+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.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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25 Manatee Audubon -- Bird walk at Leffis Key
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
15 Arias In Flght
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
15 Being your best self
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
29 Santa Jaws at Mote Aquarium
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Only 9 days left to vote for your favorite 'It's Read Everywhere' photo!
Voting is now live for the Observer's 'It’s Read Everywhere' photo contest.
Happy birthday, Edith!
On Monday, long-time Sarasota resident Edith Barr Dunn blew out the candles for her 94th birthday.
Donte's Den names top dog
We’re sure the Walters family of Longboat Key thinks of its dog, Buck, as quite the golden boy.