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The Week Ahead: Sarasota Halloween Features Chalk Fest, Biden and Trick-Or-Treat

Halloween in Sarasota will be an interesting one with zombies, circus performers, chalk artists, trick-or-treaters and Vice President Joe Biden converging here.

1.  The Sarasota Chalk Festival is underway after a kick-off Sunday night.

This year's theme is Circus City USA, a nod to Sarasota's long ties to the circus industry.

It all happens through Nov. 6 in  Burns Square where international artists will converge side-by-side with kids to chalk up the neighborhood.

Check out more information, including street closures, in our Chalk Festival preview. 

2.Sarasota will see two big rallies this week gearing up for the General Election.

First, Vice President Joe Biden comes to Sarasota on Wednesday. Details of his grassroots event appearance have not been released yet.

On Saturday, Gov. Rick Scott and Congressman Vern Buchanan will speak at a rally set for 3 p.m. that day at Dolphin Aviation. Tickets for that event can be reserved here: https://sarasotagop.ticketbud.com/gotvrally.

3. Tuesday is your day for a free taco at Taco Bell! Taco Bell's annual "Steal A Base, Steal A Taco" promotion was activated when San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan stole second base during Game 2 of the World Series.

From 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, you can claim a free Doritos Locos Taco at your Sarasota area Taco Bell.

4. Halloween is Wednesday and there are plenty of activities left to enjoy. At 6:30 p.m., Sarasota High School students will do a zombie walk at St. Armands Circle, then perform Michael Jackson's Thriller at 8 p.m.

Trick-or-treat will also be offered in Siesta Key Village on Halloween from 3 to 6 p.m. Area Publix stores will also do trick-or-treat from 4 to 7 p.m. that night as well. 

5. City residents are invited to a workshop hearing for a proposed zoning overlay for the Laurel Park neighborhood district at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 112 at City Hall.

If approved, the Planning Board would be required to hear development applications for projects within 100 feet of the Laurel Park neighborhood. Currently, these projects, if they touch the Laurel Park border, are approved administratively.

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