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Relay for Life returns to G.T. Bray park Saturday

Relay For Life is back Saturday at G.T. Bray park for the annual overnight relay against cancer.

The family-oriented overnight event starts at 3 p.m., and participants can walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and 106.5 CTQ, who will be on hand from 4 to 8 p.m., are partnering in the event, too. So are Blake Medical Center and Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union.

Call 745-1214 or (800) ACS-2345 for Relay For Life details.

n Happy 42 years of wedded bliss to Richard and Diane Vlasz from daughter Michelle.

n Big ups to Manatee High’s Parker and Jordan Guthrie, who played piano and bongo, respectively, to win “Manatee Idol,” as voted on by 700 Renaissance students who saw 10 student acts in the competition, emceed by Josh Letts.

Second place went to the extreme pogo crew of Taylor Blaylock, Ryan O’Malley and Nick Ryan.

Third went to the Latin Dance Team of Xander Chawi, Maria Sol Rivera, Tyler Leppek, Chantal Varon, Chandler Watson, Janine Palmer, Shea Goodman and Ronnie Daniels.

n Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School sophomore clarinet player Morgan McSweeney received a superior rating at the Florida Band Master’s Association’s State Solo and Ensemble contest in Naples.

Bravo from parents Barb and Dennis.

n Saint Joseph Catholic School’s Davis Roddenberry received an honorable mention in behavioral sciences at the Lockheed Martin Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland. The sixth-grader’s project was on the visual perception differences between males and females.

n Self-professed “lifelong beach bums,” who have lived on Antigua, Maryland’s Ocean City and North Carolina’s Outer Banks, John and Marianne Moyer are married 35 years.

Vin’s People, by local columnist Vin Mannix, runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Have a column item? A photo you want to share? Call Vin Mannix at 745-7055, write him at Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, Fla. 34206 or e-mail