De Soto to land again in Bradenton

March 22, 2014 

Hernando de Soto will return to Bradenton April 19 for De Soto National Memorial's 75th annual re-enactment of his landing in Florida in 1539. The conquistador led an army of soldiers, mercenaries, craftsmen and clergy. PHOTO PROVIDED

BRADENTON -- De Soto National Memorial will re-create the landing of Hernando de Soto on Saturday, April 19.

The 75th annual event will memorialize de Soto's landing 475 years ago on the shores of Florida as he claimed the land for Spain.

Landing times will be 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. by the monuments along the cover at the park, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.

Attendees will be able to check out unique weapons and demonstrations and take historical walks and tours with park rangers and re-enactors. There will also be touch tables for children to try on Spanish armor and Native American jewelry

Events will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission and all activities are free.

Manatee Glens to host rally for sex abuse survivors

BRADENTON -- Manatee Glens will host its annual Sexual Assault Awareness Day Rally at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, outside its Rape Crisis Services, 383 6th Ave. W., Bradenton.

The event focuses on help and healing for men, women and children who have been victims of sexual assault. Survivors will exhibit their art work and tell their stories, and community groups will have displays emphasizing child safety.

The special guest will be Lauren Book, a child sexual abuse survivor and nationally-recognized child protection advocate, who is in the midst of her fifth annual 1,500-mile "Walk in My Shoes" walk from Key West to Tallahassee. The Walk takes place over a period of 42 days in March and April in honor of the 42 million survivors of child sex abuse in the U.S. and serves to "raise awareness about child sexual abuse prevention, empower survivors and advocate for change in Florida law relating to sexually violent predators and child protection," according to a press release.

To join the Walk in My Shoes group, meet at Manatee Glens, 383 6th Avenue West at 12:30 p.m., a van will take you to the meeting place (Chick-Fil-A, 4573 14th St. W.). Participants are asked to register at, if you plan to join the walk.

Get documents shredded in Lakewood Ranch

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Town Hall and the Lakewood Ranch Grow Financial branch will host a Free Community Shred Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26.

Residents will have two locations where they can drop off old bills and receipts, account statements and other documents to be shredded: Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., and Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, 11008, at the corner of State Road 64 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.

Only personal documents will be accepted (no commercial or business documents) and the maximum is two boxes, no larger than 24 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches.

-- Herald staff report

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