Write a novel, family day at Celery Fields, more..

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us atpubcom@scgov.net.   
TODAY: Flooding from excessive rainfall doesn't happen too often, but when it does, it can be just as damaging as storm surge from a hurricane. Certain neighborhoods are more at risk than others. Find our if yours is one of them. 
FRIDAYSarasota County will host a grand opening celebration for its newly designed outdoor pickleball courts at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24.
SATURDAY: The library at 2801 Newtown Blvd., will host a community celebration Saturday, Oct. 25, in honor of its 10th anniversary. The festivities will kick off with a 10:30 a.m. ceremony, followed by free family fun and activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
SATURDAY: Keep your home looking spiffy by taking part in the South Venice Community Cleanup, 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 25
Sarasota County will hold its ninth annual Sustainable Communities Workshop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.
Access Point No. 12 on Siesta Beach will be closed from 6 a.m. to noon Oct. 27-28 due to scheduled maintenance of condominiums located there, county officials announced Monday.
Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension is hosting free open houses at community gardens throughout the county from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30as part of "Eat Local Week," sponsored by Transition Sarasota.
Sarasota County and the Sarasota Audubon Society will host a Family Festival at the Celery Fields, 6799 Palmer Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1. The festival will kick off the public bird watching program offered each Saturday by the Sarasota Audubon Society and highlight the recently opened new amenities at the Celery Fields.
The History Center Museum and historic Chidsey Library Building will temporarily close Nov. 1 to accommodate Visit Sarasota County's move to a new location.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) buses are temporarily detouring transit service along North Honore Avenue and will not travel on North Cattlemen Road between DeSoto Road and University Parkway due to traffic around the new Mall at University Town Center. 
County staff will host a grand opening Saturday, Nov. 8, to celebrate the completion of a wetlands restoration project in three areas within the 72-acre Red Bug Slough Preserve.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is adding late evening trips to Lakewood Ranch and for connections to SCAT routes south of University Parkway.
The best-selling novel "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline has been selected for the Sarasota County Library System's 2015 "One Book One Community" read-together book. 
Sarasota libraries will be taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing, this November. On Nov. 1, participants will begin writing a 50,000-word novel to be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.


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