+ 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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17 Night of Fish, Fun & Fright
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Vice Mayor Duncan won’t seek a third term
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