Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes scheduled March 21

Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes scheduled March 21

ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- The 22nd annual Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes offers a glimpse into island living to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

Tickets are $20 and will be available at various outlets March 1.

Acclaimed each year by professional decorators and past attendees, the 2015 tour will include select island properties in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. The homes reflect various styles of island living and provide participants with ideas for interior decorating and entertainment.

Proceeds benefit Anna Maria Island Community Center, which services more than 5,000 children, families and seniors.

Information: Call Sandee Pruett at 941-778-1908, ext. 0.

Sarasota Rep. Vern Buchanan to talk economy

SARASOTA -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, will discuss jobs and the economy in Sarasota at 11 a.m. Saturday in the commission chambers at the Sarasota County Administrative Building, 1660 Ringling Blvd.

World War II aviators sought for panel discussion

SARASOTA -- World War II aviators are being sought for a roundtable discussion by the Experimental Aircraft Association at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Sudakoff Auditorium at New College of Florida, 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota. The event is free to the public.

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport was originally built as one of eight U.S. Air Force auxiliary training facilities during World War II.

The roundtable is being held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Chapter 180 in Sarasota is hosting a Round-Engine Aircraft Ride from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5-8 at Rectrix North, 1234 Clyde Jones Road (Tallevast and 15th Street East), near the control tower at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport which will feature EAA's Boeing B-17, the Aluminum Overcast, and a 1929 Ford Trimotor.

"We hope to secure five to 10 WWII aviators, including members of the Women Air Force Service Pilots to participate in the discussion. Unfortunately, we are losing more and more of the Greatest Generation so we need to record their stories and preserve their historic contributions to the war effort and to the United States," said coordinator Martin Sobel.

Information: 941-539-4806.

-- Herald staff reports