Bradenton Marauders Open July with Homestand and Celebration of America on Thursday Night

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will host the Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins) at McKechnie Field for a three-game series from July 1-3. All three games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 1 is a First Mates Kids Club Night. Baseball Bingo will be played. Children 12 and younger will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game. Additionally, the remaining “The Designated Hitter Does Not Participate in Baseball Bingo” t-shirts for the rained out game on June 27 will be given away when gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The series continues on Wednesday, July 2 and concludes on Thursday, July 3. The Marauders will don red, white, and blue patriotic jerseys on July 3 that will be available for silent auction bidding during the game. Winning bidders will be invited onto the field after the game to receive their jersey and have it autographed by the player or coach that wore it. Thirsty Thursday specials will be in effect, meaning sodas and select draft beers will cost just $1.

A spectacular postgame fireworks display presented by Zambelli Fireworks will light up the sky over McKechnie Field. After the fireworks, hang out in the Fan Plaza for a concert by Nuthin’ Fancy a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders please visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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“Book Talk” with Doug Miles 6/29/14

Guests on this edition:

Lynn Sherr, former ABC News Journalist talks about her book “Sally Ride, America’s First Woman in Space”

Cynthia Myers “A Word From Our Sponsor” about early radio advertising

Sherry Brooks-Vinton “The Put’em Up Preserve Answer Book”

Tribute to America with Fred Travalena singing “Spirit of America”


The Jazz Club of Sarasota to present Grammy Award Winning Jazz Pianist Shelly Berg in Concert August 23

(Sarasota, FL) Grammy Award Winning Jazz Pianist Shelly Berg will perform in concert with an all-star college jazz group at the Riverview High School Performing Arts Center in Sarasota on Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

Berg, who has performed with the legendary Dick Hyman, returns this year with an all-star jazz group from the Frost School of Music. He is the Dean at University of Miami music school and is a multi-Grammy Award winner, who arranged and recorded with Arturo Sandoval on the Grammy winning CD “Dear Diz”. Dave Brubeck said, “Shelly Berg is a great pianist”. Johnny Mandel called Berg’s orchestrating “magnificent …. incredible”. From the LA Times…”bits of Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson could be heard… all held together by Berg’s boundless enthusiasm.”

Shelly Berg has recorded and performed with and arranged for many top jazz artists including Patti Austin, Nancy Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Kurt Elling and Tierney Sutton among others. Berg’s TV credits include producing and performing at the 2013 National Tree Lighting ceremony at the White House and a recent PBS special with Gloria Estefan. He has also contributed music to numerous TV series and composed and arranged music for feature films on the big screen.

Jazz pianist Shelly Berg
Jazz pianist Shelly Berg

Tickets are $10 dollars for general admission. Preferred seating tickets are $15. Students are free with a valid ID. Visit http://brownpapertickets.com/event/744580 to order tickets online.

The Riverview High School Performing Arts Center is located at 1 Ram Way in Sarasota.

For more information contact: Jazz Club of Sarasota, 330 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL, www.jazzclubsarasota.org
or call (941) 366-1552 (Wed – Fri 9 am – 5 pm).

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Baltimore Orioles to host Dream Week in Sarasota January 25-31, 2015

(Sarasota, FL) Baltimore Orioles fans of a variety of ages and abilities will enjoy a week filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the team’s 2015 Dream Week. Held at the Orioles’ two-site complex in Sarasota, Florida (Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex) from January 25-31, 2015, Dream Week offers participants the full major league treatment, playing daily doubleheader intra-squad games and receiving instruction from former Orioles including Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, Mike Boddicker, Al Bumbry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Devereaux, Chris Hoiles, Scott McGregor.

In addition to on-field play, participants will enjoy luxurious beachfront accommodations on Lido Key in Sarasota; a personalized home uniform and road batting practice jersey and hat; daily breakfast and lunch at the ballpark; evening social events throughout the week, including a Q&A and autograph session with former players in attendance; and a reunion game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore during the 2015 regular season.

Dream Week is open to men and women 30 years of age or older. Fans of all skill and ability levels attend the camp each year, and are able to participate in as many or few of the games as they wish. There is no prerequisite of experience or physical ability required to attend. Other amenities provided during the week include a clubhouse locker, treatment by Orioles athletic trainers and laundry service by clubhouse attendants. Participants will play doubleheader games each day at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. The championship game will be played at Ed Smith Stadium. Team and pro staff photos, in addition to a Dream Week Video produced by the Orioles award-winning video productions staff, are included to help campers savor their memories.

Dream Week is $4,125 plus Florida sales tax and includes round-trip airfare from Baltimore to Tampa; ground transfers to and from the airport to the team hotel and six-night, seven-day hotel accommodations (double occupancy, private rooms are available) at the Lido Beach Resort. Discounts are available to Orioles Season Plan Holders and former Dream Week participants. Separate week and weekend packages are available for Dream Week guests.

Fans interested in participating in Dream Week should visit www.orioles.com/dreamweek, call 410-547-6063, or e-mail dreamweek@orioles.com to register or to receive more information.

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Tampa Bay Rays “Thanksmas” Day of Volunteering Set for July 11

(St. Petersburg, FL) Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon and team employees will serve lunch at the Trinity Café in Tampa on Friday, July 11 as part of the Rays “Thanksmas” Day of Volunteering, a new initiative involving a number of Tampa Bay area shelters.

For the past eight Decembers, Maddon has hosted “Thanksmas”, a weeklong event in which he purchases, prepares and serves a traditional Italian/Polish holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens at local shelters.

“Our goal is to expand “Thanksmas” in some fashion every year,” said Maddon. “There are an increasing number of people who ask how they can get involved. The “Thanksmas” Day of Volunteering allows for greater participation and also brings attention to the homeless issue at a time of the year when it is not top of mind.”

On July 11, anyone who volunteers for general duty at one of the local shelters participating in the “Thanksmas” Day of Volunteering will receive a ticket to the Rays- Red Sox home game on July 27, a “Thanksmas” Day of Volunteering T-shirt and the opportunity to be included in a group photo with the Rays manager.

The shelters participating are the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater and The Salvation Army Chapters of St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton. Volunteers must register with a shelter by July 8. For more information and to sign up, visit raysbaseball.com/thanksmas.

Maddon will participate by serving lunch at the Trinity Café, which serves more than 260 hot, nutritious meals each day to homeless, hungry, and working poor. The meals are prepared by a professional chef and served by volunteer servers. The guests sit at cloth-covered tables set with china dishes and silverware. They are asked for nothing in return.

On July 11, the Rays will purchase the food and Chef Alfred Astl will prepare Maddon’s “Thanksmas” feast. Trinity Café is located at 2801 N. Nebraska Avenue in Tampa.

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CBS Sports Adds Former NFL Referee Mike Carey to Football Broadcasts This Season

(New York, NY) CBS Sports has added former NFL Official Mike Carey to the broadcast team for coverage of Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network, and THE NFL ON CBS coverage on Sundays during the 2014 NFL season.

Carey will provide rules analysis, interpretation and explanations on Thursday nights from the game site, as well as NFL Network’s studio in Culver City, California and on Sundays from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.

“So many times throughout the years of watching Mike officiate, I often thought it would be great to have him someday work for CBS explaining the calls on the field,” said McManus. “We’re excited that this has now come to fruition. He will be a great complement to our Thursday Night Football and Sunday afternoon coverage.”

CBS Sports

Carey spent 24 years as an NFL official, including 19 as a referee. He joined the NFL from the Western Athletic Conference in 1990 as a side judge. Carey was promoted to referee for the start of the 1995 NFL season. He was the referee for Super Bowl XLII (New England Patriots-N.Y. Giants). In addition, he has officiated four playoff games as a side judge (two Wild Cards and two Conference Championships) and 14 playoff games as a referee (eight Wild Cards, five Divisionals and Super Bowl XLII).

Carey is the co-owner of Seirus Innovation, a privately held company that manufactures ski and snowboarding gloves, face protection, and other cold-weather accessories. He also is an inventor who owns or shares eight ski apparel patents. Carey is a past Chairman of the Board of Snow Sports Industries of America’s, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the NFL Officials Association.

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