Daily Headlines — APRIL FOOLS!
+Professional mime group proclaims 'silence is golden'
Silence is Golden Theatre, the non-profit educational and performing-mime group, plans to open in early November.
+SMR adds 'green' to its portfolio
SMR Farms is shifting crops to meet Florida's medical marijuana demand.
+Colony to be demolished
The town of Longboat Key has approved a special-use permit to allow a monster-truck show to demolish the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.
+Swan, peacock hybrid ruffles residents' feathers
Schnoodles and Maltipoos inspired a resident to breed designer hybrid birds known as sweacocks.
+Adult bookstore has city turning pages
Following a 3-2 vote last month, which denied a 98,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter in the Ringling Shopping Center, city commissioners are now considering a proposal for a new tenant: Hardbound, a fast-growing Tampa Bay adult-bookstore chain.
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1 Sarasota Pizza Wars
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
3 The Arab-Israeli Conflict: The 100-Years War in a Twice-Promised Land
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
3 "Peace, Politics, and Projectiles: An Insider's Look at the War in Gaza and Its Aftermathâ�� With Jerusalem Post Correspondent Gil Hoffman
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5 Venice Fall Wellness Fair
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ladies enjoy a night out
Women of all ages ditched their heels and slipped on their running shoes for the New Balance Girls Night Out.
Residents help tame lionfish
A total of 251 lionfish were scooped out of the ocean for the inaugural Sarasota Lionfish Derby last weekend.
Let them eat cake!
The staff and residents at The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch celebrated the first resident to become a member of the centennial club.