Go Manatees Relay for Life at SCF softball game March 25

March 19, 2014 

SCF game to benefit Relayfor Life event

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Go Manatees Relay for Life fundraiser is at 5 p.m. Tuesday for the American Cancer Society at the SCF Manatees Softball game against South Florida State College at the SCF Bradenton softball field.

Fans can play a ball-drop game for $1 for three balls.

General admission is $4, senior admission is $2. Admission is free for SCF faculty, staff and students.

Proceeds go toward the Go Manatees Relay for Life Team's fundraising efforts.

Information: 941-752-5261 or email SCFRelay@scf.edu.

MTI paramedic program commended for results

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Technical Institute Paramedic program has passed the annual review for the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

In an email to the school dated Monday the accrediting agency stated: "Program faculty are to be commended for their efforts. All outcomes thresholds were met."

The MTI program must submit annual program reports and outcomes assessments. MTI's paramedic program had a pass-rate of 100 percent in 2010 and 2011, and 95 percent in 2012.

"Accreditation allows our graduates to take the National Registry exam, making them eligible to work as a paramedic anywhere in the United States," said Jay Bush, EMS program director at MTI. "MTI's Paramedic program is one of only 372 accredited programs in the United States."

The paramedic program now has a completion rate of 96 percent and a placement rate of 90 percent.

Annually, MTI enrolls about 40 in the paramedic program and more than 100 in the emergency medical technician program. The next start date for both classes is August.

Information: Mark Toler at 752-8100, ext. 2134, or tolerm@manateeschools.net.

Food and Wine on Pine calls for volunteers

ANNA MARIA -- Volunteers are needed for the Food and Wine on Pine.

Four shifts: 7-10 a.m., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. May 3.

All volunteers receive complimentary food and beverage tickets and T-shirt. All ages are welcome. Artists should contact Joyce Karp at joycekarp@aol.com.

Information: Ruth Uecker at ruecker1@tampabay.rr.com or 941-201-6158.

Harvest UMC delivers books, kind words to Samoset

SAMOSET -- Harvest United Methodist Church members in Lakewood Ranch teamed with a children's author to deliver books and encouragement Monday to Samoset Elementary School students.

Author Sandra Markle, a Harvest member, secured more than 600 books for students through the nonprofit First Book.

Harvest UMC partners with Samoset Elementary through the School District and Manatee Chamber of Commerce's Business Partner in Education initiative. Church members volunteer to read with and mentor students, provide administrative support and encouragement to teachers and make other charitable donations.

Lakewood Ranch High student's essay is winner

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Lakewood Ranch High School student Alisha Erozer won first place for her essay on "Dig Deeper -- What are the Mysteries in the Soil?" at the Association of Florida Conservation Districts Area III annual meeting recently in Orlando.

Erozer, representing the Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District, will compete at the state level in Ocala in August.

Erozer won the district's speech contest in November as part of Farm City Week in Manatee County. She was also a finalist in the 2013-14 Martin Luther King Speech and Essay Contest.

Gulf Shore Animal League to stage scavenger hunt

BRADENTON -- Gulf Shore Animal League is looking for teams for the eighth-annual GSAL Scavenger Hunt on April 12.

Teams of up to five people can compete in the dash across Manatee County to raise money for the organization.

The event will feature more than 50 tasks, including hard-to-find items, physical challenges and photo challenges.

The scavenger hunt starts at 10 a.m. at Palma Sola Park pavilion, 7815 40th Ave. W.

Registration is $75 per team ($90 after March 28) and includes a lunch provided by Mar Vista Restaurants.

Prizes include $400 in cash, a mountain bike, gift certificates and more.

Registration forms can be found atgsalinc.org, facebook.com/GSALscavengerhunt or by calling 941-747-2284.

-- Herald staff reports

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