5,000-item auction will benefit animals this weekend

September 4, 2013 

5,000-item auction will benefit animals

ANNA MARIA -- A garage sale with more than 5,000 items to benefit Manatee County Animal Services; effort to become a no-kill shelter and treat heartworm in its animals will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 318 Magnolia Ave.

Cash only. All proceeds will be used for medical treatment of shelter animals. Dog and cat food also will be collecged at the sale, said Caryn Hodge, marketing director of Chiles Restaurant Group. Information: 941-713-3105.

Sarasota will remember 9/11 terror attacks

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota Police Department will join the city of Sarasota, Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and the Sarasota County Fire Department to remember the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the front entrance of the Sarasota Police Department at 2099 Adams Lane.

The event is free and open to the public.

Half-marathon scheduled at Palmer Ranch Dec. 1

SARASOTA -- Registration is open for the fourth annual SAL Half Marathon on Palmer Ranch to be held Dec. 1.

Proceeds benefit the Sheriff's Activities League of Sarasota County (formerly PAL).

The 13.1-mile race takes runners on a USA Track and Field-certified course along the Legacy Trail. A relay option will allow two runners to cover 6.55 miles.

The post-race party includes music, prize drawings, vendors, food by Carrabba's Italian Grill and the awards ceremony.

To register go to salhalfmarathon.org oractive.com. Running club members and high school track team members can register for $55; fee for nonmembers is $60. Club member relay teams can register for $110 or $120 for nonmembers.

Information: Bo Keusch at 941-809-8979.

Manatee Habitat 'homecoming' in Ellenton

ELLENTON -- There will be a "homecoming" celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hope Landing, the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity's housing community under development in Ellenton.

The event will be highlighted by a cookout and family fun afternoon by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, a partner in the program to "set up" homes just before the families move in.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is part of the 4 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The ELCA's motto is "God's work. Our hands."

As a part of the celebrations, each one of the nearly 10,000 congregations across the country has been asked to participate in a community outreach project Sunday.

"Looking to find a place to serve," said Gloria Dei Pastor Rosemary Wheeler Backer in a press release.

Gloria Dei did the setup for the first Hope Landing unit in April, providing household items such as dishes, pots and pans,bed linens, curtains and bathroom accessories, and filling the refrigerator and kitchen shelves with food donated by Our Daily Bread.

The congregation then partnered with other Anna Maria Island churches in setting up another unit in June.

-- Herald staff reports

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