February 5th there is a group going to see the musical “Bandstand” at the Van Wezel.
February 8th Petra will lead a Ringling bridge walk.
February 9th we’ll take a picnic lunch to watch the Ski-a-Rees perform their amazing water skiing show.
February 12th there is a group going out for lunch at Der Dutchman and then heading to the Big Top to see Circus Sarasota.
February 17th we are going to check out the new Sarasota Art Museum and then stop for lunch at Grill Smith.
February 22 residents will attend the Chorus of the Keys Concert.
February 2 SUPER BOWL PARTY Join us for trivia, beer, soda, chips & dip, wings, pizza bites and the SUPER BOWL on the big screen. We will start with some trivia at 6:00 then get our food in time for the 6:30 kick-off.
February 6th we will have Poodles On Parade. Eric and Sheila will be bringing their dogs to visit and they will show us pictures from their trip to California to the poodle convention.
February 11th will be the introduction to a new program, GET MOVING BAY VILLAGE. This will be our new Bay Village walking program. We will meet at 11:00 in the auditorium to learn more about the program and have some healthy snacks. All participants in this program will get a free pedometer. This is for people of all levels of fitness, you don’t need to be able to walk 3 miles to get the benefits! We just want everyone to get out and move.
February 13th Jan Holmes is going to introduce residents to the artwork of Vik Muniz and then show a documentary, “Waste Land,” about his work with the catadores or garbage pickers in Brazil. He often uses discarded items to create his art. Vik Muniz is a featured artist at the new Sarasota Art Museum.
We have a wide variety of movies offered on Wednesday afternoons, Saturday, Sunday and some Monday evenings. Some of the new releases include: “Always Be My Maybe,” “The Sun is Also a Star,” and “Five Feet Apart.” Please check the calendar or TouchTown for other titles and more details.
by Petra Mueller
We are excited to welcome Alex Rotas back to Bay Village on Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 2 pm. She is an award winning British photographer, who specializes in photographing older sportsmen and women who still compete internationally through their 60s to 100+. She has held exhibitions in the UK, across Europe and in the US. Her photos have been featured on the BBC national website and in numerous other online and print publications in the UK and across the globe. She is a frequent contributor on TV and radio and gives talks about her work internationally. In May 2020, the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, is hosting a large outdoor exhibition of her work on the banks of Lake Geneva to coincide with the 73rd World Health Assembly. She is above all, an anti-ageism activist, determined to challenge, through photography, the widely held, pessimistic notion that getting old inevitably means diminished horizons, purpose, fulfillment and happiness.
Lenny Dave and Bob Vogel will lead us in a love song sing-a-long on February 3rd. There may also be a little comedy thrown in too.
My Three Sons consists of Stephen Ditchfield and his three sons. This wonderful quartet will delight us on February 6th.
On February 10th Phyllis Lowitt will give another opera talk. This time she will show clips and give us details about “Romeo and Juliet.” The beautiful voices of the ladies of Belle Canto will surely impress everyone on February 13th.
The Mummerts have been here before; they always entertain with their music, dancing, and comedy. Mark your calendar for February 20th.
Finally we will hear classical music such as Mozart, Dvorak, Turina, and Piazzolla from the Bay Arts Trio on February 27th. The trio includes Margot Zarzycka on violin, Diego Villa on cello and Lise Frank on piano.
Apologies to the Bingo players, but we are cancelling Bingo on February 5th for a special speaker. Alan Wissenberg, son of Herman and Marian Wissenberg, will give a talk entitled “German Politics after Angela Merkel.”
This article is a continuation from last month regarding the Sarasota County Sustainability Conference.
Tom Barwin, Sarasota City Manager, said that Sarasota had been named the most environmentally conscious city in Florida. A contract with FPL that runs to 2040 limits our ability to utilize solar. An increase in recycling volume increases contamination risks. The public needs continuous education to maintain awareness and be responsible.
Chris Castro, Manager of Sustainability and Resiliency for Orlando, an outstanding speaker, spoke of sustainability projects he has done in Orlando utilizing the Orlando model and in other parts of the world to improve the environment and increase sustainability. He is in addition to the city of Orlando working on all the Disney parks. Chris is a genius. Ideas sprouted from him like water from a hydrant. One idea: instead of growing grass in your yard for no purpose, plant a garden and grow your own vegetables.
On energy, they are going to automatic control systems for opening and closing doors and utilizing solar where possible. Costs can be reduced and payback accelerated by communities doing bulk purchasing and using solar floating on ponds to make neighborhoods more sustainable.
Planning of new communities should utilize energy/water mapping which would result in fairer rates
Emission control in Florida needs to be required since it makes up 30% of pollution.
Babcock Ranch, a self-sustainable community, was referenced and the determination was made for our Environmental Committee to visit it.
We came away with positive feelings about what is being done in our community and country by people young enough to be our grandchildren!