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Black Tie & Tales
Countdown to Men Who Cook; Night of Hope kickoff party; Giving children a voice; and Tidbits
Alleged drunk driver kills pedestrian
Sarasota Police responded to the report of a traffic fatality at the intersection of Irving Street and U.S. 41 before 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Shelter site could become available
The city has identified a possible alternate staging area for a deep-injection well project, which would free up a potential homeless shelter site on city property.
PHOTO GALLERY: Dreams Are Free Food Truck Rally
Dreams Are Free held its inaugural Food Truck Rally Wednesday, April 16. Families from both Dreams Are Free and St. Martha’s Catholic School celebrated the beginning of spring break with hot food from food trucks. The luncheon was a fundraiser for the school for students with special needs. “All of our families were able to join together,” says Dreams Are Free Principal Rebecca Shields. “This was really a community builder as well as a fundraiser.”
16 Tenebrae Service
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
17 8th annual Paws on the Catwalk Luncheon
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
17 Piero Rivolta's Book Launch Party for One Life, Many Lives.
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
17 American Business Women's Association Sunset Chapter monthly meeting
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm