If you haven’t hopped over to Mote Marine yet to see the penguins on parade, now is your chance. They were scheduled to leave at the end of February, but Sly, South, Rudy, Coaster, Oswald and Ninja are extending their vacation until April 15. The endangered black-footed penguins will return to their home at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, in Vallejo, Calif.
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PHOTO GALLERY: All Church Carol Sing & Children’s Christmas Party
On Thursday, Dec. 12, Christ Church was the host to many young children and their families at its annual All Church Carol Sing & Children’s Christmas Party. One of the church’s mission projects takes members of the congregation to Bradenton as “Reading Buddies” and this event celebrated all involved with a party full of singing, presents and Santa.
PHOTO GALLERY: Observer Challenge Cocktail Party
On Thursday, Dec. 12, the 14th Annual Observer Challenge kicked off with a pre-party at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. Opponents were announced as attendees enjoyed cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres catered by Harry’s Continental Kitchen. Guests were also treated to a pro mixed doubles exhibition.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Garden Club Holiday Party
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, members of the Longboat Key Garden Club enjoyed wine, hors d’oeuvres and a potluck-style dinner at their annual holiday party at the Longboat Island Chapel.