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    • Tue, January 26, 2021
    • 3:50 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)
    • ZOOM

      Bertha Palmer  

    Entrepreneur, cattle rancher, railroad magnate, and gardener!!

    Join us for a history of Historic Spanish Point, a virtual tour of the garden features recreated from Bertha Palmer’s estate, The Oaks, which was located just to the north.  

    Our guide is John McCarthy, who says of Palmer, “Gardening was her love; she was quoted in the Chicago papers as having discovered her true passion in life when she arrived in Osprey.”

    John will be joined by Selby Gardens President and CEO Jennifer O. Rominiecki.

    Please log in at 3:50pm, we will begin at 4pm.

    • Thu, February 11, 2021
    • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom

    Join us to hear from Bill Waddill, the Chief Implementation Officer of The Bay Park Conservancy Inc., talk about preserving 53 acres of Sarasota's Bayfront and transforming it into a park for all. 

    Through The Bay, the community is engaged in a multi-year journey to fulfill its vision to transform 53 acres of the city's most precious land on Sarasota's Bayfront into a public park that is free, open and welcoming to our diverse region while offering fitness, health, cultural, recreational and educational activities and events.

    Mr. Waddill will provide an update on Phase 1 of the multi-year effort.

    • Thu, February 25, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)
    • Virtual via Zoom
    • 100

    Newtown Community and the Pandemic.  

    Challenges and opportunities faced during the hardships of Covid-19

    Panelists of local Newtown leaders
    and Mr. Walter Gilbert III, Newtown Alive

    The African American community in the Newtown area of Sarasota has been severely impacted by the pandemic.  Within the community there are folks banding together to do what they can to meet head on the events of the past year and provide support to the community.  Listen to a panel of local stewards discuss the “real” issues of the health and economic hardships of the past year and how the Newtown community responded to help.  Walter Gilbert III, a long time resident of Newtown, will lead the panel.  Questions and Answers will be allowed via Zoom.

    • Wed, March 10, 2021
    • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • zoom

    Cornell Johnson Museum Update

    Join CCSM's March virtual presentation to hear from Jessica Martinez, the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, about the museum's world-class art collection, how the collection is used for teaching across campus, and to get an insider view on the Director's vision of the museum

    • Wed, March 24, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Sat, March 27, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Center of Architecture, 265 S. Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 10

    Travel through time to see SRQ grow from Native American beginnings to the present world-class architectural city. 

    *Current CCSM Member only Event*

    Ever wonder what is unique about Sarasota architecture?  How did the environment influence how and what was built?  How has our city evolved and who were the movers and shakers who made the decisions?  Get a glimpse of our historic neighborhoods, which remain preserved today.  Sign up and learn over 100 years of our history as seen through the evolution of our buildings.

    An exhibit of Sarasota’s unique architecture, from the earliest native Americans, through the settlement and early development of Sarasota to the international fame of the Sarasota School of Architecture and today’s talented architects. This exhibit is designed for visitors and area residents alike. See how environmental factors helped create a unique type of architecture. Get acquainted with the historic neighborhoods, which remain preserved today. Admire the beauty and clarity of the Sarasota School of Architecture, a movement that brought world-wide recognition to Sarasota. Understand the multi-generational mentorship of architects that continues today.

    Follow the timeline to see what else was happening in the world outside Sarasota.

    The Center for Architecture Sarasota presents this exhibit in partnership with the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, the Sarasota Architectural Foundation and the Gulf Coast Chapter of the AIA.

    The exhibit is set up to accommodate social distancing and uses QR codes for further “enlightenment” about what is taking place. There is a staff person on hand for any questions. The whole exhibit is designed to be as contactless as possible. Directions for downloading the QR code app prior to the visit are shown below. The facility opens at noon so early arrivals can just get started to go through the exhibit. Masks are required. Please wear your Cornell nametag.

    The Center for Architecture has a parking area at the rear accessible from a short street behind (Rawls Avenue off of Ringling Avenue just east of Orange Avenue). There is adequate parking for the expected number of participants each hour. There is also a city parking lot just south of the Center prior to Laurel Street.

    Install a QR code reader and scanning app on your device. There are many options to choose from and are available for Android Google Play Store and iOS at Apple App Store. A recommended one is from Kaspersky Lab as it checks for insecure codes as it reads them. There are several others, all free.

    Three different times, please only pick one.

    1. Wed, March 24, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    2. Wed, March 24, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    3. Sat, March 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    • Thu, April 08, 2021
    • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom



    Katie McCoy and her guide dog Bristol will enlighten us on how 'Together We're Changing The World, One Dog At  A Time'. The extraordinary labradors, golden retrievers and goldadors of Southeastern Guide Dogs are smart, fit and highly trained.  They are like elite athletes prepared for the challenge!

    Southeastern's guide dogs are superheroes who help the visually impaired. They give people with vision loss the independence they need to live life to its fullest. Service dogs give veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other disabilities the help they need to emerge from seclusion and overcome anxiety. And skilled companion dogs give hope to children facing significant challenges like vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military.

    As this is our annual meeting, we will also hold CCSM Board Elections, more to be posted later.

Past events

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

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