Friday, January 25, 2013
The community's developers announced a new promotional partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning aimed at convincing residents and businesses to move to Manatee and Sarasota.
The developers of Lakewood Ranch are hoping a new partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning will draw hockey fans from all over the country to live and work in Sarasota and Manatee counties. To prove they mean business, NHL Hall of Famer and Lightning General Manager and Vice President Steve Yzerman was brought in for a news conference Friday at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club to announce details of the deal, which officials say will expand the Lakewood Ranch brand name and grow its market. "This really will put us on the national and international map for real estate," said Rex Jensen, president of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, the community's developer. The hope is that by promoting Lakewood Ranch at Lightning home games and on TV …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
As the Tampa Bay Lightning and Lakewood Ranch join Friday to announce a partnership, it brings back memories of hockey that could have been in Lakewood Ranch.
As the Tampa Bay Lightning top brass join Lakewood Ranch officials for a special announcement Friday, some excitement lingered online of what could be and what might have been. The announcement appears to be most likely a business partnership as Lakewood Ranch was featured on the largest indoor HD jumbotron in North America for a team segment during the Lightning's opening night. But when you read hockey and Rex Jensen, it brings up some memories of what could have been in Lakewood Ranch with the Forum at Lakewood Ranch, originally called the Bradenton-Sarasota Forum. And most likely, renamed for a corporate sponsor if ever built between Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Pope Road near the Esplanade. Lightning fan blog Raw Charge was the first…
Weekend Events: Nik Wallenda | Big Cat Habitat | Tampa Bay Lightning | Pinecraft Pie Contest | Van Wezel Shows
1. Before Nik Wallenda walks by the Sarasota Bayfront, he'll start to command the Big Top off of 12th Street for his Circus Sarasota show. The show runs from Friday, Jan. 25 to Friday, Feb. 15 under the Big Top across from Ed Smith Stadium. The show includes Wallenda's family performing trademark Wallenda acts, legendary aerialist Dolly Jacobs, a juggling married couple and a ventriloquist. For more information, visit circussarasota.org. 2. The Big Cat Habitat Animal Extravaganza features more than lions and tigers. Come out for a petting zoo or hop on an elephant, came or pony for a ride. The annual fundraiser runs each weekend through Feb. 24 with gates opening at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with two-hour animal demonstrations starting at …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tampa Bay Lighting and Lakewood Ranch community will make a special announcement regarding a new partnership between the two organizations.
The developer of Lakewood Ranch and the Tampa Bay Lightning will make a special announcement Friday regarding a new partership between the two organizations. The announcement will take place at noon Friday, at the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, and will feature Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman with Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke and Rex Jensen, the CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch and Brian Kennelly, the president of Lakewood Ranch Community Realty. The Lightning announced that the mobile fan truck Rolling Thunder along with the Lightning Girls and ThunderBug will be on hand.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
About 5,500 people showed up to see the Tampa Bay Lightning's first practice of the season.
With the salute of their sticks, the Tampa Bay Lightning thanked the estimated 5,500 fans at their first practice of the season Sunday afternoon, ready to play hockey. The Lightning opened up its training camp Sunday and decided to head to the Tampa Bay Times Forum to host the first one of the year instead of the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to give fans some elbow room and plenty of things to do during a Fan Fest from getting autographs to snapping plenty of photos of the team fans missed. Single-game tickets go on sale today and the team is running a special offer through 11:59 p.m. Monday where they will waive the Ticketmaster fees by using the code FORUM when purchased online. The team was able to practice Sunday after the National …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Weekend Events: Glengarry Glen Ross | Florida Fantastica | Art Uptown | ArtMuse | Tampa Bay Lightning Training Camp
1. Greed and capitalism takes the stage at Asolo Rep this weekend with Glengarry Glen Ross. The show opens Friday at 8 p.m. and is directed by Carl Forsman, dean of the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. The show runs through Feb. 28. The play contains strong language and 30 minutes before each performance, Asolo staff members will host a talk on the mezzanine about the language the playwright employs and aims to put the language in perspective for audiences. The next show after Friday's opener is a 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 20. Tickets range from $20 to $72. For more, call 941-351-8000 or visit www.asolorep.org. 2. Selby Gardens' newest exhibit Florida Fantastica opens today from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit features …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
With an end to the NHL lockout in sight, will you be watching the Lightning play hockey this year?
The Tampa Bay Lightning are wasting no time preparing for what will be an abbreviated season thanks to the National Hockey League’s 100-plus-day lockout. The team announced that ice installation at the Tampa Bay Times Forum is scheduled for today. In fact, painting is expected to begin this afternoon. “The Times Forum staff began by laying down a base coat of ice this morning,” a Lightning media release stated. All of this is in preparation for what will now be an abbreviated season thanks to the negotiation breakdown between the players’ union and the league. The end of the lockout was announced on Sunday. While it remains unclear how many games will be a part of the shortened 2012-13 season or when games will officially start, the …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Charley Richards' work to provide housing for adults who have disabilities was recognized by the Tampa Bay Lightning with a $50,000 donation.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Charley Richards, a local affordable housing advocate who partners with the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County to provide housing for adults with disabilities, was recently honored by the Tampa Bay Lightning as a Lightning Community Hero. He received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation to invest in his non-profit organization Community Affordable Supported Living. Founded in 1997, CASL provides affordable housing for adults who have disabilities throughout the Tampa Bay region. Through federal and state grants dispersed by the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development, Richards has purchased, renovated and managed 23 homes in Sarasota. In total, there are more than 40 CASL homes in the Tampa Bay region now …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Tampa Bay Lightning brought its fan tour to Five Points on Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning brought its Rolling Thunder into Sarasota on Saturday. Fans weren't deterred by a lockout and a threatened shut-down of the season as they turned out for the festival, which featured street hockey for kids, cornhole, giveaways and more. The event was co-sponsored by the Downtown Sarasota Alliance. The Lightning are also promoting a Sarasota Chamber Night on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in a game against the Washington Capitals. The event features a pre-game party from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Party Deck. Puck drops at 7 p.m. For $45, you get light hors d'oeuvres, one alcohol beverage per person, a welcome by Lightning and Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce executives and the chance to win unique fan experiences …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tampa Bay Lightning's fan event will stop at Selby Five Points Park on Saturday. They will also make a stop at Lakewood Ranch Main Street.
The Tampa Bay Lightning's fan tour will bring the thunder to Selby Five Points Park on Saturday. The Rolling Thunder fan event features activities and entertainment for all ages, and will help celebrate the team's 20th anniversary. The event is scheduled to run 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes interactive games, appearances by the Lightning Girls, ThunderBug and Lightning personalities. Due to the National Hockey League owners' lockout, no players are permitted to be promoted or be asked to attend team events. The NHL and the players union, National Hockey League Players Association, are expected to talk Friday to continue to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement in hopes that the season will start on time, TSN.ca reports. …