+Sarasota police hire former Maryland lieutenant colonel as deputy chief
The new deputy chief was chosen from six finalists, including two local candidates.
+Visit Sarasota County announces Annual National Tourism Week Awards
Visit Sarasota County announced the recipients of the 2013 National Tourism Week Awards Thursday, May 9, at a ceremony breakfast held at Westfield Southgate Mall.
+Sarasota Blues and Music Festival canceled; new blues festival launches
The Sarasota Blues Festival has been canceled for 2013, but the inaugural Florida Blue Blues & Music Festival will launch Oct. 26.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's Movie Magic reviews.
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21 "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" with Andrea McArdle
21 The Sarasota Ballet presents Program 3 | John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker
24 Christmas Eve Dinner
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
27 "Jazz at Two" with the Dan Miller Quartet
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
31 New Year's Eve Celebration!
4 10th Anniversary Perlman Gala Concert
8 Gregg Allman @ Sailor Circus
6:00 pm - 6:00 am
9 Noblemen Big Band Dance
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sarasota Observer news editor and native Sarasotan Nolan Peterson was reunited with his brother Air Force Capt. Drew Peterson Dec. 1, at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
Lights in Bloom
Selby Gardens’ Lights in Bloom will officially open to the public Friday.
Send in your favorite holiday moments to be included in our Jan. 9 issue.