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Annie's Project, a national program developed to empower farm and ranch women to be better business partners, is coming to Sarasota. The seven-week course, taught by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County faculty, begins Oct. 1 and continues through Nov. 13. The course is limited to 20 participants, and the deadline for registration is Monday, Sept. 24.
The Health Department has expanded hours for the Vital Records (birth and death certificates) office at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center in Venice. The office is now open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with closure during lunch from 12-12:30 p.m.
The Sarasota County Planning Commission is seeking a new member to fill an unexpired four-year term. Members must be Sarasota County residents for at least two years and are required to file a financial disclosure annually. The deadline for filing an application is Oct. 5.
Readers from across Sarasota County have selected "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand as the "One Book, One Community" book of the year. "Unbroken" has spent nearly 100 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, been hailed by TIME Magazine as the best nonfiction book of the year and has won the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction.
Sarasota County has been named one of America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING. The national award was given to Sarasota County to recognize its outstanding and innovative work in addressing the high school dropout crisis and for its programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.
The Sarasota Community Alliance Aging in Place Action Team and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will sponsor "Last Will and Embezzlement: Protecting Yourself and Others from Fraud and Exploitation," on Friday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m.-noon at the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus, Selby Auditorium, 8350 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Stand Up Fight Back as a group became involved in actively opposing a proposed dump at the Celery Fields in Sarasota, Florida, in February of 2017. I personally had been following the issue from abroad in Sweden and upon my return in Jan 2017 our steering committed agreed to officially proceed. I headed up the Celery Fields wing of our group and immediately began organizing events and public outreach to the County Commissioners. Along with hundreds of activists, thousand of hours and a massive amount of money, we won an impressive victory on August 23rd 2017 in defeating an industrial waste concrete crushing construction and yard debris facility situated within the 450 acres that is the Celery Fields.Dozens of members of our group were actively involved and showed up at every event, town hall, private meeting and all the public hearings. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart to the top of the Celery Fields hill.This is a list of …