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March 9, 2014 

"The Leaning Tower of Pizza" made of canned food by a team from Lakewood Ranch-based Fawley Bryant was a recent award winner.PHOTO PROVIDED

'Leaning Tower of Pizza' wins award

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- A local architecture firm's "Leaning Tower of Pizza" creation made of canned food is an award winner.

A team from Fawley Bryant won "Best Use of Labels" in the 2014 AIA Florida Gulf Coast CANstruction competition.

CANstruction is a nonprofit organization that hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations.

The Fawley Bryant team of Kirk Bauer, Chris Bretthauer, Stuart Henderson, Kathryn Witting and team leader Jenna Kiser built their structure using 1,826 cans of food.

"We chose one of the most iconic and recognizable structures in the world, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and merged it with our favorite meal, pizza." Bauer said in a media release.

The proportions of the can structure and its famous lean were derived from the real-life tower and manifested through different can heights and diameters. Cans of pizza ingredients such as sauce, meat, mushrooms and olives were used.

East Manatee Republicans host elections supervisor

EAST MANATEE -- The East Manatee Republican Club will host Manatee Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett as guest speaker at its meeting Thursdayat Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd., Bradenton.

Bennett will discuss his decision to close some voter precincts in Manatee County and will participate in a Q&A.

The group also plans to discuss "the possibility of sending in government supervisors to the newsrooms as a proposed 'take-over' of our news media by the Federal Government," according to a media release.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. and cost of the lunch is $16.

For reservations, call Diane Garcia at 941-739-3813 or email longboatfl@aol.com. Find more info at www.emanateerc.org.

'Build a Container Victory Garden' workshop offered

PALMETTO -- The Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park will offer a "Build a Container Victory Garden" workshop for veterans and their young children on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants will learn about victory gardens, put together an Earth Box garden to take home and discover why gardening with the family is so beneficial.

Pre-registration is necessary and can be done by calling 941-721-2034.

The event will be at 515 10th Ave. W,, Palmetto.

-- Herald staff reports

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