Vin's People: Jazz in Courtyard, dance team recital at schools

May 10, 2013 

Some of our talented scholastic performers will be doing their artistic thing for your enjoyment and it's free.

Friday, it's Jazz in the Courtyard at Manatee High School, 902 33rd St. Court W., Bradenton.

Showtime is 7 p.m.

Both jazz bands will play, refreshments will be on sale and all you need to bring are lawn chairs.

Then at 7 p.m. May 14, Braden River High School, 6545 State Road 70E., hosts a recital featuring its Black Pearls and Silver Pearls dance teams, the Tara Elementary School dance team and the Braden River Middle School Panther Dancers.

Again, it's free.

• That wily ol' stork just arrived for Gisella Tokumoto and Juan Rios, bringing 5-year-old Shinji a baby sister, Hana.

• Good luck to the Miss Manatee 8-U All-Star team at the 2013 USSSA REC Ball Tournament this weekend at Palma Sola Park. The team includes Amanda Estling, Caitlin Flitcraft, Hailey Hirter, Brooke James, Amanda Lee, Riley O'Neill, Hannah Ott, Isabelle Pettis, Taylor Shephard, Miriam Traugutt, Kelsey Vogel, Jessica Wagner and Naomi Whinery. Coaches are Joe Ott, Laura Estling, Todd Lee and Jon James.

• Mabel Woodcock is 100 years young May 18.

• Dr. Sheila Halpin completed the recent St. Anthony's Triathlon (1.5K swim/40K bike/10K run) in a field of 3,500 competitors from 44 states and 23 countries along downtown St. Petersburg's waterfront.

• There's going to be a big bash for some special women Saturday at the 13th Av Dream Center.

It's a celebration of life for Reatha Mae Hayes, who is 97 years young today, and siblings Armenia Barkley, 92, Essie Daniels, 88, and Ida Mae Daniels, 86.

• Manatee Cal Ripken Baseball's 8U All-Stars are Christopher Conboy, Justin Cook, Alex Heintz, Judson Hildreth, Ashton Lamb, Jason McReynolds, Jack Muller, Ryan O'Sullivan, Dylan Reiser, Tristan Schellinger, Rylen Stockton, Jaden Stockton and Lucas Viera.

The ballclub begins district tournament play at Ocala in June.

Coaches are Lee Heintz, Mike Stockton and Shane Reiser.

Anyone interested in making a donation or being a sponsor call Kristin Heintz at 941-720-2356.

• Manatee County Gator Club International Gator Day is May 18 at the downtown No Kill Shelter, 1002B Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton. Volunteers bathe dogs and give them walks in hour-long shifts at 10 and 11 a.m.

E-mail Jackie Elmore at to sign up.

• That's 45 years of wedded bliss for Lynn and Doug Egger.

• Big ups to St. Joseph Catholic School's tennis team, new Gulf Coast League champions. They are Courtney Berardi, Danielle Bolle, Elijah Bolle, Karissa Bolle, Abby Cuva, Ethan Hudson, Jimmy Heagerty, Joey Heagerty and Noah Koike. Coach is Joe Cuva with assistant Jay Heagerty. Krys Kolbe is athletic director.

• Lee Middle School seventh-grader Katie Henderson is 13 Sunday. Cheers from Jimmy, Marley, Cas, Hannah, Savannah, Marilyn and Bill.

• Bridge Church at Palma Sola Bay, 4000 75th St. W., is holding a takeout barbecue fundraiser Friday and Saturday to help Olivia Roemer and Chelsea Stephens go on a mission to the Dominican Republic in July.

To place barbecue orders, call Bruce Roemer at 941-448-6906 or Jackie Roemer at 941-518-6243.

Pick-up will be 5-8 p.m. Friday and 4-7 p.m. Saturday at church.

• Finally, when state Rep. Jim Boyd approached the room where he was speaking to Rogers Garden Elementary School fifth-graders Tuesday morning, a handmade sign was taped to the door.

It read, "The Aliens Have Landed."

Boyd turned to yours truly and quipped, "Think they mean you."

I resemble that remark.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix.

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