Naval officer to talk trends with Manatee Women GOP
BRADENTON -- The Women of Manatee County Republican Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W.
The speaker will be U.S. Navy Cmder. (retired) Donna Fournier, a graduate of The Naval War College. She will discuss trends in national defense and foreign policy.
For reservations, call 773-512 9366 by Oct. 30. Lunch at noon for $17.
Bradenton Blues Festival calls for memorabilia bids
BRADENTON -- Realize Bradenton, the nonprofit behind the Bradenton Blues Festival, is taking bids on "Blues 2," the original artwork created for the festival by celebrated Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPré.
Also on the auction block are "Blue Note" diamond earrings valued at $3,500 and created by master gemologist and appraiser Tom Seguin. The public is invited to view these creations and make a bid at Suncoast Gems, 4016 Cortez Road West, Suite 1201, in Bradenton.
Starting bids are $1,500 and bid increments are $100. Bidding is open through Dec. 4. The final live auction will take place around 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Bradenton Blues Festival just before acclaimed blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland takes the stage. Proceeds benefit Realize Bradenton's youth and music programs.
Additional Bradenton Blues Festival merchandise and memorabilia include T-shirts, hats and a handful of last year's limited-edition poster -- all on sale at Keeton's Office and Art Supply, 817 Manatee Ave. W. in downtown Bradenton, and at manateeapparel.com/realizebradenton/home.
The Bluesfest lineup includes Copeland; Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang; Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot; guitarist, singer and songwriter Anthony Gomes; blues star John Nemeth; Mississippi soul-blues man Johnny Rawls; the Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling band; and blues star, Albert Castiglia. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the gate; $25 per person for groups of 10 or more; $20 for students; and $10 for children, ages 5-12. Children 4-under admitted free. Information: BradentonBluesFestival.org.
MTI 'Meet the Instructor' series opens Wednesday
MANATEE -- The public is invited to the first event in a new Manatee Technical Institute series called, "Meet the Instructor," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at MTI's State Road 70 East campus.
Marina Proskurina, MTI digital design instructor, will present her work and engage guests in a discussion about the creative process in the school auditorium at 6305 SR 70 E., said Maura Howl, MTI grants and public relations specialist.
The series is to give the community an opportunity to learn more about MTI faculty, to create a stronger sense of community, and to encourage an exchange of ideas, Howl said.
The Professional Photographer of America magazine has indicated it will soon publish "Wings of Galaxy," one of Proskurina's works, which will be discussed, Howl added.
"My inspiration is always a night sky," Proskurina said. "I am thinking about eternity and life beyond human life. I ask myself, 'When the planets are moving or flying in space, do they follow God's formula or Golden Mean?'"
Proskurina said she used Golden Mean Spirals and Fibonacci Spirals in "Wings of Galaxy."
Ellenton Rummage and bake sale set this weekend
ELLENTON -- The Ellenton United Methodist Women will hold their semi-annual rummage and bake sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church at 3607 U.S. 301 N.
Funds will go toward mission projects. Fresh baked goods, lunch and snacks will be available.
Household goods, clothing, collectables, seasonal and holiday items will be in Fellowship Hall and the Christian Life Center. Furniture items, tools, books, and many other items will be available for economical prices.
The circa 1884 church has returned to services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday and everyone is welcome. The new pastor is Rev. Elizabeth Murchison. Information: 941-729-6802.
-- Herald staff reports