Here are some cultural tips for the first weekend of February.

Thursday February 1 10am – Beginner Zumba

The class combines Latin-inspired with low-impact aerobics, strengthening and more. Cost is $10. Call 383-6493 or email maryannbrady@aginginparadise.org.

Where: Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228, USA

Thursday February 1 – Painting on Silk with Jamie Kirkell, Art Center Sarasota

2-day introductory workshop to explore design and color to paint florals on silk. This class is taught in an open, relaxed manner and geared for anyone interested in exploring silk painting. Beginning students will get a good foundation in silk painting and experienced artists will be able to take their work to the next level. 2 day workshop, Thursday-Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm / All skill levels / FEE $185 member / $215 non-member / $65 materials fee (3 silk scarves & frame, resist, dyes).

For more information please visit http://www.artsarasota.org/kirkell

Saturday-Sunday February 3-4 – Orchid Show & Sale

The Venice Area Orchid Society will present their 52nd annual show and sale at the Venice Community Center in Venice, FL on February 3-4, 2018. Seventeen vendors will exhibit and sell 1000’s of blooming orchid plants as well as free orchid classes, orchid floral arrangements, jewelry, and supplies. The show is widely regarded as the largest orchid show on Florida’s west coast.

For more information please visit https://www.vaos.org

Saturday-Sunday February 3-4 – Premiere of the St. Pete Beach Seafood & Music Festival

February 3-4, 2018 begins a new event tradition: the St. Pete Beach Seafood & Music Festival. Join us on Corey Avenue in downtown St. Pete Beach for a blending of delicious foods, live musical performances and a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is FREE. The event is graciously hosted by the Corey Area Business Association.

For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/533961643621399

Saturday February 3 – The Palm Ball at Bay Preserve

The Palm Ball at Bay Preserve benefits Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and proceeds support vital land protection initiatives. Tickets $500.

As the mangrove is to our coastline, The Palm Ball is to our mission—nurturing and supporting the conservation of our most cherished places.

The Palm Ball is a celebration of our rapidly growing conservation community of supporters who, like you, cherish our special natural places. In the heart of each of us is a deep respect for the natural beauty that surrounds us every day and the growing awareness of the need to protect those special places that remain.

For more information please visit http://www.conservationfoundation.com/events/2018/02/03/the-palm-ball