Archive for December, 2010

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Looking for options for ringing in the New Year? Come celebrate in downtown Sarasota as the city of Sarasota begins its 98th year! Presented by the Downtown Sarasota Alliance, the Downtown New Year’s Eve Block Party is a great place to meet your neighbors, bring the kids, and then party away the last of 2010. Festivities will include live music and dancing, a kids fun zone, the magic midway and carnival, and of course beer, wine, cocktails, and champagne. Car traffic is shut down, allowing people to take to the streets—on Main, Lemon, First, and State. And everything is walkable from both Laurel Park and Gillespie Park! The pineapple drops at midnight at Main Street and Lemon.

Of course, the Downtown New Year’s Eve Block Party isn’t the only show in town. Some other options within non-motorized reach for Laurel Park Management residents (source: Explore Your Sarasota) include:

Bijou Cafe, 1287 1st St., Sarasota, will be open for dinner on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. And, starting Jan. 2, the restaurant will be open on Sundays for dinner from 5 until 9 p.m. Call 366-8111.

First Street Chop House, 1296 1st St., Sarasota, will be featuring the Black Diamond Burlesque on New Year’s Eve. $60. Evening includes Champagne toast, party favors, two drink/food tickets, three stages and three DJs. Call 554-4375.

Libby’s Café + Bar, 1917 Osprey Ave., Sarasota, will be open on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy specials as well as the regular menu, party favors, live entertainment starting at 10 p.m. and a Champagne toast. Enjoy Sunday and New Year’s Day brunches. Call 487-7300 or visit libbyscafebar.com.

MoZaic, 1377 Main St., Sarasota, will be open on New Year’s Eve, with the restaurant offering dinner paired with wines from Caymus Winery. Two seatings: a three-course early seating and a five-course later seating. Call 951-6272 or visit MoZaicSarasota.com.

At Mattison’s City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (330-0440), guests will be in the midst of the celebration and can watch as the big pineapple drops at midnight.

However you ring in the New Year, Laurel Park Management urges you to celebrate responsibly. See you in 2011!


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It isn’t difficult to get behind the local food movement. Who can argue with cutting big agriculture out of the picture, reducing the cost and carbon footprint of transportation, or keeping more money in the local economy? Who doesn’t like their food fresh, ecological, and economical? Even if we all agree with the concept, however, the particulars are by no means obvious.

Should land be set aside for urban agriculture? Where? How much? For what crops (or animals)? What regulations should govern rooftop gardens? Should chickens be allowed in backyards? Should bees? Under what conditions? As sustainability shifts from buzzword to policy, these and many other questions need to be asked, and answered, by as many citizens as possible.

We at Laurel Park Management encourage all Sarasotans to educate themselves and each other, to engage in conversation, to imagine what steps might be taken to ensure a truly sustainable Sarasota. In that spirit, this blog will feature a variety of posts in the coming months about food, energy, transportation, jobs, and other topical issues. We’ll call the series Sustainable Sarasota, because, well, what else would we call it?

To kick things off, we’d like to call your attention to a meeting this Friday, December 17, of the Sarasota Food Policy Council (details below). Who or what is the Sarasota Food Policy Council, you ask?

The Sarasota Food Policy Council or SFPC (formerly called the Sarasota Agriculture Policy Counci) is implementing the model of a food policy council by bring together stakeholders from diverse food-related sectors to examine how the food system is operating and to develop recommendations on how to improve it.  To this end, the membership of the SFPC  is an inclusive group representing the community foodshed of Sarasota County (for example, small and large farmers, ranchers, horticulture, ag suppliers, consumers, organic farmers, grower associations, environmental groups, farmers markets, food industry and venders, etc) and welcomes new members who practively want to collaborate.”

The residents of Sarasota County foresee a sustainable agriculture that is capable of meeting the needs of the current generation of farmers while leaving equal or better opportunities for their future generations and for new farmers. Sustainable agriculture provides economically profitable, environmentally sound and socially responsible opportunities that will reduce the ecological footprint of Sarasota County.”

The meeting on Friday will address initiative related to obesity, with solution based on local, community foodshed projects and policies. Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am. Place: Green Room, Sarasota County Extension, 6700 Clark Road. Visit the website of the SFPC for more information.

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We received this email the other day from Art & Frame of Sarasota and thought we’d pass it along—

Art in My Schools (AIMS) is a program committed to supporting young artists. To help our youth grow and pursue art, we need to keep the quickly diminishing art programs alive in our local schools. There is a way YOU can help! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or making a donation of any amount, please click here for the form you need to fill out with your donation. Also, the fund-raising auction of the students’ artwork is rapidly approaching, and we would love for you to attend! Please see the below flyer for details. We hope to see you there!

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