+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.
WEEKEND BEST BETS
+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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12 LWRBA March Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
12 March Membership Luncheon
15 Irish Celtic 5K, Lakewood Ranch
8:00 am - 10:00 am
15 Palma Sola Botanical Park plants, antiques and crafts sale
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
22 5th Annual Ponies for Pups
22 Lakewood Ranch Community Fund 'Havana Nights' Gala
23 The Bridal EXPO
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
26 LWRBA March Executive Briefing
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Daylight Saving Time starts 2 a.m. Sunday, so be sure to set your alarm accordingly.
The Tabernacle Christian School middle school student Lauren Medred, an East County resident, earned top vocal honors, taking first place in vocal solo female category of the Florida League of Christian School’s Festival of the Academics and Arts Feb. 28 and March 1 at Southeastern University in Lakeland.
Manatee County schools dominated a state technology competition with five of six top-three finishes earned by Manatee County schools during the 35th annual Technology Student Association State Competition late February.