Saint Joseph Catholic School to hold open house Jan. 20

Open house Jan. 20 at Saint Joseph

BRADENTON -- Saint Joseph Catholic School will host an open house from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Information sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at 2990 26th St. W. in Bradenton.

Guided classroom tours available.

The school is registering students from Pre-K through eighth grade for the 2015-16 school year.

Information: 941-755-2611.

Manatee school district food services passes review

MANATEE -- The Manatee County School District Food and Nutrition Services passed an administrative review conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from November, the district announced Tuesday.

The review is held every three years.

An state administrative review team visited six Manatee County schools in the national school lunch and breakfast programs Nov. 17-21: Samoset, Tillman and Daughtrey elementary schools, Visible Men's Academy, Braden River High and Buffalo Creek Middle.

Manatee Technical College to offer GED prep course

BRADENTON -- A GED test preparation class will be offered at the Manatee Technical College main campus, 6305 State Road 70 E., beginning Jan. 22.

Enrollment is noon to 7 p.m. Thursday or at noon the first day of class.

The GED class will meet 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the new campus on State Road 70. It is the only GED Test Preparation class offered in the eastern part of the county.

Information: Call Stacy Schmoll at 941-751-7900, ext. 2246 or go to

Anna Maria Oyster Bar dinner honors teachers

MANATEE -- Anna Maria Oyster Bar treated faculties and staff of three local schools at its Ellenton, Cortez and Bradenton Landside locations for its 12th annual Teachers Dinner celebration in December, said owner John Horne.

Schools participating included: Florine J. Abel Elementary School at the AMOB Landside, Sea Breeze Elementary School at the AMOB Cortez and Electa Lee Magnet Middle School at the AMOB Ellenton.

Neal Communities donates $5,000 to B.D. Gullett

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Neal Communities has donated $5,000 to B.D. Gullett Elementary School's Neal Communities Golf Challenge.

More than 65 golfers, including a team from Neal Communities, participated in this year's challenge. The elementary school raised more than $16,000. The funds have been allocated toward technology. The school has already purchased tablets for students.

USF Sarasota-Manatee's plans 'A Taste of Israel'

SARASOTA -- Students from the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership will host the fifth annual HospitaBull Evening at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, 220 Sands Point Road.

The "Taste of Israel" showcases authentic Israeli cuisine and features Yaron Azuolay, a special guest chef who oversees demonstrations and training for live cooking with Nyga Chef in Nordia, Israel. HospitaBull is planned, organized, cooked and served by USFSM students for approximately 200 guests.

Individual tickets are $150 with tables at $1,500.

Information: Andrea Stephens: 941-359-4737 or

Scholar to examine Masada legend at New College talk

MANATEE -- The legend of Masada, the story of heroic resistance by Jews against the Roman Empire, is the topic of the annual Klingenstein Lecture at New College of Florida.

Jonathan Klawans, professor of religion at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University, will speak on "The Masada Story: Martyrs, Murders, and Myth," at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Sainer Auditorium at New College of Florida. The talk is free and open to the public.

The popular account of the Masada legend stems from accounts of an archaeological dig in the mid-1960s.


Information: email or call 941-487-4888.

-- Herald staff reports