Braden River winter soccer season registration open for children with disabilities

Soccer club

for kids with special needs

MANATEE -- Registration for Braden River Soccer Club's program for children with disabilities is open at bradenriversoccer.org/TOPSoccer.html and onsite 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Lakewood Ranch Park clubhouse behind Lakewood Ranch High School.

The free youth sports opportunity is for special needs athletes, ages 4 (as of Aug. 1) and older, with a mental or physical disability. Athletes in wheelchairs welcome.

The season runs from 10:30-noon Saturdays from Jan. 24 until March 21. No program Feb. 14. All sessions at the Lakewood Ranch Park soccer fields.

New participants will be given a jersey and water bottle. Bring a note from a doctor to registration or to the first session, allowing your child to participate. Returning athletes and buddies do not need to register. Simply show up for the first session.

Sponsors are needed.

Information: Dave Robinson at drobinson@fysa.com or call 941-358-0497.

Stone to present Florida cattle ranching program

BRADENTON -- The Manatee County Historical Commission and the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, R.B. "Chips" Shore, Department of Historical Resources, will host Bob Stone's multimedia presentation Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition. This program explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation's oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century.

The program is set for 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 3 at the Old Meeting House Church at Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E. The public is welcome and admission is free.

E. Manatee GOP Club to welcome ID theft experts

BRADENTON -- The East Manatee Republican Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Peridia Golf and Country Club.

Lunch costs $16.

Art Jackman and Lisa Chittaro, assistant state attorneys for State Attorney Ed Brodsky, will discuss identity theft and fraud.

Club officers for 2015-16 will be sworn in.

RSVP: Call 941-739-3813 or longboatfl@aol.com.

-- Herald staff reports