SARASOTA -- Say It With Stitches, a Bernina dealer at 5750 S. Tamiami Trail, will host a Super Sew Day celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Attendees will have the opportunity to create a customized baby blanket or guest linen using Bernina's new B 780 E embroidery machine and DesignWorks software suite. Demonstrations of the new machine and software suite also will be provided.
There is no cost to attend and food will be available. To reserve a space at the event, call 941-925-3855 by Friday.
Habitat ReStore to feature 'Artist in the Foyer'
BRADENTON -- Manatee Habitat ReStore on Cortez will feature artist Joneen Nielsen as the October "Artist in the Foyer."
Nielsen's furniture and artwork is currently on display at the 4105 Cortez Road store. A special artist demonstration of painted furniture is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Proceeds from the sale of art benefits Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.
Nielsen has exhibited internationally in London and Scotland and has had work on exhibit in California and Florida. Her most recent project is a mural at the Children's Treatment Center at Manatee Glens.
Majical Miniatures offers travel fundraiser
PARRISH -- Majical Miniatures Animal Care & Education Center, a nonprofit, has collaborated with Your Travel & Cruise Concierge to offer a group cruise fundraiser.
On the ship the Norwegian Sky, the cruise will be March 15-18 and will visit Nassau and Norwegian's own private Island, Great Stirrup Cay. Majical Miniatures will be hosting an open house cruise night from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at 16506 Golf Course Road.
Majical Miniatures takes care of injured, orphaned, neglected or just unwanted exotic, farm and wild animals.
First Bank to sponsor fall festival
LONGBOAT KEY -- First Bank will sponsor the Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at The Centre Shops of Longboat Key.
The festival will feature the First Bank Cash Cruiser, a classic car show, live music, food, a farmers market, artists, antiques and collectibles, shopping, displays, wine tastings and a variety of vendors. Parking and admission to the festival is free. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the Longboat Key Historical Society.
Fresh Market to hold pumpkin sampling
BRADENTON -- A pumpkin sampling event will be held Saturday and Sunday at Fresh Market.
Pumpkin pie, apple cider, honeycrisp apples, pumpkin chocolate chip pound cake and bread and other items will be available.
The event will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
For local store informa
tion, visit http://www.thefreshmarket.com/stores.
Lakewood Financial launches new website
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Lakewood Financial, an independent insurance broker, has launched a redesigned website with the assistance from Webtivity Design Solutions.
You can find Lakewood Financial online at www.lwfinancial.com.
Catering company named for convention center
BRADENTON -- Milan Catering and Event Design, LLC was recently named the Bradenton Area Convention Center's on-site catering company.
"We are excited to become a partner of the recently renovated convention center," said Chef Roberta Montelione, executive chef of Milan Catering and Event Design. "In addition to our five-star rated menus, our event designers and stylists can create the perfect decor for the center."
FedEx details major cost-cutting plan
NEW YORK -- FedEx Corp., the world's second-largest package delivery company, on Wednesday detailed its plan to boost profit by $1.7 billion annually by shedding jobs, aircraft and underused assets.
FedEx aims to reach that goal within three years through cost cuts and efficiency improvements. The much anticipated restructuring is a response to a shift by customers to slower, less expensive means of delivery as the global economy struggles to grow.
Founder and CEO Fred Smith said most of the cost cuts will come in the company's Express and Services units, which have been hurt the most by the global economic conditions.
New book digs into Netflix's origins, evolution
SAN FRANCISCO -- Netflix is probably hoping a new book about its early history never gets made into a movie.
The book, "Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs," tries to debunk a widely told tale about the company's origins and paints a polarizing portrait of its star CEO Reed Hastings.
Set to go on sale Thursday, the book arrives at a pivotal time for Netflix Inc. The video subscription service is still recovering from a customer backlash triggered by Hastings' hasty decision to raise U.S. prices by as much as 60 percent last year. Investors remain leery of Netflix as its expenses for Internet video rights steadily climb. That's the main reason Netflix's stock remains about 75 percent below its peak of nearly $305 reached right around the time Hastings announced the price increases 15 months ago.
-- Herald staff, wire reports