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East County Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 2 years ago


by: Amelia Hanks Community Reporter


FRIDAY, Sept. 7


Runs from 6-9 p.m. at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. Jah Movement will be playing Reggae, top 40, rhythm and blues, funk and soul music while a disc jockey will play the top 100 hits at the other end of Main Street. Attendees can enjoy food and drink, vendor booths and other activities. The event is free to attend. Dogs may be on a short leash, but no coolers allowed. The night’s benefiting charity is the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund. For information, visit



Runs from 6-9 p.m. at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. Meet the merchants behind the businesses on Main Street. There will be prize giveaways so enter to win the grand prize of $200 by visiting all the Main Street merchant booths. Look for the blue balloons for participating merchants. There will also be extended shopping hours at most locations and sample foods from several restaurants. For more information, call 907-9243.



Runs from 8 a.m. to noon at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. The Half Dozen Donut Run provides the runners of a special 10K race with a half dozen donuts to eat halfway through the race. The race benefits children affected by aparaxia of speech (CAS). Besides the donut race, 5K and 10K events are available. Parking costs $5 per vehicle. Registration begins at $25. For more information and fees, contact [email protected].


Runs from 5-9 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Branch YMCA, 5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. YMCA is hosting a Parents Night Out for parents drop off their children for the evening. The YMCA's staff will be on hand to make sure the children have a safe and fun event. Children ages 4 through 10 are eligible. This event is free with a membership to the YMCA. For more information and to register, visit

FRIDAY, Sept. 14


Runs from 6-7:45 p.m. at Arts A Blaze Studio, 8111 Lakewood Main Street, Suite 107, Lakewood Ranch. Parents can take this opportunity to enjoy a dinner on Main Street or relax at home while their children paint pottery. This is a drop off event for children ages 5 and up. Parents pay $30 per child. For more information and to register, visit

SATURDAY, Sept. 15


Begins at 8 a.m. at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Come celebrate the Jeep lifestyle while raising money for the Off-Road United Foundation and Operation Smile charities. There will be Jeep vendors, food trucks and entertainment. Entry is free. For information, visit

SATURDAY, Sept. 15


Runs from sunset to 10 p.m. at the Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers will set up their telescopes for the public to view space. Telescopes will be set up in the parking lot at the southeast corner of the Celery Fields, at the intersection of Palmer Boulevard and Center Road. Visitor parking is available on the west side of the Audubon Society building. The event is free, but is contingent on good weather. For information, visit

TUESDAY, Sept. 18


Runs from 9:30-11 a.m. at Summerfield Park, 6402 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Baby Bootcamp Sarasota is expanding to Lakewood Ranch, hosting its first workout for moms in Lakewood Ranch. Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays and classes will be added on Saturdays starting in October. For more information, visit

THURSDAY, Sept. 20


Runs from 4:30-7 p.m. at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce present the 10th annual East Meets West Regional Business Expo, where local businesses can showcase their products or services to hundreds of clients from Sarasota and Manatee counties. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $10 at the door. For information, visit

SATURDAY, Sept. 22


Begins at 8 a.m. at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Centerstone presents the 16th annual Life Story 5K/10K and Walk to raise funds for depression awareness and suicide prevention. Registration starts at 6 a.m. and opening ceremonies are at 7:45 a.m. Closing ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. and include a butterfly release. For information or to register, visit

SATURDAY, Sept. 22 —SUNDAY, Sept. 23

Begins at 8 a.m. at Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Come watch Ultimate Frisbee action, or create a team and participate. Hosted by Tampa Bay Ultimate, the regionals include men's, women's and mixed divisions. Registering a team costs $450, but the event is free to attend for spectators. For more information or to register, visit 

SUNDAY, Sept. 23


Runs from 11:30-1 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch. SUGAR, the Lakewood Ranch service that promotes volunteering by children, will bring a local veterinarian to give a hand to to teach volunteers health and safety tips for pets. Volunteers will rotate through stations where they will make treats and toys to give to local shelters. For more information, visit

TUESDAY, Sept. 25


Runs from 6-9 p.m. at Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, 5712 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch. This is the first Sukkot Discovery Lab which blends hands-on, STEM-based experiments and creations with the Jewish traditional holiday of Sukkot. Projects include cloud slime, STEM sukkah-building and a pop art Simchat Torah flag. Admission is free. For more information, call 752-3030.

FRIDAY, Sept. 29


Begins at 5 p.m. at The Mall at UTC's grand court, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. The fashion show will reveal the 2018 Real Men Who Wear Pink list and raise funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The men on the list will model clothing from retailers at the mall in support of the cause. The free-to-attend event is co-hosted by The Mall at UTC and the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit or 

SUNDAY, Oct. 7


Runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the waterfront at The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. East County-based rescue Donte's Den will prevent this canine fashion show fundraiser. Festivities include brunch by Chef Paul Mattison and a fashion show featuring models and pups from local boutiques. Cost is $75 for adults or $37.50 for children. For information, visit


MONDAY, Sep. 10


Begins at 8:20 a.m. at The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The Marine Corps color guard from the fourth Amphibious Assault Battalion in Tampa will raise the flag at the campus’ entrance. Attendees will be directed to an area behind the courtyard where USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Karen Holbrook will offer welcoming remarks at 8:30 a.m., followed by Dr. David Kotok, who was inside the World Trade Center’s south tower. He will offer his recollection of the attack and talk about its effects. The choir from Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton will sing the National Anthem and representatives from the Sarasota Military Academy will participate in a flag-passing ritual. For more information, call 359-4319.


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