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Drum in the holiday

Drum in the holiday

Sarasota, Florida - It's a rhythmic tradition on Siesta Public Beach. Every Sunday about one hour before sunset, dozens of people gather for the drum circle there.

Drummers and listeners meet just south of the main pavilion between lifeguard stands #3 and #4 and just like the sunset, this event is free.

Oldies concert coming to Venice Theatre

Oldies concert coming to Venice Theatre

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, the “Gotta Luv It” band will make their Venice Theatre debut on the theatre’s MainStage. The group of four professional musicians promises “good clean fun for everyone” with dance hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Their Venice Theatre show will highlight their repertoire of “doo-wop” harmony classics. The concert is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $23. They are on sale now at the theatre’s box office, by phone at (941) 488-1115 or online at www.venicestage.com.

The “Gotta Luv It” band features Joe Sardo on lead vocals and guitar, Bob Stout on rhythm guitar, Russ Bracco on drums and Joel Shindler on bass. Like so many Florida residents, the band members hail from all over the United States. Each of them has decades of performance experience, but the quartet is still fresh, having been together for just over a year.  They love getting the crowd involved and play songs that folks can recognize, sing and dance to.

Veterans plan Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in Sarasota and Venice

Veterans plan Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in Sarasota and Venice

The Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee and the Venice Area Veterans Council, in coordination with Sarasota County’s Veterans Benefits Unit, have announced plans for Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in Sarasota and Venice.

The Sarasota parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Main Street and Osprey Avenue. The route will be west along Main Street to Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park on Gulfstream Ave.

The ceremony at Hamel Park will begin immediately after the parade. Parking is available at Marina Jack’s on the Sarasota Bayfront. Janet Solomon, the daughter of J.D. Hamel, will be the guest speaker.

Venice Theatre and Loveland Center are bringing back DISCO!

Venice Theatre and Loveland Center are bringing back DISCO!

Venice, FL -- Students of The Loveland Center will stage four performances of “Disco Nights”, on Venice Theatre’s MainStage June 2 - 5.

This theme of this year’s Follies is “Disco Nights”.  Written by Ronald Krine Myroup, “Disco Nights” is a musical revue about the residents of an apartment building across the street from “Paradise”, the biggest disco in “Funky Town”.

Ray Goins, the show’s music director says, “It's an homage to the music and fashion of the 1970s. They even got me in sequins!” The revue opens with the Disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” and closes with “We are Family”.

County to host 11th annual Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Fishing Tournament

County to host 11th annual Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Fishing Tournament

Venice, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office will hold the 11th Annual Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Fishing Tournament on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Venice Yacht Club.

The event encourages an interest in the sport of fishing among children from the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and is a great opportunity for interaction with first responders.

Members of law enforcement, local firefighters and community members are donating their time and the use of their vessels for this event.

FIT athletes hit Siesta Beach this Saturday

FIT athletes hit Siesta Beach this Saturday

Sarasota, Florida - For some people, the beach is a place to relax, but this Saturday it will be a place of major activity.

The Florida International Triathlon or FIT race takes place May 14. This is the 7th year for the race, which was formerly known as the Sharks Classic. Along with the new name, some new divisions have also been added, so there's something for every level of athlete.

Sarasota art experts to discuss future of arts education May 12th

Sarasota art experts to discuss future of arts education May 12th

Sarasota, Florida - A panel of experts will discuss the future of arts education from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at Art Center Sarasota. Early arrival is suggested in order to view the current exhibit of art from north county public school students of all ages.

The event is hosted by Art Center Sarasota and the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Admission is $5 for Art Center Sarasota members and $8 for non-members.

The panelists will be Debra Markley, chairwoman of the Art Department at Sarasota High School; Nancy Roucher, arts educator and chairwoman of the Arts Education Task Force of the Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts; and Thomas Crisp, assistant professor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.