New Christy Minstrels coming to Bradenton Feb. 15

New Christy Minstrels in Bradenton on Feb. 15

BRADENTON -- The State College of Florida Foundation's "Sundays at Neel" series will feature The New Christy Minstrels at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at SCF Bradenton in Neel Performing Arts Center, building 11 East.

Founder Randy Sparks presides over a folk music group with three original New Christy Minstrels.

Tickets are $30. A six-show subscription is $120.

Additional performances include Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," March 1 and Colcannon, March 22.

Information: Call 941-752-5390 or 752-5252 or go to scffoundation.net.

$25,000 Sarasota school firefighter aid established

SARASOTA -- Direct descendants of Sarasota firefighters are now eligible for a scholarship to attend State College of Florida thanks to a $25,000 scholarship funded by Sugarman & Susskind in Miami, which provides legal counsel for the Sarasota Firefighters' Pension Fund.

Eligible recipients must be directly related to a retired Sarasota firefighter receiving a pension from the Sarasota Firefighters' Pension Fund or who is employed by the Sarasota County Fire Department and a member of the City of Sarasota Firefighters' Pension Fund.

An annual scholarship of up to $2,500 for all recipients will be awarded each academic year to a student at State College of Florida or enrolled in a firefighter or paramedic certification program.

The primary criterion for the scholarship is financial need.

Apply online at scf.edu\scholarships by March 20 deadline.

Information: Call Allison Nash, coordinator of the State College of Florida Foundation Scholarship at nasha@scf.edu or 941-752-5390 or Tom Kelley, Sarasota pension plans administrator, 941-954-2600.

-- Herald staff reports