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Neighborhood Spotlight: Beneva Woods

Beneva WoodsBeneva Woods is a very popular community and it seems as if all the new residents coming to Sarasota want to live here. It's a deed-restricted community and provides a very tranquil environment. The ranch-style homes are found in a good location and the area is very family-friendly.

Most of the homes found here are at least 2,600 square feet in size. They are also built on large lots with plenty of open space. Some of the homes have swimming pools, while many are shaded by beautiful pine trees. The Beneva Woods area is certainly beautiful.

Location

The location is a part of the high desire for this neighborhood. It's close to the mall and golfers love the location because it's close to many of the best golf courses. Red Bug Slough is found within walking distance and provides plenty of activities for the entire family, as well. You can enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, the pier and the butterfly garden at this nature preserve.

The nature preserve provides 72 acres of outdoor fun. Since it's just a short walk from Beneva Woods, families tend to choose this area if they enjoy spending time outdoors. Along with the many features of Red Bug Slough, there are plenty of picnic areas making it perfect for a day out with the kids.

Shopping

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Where are the Best Places for Live Music in Sarasota, Florida?

Live MusicLive music is a large part of the Florida lifestyle. From an acoustic performance in a coffee house to an outdoor concert from a top national artist, you'll find all types of music near Sarasota. Here are some of the top places for live music in the area.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Known as one of the best places for both music and history, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is a world-class venue. It seats over 1,700 patrons and provides all types of concerts. Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles and many others have graced the stage over the years.

Bradenton Riverwalk - 452 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton

Found just a short drive from Sarasota, the Bradenton Riverwalk is one of the newest and best outdoor concert venues. It was a $6.2 million project and provided the home for the first Bradenton Blues Festival.

Mahaffey Theater - 400 First Street South, St. Petersburg

The Mahaffe Theater was struggling until Bill Edwards took it over and put a couple million dollars into a full makeover. Now, it seats...

What's Happening in Sarasota for April 2014?

With the snowbird season going into its last few weeks, many events are on the schedule in Sarasota. April tends to be a very busy month. Here are some of the upcoming events coming to the area.

Sarasota Film Festival - April 4th to April 13th

This annual event will bring all types of programs and over 200 films to the area. IT will take place at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20. Family-friendly movies, documentaries and many others will be shown.

28th Annual Run for the Turtles - April 5th

The 28th Annual Run for the Turtles will provides a 5K and a 1-mile race to support the sea turtle conservatory at Mote Marine Laboratory. The cost is $35 for adults and $25 for children.

Caribbean Parade & Festival - April 5th

Cocoanut Avenue will become the site of the Caribbean Parade & Festival from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, April 5th. This event provides plenty of fun for the entire family.

Pops Concert, Florida Winefest & Auction - April 10th

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will host this event as a part of the ...

Will You Find Sports in Southwest Florida?

BaseballRelocating to the Southwest Florida area will provide plenty of access to a number of different sports. Just about every sport not found on a surface requiring snow is available throughout the area.

Whether you want to actually train and play a sport or you just want to be a spectator, you will find all types of choices in Sarasota and around the area. Here's a short introduction to what you will find in Southwest Florida for sports.

IMG Academy

A training facility with some of the best facilities in the world, the IMG Academy is well-known by athletes. This facility has helped many star athletes get to the top of their sport. Some of the alumni include:

  • Serena Williams
  • Venus Williams
  • Maria Sharapova
  • Andre Agassi
  • Paula Creamer
  • Cam Newton
  • Eli Manning

With some of the best facilities you will find, this is a sports enthusiasts dream.

Spring Training Baseball

Every year, baseball lovers get to enjoy over a dozen major league teams making their way to South Florida. Many play their spring training games on the west coast, while others play over in Miami and the surrounding area.

Professional Football and Baseball

Just a short drive from...

Where are the Top Spots to See White Pelicans?

White PelicansBefore the White Pelicans head back north, you may have the urge to spot these beautiful creatures and watch them in their natural habitat. Finding the right place to see a few White Pelicans can make for a great day, whether you need binoculars or not.

These beautiful birds have snowy white feathers, a pinkish colored bill and they often come in groups. They avoid open water and often you will find them in isolated areas. However, when you find one, you will often find a larger group. White Pelicans are not nearly as social as brown pelicans, so they are a bit harder to spot and watch.

Many Florida bird watchers will tell you the White Pelican is one of the most spectacular sites in the state. They arrive in the fall and will remain in Florida until late spring. Only another month or so and they will be gone until fall.

Some of the best places to see these beautiful birds include:

  • Myakka State Park - Sarasota
  • Benderson Park - Sarasota
  • Sarasota Bay - Sarasota
  • The Celery Fields - Sarasota
  • Cortez Village - Bradenton
  • Anna Maria Island - Bradenton
  • Robinson Preserve - Bradenton
  • Marco Island - Cape Romano
  • Charlotte harbor Aquatic Preserve - Placida
  • White Pelican Island - Placida
  • Gasparilla Sound -...

An Art Museum with a Bit of Whimsy

For those seeking culture, Sarasota is the capital of culture in Florida. This city is full of great museums, art galleries, theaters and so much more. Many seem to feel a bit mainstream, but the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy provides something a bit different.

The museum was founded in 2006, so it's a bit new to the Sarasota culture scene. Even though it's very new, this museum doesn't lack culture, art and fun. Marietta Lee founded the museum and the name was given to honor her Grandmother, Mother and Niece. It started as a non-profit foundation in Connecticut, but as the museum collected artwork, it needed a better location.

The current location was purchased in 2008 and opened in 2010 as the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy found in Sarasota at 2121 North Tamiami Trail.

Education Programs

Education is an si-highlight--primary part of the museum and it provides many different classes and demonstrations. Classes cover a variety of different types of art and demonstrations are often given by some of the best local artists.

The Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy also hosts a number of events throughout the year, such as Paint the Museum Plein Air Painting, Founder's Day Celebrations, Founder's Talk & Tea, Artists Receptions and many others.

Hours and Admission

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the museum is open from 1pm to 4pm from October 24th to May 31st. The museum will be closed over the summer of 2014 for...

Neighborhood Spotlight: Deer Creek

Deer CreekFound within Palmer Ranch, Deer Creek is a family-friendly community with plenty to offer. This Sarasota neighborhoods features canopy roadways, lakes, plenty of sidewalks and access to top-rated schools.

As one of the more established gated communities, Deer Creek offers 485 homes, 17 lakes and a wooded community full of natural beauty. The Spanish moss hangs from the large oak trees and plenty of birds are found throughout the area. This community provides a great place for bird watching and a peaceful environment for all to enjoy.

The Perfect Location

Deer Creek is a prime location in Sarasota in the center of everything you could possibly need. The Westfield Mall is about a mile away with a 12-screen theater and plenty of shopping. Along with the mall, easy access to the YMCA, Downtown Sarasota, Legacy Trail and the many beautiful beaches is found just a few minutes from the neighborhood.

The homes within the area are mainly ranch-style situated on large lots. Many of the homes include attached garages and beautiful landscaping. Some smaller villas are found within the area and many luxury homes are also a part of the nearly 500 homes in Deer Creek.

Gulf Gate Elementary, Sarasota Middle School and Riverview High School serve the area students. These three schools rank high in the state of Florida...