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Dance teams extravaganza doubleheader

If you’re a fan of Manatee County school dance teams, mark Feb. 12, 2011 on your calendar.

That’s the third annual “Yes, We Can Dance!” extravaganza at Neel Auditorium.

It will be twice the fun.

After packing Braden River High’s auditorium in its 2009 debut, the show was moved to Neel last winter -- to another turnaway crowd.

So this time there will be two shows: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

By the way, program coordinator Helen Dolbec needs sponsors for this entertaining program, a stage for our county’s impressive dance talent.

Call (941) 792-8274. Or e-mail:

n Oh, no! Tim Eason hit the Big 5-0! The milestone landed on the MCSO deputy today.

Wife Pam and children James and Lindsey are amused.

n Carolyne Norwood, an Anna Maria Island resident for more than 50 years, has written, “Tales of Three Cities -- Anna Maria Island, 1940-1970.”

Published by the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, it’s available at the Island Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

Call (941) 778-1514.

n That’s 56 years of wedded bliss for Elaine and Frank Gamsky, who kept folks entertained all those years they owned the Linger Lodge.

n Rubonia’s Sarah Goff is 80 years young.

Love from Team Goff.

n A salute to Bob “Hurricane” Harrigan, who just marked 25 years as ABC 7’s meteorologist.

Our favorite weathermeister is 51 on Tuesday. Love from Team Eason.

n Sunshine Academy kindergartner Darius Allen is 6 while Sunshine alum and big brother Lorenez Allen is 13.

Cheers from parents Lorraine and Dwayne and bigger brother D.J.

Third graders Hunter Lamphron and Brian Scott Greer are 9.

Cheers from parents Kristin and John Lamphron and big brother Cole, and parents Sharon and Bob Greer.

n Say it ain’t so! Über attorney John Lakin has hit the Big 5-0!

Funny, we always thought he was older.

n Skyler Wood, Blackburn Elementary’s No. 1 cookie seller, is 7.

Cheers from Sylvia.

n Alex Leon is 21.

Cheers from parents Alicia and Walter.

n Lastly, best of luck to Joe Kinnan and Manatee vs. Venice and Paul Maechtle and Southeast vs. Winter Haven in tonight’s region semifinals.

Go, Canes!

Go, Noles!

Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 745-7055, or