Who’s going to ride the mechanical bull?
That ought to be worth the price of admission 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the Manatee Children’s Services Country Night 2010 at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium.
The potential “bull riders” include Bradenton Yacht Club commodore Harry Blenker, ex-Manatee Hurricane hero and Baker Paint & Body’s Patrick Cline, USA Fence’s Shannon Glasgow, DeSoto “Hern” Curt Mahoney and MSO Lt. Todd Shear.
Channel 7 meteorologist Bob “Hurricane” Harrigan is auctioneer.
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Call (941) 345-1200 for details.
n Uh, oh! Joan Farnham hit the Big 6-0! Cheers from Don and Lynne and granddaughters Katie and Lauren.
n Say a prayer for Christina Crane of 107.9 WSRZ’s “Morning Crew,” who is expecting twin boys in January.
According to producer Chris “Flash” Hengel, Crane’s pregnancy, now at 28 weeks, has been challenging. She was recently hospitalized, but is back home on strict bed rest.
Crane and “Morning Crew” cohost David Jones have been on the air together for 15 years.
n Andrew Rumph is 6. Cheers from mom Taccara Brown, grands Mary and Gregory Randall and cousins Nijah, Kadian and Jatorrin.
n Ann McAllister is 102.
n Jeremy Piper, a senior marketing major from Palmetto, was crowned Homecoming Earl at USF Sarasota-Manatee, and Robin Olivio, a junior general business administration major from Bradenton, was crowned Homecoming Countess.
n DJ Grantham, for whom no Florida Gators road game is too far or too tough a ticket, is 26.
n The Manatee Sugar ’Canes host a ’Cane Camper Dance Clinic at 9 a.m. Oct. 30 for third- through eighth-graders.
Participants perform at Mr. Sugar ’Cane on Nov. 13.
Call Linda Kibby at (941) 932-3740 for registration details.
n Lee Middle’s Katie Elizabeth Walley is 13. Cheers from parents Caprice and Russ.
n Cox Chevrolet’s Dan Miller took gold in the long jump at the Tampa Bay Senior Games at Tampa King High, and was runner-up in the 50- and 100-meter dash in the 56-59 age group. Next up: the Florida Senior State Games Championships, Dec. 4-12, in Cape Coral.
n Central High’s Jessica Miller is “Sweet 16.” Cheers from Stephen and Ashley.
n Local author Mary Grant holds a book signing for her new suspense novel, “The Truth Keepers,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Terrace Beach Cafe, 5911 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Call (941) 755-6281.
n Saint Stephen’s volleyballer Tori Biach is “Sweet 16” on Oct. 21. Cheers from mom Lisa, dad Brian and sister Lauren.
n Don’t forget Saturday’s benefit for the Joan McCaw family 3 p.m. at Clancy’s, 6218 Cortez Road. Call (941) 794-2489.
n Gullet Elementary fifth-grader Grace Sever is 11, pop Scott is 46 and Nolan Middle seventh-grader Zane is 13 on Oct. 26. Cheers from Roni and Bailey.
n Joe Todd is 88. Son John is 49. Cheers from Joy, Joe Jr. and Jenny.
n Angie Ford, financial services accountant at the Manatee County Tax Collector’s office, was voted 2010 Most Valuable Employee. Webmaster Tim Gilbreath was selected Employee of the Fourth Quarter.
n Makayla Randall is 3. Cheers from dad Greg and sisters Tamika and Lashawnna.
n Bradenton’s Jaxsyn Moss, 1, is in a contest to model for Keith Amari clothing. Vote for him at www.facebook.com, search for “Keith Amari Clothing,” hit the photo tab, look for the infant category, and Jaxsyn is the third one across.
n Annette Stahl Maddox is 45 on Oct. 20.
n My nephew Kevin Haddon and his Special Forces comrades on the Army’s Black Dagger jump team drop into Saturday’s Miami-Duke game in Durham, N.C.
Their last jump was Sept. 25 at Starkville, Miss., where Mississippi State beat Georgia 24-12.
Kevin joked, “You can’t imagine the noise 50,000 people make beating on cowbells.”
Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. Call Vin at 745-7055 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.