Family Fun Festival Celebration at Grand Opening of Music Compound MAN
Music Compound, the local Sarasota music school on Cattlemen Road is celebrating the opening of its new Music Compound MAN Bradenton location on Saturday, January 14 with a Family Fun Festival. From 12-4 p.m., guests can enjoy live music by students of all ages, a bounce house, kids’ activities, a food truck, beer samples courtesy of Big Top Brewing Company, and tours of the facility. This event, which takes place from noon-4 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Music Compound opened its Bradenton location (located at 4740 SR64, just west of I-75 in the Braden River Business Park) this past summer, offering a two-week Introduction to Music Summer Camp in late July. The expansion was necessary as its Cattlemen location was fully booked. The new 4,500-square-foot space features 13 spacious studios and a music lounge, where young students can socialize, decompress, and make the transition from their time in school to the music enrichment programming. The location features lessons for kids, including Kidz Rock and Modern Band programs for area youth wanting to grow musically and socially. These programs encourage team building, boost confidence, and build performance skills. Available adult programs will include private and group lessons as well as jam sessions for those wanting to play music while meeting new people.
“We have clients who have been asking for us to consider a location in Manatee County for quite some time,” Music Compound owner Jenny Townsend says. “We have students who have been commuting for years from Parrish and Lakewood Ranch. And even with the addition of new studios at SRQ, we can’t keep up with demand!”
Music Compound was founded in 2016 by Jenny Townsend. The Cattlemen Road location started with just one teacher and four studios in just 1,800 square feet. “My goal in founding this business in 2016 was to be more than a place where people took music lessons – I wanted to create a music community,” Townsend says. “Over time, we have built a place where member families and staff feel like a part of our family, where instructors adhere to certain standards but have the creative freedom to express their own passion, where aspiring artists of all skill levels can gain confidence that will carry them throughout their lives, even if they don’t pursue music professionally. I feel so fortunate to be able to love coming to work each and every day.”
Music Compound MAN offers lessons for children ages 3 and up in piano, vocals, guitar, bass, drums, violin, woodwinds, ukulele, and digital music as well as a band program for teens. Kids are grouped according to skill level and preferred genre (for younger kids there are Jr. Rockerz and Kidz Rock offerings), musical theater, songwriting classes, and the Gulf Coast New Horizons Music program for adults ages 50+. Available adult programs include private and group lessons as well as jam sessions for those wanting to play music while meeting new people.
Admission to the Family Fun Festival is free but pre-registration is requested at musiccompound.com/mcmanfestival. Music Compound, 4740 SR64, just west of I-75 in the Braden River Business Park.
Pictured: Music Compound students (from l-r) Justice Lockley, Christian Bathori, Reed McKenney and Jack Mackey. Photo courtesy of Music Compound.
Celebrate Florida Arbor Day with a Scavenger Hunt for Native Trees
UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County’s Residential Horticulture Program is hosting a community-wide scavenger hunt to celebrate Florida Arbor Day, Jan. 20.Participants can explore Emerson Point Preserve, Conservatory Park, The Nest at Robinson Preserve, and Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk while searching for trees with a TreeQuest tag. Once found, participants can scan the QR code on the tag to open an online survey where they will be asked to enter information about the tree and register an email address for the chance to win prizes. In addition to the QR code, each tag will have information about the specific tree including its common name, scientific name, and environmental impact. TreeQuest encourages residents to get outside and enjoy local parks while learning about tree species native to Florida and their benefits.
Let’s Get Physical
Kick off your New Year resolutions at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime on January 7th from 10am – 3pm. The best ways to get moving will be on hand to answer all your questions plus FREE 40 minute demo classes throughout the day. 10am Jazzercise: Jazzercise Venice & Sarasota, 11am Flow, Restore & Mini Sounds Bath: Bhavana Yoga Studio, Noon Club Pilates, 1pm Empire Ballroom, 2pm Yoga: Erin, Yoga by The Bay. Bring your own mat for the yoga classes. Take one class or all! Hamlet’s Eatery will be selling smoothies to keep you refreshed. Browse the 40+ local creators and curators inside The Bazaar. Free, until you buy something fabulous!
821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.bazaaronapricotandlime.com or call 941-445-1938.
Sarasota Opera Opens its Doors to the Community for a FREE Open House on Saturday, January 28th
On Saturday, January 28th, 2023 from 12:00-2:00 pm, Sarasota Opera House will be opening its doors to the community for performances, activities, backstage tours, and more. Throughout the afternoon, attendees can hearmusical selections from our artists, take a glimpse at costumes from our collection of over 55,000 pieces, watch our make-up designers at work, and have the opportunity to stand on our stage in a behind the scenes tour. Artists from the 2023 Winter Opera Festival will be available during the afternoon to share the excitement about our upcoming productions of Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Ernani, and Thérèse. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit SarasotaOpera.org, call our box office at (941) 328-1300, or visit us in person at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College Presents Listening to Women
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College) presents its fourth annual Listening to Women, a six-session series featuring women whose innovations and accomplishments are having an impact and influencing lives locally and globally. The series takes place on Thursdays at 1 pm, Jan. 26-March 2, 2023, at Sarasota Art Museum, the Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Registration for the six-session series is $81 for OLLI Gold Members and $90 for OLLI Silver Members and general admission. For more information and to register, visit www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org or call 941-309-5111.
Breeze’s January Sale 2023 Bucket List Destinations from Sarasota-Bradenton
Breeze Airways, the Seriously Nice™ low-fare airline founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, is offering residents in the Sarasota-Bradenton area the opportunity to check off two popular destinations from their 2023 travel bucket lists at very low fares. Whether Guests want to see the Big Apple or visit further north in Connecticut, Breeze’s January Bucket List promotion is on sale through January 5, with sale fares starting as low as $39* for travel from January 11 through February 14. From Sarasota/Bradenton, FL to: Hartford, CT starting from $39* one way; and Westchester County/New York, NY starting from $59* one way. Guests on Breeze may choose from three price bundles that are offered as ‘Nice’, ‘Nicer’, and ‘Nicest’. Guests also have an ala carte option where they can choose a ‘Nice’ or ‘Nicer’ bundle and add a First Class seat as well. Breeze has ordered 80 brand new Airbus A220- 300 aircraft, with options for 40 more. Seat pitch for a Standard Economy seat is 30 inches on the A220s and 31 inches on the E- 195s, while seat pitch for Extra Legroom is 32 inches on the A220s and between 34 and 39 inches on the E-195s, depending on the row selected. First Class seats feature 39 inches of seat pitch, 20.5 inches of seat width, and special features including a footrest for added comfort, and in-seat AC power and USB/C ports. Breeze doesn’t charge change or cancellation fees up to 15 minutes prior to departure and offers other benefits such as free family seating and a la carte pricing. With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24-months of reusable flight credit and customized flight features delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly. Flights are now on sale at www.flybreeze.com and via the Breeze app.
Parkinson Place Center For All Movement Disorders Introduces Brain, Balance & Ballet Classes with Azara Ballet
Starting January 9th, Parkinson Place Center For All Movement Disorders introduces a new class Brain, Balance & Ballet instructed by Azara Ballet, every Monday at 1:30 p.m. With more than 75 FREE classes, programs, and educational events every month, Parkinson Place Center For All Movement Disorders provides these services at one location for people living with Parkinson’s disease and all movement disorders as well as their caregivers at no cost. Parkinson Place Center For All Movement Disorders is located at 5969 Cattleridge Road, Suite 100, Sarasota. The benefits of Brain, Balance & Ballet classes include increasing balance, enhancing coordination, strengthening expansive movement and technique, and improving rigidity. Additionally, the balletic exercises can enhance cognitive function, boost mood, and provide a sense of well-being. Members are invited to participate in a live Brain, Balance & Ballet class demonstration on Thursday, January 5th, with Azara Ballet at Parkinson Place Center For All Movement Disorders. Founded in 2012, Parkinson Place Center For All Movement Disorders is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Sarasota, FL. Membership is FREE. Parkinson Place Center For All Movement Disorders offers a variety of in-person and virtual programs including fitness, pedaling and voice therapy. Support groups for members and caregivers living with all movement disorders are “Circle of Support for Men and Women”, “Caregivers Only Club”, and “Women’s Peer to Peer Group”. A few of our expert monthly speakers include our Medical Director, Ricardo Gonzalez, M.D. and neuropsychologist, Federica Priano, Ph.D. Visit ParkinsonPlace.org, Facebook, Instagram, or call (941) 893-4188 ext. 1006 for additional information. Azara Ballet is a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional dance company creating classical and contemporary works of art for the enjoyment of the Sarasota/Manatee community with the focus on body positivity and neurodivergent inclusion. Visit AzaraBallet.org for more information.
The Bay Park Conservancy Elects New Executive Committee Officers
The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), the non-profit organization responsible for designing, developing, managing and operating 53 acres of City-owned land along Sarasota Bay into a signature public park, has elected new Executive Committee Officers. Jennifer Compton, Managing Partner and Vice Chair of Shumaker, has been elected Chair of the Bay Park (The Bay) Conservancy (BPC) Board of Directors. Jennifer is one of the founding members of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) and subsequently served as Secretary for the BPC. She is recognized for using her legal and leadership acumen to create a first-of-its-kind private/public partnership agreement between The Bay and City of Sarasota. This partnership was instrumental in supporting The Bay Park Conservancy’s initiatives to develop the precious city-owned land along Sarasota Bay into community park. Cathy Layton, previously BPC Board Chair from December 2016 through December 2022, has been elected Chair Emeritus. During her tenure as Chair, Cathy oversaw what was initially only a vision of what “could be” transformed into the reality of a world-class park – with the October 2022 opening of The Bay Phase 1 to an estimated 50,000 people. Emily Walsh, President of the Observer Media Group, has been elected Secretary of the BPC Board. Walsh joined the Board in 2019. Rob Lane, Managing Shareholder of Kerkering Barberio, continues to serve as Treasurer of the BPC Board. The Bay transforms 53 acres of the city’s precious bayfront into a world-class destination offering an open and accessible, free and welcoming gathering place for everyone to experience and enjoy. The BPC is at an important juncture as it balances operating, maintaining and programming the first 14 acres of The Bay park (Phase 1) with excellence, while also designing and building the next 14 acres of park (Phase 2) that continues to delight park guests from around the region. The completed park will cost about $150-200 million and will take between 7-10 years, over 3 or more phases. Phase 2 development of the park is expected to begin as early as Spring 2023. For more information about The Bay Park Conservancy, visit www.thebaysarasota.org or contact Julia Groom at [email protected] or 941-786-8732.
Cruisin’ for Charity Fundraiser
On Saturday, March 11, Manatee Children’s Services invites all ages to experience the first annual “Cruisin’ for Charity” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at BubbaQue’s BBQ, 6581 East State Road 70, Bradenton, 34203. Admission is free to the public. This spectacular show will feature viewings and photo opportunities with some of the Sarasota area’s most rare, exotic cars. Attendees will enjoy beer and savory food from BubbaQue’s, 50/50 raffles, and entertainment. Donations and raffle proceeds will benefit the important services MCS provides to Manatee County’s most vulnerable population: child victims of abuse. Please RSVP here for important event announcements and updates. Thank you in advance for supporting Manatee Children’s Services’ fight against child abuse.
RINGLING RENAISSANCE | Cutting-edge artists gather at the Ringling’s Historic Asolo Theatre to celebrate their craft.
Read all about the Historic Asolo Theatre (HAT), a pivotal piece of the Sarasota arts ecosystem, through the link, on our social medias, or in the January Edition!
Contemporary Realism First Friday Gallery Walk at the Dabbert Gallery , January 6 – January 31, 6 to 9 p.m.
Contemporary Realism First Friday Gallery Walk at the Dabbert Gallery. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, the Dabbert Gallery will host the First Friday Gallery Walk through its new contemporary realism exhibit. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31. For more information, visit dabbertgallery.com. Dabbet Gallery, 46 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.
New Year, New You at the Green at Lakewood Ranch , January 12, 4 p.m.
On Thursday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., Sirius Day Spas will host its New Year, New You event at its Lakewood Ranch location. The event will feature a free yoga class, refreshments from 3 Natives and Modern Gents, gift bags, a live DJ and more. There will also be Morpheus8 skin treatment demostrations, promotions and special guests. Participants must bring their own yoga mats and RSVP to [email protected] To learn more, visit siriusdayspas.com. Sirius Day Spas,11585 E. State Rd. 70, Lakewood Ranch.
Brain, Balance and Ballet Classes with Azara Ballet at the Parkinson Place Center for All Movement Disorders , January 9, 1:30 p.m.
The Parkinson Place Center will host these new classes every Monday at 1:30 p.m., beginning on Jan. 9. The benefits of Brain, Balance and Ballet classes include increased balance, enhanced coordination, strengthened expansive movement and technique and improved rigidity. Additionally, the balletic exercises can enhance cognitive function, boost mood and provide a sense of well-being. Members are invited to participate in a live Brain, Balance & Ballet class demonstration on Thursday, January 5th. For more information, visit parkinsonplace.org. Parkinson Place Center For All Movement Disorders, 5969 Cattleridge Rd., Ste. 100, Sarasota.
FST – A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – March 26, Varied
FST’s second Cabaret of the Winter Season, A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.
Urbanite Theatre: Backwards Forwards Back , March 24 – April 23, Varied
BACKWARDS FORWARDS BACK by Jacqueline Goldfinger. A World Premiere. March 24 – April 23, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. When a soldier returns from war carrying the ghosts of his tour, he’s faced with a sobering decision: address his alarming PTSD with Virtual Reality therapy, or risk losing access to his family forever. Can this new technology recalibrate the brains and bodies of wounded soldiers? This electric, vivid, one-man drama studies the power of healing and finding strength in vulnerability. For tickets and info contact phone (941) 321-1397, email [email protected], website www.urbanitetheatre.com
Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236
Asolo Repertory Theatre: Man of La Mancha , May 10 – June 11, Varied
Considered by many to be one of the best musicals of all time, MAN OF LA MANCHA is brilliantly reimagined with a contemporary urgency by celebrated director Peter Rothstein, who immerses us in Miguel de Cervantes’s retelling of Don Quixote and his quest. This epic and poignant journey celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals and who is determined to see life not as it is, but as it ought to be. The winner of five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and featuring a soaring score, including “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” and one of theatre’s most beloved songs, “The Impossible Dream,” this classic musical celebrates the power of theatre, the bravery of holding strong to our dreams, and the resilience of imagination.
Asolo Repertory Theatre
The Ringling – A Decade of Collecting , October 22 – January 22, Varied
A Decade of Collecting brings together a survey of artworks acquired for the permanent collection over the past eleven years. As the State Art Museum of Florida and a division of Florida State University, The Ringling’s collections are constantly expanding to provide our state and local community with access to current contemporary works in all media and thoughtful additions to our historic collections. Though the core of the collection has always been the works acquired by John and Mable Ringling, the museum’s holdings have been expanding ever since the State of Florida took full possession of the bequest in 1946. In the early years, these additions were mainly in pre-1800 European art and circus-related material, but over the second half of the 20th century, directors and curators also began acquiring works by modern and contemporary artists. A Decade of Collecting presents a unique snapshot of how The Ringling’s collection continues to evolve, allowing us to tell new stories of the past, present, and future. Visit ringling.org to plan your visit.
Museum of Art Searing Galleries
Walking Tours at The Ringling’s Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM
This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.
Art Center Sarasota: Same Source , February 2 – March 11
The Same Source exhibit by Luca Molnar uses various media to explore the connection between historical figures and personal mythologies. The exhibit highlights the connection between private life, domestic spaces and memory. On Thursday, Feb. 16, Molnar will participate in an artist talk via Zoom from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs from Feb. 2 to March 11. To learn more, visit artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
The Players Centre: Godspell , March 9 – March 19, Varied
Book by John Michael Tebelak. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Godspell touches on the parables and wisdom that grapple with maybe the most important mystery of all. It was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and took the world by storm led by the international hit, “Day by Day.” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.” March 9-19, 2023. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email [email protected]
The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239
This Lakewood Ranch Expo Will Help You Keep Your Health and Wellness New Year’s Resolution , January 7, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Join us on January 7th to kick off the new year with the “New Year, New You” Health and Wellness Expo, presented by Lakewood Ranch Medical Center! Visit vendors from Sarasota and Manatee counties and enjoy the speaker series at center court, complete with various doctors and wellness professionals from a wide range of specialties, kicking off every hour from 10am-3pm. This event is free to the public!
Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors , January 16 – February 16, 11:00 AM
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its annual golf tournament, Scramble for SPARCC, at the Laurel Oak Country Club on Monday, January 16, 2023. With the support of sponsors, community donations and golfers, this tournament raises funds to help provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Entry fee is $185.00 per person and includes green fees, individual carts, happy hour light bites, beverages (cash bar available) and player awards. Registration opens at 11:00 AM with a shotgun start at 12:30 PM to kick off the 18-hole scramble. In addition to the golf tournament, there is also a closet to the pin contest, closest to the line contest, golf ball launcher, 50/50 chance drawing, and awards celebration. Co-Chairs for this event are Sandy Fulkerson and Bonnie VanOverbeke.