Business Briefs: Law firm offers free citizenship classes in Bradenton

September 14, 2013 

Firm offers free citizenship classes

BRADENTON -- Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering free citizenship classes every Monday starting Oct. 28.

Classes, designed to help those seeking to become U.S. residents, will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Ivey Professional Bldg. 435 12th Street W., Bradenton.

Topics will include eligibility for citizenship, "good moral character" issues, and civics. In particular, the interview process and 100 questions comprising the test will be reviewed. Participants may attend more than one meeting, and meetings are open to everyone.

Tom Goldman, senior partner, said attendance at the classes will help candidates improve chances of success at the interview.

Registration is not required. For more information, call 941-773-1523 or email

Blues Backyard BBQ on Bridge Street

BRADENTON BEACH -- The Bridge Street Merchants are hosting an evening of blues music and BBQ.

The event will take place on Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island Sept. 21 from 5 p.m. to 10p.m.

The event will feature a BBQ and a full bar with beer, wine, and liquor. Entrance is free to the public.

Dancing, hula hooping, life size Jenga and shopping for handmade crafts will be offered, as well as live music.

The event will take place in the same lot used for the popular Bridge Street Sunday Markets held November-April and the Summer Saturday evening markets on historic Bridge Street, adjacent to the Fish Hole Adventure Golf.

Parking is available at the three piers area just south of Bridge Street with additional parking available at the City Pier or in the city lot behind Bridge Street Bistro but organizers suggest event attendees take advantage of the free island trolley which runs until 10:30 p.m.

Open house set for medical center

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- State College of Florida's Lakewood Ranch campus will host an Open House from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Medical Technology and Simulation Center.

The Open House, which recognizes SCF's 10-year anniversary at Lakewood Ranch, will include tours of the Center for Innovation and Technology and the Medical Technology and Simulation Center, SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E., Sarasota. The event is free and open to the public.

Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to learn about SCF programs and services and get a start on the admissions process. Dual enrollment for high school students and Associate in Science in Nursing info sessions also will take place.

More information is available at or call SCF Lakewood Ranch at 941-363-7150.

-- Herald staff report.

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