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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 to purchase tickets and for sponsorship opportunities. Contact Jeanie Pickwick, Event Chair, at 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:

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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

Book Talk guest Christopher Cerf co-author Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language

Chris Cerf Spinglish
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