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Bradenton museum receives $10,000 donation

Bradenton museum receives $10,000 donation

BRADENTON, FLORIDA-- The South Florida Museum in Bradenton has received a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo Bank.

The money will provide opportunities for children who attend schools that serve economically disadvantaged populations.

It will cover the field trip admission fee of more than 1,000 kids.

The museum is located at 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton.

'Splash' into summer with museum's new water-themed film series

'Splash' into summer with museum's new water-themed film series

Bradenton, Florida -- The South Florida Museum has announced two new themed series as part of its popular Film Fridays program: “Splash” and “Contenders.” Splash will premiere on Friday, July 1 and run most Fridays through August 12, 2011. The six-film series offers viewers a chance to learn about the planet’s most abundant and important substance, water, through a variety of documentaries about water sports, environmental issues and aquatic exploration.

Contenders will run every Friday from August 26 through Sept. 30. The six featured films will showcase the spirit of competition in its many forms with compelling modern-day documentaries portraying real people struggling to come out on top. All Film Fridays screenings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the South Florida Museum’s all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater.

New production comes to Bradenton

New production comes to Bradenton

Bradenton, FL -- Godspell, an off Broadway hit is being produced by Virtuoso Productions on April 21 - 24 at Christian Retreat. 

Godspell is an award-winning musical with songs written by Stephen Schwartz such as 'Day by Day and Prepare Ye’. 

The musical director for this production is international concert pianist Randy Estelle who went to school with Steven Schwartz! 

Science Explorers Camp to cover space, storms, and more!

Science Explorers Camp to cover space, storms, and more!

Bradenton, Florida -- The South Florida Museum is pleased to announce the Science Explorers Camp schedule for summer 2011. The interactive programs cover an array of topics from ants to outer space as part of themed five-day summer camp programs designed for children entering grades 2-5. The six different sessions will begin June 13 and run through July 29, 2011.

Designed and led by award-winning local teacher Sarah Hammock, the programs are fun, engaging and educational. The Museum’s programs offer quality, hands-on, fun and purposeful science and historical instruction that will provide campers an edge when they return to their traditional classrooms in the fall. All camps adhere to the Florida Department of Education Science and Social Studies "Big Ideas" standards.

Museum hosts London Calling Film Series and 'British invasion'

Museum hosts London Calling Film Series and 'British invasion'

Bradenton, Florida -- The South Florida Museum is pleased to partner with cultural entities throughout downtown Bradenton this spring as the 1960s era and Great Britain is celebrated through a variety of cultural programs.  The Museum will present a British Invasion! Cultural Celebration on Friday, April 15 and continue its popular Film Fridays program, with the London Calling film series, most Fridays from April 1 – May 13.

These programs have been created in conjunction with Realize Bradenton’s Shout! the ‘60s collaborative effort which showcases 14 groovy events at downtown Bradenton facilities this spring.

Traveling photo exhibit celebrates 20 years of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Traveling photo exhibit celebrates 20 years of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Saint Petersburg, FL – Twenty images by local photographers, including two by Longboat Key photographer, Mary Lou Johnson,  depicting the beauty and diversity of Tampa Bay will be featured in “Tampa Bay: 20/20,” a traveling exhibit celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

“Tampa Bay: 20/20” features finalists from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s 2010 Photo Contest, as well as select additional images from local photographers. Together, the photos tell a story of Tampa Bay’s recovery over the past two decades -- as shown in clearer water, increased fish and wildlife populations and expanding recreational use of the bay.

Tampa Bay was designated an “estuary of national significance” by Congress in 1990. The Tampa Bay Estuary Program came into being one year later to assist the region in developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to restore the bay. Today, water quality in most bay segments is as good as it was in the 1950s.

Want to sing national anthem for Pirates spring training?

Want to sing national anthem for Pirates spring training?

BRADENTON, FLORIDA -- The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold auditions this weekend for anyone wanting to sing the national anthem at an upcoming spring training game.

The try-outs are Saturday at McKechnie Field, starting at 10 a.m., according to a release on the Bradenton Marauders website.

Registration opens at 9:30.

Singers will perform in the order they signed up.