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Run for the Turtles

Run for the Turtles

Siesta Key -- A leader in marine research, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium also provides fun, education and environmental awareness in its aquarium, educational activities and events.

For their next event, it's the 25th Annual Run for the Turtles at Siesta Key Public Beach on April 2. Participants can choose from a one-mile Fun Run or walk for all ages or a 5K Manasota Track Club-Sanctioned Run divided up into age groups.

Register today for Pop Warner!

Register today for Pop Warner!

Sarasota, FL – The Suncoast Buccaneers Pop-Warner Football & Cheer will hold their first registration for the 2011 season on March 19th from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Sports Authority located at 4092 Cattleman Road, Sarasota, FL near Bee Ridge Road.  

Youth ages 5 -14 can participate in a positive, athletic environment for football and cheer.   This is a growing organization that promotes team work, respect, fitness and education.

The Suncoast Bucs are a member of the Pop Warner Peace River Conference and play teams through out the Southwest Florida region. 

Mote manatees make Super Bowl picks

Mote manatees make Super Bowl picks

Sarasota, Florida - They share one tank, but not the same teams. Buffett and Hugh, two manatees at Mote Marine Laboratory, disagree on who will win the Super Bowl.

Today at Mote, trainers dropped two targets into the manatees' tank-one representing each team. Hugh went for the logo of the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Buffett preferred the Green Bay Packers.

Mote officials say Buffett has a pretty good track record. He's predicted the Super Bowl winner correctly for the past three years.

Volunteers needed for MS events

Volunteers needed for MS events

Riverview, FL-- The National MS Society Mid-Florida Chapter is looking for families, corporations and individuals that want to support their community and have fun at the same time by taking part in Walk MS 2011 and Bike MS: The Citrus Tour 2011.


Registration for the chapter's eight walks and bike events is now open, with the goal of raising $1.47 million, which is $50,000 more than was raised in 2010.


The events support those in the community suffering with Multiple Sclerosis and help to fund educational programs, self-help groups, research, medical equipment, loan closets, transportation, literature, referrals, information and advocacy. 


Walk MS 2011

Man plans 7,500-mile bike trek for hospice

Man plans 7,500-mile bike trek for hospice

SARASOTA, FL (AP) -- A Sarasota man is preparing for a 7,500-mile bike trip to raise awareness about hospice.


Twenty-seven-year-old J.W. Frye plans to leave Key West on Feb. 23, and take about six months to reach Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the northernmost point in the U.S.


Along the way, Frye will be raising money for hospices and advocating for Medicaid payment of bereavement care for children who have lost loved ones.


Frye's mother was cared for by hospice in the final stages of her terminal brain cancer.

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.