+Gas station owner arrested for welfare fraud
According to the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, the owner illegally used food assistance cards at the store.
+Charlie Christ to speak in Lakewood Ranch
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Christ will speak at an awards dinner March 15.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's movie reviews by Popcorn Bob.
WEEKEND BEST BETS
+ Three-day event celebrates James Bond
The annual Sarasota Exotic Car Festival revs up this evening, offering residents plenty of opportunities to ogle some of the world's most luxurious vehicles for a good cause: United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc.
+Selby Gardens Annual Plant and Garden Festival
Show off your green thumb this weekend at the 38th annual Selby Gardens Plant and Garden Festival.
+Observer Group Cup
This weekend's polo match starts at 1 p.m.
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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
2 'Safe Sex Halloween Bash: Midnight on the Bayou' Pre-Party Kiki
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
3 Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare Event
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Observer adds new staff writers
Jessica Salmond, staff writer, is a Missouri native and graduated in May from the University of Missouri. Amanda Morales, staff writer, is a native Floridian who has lived on both coasts.
Arts festival raises awareness
The 20th annual downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Fair takes place Oct. 4 and 5, at Five Points Park and Central Avenue.
Bridging the gap
The Children’s Guardian Fund wants to help teens get hired.