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March 1 Club Forty for Forty Carrots. Rectrix Aviation becomes a hot nightspot for this event benefiting Forty Carrots Family Center, offering food, "cool" bars, DJ, gaming tables, shopping and a lounge scene. Tickets $95; call 365-7716.

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Gala. An evening of dining, dancing and more, for a good cause, at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. Call 556-5442.

Celebrity Waiters Dinner. Local celebs pit their serving skills against one another in this benefit for Mental Health Community Centers, beginning at 6 p.m. at Venice Yacht Club. Tickets are $50; call 953-3477.

Sarasota Opera Gala. After a yearlong renovation, the Opera House reopens with a 4 p.m. performance of Rigoletto, followed by a four-course dinner, dancing and just general celebrating. Tickets $500 (not including performance); call 366-8450.

Starry Nite. A night of live music, dinner, auctions and viewing of the night skies at Crowley Museum & Nature Center, starting at 5 p.m. Call 322-1000.

March 3 Planned Parenthood Dinner. The Southwest and Central Florida chapter hosts its annual dinner, welcoming Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards along with comedy troupe Capitol Steps, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. 365-3913 ext. 115.

March 5 American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon. Begins at 11 a.m. at Michael's On East; call 539-5499 or 346-7230.

March 7, 9 Chocolate Sundae and the Chocolate Festival. Friday night is the Willy Wonka Chocolate Gala, at 7 p.m. at Michael's On East (tickets $150); Sunday afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m., offers chocolate creations from regional and local chefs, also at Michael's (tickets $30). To benefit UCP; 957-3599.

March 8 Butterfly Ball. The fifth annual under-tent black-tie gala for G.WIZ begins at 6 p.m. at the hands-on science museum and continues through midnight; call 309-4949 ext. 102.

Manatee Glens Beach Bash. Food from the Mangrove Grill, silent and live auctions, and music by Pocket Change, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Auditorium. To benefit Manatee Glens Children's Services; call 782-4354 or 782-4299.

March 10 Renaissance Luncheon. ABC News correspondent Lynn Sherr (20/20) is guest speaker for this Women's Resource Center luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Call 366-1700.

March 11 Salvation Army Glitz Luncheon. This event at the Ritz-Carlton benefits the Families In Transitional Housing program of the Salvation Army; for ticket details call 364-8845 ext. 224.

March 13 Sarasota Opera Guild Spring Fling Luncheon. A performance by Lee Dougherty Ross highlights the annual luncheon, which begins at 11 a.m. at Bird Key Yacht Club. For tickets call 758-8600.

Carnival of Venice. ABC7's Silke Rible is master of ceremonies for this event benefiting the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Clubs, starting at 6 p.m. at the club in Venice. Tickets $100; call 366-3911 ext. 126.

March 14 Serving Up a Grand Slam Kickoff Party. To benefit the All-Star Children's Foundation, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. For ticket info call 312-9049.

March 15 Flight of Hope. Travel back in time to ancient Rome at this year's evening to benefit the Wellness Community, at Dolphin Aviation. Tickets $200; 921-5539.

March 16 AJC Human Relations Award Dinner. The American Jewish Committee West Coast Florida Chapter honors entrepreneur Flori Roberts with its Human Relations Award at a dinner starting at 6 p.m. at Michael's On East. Call 365-4955 ext. 103.

March 20 Susan G. Komen Lunch for the Cure. Fight breast cancer while enjoying luncheon and speaker Rene Syler (author of Good Enough Mother) at the Ritz-Carlton. Registration and boutiques at 11 a.m.; luncheon at noon. Tickets $75; call (877) 506-6927 or go to

March 27 Hammers and Hope. The second annual celebration dinner to benefit Habitat for Humanity in Sarasota, at 6 p.m. at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Call 365-0700.

March 28 Foundation for Dreams Gala. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at G.WIZ and includes an auction to raise funds for the foundation, which enhances the lives of children with disabilities and serious illnesses. Tickets $125; call 907-1111 ext. 305.

Sparccle in the Night. Cocktails, dinner, dancing and a comedy show are all provided in this evening to benefit Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC), at 6:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Center. Tickets $175; call 378-2224.

Sarasota Polo Ball. The ball promises a "Return to Persia" in a celebration of the Triple Crown of Polo at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club that benefits the Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. Tickets $175; 807-0734 or 350-6914.

An Evening at the Avant-Garde. The Ringling College of Art and Design's annual student scholarship fund raiser asks guests to come dressed as their favorite TV character--or in their favorite TV viewing attire. Could get interesting. From 6 p.m. to midnight; call 359-7589 for tickets.

March 28-30 New College Foundation/Crissy Galleries Auction. Impressive items to bid on, with a private preview March 28, public preview March 29, and the live auction March 30 on the New College bayfront behind College Hall. Call 487-4686.

March 29 A Star Is Born. That's the theme for the Asolo Repertory Theatre's annual gala, which benefits students at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and also launches the theater's 50th anniversary. At 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Ringling Museum. Tickets $250; call 351-9010 ext. 4706.
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Publication:Sarasota Magazine
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Date:Mar 1, 2008
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