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Exciting & Timely Events

CCSM events (except for ones with Cornell University speakers) are open only to members and their guests. If you are not yet a member, join us for only $30/member & $40/couple!

Not all the events below are open, only the upcoming special event & "luncheon" event. The ones open for registration will have a blue "Register" button. Replays of many of our previous events are in the members only past events page.

Once registered, you will receive an automated confirmation, you will no longer get email invites to that event, and you will receive two automated reminders with the Zoom link (day before the event & day of the event). Questions with your reservation to or leave a voicemail at (941) 500-4443. Additional club contacts here.

See additional upcoming Cornell Webinars here.

Upcoming events

    • Thu, February 09, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239

    A botanical garden not only stewards natural beauty - it's a living museum and an outdoor classroom. Come hear from Christopher Dunn, the Elizabeth Newman Wilds Executive Director of Cornell Botanical Gardens, who will be with us in Sarasota. Chris will talk about "Horticultural Diplomacy". Learn how Cornell's campaign to "do the greatest good" will allow us to connect plants and peoples for a world of beauty, diversity and hope. 

    Get excited for an expert overview of the Cornell Botanical Gardens!

    • Sat, February 18, 2023
    • 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meet at Art Ovation on Palm Ave.
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    Do you know where this mural is?  Come on the Downtown Arts tour of Sarasota and find out.  Sarasota is known for its art and culture. And while you might think that means sitting in a theater or exploring a museum, our city has a wealth of public art continuously on display in its parks, on its streets and even on its buildings for all to enjoy. Lace up your walking shoes, grab a bottle of water and join Judy Levine, Nanette Crist and Stephenie Frasher for a 90 minute tour of some of our city’s sculptures and murals. You’ll learn about Sarasota’s public art and the artists who created it, with a lot of fun facts thrown in along the way.   We will have lunch at a local spot so please plan on staying.

    Parking is widely available but the Palm Ave Garage which is free up to 2 hours is the best. Meet at 10:15 at Art Ovation Hotel, Palm Ave side.

    • Wed, March 08, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239

    Did you ever want to write a novel?

    Well come hear how Bonnie Kistler, a Philadelphia lawyer, found a new life as a Sarasota novelist. Bonnie practiced law for many years before finding success as the author of several psychological thrillers, most recently 'The Cage'

    Bonnie will talk about how she transitioned from lawyer to author,  the writing process, and the ins and outs of the publishing world. She may also talk about her recent turn as a contestant on Jeopardy!

    In addition to joining us for lunch for Bonnie's talk, we encourage you to read 'The Cage' before the luncheon and come armed with questions.

    • Thu, March 23, 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Sage Restaurant Rooftop, 1216 1st Street, Sarasota

    We look forward to seeing you at our CCSM Drop-In, Sunset Hour Edition!

    It's Casual, no speaker, just us!

    5PM to 7PM on the rooftop at Sage restaurant in downtown Sarasota at 1216 1st Street.

    Just take the elevator upstairs to the rooftop and look for Katrina Walters '97 or Beverly Tramontelli '80

    We prefer if you register, it will help us get a headcount. Or you can show up last minute and just drop-in. We won't have a private area, so we'll just congregate together.

    Everyone will pay individually for what they order.

    Sunset Hour Drink Menu  5-7pm Every Day

    House Spirits - $8

    Cosmopolitan - $8

    Daiquiri - $8

    Manhattan - $9

    Margarita - $8

    Old Fashioned - $9

    Gin or Vodka Martini - $9

    White and Red Wines (rotate daily) - $7

    Cava Brut - $6

    Modelo Especial - $4

    Golden Road Mango Cart $4

    South Beach Strawberry Ginger Mimosa - $4

    • Wed, March 29, 2023
    • 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 42500 73rd Ave, Myakka City
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    Registration is closed

    The Lemur Foundation is has invited us to a special private tour of their reserve which is not open to the public to meet the lemurs.

    Yes!! Lemurs in Florida?  Come learn why they call FLA home.

    We will learn about these unique primates and the foundations mission to save them from extinction esp in their ancestral island home of Madagascar.  The foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through managed breeding, scientific research, education and art!

    • Thu, April 13, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239

    Ben Diamond, Former Florida State Representative,  talking about how the Florida legislature works

    More information to follow

Members, click on past events to view the recordings (if virtual)

Wed, January 18, 2023 Historic Sarasota Opera House Tour
Thu, January 12, 2023 Luncheon: Celebrate Our Students & Their Parents
Thu, December 08, 2022 Luncheon: Partnering for Resilience - What's "New" At New College
Tue, November 29, 2022 #GivingTuesday2022
Tue, November 15, 2022 Beyond the Dark Experience
Thu, November 10, 2022 Luncheon: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - Now & The Future
Sun, October 16, 2022 Celebrate Cornell!!
Tue, September 20, 2022 September CCSM Drop-In Luncheon
Tue, August 30, 2022 August CCSM Drop-In Luncheon
Thu, July 28, 2022 July CCSM Drop-In Luncheon
Thu, June 30, 2022 June CCSM Drop-In Luncheon
Tue, May 31, 2022 May CCSM Drop-In Luncheon
Thu, April 14, 2022 CCSM Red and White Meeting
Tue, March 22, 2022 Behind the Curtain of Historic Venice Theater
Wed, March 09, 2022 Transportation...Planning For Today & Tomorrow
Sat, February 19, 2022 Secrets of the Circus Trolley Tour
Thu, February 10, 2022 Architecture Sarasota
Sat, January 29, 2022 Big Cat Habitat Private Tour
Thu, January 13, 2022 Celebrate The Future - Honor Our Local Students
Thu, December 09, 2021 Past, Present and Future of the HIV Epidemic
Wed, November 17, 2021 The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
Thu, November 11, 2021 SEA Change: The Keys to Restoring Our Oceans
Sat, October 09, 2021 Celebrate Cornell and Cornellians
Thu, October 07, 2021 Chats in the Stacks: On José Montoya
Sun, August 08, 2021 Cornell Casts
Fri, August 06, 2021 What's Bugging You
Sun, August 01, 2021 eCornell Keynotes
Thu, June 10, 2021 Cornell Reunion 2021!
Thu, April 29, 2021 Entrepreneurship Celebration
Sat, April 10, 2021 Page to Stage, How New Musicals are Born at Asolo Rep
Thu, April 08, 2021 Annual Meeting/Red & White "Luncheon"
Wed, March 24, 2021 Designing Sarasota, An Architectural History
Wed, March 10, 2021 Insider View of The Johnson Museum
Thu, February 25, 2021 Cancelled: Newtown Community and the Pandemic
Wed, February 24, 2021 Cornell Leadership Conference
Fri, February 19, 2021 2021 Pan-Asian Celebration
Thu, February 11, 2021 Building A Park For All
Tue, January 26, 2021 Bertha Palmer Gardens at Historic Spanish Point
Thu, January 14, 2021 Celebrate the Future - Honor Our Local Students
Thu, December 10, 2020 Leading USF Through the 3 C’s
Wed, December 09, 2020 Cornell According to Sound
Fri, November 20, 2020 eCornell: Senior Living
Wed, November 18, 2020 Imagine Museum Tour
Thu, November 12, 2020 COVID-19 Research & Treatment at SMH
Fri, November 06, 2020 All-Ivy "Young" Alumni + Improv
Sun, October 18, 2020 CCSM's Celebrate Cornell Traditions!!
Thu, October 15, 2020 Zinck's Happy Hour with Corey!
Thu, October 15, 2020 24 Hours of Zinck's
Fri, October 09, 2020 State of the University Address and Keynote Panel
Tue, October 06, 2020 Homecoming Opening Session with Dr. Fauci MD '66 & Snow '91
Tue, October 06, 2020 StayHomecoming
Fri, October 02, 2020 Launch & Tour of the New CCSM Website!
Fri, August 28, 2020 All Ivy "Young" Alumni Virtual Happy Hour
Mon, August 03, 2020 CCSM Virtual Silver Sneakers

CCSM Events Prior to 2020:

Current Cornell University Events click here.

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