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Sarasota calendar 3.31.16

Sarasota and Siesta Key events for the week of March 31.

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Shelly welcomes back runners from the one mile fun run during the Run for the Turtles on Saturday morning.
Shelly welcomes back runners from the one mile fun run during the Run for the Turtles on Saturday morning.
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Saturday, April 2 
Run for the Turtles 
Starts at 6:30 a.m. at Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road. The run supports the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory and is the program's major fundraiser for sea turtles. The one-mile fun run or walk begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8 a.m. Registration is $25 for children ages 13 and younger; $35 for adults; and $80 for families (two adults with two children or one adult with three children). Contact Paula Clark at 388-4441, Ext. 357 



Thursday, March 31
Sarasota Young Professionals Group Spelling Bee
Runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bowne’s Lab at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 Palm Ave. The Sarasota Young Professionals Group, a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, hosts its first spelling competition. Prizes include a $100 Visa gift card, one-year YPG membership, a large jar of local honey and two tickets to Brew Thru SRQ. Tickets are $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Visit

Friday, April 1
Republican Women’s Club of Sarasota Meeting
Starts at 11:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave. Kathy Dent, supervisor of elections in Sarasota County, will be honored for her years of service. Cost is $26. Reservations are required. Call Rita Hebel at 441-6412, or email her at [email protected].

Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3
Men’s Senior City Championship
Starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bobby Jones Golf Club, 1000 Circus Blvd. The 21st annual Men’s Senior City Championship is open to any amateur male golfer who is at least 50 years old by tournament time. The 36-hole tournament is played on the British Course over two days. Registration is $145 and includes greens fees with a cart, refreshments and the awards dinner. Visit

Sunday, April 3
SDA Picnic and Open House
Runs from noon to 3 p.m. at Sarasota in Defense of Animals, 5649 Old Ranch Road. Explore the property and see the animals that roam the Sarasota in Defense of Animals sanctuary. Food and beverages will be provided by Daiquiri Deck. Admission is free. Visit

Monday, April 4
Poetry Reading
Starts at 1 p.m. at Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Janet Davies impersonates Emily Dickinson as “The Belle of Amherst.” Admission is free. Call 861-1230.

Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8
Fore the Love of Habitat Comedy Night & Golf Tournament Comedy Night
Starts at 5:30 p.m. April 7, at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre,1923 Ringling Blvd., featuring comedian Keith Alberstadt. Tickets are $35. The golf tournament starts at 7:30 a.m. April 8, at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd. Fore the Love of Habitat is the signature fundraising event of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota and raises funds to build affordable homes in the community. Tickets are $200 per person; $700 for a foursome. Tickets include admission to Comedy Night. Visit

Friday, April 8
Just Desserts
Runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 E. Laurel St. Dine on dozens of desserts and wine selections to benefit Family Promise of Sarasota. There will be live and silent auctions, along with live music. Tickets are $50; $600 for a VIP table for eight. Call 952-1800 or visit

Monday, April 11
St. Martha Catholic School Meet & Greet
Runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Martha Catholic School, 4380 Fruitville Road. New and prospective families are invited to tour the campus for students preparing to enter preschool for the 2016-17 school year. Parents will have the opportunity to visit classrooms and meet teachers and administrative staff. Children will be able to participate in games, activities, snack time and story time. Attendance is free. Call 953-4181.

Wednesday, April 13
Sarasota County Democratic Party Meeting
Starts at 6:30 p.m. at Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St. All Democrats are welcome to attend the monthly meeting for updates. Attendance is free. Visit


Saturday, April 2
Moonlight Movie
Starts at sunset at Lido Beach. The Sarasota Film Festival and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources present the Moonlight Movies 2016 season, which continues with “Dolphin Tale 2.” All Moonlight Movies are free and open to the public. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Visit


Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3
What Women Want & Lifestyle Wellness Expo
Runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. The expo features beauty and wellness products, clothing, accessories, interior design services and health vendors. There will be a raffle, prizes and a silent auction. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. Visit

Tuesday, April 5
Cross Train Your Brain
Runs from 8 to 9 a.m. at The Friendship Centers, 1888 Brother Geenen Way. Author and gerontologist Dr. Kevin O’Neil will discuss normal age-related changes in brain function as well as pathological conditions. The course fee is $15 and includes a 7:30 a.m. light breakfast. Call 556-3263.