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Free tax prep offered at county libraries

Free tax prep offered at county libraries

Sarasota County, Fla. -- Sarasota County libraries and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are offering free assistance with the preparation of 2011 tax returns through April 17.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are available to assist with filing federal returns at the following locations:

  • Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota
  • Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota
  • Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice
  • Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.

Days and times vary by location.

Sarasota Co. President's Day closures

Sarasota Co. President's Day closures

 

Most Sarasota County government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, to observe the national holiday celebrated as Presidents Day.

All Sarasota County libraries will be closed, as will all Sarasota County recreation centers, with the exception of the following: Payne Park Tennis Center, open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Arlington Park Recreation Center, open noon-5 p.m.

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will be on a normal bus schedule.

New database floats boat of boaters

New database floats boat of boaters

Sarasota, Fla. -- Need to find a boat ramp or really see what it looks like? A new state database can help you out.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or FWC has a new feature on its website. Boaters can visit the Public Boat Ramp finder site to locate and obtain details on more than 3,000 public and commercially run boat ramps.

Lovers Fine Art & Craft at The Spring

Lovers Fine Art & Craft at The Spring

North Port, FL -- If you missed it today, don't worry you can still see the fine arts and crafts show at the Warm Mineral Springs Resort Thursday, Feb. 16.

The event features artists and crafters from around the country, all less than 30 minutes from Siesta Key. Shop among the booths, enjoy a meal at the Evergreen Cafe or soak in Florida's only mineral spring, Ponce de Leon's legendary Fountain of Youth.

Admission is free and there's free parking and fun for everyone. 

The Warm Mineral Springs Resort is located at 12200 San Servando Ave. in North Port.

Publix plans for Longboat Key move forward

Publix plans for Longboat Key move forward

Longboat Key, Florida -- Publix plans for a new store and shopping plaza are moving forward in Longboat Key. After debating parking requirements, Town commissioners this week approved the Publix proposal.

If things proceed on schedule, Publix plans to raze its current store in April and then redevelop the entire shopping area. At 49,000 square feet, the new store would be larger and reopen in December 2012.

Cold weather shelters open Sunday night

Cold weather shelters open Sunday night

The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay has issued a freeze watch that includes Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties for Sunday evening through Monday morning. Sarasota County Emergency Management officials are reminding residents to be prepared and use caution both indoors and outside. Pets should not be left outside during the cold weather.

Half-off sale for Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants

Half-off sale for Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants

Sarasota, FL -- The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is offering a weeklong, half-off sale beginning Jan. 16 with thousands of dollars in discounted dining certificates to a limited selection of member restaurants.

All $50 certificates will sell for $25; $25 certificates will sell for $12.50, and $15 certificates will sell for $7.50, exclusively online at: www.freshoriginals.com. Once purchased, the certificates can be printed and used immediately.