A nearly native Floridian, Ilene Denton has lived in Sarasota since her senior year in high school. Besides her long journalism career, she had a 10-year stint as deputy director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. (Ask her about some of her backstage shenanigans sometime.)

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: June 9-15

Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, Splashing Saturdays at Selby Gardens and lots, lots more.

06/09/2016 By Ilene Denton

Swat!

You Can Win the War Against Mosquitoes in Bromeliads

Advice from Selby Gardens’ horticulture director on eradicating the pesky mosquitoes that live in the tropical plants.

06/03/2016 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

News From the Architecture, Design and Development Community

Sarasota Design Conference, an award for Wicked Smart Homes, Esplanade Golf & CC at Lakewood Ranch opens its amenity-rich Wellness Center.

06/03/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 11 Things to Do: June 2-8

Sarasota Music Festival opens, Mote’s World Oceans Day Family Festival, Savor Sarasota and lots, lots more.

06/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Why I Care

Young at Harp Uses Music to Raise Money for Children's Hospitals

Young at Harp raises money for children’s hospitals

05/31/2016 By Ilene Denton

Beachfront Bargain

How to Find a Beachfront Home on the Cheap

Chasing the elusive $325,000 vacation condo on national TV.

05/31/2016 By Ilene Denton

WEEKEND PLANNER

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 26-June 1

Myakka River Blues Festival, Venice Brew Bash, a 150th birthday party for John Ringling and more.

05/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

Top Sales

Siesta Key Beachfront Parcel and Longboat Key’s New Aria are the Latest Mega-Sales

The latest high-end residential real estate news.

05/19/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: May 19-25

Blues, Brews & BBQ; Mind Games, a Pool Moon Party and more.

05/19/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 12-18

A celebration of Asian arts, the Harvey Milk Festival returns to Five Points Park, a cool modern furniture sale and more.

05/12/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Summer Camp Sampler

There are dozens of good local summer camps; here are five of our faves.

05/10/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Ultimate Family Fun Guide

Make this your best family summer ever, with our guide to top camps, cool adventures, arts, crafts and more.

05/06/2016 By Ilene Denton, Heather Dunhill, Tony D'Souza, and Cooper Levey-Baker

On the Homefront

Introducing Three New East County Neighborhoods

Home builders get busy in Indian Lakes, Provence and Legacy Estates at Palmer Ranch.

05/06/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 9 Things to Do: May 5-11

Josephine opens at Asolo Rep, Siesta Beach amateur sand sculpture contest, Pickin’ Picnic and more.

05/05/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Things to Do With Kids: Road Trips

A variety of fun excursions await just north of Sarasota. Here are a few of our faves.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Things to Do With Kids: Let Off Steam

Exactly where to cool off in that hot summer heat.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Things to Do With Kids: Make & Create

Channel your inner Picasso with these fun, creative experiences for little ones.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Why I Care

Keith and Linda Monda Donate $500,000 for New Ringling Gallery Space

The Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery of Contemporary Art will help The Ringling present new works by contemporary artists.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

My New Hometown

Steel Sculptor Pamela Olin Moves to Sarasota

Pamela Olin goes to the dogs—the Southeastern Guide dogs, that is.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Modern Times

Four Must-Have Midcentury Modern Pieces

This month: A sale of the century—20th century, that is—at Center for Architecture Sarasota.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton