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16th Annual Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce Small Business Week Awards Breakfast — takes place at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 11, at the Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key. Celebrate small businesses at the grand finale of Small Business Week. Award winners will be announced. Cost is $25. Call 383-2466.
Mote Island Quest — takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. This month’s topic is “Mini Monsters of the Sea.” Contact Amy Fleischer at 388-4441, Ext. 514.
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.
‘Wildlife Images from Near and Far’ Photography Exhibit — continues through Oct. 3, at Plymouth Harbor Mezzanine Art Gallery, 700 John Ringling Blvd. The exhibit features the work of local wildlife photographer and retired veterinarian Dr. Lou Newman. Call 365-2600.
Longboat Library — is open for summer hours from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, at 555 Bay Isles Road. Call 383-2011.
The 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, during which all seasonal items are on sale. Call 383-8333.
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.
Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week — continues through Sunday, June 14. Enjoy multi-course meals at top restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Cost is $15 per person for lunch, and $25 per person for dinner. For information, including a list of participating restaurants, visit
American Jewish Committee’s Summer Lunch and Learn Series — continues from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. Stetson University Constitutional Law Professor Michael Allen will present “The First Amendment: Honoring and Protecting Religious Freedom.” Cost is $18. Reservations are required. Contact Lisa Silva at 365-4955.
Longboat Key Public Interest Committee Tax Forum
What: Discuss tax issues with 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.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 11
Where: Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive
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16 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
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19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
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22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
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Resident receives U.S. citizenship
For one Longboat Key resident, facing the American flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance held special meaning at the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key’s April 3 breakfast meeting.
Lacrosse players engineer spring break
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lacrosse team members hit the beach on Longboat Key during their recent spring break.
Observer wins 20 Local Media Association awards
Local Media Association, made up of 2,000 newspapers in U.S. and Canada, announced the winners of its 2013 Editorial Contest Monday. The Observer Group won a total of 20 awards among eight of its newspapers, making it the third top company winner.