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De Soto National Memorial closed because of government shutdown

De Soto National Memorial closed because of government shutdown

Bradenton, Florida -- All 401 national parks, including De Soto National Memorial are closed because of the federal government shutdown.

The Visitor Center, trails and parking areas will remain closed until the government reopens. All park programs, including kayak programs, and special events have been canceled.

Florida parks offer FREE admission for International Literacy Day

Florida parks offer FREE admission for International Literacy Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service will celebrate National Literacy Month with special events at state parks statewide. The month will be celebrated in conjunction with International Literacy Day on Sunday, Sept. 8 and National Library Card Signup Month.

Manatee Habitat receives money to support build in Ellenton

Manatee Habitat receives money to support build in Ellenton

Bradenton, Florida - Manatee County Habitat for Humanity has more money to support construction for families in need.

Wells Fargo gave a $15,000 grant to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation "Team Member Volunteer Program" which will provide support for the construction of a Habitat home in the Ellenton Hope Landing neighborhood.

“Wells Fargo is proud to make this contribution and looks forward to working with Manatee Habitat on this project,” says Machelle Maner, Senior Community Development Officer for Wells Fargo. 

Manatee County Government offices will be closed Labor Day

Manatee County Government offices will be closed Labor Day

Manatee County, Florida -- Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2 to commemorate Labor Day.

Manatee County School District will hold another public hearing budget

Manatee County School District will hold another public hearing budget

Manatee County, Florida -- The Public Hearing on the Budget to be held tomorrow, Thursday, August 29, 2013, was arranged by Superintendent Rick Mills and the School Board of Manatee County to provide an additional avenue for public input into the budget process over and above what is required by the state of Florida.

Tomorrow's Public Hearing will be held in the Board Chambers at the School Support Center located at 215 Manatee Ave. W., in Bradenton. The Hearing begins at 1 p.m.

Review a book...get a Nook!

Review a book...get a Nook!

Bradenton, Florida -- Enter the library's Book Review Video Contest!

In celebration of National Library Week, the Manatee County Public Library is hosting a contest. The rules are simple: submit a video book review, enter to win a Nook Color!

Need ideas on how to do a video book review? Go to this Pinterest page for inspiration. 

July 31 is the last day to turn into a review. 

 

Celebrate Snooty's 65th Birthday at South Florida Museum

Celebrate Snooty's 65th Birthday at South Florida Museum

Bradenton, Florida -- The South Florida Museum is celebrating Snooty's 65th birthday this weekend! He's an extra-special manatee who is setting records every day for how long manatees live. 

The Birthday Bash this Saturday will have lots of activities including food, children's games and activities, entertainment and wildlife awareness opportunities.  Visitors can learn about environmental preservation and interact with wildlife and arts organizations.