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10 News and Chili's bring MLK blood drive to Bradenton

10 News and Chili's bring MLK blood drive to Bradenton

Bradenton, Florida -- January is the month of highest blood usage by patients in Tampa Bay. In addition to the existing need for blood, there is currently a critical need for more minority donors on the National Marrow Donor Program's 'Be The Match' Registry.

Therefore, Ten News has teamed up with Chili's restaurants to sponsor Ten News Martin Luther King Day Blood & Marrow Donor Registry Drive, on Monday, January 17, 2011. 

All lifesaving donors will receive a commemorative  Martin Luther King Jr. T-shirt, a Chili's FREE $5 Be Our Guest Coupon and a wellness checkup, including a cholesterol screening.  In addition, all blood donors will receive information on joining  the National Marrow Donor Program's 'Be The Match' Registry!

A bloodmobile will be at the Ten News studios, located at 11450 Gandy Blvd. in Saint Petersburg. 

Florida Blood Services bloodmobiles will also be located, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., at Tampa Bay area Chili's restaurants and Florida Blood Services Donor Centers at the hours shown below.

Participating Bradenton Chili's locations include:

5th Dolphin Dash road race set for today

5th Dolphin Dash road race set for today

Anna Maria Island, Florida -- Today's Dolphin Dash and Fun Run races will be the fifth occasion of what is becoming a very popular Anna Maria Island event. The Dolphin Dash refers to a 5K road race that winds through the island starting at 8:00 a.m., and the 1-mile Fun Run starts just one hour later at 9:00.

The races both start and end at Anna Maria Elementary School. Goodie bags and t-shirts will be given to all pre-registered runners, but even runners who sign up this morning will have access to the refreshments, awards, and door prizes given out after each race.

Anna Maria Elementary is located at 4700 Gulf Drive N. on Holmes Beach. For more information, call 708-5525.

MCSO offers safe disposal of unused prescription meds

MCSO offers safe disposal of unused prescription meds

BRADENTON, Florida -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office begins it's Citizen Medication Collection Program today which offers people a safe disposal location for their unused prescription medications.

The drop off location is located at the front desk of the Sheriff's Office at 600 US Hwy 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Signs will be posted to assist people with the disposal procedures. Medications should be placed into a supplied plastic bag and then placed in the drop box. No liquids will be accepted.

Anyone with questions on the program can call MSO at 941-747-3011, ext. 2278.