Vote for Bradenton!
Our town is up for “Most Friendly” and “Most Beautiful” in Rand McNally’s Best of the Road contest, which ends today.
This is an opportunity to put B’town on the map in the 2013 Atlas and be included in a summer Road Rally trip publicized by USA Today.
Click on this link: www. bestoftheroad.com/town.o?destinationId=3615.
Also visit: www.ontheroad.randmcnally.com/
n Kathy Waiters is 46. Cheers from husband Frank and sons Christopher and Garrett.
n Nine future Gators got a nice boost from the Manatee County Gator Club with $1,000 scholarships to the University of Florida.
They are Jennifer Luong, Bayshore High; Adam Midgett, Braden River; Celia Tiegland, Lakewood Ranch; Gail Mullins, Palmetto; Daniel Schein, Southeast; Alyssa Allen, Saint Stephen’s; Camden Mills, Elly Ayres and Ethyn Windham, Manatee.
n Kelli Kennedy, Braden River High’s vivacious academic adviser, is 44.
n The MHS Sugar ‘Canes host their 31st annual Spring Show 7:30 p.m. Saturday at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center.
Joining director Lori O’Leary’s dance team will be the Mr. Sugar ‘Canes, MHS Drum Line, Manatee Ballroom Club, hip hop groups from Sarabay Dance Studio and hip hop artist Chris Chawi.
For tickets -- $5 in advance, $8 at the door -- see any Sugar ‘Cane or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
n Future firefighter C.J. Wickersham is 21. Congratulations from parents Ella and Mark and sisters Lindsey and Kristi.
n Paul Chambliss gets his business management degree from Eckerd College Sunday. Props from wife Betty, daughters Carlee Colonneso, Dreama Wren and Sarah Parrish, mom Jean and brother John.
n The Our Lady Queen of Martyrs youth group car wash is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds go toward their trip to Spain for a worldwide youth rally and meet the Pope.
Will Pastor Joe Connolly do the BBQ?
n Janet Smith is 39. Again.
n Sounds like Felicia James and her gal pals had a blast on Carnival’s New Kids On The Block Cruise out of Miami, while husband Gary stayed home with children Aaron, Noah and Lizzie.
n R.J. and Chelsea (Boston) Tehan named their new bundle of love, Reagan Jane.
n United Way 211 of Manasota Inc.’s new officers are Marc Lazarus, chairman; Dan Vigne, vice-chairman; Bronwyn Beightol, secretary; Bob Stuckey, treasurer; and board members Dr. Sharon Goodman, Katie Knight, Lauren Kohl and Bill Little.
n The Manatee County High Class of 1954’s 57th reunion is noon Saturday at Manatee Village Historical Park. Contact Charlotte Chappele at 792-6892 or Buzz Zoller at 773-1907.
n MSA’s Lauren Pierce got her driver’s license.
n Emma Grace Harrigan, 4 going on 24, is graduating from Thompson VPK, and aunt Brittney Christie got her AA from SCF and is headed for MTI’s nursing program.
Mom Susan wonders where the years went.
n Taylor Brenes, Micah Davis, Josh Hallinger, Tyler Shanahan, Mikayla McDonald and Thomas Sinclair are among tonight’s performers in the Julie Rohr Academy Center for Musical Theatre’s 7 p.m. production of “Li’l Abner” at the Sarasota Opera House.
n Paul Quinn completed the 2011 Florida 70.3 Ironman in 6:08:41.
n The MHS cheerleaders will host a 4:30 p.m. Lee Roy Selmon’s-catered pregame BBQ fundraiser before the Hurricanes May 27 spring game against St. Petersburg Gibbs at Hawkins Stadium.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any MHS cheerleader or at the MHS ticket office.
Call Kim Kelly Johnson at 718-0743.
Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 745-7055, or email@example.com.