SCF sets China Town Hall meeting Oct. 28

October 10, 2013 

SCF sets 7th China Town Hall meeting for Oct. 28

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will stage the seventh annual China Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E., Sarasota.

The town hall presented by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations provides an opportunity to discuss Sino-American relations with leading experts. The event is free and open to the public.

The schedule:

• 5 p.m. check-in and appetizers;

• 6 p.m. national speaker Kevin Nealer, partner and principal of The Scowcroft Group; and

• 7 p.m. webcast with Madeleine Albright, 64th U.S. secretary of state.

To register, visit and complete the RSVP form. Information: e-mail

SCF Studio 84 Productions to present 'Bright Ideas'

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Studio 84 Productions will present the theater production "Bright Ideas" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre on the Bradenton campus.

A matinee performance is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The play is about parents Geneva and Joshua networking their way into getting their 3-year-old son off the waiting list and enrolled in the right preschool.

The cast includes SCF students Jade Turner, Jason Ellis, Alexandra Cowan, Jordan Dixon, Maria Pederson, Dylan Buckley, Jaelynn Clark, Adam Condor, Mary Ellis, Belinda Velez and Molly Williford.

General admission is $12. Tickets are $10 for students and SCF employees.

The play contains adult situations and language; audience discretion is advised.

Information: 941-752-5252.

'Concert in the Park' will feature student orchestras

BRADENTON -- Orchestras from Manatee and Braden River high schools and Braden River, Haile, King, Lee Middle and Nolan middle schools will perform a "Concert in the Park" at McKechnie Field on Saturday, Oct. 19. Gates will open at 5 p.m., and the music will begin at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 per family and can be purchased at the gate or in advance at any participating school. Proceeds benefit the Manatee County Schools Orchestra Program. The show is presented by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders.

Information: David Pope, Manatee High director of orchestras, 714-7300, ext. 2186.

SE High School FFA chapter wins forestry competition

MANATEE -- Five members of the Southeast High FFA chapter took first place in the District 10 Forestry Career Development Event in Punta Gorda Oct. 3.

Students Luis Solorzano, Kaylee Betts, Zach Butler, Colt Travis and Paula Strasser-Dykxhoorn correctly identified trees based on leaves, disorders affecting trees, tools used for the forestry industry the amount of wood in a plot of trees based on diameter and height. The team also had to interpret a topographic map.

The team now competes at the State Finals in November in Perry.

Bradenton Woman's Club sets school district event

BRADENTON -- Bradenton Woman's Club will host guest speakers Diana Greene, Manatee County School District deputy superintendent of instructional services, and Bill Jones, principal of Manatee School for the Arts, for an information session about the challenges the school district is facing, including budget issues and curricula.

Greene and Jones will take questions for an open discussion with the audience.

The program is noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for refreshments.

Information: 729-9248.

Keiser University to hold 'Scare Fair' Oct. 30

SARASOTA -- Keiser University will have its Scare Fair Open House 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30.

The public is invited to join faculty, staff and students of Keiser University for refreshments, games and prizes. Costumes welcome.

Admissions counselors will lead tours and financial aid advisers will be available. Visit for more information.

-- Herald staff reports

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