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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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12 Dog Days of Summer Adoption Event
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
17 L'Europe UnCorked!
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.