The Our World Project is kicking off this weekend. We are still looking for a few more friends to join us. It’s pretty simple – help your kids take 25 photos of the world around them. Then, help them narrow their photos down to their 10 favorites! Once those have been selected, we’ll have them printed to share as part of the Our World Project – a project designed to help kids learn how to take photos, see how their perspective is different than that of adults, and to meet new friends from around the Sarasota area. If you are interested, we’d love to have you! We hope you can join us for the kick-off picnic where we will meet at Whitaker Park on Saturday, January 7th at noon. If you’re unable to make it this Saturday, but still think your child would like to participate, send us an email at so we can get you started!

We were all looking forward to doing some gardening and tidying up at Big Cat Habitat tomorrow, but we will have had to postpone our volunteer work due to the weather. The owners need to focus on keeping the animals warm, so we’ve decided to move the volunteer work to Sunday, January 14th at 10AM. Fingers crossed we will have warmer weather by then! All of us at SUGAR hope everyone will still be able to join! If you’re signed up for a spot but are unable to make it to the new date/time, let us know so we can open your rsvp to someone else. The good news is we now have ten more days to paint rocks! If you wanted to help beautify their gardens with some fun, painted rocks, please do! We are now collecting rocks through January 12th. You can drop them off at Cowork or Ed’s Tavern – both are on Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street.


We had a fantastic experience at the Florida Maritime Museum on Tuesday. Our volunteers got a unique tour that was designed to give them a basic understanding of the museum and its grounds so they could offer ways to make the museum more exciting for kids. They loved getting the opportunity to put gloves on and touch some of the artifacts, get close up views of some of the exhibits, and take advantage of having the Curator and Education Specialist there to ask questions about what they saw. Our volunteers also got to share how they think the exhibits could be improved. They suggested games to play with the signaling flags, a boat structure outside to play on, live local sea-life, and examples of tools they could touch and feel. We are looking forward to seeing what they incorporate when we return later this year!


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