+ Board approves Ringling Walmart
The Sarasota Planning Board approved a Walmart Supercenter proposed for Ringling Boulevard Wednesday, Nov. 14.
The 97,000-square-foot project will now go to the City Commission for a final vote.
If the City Commission approves the project, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to demolish the existing plaza and build the store in its place. The Ringling Shopping Center lost its anchor tenant in October 2011 when Publix Super Markets Inc. closed as the plaza’s anchor tenant.
The store would include general merchandise, a pharmacy, deli, produce and groceries.
+ Thanksgiving service changes and closures
City of Sarasota trash collection schedules will be modified for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no waste collection Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.
The schedule for collection will be as follows: Thursday garbage, recycling and yard-waste collection will occur Friday, Nov. 23. Regularly scheduled Friday garbage, recycling and yard-waste collection will occur Saturday, Nov. 24.
City of Sarasota administration offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. All offices will re-open Monday, Nov. 26.
Meetings & Agendas
• Regular City Commission Meeting — 2:30 and 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, City Hall, Commission Chambers, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
• Development Review Committee — 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
• Community Workshop — 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, City Hall, Room 212, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
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6 37th Annual 1st Friday Art Walk "Taste of the Season"
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6 Republican Women's Club Luncheon
7 16th Annual Jingle & Jog 5K Race/1K Walk-Run
7:00 am - 11:00 am
7 Third Annual Achieva Reindeer Trot
7 Free Santa Pictures With Kids, Pets and Families
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
7 Gingerbread Houses
7 Christmas On Blackburn Point Plaza
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
7 Cookies N' Cans
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
During each of the last eight years, the Out-of-Door Academy families have collected food for Gocio Elementary families.
Forty Carrots hosts grandparents
Forty Carrots Family Center invited students’ grandparents to attend Grandparents’ Day Nov. 25.
The Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys is seeking volunteers from now through Dec. 24, to help man its Salvation Army kettle bell during the holiday season.