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Santa visits Tara Elementary

Santa visits Tara Elementary

December 6, 2010

Santa Claus made a special visit to Tara Elementary School Dec. 3. Guests enjoyed a dinner of pizza and pasta, dancing and pictures with St. Nick.

Manatee seeks MPO volunteers for advisory board

Manatee seeks MPO volunteers for advisory board

December 6, 2010

Manatee County has two openings on a Citizens Advisory Committee that makes recommendations to the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Scottish traditions abound on Main

Scottish traditions abound on Main

December 5, 2010

Hundreds of East County residents flocked to Main Street in Lakewood Ranch for the St. Andrews Scottish Festival Dec. 4. During the event, which is designed to bring awareness to Scottish traditions while raising funds for pediatric brain cancer, guests enjoyed performances by country music star David Nail, the Sarasota Scottish Country Dancers and the Jacobites Pipe & Drum Band, among others. Other festivities included face painting and other activities for children, Scottish beer samplings and a haggis-hurling competition, among others.

Bashaw students enjoy holiday fun

Bashaw students enjoy holiday fun

December 5, 2010

Bashaw Elementary School students enjoyed some holiday fun during the school's holiday festival Dec. 4. Students and their families enjoyed bounce houses, face painting, carnival-style games, refreshments and a performance by the Bashaw chorus, among other activities.

Christ Presbyterian rings in holiday season

Christ Presbyterian rings in holiday season

December 5, 2010

Members of Christ Presbyterian Church rang in the holiday season during the church's Festival and International Bazaar of Hope Dec. 4. Guests enjoyed live entertainment, a picnic-style lunch and baked goods, bounce houses and a silent auction, among other activities.

Santa Claus stops in Stoneybrook

Santa Claus stops in Stoneybrook

December 5, 2010

Dozens of children and their families enjoyed a special visit from Santa Claus during Stoneybrook's Breakfast with Santa Dec. 4. Children enjoyed a hearty breakfast, holiday crafts and storytime before taking a seat on Santa's knee and sharing their wish lists.

Ranch thespians debut 'Somewhere, Nowhere'

Ranch thespians debut 'Somewhere, Nowhere'

December 3, 2010

Lakewood Ranch High School students hit the stage Thursday night, debuting the play "Somewhere, Nowhere." Another performance will be offered tonight at 7 p.m., in the school’s auditorium.

CLASSROOM SPOTLIGHT: Lakewood Ranch

CLASSROOM SPOTLIGHT: Lakewood Ranch

December 2, 2010

Canadian playwright Lindsay Price visited Lakewood Ranch High School this week, holding playwriting workshops with theater students and working with actors in her play "Somewhere, Nowhere," which debuts at 7 p.m. tonight.

Chabad celebrates Chanukah

Chabad celebrates Chanukah

December 2, 2010

The Chabad of Bradenton ushered in the start of Chanukah with a special Menorah lighting ceremony Dec. 1 on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Attendees enjoyed traditional Jewish foods, face painting, music and even a chance to visit Judah Maccabee.

Passion Plié

Passion Plié

December 1, 2010

The East County's first ballet school, School of Russian Ballet, will ring in the Christmas season with its production of 'The Nucracker' this Saturday.



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