SCF holiday concert topped by Sarasota Pops

November 27, 2013 

The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Chamber Choir. PHOTO PROVIDED

Sarasota Popsto top SCF'sholiday show

BRADENTON -- The holiday season will be celebrated with an assortment of holiday music performed by the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and Guitar Ensemble along with Sarasota Pops Orchestra and Gloria Musicae at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.

"Holiday Potpourri!" will feature the following performances: "Carols and Lullabies of the Southwest" by SCF Chamber Choir and Gloria Musicae; "A Musicological Journey Through the 12 Days of Christmas" by SCF Concert Choir and Sarasota Pops Orchestra; and "Vocalise, Opus 34" by Guitar Ensemble and guest artist Martha Lopez, soprano.

SCF choirs are under the direction of Melodie Dickerson. Rex Willis is director of the SCF Guitar Ensemble.

Gloria Musicae is a Sarasota professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Joseph Holt with performances by guest artist Anne Hobson, harp, formerly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and George Nickson, percussionist with the Sarasota Orchestra.

Under the direction of Robyn Bell, SCF director of instrumental studies, the Sarasota Pops Orchestra is comprised of more than 60 musicians.

General admission is $8. Tickets are $4 for students and SCF employees.

Information: 941-752-5351 or Neel Performing Arts Center box office at 941-752-5252. Maps and directions online at

FHP patrols plan to target aggressive holiday driving

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Highway Patrol will increase its presence on Florida's roads throughout the four-day holiday weekend starting Thursday.

FHP, with the help of its auxiliary and reserve troopers, will participate in the nationwide Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Operation CARE will focus on impaired driving, speeding, following too closely and other aggressive diving behaviors during the holiday weekend.

Troopers will also conduct strict enforcement of safety belt and child restraint laws.

During last year's Thanksgiving holiday period, FHP troopers issued more than 9,300 citations for traffic related violations. Of those, 4,039 drivers were cited for speeding, 657 for safety belt violations, and 145 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.

FHP troopers also provided roadside assistance to more than 2,300 motorists.

Palmetto holiday fooddrive set for Dec. 6-7

PALMETTO -- The Palmetto Historical Park is collecting non-perishable food items from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6-7 during Palmetto's Christmas in the Park to help stock the food pantry at First United Methodist Church of Palmetto. Those attending the free event at 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, can drop contributions in a collection box at one of two main park entrances.

"I feel people should donate because as members of the Palmetto and Manatee County community it's important that we recognize that there are those less fortunate in their circumstances," said Diane Ingram, supervisor at Manatee County Agricultural Museum Inc.

Since January, the food pantry has provided for 2,942 families. The pantry is operated by volunteers from First United Methodist Church of Palmetto, Family of God Methodist Church and Ellenton Methodist Church.

Information: 941-721-2034.

All Faiths Food Bankaccepts $5,000 donation

SARASOTA -- Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight presented a check Tuesday for $5,000 to All Faiths Food Bank. The funds came from seized or recovered cash, which per state statute can be distributed to a qualifying charity.

"All Faiths Food Bank continually demonstrates its commitment to this community," said Knight, "It is gratifying to be able to help our neighbors in a small but meaningful way."

-- Herald staff reports

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