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Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce Hurricane Preparedness Seminar — takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort Harbourside Dining Room, 3100 Harbourside Drive. The first 100 registered attendees will get a free hurricane drink. Call 383-2466.
Mote World Ocean Day Family Festival — takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at Mote Marine Aquarium courtyard, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. The event includes ocean-themed activities such as crafts, face painting, games and more. Local environmental and conservation groups will have informational materials available. Call 388-4441, Ext. 365.
Longboat Key Public Interest Committee Tax Forum — takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Speakers will be Manatee County Property Appraiser Charles Hackney, Longboat Key Town Finance Director Tom Kelley and Sarasota County Deputy Tax Collector Liz Klaber. Contact Jack McMahon at 383-3923.
Eighth Annual St. Armands Craft Show and Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale — takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, at St. Armands Circle. Find unique arts and crafts from more than 175 artisans while scoring deals from Circle stores. Call 388-1544.
Save Our Seabirds Baby Bird Shower — takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Whitney Beach Deli & Wines, 6810 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost of lunch is $35; $10 will be donated to Save Our Seabirds. Reservations are required. Call 383-4888.
Lord’s Warehouse — is open for summer hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, at 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The thrift store is now featuring “Summer Sale” days, in which all seasonal items are on sale. Call 383-8333.
Gulf Coast Writers — meets at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Members will read their writings. Call 778-7631.
Sarasota Tiger Bay Club — meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. This month’s program features the moderated panel discussion “Our Criminal Justice System: It’s Complicated.” Cost is $21 for members; $26 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 925-2970 or e-mail email@example.com.
Bridge Street Market — takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Find antiques, arts, crafts, refreshments and more. Contact Nancy Ambrose at 518-4431.
16th Annual LLSA Chamber of Commerce Small Business Week Awards Breakfast
What: Celebrate small businesses at the grand finale of Small Business Week. Award winners will be announced. Cost is $25. Call 383-2466.
When: 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 11
Where: Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key
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Mote-tagged shark swims toward Sarasota
A 14-foot, 2,300-pound great white shark is currently heading eastbound toward Sarasota.
Police get a wheel deal from anonymous citizen
An anonymous citizen recently contacted the town with an offer to buy the Longboat Key Police Department a new bicycle.
Surprise daytime turtle encounter
On his evening beach walk, Longboat Key resident Mike Haycock was in for a big surprise when he spotted a sea turtle coming out of the water Sunday.