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CCSM events (except for Cornell 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

    • Sun, October 16, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

    Celebrate 65 Years!!

    What do Steve Harvey, Ray Romano, Spike Lee, Katie Couric, and the Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee (CCSM) have in common? They are all turning 65 this year!

    Join us at the beautiful Sarasota Yacht Club to toast our club’s amazing 65th anniversary and kick off our 2022-2023 Season. Expect great food, friends and music at a spectacular location right on Sarasota Bay. Families and Guests are welcome! 

    Steve Harvey and Ray Romano tell us “The survey says ...”  “Everyone loves the Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee”

    Spike Lee and Katie Couric say - “Do the Right Thing”, and sign up “Today” for Celebrate Cornell at the Sarasota Yacht Club!

    Please note:  It is NOT a cash bar, prepay only (gratuity included). Purchase your beer, wine, mixed drinks & soda/bottle water at time of registration.

    Contact with any changes.

    • Thu, November 10, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Michael's on East 1212 S East Avenue Sarasota FL 34239

    For our first in-person luncheon in 2 years!

    Mary Bensel, Executive Director, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

    More information to follow

    • Tue, November 15, 2022
    • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Southeast Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. East Palmetto, FL 34221
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    Text: Beyond the Dark with black lab looking up at textBeyond the Dark—a multisensory experience

    See darkness in a whole new light. Engage your senses as you envision life from a new perspective.

    Step into the shoes of someone living in the shadows of blindness. Walk into the world of a veteran surviving memories of combat. And see for yourself how some of the most intelligent, talented dogs on this planet help people journey beyond the dark.

    Discover why everyone is raving about this acclaimed multisensory experience. Reserve your seat today. Tour is not allowed for children or pre-teens and not recommended for anyone who suffers from PTSD and might be triggered by graduates stories.

    Please plan on going to lunch afterwards at Anna Maria Oyster Bar in Ellenton 

    • Tue, November 29, 2022
    • Online

    On #GivingTuesday2022, join us in donating to Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee’s scholarship fund, used to supplement financial aid for Cornell students from Sarasota-Manatee. We currently have 18 local students enrolled at Cornell. It costs over $83,000 a year for out-of-state students to attend Cornell; our gifts are definitely needed.

    More info on CCSM's Scholarship page or to donate by check

    Your gift plays an essential role for students from the Sarasota-Manatee area to have the best possible student experience. Offering financial resources helps ensure equity and inclusion remain at the heart of who we are as a university. Your gift makes a profound difference to a local student.

    Donate ONLINE directly with CORNELL

    The button above will take you directly to Cornell's giving site for our fund which is administered by Cornell; please scroll down the page to see if your company will match.

    Your tax-deductible gift qualifies you for Class and Cornell Annual Fund credit as well as applicable matching gift programs. Cornell University is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

    If you have not already given, or if you have given and would like to give a little more, please consider a gift of any size on Giving Tuesday 2022.  

    Karen See '80

    Chair, Scholarship Committee, Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee

    • Thu, December 08, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239

    Dr. Patricia Okker, President, New College of Florida

    More information to follow

    • Thu, January 12, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239

    Cornell Tech: Past, Present, Future

    Matthew Davis, Cornell Tech, Director of Engagement and Alumni Outreach

    More information to follow

    • Wed, January 18, 2023
    • 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

    Delight you inner Diva and experience what it’s like to stand on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House.  In this private tour, we will see how the beautiful costumes are made and what goes on backstage during a production.  Hear the history of this beautiful building and learn about the renovation process that made this venue an “acoustical jewel”.We will have lunch at a local spot so please plan on staying.

    Parking in the Palm Ave Garage is complimentary up to 2 hours.  After that it is $1/hour.   Do not park in the Selby Library parking lot.

    • Thu, February 09, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239

    In a time of intense political polarization, libraries in every state are facing an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books.  Yet the Pew Charitable Trust has documented that Americans have consistently put their trust in libraries more than other institutions.

    Elaine Westbrooks, Carl A Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University, will talk about how libraries are fighting anti-democratic activities such as censorship. Ms. Westbrooks will highlight the role that research libraries play in providing citizenship education, stewarding facts, and building pluralistic and diverse communities - activities that fundamentally make our democracy more secure and stable for future generations.

    • Sat, February 18, 2023
    • 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meet at Art Ovation on Palm Ave.

    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 - 1:00 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, April 13, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 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)

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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