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Venice Theatre offers 15th edition of ‘A Christmas Carol’
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
It would not be Christmas in Venice without the holiday parade on Thanksgiving weekend, the Christmas Boat Parade the following weekend and now, this coming weekend, Venice Theatre’s annual production … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Dec 17 2014 11:19AM
OPENING THIS WEEK The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Runtime: 2 hr. 24 min. | Rated PG-13 | For intense fantasy action, frightening images and intense fantasy violence … Find out how to read more online.
Snow coming to Sarasota fest
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Sarasota celebrates winter with the fourth annual Snow Fest Sarasota, presented by Spotlight Events Entertainment Inc. and its partners, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 19-21, at Payne Park located in the … Find out how to read more online.
Gulfshore Opera presents ‘Hansel & Gretel’
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
The Gulfshore Opera continues its inaugural 2014-15 Season with an original production of “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Alliance for … Find out how to read more online.
Lakewood Ranch has it all — great restaurants and activities
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
An award-winning 17,500-acre master-planned community, Lakewood Ranch has it all. It consists of nine villages, which encompass everything from townhomes to custom estates, but you don’t have to be a … Find out how to read more online.
‘Lynn girl gone good’
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin. You never come out the way you went in. In the 1990s, Lynn, Mass., launched an ad campaign to disprove the ditty besmirching its … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Upbeat focuses on pop and rock music of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. By Tom Lovasko, Sun Correspondent … Find out how to read more online.
South Florida Museum presents ‘Star of Bethlehem’
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
The “Star of Bethlehem” has been a popular topic at planetarium shows since the 1940s, with hosts presenting explanations that would account for the star described in the nativity story … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrate tropical holidays
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
That it is easier to decorate one’s house in mild weather than during a blizzard may explain why there seem to be so many holiday lights in this area. The … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Dec 10 2014 11:33AM
OPENING THIS WEEK Exodus: Gods and Kings Runtime: 2 hr. 22 min. | Rated PG-13 | For violence, including battle sequences and intense images Moses (Christian Bale) rises up against … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Dec 17 2014 11:19AM
PUNTA GORDA Ugly Christmas Sweater Run The Foot Landing and Fishermen’s Village are partnering together for the first annual “Ugly Christmas Sweater Run,” scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 17. You are … Find out how to read more online.
Christmas Walk and Parade a magical night to remember
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
Ongoing festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Pioneer Park, located in Historic Olde Englewood Village, 300 W. Dearborn St. Pink flamingos that pulled Santa's sleigh as … Find out how to read more online.
‘A Broadway Holiday’ at Asolo
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents cabaret idols Will and Anthony Nunziata in “A Broadway Holiday,” Saturday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. and … Find out how to read more online.
It’s all good at RJ’s Cafe & Deli
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
“Good Food = Good Health = Good Life” is the message conveyed in an illustration on the front of the menu at RJ’s Café & Deli. Owners/operators Lisa and Randy … Find out how to read more online.
Going ape over The Beach Monkeys
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
If you like getting up to dance to the classic sounds of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Chubby Checker, the Temptations, Van Morrison, Billy Ray Cyrus, Wilson Pickett, … Find out how to read more online.
Thai-ing one on without a killer flight
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:15AM
After a 15-day cruise of the Panama Canal, I took my daughter Heidi to the Renaissance Orlando and SeaWorld as a step back to the real world. Instead, we felt … Find out how to read more online.
Three powerhouse performers to headline New Year’s Eve show
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than spending it with friends — and it’s even better when those friends are powerhouse singers. Melissa Cripps, Valerie Sneade … Find out how to read more online.
Poinsettia Festival separate from holiday parade in North Port this season
Wed  Dec 3 2014 08:30AM
For more than a decade, the community festival has been held following the Poinsettia Parade in North Port, but not this year. City staff has separated the event into two … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Dec 10 2014 11:33AM
SARASOTA Sandy Claws Beach Run The 38th annual Sandy Claws Beach Run returns to Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, on Saturday, Dec. 13, with race-day registration starting at 7 … Find out how to read more online.


25th Peace River Lighted Boat Parade this weekend
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
The Charlotte Harbor Lighted Boat Parade is set for Sunday, Dec. 14, as the event celebrates its 25th anniversary. This year, the parade will be staged at three different venues, … Find out how to read more online.
Count the pickles on John and Mable’s tree
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
When it comes to stunning Christmas decorations, it is hard to beat the display at Ca d’Zan, the former winter home of John and Mable Ringling. Designed by Dwight Baum … Find out how to read more online.
Enjoy homemade meals in a cozy place
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
When you drive by the corner of E. Virginia Avenue and Cooper Street in Punta Gorda in the morning, there's always this little parking lot crammed to overflowing by everything … Find out how to read more online.
Sing your heart out at Nemo’s Sports Cafe
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
Without listeners, karaoke would be nothing. As one of those important listeners, I enjoy an occasional night of karaoke — just as long as no one makes me sing. Actually, … Find out how to read more online.
On ‘Track’ for the big time
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
Three of the biggest names in country music are coming to town for Florida Tracks and Trails’ first major music event. Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band and Billy Currington … Find out how to read more online.
‘Asleep at the Wheel’ bring western swing
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
Western swing giants Asleep at the Wheel will bring their hits to Seminole Casino Immokalee on Friday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and may be purchased at … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
Upbeat focuses on pop and rock music of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. By Tom Lovasko, Sun Correspondent … Find out how to read more online.
Argentinian play returns to Venice for limited engagement
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
The play that won everyone’s hearts at this summer’s international theatre festival is returning to Venice Theatre for two performances only. “Our Daily Bread,” produced by La Compasiva Teatro out … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Dec 3 2014 08:30AM
Upbeat focuses on pop and rock music of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. By Tom Lovasko, Sun Correspondent … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto rings in holidays with parade, cards and The Wall
Wed  Dec 3 2014 08:30AM
DeSoto County’s annual Christmas Parade kicks off Saturday, Dec. 6, and this year it will have a special theme — “A Red, White and Blue Christmas.” The patriotic theme was … Find out how to read more online.
‘Nutcracker’ coming to Charlotte Harbor
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
Tchaikovsky’s timeless holiday classic “The Nutcracker,” performed by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia, will play at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center one night only, at 7 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Ole Time Cafe serves up breakfast and lunch
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
Keeping track of time is not a problem at Englewood's Ole Time Cafe. Dozens of antique clocks, only a fraction of Mildred Paulsen's huge clock collection, adorn the walls inside … Find out how to read more online.
The man of a thousand songs
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
To describe vocalist Vince Brown as “talented” could be the understatement of the century. Yes, he was “talented” when he was a child singing in a North Carolina church. Now, … Find out how to read more online.
Bion Cantorum to celebrate holidays with concerts at Cultural Center
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
The area’s newest choral group, Bion Cantorum, presents Beautiful Sounds of Christmas for your holiday enjoyment at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, … Find out how to read more online.
Gaylord Palm ICEs up for holidays
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
For those who need a touch of ice and snow at holiday time, the Gaylord Palm Hotel at Kissimmee is the place to go. For several years, the hotel has … Find out how to read more online.
Robert Garcia brings his solo act to South Florida
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
Robert Garcia wakes up every day with a smile on his face, because he’s living his dream as a musician. Garcia, 51, hails from Staten Island, N.Y. (which he affectionately … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dancing Lessons’ at Florida Studio Theatre
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
The regional premiere of “Dancing Lessons” by Mark St. Germain is FST’s second Mainstage show of the season. Opening in FST’s Keating Theatre on Dec. 12, the show runs through … Find out how to read more online.
Bill Klossner at Santhino’s Restaurant
Wed  Dec 3 2014 08:30AM
When a new officer joins the Punta Gorda Police Department, Reverend Bill Klossner will take them to lunch at his favorite restaurant — Santhino’s — located at 615 Cross Street … Find out how to read more online.
Make a weekend of the Blues
Wed  Dec 3 2014 08:30AM
To celebrate the 3rd annual Bradenton Blues Festival happening on Saturday, Dec. 6, downtown Bradenton will buzz with blues concerts and outdoor festivities all weekend long, Friday through Sunday, Dec. … Find out how to read more online.


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