Business briefs: Bradenton group offers financial class

March 13, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has scheduled a March 26 lunch and lecture on "Creating Your Financial Footprint and Legacy."

The program includes a complimentary lunch and the lecture by Jonathan Di Ricco of Tidemark Financial Services. This event is designed to educate attendees on the correlation between taxes and charitable giving.

The Lunch & Learn Lecture series includes a brief presentation by a local expert, followed by a tour of the Senior Enrichment Center and facilities at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W., Bradenton.

Seats are limited and reservations are required. To RSVP by March 24 , contact Kristen Theisen at or 941-749-0100.

Native plant sale set for April 5 in Parrish

PARRISH -- The Florida Native Plant Society and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will hold its 13th annual Spring Native Plant Festival and Sale April 5 at Sweet Bay Nursery, 10824 Erie Road, Parrish. The sale includes a large selection of native trees, shrubs, grasses and blooming wildflowers for use in any garden. There will also be FloriMulch for sale. Made from the exotic, invasive melaleuca tree, it is an excellent garden mulch alternative to non-sustainable cypress.

The sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is open to the public. Free parking is available. Local nature groups, including Manatee Audubon and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, will offer information. Around the Bend Nature Tours will host guided nature walks.

The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

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New real estate classes offered in Bradenton

BRADENTON -- A real estate pre-license instruction class will be offered in Bradenton.

Paula Cashi and Deeana Atkinson will present information about the classes at career night set for 6 p.m. March 26 at Leadership Simplified, 1310 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton.

Speakers will include the Manatee Association of Realtors 2013 Realtor of the Year.

RSVP to Cashi at 941-545-0203.

Study: Pfizer vaccine cuts pneumonia in elderly

NEW YORK -- Pfizer Inc. says its blockbuster vaccine against pneumonia, blood and other infections met its goal of preventing illness in vulnerable elderly patients in a study required by U.S. regulators.

The New York-based company's Prevnar 13 protects against 13 strains of pneumococcal disease, which can cause painful children's ear infections, pneumonia and life-threatening bloodstream infections.

The elderly are particularly at risk.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

The study, known by the acronym CAPiTA, included about 85,000 patients aged 65 or older. It found that compared to study participants getting a dummy shot, those getting the vaccine had about 46 percent fewer cases of pneumonia and about 75 percent fewer cases of invasive pneumococcal disease such as bloodstream infections.

The top-selling vaccine in history, Prevnar 13 brings Pfizer $4 billion in annual revenue.

Herald staff and wire reports

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