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Time For New Adventures

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You’re retired. What do you do now? Become a couch potato? Heavens, no! Not in our town. Be adventurous. We have too many ways to have fun. adventures

What can be more rewarding than watching a child’s face as they marvel at the different species of coral and the colorful and fascinating creatures of Florida’s reefs at Mote Aquarium? Visiting or volunteering at our many local cultural and educational centers is bound to bring you a new perspective on many things. Sharing it with a child makes it even better. adventures

The Culinary Innovation Lab at USF Sarasota-Manatee is a state-of-the-art teaching facility for students in the Hospitality Management program. “Bulls Bistro” happens there on Thursday night. It’s open at 5:30 p.m. to the public for $25 a ticket, and includes two glasses of wine or two glasses of brewed beer, the tasting of three different hors d’oeuvres and one sweet tapas. What a great way to meet new people while supporting and enjoying the creations of our future chefs! adventures

The physical and mental benefits of dance are numerous and best yet, you can make great new friends. Toni Simpson of Punta Gorda travels an hour once a week to attend Smooth and Rhythm lessons at Empire Ballroom in Sarasota.  Toni, who has been dancing for ten years, is featured here with studio owner Sid Pocius (right) and her instructor Vidas Orlovas (left). adventures

We all know that working out can help us live longer, healthier lives. These ladies are trying to do just that at the Ageless Fitness class with Syndi Toale three days a week at Sarasota’s Studio South Fitness on Palm Avenue. This low-intensity and low-impact workout has garnered a large following. The class incorporates strength and endurance exercises for total body conditioning, and best yet, new friendships are forged while everyone is having a great time. adventures

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