Manatee Farm City Week tour tickets on sale; LECOM scholarship dinner, auction set

Manatee Farm City Week tour tickets on sale now

MANATEE -- Tickets are on sale for the 2015 Manatee County Farm City Week bus tour from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

Tour stops include Ellenton Nursery Growers, which started as a retail garden center and evolved into an ornamental container nursery; C&E Farms, which produces 750,000 bushels of beans annually on 5,000 acres in Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania; Gary Reeder Farms, a 2,258-acre farm that grows Manatee River and Roma tomatoes; and Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery, which produces its own grapes and makes its own wine on a 23-acre property in Duette.

Tours begin at Manatee County Agriculture & Extension Service, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Tickets cost $50 per person and include snacks, lunch, gratuity, transportation and entry to each farm stop.

Information: 941-722-4524.

LECOM scholarship dinner and auction set Saturday

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The 10th annual Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Scholarship Fund Dinner and Auction Gala will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota.

Proceeds benefit the next generation of health care practitioners, many enrolled at LECOM Bradenton.

Nearly 1,800 physicians and pharmacists have graduated from LECOM Bradenton since 2008. Half of those alumni remained in Florida to complete postgraduate internships and residencies, set up practices or work at local hospitals and pharmacies.

Festivities will begin with a live auction items on display and bids on silent auction items.

Live auction items include a week's stay in Paris with travel voucher, week's stay in Tuscany with travel voucher, Tampa Bay Rays suite for 16 guests in 2016, four admission tickets to the Kennedy Space Center and a private charter flight to Key West.

Information or tickets: Contact Lori Denny at 941-782-5927, or ldenny@lecom.edu.

Roadtrip Nation RV to stop at SCF Bradenton Friday

BRADENTON -- The Career Resource Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, uses Roadtrip Nation, an online tool for students struggling to determine a career path that includes interviews with professionals at the top of their career about what motivated them to succeed.

Filmed by students nationwide trying to find their career passion, the videos are designed to help others find a personally rewarding profession. One of the 35-foot Roadtrip Nation RVs used to transport the road trippers/interviewers more than 500,000 miles is stopping at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday near the Robert C. Wynn Gymnasium, building 17.

Three of 12 lessons that make up Roadtrip Nation were taken for a test drive by the 18 students enrolled in SCF's Summer Bridge Program, which allows selected low-income high school seniors from Manatee and Sarasota counties to get a jump start on college.

The State College of Florida Collegiate School, a charter school providing sixth- through 12th-graders the opportunity to simultaneously complete high school and earn an associate degree, is using Roadtrip Nation with eighth- and 10th-graders. Roadtrip Nation will be incorporated into SCF's college-level career planning courses in the future.

SCF students can tour the vehicle. There also will be a prize wheel and giveaways.

-- Herald staff reports