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The iceHouse closes its doors
After its inaugural season of art exhibits, the IceHouse on tenth in the Rosemary District closes its doors.
School district CFO resigns
Michael Boyer, chief financial officer for the Manatee County School District, has resigned from his position, effective June 27.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dog Graduation Ceremony
Southeastern Guide Dogs celebrated the beginning of a new chapter at its graduation ceremony Thursday, April 24. Eight graduates and their guide dogs spent the afternoon enjoying their new companionship. Guests heard from Southeaster Guide Dog alumnus guest speaker Donald Olinger. "I'm absolutely ecstatic," says Tina Ladner of bringing her guide, Tangerine, home.
Commission denies Siesta Key building plans
Sarasota County commissioners unanimously denied a variance request to build a three-story single-family home at 162 Beach Road Wednesday.
24 First Roots: First Presbyterian Preschool's Annual Fundraiser
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
25 Health and Medicine in the Bible
10:00 am - 11:30 am
25 "Jazz at Two" with the Kevin Celebi Quartet
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
25 The Venice Symphony - 'AMERICANA' - Pops Concert
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm