+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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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.