1. The new circus-themed playground at Payne Park that opened in June will close for work beginning Thursday.
The two-week closure is to install shading for the play area designed for 3-to-5-year olds, installing irrigation lines, finishing landscaping and finally those fences will come down. The playground is expected to reopen Friday, Oct. 12.
2. A group is planning to protest in front of The Herald-Tribune at 1 p.m. Thursday after a misleading and false anti-Obama ad appeared in the paper Sunday. The story is garnering regional and national attention from the press.
3. The County Commission is expected to receive an update today on planning and upgrades in Pinecraft—Sarasota's Amish and Mennonite village. During the past several months, the community and county staff have met to help shape the village's vision for its future while maintaining heritage and its uniqueness. Safety improvements, such as improved crosswalks, are also being planned.
4. Saturday is the annual Sarasota Blues and Music Festival at Ed Smith Stadium. This year All Faiths Food Bank will benefit from the festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $22 and children under the age of 14 are free with paid adult admission.
Lineup includes Ana Popovic, Delbert McClinton, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Curtis Salgado, Paul Thorn and Pett Crow.
5. Get your haircut to help fight cancer on Oct. 28. The annual Cuts Against Cancer Cut-a-Thon will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day at Cutting Loose Salon, 8429 Honore Ave., and proceeds from haircuts, makeup applications and chair massages will go toward the .