Beautiful temperatures in the 70’s and a weekend with a full moon provided Sarasotans with some great events to enjoy. The Manatee Sarasota Sierra Club sponsored a 2 mile sunset and moonrise walk in South Lido Park. Hikers could enjoy the native plant restoration and beach views while watching the full moon rise. A potluck followed the trek.

Another full moon hike took place just west of town and north of Myakka State park at the Crowley site - 191 acres of old Florida habitats with native plants, animals, insects, birds and hiking trails which take visitors through the piney flatwoods, oak hammocks, and along a half-mile boardwalk through swamp and marsh.  The spring-fed Crowley creek meanders along the edge of the marsh. Views of the river from the tower at the end of the boardwalk under a full moon are stunning.

The 43rd Annual Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest at Siesta Key Beach led to sand castles being built and enjoyed by beach goers. Twenty-four teams entered the contest, said Andrea King, recreation program coordinator for Sarasota County Parks and Recreation. Each was given a 10-foot-by-10-foot square of sand and five-and-a-half hours to form their masterpiece. Spectators voted for their favorite sculpture, and a panel of judges was on site as well.  A professional contest takes place I November - the annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition.

And to wind down, as has been going on for over five years, Yoga on the beach is a hallmark of Siesta’s charm. By donation the classes are held on Siesta’s beautiful white sand 4 days a week.