+Charlie Crist to speak in Lakewood Ranch tonight
Former Florida Governor Crist will be the keynote speaker at the Manatee County Democrat's annual awards dinner and dance tonight at the Fete Ballroom of the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch.
+Buchanan to hold Longboat listening session
Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, will discuss jobs, the economy and spending at Longboat Key Town Hall.
+Culver's restaurant considers U.S. 41 location
The restaurant would be the first location in Florida.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's movie reviews by Popcorn Bob.
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+St. Patrick's Celebration at Lynches
St. Armands restaurant has dancers, bagpipers and plenty o' beer for holiday
+Irish Celtic Festival
Organizers have been hard at work, eager to bring the luck of the Irish to the East County this weekend.
Artistic Director of Asolo Repertory Theatre, Michael Donald Edwards talks about his experience directing "Clybourne Park."
+OMG Guide to St. Patrick's Day
Unleash your inner Irish this weekend at these three St. Patrick’s Day block parties.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
Traveling somewhere? Don't forget to pack your Observer newspaper! Bring along the Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer or Pelican Press; snap a photo of you with your newspaper on your vacation; submit to win!
+Find the Balloon Sweepstakes!
Search the pages of this week’s Observer to find the red hot air balloon, then enter online for a chance to win big prizes from the upcomingFlorida Wine & Balloon Festival! Enter the Page Number you find the red Observer hot air balloon, and you'll be entered to win a weekly prize giveaway.
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17 Women's Council of Realtors Fashion Show
20 First Responders Community Day
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
24 Food Fight
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
26 Lakewood Ranch Republican Club Luncheon
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
MTI hosts 9/11 blood drive
As the nation remembers the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Manatee Technical Institute will commemorate the tragedy with a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, at its main campus, 6305 State Road 70 East, in front of Braden River High Schol.
Salon hosts benefit for transplant recipient
An East County salon is trimming up to support a local 32-year-old battling cystic fibrosis.
Texting video goes viral
Seven million clicks. For Salt & Light Productions, the number was unimaginable.