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Scotland's Highland Games return to Sarasota today

Scotland's Highland Games return to Sarasota today

Sarasota, Florida- The Highland Games and Celtic Festival returns to Sarasota today at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by the Scottish Heritage Society, a 501 c3 non-profit organization established to educate the public on Scottish culture.

The event includes 20 Highland Dance competitions and 64 athletes. There will be Genealogy and Heritage specialists to help trace family roots.

The event is scheduled from 9am to 5pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate, children 12 and under are free.

For more information on the festival, click here.

 

Seniors hit the sands

Seniors hit the sands

Sarasota, Florida - They're back by popular demand. In February and March, seniors can once again participate in weekly beach walks.

They take place every Wednesday on Siesta Beach at 948 Beach Road at 8 a.m. and at Nokomis Beach at 100 Casey Key Road at 8:30 a.m.

There is a one-time $1 registration fee. After completing four walks, seniors will receive a T-shirt.

For more information on the senior beach walks you can call 941-861-5000.

Artists set up on Lido Key

Artists set up on Lido Key

Lido Key, Florida - After a stormy Tuesday, artists have great weather for the 13th Annual Lido Key Art at the Beach. More than 70 artists and craftspeople from around the country are exhibiting their original works there.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

The popular show is located at 400 Ben Franklin Drive in Sarasota.

For more information on arts events in the area click here.

Rowing race coming to Longboat Key this year (correction)

Rowing race coming to Longboat Key this year (correction)

Longboat Key, Florida -- Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce President Tom Aposporos announced that a competitive race, the Longboat Key Challenge 2011, will be coming to Sarasota's islands on Sunday, April 3 this year.

The race is a competition for individuals rowing kayaks, sculls, and paddleboards.

The start of the race will be at the town dock at the Village. The full race will be seven miles long, with an abridged three-mile option for those who want a shorter race.

Registration will be limited to 60 contestants. Cost is $40 and includes a race after-party including a cash bar. For more information, call the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce at (941)383-1455.

Craft fair lines up along Miami Avenue

Craft fair lines up along Miami Avenue

Venice, Florida -- Downtown Venice is expected to be crowded with vendors and visitors to the Miami Avenue Craft Fair this weekend.

The event will feature handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, personalized products, plants, produce, and food vendors from some of the nation's best crafters along Miami Ave., one avenue south of Venice Ave., from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. today and tomorrow.

For more information, visit www.venicemainstreet.com

St. Armands Circle honors three-ring stars

St. Armands Circle honors three-ring stars

Sarasota, Florida - Six circus stars will be inducted Sunday January 16th into the St. Armands Circle Ring of Fame.

The tradition of honoring circus performers started in 1987. Those honored are remembered with bronze plaques installed along the outer edge of St. Armands Circle Park.

Sunday's ceremony takes place from 1-3:30 p.m. at the park.

Circus Sarasota's daredevil act takes to new heights

Circus Sarasota's daredevil act takes to new heights

Sarasota, FL-- Fear will take a break, and bravery will take a giant leap on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. when circus daredevil Joseph Dominick Bauer, Jr. attempts one of the boldest acts ever presented anywhere on (or above) the earth, without benefit of a net or safety device.

Bauer will climb aboard the whirling "Wheel of Destiny," high above the apex of one of Sarasota's tallest landmark buildings, the towering 19-story Watergate Condominium near the intersection of North Tamiami Trail and Gulfstream Avenue.