Lowe's stores in Venice and North Port have created a garden and sitting area for adults with developmental disabilities at Loveland Center. Employees from the two locations spent two days earlier this month to create the wheelchair-accessible garden, which will include new Florida citrus trees and a number of other native Florida species. Four above-ground planters will help students learn about the importance of a good diet and how food grows. The plants were donated by Bonnie Plants, Record Buck Farms, Nature’s Way and Costa Farms.
The Sarasota Housing Authority, Lowe’s, the Sarasota Police Department and Bayside Community Church are partnering on a Community Beautification Day in the Newtown area, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 26. Lowe’s is donating more than 1,000 plants, and other supplies are being funded through the Housing Authority’s beautification grants from the City of Sarasota. The project is part of the national “Make a Difference Day” volunteer effort.
The Junior League of Sarasota, Inc. has built a sustainable garden for Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, part of the Junior League’s “Menu for Nutrition” community initiative. Junior League members will work with the girls and their families throughout the next year to offer nutrition education and help them care for the new garden.
Manatee County Government employees have organized the 18th annual United Way Golf Tournament, next Saturday, Nov. 2, at Tara Golf and Country Club. Registration for the 18-hole tournament is $65 per person or $260 per foursome, which also includes an awards dinner after the tournament. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m., and a $5 putting contest is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Manatee County. To register, contact Carol Miers, (941) 749-3561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Longboat Key Kiwanis will host their annual Gourmet Lawn Party, 12-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Resort at Longboat Key Club. The event will feature food from 30 participating restaurants, a variety of beverages, raffle prizes and live entertainment. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door; reserved seating is available for an additional $5. All proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarships for residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties; last year’s event helped raise more than $80,000. For tickets and additional information, call Richard Crawford, (941) 388-2847.
Cutting Loose Salon is hosting a “Cuts Against Cancer Cut-A-Thon” at its brand new Lakewood Ranch location, 5820 Ranch Lake Blvd., #112, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 27. The event features $25 haircuts and $10 chair massages, and all proceeds will benefit the Center for Building Hope.