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Community Manatee Spotlight October 28, 2012


Eat Here Siesta Key Opens in January

Siesta Key, FL – Sean Murphy, owner of the award-winning Beach Bistro and Eat Here restaurants in Sarasota and on Anna Maria Island, is opening a third Eat Here location on Siesta Key. The newest modern American diner is scheduled to open in January, 2013.

Eat Here was named “Best New Restaurant” by SRQ Magazine, Sarasota Herald Tribune and Sarasota Magazine. It celebrates chef-crafted cookery with presentations of local farm products; fresh, locally-caught seafood; inspired pizza and taco cuisine; refreshing, fruit-infused cocktails and craft beer and wine. The newest chef-driven restaurant, Gulf Coast cookery on Siesta Key will offer the same winning formula as its predecessors.

Menu preparations are offered in a variety of small plates that are perfect for sharing and larger, individual entrées. Selections included on the menu are: the Killer Grilled Cheese with muenster and gruyere cheeses and caramelized onions; free-range, buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles; Lobster Tacos; Lobstercargot; Smoked Salmon & Crème Fraîche Pizza; Island Ribs; Gulf Coast Oyster Fry and New Orleans-style Seafood Stew. 

The bar emphasizes classic cocktails and fruit-based drinks made with fresh herbs, Asian spices and top-shelf liquor, as well as craft beer, domestic wine and charcuterie. Weekends feature special events and live entertainment.

Eat Here’s Beach Bistro-trained staff demonstrates the Bistro’s same level of commitment and dedication to providing culinary excellence at accessible pricing for the everyday budget.

Law Enforcement Charity Golf Doubles Last Year’s Performance

The second annual National Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund Golf Tournament more than doubled last years’ participation.  One hundred and twenty-eight golfers played in the 2011 event while two hundred and twenty three show up this year.

Playing at Laurel Oak, golfers raised more than $50,000 dollars to the charity along with another $13,000 from donated items for raffle items and a silent auction.

It is particularly important to note that because of the efforts of volunteers and union staff, the fund had no administrative costs allowing all of the money raised at this event to go to law enforcement officers and their families who suffer from a tragedy.

With more than thirty years of experience servicing law enforcement officers, the Sarasota based International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO formed the LEORF as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization to assistance to law enforcement personnel as well as their immediate family members who have suffered loss as a result of disaster, violence, injury or any other calamity.

Commenting on the sponsors who have already stepped forward, Tournament Committee Chairman Dan Farrell said, “Law Enforcement Officers face disaster every day, protecting and serving their communities - often while risking their own lives.  On behalf of the Law Enforcement Community, we would like to thank everyone for their outstanding support.”

Join The 4th Annual Turkey Run Regatta On Manatee River

Come out and celebrate the holiday season and our sailing community at the fourth annual Turkey Run Regatta, hosted by Regatta Pointe Marina on Saturday, Dec. 1 2012. 

The success of the first three Turkey Runs inspired race officials to pullout all of the stops for this year's installment of the pursuit-style race, which has rapidly become a must-attend on the local boating scene.  Racers and spectators alike enjoy a thrilling day on the beautiful Manatee River, exploring booths from local businesses as well as amazing food & entertainment provided The Riverhouse Reef & Grill.  The Turkey Run Regatta is a Sarasota Yacht Club Boat of the Year event.

First Responders Challenge Debuts On November 10, 2012

Sponsored by MTI Alumni to Benefit MTI Foundation

Emergency! Quick…Dial 911!

When firefighters, police officers or EMTs arrive and take control, you aren’t thinking about how they’ve acquired their skills, stay strong and agile with minds completely focused. You just want their help.

Now you can watch as public safety personnel showcase their prowess during the First Responders Challenge on Saturday, November 10, 2012 as they compete for bragging rights as the most skilled among their peers.

This family-friendly event will be held at Manatee Technical Institute’s Lakewood Ranch Campus at 5530 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free and there will be food concessions along with demonstrations by various public safety agencies such as Bay Flight, canine and arson dog units, emergency extraction teams.

The First Responders Challenge is being organized by the MTI Alumni Association and presented by the Bradenton Herald and Fawley-Bryant Architects. Proceeds will benefit the MTI Foundation which provides scholarships to MTI students for tuition, books and uniforms.

Registration for First Responder participants is now open and sponsorships for the event are still available.

Details can be found by visiting www. MTIalumniassociation.org or by calling (941) 751-7900 extension 2231.

See you at the First Responders Challenge on November 10 immediately following the MTI Law Enforcement Academy’s 5K run.

Pioneer Roundup at the Riverwalk

Round up your family and head to Bradenton’s new Riverwalk for a rip-roarin' good time on Sunday, November 4th from Noon to 4 pm! Experience pioneer life and watch “Postcards from the Friendly City” come alive as you make boats, see a whip cracking demonstration, learn to lasso, create fish prints, try your hand at old fashioned laundry, color crate labels plus lots more. Interactive discovery stations will represent the boatbuilding, fishing, cattle and agricultural industries that made Manatee County grow, prosper and achieve postcard fame.

Inspiration for the Pioneer Round-Up …

Part of the excitement of the new Riverwalk is seeing the permanent display of art titled “Postcards from the Friendly City” created by artists Jean Blackburn and Don Brandes. They were commissioned by the Downtown Development Authority to portray the rich history of the Manatee River and Manatee Lands in nine postcards which are positioned along the Riverwalk.

Your Pioneer hosts are … The Manatee County Agricultural Museum, The Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez, Manatee Village Historical Park, Palmetto Historical Park and the Manatee County Historical Records Library. This event is created and produced by:  R.B. “Chips” Shore, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources. Realize Bradenton is a cultural partner.

How to find us … Look for signs off 3rd Ave. pointing to the Roundup! at Tower Plaza along the Bradenton waterfront, East side of the Green Bridge. For more info call 941-749-7165. Admission and participation in activities other than the river cruises* are FREE!

Business Volunteers Needed to Teach Teens to be Financially Fit!

The Manatee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Manatee Community Federal Credit Union will present the Big Bank Theory at all Manatee County High Schools.  The Big Bank Theory teaches teens the importance of budgeting, saving money, and prioritizing spending decisions.  During the program, students are engaged in a hands-on, real-life financial simulation that introduces them to the realities of being financially sensible while gaining valuable experience paying bills and making daily decision that are essential to being a responsible adult. 

Volunteers are needed at the following high schools:

Southeast High – November 12 & 13

Lakewood Ranch High – November 15 & 16

Braden River High – November 29 & 30

Manatee High – December 4

From ensuring they have food, shelter and transportation to those unexpected life occurrences, the Big Bank Theory is a fun, active program that provides today’s students with a solid foundation for a bright financial future.   To volunteer or for more information call Jahna at 941-748-4842, ext. 172 or email at JahnaL@ManateeChamber.com.

Desoto Boys & Girls Club hosts Madden13 Tournament

The Desoto Boys & Girls Club will be hosting a Madden13 Tournament on Saturday, November 3rd at the Desoto Boys & Girls Club, 5231 34th Street, West in Bradenton.  Sign in and registration will begin at 10am with tournament to start at 11am.

The ever-popular game Madden NFL 13 was released at the end of August and the Desoto Boys & Girls Club will play host to video gamers all over the county.  Cost to play is $25 if pre-registered or $30 at the door.  Must be 18 or older to enter.  Placement in tournament will be determined by hat draw.  Lunch will be provided to all registrants.

“We are excited to be bringing the Madden13 Tournament to Bradenton this year,” said Club Director, Wendell Faison.  “Not only will this be a fun and exciting event for those ‘gamers’ out there, but it’s a great opportunity for people to see what’s happening in the Club and the new teen center.” 

All proceeds from tournament will go directly to the programs at the Desoto Boys & Girls Club.  For more information or to register call (941) 758-3838

The Desoto branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County serves over 200 children.  County wide, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County serve over 4,600 youth at seven locations (Daughtrey Elementary, Harllee Middle School, Johnson Middle School, Southeast High School, Bradenton, DeSoto and Palmetto Clubs). For more information, call 761-2582 or visit www.bgcmanatee.org.


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