Fifth Chowdown for Charity tickets selling fast

October 9, 2013 

Chowdown Charity opens Thursday

PALMETTO -- The fifth annual Chowdown for Charity will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Riverhouse Banquets and Weddings facility, 995 Riverside Drive.

"Tickets have been selling at a fast pace -- we encourage you to purchase today," said Kate Atkin, Chowdown for Charity event marketing chairwoman in a press release. "It is not likely tickets will be available for purchase at the door."

This culinary event features nine restaurants competing for the coveted "Best of" Chowdown Trophy. Dishes will be judged by a celebrity panel including Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett, Maverick Johnson, Summer Smith and Vin Mannix, Bradenton Herald columnist.

Four culinary program students will compete in a dessert competition, including students from Manatee Technical Institute, Manatee High School, Southeast High School and the University of South Florida. Celebrity chefs Ray Arpke and Derek Barnes will judge this category.

The event supports culinary education in Manatee County schools.

Event attendees will enjoy samplings from area restaurants and culinary programs in Manatee County then vote for the "people's choice" for the top restaurant.

Tickets are available at or by calling 941-545-3620. Tickets are $50 in advance, including complimentary bar or $60 at the door (if available). Information: 941-365-2800 or

Terra Ceia Island Arts & Craft Show opens Saturday

TERRA CEIA -- The Terra Ceia Island Arts & Craft Show on Sunday will feature a wide variety of exhibitors this year, officials said.

Exhibitors will include those selling custom wood furniture, lamps, pottery, hand-painted and hand-sewn items, jewelry, homemade honey, fishing and shell items, metal and wood sculpture, plants, fresh vegetables and fruits. There will be food and beverage sales, homemade baked and canned goods, books and hand-painted glasses, with raffle prizes and drawings every half-hour throughout the day.

The show is slated for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at SeaBreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, on Terra Ceia Island. Music will be provided by local band, "A Little Off Key."

Admission and parking are free.

The show is put on by the Village Improvement Association and its partner, the Suncoast affiliate of Susan G. Komen, Faces of Courage, and the SunCoast Communities Blood Bank.

The 110-year-old Village Improvement Association is devoted to improving the community. Information: Tammy Pruett, event coordinator, 941-465-6890, or e-mail Also go to

MTI welding student benefit lunch set Thursday

MANATEE -- A lunch has been scheduled to support Jonathon Brockhoff's fight against lymphoma.

Manatee Technical Institute (MTI East), 6305 State Road 70 in Bradenton, will play host to a lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

For just $5, lunch includes two tostadas, rice and a drink. Desserts will be available and on sale as well.

Brockhoff attended the MTI welding school. Information: 941-545-8222.

18th Avenue West closure extended to Oct. 25

BRADENTON -- The emergency road closure has been extended at the 6600 block of 18th Avenue West through Oct. 25.

Claude Tankersley, director of public works, and Steve Sibert, engineering specialist, made the announcement Tuesday in a press release.

The road closure is necessary for emergency utility repair.

Call Anthony Moore, city of Bradenton, at 941-708-6300, ext. 241, with any questions.

Central Library to close Monday, reopen Tuesday

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Central Library will be closed Monday for in-service training for library staff. It will reopen normal hours Tuesday.

No branch libraries will be affected since the Central Library is the only location normally open on Mondays.

The central library is at 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West in downtown Bradenton.

For more information, call the library at 941-748-5555, ext. 6307. For general information about the Manatee County Public Library System, visit

-- Herald staff reports

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