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NEWS BRIEFS Bee Ridge Park will host a fall festival on Oct. 19. Image courtesy Sarasota County COMMUNITY INVITED TO GRAND OPENING OF BEE RIDGE GARDEN The public is invited to a fall festival celebrating the grand opening of Sarasota County's newest community garden, Sarasota County has announced. The plans for the community garden, which is located near the intersection of Lockwood Ridge and Wilkinson roads, began in early 2012 when neighborhood members came together to design the garden and apply for grant funding for necessary supplies, Stacy Spriggs, community and school gardens coordinator for Sarasota County Extension, explained in the news release. The festival will be held at Bee Ridge Park, located at 4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The free, family-friendly event will feature such activities as carnival games, face painting, a karate demonstration and a composting "This grassroots project took a little over a workshop taught by experts from Sarasota year to implement as volunteers obtained County Extension, a news release says. donations and constructed the various

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