Archive for June, 2010

The oil vigil held in Ken Thompson park earlier this month was a great success, connecting Sarasota with hundreds of other communities around the country in support of clean energy. We here in Laurel Park and the rest of Sarasota are fortunate to have year round access to white sand beaches and turquoise waters. The deepwater horizon tragedy has reminded us all how fragile these gifts really are.

Check out this article recapping the vigil. Thank you to all who attended!

photos courtesy of Amber Rutkowski


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If you’re new to the Whole Foods experience or simply looking to bone up on healthy living skills, the Whole Foods Market Summer Tour Series provides great tips at the perfect price—free! Laurel Park residents can walk or bike to WFM, located at 1st and Lemon in downtown Sarasota.

Join Whole Body Team Member and Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Lauren Rathvon as we tour the store and chat about different ways to achieve healthful living. We’ll be discussing dietary recommendations, nutritional supplementation, and other complementary alternative healthcare modalities in relation to specific health issues.  Tours are limited to the first 10 people and are free of charge.  Please pre-register at customer service prior to the tour or call 941-955-9500 to sign up.

Sunday, June 20 Cold & Flu Prevention and Treatment. 1-2pm. FREE!

Visit http://wholefoodsmarket.com/storesbeta/sarasota/store-calendar/ for more info.

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A message from Grace Carlson, APR, LEED GA:

We are expecting nearly 200 people at tonight’s vigil.  I know we can mobilize to make this the largest BP Gulf Disaster vigil in Florida.  If you have not already rsvp’d, please go to the link below and register.  Please forward this to your friends & network.  I am getting feedback that this is a “button pusher” for a lot of folks.  Everyone wants to do something, but knowing the best thing to do is hard right now.  THIS is going to be a GIANT step in the right direction.  Please come out and show your support.

I am tired of feeling frustrated and helpless by the senseless destruction that is occurring in our beautiful Gulf of Mexico. So I’m ready to do something about it. I am organizing a vigil this Tuesday night at City Island so others who share my concern can come together and demand action from Tallahassee and Washington.  Tuesday will mark the 50th day since the BP oil rig explosion and ceaseless pollution of crude oil into the Gulf waters.  Even as we are still battling against time to end this assault against our natural environment, our government leaders should be using this moment to change our nation’s direction & dependency on fossil fuel.  Won’t you join us?

The vigil will be held on Tuesday, June 8 at 7 pm

City Island, Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

To RSVP, go to http://pol.moveon.org/event/oilspillvigil/103936

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You don’t have to be a meteorologist to know that summer has arrived here in Southwest Florida. Just because the heat is back, however, doesn’t mean the city’s going to sleep until the snowbirds return! There’s much going on in Sarasota. Here are a few things that might be of interest:

Palm Avenue First Friday Walk. Friday, 6pm. Downtown.

Sarasota Music Festival. Friday, 8pm. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

The Sarasota Music Festival brings the best up-and-coming young musicians from around the world to Sarasota for three weeks each June. This, coupled with the world-renowned faculty artists who travel here to mentor and perform, makes the Sarasota Music Festival a magical experience of exceptional concerts. From the timeless masters such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn and more, to new and innovative works not widely performed, the Festival provides something for every palate of the classical repertoire. (sarasotaorchestra.org)

DRAGONFLIES! at Red Bug Slough Preserve. Saturday, 9am. 5200 N. Beneva Road.

Dragonflies are a magical bunch – whimsical at best. Is it a dragonfly or damselfly? Want to learn more? Join Kathy and Don Hess at Red Bug Slough Preserve for a different way to look at the beautiful dragonfly from 9 – 11 AM on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Kathy and Don will lead you on a dragonfly hunt, explaining their lives, purpose and many species that live exclusively at this urban jewel of a preserve. (scgov.net)

Affordable Pet Vaccines at Woof Gang Bakery. Saturday, 3:30pm. 1809 S. Osprey Ave.

World Ocean Day at Mote Marine. Sunday, 11am. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway.

Women with Moxie—Turn Up the Heat Mixer. Wednesday, 7pm. Horsefeathers, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

Don’t let the heat beat you…get out and enjoy everything Sarasota has to offer!!

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