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  • 24 Apr 2018 9:47 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Bradenton, FL, April 24, 2018 The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

    “The team at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center works hard every day to provide the best possible care to every patient.” says Andy Guz, Chief Executive Officer, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, “and I am proud of the continuous efforts of hospital employees and physicians that result in excellent patient outcomes, especially as it relates to patient safety.”

    “This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

    Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

    To see Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.



  • 23 Apr 2018 10:41 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Bradenton, FL – April 20, 2018 - Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, owner and operator of The Food Bank of Manatee, announces today its Feeding America member organization, Feeding Tampa Bay, will implement a regional model of distribution for the retail grocery store partnerships.

     The Food Bank of Manatee will continue to operate as a resource in Manatee County and offer collections and distributions of approximately 2 million pounds of food. These will be secured through community partnerships, including food drives, donations, and grants. The essential programs provided by The Food Bank of Manatee will continue to include produce on wheels, Summer Hunger weekend backpacks, emergency food for families, crisis boxes at pantries, and weekly baby baskets for babies under age two.

    The Food Bank of Manatee is committed to ensuring services continue in Manatee County for our pantries, soup kitchens, and agencies. 

    “This is an opportunity to further strengthen our partnerships, donors and sponsors to continue our core mission in our community, where we live, work, and serve, “said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.

     About Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee

    While initially founded in 1972, with the purpose of providing hot, nutritious meals to the elderly and disabled residents of Manatee County, Meals on Wheels of Manatee, Inc. became so much more. The organization grew over the years in response to community needs, and the “PLUS” was eventually added to the name as a way of representing the many other services offered.The mission of Meals on Wheels PLUS is to assist individuals to live independently by providing nutrition and caring support services. Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee offers comprehensive care and essential programs that assist people to live independently. While services include delivering hot, nutritious meals to the elderly and disabled, other essential services include The Food Bank of Manatee, Daybreak Adult Day Care, Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, and Friendship Dining.


  • 23 Apr 2018 10:39 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 21, 2018) – Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) buses will expand mobile ticketing options Monday, meaning the Token Transit  app can be used to purchase the R-Card/Regional Bus Pass honored by both MCAT and Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT).

    In addition, Skyway ConneXion passengers can begin using mobile ticketing for travel between Manatee and Pinellas counties. 
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    Mobile ticketing provides a simple, cost effective approach to buying bus passes using a mobile device. The one year pilot program makes available to MCAT passengers the Token Transit software application for the purchase of single ride fares, as well as daily, weekly and monthly bus passes.

    Instructions to download the Token Transit app, purchase MCAT single ride fares and bus passes are available onboard MCAT buses, at transit stations and on the MCAT website.  Once purchased each mobile ticket provides a countdown to expiration, and the mobile device screen displays a unique picture and color that change daily, and includes the current time. Transit Operators are aware of these unique “pictures and color of the day,” so the screen shot provides quick and easy visual validation as the passenger boards the bus.

    ““Passengers are requesting mobile ticketing as a fare option for regional travel," said William Steele, Manatee County’s Transit Division Manager. "Veterans in our community use the bus system for travel between Manatee and Sarasota counties, and to the Bay Pines Medical Center, via the Skyway ConneXion. Expanding the mobile ticketing pilot program to support regional travel is a natural progression for this convenient app." 

    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 20 Apr 2018 1:25 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Dear Community Partner :

    We hope very much you will consider helping our organization as we work to improve the lives of local children in foster and state care. On June 9, 2018, The Children's Guardian Fund will be benefiting from an event called Havana Nights.  This event is hosted by Evolve Business Consulting and all proceeds will go directly to our Birthday Fund which allows for the celebration of more birthdays for our 1400 plus children in foster care. We hope you will help support this event and join us as an engaged community member.  Your support will help to make a difference in the lives of local children who have been abuse, abandoned, and neglected.

    The Children’s Guardian Fund partners with the Guardian ad Litem Program to provide resources that fill the basic needs and enrich the lives of children in foster and state care in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit.  We also support the recruitment, training and retention of Guardian ad Litem child advocates, and promote public awareness and community support for the children’s needs.

    We would be most appreciative if we could include the donation of a gift certificate or items that can be a part of our raffle at the event on June 9. Your generous gift will be acknowledged at the event and in our social media marketing materials.

    We would be most grateful for a donation before June 1, 2018.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Carol Belmont

    Board President

    Below is a link with more details about Jaime Marco's gala: "Havana Nights" (supporting Children's Guardian Fund)

    http://www.childrensguardianfund.org/event/havana_nights_2018/

    Sponsorship Opportunities.pdf

    Sponsorship Opportunities - form.pdf

  • 19 Apr 2018 3:31 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)


     Saturday, May 12, 2018

    Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village is coordinating plans for their 6th annual Key Lime Festival to be held Saturday, May 12, 10 am-4 pm. Family friendly activities scheduled at various times throughout the day will include:

    • Tropical/steel drum and dance music featuring Jimmy Pappas, John Patti & Ragady Lapsey
    •  Hot Flashz Dance Team
    •  Finest Face Painting by MaryRose
    •  Tarot card readings by Pamela
    •  Meet Luna the screech owl from Peace River Wildlife
    •  Photos with pony from Endless Trails
    •  Live art demonstrations
    •   Play the Key Lime Limbo game!

    Village specialty stores, restaurants and participating vendors will feature Key Lime products for sampling and purchase to include: key lime jewelry creations, key lime fragrances, Key Lime Pie, Caribbean jerk food, key lime loofa soaps, key lime yogurt, Lime-a-ritas, key lime infused water, key lime tarts, key lime martinis, key lime truffles, dressings, dips, gelato, fudge and taffy, honey, Margarita T-shirts, lime sweatshirts, tropical fine art, key lime pie ice cream, key lime shakes, key lime cookies and more!

    Admission and parking for the Key Lime Festival is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

    Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda, FL. 1 800 639-0020 or visit on line at www.fishville.com.


  • 19 Apr 2018 1:09 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota, FL, (April 19, 2018) – The Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival will bring both competitive and recreational teams to Nathan Benderson Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018. This is the first year that the event is part of Major Dragon Boat (MLDB), a racing series that brings camaraderie and spirit with a competitive edge to 10 cities across North America organized by GWN Dragon Boat.

    The festival will welcome 30 dragon boat teams looking to gain competitive experience by racing in a world-class sports facility.  Everyone in the community is welcome to come cheer on the teams and discover the magic of 22 hearts beating as one.

    The day’s festivities are an opportunity to immerse the community in the culture and spirit of dragon boat racing, which dates back 2,500 years to ancient China. Beyond the competition on the water, festivalgoers can enjoy a bustling Vendor Village, Beer Garden, Food Truck Bazaar and a Mini Asian Festival presented by Asia Trend Magazine.

    The event is in support of In the Pink, an organization dedicated to helping women heal, cope and survive the effects of cancer both physically and emotionally. “In the Pink is very proud to partner with GWN to host the dragon boat festival in Sarasota. Many of our breast cancer clients paddle on the local team and we are glad they are out in the water, exercising and enjoying life. Part of our mission is to help survivor’s feel good about themselves and exercising in nature certainly helps with that,” Jeri Millard, Founder & CEO, In the Pink.

    All the action takes place from 9AM-3PM. Festivities are free and open to the public. More information on the event can be found at www.gwndragonboat.com/sarasota

    ABOUT GWN DRAGON BOAT

    GWN Dragon Boat (www.gwndragonboat.com) is North America’s largest full-service dragon boat event production company. GWN is contracted to provide varying levels of service to over 30 annual festivals in Canada and the United States. GWN is the creator and owner of the only dragon boat event series in North America, Major League Dragon Boat, producing 10 festival properties throughout the year.  Since its inception in 1993, GWN has been involved in the production of both National and International level competitions, the execution of over 450 festivals, and has been the leader in developing the sport in local communities across North America. For more information, visit:  www.gwndragonboat.com

    ABOUT IN THE PINK

    In the Pink is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to helping women heal, cope and survive effects of cancer both physically and emotionally. They provide an extensive range of products, such as post-surgical garments, mastectomy prosthesis/bras, wigs, scarves, hats, skincare for radiation, lymphedema garments, and free yoga. For those with insurance, we file the claims for them. For those that have Medicaid or are uninsured, they are provided the items needed for free. For more information, visit: https://jaxinthepink.com/


  • 17 Apr 2018 11:10 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 17, 2018) – The worldwide Tai Chi celebration comes to G.T. Bray Park next weekend when local instructors offer free Tai Chi and Qigong lessons next Saturday. 

    G.T. Bray Park Tai Chi Instructor Shi Hon Dr. Brian Nell and instructors from across Southwest Florida will celebrate “One World, One Breath” on April 28 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the G.T. Bray Amphitheater, 2811 51st St. W., Bradenton. Participants will have the opportunity to sample a variety of Tai Chi styles during the event.

    Each year, thousands gather across the globe to practice Tai Chi and Qigong. For the fourth year in a row, G.T. Bray will host events to celebrate this gentle fitness practice. Beginning in New Zealand, Saturday's event will spread time zone by time zone across the globe through 60 countries and six continents. Promoting calm and wellness worldwide, this free event will feature local instructors who lead participants in a variety of mini classes. Each instructor will demonstrate their specialty in Tai Chi or Qigong and event participants will have the chance to follow along and practice too.

    “We are excited to once again bring this health practice to Manatee County and to share it with the community on a larger scale,” said Aedan Stockdale, Volunteer and Education Program Manager for Manatee County’s Parks and Natural Resources Department. “We began offering free and low cost Tai Chi classes quarterly at Robinson Preserve as part of our ‘Vitamin N’ program, promoting health and wellness in the preserves five years ago.

    "Along with yoga, running and walking and meditative walks, this program is intended to provide participants with a healthy dose of vitamin nature," Stockdale said. "Through this event Manatee County residents and visitors can be part of something larger, our community in breath and in step with the rest of the world.”

    Tai Chi and Qigong are movement practices that evolved over several thousand years of research in China and are now growing in popularity worldwide. They are used in hospitals, business, prisons, schools and other institutions. Tai Chi and Qigong have been shown in research to reduce anxiety, depression and chronic pain conditions. The practice can boost the immune system, improve respiratory function, burn calories, dramatically improve balance and provide powerful stress management tools.

    Ten instructors will donate their time and talents to host a sampling of mini classes for participants.

    Instructors participating in this year’s event include: Shi Hon Brian Nell, Shifu Germán García, Shifu Susan Scheuer, Sensei James Smith, Shifu JinSong Yan, Ismael Santiago, Gail Koser, Charlotte Thielen, Shifu David Christophy, Jason Perri and Sherry Fiedler

    Each of these teachers are donating their time to the 9th annual event, held for the fourth year at G.T. Bray. Shi Hon Dr. Brian Nell has taught Tai Chi in Manatee County’s Parks and Preserves for over five years, offering free and low cost classes at Robinson Preserve and weekly classes at G.T. Bray as part of the Center’s fitness program.

    The event is co-sponsored by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department and Cypress Pillar Healing Arts. For more information, visit the Facebook event or email Stockdale at Aedan.stockdale@mymanatee.org


  • 17 Apr 2018 10:00 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Greetings to all our friends!

    Attached you will find classes offered during May and some other exciting events.  Composting for Children, Garden Educator Training for Community Gardens, Water Conservation, and International Composting Awareness Week celebration.  Please note many gardening classes now have a fee for materials and publications.

      PR May 2018 Classes.pdf

    Garden Educator Training Series Manatee Summer 2018.jpg

    WW Util Bill 2018-2.jpg

    MIL Ad 2018.jpg

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office.

    Joann

    Joann Larson

    University of Florida IFAS Extension

    Manatee County Government

    PHONE: (941) 722-4524, Ext. 1828

    COUNTY WEB: www.mymanatee.org

    UF WEB: http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu 

    View and register for our classes here: http://uf-ifas-extension-manatee.eventbrite.com


  • 16 Apr 2018 4:53 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

     

    MANATEE COUNTY -- Citizens are invited to tree plantings planned for National Arbor Day on Friday, April 27.  These tree plantings events will recognize the value of trees to the 179 communities from Florida and thousands nationwide that are a Tree City/County USA.  Locally, Tree City USAs include Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, and Manatee County as a Tree County USA.  To become a Tree City/County USA, governments meet the following four requirements set by the National Arbor Day Foundation: a community must have a tree care ordinance, a legal tree governing body, a comprehensive urban forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

    FRIDAY, APRIL 27 ON NATIONAL ARBOR DAY

     

    8:00 a.m.  The City of Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee will be planting 1 Jamaican dogwood at Spring Lake Park, 6807 Holmes Blvd., funded by a donation to Keep Manatee Beautiful.

     8:45 a.m.  The City of Anna Maria will be enhancing its City at 311 South Bay Blvd. with 3 green buttonwoods funded by a donation to Keep Manatee Beautiful from Modern Woodmen of America.

     9:30 a.m.  The City of Bradenton Beach will be planting 3 Desert Cassias at Herb Dolan Park at 2501-2599 Avenue A North.

    10:15 a.m.  Manatee County Government will be enhancing Coquina Public Beach with a sabal palm in the North Parking Lot on Gulf Drive just north of the handicap areas by the bus loop.

    11:00 a.m.  The City of Palmetto will be planting 2 oak trees at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.  Parking is available at the Palmetto Youth Center next door at 501 17th St. W.

    12:00 p.m. (pending approval)  Manatee County Government will be planting a variety of tree types in the medians of El Conquistador Parkway to replace those removed when Florida Power & Light Company installed improved utility poles.  Parking is available at Wagner Realty, 3403 El Conquistador Pkwy.  

    1:00 p.m.  The City of Bradenton will be planting slash pines, crape myrtles, Ligustrum and Azaleas at the newly created John and Rebecca Neal Park located at the intersection of 9th Avenue West and 8th Avenue Drive West.  Ms. Dianne Charlton’s 5th Grade Science Students from Ballard Elementary, and Chairman Chris Gilbert, City of Bradenton Tree & Land Preservation Board will be doing a presentation on the types of trees planted and why they were chosen for this location.

    Officials and groups that will be part of these Arbor Day celebrations include:  city and county commission/council members and staff, Bradenton Tree and Land Preservation Board members, Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES members, Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Board members, Keep Manatee Beautiful, Manatee County Environmental Land Management and Acquisition Advisory Committee  members, Florida Forest Service representatives, and the contributors – Modern Woodmen of America and Osceola Chapter NSDAR.


  • 13 Apr 2018 11:25 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 13, 2018) – Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) will offer free service on Friday, April 20, as part of Try Transit Day, a regional campaign to promote public transit throughout the area.
     
    MCAT will offer free fixed route rides throughout the service day, from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., including Route 99 service into Sarasota and the Skyway ConneXion limited stop, express service to Pinellas County. The promotion is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s public awareness campaign to encourage commuters to consider alternative modes of transportation, especially for work commutes, which typically involve one vehicle transporting only one person.

    Transit Manager Bill Steele said Try Transit Day is a great way to highlight the benefits public transportation offers riders, including saving money on fuel, improving the environment by cutting down on carbon emissions and additional productive time on the commute to and from work.

    “Each year Try Transit Day is one of our most popular promotions,” Steele said. “Public transit benefits the environment and it cuts down on vehicular traffic in our county. Regular transit use allows passengers to save fuel costs, auto insurance and maintenance expense, and relieve the stress from bumper to bumper traffic.”

    Manatee County transit routes are now a part of Google Transit Maps, making route information available on all computers and smart phones with an Internet connection.

    MCAT serves Bradenton, Ellenton, Palmetto, Rubonia and the gulf beach communities. Fixed route buses run 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Fares are $1.50 each way and a Daily Unlimited Ride bus pass is only $4. Passengers may pay using U.S. coins and currency, M-Card, or R-Card transit passes.

    For information on MCAT routes and schedules visit http://www.mymanatee.org/mcat or call (941) 747-8621. To register for more information on car pools, transit, biking, walking and running as alternatives, visit www.commuterservicesFL.com 
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

 

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is a strong community-driven membership organization that focuses on business growth, partnership, opportunities and awareness. Its proud members are a wide variety of large and small business owners and their dedicated employees within the community. All of its valued members are committed to best businesses practices, networking opportunities, training, seminars, education, business connections, economic development and community expansion. Member businesses are located in, or doing business in, the Lakewood Ranch area, near Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Our proud members are dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community and speaking up for business needs in the community. The Alliance also has a strong working relationship with local Chambers of Commerce and is focused on creating awareness for local non-profit organizations.


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