Rep. Buchanan to hold listening sessions this week

January 17, 2013 

Buchanan to hold two listening sessions

MANATEE -- U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, will be holding two listening sessions on jobs, spending and the economy this week. To RSVP, call 941-951-6643.

The sessions are set for:

n Noon Friday at Manatee County Judicial Center, second floor jury room. 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

n 11 a.m. Saturday in the Sarasota County Commission Chamber, Sarasota County Administrative Office Building, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.

Health Department offers flu shots to businesses

MANATEE -- Florida is experiencing an early influenza season with elevated and widespread flu activity. For many, a flu infection will mean lost work or school days. As such, the Manatee County Health Department now offers flu shots on-site at local businesses.

Businesses with 10 or more interested employees are eligible to have a health department team visit to administer flu shots to employees. Dr. Jennifer Bencie, administrator of the Manatee County Health Department, says "providing flu shots to employees at their workplace saves time for employers and employees.

This year's flu activity is higher than we've seen in the past. It is not too late to receive a flu vaccine and it is the best tool we have to protect ourselves against the virus."

Flu shots are recommended for individuals older than six months. Flu shots are offered at $25 per person, and can also be obtained at the Manatee County Health Department. Medicare Part B is accepted. For more information, call the Manatee County Health Department 941-748-0747, ext. 1476.

Craft class to raise fundsfor Susan G. Komen walk

BRADENTON -- A Jan. 26 workshop to teach the art of making usable pine needle baskets will also be raising funds to fight cancer.

The class begins 1 p.m. Jan 26 at the Carlton Arms of Bradenton Lakeside Clubhouse, 1099 Carlton Arms Blvd., Bradenton. The class is specifically designed for beginners.

The fee is $35, which includes all materials and instruction. Because all proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure to fight breast cancer, the class fee is tax deductible.

To register, participants must call instructor Suzanne Niemann at 352-208-1761 by Jan. 23.

-- Herald staff reports

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