Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome begins Oct. 19

September 19, 2013 

Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome set Oct. 19

MANATEE -- The annual Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms Oct. 19 will feature the 12th annual Buddy Walk organized by the Manasota Bringing Up Down Syndrome organization and the National Down Syndrome Society.

The 1-mile advocacy walk drew more than 1,600 participants a year ago. The goal is 2,000 walkers this year at $15 a person.

Registration for walkers begins at 8:30 a.m. with the walk to follow at 10:45 a.m. beginning near the large concert stage at the southwest corner of the farm. A silent auction and raffle drawing will follow the walk.

There is no registration fee for a person with Down Syndrome. Each registered participant will receive admission to the Pumpkin Festival and an official T-shirt.

To register or donate online, go to manasotabuds.org. Hunsader Farms is on County Road 675 between state roads 64 and 70 about 10 miles east of Interstate 75.

Plant fundraiser features 50 free seedlings

PALMETTO -- A plant fundraiser will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W.

Proceeds benefit the Manatee County Extension Master Gardener Educational Gardens and Greenhouse.

Natives, shrubs, succulents, ground covers, vegetables, trees, herbs and ornamental grasses available. Free seedlings to the first 50 customers.

Information: 941-722-4524.

Superintendent Mills will discuss Manatee schools

BRADENTON -- The East Manatee Republican Club will have its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. Cost is $15.

Superintendent of Schools Rick Mills and associate superintendents Don Hall and Diana Greene will discuss what is happening in school and how they can improve the Manatee County educational system. Reservations required to Diane Garcia, 941-739-3813 or e-mail longboatfl@aol.com

Bradenton resident will hold book-signing Oct. 26

MANATEE -- Author Jennifer Alden, a two-year Bradenton resident, has scheduled a book-signing 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Family Christian Book Store, 5203 Cortez Road.

"After my recovery from an illness and being near your beautiful ocean, I have been inspired, as all eight of my books have been either composed, written and/or published since I moved here to Bradenton," Alden said.

Sarasota County promotes veteran Slapp to captain

SARASOTA -- Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight promoted Lt. Jeff Slapp to captain last week.

Slapp joined the sheriff's office in 1985 and became a lieutenant in 2006. He most recently supervised the training section, and is credited with introducing progressive skills and technologies to training programs. He will now bring his management skills to the Public Safety Communications Center.

"Jeff is always striving to better the production of his command," said Knight. "He earned his new position through hard work and dedication."

Slapp has a master's degree in criminology from the University of South Florida, is a 2009 graduate of the Saint Leo University Command Officer Development Training Course and an adjunct professor at Keiser University.

-- Herald staff reports

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