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Top 5: Things to do today

Baseball, a new brew spot, spring break action and more. … Read more »

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Gulf Coast surfers head for the beach when winter cold fronts reach Florida

Just after a cold front, when a stiff breeze has the rest of us zipping windbreakers, local surfers head for the shore. Have wet suit,… Read more »

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Sarasota cyclists take swing at bike polo on Thursday nights

  When John Burgess breaks loose, lifting his mallet for another shot on goal, James Mitchell hustles back on defense, pedaling furiously. He skids to… Read more »

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Full Moon means music under the stars at Myakka River State Park

If you’re going to Friday’s Full Moon Concert at Myakka River State Park — and you should — make sure you arrive before dark. Then… Read more »

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Grand Canyon hikers share steep trails, sore calves and spectacular scenery

We started our hike in the cold and finished our hike in the snow. In between, there was the Grand Canyon — spectacular scenery going… Read more »

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Manatee Parks call on RIP Squad for Wednesday morning volunteer work

The Manatee County volunteers work their way through the Ungarelli Preserve, pulling shrubs, lopping branches and plucking trash from a salt marsh off Palma Sola… Read more »

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Ringling Bridge Run

One of the biggest and best casual runs of the year…. Read more »

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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 »

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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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