Braden River cleanup event set for Saturday

January 22, 2013 

Braden River cleanup event set for Saturday

EAST MANATEE -- The Old Braden River Historical Society, in partnership with Keep Manatee Beautiful, is hosting a river cleanup event 8:30 a.m. - noon Saturday. Participants will launch from King Ranch, off Morgan Johnson Road.

The cleanup will covers the saltwater side north of the dam. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts being served. The launch follows at 9 a.m., and the cleanup usually concludes between 11:30 a.m. and noon. A light lunch will be served afterward. Information: oldbradenriver.org

Chowder cook-off rescheduled to Feb. 3

BRADENTON BEACH -- The Bridge Street Merchants, the Bridge Street Market and Sea-renity Spa & Boutique present a creative chowder cook-off competition and live music by the Tangled Mangos from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3.

This is a new date after unpredictable weather forced a cancellation for the Chowder Challenge originally scheduled earlier this month,

Tasting costs $5 and happens 11:30 a.m. -2 p.m. There's still room at the challenge table for additional entrants.

Information: 215-906-0668.

Braden River library to host Asolo Readers

EAST MANATEE -- The Friends of the Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., welcome the Asolo Theatre Play Readers, who will entertain the audience starting 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The talented group will present an entertaining selection of humorous scenes from various plays.

Light refreshments will be served starting at 10 a.m., and the Friends will hold a brief annual meeting immediately prior to the program.

Seating for this free program will be available on a first come, first serve basis. No registration is necessary. Information: 941-727-6079.

Rubonia historic marker to be unveiled on Saturday

RUBONIA -- the Manatee County Historical Society will be unveiling a new historical marker 11:30 a.m. Saturday celebrating the many years of the Rubonia Silver Leaf Women's Club and their special clubhouse at 1125 72nd Street East,

The long wooden building with its high roof was first constructed during World War II at MacDill Air Force Base and used as a barracks building. After the war ended it was declared surplus, along with other buildings and eventually was offered to the ladies of the Silver Leaf Women's Club. The ladies of the club worked for many years to pay off their mortgage while they enjoyed their clubhouse building, complete with auditorium, kitchen and dining facilities.

The building was storm damaged and had to be demolished in 2012.

Regatta Pointe Nautical expo rescheduled to May

PALMETTO --The Regatta Pointe Nautical Association nautical expo has been rescheduled for May 4-5. The expo will be at the marina, 1005 Riverside Drive, as part of an ongoing effort to grow and strengthen the region's boating community. There is no cost for entry and countless more freebies for the public to enjoy.

Free events and activities planned:

n Live entertainment daily

n High-quality boating seminars

n Boating demo rides

n Powerboat/sailboat show (more than 50 boats in the water)

n Wide variety of marine outfitters, suppliers, services and more.

Seminars will be held in the Eagle's Nest on the third floor of the River House Reef & Grill building, overlooking the historic Green Bridge and the Manatee River. For up-to-date information, visit RegattaPointeMarina.com.

-- Herald staff reports

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