Well, after a slow weekend last week to recover from the 4th, it looks like Sarasota is ready to get back into the swing of things. It looks like it is going to be a busy weekend with happenings from north to south. If you can’t find something to do here I am not sure what to tell you!

FRIDAY JULY 15TH

AAU Baseball National Championships – 8:30 am | $10-$40. Daily passes are $10. Tournament passes are $40. Children age 12 and under are free.
Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex 6700 Clark Road Sarasota, FL 34241
Some of the best 14u, 15u, 16/17u, and 18/19u teams from all over the country battle it out to earn the title of AAU National Champion. Come see this outstanding baseball competition and the stars of tomorrow’s diamond.

Flea Market – 9:00 am | Free
Farm and Flea Market 5115 SR 776 Venice, FL 34293
THE DOME FLEA MARKET IS A MUST SEE! LOTS OF GREAT SHOPPING AND GREAT PEOPLE! SHOPPING LIKE IT USE TO BE!!

Drama: Behind the Scenes – 9:00 am | $150
Sarasota Christian School 5415 Bahia Vista St Sarasota, FL 34232
Led by director Mrs. Caffelle, campers will learn what it takes to present a drama from behind the scenes with costuming, props and set design. Lunch included. For boys and girls grades 5-8.

ART Network Experience – 10:00 am | Free
Basch Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 N. Tamami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234
This interactive exhibition features flat screen monitors showcasing events in the history of ART Network, the award- winning, student-operated television network now entering its 5th year at Ringling College. A Periscope station invites users to record live and stream around the world. A green-screen station offers visitors the opportunity to take on the role of director, actor and cinematographer. Viewers can choose short programs to watch on iPads or select longer offerings, such as the award-winning documentary, Art (R)evolution which premiered in 2014. Interviews with notable visitors to Sarasota such as Kevin Smith, Cheryl Hines and Sissy Spacek, and talks by local artists, scientists and thinkers captured by ART Network are included in this exhibition. The Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Academic Center building on the Ringling College campus at 2363 Old Bradenton Rd. For further information please visit: www.ringling.edu/galleries. Email: galleries@ringling.edu. Phone: 941-359-7563.

Florida Flavor – 10:00 am | Free
Art Center Sarasota 707 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Fl 34236
Celebrating diverse and talented artists from the state of Florida in an all media, all subjects juried exhibition. Juror: Mark Ormond, Curator of Exhibitions, Ringling College Galleries, Ringling College of Art & Design.

Guest Reader: Joann Leo – 10:30 am | $30-$90. 15 mins $30 30 mins $50 45 mins $70 60 mins $90
Elysian Fields 1273 Tamiami Trail South
Join us in welcoming back, guest reader, Joanne Leo, who has more than 30 years’ experience as a psychic reader and life coach. Combining psychic-channeled numerology and astrology with her tarot card readings, Joanne is able to provide detailed insights about your life based on your birth date and birth name. Her candid ‘Readings with a Heart’ provide a unique and profound guide to all aspects of your life.

Book Sale – 10:30 am | Free
Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore
1331 First Street (Inside Selby Public Library) Sarasota, FL 34236
Celebrate the month of July with a Book SALE at Friends of the Selby Library Bookstore inside Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, FL34236. Thousands of titles and every genre, including rare books. Specials for $1 and less. Fiction paperbacks only .25! 1/2 off on hardcovers and many more spectacular bargains, including gorgeous art books. Selby Library Friends members receive an additional 10% discount on book purchases. 10 am30 pm Mon.-Sat. Information 941.861.1140

Eco Friendly Florida Fest – 11:00 am | Free
Hyatt Regency Sarasota 1000 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota
FREE TO PUBLIC FAMILY FRIENDLY (BRING YOUR KIDS!) THUR: 3pm-7pm FRI: 11am – 7pm SAT: 11am – 7pm SUN: 11am – 3pm Bring your whole family to the biggest gathering of green and sustainable resources that our community has to offer, located at the stunning Hyatt Regency Sarasota. We have over 10,000 sq.’ of vendor and educational space that is 100% free to the public. We have continuous classes every day from businesses and individuals that promote eco-sustainable, organic, safe and healthy living. From homeopathic remedies and organic farming to solar energy and greener ways to build a home, Eco-Friendly Florida Fest is the one stop shop for your family to learn how to go green and be more sustainable. Kids will learn how to recycle and why it’s important while adults learn about products that could decrease their carbon footprint and maybe even save a little money in the process. We will also be offering field trips to places such as Sarasota County Emergency Management and Everglades University Sustainability Programs. Eco Friendly Florida Fest is being sponsored by the Florida Environmental Health Association (FEHA) who is holding their 68th annual education meeting at the event. FEHA is comprised of environmental health professionals from the DOH, DEP, FDPR and also private industry. FEHA is a non-profit group of over 500 professionals interested in protecting and promoting the health and safety of Florida’s residents and visitors. Their mission is ‘To enhance the professional integrity, knowledge, and working conditions of the environmental health professional, as well as to promote the social and economic conditions of its members.’ EF3 shares FEHAs vision and welcomes them to our amazing event. For more information please visit www.EcoFriendlyFloridaFest.com To book your hotel room at the Hyatt visit: https://aws.passkey.com/g/54372711

Grand Escapes – 11:00 am | Free
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art 1288 N. Palm Avenue Sarasota
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents Grand Escapes,’ June 3-July 31. The exhibit features landscapes, seascapes and dreamscapes from gallery artists, including Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, Susan Klein, Bill Nichols, Pablo Soria, and Tom Judd. Mark Ormand curated this exhibit. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Gallery hours are Tuesday Saturday, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Call for Monday hours. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

Summer Circus Spectacular – 11:00 am & 2:00 pm| $12-$15. Children 12 and under – $12Adults – $15
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 5401 Bay Shore Rd.
The 2016 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you! Join us for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with our good friends at The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for children of all ages. Tuesday – Saturday through July 30 Tuesday – Friday @ 11:00am and 2:00pm Saturdays @ 2:00pm and 5:00pm

Come Dance With Me! – 11:00 am | $120
Soul Dance Studios 3303 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota, FL 34239
Robert De Warren, former Director of the Sarasota Ballet and President and CEO of the Sarasota International Dance Festival (SIDIF) is hosting a celebration of dance with a weekly series of workshops of fun, expressive dance techniques that allow participants to increase flexibility and tone. The workshops will be held from 11 AM to Noon from July 15, in your choice of either 8 or 10 weekly sessions. Event location is 2016 at Souls Dance Studio, 3303 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota, Fl 34239 For information and Registration email sidafinc@gmail.com or call Robert at 941-706-3112.

Speak Out Sarasota Toastmasters – 12:00 pm | Free
Lamborghini of Sarasota 5145 Clark Rd Sarasota, FL 34233
Toastmasters is a place where you develop and grow – both personally and professionally. You join a community of learners, and in Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Whether you’re an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. Speak Out Sarasota meets every Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Lamborghini Sarasota. The dealership is located behind the BMW dealership. Please park on the side street instead of Lamborghini’s customer parking. Our club is open to everyone over the age of 18. For more information visit http://www.toastmasterssarasota.com/

Street Sale – 12:00 pm | Free
Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, 700 Shamrock Blvd., Venice
Holy Spirit Orthodox Church STREET SALE – Friday July 15th -700 Shamrock Blvd., Venice-Nut-Apricot-Poppyseed Rolls, Stuffed Cabbage, Spanokopita, Perogies, Bread – Rosalie Hardman 445-5133

Coding Class – 1:00 pm | Free
Selby Public Library 1331 First Street Sarasota, FL 34236
Participants will learn about computer coding in this 5-day program. Participants must attend all five sessions. For ages 9 through 18. Register for this event here www.scgov.net/library by clicking on the calendar event link or by calling 861-1130 or 861-5000.

Summer in the Buff – 4:00 pm | Free
White Buffalo Saloon 5377 McIntosh Rd Sarasota, FL 34233
Join us at The White Buffalo Saloon for our new menu. Still featuring some of the same signature items such as the Hi Hat Ranch Nachos and introducing new but ‘old school’ menu items like Not Yo Mama’s Meatloaf. Stay and enjoy line dancing lessons and party through the night with our awesome staff and cool new summer schedule

Towles Court Art Walk – 5:00 pm | Free
Towles Court Art District Adams Lane
All galleries, restaurants, and businesses are open for the Towles Court Art Walk every third Friday from 5-9pm. You will find various styles and mediums of art in a unique and beautiful setting. This month, music provided by Michael Devine. Next art walk is July 15, 2016. Parking available.

“Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook – 6:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota
Come fly with me as we travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook – the most recorded songwriter of the 20th century. Featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and more. Featuring songs such as Come Fly with Me, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Hopes, and All the Way.

Pedro Arevalo for Happy Hour – 6:00 pm | Free
The Five O’clock Club 1930 Hillview St. Sarasota, FL 34239
A longtime bassist, vocalist and songwriting contributor in Dickey Betts Great Southern group, Pedro Arevalo splits his time between Southern California and Sarasota, where he sits in with many of the the best local bands in both regions including his own group Brethren of the Coast. Check out our unique blend of roots music and indigenous south Florida creole that goes great with party liquor or whatever it is spins your top, Arevalo says. There won’t be a dry seat in the house. https://www.facebook.com/pedro.j.arevalo.5

Summer Movie Nights – 7:00 pm | $15
Music Compound 1747 Cattlemen road Sarasota, FL 34232
Music Compound will feature a showing of Marry Poppins at the Music Compound on June 17 from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Bring family and friends for a magical, music inspired movie night! Tickets are $15 per family; please bring everyone. Also, make sure to bring lawn chairs or a blanket for a semi outdoor experience. Movie and popcorn are included, and drinks, pizza, and ice cream will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:00pm, and the movie will begin at 7:00pm.

Mitch Fatel – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm| $24
McCurdy’s Comedy Theater 1923 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236
SPECIAL EVENT He has appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and Howard Stern. Fatel was awarded Best Comedian at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival in 2006 and in April of 2007, Fatels half hour stand-up special debuted on Comedy Central to rave reviews. Fatel also recorded a one hour special for the network entitled, Mitch Fatel is Magical that debuted in 2009. His third album, Public Display of Perversion, was released in March of 2013 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. He currently has a reality show pilot at A&E based on his life.

Cyrano de Burgershack – 7:30 pm | $18
The Players Theatre 838 N. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL 34236
Cyrano is king of the local burger shack, but he can’t seem To win the love of his best friend, Roxanne. When Roxanne confesses her crush on the new burger flipper, Christian, Cyrano decides that playing Cupid is better than sitting out of the game. An updated, modern-day version of Edmond Rostands Cyrano de Bergerac, this rollicking musical features hit contemporary pop songs that will have audiences cheering.

How I Got Over: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson – 8:00 pm | $25-$35. $35/adults, $25/students and active military with valid ID
Westcoast Black Theatre 1646 10th Way Sarasota, FL 34236
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents its summer 2016 show, How I Got Over: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, which runs July 13 August 14, 2016. The musical revue is an original production created by WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs to honor Jackson, The Queen of Gospel. Influenced by church hymns as well as blues artists such as Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, Jackson (1911-1972) recorded around 30 albums and, among her 45 record releases, scored a dozen golds (selling a million or more). This musical revue focuses on the powerful role gospel music has played in the lives and experiences of African-Americans. Along with the music of Mahalia Jackson, WBTT will celebrate the music of many gospel greats such as The Caravans, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Love Coates, Shirley Caesar, Tommy Dorsey and more. Dancers will add inspiring visual excitement to the powerful singing of more than 30 traditional gospel songs that range from solemn hymns to upbeat, high-energy pieces that depict the spirit of an old-time church revival. Performances, which take place at the WBTT theater (1646 10th Way, Sarasota) are 8pm Wednesday-Saturday with 2pm matinees on Sunday. Tickets are $35/adults, $25/students or active military with valid ID. Call the Box Office (941-366-1505) or go to westcoastblacktheatre.org.

RJ Howson & Friends – 9:30 pm | $5
The Five O’clock Club1930 Hillview Street Sarasota, FL 34239
Fire branded in the Chicago blues circuit, roots rocker and bluesman RJ Howson picked up his skillful guitar chops performing and jamming with blues icons at Buddy Guys Legends club, Rosa’s Lounge, Kingston Mines, BLUES on Halstead and many other clubs in the Windy City and performing all over the mid-west. Since relocating to Bradenton Beach, he has been busy playing a steady stream of shows all over Florida including performances at Thunder By the Bay festival 2012, the Dan Toler Benefit with Dickey Betts headlining, Jannus Landing, the Save the Gulf Festival, the Rock the Park festival

Elevate – 10:00 pm | Free
The Starlite Room 1001 Cocoanut Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Beadle Media brings downtown Sarasota 3 new themed nights located on the second level of The Starlite Room. Full of Technicolor lighting, deep sounds, and delicious cocktails. Enjoy our outdoor balcony, drag shows, shot boys, vip bottle service and so much more! Join us every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at The Starlite Room.

Bud Light Friday Nights – 11:00 pm | $5
White Buffalo Saloon 5377 McIntosh Rd Sarasota, FL 34233
Bud Light Friday Night starting at 11pm!!! Come in for dinner, enjoy lessons from 6:30-8:30 and stay for the music, giveaways, deals and fun!!!

SATURDAY JULY 16TH

Sarasota Farmers Market – 7:00 am | Free
Lemon and Main Street
The Sarasota Farmers Market was established in 1979. The market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods, and artisans. We currently have a full market that includes 55 vendors and 5,000 square feet of produce and plants. Hours: The market is held every Saturday (rain or shine) 7am to Noon (May through October) 7am to 1pm (November through April)

Venice Farmers Market – 8:00 am | Free
Tampa Avenue West
Every Saturday Morning, local Farmers, Fisherman, Craftsmen, Bakers, Artists and others gather at the Venice Farmer’s Market located in the heart of historic downtown Venice, Florida. It’s a weekly celebration of the best of Venice were you can get fresh seasonal Florida fruits and vegetables direct from the Venice area farms. You can’t find any fresher shrimp or seafood. There’s incredible tasty homemade baked goods, trinkets, crafts, soaps, flowers, plants, locally roasted coffee, and more.

AAU Baseball National Championships – 8:30 am | $10-$40. Daily passes are $10. Tournament passes are $40. Children age 12 and under are free.
Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex 6700 Clark Road Sarasota, FL 34241
Some of the best 14u, 15u, 16/17u, and 18/19u teams from all over the country battle it out to earn the title of AAU National Champion. Come see this outstanding baseball competition and the stars of tomorrow’s diamond.

Flea Market – 9:00 am | Free
Farm and Flea Market 5115 SR 776 Venice, FL 34293
THE DOME FLEA MARKET IS A MUST SEE! LOTS OF GREAT SHOPPING AND GREAT PEOPLE! SHOPPING LIKE IT USE TO BE!!

Selby’s Splashing Saturdays – 10:00 am | $0-$19. Members free; gardens’ admission for non-members: $19 adults, $6 ages 4-11, free children under 4
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 900 S Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236
For six summer Saturdays, Selby Gardens will be the place for fun-themed water activities, water slides and games. Enjoy the cool shade and bay breezes under the banyans and around the lagoon and the waterfall of the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden.

1927 Historic Train Depot Tours – 10:00 am | Free
1927 Train Depot 303 E Venice Avenue Venice, FL 34285
Free tours of the train depot. To make reservations for 10 or more, call 941-412-0151. www.veniceareahistoricalsociety.org

Florida Flavor – 10:00 am | Free
Art Center Sarasota 707 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Fl 34236
Celebrating diverse and talented artists from the state of Florida in an all media, all subjects juried exhibition. Juror: Mark Ormond, Curator of Exhibitions, Ringling College Galleries, Ringling College of Art & Design.

Cool Art For Hot Summer!! – 10:00 am | Free
Art Uptown Gallery 1367 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34236
July 16: ‘COOL ART FOR SUMMER!’ featuring digital paintings of Janine Hoffman and colorful fused glass by Esther Jensen. Also continuing ‘Dog Days of Summer,’ juried exhibition of local artists and award winners. Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main Street. Summer Gallery hours: Sundays: 12pm-5pm. Tuesday through Thursdays: 11am-5pm. Fridays: 11am through 9pm (with the exception of Friday, July 1st when we will close at 6pm.) Saturdays: 11am through 8pm For additional info and to confirm summer hours please call 941.955.5409. www.artuptown.com

Book Sale – 10:30 am | Free
Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore
1331 First Street (Inside Selby Public Library) Sarasota, FL 34236
Celebrate the month of July with a Book SALE at Friends of the Selby Library Bookstore inside Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, FL34236. Thousands of titles and every genre, including rare books. Specials for $1 and less. Fiction paperbacks only .25! 1/2 off on hardcovers and many more spectacular bargains, including gorgeous art books. Selby Library Friends members receive an additional 10% discount on book purchases. 10 am30 pm Mon.-Sat. Information 941.861.1140

Eco Friendly Florida Fest – 11:00 am | Free
Hyatt Regency Sarasota 1000 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota
FREE TO PUBLIC FAMILY FRIENDLY (BRING YOUR KIDS!) THUR: 3pm-7pm FRI: 11am – 7pm SAT: 11am – 7pm SUN: 11am – 3pm Bring your whole family to the biggest gathering of green and sustainable resources that our community has to offer, located at the stunning Hyatt Regency Sarasota. We have over 10,000 sq.’ of vendor and educational space that is 100% free to the public. We have continuous classes every day from businesses and individuals that promote eco-sustainable, organic, safe and healthy living. From homeopathic remedies and organic farming to solar energy and greener ways to build a home, Eco-Friendly Florida Fest is the one stop shop for your family to learn how to go green and be more sustainable. Kids will learn how to recycle and why it’s important while adults learn about products that could decrease their carbon footprint and maybe even save a little money in the process. We will also be offering field trips to places such as Sarasota County Emergency Management and Everglades University Sustainability Programs. Eco Friendly Florida Fest is being sponsored by the Florida Environmental Health Association (FEHA) who is holding their 68th annual education meeting at the event. FEHA is comprised of environmental health professionals from the DOH, DEP, FDPR and also private industry. FEHA is a non-profit group of over 500 professionals interested in protecting and promoting the health and safety of Florida’s residents and visitors. Their mission is ‘To enhance the professional integrity, knowledge, and working conditions of the environmental health professional, as well as to promote the social and economic conditions of its members.’ EF3 shares FEHAs vision and welcomes them to our amazing event. For more information please visit www.EcoFriendlyFloridaFest.com To book your hotel room at the Hyatt visit: https://aws.passkey.com/g/54372711

Sumo Robotics – 11:00 am | Free
Selby Public Library 1331 First Street Sarasota, FL 34236
Program your Sumo Robot and meet the challenge. Equipment provided. May the best Sumo Robot win! Recommended for ages 11 and up. Register for this event here www.scgov.net/library by clicking on the calendar event link or by calling 861- 1130 or 861-5000.

Grand Escapes – 11:00 am | Free
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art 1288 N. Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents Grand Escapes,’ June 3-July 31. The exhibit features landscapes, seascapes and dreamscapes from gallery artists, including Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, Susan Klein, Bill Nichols, Pablo Soria, and Tom Judd. Mark Ormand curated this exhibit. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Gallery hours are Tuesday Saturday, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Call for Monday hours. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

Create Your Own Cake Jar – 11:00 am | $50
Heavenly Cupcakes 6538 Gateway Ave. Sarasota, FL 34231
It’s time to bring your creations to life! Create your very own special flavored cake jar by layering cake, icing, toppings, and fillings. Create the ultimate concoction you’ve always drooled of to take home with you along with a Heavenly Cupcakes shirt and Tervis Tumbler! Each cake jar also comes with a pink, silicone wristband to keep.

Summer Circus Spectacular – 2:00 pm $ 5:00 pm | $12-$15. Children 12 and under – $12Adults – $15
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 5401 Bay Shore Rd. Sarasota, FL 34243
The 2016 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you! Join us for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with our good friends at The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for children of all ages. Tuesday – Saturday through July 30 Tuesday – Friday @ 11:00am and 2:00pm Saturdays @ 2:00pm and 5:00pm

Cigar Box Guitar Workshop – 2:30 pm | $95-$175. SOLO- $95.00DUO- $175.00
Music Compound 1747 Cattlemen road Sarasota, FL 34232
Guitar Box Guitars Saturday, July 16th 2:30-5PM Price includes materials for take home Cigar Box Guitar, history lessons, jam sessions and musician interaction. INTERGENERATIONAL. Great for couples, parent and child, friends or someone looking to meet new people.

Summer in the Buff – 4:00 pm | Free
White Buffalo Saloon 5377 McIntosh Rd Sarasota, FL 34233
Join us at The White Buffalo Saloon for our new menu. Still featuring some of the same signature items such as the Hi Hat Ranch Nachos and introducing new but ‘old school’ menu items like Not Yo Mama’s Meatloaf. Stay and enjoy line dancing lessons and party through the night with our awesome staff and cool new summer schedule

Casey Key: Nokomis Beach Drum Circle – 6:00 pm | Free
Nokomis Public Beach 201 South Casey Key Road Nokomis, FL 34275
The Drum Circle is one of Casey Key’s most unique and celebrated events. On any given Saturday and Wednesday evening one will encounter the rhythmic beats, amateur belly dancing, children playing, and the most amazing sunsets anywhere.

“Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook – 6:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Come fly with me as we travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook – the most recorded songwriter of the 20th century. Featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and more. Featuring songs such as Come Fly with Me, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Hopes, and All the Way.

In the Heat of the Night – 6:00 pm | $20
Sarasota Fairgrounds and Robarts Arena 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota
Come see Team China Smith (TCS) Entertainment promote fighters from all over Florida on July 16, 2016 at Robarts Arena. Let everyone know that they can see future professional and Olympic fighters on this exciting night! For Ringside/VIP Tickets call 941-587-1671 or 941-536-3598

Mitch Fatel – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm| $24
McCurdy’s Comedy Theater 1923 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236
SPECIAL EVENT He has appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and Howard Stern. Fatel was awarded Best Comedian at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival in 2006 and in April of 2007, Fatels half hour stand-up special debuted on Comedy Central to rave reviews. Fatel also recorded a one hour special for the network entitled, Mitch Fatel is Magical that debuted in 2009. His third album, Public Display of Perversion, was released in March of 2013 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. He currently has a reality show pilot at A&E based on his life.

Cyrano de Burgershack – 7:30 pm | $18
The Players Theatre 838 N. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL 34236
Cyrano is king of the local burger shack, but he can’t seem To win the love of his best friend, Roxanne. When Roxanne confesses her crush on the new burger flipper, Christian, Cyrano decides that playing Cupid is better than sitting out of the game. An updated, modern-day version of Edmond Rostands Cyrano de Bergerac, this rollicking musical features hit contemporary pop songs that will have audiences cheering.

How I Got Over: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson – 8:00 pm | $25-$35. $35/adults, $25/students and active military with valid ID
Westcoast Black Theatre 1646 10th Way Sarasota, FL 34236
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents its summer 2016 show, How I Got Over: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, which runs July 13 August 14, 2016. The musical revue is an original production created by WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs to honor Jackson, The Queen of Gospel. Influenced by church hymns as well as blues artists such as Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, Jackson (1911-1972) recorded around 30 albums and, among her 45 record releases, scored a dozen golds (selling a million or more). This musical revue focuses on the powerful role gospel music has played in the lives and experiences of African-Americans. Along with the music of Mahalia Jackson, WBTT will celebrate the music of many gospel greats such as The Caravans, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Love Coates, Shirley Caesar, Tommy Dorsey and more. Dancers will add inspiring visual excitement to the powerful singing of more than 30 traditional gospel songs that range from solemn hymns to upbeat, high-energy pieces that depict the spirit of an old-time church revival. Performances, which take place at the WBTT theater (1646 10th Way, Sarasota) are 8pm Wednesday-Saturday with 2pm matinees on Sunday. Tickets are $35/adults, $25/students or active military with valid ID. Call the Box Office (941-366-1505) or go to westcoastblacktheatre.org.

“Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook – 9:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Come fly with me as we travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook – the most recorded songwriter of the 20th century. Featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and more. Featuring songs such as Come Fly with Me, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Hopes, and All the Way.

The Kara Nally Band – 9:30 pm | $5
The Five O’clock Club 1930 Hillview St. Sarasota, FL 34239
The Kara Nally Band – Jeremy Egglefield, Al Donadi, Jonathan Pettus & James Varnado https://www.facebook.com/events/1048625818553529/

SUNDAY JULY 17TH

Summer FUNgus: Mushroom, Lichen, Fungus ID Hike – 8:00 am | Free
Pinecraft Park 1420 Gilbert Ave Sarasota, FL 34239
Join Sarasota County Parks Naturalist, Ray Vinson on Sunday, July 17 from 8-10 a.m. at Pinecraft Park, to look beyond the wildflowers to the often overlooked seasonal diversity of mushrooms, lichen, shelf fungus and slime molds in hardwood forests of Southwest Florida. Enjoy shade from the dense canopy along Phillippi Creek on a warm summer morning, while we learn about the important role fungus plays in the ecosystem. Pinecraft Park is a community park, offering a variety of recreational opportunities, as well as a beautiful view of the Phillippi Creek. A shallow-draft boat ramp provides access to the bay and Gulf via Phillippi Creek. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sun protection, insect repellent, and bring drinking water, and optional camera and hand lens and/or magnifying glass. All Sarasota County nature walks prohibit participants from smoking or bringing pets. Directions to Pinecraft Park, 1420 Gilbert Ave., Sarasota from I-75, exit at Fruitville Road heading west to South Beneva Road, to Bahia Vista Street. Turn right on Bahia Vista Street to Gilbert Avenue on your left. Stay on Gilbert Avenue until you reach the parking area. Meet at the parking area. Register on-line at Parks Online. Search for your event to register, and/or create your household account to start the registration process. Space for this walk is limited to 20.

Free Beach Yoga Class – 8:00 am | Free
Public Beach Access 6399 Gulfside Road Longboat Key, FL 34228
Feel Good Yoga Studio owner and teacher Debby McClung will offer ‘Beach Yoga’ each Sunday in July. Beach Yoga is an invitation to connect with the outdoors. The warmth of the sand, sound of the waves, smell of the ocean, and the gentleness of the wind can all help bring you to a calmer, more peaceful place. This is a free class! Bring a beach towel and water. The class will be held at the public access across from studio. 6350 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 904-610-7565 feelgoodyogalongboatkey.com

AAU Baseball National Championships – 8:30 am | $10-$40. Daily passes are $10. Tournament passes are $40. Children age 12 and under are free.
Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex 6700 Clark Road Sarasota, FL 34241
Some of the best 14u, 15u, 16/17u, and 18/19u teams from all over the country battle it out to earn the title of AAU National Champion. Come see this outstanding baseball competition and the stars of tomorrow’s diamond.

Flea Market – 9:00 am | Free
Farm and Flea Market 5115 SR 776 Venice, FL 34293
THE DOME FLEA MARKET IS A MUST SEE! LOTS OF GREAT SHOPPING AND GREAT PEOPLE! SHOPPING LIKE IT USE TO BE!!

Eco Friendly Florida Fest – 11:00 am | Free
Hyatt Regency Sarasota 1000 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota, fl 34232
FREE TO PUBLIC FAMILY FRIENDLY (BRING YOUR KIDS!) THUR: 3pm-7pm FRI: 11am – 7pm SAT: 11am – 7pm SUN: 11am – 3pm Bring your whole family to the biggest gathering of green and sustainable resources that our community has to offer, located at the stunning Hyatt Regency Sarasota. We have over 10,000 sq.’ of vendor and educational space that is 100% free to the public. We have continuous classes every day from businesses and individuals that promote eco-sustainable, organic, safe and healthy living. From homeopathic remedies and organic farming to solar energy and greener ways to build a home, Eco-Friendly Florida Fest is the one stop shop for your family to learn how to go green and be more sustainable. Kids will learn how to recycle and why it’s important while adults learn about products that could decrease their carbon footprint and maybe even save a little money in the process. We will also be offering field trips to places such as Sarasota County Emergency Management and Everglades University Sustainability Programs. Eco Friendly Florida Fest is being sponsored by the Florida Environmental Health Association (FEHA) who is holding their 68th annual education meeting at the event. FEHA is comprised of environmental health professionals from the DOH, DEP, FDPR and also private industry. FEHA is a non-profit group of over 500 professionals interested in protecting and promoting the health and safety of Florida’s residents and visitors. Their mission is ‘To enhance the professional integrity, knowledge, and working conditions of the environmental health professional, as well as to promote the social and economic conditions of its members.’ EF3 shares FEHAs vision and welcomes them to our amazing event. For more information please visit www.EcoFriendlyFloridaFest.com To book your hotel room at the Hyatt visit: https://aws.passkey.com/g/54372711

HD Presents Verdi’s “Requiem” – 1:30 pm | $20
Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236
A work of awesome grandeur, it projects a compelling sincerity and honesty. Originally performed at La Scala in 1967 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Toscanini’s death, this production with the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro alla Scala was presented in Moscow, Montreal and New York, in addition to Milan. It was recorded on film (35mm) in 1967, with the young Luciano Pavarotti.

Cyrano de Burgershack – 2:00 pm | $18
The Players Theatre 838 N. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL 34236
Cyrano is king of the local burger shack, but he can’t seem to win the love of his best friend, Roxanne. When Roxanne confesses her crush on the new burger flipper, Christian, Cyrano decides that playing Cupid is better than sitting out of the game. An updated, modern-day version of Edmond Rostands Cyrano de Bergerac, this rollicking musical features hit contemporary pop songs that will have audiences cheering.

The Roommate – 2:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Brooklyn meets Iowa City when Sharon finds a sensible roommate. She quickly learns that Robyn couldn’t be further from the conservative ladies in her book club. Hell-bent on getting to know Robyn, Sharon deploys her charm. The Roommate tells the story of two humorously mismatched middle-aged women, both with the overwhelming desire to reinvent their lives. REGIONAL PREMIERE!

“Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook – 2:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Come fly with me as we travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook – the most recorded songwriter of the 20th century. Featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and more. Featuring songs such as Come Fly with Me, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Hopes, and All the Way.

How I Got Over: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson – 2:00 pm | $25-$35. $35/adults, $25/students and active military with valid ID
Westcoast Black Theatre 1646 10th Way Sarasota, FL 34236
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents its summer 2016 show, How I Got Over: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, which runs July 13 August 14, 2016. The musical revue is an original production created by WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs to honor Jackson, The Queen of Gospel. Influenced by church hymns as well as blues artists such as Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, Jackson (1911-1972) recorded around 30 albums and, among her 45 record releases, scored a dozen golds (selling a million or more). This musical revue focuses on the powerful role gospel music has played in the lives and experiences of African-Americans. Along with the music of Mahalia Jackson, WBTT will celebrate the music of many gospel greats such as The Caravans, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Love Coates, Shirley Caesar, Tommy Dorsey and more. Dancers will add inspiring visual excitement to the powerful singing of more than 30 traditional gospel songs that range from solemn hymns to upbeat, high-energy pieces that depict the spirit of an old-time church revival. Performances, which take place at the WBTT theater (1646 10th Way, Sarasota) are 8pm Wednesday-Saturday with 2pm matinees on Sunday. Tickets are $35/adults, $25/students or active military with valid ID. Call the Box Office (941-366-1505) or go to westcoastblacktheatre.org.

Synia Carroll with Billy Marcus – 6:00 pm | Free
The Starlite Room 1001 Cocoanut Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
What better way to spend a Sunday evening than with the enchanting voice of Synia Carroll? The music starts at 6. See you at the Starlite!

The Roommate – 7:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre
1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Brooklyn meets Iowa City when Sharon finds a sensible roommate. She quickly learns that Robyn couldn’t be further from the conservative ladies in her book club. Hell-bent on getting to know Robyn, Sharon deploys her charm. The Roommate tells the story of two humorously mismatched middle-aged women, both with the overwhelming desire to reinvent their lives. REGIONAL PREMIERE!

Mitch Fatel – 7:00 pm | $24
McCurdy’s Comedy Theater 1923 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236
SPECIAL EVENT He has appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and Howard Stern. Fatel was awarded Best Comedian at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival in 2006 and in April of 2007, Fatels half hour stand-up special debuted on Comedy Central to rave reviews. Fatel also recorded a one hour special for the network entitled, Mitch Fatel is Magical that debuted in 2009. His third album, Public Display of Perversion, was released in March of 2013 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. He currently has a reality show pilot at A&E based on his life.

Bluegrass Concert with Claire Lynch and her band – 7:00 pm | $20-$25
Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center
525 Kumquat Court Sarasota, FL 34236
Claire Lynch has been described as one of the ‘classiest acts in bluegrass today.’ Come see what all the talk is about when she brings her band to Fogartyville!

“Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook – 7:30 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Come fly with me as we travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook – the most recorded songwriter of the 20th century. Featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and more. Featuring songs such as Come Fly with Me, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Hopes, and All the Way.