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PHOTO GALLERY: Santa Letters

PHOTO GALLERY: Santa Letters

December 20, 2012

During the Siesta Key Light up the Village event, the Sarasota Observer asked children to submit their letters to Santa. After publication, Observer staffers will pass the letters on to the North Pole, where Santa Claus will evaluate them with his "Naughty and Nice" list.

PHOTO GALLERY : The Polar Express visits Phillippi Shores Kindergarteners

PHOTO GALLERY : The Polar Express visits Phillippi Shores Kindergarteners

December 19, 2012

Phillippi Shores kindergartners listened to Patrick Sanders retell the Polar Express story Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the media center. Sanders dressed as the conductor and put his own twist on the story for the children. He first dressed as the conductor five years ago when his older grandson was in kindergarten. Today he continues to tell the story but now to his younger grandson’s class. “This is the best part of my Christmas,” Sanders said. “Just watching the kids faces is the best part.” The seven kindergarten classes at Phillippi Shores listened with bright wide eyes to the conductor’s tale of his first trip to the North Pole. Sanders is scheduled to retell the story at 5 other schools, Barnes & Noble and a nursing home.

PHOTO GALLERY: Santa Paws Fur a Cause

PHOTO GALLERY: Santa Paws Fur a Cause

December 17, 2012

The Humane Society of Southwest Florida, in collaboration with Sarasota in Defense of Animals, hosted a fundraiser Saturday. Dec. 15 at Evie’s on Bee Ridge. The fundraiser, titled, “Santa Paws Fur a Cause,” raised money for people who are experiencing financial difficulty in supporting their pets.

PHOTO GALLERY: Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party

PHOTO GALLERY: Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party

December 17, 2012

Volunteers for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program brought their siblings to Sun N Fun Saturday, Dec. 15 for the program’s annual holiday party. Children visited with other volunteers and siblings, enjoyed holiday snack and visited with Santa before opening presents.

PHOTO GALLERY: Breakfast with Santa

PHOTO GALLERY: Breakfast with Santa

December 17, 2012

More than 60 people attended people attended Breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Ritz Carlton.

PHOTO GALLERY: Southside Stroll

PHOTO GALLERY: Southside Stroll

December 17, 2012

Families took a leisurely holiday stroll through the Southside Village Friday, Dec. 14, as part of the annual Southside Village Holiday Stroll. In true holiday fashion, there were carolers, visits with Santa and even face painting and a snow slide for the children.

PHOTO GALLERY: First United Methodist Church Christmas Pageant

PHOTO GALLERY: First United Methodist Church Christmas Pageant

December 17, 2012

First United Methodist Church in downtown Sarasota hosted its annual children’s Christmas pageant Friday, Dec. 14. Families gathered to watch the children’s performance before socializing and enjoying snacks in the fellowship hall after the pageant.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lights in Bloom

PHOTO GALLERY: Lights in Bloom

December 17, 2012

Hundreds of people attended the opening night of Lights in Bloom Saturday, Dec.15, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Annually, the gardens transform at night into beautiful garden light displays featuring larger than-life-sized butterflies, tree frogs, dragonflies and flowers.

PHOTO GALLERY : Volunteers honor veterans with holiday wreaths at Sarasota National Cemetery

PHOTO GALLERY : Volunteers honor veterans with holiday wreaths at Sarasota National Cemetery

December 16, 2012

Volunteers and the Sarasota Military Academy laid holiday wreaths on all 5,170 graves Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Sarasota National Cemetery. Sarasota Military Academy students sold wreaths during the school year to raise money to buy enough wreaths for each grave. “We all get to see our families for Christmas and these fallen heroes did more than we know,” said Sarasota Military Academy Sergeant Major Christopher Conlon. “No fallen hero should go without a wreath on their headstone.” About 60 bikes from the Patriot Guard and other motorcycles escorted a semi truck with the wreaths into the cemetery.

PHOTO GALLERY : Snow Fest Sarasota spreads cheer and snow

PHOTO GALLERY : Snow Fest Sarasota spreads cheer and snow

December 16, 2012

Snow Fest Sarasota welcomed parents and children opening night Friday, Dec. 14 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Children can make snowballs, sled down snow slides, see Santa, and play games through Sunday, Dec. 23. Esmée Dieckman, 6, ice-skated and Johanna Post made her first snowman at the Sarasota Snow Fest.



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