Archive for March, 2010

The City of Sarasota will participate in the international energy conservation effort known as Earth Hour by darkening City Hall, 1565 First Street, and the old Federal Building, 111 S. Orange Ave., Sat., March 27, 2010 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Decorative lights on the Ringling Bridge and Season of Sculpture along the bayfront also will be extinguished during Earth Hour. Residents are encouraged to participate as well.

The City Commission approved a resolution on March 15, 2010 supporting Earth Hour and encouraging residents and business owners to turn off non-essential lights during the designated one hour. With environmental sustainability as one of its top five priorities, the Commission is committed to combating climate change by reducing the City’s carbon footprint.

Launched in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a global event which raises awareness about climate change issues. Organizers encourage the public to take actions to increase energy efficiency and decrease carbon emissions. One simple dramatic step is to turn off your lights.

It is estimated 80 million Americans in 318 cities participated in Earth Hour last year. Included in the list of landmarks which were darkened: the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Join the City of Sarasota and people around the globe as we turn out the lights for Earth Hour. For more information about the City of Sarasota’s involvement contact Environmental Specialist Alison Albee: 941-365-2200 ext. 6317. See the original release here.

To learn more about Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org


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Nestled in the northeast corner of Laurel Park, Towles Court is our very own artists’ colony. Every third Friday of the month, from 6-10pm, resident artists open their doors, show off their work, and mingle with neighbors and tourists alike.

In a recent article on Towles Court, travel blogger Barbara Weibel wrote:

Towles Court is home to dozens of artist’s studios, galleries, and restaurants that line streets shaded by stately hundred-year old moss-draped Oak trees. On the third Friday of each month, store owners break out the cheese, wine, and crackers and throw open their doors until 10 p.m., inviting the community to stroll around the neighborhood and check out the unique arts and crafts on offer. Visitors can chat with the artists, dine alfresco at one of the restaurants scattered around the complex, or just grab a spot on a bench in the main courtyard and enjoy the live music that always accompanies these events.

for more info check out towlescourt.com

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One of the great advantages of living in Laurel Park is the ability to walk to Downtown Sarasota’s world-class cultural and artistic events such as performances by the Sarasota Opera. The opera season is winding down, so don’t miss out on your chance to catch Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Hansel and Gretel, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, or Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco. Tickets start at $19, and $10 rush tickets for students are also available.

for more info visit sarasotaopera.org

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Major League Baseball is back in Sarasota as the Baltimore Orioles’ 2010 spring training campaign gets underway. With young studs like Adam Jones and Matt Wieters, familiar faces such as Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts, and welcome additions including Kevin Millwood, Garrett Atkins, and a returning Miguel Tejada, the Orioles look primed to cause some damage in the potent AL East. The club’s local impact, however, extends beyond the Major League camp.

Cal Ripken, the Orioles’ iconic Hall of Fame shortstop, has opened a local branch of his Cal Ripken Youth Academy at Twin Lakes Park. In a statement celebrating the move from Fort Lauderdale, Ripken said:

I am thrilled that the Orioles have found a new comprehensive Spring Training home and that Ripken Baseball will be a part of the facility in Sarasota. I have always liked the idea of the kids playing side by side with the professional ballplayers as it really enhances their experience. We are excited to partner with the Orioles and bring our youth academy model to the Sarasota community.

Laurel Park is short bike ride, drive, or bus ride from all the action.

check out orioles.com for more info

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