Children ages 12 and under and their families invited to free Breakfast with Santa events at Laurel Park and Newtown Estates Park on Dec. 18

Sarasota County staff to accept unwrapped donations of toys through Dec. 13 at parks and libraries

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Children ages 12 and under, and their families, are being invited to the free Breakfast with Santa event that staff members of the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department will host on Saturday, Dec. 18, the county has announced.

Each event will last from 10 a.m. to noon, a news release says.

“Enjoy breakfast, holiday music, and a visit by Santa in person at Laurel Park or by drive-through at Newtown Estates Park, and don’t forget to drop off letters for Santa!” the release adds.

Register children ages 12 and under online before Dec. 10 for a toy giveaway,” it also notes.

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

Unwrapped toy donations for children ages 12 and under will be accepted through Dec. 13 at parks and libraries throughout the county, as follows, the release points out:


  • Colonial Oaks Park, 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota.
  • CoolToday Park, 18800 W. Villages Parkway, Venice.
  • Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, Englewood.
  • Knight Trail Park, 3445 Rustic Road, Nokomis.
  • Laurel Park, 509 Collins Road, Nokomis.
  • Longwood Park, 6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota.
  • Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. 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.
  • Shannon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port.
  • William H. Jervey Jr. Venice Library, 300 Nokomis Ave. S, Venice.

For more information visit or call the county Contact Center at 941-861-5000.