Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 2017

Oct. 2nd  “Say yes to 2nd Chance” Training  6:00pm Selby Library Conference Room; see Ivan, Steve, or Sandy for more data.

Oct. 27th to 29th Florida Dems State Meeting Orlando—  Multiple LGBTA Caucus members will attend with  Manatee Delegation.

October  28th  DRC (Diversity)  Manasota venue Halloween Fundraiser—Again at  upscale residence, with tight security screening. In Costume requested.   Some major “Progressive” candidates may be in attendance. Due to limited ticket availability ($1200. For pair, is only pricing I have), we’re “wait listed”.

 

November 2017

November 10th-12th Florida Dems State Meeting— more details later

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PAST EVENTS

September 2017

Sept. 8th & 9th “Say Yes to 2nd Chance”  need volunteers at the Hyatt Regency; see Ivan, Steve, or Sandy.

Sept 9th Manasota & Pinellas Movie & Theater Group—(see Steve to be added to text list)

Sept 17th PFLAG (Sarasota) Manasota — Official Opening Reception in afternoon, please RSVP to Steve for more details. (We would like a count of how many to expect ). We are part of National Organization supporting the rights of LGBTQIA children, families, and friends.

Sept 20th Manatee LGBTA Caucus meeting 6:00pm —  our new location is DEC Headquarters 435 Cortez Road.  We will discuss plans for Sarasota Pride Oct. 21st. Need volunteers both Pride and new Radio Show.

Sept. 23rd “Say yes to 2nd Chance”—  Volunteers needed  Petition signings in Newtown; see Ivan, Steve, or Sandy for more data.

Sept. 25th Manatee DEC Meeting 6:00pm at Dec headquarters 435 Cortez Rd.

AUGUST 2017

August 5th  Manasota & Pinellas Movie & Theater Group–  to Naples to see Drew Lynch Perform; please see Steve  NOW about  tickets , as they will likely sell-out again. We will carpool. FYI: he was runner-up in 2015 on AGT, now tours USA and some TV acting roles. (FYI: he was runner-up in 2015 on AGT, now tours USA and some TV acting roles. ( We invited some Manasota DRC & others to join us).

August 9th Hibachi Grill a ALSO Youth Fundraiser –6:00pm tickets $40. Online; & $45 at door. This is 4th annual event. Great food & networking, address: 100 Central Avenue Sarasota. http://www.alsoyouth.org

August 16th Manatee LGBTA Dem Caucus Meeting— 6:00pm

August 18th -20th Florida LGBTA Dems State Meeting in Tallahassee (??)– Network with LGBTA from across Florida, & potential Dem State officials at this weekend event. We are verifying alternative hotels and roommate & carpool list for those requesting. Pending details.

October 28th DRC (Diversity) Manasota Halloween Fundraiser—Again at upscale residence, with tight security screening. In Costume requested. Some major “Progressive” candidates may be in attendance. Due to limited ticket availability ($1200. For pair, is only pricing I have), we are “wait listed”. Give Steve your name. (FYI: The Soryana dancers from Spain will not be at this event, maybe at later event with larger venue.)

July-2017

July 8th Manasota- Pinellas Movie & Theater Group— see Steve to be added to text list.

July 11th PFLAG (Sarasota) Manasota— 2 groups working to make this happen. See Steve

July 19th  Manatee LGBTA Dem Caucus Meeting— 6:00pm  ELECTION of new 2017 Board.  Paid Members; please turn in your name if you are interested in running for any positions.  New Location for Dem Headquarters is435 Cortez Road in Orange Blossom Plaza , where we will meet. Agenda: 1) Officer Reports 2) Election 3) Volunteers for Petition Drives4) Sarasota Pride & State Funds; 5) Calendar & Interface 6) LGBTA State Meeting? 7) Open Discussions 8) Adjourn & Selection of where to eat

July 24th Manatee DEC new Headquarters Opening 6:00pm— Chris King (Gubernatorial candidate Speaker). Dec Meeting. More candidates planned. Please put this on your calendar, much to discuss.

July 25th & 27th PFLAG (Sarasota) Manasota— on 25th group meets at 5:30pm; on 27th group will do “field trip” to visit Pinellas group. See Steve for details. Official-opening- soon!

June-2017

June 3rd – Disney World Gay-Days–  Official events run  May 30th to June4th; a large group of LGBTA Dems from Manasota are going for this day only.  See Steve for “carpool” space.

June 5th– 2017 Dues Deadline, Eligibility to Vote in July Board Election—Per our Caucus By-Laws this is last day to pay your 2017 Caucus dues ($15. Single /$25. Household) ; Student/ Non-Voting at $10.   

June-10th—  Movie & Theater Group–   Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas, (see Steve to be added to text list)

June-12th Pulse events Orlando-–   http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-pulse-orlando-united-day-anniversary-20170327-story.html      Please use this link to see day-long series of events planned for Orlando. Some will carpool; see Steve for “space-available” for those not driving on their own.

June 13th & 27th PFLAG (Sarasota) Manasota–  2 groups working to make this happen. See Steve

June 16th-18th Florida Blue —  (Hollywood, Fl.)  $200. Per person at LGBTA Table. We have multiple people from our area/Caucus attending; some are willing to share hotel expenses & car-pool. See Steve for details.

June 17rd– Diversity  LGBTA State Meeting— (Orlando) We have multiple people from our area/Caucus attending; some are willing to car-pool. See Steve for details.

June  21st – Manatee LGBTA Dem Caucus Meeting— 6:00pm . Please email if you plan to attend!!!  NEW TEMP meeting locations, until Dem Headquarters completes move to NEW Building,  probably July/August.  Meet at Riverside Café , 955 riverside Dr., Palmetto, Fl. 34221. Reservation in my name.  (even if you’re not eating welcome, and just have a glass of water/drink). They have great prices and food J

June 23rd — PRIDE ON THE BAY YACHT PARTY & CRUISE — Location: 250 8th Avenue Southeast, Saint Petersburg, FL, US, 33701.

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June 26th   Manatee DEC Meeting—(postponed until July move)

June 27th PFLAG (Sarasota) Manasota–  2 groups working to make this happen. See Steve

June 30th Manasota LGBTA Club-Nite – 10:00pm till late Join us for a night at Elevate It’s always lively. See Steve/Alex/Renee for details.

May 2017

May 2nd; 16th & 30th   PFLAG-Manasota  

May 3rd–   Diversity Tampa Bay area Meeting-–    Multiple minority groups;  3- carpooled; Great speakers at St. Leo’s in Tampa.  (State Diversity LGBTA meeting is June 17th in Orlando; we will car pool.)

May 9th    League of Women Voters & Manatee Solar Co-op  at Motorworks .  Alice spoke to about 65 “organizers” for Manatee County.  We will open for sign-up from Jan to approx. April 2018. A small investment & it pays for itself; then you save $$$’s. Much education to do for applicants. Steve will speak before multiple HOAs/COAs . (we have photos to post) THANKS to all who made this possible!

May 9th “ASK THE ACLU” Forum, “Protecting LGBT Rights”   Multiple Manasota LGBTA Dems attended.  Most of us did NOT appreciate the way media “headline’ portrayed event afterwards.  Thanks Ivan, Daniel, Liz & Molly.

May 9th Manasota Diversity Dinner 2017 Univ. Grads  we had 9 LGBTA Grads & 47 family & friends. Hi-lite was 2 $1,000. Checks by DRC  awarded to the 2 Grads with Highest GPA (who submitted).  Also an anonymous donor “refunded” the $25. Paid by all participants; followed by most of the family & friends of each  Grad handing the money to their specific grad. Each Grad gave an approx.  5 min talk on their life lessons in getting their degree and plans for future. DRC is planning for another Manasota event in 2018. Note: Several of us “re-sold”  our tickets for May 12th event in Miami, due to both expense & the limited number of tickets available. (We have photos to post ).

May 13thHarvey Milk  Festival  in Sarasota:  Great event with many new contacts made, several attended our Caucus meeting on 17th. Thanks to volunteers;  Sandy, Randy, Cheryl, and Dan.

May 15th- Manatee Democrats Clubs & Caucuses Lunch (annual) at IMG . Sold OUT, at capacity of 250. Great networking event,  with multiple standing ovations for speaker. Thanks, Bill & your team.

May 17th– Manatee LGBTA Caucus Meeting—  We had 10 people (with 11 others reporting in, traveling, or ill.) One New Household  paid dues. Junior agreed to serve as Temp Sec. We have scheduled our Board elections for July.  Several willsend multiple events for our expanding calendar of networking events.  We are requesting more “Inventory” from Rainmakers.  New Web & Facebook Team to meet after  Memorial Day. Some went to Village of Arts for dinner.  THANKS to all of our volunteers

May 20th – LGBTA;  Family & Friends Cruise to Havana & beyond— great mix of people (from many states, & diversity);  we have 17 LGBTA, and over 80+ in unified booking groups. Please see Steve  to be added for Europe Cruise-Tour in 2018 email list (we have many videos from past tours) Also thanks to DRC for making the dreams of some young people come true with their first cruise.

May 22nd  Manatee DEC Meeting—6:00pm  at Manatee DEC Headquarters (MOVING SOON!)

May 27th  Movie & Theater  Group – (Manatee, Pinellas, Sarasota)  see Steve to be added to text list.

January 2017

  • Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 PM – Regular Membership Meeting, Manatee Democratic Headquarters, 902 Manatee Ave E Suite B, Bradenton, FL 34208, followed by Social Event at 7pm.

December 2016

  • December 29th (Thursday), 6:30 PM – Regular Membership Meeting, Manatee Democratic Headquarters, 902 Manatee Ave E Suite B, Bradenton, FL 34208, followed by Social Event at 7pm.

November 2016

  • November 17th (Thursday), 6:30 PM – Regular Membership Meeting, Manatee Democratic Headquarters, 902 Manatee Ave E Suite B, Bradenton, FL 34208, followed by Social Event at 7pm at World of Beer on Cortez Rd.

October 2016

  • October 19th (Wednesday), 6:00 PM – City of Bradenton City Council Candidate Forum, Manatee Democratic Headquarters, 902 Manatee Ave E Suite B, Bradenton, FL 34208

August 2016

  • August 17th (Wednesday), 6:00 PM – Democratic Debate for House District 70 Race.  Will be held at the Manatee County Democratic Party Headquarters, 902 Manatee Ave E Suite B, Bradenton, FL 34208.

May 2015

  • May 7 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m. – Theatre night with OUT@ASOLOREP, showing It Only Takes a Moment, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.  Each OUT evening features two local LGBT organizations and is Manatee/Sarasota’s premiere cultural event for connecting the LGBT community and supporting the arts.  See a great show at a fantastic discount, enjoy a pre-show reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by Morton’s, and gain insight and behind-the-scenes information from the show’s directors. Learn about participating LGBT organizations and mingle with the actors and other OUT attendees.  Sponsored by U.S. Trust, Visit Sarasota County, and Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering.
  • May 9-10Charlotte County Pride, Port Charlotte.
  • May 16 (Saturday), 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Manatee Democratic Party Combined Club/Caucus meeting at the IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton, FL 34210 (map)
  • May 16 (Saturday), 2:30 p.m. – Midnight: Harvey Milk Festival, at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota.
  • May 16 (Saturday), 8 p.m. – Midnight:  Pride and Passion, at the Tampa Museum of Art in downtown Tampa.
  • May 28 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m.  Join the Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus for a Manatee LGBT Dems Social! …at the Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar, 801 Riverside Dr. E., Bradenton, FL 34208 (just east of the Manatee Memorial Hospital).  (A short business meeting for Caucus officers and board members will precede at 6:30 p.m.)

June 2015

  • June 24-28St. Pete Pride, Florida’s largest LGBT pride celebration with over 125,000 attendees!
  • June 25, 2015 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m. – Join the Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus for our monthly social, location TBD.  (A short business meeting for Caucus officers and board members will precede at 6:30 p.m.)

July 2015

  • July 23 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m.  – Join the Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus for our monthly social, location TBD.  (A short business meeting for Caucus officers and board members will precede at 6:30 p.m.)

August 2015

  • August 27 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m.  – Join the Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus for our monthly social, location TBD.  (A short business meeting for Caucus officers and board members will precede at 6:30 p.m.)

September 2015

  • September 22 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m.  – Join the Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus for our monthly social, location TBD.  (A short business meeting for Caucus officers and board members will precede at 6:30 p.m.)

October 2015

  • October 22 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m. – Join the Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus for our monthly social, location TBD.  (A short business meeting for Caucus officers and board members will precede at 6:30 p.m.)

April 2015

  • April 9 (Thursday):  Theatre night with OUT@ASOLOREP, showing Our Betters, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.  Each OUT evening features two local LGBT organizations and is Manatee/Sarasota’s premiere cultural event for connecting the LGBT community and supporting the arts.  See a great show at a fantastic discount, enjoy a pre-show reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by Morton’s, and gain insight and behind-the-scenes information from the show’s directors. Learn about participating LGBT organizations and mingle with the actors and other OUT attendees.  Sponsored by U.S. Trust, Visit Sarasota County, and Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering.
  • April 23 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m.: Join the Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus for our first Social at O’Bricks, 427 12th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205 (downtown Bradenton, on Old Main).  (A short business meeting for Caucus officers and board members will precede at 6:30 p.m.)

March 2015

  • March 18 (Wednesday):  Theatre night with OUT@ASOLOREP, showing Both Your Houses, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.  Each OUT evening features two local LGBT organizations and is Manatee/Sarasota’s premiere cultural event for connecting the LGBT community and supporting the arts.  See a great show at a fantastic discount, enjoy a pre-show reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by Morton’s, and gain insight and behind-the-scenes information from the show’s directors. Learn about participating LGBT organizations and mingle with the actors and other OUT attendees.  Sponsored by U.S. Trust, Visit Sarasota County, and Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering.
  • March 21 (Saturday):  2nd Annual Manatee Pride.  Come celebrate LGBT Pride in Manatee County.  Rossi Pavilion, Bradenton Riverwalk, Bradenton, FL.
  • March 26 (Thursday): Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting. The Caucus meets the 4th Thursday of each month @ 6:30 p.m., followed by a social dinner at local restaurant (location decided at the end of the evening’s meeting).

February 2015

  • February 20 (Friday):  Manatee Theatre night with OUT@ASOLOREP, showing Good People, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.  Each OUT evening features two local LGBT organizations and is Manatee/Sarasota’s premiere cultural event for connecting the LGBT community and supporting the arts.  This month featuring two Manatee LGBT community organizations:  Manatee Pride, and Prism Youth Initiative.  See a great show at a fantastic discount, enjoy a pre-show reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by Morton’s, and gain insight and behind-the-scenes information from the show’s directors. Learn about participating LGBT organizations and mingle with the actors and other OUT attendees.  Sponsored by U.S. Trust, Visit Sarasota County, and Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering.
  • February 26 (Thursday): Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting. The Caucus meets the 4th Thursday of each month @ 6:30 p.m., followed by a social dinner at local restaurant (location decided at the end of the evening’s meeting).

 January 2015

  • January 28 (Wednesday):  Theatre night with OUT@ASOLOREP, showing The Matchmaker, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.  Each OUT evening features two local LGBT organizations and is Manatee/Sarasota’s premiere cultural event for connecting the LGBT community and supporting the arts.  See a great show at a fantastic discount, enjoy a pre-show reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by Morton’s, and gain insight and behind-the-scenes information from the show’s directors. Learn about participating LGBT organizations and mingle with the actors and other OUT attendees.  Sponsored by U.S. Trust, Visit Sarasota County, and Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering.
  • January 22 (Thursday): Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting. The Caucus meets the 4th Thursday of each month @ 6:30 p.m., followed by a social dinner at local restaurant (location decided at the end of the evening’s meeting).

December 2014

  • December 13 (Saturday): Holiday Theatre Outing with the Manatee GLBTA Dem. Caucus – FLYER – Holiday 2014 Theatre and Dinner Event
  • Democratic Caucus, showing A Christmas Carol, at the freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL.  Tickets $31 ($28 discounted for seniors, students, teachers, and military).  A portion of ticket sales goes to support Prism Youth Initiative.
    • Show starts at 2:00 p.m.  Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Manatee Democratic Headquarters to ride together.
    • A convivial lunch outing after the show at O’Bistro, 6661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL.
    • RSVP to Sandra Gander at san.gander@gmail.com
  • December 27 (Saturday): Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus Holiday Party, instead of the regular Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting (no regular business meeting this month due to holidays).   Regular Caucus meeting schedule on the 4th Thursday of each month @ 6:30 p.m. will resume in January 2015.
    • Location:  Home of Ira Diamond, Caucus Board Member.
    • Time:  5:00-9:00 p.m., Potluck dinner served at 6:00 p.m.  Bring a dish to pass!

November 2014

  • Nov 1 (Saturday): Prism Youth’s Rocky Horror Picture Show fundraisers, Nov. 1, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Costume contest at 11 pm.   Free Admission to the movie, donations for Prism Youth Initiative for LGBT teens welcome.  Available for purchase:  beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, munchies, and Party Packages:  $10 Transylvanian Package with audience participation kit; $20 Cult Classic Package with kit, one drink and one snack; $30 Time Warp Package with kit, time warp dance lesson, VIP (preferred seating), one drink, and two snacks.  Details, reservations and package purchases at prismyouth.org/events.
  • November 4 (Tuesday): **ELECTION DAY** (Primary Election).  
  • November 20 (Thursday):  Theatre night with OUT@ASOLOREP, showing South Pacific, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.  Each OUT evening features two local LGBT organizations and is Manatee/Sarasota’s premiere cultural event for connecting the LGBT community and supporting the arts.  See a great show at a fantastic discount, enjoy a pre-show reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by Morton’s, and gain insight and behind-the-scenes information from the show’s directors. Learn about participating LGBT organizations and mingle with the actors and other OUT attendees.  Sponsored by U.S. Trust, Visit Sarasota County, and Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering.
  • November 22 (Saturday): Suncoast Celebration for Equality (Equality Florida).  5:00 p.m., above the Palm Avenue Parking Garage, 1262 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL.  Tickets $125 in advance, $150 at the door; sponsorship opportunities begin at $500.
    • More information: (407) 376-4801.
  • November 27 (Thursday): No regular Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting this month due to Thanksgiving and the immediately preceding general election.
  • November 27 (Thursday): ALSO Youth’s 5th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run fundraiser.
October 2014
  • October 1 (Wednesday):  Terri Wonder v. Carol Whitmore Debate. 12:45-2:00 p.m., METV Studio, 2501 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton, FL (northwest corner of U.S. 301 at 63rd Ave. E.). Hosted by METV, moderated by Chris Wille of the Bradenton Herald. Please come to support Terri!
  • October 6 (Monday):  **LAST DAY** TO REGISTER TO VOTE in order to vote in the General Election to be held on November 4, 2014.
  • October 6 (Monday):  Phone Bank with Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Annette Taddeo.  Manatee Democratic HQ’s, 6233 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL.  4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • October 11 (Saturday), 2:00 p.m. Sarasota-Manatee Americans United for Separation of Church and State will host Rev. Steven Baines at Gelbart Auditorium in the Selby Library. Rev. Baines will speak on The War on Religious Freedom: The Religious Right’s Bogey Man.” Baines, a national spokesperson on issues of faith and politics, has been featured debating leaders of the religious right and the so-called “ex-gay” movement on CNN, CSPAN, Court TV and numerous syndicated talk radio shows. Steven is the director of Americans United’s religious outreach program. Since 1999, he has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is currently serving as moderator at the denomination’s National Cathedral in Washington DC. You won’t want to miss this informative and exciting event! The event starts at 2:00 PM and is FREE and OPEN to the public.  All are welcome.
  • October 12 (Sunday):  Rhana Bazzini’s “Project Granny D” Walk to Tallahasee potluck kickoff with Jim Hightower.  Attend a free, potluck kickoff for Rhana Bazzini’s walk from Sarasota to Tallahassee promoting the “Move To Amend” campaign. Hear Jim Hightower, populist radio show host and writer.  Location: New College, outside of College Hall on the bayfront. Rain location: inside College Hall, 351 College Ave., Sarasota, FL.  4:00-6:00 p.m., bring a dish to share.
  • Rescheduled to October 12 (Sunday): Terri Wonder’s “Old Florida Rally” in Myakka City. “Bring your fishing poles.”
    • WHEN: October 12th, 3pm-6pm.
    • WHERE: Deb Bird’s Beautiful 10-Acre Farm, 4788 253rd Street East, Myakka City 34251. RSVP:  (941) 751-1480.
    • FEATURING: Live Music, Fresh-cooked Turkey, Bonfire, Country-style side dishes, Light Beverage & Beer, Desserts, Family Fun, Notable Elected Officials & Candidates, Fishing Worms & a Pond Stocked with Fish, Feed for Ducks & Turtles, S’More Roast for Kids.
    • DIRECTIONS: From SR 70, turn Left on Verna Bethany Road & head toward far end of SR 64. Turn left on L&J Road. Look for the “Terri Wonder” signs & follow them on L&J Road.
    • COST:  $25 campaign contribution per adult; no charge for kids.  Contribute/register online, or mail check to: Terri Wonder Campaign, 312 Bryn Mawr Island, Bradenton, Florida 34207
  • October 13 (Monday):  7:00 p.m.  Prelude to Pride: “Mark and Joey’s Big Gay Cabaret”, Florida Studio Theatre (Goldstein Cabaret).  VIP tickets, $35; general admission, $25.
  • October 18 (Saturday):  Sarasota Pride.  Noon-6:00 p.m., Bayfront, Main St. at  Gulfstream Ave., Sarasota, FL.  Stop by and visit the Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus’s information booth during this premier Sarasota LGBT event that attracts 5,000 visitors each year!
  • October 23 (Thursday): Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting. The Caucus meets the 4th Thursday of each month @ 6:30 p.m., followed by a social dinner at local restaurant (location decided at the end of the evening’s meeting).
  • October 31 (Halloween Friday) and Nov 1 (Saturday): Prism Youth’s Rocky Horror Picture Show fundraisers, Oct. 31, 9 pm to 1 am and Nov. 1, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Costume contest at 11 pm.   Free Admission to the movie, donations for Prism Youth Initiative for LGBT teens welcome.  Available for purchase:  beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, munchies, and Party Packages:  $10 Transylvanian Package with audience participation kit; $20 Cult Classic Package with kit, one drink and one snack; $30 Time Warp Package with kit, time warp dance lesson, VIP (preferred seating), one drink, and two snacks.  Details, reservations and package purchases at prismyouth.org/events.

September 2014

  • September 4 (Thursday) – Meet and Greet with Henry Lawrence, former Oakland Raiders champion NFL player and current Democratic candidate for Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, Florida’s 16th District.  5:30-7:30 p.m., Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton), FL.
  • September 14 (Sunday) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are holding a special Bucs LGBT Community Game Day on September 14th (Bucs v. Rams at the Raymond James Stadium).  To purchase tickets, contact the Bucs directly, including for specially priced packages for groups of 10 or more. Contact Chris Spano in the new Sarasota Bucs office: 1819 Main St., Suite 603, Sarasota,; (813) 870-2700 ext. 2240; cspano@buccaneers.nfl.com.
  • RESCHEDULED TO September 17 (Wednesday):  Reception to Re-Elect Rep. Joe Saunders, Democratic and Openly Gay Incumbent Candidate for Florida State House District 49.  7-9 p.m.
    • Organizer’s quote about Joe Saunders:  “During his 2 years in office, he has worked for change in education, healthcare and equality.  He has influenced change in the culture of the House by his mere presence in the chambers.  Especially now, with the positive findings in the court cases concerning marriage equality, we will need his voice in the future to protect our interests as Florida’s laws change.”  
    • Hosted at the home of Greg Taylor, 1739 Waldemere St., Sarasota.
    • $100 suggested contribution; $1,000 maximum.
    • RSVP here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ddZfXHzKCSYTsgN6xNsvnUEwIkeGbK6TtgrQJX3XteM/viewform
  • September 25 (Thursday): Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting (Caucus meets the 4th Thursday of each month @ 6:30 p.m.).
  • Sep. 29, 2014 (Monday).  Meet Democratic, pro-Equality, and pro-LGBT candidate for Governor Charlie Crist at any or all of these!1)  Manatee Fundraiser with Charlie Crist.  Mon., 9/29, 12:30-2:00 p.m at the Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach (Anna Maria Island), FL.  Host, $500; General, $100.2) Phone Bank with Charlie Crist.  Mon., 9/29, 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Sarasota Democratic Headquarters, 7358 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL.3)  Sarasota Fundraiser with Charlie Crist.  Mon., 9/29, 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Social Eatery & Bar, 1219 1st St., Sarasota, FL.  Host, $500; General, $50.
  • September 29 (Tuesday): Community Talk on Domestic Violence and Violence Against Women. Speakers: Henry Lawrence, Democratic Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (FL-16) and other community activists. 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. at the Peace Education and Action Center, Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court , Sarasota, FL 34236.

August 2014

July 2014

  • July 8: Manatee Democratic Women’s Club, Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W., Bradenton, 11:30am – 1:45pm
  • July 8: Lakewood Ranch Democratic Club, Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., 7-9pm
  • July 18-20:  Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus conference and membership meeting, Melbourne, FL
  • July 24: Sarasota/Manatee Democratic Black Caucus, Manatee Democratic HQ’s, 6233 14th St. W., 6:30 p.m.
  • July 24: Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting. The Caucus meets the 4th Thursday of each month @ 6:30 p.m., followed by a social dinner at local restaurant (location decided at the end of the evening’s meeting).
  • July 26:  Women’s Equity Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL. The Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus and the Democratic Womens Club (DWC) will both have tables. Tickets are $30 per person.  Bring your check to the breakfast on Tuesday, July 8 for your reservation. Please make your check out to the SCSW (Sarasota County Status of Women)
  • JULY 28 (Monday):  **LAST DAY** TO REGISTER TO VOTE in order to vote in the Primary Election to be held on August 26, 2014.
  • July 28 (Monday):  Manatee DEC Monthly Meeting.  6 p.m.
, Manatee Democratic Headquarters, 6233 14th St. W., Bradenton. For info, call (941) 761-8385. 
 Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) Program: Circuit Court Judge candidates Susan Maulucci and Art Jackson will present
  • July 29 (Tuesday):  ENDA  TeleTownHall with the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus and Congressman David Cicilline.

June 2014

  • June 5: Tampa Equality Means Business Luncheon, Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa
  • June 10: Manatee Democratic Women’s Club, Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W., Bradenton, 11:30am – 1:45pm
  • June 10: Longboat Key Club, Harborside Golf Course, 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • June 10: Lakewood Ranch Democratic Club, Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., 7-9pm
  • June 16: Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, Manatee Sports Grill, Manatee Ave. W., 11:30am-1:30pm
  • June 19:  Manatee Democratic Fundraiser, Marina Jack II.  Board at 6:30 p.m., 7-9:30 p.m.
  • June 19: Manatee Hispanic Democratic Caucus, Perkins on 14th Street, 6-7pm
  • June 19: Tampa Equality Connection (Equality Florida), The Wine Bistro, 4106 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, 6:30pm
  • June 23: Manatee DEC monthly meeting, Manatee Democratic HQ’s, 6233 14th St. W., 6-8pm
  • June 26: Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting.  The Caucus meets the 4th Thursday of each month @ 6:30 p.m., followed by a social dinner at local restaurant (location decided at the end of the evening’s meeting).
  • June 26: Sarasota/Manatee Democratic Black Caucus monthly meeting, Manatee Democratic HQ’s, 6233 14th St. W., 10-11am
  • June 27-29:  Florida Leadership Blue Gala (formerly the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner), Hollywood, FL
  • June 28:  St. Pete Pride Festival Parade
  • June 29: St. Pete Pride Festival, 11am-6pm (Block Party and Parade are on Sat., Jun. 28)
  • June 29: Jazz in the Park with Terri Wonder, Democrat, Candidate for Manatee County Commission At-Large. 5pm – 7pm at, “The Back Porch” of The Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center, 6919 26th Street West, Bradenton. Food, drink, and old-fashioned camaraderie. RSVP to Suzanna Young at (941) 753-7433 or Ray Wonder at (941) 751-1480. A donation of $25 per person is kindly requested. www.terriwonderforcommissioner.com

May 2014

April 2014

  • April 24:  Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting (Caucus meets the 4th Thursday of each month @ 6:30 p.m.), followed by a social dinner at local restaurant (location decided at the end of the evening’s meeting)

March 2014

  • March 15-16:  Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus special membership meeting, Tallahassee, FL
  • March 17-18:  Equality Florida Lobby Days, Tallahassee, FL
  • March 22:  1st Annual Manatee Pride, Bradenton Riverwalk’s Rossi Pavilion, Bradenton, FL
  • March 22:  2014 Manatee Democratic Dinner.  6-9:00 p.m., Fete Ballroom, Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.
  • March 27:  No Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus monthly meeting this month due to Manatee Pride

February 2014

January 2014

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