LECOM to hold annual scholarship dinner gala

LECOM to hold annual scholarship dinner gala

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- For nine years, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine based in Erie, Pa., and its Bradenton campus on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard have held fundraising galas to help pay for scholarships for medical, dental and pharmacy students in need of financial assistance.

At 6 p.m. Saturday , LECOM Bradenton will host its 10th annual student scholarship dinner and auction gala at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Last year, the Bradenton campus raised $242,000.

"The goal is to raise $275,000. Between all campuses and programs, nearly $3 million in scholarships were awarded to all LECOM medical, dental and pharmacy students to help defray the costs of their student-loan debts," said Michael Polin, spokesman for the LECOM Bradenton campus.

A multicourse dinner; more than 300 auction items, including a trip to Paris for two; tickets to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Buccaneers and Rays games; and a handmade Rockbridge guitar will be among the offerings.

Information: 941-782-5927 or visit lecom.edu/scholarship-fund.php.

SCAT will extend bus routes to University Town Center

UNIVERSITY PARKWAY -- Visitors to University Parkway now have an additional way to travel in the area at night.

Beginning Saturday, Sarasota County Area Transit will extend hours for several bus routes, including Lakewood Ranch, and for connections to routes south of University Parkway, transit officials said Thursday.

"In an effort to continue to accommodate our customers, particularly employees and shoppers at the new Mall at University Town Center, we are enhancing service for these routes," interim SCAT Director Rob Lewis said in a news release.

The additional routes will affect Monday through Saturday bus service, including:

Route 6, Beneva/Sarasota Square;

Route 12, downtown/North Lockwood Ridge/University;

Route 17: downtown/U.S. 41/Venice; and

Route 30: SRQ Airport/University/Lakewood Ranch. "Our goal is to provide the best customer experience for those who utilize public transportation, including those who may be working or shopping late," Lewis said. "We will evaluate the ridership over the next few months to determine if the expanded hours will be recommended permanently."

Information: Call 941-861-5000 or visit scgov.net.

81-year-old woman to walk to Tallahassee for reform

SARASOTA -- Rhana Bazzini, 81, will walk from Sarasota to Tallahassee to promote her Move to Amend and Campaign Finance Reform efforts.

A pot-luck rally for Bazzini from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at New College of Florida, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, is expected to be attended by former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower.

Bazzini will begin her walk at 8:30 a.m. Monday from Stickney Point Road near the Siesta Key bridge to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 1700 S. Tamiami Trail.

She will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, and ending at the State College of Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.

She begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, at ending at 1 p.m. at Sutton Park, Sixth Street West at 10th Avenue West, Palmetto.

The public is invited.

Bradenton veterans benefits featured at Nov. 1 talk

BRADENTON -- Veterans benefits, including health care, disability and survivor benefits, will be featured at the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, at 10 a.m. Nov. 1, said John Rock, veterans service officer.

Larry Roberts, American Legion District 8 service officer, will host a special session for veterans and spouses.

Topics will include Department of Veterans Affairs and Florida benefits and how to file claims with the Veterans Administration.

The American Legion network of more than 2,000 accredited service officers helps veterans understand and apply for benefits and appeal decisions they dispute. Services, coffee and doughnuts are free.

Information: Call John Rock at 941-794-3489 or email jrock0538@gmail.com.

Spooktacular Shutter Stroll scheduled Oct. 23

MANATEE -- The Spooktacular Shutter Stroll hike will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, through Rye woods to the old family cemetery.

The hike gives participants the opportunity to practice flash, low light, and light trail photography for night shots in the woods and through the Rye Family Cemetery with nature photographer Dotty Motta.

The program organized by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources is suitable for individuals ages 16 and up.

The tour is free but spaces are limited.

To register: Call 941-742-5757, ext. 9, or email melissa.nell@mymanatee.org.

-- Herald staff reports