Social Calendar 2011-2012

By: Hannah Wallace

It’s time for another jampacked Sarasota season of social galas and fund raisers, and to help you keep both your schedule and your sanity intact, here’s our must-keep list of the top parties, fashion shows, luncheons and other events benefiting our community. Remember to check back frequently at sarasotamagazine.com for updates, our “Limelight” party pictures […]


It’s time for another jampacked Sarasota season of social galas and fund raisers, and to help you keep both your schedule and your sanity intact, here’s our must-keep list of the top parties, fashion shows, luncheons and other events benefiting our community.

Remember to check back frequently at sarasotamagazine.com for updates, our “Limelight” party pictures and an even more comprehensive schedule of upcoming events. (And while you’re there, be sure to sign up for our free weekly “Limelight” newsletter with the latest party pictures and fashion news.)

Social Calendar 2011/12

2011

SEPTEMBER

 

4 Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc. MDA Labor Day Telethon. Tune in to ABC News 7 from 6 p.m. to midnight to help raise money and recognize Jerry Lewis during his last year as part of the show. (941) 951-7890

 

7 University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Triumph Over Tragedy: Remember 9/11 a Decade Later. Panel discussion featuring peope directly involved in 9/11 and its aftermath. Free; reservations required, (941) 359-4774.

 

8 Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc. NEXT (Next Executive Team) quarterly meet and greet. Gecko’s on Hillview, $10. Chair: Liz Williams, lizw@gulfcoastlegal.org. (941) 366-1746

 

10 Community AIDS Network A Night of Red. Fete, $25. (941) 366-0461

 

15 Community Youth Development Annual CYD Leadership Breakfast. This year honoring Gwen MacKenzie, Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Judge Lee Haworth. Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, $25. (941) 922-5126

 

15 United Way of South Sarasota County Campaign Kickoff Lunch. Plantation Golf and Country Club, $25. (941) 484-4811

 

16 Designing Women Boutique Ballet and Buffet. In-studio rehearsal of the Sarasota Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, followed by a buffet and Q&A with Iain Webb and Suzanne Farrell. FSU Center for the Performing Arts, $50. (941) 366-5293

 

16-17 Manasota Association for Retarded Citizens Eigth Annual Golf Tournament and Las Vegas Nights Party. Bradenton Country Club. (941) 752-2976

 

17 People for Trees Annual Eco-Kids Club Blast! Activities, games, food. (941) 426-9752

 

17 Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Walk for the Kids. 3K walk. Lee Wetherington Boys and Girls Clubs, $25; children under 18, free. Chair: Anthony Vasile. (941) 366-3911

 

18 ALSO Out Youth. 11th Annual Brunch. Michael’s On East. (941) 951-2576

 

19 Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center 10th Annual Harvest for Life. Featuring author Bruce Wilkinson. Sarasota Baptist Church, Proctor Road, $10. (941) 330-2273

 

 

22 Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida, Sarasota Region Handbags and Happy Hour. Designer handbags, silent auction, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Michael’s On East, $50 (in advance); $100, patron. Chairs: Monica Barth, Nicole Kaney, Kyla Weiner. (941) 952-9474

 

23 Friends of the Sarasota Ballet Iain Webb’s Meet Me at the Barre. The director introduces the 2011-2012 ballet comopany and the season programs. FSU Performing Arts Center, $25. Chair: Yvonne Sultan (941) 966-9247

 

23 Jazz Club of Sarasota Jazz at Two. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. (941) 366-1552

 

24 West Coast Civic Ballet Audition for WCCB Winter Holiday Celebration. (941) 504-6762

 

24 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Heart Walk. Three-mile walk. Payne Park, donations. Chair: Pete Wozniak. (800) 257-6941 ext. 8189

 

24 Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc. Seventh Annual Ron Gordon Humane Society Golf Tournament. Bent Tree Country Club, $85 per player. (941) 955-4131

 

24 St. Martha Catholic School Cooking for a Catholic Cause. Interactive Dinner with Chefs Phil Mancini and Tommy Klauber. Michaels On East, $150, sponsorships available.

 

24 Wobbly Feet Wifflemania for a Cure. Wiffle Ball tournament; food, drinks, music and more. $150 per five-man team. Contact Nick Dzembo, (941) 447-0573 for registration and sponsorship information. (941) 421-9246

 

26 Forty Carrots Family Center Caldwell Trust Company presents: Digital Dilemma: What’s a Parent to Do? Featuring Dr. Michael Rich discussing practical and science-based solutions to help manage your family’s media concerns in this technological age. Free; RSVP required. (941) 365-7716

 

27 Westcoast Center for Human Development Westcoast School for Human Development 30th Anniversary Luncheon. (941) 365-7543

 

29 Second Chance-Last Opportunity 16th Annual Share the Light Luncheon. Michael’s On East, $50. Chair: Amy Lovejoy. (941) 360-8660

 

29 United Nations Association of the United States America Sarasota-Manatee Chapter International Career Development Seminar. Sudakoff Hall, New College of Florida. Chairs: Barbara Hicks, Dorothy Watson. (941) 359-9760

 

30 Children First Flip Flops and Fashion Luncheon. Caspersen Beach, Sharky’s On the Pier, Venice, $50. (941) 953-3877

 

30 Police Athletic League of Sarasota County Inc. Sarasota PAL Annual Golf Tournament. The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club. Chair: Joel Oldham. (941) 316-8108

 

MORE SEPTEMBER EVENTS

PAL Sailor Circus Holiday Spectacular. Youth circus performances. PAL Sailor Circus Arena, $12, $16. (941) 361-6350

 

Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota Inc. (FND Manasota) Wreath, Tree and Centerpiece sale. Order items for the holidays to be delivered locally or out of town. Chair: Mary Smith. (941) 928-0682

 

OCTOBER

1 St. Francis Animal Rescue Annual Patron St. Francis Day. Baked goods, hot dogs, crafts on sale. St. Francis Animal Shelter, donations from the wish list accepted. (941) 492-6200

 

1 Arthritis Foundation-Southwest Region Oktoberfest on Old Main Street, downtown Bradenton. Wine and cheese tents, German food and beer tents, fund-raiser poker, black jack and Texas hold ‘em, German music and local bands. (800) 741-4008

 

1 Susan G. Komen for the Cure—Florida Suncoast Affiliate Race for the Cure. 5K run/walk. Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg. (877) 506-6927

 

2 Sarasota Family YMCA Siesta Key Triathlon. The Y’s Sharks swim team has hosted this sprint triathlon on Siesta Key for nearly 30 years. Siesta Key Public Beach, $65-$160, siestakeytriathlon.org. (941) 951-2916

 

2 ShamRockers USA Walt Disney World Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay. (941) 321-6208

 

3 Friends of the Sarasota Ballet FSB Monthly Showcase Luncheon. Iain Webb presents a preview of Ricardo Graziano’s world premiere work slated for the ballet’s Oct. 28 season opener. Michael’s On East, $35. Chair: Yvonne Sultan. (941) 966-9247

 

6 Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc. Sunset BBQ. Casino night on Redington Beach, $45. (941) 366-1746

 

8 Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School Annual golf tournament. Shotgun start, luncheon and awards ceremony. The Meadows Country Club, $150. (941) 371-4917

 

8 United Way of South Sarasota County Golf Tournament. Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club, $75 per player. (941) 484-4811

 

9 The Players Theatre An Evening with the Cat in the Hat. (941) 365-2494

 

9 InStride Therapy Giddy Up and Grand BBQ. Family event with games and food. Instride Therapy campus, $25; children under 10, $10. (941) 412-9333

 

 

12 Temple Beth Sholom Schools: Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool and Goldie Feldman Academy Le Petit Marche. The Michael’s On East courtyard is transformed into the streets of a bustling market and bistro. Shopping, French-inspired food and more. Chairs: Jill Friedman, Courtney Rosenthal. (941) 552-2770

 

13 United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee Inc. Goddess Luncheon. Celebrating sisterhood and friendship. Michael’s On East, $75. (941) 957-3599

 

15 Friends of Sarasota County Parks Fifth Annual Buchans Fly-In and First Annual Green Fling. A variety of planes and experimental aircrafts, followed by an array of educational programs presented by the Englewood Center for Sustainability. Buchans Airport Community Park. ec4s.org. (941) 468-2222

 

15 Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast Fifth Annual Golf Tournament and Church Challenge. Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club, $100. Chair: Donna Dudash. (941) 926-2959

 

15 Lutheran Services Florida Silent Auction. 50s sock hop theme; live entertainment. Chelsea Center. (941) 358-6330

 

15 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). Student Scholarship Fund Dinner and Auction Gala. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund. Hyatt Regency Sarasota, $150; table of 10, $1,500. Chair: Dr. Robert George. (941) 756-0690

 

15, 22 North Port Art Center Festival sARTee. Visual art demonstrations in all media, live performance art. North Port Art Center, free. (941) 423-6460

 

15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota Inc. (FND Manasota) Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival Charity Pumpkin Game Area. Soccer and football. Chair: Mary Smith. (941) 928-0682

 

15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities Inc. Children’s Charity Games, Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival. (941) 355-8808

 

17 Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Inc. Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Charity Golf Outing. Laurel Oak Country Club. (941) 365-0700

 

18 Pierian Spring Academy Fall lecture series begins. (941) 716-2471

 

19 Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc. East Bradenton Executive Lock-Up. Business leaders go behind bars for “good” and will be asked to raise “bail.” (941) 951-7890

 

20 Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc. Key to the Cure: The Pink Party. Four-day shopping event benefiting women’s cancer programs at Sarasota Memorial. Saks Fifth Avenue. Chairs: Susan Jones, Kyla Weiner, Sally Schule. (941) 917-1286

 

21 Manatee Hope Black and White Benefit. Dinner and silent auction. Polo Grill and Bar, $75. (941) 745-5111

 

21 Southeastern Guide Dogs Dining in the Dark. Get a taste of what it’s like to have one of your senses mask, heightening the experience of a fine meal. The Vinoy Members Golf Club, $125. (941) 729-5665

 

21 Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County First Annual Fore the Girls. Golf tournament, dinner, raffle, prizes. Laurel Oak Country Club. (941) 366-6646

 

21 Senior Friendship Centers Judy Collins Sixth Annual Swinging with Friends Golf Tournament. Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice, $100. Chair: Blair Post. (941) 955-2122

 

21 National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Florida Chapter Pro-Am Golf Tournament. $250 per player, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club. (800) 344-4867

 

22 Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome) Annual Buddy Walk. Held at the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival; $10, includes post-walk admittance to the festival. (941) 907-0499

 

22 Community AIDS Network CanDance. Chelsea Center, $200. (941) 366-0461

 

22 Laurel Civic Association Inc. Cool Caribbean Night. Silent auction, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music. Mission Valley Country Club, $75. Chair: Tish Scott. (941) 483-3668

 

22 Arthritis Foundation-Southwest Region Creaky Bones 5K Run and Kids’ Monster Dashes. Nathan Benderson Park, $15; kids, $10 until Oct. 19 ($20 and $15 after Oct. 19). Chair: Doug Schiller. (800) 741-4008

 

22 Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Grand Gala. Globally themed evening with wine, dance, live and silent auctions. The home of Dr. and Mrs. Angus Graham Jr., $75. Chairs: Haily Cavalluzzi, Karen Harllee, Krista Varady. Call (941) 746-2121 ext. 121 for tickets. (941) 746-2121

 

22 Cat Depot Kids, Cats and Cupcakes Carnival. Games, food and entertainment. Cat Depot, free. (941) 366-2404

 

22 American Cancer Society—Mid-Coastal Area Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. A walk celebrating those who have battled breast cancer, educating the public about ways to reduce the risk and empowering the community to join the fight. Sarasota Polo Club, free. Chair: Lauren Dorset. (941) 328-3750; (800) ACS-2345

 

22, 23 Designing Women Boutique Community Sale on the Trail. Community vendors sell goods to benefit Sarasota’s arts and human services organizations. Designing Women Boutique, vendors fees. Chairs: Ida Zito, Butch Amerson. (941) 366-5293

 

23 Sarasota Opera Curtain Raiser. Annual kickoff event for the fall season. Three-course gourmet dinner and a special concert by Sarasota Opera studio artists. Wine cellar, Michael’s On East, $175; premium seatin, $200. (941) 366-8450

 

23 People for Trees Tour de North Port. An organized bicycle ride (15, 35 or 65 miles) through North Port. Proceeds to benefit the creation of “Tree University,” a unique nature visitor center. (941) 426-9752

 

24 Arts and Cultural Alliance Annual Awards Celebration. Recognizing exceptional achievement in the arts and cultural community. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. (941) 365-5118

 

28 Honor Animal Rescue Third annual golf event. Longboat Key Club. (941) 302-0933

 

29 Mote Marine Laboratory Oceanic Evening: Black, White and Pink All Over. Annual black-tie fund raiser, this year featuring African black-footed penguins to celebrate the limited-time exhibit, Penguin Island. Drinks, dinner from Michael’s On East, dancing. Mote Aquarium, $250. Chair: Judy Graham. (941) 388-4441

 

29 Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc. Safe Sex: Halloween Bash. DJ and dancing, live entertainment, costume contests, late-night bites and open bar. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, $100. Chairs: Liebe Gamble, Kyla Weiner. (941) 365-3913

 

29 Neuro Challenge Foundation Third Annual Neuro Challenge Golf Tournament. Shotgun start, dinner, prizes, live auction. Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club. Chair: Mark Bisgeier. (941) 926-6413; (888) NCF-GIVE

 

29 Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation Trolley Tour of J.H. Gillespie’s Sarasota. $19 donation. (941) 953-8727

 

29 Westcoast Center for Human Development Women of Light Luncheon. Chair: Lori Forham. (941) 365-7543

 

30 ORT America ORT Major Gifts Cocktail Party. Hyatt Regency Sarasota. (941) 312-7720

 

NOVEMBER

2 Navy League of the United States–Sarasota/Manatee Council Annual Earl Fowler Memorial Golf Tournament. Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club, $130; dinner/auction only, $30. Chair: Jerry St. Germain. (941) 320-1781

 

3 Art Center Sarasota Material Matters exhibition opening. New and innovative materials, encaustic artists, works by architect Mark Weston, through Dec. 31. Art Center Sarasota. (941) 365-2032

 

3-5 Forty Carrots Family Center Wine, Women and Shoes. Presented by Center for Sight. Winemakers, guest shoe and accessory designers and more. Michael’s Wine Cellar, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and private homes, starting at $200.Chairs: Emily Stroud, Emily Tack. (941) 365-7716

 

4 South County Family YMCA Englewood Family YMCA Pete Mason Memorial Golf Tournament. Boca Royale Golf and Country Club, $85. (941) 492-9622

 

5 Hearts Afire Founders’ BBQ. $30. Chair: Barb Fager. (941) 552-1584

 

5 Historic Spanish Point Mai Tai No Tie. Polynesian-themed evening catered by Mattison’s. Historic Spanish Point, $125. (941) 966-5214

 

5 Honor Animal Rescue New Ranch grand opening. Featuring new Key West-style cottages. (941) 302-0933

 

5 South Florida Museum Snooty’s Gala Presented by Northern Trust. Black-tie affair to support educational programs. South Florida Museum, $175. Chairs: Helen King, Jeanie Kirkpatrick. (941) 746-4131

 

5 Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast Third Annual Fall Family Festival. Free family fun with hands-on activities. Bay Preserve at Osprey. Chairs: Julie Dooley, Rosemarie McKee. (941) 918-2100

 

5 Easter Seals Southwest Florida Inc. Walk With Me. One-mile family fitness walk. Payne Park. (941) 355-7637

 

6 All Faiths Food Bank Bowls of Hope. Soup-tasting event. Phillippi Estate Park, $25. Chair: Aundria Castleberry. (941) 379-6333

 

6 University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Brunch on the Bay. Cuisine by area chefs. Powel Crosley Estate bayfront. Chair: Rick Fawley. (941) 359-4582

 

6 Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center. Celebrating Promises Kept and Dreams Fulfilled: A Big Hug Back to Betty. A fun, not formal, event honoring Betty Schoenbaum. Hyatt Regency Sarasota, $150; patron, $250; sponsorships, $1,000 to $25,000. Chairs: Dr. Lou-Bertha McKenzie-Wharton (941) 365-4545

 

6 Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota Inc. (FND Manasota) Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Fall festivities, food and fashion. Polo Grill, $65; table of 10, $600. Chair: Jackie Reynolds. (941) 928-0682

 

6 Sarasota Historical Society Le Barge History Cruise. History tour and cruise of Sarasota Bay. Departs from Marina Jack, $50. (941) 364-9076

 

6 St. Francis Animal Rescue Mad Hatters Hi Tea. Food, raffles, prizes for best decorated hats with a cat theme. British Open Pub. (941) 492-6200

 

7 Asolo Repertory Theatre Fourth Annual Starry Night Dinner Series. $250. Chairs: Katherine Harris, Lee Peterson, Margaret Wise. (941) 351-8000

 

7 Plantation Community Foundation Fall Frolic/Royal Ride Party. Dinner, raffles, silent auction. Plantation Golf and Country Club, $30. Chairs: Dick and Gail Wolf. (941) 497-4826

 

7 Key Chorale Fall Gala Luncheon. Celebrating Key Chorale’s “New Era.” Michael’s On East. (941) 921-4845

 

9 The Children’s Guardian Fund. Annual Fall Luncheon. Honoring Dr. Hal Hedley for his accomplishment in caring for youth. Michael’s On East. (941) 504-9515

 

9 New College Foundation Inc. ClamBake. Bayfront at New College. (941) 487-4686

 

10 Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc. 15th Annual High Tea at High Noon. High tea luncheon and fashion show. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, $60. Chairs: Peggy Abt, Kathy Bush, Mindy Mast, Carol Williams. (941) 365-3913

 

10 Mission: Seniors International Inc. High Tea. Savannah Grand, $25. (941) 927-9112

 

10 Ringling College of Art and Design Ringling College of Art and Design 10th Annual Golf Tournament. Contact: Sarah Walcutt-Febish, swfebish@ringling.edu. (941) 351-5100

 

11-20 Sarasota Film Society Cine-World International Film Festival. Burns Court Cinemas. (941) 364-8662

 

12 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Inc. Bobby Sox and Blue Jeans: Rock the Night Away. Cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment, silent auction. Dress in 50s and 60s attire. Venetian Golf and River Club, $75. Chair: Pat Jones. (941) 331-4376

 

12 Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association Holiday Junior/Amateur Fund Raiser. The Meadows Country Club. (941) 366-0445

 

13 Sarasota Orchestra Guest Conductor Dinner Series The Sarasota Orchestra invites you to meet this season’s five guest conductors at five lavish dinner soirees. These unique experiences will deliver insight into the musical personalities of our acclaimed guest conductors as they reveal the secrets behind their passion for music. Each dinner will feature a special musical interlude performed by Orchestra ensembles and musicians. To reserve your place, call the Orchestra development office at (941) 487-2737.  sarasotaorchestra.org

13 9th Annual SunCoast Food & Wine FestMore than 30 of Sarasota and Manatee’s finest restaurants and more than 300 wines from all over the world. Live music, a silent auction, a cooking demo tent featuring Michael Klauber and much more. Net proceeds are donated to nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties through a grant process. Sarasota Polo Grounds, $60. Suncoastwinefestival, (941) 358-2068.

 

 

13 Special Olympics Sarasota and Special Athlete Boosters Inc. 13th Annual 5K Classic. South Lido Park to St. Armands Circle and back. $25. Chair: Linda Driggs. (941) 412-0402

 

13 Jazz Club of Sarasota Joy of Jazz. Centennial Park, Venice, free. Chair: Mike Dowd. (941) 366-1552

 

13-17 Jewish Federation Jewish Book Festival. Various locations and ticket prices. Chair: Marvin Waldman.

 

15 Pregnancy Solutions Ninth annual fund-raising banquet. Plantation Golf and Country Club. Complimentary dinner; an opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended. Chair: Verna Allred. (941) 408-7100

 

16 YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Inc. Donor Appreciation Luncheon. Honoring Y First Citizen Bob Johnson. Michael’s On East, $40 (free to Y donors). (941) 951-1336

 

16 Sarasota Concert Association Munchtime Musicales. Beatrice Freedman Symphony Center, free. (941) 955-0040

 

17 AJC (American Jewish Committee) West Coast Florida Region. AJC’s 2011 Achievement Award Dinner. Honoring Gwen MacKenzie. Michael’s On East, $175; sponsorships begin at $1,000. (941) 365-4955

 

17 Goodwill Foundation Ambassador of the Year Awards Dinner. Honoring individuals, companies and organizations that serve as role models and improve the quality of life in the community. Hyatt Regency Sarasota, $100. (941) 355-2721

 

17 WUSF Public Media/Classical WSMR 89.1 Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me. NPR’s news quiz show. Straz Center, Tampa. (941) 359-4240

 

18 Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County Fall Gathering: “Kickin’ Up Your Heels.” Plantation Golf and Country Club, $50. (941) 366-1700

 

18 Mote Marine Laboratory Pinstripes and Penguins. Cocktail party, fashion and dance. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, $50. (941) 388-4441

 

18 Sarasota Opera Guild The Fantastic 50s. Enjoy the music, food and fun of the decade. Sarasota Opera House, $85. Chair: Antonette Cunningham. (941) 350-3638

 

19 Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Dream Makers Ball. Black-tie fund raiser featuring a South Beach theme; dinner, cocktails, dance band and an after-party event. Hyatt Regency Sarasota, $250. Chairs: Tom and Kristy Cail. (941) 366-3911

 

19 ShamRockers USA Fall program begins. (941) 321-6208

 

19 Westcoast Center for Human Development Flames of Distinction. Men’s luncheon. Chair: Etienne Porter. (941) 365-7543

 

20 H.I.S. K.I.D.S. By The Sea Great Teddy Bear Run. Motorcycle run, food and festivities. Phillippi Estates. Chair: Sharon Sieradzki. (941) 918-8400, (941) 302-8411

 

24 ALSO Out Youth Second Annual Turkey Trot. Hyatt Regency Sarasota. (941) 951-2576

 

27 Police Athletic League of Sarasota County Inc. PAL Half Marathon. Palmer Ranch. (941) 316-8108

 

30 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Wine, Dine and Pine. (941) 366-5731

 

30-Dec. 7 Crosley Estate Foundation 15th Annual Holidays at the Crosley, Festival of Trees. Decorated trees, wreaths and vignettes by top designers, decorators and schools. This year for the first time the newly refurbished historic Carriage House will be open to the public. The Crosley Estate Mansion, $10; free for children under 12. Chairs: Natalie Gundrum, Anna Pohl. (941) 704-4366

 

MORE NOVEMBER EVENTS

WSLR Concert featuring Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. Hillbilly “punk-Floyd” folk pop. Kumquat Court, $20, $25. (941) 894-6469

 

Project 180 Project 180′s Fourth Annual McCurdy’s Comedy Club Fund Raiser. An evening of hilarity to benefit a serious cause. McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, $25. (941) 677-2811

 

Sarasota Area Sports Authority SASA Kickoff event for luncheon series. $25. (941) 350-3464

 

WBTT (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe) WBTT Pre-Season Gala. Sneak preview of the 2011-2012. Michael’s On East. Chairs: Mary Ann Robinson, Carol Buchanan. (941) 366-1505

 

Manasota Association for Retarded Citizens Black Tie Ball. (941) 752-2976

 

DECEMBER

1-4 Designing Women Boutique Fashion Week and Gala. Events culminating in the Dec. 4 gala. $175. Chairs: Ida Zito, Carol Phillips. (941) 366-5293; estates division: (941) 366-5299

 

2 Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Inc. Habitat for Humanity Sarasota “Home for the Holidays.” (941) 365-0700

 

2 The Florida Center for Child and Family Development The 24th Annual Festival of Trees, Lights and Holiday Gifts. Gala to kick off the holiday season; dining, silent and live auctions, lime music, dancing and entertainment. Michael’s On East, $175. Chairs: Sylvia Zimmerman, Melissa Caldwell, Sonya Dlug. (941) 371-8820

 

3 Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities Inc. 14th Annual Jingle and Jog. 5K and one-mile run/walk. Community Haven campus, $20. (941) 355-8808

 

3 Trinity Charities Inc. AIDS Walk. New College campus, register at trinitycharities.org. (941) 355-0847

 

3 Englewood Helping Hand Inc. Englewood United Methodist Church Motorcycle Run. $10 and one nonperishable food item. Chair: Jay Wetherill. (941) 474-5864

 

3 Venice Area Beautification Holiday Boat Parade Party. The Venetian Trailhead. (941) 207-8224

 

3 Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc. Hot Dogs and Cool Cats. Holiday-themed party and dinner. Sarasota Yacht Club, $150. Chair: John J. Raleigh Jr. (941) 955-4131

 

3 Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Holidays. Featuring holiday music from Handel to the Beach Boys. Holley Hall. (888) 550-6279

 

5 Sarasota Orchestra Association Sarasota Orchestra Association Holiday Luncheon–Focus on Youth. Holiday boutique, raffle of decorated tabletop trees. Sarasota Yacht Club, $50. (941) 685-0425

 

5 La Musica Sonata a Due. Violist Daniel Avshalomov and pianist Derek Han recital and dinner. Charles Ringling House, New College, $150; patrons, $250. (941) 346-2601

 

5 Jewish Federation Women’s Day Luncheon. Featuring Daytime Emmy Award-winning comedian Judy Gold. Federation campus, starting at $54. Chairs: Allison Silver-Schwartz, Fran Braverman.

 

6 Sarasota Opera Guild Poinsettia Luncheon and Chico’s Fashions. Michael’s On East, $55. Chairs: Antonette Cunningham, Debbie Frank. (941) 961-0730, (941) 587-1241
6 American Red Cross—Southwest Florida Chapter Red Cross Mad Hatter Tea. Open-house tea party. Bayfront home of Bill and Margaret Wise, $100. Chair: Diane Mcneel. Flwestcoastredcross.org/madhatter (941) 379-9300

 

7 Navy League of the United States–Sarasota/Manatee Council Holiday Celebration. Honoring local Individual Augmentees (IAs) and their families. (941) 320-1781

 

8 Community Youth Development CYD Gingerbread Festival Kickoff Event. Featuring the announcement of the winning gingerbread houses and revealing iconic Sarasota landmarks recreated in gingerbread. Westfield Sarasota Square, $25. June Howell, chairperson. (941) 922-5126

 

9-11 Community Youth Development CYD Gingerbread Festival. More than 125 gingerbread houses by youth groups and local organizations. Westfield Sarasota Square, $1. (941) 922-5126

 

10 Venice Area Beautification Holiday Tree Lighting. The Arboretum at West Blalock Park, free. (941) 207-8224

 

10 United Nations Association of the United States America Sarasota-Manatee Chapter Human Rights Day. (941) 359-9760

 

11 Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida, Sarasota Region Christmas In Candy Land. Santa, sweet treats, face painting, balloon sculpting, Christmas movies, coloring and more. Michael’s On East, children, $10; adults, $35. (941) 952-9474

 

11 Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) Sparccle for the Holidays. The Oaks Country Club. Chairs: Carol Chiarella, Mary Ann Robinson, Jean Gay. (941) 365-0208

 

12 The Community Music School of Southwest Florida Scandinavian Holiday Party. Traditional food, drink, holiday music, candle ceremony. $45; $10 for children under 12. Marie Squattrito. (941) 587-4026

 

14 Sarasota Concert Association Munchtime Musicales. Beatrice Freedman Symphony Center, free. (941) 955-0040

 

16 Arthritis Foundation-Southwest Region 16th Annual Jingle Bell Run. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, $25; 12 and under, $10 until Dec. 13 ($30 and $15 after Dec. 13). (800) 741-4008

 

16-17 West Coast Civic Ballet West Coast Civic Ballet Winter Holiday Celebration. Booker High School VPA Theatre. (941) 504-6762, (941) 400-6277

 

16-23, 26, 27 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Lights In Bloom. (941) 366-5731

 

18 Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc. Le Grand Cabaret. JFCS gala featuring the Sarasota Orchestra conducted by Dirk Meyer and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, including Nate Jacobs and Chris Eisenberg. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, $500. Chairs: Judy Cahn, Marie Monsky. (941) 366-2224

 

19 Friends of the Sarasota Ballet Winter variations. Dinner, dancing and an original dance program. Sarasota Yacht Club, $125. Chair: Yvonne Sultan (941) 966-9247

 

20 Gloria Musicae Woundrous Sounds. Celebrating Christmas in collaboration with the Sarasota Orchestra, featuring the Sarasota Young Voices. First United Methodist Church, Sarasota. (941) 925-3183

 

24-Jan. 6 Perlman Music Program Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency. Nearly 20 free events, including orchestra rehearsals led by Itzhak Perlman, chorus rehearsals and works-in-progress studentrecitals. USF Sarasota-Manatee campus and other locations.

 

Sarasota Magazine Social Calendar 2012

2012

JANUARY

 

7 Perlman Music Program Perlman Music Program Celebration Concert and Dinner. The grand culmination of PMP Sarasota winter residency features internationally acclaimed concert violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman leading the PMP Orchestra, composed of approximate

 

7-12 ShamRockers USA Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. (941) 321-6208

 

8 Sarasota Orchestra Guest Conductor Dinner Series The Sarasota Orchestra invites you to meet this season’s five guest conductors at five lavish dinner soirees. These unique experiences will deliver insight into the musical personalities of our acclaimed guest conductors as they reveal the secrets behind their passion for music. Each dinner will feature a special musical interlude performed by Orchestra ensembles and musicians. To reserve your place, call the Orchestra development office at (941) 487-2737.  sarasotaorchestra.org

8 WSLRConcert featuring the Honey Dewdrops. Folk duo. Kumquat Court, $12, $15. (941) 894-6469

 

9 Pierian Spring Academy Winter session classes begin. (941) 716-2471

 

9 Sarasota Concert Association The Great Performers Series. Featuring Pinchas Zukerman, Midori and other international performers and orchestras. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. (941) 955-0040

 

11 Ringling College Library Association RCLA 2012 Town Hall Lecture Series. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, subscriptions from $200 to $600. (941) 925-1343

 

13 Friends of the Selby Public Library, Inc. Looking into the Crystal Ball. Performances, wellness, intuitive readers, artists, light bites, cash bar. 1331 First St., Sarasota, $20; $25 at the door. Chair: Kenney DeCamp. (941) 365-5228

 

14 Sunshine from Darkness Journey to Wellness Symposium. Featuring scientists and physicians speaking on depression, suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, free and open to the public. (941) 308-MIND

 

14 Sunshine from Darkness Sunshine from Darkness Gala. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, $250; sponsor levels from $750 to $25,000. (941) 308-MIND

 

16 Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc. Celebrate the Arts. Luncheon and award presentation. Sarasota Yacht Club, $50. Chairs: Barbara Blackburn, Kristine Bundrant. (941) 330-0680

 

16 Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) Scramble for SPARCC. Ladies golf tournament. The Oaks Country Club. Chairs: Florence Jensen, Cerita Purmort. (941) 365-0208

 

18 National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section 30th Annual Women in Power Luncheon. Honoring Margeret Callahan, Betsy Kane Hartnett, Eva T. Slane and Anne Weintraub. Michael’s On East. $65. Chairs: Nina Japhe, Janet Stollman. (941) 342-1855

 

18 Sarasota Concert Association Munchtime Musicales. Beatrice Freedman Symphony Center, free. (941) 955-0040

 

19 WSLR Concert featuring Storyhill. Progressive accoustic duo. Kumquat Court, $12, $15. (941) 894-6469

 

21 Asolo Repertory Theatre Fourth Annual Starry Night Dinner Series. $250. Chairs: Katherine Harris, Lee Peterson, Margaret Wise. (941) 351-8000

 

21 Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc. MDA Muscle Walk. Sarasota Jungle Gardens. (941) 951-7890

 

21 Sarasota Family YMCA Ringling Bridge Run. Four-mile run/walk and one-mile fun run supporting healthy family programming at the Sarasota Y. Course crosses the John Ringling Causeway and runs along the Sarasota Bayfront. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, $20. thesa (941) 951-2916

 

26 Longboat Key Center for the Arts A Taste of the Keys and Fashion Show. A collaboration between the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and the Longboat Key Garden Club. Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Chairs: Susan Landau, Barb Kerwin, Jane Buckman. (941) 383-2345

 

26 Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Inc. Third Annual “An Evening With Healthy Start. Light fare from local restaurants, beer, wine and live music. Sarasota Architectural Salvage, $20 in advance; $30 at the door. Chair: Laura Gilkey. (941) 373-7070

 

28 Sarasota Film Society Black & Red Gala. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. (941) 364-8662

 

28 Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County Inc. Sweet Home Habitat. (941) 493-6606

 

28 Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc. The Catholic Charities Ball. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, $250. Chairs: Mary Kenealy-Barbetta, Julie Delaney, Linda Whitacre, Bridget Spiess. (941) 488-5581

29 Sarasota Orchestra Guest Conductor Dinner Series The Sarasota Orchestra invites you to meet this season’s five guest conductors at five lavish dinner soirees. These unique experiences will deliver insight into the musical personalities of our acclaimed guest conductors as they reveal the secrets behind their passion for music. Each dinner will feature a special musical interlude performed by Orchestra ensembles and musicians. To reserve your place, call the Orchestra development office at (941) 487-2737.  sarasotaorchestra.org

 

MORE JANUARY EVENTS

Animal Rescue Coalition Animal Rescue Coalition’s Dog’s Night Out. Sak’s Fifth Avenue, $75. (941) 957-1955, ext. 8

 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Diabetes Research Seminar. A noted diabetes researcher speaks about the progress in finding a cure for diabetes. Free. (941) 907-0811

 

Legal Aid of Manasota Inc. Limousine Scavenger Hunt. (941) 366-0038

 

FEBRUARY

1 Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, subscriptions from $200 to $600. (941) 925-1343

 

4 Temple Beth Sholom Schools: Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool and Goldie Feldman Academy 18th Annual Celebration of Imagination. Children’s art auction. Michael’s On East. (941) 552-2770

 

4 South County Family YMCA 25th Anniversary Black Tie Dinner and Auction. Venice YMCA, $175. (941) 492-9622

 

4 Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast Fifth Annual Palm Ball. Cocktails, dinner and dancing. Bay Preserve at Osprey. Honorary chair: Cornelia Matson. Co-chairs: Ariane Dart, Pauline Jeorger, Amie Swan, Margaret Wise. (941) 918-2100

 

6 The Players Theatre Singularly Sensational Soiree. (941) 365-2494

 

7-March 30 New College Library Association New College Library Association presents the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibit, Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings. Jane Bancroft Cook Library. (941) 487-4600

 

8 Historic Spanish Point Annual Luncheon. Cooking demonstration and live auction. Michael’s On East, $85. (941) 966-5214

 

9 Plantation Community Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Plantation Golf and Country Club, $350. Chairs: Ron Noble, Steve Rich. (941) 497-4826

 

9 Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC). Secondhand Rose Fashion Show and Luncheon. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Chair: Luisa Goldman. (941) 365-0208

 

11 Sarasota Opera Celebration opening the winter opera festival followin the opening-night performance of Carmen. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, $250. Chairs: Don and Rachael Worthington. (941) 366-8450

 

11 Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Falcon 5K Run and One-mile Fun Run. Shaded route along the Manatee River. Chair: Veronica Van Dyke. Contact Jennifer Sabo, jsabo@saintstephens.org, for registration. (941) 746-2121

 

11 ORT America ORT Casino Night. Michael’s On East. (941) 312-7720

 

11 Mission: Seniors International Inc. Pancake Breakfast. $25. Chair: Alberta Adams. (941) 927-9112

 

13 Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, subscriptions from $200 to $600. (941) 925-1343

 

15 Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida, Sarasota Region Cooking for Wishes. Interactive four-course lunch paired with wines, live auction. Michael’s On East. Chairs: Terri Klauber, Denise Mei. (941) 952-9474

 

15 Manatee Community Foundation Spirit of Manatee Awards. Recognizing those individuals and organizations that embody the philanthropic spirit of Manatee County. Bradenton Auditorium. (941) 747-7765

 

16 First Step of Sarasota Caring Hearts Luncheon and Silent Auction. Benefits First Step’s Mothers and Infants program. Michael’s On East. Chair: Marcella Schuyler. (941) 366-5333

 

16 Goodwill Foundation Countdown to Mardi Gras. Transforms Michael’s On East to Bourbon Street with authentic New Orleans food and entertainment. Michael’s On East, $100. Chairs: Tara Williams, Kevin Gallagher. (941) 355-2721

 

16 Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County Deal Me In for Literacy. Card and game party. Jacaranda Trace, Venice. (941) 488-8994

 

17 The Literacy Council of Sarasota Inc. Annual Author’s Luncheon. Featuring Jim Duffy. Michael’s On East. (941) 955-0421

 

17 New College Foundation Inc. New College Foundation Gala. Bayfront at New College. (941) 487-4686

 

17-19 Child Protection Center Inc. Sarasota Exotic Car Fest. (941) 365-1277

 

18 Animal Rescue Coalition ARC Gala. Michael’s On East, $200. Chairs: Shelley Sarbey, Mary Ann Robinson. (941) 957-1955, ext. 8

 

18 Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc. Bethesda House Mardi Gras Madness. Sarasota Yacht Club, $125. Chair: Sandy Gallagher. (941) 488-5581

 

18 Bethesda House Mardi Gras Madness. Dinnery, dancing, silent auction. Sarasota Yacht Club, $125. (941) 366-1886

 

18 The Venice Symphony The Eric Watters Show. Church of the Nazarene, Venice, $25. (941) 488-1010

 

19 South Florida Museum Pig Roast in the Woods. Home country cookin’, drinks, live bluegrass music and a campfire. The home of John and Carol Rice, Bradenton, $75. Chairs: John and Carol Rice, Ron and Rose Carlson. (941) 746-4131

 

20 Pierian Spring Academy Spring session classes begin. (941) 716-2471

 

20 Junior Achievement 10th Annual J.A. Invitational Golf Tournament. Ritz-Carlton Members Club. Chair: Cecilia Alexander. (941) 361-1410

 

23 Asolo Repertory Theatre Fourth Annual Starry Night Dinner Series. $250. Chairs: Katherine Harris, Lee Peterson, Margaret Wise. (941) 351-8000

 

23 Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc. Our Mother’s House Wine Tasting and Dinner. Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice, $75. Chair: Joyce Scott. (941) 488-5581

 

24 Tidewell Hospice, Inc. Compassion in Caring Luncheon. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, $75; sponsorships available. (941) 552-7500

 

24 Education Foundation of Sarasota County Inc. 17th Annual Evening of Excellence. Gala dinner and auction celebrating the community’s most talented young artists. $200; patrons, $250; sponsor tables, $1,000 to $25,000. Chairs: Chris Cremer, Meg Mahoney. (941) 927-0965

 

24 Easter Seals Southwest Florida Inc. Design and Wine. Celebrating innovative design ideas. Dolphin Aviation, $35. (941) 355-7637

 

25 Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc. 35th Anniversary Corinthian Gala. Held once every three years. Speakeasy is this year’s theme. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, $250; patron, $750. Chairs: Kim Githler, Susan Jones (941) 917-1286

 

25 Englewood Helping Hand Inc. CROP Walk. Donation. Chair: Ted Anderson. (941) 474-5864

 

25 All Children’s Hospital Guild of Sarasota and Manatee Feb. 25, 2012. Miracle Ball: Running for the Roses. Cocktails, dinner, hat contest, live entertainment, silent auction, casino. The Founders Club. Chair: Sandy Brown. (941) 704-5685

 

28 The Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Enchanted Evening. Michael’s On East, $116. Chairs: Bob and Karen Iezzi. (941) 306-1200

 

29 Moffit Cancer Center Foundation Sarasota Women’s Cancer Awareness Luncheon. Guest speaker: Olivia Newton-John. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, $125; patron, $250. Chairs: Eileen Curd, Charlene Wolff. Insidemoffit.com/sarasotaluncheon or (813) 745-4860. (888) 663-3488

 

MORE FEBRUARY EVENTS

The Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc. Legacy Luncheon. (941) 953-5600

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Men, Women and Youth of the Year Luncheon. $45. Chair: Anne Weintraub. (941) 366-3911

 

Sarasota Area Sports Authority SASA spring luncheon event. $25. (941) 350-3464

 

SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) Winter Forum 2012. Institute for the Ages and SCOP host a half-day learning program. (941) 365-8751

 

MARCH

1 Neuro Challenge Foundation Annual Parkinson’s Gala: Cause 4 Fashion. Featuring local fashion retailers,manufacturers and designers, including T. Georgiano’s, Coffrin Jewelers and Lilly Pulitzer, plus dinner, cash bar, silent and live auctions. Michael’s On East, $95. (941) 926-6413; (888) NCF-GIVE

 

2 Hearts Afire Sixth Annual Hearts Afire Benefit. Black tie optional diner, silent and live auctions. Michael’s On East, $150. (941) 552-1584

 

3 Neuro Challenge Foundation Cause4Fashion—Special appearance by New York City designer Alex Garfield, featuring Parkinson’s models in his Peace of Cloth line. Michael’s On East, $95. Kathy and Laura Gilkey. (941) 926-6413; (888) NCF-GIVE

 

3 United Way of South Sarasota County Sixth Annual Community Charity Walk. Centennial Park, Venice. Suggested: $25 per walker. (941) 484-4811

 

3 Southeastern Guide Dogs Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon. Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, $25 registration; $5 per dog. (941) 729-5665

 

4 Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation 22nd Annual Historic Homes Tour. Bungalow Hill, Sarasota, $20 donation. (941) 953-8727

 

4 North Port Art Center Bowls of Hope Green. One-of-a-kind bowls from the new potter and sculpture studio. Ticket price allows you to pick the bowl of your choice as a reminder to feed the hungry. Fill your bowl up to three times with offerings from local restaura (941) 423-6460

 

4 United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee Inc. Chocolate Sundae. More than 40 restaurants and vendors presenting unlimited samplings of their chocolate creations. Michael’s On East, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. (941) 957-3599

 

4-10 Jazz Club of Sarasota 32nd Annual Jazz Festival. The Players Theatre. (941) 366-1552

 

5 Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, subscriptions from $200 to $600. (941) 925-1343

 

6 Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc. 46th Annual Dinner Celebration. Dinner, keynote speaker and silent auction. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, $150. Chairs: Peggy and Ken Abt. (941) 365-3913

 

6 ORT America ORT Fashion Show Luncheon. Michael’s On east. (941) 312-7720

 

7 Plantation Community Foundation Fashion Show. Plantation Golf and Country Club, $35. Chair: Judy Morehead. (941) 497-4826

 

8 United Nations Association of the United States America Sarasota-Manatee Chapter International Women’s Day. (941) 359-9760

 

9 Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc. Creators and Collectors Tour. Art exhibit and studio tour. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Chair: Susan Schober. (941) 330-0680

 

9 Ear Research Foundation Ninth Annual Hear & Now Gala. Longboat Key Club, $175. (941) 365-0367

 

11 Sarasota Orchestra Guest Conductor Dinner Series The Sarasota Orchestra invites you to meet this season’s five guest conductors at five lavish dinner soirees. These unique experiences will deliver insight into the musical personalities of our acclaimed guest conductors as they reveal the secrets behind their passion for music. Each dinner will feature a special musical interlude performed by Orchestra ensembles and musicians. To reserve your place, call the Orchestra development office at (941) 487-2737.  sarasotaorchestra.org

11-15 Jewish Federation Jewish Film Festival.First-run Jewish and Israeli films. Chair: Roz Goldberg

 

12 South Florida Museum Couture in the Courtyard. Fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue and luncheon by Michael’s On East. South Florida Museum, $75. Chair: Susan Wilcox. (941) 746-4131

 

12 Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County Renaissance Luncheon. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, $95. (941) 366-1700

 

12-18 Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Saint Stephen’s Arts Week. Juried student art show and annual all-school musical. (941) 746-2121

 

13 Senior Friendship Centers A Madcap Evening: Animal Crackers. Dinner and entertainment. The Friendship Center, $150. Chair: Harold Ronson. (941) 955-2122

 

14 Project 180 Men Behind Bars. Celebrity bartender night. The Polo Grill and Bar, tips benefit Project 180. Chair: James Holmes. (941) 677-2811

 

17 Asolo Repertory Theatre Asolo Rep’s Ragtime Revival. 2012 gala. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, $275, $500 and $1,000. Chair: Carolyn Keystone, Jim Meekison. (941) 351-8000

 

17 The Out-of-Door Academy Banyan Ball: The Emerald Isle. Uihlein Campus at Lakewood Ranch. Chairs: Tracee Bomberger, Michelle Lea. (941) 349-3223

 

17 The Venice Symphony Pops in the Park. Free outdoor pops concert. Maxine Barritt Park, Venice. (941) 488-1010

 

20 Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc. Eighth Annual Celebrity Chefs and Wine Tasting. Longboat Key Club and Resort, $85. Chairs: Susan and Randy Mallitz. (941) 366-2224

 

21 Ringling College Library Association RCLA 2012 Town Hall Lecture Series. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, subscriptions from $200 to $600. (941) 925-1343

 

21 Sarasota Concert Association Munchtime Musicales. Beatrice Freedman Symphony Center, free. (941) 955-0040

 

22 Sarasota Coalition on Substance Abuse Seventh Annual Shining Stars Recognition and Awards Luncheon. Michael’s On East, $50. (941) 377-7736

 

23 Art Center Sarasota iconcept: Art Meets Fashion. Fourth annual show of outrageous outfits created by area artists. (941) 365-2032

 

24 The Community Music School of Southwest Florida 1940s Supper Club. Dinner, music and dancing to the music of Porter, Carmichael, Ellington, Dorsey and more. The Oaks Club, $75. Tom and Patsty MacCabe. (941) 587-4026

 

24 Ringling College of Art and Design An Evening at the Avant-Garde. Ringling College campus. (941) 351-5100

 

24 North Port Art Center Cabaret with Kitt Moran: A Night of Love Songs. Intimate performance, live art auction, 50/50 raffle, wine, hors d’oeuvres. North Port Art Center, $50. (941) 423-6460

 

24 Forty Carrots Family Center. Firefly Gala. The Concession Golf Club, $250. Chair: Ariane Dart. (941) 365-7716

 

24 Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota Hearing Loss Affects Everyone…Including Businesses. Speakers highlight how hearing loop systems have built businesses across the U.S. $10. (941) 966-8999

 

24 Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota How We Are Addressing Your Hearing Needs, Access and Rights. Branda Battat, executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America, will discuss HLAA’s national advocacy, education and support priorities. (941) 966-8999

 

25 Sarasota Opera Celebrating Maestro DeRenzi’s 30th season with the company. Three-course Italian-inspired dinner, concert, dessert and tributes. Sarasota Opera House, $250 (does not include a ticket to the performance). (941) 366-8450

 

25 All Faiths Food Bank Giving Hunger the Blues. Daylong festival with area bands, games, food and beverages. Hillview Street, $50. Chair: George Generoso. (941) 379-6333

 

25 Friends of Sarasota County Parks Tour de Parks. Bicycle rides of various distances along the Legacy Trail and scenic area roads, presented in conjunction with Venice’s 85th anniversary celebration. Historic Train Depot, legacytrailfriends.org. (941) 468-2222

 

27 Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County 24th Annual Celebration Luncheon. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. (941) 366-6646

 

27 Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities Inc. Mad Hatter Tea. Tea, light refreshments, desserts, prizes for best hats and entertainment by Selby Preschool students. $25-plus donations appreciated. (941) 355-8808

 

27 Sarasota Orchestra Association Sarasota Orchstra Association Denim and Diamonds–A Gala Event. Auction, dinner and entertainment. The Founders Club, $85. (941) 685-0425

 

29 Sarasota Opera Guild Spring Fling Luncheon: A Florida Extravaganza. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, $50. Chairs: Bobby Garibaldi-Sanders, Ruth Bader. (941) 350-3638

 

29 Salvation Army Sarasota Area Command The Glitz at the Ritz-Carlton: The 11th Annual Schoenbaum Humanitarian Award Luncheon. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, $75. Chairs: Marilyn Bezner, Hugh Peeples. (941) 364-8845

 

30 American Cancer Society—Mid-Coastal Area Relay For Life. Riverview High School, $100 to start a team. (941) 328-3750; (800) ACS-2345

 

31 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 31st Annual Orchid Ball. (941) 366-5731

 

31 Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School 38th annual dinner auction. Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent and live auctions. Hyatt Regency Sarasota. (941) 371-4917

 

31 St. Francis Animal Rescue SFAR Gala. Dinner, life and silent auctions, music and more. Plantation Golf and Country Club. (941) 492-6200

 

31 St. Martha Catholic School Cajun Crawfish Festival. Cash raffle, crawfish boil, carnival, Easter egg hunt. St Martha Catholic School Field.

 

MORE MARCH EVENTS

The Children’s Guardian Fund “Yacht Freedom” Sunset Cruise. Cocktail cruise on Sarasota Bay. (941) 504-9515

 

AJC (American Jewish Committee) West Coast Florida Region AJC’s Human Relations Award Dinner. (941) 365-4955

 

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Go Red for Women Luncheon. Health screenings, inspiring stories and a special keynote speaker. Michael’s On East, $100. (800) 257-6941 ext. 8189

 

Special Athlete Boosters Inc. Laurel Oak Cup. Laurel Oak Country Club. Chair: Susan Hokamp. (941) 412-0402

 

Special Olympics Sarasota Laurel Oak Cup. Laurel Oak Country Club. Chair: Susan Hokamp. (941) 412-0402

 

Florida Studio Theatre Inc. Moveable Feast. A celebration of the art, the artist and the audience, as well as FST’s 38th season. Florida Studio Theatre campus, $150. Administrative: (941) 366-9017 Box office: (941) 366-9000

 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Florida Chapter Sarasota Walk MS. $125 fund raising to earn official Walk MS 2012 shirt. J.D. Hamel Park. (800) 344-4867

 

Friends of Sarasota County Parks Spring into Outdoor Fest. Snook Haven. (941) 468-2222

 

Lemon Bay Conservancy Inc. Toast to the Coast. Boca Grande. Chair: Hilary Dahms. (941) 830-8922

 

State College of Florida Foundation Evening Under the Stars. SCF Venice campus, $15. Cathy Kuhlman. (941) 752-5390

 

Manasota Association for Retarded Citizens 12th Annual City Slickers Dinner and Auction. (941) 752-2976

 

Englewood Helping Hand Inc. Faith Night with Stonecrabs Baseball. Chair: Ginny Anderson (941) 474-5864

 

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center Second Annual Golf Marathon. (941) 330-2273

 

Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART) Second Annual Rides and Strides Family Fun Day. (941) 746-1493

 

 

APRIL

1 The Hermitage Artist Retreat The Greenfield Award Dinner. Keynote speaker Robert Spano, music director for the Atlanta Symphony and Aspen Music Festival and School, and the fifth awarding of the Greenfield Prize. Michael’s On East, $150. (941) 475-2098

1 Sarasota Orchestra Guest Conductor Dinner Series The Sarasota Orchestra invites you to meet this season’s five guest conductors at five lavish dinner soirees. These unique experiences will deliver insight into the musical personalities of our acclaimed guest conductors as they reveal the secrets behind their passion for music. Each dinner will feature a special musical interlude performed by Orchestra ensembles and musicians. To reserve your place, call the Orchestra development office at (941) 487-2737.  sarasotaorchestra.org

1 All Faiths Food Bank. Sunday Brunch in the Park. Sampling food and wine from Sarasota restaurants. Phillippi Estate Park, $50. Chair: Paul Mattison. (941) 379-6333

 

2 Asolo Repertory Theatre Fourth Annual Starry Night Dinner Series. $250. Chairs: Katherine Harris, Lee Peterson, Margaret Wise. (941) 351-8000

 

2 Gloria Musicae Mystical Sounds. Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. Sarasota Opera House. (941) 925-3183

 

11 New College Library Association Pique Nique Sur La Baie. College Hall, Bayfront Gardens. (941) 487-4600

 

12 Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota Hearing Loss Affects Everyone. Wine and cheese reception. $10. (941) 966-8999

 

12-May 15 Florida Winefest and Auction Inc. Wine/winemaker dinners, consumer tasting, Friday-night party, Saturday seminars and exclusive Titanic dinner, Sunday brunch and charity auction. $25-$200. (941) 952-1109

 

13-15 Special Olympics Sarasota and Special Athlete Boosters Inc. 20th Annual BB&T Venice Sharks Tooth Festival. Venice Airport Festival Grounds, $3. (941) 412-0402

 

14 American Cancer Society—Mid-Coastal Area Cattle Barons’ Ball. White Out Cancer Gala raising funds for ROCK programs (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids). Michael’s On East, $250. Chairs: Jim and Bingo Wilson, Michael and Terri Klauber. (941) 328-3750; (800) ACS-2345

 

14 Mote Marine Laboratory Mote’s Party on the Pass. Beer, wine and food by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, silent and live auctions. (941) 388-4441

 

15 Easter Seals Southwest Florida Inc. 16th Annual Meadows Cup golf tournament. Meadows Country Club, $1,600 per foursome. (941) 355-7637

 

15 Asolo Repertory Theatre Second Annual Men Who Cook. The Longboat key Club and Resort, $150. Chairs: Beverly Bartner, Molly Schechter, Margaret Wise. (941) 351-8000

 

18 Sarasota Concert Association Munchtime Musicales. Beatrice Freedman Symphony Center, free. (941) 955-0040

 

19 Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast Women Helping Women Luncheon. Michael’s On East, $100. Chairs: Cherie Leetzow, Debbie Howell. (941) 926-2959

 

20 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Inc. Déjà vu: Friday Night at the Movies. Costumes, entertainment, cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction, vintage automobiles. Hyatt Regency Sarasota, $175. Chairs: Susan Brennan, Lindy Smith, Sharlene Hillier. (941) 331-4376

 

20 Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Lakewood Rancy Community Fund Gala. Chairs: Barbara Najmy, Ron Masseo. (941) 556-5442

 

21 Trinity Charities Inc. AIDS Bike Ride. Legacy Trail, register at trinitycharities.org. (941) 355-0847

 

21 Children First Children First Celebration Gala. Michael’s On East, $200. (941) 953-3877

 

21 South County Family YMCA. Tropical Nights Dinner and Auction. Palm Island Resort, Placida, $150. (941) 492-9622

 

21-22 National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Florida Chapter Bike MS: The Citrus Tour 2012. Pedal through Old Florida citrus groves and experience the beauty of Bok Tower gardens, with an overnight stop at the Caribe Royale Resort. $50 registration; $250 minimum fund raising required. (800) 344-4867

 

25 Sarasota Orchestra Association Sarasota Orchestra Association Spring Luncheon. Michael’s On East, $50. (941) 685-0425

 

27 Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc. Paws on the Catwalk: Animal Magnetism. Luncheon with a pets-and-people fashion show. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, $75. Chair: Alex Miller, Chris Voelker. (941) 955-4131

 

28 People for Trees 14th Annual Tree Festival. Hundreds of native trees and plants for sale, vendors and food. North Port Community Center. (941) 426-9752

 

MORE APRIL EVENTS

Sarasota Film Festival Inc. 14th Annual Sarasota Film Festival. (941) 364-9514

 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 18th Annual Siesta Key Walk to Cure Diabetes. Email hparker@jdrf.org for more information. (941) 907-0811

 

Florida Studio Theatre Inc. Bags and Baubles Luncheon. Silent and live auctions of jewelry and handbags, lunch and a performance by the FST Improv troupe. Goldstein Cabaret, $75. Administrative: (941) 366-9017 Box office: (941) 366-9000

 

Second Chance-Last Opportunity Better Git It In Your Soul. Birthday party and fund raiser. Mattison’s Forty-One, $15. Chair: Amy Lovejoy (941) 360-8660

 

Sunshine from Darkness Diamonds in the Rough Luncheon. Awards presentation and motivational luncheon. (941) 308-MIND

 

Suncoast Center for Independent Living Inc. Emergency Preparedness Workshop. Informing people with disabilities how to prepare for an emergency. Free. Chair: Barbara Cruz. (941) 351-9545

 

Sarasota Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day. Kids and families engage in active play and learn healthy habits. Free. (941) 951-2916

 

Child Protection Center Inc. Pain the town BLUE. Events throughout the month celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention Month. (941) 365-1277

 

American Red Cross—Southwest Florida Chapter Red Cross Spring Mad Hatter Tea. Chair: Diane McNeel. (941) 379-9300

 

The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee The First Tee. Fourth annual event. The Concession. Chair: Nick DeVito. (941) 993-0046

 

The Children’s Guardian Fund Third annual golf tournament. Four golfers per team, plus awards dinner with prizes and entertainment. (941) 504-9515

 

Arts and Cultural Alliance YouthArts Fest. Showcase of Sarasota County student talent to build support for arts education programs in the schools. (941) 365-5118

 

MAY

4 Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc. 11th Annual Physicians Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Healthcare Foundation’s Physicians Endowment for Sarasota Memorial staff education. Chairs: Carroll Hunter, Patrice Riley (941) 917-1286

 

4 Senior Friendship Centers Tee it Up for the CRC. Golf tournament benefiting Senior Friendship Centers’ Caregiver Resource Center. Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club, $100. Chair: Paula Falk. (941) 955-2122

 

5 YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Inc. Element Au. Berlin Y branch, $250. Chairs: Debbie Dannheisser, Denise Mei, Dawn Epstein. (941) 951-1336

 

7 The Community Music School of Southwest Florida Kentucky Derby Party. Dinner, music, auction and the race on a big-screen TV. $59. Mary and Jack Geldi. (941) 587-4026

 

11 American Red Cross—Southwest Florida Chapter Hurricane Bash Golf Tournament and Celebrity Chef Showcase. University Park Country Club. Flwestcoastredcross.org/hurricanegolf (941) 379-9300

 

12 St Martha Catholic School Golf tournament. $150 per player.

 

19 Pregnancy Solutions 11th Annual Walk for Life/Run for Fun. Maxine Barritt Park, Venice Island. Walkers collect pledges and donations. (941) 408-7100

 

19 Southeastern Guide Dogs Barkitecture. Local builders create unique dog houses that will be auctioned off. Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, $150. (941) 729-5665

 

19 Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota From Revolution to Evolution. Holley Hall. (888) 550-6279

 

MORE MAY EVENTS

Sarasota Area Sports Authority SASA Scholarship recognition event. $25. (941) 350-3464

 

West Coast Civic Ballet WCCB Spring Festival. 10th Anniversary Celebration. Booker High School VPA Theatre. (941) 504-6762, (941) 400-6277

 

JUNE

SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) Annual celebration and Boundary Crosser Award. Celebrating citizen-led change and honoring a local leader. $25. (941) 365-8751

 

ShelterBox Big Green Box Week. International awareness week to promote the importance of humanitarian action following disasters. (941) 907-6036

 

JULY

4 Gloria Musicae Sounds of Freedom. Annual tribute to Independence Day featuring the new choral setting of The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. The Historic Asolo Theater. (941) 925-3183

 

Save Our Seabirds Fish Fry. (941) 388-3010

 

AUGUST

25 Foundation for Dreams Inc. (941) 746-5659

 

Rotary Futures College Resource Center Comedy Night. Venice Yacht Club, $100. (941) 480-3178

 

 

 

EVENTS WITHOUT DATES/TBA

Aging in Paradise Resource Center Soiree (941) 383-6491

 

Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Payne Park, free. (941) 365-8883

 

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, Bradenton/Sarasota Campus 25th Annual Michelle Wells Memorial Golf Tournament. (941) 776-1777

 

Community Video Archives (CVA) Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon (941) 365-7052

 

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Inc. Annual mail fund raiser. (941) 955-6293

 

Sarasota Orchestra TBA. All Jazzed Up! Season opener and brunch. Michael’s On East, $95. Chairs: Bunny Skirboll, Edie Chaifetz. (941) 953-4252

 

Sarasota Film Society TBA. Annual Academy Awards. Burns Court Cinemas. (941) 364-8662

 

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County TBA. Annual Sharon Monk Golf Tournament. (941) 366-1700

 

Operation Serving Children TBA. Buck-Up America. (941) 809-7780

 

St. Jude Church/Hispanic-American Center TBA. Carnival. Cocktails, dinner, dancing, auctions. Michael’s On East, $125. Chairs: Maricarmen Romero-Vazina, Anna Thompson. (941) 955-3934

 

Cat Depot TBA. Catsino Gala. (941) 366-2404

 

First Step of Sarasota TBA. Eighth Annual Golf Classic. (941) 366-5333

 

St. Jude Church/Hispanic-American Center TBA. Hispanic Festival. All day outdoor fair with food, music and entertainment. Hispanic American Center, free. Chair: Luis Eduardo Barón. (941) 955-3934

 

Community AIDS Network TBA. Living With AIDS: What a Drag. (941) 366-0461

 

The Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc. TBA. Merry Marketplace. (941) 953-5600

 

Cat Depot TBA. Pawpurr’s Ball. (941) 366-2404

 

ShelterBox TBA. ShelterBox Humanitarian Awards. (941) 907-6036

 

The Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc. TBA. Simply Sarasota Kitchen Tour. (941) 953-5600

 

Van Wezel Foundation TBA. The Annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala. Elegant evening of silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and Golden Circle seatin for a Van Wezel performance. (941) 366-5578

 

The Hermitage Artist Retreat TBA. The Artful Lobster. A lobster bake and auction on the Manasota Key beachfront Hermitage campus. Hermitage Artist Retreat, $125. Chair: Debbi Benedict. (941) 475-2098

 

The Venice Symphony TBA. The Maestro’s Musicale. (941) 488-1010

 

The Sarasota Choral Society The 67th annual production of Handel’s Messiah. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. (941) 343-9894

 

Honor Animal Rescue Third Annual Ponies for Pups. (941) 302-0933

 

Lillette’s Foundation for the Arts Sixth Annual Elegant Evening with Lillette and Friends. $25. Chair: Tanya Stargell. (941) 556-1330

 

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning Tuesdays, Jan. 10-March 27, 2012. Global Issues: An Insider’s View of Today’s World. The Players Theatre, $75. (941) 365-6404

 

Friends of the Selby Public Library, Inc. Tuesdays, November 2011-April 2012. Books and Coffee Programs. Vibrant speakers discuss compelling books. Selby Library, free. (941) 365-5228

 

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary Wednesday-Sunday, June-October. Sunset Safaris. (941) 371-6377

 

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary Wednesday-Sunday, November 2011-May 2012. Tours and weekend educational animal demonstrations. (941) 371-6377

 

Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART) Year-round. SMART Chefs Dinners. Chair: Nick Drizos. (941) 746-1493

 

Advocates for Better Hearing CART Comedy Night. Communication Access Realtime Translations: A stenographer enters projected subtitles to accompany the comedians’ routines. McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. (941) 922-1242

 

Friends of the Selby Public Library, Inc. Daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore. An eclectic selection of low-priced, quality donated books. Selby Library. (941) 365-5228

 

Rotary Futures College Resource Center Duck Pluck Raffle. Venice Sharks Tooth Festival. $6 per duck. (941) 480-3178

 

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning Fridays, Jan. 15-March 30, 2012. Global Issues: An Insider’s View of Today’s World. Venice Community Center, $60. (941) 365-6404

 

Police Athletic League of Sarasota County Inc. Last two weekends in October, including Halloween night. Haunted House. Not recommended for children under 12. PAL Sailor Circus Arena, $10. (941) 316-8108

 

PAL Sailor Circus Last week of March, first week of April, 2012. 63rd annual spring shows. Mary Poppins. A “circus arts” rendition of the popular story. PAL Sailor Circus Arena. (941) 361-6350

 

Manatee Hope Manatee Hope booth 85, Red Barn Flea Market, Bradenton. Donated items accepted. (941) 745-5111

 

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning Mondays, Jan. 9-March 26, 2012. Music Mondays. Musical conversations with great performers. Unitarian Universalist Church of Venice, $75. (941) 365-6404

 

Pajama Program, Suncoast Chapter PJ’s with a Purpose (941) 350-5234

 

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art RIAF Opening Night Block Party 2011. Guests and artists of RIAF enjoy street fare cuisine, open bars, entertainment including the Asphalt Orchestra. Ringling Museum courtyard, $150; museum members, $135. (941) 359-5700

 

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 4-March 11, 2012. The Animal Extravaganza. The only all-animal entertainment and educational demonstration in the country. Featuring animal performers from around the state as well as Big Cat Habitat’s own lions and tigers. Big (941) 371-6377

 

 

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