Fundraiser set for center for the elderly

LONGBOAT KEY — The Longboat Island Chapel will introduce plans for its Aging in Paradise Resource Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at a wine tasting event at Harry’s Continental, 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key.

Admission is $10 a person and entertainment will be provided by the chapel’s choir and musical director Russell Kennedy.

A capital improvement campaign is under way to create handicapped accessibility to the 6,000-square-foot second floor of the Longboat Island Chapel by building an elevator and converting two bathrooms to handicap specifications.

For more information, call (941) 383-6491.

H1N1 vaccine available for St. Joseph students

MANATEE — Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch Urgent Care Centers will be administering the H1N1 vaccine to students and staff at St. Joseph Catholic School from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The school is at 2990 26th St. W. in Bradenton.

For more information, call (941) 745-5999.

Any private schools wishing to have H1N1 vaccination dates listed in the Bradenton Herald can E-mail Reporter Natalie Alund with the following information: School name, address, vaccination dates, times and a contact number.

Amer-I-Can program to hold third holiday food giveaway

BRADENTON — Jim Brown’s Amer-I-Can Program of Manatee County will sponsor its third annual holiday food giveaway from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bradenton Boys & Girls Club, 1415 Ninth St. W.

Co-sponsors include state Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton; state House Speaker Pro Tempore Ron Reagan, R-Bradenton; Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County; Manatee County NAACP; Ward Temple A.M.E. Church; and CCRA of Bradenton.

Call 526-8080 for more information.

Health department offers H1N1 flu vaccine clinic

PALMETTO — The Manatee County Health Department will offer a free H1N1 flu vaccine clinic for the general public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Manatee Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd.

All county residents may receive the vaccine. The health department will immunize as many people as possible during the clinic. Both the nasal mist and the injectable vaccine will be available.

Blank consent forms will be available at the clinic for those who do not download the vaccine consent form in advance from the health department’s Web site,

Marianne Barnebey elected MPO chair

BRADENTON — Bradenton City Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey was elected chairwoman of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization during its monthly meeting Monday.

Barnebey will serve as the board’s chairwoman in 2010. She was first appointed as Bradenton’s representative to the MPO in July 2004.

The 16 members of the MPO are elected officials from the two-county area, its municipalities, the airport authority and the Florida Department of Transportation. The board meets to decide shared transportation issues that affect Manatee and Sarasota counties.

According to MPO records since 1994, Councilwoman Barnebey is the first elected official from the City of Bradenton to serve as MPO chair.

For more information on the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, visit

— Herald staff