+Sunshine complaint filed against city's State Street decision
The legal action alleges that the scoring and ranking of bidders on the $7.3 million State Street Parking Garage was changed outside of a public "sunshine" meeting.
+Lakewood Ranch gun club gets second letter of intent to approve
Manatee County Hearing Officer Lori Dorman issued her second letter of intent to approve a special permit for the Ancient Oak Gun Club March 11.
+Capt. Mark Kelly speaks about background and background checks
Retired U.S. Naval Captain Mark Kelly voices support for the second amendment, and support for mental background checks.
+'American Ninja Warrior' performs parkour at SRQ
Sarasota resident and American Ninja Warrior competitor Sean Morris performs parkour at the Sarasota-Bradenton International airport as part of a marketing video by SRQ and Be Creative Studios.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
Traveling somewhere? Don't forget to pack your Observer newspaper! Bring along the Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer or Pelican Press; snap a photo of you with your newspaper on your vacation; submit to win!
+Find the Balloon Sweepstakes!
Search the pages of this week’s Observer to find the red hot air balloon, then enter online for a chance to win big prizes from the upcomingFlorida Wine & Balloon Festival! Enter the Page Number you find the red Observer hot air balloon, and you'll be entered to win a weekly prize giveaway.
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24 What are you doing on Christmas Eve?
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
26 Lights In Bloom
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
3 FREE 5K Fun Run
7:00 am - 8:00 am
3 Historical Trolley Tour
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sound of hope
The holiday season hasn’t officially started until our favorite bell ringers return to their posts.
Shoppers and residents were treated to some holiday harmonies by the Senior Friendship Centers’ group, the Second Wind Harmonica Players, in Downtown Sarasota.
Stepping up to the plate
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County teamed up to bring the anti-bullying event Rachel’s Challenge to Sarasota Dec. 3.