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Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES GUIDE December 2023-June 2024

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Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

GENERAL INFORMATION

SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSION Michael A. Moran District 1 Commissioner, Vice Chair Mark Smith District 2 Commissioner Neil Rainford District 3 Commissioner Joe Neunder District 4 Commissioner Ron Cutsinger District 5 Commissioner, Chair Jonathan Lewis County Administrator

ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE LANDS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (ESLOC) Rhonda Deems Shana Hamel Alyn Kay Helen King Raymond Loraine

Jono Miller, Chair Tina Powell Bill Samuels Divya Puthanveetil Wendy Ying

PARKS ADVISORY AND RECREATION COUNCIL (PARC) John Hinshaw Celeste Jameson Jono Miller Les Nichols Larry Prohs

Matt Scarbrough Elsie Souza Michelle Stanley, Chair Brett Thomas

PARKS, RECREATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES (PRNR) MANAGEMENT TEAM

Nicole Rissler, Director Kim Heuberger, Senior Manager, Park Development, Planning and Maintenance Shawn Yeager, Senior Manager, Parks, Programming and Stewardship Scott Moranda, Beaches and Water Access Manager Shelia Roberson, Business Operations Manager Frank Moritz, Maintenance Services Manager Tony Clements, Natural Areas and Trails Manager Kimber Bereiter, Parks Planning and Development Manager Lauren Kabrick, Recreation and Neighborhood Parks Manager Ed Exner, Interim Sports Development and Athletics Manager

PRNR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES Sarasota County Administration Center 1660 Ringling Blvd., 5th floor, Sarasota, FL 34236

MISSION

To provide clean, safe and inclusive parks with diverse opportunities for all.

VISION

A dynamic parks system that is essential to quality of life and enriches our community through participation, connection and diverse recreational opportunities.

VALUES

Stewardship, Preservation, Innovation, Respect, Inclusivity, Teamwork, Sustainability, Health and Wellness

ADA COMPLIANCE POLICY Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs and activities. View the complete policy at scgov.net (keywords ADA compliance). Persons with disabilities who require assistance or alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), or who wish to file a complaint, should contact: Sarasota County ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 Phone: 311; TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771 Email: adacoordinator@scgov.net

CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources accepts major credit and debit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover) for payment of programs and services. The charge will appear on your statement as “Sarasota County Parks and Recreation.”

REFUNDS Rental refund requests must be made in writing and submitted to Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources prior to 30 days before the date of the reservation. Each refund request is subject to a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be granted if the request is received fewer than 30 days prior to the reservation date. Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources may reschedule the reservation if adverse environmental conditions occur, including local advisory for a tornado, hurricane watch or warning, imminent flood warning or red tide. Refund requests due to inclement weather that do not result in warnings/watches will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Some programs may not allow refunds or may not allow refunds after a certain date; refer to specific program information. There is a $25 administration fee for program refunds where applicable. Programs whose total cost is less than $25 are not eligible for a refund. There are no refunds on passes.

DOG PARKS AND DOG-FRIENDLY PARKS A dog park is a park for dogs to exercise and play off-leash under their owner’s supervision. At a dog-friendly park, dog owners can enjoy walking their dogs in designated areas, but they must be on a maximum 6-foot hand-held leash. For a list of Sarasota County dog parks and dog-friendly parks, visit scgov.net (keywords dog park).

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For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources invites you to explore more than 55,000 acres that make up our park system. From diverse natural areas to unique sporting venues, there are safe places for people of all ages and abilities to play, learn and grow. From pickleball to nature walks to signature events like the annual Fire Fest, we hope you will find the right event for you. This Events and Activities Guide is organized into three parts: Recreation and Athletics, Beaches and Water Access and Natural Areas and Trails. Each area has a wide range of events and activities where you and your family can reconnect with nature, stay healthy, make new friends or just relax. Our playgrounds, beaches, trails, natural areas, athletic facilities, recreation centers and water access parks provide Sarasota County residents and visitors a broad range of opportunities to stay healthy and active. Please enjoy the many events and activities that the Sarasota County park system has to offer. Should any events and activities listed within this guide need to be cancelled or changed, updates will be provided on the Events and Activities Guide page at SarasotaCountyParks.com.

Siesta Beach Pavilion Our recreation and community centers are available to rent for your next event. With rental spaces both inside and out, we can accommodate everything from a small private party to a business expo, sports tournament, wedding reception or a concert seating for up to 900 guests. To view and request reservations at all our reservable facilities, including this pavilion shown in the photo above, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-7275 (PARK).

NICOLE RISSLER

Director, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUR PARKS? Your feedback is valuable to us! Visit surveymonkey.com/r/Z795MLM to take a survey to let us know how we’re doing. This survey should take about five minutes or less to complete.

JOIN OUR INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEERS There are many opportunities to volunteer with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. You are invited to connect with others in our community for a good cause! To find the right opportunity for you, visit scgov.net/volunteer.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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ABOUT THIS EVENTS GUIDE Want to get active? Enjoy running on the beach? Want to walk in nature?

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES GUIDE December 2023-June 2024

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has the right activities for you! Check out all we have to offer and join in on the fun. To help you find your favorite things to do, this guide is divided into three parts: 1) Recreation and Athletics 2) Beaches and Water Access 3) Natural Areas and Trails Tables of Contents by activity, park and location are provided on the following pages.

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This guide is published twice a year and is posted online at SarasotaCountyParks.com. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Email us at parksonline@scgov.net, or contact the Sarasota County Contact Center at 311.

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Bait Shop

Dog-friendly (Leash Required)

Nature Center

Swimming

Baseball Field

Dog Park

Pickleball

Tennis

Basketball

Fishing

Picnic Shelter/Pavilion

Trailhead (The Legacy Trail)

Beach Access

Fishing Pier

Picnicking

Trails-Equestrian

Bicycling

Fitness Center

Playground

Trails-Paved

Birding/Wildlife Viewing

Fitness Equipment (Outdoor)

Recreation Building

Trails-Unpaved

Boat Ramp

Gymnasium

Restrooms

Volleyball

Camping

Historical/Cultural Resource

Rowing Facility

Canoe/Kayak Launch

Horseshoes

Shooting Range

Community Garden

Indoor Rental

Soccer Field

Lifeguard Stand/Restaurant ForConcession more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

Softball Field


CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS BY ACTIVITIES At-A-Glance Activities............................................................................................................................. 4

TABLE OF CONTENTS BY TYPE OF PARK Recreation and Athletics..................................................................................................................8-33 Beaches and Water Access........................................................................................................... 34-40 Natural Areas and Trails................................................................................................................. 41-61

DIVISION INTRODUCTIONS Recreation and Athletics ....................................................................................................................... 8 Beaches and Water Access..................................................................................................................40 Natural Areas and Trails........................................................................................................................41

ATHLETIC LEAGUES Contacts ...................................................................................................................................................... 9

LOOKING FOR A SUMMER JOB? JOIN OUR TEAM! You will gain valuable experience working with campers and creating a safe, fun and engaging environment that gets kids excited to learn and play! Camp staff positions include: counselors, substitute or specialty counselors, assistant supervisor and camp supervisor! Applicants must be age 16 and up. For more information, call 311. The Legacy Trail

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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Colonial Oaks Park

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Curry Creek Preserve

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Deer Prairie Creek Preserve

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Englewood Sports Complex

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Knight Trail Park

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Laurel Park

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Manasota Beach Park 11

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Manasota Scrub Preserve 12

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Nathan Benderson Park 13

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Newtown Estates Park 14

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Nokomis Beach Park 15

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Nokomis Community Park 16

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North Jetty Park 18

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Old Miakka Preserve 19

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Phillippi Estate Park 20

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Pinecraft Park 21

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Pocono Trail Preserve 22

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Potter Park 23

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Red Bug Slough Preserve 24

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Scherer Thaxton Preserve 25

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Siesta Beach 27

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Lemon Bay Park

North Brohard Park

Shamrock Park

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Sleeping Turtles Preserve North 28

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South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve 29

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Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach 30

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The Legacy Trail 31

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Turtle Beach Campground/ Turtle Beach Park 32

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Urfer Family Park 33

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Venice Beach 34

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Venice Community Center 35

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Venice Train Depot 36

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Woodmere Park 37

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PARK LOCATOR MAP KEY

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* This map does not include all Sarasota County parks. To learn about all of our great parks, go to SarasotaCountyParks.com.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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SIGNATURE EVENTS NAME

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North Jetty Park Food Truck Rally

North Jetty Park

Dec. 1, Jan. 5

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Phillippi Farmhouse Market

Phillippi Estate Park

Dec. 6-April 24

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Winter Arts and Crafts Show

Venice Community Center

Dec. 9

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47th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run

Siesta Beach

Dec. 9

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Drop and Shop

Nathan Benderson Park

Dec. 10

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Breakfast with Santa

Laurel Park, Newtown Estates Park

Dec. 16

18, 23

Winter Break Camps

Colonial Oaks Park, Woodmere Park

Dec. 26-29, Jan. 2-5

12, 18

Surrey Rides on The Legacy Trail

Laurel Park

Jan. 9-April 10

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35th annual Gulf Coast Games for Life

Multiple locations

Jan. 9-Feb. 3

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Community Garage Sale

Woodmere Park

Jan. 13

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Winter Craft Show

Englewood Sports Complex

Jan. 20

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Sunrise Beach Walks

South Lido, Siesta, Nokomis beaches

Feb. 1-March 28

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Brown Bag Concerts

Phillippi Estate Park

Feb. 1-March 28

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Fire Fest

T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve

Feb. 3

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Say ‘I Do’ Again

Nokomis Beach, Siesta Beach

Feb. 14

36, 38

Community Garage Sale

Englewood Sports Complex

Feb. 17

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2024 Summer Kick-Off Youth Activity Fair

Phillippi Estate Park

March 2

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Beach University

Siesta Beach

March 7, 14, 21, 28

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Spring Break Camps

Colonial Oaks Park, Woodmere Park

March 8-15

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Spring Craft Show

Englewood Sports Complex

March 16

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FSRA Sculling

Nathan Benderson Park

April 12-14

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Big Truck Day

CoolToday Park

April 27

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FSRA Sweeps

Nathan Benderson Park

April 27-29

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Summer Camp Programs

Multiple locations

June-August

10, 12, 18, 19, 24

Kids' Summer Beach Runs

North Brohard Park, Siesta Beach

June 5-July 31

37, 39

USRowing Youth National Championships

Nathan Benderson Park

June 6-9

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For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


PICKLEBALL

Try your hand at

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Extended sessions of indoor play!

Newtown Estates Park

2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota • Four courts (August-May) Times TBD

Woodmere Park

INDOOR PICKLEBALL

Colonial Oaks Park

5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota • Two courts (August-May) Open Play – Monday and Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.

Englewood Sports Complex

OUTDOOR PICKLEBALL

Bypass Park/Foxworthy Campus

1101 Gulf Coast Blvd., Venice • 10 courts (*Four)

Colonial Oaks Park

5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota • *Two courts

1300 S. River Road, Englewood • Six courts (Year-round) Beginners: Monday, noon to 2 p.m.; Thursday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Intermediate: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Advanced: Monday, 2-4 p.m.; Tuesday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Laurel Park

509 Collins Road, Laurel • Two courts (August-May) Open Play: Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon

Longwood Park

3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice • Two courts (August-May) Monday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota • Two courts (August-May) Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. to noon

Englewood Sports Complex

1300 S. River Road, Englewood • 12 courts

Fruitville Park

5151 Richardson Road, Sarasota • *Four courts

Laurel Park

Siesta Beach

Longwood Park

Twin Lakes Park

Newtown Estates Park

Woodmere Park

509 Collins Road, Nokomis • *Four courts 6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota • Six courts 2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota • *Four courts

Nokomis Community Park

234 E. Nippino Trail, Nokomis • *Four courts

Pinebrook/Wellfield Park

1251 Pinebrook Road, Venice • *Two courts

Pompano Trailhead

601 S. Pompano Ave., Sarasota • 12 courts

948 Beach Road, Siesta Key • Six courts 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota • *Four courts 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice • *Four courts *Nontraditional - dual purpose pickleball/ tennis. May need to bring your own net. Dates and times subject to change.

For more information, call 311 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

PICKLEBALL PUNCH PASSES Sold and accepted at all Sarasota County indoor pickleball sites. 10 plays for $25 25 plays for $62.50 Daily drop-in fees are currently $3. *Effective starting January 2024

For more information and registration, visit scgov.net/parks, or call 941-861-5000.

Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs activities. View the policyvisit at scgov.net (keywords ADA compliance). For or more information andcomplete registration, SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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RECREATION AND ATHLETICS ion

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Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources provides a variety of recreational opportunities throughout Sarasota County. Residents and visitors may enjoy attending one of the many special events throughout the year, such as the 47th annual Sandy Claws Beach Run at Siesta Beach, 35th annual Gulf Coast Games for Life (Senior Games) and Big Truck Day at CoolToday Park. The county also offers Summer in the Parks, a 9-week program offering a fun and safe summer. Summer programs include Day Camp for elementary age campers, Adventure Camp for middle school ages, and many specialty camps that serve youth up to age 16. We also offer a Counselor in Training program for ages 14-16. Those looking for recreational programming more convenient to home may enjoy exercise classes, pickleball programs, community gardens, live music, community garage sales, volleyball, table tennis, basketball, tennis and more located at the 9 recreation centers, 2 nature centers and 4 specialty facilities throughout Sarasota County. There are also specialty parks that offer shows, concerts, target shooting and historical tours. In addition, the county’s athletic opportunities range from traditional sports such as baseball, football, softball and soccer, which are offered in more than 100 leagues, to sports like BMX, croquet, swimming and rowing, which are offered at world-class sporting facilities including Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota BMX, Selby Aquatic Center and Sarasota County Croquet Club courts. Travel ball tournaments are also held at county facilities year-round as well as the athletic leagues’ training, tryouts and league championship tournaments. Sarasota County is proud to offer sporting activities for all ages from youth to senior league programs. Working with Visit Sarasota County, there are several sporting events for everyone to enjoy throughout the county on an annual basis. We invite you to come take part in all Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has to offer!

T-REC PROGRAMS The T-REC program of Sarasota County is comprised of multiple community agencies and volunteer groups working together to provide year-round recreational opportunities for teens and adults with disabilities. For more information about T-REC, please call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net. Become a member today. Membership is free.

HAPPY HEARTS

HEARTS UP FOR IDD FUN NIGHT

Year-round, second Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Ages: 16 and up Fee: Free Nokomis Community Park, Main Hall For details, email Stephanie at sbartlett475@gmail.com

Year-round, Fourth Friday, 6-8 p.m. Ages: 16 and up Fee: Free Nokomis Community Park, Main Hall For details, email Gena at heartsupforIDD@gmail.com.

FOREVER FRIENDS

T-REC HOLIDAY PARTY

Year-round, third Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Ages: 10 and up Fee: Free Colonial Oaks Park, Room A For details, call Denise at 941-228-7880, email ForeverFriendsInc@yahoo.com or visit foreverfriendsinc.org.

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Friday, Dec. 15, 4-5:30 p.m. Ages: 13 and up Fee: Free Laurel Park, Room A/B For details, call 941-486-2595.

T-REC SOCIAL CLUB

Jan. 26 and April 19, 5-7 p.m. Ages: 13 and up Fee: Free George Mullen Activity Center, North Port For details, call 941-429-PARK.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

T-REC VALENTINE'S PARTY

Thursday, Feb. 15, 5-7 p.m. Ages: 13 and up Fee: Free Nokomis Community Park, Main Hall For details, call 941-486-2595.

T-REC KARAOKE NIGHT

Thursday, March 7, 5-6:30 p.m. Fee: Free Colonial Oaks Park, Room A Ages: 13 and up For details, call 941-486-2595.

T-REC Prom

Friday, May 17, 6-8 p.m. Ages: 16 and up Fee: Free Phillippi Estate Park, Mansion Advance registration is required. Call 941-861-7275.


ATHLETIC LEAGUES NORTH COUNTY LEAGUES

BASEBALL Sarasota County Youth Baseball (aka Cal Ripken) Central Sarasota Little League Sarasota Babe Ruth League BMX Sarasota BMX FOOTBALL Sarasota Hurricanes Sarasota Seminoles Suncoast Sports Club, Inc. (flag football) Sun Devils (football and cheerleading)

For all athletic league and athletic field use inquiries, please contact 941-861-PARK (7275). calripkensarasota.com info@srqlittleleague.com sarasotababeruth.com sarasotabmx.com • srqbmx1974@gmail.com stacy.sanders18@yahoo.com sarasotaathletics.com Sweeks111@verizon.net sarasotasundevils.us

LACROSSE Gulf Coast Lacrosse Lax Mainiax Lacrosse Ripcurl Lacrosse Sarasota Seahawks Lacrosse

gulfcoastlax.srq@gmail.com trey.burlingame@laxmaniax.com contact@ripcurllacrosse.org info@seahawkslacrosse.com

SOCCER FC Sarasota Soccer League (youth) Lakewood Ranch FC DME Sarasota LLC Sarasota Football Club (adult) Suncoast Soccer (youth) Suncoast Sports Club, Inc.

mmixon@fcsarasota.com lakewoodranchfc.org dmeacademysarasota.com daverhodes1954@outlook.com info@mysuncoastsoccer.com suncoastsportsclub.com

SOFTBALL 17th Street Softball (Sunday league) Church Softball League (adult) Miss Sarasota Softball Sarasota Coed Softball (adult) Sarasota Senior Softball Association SoCo Club Sport (softball, soccer, kickball)

17thstreetsoftball@gmail.com spetsios@verizon.net misssarasotasoftball.org coedball.com • coedballbeeridge@gmail.com sarasotaseniorsoftball.org info@sococlub.com

SOUTH COUNTY LEAGUES

BASEBALL Englewood Area Youth Baseball Venice Little League CROQUET Sarasota County Croquet Club FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING Venice Vikings Pop Warner Football LACROSSE Sarasota Seahawks Lacrosse SOCCER Englewood Youth Soccer Venice Area Youth Soccer SOFTBALL Englewood Senior Softball League Venice 70+ League Miss Englewood Fast Pitch Miss Venice Fast Pitch Softball Englewood Senior Women’s Legends League Venice Senior Gold Venice Senior Silver

englewoodareayouthbaseball.com venicelittleleague.org sarasotacountycroquet.com venicevikings.com info@seahawkslacrosse.com englewoodrays@outlook.com venicesoccer.org ed8508@comcast.net johnanjos0311@gmail.com missenglewoodsoftball.com missvenicefastpitch.com seniorwomenslegendsleaguesoftball.org burden441@yahoo.com veniceseniorsoftball.webs.com

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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RECREATION AND ATHLETICS

BEE RIDGE PARK

4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

Also features: sand volleyball. This park offers outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

SAND VOLLEYBALL Year-round / Ages: 10 and up / Fee: Free / Sand volleyball courts / Daily, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Open play on five lighted courts. For details, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP June-August / Ages: Entering sixth-eighth grade / All rooms / Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

ACTIVITIES

The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information about county camps. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

THE RIDGE TEEN CENTER School year / Ages: 12-17 / Fee: Free / Multiple locations / Monday-Friday, 2:30-7:30 p.m. and every other Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Ridge Teen Center provides a safe and supervised space where teens can engage in recreation, learning and fun. Teens will have the option of focusing on youth empowerment and well-being with activities such as tutoring, art projects, games and movies! Membership is required to enjoy The Ridge. Membership is free; parent must be present during registration.

COED SAND VOLLEYBALL Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Contact league / Sand volleyball courts / Dates and times vary For play opportunities, cost and schedule, contact league representatives at 954-589-2180 or email info@sococlubsport.com.

COED SOFTBALL LEAGUE Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Varies / Softball fields / Sunday-Tuesday, 7-10 p.m. Contact league representatives at coedballbeeridge@gmail.com for opportunities, cost and schedule.

COMMUNITY GARDENS IN PARKS Year-round / Ages: 18 and up (under 18 must have adult supervision) / Garden / Daily, sunrise-sunset Community gardens provide a place for individuals to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs. Gardeners can improve their families’ health and nutrition while reducing food costs. Community gardens also benefit the neighborhoods where they are located by utilizing open space and promoting a sense of community pride. For a $25 membership fee, gardeners receive a garden plot, basic gardening tools, soil testing, compost and water. If you are interested in reserving a plot in one of our community gardens, contact UF/IFAS Extension at Twin Lakes Park or call 941-861-7275.

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E E R F CHOOL S R N E E T E F T A OP-IN DR CENTER Weekdays 2:30-7:30 p.m.

Select Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Designed for youth ages 12-17, where teens can engage in recreation, learning and fun.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

To find out more, email parksonline@scgov.net. Bee Ridge Park 4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota


5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota

Also features: community orchard, Little Free Library. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

SARASOTA TABLE TENNIS CLUB Year-round / Ages: 7 and up (Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult) / Fee: $7 per day, $35 per month, $45 per two months / Gymnasium / Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m., Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. For details, call Heber Mercado at 787-327-2550 or email sarasotatabletennis@gmail.com.

SUNCOAST SANDFLEAS UKULELE CLUB

ACTIVITIES

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Free / Room A / First Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

COMMUNITY ORCHARD Year-round / All ages / Fee: Free / Community orchard / Daily during park hours, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Park patrons can visit the orchard located here to see which types of fruit trees can flourish in Florida. To schedule a guided group tour of the orchard, please contact UF/IFAS Extension at 941-861-7275 or sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu. In addition, visit https://ufsarasotaext. eventbrite.com to check for classes and events related to fruits, vegetables and other gardening topics.

The Sandfleas is a group of amateur musicians of all levels who get together to play ukuleles, mostly, and sing songs of all eras from Tin Pan Alley to the 70s. The group works primarily out of the two songbooks from the Daily Ukulele series and takes a social break in the middle so people can get acquainted. For more information, go to meetup.com and search for suncoastsandfleasukuleleclub.

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COMPETITIVE CHEER Year-round / Ages: 4-6 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) / Ages: 7-9 (7:15-8 p.m.) / Ages: 10+ (8-8:45 p.m.) / Room A / Mondays Celebrating 35 years and over 150 locations nationwide! Champions in Motion is a low-cost competitive cheer program that focuses on the fundamentals of cheerleading. Great for all skill levels. For more details, please visit CIMUSA.com.

FOREVER FRIENDS FUN DAYS (T-REC) Year-round / Ages: 10 and up / Fee: Free / Room A / Third Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Join the volunteers of Forever Friends for an afternoon of fun, inspiration and activities. These events vary and may include music, crafts, snacks, games, special visitors and more. All individuals ages 10 and up with special needs are invited to this free event. Family and caregivers are also welcome. For details, call Denise at 941-228-7880.

ICAN BASKETBALL YOUTH LEAGUE Year-round / Ages: 5-15 / Fee: Varies / Gymnasium / Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays / Call for dates and times For more details and information please contact ICan Basketball at 727-365-2741.

Gulf Coast Games for Life Jan. 9-Feb. 3 The Gulf Coast Games for Life (Senior Games) is a multi-sport event program open to all amateur athletes ages 50 and older. These games are a local qualifier leading to the Florida Senior Games held annually in December.

16 events to choose from: 5K Road Race Archery Bag Toss (Corn Hole) Basketball Shooting Bowling Cycling Golf Pickleball

Race Walk/Power Walk Racquetball Rowing and Paddle Shuffleboard Swimming Table Tennis Target Shooting Track and Field

Register online at SarasotaCountyParks.com For information, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota

ACTIVITIES ACE PICKLEBALL CLASS December-May / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Varies / Gymnasium / Call for dates and times Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis using solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. Students will learn the rules and procedure for how to play the fastest growing sport in America! All you need to bring is yourself and a bottle of water. Paddles and pickleballs will be provided. T-shirts, shorts and sneakers are your best bet for added comfort. For more information, contact ACE (Adult and Community Enrichment) at 941-361-6590 or go to ace-sarasota.com.

PB&J PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENTS AND CLINICS December-May / All ages / Fee: Varies / Gymnasium / Call for dates and times Tournaments and clinics for beginner to advanced players are available multiple times throughout the year. Tournaments allow you to have a blast at the super fun, fast paced, round robin style, total points wins tournaments! No partner needed as you rotate partners and opponents all morning long. Clinics include the "Tell, Demonstrate, Do, Apply" format. Education, demonstration, practice drills and game play implementation with analysis verbally and video analysis as needed. I like to teach you so you can teach yourself! For details, call or text Julie Stewart at 941-726-0707 or email juliecdstewart@gmail.com.

SOCCER SHOTS December-May / Ages: 2-5 / Fee: Varies / Sunday mornings Fun, age-appropriate intro to soccer classes for children ages 2-5. Classes focus on soccer skills and coordination development (age 2); skill development and character development in a noncompetitive environment (ages 3-5). Parent participation is required for age 2 groups. For details, call 727-308-1200 or visit sarasota@soccershots.org.

TAI CHI AND QIGONG IN THE PARK DRAMA KIDS (HOME SCHOOL CLASS) December-May / Ages: 5-11 / Fee: Registration: $25, Tuition: $70 monthly / Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon Children can explore the world of creative dramatics with classes designed to build verbal communication skills, acting ability and selfesteem. Our program ends in a staged performance. For details, call 941-922-8121, email dramakidsSRQ@gmail.com, or visit dramakids.com/fl1.

DRAMA KIDS JUNIOR ACTING ACADEMY CLASS December-May / Ages 8-13 / Fee: Registration: $25, Tuition: $70 monthly / Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. The Acting Academy is for upper-elementary/middle-school students and will focus on ensemble work, spontaneity and creativity. All of our lessons include vocal warm-ups, physicalization and characterization. Our main lessons include a variety of both improvisational and scripted work. Our program ends in a staged performance. For details, call 941-922-8121, email dramakidsSRQ@gmail.com, or visit dramakids.com/fl.

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December-May / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $10 per class / Room A / Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:45-11:45 a.m. Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient mind-body practices to help maintain or regain health, relieve stress and increase strength, flexibility, mind focus, clarity and creativity. Tai Chi is one of the most frequently recommended practices to increase balance. For details, contact Gail at 941-685-9050, or email gailpettit47@gmail.com.

INDOOR PICKLEBALL January-May / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Gymnasium For information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. All sessions require online registration. For more details, call 941-861-7275.

WINTER BREAK CAMP Dec. 26-Jan. 5 (no camp Jan. 1) / Ages: K-fifth grade / Fee: $25 per day or $200 for eight full days / Camp rooms / Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This program offers fun, recreational and instructional activities with daily themes for children during the school break. No camp on Jan. 1. Registration is required. Register at SarasotaCountyParks.com. For details, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

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5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota SPRING BREAK CAMP

March 8-15 / Ages: K-fifth grade / Fee: $150 for six full days or $25 per day / Camp rooms / Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fun recreational and instructional activities with daily themes. Registration is required. Registration is available at SarasotaCountyParks.com. For details, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

SUMMER DAY CAMP June-August / Ages: Entering first-fifth grade / All rooms / Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information about county camps. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

SUNCOAST BASKETBALL CLUB CAMPS AND CLINICS Year-round / Ages: 5-14 / Fee: Varies / Gymnasium / Days: Varies / Check website for dates and times For details and information on upcoming basketball programs, please visit the website: www.suncoastbasketballclub.com.

T-REC KARAOKE NIGHT March 7 / Room A / Ages: 13 and up / Fee: Free / Thursday, 5-6:30 p.m. Join your T-REC Friends for an evening of music, singing and fun! For details, call 941-486-2595.

LOOKING FOR A SUMMER JOB? JOIN OUR TEAM! You will gain valuable experience working with campers and creating a safe, fun and engaging environment that gets kids excited to learn and play! Camp staff positions include: counselors, substitute or specialty counselors, assistant supervisor and camp supervisor! Applicants must be age 16 and up.

For more information, call 311. Spring Break Camp For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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1300 S. River Road, Englewood

Also features: Little Free Library. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

CIRCL MOBILITY Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Varies / Gymnasium / Days and times vary You will unlock your body's potential through flexibility, breath work, and mobility exercises. Contact instructor Laurentz Vogel more details 941-237-8983 or by email litenors410@gmail.com

ACTIVITIES BOOGIE CHAIR BY LAURENTZ Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Varies / Location varies / Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Join this new upper body and leg workout class that utilizes 1-2 pound weights. For more information, call 941-237-8983 or check out lalitenors410@gmail.com.

DROP-IN BASKETBALL Year-round / All ages / Fee: $3 / Gymnasium / Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. Join us for some indoor basketball fun at our gym! Just $3 per person to enter during drop-in hours. Basketballs are available for use.

DROP-IN PICKLEBALL Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Gymnasium / Mondays, 12-2 p.m. Beginner / Mondays, 2-4 p.m. Advanced / Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. Intermediate / Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Advanced / Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Intermediate / Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Beginner For more information, call 941-861-7275 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. All sessions require registration.

THE LEGACY TRAIL The Legacy Trail is one of the most popular recreational trails in Sarasota County and now offers more than 30 miles of access! Thousands of walkers, joggers and cyclists use these trails every month to exercise, commute, connect to their community and experience nature. View a list of trailheads by scanning the QR code or by visiting SarasotaCountyParks.com.

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1300 S. River Road, Englewood DYNAMIC WALKING FITNESS

ZUMBA FITNESS

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $5 per class, $40 for eight classes / Gymnasium / Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fees: Vary / Gymnasium / Days and times vary

Join this adult fitness class that mixes walking with unique techniques and a variety of exercises incorporating cardio, balance, flexibility, coordination, core and upper body strength. Contact instructor Dyan Beyer for more details at 941-626-2399.

A total workout, combining all elements of fitness. For more information contact the instructor Laurentz Vogel at lalitenors410@gmail.com or call 941-237-8983.

GLOBAL CARAVAN BELLY DANCE

DRAMA KIDS ACTING ACADEMY CLASS

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fees: $75 for 6 week session / Activity Room / Mondays, 6-8:15 p.m.

December-May / Ages: 10-17 / Fee: Registration: $25, Tuition: $70 month / Activity Room / Mondays, 5-6 p.m. (Fifth to twelfth grade)

A dance of the soul, a dance to connect to each other, a moving meditation. A dance that unites all cultures. Spiraling through the body, a dance that feels good on all bodies of all ages. For more information contact Instructor Steph Johns at johns-stephanie@outlook.com

This Acting Academy is for middle through high school students and will focus on ensemble work, spontaneity and creativity. All of our lessons include vocal warm-ups, physicalization and characterization. Our main lessons include a variety of improvisational, scripted and monologue work. Our program ends in a staged performance.

SUPERKIDS MARTIAL ARTS

EVENTS

Year-round / Ages: 5 and up / Fee: Varies / Conference Room / Mondays-Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Call or text “Info Kit” to instructor Derrick Maretti at 941-258-7254 to get your child(ren) registered for this martial arts program for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

TABLE TENNIS Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Activity Room / Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-11 a.m. All sessions are open to all skill levels. Loaner equipment is available. For more information, call 941-861-7275.

VOLLEYBALL Year-round / Ages: 18 and under/ Fees: Varies/ Gymnasium / Monday and Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Jellys Volleyball is a girls youth Indoor and Sand Volleyball Club practices in Venice and Englewood FL. We offer Indoor competitive travel volleyball for girls ages 8U-18U and sand volleyball training for the same age group. We have 4 practice locations between the Venice and Englewood areas; practices run a few times per week from November through June. For more information about our Volleyball Club Coach's Charlene and Kevin 941-284-1075kkrause77@verizon. net or visit Jellys Volleyball www.jellysvolleyball.com

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults ages 8 and older in Sarasota County with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please contact Special Olympics Florida at 352-243-9536 or visit Specialolympicsflorida.org for more information on participation, coaching or volunteering.

Sarasota Special Olympics Sport Offerings Basketball, Bocce, Cycling, Equestrian, Soccer, Track and Field JANUARY - MAY / Various locations

Bowling, Standup Paddleboard, Swimming MAY - AUGUST / Various locations

YOGA CLASS Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $5 / Conference Room / Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10 a.m. This Hatha Yoga class is open to all levels and will explore posture, breathing and alignment. Create physical and mental strength and increase your range of motion, flexibility and stamina. Learn to deal with stress, release tension and relax. To register, contact instructor Denise Manguse at 941-475-1180.

Special Olympics has volunteer opportunities available. This is a chance to give back and an opportunity to share your skills and knowledge. Please visit scgov.net (keyword volunteers) for more information.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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1300 S. River Road, Englewood

EVENTS HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW Dec. 2 / All ages / Fee: Free / Gymnasium, Conference and Activity Rooms / Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop for that special holiday gift at the tenth annual Holiday Craft Show with a variety of local artists and crafters located inside the main building. Over 120 vendor tables. Free admission and parking for shoppers.

WINTER CRAFT SHOW Jan. 20 / All ages / Fee: Free / Gymnasium, Conference and Activity Rooms / Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find a gift at the tenth annual Winter Craft Show with a variety of local artists and crafts. Over 120 indoor vendor tables. Free admission and parking for shoppers.

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE Feb. 17 / All ages / Fee: $15 indoor space, $10 outdoor space; free admission for shoppers / Gymnasium and outside parking lot / Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tenth annual Community Garage Sale will have indoor and outdoor booth spaces for vendors. Cost is $15 for an indoor booth, with table and chairs, and outdoor space is $10 (vendor must provide own table outside). Indoor set up will be available from 1-5 p.m. Friday before the sale. Spaces assigned on first come, first serve basis. Registration will open at 9 a.m. on Nov. 7. For more details, call 941-861-7275.

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SPRING CRAFT SHOW March 16 / All ages / Fee: Free / Gymnasium, Conference and Activity Rooms / Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find a gift at the annual Spring Craft Show with a variety of local artists and crafters. Over 120 indoor vendor tables. Free admission and parking for shoppers.

SPRING CARNIVAL March 30 / Ages: 12 and under / Fee: Free with registration / Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us for our third annual Spring Carnival. There will be carnival games and prizes, arts and crafts, a photo op with the Easter Bunny and fun for all! Registration is required. Please call 941-PARK (7275) for more information.

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3445 Rustic Road, Nokomis

Also features: youth group camping. This park offers outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

TRAP, SKEET AND CLAY RANGE Year-round / All ages / Fee: Varies / Trap, Skeet and Clay Range / Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sarasota Trap, Skeet and Clay Range is located at Knight Trail Park and includes four trap fields, three skeet fields and two clay courses. The range is home to the Scholastic Clay Target Program, which is designed to get school-aged boys and girls involved in shooting sports. For more information, visit sarasotatrapskeetandclays.com or call 941-861-7275.

ACTIVITIES CAMPING Year-round / Ages: Youth / Fee: $2 per person (minimum group size of six) / Primitive campgrounds / Availability varies Primitive tent camping available at designated campground. Restrooms available for campers. Camping is available to non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations that serve youth. For more information, including fees, schedule and camp rules, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. For reservations, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

LEKATCHKA ARCHERY CLUB Year-round / All ages / Fee: Varies / Archery range / Member hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Public hours: second and fourth Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lekatchka Archery Club is a 50-acre family archery range located at Knight Trail Park. For more information, visit lekatchkaarchers.com or email LekatchkaArchery@yahoo.com.

OUTDOOR PISTOL AND RIFLE RANGE Year-round / All ages / Fee: Adults $13.11 per day and youth (under 18) $9 (Fees are subject to change.) / Public pistol/rifle range / Wednesdays-Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Range distances: 7 yards – Handgun calibers only 12 yards – Handgun calibers only 25 yards – Handguns, rifles and shotguns (slugs only in shotguns) 50 yards – Handguns, rifles and shotguns (slugs only in shotguns) 100 yards – Rifles and shotguns (slugs only in shotguns) Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Adults other than parents/guardians who are accompanying minors to the range must have a signed FWC release form for each visit. For more information, including range rules and minor release forms, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

NATHAN BENDERSON PARK OFFERS YEAR-ROUND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AGES • Running/biking trail encircling the picturesque 400-acre lake • A full calendar of championship events, community causes and more • Indoor and outdoor space rentals for meetings, events and celebrations • Picnic areas and children's playground • Dog-friendly (leash required) Visit NathanBendersonPark.org or call 941-358-7275 for more information. See more events on page 20.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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LAUREL PARK

AND SANDRA SIMS TERRY COMMUNITY CENTER, 509 Collins Road, Nokomis

Also features: Little Free Library, open area playing field. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks. com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

SUMMER DAY CAMP June-August / Ages: Entering first to fifth grade / Community Center / Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information about this and other county camps. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

EVENTS

ACTIVITIES

T-REC HOLIDAY PARTY

INDOOR PICKLEBALL

Dec. 15 / Ages: 13 and up / Fee: Free / Room A/B / Friday, 4-5:30 p.m.

December-March / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Gymnasium / Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon All sessions require online registration. For more information, call 941-486-2753 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

DROP-IN VOLLEYBALL December-March / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $3 / Gymnasium / Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon Join us for this recreational drop-in volleyball program. Open to all skill levels. For details, call 941-486-2753.

DRAMA KIDS December-May / Ages: 10-16 / Registration: $25; Tuition: $70 per month / Rooms A and B / Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.

All individuals with disabilities and caregivers are invited to come join us for holiday themed crafts, snacks, games, music and fun. For more information, please call 941-486-2595.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Dec. 16 / Ages: 12 and under / Fee: Free / Gymnasium / Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon Santa is coming to Laurel Park! Enjoy listening to Christmas music, games and arts and crafts as you dine on pancakes, sausage, hot cocoa and orange juice. There will be photo opportunities with Santa. Don’t forget to write your letter to Santa and give it to the big guy in person! Space is limited. Registration is required. For details, call 941-861-7275 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

Children can explore the world of creative dramatics with classes designed to build verbal communication skills, acting abilities and self-esteem. For details, call Jessica and Andrew at 941-922-8121, visit dramakids.com/fl1 or email dramakidsSRQ@gmail.com.

SURREY RIDES ON THE LEGACY TRAIL Jan. 9-April 10 / Ages: 5 and up / Fee: Free / Community Center / Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Ride the surrey with the fringe on top! Join The Friends of The Legacy Trail on a 45-minute guided tour of the history, plants and wildlife of The Legacy Trail! Pre-registration is required.

Breakfast with Santa

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6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota

Also features: Miracle League Baseball Field. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

MIRACLE LEAGUE OF MANASOTA March-May / All ages / Miracle League field / Saturday, times vary This baseball league is for individuals with special needs and all ability levels. For details, call 941-544-4653 or visit miracleleaguemanasota.org

DRAMA KIDS COMBINED-AGE CLASS December-May / Ages: 5-11 (K-fifth grade) / Fee: Registration is $25, Tuition is $70 per month / Fridays, 5-6 p.m.

ACTIVITIES UNIVERSITY TAI CHI CLUB Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $50 per month; $75 per couple; $6 per class (First month trial option) / Room B / Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi is a slow-movement, internal martial art form that focuses on balance, energy, relaxation and breath control. For details, call 941-350-7282 or email info@universitytaichi.com. Sifu Richard Cummings has been teaching at the park for 20 seasons now.

GULF COAST CLOGGERS December-March / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $10 per month / Room B / Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. American clogging is a dance form that began in the Appalachian Mountains, but is now popular throughout the world. All levels welcome. For details, call 941-920-1922 or email cloggingpope@aol.com.

ACE PICKLEBALL CLASS December-May / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Varies / Gymnasium / Call for dates and times

Children can explore the world of creative dramatics with classes designed to build verbal communication skills, acting abilities and self-esteem. Our program ends in a staged performance. For details, call Tamara at 941-922-8121 or visit dramakids.com/fl1.

DRAMA KIDS ACTING ACADEMY CLASS JR. December-May / Ages: 11-13 (Sixth to eighth grade ) / Fee: Registration is $25, Tuition is $70/month / Fridays, 6:05-7:05 p.m. This Junior Acting Academy is for middle school students and will focus on ensemble work, spontaneity and creativity. All lessons include vocal warm-ups, physicalization and characterization. Our main lessons include a variety of both improvisational and scripted work. Our program ends in a staged performance. For details, call Tamara at 941-922-8121 or visit dramakids.com/fl1

DRAMA KIDS ACTING ACADEMY CLASS SR. December-May / Ages: 14-18 (Sixth to eighth grade) / Fee: Registration is $25, Tuition is $70/month / Fridays, 6:05-7:05 p.m.

All you need to bring is yourself and a bottle of water. Paddles and pickleballs will be provided. For more information, contact ACE (Adult and Community Enrichment) at 941-361-6590 or go to ace-sarasota.com.

In our Senior Acting Academy our high schoolers will delve into acting techniques that help the more advanced actor with focus, connection and characterization. Our main lessons include partner work, small group improvisational scenes, scripted scenes and monologues. Our program ends in a staged performance. For details, call Tamara at 941-922-8121 or visit dramakids.com/fl1

INDOOR PICKLEBALL

SUMMER DAY CAMP

December-May / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Gymnasium / Open play on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon

June-August / Ages: Entering first-fifth grade / All rooms / Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Open to all skill levels. Must register for all sessions. For details, call 941-316-1383.

MENS BASKETBALL LEAGUES December-May (Multiple sessions) / Ages: 40+ on Mondays, 50+ on Thursdays / Fee: $85 per session plus $75 uniform fee (one time) / Gymnasium / Mondays and Thursdays, times vary Four-on-four basketball leagues. Equipment, team uniforms and certified referees provided. For details, contact Dennis Bunker at 941-704-8838 or dennisrbunker@aol.com.

The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information about county camps. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

FUN WITH WATERCOLOR Class dates vary / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: $150 for 4 hour sessions / Room B / Varying Thursdays This class is a paint along with the instructor with demonstration for all artistic adults. Consisting of a variety of subjects and techniques. Bring a lunch. For details, call Carolyn at 941-366-2866.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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Come to the next meeting!

941-861-2973

Help make a difference! Did you know that the Tobacco Free Partnership, a communitybased group, helped make our parks and beaches smokefree? Meeting Location:

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County 2200 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34237

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RENTAL FACILITIES AT SARASOTA COUNTY PARKS With rental spaces both inside and out, we can accommodate everything from a small private party to a business expo, a sports tournament or a wedding reception. View facilities and request reservations at SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-PARK (7275).

Longwood Park

TED SPERLING NATURE PARK 190 Taft Drive, Sarasota

Experience the natural beauty and pristine waterways in Sarasota County.

RENTALS AND TOURS Kayaks and paddleboards are available for rent. Explore on your own or through a scheduled guided tour. The best part? No need to worry about transporting a kayak or paddleboard around. Vendors will meet you on-site. For more information, visit scgov.net (keywords: commercial recreation).

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NATHAN BENDERSON PARK

5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota

This park and event center offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. To reserve space or equipment, visit NathanBendersonPark.org, contact info@nathanbendersonpark.org or call 941-358-7275.

TEAM BUILDING Year-round / All ages / Fee: Varies / Location, days and times vary Let Nathan Benderson Park lead your team-building event. Whether your group is corporate, family, youths or adults, we can tailor the experience to the specific needs of your group. Call 941-358-7275 or email programs@nathanbendersonpark.org for more information.

ACTIVITIES COMMUNITY ROWING PROGRAM Year-round / Ages: 18 and older / Regatta Island / Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7-8:30 a.m. Masters team rowing allows rowers to develop competitive and recreational skills under the tutelage of a coach.

FITNESS CLASSES Year-round / All ages / Fee: Varies / Location, days and times vary Throughout the year, Camp Gladiator, Zumba and Yoga classes are offered by outside vendors and held at Nathan Benderson Park. For all the latest additions and offerings, visit nathanbendersonpark.org.

LEARN TO ROW: 101 AND PRIVATE LESSONS Year-round / Ages: 12 and older / Fee: Varies / Regatta Island / Days and times vary Learn to Row 101 focuses on the fundamentals of sculling (rowing with two oars). Participants will be taken step-by-step through nomenclature, safety maneuvers and independent boat-handling skills. The eight-hour course, spread over two days, will provide you with the skill set to safely row a single scull. Private lessons can be booked for participants that have completed a Learn to Row course or are experienced rowers. For details, call 941-358-7275 or email programs@ nathanbendersonpark.org.

EVENTS DROP AND SHOP Dec. 10 / Kindergarten-fifth grade / Fee: $25/child (Sibling discount available) / Finish tower, 2nd floor / Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Provide parents an opportunity to have a little time for themselves while giving their children the opportunity to interact with other children in a safe environment. Event to be filled with holiday themed activities, a scavenger hunt, dancing, lunch and more. Pizza lunch provided. Preregistration is required at SarasotaCountyParks.com.

USA SWIMMING OPEN WATER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS May 3-5 / Regatta Island and competition lake Open water swimming offers the purest form of racing, where athletes are racing against their fellow competitors and not the clock. Race strategies, along with the conditions, are constantly changing, making adaptability a key skill. The event features swims of distances of 5K, 7.5K, 10K and 25K.

USROWING YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS June 6-9 / Fee: Free / Regatta Island and competition lake / Thursday-Sunday Watch as the nation's best youth rowers race for championship titles.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT NATHAN BENDERSON PARK

PADDLING: 101 AND TEAM

FIRA Championships | March 29-30

Year-round / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Varies / Regatta Island / Days and times vary

USRowing Olympic Trials | April 2-7

Learn the fundamentals of paddling. Participants can expect to get the basic strokes as well as on-the-water experience in dragon boats and outrigger canoes. Paddling 101 is the prerequisite for joining our community teams, which have recreational and competitive tracks for community members, veterans and breast cancer survivors. For details, call 941-358-7275 or email programs@nathanbendersonpark.org.

FSRA Sculling Championship | April 12-14 BIG 10 Invitational | April 18-20 FSRA Sweeps Championship | April 27-29 USA Swimming Open Water National Championship | May 3-5 USRowing Southeast Youth Championships | May 9-12 USRowing Youth Nationals | June 6 - June 9

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RECREATION AND ATHLETICS

NEWTOWN ESTATES PARK

2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota

Also features: Little Free Library, weight room. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

EVENTS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Dec. 16 / Ages: 12 and under / Fee: Free / Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon Santa is coming to Newtown Estates Park! Enjoy listening to Christmas music, games and arts and crafts as you dine on breakfast. There will be photo opportunities with Santa. Space is limited. Registration is required. For details, call 941-861-7275 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

ACTIVITIES BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM December-May / Ages: Elementary and middle school / Fee: Free / Multiple rooms / Mondays-Fridays, after school through 6 p.m. Children who attend will enjoy art and literacy programs, indoor and outdoor team sports, homework help as well as access to game and computer rooms. For information, call the Boys and Girls Club at 941-358-2878.

SARASOTA PICKLEBALL CLUB December-May / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: $3 for members, $5 for non-members /Gymnasium / Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon Join Sarasota Pickleball Club for indoor pickleball play! All are welcome to join. For more information call (215) 622-1113.

WEIGHT ROOM December-May / Ages: 16 and up / Weight Room / MondayFriday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Weight room available for use; must sign in at front desk to use.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB SUMMER CAMP June-July (Closed the week of July 4) / Ages: 5-18 / Various rooms / Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children will participate in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, athletic games, board games, reading and so much more. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Must attend mandatory parent orientation. For details, call the Boys and Girls Club at 941-358-2878.

Breakfast with Santa For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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NOKOMIS COMMUNITY PARK

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234 Nippino Trail E., Nokomis

Also features: covered outdoor stage, fitness equipment (outdoor). This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

EVENTS T-REC VALENTINE'S PARTY Feb. 15 / Main Hall / Ages: 13 and up / Fee: Free / Thursday, 5-7 p.m. All individuals with disabilities and caregivers are invited to join your T-REC Friends for a night of holiday themed crafts, snacks, games and fun. For more information, call 941-486-2595.

ACTIVITIES

HISTORIC NOKOMIS DAY

ALL FAITHS BANK MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Feb. 18 / All ages / Fee: Free / Community Center / Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Free / Front parking lot / 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30 a.m. The mobile pantry truck brings fresh and non-perishable food directly to Nokomis Community Park where families can select items to take home. For more information, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org/foodfinder or call 941-379-6333.

HAPPY HEARTS FUN DAYS (T-REC) Year-round / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: Free / Main Hall / Second Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Inspiration, encouragement and fun for teens and adults with disabilities in a faith-based, nondenominational setting. Families and caregivers are welcome. Monthly meetings include fellowship, crafts, refreshments, praise, worship and fun activities. For details, email Stephanie at sbartlett475@gmail.com.

HEARTS UP FOR IDD FUN NIGHTS (T-REC) Year-round / Ages: 16 and up / Fee: Free / Main Hall, Fourth Friday, 6-8 p.m. Join the volunteers of Hearts Up for IDD for a monthly fun night. Activities will vary each month and may include dances, bingo, picnics, crafts and more. For details, email Gena at heartsupforIDD@gmail.com.

SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP June-August / Ages: Entering sixth-eighth grade / Fee: $707 / All rooms / Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The 2024 Summer Camp Guide includes more information about county camps. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

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Come see the Classic Car Show, along with local historical presentations. Food trucks and music by DJ Harry Wright. For more information, please call 941-586-8301 or visit naca-nokomis.com.

NOKOMIS COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP Feb. 24 / All ages / Fee: Free / South parking lot / Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon Bring your discarded household items, yard waste, tree trimmings, and other garbage. Televisions, electronics, computers, tires (<25/16), and large appliances and white goods will be accepted at this site only. No hazardous materials. Items such as paint, oil, gas, auto parts, aerosol cans will not be accepted at any site. Sponsored by Sarasota County Planning and Development Services/Code Enforcement. For more information, please call 941-861-7275.

UNLEASH THE FUN AT OUR OFF-LEASH DOG PARKS! 17 Street Park 4570 17th St., Sarasota Bay Street Park 300 Bay St., Osprey Brohard Paw Park - Beach 1850 S. Harbor Drive, Venice Lakeview Park 7255 Hand Road, Sarasota Woodmere Park 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice Questions? Call 941-861-PARK (7275).

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


RECREATION AND ATHLETICS

PHILLIPPI ESTATE PARK

5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Also features: gazebo, Little Free Library. This scenic heritage/nature park showcases the Historic Edson Keith Mansion and Historic Keith Farmhouse. For indoor and outdoor reservable space, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES PHILLIPPI FARMHOUSE MARKET Dec. 6-April 24 / All ages / Fee: Free / Estate grounds / Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sarasota’s only midweek farmers market occurs every Wednesday during October through April. The Farmhouse Market features local fresh produce, including USDA-certified organic produce, food trucks, prepared foods, artisans with crafts and live music. There is ample parking and leashed pets are welcome. Join in the fun and support local agriculture. For details, call 941-316-1309.

HOST YOUR NEXT EVENT AT PHILLIPPI ESTATE PARK, A SCENIC, 60-ACRE PARK ON THE SHORES OF PHILLIPPI CREEK. • The historic and classic Edson Keith Mansion hosts weddings, fundraising events, corporate events, luncheons and awards banquets.

GUIDED HISTORIC EDSON KEITH MANSION TOUR Dec. 6-April 24 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Edson Keith Mansion / Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Take a trip through the past with a guided tour of Edson Keith Mansion. The Italian Renaissance mansion was built in 1916 as a private residence and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tour with docent begins promptly at 10 a.m. One tour only. Tour limited to first 20 guests. For details, call 941-316-1309.

BROWN BAG CONCERTS Feb. 1-March 28 / All ages / Fee: Free / Gazebo / Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m. The Brown Bag Concert series begins the first Thursday in February and continues to the last Thursday in March. New local musicians will be playing this year. Bring your lawn chair and lunch, relax and enjoy wonderful music in a delightful park setting!

• The gazebo is perfect for children’s birthday parties, small weddings, family reunions and memorial services. The gazebo can be rented by itself or along with a large open area for larger festivals, concerts and parties. • Outdoor rental space is available at the front of the park, and offers ample space for large fundraising gatherings, festivals and arts and crafts shows, with separate parking available on the south field of the park. For more information, please call the Phillippi Estate Park office at 941-316-1309.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

EVENTS

T-REC PROM

PHILLIPPI ARTS IN THE PARKQUICK DRAW CONTEST

Join your T-REC friends and dress up for Prom. This evening of dancing and fun is open to all teens and adults with disabilities, families and caregivers are welcome to attend. Advance registration is required, call 941-861-7275.

May 17 / Ages 16 and up / Fee: Free / Mansion / Friday, 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 2 / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $20 / Estate grounds / Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your paints! Everyone can paint at Phillippi Farmhouse Market Quick Draw. Registration required. For more information, visit lightchasersinc.com.

MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

AFTERNOONS AT THE MANSION

Sarasota Concert Band presents its annual Memorial Day Concert. Bring your lawn chair. Food and beverage vendors will be available. For details, call 941-364-2263.

Jan. 14, Feb. 11 and March 10 / Ages: Adults / Fee: $25 / Edson Keith Mansion / Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

May 27 / All ages / Fee: Free / Gazebo / Monday, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 14 The Second Mrs. Ringling, presented by Ellen Brosnahan Sunday, Feb. 11 Land of Selby Gardens, presented by David John Turner Sunday, March 10 The Chicago Colony, presented by John F. McCarthy Light refreshments included at each event. Register by calling 941-861-7275 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. For more information, call 941-316-1309.

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SUMMER 2024 KICK-OFF YOUTH ACTIVITY FAIR March 2 / All ages / Fee: Free / Front field / Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Gather all of the resources you need to plan for your family's summer. There will be vendors, food trucks, demonstrations, inflatable games, entertainment, fun and more. For more information, call 941-861-7275.

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March 2

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Gather all of the resources you need to plan for your family’s summer.

• Demonstrations • Free swag • Entertainment • Inflatable games Phillippi Estate Park • Food trucks • Vendor booths 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


8587 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota

The Selby Aquatic Center is operated by the non-profit Sarasota Sharks, Inc. The center consists of a 50-meter, Olympic-size pool and a 25-meter warm-up pool. Contact 941-260-9107 or contact@sarasotasharks.org. fitness with a less stringent commitment level than the competitive team. All of the SwimFit practice groups allow for progress in the water for those balancing several sports and activities, as well as for those looking for a way to maintain good physical fitness. Swimming is beneficial to both a child’s physical health and wellness, but it is also a vehicle by which the child learns valuable life lessons and skills that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Contact kweyant@sarasotasharks.org for more information.

INFLATABLE OBSTACLE COURSE RENTALS

ACTIVITIES

$500 for one two-hour time from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (During operating hours) / $750 for one two-hour time from 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Private)

OPEN SWIM Year-round / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: $70 per month, $7 drop-in / Selby Aquatic Center / Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. / Contact kweyant@sarasotasharks.org

SARASOTA SHARKS AT SELBY AQUATIC CENTER

SYNCHRO TEAM Year-round / Ages: 6-18 / Prices vary by level / Selby Aquatic Center Synchronized swimming is a hybrid of swimming, gymnastics and dance. It involves strength, endurance, flexibility, grace and artistry. The swimmers perform choreographed routines to music. There are several competitive levels of synchronized swimming. Contact 941-260-9107 or kweyant@sarasotasharks.org for more information.

JUNIOR SHARKS Session 2: Jan. 22-May 3 / Session 3: May 6-Aug. 2 / Fee: $380 per session The Junior Sharks is a session-based group for athletes that are new to the sport and/or are working toward learning how to swim all four competitive strokes. In the Junior Sharks group, we will provide more intensive, curriculum-based teaching of the skills needed to be successful in competitive swimming. Our goal is to progress athletes into competitive swimming and ensure a great experience for all the athletes. For more info, contact kweyant@sarasotasharks.org.

SWIMFIT Session 2: Jan. 22-May 3 / Session 3: May 6-Aug. 2 / Ages: 11-15 / Fee: $380 per session / Selby Aquatic Center / Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6-7 p.m. The Sarasota Sharks Swim team is excited to announce that we are adding a recreational swimming group titled SwimFit. The SwimFit group is for middle school aged children (fifth-eighth grade) who are looking for a recreational or part-time swimming option. SwimFit provides a positive and fun swimming experience for those looking to develop their strokes and skills, while also improving their physical

The Sarasota Sharks are a Gold Medal Club and home of USA Tokyo Olympian and Silver Medalist, Emma Weyant, Team USA Olympic Assistant Coach, Brent Arckey, Canadian Olympian, World Champion, and World Record holder, Summer McIntosh and 11 USA Olympic Trial qualifiers.

SWIM TEAM EVALUATIONS

(By appointment only.) The Sarasota Sharks offer age-specific training for all of our athletes geared toward challenging each individual and developing them to reach their full potential. Sarasota Sharks also puts a special emphasis on the team. Swimmers learn how to become great teammates and help each other become their best resulting in sometimes lifelong friendships. Sarasota Sharks training and swim groups are designed for swimmers of all ages and abilities. From athletes that only swim a few times a week to the elite swimmer with Olympic aspirations, our experienced coaching staff welcomes all swimmers with open arms! For additional information head to sarasotasharks.org to book a placement swim. Placement swims take place on Wednesdays.

SARASOTA SHARKS SWIM SCHOOL The Sarasota Sharks have been developing swimmers in Sarasota since 1961. Trust the experience and commitment to excellence in the Sarasota Sharks Swim School. We offer small groups and one-on-one lessons year-round with a focus on water safety through stroke development and technique. For more information about the Sarasota Sharks Swim School, please contact Kristi at kweyant@sarasotasharks.org

TEAM RENTALS The Selby Aquatic Center is available for college and visiting club teams for winter break, spring break and summer break training. For more information and availability please email Kristi at kweyant@sarasotasharks.org

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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RECREATION AND ATHLETICS

VENICE COMMUNITY CENTER

326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice

Facility rental opportunities include a ballroom with a large stage, professional-grade theatrical lighting and sound, a commercial kitchen, nine meeting rooms and ample parking. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-1380.

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES 5 week class starting Nov. 5 / Ages: Adults / 6:30 p.m. Advance; 7:30 Beginners/Intermediate Learn to dance Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba and more with Marilyn & Vito Carcioppolo. For information call 941-496-9692 or thecarcioppolos@hotmail.com.

ACTIVITIES NOVA REPUBLICAN CLUB Year-round / Room A / Fee: Free / Ages: Adult / Third Tuesday of the month, 6-9 p.m. To attract members into and involve them in the Republican party and subsequently provide them with a practical means of participation, leadership training and political involvement at all levels of government.

ORCHID SOCIETY MEETINGS Year-round / Ages: Adult / Fee: Varies / First Monday of each month, 7-10 p.m. Everything you ever wanted to know about orchids is discussed at these monthly meetings. Beginner orchid fans welcome. For details, call 941-497-4995.

SOUTH SARASOTA REPUBLICAN CLUB Year-round / Ages: Adult / Fee: Varies / Room A / Second Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Sarasota Republican Club is a proactive group that sponsors events and dinner meetings to promote constitutionally-based conservative principles of government while seeking to support candidates who represent those principles.

TAI CHI FOR HEALTH

VENICE SAILING SQUADRON MONTHLY MEETINGS January-April / Ages: Adult / Fee: Varies / Second Wednesday, 6:30-9 p.m. The Venice Sailing Squadron meets the second Wednesday of every month, January through April. For details, call 303-840-2029.

AARP FREE TAX PREPARATION Jan. 22-April 15 / All ages / Fee: Free / Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free tax preparation assistance for all ages. No appointments, first come, first serve. Please bring last year’s taxes with you.

EVENTS WINTER ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW Dec. 9 / Ages: All / Fee: Free / Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift, look no more. Check out the over 75+ vendors offering unique, handmade crafts. Food concession on site and free parking!

OLDIES DANCE WITH KIM JENKINS Dec. 16, March 16, April 13 / 6-9 p.m. / Ages: Adult Dance the night away to some of the greatest hits. For more info go to www.KimJenkinsMusic.com or call 941-276-6194.

Year-round / Ages: Adult / Fee: Contact instructor / Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

SARASOTA INSTITUTE OF LIFETIME LEARNING (SILL) LECTURE SERIES

Tai Chi for Health is taught by certified instructor Nancy Dellamura. Improve balance, increase flexibility, lower your blood pressure, increase bone density, strengthen joints and boost brain function. Practiced at a slow to moderate speed, Tai Chi integrates the body, mind and spirit, promoting health, fitness and relaxation. Tai Chi is low impact and especially beneficial to individuals with arthritis. For details, call 941-492-2167 or email NDellamura@aol.com.

Jan. 9-March 29 / Ages: Adult / Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Fridays, 9:30 a.m.

VENICE FLORIDA CORVETTES MEETINGS Year-round / Ages: Adult / Fee: Varies / First Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.

Lecturers from around the world discuss global issues, both foreign and domestic.

ANTIQUE SHOWS Jan. 13 and 14 / Ages: Adults / Fee: $7 (with ad $6) / Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find the best antiques all under one roof. Furniture, collectibles, jewelry, artwork and much more. For more info, call 239-877-2830.

Join fellow Corvette enthusiasts the first Tuesday of every month. For details, call 908-400-7296.

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326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice

HEARTLAND ROCK (Mellencamp/Segar tribute concert)

GUN AND KNIFE SHOW

Feb. 9, 2024

Jan. 20 and 21, Feb. 17 and 18, May 4 and 5 / Fee: $10 / All ages / Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit floridagunexpo.com. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed.

AIR MARGARITAVILLE (Jimmy Buffett tribute concert) March 9, 2024

DAVID JERICKO (Neil Diamond tribute concert) March 23, 2024

VENICE AREA ORCHID SHOW Feb. 3 and 4 / All ages / Fee: Free / Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of blooming orchids in 20 artistic displays. Plants, supplies and orchid art from 15 premier vendors presented by the Venice Area Orchid Society. Visit vaos.org for information.

EXTREME WRESTLING March 15 / Ringside tickets: $40, General admission: $25 / Saturday / Doors open: 7 p.m., Show time: 8-10 p.m. Combine the intensity of memorable Lucha Libre feuds like Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Psicosis, Perro Aguayo vs. El Santo, Psycho Clown vs. Dr. Wagner Jr., and Ultimo Guerrero vs. Villano V with the never-say-die, fearless mentality of pro dwarf wrestling, and you have the right idea! These mini masked wrestlers live to compete in memorable matches every time they step foot into the ring.

BRAND NEW DAY (Sting and Police tribute concert) April 26, 2024

Show Times: 7 p.m. | Doors Open: 6 p.m. For tickets or info, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-1380.

MEMPHIS MOTOWN SOUL EXPERIENCE Jan. 10, 2024

BEE GEES NOW Jan. 17, 2024

FAMOUSLY TOGETHER ELTON AND CHER

EDWARDS TWINS PRESENTS THE ULTIMATE VARIETY SHOW

Jan. 24, 2024

April 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. / Ages: Adult / Fee: $30 and up

7 BRIDGES: THE ULTIMATES EAGLES EXPERIENCE

Twin brothers Anthony and Eddie Edwards are the country’s premiere celebrity illusionists! Utilizing the latest Hollywood grade make up and prosthetics as well as the fashion designers of the stars themselves the end result is a non-stop parade of stars on stage that are all at once amazing, funny and entertaining. For tickets visit TheEdwardsTwins.com or call 844-214-7469.

Feb. 14, 2024

Feb. 7, 2024

THE BEACH BOYS JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE STARRING JIM CURRY Feb. 21, 2024

HOME SHOW

CHI TOWN

April 6-7 / All ages / Fee: $4 entry / Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 13, 2024

Tons of vendors with everything for your home, including hurricane shutters, kitchen cabinets, Jacuzzis, tub enclosures and lighting.

FLEETWOOD GOLD March 20, 2024

ABSOLUTE QUEEN March 27, 2024

Show Times: 7 p.m. | Doors Open: 6 p.m. For tickets or info, visit sunevents.com or call 941-207-1038.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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WHEN SCHOOL’S OUT, CAMP’S IN! • Camps to fit your family’s schedule. • Summer camps that are affordable! • Camps to suit your child’s interests. Sarasota County’s trusted camp provider for more than 40 years! Register online at SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-PARK (7275).

TURTLE BEACH PARK

Be sure to follow @SRQCountyGov on Facebook for your one-stop shop to live, learn and play in Sarasota County! Stay up-to-date on all things happening county-wide and when you’re there, check out #SRQCountyParks for upcoming park events.

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Experience the natural beauty and pristine waterways in Sarasota County. RENTALS AND TOURS Kayaks and paddleboards are available for rent. Explore on your own or through a scheduled guided tour. The best part? No need to worry about transporting a kayak or paddleboard around. Vendors will meet you on-site. For more information visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


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VENICE TRAIN DEPOT

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AND ROLLINS W. COAKLEY RAILROAD PARK, 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice

Also features: historic railroad car. Neighboring complex of parks offer a boat ramp, playground and a canoe/kayak launch. This site offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-1380.

ACTIVITIES VENICE TRAIN DEPOT TOURS Year-round / All ages / Fee: Free / Lobby / Dates and times vary The Venice Area Historical Society conducts tours of the Historic Venice Train Depot and Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park. For details, visit veniceareahistoricalsociety.org, call 941-412-0151 or email depot@veniceareahistoricalsociety.org.

RENTALS The Train Depot Platform has architectural appeal with its high arches and a large patio area. There is plenty of room for a large crowd, display space for vendors, band and dance area, tables and chairs. A beautiful setting overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. The sunsets are nothing short of spectacular! The depot is home to a caboose, built in 1974 for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. The caboose has a large 1,920-square-foot attached patio. The patio is the perfect spot for birthday parties or small events. It’s been home to many wedding services and vow renewal ceremonies. Say your vows and have your reception just steps away on the platform or in the Freight Room. The patio is equipped with an elevator for guests with disabilities.

HOST YOUR NEXT SPECIAL EVENT AT THE HISTORIC VENICE TRAIN DEPOT! The Venice Train Depot has a variety of reservable space available including the rustic Freight Room, the Train Depot Platform overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway or the patio of an authentic railroad caboose. View facilities and request reservations at SarasotaCountyParks.com, or call 941-861-1380. For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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WOODMERE PARK

3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice

Also features: reservable pavilion and off-leash dog park. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

MCMURRAY'S FAMILY TAEKWONDO December-May / Ages: 7 and older / Fee: $124 for one child, $187 for two children, $214 for three or more children / Gym / Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. / Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

ACTIVITIES ALLIGATOR CREEK TRAIL Year-round / All ages / Fee: Free / Trail / Daily, sunrise to sunset Enjoy Woodmere Park’s newest amenity, 1.6 miles of pedestrian/ bicycle-friendly trail along Alligator Creek. This serene, nature lover’s paradise has abundant wildlife, including hawks and alligators. Bring a water bottle and take a break on a bench under a tree. For details, call 941-486-2780.

COASTAL COMMUNITY CHURCH Year-round / All ages / Fee: Free / Sundays, 10 a.m. to noon Join Coastal Community Church Sundays at Woodmere Park. We come from different walks of life, but are united in our pursuit of truly knowing God, both in our individual journey and in our united venture. For more information visit coastalccfl.com or call 941-493-2788.

JELLY'S VOLLEYBALL December-April / Ages: Varies / Fee: Varies / Gym / Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-9 p.m. Jelly's Volleyball is a girl's youth Indoor and Sand Volleyball Club practice in Venice and Englewood. We offer indoor competitive travel volleyball for girls ages 8U-18U and sand volleyball training for the same age group. Practice runs a few times per week, NovemberJune. For more information please contact our Volleyball Club Coach Charlene and Kevin at 941-284-1075 and kkrause77@verizon.net or visit www.jellysolleyball.com.

DROP-IN BASKETBALL December-May / All Ages / Fee: $3 (Passes available) / Gymnasium / Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Join us for some indoor basketball fun at our gym! Just $3 per person to enter during drop-in hours. Basketballs are available for use.

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Taekwondo is a Korean Martial Art that translates to “The Way of the Hand and Foot.” Students learn self-defense, train stamina, flexibility, strength and endurance. Equally as important, students also learn about the moral part of Martial Arts, which is preventing fights, situational awareness for safety, training mental fortitude, courage, confidence and humility. Humility includes having courtesy, respect, and obedience for one’s parents, teachers and country. In Martial Arts, students are also trained to have the perseverance to finish what they begin, as all good things take time to achieve.

AARP TAX PREP SERVICE Jan. 15-April 19 / Room B1 and B2 / Fee: Free / Age: 18+ Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For free and reliable tax prep service from AARP feel free to make an appointment by dropping by Woodmere Park, Wednesdays-Fridays starting Jan. 15 through the remainder of tax season. This service is open to the community.

JAZZERCISE December-April / All ages / Fee $49 / Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Gym / Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30- 6:30 p.m., Room C Jazzercise classes incorporate dance cardio with strength training to sculpt and tone your muscles in the ultimate full–body workout. For more information or any questions please contact Karen Schroll at 847-361-5810 and karen7881@gmail.com

WINTER BREAK CAMP Dec. 26-Jan. 5 (no camp Jan. 1) / Ages: K-fifth grade / $25 per day or $200 for eight full days / Camp rooms / 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This program offers fun, recreational and instructional activities with daily themes for children during the school break. No camp on Jan. 1. Registration is required. Register at SarasotaCountyParks.com. For details, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

SPRING BREAK CAMP March 8-15 / Ages: K-fifth grade / Fee: $150 for six full days or $25 per day / Camp rooms / Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This program offers fun, recreational and instructional activities with daily themes for children during the school break. Registration is required. Register at SarasotaCountyParks.com. For details, call 941-861-PARK (7275).

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


WOODMERE PARK

Big Truck Day

3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice

EVENTS COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE Jan. 13 / All ages / Fee: Free admission for shoppers / Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CoolToday Park

Garage sale vendors must register online to rent garage sale space in advance. This event takes place rain-or-shine and there are no refunds, exchanges or transfers. To purchase booth space visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-7275.

Spring Training Home of the

2021 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS ATLANTA BRAVES!

WINTER WOODMERE BARK Feb. 3 / All Ages / Free / Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Join us for this pet-centered Saturday market, adoptions from local humane societies and pet rescues, dog training demonstrations, and safety talks from Mosquito Management. Vendors can purchase a booth on SarasotaCountyParks.com.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 18800 W. Villages Parkway, Venice

A SPORT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. IF YOUR KIDS CAN WALK, THEY CAN RACE.

Weekly races. Regular practices. Separate smaller kids track (pump track). Weekly Schedule Home Roots Group Training

Monday, 6-8 p.m.

USABMX Sanctioned Practice

Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.

Caleb 366 High Performance Training

Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.

USABMX Sanctioned Practice

Thursday, 6-8 p.m.

Friday Night Racing

Friday sign-up at 6 p.m., races at 7:15 p.m.

Open Practice for Members

Saturday, 8-10 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m.

Home Roots Beginner Program

Saturday sign-up at 9:30 a.m., training at 10 a.m. to noon

*Schedule subject to change.

USA BMX membership required for all programs. First day free trial, $80 for full year.

Strider Program

Check back for upcoming events

(Push Bike)

Previously hosted

The Florida State Series Qualifier

For toddlers ages 2-5 Separate smaller kids track (pump track)

Weekly Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Sunshine State USA BMX National

Private coaching with USABMX certified coaches available for all levels and ages.

The UCI World Cup and World Championship

sarasotabmx.com 941-960-1578 | 1500 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


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Welcome to the county’s Beaches and Water Access parks. With more than 35 miles of coastline with six lifeguarded beaches and 40 additional beaches and water accesses for motorized and non-motorized vessels, local visitors as well as those from all over the world are drawn here due to the biodiversity, beautiful vistas, fun activities and accessibility. If you’re looking for an adventure or just a place to recharge your batteries, Sarasota County Beaches and Water Access parks have it all! Visit the world-famous Siesta Beach, the mangrove tunnels of Ted Sperling Nature Park at South Lido Beach or bring your pup to the beach at Brohard Paw Park. Our activities include beach runs and walks, food truck rallies and other special events. The 47th annual Sandy Claws Beach run will hit the sand with a 5K and 1-mile fun run, that help to support Sarasota County's Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Renew your vows on Valentine’s Day at our Say ‘I Do’ Again event held at Nokomis and Siesta beaches. Experience the highest acceptance rate and lowest student debt, Beach University, by attending free presentations on coastal environmental ecosystems at Siesta Beach. Come out and camp next to the Gulf of Mexico at Turtle Beach Campground featuring 39 RV and tent sites with full hook-ups. We look forward to your visit with us. Please help preserve all natural areas by respecting wildlife and by packing out what you pack in. We hope to see you soon!

BLUEWAYS PADDLING GUIDE

A GUIDE TO SARASOTA’S KAYAK AND CANOE TRAILS Discover Sarasota County’s natural beauty, its unique wildlife and habitats as you explore the beautiful waterways of the county. There are 11 area waterways to explore with suggested blueways (paddling trails) highlighted in this guide. The Sarasota Bay Trail, the Lido and South Lido Trails, the Phillippi Creek Trail, the Neville Marine Preserve Trail, the South Creek Trail, the Dona Bay/Roberts Bay Trails, the Caspersen Trail, the Lemon Bay Trail, the Myakka River/Carlton Trail and the Myakka River/Myakkahatchee Creek Trails. Sarasota County has a diverse blend of natural areas to explore while paddling the blueways. Paddle through a mangrove forest and view the wildlife of the estuaries. Paddle along the bays, bayous, lagoons and creeks and explore the natural areas of Florida’s designated Wild and Scenic Myakka River. To find a Blueways Paddling Guide, view the publication online at SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-PARK (7275).

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BEACH CONCESSIONS GREAT EATS AT THE #1 BEACH!

Siesta Beach offers two concession locations with a full menu. Enjoy the number one beach with great eats and drinks!

NORTH JETTY GRILLE - WHERE THE INTRACOASTAL MEETS THE BEACH AT NORTH JETTY PARK

Enjoy an expansive menu filled with delectable choices including fish, burgers, salads, breakfast favorites or locally made ice cream. Cool off with a refreshing cocktail, ice cold beer, wine and sangria or a non-alcoholic option.

BITES, BASKETS AND BOOGIE BOARDS AT VENICE BEACH!

Enjoy an icy cold beverage including beer and wine or choose from a variety of awesome food and quick bites under the shady awning at the Pilot House, just steps from Venice Beach. Boogie boards, umbrellas, beach mats and more are also available!

GOOD FOOD FAST, NOT FAST FOOD AT NOKOMIS BEACH!

From the world famous Shark Tooth Tacos to the wildly popular Shark Bite Cocktail, Shark Tooth Beach Concessions is where you’ll find the most delicious beach eats and drinks! Expansive menu including burgers, Philly Cheesesteaks, golden french fries, hot dogs, breakfast hashes and locally made ice cream.

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MANASOTA BEACH PARK

8570 Manasota Key Road, Englewood

Also features: Boat ramp and outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES BEACH YOGA Year-round / All ages / Fee: Donations accepted / On sand – beach access near large pavilion / Daily, varying morning times

BEACHES AND WATER ACCESS

Start your day off right with yoga on the sand! Classes held daily at Manasota Beach. For more information, call 941-313-0358 or visit yogamanasotabeach.com.

NOKOMIS BEACH PARK

100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis

Also features: Indoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

EVENTS SAY ‘I DO’ AGAIN Feb. 14 / Ages: Adult / Fee: $15 per couple / Beach / Wednesday, 6 p.m.

ACTIVITIES HOOP FLOW/BEACH GROOVE

Celebrate a renewal of wedding vows at sunset on beautiful Nokomis Beach. Event includes a commemorative certificate, a gift, a flower, music and light refreshments. Check-in begins at 4:30 p.m. and activities begin at 5 p.m. The nondenominational service begins promptly at 6 p.m. Register by Sunday, Feb. 11 or fee increases to $25 for day of registration. For details, call 941-861-7275.

Year-round / All ages / Fee: Contact instructor / On sand – beach access near large parking lot / Mondays-Sundays, Varying morning times Hoop, dance and fitness come together in one great class. Join certified instructor Susan Ruden and Mary Cosme for this exciting class. For details, call 216-287-3977 or visit larimarstudiogallery.com

SUNRISE BEACH WALKS Feb. 1-March 28 / Ages: Adult / Fee: $5 / Beach / Thursdays, 8-9:30 a.m. Participate in this self-guided beach walk along our beautiful beach. Register before your one-mile minimum walk. Complete four walks and earn an event T-shirt. For details, call 941-861-7275.

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Say 'I Do' Again


NORTH BROHARD PARK

1400 S. Harbor Drive, Venice

Also features: The Venice Fishing Pier and Sharky’s On The Pier.

ACTIVITIES

DOGS LOVE BROHARD PAW PARK!

KIDS’ SUMMER BEACH RUNS June 5-July 31 / Ages: 1-17 / Fee: Free / Venice Fishing Pier / Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.

Did you know dogs can run and play leash-free on the beach at Brohard Paw Park?

This one-mile fun run for kids is a summer favorite and a great opportunity for families to exercise together and have fun at the beach! Weekly registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with runs starting at 6:30 p.m. Kids receive a participation ribbon at each run. Complete four runs and earn a free custom T-shirt. No runs the week of July 4.

BEACHES AND WATER ACCESS

Kids' Summer Beach Runs

NORTH JETTY PARK

1000 S. Casey Key Road, Nokomis

Also features: This park offers outdoor reservable space. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

EVENTS NORTH JETTY PARK FOOD TRUCK RALLY Dec. 1, Jan. 5 / All ages / Free admission and parking / Fridays, 5-9 p.m. Come out to North Jetty Park for this family-friendly event series. We’ll have fun yard games, music and of course, plenty of food trucks. For details, call 941-861-7275.

ACTIVITIES BEACH YOGA Year-round / All ages / Fee: Donations accepted / On sand – beach access near large pavilion parking lot / Daily, varying morning times Visit beautiful North Jetty Park for a beach yoga class. For times and information, call 941-313-0358 or visit nokomisbeachyoga.com.

North Jetty Park Food Truck Rally

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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SIESTA BEACH

948 Beach Road, Sarasota

Also features: sand volleyball. Relax and enjoy lunch on the Siesta Sundeck. This park offers outdoor reservable space/pavilions. Visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

SUNRISE BEACH WALKS Feb. 7- March 27 / Ages: Adult / Fee: $5 / Beach / Wednesdays, 8-9:30 a.m. Participate in this self-guided beach walk along our beautiful beach. Register at the main pavilion before your one-mile minimum walk. Complete four walks and receive an event T-shirt.

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ACTIVITIES BEACH YOGA Year-round / All ages / Fee: Donations accepted / Beach / Mondays-Saturdays, 9-10:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, Sunset Exercise on one of the nation’s most beautiful beaches. Bring a towel or mat and drinking water. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings - www.yogaonthebeach.com and Tuesday/Thursday mornings and Wednesday evenings - www.siestakeyyoga.net. Times adjust according to daylight savings time.

EVENTS SEAFOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL Dec. 1-3 / All ages / In the park / Fee: Free / Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A blending of food, music and visual entertainment, affording attendees a potpourri of delectable seafood creations and delicious drinks prepared by the top restaurants in Siesta Key and Sarasota. Musical performances by local and regional musicians in a diversity of genres from rock-androll, jazz, calypso, R&B and Caribbean sounds. For details, call 941-8617275 or visit seafoodfestivals.com.

47TH ANNUAL SANDY CLAWS BEACH RUN Dec. 9 / All ages / Siesta Beach / Fee: $25 youth, $35 adult if registered by Nov. 17 / Saturday, 8 a.m.

BEACH WHEELCHAIRS Beach wheelchairs are available to the public at no cost, year-round, for visitor use. To check availability, or to make special arrangements after the concessionaires or lifeguards have closed for the day, please call 311. Find beach wheelchairs at the following locations: • Lido Beach • Manasota Beach Park • Nokomis Beach Park • North Jetty Park • Siesta Beach • Venice Beach

The 47th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run is back on the sand for a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run. Come wearing your best costume and enjoy refreshments after the run. Early packet pick up is on Thursday, Dec. 7, 3-6 p.m. at New Balance Sarasota, Stickney Point Road. Fees increase after Nov. 17, so register early to guarantee an event T-shirt. For more information, call 941-861-7275.

SAY ‘I DO’ AGAIN Feb. 14 / Ages: Adult / Fee: $15 per couple / Beach / Wednesday, 6 p.m. Celebrate a renewal of wedding vows at sunset on beautiful Siesta Beach. Event includes a commemorative certificate, a gift, a flower, music on the beach and light refreshments. Check-in begins at 4:30 p.m. and activities begin at 5 p.m. The nondenominational service begins promptly at 6 p.m. Register by Sunday, Feb. 11 or fee increases to $25 for day of registration. For details, call 941-861-7275.

Visiting Siesta Beach or Venice Beach? Each location has a beach access mat, a nonslip semi-rigid and stable rollout pathway, perfect for wheelchair accessibility.

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948 Beach Road, Sarasota

CHECK OUT THESE OTHER EXCITING EVENTS:

ACTIVITIES

Dec. 23 Church of the Palms Christmas Eve Eve Service Jan. 14 Andrew Monroe Memorial 5K March 31 Pine Shores Easter Sunrise Service April 6 Mote’s Run for the Turtles May 11-12 Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament June 1-2 SSOVA Volleyball Tournament

BEACH UNIVERSITY March 7, 14, 21, 28 / Ages: 10 and up / Fee: Free / Main Pavilion / Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Siesta Beach Ambassadors co-host Beach University, a series of environmental education seminars about our beaches and coastal ecosystems.

KIDS’ SUMMER BEACH RUNS June 4-July 30 / Ages: 1-17 / Fee: Free / Beach / Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.

BEACHES AND WATER ACCESS

This one-mile fun run for kids is a summer favorite and a great opportunity for families to exercise together and have fun at the beach! Weekly registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with runs starting at 6:30 p.m. Kids receive a participation ribbon at each run. Complete four runs and earn a free custom T-shirt. For details, call 941-861-7275. No run on the week of July 4.

Kids' Summer Beach Runs

TED SPERLING PARK AT SOUTH LIDO BEACH

2201 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Sarasota

Also features: Bring your binoculars and hiking shoes and experience the diversity of the natural trails that are adjacent to the sandy shoreline.

ACTIVITIES SUNRISE BEACH WALKS Feb. 6-March 26 / Ages: Adult / Fee: $5 / Beach / Tuesdays, 8-9:30 a.m. Participate in this self-guided beach walk along our beautiful beach. Register at the playground before your one-mile minimum walk. Complete four walks and receive an event T-shirt. For details, call 941-861-7275.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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TURTLE BEACH PARK

8918 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota

Also features: The boat ramp at this park provides quick access to the beautiful waterways of Sarasota Bay. For more information call 311.

TURTLE BEACH CAMPGROUND

BEACHES AND WATER ACCESS

8862 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota

CAMP AT ONE OF FLORIDA’S FINEST BEACHES! Year-round / Rates start at $56 per night Turtle Beach Campground is Sarasota County’s premier beachfront campground on Siesta Key. From sunrise to sunset, there is nothing like camping next to the Gulf of Mexico. This boutique campground features 39 RV and tent sites with full hookups. The tree-lined campground has crushed shell padded campsites and a picnic table at each site. You are only a moment’s stroll to the beach and your own personal paradise. Camp just minutes away from Siesta Beach, one of

the premier beaches in the U.S. Take the free, open-air trolley into town and visit all that Siesta Village and other parts of the key have to offer including restaurants, recreational rentals, sightseeing and more. To protect the natural areas, no pets are allowed (except service animals). Call 941-861-CAMP (2267) or visit turtlebeachcampground.com for more information or to book online. All amenities at neighboring Turtle Beach Park are also accessible to campground guests.

VENICE BEACH

101 The Esplanade, Venice

Also features: sand volleyball, historic pavilion, shaded concession areas, popular destination for divers looking to explore the artificial reef in the area.

ACTIVITIES BEACH YOGA Year-round / All ages / Fee: Donations accepted / On sand – main beach access / Daily – varying times, both morning and evening Come out to Venice Beach yoga for a relaxing session on the sand. For times and more information, call 941-408-9642 or visit yogawithelin.us.

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Sarasota County's Natural Areas and Trails are not only the perfect places to reconnect with nature, but they also offer an ideal backdrop to learn and gain new outdoor skills, to get fit or simply relax and enjoy nature in all of its splendor. With more than 55,000 acres of managed natural areas, the opportunities are endless. Specialized nature walks address a wide range of interests, including plant and animal identification, coastal landscapes, birding, habitat management and even off-road bike rides! Natural Areas and Trails also provide an excellent place for fitness whether jogging or hiking through our trails, biking along The Legacy Trail or using outdoor exercise equipment found in several of our parks. One of our signature events is Fire Fest where families can learn how fire is used to manage natural lands.

NATURAL AREAS GUIDE

A GUIDE TO SARASOTA’S NATURAL AREAS

The goal of this guide is to help you discover a variety of ways to experience our community’s natural areas, learn about our amazing environment and wildlife, and enjoy being active, outdoors. Sarasota County’s vision is to be the premier community where people choose to live, work and play. Our network of natural areas is extensive and contributes to this goal by providing many special places to get outside, escape everyday stresses and enjoy all that these areas have to offer. The Natural Areas Guide highlights 22 sites that feature exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities. For information on more of Sarasota County’s parks, natural areas and trails, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. Get out there, share your experiences with others and enjoy! To find a Natural Areas Guide, go to any Sarasota County recreation or nature center or view this publication online at SarasotaCountyParks.com (keywords Guides).

Together we can ensure that our community’s investments in these lands are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike and YOU can help others get off the beaten path and discover Sarasota’s natural areas.

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NATURAL AREAS AND TRAILS Dog-friendly Parks, Natural Areas and Trails Visit our dog-friendly areas, where dogs are welcome on a hand-held, maximum 6-foot leash.

COMMUNITY GARDENS Bayou Oaks Bee Ridge Park Buchan Airport Community Park Culverhouse Nature Park

Laurel Park Nokomis Community Park Warm Mineral Springs Park

Community gardens provide a place for individuals to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs. Gardeners can improve their families’ health and nutrition while reducing food costs. For details, please contact UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County at 941-861-5000 or sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu.

Colonial Oaks Park Englewood Sports Complex Jelks Preserve Lakeview Park The Legacy Trail Nathan Benderson Park Nokomis Community Park Phillippi Estate Park Potter Park Red Bug Slough Preserve Scherer Thaxton Preserve Shamrock Park Sleeping Turtles Preserve North Urfer Family Park and many more! For a complete list, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Agriculture • Gardening/Landscaping • Natural Resources • Nutrition/Healthy Living • Sustainability • 4-H Youth Development

Find your activity at EXTENSION Classes, workshops and events (most free!) • 4-H youth clubs, camps and activities • Community and school gardens • Master Gardener Volunteer training • Free home irrigation evaluations • Plant Clinics: Expert plant and pest advice • Home energy workshops with upgrade kits • And much more •

Helping you build a better future. Learn more and register at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com or sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasota 941.861.5000 sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu

6700 Clark Road, Twin Lakes Park (Green Building) Sarasota 34241-9328

scgov.net/extension sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasota

An Equal Opportunity Institution. UF/IFAS Extension, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Andra Johnson, dean for UF/IFAS Extension. Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy at https://www.scgov.net/ADA.

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FIRE FEST!

FIRE FEST! provides a first-hand look at how prescribed burns protect our communities and property from wildfires, as well as maintain Florida’s natural ecosystems for present and future generations. A part of Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, FIRE FEST! is a fun opportunity for the whole family to learn how fire is used carefully and effectively on our natural lands, right here in Sarasota County.

• Prescribed burn demos. • Games zone for kids. • Guided nature walks. • Free food. Where: T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice When:

Saturday, Feb. 3 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine)

Cost:

Free

For more information, call 311. Due to the ecologically sensitive nature of the area, dogs are not permitted at this event.

Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs and activities. View the complete policy at scgov.net (keywords ADA compliance). Public schools are permitted to make information available to parents regarding student activities offered by not-for-profit organizations. The School Board of Sarasota County provides this information as a service to students and their families. Distribution of this information does not constitute an endorsement of these activities. For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


CARLTON RESERVE

T. MABRY CARLTON, JR. MEMORIAL RESERVE, 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice

Also features: exceptional backcountry wilderness reserve with more than 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

NATURE HIKE - BEGINNING BIRDING/ PHOTOGRAPHY Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 5, April 2 / Ages: 18+ / Fee: Free / See details for location / Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ACTIVITIES FIRE ECOLOGY: YOUTH SCIENCE PROGRAM Dec. 13 / Ages: 11+ / Fee: Free / Meet at trailhead / Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. Join us for a special youth science program all about prescribed fire! Participants will learn about the role of fire in sustaining Florida's fire-dependent ecosystems and its profound impact on ecological succession through hands-on activities and scientific observation. Students will explore the remarkable adaptations of plants and animals to survive fire and gain insight into the considerations of fire managers when planning prescribed burns. This program is recommended for children ages 11 and older and their families; however, all are welcome! Participants under 16 must attend with a parent or guardian. Presented by the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/691057269897

FAMILY BIKE RIDES AT THE CARLTON RESERVE

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Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 17, April 21, May 19 / Ages: 11+ / Fee: Free / Call for meeting spot / Third Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon Bring the kids and explore this wilderness together. Come join Sarasota County volunteers David Reynolds and Jonah Sklaroff (expert off road bicyclists) for a fun and educational ride through the beautiful Carlton Reserve. View exciting wildlife in their environment and be one with nature as you roll along a mostly graveled/dirt road in hopes of catching a glimpse of Big Al at the turnaround point. Close-toed shoes and helmet required for all participants. Must be able to ride an off road bicycle. Technical biking skills not needed. Children must be accompanied by parent(s)/legal guardian(s). Bring: Bicycle suitable for riding off the road (wide tires/Mountain bikes preferred, but not required), water, hat (for during breaks), sunscreen, insect repellent, (optional, but encouraged - bike gloves, binoculars and snacks/lunch). Routes may vary depending on trail conditions and group participants' skill levels on the day of the ride. (Some trails may have unexpected wild hog damage.) After you register your family, contact David (941) 412-5575 or Jonah (845) 399-9039 for meeting location. Pre-registration is required.

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Join Sarasota County volunteer, Jim Bencivenga, for a short quiet hike at the Carlton Reserve. We will travel slowly and quietly, stopping for photo-ops as we go, taking in what nature has to offer that day. While we enjoy the serenity of this wonderful wilderness, we'll teach you some of the basics of birding as well as give you some photography ideas. Bring binoculars (bins) if you want to as well. We will cover up to 2 miles of natural trails. Participants must be able to hike, unassisted, over uneven/rough/potentially slippery and/or wet, muddy terrain. Wear/bring long pants, long sleeves, backpack, hiking poles, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water, camera/smart phone, binoculars, hiking boots (or other suitable close-toed shoes with good traction, that may get wet/muddy). This hike is for up to 4 adult participants. You must be over 18 years old for this program! Please register with your name(s) and best phone number to call/text and your email. He will email/text you back to confirm your spot(s). Email will be from Jbencivenga948@gmail.com

OFF ROAD BIKE RIDE TO DEER PRAIRIE SLOUGH Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 2 / Ages: 18+ / Fee: Free / See details for location / Saturday,10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Must be intermediate or advanced off road bicyclist. Enjoy the beautiful Carlton Reserve by joining Sarasota County volunteer Dan Hamari for an off road wilderness bicycle ride. The ride will go to Deer Prairie Slough bridge and back for a ride of approximately 10 miles. Destination may vary depending on trail conditions and group participants' skill level on the day of the ride. Bring: Bicycle suitable for riding on trails, helmet (required), water, recommend sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks, camera. Registration required. After you register with the county, contact Dan at dan@carltonreserve.org - email with your name(s) and best phone number to call/text. He will call/text to let you know where to meet.

EVENTS CUB CRAWL Jan. 6 / Ages 3-10 / Fee: Free / Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration required. It’s sure to be a wild time as your young cub moves along a quarter-mile long obstacle course featuring ten age-appropriate challenges to inspire and educate young explorers. Mimicking native wildlife species, children will start the new year surrounded by nature and will complete their challenge by “adopting” one of the wildlife species they encountered along their journey. To register, call 941-861-PARK (7275) or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

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EVENTS FIRE FEST

THE LEGACY TRAIL

Feb. 3 / All ages / Fee: Free / Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Legacy Trail is one of the most popular recreational trails in Sarasota County and now offers more than 30 miles of access! Thousands of walkers, joggers and cyclists use these trails every month to exercise, commute, connect to their community and experience nature. View a list of trailheads by scanning the QR code or by visiting SarasotaCountyParks.com.

Fire Fest is a fun family event that takes a look at how prescribed burns protect our communities and property from wildfires and maintains Florida’s natural ecosystems for present and future generations. Do you ever wonder why you see all those smoke columns across the horizon? Agencies from around the state come together to talk fire. Enjoy live fire demonstrations, helicopter bucket drops and nature tours. Kids will have a blast on the obstacle course, and will enjoy fun games and face painting in the Kid Zone. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-7275.

Your feedback is valuable to us! Visit surveymonkey.com/r/Z795MLM to take a survey to let us know how we’re doing. This survey should take about five minutes or less to complete.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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CURRY CREEK PRESERVE

Note: Activities listed below are located at east entrance.

1500 Pinebrook Road, Venice (east entrance) • 1075 Albee Farm Road, Venice (west entrance)

Also features: Dog-friendly area and kayak launch at west entrance.

ACTIVITIES INTRODUCTION TO THE LONGLEAF PINE ECOSYSTEM Jan. 8 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at east entrance at the hiking trail / Monday, 8:30-11 a.m. Join a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist on a hike through the beautiful longleaf pine flatwoods of Curry Creek Preserve. Along the way, you’ll learn about the interesting life history of longleaf pines, their historical uses, some of the common plants and animals that inhabit longleaf habitats and potential threats to this increasingly rare ecosystem. For details, call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

ECOWALK: UNIQUE PRESERVES April 16 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at east entrance / Tuesday, 9-11 a.m. Join a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator and learn more about our amazing and unique Florida ecosystems. Take a leisurely stroll through some of our most beautiful and environmentally sensitive lands that have been preserved in Sarasota County and learn more about what makes these areas so unique and important, the plants and animals that inhabit them, how to be watershed wise, and the management issues faced when trying to preserve these lands for future generations. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708851904127

RESTORATION OF NATIVE COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS Feb. 5 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at east entrance at the hiking trail / Monday, 8-10:30 a.m.

NATURAL AREAS

Enjoy a hike along the trails of Curry Creek Preserve to learn about habitat restoration including invasive plant management in natural area parks of Sarasota County. A portion of this walk may go off trails through areas of the preserve along Curry Creek with a focus on the wetland transitional marsh communities. Participants should bring drinking water, wear closed-toe shoes and be comfortable walking on uneven surfaces.

Palmetto skipper on Florida paintbrush

PLANT AND ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION WALK March 4 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at east entrance at the hiking trail / Monday, 9-11 a.m.

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Explore a variety of natural habitats with a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist who will identify both native and non-native plants and resident wildlife inhabiting our preserves. No matter the season, there is always something beautiful in bloom or the potential to see interesting wildlife. For details, call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


DEER PRAIRIE CREEK PRESERVE

10201 South Tamiami Trail, Venice (south entrance)

Also features: Portions of the preserve that are adjacent to the Myakka River, the state designated Wild and Scenic River.

ACTIVITIES DEER PRAIRIE CREEK GUIDED PADDLE Feb. 10 / Ages: All / Fee: Free / Meet at kayak launch / Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for a guided paddle of Deer Prairie Creek and the lower Myakka River! As we make our way downstream, your naturalist guide will interpret the plants and animals that call the river home and highlight ways you can help protect the Myakka River Watershed. We’ll stop for lunch at the Tarpon Grill and Marina (participants must purchase their own meal) before returning to the kayak lunch. This is an intermediate paddle not suitable for beginners. The paddle is approximately 3.5 miles round trip. Participants must provide their own kayak or canoe, paddle, life jacket, and whistle. Participants must wear a life jacket at all times while on the water. Program suitable for individuals ages 16 and older. Children under 16 years old may attend with a parent or guardian in a tandem kayak or canoe. Presented by the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/668925071897

Otter

Photo by Carol Dicker

THE WILD SIDE OF SARASOTA COUNTY Feb. 13 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at first parking area across from the first kayak launch / Tuesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

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As Sarasota County becomes an urban metropolis, natural wild areas are an oasis for native plants and animals. Explore one of Sarasota County’s larger preserves with a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist. Hike through a variety of habitats learning about key plans and animal found there. There will be a focus on methods used to manage natural area preserves and the management challenges as the preserve becomes surrounded by development. Participants should wear comfortable footwear for walking on potentially soft or moist ground, be prepared for limited shade and bring drinking water. Reservations are required. Call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net to register.

Be sure to follow @SRQCountyGov on Facebook for your one-stop shop to live, learn and play in Sarasota County! Stay up to date on all things happening county-wide and when you’re there, check out #SRQCountyParks for upcoming park events.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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LEMON BAY PARK

570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood

Also features: nature trails and boardwalks overlooking the bay. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space/pavilions.

SEASONS AND SERENDIPITY – LET’S GO GREEN, LET’S GO NORTH Dec. 15, Jan. 26, Feb.16 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet in front of the Environmental Center / Fridays, 9-11 a.m.

ACTIVITIES LEMON BAY F.I.S.H. PROJECT

PLANT AND ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION NATURE WALK

December-June / Ages: 8 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at the amphitheater / Second Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m.

Feb. 5, Feb. 19 / Ages: 8 and up / Environmental Center / Mondays, 9-10:30 a.m.

Calling all F.I.S.H. (Folks Interested in Submerged Habitats). Join American Littoral Society biologist Chuck Idelberger on a search for marine life in Lemon Bay. Using hand and seine nets, you will search shallow waters and seagrass beds, observing, collecting and discussing some of the many interesting fishes and other animals that inhabit Lemon Bay. Registration is required. For more information, contact Chuck Idelberger at 941-488-8998.

Join Park Specialist Sean McGrail for a leisurely stroll among the ecosystems of Lemon Bay Park. We will look for signs of gopher tortoises and learn about this threatened keystone species. Hats, closed toe shoes, sunscreen and water are recommended. For details, please call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

ECOWALK: MANGROVES Dec. 5, Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 26, April 5, May 14 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Environmental Center / Multiple days, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Join UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County for an engaging walk into the fantastic world of mangroves on a tour through one of our local natural areas. These walks will focus on learning about the ecology of mangrove ecosystems, identification of mangroves and other species associated with them and wildlife viewing. Registration required: Dec 5: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/612313555327 Jan. 23: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708594684777 Feb. 19: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708630812837 March 26: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708835485017 April 5: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ 708840831007 May 14: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ 708838313477

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The northern reaches of Lemon Bay Park contain 125-acres of mature pine flatwoods. Join us for a slow walk through this habitat to explore the myriad of plants and creatures that make this area their home. Hats, closed toe shoes, sunscreen and water are recommended. For more information, please call 941-861-PARK (7275).

CULTURAL CRAFTS Dec. 7 and 21, Jan. 4 and 11, Feb. 1 and 15, March 1 and 15, April 5 and 19 / Ages: 18 + / Fee: Free (bring your own supplies) / Meet in the meeting room / Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

ECOWALK: SHINRIN YOKU: “FOREST BATHING” MEDITATION IN THE PARKS Jan. 10 and 24, Feb. 7 and 21, March 6 / Ages: Adult / Fee: Free / Meet at the Environmental Center / Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m. Join us for a contemplative walk where we will practice mindfulness, breath work, and using all our senses to connect with nature. Bring a portable chair or towel as we will stop to sit along the trail. Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/ecowalks-236989

KAYAK TOUR ON THE BAY Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8 / Fee: Free / Ages: 18 + / Meet at the kayak launch / Fridays, 9-11 a.m. Do you enjoy paddling and exploring nature from a unique perspective? Join us while we explore the importance of mangroves and discuss the fish, birds and mammals that call Lemon Bay home. Participants must bring their own kayak and be prepared for a short portage to the water. Please note that kayakers are required by Florida statutes to have a wearable USCG-approved personal flotation device. This activity is weather permitting and registration is required and limited. To register, please call 941-861-PARK (7275) or contact parksonline@scgov.net.

Love quilting and its cultural heritage? Fabric arts and stitching date back thousands of years. Join fellow quilters of various backgrounds and skill levels to sew, share and learn new techniques. This program takes place indoors. To register, email ndsmith@scgov.net. For more information, call 941-861 PARK (7275).

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LEMON BAY PARK

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570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood

ECOWALK: FAMILY SUNSET ADVENTURE

ACTIVITIES

April 17 / All ages / Fee: Free / Meet at Environmental Center / Wednesday, 7-8:15 p.m.

FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY IN PERIL Jan. 19 / Ages: All / Fee: Free / Meet at the meeting room / Friday, 9 a.m. The state and federally threatened Florida scrub-jay is the only species of bird unique to Florida. Why have the numbers been on decline and is there anything we can do to help? Join Park Specialist Sean McGrail as he teaches us about Florida scrub-jays and their disappearing habitat. For more information, please call 941-861-PARK (7275).

ECOWALK: UNIQUE PARKS AND PRESERVES March 14, June 6 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at Environmental Center / Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. Join a UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension educator or volunteer to learn more about our amazing and unique Florida ecosystems. Take a leisurely stroll through some of our most beautiful and environmentally sensitive lands that have been preserved in Sarasota County and learn more about what makes these areas so unique and important, the plants and animals that inhabit them, how to be watershed wise, and the management issues faced when trying to preserve these lands for future generations. Registration required: March 14: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708721764877 June 6: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708839547167

Bring your family and join a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator to enjoy the mysteries of nature with the setting sun. Discover the wonders of the natural world and learn about the animal and plant families that call the outdoors home. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708850530017

EVENTS GOPHER TORTOISE DAY - TORTOISE TREK April 12 / Ages: 12 and up / Environmental Center / Friday, 9 a.m. Lemon Bay Park has hundreds of gopher tortoise burrows. Whether you live with tortoises in your backyard or have never seen a gopher tortoise, join us to learn more about what they eat, where they lay eggs, why they depend on fire and why the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has designated April 10 as Gopher Tortoise Day! Participants should wear comfortable closed-toe footwear. Be prepared for limited shade and exposure to the outdoors. Water and sunscreen are recommended. Call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net for more information.

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

WHEN SCHOOL’S OUT, CAMP’S IN! • Camps to fit your family’s schedule. • Summer camps that are affordable!

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• Camps to suit your child’s interests. Sarasota County’s trusted camp provider for more than 40 years! Register online at SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-PARK (7275). For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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MANASOTA SCRUB PRESERVE

2695 Bridge St., Englewood

Also features: Home to some of the county’s remaining scattered pockets of scrub habitat.

ECOWALK: UNIQUE PRESERVES Feb. 12, March 19 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at the Bridge Street parking area / Monday, Tuesday, 9-11 a.m.

ACTIVITIES INTRODUCTION TO NATURE JOURNALING Jan. 18 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at Bridge Street parking area / Thursday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Rediscover the natural world through a combination of art, writing and investigation. Join us for a leisurely nature walk with a seated break to reflect, write and draw in the middle of a beautiful preserve. Reservations are required. Call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net to register.

Join a UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension educator and learn more about our amazing and unique Florida ecosystems. Take a leisurely stroll through some of our beautiful and environmentally sensitive lands that have been preserved in Sarasota County and learn more about what makes these areas unique and important, the plants and animals that inhabit them, how to be watershed wise and the management issues faced when trying to preserve these lands for future generations. Participants should wear comfortable, neutralcolored clothing, sunscreen and insect repellent and bring drinking water, camera (optional) and binoculars. To increase the possibility of seeing wildlife, pets will not be allowed on the walk. Sarasota County nature walks prohibit participants from smoking. Registration required: Feb. 12: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708624293337 March 19: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708821312627

BIRDING BASICS Feb. 7 / Ages: All / Fee: Free / Meet at trailhead / Wednesday, 9-11:30 a.m. Learn how to spot and identify birds in their natural habitat at this beginner birding program. Your little ones will learn essential skills and tips they need to become bird enthusiasts! Using hands-on games and activities, we will unlock the secrets of bird adaptations, showcasing the remarkable ways these creatures thrive in different environments. We'll also discover the importance of land conservation to the well-being of our feathered friends, ensuring their habitats remain safe and healthy for generations to come. This program is recommended for children and their families; however, all are welcome! Participants under 16 must attend with a parent or guardian. Presented by the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.

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Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/691099636617

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Are you passionate about preserving our beautiful trails and promoting a healthier, more active community? If so, we invite you to become a member of Friends of The Legacy Trail. Simply scan the QR code below or visit friendsofthelegacytrail.org to learn more.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


OLD MIAKKA PRESERVE

251 Myakka Road, Sarasota

Also features: four miles of trails that provide wildlife viewing opportunities including gopher tortoises, butterflies and songbirds.

PLANT AND ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION WALK Feb. 20 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at information kiosk / Tuesday, 9-11 a.m. Explore a variety of natural habitats with Sarasota County Environmental Specialist Jeff Weber who will identify both native and non-native plants and resident wildlife inhabiting our preserves. No matter the season, there is always something beautiful in bloom or the potential to see interesting wildlife. For details, call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

ACTIVITIES

ECOWALK: UNIQUE PRESERVES

FIRE IN FLORIDA’S ECOSYSTEMS Jan. 25 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at the picnic shelter / Thursday, 9-11 a.m. Join Sarasota County Environmental Specialist Jeff Weber on a guided hike to tour pine flatwoods and scrub areas managed with prescribed fire. Participants will learn about the natural fire cycle and its importance, ways in which plants and animals have evolved to live with fire and how land managers carefully apply prescribed fire to duplicate natural conditions. For details, call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

March 9 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at picnic shelter / Saturday, 9-11 a.m. Join a UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension educator to learn more about our amazing and unique Florida ecosystems. Take a leisurely stroll through some of our most beautiful and environmentally sensitive lands that have been preserved in Sarasota County and learn more about what makes these areas so unique and important, the plants and animals that inhabit them, how to be watershed wise, and the management issues faced when trying to preserve these lands for future generations. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708691554517

OLD MIAKKA WILDFLOWER WALK AND BIOBLITZ April 27 / Ages: All / Fee: Free / Meet at information kiosk / Saturday, 9-10:00 a.m.

Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/691129235147

No one can do it alone, and the Friends of Sarasota County Parks organization is certainly no exception. Established in 2003, the Friends is a 501(c)(3) organization founded to support the efforts of Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources with maintaining and increasing the value and importance of our parks as places of natural beauty, recreation and education for all. For more information, visit foscp.org or email president@foscp.org.

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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SUPPORT THE PARKS YOU LOVE WITH FRIENDS OF SARASOTA COUNTY PARKS

Join us for a naturalist-guided hike at Old Miakka Preserve as we look for Florida's spring wildflowers! We will explore the preserve at a leisurely pace, stopping to observe and identify wildflowers as we walk. Participants will learn about the pressures facing native plants and will receive resources for growing a native garden at home. This program is suitable for all ages. Participants under 16 must attend with a parent or guardian. Presented by the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.


PINECRAFT PARK

1420 Gilbert Ave., Sarasota

Also features: A quiet oasis and a community gathering space on Phillippi Creek, this park has mature oak trees and abundant shade. A nature trail winds through the mesic hammock on the south side of the park.

ACTIVITIES ECOWALK: INVASIVE PLANTS March 1 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at the north side parking area / Friday, 9-11 a.m.

Caesarweed (invasive plant)

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is Feb. 26-March 2, 2024. Take a leisurely walk through Pinecraft Park to learn more about invasive plants and their impacts on Florida's ecosystems. Non-native invasive plants and animals are one of the leading threats to biodiversity around the world. They can also negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, public utilities, fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation and ecosystem function. Join UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator Dr. Katherine Clements and learn how to identify many of these plants and animals, hear about how and when they were introduced to our region and find out what you can do to be a responsible property owner. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708664724267

POCONO TRAIL PRESERVE

189 Pocono Trail E., Nokomis

WATERSHED WONDERS Dec. 20 / Ages: 6+ / Fee: Free / Meet at trailhead / Wednesday, 2-4 p.m.

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Also features: waterfront preserve on Shakett Creek, observation platform, shady trails.

ACTIVITIES MANGROVES, ESTUARIES AND UPLANDS Jan. 22 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at east entrance picnic table / Monday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

FROM EARLY INHABITANTS TO POLLYANNA: THE HISTORY OF POCONO TRAIL PRESERVE March 11 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at Nokomis Community Center on Nippino Trail / Monday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Join a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist for a 1-hour walk in the preserve. Discover the interesting history of the preserve and the surrounding towns of Venice and Nokomis. Learn about people of the Manasota Culture, the interesting stories of local pioneers, including Dr. Fred Albee, and the luxury hotel known as the Pollyanna Inn that once stood on this site. Along the way, enjoy the beautiful live oak and cabbage palm hammocks and occasional glimpses of Shakett Creek as you learn about the history of this interesting area. For details, call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net. For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

Join us to learn how to identify our native mangroves and the important role they play in the estuarine food web and in providing nesting area rookeries for a wide variety of wading bird species. Enjoy this shady hike and discover how slight changes in elevation lead from an oak/palm dominated forest to the mangrove fringe along the shoreline of Shakett Creek. Participants should wear comfortable closed-toe footwear. Water and sunscreen is recommended. For details, call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

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In this engaging program, children will discover the wonderful world of water and gain a deeper understanding of local watersheds. Through experiments and hands-on activities, students will learn about the water cycle and simulate real-life watershed challenges using a miniature watershed model. Students will discuss how our actions on land affect the water, and how wetlands and natural areas are crucial for protecting local water quality. This program is recommended for children ages 6 to 10 and their families; however, all are welcome! Participants under 16 must attend with a parent or guardian. Presented by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/691088703917


Created by Sarasota County Communications 5.17.2021

Think before you throw… No matter where you go.

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With more than 55,000 acres of parks and preserves, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources invites you to explore our beautiful county. For a complete list of parks and preserves, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com. For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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RED BUG SLOUGH PRESERVE

5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota

Also features: Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, shady trails, butterfly garden.

ECOWALK: SHINRIN YOKU: “FOREST BATHING” MEDITATION IN THE PARKS March 2, April 15, May 3 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at the information kiosk / Saturday, Monday, Friday, 9-10 a.m.

Bring your family and join a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator to enjoy the mysteries of the moonlight. Discover the wonders of the night sky and observe nature by night. A night adventure awaits you to explore the natural environment and learn about the animal and plant families that call the outdoors home. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708640431607

Many traditions use some form of meditation, focus, contemplation, reflection or breath work to quiet the mind and center the body and spirit. Recent scientific research has shown that Shinrin yoku (a form of “forest bathing” practiced in Japan) decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lowers pulse rate and blood pressure and decreases sympathetic nerve activity (our fight or flight response). Research also indicates being in nature increases brain alpha waves (relaxed awareness), improves concentration and problem-solving ability, improves self-esteem and has immune system benefits that may decrease our risk for developing disease. Join us for an exploration of finding peace within nature and get healthier along the way! No prior experience needed. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and bring water and a portable chair or blanket to sit upon as we will stop to sit along the trail. Guided by a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator or volunteer. Registration is required: March 2: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708683851477 April 15: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708841382657 May 3: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708842084757

ECOWALK: FAMILY BIRDING 101

PLANT AND ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION WALK

ACTIVITIES ECOWALK: FAMILY MOONLIGHT ADVENTURE Feb. 21 / All ages / Fee: Free / Meet at information kiosk / Wednesday, 7-8:15 p.m.

March 7 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at information kiosk / Thursday, 9-11 a.m.

Join a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator for a leisurely walk through this unique Preserve to view the many birds that make Red Bug Slough Preserve their home. Bring binoculars and learn where to look and how to identify our local bird friends. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708653259977

Explore a variety of natural habitats with Sarasota County Environmental Specialist Jeff Weber who will identify both native and non-native plants and resident wildlife inhabiting our preserves. No matter the season, there is always something beautiful in bloom or the potential to see interesting wildlife. For details, call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net.

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Feb. 24 / All Ages / Fee: Free / Meet at information kiosk / Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Summer farewell

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For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


2022 SARASOTA COUNTY PARK FAST FACTS Acres of park land | 55,000 County-managed parks | 150 Miles of trails | 444 Miles of beaches | 35 Number of playgrounds | 45 Number of athletic fields | 92 Number of beaches | 14

SCHERER THAXTON PRESERVE

13125 Honore Ave., Osprey

Also features: 287 acres of pine flatwoods and depressional wetlands. A marked fitness trail surrounds the lake and primitive hiking trails link to Oscar Scherer State Park and The Legacy Trail. Seasonally, primitive trails will be wet.

ACTIVITIES PINE FLATWOODS ECOSYSTEM Jan. 2 / Ages: 12 and up / Meet in the parking lot / Tuesday, 8-9:30 a.m.

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Learn about the preserves natural communities on a hike deep into the pine flatwoods and marshes. This once expansive ecosystem has historically been impacted by development and other land use changes in Florida over the last 100 years. Gain an understanding of natural processes and resource management techniques including prescribed fire and invasive plant control. Participants should bring water and sturdy footwear.

Pine lilies For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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SHAMROCK PARK

ACCESS TO

3900 Shamrock Drive, Venice

Also features: 2.3-mile paved multi-use trail for wildlife viewing, hiking and biking located on the Intracoastal Waterway. This park offers indoor and outdoor reservable space. Visit scgov.net (keyword reservations) or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ECOTALK AND WALK: INVASIVE SPECIES March 1 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Classroom / Friday, 2-3:30 p.m.

ACTIVITIES DEMONSTRATION GARDEN TOUR Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6 / Ages: 18 and up / Fee: Free / Demonstration Garden / First Thursday, 9 a.m. Master Gardener volunteers will be in the Demonstration Garden at Shamrock Park to answer questions, provide free tours and give expert advice on Florida-friendly landscaping. No registration necessary. For more information, call 941-861-7275.

SEASONS AND SERENDIPITY STROLL Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Nature Center / Second Fridays, 9-11 a.m. Join Shamrock Park staff as they stroll trails that rely on changing seasons to bring us new flowers, birds’ nests, insects and animal activity. For more information and to register, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 941-861-7275.

ECOWALK: UNIQUE PARKS AND PRESERVES Feb. 8, May 10 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet outside Nature Center / Thursday, Friday, 9-11 a.m.

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Join a UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension educator or volunteer to learn more about our amazing and unique Florida ecosystems. Take a leisurely stroll through some of our most beautiful and environmentally sensitive lands that have been preserved in Sarasota County future generations. Registration required: Feb 8: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708613410787 May 10: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708847019517

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is Feb. 26-March 2, 2024. To increase your awareness of the impact of invasive species in Florida, join Dr. Katherine Clements, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County ecology and natural resources educator for a 45-minute talk about how to identify non-native, invasive plants and animals. Learn about how and when they were introduced to our region, and find out what you can do to be a responsible property owner. Weather permitting we will also take a walk and try to spot some invasives! Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708671905747

INVASIVE PLANT PULL March 2 / Ages 8 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at Nature Center / Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. National Invasive Species Awareness Week is Feb. 26- March 2, 2024! Join us to show your support for our environment and learn how to manage invasive species in our own back yards. Park Naturalists will explain what invasive species are and how they harm our environment. The group will get a chance for some hands-on experience pulling those pesky invaders! Join us to learn how we, as Sarasota County residents, can help keep Sarasota beautiful and how to spread the word. Please contact Parks Naturalist, Teresa Good with questions tjgood@scgov.net. Please wear sneakers or closed toed/closed heel shoes and bring water and garden gloves. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommend. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708677402187

ECOTALK: URBAN WILDLIFE March 26 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Classroom / Tuesday, 3-4:15 p.m. Join Dr. Katherine Clements, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County ecology and natural resources educator to learn about the amazing animals you may encounter in your residential areas, how to minimize human wildlife conflict by being informed, and how you can play a role in fostering a peaceful coexistence between ourselves and the wild lands we are encroaching upon.

Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708828012667

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For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


SLEEPING TURTLES PRESERVE NORTH

3462 Border Road, Venice

Also features: Multiple passive recreation opportunities and preserves the character and quality of the Myakka River.

ACTIVITIES ECOWALK: UNIQUE PRESERVES Jan. 19, Jan. 29, April 12 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at the north side parking area / Friday, Monday, Friday, 9-11 a.m. Join a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator or volunteer and learn more about our amazing and unique Florida ecosystems. Take a leisurely stroll through some of our most beautiful and environmentally sensitive lands that have been preserved in Sarasota County and learn more about what makes these areas so unique and important, the plants and animals that inhabit them, how to be watershed wise, and the management issues faced when trying to preserve these lands for future generations. Participants should wear comfortable, neutral-colored clothing, sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring drinking water, camera (optional) and binoculars. To increase the possibility of seeing wildlife, pets will not be allowed on the walk. Sarasota County nature walks prohibit participants from smoking. Registration required: Jan. 19: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708585206427 Jan. 29: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708608486057 April 12: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708848303357 Call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net for more information.

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SOUTH VENICE LEMON BAY PRESERVE

6200 Osprey Road, Venice

Also features: A peaceful retreat for visitors and a refuge for several protected animals and plants.

FAMILY ECOWALK: SCRUB STROLL AND EAGLE NEST Jan. 13 / All Ages / Fee: Free / Meet at Osprey Road parking area / Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m.

ACTIVITIES ECOWALK: SCRUB STROLL AND EAGLE NEST Jan. 3 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at the Osprey Road parking area / Wednesday, 9-11 a.m. Join Dr. Katherine Clements, ecology and natural resources educator with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, for a stroll through the scrub, a unique environment in an ancient dune system. This habitat is home to a variety of plants and animals. Learn about threatened, endemic and keystone species such as the Florida scrub-jay and gopher tortoise. Appreciate the wonders of the scrub and how we can help protect this dwindling habitat. Participants should wear comfortable footwear for walking in soft sand. Be prepared for limited shade. Pets are not allowed in South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve. Sarasota County nature walks prohibit participants from smoking. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708560803437

Join our UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County ecology and natural resources educator for a stroll through the scrub, a unique environment in an ancient dune system. Learn about threatened, endemic, and keystone specie such as the Florida scrub-jay and gopher tortoise and how we can help protect this imperiled ecosystem. Bring binoculars to view the eagle's nest and potentially catch a glimpse of the parents or eaglets before returning along this 1.5 mile round trip stroll. Be prepared for walking through soft sand and limited shade. Pets are not allowed in this Preserve. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708573391087

GOPHER TORTOISE DAY - TORTOISE TREK April 9 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at 6200 Osprey Road, Venice / Tuesday, 9 a.m. South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve is home to many gopher tortoises. Join us to learn more about their ecological importance, natural history, behavior and why the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has designated April 10th as Gopher Tortoise Day! Participants should wear comfortable closed-toe footwear and bring drinking water. Be prepared for limited shade and exposure to the outdoors. Reservations are required. Call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net to register.

MANAGING FOR THE ENDEMIC FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY April 30 / Ages: 12 and up / Fee: Free / Meet at 6200 Osprey Road, Venice / Tuesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

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The Florida scrub-jay is Florida’s only endemic bird, living in scrubby flatwoods and scrub habitats. Learn what kind of requirements the birds require to thrive and how the preserve is managed to meet the scrub-jay’s needs. Participants should bring binoculars and drinking water, wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent. Pets are not allowed. Sarasota County nature walks prohibit participants from smoking. Space is limited to 12 people. Reservations are required. Call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net for more information.

Gopher tortoise

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For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


THE LEGACY TRAIL

Multiple trailheads

Also features: The Legacy Trail is one of the most popular recreational trails in Sarasota County and now offers more than 30 miles of access! View a list of trailheads by scanning the QR code on this page or by visiting SarasotaCountyParks.com.

Introducing the

Natural Areas Story Map ACTIVITIES Osprey Junction Trailhead, 939 Bay Street, Osprey PEDICAB RIDES Feb. 1-April 18 / Ages: 5+ / Fee: Free / Meet at the Osprey Junction Trailhead Visitor Center / Thursdays, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. Enjoy a fun and relaxing ride on the pedicab. Sign up for a 45-minute guided tour of The Legacy Trail. The Pedicab accommodates two guests per ride. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Florida law requires that all riders younger than 16 years of age must wear a fastened bicycle helmet. Advance registration is required. Call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net to register.

Developed by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County in partnership with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources, use the “Natural Areas Story Map” to: • Take a virtual, guided hike through select county parks and preserves • Learn about the plants, animals, and habitats at each location • View photos taken along the trail • Find more information and resources about Sarasota County’s natural areas

KIDS BIKE SAFETY RODEO March 30 / Ages: 8-13 / Fee: Free / Meet in the public parking lot adjacent to The Legacy Trail / Saturday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Take it on your mobile device to learn onsite or explore virtually from anywhere!

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Get the kids outside and boost their self-confidence and independence. This bike rodeo will focus on key bike safety lessons and all children will be fitted for and given a free helmet! Please note that all participants must bring their own bicycle (must be in good working order), should have the basic skills needed to balance and ride a bike and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Florida law requires that all riders younger than 16 years of age must wear a fastened bicycle helmet. Registration is required and limited to 16 participants. Reservations are required. Call 941-861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net to register.

LEARN MORE tiny.cc/ufsaraext_naturestorymap QUESTIONS? 941.861.5000 or sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu

The Legacy Trail Trailheads

For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.

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THE POWER OF PARKS Do you know the power of your local parks and recreation? Yes, they provide beautiful green spaces and fun programs, but they do so much more and the benefits are immense. Learn more at www.nrpa.org/power-of-parks and watch the video.

PA R K S H AV E E N V I R O N M E N TA L P O W E R

Increased access to places for physical activity leads to a

1 ACRE OF TREES

absorbs the carbon dioxide produced by

DRIVING A CAR 11,000 MILES.

PA R K S H AV E SAFETY POWER In Macon, GA, a revitalized park that included new programming and beautification efforts

reduced incidents of crime and violence by

50%

.

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Sources: Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency, American Planning Association

PA R K S H AV E H E A LT H P O W E R 25% increase

in people exercising 3 or more days a week.

PA R K S H AV E COMMUNITY POWER Parks strengthen community ties and

bring diverse populations together.

Parks have the power to strengthen communities, transform lives, and protect the future.

Parks are the most powerful aspect of every community.

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For more information and registration, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com or call 311.


URFER FAMILY PARK

4012 Honore Ave., Sarasota

Also features: fitness equipment (outdoor), paved fitness trail, nature trail, boardwalk overlooking wetlands, historical Dr. C.B. Wilson House. This park offers outdoor reservable space/pavilions. Visit scgov.net (keyword reservations) or contact 941-861-PARK (7275).

ACTIVITIES FITNESS IN THE PARK: FIT AS A FIDDLE FOR 50-PLUS Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / Ages: Adult / Fee: Free / Pavilion / Friday,| 9-10 a.m. Looking for an opportunity to get a little fresh air and meet new people? Increase your sense of well-being and quality of life through gentle exercise and companionship in a beautiful natural setting. This is a gentle workout and not for advanced fitness buffs. For details, call 941-861-7275.

HISTORY IN THE PARK: DR. C.B. WILSON HOUSE OPEN HOUSES

ROTHENBACH PARK FITNESS COURSE ELEVATE fitness course at Rothenbach Park brings together a series of challenging physical obstacles that an individual or team can take on! Levels of challenge include options for beginners, intermediate and advanced fitness users ages 5+. For more information, visit SarasotaCountyParks.com

December-May / All ages / Fee: Free / C.B. Wilson House / Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon Take a self-guided tour through the historic Dr. C.B. Wilson House to learn about the house, the Wilson family and other historical aspects of Sarasota County. Volunteer docents are on site to guide you through the house and to answer your questions. For details, call 941-861-7275.

ECOWALK: INCREDIBLE AQUATIC INVERTEBRATES April 23 / Ages: 12 to adult / Fee: Free / Kiosk / Tuesday, 9-10:30 a.m.

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Join our UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator and insect enthusiast, Jackie Lebouitz, on a tour through the park while we learn about the link between aquatic insects, water quality, and ecosystem health as well as how to collect, identify, and appreciate all the 6-legged crawlers among us. Aquatic insects, like dragonfly nymphs, caddisflies, and bloodworms serve a very important purpose in our local freshwater ecosystems! Many of us associate our ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams with fishing, birds, and the occasional alligator. All of these have one thing in common, they depend on the presence of aquatic insects for survival. These insects, in turn, depend on water that is relatively healthy and free of pollutants. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/708855805797

NATURAL AREAS PROGRAMS AND WALKS Are you interested in having a programs or walk for your group, HOA or organization beyond what is offered in this guide? We're here to help! For more info, call 311. Flatwoods red rat snake

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JOIN OUR TEAM! View Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources job opportunities at scgov.net/jobs or call 311.

H OW TO R E AC H U S : Mailing address: Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota FL 34236 Phone: 941-861-5000 or 311 Follow us @SRQCountyGov | SarasotaCountyParks.com

Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy at scgov.net (keywords ADA compliance).


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