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New board members join Adopt-A-Family

Manatee County’s Adopt-a-Family has welcomed new board members Karen Fine and Patti Peotter-Bettes.

They join current board and officers: president Elaine Henneberry, vice-president Cindy Eliason, secretary Kim Duty, treasurer Jim Gay, along with Karon Clay, Barbara Huffman, Jayne Kench, Phillip Mears, Rosemary Murray, Dixie Schlensker and Mary Jane Shiplett.

Kay and Dick Sawdey and Lea Ricard are emeritus members.

Adopt-a Family is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that helps needy families provide children’s gifts at Christmas.

Individuals, businesses and organizations willing to adopt a family or give donations may call 748-4424.

n Manatee High School cheerleader Asia Delasalas is “Sweet 16.”

n That’s 17 years of marriage Thursday for Dan and Michelle Hennessy, whose wedded bliss began with nuptials on a beach in Grand Cayman and has endured three children and enough pets, poultry and horses to fill their own zoo.

n Lakewood Ranch High School Marching Mustang percussionist Madison Peters is 15.

n Lee Middle’s students hold Hawaiian Day Thursday, wearing Hawaiian shirts and selling leis for $1 to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Maybe I can pick up some fashion tips.

n Bayshore High Honeybear Revue is Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. For ticket information, call Bonnie Condor at 751-7004, ext. 2329.

n Looking for a cool place to bring the family and watch Saturday’s DeSoto Heritage Festival Parade?

Check out Trinity United Methodist’s Great Parade Party at 3200 Manatee Ave. W.

Call Bonnie Goodman at 747-3704 for details. Or e-mail:

n Applebees, 4301 Cortez Road, celebrates 15 years in business Saturday.

To mark the occasion, manager Stan Wieleba and his intrepid staff are holding a carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and karaoke at 10 p.m., with all proceeds going to Easter Seals.

Call 792-1234 for details.

Vin’s People, by local columnist Vin Mannix, runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Have a column item? Please call Vin Mannix at 745-7055, write him at Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206 or e-mail him at vmannix