Again this year, The Jim Soda Group of Prudential Palms Realty will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk for Sarasota/Manatee Counties on October 24, 2009 at the Sarasota Polo Grounds. Making Strides is the American Cancer Society’s event to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. The Sarasota/Manatee event in 2008 had over 5,000 participants who helped raise $370,000 to help fight breast cancer. This year we are expecting an even bigger event. Making Strides is an opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors especially our colleague, Realtor Beth Barnett.  As well as educate women about breast cancer prevention, early detection, awareness, and will raise funds to help achieve a day when no one will have to hear the words “You have breast cancer.”  The walk is on October 24th and starts at 9:00am, with registration opening at 7:30am. Please contact me or any member of the Jim Soda Group if you have any further questions or need more information. Thank you in advance for supporting the fight against breast cancer.  We hope to see you there!


Here are some bullet points and explanation on how the stimulus package (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) will affect home buyers. President  Obama is expected to sign this bill into law today  in Denver, CO.  An important area of the bill that was reduced was the proposed $15,000 home buyer tax credit.  The credit was cut down from $15,000 to $8,000, but is an improvement over last year’s $7,500 tax credit.  If  you are looking for a house or would like to contact me about the “Stimulus Package” please feel free to give me a call or e-mail me your question.

 Here are some bullet points of the HOME BUYER TAX CREDIT:

  •         Lesser of 10 percent of purchase price of home or $8,000
  •       Applies to purchases after 1/1/09 and before 12/1/09
  •       Primary Residences
  •       Available to individuals making up to $75,000 or $150,000 for joint returns
  •       First Time Home buyer (may not have owned a primary residence in the past 3 years)
  •       No repayment required, unless home is sold within 3 years
  •       Can utilize credit if using state/local bond financing 

Lakewood Ranch Main Street hosts Ovation Street Festival February 9, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Ovation offers live performances, demonstrations and interactive displays for all ages.  Participants include: Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Florida West Coast Symphony, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, Sarasota Film Society and more.  A free screening of The Disney Classic “Fantasia” opens the festival at 10 a.m. sponsored by The Sarasota Film Society at the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas.  Magic, music and more…Admission Free, donations are encouraged ($5 for an individual, $10 for a family) all supporting WUSF Public Broadcasting.

Christmas Events – Lakewood Ranch Main Street


December 5, 6pm-9pm Music on Main


December 6,13,20 and 27th  8am – 1pm Farmers Market


Dec. 5 and 13th, 5pm – 9pm, 6, 13, 20th, 10am -2pm Old Time Trains by Real Rail


Dec. 5, 12,19th at 12:30pm Holiday Story Telling at Little Bookworms


Dec. 6, 13, 19, and 20th 6pm – 8pm, Strolling Carolers


Dec. 6, 13 and 20th, 6pm – 8pm, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides


Dec. 7, 2pm – 4pm & Dec. 18, 6pm – 8pm, Pet Photos with Santa


Dec. 12, 5pm – 8pm Holidays around the Ranch


Dec. 12 to Jan. 2nd Snowman Festival


Dec. 13 and 2oth, 10am Holiday Classic Movies – Miracle on 34th Street


Dec. 13, 8:30am – 10:30am Breakfast with Santa at McAllisters


Dec. 20, 8:30am – 10:30am Breakfast with Santa at Polo Grill



JOIN US, The Jim Soda Group of Prudential Palms Realty, and our community in celebrating the 4th annual e fest celebration November 15th & 16th at the Sarasota Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch.  Doors open at 9:30 AM each day.  Come and be GREEN!!!

E fest is a wildly popular Green-n-Healthy event showcasing Florida’s ability to live GREEN.  Sprinkle art and music to this e-celebration and together we’ll create a fantastic event!  This year the Jim Soda Group will be joining forces with Devin Rustowski, one of the areas best known and respected GREEN Builders. Bungalow Builders booth will showcase the current Green building advantages and what new technologies are coming in the future.  Stop by to discuss green homes, green building techniques and sign up for our raffle to win one of several prizes.  Go GREEN…Go E fest!!!

Lakewood Ranch’s newest restaurant is Shells Grill, located at 6260 Lake Osprey Drive. Shells Grill will be found in the former site of three previous restaurants: Bel Amis, June and Sammy Frogs. After an extensive $200,000 renovation they are scheduled to be opened on November 1st.  Shells Grill will serve traditional seafood with a family-friendly casual atmosphere with affordable prices. Lakewood Ranch just keeps on getting better. Please call me at (941) 809-7759 if you have any questions.