Bert Bleven, 90, rode his bike 962 miles from his home in Louisville, Ky., to his second home at Whispering Sands on Siesta Key. His wife, Eve, flew to Sarasota from Kentucky and greeted him on his arrival Sept. 20.
It took Bleven 22 days to make the cross-country trip. His son, Dr. Kim Levins, rode about 450 miles with him, and his daughter, Beth Blandford, finished the rest of the ride with Bleven. They rode between 40 and 45 miles a day. Bleven promised himself years ago that he would make a trip like this every 10 years. The last trip was a decade ago.
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6 Holiday Shopping with Artist Elizabeth Van Riper at the Sarasota Ritz Carlton
9:00 am - 6:00 am
6 Holiday Boutique
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
6 37th Annual 1st Friday Art Walk "Taste of the Season"
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6 Republican Women's Club Luncheon
7 16th Annual Jingle & Jog 5K Race/1K Walk-Run
7:00 am - 11:00 am
7 Third Annual Achieva Reindeer Trot
7 Free Santa Pictures With Kids, Pets and Families
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
7 Gingerbread Houses
SCF Celebrates the Inauguration of President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) celebrated the inauguration of SCF’s sixth president, Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, on Friday, Nov. 8, at Neel Performing Arts Center with the SCF District Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and students; public officials, business leaders, community members and university delegates.
Tree lights come to Main Street
On Wednesday, oak trees along the 1300, 1400 and 1500 block of Main Street were adorned with lights that will remain in place year round; a similar lighting system is under consideration for Five Points Park.
PHOTO GALLERY: Tiger Bay Club luncheon
Members of the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club met for lunch Thursday, Dec. 5. Local officials and community leaders lead a discussion on North Sarasota’s drug problem during the luncheon.