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The Sarasota area has been a tennis hotbed for many years, with the Nick Bollettieri/IMG Academy just up the road and numerous pros and former pros choosing to make Sarasota their home. The Sarasota Open, held at the Longboat Key Club in a brand new $4.5 million facility, is the premier tennis event on Florida’s gulf coast. Local pros seek to defend their home turf as everybody gets tuned up for the year’s second Grand Slam event, the French Open, which immediately follows.

Residents of Laurel Park are a five-minute drive away from all the action. Or you could always enjoy the scenic half-hour bike ride out to Longboat Key, instead. Either way, the Sarasota Open is a can’t-miss event. Check out their Web site for more info.


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Laurel Park is a great place to live, not least because of how much there is to do within walking distance. One of many such attractions is the Sailor Circus. From their Web site :

Sailor Circus now in its sixth decade of operation has grown from a small high school gymnastics class in 1949 to the present spectacular 4 ring youth circus production known world wide as the Greatest “Little” Show on Earth. Students from the 4th through 12th grades in Sarasota and surrounding counties have an opportunity to experience the performing arts in a circus atmosphere. Our dedicated students practice 20 – 30 hours a week and are trained by volunteer coaches who are retired circus performers, sailor circus alumni and enthusiastic parents. More than 200 volunteers donating over 25,000 hours of their time each season to PAL Sailor Circus demonstrates strong community involvement.

Click here to see a timeline.

PAL Sailor Circus is a major tourist attraction for Florida’s Gulf Coast. Through the years, more than 10 thousand students have performed to more than 1 million attendees during our annual home based performances.

For more than 60 years, Sailor Circus has thrilled audiences around the globe with outstanding feats performed by students from Sarasota, Florida. More remarkable than their abilities is the fact that they are all children. As performers in America’s oldest youth circus, these children are recognized as major contributors to the circus legacy in Sarasota. PAL Sailor Circus is a non-profit organization with the goal of helping our youth develop life management skills, self-discipline and gain confidence while learning through the circus arts.

PAL Sailor Circus invites you to attend our shows and become involved with our programs through volunteer opportunities or donations.

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