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Summer comes to an end with fun activities

All good things come to an end, and the summer of 2014 is ending. Many children will be returning to school in the next few weeks. End-of-summer activities are being offered at a variety of venues, and communities are preparing for school to begin. There are many opportunities to bring this summer to a close by participating in a fun activity to lighten the mood and stress for children who might not be excited about returning to school. Families are returning from vacations and getting ready for the beginning of school with shopping and scheduling appointments for dentists and doctors visits. It is a good idea to plan an activity that will bring summer to an end with a bang.

Colorful summer endings
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Sarasota organizations are offering a variety of activities to bring the summer to a close. Libraries, children's museums, and venues that offer sports and exercise activities for children are perfect for participation in an end-of-summer celebration.

*"Tween Crafts" will be offered at the Gulf Gate Library on August 13th from 5:30-7:15 for ages 10-12. Come join your friends for a fun craft activity and participate in group conversations about what the new school year will bring. This will be the final "Tween" activity for the summer. You may call 941-861-1241 for information. The Gulf Gate Library is located temporarily at the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall next door to J C Penneys and Yoders Deli in the mall. You may log on at www.sclibs.net to view an end-of summer calendar of events sponsored by the Sarasota County Library system.

*Children's Yoga Party will be offered on August 17th for ages 3-8 from 12-2 p.m., and for ages 9-12 from 3-6 p.m. This event will be a fun way to end the summer with games, yoga classes to stretch out the stress of returning to school, and refreshments. There is no registration required. You may log on at www.reflexartsdance.com for a schedule of the party's events.

*End of Summer at the Children's Garden will be offered on August 17. Come and explore the garden on the last day before school begins on Monday, August 18th. The Children's garden is located at 1670 10th Way in Sarasota. You may call 941-330-1711 for information about the Children's Garden. You may also log on at www.Sarasotachildrensgarden.com.

Bring the summer to an end with an enjoyable family activity and make memories for the beginning of a new school year.