Palmetto church to host Bible Bee

The Shelby Kennedy Foundation introduces the first National Bible Bee, a motivating Bible memory competition for children and youth from ages 7 to 18. The goal of the Bible Bee is to reintroduce the lost discipline of scripture memorization.

Local Bible Bee contests will be conducted throughout the United States on Sept. 12. One hundred finalists from each of three age categories will then advance to the National Bible Bee for a two-day, world-class competition Nov. 5-6 in Washington, D.C.,

First Baptist Church of Palmetto will host a local contest Sept. 12.

Interested contestants and their families may find out more about the Bible Bee competition by visiting the Bible Bee Web site: www. In order to learn more, contestants and their families may call the First Baptist Church of Palmetto Bible Bee Hot Line at 773-2359 or send an e-mail inquiry to

An enrollment fee of $20 is collected, which covers the cost of a Bible Bee T-shirt and administrative costs associated with the National Contest. Enrollment closes April 30.

The Bible Bee Competition will distribute more than $260,000 in prize money with $100,000 being awarded to the first-place winner of the top age bracket.

Free home buyers class

Catholic Charities of Manatee County, a HUD-certified counseling agency, will hold a Spanish-language first-time home buyers class March 21 at the agency’s office, 1219 16th St. W., Bradenton.

The class is free and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants will learn financial literacy, including how to avoid foreclosure, develop a budget, improve credit scores and save money, among other money-management topics.

Upon completion of the class, participants will receive a certificate that will make them eligible to apply for the Manatee County SHIP Program, which offers a loan for down payment and closing costs assistance. Future classes will be offered in English.

To take part in the class, call 714-7829 or visit the Catholic Charities of Manatee County office to register.

— Herald staff reports