Plovers and Dragon Boats: The Friends’ July Newsletter
The July Newsletter of the Friends of the Parks brings off-road bicycling, nature events, dragon boat races, a Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Beach Cleanup and much more.
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Not surprisingly, intense things are happening at the beaches and on the coastal waters in July.
We know which one you’ll be at — 7 a.m., July 5th. Fun in the sun – with porpoise.
Lots more going on in the waters and on land, especially in our parks. Please read on.
Jodi Carroll has been hired as the new Coordinator of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks.
Jodi worked for the Rockford Park District in Rockford, Illinois for the past 24 years. She began her career in the Park Services area where she gained experience with park maintenance operations, land acquisition and design and construction. After ten years she moved to Human Resources as the Training Manager and since 2003 had worked in revenue facilities and recreation programming eventually being appointed Deputy Director of Recreation.
Jodi, her husband Tom and their chocolate lab Dylan moved to the Sarasota-Bradenton area one year ago following Tom’s retirement. They enjoy boating, hiking and kayaking and chose the Sarasota-Bradenton area because of the many opportunities to be active outdoors. And the other bonus: no snow!
Jodi’s work with the Friends will focus on fundraising for programs and capital assets needed to support the park system. Her first project will be to raise funds for sun shades at several county ball diamonds. In addition to obtaining additional corporate sponsorships and submitting grants, Jodi will also be updating the Friends’ operational policies and office procedures.
“Sarasota County is rich with recreational opportunities for its citizens and guests,” says Jodi. “I am excited to work with the Friends to raise funds to support our parks and facilities.”
SCORR One for Carlton
Regular readers of the Friends News know all about the Legacy Trail
and the dream of making an extension
to connect it to downtown Sarasota.
The Sarasota County Off Road Riders –SCORR
– may be less familiar. They’ve been building a path through theCarlton Reserve
— 9.3 miles of biking and hiking that could eventually connect to North Port. County Administrator Tom Harmer and his wife Dee Dee got out there with Carlton volunteers Steve and Linda Christian on a recent humid morning. Seems to be a growing fad. SCORR members are now working on a path
through the palmetto in the Myakkahatchee Creek Preserve.
Don’t Forget the VCC
The Venice Community Center has events
all summer. The Arts and Crafts Show is August 9:
Douglas Eader wrote to say:
Lekatchka has been very busy this month teaching archery to girl scouts, boy scouts and for the County Archery Camps. There were 40 kids in the camp last week and we have an additional 40 this week.
Check out their Calendar here.
Here be dragon boats
It’s coming in October, but if you’re thinking of participating in October’s Dragon Boat Festival, you’ll want to get cracking. Some 3,000 breast cancer survivors and their supporters from around the world are heading to Nathan Benderson Park Oct. 24 to 26. There’s actually an entire week of events beginning Oct. 20th – (full schedule here).
If you aren’t sure what a Dragon Boat is
, or if you might want to help out, they’ll need hosts as well as help throughout the race venue – you can sign up here
. And if you’re really into dragon boats, you will be happy to hear that dragon boat racing is a new addition to the Sarasota Bay Water Festival
on November 1. Find out how to join a team here
|Helping hands and shiny fish
Ringling Volunteer Day
Every year the Friends works with Ringling College
on a volunteer project. This year, that’s turned into several projects at multiple locations, with over 150 Ringling students participating. The day is Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the volunteers will be working at Rothenbach
, at Heritage Park and Caspersen
in Venice, and at the Hermitage. Friends volunteers will be delivering pizzas to the Ringling volunteers. Let Terry
know if you can help.
|Last year’s Ringling helpers
Speaking of Volunteers
Sarasota County is moving to a new portal for registering, tracking and insuring volunteers, and Friends volunteers will be invited to update their data quite soon. The new system is versatile and volunteers are likely to find it empowering in more ways than one. It will enable you to track mileage, for example. Bookmark the Volunteer Sarasota County page for updates.
North Jetty: Steel Fish & Sunsets
The North Jetty is undergoing some renovation and its new wall of shining steel fish is raising funds for the Friends.
“We have eight fish in place and three on order,” says Friends Vice President Fred Whitehouse. “They are currently $200 donation for standard and $400 donation for large but prices will soon go up.
“The fish are fabricated by local metal artist John Lemon, who constructed all the decorative metal work found in Bonefish Grill restaurants across the country. John resides in Nokomis not far from the jetty.
“The fish are a focal point and highlight of the new North Jetty concession and restroom facility. They are constructed of stainless steel and will remain in place as long as the facility lasts.”
The concession will soon open a new kitchen with short-order items, sandwiches, and snacks, as well as cold drinks including beer and wine.
The jetty is popular every night for sunsets, but especially fun on Friday nights when local musicians come in for a jam session with old standards and sing along. “Great place for something different to do,” adds Fred.
|Shop and support the Friends
Just in time for the migration to the beaches, there’s a whole new line of outdoor products, picnic gear, and green products at the Worthy Cause Store. Check out our story and the store.
|A few more things
|Catherine Dente at Culverhouse Community Gardenwrote to share this cool image:
“It’s a collage of what was growing in our garden this spring,” Catherine added. “The collage is by garden members Mary Lynn and Erin Fuller. Many people are still harvesting vegetables into July. The new planting season starts in late August. We have two or three memberships available right now out of our cap of 65. People can find information on our website: culverhousegarden.org.”
Sarasota County’s Natural Resources folks are reminding us to not use nitrogen and phosphorus
between now and October. They’ve also got some fun things lined up for the summer, which you’ll find here
If you’re celebrating at the beaches this weekend, be mindful of the snowy plovers. Have a happy 4th, and 5th.
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