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Last year’s winning entry by John Zeiss

Last year's winning entry - photo by John Zeiss.

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, head over to Selby Gardens to see their 37th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition. Original photography showcasing scenes of Selby Gardens are on display in historic Payne Mansion, home to the Museum of Botany & the Arts.

Photographers from around the region submitted photos based on the categories Favorite Selby Scene, Plant Life at Selby, Selby Gardens’ Geometry, Selby’s Birds, Bugs & Critters and Selby in Black & White. Judges have selected winners in each category in addition to an overall winner for “Best in Show.”

The exhibition can be seen at the Museum of Botany & the Arts in Payne Mansion at Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue,

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Recently reduced $250,000! Listed at an incredible price  - seller wants the home sold. Just .3 mile to Siesta Beach's famous white sands, on sailboat water. This is the best value for a waterfront home on Siesta Key. Well-maintained, updated, 3,009 square foot spacious home with 3 large bedrooms plus office. Located in a desirable, private, cul-de-sac canopy community on a 16,900 square foot deep-water bayou lot, just one minute and no bridges to the Intracoastal Waterway, direct to the Gulf of Mexico. Featuring vaulted ceilings and a desirable, open concept, split floor plan - each room of this home flows easily to the next with large open spaces. Featuring a covered entry, foyer, living and dining rooms, updated kitchen with custom cabinets,

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With time to spare before the highly anticipated World Rowing Championships, the Finish Tower at Nathan Benderson Park is complete! At 102 feet tall with floor-to-ceiling windows, the tower allows amazing views of the rowing course and surrounding area. Deemed by FISA officials as the best finish-line tower in the world, the tower was designed by local architect Guy Peterson and was built to meet FISA guidelines. The building will also be used for non-rowing related events.

Spectators purchasing VIP tickets will enjoy access to the tower with prime viewing as athletes approach the finish line.


Aerial View Nathan Benderson Park



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519 Venice Lane

Take a virtual tour of this conveniently located Siesta Key home. The private, tropical resort-like setting is located at 519 Venice Lane, Siesta Key FL on deep boating water, just minutes to the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. $1,199,000.

Offering the best of island living and boating, this conveniently located Siesta Key home is perfect for an active lifestyle. The private, tropical resort-like setting is located on deep boating water, just minutes to the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Through the charming courtyard entry, you’ll discover the casual comfort that makes this home so appealing. The living and dining areas are open to the kitchen and easily flow to the extensive outdoor deck, wonderful for entertaining or al fresco dining. The kitchen

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Siesta Key

With all the buzz surrounding MTV's "Siesta Key," SRQ360 created this fun video that may be a little closer to Siesta Key reality...

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Over 430 teams will play on 60 courts in a six day span at the Junior Beach Tour Championships, which have arrived and start this Thursday, July 20-25, with the Under 14 and Under 12 Boys, and Under 16 and Under 12 Girls open and club divisions. The JBT Championships will host hundreds of teams from 12-and-under to 18-and-under at Siesta Beach.

Thousands are expected to attend the event which is open to the public. The tournament is the final stop for the Junior Beach Tour, a U.S. tour that started in January. The top three winners of each division from 90 tour locations earned a spot in the championship’s open division. Players who did not make it to the open division can play in the club division.

Admission and parking are free.


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Van Wezel

The Suncoast is known as Florida's Cultural Coast for offering some unique, world-class arts and cultural experiences in a relatively small area. Now an extensive national study is revealing just how much of an economic impact these organizations are having on the Suncoast.

Sarasota County’s arts and cultural leaders have long insisted that investing in the arts is one of the best ways to keep the area’s post-recession economy booming. Now they have fresh numbers to back up the argument. Sarasota and Manatee counties together are pumping almost $350 million into the local economy every single year. Not only that, but the arts and culture scene is creating thousands of full time jobs and drawing millions of visitors to the area.

Beaches aside,

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This summer promises to be a hair-raising event when Feld Entertainment brings Bello Nock back to the Sarasota stage. Bello, the world-renowned, gravity-defying comedic daredevil with the unmistakable foot-high hair, returns to his hometown to engage audiences with his lovable personality, trademark humor and playful antics. 

"IncrediBello" is a family friendly event at the Historic Asolo Theatre, The Ringling. Performances run through July 28. See the link below for more information and tickets.

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The Sarasota-Manatee area has been recognized by the National Civic League with an All-America City Award at a conference here.

Begun in 1949, the All-America City Awards recognize efforts that bring together different sections of a community to tackle pressing issues. The award is given to 10 communities each year, ranging from major cities and regions to towns, villages, counties, neighborhoods and tribes.

This year, the awards focused on communities engaged in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which is being implemented in more than 300 regions and more than 40 states across the country. That campaign works to increase the number of students who are reading at or above grade-level by the end of third grade.

The National Civic League

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