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Mark your calendar for ninth annual international sand sculpting festival!

One of Southwest Florida’s most popular beachfront events has announced the dates for its ninth annual festival. The 2018 Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival will take place November 9-12.

Expert sand sculptors from all over the world will compete for top honors on Siesta Beach, which will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery.

The festival also features live music along with a large village of shopping as well as food and drink vendors. Other activities include the three-day “Quick Sand” competition, sand sculpting lessons and an amateur sculpting competition.

For more info, visit

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WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2018  6:30 am — 9:00 am

WHERE: Siesta Key Public Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL


Help Mote Marine help sea turtles! Dust off your running shoes and get ready for the 32nd Annual Run for the Turtles! Mote's run supports the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory and is the program's major fundraiser.

On Race Day: Registration begins 6:30 a.m. at the Siesta Key Gazebo, south of the pavilion. The 
1-Mile Fun Run or Walk begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 
5K Manasota Track Club-Sanctioned Run begins at 8 a.m. Please Note: The 1-mile fun run and 5K races are entirely on the beach/sand.

To help support the eco-friendly mission at Mote Marine

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5178 Oakmont Place

OPEN TODAY from 1 TO 4 PM! Stop by to see this incredible home on Siesta Key! Inspired by beautiful Caribbean estates, this fabulous, custom-built, Lee Wetherington Signature home on Siesta Key’s Grand Canal is your perfect island getaway. Elevated and sited on an estate-sized double lot, relax on the front porch or back veranda to take full advantage of wonderful tropical views, botanical gardens, a winding paved driveway, and 93 feet along the natural, deep-boating waterway. Built with entertaining in mind, the foyer entry leads to a great room with wonderful bamboo floors, a gas fireplace with a coral stone mantel and a series of French doors leading to the screened porch and pool. The kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, pantry and breakfast

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If you're looking for a special holiday happening, Selby Gardens is hosting their annual Lights in Bloom this holiday season! More than one million lights will brighten the gardens with nightly visits from Santa and elves (before Christmas). Check out Selby Gardens' website for more info and ticket prices.

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Pumpkin festivals, haunted houses, trick or treating… There are so many things to do through the first part of next week. Here’s a fun list of local events to help plan your spooktacular Halloween. 

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The competition and excitement of the World Rowing Championships continue through the weekend, and there is still plenty to see and do…

 Saturday and Sunday bring the semi-finals and finals with an Award and Closing Ceremony on Sunday. A fan fest takes place on Nathan Benderson Park’s Regatta Island with entertainment, vendors and a daily Expo Theme. Community events also happen in conjunction with the event.

 For more information about parking, food and a schedule of events, visit  2017 World Rowing Championships.

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If you haven’t been able to get to the World Rowing Championships in person, there are plenty of ways to stay up-to-date on the latest races…

  •  Live audio commentary and live race tracker will be available for all races on
  • Live video streaming will be available for all races over the first four days, then A/B semi-finals (28- 29 September) and all A-finals (29 September – 1 October) on
  • Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for behind the scenes interviews, live updates, photos and more
  • Also available on
    • Startlists / Schedule
    • Results
    • News / Photos / Liveblog / Quotes from athletes
  • NBCSN is scheduled to show three programs of edited highlights in the
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International rowers have been arriving in Sarasota-Manatee as organizers work to finish preparations for the World Rowing Championships. Delays occurred because of Hurricane Irma, but the event is on schedule to begin Saturday, September 23 with an Olympic-style Opening Ceremony at Nathan Benderson Park. Competition begins Sunday, September 24, and the event runs through October 1. Thousands of spectators are expected at the event to watch 1,700 athletes from more than 60 countries. Aside from the races themselves, the 2017 World Rowing Championships will be a celebration of the sport itself.

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