+ Cooper Creek Boulevard LA Fitness opens
The new LA Fitness on Cooper Creek Boulevard opened April 22.
The 45,000-square-foot facility includes 10,000 square feet of cardio equipment.
Attendees can take yoga, Zumba, kickboxing and spin classes.
A 25-yard lap pool will hold water fitness classes.
Other amenities include a whirlpool spa, infrared sauna and basketball court.
A new member must pay a $99 initiation fee and $29.99 per month.
The Kids Klub provides babysitting for $10 a month.
LA Fitness joins Crunch Gym and Youfit as health club offering off University Parkway.
LA Fitness’ hours are: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
+ Primose School ranks better than its peers
Parents at the Primose School at Lakewood Ranch Town Center are happier than their counterparts, according to a survey.
Primrose Schools, a nationwide preschool with more than 260 schools, recently launched an independent satisfaction survey of parents of its students.
The Primrose School at Lakewood Ranch Town Center earned a 96% satisfaction rating from its parents, the highest ranking among all Primose schools.
“It is extremely gratifying for our entire team to know that parents of our students are confident in the care and education we’re providing to their children,” said Sharon Frank, owner of Primrose School at Lakewood Ranch Town Center.
Survey questions focused on areas such as parent and school communication policies and the school’s Balanced Learning curriculum, as well as school leadership.
+ John Neal Homes adds staff, expands office
Responding to a revived real-estate market, John Neal Homes has expanded its Lakewood Ranch Main Street location and hired new staff.
“The timing was perfect for us to add more space as we grow our business this year with our custom, on-your-lot division and our expansion into new communities,” said John Neal, president of the Lakewood Ranch new home-building company.
In addition, two new staff members have joined John Neal Homes.
Nicole Nisi is a design consultant with experience in residential interior design. She will assist John Neal Homes’ buyers with their custom home design selections.
Dawn Merrill is the new off-site, custom-lot sales consultant.
Merrill has a 20 years experience in sales, development and design.
As an offsite market executive, Merrill will scout for home sites across the region.
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12 LWRBA March Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
12 March Membership Luncheon
15 Irish Celtic 5K, Lakewood Ranch
8:00 am - 10:00 am
15 Palma Sola Botanical Park plants, antiques and crafts sale
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
22 5th Annual Ponies for Pups
22 Lakewood Ranch Community Fund 'Havana Nights' Gala
23 The Bridal EXPO
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
26 LWRBA March Executive Briefing
7:30 am - 9:00 am
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The Tabernacle Christian School middle school student Lauren Medred, an East County resident, earned top vocal honors, taking first place in vocal solo female category of the Florida League of Christian School’s Festival of the Academics and Arts Feb. 28 and March 1 at Southeastern University in Lakeland.
Manatee County schools dominated a state technology competition with five of six top-three finishes earned by Manatee County schools during the 35th annual Technology Student Association State Competition late February.