overnight dockage or dining) may be made online at www.crowsnest-venice.com. Crow’s Nest will be closed for annual maintenance Sept. 2-18. Marina remains open daily 8-5. Cost varies.

Kangaroo Kids Academy Child Care Grand Opening

9-5 – Kangaroo Kids Academy Child Care Grand Opening, 14601 Tamiami Trail, North Port – 941-888-2788 Kangaroo Kids Academy Child Care is having its Grand Opening in North Port, FL from August 25 through September 14, 2014. We offer daycare from 6 weeks to 5 years old for all children of North Port, Port Charlotte, Englewood, FL. We are an academic preschool and offer VPK and accept the coalition assistance. Please visit our website at: www.kangarookidsacademy.com; call 941-888-2788 or email: kangarookidsflorida@gmail.com for more information. Please stop by our school for a personal tour located at 14601 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL. We offer Full-Time and Part-Time Infant through 5 year old care. We are fully dedicated to care for your children the way you want them cared for. Our philosophy is not that we are a business; it is that we are an extension of your family helping you keep your children safe while teaching them age appropriate skills and lessons to give them an advantage when they enter kindergarten. Our days our filled with educational opportunities enhancing knowledge of letters, colors, shapes, animals and basic skills to be prepared for school. We do not feel that roaming around an overcrowded classroom is healthy or beneficial to a child’s growth. We believe in smaller class sizes, personalized hands on care to keep your children safe, comfortable and stimulated.

SATURDAY AUGUST 30TH

 

Sarasota Farmers Market, Downtown Sarasota

7:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Sarasota Farmers Market , Lemon Avenue & Main Street , Sarasota
The Sarasota Farmers Market offers 70-plus vendors selling produce, plants, prepared food, artisans and much more, centered at Main Street and Lemon Avenue in downtown Sarasota. The market is a nonprofit organization committed to continuing the 30-year tradition of enhancing and improving the quality of life in Sarasota. Its mission is to create a social opportunity for residents and visitors to gather and interact, to bring foot traffic to downtown Sarasota sustaining the economic viability of the entire downtown area, and to provide a venue for other not-for-profit organizations benefiting Sarasota

Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market

8:00 AM – Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota – 941-726-4391
Join the growing food movement with produce from local, small, and family farms! The Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market meets every Saturday from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI), 4748 S. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233. Please visit www.centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com. · Locally grown produce · Small & Family Farms · Fresh baked goods · Great food vendors · Local artists & artisans · Live entertainment · Convenient location with ample parking · Indoor restrooms · Pet friendly environment · Flat, paved surface for canes, walkers, & wheelchairs

Venice Farmers Market

8:00 AM- Noon – Tampa Avenue, 200 Block of Tampa Ave., Venice, Florida 34285, Venice – 941-234-6321 Every Saturday Morning, local Farmers, Fisherman, Craftsmen, Bakers, Artists and others gather at the Venice Farmer’s Market located in the heart of historic downtown Venice, Florida. It’s a weekly celebration of the best of Venice were you can get fresh seasonal Florida fruits and vegetables direct from the Venice area farms. You can’t find any fresher shrimp or seafood. There’s incredible tasty homemade baked goods, trinkets, crafts, soaps, flowers, plants, locally roasted coffee, and more. And you’re certain to find great unique handcrafted jewelry and amazing art.  The list goes on and there’s something new every week! It’s a great destination to start your weekend and discover new, fun things while enjoying the great Florida weather!

 

Casey Key / Nokomis Beach Drum Circle

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Casey Key / Nokomis Beach, 201 South Casey Key Road, Osprey
The Drum Circle is one of Casey Key’s most unique and celebrated events. On any given Saturday and Wednesday evening one will encounter the rhythmic beats, amateur belly dancing, children playing, and the most amazing sunsets anywhere.

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice -
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

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Englewood Pioneer Days

Englewood 58th Annual Englewood Pioneer Days! Englewood, Florida – A Small Town With A Big History.  2 WEEKS OF FUN FROM AUGUST 16 – SEPTEMBER 1 HOOKED ON ENGLEWOOD!

“That Wasn’t Me,” Players Theatre

7:30 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
Life-changing events hurl a mother and her son into the unexpected. High School senior, star athlete and popular, 17-year-old Billy Hayman’s actions forever change many lives — most profoundly his mother’s. With pathos, humor and understanding, “That Wasn’t Me” brings a highly sensitive issue onto T

The Players Stage and explores its effects. Also Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. $15

2014 Tampa Bay Labor Day Showcase

Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch – 941-757-1582
The 2014 Tampa Bay Labor Day Showcase is our annual Chargers Soccer Club tournament for competitive boys & girls teams U11 through U19. We will host approximately 250 teams that weekend. This year’s tournament will continue to be played at the Premier Sports campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Premier Sports Campus is a full-time sports complex and boasts of 28+ professional size fields, all with Celebration Turf (120×75) and over 40 acres of parking, plus over the last couple of years, the developers of this beautiful complex have continue to invest in lights on 10 fields; increased number of lanes at the fields entrance and exit; and added drainage to parking areas making the tournament experience at these fields wonderful. The Premier Sports Complex is just minutes from restaurants, hotels, entertainment, and those beautiful Sarasota and Manatee area beaches!

Breakfast ‘Serial’ Book Club

10:30 – 11:45 – Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Saturdays starting July 5th. Breakfast Serial Book Club. All summer long Bookstore1 staffers, Jennifer McPheeters and Kate Thomas, have very special Saturday morning plans for your kids. Starting at 10:30 am and ending at 11:00 am they’ll read aloud to your 3 to 6-year-olds from the finest of the picture book genre. From 11:15 until 11:45 it will be the older siblings’ turn with stories read aloud from chapter books your 7 to 9-year-olds are sure to love. More information at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900. Saturday, July 5, 10:30 am. Picture Book Club. Bring your 3 – 6-year-olds to Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, at 10:30 for a special treat. Each Saturday morning, at that time, Jenn or Kate of the bookstore staff will read aloud a specially selected picture book, sure to please your little one. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900. Saturday, July 5, 11:15 am. Breakfast “Serial” Book Club. Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street. Your 7 to 10-year-old is sure to love hearing The Magic Tree House, Mary Pope Osborne’s delightful tale of time travel, read aloud by the bookstore’s staffers Jenn and Kate. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900.

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

“Conversation and a Movie: The Rising Tide,” The Ringling

2 p.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Contemporary Chinese art is eagerly consumed by the professional art market of dealers, galleries, and collectors. This film, “The Rising Tide,” directed by Robert Adanto, looks at the emerging post-Mao art scene in China through the works of several prominent artists, some of whom are featured in the exhibition Seeing the Unseen. The film will be introduced by the director and then followed by a post-screening discussion. Robert Adanto’s debut feature-length documentary film, “The Rising Tide,” explored China’s meteoric march toward the future through the work of some of the Middle Kingdom’s most talented photographers and video artists, including Wang Qingsong, Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Yang Yong, Chen Qiulin and O Zhang. Shot in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen in the summer of 2006, this unflinching and incisive study captures the confusion and ambiguity that characterize the new China. “An often surprising and thought-provoking documentary,” wrote WICN’s Mark Lynch, “The rest of us better make an effort to grasp what their work is about, or get out of the way. An “eye-opener” in every sense of the word, if you are an artist, curator or art teacher be sure to catch this film.” $5

NRA First Steps Pistol Course

8:00am-12;30pm – AmericInn Hotel, AmericInn Hotel, Sarasota – 941-706-4358 The Firearms Training Institute of Sarasota will host an NRA First Steps Pistol Course on Saturday 30 August at the AmericInn Hotel Conference Room at 5931 Fruitville Road. Class starts at 8:00am. The Course will be taught by local NRA Certified Instructors and cover the basics of safe gun handling and shooting. The four-hour Course will emphasize the safe and proper handling and use of pistols. Participants will learn about firearm safety, parts and operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, storage options and much more. This course meets the Florida training requirements for Concealed Carry Permit applicants. Non-residents are also eligible. For details on the course, contact Dr. Gerald Colbert at (941) 706-4358 or (941) 315-0152; drgeraldcolbert@gmail.com or www.ftisarasota.com $85 at door

James Albritton at the Wave Grill

6pm-10pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Performer James Albritton is a vocal and guitarist bring blues and rock music by the pool for a fun laid back evening

Ship of Fools

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Grateful Dead tribute band

5K to 10K Walk/Run Training Program

Fleet Feet Sports Sarasota, 1830 S. Osprey Ave., (Southside Village), Sarasota – 941-894-3338
Take it to the next level! IF you have already secured an entry to Bill’s Beer Run (goal race) then sign up here! Join us for the 10K training portion of the program only. Cost: $100 Program Dates: August 18 – October 25 Structure: 10-week training program with two coached/group sessions weekly Tuesday at 6pm and Saturday at 7am Register: http://www.fleetfeetsarasota.com/training/no-boundaries-beginner-walk-run

Sarasota Swap Meet

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Sarasota Swap Meet, 125 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota – 239-287-0890
Find great deals from local vendors every Saturday and Sunday, including: plants and herbs, local produce, food and beverage, local honey, eco-friendly products, tools, arts and crafts, vintage cars, boats, bikes and handcrafted wood furniture. On Tuttle Avenue, just south of Fruitville Road, in Sarasota. Public free; vendors $15 a day.

Ohio State Football Game Watch Party & Military Tribute

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Captain Curt’s, 1200 Old Stickney Point Rd, Siesta Key – 941-961-0505
The Sarasota-Manatee Ohio State Alumni Club invites all Buckeye fans, Navy veterans, current Navy personnel and their families to participate in a “Countdown to Kick-off” party! There is no fee to attend the tailgate party which will feature games, football activities, live music compliments of “Sailors” from Sarasota High School and a special tribute to the military at 11:45 a.m. Drink specials and food including Captain Curt’s award-winning clam chowder will be available for purchase. “Volunteers from our local club have organized this special kick-off event in partnership with the Captain Curt’s team (our partners for 13 seasons!) to produce this party with a purpose,” said Sarasota-Manatee Ohio State Alumni Club President Cory Boff. “We’re thrilled to celebrate the start of another football season as we honor those who have served and continue raising scholarship funds for local students to attend The Ohio State University.” The Ohio State Buckeyes kick-off their football season opener at noon vs. the Navy Midshipmen, immediately following the tailgate event and military salute; all attendees are invited to watch the football game on 21 televisions inside Captain Curt’s and the adjacent open-air Sniki Tiki. For more information and details about additional Club functions, call 941-961-0505 or visit www.sarasotabuckeye.org.

Native Plant Walk

9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Native Plant Walk, 570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood – 941-474-1492
Join the Mangrove Chapter of the Native Plant Society for a slow stroll in Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood. There is a butterfly garden, shoreline, pine and scrubby flatwoods and red, black and white mangroves. Plants likely to be seen are primrose leaf violet, raceme milkwort and buttonwood. Gopher tortoises, red-bellied woodpeckers and various water birds call this park home. The trails may be wet so wear appropriate footwear. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Denny Girard 941.474.1492 or dennyg29@msn.com

Randy Stephens at the Wave Grill

7 PM – 10 PM – Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 By-Pass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
He is a guitarist, one man band 7pm-10pm

“Lobster Pots” at the Crow’s Nest, Labor Day Weekend

11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. – Crow’s Nest, 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Sarasota – 941-484-9551
Venice’s Waterfront Landmark since 1976 will be featuring a traditional end of summer weekend featuring “Lobster Pots” over Labor Day Weekend (Thursday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 1). Seafood is always a specialty at the Crow’s Nest and live Maine lobsters will be featured in the “Lobster Pots,” along with littleneck clams, red potatoes and farm-fresh corn on the cob. On Thursday evening from 6-8 pm on the deck, there will be a Wine Tasting with Charles Smith Wines of Washington – 5 wines with light appetizers – for $25. Reserve online in advance as space is limited. The restaurant will also feature a “Lobster Sparkling Wine Flight” all weekend consisting of: Feather Prosecco (Italy), Mont Marcal Rosado Cava (Spain), Roederer Estate Brut (Anderson Vly CA), Francois Montand Rose (France). Our Award Winning Cellar Wine List has over 1,200 selections. Tavern entertainment for the weekend will be local favorite Darrell Lawhorne (Thursday & Saturday), Bob Comeau (Friday) and the sax-piano duo of “Straight Up” on Sunday – all starting around 8:30 p.m. The Crow’s Nest is located on the Venice Inlet at the South Jetty and is open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations (for overnight dockage or dining) may be made online at www.crowsnest-venice.com. Crow’s Nest will be closed for annual maintenance Sept. 2-18. Marina remains open daily 8-5. Cost varies.

SUNDAY AUGUST 31ST

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

Drum Circle, Siesta Key Beach

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota
The community drum circle at Siesta Key Beach gathers every Sunday, about an hour before sunset, just south of the main beach pavilion, between lifeguard stands 3 and 4 on Siesta Public Beach. Just follow your ears. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began spontaneously and now has a life of its own. The crowd may include street performers, whirling dancers and spectacular fire jugglers.

Sarasota Zen Study Group meditation

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM – Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota – 941-702-1662 -
The Sarasota Zen Study Group meets every Sunday night at 7 pm in the Jefferson Room on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. All those who are interested – both beginners and experienced Zen practitioners – are invited to join the group and share their interests. The first part of each session is dedicated to the study of Zen; we read or listen to a tract by a famous Zen master and explore its importance. In the final half of the session we practice Zen (or meditation) and end with a chant of the heart Sutra. Drop in and drop out (no need to come to every session, if you’re otherwise engaged). We’re there every Sunday night to share with you what we’ve learned.

Englewood Pioneer Days

Englewood 58th Annual Englewood Pioneer Days! Englewood, Florida – A Small Town With A Big History.  2 WEEKS OF FUN FROM AUGUST 16 – SEPTEMBER 1 HOOKED ON ENGLEWOOD!

“Talking With,” Players Theatre

2 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
Life-changing events hurl a mother and her son into the unexpected. High School senior, star athlete and popular, 17-year-old Billy Hayman’s actions forever change many lives — most profoundly his mother’s. With pathos, humor and understanding, “That Wasn’t Me” brings a highly sensitive issue onto The Players Stage and explores its effects. Also Aug. 28-30, 7:30 p.m. $15

2014 Tampa Bay Labor Day Showcase

Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch – 941-757-1582
The 2014 Tampa Bay Labor Day Showcase is our annual Chargers Soccer Club tournament for competitive boys & girls teams U11 through U19. We will host approximately 250 teams that weekend. This year’s tournament will continue to be played at the Premier Sports campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Premier Sports Campus is a full-time sports complex and boasts of 28+ professional size fields, all with Celebration Turf (120×75) and over 40 acres of parking, plus over the last couple of years, the developers of this beautiful complex have continue to invest in lights on 10 fields; increased number of lanes at the fields entrance and exit; and added drainage to parking areas making the tournament experience at these fields wonderful. The Premier Sports Complex is just minutes from restaurants, hotels, entertainment, and those beautiful Sarasota and Manatee area beaches!

“Sleeping Beauty,” HD at the Sarasota Opera

1:30 p.m. – Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota – 941-366-8450 Tchaikovsky ballet production from the Paris Opera, choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev. Also Aug. 31, 1:30 p.m. Now see opera, ballet and theater performances from around the world on the big screen at the Sarasota Opera House. Each presentation will be preceded by a 15-minute welcome and pre-show discussion. $20 and $25

Sunday Gospel Brunch

11:30 am-2:30 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Enjoy an authentic Southern comfort food buffet brunch while listening to live gospel music. $24.95/adults $12/kids 12 and under free/kids 5 and under

Sarasota Sunday Blues Jam

7:00-10:00 – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
The Sarasota Sunday Blues Jam is the perfect place to meet friends, make new contacts, and enjoy an evening of great music.

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Hermitage Artist Retreat Open House and Historic Tours, Manasota Key

1-4 pm. – Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Manasota – 941-475-2098
As part of Englewood’s annual Pioneer Days celebration, the Hermitage will hold an open house and tours of the historic buildings and campus. Meet Hermitage staff and supporters, see artwork created by our Fellows and learn more about our volunteer organization, The Friends of the Hermitage, and enter for your chance to win a beautiful framed print of the Hermitage. Rain or shine.

Sarasota Swap Meet

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Sarasota Swap Meet, 125 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota – 239-287-0890
Find great deals from local vendors every Saturday and Sunday, including: plants and herbs, local produce, food and beverage, local honey, eco-friendly products, tools, arts and crafts, vintage cars, boats, bikes and handcrafted wood furniture. On Tuttle Avenue, just south of Fruitville Road, in Sarasota. Public free; vendors $15 a day.

Labor Day Weekend – BBQ at the Wave Grill

5pm-8pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700 BBQ (BBQ Chicken, Ribs, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs) Drink specials $1 Jello Shots, $3 Aluminum, $3 House Wine, $5 Frozen Drink Specials…Entertainment by Hilton Family Entertainment DJs 12pm-8pm Poolside

 

“Lobster Pots” at the Crow’s Nest, Labor Day Weekend

11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. – Crow’s Nest, 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Sarasota – 941-484-9551
Venice’s Waterfront Landmark since 1976 will be featuring a traditional end of summer weekend featuring “Lobster Pots” over Labor Day Weekend (Thursday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 1). Seafood is always a specialty at the Crow’s Nest and live Maine lobsters will be featured in the “Lobster Pots,” along with littleneck clams, red potatoes and farm-fresh corn on the cob. On Thursday evening from 6-8 pm on the deck, there will be a Wine Tasting with Charles Smith Wines of Washington – 5 wines with light appetizers – for $25. Reserve online in advance as space is limited. The restaurant will also feature a “Lobster Sparkling Wine Flight” all weekend consisting of: Feather Prosecco (Italy), Mont Marcal Rosado Cava (Spain), Roederer Estate Brut (Anderson Vly CA), Francois Montand Rose (France). Our Award Winning Cellar Wine List has over 1,200 selections. Tavern entertainment for the weekend will be local favorite Darrell Lawhorne (Thursday & Saturday), Bob Comeau (Friday) and the sax-piano duo of “Straight Up” on Sunday – all starting around 8:30 p.m. The Crow’s Nest is located on the Venice Inlet at the South Jetty and is open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations (for overnight dockage or dining) may be made online at www.crowsnest-venice.com. Crow’s Nest will be closed for annual maintenance Sept. 2-18. Marina remains open daily 8-5. Cost varies.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST

 

Country Fest at Snook Haven

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Snook Haven, 5000 East Venice Avenue, Venice – 941-485-7221
Snook Haven’s second annual Country Fest features another afternoon of Southern sounds and cuiseine at this charming riverside restaurant. Adrian Ray plays from 4 PM – 6 PM; Kin Betts and the Gamble Creek Band plays 2:45 – 3:45; Gary * Kerri 11AM – 12-15; Patti Highland & Hank Cue 12:45 – 1-45 PM. Indoor & outdoor seating with a menu of BBQ and other selections. $10.00 Cover Charge – Children are free

 

Meet the Sky

8 p.m. – Siesta Key Beach Pavilion, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key – 941-952-1200
Join Eve Plows and other sky observers as they explore the infinite night sky. See constellations, stars and planets through telescope provided. Weather permitting. Free for all ages!

Englewood Pioneer Days

Englewood 58th Annual Englewood Pioneer Days! Englewood, Florida – A Small Town with a Big History.  2 WEEKS OF FUN FROM AUGUST 16 – SEPTEMBER 1 HOOKED ON ENGLEWOOD!

Learn to Lawn Bowl

May 1- Oct 31 M-W-F 9is-11am. Nov 1- April 30 M-W-F 1pm – 3pm Unlimited play all year around for Members – Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, 809 North Tamiami Trail (Hwy 41), Sarasota – 941-316-1123
Free Lessons at the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club. Club and League Play throughout the year. Home of the US Open November 12-19 2016 & 2017. Free Lessons Summer Membership Now through October 31, 2014 only $50.00 for unlimited play Annual Memberships start November 1 only $196.00 Tournaments throughout the year

2014 Tampa Bay Labor Day Showcase

Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch – 941-757-1582
The 2014 Tampa Bay Labor Day Showcase is our annual Chargers Soccer Club tournament for competitive boys & girls teams U11 through U19. We will host approximately 250 teams that weekend. This year’s tournament will continue to be played at the Premier Sports campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Premier Sports Campus is a full-time sports complex and boasts of 28+ professional size fields, all with Celebration Turf (120×75) and over 40 acres of parking, plus over the last couple of years, the developers of this beautiful complex have continue to invest in lights on 10 fields; increased number of lanes at the fields entrance and exit; and added drainage to parking areas making the tournament experience at these fields wonderful. The Premier Sports Complex is just minutes from restaurants, hotels, entertainment, and those beautiful Sarasota and Manatee area beaches!

Labor Day Garden Tour and Sale at Branch’s Tropical Garden

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Branch Tropical Garden, 1315 38th St., Sarasota – 941-358-4953 -
Bring your camera and explore a variety of world-class plant collections in Branch Tropical Garden. The owners and their favorite growers will be on hand to answer questions and offer landscape advice. Plants will be on sale. Rainforest trail, koi pond, waterfall, rare palm collection, thousands of bromeliads and more.

Urbanfit Round 3

Fleet Feet Sports Sarasota, 1830 S. Osprey Ave., (Southside Village), Sarasota – 941-894-3338
We Can’t Get Enough! Join the new training craze that maximizes cardio & strength fitness using available urban assets such as park benches, bridges, stairs & walls. Monday, September 1st – Wednesday October 8th Meet every Monday and Wednesday at 6am to 7am Cost: $60 if you register before August 22nd, $75 after Register: http://www.fleetfeetsarasota.com/training/urban-fit-challenge

“Lobster Pots” at the Crow’s Nest, Labor Day Weekend

11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. – Crow’s Nest, 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Sarasota – 941-484-9551
Venice’s Waterfront Landmark since 1976 will be featuring a traditional end of summer weekend featuring “Lobster Pots” over Labor Day Weekend (Thursday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 1). Seafood is always a specialty at the Crow’s Nest and live Maine lobsters will be featured in the “Lobster Pots,” along with littleneck clams, red potatoes and farm-fresh corn on the cob. On Thursday evening from 6-8 pm on the deck, there will be a Wine Tasting with Charles Smith Wines of Washington – 5 wines with light appetizers – for $25. Reserve online in advance as space is limited. The restaurant will also feature a “Lobster Sparkling Wine Flight” all weekend consisting of: Feather Prosecco (Italy), Mont Marcal Rosado Cava (Spain), Roederer Estate Brut (Anderson Vly CA), Francois Montand Rose (France). Our Award Winning Cellar Wine List has over 1,200 selections. Tavern entertainment for the weekend will be local favorite Darrell Lawhorne (Thursday & Saturday), Bob Comeau (Friday) and the sax-piano duo of “Straight Up” on Sunday – all starting around 8:30 p.m. The Crow’s Nest is located on the Venice Inlet at the South Jetty and is open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations (for overnight dockage or dining) may be made online at www.crowsnest-venice.com. Crow’s Nest will be closed for annual maintenance Sept. 2-18. Marina remains open daily 8-5. Cost varies.

Englewood Pioneer Days

Englewood 58th Annual Englewood Pioneer Days! Englewood, Florida – A Small Town With A Big History.  2 WEEKS OF FUN FROM AUGUST 16 – SEPTEMBER 1 HOOKED ON ENGLEWOOD!

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND

 

Cellar Wine Night, Crow’s Nest, Venice

5-10 p.m. – Crow’s Nest, 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice – 941-484-9551
Every Tuesday, from June through September, is Cellar Wine Night at the Crow’s Nest, when the 1200-plus wines on the restaurant’s Wine Spectator “Best of Award Excellence-”winning cellar list will be on sale 25 percent off. It’s an opportunity to try some great wines at great prices, and Florida law allows you to take home what you don’t finish.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD

 

Casey Key / Nokomis Beach Drum Circle

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Casey Key / Nokomis Beach, 201 South Casey Key Road, Osprey
The Drum Circle is one of Casey Key’s most unique and celebrated events. On any given Saturday and Wednesday evening one will encounter the rhythmic beats, amateur belly dancing, children playing, and the most amazing sunsets anywhere.

Live Jazz at Ziti Restaurant

6-9 p.m. – Ziti, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-706-1281
Evening of live jazz every Wednesday & Friday. Local jazz trio featuring the vocals of Shelly Torman. From Cab Calloway to Frank Sinatra, Torman is a class act and has performed at such local venues as The Jazz Club Of Sarasota, Ophelia’s On The Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Make your reservations today – limited seating! $20 minimum per person purchase for dining room seating with the band. No minimum purchase on bar or patio seating.

Sarasota Jazz Project

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Sarasota Jazz Project is a high energy 17-piece jazz ensemble comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians on the west coast of Florida, playing in a unique contemporary big band style. $5

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH

 

Art After 5, Ringling Museum

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Slow your pace and explore the art in the Museum of Art and Circus Museum or catch a romantic sunset on Sarasota Bay by Ca’ d’Zan. Art After 5 special events include music and insights into the collection through gallery discussions. For more information call 941.359.5700 or visit www.ringling.org Adults $10; Children (6-17) $5; Children 5 & under free

Scottish Country Dancing

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM – John Chidsey Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-923-2431
All dances are taught. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. $5

Sunsets in Joseph’s Coat, The Ringling

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Joseph’s Coat is a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell. The permanent installation is a “gathering place” for contemplation, sustained experience and conversation. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. No matter when you enjoy the Skyspace — sunset, during the day, rain or shine — you will have a unique experience. Non-members $5, Ringling Members are Free Arrive 30 minutes prior to sunset. Yoga mats are encouraged, Dress for outdoor conditions. The program will last one hour. Capacity limited to 56 per evening. Advance reservations recommended, call 941-358-3180. $5

Jenn Bostic Live at Hotel Indigo Sarasota

5:30 PM – H2O Bistro, 1223 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota – 941-487-3815
Jenn Bostic will be performing Live at Hotel Indigo Sarasota on September 4th at 5:30 pm. Join us at H2O Bistro Restaurant and enjoy the Jenn Bostic Tapas Menu that our Chef Solomon has put together.

Trail of Tears Lecture Series, Historic Spanish Point

10-11:30 a.m. – Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey – 941-966-5214
Discover an exciting story of American history filled with intrigue, heroism, loss, tragedy and death: “The Trail of Tears.” This three-part lecture will explore through historical record the sociopolitical climate in the U.S. that culminated in the Indian Removal Act of 1830; consider the political forces that targeted each of the five civilized tribes and how each tribe dealt with ethnic cleansing; and consider “scenes from the trail“through original journal entries from those whose lives were directly affected by the removal. Presented by Gail Davis, Ph.D. $60 for nonmembers, $50 for Historic Spanish Point members, including all materials.

Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul featuring the Hellacious Horns

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Sarasota’s premier funk and soul party band. Put on your dancing shoes and prepare to shake your moneymaker! $5

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH

 

Live From Downtown – It’s Friday Night, Main Street

6-9 p.m. – Downtown Sarasota, Main Street and Five Points Park, Sarasota – 941-366-7040
Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer. Live performances by musicians, entertainers and performing arts organizations. Featuring a different downtown neighborhood every Friday. 1st Friday: Main Street at Five Points Park and Palm Avenue. 2nd Friday: Burns Square 3rd Friday: Towles Court 4th Friday: Rosemary District and Historic Downtown Village

Music on Main, Lakewood Ranch

6-9 p.m. – Main Street Lakewood Ranch, 8131 Lakewood Ranch Main St., Lakewood Ranch – 941-907-9243 -
Join us on Lakewood Ranch Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m. for a free concert for the public. This event is hosted on the first Friday of each month. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, but please leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a short leash.

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

Sunsets in Joseph’s Coat, The Ringling

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Joseph’s Coat is a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell. The permanent installation is a “gathering place” for contemplation, sustained experience and conversation. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. No matter when you enjoy the Skyspace — sunset, during the day, rain or shine — you will have a unique experience. Non-members $5, Ringling Members are Free Arrive 30 minutes prior to sunset. Yoga mats are encouraged, Dress for outdoor conditions. The program will last one hour. Capacity limited to 56 per evening. Advance reservations recommended, call 941-358-3180. $5

Live Jazz at Ziti Restaurant

6-9 p.m. – Ziti, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-706-1281
Evening of live jazz every Wednesday & Friday. Local jazz trio featuring the vocals of Shelly Torman. From Cab Calloway to Frank Sinatra, Torman is a class act and has performed at such local venues as The Jazz Club Of Sarasota, Ophelia’s On The Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Make your reservations today – limited seating! $20 minimum per person purchase for dining room seating with the band. No minimum purchase on bar or patio seating.

Shut Up & Sing, Music & Movies, Bishop Planetarium

6 p.m. – Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton – 941-746-4131
(2006) Rated R, 93 minutes. From 1998 to 2002, it seemed the Dixie Chicks could do no wrong. Their first major-label album, “Wide Open Spaces,” was a smash hit, selling 12 million copies. Their concert tours were consistent sellouts, making them the most commercially successful female group in the history of the recording industry. Though ostensibly an intimate look at the Dixie Chicks after a politically controversial remark in 2003, the film achieves broader relevance by exploring how media, politics, and celebrities intertwine. Music performance by Brooke Bonderer Band. Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum have joined forces for a great new series of evening programs called “Music & Movies,” featuring live musical performances followed by films about some of your favorite musicians! On Fridays, July 11-Sept. 19 (excluding July 18), local musicians assembled by the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and sponsored by Realize Bradenton and the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority will perform in the Bishop Planetarium theater at the South Florida Museum, followed by special screenings of great music documentaries. Light bites will be provided by Renaissance on 9th and available for purchase. $5; members $3

Full Moon Friday Happy Hour

5pm – 9pm – 1413 Main St. @ Five Points, 1413 Main St, Sarasota – 941-223-9159
We are excited for you to join us for the re-opening of the NEW & Improved Ivory Lounge. 1413 Main St @ Five Points. EVERY FRIDAY starting July 25th, Full Moon Promotions will be your host for the BEST & Latest HAPPY HOUR on Main St. From 5pm-9pm we’ll have LIVE music or a DJ spinning lounge beats (like we did at The Ritz “777″ :-) DJ Aaron LeSage from Tampa will kick us off A special Food menu is being created and will be provided by Cafe Americano. Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot & Bulleit Bourbon to keep with FMP Orange theme, we’ll be offering $60 Bottles of Veuve!!!! Of course we’ll have a Full Moon Martini and many other drink specials to select from. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Short Story Book Club

7pm – 8pm – Cock and Bull Pub, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Friday, September 5th at 7:00 pm. Short Story Book Club. Cock and Bull Pub, 975 Cattlemen Road. Led by Kate Thomas. Kate will lead a discussion of Raymond Carver’s Cathedral, specifically the stories “Where I’m Calling From” and “Cathedral.” She’ll also be taking suggestions for the next few short story book club titles. Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 required for participation. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900. Price of the book

Sarasota Singles Society: “An Evening at the Sarasota Opera House”

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota – 94136684503
The Sarasota Singles Society invites area singles to “An Evening at the Opera House,” Friday, Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m. This is an extraordinary opportunity to privately tour and enjoy an exclusive cocktail reception and abundant hors d’oeuvres at this historically rich opera house. The Opera House is located at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Tickets are $48 for Sarasota Singles Society members; $58 for non-members and include the private tour and hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar. Limited capacity. Reserve by Sept. 2 by calling 941-504-4064 or by visiting www.sarasotasinglessociety.com. $48 for Sarasota Singles Society members;$58 for non-members

Ari and The Alibis

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Powerhouse Sarasota vocalist Ari McManus teams up with a tribe of fellow local players to put a new spin on her blues, jazz, and Latin stylings. $5

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH

 

Sarasota Farmers Market, Downtown Sarasota

7:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Sarasota Farmers Market , Lemon Avenue & Main Street , Sarasota
The Sarasota Farmers Market offers 70-plus vendors selling produce, plants, prepared food, artisans and much more, centered at Main Street and Lemon Avenue in downtown Sarasota. The market is a nonprofit organization committed to continuing the 30-year tradition of enhancing and improving the quality of life in Sarasota. Its mission is to create a social opportunity for residents and visitors to gather and interact, to bring foot traffic to downtown Sarasota sustaining the economic viability of the entire downtown area, and to provide a venue for other not-for-profit organizations benefiting Sarasota

Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota – 941-726-4391
Join the growing food movement with produce from local, small, and family farms! The Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market meets every Saturday from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI), 4748 S. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233. Please visit www.centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com. · Locally grown produce · Small & Family Farms · Fresh baked goods · Great food vendors · Local artists & artisans · Live entertainment · Convenient location with ample parking · Indoor restrooms · Pet friendly environment · Flat, paved surface for canes, walkers, & wheelchairs

Venice Farmers Market

8:00 AM- – Tampa Avenue, 200 Block of Tampa Ave., Venice, Florida 34285, Venice – 941-234-6321 Farmer’s Market located in the heart of historic downtown Venice, Florida. It’s a weekly celebration of the best of Venice were you can get fresh seasonal Florida fruits and vegetables direct from the Venice area farms. You can’t find any fresher shrimp or seafood. There’s incredible tasty homemade baked goods, trinkets, crafts, soaps, flowers, plants, locally roasted coffee, and more. And your certain to find great unique handcrafted jewelry and amazing art.  The list goes on and there’s something new every week! It’s a great destination to start your weekend and discover new, fun things while enjoying the great Florida weather!

 

Casey Key / Nokomis Beach Drum Circle

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Casey Key / Nokomis Beach, 201 South Casey Key Road, Osprey
The Drum Circle is one of Casey Key’s most unique and celebrated events. On any given Saturday and Wednesday evening one will encounter the rhythmic beats, amateur belly dancing, children playing, and the most amazing sunsets anywhere.

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

.ROAR! Ringling Order of Art Readers, The Ringling

10:30 a.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
ROAR! is The Ringling Art Library’s family storytime, designed to engage children ages 4-7 in activities that connect art with early literacy. Fine stories and illustrations are often a child’s first exposure to the joy of reading and the wonder of art. Join us for storytime and an accompanying activity. This is a free event. Registration is required as space is limited. Please RSVP via email at library@ringling.org or via phone at 941-359-5700, Ext. 2700.

Cruizin’ on Dearborn Cars & Oldies, Englewood

5-8 p.m. – Dearborn Street, West Dearborn Street, Englewood – 941-315-1248
Cruise on down to Dearborn Street in Englewood for some old cars and old tunes! On the first Saturday of the month, Dearborn Street turns into “Happy Days,: where hundreds of old car enthusiasts and scores of old cars brighten up the street. Along with free admission, Cruizin’ on Dearborn offers a good time for car fanatics and their families. Most restaurants are open and ’50s music is spun by a DJ.

New Balance Sarasota FREE 5K Fun Run – GUESS your time & WIN

Arrive at 6.30 pm and the Free 5K Fun Run begins at 7.00 a.m. Sharp. Store is open for Bathrooms, Water & Shopping. – New Balance Sarasota, 1872 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota – 941-921-3696 FREE Summer 5K Fun Run Series at New Balance SARASOTA!!  Think you know your mile pace? Join us for our New Balance Sarasota FREE 5K Fun Run on Saturday, September 6 at 7am to test your prediction skills. Write down how fast you think your run or walk will be, then race the clock to see how close you come to the predicted time. Predict correctly (or come the closest) and win some New Balance $25 gift certificate and swag. All paces are welcome, but GPS devices and watches are not! All Fun Runs start at 7am SHARP. OPEN & FREE to All ages and abilities and walkers are welcome. Come run or walk by yourself or with family and friends. Take advantage of cooler early morning temps and the opportunity to join others in a “whatever you wan to make it” 5K. Also a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for all pre-registered participants. Chance win lots of fun raffles for everyone. GPS marked out and back 5K route. Digital Clock Timing. Pre-run access for bathrooms and bottled water. 15% New Balance discount card.. FREE FUN RUN 5K continues!  Register Here!  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9njwza195dcb949&llr=fksp8ocab

 

Englewood Art Center | Receiving for Anything Goes exhibition

9:00am – 12:00pm – Englewood Art Center, 350 S. McCall Road, Englewood – 941-474-5548
The next EAC open exhibition in the Loranger Gallery is “ANYTHING GOES” and gives us a glimpse of what local artists have been up to in the studio over the summer. Anyone can participate; any media is welcome and the subject can be anything – even work that has been previously shown or copied (please acknowledge original artist or source)! No cash prizes will be awarded for the show. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second, and third place. The selection of winners will be determined by People’s Choice. Come in and vote for your favorite artwork in the show (during business hours) from Tuesday, September 9 – Saturday, September 13 at 1pm. The votes will be tallied and the winners will be announced during the reception on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 2 – 4 pm. Limit one vote per person, so tell your friends to come and see the show and vote for their favorite piece! Receiving: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9 am- 12 pm Removal: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9 am – 12 pm Entry Fee: Members: $5 per piece, maximum 5 pieces per artist Non-members: $10 per piece, maximum 5 pieces per artist Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 2 – 4pm Members: $5 per piece, maximum 5 pieces per artist Non-members: $10 per piece, maximum 5 pieces per artist

Downtown Venice Craft Festival

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Downtown Venice, 220 Miami Ave W., Venice – 561-746-6615
Craft enthusiasts converge in downtown Venice to enjoy the art of over 100 local and national crafters from 30 different states. Another first-rate craft showcase featuring a unique blend of contemporary, original works at affordable prices.

Sarasota Swap Meet

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Sarasota Swap Meet, 125 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota – 239-287-0890
Find great deals from local vendors every Saturday and Sunday, including: plants and herbs, local produce, food and beverage, local honey, eco-friendly products, tools, arts and crafts, vintage cars, boats, bikes and handcrafted wood furniture. On Tuttle Avenue, just south of Fruitville Road, in Sarasota. Public free; vendors $15 a day.

It’s Movie “Saturday” for Face Autism

10 Am to 12 PM – Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota – 941-955-3456
When: Saturday: September 6, 2014 from 10 AM to 12 PM, Where: Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, FL 34236 (parking available on Pineapple Avenue). This fun event is for families with a child with Autism. The movie is FREE to family members! This event, sponsored by Face Autism, is part of an overall program to provide social experiences for children with autism and their family members. Further information is available at www.face-autism.org. THANK YOU FOR “PROVIDING HOPE FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM”!

Kinslow System™ – Free Talk & Book Signing with author Frank Kinslow

4pm – 7pm – Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota – 941-361-3006
The Kinslow System™ and Quantum Entrainment® were born right here in Sarasota just five years ago. In that short time this natural healing technique has enriched the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world. Dr. Frank Kinslow will join us to discuss his book and to demonstrate the principles and power of this simple technique that anyone can do.

Breakfast Serial Club

10:30 – 11:30 – Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Saturday mornings in September, 10:30 am. Breakfast Serial Book Club. Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street. Bookstore staffers, Jennifer and Kate, read aloud to your kids & grandkids. They read from the best of the picture books sure to please your 3 – 6-year-olds. Each child gets a cereal bar and the family can enjoy 10% off purchases in the store. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900.

American Indian

5 pm – 7 pm – Forgartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota – 941-894-6469 – The American Indian – A Community Dialogue Saturday, September 6, 5pm A community gathering to gain understanding about the history, culture, and traditions of the American Indian. Native Americans Larry Knudsen and Sal Serbin will share information about their culture, followed by a facilitated discussion period. Sponsored by the American Indian Movement of Florida.

Selwyn Birchwood Band

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Winner of the 2013 International Blues Challenge, Selwyn Birchwood is a rising young blues star. Backed by a rock-solid band, Selwyn’s vocals and guitar playing are rooted with passion and honest emotion. Not to be missed! $10

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH

 

Downtown Venice Craft Festival

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Downtown Venice, 220 Miami Ave W., Venice – 561-746-6615
Craft enthusiasts converge in downtown Venice to enjoy the art of over 100 local and national crafters from 30 different states. Another first-rate craft showcase featuring a unique blend of contemporary, original works at affordable prices.

 

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

Drum Circle, Siesta Key Beach

6:00 PM – 10:00 – Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota
The community drum circle at Siesta Key Beach gathers every Sunday, about an hour before sunset, just south of the main beach pavilion, between lifeguard stands 3 and 4 on Siesta Public Beach. Just follow your ears. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began spontaneously and now has a life of its own. The crowd may include street performers, whirling dancers and spectacular fire jugglers.

Sarasota Zen Study Group meditation

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM – Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota – 941-702-1662 -
The Sarasota Zen Study Group meets every Sunday night at 7 pm in the Jefferson Room on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. All those who are interested – both beginners and experienced Zen practitioners – are invited to join the group and share their interests. The first part of each session is dedicated to the study of Zen; we read or listen to a tract by a famous Zen master and explore its importance. In the final half of the session we practice Zen (or meditation) and end with a chant of the heart Sutra. Drop in and drop out (no need to come to every session, if you’re otherwise engaged). We’re there every Sunday night to share with you what we’ve learned.

Sarasota Swap Meet

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Sarasota Swap Meet, 125 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota – 239-287-0890
Find great deals from local vendors every Saturday and Sunday, including: plants and herbs, local produce, food and beverage, local honey, eco-friendly products, tools, arts and crafts, vintage cars, boats, bikes and handcrafted wood furniture. On Tuttle Avenue, just south of Fruitville Road, in Sarasota. Public free; vendors $15 a day.

Auditions: God Of Carnage – Venice Theatre Stage II Dramedy in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage. – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115
Auditions: Sunday & Monday, September 7 & 8 at 7:30pm Performance dates: November 13 – 30, 2014 By Yasmina Reza Translated by Christopher Hampton Winner of the 2009 Tony Award. After a playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys, two sets of Brooklyn parents meet to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

Sunday Gospel Brunch

11:30 am-2:30 – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Enjoy live gospel plus traditional and contemporary spiritual music, while feasting on our sumptuous Southern brunch buffet. $24.95/adult; $12/kids 12 and under; free/kids 5 and under

Sarasota Sunday Blues Jam

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Enjoy an evening of great music, hosted by your favorite local musicians each week. A perfect place to meet friends, make new contacts, or just sit back and chill.

ONGOING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

 

MUSEUM • EXHIBITS • GALLERIES

 

Curiosity Exhibition, Circus Museum, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Ethnological congresses, menageries and side shows were among the attractions associated with the tented traveling circuses from their earliest days. While such curiosities did not rate as much advertising paper as the center ring stars, an astounding group of lithographs illustrate the importance of such secondary attractions to the advertising of American traveling shows. 10 to 5 every day; also 5-8 on Thursday night. Adult, $25; Senior 65+, $20; Student 18+ with ID, $5; Child 6-17: $5; Child 5 and under, free; members free ($2 coupon available at Visitor Center, 701 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)

Thomas Chimes from the Permanent Collection, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. every Thursday) – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
With the recent gift of important paintings and works on paper by Thomas Chimes, The Ringling now holds a significant collection of this American artist’s work. The Ringling and Thomas Chimes have had a long history together as the museum organized the first survey exhibition of his work in 1968. On view will be the impressive Ringling Mural measuring some 17 feet across accompanied by preparatory studies showing the artist’s working process, as well as a selection of characteristic portraits. Thomas Chimes (1921-2009) was born in Philadelphia to Greek parents. Chimes enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1939 and then in the Art Students League, New York, in 1941, where he studied with Frank Vincent Du Mond, the former teacher of John Marin and Georgia O’Keeffe. The work of Thomas Chimes is included in many notable public and private collections throughout the United States. This exhibition is made possible by the gift of works of Thomas Chimes by Dawn Chimes. This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation. Adult, $25; Senior 65+, $20; Student 18+ with ID, $5; Child 6-17: $5; Child 5 and under, free; members free.

Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. every Thursday) – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700 -
Danny Lyon’s iconic book “The Bikeriders” is one of the most significant photo-documentary works of postwar America. Lyon, while still finishing college, began riding with and photographing motorcyclists in Chicago at races and “scrambles.” Soon, he had joined the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club and was immersed in their culture, traveling the Midwest by bike for two years. “The Bikeriders,” published in 1968—the year before the release of the film “Easy Rider,” and just after Hunter S. Thompson’s “Hell’s Angels”—captured the end of the “golden age” of the outlaw bikers. His gripping, and often candid shots of bike life provide an insider’s perspective into a unique American counterculture. Lyon’s style of intensive reportage, what we might call “embedded” today, was unconventional in its time, and part of the emerging “New Journalism” of the 1960s and ’70s. This exhibition presents highlights from the Bikeriders portfolio that have been generously gifted by Sally Strauss and Andrew Tomback. Adult $25; Senior 65+ $23; Student 18+ with ID $5; Child 6-17 $5; Child 5 and under free; Florida teacher with ID $10; active military $10.

Seeing the Unseen Exhibition, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. every Thursday) – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700 -
This exciting exhibition features photographic and video works by famous living Chinese artists. Reflecting art innovations of our media age, their works provide a fresh view of the changing cultural landscape in China. Unlike their predecessors, these new-generation artists are even bolder in applying new concepts and technology to record the inspiring moments veiled in daily life, and in creating startling and unexpected scenes. Performance and visual tricks are smartly incorporated into their works to create impressive visual and mental experiences, providing the opportunity for viewers to meditate on the invisible. The artists in the exhibition, including Cao Fei, Li Wei, Wang Qingsong, and Miao Xiaochun, explore their individual approaches, subjects, and styles, while mixing aesthetic ideas, cultural expressions, and commercial inspiration. Individually and as a group, they use art photography and video to tackle issues of identity and experience, youth culture and urban development, history and memory, and the conflicts of tradition and commercialization in contemporary China. Adult $25; Senior 65+ $23; Student 18+ with ID $5; Child 6-17 $5; Child 5 and under free; Florida teacher with ID $10; active military $10.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Presents “Drawn From Nature”

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota – 941-366-2454
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Drawn From Nature,” featuring evocative and atmospheric works by noted landscape artists Jean Blackburn, Deborah Brown, Heidi Edwards, Joyce Ely-Walker, Michele Harvey, Nancy Hellebrand, Susan Klein, Andrew Kuziak and William Nichols, August 1-October 25. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., in Sarasota. Gallery hours are Tues. – Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

Low Fidelity: Still Photographs by Bobby Grossman 1975-1983, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art & Design

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Selby Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-7563 Selby Gallery I: Low Fidelity: Still Photographs by Bobby Grossman 1975-1983.Selby Gallery II: Underground Forces: Target Video 1977 – 1984.The punk music scene through the eyes of photographer Bobby Grossman and videographer Jill Hoffman-Kowal. Exhibit runs Aug. 13-Sept. 20.Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through August. Then Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., except Tuesdays, open until 7 p.m. Closed on all major holidays.

Journey into the Wild Frontier Exhibit

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 10am-4pm – Venice Museum and Archives, 351 Nassau St. S, Venice – 941-486-2487 Journey into the Wild Frontier; Venice Area Early Settlers and Industries. Explore southwest Florida frontier life from 1867-1921 in this exhibit that runs through January 21, 2015. Venice Museum and Archives, 351 Nassau St. S, 486-2487; 10am-4pm Donations accepted.

Florida’s Fascinating Flora, a Batik Exhibit, Selby Gardens

10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota – 941-366-5731
Inspired by the vibrant, tropical colors and aromatic, floral fragrances of Florida´s natural environment, Angela Maria Isaza expresses her fascination through a unique art form: batik painting. She visits Florida regularly from her native home of Colombia to gain botanical inspiration for artistic representation. While she finds many similarities between the plant life found in both locations, she strives to make her oversized works of art create an indelible impression in the observer’s memory as a reminder how fragile and precious nature is. She has traversed the state, visiting such bio-diverse areas as the Everglades, orange orchards and the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, as well as many of the state’s nature preserves and parks. But she always rewards herself at the conclusion of each trip with a visit to Sarasota’s Selby Gardens. She says themes emerge in her “mind’s eye during peaceful walks through these special gardens that provides direction for future paintings.” Her newest exhibit will feature her beloved Batiks Botanicos, as inspired by her many trips to Florida. Opening reception Sept. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., No RSVP required. Adults $19, Children 4-11 $6, Members Free

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