+Charlie Crist to speak in Lakewood Ranch tonight
Former Florida Governor Crist will be the keynote speaker at the Manatee County Democrat's annual awards dinner and dance tonight at the Fete Ballroom of the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch.
+Buchanan to hold Longboat listening session
Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, will discuss jobs, the economy and spending at Longboat Key Town Hall.
+Culver's restaurant considers U.S. 41 location
The restaurant would be the first location in Florida.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's movie reviews by Popcorn Bob.
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+St. Patrick's Celebration at Lynches
St. Armands restaurant has dancers, bagpipers and plenty o' beer for holiday
+Irish Celtic Festival
Organizers have been hard at work, eager to bring the luck of the Irish to the East County this weekend.
Artistic Director of Asolo Repertory Theatre, Michael Donald Edwards talks about his experience directing "Clybourne Park."
+OMG Guide to St. Patrick's Day
Unleash your inner Irish this weekend at these three St. Patrick’s Day block parties.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
Traveling somewhere? Don't forget to pack your Observer newspaper! Bring along the Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer or Pelican Press; snap a photo of you with your newspaper on your vacation; submit to win!
+Find the Balloon Sweepstakes!
Search the pages of this week’s Observer to find the red hot air balloon, then enter online for a chance to win big prizes from the upcomingFlorida Wine & Balloon Festival! Enter the Page Number you find the red Observer hot air balloon, and you'll be entered to win a weekly prize giveaway.
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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.