+Sarasota police hire former Maryland lieutenant colonel as deputy chief
The new deputy chief was chosen from six finalists, including two local candidates.
+Visit Sarasota County announces Annual National Tourism Week Awards
Visit Sarasota County announced the recipients of the 2013 National Tourism Week Awards Thursday, May 9, at a ceremony breakfast held at Westfield Southgate Mall.
+Sarasota Blues and Music Festival canceled; new blues festival launches
The Sarasota Blues Festival has been canceled for 2013, but the inaugural Florida Blue Blues & Music Festival will launch Oct. 26.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's Movie Magic reviews.
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+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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24 Lakewood Ranch Republican Luncheon
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
24 BOO Fest-Lakewood Ranch
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
25 Ellenton Sunday Market
28 Wine, Dine and Make a Difference
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It’s time for feasting on candy and family fun.
Merchants on Lakewood Ranch Main Street continue to mourn the surprising loss of fellow business owner Rebekah Hatmaker, co-owner of Serendipity Boutique.
Ticket sales for the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch’s first Uncorked food-and-wine pairing fundraiser have begun, and so has a chance to win a one-karat diamond.