Golf carts ready to roll in E. Manatee

December 12, 2013 

Christmas Golf Cart Parade ready to roll in E. Manatee

EAST MANATEE -- Horseshoe Cove residents are prepping for the 15th annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade.

Fifty carts, each with its own holiday theme, will leave the RV park at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, and head down Caruso Road to State Road 70, visiting Westwinds and Windmill Manor mobile home parks along the way.

The public is invited to set up chairs along the route on Caruso Road and can expect candy for children and doggie treats for their pets. The parade also features music, a 15-foot-tall twinkling Christmas tree and four bouncing reindeer pulling Santa Claus in his sled.

About 250 senior residents are helping prepare the parade and will be doing a trial run Wednesday and visiting neighbors at Pleasant Lakes Park Dec. 20.

Information: 941-751-3450.

Manatee Sheriff's Office awards banquet Friday

BRADENTON -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office will hold its annual awards banquet at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W.

Honorees will include Deputy of the Year, Employee of the Year (non-certified), Volunteer of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year

Information: 941-747-3011, ext. 2278.

12th Tiny Hands Foundation Basket Brigade seeks help

SARASOTA -- Businessman and philanthropist Rod Khleif plans to distribute 1,000 food baskets from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 21 at the 12th annual Tiny Hands Foundation Basket Brigade at the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, 3100 Fruitville Road,

Since 2001, the Tiny Hands Foundation Basket Brigade has fed and provided toys to more than 10,000 less-fortunate children and families during the holidays.

This year Khleif will personally fund 200 baskets but needs help funding 800 additional baskets.

Information: 941-343-8032 or go to All donations are tax-deductible.

-- Herald staff reports

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