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

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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 to leap from a ledge. ... Read more »

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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, of course, about furniture shopping. ... Read more »

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"Glow Boarding" is a beautiful way to paddleboard at night. Read more »

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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 architectural tour. Florida Polytechnic University ... Read more »

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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 a.m.-2 p.m. at Oscar Scherer ... Read more »

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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 the summer. That’s when island ... Read more »

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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 forth in my lane. At ... Read more »

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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 had a mind of ... Read more »

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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 ride. My not-so-great contribution included ... Read more »

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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 that one out. Oh, yeah ... Read more »

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

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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? That was something new. So ... Read more »

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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 splashing around with their dogs. ... Read more »

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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 skating at the Ellenton Ice ... Read more »
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