on the key
Friends of Mote Library Bunko Party — takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Mote’s Keating Marine Education Center, 1599 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island. Cost is $10 and includes two drinks and the chance to win prizes. Call 388-4441, Ext. 333.
Longboat Key Republican Club ‘Dog Days Pot Luck’ — takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at 6 Winslow Place. Bring a snack to share for an evening of casual fun. RSVP to Ruth Strauss at 383-5349.
Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours — takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Sports Page Bar & Grille, 1319 Main St., Sarasota. Cost is $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Call 383-2466.
Sarasota Bay Great Scallops Search
What: Help scientists monitor our population of scallops while snorkeling in seagrass flats. The event is free for boaters and their crews. Bring snorkeling equipment, a dive flag, sunscreen and drinking water. Lunch and a T-shirt will be provided. Space is limited. Call 953-5333 or go to www.sarasotabaywatch.org.
When: Mandatory captains meeting is at 8:30 a.m.; event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Sarasota Outboard Club, 1763 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island
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Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.