Local briefs, Jan. 13, 2014

January 13, 2014 

Rick Smith, son of celebrated author Patrick Smith, to present show on his father's life and literary works. Photo courtesy of Rick Smith

Democratic Club to meet to discuss economy

BRADENTON -- The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet for lunch at noon Jan. 20 at the Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Everyone is welcome. Reservations not required. Lunch is $15 for members, $17 for guests.

Guest speaker will be Jim Froeschle on whether the U.S. economy is gathering strength entering 2014. Froeschle was awarded a doctorate in economics from the University of Iowa and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as a research economist for a number of years.

After leaving the CIA, he worked 30 years at Caterpillar Inc. in several capacities.

Information: club President Harry Kamberis, 941-779-0564.

'A Land Remembered' revisited by author's son

BRADENTON -- It has been said people should be issued a copy of "A Land Remembered" when they cross the Florida state line. Few if any books capture the spirit and colorful history of Florida as has this acclaimed historic novel by Patrick Smith.

At 11 a.m. Feb. 3, the author's son, Rick Smith, will present: "Patrick Smith's Florida IS A Land Remembered," as a tribute to his father, one of Florida's most popular and celebrated writers.

According to a summary of "A Land Remembered," published in 1984, it is a historical fiction of pioneer Florida. It covers the 100-year story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier beginning in 1858.

Rick Smith is an award-winning professional media producer. His multimedia show combines his own quirky brand of humor and storytelling with videos, family photos, music, sound and visual effects that will bring his father's life into focus at the historic Church at Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E. in Bradenton.

Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis for the free program.

Information: 941-741-4076.

LWR Women's Club gives $33,000 to charities

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Women's Club presented a record $33,000 to three charities at its monthly business meeting Jan. 9. Chairs of the major 2013 fundraising events presented $11,000 apiece to Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, SOLVE Maternity Home and Hope Family Services.

Information: lwrwc.org.

SCF Collegiate School earns accolades from state

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida Collegiate School has been recognized by the Florida Department of Education as a high-performing charter school after earning its third consecutive A grade based on student Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores.

Kelly Monod, head of school, also received a handwritten congratulatory note from Gov. Rick Scott recognizing SCFCS students' high performance in math and science.

As an innovative, technology-oriented school, SCFCS is a tuition-free public charter school with grades 6-12 at SCF Bradenton. Students in 11th grade enroll in the Accelerated College Program to receive guidance and support from SCFCS while taking college courses with an opportunity to earn simultaneously a high school diploma and an associate's degree. A partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University provides a scholarship program for SCFCS graduates to continue to FGCU for a baccalaureate degree.

The first class will graduate in spring.

-- Herald staff reports

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