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John Grisham to headline 2016 fundraiser for Manatee Public Library System

(Bradenton, FL) Legal thriller novelist John Grisham will headline the Manatee Library Foundation’s marquee fundraiser a January, 2016 event at State College of Florida’s Neel Performing Arts Center.

Stephen King, last year’s Foundation speaker, will also be a part of the event and will interview Grisham on stage. The event, “Book-Ends: An Evening with Two Literary Giants” will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Organizers are hoping to sell out the 832-seat venue and to raise $175,000 for the Library System.

Foundation President Jane Plitt, Manatee County Library Services Manager Ava Ehde, State Rep. Jim Boyd, honorary event co-chair and Stephanie Goforth, President of Northern Trust’s West Florida region made the announcement today during a noon press conference at Central Library.

“The Library Foundation Inc. is thrilled that these world famous authors are sharing their time and prestige to help us fund literacy programs through the Manatee County Public Library system., addressing a critical community need,” said Foundation president Jane Plitt.

“We’ve hit another grand slam,” said Rep. Jim Boyd, the event’s honorary chair. “It’s going to be an outstanding event.

Northern Trust Bank is the event’s presenting sponsor. Susan Wilcox is the Foundation’s event chair.

Sponsorship packages from $7,500 (reception sponsor) to $300 (patron) are available online or by calling (941) 216-8746. If tickets are still available on Oct. 15, the public may purchase tickets for $150 apiece. Thirty State College of Florida students will attend the event compliments of the Anne and Eugene Beckstein Charitable Trust.

Last year’s “An Evening with Stephen King” raised more than $100,000 to benefit Manatee County Public Library System. That money went toward the purchase of a new integrated library system (ILS) in Manatee libraries that launches Oct. 1. The new system will give patrons a new, modern way of accessing library materials.

“This is a huge literary event and we continue to be awestruck it’s happening here,” said Manatee County Library Services Manager Ava Ehde. “We are grateful to these impressive and prolific authors as well as Rep. Boyd, the growing list of sponsors and the Library Foundation for their support of our Manatee Libraries.”

The Foundation will also give away a ticket to the King event to the winner of a Flash Fiction contest challenging amateur writers to submit a 250-word piece of fiction or poetry inspired by a photo posted on the new 805lit.org site.
One winner will be announced in January. (If a minor wins the contest, he or she will be awarded two tickets for guardian accompaniment.)

Grisham’s books have sold more than 275 million copies worldwide. His most popular titles include The Firm, A Time to Kill, The Client and The Pelican Brief. A new title, The Rogue Lawyer, will be released in October.

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Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Third annual Symphony on the Sand

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today the return of Symphony on the Sand, a musical and gourmet event featuring the award-winning Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO). Symphony on the Sand takes place on Nov. 14, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the beach at Coquina Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Drive South.

This is a great weekend for experiencing the rich variety of art and culture available in our area. Keep Manatee Beautiful’s “SandBlast”, held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Manatee Public Beach offers some of the best sand sculpturing in our area. The ninth Annual Anna Maria Island ArtsHOP features a weekend of cultural events – Friday evening gallery walk, special performances by Island Players, Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, Sunday is Bridge Street ArtWalk, with the Butterfly Arts and Crafts Show Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., AMICCO takes the stage for the third annual Symphony on the Sand at Coquina Beach.

Jeanie Pickwick, Executive Director of AMICCO and Chair of the Symphony on the Sand Steering Committee: “Last year we dealt with inclement weather. Symphony on the Sand is a rain or shine event and we are making every effort to assure the comfort of our guests and concertgoers.”

Symphony on the Sand features a full 45-piece symphonic orchestra, chorus and professional soloists performing the sounds of classical and patriotic American songs, Broadway and movie selections, plus songs from the Beatles, Queen and Simon and Garfunkel. Al Ruechel, senior anchor for Bay News 9, and a media host from WSMR 89.1, will co-emcee the event.

Attendees can enjoy small plates created by favorite local restaurants:
Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Beach House Restaurant, Coquina Café and The Lazy Lobster. Dining offerings include a salad course, several entrée selections and dessert.




Sponsorship tables of 10 are available for $1,250 and up. Sponsor tables include small plates, as well as complimentary fine wine and select beers. Individual tickets at $100 with food and drink are offered, as are $35 tickets, without food and drink. A cash bar is available. New this year is a $70 option of hi-top Cocktail Tables, which includes complimentary wine and beer. Purchasing tickets early is advised. Ticket sales on the date of the event will have an increased price. Early ticket purchases will receive priority in seating. Bring your beach chairs or blanket.

Visit www.SymphonyOnTheSand.com to purchase tickets and for sponsorship opportunities. Contact Jeanie Pickwick, Event Chair, at pickwick@tampabay.rr.com or 941-795-2370 for additional event details. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Chorus & Orchestra’s Youth and Outreach Programs.

“We are excited to bring Symphony on the Sand back for the third year – what a wonderful way to showcase what we have in abundance in our area – extraordinary music, delicious food, our spectacular beaches, and a great sense of community” Jeanie Pickwick, Event Chair.

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Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon Kickoff Party in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Southeastern Guide Dogs held a cocktail reception Tuesday evening at the Sarasota Hyatt to kickoff the organization’s Walkathon next March at Payne Park in downtown Sarasota. They are looking for volunteers to chair the various committees to put together the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year.

The Southeastern Guide Dogs was founded in 1982 and to date has trained and placed more than 3000 guide dogs with visually impaired individuals. They provide this service free of charge and receive no government funding.

SE Guide Dog

If you would like to help out, please visit their website: https://www.guidedogs.org

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Check out my friend and fellow broadcaster Mark Malkoff’s Carson Podcast with Drew Carey

Mark Malkoff interview’s guests who have been on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. It’s a great podcast. Here he talks with comedian Drew Carey about his debut on the show with Johnny Carson and getting called over to the couch.



Book Talk guest Dr. Dale Archer author The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was A Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength


Dr Dale Archer