Lemon Bay Playhouse will hold open auditions for the first show of the 32nd season Sunday, July 22, and Monday, July 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood.

Thousands of people braved late thunderstorms and even the smell of red tide to sit on beaches and in homes and cars near the beach to watch the Fourth of July fireworks.

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will offer free boot camps to students to help prepare them for required classes in math and writing and to help them with reading skills.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota enters its 23rd season of bringing diverse musical experiences to the region with an array of established and emerging classical, jazz and pops artists.

The eastbound — southern — lanes of West Venice Avenue from Harbor Drive to U.S. 41 Business will close Monday for the downtown road project.

Paula Joan Roberts Wormuth, 77, of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, died Tuesday morning, July 3, 2018, at her residence.

Del D. Scodellaro, 95, born May 23, 1923, passed away Monday, June 16, 2018.

Vern and Florence Martin Charitable Trust has awarded $4,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast (BBBSSC) for its School-Based One-to-One mentoring program in Englewood with a focus on the Decisions to Win (DTW) program.

The Sarasota County Commission awarded Embracing Our Differences a $52,082 Tourist Development Cultural/Arts grant to help fund its 2019 exhibition season, which runs Jan. 19 through March 15 in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park.

City leaders will introduce a one-tenth of one mill increase next week when it sets the preliminary millage rate used in TRIM (Truth In Millage) notices.

A plan to provide a local tax exemption for those restoring or renovating historic homes is still under review by the city’s Historic Preservation Board.

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) opens its second show of the Summer Sidekicks Cabaret Season, “The Music of the Night,” featuring the gifted jazz and swing sextet The Swingaroos.

Horton, the beloved elephant created by Dr. Seuss, will appear on the main stage at Venice Theatre in the musical “Seussical Jr.”

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The God-awful bout of red tide growing in intensity in recent weeks along the shoreline of Southwest Florida reminded us of something found in our own back yards that may contribute to the problem.

• Free Friendship Lunch will be served at Emmanuel Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall, 790 S. Tamiami Trail, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the second Wednesday of the month now through December. All are welcome. For more details, call 941-488-4942.

Christians seem to have a fascination with what life after death will be like. Who will be there? What will we do? My favorite: Will my resurrected body be like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s or Pee Wee Herman’s?

Catch the brand-new musical revue “Tops From Flops,” written by a frequent volunteer of The Players and a Players Flash Tapper member Riselle Bain from July 11 to 22. The show is part of the Players’ Summer Sizzler series.

OurBus has launched its first route outside the northeast, a service connecting Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Tickets are available for travel between any two points on route, except between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

Venice Theatre invites audiences to its 6th Annual Summer Cabaret Festival. The popular event keeps music lovers and theatergoers entertained throughout the summer with a variety of music in a nightclub setting.

Three summers ago, Trey Burton and his wife Yesenia sat at the Pro Athletes Outreach Conference and thought of how they could affect the world in an avenue greater than football.

New York City’s premier hip-hop comedy team, North Coast, is extending their stay in Sarasota following the 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

Benjamin H. Parker Jr., of Venice, Florida, age 81, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Kathleen “Kathy” Ann Riccio, 67, of North Port, Florida, died Monday, June 25, 2018, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Florida.

Dennis K. Rhyne, M.D., doctor of psychiatry and addiction medicine at Centerstone, will be the guest speaker at a Suncoast Institute on Chemical Dependency program Thursday, July 19, at Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd. in Venice.

The Fourth of July has been known to inspire intense patriotic feelings in Americans, but this year proud Venice residents may be crying for a different reason.

The Sarasota YMCA Achievers program awarded college scholarships to recent high school graduates as well as to college students who participate in the program.

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