Sarasota County Area Transit must allocate nine bus operator positions and buy two buses to start a new route on Siesta Key.
+Proposed gun club in Lakewood Ranch put on pause
Manatee County Hearing Officer Lori Dorman changed course yet again on a proposed gun club in Lakewood Ranch Wednesday, reopening a public hearing out of concern about noise from gunfire.
+Tube Dudes find new home on Main Street
Tube Dude owner Scott Gerber is seeing a lot of foot traffic at his new Main Street showroom location. Next up — a 15-foot-tall giraffe on the sidewalk.
+East County schools celebrate winter
Foundations Academy and The Tabernacle Christian School celebrated the winter season with snow days.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's movie reviews by Popcorn Bob.
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St. Armands Winter Art Festival
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1 Community Cookout
2 3rd annual 'Power of the Girl' Business Breakfast
2 French apÃ©ro evening
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2 Florida's Children First 2014 Sarasota Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bridging the gap
The Children’s Guardian Fund wants to help teens get hired.
Win big in two Observer contests
Starting in October, the Observer will now offer prizes for winners of the weather photo contest, sponsored by Manasota Flooring Inc.
Can you dig it?
Third- and fourth-grade students of Temple Beth Sholom had a chance to brush up on their paleontology skills last week while digging for faux dinosaur bones.