Local briefs, March 15, 2014

March 15, 2014 

Boosters give $35,000

to Pirate Charities

BRADENTON -- The Bradenton Boosters on Friday presented a check for $35,000 to Pirates Charities at McKechnie Field.

The club's officers made their annual donation to Pittsburgh Pirates Senior Director of Florida Operations Trevor Gooby before the team's spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Bradenton Boosters have volunteered at Pirates spring training since 1969. The boosters work as ushers, program sellers, parking lot attendants and in several other roles at McKechnie Field and Pirate City. Their annual donation has helped to grow several Pirates Charities programs in Manatee County, such as the Fields for Kids program and the Miracle League of Manasota.

Since its creation in 2006, Pirates Charities, the organization's official philanthropic arm, has made financial contributions to causes benefiting youth health, fitness, and education. For more information, visit www.Pirates.com/community.

Pine needle basket class registration is now open

BRADENTON -- Registration is now open for a pine needle basket class scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Carlton Arms of Bradenton Lakeside Clubhouse, 1099 Carlton Arms Blvd.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, participants must call instructor Suzanne Niemann at 352-208-1761.

The fee is $35 per person, which includes all instruction and materials to make a useable pine needle basket.

Because all proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure to fight breast cancer, the class fee is tax deductible.

Participants will learn a lost art and take home a handmade pine needle. The class is specifically designed for beginners.

During the class, gourmet baked goods will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to fight breast cancer. The bake sale is open to both participants in the pine needle basket class and the general public.

Road closures in Sarasota for half marathon Sunday

SARASOTA -- Drivers can expect road closures as part of the Sarasota Half Marathon, to be held Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon.

The run will begin at the Van Wezel parking lot and follow a route south to Gulfstream Avenue, west over the Ringling Bridge ending with the turnaround on St. Armands Circle, returning east to the mainland and back to U.S. 41 North to University Parkway.

There will be temporary lane closures at the following locations:

• Southbound U.S. 41 from University Parkway to Gulfstream Avenue

• Westbound University Parkway to U.S. 41

• Gulfstream Avenue and John Ringling Blvd at U.S. 41

• Westbound John Ringling from U.S. 41 to St. Armands Circle

• Eastbound John Ringling from St. Armands Circle to Bayfront Drive (starting at Golden Gate Point, both westbound lanes closed to vehicle traffic; westbound side of Ringling Causeway for racers; east/west traffic will be shared on eastbound lanes from Golden Gate Point to St. Armands Circle)

• Southbound U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue, beach traffic will be directed into one lane for westbound turns

• Northbound U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue, there will only be one turn lane for beach traffic. Second turn lane will be closed. Both Northbound U.S. 41 lanes will remain open to traffic

Drivers are urged to use caution during this event.

-- Herald staff report

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