Nudi's Neighbors | Big Brothers Big Sisters needs your help

July 18, 2014 

If you want to get involved in your community and volunteer for something, one group should be at the top of your list.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is looking for volunteers to mentor children ages 6-18 in Manatee County.

The need is big, with 45 youths on the waiting list.

Of those, 29 are boys and 16 are girls.

You can help in several ways such as the school-based program where the volunteer mentor meets with a youth in school one hour per week, or the traditional community-based program where the volunteer mentor meets with the youth outside school spending time enjoying common interests.

For more information, contact Sandra Hawkins at 941-746-7000, or check out

This is one of those selfless acts where you can really make a difference in a child's life.

• More than four years ago, the board and staff of the Manatee Village Historical Park wanted to bring more people to the Manatee County historical jewel. They came up with the idea of using the park and the Manatee Burying Grounds across the street as a stage for an historical drama.

An audition call has gone out for "Spirit Voices from Old Manatee," an original artistic production entering its fourth season.

Auditions will be held from 6-10 p.m. July 27-28 in the Wiggins Store Conference Room at the historical park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E.

Presentations will be performed over three long weekends in October.

For more information, email Christine Brown, special events coordinator, at or call 941-741-4076.

• Sunday will be a special day for Matthew Azzara, who will be christened right after the 11:30 a.m. Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Mom and dad, Tiffany and Nick Azzara, and older brother, Andrew, will celebrate the special day with family and friends.

• Saint Joseph Catholic School Principal Kellie Potter wants the community to know the school is gearing up for its 60th anniversary year -- 1954-2014 -- and students, faculty and staff will be celebrating all year long.

• That's 35 years of wedded bliss for one of B'town's coolest couples, Karen and Dan Weaver.

• Barbara Kinsey is 39 again.

• Manatee County Commissioner Larry Bustle just had a birthday last Friday.

Larry and his wife, Edie, just got back from a trip to celebrate the day with old friends in the Carolina hills.

A small party with

county staff was held Monday.

• Connie Hicks was 62 on Thursday.

• Brent Hoopingarner will celebrate 41 years with Keeton's Office & Art Supplies on July 27.

• Jake Jacoby, scholarship director of the Manatee Seminole Club, is letting us know the group's annual Kickoff Party and Seminole Send-Off is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. NW.

The event is an afternoon of fun to celebrate the start of a new football season and welcome new students from Manatee County heading to study at Florida State University.

RSVP by July 30 to Donnie Melendy at or 941-504-4853.

Tickets are $8 per person.

For more information, visit the club website at

Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with "Nudi's Neighbors" every Friday. Reach him at

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