VIN’S PEOPLE: Arts Alive! Manatee to honor arts leaders in education, community – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune


A bow to Manatee High educator Linda Boone, Manatee Memorial Hospital vice president Vernon DeSear and the select group of honorees who will be recognized during the debut of “Arts Alive: Manatee’s Celebration of the Arts” on April 29 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.

In conjunction with the Manatee County School District and Manatee Education Foundation, the Manatee Arts Education Council will confer its inaugural Arts Alive Awards on arts education legacy leaders from our schools and community — and each award will be named after the first recipient in perpetuity.

Among them are Boone in Dance Education and DeSear for Arts Champion, as well as Dale Jensen, Music Education; Sherry Lawrence, Theater Education; Dudley Leigh, Arts Leadership; Larry Thompson, Arts Education Advancement; Kelly Woodland, Community Arts Education, and Sam Woolf, Distinguished Alumni. Both Herbie Rose, Arts Innovation, and Barbara Turner-Grace, Visual Arts Education, will be honored posthumously.

Emceed by the Herald-Tribune’s Tom Tryon, Arts Alive will feature performances by Woolf, a Braden River High alum and 2014 American Idol top five finalist, the Elementary Honor Choir, Haile Middle School Storm Dancers, Rowlett Middle Academy Film Department, Lakewood Ranch Musical Theatre and State College of Florida Guitar Ensemble. Student visual artwork in the Superintendent’s Honor Gallery will also be on display.

There will be a catered reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, followed by the awards and performance program at 6:30 p.m.

For details, call Manatee Arts Education Council at 941-251-4937.

• Fearless Patty Virgilio is 39. Again.

• So is John Murrell.

• And Frank “Mr. Linger Lodge” Gamsky is 89 years young.

• May former Manatee Hurricane teammates DeMarcus Christmas and Kelvin McKnight see their boyhood dreams come true in this week’s NFL Draft. Christmas was a stout defensive tackle at Florida State. McKnight was a record-setting wide receiver at Samford.

• Say it ain’t so! Lynn Horne hit the Big 6-0!

• Martha Lewis has retired after 53 years with Bealls Corporate Office.

• And Marauder media man Nate March hit the Big 3-0!

• Palmetto High science teacher Ruben Centeno is the keynote speaker for the 33rd annual Migrant Education Awards Ceremony on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch High auditorium, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.

Twenty-three seniors and several juniors, teens who often overcome significant obstacles to achieve academic success, will receive special recognition. Four-hundred-sixty-six migrant students participate in the Manatee County School District’s Migrant Education Program.

Centeno was once one of them, but despite the challenges of his family’s migratory lifestyle, he graduated from Palmetto High and attended the University of South Florida on a full academic scholarship.

• Julia Schultz is one year shy of the Big 6-0!

• Tom Kitchen Jr. was promoted to Manatee County’s Emergency Management Coordinator.

• And Tom Donegan is one year shy of the Big 5-0!

• Ari and the Alibis, whose music combines funk, jazz and samba with blues, soul and rock, perform Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., in Realize Bradenton’s Music in the Park series at the Mosaic Amphitheatre on Bradenton’s Riverwalk.

Vin’s People runs Sundays. Email Vin Mannix at vinspeople@gmail.com. Or call 941-962-5944. Twitter: @vinmannix.



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