Friday, April 15, 2011

Bus to North Port Starts, Animal Adopt-a-thon, more

express busNew Express bus service between North Port andSarasota 
Beat the high gas prices and commute to work on SCAT's new Express bus service between North Port and downtown Sarasota. Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will debut its new Express bus service on Monday, April 25.
  
With local gas prices nearing $4 per gallon, SCAT's new Express service will provide commuters between North Port and downtown Sarasota with an affordable transportation option. For just $2.50 one way or $5 round trip, a rider can make the 70-minute, one-way trip with limited stops between North Port and Sarasota.  (MORE)
Shelter dogAnimal Services Spring Adopt-a-thon
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Animal Services will hold its spring Adopt-a-thon this Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  
Animal Services is located at 8451 Bee Ridge Road, east of I-75 across from Rothenbach Park.
  
During the event, animal lovers can meet dogs, cats, puppies andShelter Catkittens that are available for adoption at significantly reduced fees.
  
Adoptive parents will receive a "starter kit" with food, treats and other useful items.
  
The event will also be a celebration to honor the shelter's many volunteers and to introduce citizens to volunteer opportunities at Animal Services.

The event is sponsored by Sarasota In Defense of Animals. For more information contact Animal Services, 941-861-9523.
One Book One Community
Vote now for your choice of 2011 'One Book' selections 
Voting began Friday, April 15, for the six candidates of the 2011 "One Book, One Community" program sponsored by the Sarasota County Library System in coordination with National Library Week. Paper ballots and online voting at www.onebooksarasota.com  will extend through Sunday, May 22. (MORE)
 
US flagSupervisor of elections offers early voting for City of Sarasota runoff election
Early voting for the May 10, 2011 City of Sarasota 2nd (runoff) Election will begin on Monday, April 25 and continue through Sunday, May 8.   (MORE)

Historical marker County to dedicate Newtown/Helen R. Payne Day Nursery historical marker
The Sarasota County Historical Commission will recognize the historic Newtown/Helen R. Payne Day Nursery with the dedication of a new historical marker. The dedication ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Children First, 1729 33rd St., Sarasota. (MORE)
 
Golf clubPlay golf and send a child to summer camp
Friends of Sarasota County Parks and Sarasota County Parks and Recreation have a limited number of slots left available for the Adopt-A-Camper Golf Scramble scheduled 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club, 3401 South Sumter Blvd., North Port. The 18-hole shotgun tournament raises money for Parks and Recreation's summer camp scholarship program. (MORE)
UF Extension ServicesSarasota County Extension Service wants your input on long-range planning for state program
The Florida Cooperative Extension System is conducting a planning process that will shape Extension programs in Florida for the next decade. This joint effort of the University of Florida (UF) and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) will allow us to have a clear path of action as an educational organization to support Florida's economy, environment, and people that is relevant and flexible to meet the changing needs of Florida's communities.

Listening will be at the core of Extension's long range planning effort. UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension would like your input to identify educational programming priorities and future directions for Extension as part of a state and local planning initiative. Please take 10 minutes to let us know how we can improve the Extension program by completing thissurvey.

In addition to this survey, Sarasota County Extension will be holding a listening session on Thursday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Twin Lakes Park. Register online for this event by Friday, May 6, or by calling Sarasota County Extension at 941-861-9900.

Upcoming Events
Calling all birding enthusiasts!
Join a birding nature adventure on Saturday, April16
7:30 am - noon
T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve 
http://bit.ly/fGO2wI

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