Breakfast with Santa to be held at Newtown Estates Park and Laurel Park on Dec. 16

Public invited to donate unwrapped toys for children ages 12 and younger

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The Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department staff is inviting children ages 12 and younger — and their families — to the free Breakfast with Santa event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 16, at both Laurel Park and Newtown Estates Park.

“Enjoy breakfast, holiday music, and a visit by Santa,” a news release says.

“Pre-registration is required to attend this event,” the release notes. Register before Friday, Dec. 8, or until the event is full, the release adds.

Laurel Park is located at 509 Collins Road in Nokomis, the release adds, while Newtown Estates Park is located at 2800 Newtown Blvd. in Sarasota.

Unwrapped toy donations for children ages 12 and younger are being accepted through Monday, Dec. 11, at the following Sarasota County parks, events, fire stations and libraries throughout the county, the release says:


  • Colonial Oaks Park, 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd. in Sarasota.
  • Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar, CoolToday Park, 18800 W. Villages Parkway.
  • Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road.
  • Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, near University Parkway.
  • Knight Trail Park, 3445 Rustic Road, Nokomis.
  • Pompano Trailhead, 601 S. Pompano Ave, Sarasota.
  • Laurel Park, 509 Collins Road, Nokomis.
  • Longwood Park, 6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota.
  • Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue S., Venice.
  • Woodmere Park, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice.


  • Elsie Quirk Public Library, 100 W Dearborn St., Englewood.
  • Fruitville Public Library, 100 Apex Road, Sarasota.
  • Gulf Gate Public Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota.
  • Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice.
  • North Port Public Library, 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port.
  • Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.
  • Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
  • William H. Jervey Jr. Venice Library, 300 Nokomis Avenue S., Venice.

Fire Stations 

  • 1445 Fourth St., Sarasota.
  • 2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota.
  • 47 N. Adams Drive, Sarasota.
  • 3530 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota.
  • 400 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota.
  • 4100 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.
  • 840 Apex Road, Sarasota.
  • 6750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota.
  • 35 Vic Edwards Road, Sarasota.
  • 2200 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota.
  • 3110 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota.
  • 1170 Beach Road, Sarasota.
  • 8821 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
  • 9102 Bloomfield Blvd., Sarasota.
  • 5875 Hummingbird Ave., Sarasota.
  • 5431 Desoto Road, Sarasota.
  • 7232 Myakka Valley Trail, Sarasota.
  • 15911 Rawls Road, Sarasota.
  • 721 Center Road, Venice.
  • 4531 Englewood Road, Venice.


  • North Jetty Park Food Truck Rally, Friday, Dec. 1.
  • Englewood Sports Complex Craft Show, Saturday, Dec. 2.
  • Venice Community Center Craft Show, Saturday, Dec. 9.

 For more information, call 311 or visit