Throughout the week of March 11, activists have the opportunity to participate in volunteering opportunities, early voting and much more. Read on to find out how to be more politically, socially and environmentally active.
Wednesday, March 11
Planned Parenthood Sarasota: Monthly Volunteer Meeting
@ 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
736 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Planned Parenthood Sarasota strives to provide safe healthcare and reproductive knowledge to people in Sarasota. During their next monthly volunteer meeting, there will be a table training session so that volunteers can table at Manatee Pride. For more information visit plannedparenthood.org or call the Sarasota location at (941) 953-4060.
Friday, March 13
Ken Thompson Climate Walk
@ 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
Learn about how rising sea levels affect coastal Florida at the Ken Thompson Climate Walk. Activities include plant and animal identification. Admission is $20 per walk, but there are discount codes on sarasotaaudubon.org for those interested in signing up for more than one walk. For more information call the park at (941) 263-6386.
Saturday, March 14
End of Presidential Primary Early Voting
@ 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. [On weekdays]
Terrace Building, 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237
The Primary Election voting will occur over spring break, and that means that a lot of students registered to vote in Sarasota would not be able to participate. Early voting makes participation in the Primary Elections possible for these students. There are a number of voting locations available, one of which is listed above. Vote-by-mail ballots may be dropped into a secure drop box located inside all supervisor of elections offices during business hours and at additional early voting locations. The number for the Supervisor of Elections for Sarasota is (941) 861-8600. For more information and for additional voting locations, visit sarasotavotes.com.
Saturday, March 14
Monthly Flyering for Liberation Breakfast!
@ 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
1919 Dr Martin Luther King Way, Sarasota, FL 34234
On the third Saturday of every month, the Liberation Breakfast is held in Newtown by Answer Suncoast and the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL). Professionals, students, activists and community organizers gather together at the Newtown Estates Park to provide free breakfast and literature by authors of color. The books are provided through donations from the group’s Amazon wishlist and cover topics such as Black empowerment, socialism and ways to organize communities against the violence and oppression caused by current U.S. and global power structures. They can be checked out and then exchanged at each breakfast.
Saturday, March 21
Newtown Farmers Market
@ 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, at the corner of Cocoanut Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Newtown Farmer’s Market is an extension of Newtown Nation, an organization that seeks to provide healthier alternatives and build community. For more information, contact Market Manager Mary Mack by calling (941) 266-2461 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 21
Manatee Pride Festival
@ 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Riverwalk Pavilion & Event Area, 452 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
Join LGBT+ activists on Saturday March 21 at the Manatee Pride Festival. The festival is a fundraiser for the Prism Youth Initiative, which strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for the LGBT+ youth of Manatee County. The festival will include live entertainment, food and family fun. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit manateepride.com.