Taiwanese students visit Pine Avenue and the Sandbar Restaurant
The University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee's College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership has kicked off a 10-month international student certificate program. The school is hosting nine students from the Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in Taiwan. On Aug. 20, the students toured Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island focusing on the Merchants Community Gardens project that has recently been implemented. The tour was led by Michael Miller, native plant and habitat expert and Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, Beachhouse and Mar Vista restaurants and managing partner in the Pine Avenue Restoration project. The students will work with Chef Mil Burak, an award winning chef and visiting professor from Turkey, to create a selection of recipes that will feature each of the vegetables growing in the Pine Avenue Merchant Gardens. Additionally, the students will develop recipes, prepare and serve tastings, and interact with the public to explain the vegetables and their nutritional value. This public tasting part of their study will take place on Pine Avenue sometime in October. One of the highlights of the tour was a tasting lunch at the Sandbar restaurant where they were able to taste a variety of locally produced, heritage items Chiles is incorporating into his restaurants menus.
ADK members attend convention
This summer, the Alpha Delta Kappa International Convention was held in Washington D.C. Representing Beta Tau, a local chapter of this educational sorority benefiting children and educators, were Pat Watkins, left, and Ginny Upshaw. The conference's two main altruistic projects voted to support are St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the Alzheimer's Association.
Kiwanis Club volunteers at fishing clinic
Jim Eliason instructs Emily Giraldo on the proper use of a fishing rod at the Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural Museum's recent Gone Fishin' Social. Eliason is a member of the Kiwanis Club of North Manatee. The Ccub sponsored a casting clinic and contest at the event, awarding prizes to all participants. The club is a strong supporter of the museum by participating in events during the year, including adopting one of the park buildings during the annual Halloween Social.
ELKS LODGE RAISES FUNDS FOR VETS
Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota ELK Lodge No. 2855, 4908 Lena Road, recently held a fundraiser for K9s For Vets and successfully raised more than $3,000 for the cause. K9s For Vets supplies companion dogs to vets who have invisible disorders such as diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure and post traumatic stress disorder. These dogs are trained to alert their masters to an impending crisis in their bodies. To date, K9s for Vets has supplied more than 103 dogs free of charge to vets of all American conflicts as long as the vet is rated at least 70 percent disabled by the Veterans Adminstration. So far the Lodge has raised almost $8,000 for this organization over the last year. Pictured are Rick Thorson and Mike Halley of K9s For Veterans.Org.