Unitarian Universalist Church Presents Eleonora Lvov


Eleonora Lvov, the celebrated Russian piano virtuoso, brings her elegant and passionate brand of performance to the Sanctuary Concerts series on January 18, 4 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church Sarasota.

Lvov has achieved acclaim as a piano virtuoso and popular recording artist. She performs as a soloist with major orchestras and in recitals throughout the United States, Europe and Russia, and often punctuates her concerts with personal impressions and historical remarks. Lvov received the first prize in the Beethoven Competition in Moscow, and was awarded the International Alex de Vries prize in Belgium, among others. She has also been honored with command performances for the Queen of Belgium, the Prime Minister of England and the President of Israel. Her program for this concert includes works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Albéniz and Gershwin.

Location:  3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Tickets are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 941-371-4974 or visit UUSarasota.org/concerts.

Posted in January 2015

Tri County Community Foundation Announces Community Service Scholarship


The outreach arm of Tri County Air Conditioning & Heating will offer Community Service scholarships to graduating seniors within the Sarasota County School District.

Application forms are available at the high schools and from Tri County.

A $250 scholarship will be awarded, based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and community service. Essays on the topics, “Why is community service important to my community?” and “How has community service affected my life?” will be factored into the selection process, along with two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a teacher, the other from someone in the community, who has benefited from the applicant’s service.

Applicants must be registered to volunteer at Florida Cares (FLCares.com). Applications must be postmarked by March 20, and mailed or delivered to Tri County Community Foundation: Attn. Scholarships; 1080 Enterprise Court, Nokomis, 34275.

For questions, please contact: Jim Foubister, 941-223-1771 or Chris Foubister, 941-716-4102.

Posted in January 2015

The Yoga Sanctuary Open House to Benefit CARE


The Yoga Sanctuary will hold its annual Open House, benefiting the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (CARE) of Charlotte County on January 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open House discounts on services and retail items will be offered, with 10% of all profits going to CARE.

Bring your friends, family or a neighbor. Join in free mini-sessions of yoga, meet others in the community, learn about the types of yoga and healing modalities The Yoga Sanctuary offers, or just enjoy some organic tea and delicious snacks.

Location: The Yoga Sanctuary; 112 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. For more information, call 941-505-9642, email Jennifer@TheYogaSanctuary.biz or visit TheYogaSanctuary.biz.

Posted in January 2015

‘The Art of the Violin’ Presented by Perlman Music Program


The Perlman Music Program encourages artistic development and camaraderie among young international string musicians via a nurturing, non-competitive and world-renowned Music Education Program, while offering Educational Outreach Program events in Sarasota and surrounding communities.

The current event, The Art of the Violin, showcases one-of-a-kind violins that have been transformed by both local and international artists.  These unique works of art will be on display through February at local galleries.

The artists participating in this event include Brendan Coudal, Karen Prosper Davenport, Farry Forgard, Gay Germain, James Griffin, Todd Grywinski, Tim Jaeger, Cassia Kite, Candace Knapp, Jill Krasner, Raven Skye McDonough, Micah Mathewson, Joseph Melancon, Tobias Norton, Marcos Casanove (Novadi), Andrea Dasha Reich, Gale Fulton Ross, David Smokler, Amy Webber and Vladislav Yeliseyev.

Hand-painted violins can be seen at the following galleries in Sarasota:

Art Uptown – 1367 Main Street

Galleria Silecchia – 20 S. Palm Ave.

Joan Hodgell Gallery – 46 S. Palm Ave.

Art to Walk On – 16 S. Palm Ave.

Dabbert Gallery – 76 S. Palm Ave.

State of the Arts Gallery – 1525 State Street

A reception and violin auction will be held in an elegant home on Longboat Key on February 19, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75, and proceeds benefit the education programs of The Perlman Music Program of the Suncoast. For details, call Margaret Ann Behrends, 941-350-2338

Posted in January 2015

Roy Eugene Davis to Appear at Unity Sarasota


In November 2014, 500 members of southwest Florida’s spiritual community saw the extraordinary documentary Yogananda-Awake.  On February 1, the community will have the privilege of spending an afternoon with Roy Eugene Davis, one of the last two living direct disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda.

     Davis is a scholar, a rational thinker, a gentle man, and one who lives the spiritual teachings and training of his master, Yogananda.  It’s rare that a direct disciple of a master can share his intimate account of that relationship, But Roy did that in his book, Yogananda As I Knew Him.

His Center of Spiritual Awareness (CSA) is located in the north Georgia mountains where people from all over the world attend retreats.  His message is simple and direct.  His talks are intelligent, kind, and filled with commentary of his time with Yogananda. More importantly, he keeps the attendees focused on true ‘‘self-realization” rather than on what he calls “psychic distractions.”

     The program will be held at Unity of Sarasota from 2 to 5 p.m.  It is offered by donation only, the same practice he follows for his retreats at CSA.  The attendee considers the value of the teachings received, and donates accordingly.  All donations will be split 50/50 with Unity.  There are NO TICKETS to purchase.

     However, you MUST PRE-REGISTER for this event, as seating space is limited. To register, send an email to unitysarasota@juno.com.  You’ll receive a confirming email with a ticket embedded in it. Save the email with the ticket as it’s your entry to the event.

Location: 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota. For more information, call Jo Mooy at 941-355-1414 or email JoMooy@gmail.com. Information updates will be posted onStarSoundings.com

Posted in January 2015