MANATEE -- A communitywide baby shower.
A “Military Families Are Heroes, Too” Poker Run.
The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Drive.
The Family Partnership Center’s annual Holiday Adoption Program.
Those are some of the events getting under way over the next few days.
n On Saturday, the Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County and its partners will host a communitywide baby shower at the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service office, 4657 Cortez Road.
The event is to engage new and soon-to-be moms and dads in activities related to raising healthy, safe infants.
The Manatee County WIC program, AAA, Jackson Hewitt and Healthy Start will address topics such as breastfeeding education, diabetes screening, infant safe sleeping, child car seat safety and financial education.
There will be door prizes, gifts, snacks and chair massages.
n On Sunday, the Military Families Are Heroes, Too, Poker Run starts with 9:30 a.m. registration at Hap’s Cycle, 2530 17th St., Sarasota.
The event is sponsored by Professionals Assisting Military Families and Friends, a specialized counseling, outreach and referral service committed to assisting military families cope with concerns, worries and everyday life.
Each professional providing services is on a volunteer basis.
Funds raised are to support operational expenses.
The first stop is Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub, followed by Peggy’s Corral, Woody’s River Roo and Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar.
Sponsors are AmVet Riders Post 301, Blue Knights XVIII and Hy-Tech Power Equipment.
n Monday is the start of the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Drive. It runs through Nov. 18.
Throughout the drive, donations may be taken to collection boxes at city halls or police stations in Palmetto, Bradenton and Sarasota.
Cash gifts also are welcome and will be converted to Publix Super Markets gift cards redeemable for food only. Donations can be made online at www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.
Mayors’ Feed the Hungry began in 1978 by and expanded to include endorsements from mayors in Bradenton, Longboat Key, Palmetto, Sarasota, Venice and North Port along with the Manatee and Sarasota county commission chairs.
The program has collected and distributed more than 100 tons of food and more than $2.2 million in food gift cards.
Last year the community’s generosity provided more than 20,000 food gift cards with more than 35 percent going to children, 16 percent to people with disabilities, 15 percent to the elderly and the remaining 34 percent to others in need.
n Also Monday, the Family Partnership Center starts its Holiday Adoption Program to fulfill holiday wishes of needy children.
FPC would like to help approximately 45 deserving families and is looking for companies/individuals interested in adopting a family, as well as volunteers to wrap and package donations.
Formed in 1994, the FPC seeks to strengthen families and prevent child abuse in at-risk families by providing comprehensive, bilingual parenting education and support.
IF YOU GO
What: Healthy Start Coalition Baby Shower
Where: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service office, 4657 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Information: Call 941-756-1146
What: Military Families Are Heroes, Too, Poker Run
Where: Hap’s Cycle, 2530 17th St., Sarasota
When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday
Information: 941-705-2320 or 941-809-7536; or visit http://pamff.org
What: Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Drive
When: Nov. 7-18
Information: Call 941-350-6075 or visit mayorsfeedthehungry.org
What: Family Partnership Center Holiday Adoption Program
When: Starts Monday
Where: 918 14th St. W., Bradenton
Information: Call 941-756-3007