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Sarasota's 5 Things To Know: Patch RV At Coffee Loft

The Patch RV will help celebrate the end of the semester for Ringling students at the Coffee Loft by giving away $100 in gift cards.

1. Today is your last chance to win some awesome free stuff from Patch on the Patch RV. 

Here's what we've got going on today:

• Free Lunch On Patch At Ringling Picnic 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ringling Boulevard and Links Avenue. Donate canned good/nonperishable food or sign up for Patch newsletter and be entered to win one of two free lunches at a Ringling Picnic food truck of your choice. Baja Boys, Flying Sliders and The Purploe Cow are scheduled to be there. Food trucks will start firing up the grills at 11 a.m., but we'll be there early to accept donations.

• Patch Give-A-Ton Food Drive Blowout 3 to 8 p.m. at . Live music, free pizza (while supplies last), art and more. Donate canned good/nonperishable food or sign up for Patch newsletter and be entered to win $50 gift card to , $25 in gift certificates to Coffee Loft, $25 gift card to , tickets to  and more. 

2. Two teams from Sarasota schools need help raising money to fund a trip to Ames, Iowa where they will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, where they will participate in problem solving challenges. To learn more about the fundraisers or make a donation to either school may contact Tatum Ridge Elementary at 941-316-8188 or Bay Haven School of Basics Plus at 941-359-5800.

3. For those into insider political documentaries, Koch Brothers Exposed, will screen at 5:30 p.m. tonight at . The movie takes a look at brothers Charles and David Koch — two influential political fundraisers and men of industry.

4. I remember participating in Jump Rope for Heart throughout elementary school and it's nice to see it's still going strong today.  students and staff will join parents and community members today to participate in Jump Rope for Heart, an activity designed to raise awareness of heart health and raise funds for the American Heart Association. Two sessions will be held in the outdoor physical education area of the campus; one from 9-10:30 a.m., for students in grades K-two; and 1-2:30 p.m. for students in grades three-five.

 “It’s never too early to be aware of heart disease, said Wilkinson Principal Ruth Thomas. “It affects a lot of families, and so it is very important for our kids to realize that not all of us are born with a healthy heart. And if we do have a healthy heart, we need to appreciate that and talk about it starting at a young age. 

Several stations will be set up for students to participate in various activities, including a nutritional snack station, a paramedic station, heart rate activities, jump rope contests, Hula Hoop contests, an obstacle course and more, complete with music and prizes.

5. Planning your menu for the week? Check out this Three Kitcheneers piece for a look at dining on Siesta Key. Sometimes the work week just catches up for you and that dinner you planned on making will just have to wait another day.

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