Event Types

If you relish suspense thrillers with a tinge of conspiracy, you’ll enjoy Sally Fernandez’ novels. Readers have said she pens riveting plots of intrigue and political awakening, seamlessly blending fact with fiction…or fiction with fact…you be the judge.


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Sally Fernandez, Author
Mar 07, 2018
Mar 10, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

A lot has and is happening in the Sarasota area Real Estate market.  MANY new developments in Lakewood and Palmer Ranches commanding premium prices.  Many "pocket developments" on small patches here-and-there.  Prices for existing homes creeping upward and condo prices beginning to increase as well.  Throw in tax law changes and rising interest rates and it is for sure what you knew a year ago is no longer true.  Or is it?

Tracy Seider will bring members and guests up to date Wednesday March 14th.  Whatever is happening YOU need to know.  March 14th's meeting is your opportunity. .Don't miss it.

Tracy Seider, CRS, Re/Max Hall of Fame Realtor
Mar 14, 2018 11:59 AM

Talking about the food, bar, arts and entertainment scenes in Sarasota. His columns include the Food and Wine section and the Ticket publication.

Wade Tatangelo is a native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, who attended high school in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. He created the column that would eventually be called "Bar Tab" while working as a correspondent for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in 2003. Wade would continue writing about bars, restaurants, arts and entertainment for Maxim magazine, Tampa Bay Times, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, OC Weekly in Orange County, California, and various other publications nationwide. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune as a staff writer in 2013 and was named entertainment editor in 2016. His duties include overseeing the weekly Food & Wine section and Ticket publication.


Wade Tatangelo, Entertainment Editor - The Ticket
Mar 21, 2018
Mar 24, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Michelle Bianchi, Managing Director/CEO of The Players Centre for Performing Arts.

Michelle was born and raised on Longboat Key, Michelle attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton and graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota.  She holds a Degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science.  Michelle joined The Players Centre in August of 2002 as the new Administrative Assistant.  She was promoted to Office Administrator in August 2005 and Director of Operations in February 2007. In September 2008, the Board of Trustees of The Players Centre promoted Michelle to the position of Managing Director/CEO. The success of the “split-style management team” has brought the theatre back to a thriving organization with plans to build a brand new multi-theatre complex in the Waterside Place of Lakewood Ranch.  Michelle recent was awarded the Arts Management Leadership Award from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Jeffery Kin , Artistic Director of the Players Center for Performing Arts.

Jeffery has been the Artistic Director at the Players Center since 2007.  He also an award winning actor, director, playwright, and teacher.  As an actor, Mr. Kin has performed such roles as Max in LEND ME A TENOR, Jerry in THE FULL MONTY, Oscar in SWEET CHARITY, and Salieri in AMADEUS.  He has directed award-winning shows such as BIG, A CHORUS LINE, CANDIDE, and SPITFIRE GRILL.  As a Producer, Mr. Kin’s productions of: THE PRODUCERS, TITANIC and TOMMY have won a wide variety of theatre awards.  Mr. Kin holds a BFA in Performance from Otterbein University and is the founder of etc…The Eclectic Theatre company, that produces GOT A MINUTE?, a one-minute play festival that has raised over $100,000 for cancer research. Often seen as a co-host on the Suncoast View, Jeffery is a huge proponent of volunteerism and giving back to your community.



Michelle Bianchi and Jeffery Kin: Player's Theater
Mar 28, 2018
Apr 03, 2018
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Category 5 hurricanes, changes in FL government oversight,  increased traffic density, new housing, people moving to Sarasota County - all things that add to "risk" and may (OK, probably will) impact the cost of your insurance.  This might not apply to you unless you own a home and/or drive a vehicle   This pretty much means you'll be interested in Joe Sikora's April 4th insurance briefing for members and guests.

Insurance is an annually recurring expense for most of us.  If you don't pay attention you may pay too much, buy insurance you don't need, or be underinsured.  Attending our April 4th  meeting will help you sort things out and make good insurance decisions. But you have to be at the meeting and why not bring a friend?

Joe Sikora, Sikora & Moore
Apr 04, 2018 11:59 AM
Apr 05, 2018
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Apr 07, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Mary Lynn Desjarlais, Attorney
Apr 11, 2018

Sarabeth is Director of SRQ County libraries and Historical Resources

Sue is Executive Director of the Library Foundation.


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Sarabeth Kalajian & Sue Seiter
Apr 18, 2018
May 01, 2018 12:01 PM –
May 02, 2018 11:59 AM

John will give updates on Elder Law Issues - planning for incapacity and Medicaid.

John Ferrari, Attorney
May 02, 2018
May 04, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
May 18, 2018 5:00 PM
May 21, 2018
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
May 22, 2018
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Pam will give members a preview of the 10th annual Hope Kids Day this coming summer.  She is working on adding more events and participating churches, with a goal to serve 2,675 children in need.  Here's a Day4Hope video you will be interested in seeing.

Pam Hawn is a Wife and Mom with a huge heart for her community. Throughout Pam’s life she has served with many outreaches geared specifically for the homeless…her growing up years in New York, developed Pam’s heart at an early age for the hurting and the lost. Since moving to Florida in 1981 her passion grew to help those who go without. Pam continued being involved with many organizations who shared her same passion for the homeless.

In August of 2009 Day of Hope was birthed. A community outreach project that would serve 200 homeless children with all the basics to get ready for back to school. A project hosted by Pam’s home church and offered completely free to the families, but would require an army of volunteers and much funding. The project was a huge success: with over 200 volunteers and over $25,000 raised a Day of Hope was provided. Each preselected/prequalified child received a medical exam, dental exam/cleaning and floss treatment, resource for a free eye exam and reader glasses if necessary, haircut, school and family portrait, new backpack filled with all the needed school supplies, a care bag of personal care items, a $50 gift card to Bealls department store for new clothes/uniforms, a $25 gift card to Payless for new shoes, a personal safety id card from the sheriff dept, etc… meals were provided throughout the day and fun things to do like nail painting, interaction with the police and their motorcycles, the local fire department brought an engine and an ambulance. Many individuals and agencies were present to share invaluable resources. It was a day that gave parents peace and kids hope!

Pam Hawn, Executive Director, HOPE 4 COMMUNITIES
May 23, 2018

Jeanine may introduce

Stewart Ross
May 30, 2018
Jun 28, 2018 – Jul 01, 2018
Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key
PO Box 5485
Sarasota, Florida  34277