Local briefs, March 8, 2014

March 8, 2014 

The Victory Belles from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans will perform at the Manatee Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. April 13. PROVIDED PHOTO

Blog picks Bradenton as top spring training site

BRADENTON -- FlipKey, a blog run by travel website Trip Advisor, has named Bradenton one of the top five Major League Baseball spring training sites that offer "way more than baseball."

Robinson Nature Preserve, Treeumph! Adventure Course and the South Florida Museum are among the Bradenton-area attractions mentioned in a blog posted Wednesday.

Other local attractions highlighted include Astro Skate and Fun Center, Rosa Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, Bradentown Scoop and Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery.

Joining the Friendly City on the list were spring training cities Sarasota (Baltimore Orioles); Clearwater (Philadelphia Phillies); Mesa, Ariz. (Chicago Cubs); and Tempe, Ariz. (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim).

Read more at flipkey.com.

League of Women Voters presents immigration talk

MANATEE -- The League of Women Voters will present a free program on immigration reform on Monday, March 10.

Featured speakers include Beatriz Paniego Bejar, communications director of Unidos Now, an immigrant advocacy organization; immigration attorney Maria Mata Ruhl; and Bob Spencer, president of West Coast Tomato, based in Palmetto.

The program will take place at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will include a light lunch prior to the talk, which starts at noon.

For more information, call 729-9248 or visit lwvmanatee.org.

Victory Belles to sing at Performing Arts Center

BRADENTON -- The Victory Belles from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans will perform at the Manatee Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

The vocal trio performing musical hits such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and "God Bless America."

Tickets available at manateeplayers.com or by calling 941-748-5875. Tickets are $19 for adults, $10 for students and teachers.

-- Herald staff reports

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