+Gas station owner arrested for welfare fraud
According to the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, the owner illegally used food assistance cards at the store.
+Charlie Christ to speak in Lakewood Ranch
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Christ will speak at an awards dinner March 15.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's movie reviews by Popcorn Bob.
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+ Three-day event celebrates James Bond
The annual Sarasota Exotic Car Festival revs up this evening, offering residents plenty of opportunities to ogle some of the world's most luxurious vehicles for a good cause: United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc.
+Selby Gardens Annual Plant and Garden Festival
Show off your green thumb this weekend at the 38th annual Selby Gardens Plant and Garden Festival.
+Observer Group Cup
This weekend's polo match starts at 1 p.m.
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8 Sarasota Music Half Marathon
7:00 am - 6:00 am
12 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
14 New Exhibit "Oh Baby" Life Cycles of the Seas
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
17 Hospitabull Evening 'A Taste of Israel'
Gauls celebrate sweet 60
On Jan. 29, Jack and Joan Gaul will celebrate their 60th anniversary.
Dora Walters goes by the book for readers
You saw her byline countless times during her 26 years at the Longboat Observer, but now, retired Senior Editor Dora Walters’ byline appears on her new book, “Rewind…Playback: A Collection of Life’s ‘Little’ Memories.”
Encore opening celebration
Members of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon-cutting event Jan. 20, at Amore by Andrea.