+Revamped district office to lead Manatee Schools overhaul
Changes include 96 cuts to district office staff and the addition of five new positions, including a director of budget and a Chief Information Officer to run the technology department.
+Chiles drops Jordan House plan
Mar Vista owner Ed Chiles pulls site plan and special events from his Longbeach Village restaurant.
+Sarasota County Commission to consider tourism plan
The City Commission discussed plans for a State Street parking garage and a mixed-use project in the Rosemary District.
+Sarasota residents warned about potential flooding
Sarasota County Emergency Management announces a potential for widespread showers and thunderstorms that may affect Sarasota County.
+Circus Sarasota appoints new managing director
Former Circus Sarasota Marketing Director, Jennifer Mitchell, has been promoted to managing director of Circus Sarasota.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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29 Light Up Siesta Village and Holiday Parade
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
30 Advent Procession
3 Rachel's Challenge Anti-Bullying Event hosted by The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4 Ringling Holiday Splendor
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The gift of music
Riverview High School received a donation of $5,000 during a break in the Kiltie Band Fall concert on Nov. 20.
Coming together for the community
All Faiths Food Bank called on volunteers to help distribute 7,000 Thanksgiving dinners Saturday.
Observer on the hunt for displays
We’re making our list of the best holiday lights displays in Sarasota and checking it twice.