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Events in red, such as with Cornell University speakers, are open to all, however many CCSM events are open only to members and their guests. If you are not yet a member, join us for only $30/member & $40/couple! Members must log in to register for member-only events.

The events open for registration will have a blue "Register" button (members need to login to register for member only events). 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.

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Upcoming events

    • Thu, December 14, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239

    Who are the Amish and Mennonites?

    Luncheon with Speaker JB Miller 

    What is their history, their core beliefs, and why Sarasota and Pinecraft?

    Every winter hundreds of Amish and Mennonites, often referred to as Plain People, come to Sarasota, many settling in Pinecraft, others scatter throughout the County.

    But there are many Mennonites who live here year around. What contributions have they made to the area, and what does the future look like for them as a people of faith?

    JB Miller, our presenter, grew up in Pinecraft and is a life-long Mennonite. He teaches classes about Mennonites and Amish through the Adult Community Enrichment program of Sarasota County Schools and has been an adjunct instructor at New College of Florida.

    For the December luncheon, we thought we’d try something new to raise awareness & money for the CCSM Scholarship Fund administered by Cornell. 50/50 raffle!

    For every dollar you give, 50% will go to the winner of the raffle and 50% will go to the scholarship fund. Tickets will be priced at $10 for one ticket and $20 for three tickets. Please remember to bring cash if you are interested in participating.

    Menu Choices:

    Hot:  Mediterranean Grilled Salmon with Crispy Artichoke, Roasted Red Pepper, Wild Mushroom & Kalamata Olive with Olive Oil, White Wine & Basil

    Cold/Salad: ‘Cuban Style’ Salad: Assorted lettuces, Sliced Green Olives, Chopped Tomatoes, Julienned Slices of Smoked Ham & Turkey, Shredded Swiss & Parmesan tossed in a Garlic Oregano Vinaigrette

    Vegan:  Tikka Masala (tofu and vegetables with a coconut sauce) served over Basmati Rice with Naan Bread

    Dessert:  Profiteroles! Miniature Cream Puffs filled with Homemade Macadamia Crunch Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce & Whipped Cream.  Note:  You can request a fruit cup as an alternative the day of the event from your server.

    Member price $38, Non-Members $43

    Your luncheon includes a choice of hot, cold or vegan entree, coffee and dessert or fruit. A cash bar is available for the enjoyment of our members and guests.

    Please note:

    • Gratuity is included in price of meal
    • Cancellation with instant refund up to 5 days prior to the event if you cancel it yourself after log in. If you ask to cancel, it will be a credit towards next event/membership.
    • We are unable to offer a refund after Monday prior.  
    • You may request a change in menu choice 5 days prior by emailing
      • Thu, January 11, 2024
      • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239

      Celebrate Our Students and Parents with speaker Elaine Westbrooks, Cornell Librarian.

      On This Rock: Why Democracies Need Libraries and Archives

      Elaine Westbrooks is the Carl A Kroch University Librarian and Vice Provost at Cornell University. She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Library and Cornell Free Press which includes over 15 libraries and 400 librarians, archivists and staff. Elaine will present "On This Rock:  Why Democracies Need Libraries and Archives."

      Local students currently enrolled and just admitted via Early Decision will be invited to join us, along with their parents/guardians, and will attend gratis. We will hear from the Chairs of The Scholarship and Admissions/CAAAN Committees. Join us to celebrate our Sarasota-Manatee Cornell students and their families.

      Member price $38, Non-Members $43
*January Luncheon is free for current students and their parents.

      Your luncheon includes a choice of hot, cold or vegan entree, coffee and dessert or fruit. A cash bar is available for the enjoyment of our members and guests.

      Menu  TBD

      Please note:

      • Gratuity is included in price of meal
      • Cancellation with instant refund up to 5 days prior to the event if you cancel it yourself after log in. If you ask to cancel, it will be a credit towards next event/membership.
      • We are unable to offer a refund after Monday prior.  
      • You may request a change in menu choice 5 days prior by emailing
      • Tue, January 23, 2024
      • 10:15 AM - 11:30 PM
      • Meet on the College Campus
      • 30

      Come and visit 4 galleries exhibiting world famous pieces of Art only found here in Sarasota!

      Ringling College of Art and Design was founded in 1931 and has been the nucleus of creativity for students and visiting artist ever since.  Our docent will take us to the Stulberg Gallery which features the vibrant works of Syd Solomon.  Next we visit the Williss Smith Galleria featuring some of the most profound and unique typographic artwork. The Basch Gallery is a must see with world renown works of glass art by artist such as Chihuly and Bremmer.  The last Gallery is the Madeby  Gallery which features an eclectic assortment of works by famous students and alumni of the school.  This is a free tour and a must see for family and friends.

      Carpooling is highly suggested because on campus parking is limited.  Lunch follows at Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside.

      • Wed, January 31, 2024
      • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239

      We are honored to host Cornell President Martha E. Pollack here in Sarasota!!!

      Join President Martha E. Pollack for a special event. She'll discuss the future of Cornell and the many ways in which the university is poised to do the greatest good, for our time and for all time.

      You’ll also have the opportunity to network with Cornellians, not just from our area, but also from Tampa/St. Pete and Naples. All alumni, parents and Cornell friends are invited! 

      Mark your calendar now! Stay tuned for more details, coming soon.

      • Wed, February 21, 2024
      • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      • TBD
      • 26

      Do you have a dock that could use some pizzazz? Try adding an Oyster Garden!

      They may not be soft and cuddly, but they need homes! Come and learn first hand the importance of oysters in saving our bay waters and marine life. Oysters provide critical filtering systems for our waters. Hard barriers like seawalls etc prevent oysters from nesting.  A new device the Vertical Oyster Garden uses recycled shells to attract oysters and other sea-life. It is a fascinating new way to garden!!  

      Did you know oysters are a unique estuarine habitat offering the following benefits and attributes:

      • Water filtering capacity

      • Substrate for fish and other fauna

      • Fishing opportunities

      • Sediment stabilization

      Learn more about these projects that help restore the natural oyster beds that were destroyed in the 1960's.

      DATE in late February TBD!
      • Mon, March 04, 2024
      • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
      • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239

      Luncheon with speaker Marty Hylton, President of Architecture Sarasota

      Transforming Places and Inspiring Lives 

      Since the mid-20th century, Sarasota has been globally recognized as an epicenter of modern architecture. 

      Come hear Marty Hylton, Architecture Sarasota President speak about the Sarasota School of Architecture's origins with architects Paul Rudolph, Victor Lundy, and others. There is a revival underway of the Sarasota School and Architecture Sarasota is working to help preserve this legacy, which continues to unfold. 

      Marty will discuss 'Moderns That Matter' - a current campaign that asks community members to nominate their favorite landmarks - from the iconic structures to everyday places - that give Sarasota its architectural character and distinct sense of place. The Sarasota 100 list of the community's most important places will be announced on March 20, 2024. Come get a sneak peak!

      • Wed, March 20, 2024
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      • 150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL
      • 30

      James Western and Wildlife Art Museum

      The James Museum is founded by the founders of Raymond James Investing.  Not only do they own the Bucs stadium they were avid collectors of Western Art.  Their mission is to "provide(s) experiences that inspire human connection and transformation through art depicting the peoples, landscapes, and history of the American West, and wildlife of the world. This is a truly unique and wonderful display of early American art.  

      We will tour and have lunch; then if you want to go back, your ticket is good for the rest of the day.

      Garage Parking Available, rate is $1/hour during regular operation. Please note: special event rates vary and may apply. You can reach the parking garage at 727-242-1225 with any questions.

      • Thu, April 04, 2024
      • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
      • 8201 Polo, Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240
      • 30

      Nothing beats horses, sunsets and Happy Hours.  

      Please join us to watch this spectacular sport.  More to come.

      • Sun, April 21, 2024
      • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

      CCSM Annual Meeting

      Red & White Brunch

      at Sarasota Yacht Club with speaker Robert Plunket aka “Mr. Chatterbox!" His topic:

      How to Write a Novel Even if You're a Complete Idiot

      Robert Plunket is the local author of My Search for Warren Harding.

      He was born in Greenville, Texas, but raised in Havana and Mexico City. After college he moved to New York and embarked on a successful career as a waiter and office temp, then moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he became Mr. Chatterbox, the gossip columnist for Sarasota Magazine. Plunket is also the author of the novel Love Junkie. He has written for many publications, including Healthy Aging, This Week in Ft. Myers Beach, and Sandbars and Sonnets: The Southwest Florida Poetry Review. He is currently retired and lives in Englewood.

      More details TBA.

    Members, click on past (virtual) events for recordings, or photo

    Thu, November 30, 2023 Ivy November Happy Hour (Class of 1985-Present)
    Thu, November 09, 2023 Van Wezel: Now and the Future
    Sun, November 05, 2023 "The Little Sweep" Opera
    Thu, October 19, 2023 Zinck's Night at Art Ovation
    Wed, October 04, 2023 Scholarship Fundraiser at Blaze Pizza UTC
    Sat, September 23, 2023 September CCSM Drop-In Brunch
    Thu, August 17, 2023 August CCSM Drop-In Sunset Hour(s)
    Thu, July 13, 2023 July CCSM Drop-In Lunch
    Thu, June 15, 2023 June CCSM Drop-In Sunset Hour(s)
    Thu, May 18, 2023 May CCSM Drop-In Luncheon
    Thu, April 13, 2023 Luncheon: Through the Looking Glass - An Insider's Look on the Insanity, Drama & Madness of Florida Politics
    Tue, April 04, 2023 New Private Lemur Tour 2
    Wed, March 29, 2023 Private Lemur Tour
    Thu, March 23, 2023 March CCSM Drop-In Sunset Hour(s)
    Thu, March 16, 2023 #GivingDay2023
    Wed, March 08, 2023 Luncheon: The Thrill Of It All - How A Philadelphia Lawyer Found A New Life as a Sarasota Novelist
    Sat, February 18, 2023 Sarasota Arts Stroll
    Thu, February 09, 2023 Luncheon: Horticultural Diplomacy
    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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