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Enter the 2014 Weather Contest with pictures of beautiful sunrises, sunsets and photos of beautiful Sarasota and Manatee counties. Weekly winners will be published in your local observer paper, and online each week through the Observer's Facebook account.
PHOTO GALLERY: Kiddie Academy Egg Hunt
Children at Kiddie Academy enjoyed visits with the Easter Bunny, as well as an Easter egg hunt April 17, on the school's playground.
Officer Lee Smith receives commendation
Longboat Key Police Chief recognized Officer Lee Smith for his work in keeping the island secure.
Reader-submitted photos of the sun halo
Check out these reader-submitted photos of the sun halo, which formed a rainbow-colored ring around the sun Wednesday, April 16. Clouds containing ice crystals cause the sun's light to refract, resulting in this phenomenon.
Artist Series Concerts awards six young pianists
Twelve young pianists participated in the annual competition hosted by Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. A total of $22,500 was awarded to six winners.
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
17 Maundy Thursday Service
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
18 600-plus pilgrims to join city leaders, clergy for Good Friday pilgrimage down Main Street