+ Annual Observer event remains a hit
The 10th annual Observer Challenge will take place from Dec. 11 through Dec. 13, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road. Tournament matches will consist of singles, doubles and mixed-doubles. Cost is $25 per player. Awards will be given for winners and runners up. The event kicks off Thursday, Dec. 10, with a cocktail party at Sarasota Yacht Club. Sign up at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. Call 316-8367.
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PHOTO GALLERY: St. Mary 40th Anniversary Picnic
St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church celebrated their 40th anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 7, with a picnic and special dedication to the man that made it the strong community it is today, the Rev. Edward Pick.
Samowitz, oldest Iwo Jima survivor, dies at 99
Marty Samowitz was there when troops raised the U.S. Flag over Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
PHOTO GALLERY: Night on St. Armands
On Friday, Dec. 6, St. Armands Circle transformed into a perfect winter wonderland with bright lights, classic holiday decorations and innumerable red Santa hats for their 35th annual Night on St. Armands. The entertaining evening was filled with music, dancing and of course, Christmas cheer.