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Artwork sought for exhibit at Jacaranda Public Library

Artwork sought for exhibit at Jacaranda Public Library

Venice, Florida -- Jacaranda Public Library in Venice and the Venice Art Center are seeking hanging artwork from local artists to be shown at the library in conjunction with an exhibit presented May 11 through June 24 to honor the life and legacy of Emma Lazarus.

Artwork from local artists will be on display and available for purchase from May 20 through June 27 at the library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice. 

“We are inviting local artists to submit works that will complement the Emma Lazarus exhibit and expresses our shared immigration experience, national character, civic virtues or social conscience,” said Greg Carlson, manager of Jacaranda Public Library.

Grand opening celebration will feature a 5K Fun Run

Grand opening celebration will feature a 5K Fun Run

Sarasota, FL --  County officials and community representatives and organizations, including the Sarasota Audubon Society, will celebrate the completion of the Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility and the replacement of the Raymond Road Bridge as well as other improvements during a grand opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.

The ceremony at the gazebo just north of Palmer Boulevard will be followed by a 5k Fun Run starting at 6 p.m.

For the Fun Run, the first 200 runners/walkers who register will receive a commemorative T-shirt and medal for finishing the 5k run.

Registration is only on-site on the day of the event from 4 - 5:45 p.m. In lieu of a registration fee, the Sarasota Audubon Society will collect donations for its future interpretive learning center at the Celery Fields.

Good Earth grocery store closing on Main Street

Good Earth grocery store closing on Main Street

Sarasota, Florida -- With the acquisition of Good Earth Grocery store by Richard’s Foodporium (formerly Richard’s Whole Foods), the Main Street store will be closing, effective April 30. 

“While we love the Main Street location, Richard’s has another already established store very close by,” said John Rorer, owner of Richard’s Foodporium.  “In addition, the 12,000-square-foot space does not fit in to our typical marketing and branding strategy. For these reasons, we will not turn the existing Good Earth store into another Richard’s Whole Foods.” 

Sarasota mulls outdoor smoking ban

Sarasota mulls outdoor smoking ban


SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- The city council in Sarasota considering a smoking ban in parks and outside municipal buildings.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported Monday that the ban would even apply to the designated smoking area outside city hall. Aside from the second-hand smoke issue, proponents say it will cut down on the litter problem and vagrancy in a city park downtown.

Critics say the city would be encroaching on their right to smoke outdoors.

Vote now on Sarasota's 2011 "One Book" selections

Vote now on Sarasota's 2011 "One Book" selections

Sarasota, Florida -- In coordination with National Library Week, the Sarasota County Library System announced the book candidates for the 2011 "One Book, One Community" program on Friday, April 15, on the program website, www.onebooksarasota.com.

Voters can start voting now from six titles, three fiction and three non-fiction. Ballots can be filled out at the website above.

In addition to online voting, ballot boxes and paper ballots will be available at all Sarasota County libraries, some Sarasota County High School media centers, the Senior Friendship Centers, the Jane Bancroft Cook Library of New College of Florida, Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus and the State College of Florida Venice campus.

Sarasota County awards contracts to remodel local library and for beach improvement

Sarasota County awards contracts to remodel local library and for beach improvement

Sarasota, FL -- On Tuesday, March 29, the Sarasota County Commission awarded two construction contracts totaling about $1.6 million to remodel the Selby Public Library and for improvements at Caspersen Beach.

The library remodeling project calls for alterations and renovations of the existing downtown Sarasota facility at 1331 First St., including new floors, painting, creation of a new teen center and modifications to the chiller system.

The building will remain occupied during construction, and the contractor has agreed to minimize impacts to library activities when possible. 

Sarasota County expanding offerings at Siesta Beach

Sarasota County expanding offerings at Siesta Beach

Siesta Beaches, Florida -- Visitors to Sarasota County’s award winning Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, will soon have an expanded food and beverage menu to choose from when the Siesta concession stands re-open with a new vendor on April 15.

The Sarasota County Commission approved a five-year agreement with Socially Responsible Real Estate Initiative Inc. on March 29 to operate both concession areas at the beach. Concessionaires Warren and Lisa LaBonte and partner Brian Palmer plan to expand the menu to include salads, pizza, fish and chips, corn on the cob, wraps, nachos and sandwiches. The popular ice cream booth will also offer milkshakes, sundaes and novelty items.