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The September 2015 Newletter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks bringing you news of the Giving Challenge, Adaptive Rowing, No Margin No Mission and much more!

The 2015 Giving Challenge was a great success

The Friends have been busy as usual,

Parks, Public Lands, Gardens, Environment . . . 

sarasota bay estuary volunteers

Outdoor Activities . . . 


Learning and Growing . . . 
So, from Noon Tuesday, Sept. 1 to Noon Wednesday, Sept. 2, if you can help us make our parks even better than they already are, that would be wonderful!
Your gift during the 24-hour Giving Challenge will be matched if you’re a new online donor.*
Please jump in by clicking here or on the image during that 24-hour window, and
Thank you!
*Matching fund details
Adaptive Rowers on way to Championships
The Sarasota Adaptive Rowing Program Trunk and Arms Double was recently selected at World Championship trials to represent the United States at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France. Shown are bow, Scott Brown, Brooke’s Rehab, Jacksonville FL, stroke Betsy Mitchell, Sarasota FL and Coach Joe Dobson also from Sarasota.
adaptive rowing
Shown are bow, Scott Brown, Brooke’s Rehab, Jacksonville FL, stroke, Betsy Mitchell, Sarasota FL and Coach Joe Dobson, also from Sarasota.
The World Championship Venue in Aiguebelette:

The Phillippi Farmhouse Market will re-open for its 6th season onWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 at Phillippi Estate Park. Vendors are stocking up, potential vendors are inquiring how to join in and the park is readying the front field to welcome attendees.
This seasonal market will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. everyWednesday from October through April.  There will be local music, food trucks, more than 40 vendors, ample parking and a Welcome Tent staffed by FOSCP with a reputation for the friendliest, most helpful volunteers in Sarasota County.
phillippi produce
Want In?
Thinking about volunteering in the parks? On the County’s Volunteer Page you’ll find many existing opportunities to choose from – some that are “Done in a Day,” others that are ongoing tasks. Or, talk to Brenda orVickie about creating your own unique volunteer opportunity.

Shade is Good!
 Pssssssst! Didja hear about 
It’ll protect us, our moms and dads and all our coaches and fans from skin cancer — It’s a new goal for the Friends and The Patterson Foundation!
To help, you’ll want one of these . . . click on the umbrella!)

Clean up and more in September
Saturday September 19 is set for the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Coastal Cleanup. Click the image to get all the info.
The Cleanup is just one of many events, tours, walks and activities happening in September. National Public Lands Day is Sept. 269 to noon at Woodmere Park. A park is being named for Nora Patterson, and there’s even a lunar eclipse — catch it at the Celery Fields! It’s all here.

Champing at the bit
They’re already hovering at their keyboards, nervously twitching their phones, lacing up their running shoes.

Breathlessly awaiting NoonSept. 1.

Over 400 nonprofits are participating in this year’s Giving Challenge
The Friends is one.
Legacy Trail Overpass Opening
 For the Friends,
   I’m Tom M.