Sandy Claws, Sand Sculpting, Dirty Gardening and more updates from Sarasota County

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Enjoy a run and lots of holiday fun as the 38th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run returns to Siesta Beach on Dec. 13. The brilliant, white, pure quartz sand is hard-packed, making for fast finish times. Or, set a leisurely pace and take in the tranquil beauty of what's been named one of America's best beaches.
Sarasota Chalk Festival at the Venice Airport, Nov. 14-17, located at 900 Airport Ave, E. Venice, FL
Twenty-four Master Sand Sculptors from around the world will compete in the 5th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic presented by Margaritaville®
Come experience a fun way to learn the nitty-gritty basics of Florida gardening in Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension's "Down n' Dirty in the Demo Garden" ongoing series.
County staff will host two public meetings to discuss the expansion of the non-motorized water vessel program to Turtle Beach Park and changes to the program's guidelines, including parking and launch restrictions at South Lido Park. 
The Knights Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range will be closed to the public on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28. The range will resume normal operations on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Sarasota libraries will be taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing, this November. On Nov. 1, participants will begin writing a 50,000-word novel to be completed 
by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.
Sarasota County Area Transit's "We'll Take You There" marketing campaign, which puts the spotlight on public transportation and how it serves residents and visitors, was honored with several awards at the Florida Public Transportation Association's annual conference Oct. 27 in Naples, including a first-place finish for its new music video.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is adding late evening trips to Lakewood Ranch and for connections to SCAT routes south of University Parkway.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's (DOH-Sarasota) Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at four sites and three community events around the county during November.
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