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Big truck daySaturday is Big truck Day at Phillippi Park
Trucks, construction equipment and other large vehicles will be on display at Sarasota County's 15th annual Big Truck Day, 10 a.m.--2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event is free and open to the public. (MORE)

broomsProctor community cleanup scheduled for May 14

It's time to clean out the garage and gather up yard waste. Sarasota County will hold its annual community cleanup in the Proctor area from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

Waste Management dumpsters will be available at two locations for materials from residents:

  • Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 Beneva Road, in the west parking lot
  • Bee Ridge Park in the softball field parking lot west of Lockwood Ridge on Wilkinson Road. (MORE)

TorandoSecond Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop set

Residents are invited to the second annual Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Road (near Westfield Sarasota Square Shopping Mall) in Sarasota. (MORE)

SCAT BusSCAT Summer Student Pass will go on sale Monday, May 16
The popular Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) Summer Student Pass will be available starting Monday, May 16, at five locations around the county. The $20 pass can be used by youths up to age19 or anyone who has a valid student identification card. The pass allows unlimited ridership on SCAT buses from June 1-Aug. 31, 2011. (MORE)

For Your Information:

In case you were wondering, the county landscape projects along U.S. 41 and the State Road 681 interchange and along U.S. 41 south to Bird Bay are completed, but crews will plant some more trees near The Legacy Trail pedestrian bridge over U.S. 41, south of the split at U.S. 41 By-Pass and U.S. 41 Business.

So far, a total of 1,724 trees and 9,795 shrubs were planted. Watering will continue throughout the next year two times a week and maintenance activities will be conducted every three months. At the end of the yearlong warranty and maintenance period, the landscaping within the city of Venice limits will be maintained by the city and the rest of the trees along U.S. 41 and State Road 681 will be maintained by the county. If you have questions or comments, contact Construction Project Manager Robbin Levar at 941-861-0913.

Upcoming Events

Family Bike Adventures at the Carlton Reserve
T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve,
1800 Mabry Carlton Way, Venice
Sunday, May 15
10-11:30 a.m.

Emma Lazarus Exhibit
Jacaranda Library,
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice
May 11-June24

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