Book Talk guest comedienne Sara Benincasa author Real Artists Have Day Jobs

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Baltimore Orioles Announce Dream Week 2017 Schedule in Sarasota, Florida

(Sarasota, FL) Baltimore Orioles fans will be able to enjoy a week filled with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at the team’s 2017 Dream Week, open to adults, regardless of ability. Fans will have the opportunity to play at the Orioles’ two-site complex in Sarasota, Florida (Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex and Ed Smith Stadium) from January 22-28, 2017.

Dream Week offers participants the full major league treatment including playing daily doubleheader intra-squad games and receiving instruction from Orioles Legend Jim Palmer and former Orioles Mike Boddicker, Al Bumbry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Devereaux, Chris Hoiles, Scott McGregor, and many more. In addition to on-field play, participants will enjoy luxurious beachfront accommodations on Lido Key in Sarasota; a personalized home uniform, 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 the pros; and a reunion game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore during the 2017 regular season.

Men and women age 30 or older are eligible to participate in Dream Week. All skill and ability levels are welcome to the camp each year, and campers can play in as many or as 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 personalized clubhouse locker, access to the Orioles athletic trainers and clubhouse staff, and playing equipment. In addition to receiving daily instruction, participants will play doubleheader games each day at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park, and each team will get to play a game at Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles’ Spring Training field. Campers can saver these moments with the inclusion of team and pro staff photos, a personalized baseball card, and a Dream Week video produced by the Orioles’ award-winning video productions staff.

Dream Week is $4,601 (includes 7% Fla. Sales Tax) and is conveniently packaged with roundtrip airfare from Baltimore to Tampa, ground transfers to and from the airport to the team hotel, transportation to and from the hotel to the ballpark each day, and six-night, seven-day hotel accommodations (double occupancy, private rooms are available) at the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. Discounts are available to Orioles Season Plan Members 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, call 410-547-6063, or e-mail to register or to receive more information.

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Book Talk guest Julie Lawson Timmer author Untethered

Julie Lawson Timmer

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Book Talk guest Mark Zwonitzer author The Statesman and the Storyteller John Hay Mark Twain and the Rise of American Imperialism

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Book Talk guest Emily Paster author Food Swap The Next Step in the Do It Yourself Kitchen Revolution

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Bradenton Marauders to Host Manasota Operation Troop Support Care Package Party June 11

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders today announced that they will host a “Care Package Party” on Saturday, June, 11th to benefit the Manasota Operation Troop Support at McKechnie Field.

M.O.T.S. serves Manatee and Sarasota County Military troops and their family members before, during and after their deployment.

We would like to show our support by collecting items for the care packages starting on Monday, June 6th at Pirate City and McKechnie until Friday, June 10th. Boxes will be placed around McKechnie for fans to put the items they bring in.
Some of the items needed include: peanut butter, crackers, cookies, toothbrushes, canned tuna, socks, word find books, canned fruit, wet wipes, and more. Visit Guest Relations for a full list of items needed.

On Saturday, June 11th, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., there will be a “Care Package Party” at McKechnie in the Fan Plaza where the care packages will be put together. Light breakfast will be provided for the public who participate.

There will be a letter writing station and a craft table for the kids to make items to put into the care packages. There will also be raffle baskets for both children and adults. The children’s raffle prize is a Tony Hawk 16-inch bicycle. Some of the prizes for the adult raffle include a 2016 Marauders team-autographed baseball, an Andrew McCutchen autographed picture and a Gerrit Cole autographed baseball.

June 11th is also Military Appreciation Night presented by Goodwill Manasota and Miller High Life. The Marauders will host the Tampa Yankees. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m., and the gates open at 5:30 p.m.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders please call 941-747-3031 or visit

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