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Master Gardener Plant Sale

By | September 6, 2018

Master Gardener

Master GardenerDon’t miss the 13th annual Master Gardener Plant Sale by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. This is a FREE family-friendly fall gardening event featuring sustainable gardening education, landscape problem diagnosis, and thousands of plants for sale, plus an open house highlighting all UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County has to offer.

Date:  October 13, 2018

Time:  8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location:  UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
Twin Lakes Park, Green Building
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota 34241

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Master Gardeners Chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, which supports Master Gardener education outreach programs in Sarasota County. Purchases may be made by cash or check.

Plant Sale: Find your right plant, for the right price!

EdFest Open House: See all that Extension has to offer you!

For more information visit UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County

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Condo Market in Sarasota and Manatee

By | August 27, 2018

Condos

CondosThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that July inventory fell short, but sales continued to climb year-over-year. The condo market is strong with more pending sales and new listings this month.

In July 2018, Sarasota and Manatee County reported 1,885 closed sales, a 10.3 percent increase from last year. In Sarasota County, condo sales increased by 11.4 percent to 341, and single-family homes increased by 3.1 percent to 704. As for Manatee County, condo sales increased by 10.1 percent to 218 and single-family homes increased by 19.2 percent to 622.

Pending sales represent the number of properties that went under contract this month. Across both counties, pending sales increased in the condo market but decreased for single-family homes. In Manatee County, condo pending sales are up by 18 percent, while Sarasota condo pending sales are up by 6.6 percent. As for single-family homes, Manatee County is down by 1.2 percent, while Sarasota is down by 1.8 percent.

July brought more condo listings, but fewer single-family homes were added to the market when compared to last year. New listings in Sarasota condos increased by 5.6 percent and Manatee condos increased by 18 percent. As for Sarasota single-family homes, new listings decreased by 7.5 percent and Manatee decreased by 14.7 percent.

July’s overall inventory is down from last year. Sarasota single-family homes decreased by 4 percent to 2,605, while Manatee single-family homes decreased by 5.3 percent to 2,045. Sarasota condo inventory decreased by 1.9 percent to 1,431, while Manatee condo inventory is down by 0.2 percent to 849 available properties.

Median sales prices stay on the rise, year-over-year. Sarasota single-family homes increased by 8 percent to $280,750, while Manatee increased by 3.2 percent to $309,500. Condo prices in Sarasota increased by 8.3 percent to $232,000 and Manatee increased by 20.8 percent to $199,250.

Sarasota and Manatee County are both in a seller’s market, a reflection of the current month’s supply of inventory. Single-family homes are depleting the current inventory at an estimated 3.9 months, a 4.9 percent decrease in Sarasota and a 9.3 percent decrease in Manatee County. As for condos, Manatee County decreased by 4.9 percent to a 3.9 month’s supply and Sarasota is at a 4.1 month’s supply, a 10.9 percent decrease from last year.

To read the full press release or to view the statistical charts click here.

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September in Sarasota

By | August 24, 2018

September 2018

September 2018

 

This month marks the beginning of the fall season. Here’s just a sampling of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of September:

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Sept. 1st 15th Annual Venice Triathlon Venice SW Florida YMCA
Sept. 1-23rd “Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Sept. 1-2nd 10th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Sept. 1-2nd 72nd Annual Labor Day Regatta Sarasota Sarasota Sailing Squadron
Sept. 1-3rd Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 1-3rd Tampa Bay Labor Day Soccer Tournament Lakewood Ranch Chargers Soccer
Sept. 6th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Sept. 7th First Friday Gallery Walk Sarasota PalmAvenue.org
Sept. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Events
Sept. 8th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota SarasotaFarmersMarket.org
Sept. 8-9th “A Hole In the Head Gang” Wild West Train Robbery Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Sept.12-16th Dennis Blair @ McCurdy’s Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Sept. 13-30th “Anne of Green Gables” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sept. 14th Friday Fest – Dr. Dave Band Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 14-16th Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Sept. 15th Life’s A Beach Triathlon Siesta Key Sarasota Triathlon
Sept. 15th A Taste of Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Sarasota Opera
Sept. 15th International Coastal Clean Up Siesta Key Sarasota County
Sept. 20th Ladies Night on the Circle Lido Key St Armands Circle Assn.
Sept. 22nd Museum Day Live Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 22nd Arcadia Antiques Fair Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
Sept. 22nd Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Ellenton Bradentucky Bombers
Sept. 23rd Bradenton Blues Brunch Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Sept. 25th National Public Lands Day Various National Environmental Education Foundation
Sept. 28th Beer Garden Bazaar Night Market Bradenton Motorworks Brewing

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International Coastal Cleanup

By | August 14, 2018

Coastal Cleanup

Coastal CleanupThe ocean supplies the food we eat, the air we breath, the water we drink. It’s our planet’s life support system. And it’s at risk. Pollution is changing the basic chemistry of the ocean. Overfishing is damaging fish stocks. The trickle down effect is huge: people’s livelihoods, the food on our plates, the health of our planet, and the entire eco-system, all in danger. But you can make a difference.

Join volunteers from around Sarasota County to collect trash polluting our waterways. This is an Ocean Conservancy initiative which began in 1986. More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 500,000 volunteers during the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Registration will open in August 2018.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit Sarasota County Government

 

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New Dining Option at Whole Foods

By | August 7, 2018

Whole Foods Brasserie Logo

Whole Foods Brasserie LogoWhole Foods just opened recently at University Parkway and Honore Avenue (near UTC) in Sarasota. The grocery part of the store is set up like you would expect but in the front corner they have a café named Brasserie Honore. It is a French themed menu and a very casual space. There are quite a few tables and a bar with beer and wine service. All of the food is prepared behind the bar.

Whole Foods MusselsWe checked it out and were able to take advantage of their Happy Hour (4-7 pm) which offers a $2 discount on beer, wine, personal pizzas and burgers if you sit at the bar. They feature several beers from local breweries. The menu has selections that would be good any time of day from Toast & Egg in the morning to Main Courses for dinner. I ordered the Moules-Frites (mussels served with black truffle fries) and my husband ordered a Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich.

I wouldn’t call this fine dining but it was certainly good food and convenient to grab a bite before shopping…you don’t want to grocery shop hungry!

 

 

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Friday Fest at the Van Wezel

By | July 31, 2018

Friday Fest 2018 Rebel Heart

Friday Fest 2018 Rebel Heart

Summer is in full swing and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall continues to host Friday Fest  which is a free outdoor concert series. On August 17th from 5-9pm the band Rebel Heart will be performing. This is a fun event on the south bayside lawn where you can bring a chair, blanket or whatever to sit on. Many vendors are available for food and drink purchase. Outside food and drinks are not permitted.

Rebel Heart’s music features some of today’s most popular country songs, mixed with a healthy dose of hits from pop, rock, dance, and the blues. Rebel Heart’s 5-piece band puts on a high-energy, powerful and melodic country rock act that is a must-see!

The bayside lawn is the perfect spot to enjoy a Sarasota sunset so come out and join in the fun!

For more information visit: http://www.vanwezel.org/boxoffice/rebel-heart/

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Home Sales Rise Again

By | July 26, 2018

The Sarasota and Manatee market stays on trend with increasing home sales, rising median prices and low inventory in June 2018. Sarasota County and Manatee County reported a total of 2,097 closed sales in June 2018, a 5.2 percent increase from last year. In the condo market, Sarasota sales increased by 3.8 percent to 384, while Manatee condo sales increased by 20.9 percent to 278. As for single-family homes, Manatee sales increased by 4.8 percent to 637, while Sarasota increased by 1.7 percent to 798.

Combined pending sales, or the number properties that went under contract this month, increased by 3 percent from June of 2017. In Manatee County, condo pending sales are up by 7.3 percent, while single-family pending sales are up by 9.9 percent. As for Sarasota County, there was no change in the condo market and a 2.3 percent decrease in single-family home pending sales.

Overall, inventory is down compared to June 2017. Sarasota single-family homes decreased by 3.4 percent, while Manatee single-family homes decreased by 1.1 percent. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 1.9 percent, while Manatee condo inventory is down by 2.8 percent in the two-county area.

Median sales prices continue to rise. Sarasota single-family homes increased by 1.6 percent to $279,500, while Manatee increased by 0.8 percent to $300,000. Condo prices in Sarasota increased by 2.7 percent to $221,250 and Manatee increased by 4.9 percent to $191,500.

At less than 5 months to deplete the current inventory, the two counties represent a seller’s market in June 2018. Manatee condos are at a 4.1-month supply, a 6.8 percent decrease from last year. Sarasota condos are at a 4.5 month-supply, a 6.3 percent decrease. Both Manatee and Sarasota single-family homes decreased to a 4.1-month supply of inventory.

To view the full press release or to view the statistical charts visit: Sarasota Manatee Realtors

 

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August in Sarasota

By | July 24, 2018

August Calendar

August Calendar

There are so many things to do in paradise this month. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of August:

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Aug. 1-4th Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament Sarasota SarasotaSlam.com
Aug. 1-5th Florida State DanceSport Championships Sarasota Florida State Dance
Aug. 2-4th 6th Annual Summer Cabaret Festival Venice Venice Theatre
Aug. 3rd Palm Avenue Art Walk Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Aug. 3rd Live Music in the Park Sarasota Cafe in the Park
Aug. 3-5th Tampa Bay Comic Con Tampa Tampa Bay Comic Con
Aug. 4th Art Making at the Children’s Welcome Center Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Aug. 4th Aquapalooza Sarasota MarineMax
Aug. 4th Venice Farmers Market Venice Venice Farmers Market
Aug. 4-5th Sarasota Swap Meet Sarasota Sarasota Swap Meet
August 4th 4th Annual Manatee County-Wide

Pet Adopt-A-Palooza

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Aug. 4-5th ReptiCon Sarasota ReptiCon.com
Aug. 5th Very Merry Jerry Day Sarasota WSLR Sarasota
Aug. 7th Final Kids Summer Beach Run Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
Aug. 8-19th “On Golden Pond” Sarasota The Players Theater
Aug. 9-26th “Newsies” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Aug. 11th Tiki Fest Punta Gorda Fisherman’s Village
Aug. 16th Venice Wine Walk Venice Venice Calendar
Aug. 17th Rebel Heart @ Friday Fest Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aug. 17-19th Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show Sarasota Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
Aug. 18-28th 62nd Annual Englewood Pioneer Festival Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Aug. 21-31st “Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 21-26th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 25th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Aug. 25th Historic Venice Train Depot Tour Venice Venice Historical Society

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A Day in Englewood

By | July 17, 2018

Farlow's Logo

Farlow's LogoWe recently took a day trip down to Englewood as we had never had an occasion to check out the town. Since we arrived close to noon we found a great lunch spot called Farlow’s On The Water. The owner, Keith Farlow, grew up in the Caribbean and you can find dishes on the menu that have that influence. His wife has a passion for Southern cooking so there is also a southern twist on the menu like fried green tomatoes. All of the food is made fresh daily and the herbs used are grown in their garden right at the restaurant. We ordered the fish tacos and a grouper sandwich which were well prepared and delicious. You can check out their menu here: http://www.farlowsonthewater.com

Farlow's WaterfrontFarlow’s participated in the Savor Sarasota promotion in June and has extended that special menu through July so you can have a multi-course lunch for $16 per person and dinner for $32 per person.  They have inside and outside dining and a cozy bar with a great selection of specialty cocktails. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

After lunch we headed over to historic Dearborn Street. On the first Saturday of every month they have a car show called Cruisin’ On Dearborn. The event actually doesn’t start until 5pm but cars arrive much earlier to get the best spot. There are many quaint shops and restaurants along the street and it’s just a fun place to stroll around. They frequently have events on Dearborn Street so check out this website to see what’s happening now: https://oldeenglewood.com

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The 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival

By | June 27, 2018

Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre

The 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival is coming to Florida Studio Theatre in July on the 12th, 13th and14th – that’s THREE days of non-stop comedy coming your way. Troupes are coming from all over the country – and from as far away as France and Spain – all ready to bring their best spontaneous hilarity to the Gulf Coast.

Featuring not one, not two, but an unprecedented THREE headliners – Baby Wants Candy (Chicago), Impro Madrid (Spain), and Impro Theatre (LA) – one for each day of the Festival. Plus, several returning favorites including North Coast (NYC), Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX), ImprovBoston (Boston, MA), STACKED (Chicago, IL), and Available Cupholders (Austin, TX).

Click the link below for the full Festival lineup. Passes and workshops are all available for purchase at the link below, or by calling the FST box office at 941.366.9000.

Florida Studio Theatre

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