Walgreens bus offers free health screenings
BRADENTON -- Renaissance on 9th will play host to the Walgreens Way to Well Tour Bus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour is and initiative to improve the health of Americans nationwide. A fleet of five customized vehicles simultaneously tour the United States and Puerto Rico.
The bus will offer free health tests and risk assessments designed to provide participants with personal health insights that may indicate symptoms and potential risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Tests include: total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight.
Collectively the health tests, valued at more than $100, are administered to adults age 18 years and older by certified wellness staff and can be completed in 20 minutes.
Renaissance on 9th is at 1816 Ninth St., Bradenton.
Car and Motorcycle show to benefit Flight to North Pole
MANATEE -- The Car and Motorcycle Show will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, 600 U.S. 301.
The Car and Motorcycle Show benefits the Flight to the North Pole show in December for terminally ill children. Sponsored by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the nonprofit Flight to the North Pole Foundation was started in 1985 by Eastern Airlines flight attendants.
Each year, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport Fire Department make the Flight to the North Pole a memorable event for about 100 terminally ill children and their families. The day is filled with a visit from Santa, presents, lunch, clowns, animals and a children's chorus.
The Car/Motorcycle show is sponsored by Manatee County Sheriff's Office employees to raise monies for the Flight to the North Pole. Registrations is $10 before the show and $15 at the show. Family activities will include vendors, music, silent auction, food and face painting. Manatee River Harley Davidson will be present with the motorcycle simulator. Tampa Bay Rays will be set up to hand out giveaways and Raymond will greet all visitors. Flower's Bakery will hand out free cupcake items and 92.1 - The Coast radio station will be doing a live remote.
Information: Yvonne Gard, 941-747-3011, ext. 2273.
Fredenberg named top employee for saving life
MANATEE -- Alicia Fredenberg has been named Employee of the Month for October by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Fredenberg woke Sept. 18 to find her fiancé asleep in the recliner, but did not disturb him as she left home to run errands. When she returned, he was still in the chair, his breathing was labored, he had a faint pulse and was unresponsive, so she called 911.
While waiting for EMS, Fredenberg started CPR. He was transported to the hospital and the emergency room staff credited her actions for saving his life.
"For her quick and appropriate response, Alicia Fredenberg is awarded Employee of the Month for October," said Sheriff Brad Steube in a press release.
Sculpting competition highlights SandBlast
MANATEE -- America Recycles Day at SandBlast 2013 is now Saturday at Coquina Public Beach at the south end of Anna Maria Island.
The sponsor is the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau with Anna Maria Island Beach Café and Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. The Anna Maria Island Privateers' Pirate Invasion will include Pirate Crews, treasure hunt, scurvy pub crawl, live music, food, drink, arts and crafts, period enactors, pirate garb and a play area.
SandBlast include a 14-team sand sculpture competition with an Open Division for adults and a School Division pairing youth groups with local business sponsors to raise funds to support Keep Manatee Beautiful's programs and events.
SandBlast celebrates America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day (Nov. 15) dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.
A professional sand sculpture team called Team Sandtastic will start Wednesday building an 80-ton exhibition sculpture at the Coquina Public Beach. Free clinics by Team Sandtastic will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to learn the tips, tricks and techniques of sand sculpting.
Team Sandtastic set a Guinness World Record for the tallest sand sculpture built by hand in less than 100 hours, a 28-foot 7¼-inch carousel with 240 tons of sand at Georgia's Stone Mountain Park in 1998.
To enter a team or sponsor one of the teams registered thus far with a $300 tax-deductible donation, call Keep Manatee Beautiful at 795-8272 or visit manateebeautiful.com for America Recycles Day at SandBlast details and entry form.
Mullet Toss to return Nov. 9 on Terra Ceia Island
TERRA CEIA ISLAND -- The Mullet Toss will be back Nov. 9 for the annual Mullet Smoke Off on Terra Ceia Island.
The fishermen of Terra Ceia Island net and smoke mullet for the Mullet Smoke-Off 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
Smoked mullet will be for sale individually and in dinners, along with, hotdogs, barbecue pork, desserts and beverages, including beer.
Anglers will compete for the No. 1 smoked mullet title. There also will be a cast netting contest and Mullet Toss. Music provided by "Soul Purpose."
Raffle prizes available. Original design smoke off T-shirts will be on sale.
The Village Improvement Association is 110-plus years old with many of the historical sites in Manatee County.
Free parking and admission. No pets or coolers please. Terra Ceia Island is off U.S. 19 north of Palmetto.
Information: Janet Thoreson, 941-729-2328, firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Herald staff reports