Throughout this week (11/21–11/28), activists have the opportunity to participate in food shares, luncheons and important dialogue on health disparities in the community. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding homelessness and advocacy, LGBTQIA+ discrimination and local politics!
Thurs., Nov. 22, ALSO Youth 5K Turkey Trot @ 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Sarasota – 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota.
Currently in its ninth year, the annual Turkey Trot has provided a platform to benefit ALSO Youth, a non-profit organization that supports LGBTQIA+ youth in the community. This race across the Ringling Causeway Bridge welcomes thousands of participants each year. Tickets are available online, with a speciality discount to runners 15 years of age or younger. Donations are also accepted.
Thurs., Nov. 22, Streets of Paradise Thanksgiving Foodshare @ 12 – 4 p.m.
Five Points Park – 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.
The nonprofit photo series and advocacy homeless organization is hosting the first event in their winter programming. Join founders Greg Cruz and Allan Mestel at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota in order to distribute food to the homeless community this Thanksgiving. Any leftover food will be boxed into to-go plates for those in need to take home.
Fri., Nov. 23, Prayer, Protection and Solidarity @ 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Islamic Society of Sarasota – 4350 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota.
Every Friday, join in with a local group of Sarasotans as they meet on the sidewalk of the Islamic Society of Sarasota’s Mosque to stand in protection and solidarity with and for the worshipers arriving for Friday prayer.
Mon., Nov. 26, League of Women Voters Hot Topics Luncheon @ 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Marina Jack Restaurant – 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota.
The League of Women Voters of Sarasota welcomes new members and existing members looking for new ways to get involved to attend their New Member Orientation at 11 a.m. The orientation will last for 30 minutes and takes place prior to the Hot Topic Luncheon.
Following the orientation, New College Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies Frank Alcock will discuss what happened in the general election and what we might expect for the future. Tickets for the presentation and luncheon are $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
To reserve your seat for the orientation and/or luncheon email firstname.lastname@example.org. List your name, the name of the event and how many tickets you’d like. Pay at the door by cash, check or credit card. No shows will be billed.
Mon., Nov. 26, Anti-Racist Meeting @ 6 p.m.
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center – 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota.
The potluck will begin at 6 p.m. and the program follows at 6:30 p.m. Working committees will share updates and then the group will continue discussion of Joseph Barndt’s book, Understanding and Dismantling Racism.
Tues., Nov. 27, Newtown CHAT Environmental Initiative @ 6 – 8 p.m.
North Sarasota County Library – 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.
This meeting is hosted by the Multicultural Health Institute (MHI) and is a weekly event focused on continuing conversation on existing health toxicities and inequities in the community. Solutions, grassroots efforts and other opportunities for collaboration will also be discussed.