+Education meets fun at Rainforest Garden
Following a lead gift from Al Goldstein, Selby's children's garden is now under way.
+Developer plans condo and hotel
Preliminary plans outline 144 luxury condos and a 275-room hotel on a 2.9-acre vacant parcel.
+Siesta Key deputies stay alert for youth influx
Cool weather has pared crowds of students spending spring break on the island, but law enforcement remains bolstered.
+Lakewood Ranch gun club gets approval
Manatee County Hearing Officer Lori Dorman officially approved a special permit for the long-debated gun club in Lakewood Ranch when she issued her final order yesterday.
+Leno delivers award to Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Longboat Key resident John Saputo's Gold Coast Eagle Distributing was among 15 out of 675 distributors to receive the award.
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6 Menchie's - FREE Froyo National Frozen Yogurt Day
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
7 Manatee Audubon - OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
8:00 am - 11:00 am
13 52nd Annual Sarasota Shell Show
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
21 "Fall in Love with the Haven" 60th Anniversary Celebration
Sights for stripes
Braden River High School’s Jasmine Stanton knew just what to do when this year’s Manatee County Fair’s diary costume contest came around.
Since it sprouted about two months ago, Lakewood Ranch Main Street’s first edible garden continues to grow.
Love a little cookie slathered in caramel, chocolate and coconut?