+ Mom named ‘Rookie of the Year’
Paula Lohnes, of GreyHawk Landing, recently earned the coveted “Rookie of the Year” award with national health-benefits company AmeriPlan.
The award, which thousands of new representatives seek, came with a $3,000 prize.
Over the past six months, Lohnes has built a successful business and earned the level of regional sales director while working from home.
AmeriPlan provides individuals, families and businesses across the United States affordable medical, dental, vision, prescription and chiropractic benefits.
+ Ranch resident collecting food
The Food Bank of Manatee is in need of donations, and Lakewood Ranch resident Don O’Leary is stepping in to help.
O’Leary will be collecting donations from residents of Edgewater and the Lakewood Ranch County Club (Community Development Districts 2 and 5) between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.
Individuals should place bags of non-perishable food items they wish to donate in bags at the end of their driveways.
Individuals also wishing to make cash or credit-card contributions should contact O’Leary at 907-1227.
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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
16 USF Sarasota-Manatee HospitaBull Evening
2 2nd annual Glow Run
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
PHOTO GALLERY: B.D. Gullett Elementary Walk-a-thon
B.D. Gullett Elementary students ran for more than just spending an hour outside of the classroom March 14. The walkers, joggers and runners raised dollars for their school’s technology and other resource needs. Their two-weeks worth of efforts commenced with the schools Walk-a-thon. Incentives for the students to raise as much money as possible, included an Amazon Kindle Fire, bounce house parties for classes, and the grand prize — watching school faculty members ride around on scooters, with dyed hair.
PHOTO GALLERY: BRE Puppet Show
Gifted students at Braden River Elementary performed puppet shows for fellow students March 13 and March 14.
WEEKEND BEST BET: Art at the Ranch Fine Art Festival
Award-winning art will be showcased at the 14th Annual Art at the Ranch Fine Art Show Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch.