• Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park - free admission

    Oscar Scherer State Park

    The Sarasota Earth Day Celebration at Oscar Scherer State Park April 27,[masked] a.m. - 4 p.m. Here's a look at Sarasota Earth Day Festivities at Oscar Scherer State Park along with some "special guests" that have made appearances at recent years' events. The annual Sarasota Earth Day Celebrations is traditionally held at Oscar Scherer State Park, in Osprey (Sarasota County), usually under clear and bright Florida sunshine-filled skies with mild temperatures. It’s free admission for all into this popular State Park for Earth Day celebration events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. By the way, the first Earth Day occurred in 1970 and was started by the Ecology movement in the U.S. It’s a day full of planned, fun family-oriented activities including: live music, food vendors, tram tours, kayaking, earth friendly vendors, and craft booths, demonstrations, native plants for sale, a photo exhibit featuring local photographers as well as lots of activities for kids including a coloring contest and a puppet show! (Various events may change from year-to-year.) Get your hands dirty and join in the planting of over 5,000 native plants along a restored wetland 10 a.m. to noon. Free lunch and park pass to all those that volunteer to plant. There’s much to see, do and celebrate at the free Earth Day events at Oscar Scherer State Park and it’s up to you whether or not to participate in any events. Animals that have been on display in recent years have included a Red-Tail Hawk, an American Bald Eagle named "Thunder," several varieties of owls, snakes and even a big cat. The animals on display are accompanied by their owners, who are extremely knowledgeable about them. It’s a great chance to get up close and personal with a few of them and ask some questions about their "pets." There is much that can be learned about nature, the environment and the wild animals that live in and around the park, on Earth Day at Oscar Scherer Park. It really is a beautiful, natural setting for an observance such as this and the State Park personnel and vendors all do their best to make everyone feel welcome. The park is over 1,380 acres in size, with 15 miles of nature walks and a 3 acre fresh-water lake, Lake Osprey, where you can rent canoes and kayaks as well. And there's a playground for the kids. As you drive into the park make sure that when you stop at the ranger booth that you get a list of the day's schedule and activities, if they have one available (they usually do.). Bring your picnic basket, sunscreen and walking shoes! Directions: From Sarasota follow Rt. 41 south to Osprey to the park, which is on the east side of the road. Oscar Scherer Park Earth Day Events

  • SRQ Season Brady Wrap up

    First Congregational United Church of Christ

    SRQ Brady Season Wrap-Up Thu May 2nd 5:15pm First Congregational UCC, Syster Hall, 1031 S Euclid Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237, USA YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR SEASON WRAP-UP. May 2, 5:15 pm, right after that day’s Bayfront Rally Let’s gather for a brief meeting, a light dinner and plenty of time to meet other Brady members. Robert Disney, our liaison from Washington, will talk about our rebranding and our new state executive board. Also, Madison Markham, Sarasota’s Team Enough youth leader, will tell us what she’s been up to since attending the group’s recent national seminar in San Diego. The gathering will be held at First Congregational UCC’s fellowship center, Syster Hall. The church is at 1031 S. Euclid Ave., behind the YMCA. Syster Hall is the second building you come to when you drive into the parking lot. Whether you’ve been with us for years or you just joined, whether you attend the Bayfront rallys or not, plan to attend and bring like-minded friends. There is no charge, but please rsvp by hitting this button and letting us know how many are attending. That way we know much food we will need. (Sorry can't find link to RSVP) I'll be there! Last Bayfront rally is Thursday May 9th.

  • "Palaces for the People" NY Times bestseller author

    Sarasota County Libraries staff and The Library Foundation for Sarasota County welcome Professor Eric Klinenberg to discuss his New York Times Bestseller "Palaces For the People; How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life." Klinenberg, a sociologist, explores how community spaces such as libraries, parks, schools and other gathering places contribute to a citizen’s sense of belonging and make the difference between just surviving and thriving. Dr. Klinenberg will talk about the importance of public spaces where people can gather and linger, and the formation of bonds across traditional boundaries that grow from these interactions, providing life-saving connections between us all. Q & A will follow the presentation, and books will be available for sale. Date and Time Fri, May 3,[masked]:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT Selby Public Library[masked]st Street Sarasota, FL 34236 FREE Event. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eric-klinenberg-and-palaces-for-the-people-tickets-59351918185?aff=efbneb Sarasota County Public Libraries scgov.net/library #scgovlibrary ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sarasota County Library - Still the best deal in town!!

  • Sarasota Veg Fest

    Sarasota Fairgrounds

    Sarasota Veg Fest 2019 Public · Hosted by Sarasota Veg Fest and 2 others Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10 AM – 5 PM Sarasota Veg Fest 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, Florida 34237 Hosted by Sarasota Veg Fest www.sarasotavegfest.org Details Sarasota Veg Fest will be BACK on May 4th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to bring another AMAZING celebration of health, compassion, and environmental regeneration to the Sarasota/Bradenton communities and beyond! Featuring nationally renowned & local speakers, 100+ health-conscious, eco-friendly, compassionate vendors & exhibitors, animal rescue groups, vegan food, food demonstrations, humane education, live music & entertainment, yoga classes, a scavenger hunt appropriate for adults and kids, rock climbing, and activities for children and families, Veg Fest offers a diverse experience for all to learn about living a healthy, compassionate, and eco-friendly lifestyle. Sarasota Veg Fest is free to attend, and the speakers, demonstrations, music, and children’s activities are likewise free of charge. Vegan food samples will be available at the event, as will many opportunities to learn about vegan food, ideas, and lifestyle. Sarasota Veg Fest is presented by Solutionary Events, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to create a better world through coordinating socially responsible vegan events all throughout the state of Florida and beyond. Learn more at www.solutionaryevents.org! Sarasota Veg Fest is located at the Sarasota Fairgrounds at 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237. Learn more at www.SarasotaVegFest.org or follow the event on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SarasotaVegFest There will be plenty of free parking available in the Sarasota Fairgrounds parking lot. Suggested donation for entry: $5

  • STOP

    Sarasota City Hall

    (PS from Susan - This group, STOP, has courageously slugged through countless reams of regulations and meetings for the benefit of the whole community. And they're not finished yet!) Save the Date! May 6, City Commission, 6:00 PM Please plan to attend the City Commission meeting on the evening of May 6. We expect city staff to present the City Commission with changes to the approval process for large new buildings, and we believe one of those options will be to add public hearings for the downtown. We have not yet seen the report and will give you greater details as soon as we can do so. This will not be a final vote, but will provide staff with policy direction and authorize them to work on the issue. It is an essential step for moving forward. THIS WILL BE A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING! Last February, City Commissioners agreed to reconsider the approval process for large new buildings downtown. This step was reached following the presentation to the City Commission of STOP!'s own zoning text amendment (ZTA) reintroducing public hearings for new buildings in the downtown. STOP! wrote this ZTA in an effort to kick-start a meaningful discussion of the role for citizens in the development approval process. We are happy that this discussion has finally begun. Should neighbors have some say in large new buildings built nearby? We believe the answer is YES and will keep you informed on this process. For more info on STOP!'s public hearing ZTA, see our web site: http://www.forqualityprogress.com/mission/stop-zta/ ‌ ‌ STOP COALITION, INC. dba STOP! is a non-profit 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. 100% of donations support our mission to return the citizen's voice to the development process and preserve Sarasota's quality of life. STOP! is registered with the Florida Division of Consumer Services to Solicit Charitable Contributions [masked] or http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Consumer-Resources for copy of registration). Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State. Because we are a social welfare tax-exempt organization, contributions are not tax deductible. www.forqualityprogress.com

  • Democratic Women's Club lunch with Rep. Margaret Good

    Come join us as we welcome Margaret Good back from Tallahassee. She will be informing us about the 2019 session and what we can do to keep getting more Democrats elected Date: May 7 Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Cost: $27 – $32 Event Category: -a) DEM Meetings - Party, Club, and Caucus Website: www.dwc4sarasota.org Organizer Democratic Women’s Club of Sarasota County Phone:[masked] Email: [masked] Website: http://www.dwc4sarasota.org/ Venue Marina Jack 2 Marina Plaza Sarasota, FL 34236 United States + Google Map Phone:[masked] Website: www.marinajacks.com Email [masked] Phone[masked] Point of Contact Nancy McCauley

  • Sarasota Stands Together meeting

    Selby Library

    Sarasota Stands Together Monthly Meeting May 7th. 2019 Selby Library/2nd floor Conference Room[masked]st St., Sarasota FL[masked]:30 Our next meeting will be May 7, 2019 at Selby Library 6-7:30 PM. This meeting will be held in the conference room on the second floor instead of the larger auditorium. A more intimate conversation is envisioned which will celebrate the achievements of the Indivisible movements and our plans going forward. Come with ideas for speakers next season. Join the conversation! http://sarasotastandstogether.com/

  • Moms Demand Action - Artists needed - all mediums-

    From Ashley Murphy on Action Together: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10109174424536532&set=gm.928581194003032&type=3&theater&ifg=1 Sarasota artist friends! An opportunity for activism through art. Please read and share among your friends! bit.ly/wearorangesrq2019 Seeking musicians, performance artists what ever you do. See details in flier in photo section below. Here is application : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEjSmJ3-fdvDZQTVgUKlkwrE4kBRwaTnFPX8fTNqBk-zGZNg/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2snc8-WXn4YkddEHPxf8F2afrpW96-6QVty4VFxBrTpXO0pCY8w8akC1w

  • Water Quality Summit from County gov't

    Riverview High School

    Official announcement from County: The Sarasota County Water Quality Summit will bring together local, regional and state experts to discuss water quality issues. Free and open to the public, the summit will be held 1-6:30 p.m. June 5 (Wednesday) in the auditorium at Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way in Sarasota. The goal of the summit is to enhance community understanding about local and state efforts to address water quality issues. The summit will focus on the science of water quality, current programs and policies of Sarasota County and others locally, and additional action opportunities for individuals, businesses and local governments. Attend Plan to join us at the Sarasota County Water Quality Summit. The event is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register early to save your spot. For more information about the summit, please call[masked]. You need to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-sarasota-county-water-quality-summit-registration-58601424438 ~~~~~~~~~~~ From Your Observer by: Samantha Chaney Staff Writer https://www.yourobserver.com/article/sarasota-county-announces-official-date-of-public-water-quality-summit After several months of planning, Sarasota County has announced June 5 as the date for its Water Quality Summit. Commissioners first publicly addressed the concept earlier in February. Having sent staff members to attend and report back on a water quality summit held by Charlotte County officials, commissioners decided that it would be in the community’s best interest to hold a similar summit here. “I think a public meeting on water quality would generate a lot of interest — sincere interest. People want information,” Detert said at the Feb. 13 meeting. “The more information the public has, the better off we all are.” According to a release by the county, the summit will focus on the science of water quality, discuss opportunities for individual action by community members and shed light on how local and state governments are addressing such issues. "Water quality is a priority issue both locally and across the state," Director Lee-Hayes Byron of Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability said. "We look forward to this opportunity for discussion with our residents and business who care so deeply about our local waters." The event is free and will be held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. on June 5 in Riverview High School’s auditorium.

  • CONA - Larry Brand: blue-green algae and red tide blooms

    Sarasota Garden Club

    June 10, 2019 blue-green algae and red tide blooms in South Florida: environmental causes and health consequences Larry Brand PS - It may not be what Mote is telling us. This is a head's up. More details to follow. In the meantime, here is an article about Mr. Brand. https://thebradentontimes.com/guest-oped-motes-weird-science-for-red-tide-p20696-137.htm?fbclid=IwAR3XudMBDsPYmVuzPoCxfG1SnLmZjZkurC2gd1aMkzz2JIN37kgkeCJrmzY