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Southeast FFA alumni BBQ on Saturday

Southeast High hosts its 10th annual FFA alumni barbeque and silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will provide scholarships for graduating FFA seniors and provide the FFA with necessary funds to continue student-centered, hands-on learning and year-long FFA activities.

Tickets are $10; children 12 and younger, $7.

Call 741-3366, ext. 251, for details.

n Happy “Sweet 16” to MHS soph Taylor Clines from Geno, Joanne and Patrick.

n Palmetto High’s baseball team got a 3.1 GPA in the third grading period.

Coach Joe Collis’ Tigers are Robbie Bowden, Elston Brown, Conner Browning, Chris Diaz, Brandon Forrest, Ryan Frey, Grandon Goetzman, James Hill, Nick Nolting, Nate Planitz, Tyler Redmond, Kevin Schappacher and Jacob Wilson.

n Col. Gil Small is 80.

n Check out Haile Middle’s musical “Suessical Jr.” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are $5 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Call Angela Chaltis at 714-7240, ext. 280 for more details.

n Bayshore High’s Niki Fazioli is 18. Cheers from grandma Anne.

n Dick Vitale is Ryan T. Boyd’s guest 2 p.m. Monday on WWPR 1490 AM.

n Natalie Lopez has been on a roll.

The 2008 LRHS grad was inducted into the Dean’s Honor Society at the University of Tampa.

She also was named Outstanding Freshman Vocal Performer during the College of Arts & Letters awards ceremony.

Then Natalie was crowned as 2009-10 DeSoto Queen.

Cheers from parents Dr. Jerry and Marsha Lopez.

n A bow, as well, to DeSoto Princess Kim Hillman.

n Anna Maria Oyster Bar mogul John Horne is 48 Sunday.

n The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, hosts “Where the Boys Are” at 7 p.m. today. Call Debi Applebee at 746-4131, ext. 17, for details.

Or visit www.southflorida

n LRHS senior Xiomara Nieves is 18.

n Katie Hoyle graduates magna cum laude in communications from FSU Saturday.

Her proud family are mom Cheryl Schmid, father Bob Hoyle and brother Joe.

n Big ups to Blake Bierman.The former Southeast Seminole made the Florida Atlantic University Owls as a walk-on at wide receiver.

n MHS cheerleader Danielle Dunbar is “Sweet 16.”

n Kimberly Kuizon graduates Saturday from UF with a degree in telecommunications and the ambition of becoming an investigative TV reporter. Cheers from Alex and Carla.

n Duffy’s heiress Shelby Daniels is 18. Cheers from Polli and Erick Stroup.

n A big weekend for Clan Kennedy.

Kaci is 19, and the William & Mary College freshman will study in China this summer.

Kara, who is 22 on May 6, graduates from UF with degrees in public relations and English. She’s aiming at law school for fall.

Cheers from “empty nesters” Joe and Charlie.

n Don’t forget Manatee School for the Arts production, “The Music Man,” tonight through Saturday, 7 p.m., at the MSA Theatre, 700 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. It is directed by Cheryl Carty and produced by Bill Jones.

n Former MHS Sugar ’Cane Amanda Mousseau gets her master’s in exercise science from USF on Saturday. Cheers from Carol and Dave.

n MOTS will hold a Welcome Home at 11:45 a.m. today at King Middle for Army Spec. 4 Mike Tooley and civilian contractor Aaron Baumgartner.

n Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the sixth annual Stewart Elementary School auction 6 to 11 p.m. today at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium. Shaman will entertain. Call Susan Miller at 795-1397 for tickets.

n The new LRHS varsity cheerleaders are Hannah Asay, Kiana Broadbridge, Alyssa Capawana, Marissa Carlson, Emily Clark, Madeline Connin, Tiffany Elder, Tyler Folsom, Shannon Gill, Brittany Hale, Kaitie Hart, Alexx Hill, Abby Jackson, Taylor LaBell, Mallory Mathis, Kelsey Moore, Christina Morisi, Stacey Railsback, Abby Reiter, Amanda Richards, Renee Rogers, Carrie Salter, Gabby Scapparone, Jessica Sthreshley and Hayley Zimmerman.

By the way, they host their annual silent auction from 10 a.m. to noon May 16.

Call Melissa Koehlinger at 727-6100, ext. 2126.

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