Friday, April 26, 2013

Community Connections

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Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, at communityconnections@scgov.net.  
Emergency Services Awards ceremony
TODAY: Citizens and Emergency Services personnel will be honored at an awards ceremony from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Commission Chamber at the Sarasota County Administration Center.
Try transit and commuter services
TODAY: Sarasota County Area Transit and the Commuter Services program of the Florida Department of Transportation are holding a joint celebration of Try Transit Day and Commuter Services Day. 
Arbor Day takes root April 27 and 30
THIS WEEKEND: Celebrate Arbor Day 2013 with two educational events April 27 and April 30. Both classes will be at UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. 
Clerk releases first 'IMPACT Report'
The Clerk of the Circuit Court has released Sarasota County's first "IMPACT Report." The report is derived from the county's Comprehensive Annual Financial report and is designed to provide citizens with a basic understanding of how public funds are managed and spent.
Open house at the 'Keith Farmhouse'
From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 1, take a self-guided tour of the historically rehabilitated Keith Farmhouse. Free admission and parking, and free live music all day during the regular weekly Wednesday Farmers Market.
Benderson Park project wins award for 'Excellence in Economic Development' and 'Award of Merit'
Sarasota County has been named a "co-winner" of the 2013 American Planning Association's prestigious "Hunter Award" for Excellence in Economic Development. The award is for the design and development of Nathan Benderson Park.
Beginner Boot Camp comes to VCC
Beginner Boot Camp classes will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday beginning May 7 for eight weeks at the Venice Community Center. The first class is free.
County awards construction contracts for Beach Road and Hudson Bayou 
Sarasota County has awarded construction contracts totaling $5.9 million for improvements to Beach Road drainage and Hudson Bayou water quality.
Mock exercise prepares volunteers for hurricane season
Volunteer Community Connections will conduct its annual mock Volunteer Reception Center disaster exercise at Colonial Oaks Park, 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.

Summer rates for Payne Park tennis
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation has announced a new summer low rate membership at Payne Park Tennis Center. The new summer rate is $150 for a five-month membership and provides players, from beginners to experts, access to some of the best Har-Tru clay tennis courts in the area. The offer is available to both existing and new members.

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