Category Archives: SRQ Events

Briefs about SRQ Media Event Programs— SB2 Regional Symposia, Bal Masqué, SRQ Home of The Year, Best of SRQ Local and the Annual Hear Me Roar Luncheon.

Spotted! SRQ Magazine’s La Strada Video on ABC7 – Sarasota

What are you doing Saturday?  SRQ Magazine hopes to see you out on Dolphin Street, Downtown Sarasota from 6:00pm to 11:00pm to celebrate SRQ Magazine’s 20th Anniversary at La Strada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival.

This video can also be spotted on ABC7 Sarasota – WWSB, our new partner!

Bring the family out for a magical #LOVE LOCAL evening celebrating 20 years in our hometown!

LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival
Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00PM to 11:00PM
Dolphin Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
(located between S. Orange Ave. and S. Pineapple Ave., South of Ringling blvd.) 

RESERVE YOUR TICKET

Advance Admission | $10/person online
At the Door Admission | $15/person
Kids 12 and under, free

VIP Ticket | $45/person, includes access to the SRQ Studio VIP space, featuring exclusive live performances, catered bar and bites

Reserved Festival Table | $150, includes admission for six and reserved table street-side for the evening

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank 20th Anniversary Season Sponsor Ringling College of Art and Design for its support of this monumental milestone. We would also like to thank LaStrada event sponsors, Sarasota FordSabal Palm BankMarina JackAloft SarasotaAl Purmort InsuranceGold Coast Eagle DistributingChillounge Night and Sir Speedy Printing.

The beer and sangria proceeds will go to support our exclusive LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival Nonprofit Partner, Suncoast Charities for Children.

For event questions please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Rebecca Brey at rebecca.brey@srqme.com or 941-365-7702 x221.

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SRQ’s Modern Home Symposium: *INSPIRE, November 8

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*INSPIRE— Modern Home Symposium
Thursday, November 8, 2018

5:30PM – 7:30PM
SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
$5 cover includes a drink and light bites

RSVP HERE

Join SRQ MEDIA this November, for *INSPIRE, Modern Home Symposium as we dig deeper into one of our most anticipated annual publications, Modern Home magazine, which published in the July 2018 edition of SRQ magazine. Come hear about the inspiration behind some of Sarasota’s most iconic home designs.

Meet the panelists:

David Young

David Young, DWY Landscape Architects

David W. Young, ASLA, founded DWY Landscape Architects in 1999 and has dedicated his talent and career to creating meaningful spaces that touch the lives of the people who encounter them. He believes it is important for people to reconnect with nature and considers landscape architecture the perfect platform for this to occur. David has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards for environmental sustainability and design excellence from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and was presented the FLASLA Environmental Sustainability Award of Honor in 2012.

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Steve Murray, Murray Homes

Since moving from London in 1999, where he ran a successful construction and real estate business, Steve has built Murray Homes into one of the most unique and qualified luxury home build, land development and waterfront construction companies in Sarasota. With a specialism in Bird Key, Longboat Key, Casey Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key, West of The Trail, and Lakewood Ranch, Steve’s unique knowledge of residential waterfront and luxury home construction and renovation is second to none. Murray Homes has built over 120 exceptional homes and estates in the Sarasota area.

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Nathan Cross, NWC Construction

Nathan Cross, Owner and President, NWC Construction is an NAHB Certified Green ProfessionalNAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist and a NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler. He is dedicated to the home building industry and the people it serves. His commitment to excellence, superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, and personal service has earned him a long list of industry awards and designations, including 2011 Florida Home Builders Remodeler of the Year and 2009 Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando Builder of the Year.

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Timothy Del Vescovo, Del Vescovo Design Group

Timothy A. Del Vescovo is the founding principal of Del Vescovo Design Group, a full service architecture and interior design firm.  He is a licensed, award-winning interior designer. Mr. Del Vescovo was formally educated in an architecture curriculum focused on Classical architectural principles as well as Bauhaus / Modernist theories.


Modern Home magazine and the accompanying symposium celebrates the innovation, creativity and inspiration of thought-provoking residential homes on the Gulf Coast by recognizing modern lifestyles, architecture, design and furnishings in the region. We are eager to explore the new, upcoming projects brought to life by our local architects and custom home builders.

Click here to check out last years’ Modern Home magazine.

 

WRAP UP: 9/20—Where the Votes Are: Primaries Bring Out Voters

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Bright and early Thursday, September 20 SRQ Magazine’s Senior Editor Jacob Ogles hosted the most recent installment of Where the Votes Are at SRQ Studios. Local political watchers gathered early to examine the voter turnout and demographics of the recent Sarasota City Commission runoff race from Districts 2 and 3.

Jacob presented his findings on local residents’ voting patterns over the course of this election and subsequent runoff. Guests enjoyed Five-O Donuts and hot coffee over political banter–and this particular Where the Votes Are fostered a healthy amount of conversation, interaction and questions from the audience. In case you missed out on Jacob’s presentation, we’ve got you covered!

SRQ‘s Findings: 

1. The District 72 race outcome looks to depend largely on independent voters. Both Democratic State representative Margaret Good and Republican State representative Ray Pilon have won races in the past. Independent voters made up 14% of the voter population in February but only 9% in August.

2. Voter turnout rates for both Sarasota County and Manatee County were much higher than they have been in years at 32% each. This year has the potential to be record setting with voter turnout.

3. The Republican Candidate for Governor RonDeSantis performed well throughout the Manatee and Sarasota region.

4. The Democratic Candidate for Governor Andrew Gillum trailed Gwen Graham locally but he won elsewhere through Florida.

5.  Even in minority districts like District 70, black and Hispanic voters are heavily outnumbered at the polls, white voters participate at a higher rate in primary elections.

6. While there were notable gains in young people voters, particularly around the city of Sarasota, both the population and participating electorate remain dominated by voters 60-89 years of age.

SRQ Media is dedicated to steadfast reporting on all political issues facing Sarasota, and with each installment of Where the Votes Are, we are pleased to bridge the gap between local media and the people that make up our great community. If you’ve never attended Where the Votes Are, join us next time. We’ll save a cup of coffee and Five-O Donut for you!

To view a gallery of images from Where the Votes Are, click here.  If you would like a copy of SRQ Magazine’s findings, please complete the form below so we can send you the Where the Votes Are handout and presentation notes from the event.

Calling all Foodies—Join us for Good Eats at LaStrada: SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival, October 20

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If you’re a foodie, you’ll love our sneak peek at the Food Trucks coming to our LaStrada Street Festival on Saturday, October 20th!

SRQ MEDIA brings you a night of sensory delights with La Strada our 20th Anniversary Street Festival. It begins just as soon as you step out of the car with the delicious scent of delectable dishes.

Let’s dive in:

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Take a tour down memory lane with PB & Jelly Deli, they have reinvented the classics to create a bite that is savory, sweet and reminds you of the best part of home.

Kuwai Venezuelan Street Food

Travel to South America with Kuwai Venezuelan Street Food. No passport required! This dynamic brother duo brings the authentic flavors of their homeland to Sarasota with amazing sandwiches and sauces.

24301463_1737745776267272_3202022582583849635_n.jpgFly back home for a nosh at WingWay. Serving up delicious wings and fries with 27 different flavors to choose from, you could be here all night.

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Now that you’re back, relax for a minute with the sweet and savory offerings at Tropical Crepes and Waffles. Embrace our local paradise and try a bubble waffle, delicious crepe, waffles on a stick and more!

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Still feeling fruity? Bowl’d Life is our next stop! Take your pick from acai bowls, pitaya (dragonfruit) bowls, smoothies, avocado toast, and a quinoa bowl this truck is anything but basic.

27972987_2077504372483847_6602521662262045221_n.jpgDripping with decadence, Fillaburger is not to be forgotten. Get your burger stuffed with mac ‘n cheese or pulled pork. Try the Cali burger with a side of hot and crispy fries.

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There’s always room for dessert with Sweet Niche Baking Company. Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade cupcakes and cookies.

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For the love of tacos…no festival night would be complete without them. Enter  Tamiami Tacos, a hidden gem in Bradenton but the secret is out! You won’t be able to get enough of Chef Robert’s tacos made with love.

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Ride the FLAVORWAVE all the way to the sweet end with Kona Ice Sarasota. Celebrate the opportunity to mix and match up to all 10 flavors or choose your favorite.

 

Bring the family out for a magical #LOVE LOCAL evening celebrating 20 years in our hometown!

LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival
Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00PM to 11:00PM
Dolphin Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
(located between S. Orange Ave. and S. Pineapple Ave., South of Ringling blvd.) 

RESERVE YOUR TICKET

Advance Admission | $10/person online
At the Door Admission | $15/person
Kids 12 and under, free

VIP Ticket | $45/person, includes access to the SRQ Studio VIP space, featuring exclusive live performances, catered bar and bites

Reserved Festival Table | $150, includes admission for six and reserved table street-side for the evening

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank 20th Anniversary Season Sponsor Ringling College of Art and Design for its support of this monumental milestone. We would also like to thank LaStrada event sponsors, Sarasota FordSabal Palm BankMarina JackAloft SarasotaAl Purmort InsuranceGold Coast Eagle DistributingChillounge Night, Popcraft and Sir Speedy Printing.

A portion of the proceeds will go to support our exclusive LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival Nonprofit Partner, Suncoast Charities for Children.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Rebecca Brey at rebecca.brey@srqme.com or 941-365-7702 x221.

SRQ MEDIA Announces LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival, October 20

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Join SRQ MEDIA as we celebrate 20 years of superlative coverage, community engagement and living hyper-local at LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6pm to midnight on Dolphin Avenue. This sparkling street extravaganza will showcase the experiences, arts, entertainment, tastes and libations that make our area so special.

Chill under the stars at the SRQ Chillounge and roast s’mores under the night sky while viewing fabulous films and clips from Ringling College of Art and Design students projected on SRQ MEDIA’s “Backlot Wall.” Enjoy captivating performances by Florida Studio Theatre, Circus Arts Conservatory and Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Stroll Dolphin Street tasting delectable noshes from food trucks such as Fillaburger, WingWay, Kona Ice, Bowl’d Life, Sweet Niche Baking Co, PB & Jelly Deli and Kuwai Venezualan. Indulge in creative libations from local restaurateurs and cold drafts from Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. Dance in the streets and catch up with friends new and old.  Musical performances include: Bri Rivera, The Divebombers, Jami Gee, Sound of Fury, Cahoots and many more. Bring the family out for a magical “LOVE LOCAL” evening celebrating 20 years in our hometown!

LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:00pm to Midnight on Dolphin Street (Downtown Sarasota between Orange Ave and Pineapple Ave just south of Ringling). Admission is $10 per person and kids 12 and under are free.  

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank 20th Anniversary Season Sponsor, Ringling College of Art and Design for its support of this monumental milestone. We would also like to thank LaStrada event sponsors, Sarasota Ford, Sabal Palm Bank, Marina Jack, Aloft Sarasota, Al Purmort Insurance, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Chillounge Night. A portion of the proceeds will go to support our exclusive LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival Nonprofit Partner, Suncoast Charities for Children. Visit SRQMAG.COM/LaStrada for details and tickets.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Madeline Crotts at madeline.crotts@srqme.com or 941-365-7702 x221.

SMARTgirl Class of 2018 Roars at Annual Mentorship Summit and Luncheon, April 6

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SMARTgirl Class of 2018. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

On March 16, SRQ MEDIA hosted the second annual SMARTgirl Leadership and Mentorship Summit at the Hyatt Regency engaging over 60 girls from both Sarasota and Manatee Counties with 28 mentors representing our region’s many diverse industries from graphic design, programming and virtual reality to theatre, marine biology and medicine. The luncheon consisted of a curated mentoring program aimed to engage the young women in soft skills training, mentorship and career imaginings.

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SMARTgirl students from Girls Inc. eager for their workshops at SMARTgirl. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“SMARTgirl is all about the power of connection and possibility.  In connecting these young girls with mentors who can show them real-life examples of opportunities they may not have been aware of or felt were out of reach, we can help to make their dreams a viable reality and set them on a course of success and fulfillment,” Ashley Grant, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships of SRQ MEDIA stated.

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SMARTgirl Mentor and Owner of Pineapple Yoga Studio, Claudia Baeza engaging with SMARTgirl student Rezlyn Krueger during Dream Career Incubator Workshop. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

 

The summit kicked off with the Dream Career Incubator workshop where girls were able to ask questions, get advice and gain real world experience about their dream career from our mentors. Hailing from organizations such as Mote Marine Laboratory, State College of Florida, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Humane Society of Manatee County, SIFT Bakehouse, Ringling College of Art and Design, the Sarasota Police Department and Pineapple Yoga, our mentors were eager to share their bank of knowledge with the next generation of women leaders. 

“This event is about helping girls achieve their dreams. Each of us determines our own happiness, and if we are able to help one girl believe in herself and understand she can conquer any challenge ahead to make her dreams reality, then we have helped her on the journey to true happiness,” explained Women In Business Leadership Circle Member and SMARTgirl Mentor, Joy Randels.

 

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SMARTgirls search for matching beads during Intro to Coding Workshop. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

After a quick snack break, the girls were back in action and onto the Coding Adventure Worksop. Their mission: To plan their dream adventure based by utilizing a series of bead codes for each selection, which included a rocket ship as a mode of transportation and a unicorn as an adventure buddy. Once the girls chose a coding sequence from each category, they created their very own bracelet using the beads to reflect each coding sequence.

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Girls form a superpower group to create team logo, name and mission. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

In between workshops and the luncheon, participants formed teams based on their chosen superpower preferences and collaborated with girls from other groups to develop a name, logo and mission as a team.  The result?  Strategic teamwork, analysis and amazing artwork.

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India White speaks on overcoming obsticles during 2018 SMARTgirl Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Between bites of decadent alfredo chicken pasta, participants heard from 3 power house speakers, all emphasizing that we have the power to succeed through empowerment, tenacity and spitfire determination.

Our first speaker, India White, was presented with a huge semi trailer of very sour lemons at a very young age and made the choice, in spite of incredible odds, to become a super achiever. India explained how at the age of 16 she found herself homeless finding refuge at the Sarasota YMCA Homeless Shelter. Refusing to feel sorry for herself, India viewed her circumstances as an opportunity to start fresh and change her life for the better.

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Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Vigne from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County gives a powerful message to the SMARTgirl Class of 2018. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

SMARTgirl Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Vigne from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County gave an uplifting presentation on S—M—A—R—T girl with 5 life principles everyone should live by.

  • S- Start your day with a daily affirmation.
  • M- Make good choices.
  • A- Accept yourself.
  • R- Respect yourself.
  • T- Take time to laugh.
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Careeer Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad of StatWeather reminds SMARTgirls to follow their dreams. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

“SMARTgirl embodies who we are as women: resilient and smart, full of hopes and aspirations.  SMARTgirl gives young women access to role models, encouragement and a blueprint for making their dreams come through. SMARTgirl teaches girls to overcome and to be successful in life,” explained CEO of StatWeather and SMARTgirl Career Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad. She went on to encourage each and every girl to follow their dreams whether it takes a few months or 20 years to achieve. She ended her speach with 3 powerful words: ” Never Give Up.”

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Coding expert, Andrea Cannistra displays Dream Adventures on the screen during the luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan  

To close things out, Andrea Cannistra from atLarge, Inc. took the stage to present the 2018 SMARTgirl Coding Adventures based off of the bracelets particpants had created earlier in the day. Girls raised their hands high in the sky for a chance to come on stage and see their adventure coded right before their eyes.

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SMARTgirl mentors and participants work together during Superhero activity. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

We live in a society that puts pressure on girls at a very young age. 12-year-olds are already going on diets and many believe that they’re valued more for their appearance than abilities. As mentors, community leaders and most importantly, fellow women, we need to break this cycle and help these young women realize that they are more than their looks, more than what society tells them to be. We need to create the standard and guide them along so that they surpass all expectations. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to mentor at SMARTgirl. It wholly reinforced the idea that instead of competing with one another, we need to educate and empower each other. Female empowerment is a force to be reckoned with, said SMARTgirl Mentor Kristen Hogentogler when asked why she thought it was important to mentor.

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Career Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad and SMARTgirl Mentor Shana Nichols pose with students at 2018 SMARTgirl Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

We would like to thank the Hyatt Regency, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, New Balance of Sarasota and University Park and PSAV for investing in over 60 futures and creating a dynamic day for each of these young women.

We would also like to thank the Sarasota YMCA, Girls Inc., Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County and Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida as our founding partner organizations for engaging many of the girls who were in the room. 

For a full gallery of photos from the SMARTgirl Luncheon click here.

To view the 2017 SMARTgirl video click here.

 

SRQ Gets Festive at Sarasota Architectural Salvage, December 6

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Holiday Soiree Guests Kameron Hodgens from Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Noah Riner and Britt Riner from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

SRQ MEDIA celebrated the holiday season in our most outrageous holiday sweaters at a festive soirée with our clients, partners and dear friends on Wednesday, December 6 at Sarasota Architectural Salvage. True to SRQ form, the night was full of music, connectivity, twinkling lights and delicious food. The vintage pieces on display at Sarasota Architectural Salvage perfectly captured the hyper-local essence of SRQ Magazine, each telling its own colorful story about a unique history. Guests were treated to an experience like no other exploring, discovering and stimulating the imagination with a little holiday cheer sprinkled in.

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Sharyn Lonsdale from the Venice Symphony and Robert Olson pose for photos. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

The sound of laughter filled the party as guests enjoyed the interactive photo booth and indulged in a delicious spread of holiday favorites provided by Michaels on EastGeckos Grill & Pub and Sift Bakehouse. From chicken quesadillas, New England lobster rolls, California rolls and caprese skewers with balsamic reduction to the delightful SIFT gingerbread cookie iced in holiday sweaters, food was plentiful and the bar fully stocked with beer from SRQ events partner Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

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SARTQ Artists printing silkscreens in honor of SRQ Magazine’s 20th Anniversary. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Talented local artists from SARTQ were on site on-site printing one-of-a-kind silkscreens in collaboration with SRQ’s 20th SRQ Anniversary commemorating two decades of local engagement. Each design presented unique creative inspirations from the SARTQ artists whose organization strives to enhance the local visual arts through the creation of unique art experiences and educational programming.

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Laurie Pike and Greg Hayes win most “outrageous” holiday sweaters. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

Special congratulations to 2016 Women In Business Leadership Circle Member, Laurie Pike and Greg Hayes for donning the most “outrageous” sweaters of the evening. Based on votes from guests, they won tickets to the SRQ 20th Anniversary Gala next year.

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Guests mingle and indulge in light bites at the SRQ Holiday Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

 

We would like to sincerely thank Jesse White, Owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage for allowing us to use his creative space. We are so grateful for his inspiring commitment to the community and continuous support of SRQ Magazine.

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SRQ MEDIA’s Lisl Liang and Wes Roberts with their children Griffin and Piper at the Holiday Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

 

On behalf of the entire SRQ MEDIA team, we wish you happiness, peace and togetherness this holiday season. Thank you for your unending passion and support for making the place we all call home, so very special.

To view a gallery of photos from the celebration, click here.

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The SRQ MEDIA team poses for photos in the photo booth. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

 

2018 SAVE THE DATES

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for all of our innovative and engaging events coming in 2018!

An Evening With Audrey
January 11, 2018 | 5:30-8pm | Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida
Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

SB2 Luncheon: State of the Region & 1st Annual Localpreneur of the Year Awards
January 25, 2018 | 11am-1pm | The Francis, Downtown Sarasota
Explore the economic link and symbiotic relationship between entrepreneurship and tourism in the Sarasota and Manatee region. The luncheon will culminate with the presentation of the SRQ LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR awards honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow.

 ProjecTHINK Conference
February 10, 2018 | 9:15am-12pm | Ringling College of Art and Design’s Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Designed for educators, professionals and anyone interested in thinking outside of the box, PROJECTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning.

SRQ KidsFest
February 10, 2018 | 11am-4pm | Ringling College of Art and Design’s Alfred R. Goldstein Library
SRQ KidsFest is an experience designed to connect parents and kids with hands-on learning experiences, local engagement resources and opportunities in our region with a day teeming with exploration designed to deliver fun “a-ha” moments for the whole family.