Vin's People: Scholastic dance showcase at Neel Performing Arts Center

March 7, 2014 

What are you doing Saturday, March 15?

If you want to see Manatee County's impressive scholastic dance team talent, come out to the State College of Florida for the sixth annual, "Yes, We Can DANCE" showcase.

There's a matinee at 4:30 p.m. and second performance at 7:30 p.m. in SCF's Samuel R. Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.

For details, call 941-792-8274.

Or email

• Mary Jo Forney is 88 years young Saturday.

• Ben Bakker sings our national anthem for Friday's Twins-Pirates game at McKechnie Field. Ellery Carlson does the honors Sunday when the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox are back in town.

• That's 56 years of wedded bliss for Sue and Jim Manring.

"Well, a couple of them were blissful anyway," my father-in-law joked.

• Check out soulRcoaster, 6-9 p.m. Friday at Lakewood Ranch's Music on Main. The band includes guitarist Tony Rizzo, bass player Jim Klein, keyboardist Mike Poncelet, drummer Joe Hornberger and vocalist Sheri Nadelman.

• A salute to Christian Marsden. The 2013 Manatee High School alum graduated Feb. 21 from the U.S. Army Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned to the elite 1st Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Marsden made it through 31 weeks of training including RASP, which constitutes eight weeks of the most physical and mentally demanding infantry training.

His proud family includes parents Holly and Roger and brother Nick.

• A bow to James O. Gordon Sr. The "Unofficial Mayor of Rubonia" is 93 years young Sunday. Gordon still works at his downtown garage and tools around in a 2013 Ford truck he won from AutoNation Ford as its nine millionth customer last July.

• Big ups to Bashaw Elementary School's Hannah Rudolph. Running with her dad, Rudy, the 10-year-old recently completed her first distance race, the Cinderella Royal Family 5K run, in 49 minutes. It was part of the Disney Prin

cess Half Marathon event. Hannah also raised more than $150 for the Manatee County No-Kill Shelter.

Her proud family includes siblings Abigail Rudolph, Joshua Rudolph, Michael Stambaugh and Jessica Rogers, as well as mom Lisa Rudolph.

• Among the folks being recognized Friday at Project Light's 20th anniversary celebration are volunteer teachers Linda Dias, Grace Seibel and Eva Walken.

• Last, but definitely not least, that rascal Bob McCardle is 76 years young Sunday.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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