County News and Updates

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Sarasota County Government offices, including libraries, Sarasota County Historical Resources and recreation centers, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Here are the waste collection schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday for Sarasota County.
The Knights Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range will be closed to the public on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28. The range will resume normal operations on Saturday, Nov. 29.
As families prepare Thanksgiving meals, keep safety in mind, since cooking fires are more likely to occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. 
Enjoy a run and lots of holiday fun as the 38th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run returns to Siesta Beach on Dec. 13
Other entertainment includes music by The North Port Chorale, The North Port Woodwind Quintet and The Fiddle Crabs String Band; demonstrations of quilting, wood carving and spinning; and dramatic performances by storyteller Katie Adams in a unique version of the Johnny Appleseed story told through quilts.
Registration is still open for the two-week class series, scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Dec. 1-5 and 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8-12. Each participant will have the opportunity to create and take home unique items including homemade wreaths and natural home cleaning products.
Twenty-two individuals and groups from the more than 2,500 people who participated in KSCB events this year were honored at the Nov. 12 dinner at the Circus Arts Conservatory - Sailor Circus Arena following a nomination and selection process.
Mediation is an informal and voluntary process to resolve disputes before resorting to litigation. It saves filing fees and is free to any person living in the 12th Judicial Circuit. No problem is too small or too large, and locations are available in Arcadia, Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice.
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources invites residents to share their thoughts regarding the draft Walton Ranch concept.
The candidate, Rocky A. Burke, of Lexington, Ky., has more than 15 years of leadership and management experience within the public transit industry. 
The county has extended a conditional offer of employment to a new director of the Office of Financial Management (OFM). The candidate, Kimberli Radtke, has spent the past eight years working as the county's operating budget manager. 
The county's goal of promoting quality of life for its residents will get a lift from the hiring of Patrick Lui as its new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's (DOH-Sarasota) Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 11 sites around the county during December. 
Residents and visitors are advised that Caspersen Beach in Venice is experiencing erosion due to natural tidal changes and recent storms, but the beach remains open to the public.
Local health and school officials have teamed up to "Teach Flu A Lesson" during National Influenza Immunization Awareness Week, Dec. 7-13.
No-cost children's flu vaccines to be available at schools across the county on Dec. 10-11.
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