Outdoor Adventures

Let's Go Paddle Boarding Through Lido Key's Mangroves

Beat the heat and enjoy beautiful scenery while paddle boarding Lido Key's mangrove tunnels.

07/07/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Party Like a Patriot

What to Do on the Fourth of July in Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota fireworks displays may be canceled, but here are other fun ways to celebrate the Fourth this year, with social distancing and safety in mind.

07/02/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Natural Beauty

See the Conservation Foundation's Summer Photo Contest Winners

Here are the winning photos of Conservation Foundation's inaugural summer photo contest, now a virtual exhibit.

07/02/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Human Resources

Photo Exhibit Highlights Workers Who Rebuilt Sarasota Art Museum

"Worker," a photo series shot by Barbara Banks, highlights construction workers who restored the old Sarasota High building.

06/30/2020 By Allison Forsyth Photography by Barbara Banks

Roast master

Coffee-Roasting Company Brings Ethiopian Blends to Sarasota

Blane Charlot, the owner of Buna Roaster, is gaining local recognition for her small-batch blends.

06/24/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Ice age

Stay Cool This Summer With These Delicious Frozen Treats

Chill out with locally made gelato, ice cream, popsicles, Italian ices and more.

06/18/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Feathered Friends

Ringling College Student Uses Art to Raise Awareness for Sarasota's Birds

Bird trainer turned art student Morgan Johnson creates educational posters to help preserve the area's diverse bird population.

06/12/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Food for Thought

Bradenton Farm Is First in Nation to Harvest Edible Organic Bamboo

While its citrus harvest is down, Mixon Fruit Farms turns to planting bamboo to sell to restaurants nationwide.

06/10/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Canine Courage

Sarasota Dog Advances to Semifinals of National Hero Dog Awards

Rek is a retired explosive detection dog who served five years in Iraq and Afghanistan.

06/05/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Books-a-Million

Sarasota Libraries to Reopen June 15

The Sarasota County library system is still encouraging patrons to reserve materials online and use the curbside pickup service.

06/04/2020 By Allison Forsyth

High Wire

Nik Wallenda Brings New Drive-In Show, 'Daredevil Rally,' to Nathan Benderson Park

Watch Nik Wallenda and crew perform death-defying stunts at his thrilling drive-in show at Nathan Benderson Park.

06/03/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Summer school

How Virtual Learning May Help Kids Avoid the 'COVID Slide'

The SKY Family YMCA is offering child care services and summer camps that will incorporate virtual learning this summer.

06/03/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Fresh-squeezed fun

Bradenton Fruit Farm Is Reopening With an Arts and Craft Fair

After closing its doors for two months, Mixon Fruit Farms is celebrating its reopening with a family-friendly craft fair this Saturday, June 6.

06/03/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Library Updates

Sarasota County Libraries Receive Grant to Purchase Civics Books

The Life, Liberty + Libraries Grant will fund democracy and civics books; Grow with Google provides free virtual classes.

06/02/2020 By Allison Forsyth

First Person

'They Almost Lost Me Three Times': A COVID-19 Patient Shares His Story

Steve Hefler was hospitalized for 49 days after contracting the coronavirus.

05/22/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Love in the time of COVID

Professor Offers Tips on Dealing With Relationship Conflict During the Pandemic

Dr. Joanna DeValia recently shared her program "Romantic Competence" through Lakewood Ranch's Brain Health Initiative.

05/21/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Due for a 'Do

How Two Local Hair Salons Are Adjusting to Reopening

Not sure if you're ready to venture out for a haircut? Here's what two local salons are doing to keep customers safe.

05/20/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Mental Health

A Sarasota Social Worker Is Offering Free Virtual Therapy for Essential Workers

Jeffery Frank is one of several therapists who have started a new nonprofit that provides free or reduced-cost therapy sessions to essential workers nationwide.

05/19/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Couch Cuisine

Where to Get the Best Takeout in Sarasota Right Now

Because of COVID-19, many of us are ordering takeout more often than ever before. Here are our current go-to destinations for an at-home feast.

05/14/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker and Allison Forsyth