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Corn field maze leads kids of all ages through Myakka's Dakin Dairy Farms

Am I the only grown-up who finds a corn field maze irresistible? Maybe it’s the fresh weather of fall. Maybe it’s the idea of wandering… Read more »

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Sarasota Taoist Tai Chi Society celebrates 20 years of mind and body

It looked like a church picnic — it was a church picnic, in a lots of ways — except for the groups of people practicing… Read more »

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Newcomers and experts vault into sport at Sarasota Parkour Facility

At the Sarasota Parkour Facility, Josh Hill teaches all kinds of moves. How to vault over an obstacle. How to swing from a bar. How… Read more »

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Sofa shopping becomes compromise biking along Turtle Beach on Siesta Key

When it comes to stamina — sheer mental and physical toughness — it seems like I just don’t have what it takes anymore. I’m talking,… Read more »

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Paddling in Light

“Glow Boarding” is a beautiful way to paddleboard at night…. Read more »

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Visiting Lakeland -- yes, Lakeland -- to compare great campus architecture

Another weekend, another road trip. Last Saturday, my wife and I traveled south to Pine Island. This Saturday, we headed over to Lakeland for an… Read more »

Public Lands Day

It’s time to give back a little to the parks that make our area so special, on National Public Lands Day this Saturday. From 9… Read more »

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Pine Island road trip discovers tropical fruit and Florida history

My wife’s favorite road trip is a drive down to Pine Island. It’s about two hours from Sarasota, but she goes every other weekend during… Read more »

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Sarasota swimmers enjoy homecoming at Arlington Park pool

Of all the swimmers who returned to Arlington Park this week, I must be the worst. My strokes were ragged and I veered back and… Read more »

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Siesta Beach hoopers spin and dance on Tuesdays and Thursdays

When I interviewed hoop dancers on Siesta Beach, they kept hooping while we talked. It was like they couldn’t stop. It was like the hoop… Read more »

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Want to ride in Lakewood Ranch? Join the Village Idiots

Last week, I finally joined the Village Idiots Cycling Club for one of their Wednesday night rides east of I-75. Great group, great route, great… Read more »

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Bird lovers band together for scrub jays at Oscar Scherer State Park

When Jon Thaxton pulled into Oscar Scherer State Park, I got a look at his license plate. S2ARY. It took me a minute to sound… Read more »

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For quiet cycling into state park, try riding from Myakka River's north gate

Our Sunday bike ride started with an ominous question — “Did you bring any bug spray?” — but turned out to be a blissful evening… Read more »

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Paddlers in pink enjoy sisterhood of dragon boat training and racing

As a breast cancer survivor, Joanne Hampton has done all of the walks, all of the relays, all of the fund-raisers. But dragon boat racing?… Read more »

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Jet-skiers and dog-lovers enjoy splashing in shade of Palma Sola Park

On the drive out to Anna Maria Island, my wife’s new favorite place, I always get a kick out of Palma Sola Causeway Park. People… Read more »

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For the coolest time at the beach, follow an afternoon thundershower

Instead of whining about the weather, which I do all the time, let me suggest one way you might beat the heat. No, it’s not… Read more »

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Ancient sport of hurling takes hold in Lakewood Ranch

At Lakewood Ranch High School, Austin Rushnell was a skateboarder. Now, as a history student at the University of South Florida, he’s embraced the ancient… Read more »

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Lakewood Ranch artist/adventurer wins iPhone Photography Contest

Where to start with Julio Lucas? He’s a 32-year-old illustrator, web designer and Ringling School of Art graduate who won first place in the 2014… Read more »

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Saturday afternoons offer a sneak peek at 21,000 acres of Duette Preserve

The Duette Preserve is so big — some 21,000 acres — that it’s hard to take a bite out of the darn thing. So here’s… Read more »

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Stand Up Paddleboard Races

Sarasota Stand Up Paddleboard race series kicks off Saturday…. Read more »

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