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A.J. Grant named General Manager of Bradenton Marauders

A.J. Grant named General Manager of Bradenton Marauders

Bradenton, Florida -- The Pittsburgh Pirates announced a new Manager of McKechnie Field Operations and General Manager of the Bradenton Marauders.

A.J. Grant will oversee the day to day operations of McKechnie Field as well as continue to assist with sales and marketing efforts for the Marauders.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to connect with our very passionate fans,” Grant said. “Our entire staff is hard at work planning our 2014 promotional schedule and getting ready for another great season.”

De Soto National Memorial reopens to visitors

De Soto National Memorial reopens to visitors

Bradenton, Florida -- Now that the government shutdown is over, De Soto National Memorial is re-open to visitors.

You can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. All areas of parks trails, its Visitor Center and Museum are all open to the public. Daily and weekly tours and operations are up and running for public enjoyment.

Vote for Bradenton Marauders nominated for "Game of the Year" in MiLBY awards

Vote for Bradenton Marauders nominated for "Game of the Year" in MiLBY awards

Bradenton, Florida -- You have the chance to vote for the Bradenton Marauders in this year's MiLBY awards.

The Marauders have received a nominations for the "Game of the Year" MiLBY Award, presented by MiLB.com. The 5-3 win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs on August 11, featuring seven no-hit innings pitched by Zack Dodson and a game-ending triple play started by a sliding catch by Willy Garcia is the nominated game. 

Free, guided mountain bike ride at Alafia River State Park

Free, guided mountain bike ride at Alafia River State Park

Lithia, FL -- Time to hit the trails!  A guided mountain bike ride will be held Sunday, November 17th at the Alafia River State Park. The ride is FREE and begins at 9:00am.  Helmets are required. 

Be sure to check the local forecast, because rides may be cancelled due to bad weather.

Check out the Swamp Club website for additional information. Alafia River State Park is located at 14326 County Rd. 39.

X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K at Alafia River State Park

X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K at Alafia River State Park

Lithia, FL -- Runners, start training now, a X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K will be held Sunday, November 17th at the Alafia River State park (14326 South County Road 39). 

Registration closes November 15th at 11:00am. 

Marathon & 30K begins at 7:30am

Half-Marathon begins at 8:00am

5K begins at 8:30am

Head to tamparaces.com for more information.

Florida Maritime Museum reopens after month of renovations

Florida Maritime Museum reopens after month of renovations

Cortez, Florida - The Florida Maritime Museum is preparing to reopen!

For the last month, it's been undergoing some revamping and with a new month, comes new renovations!

You can see the changes at the grand opening on Saturday, October 5. You'll get a look at the completed children's room and scavenger hunt. The expansion will explore Florida's greater maritime history, while other sections focus more closely on the personal stories Cortez has to share.

Enjoy some jazz to benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS

Enjoy some jazz to benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS

Bradenton, Florida - Mark your calendars! You can enjoy some jazz and benefit a great cause in Bradenton this November.

Renaissance on 9th will be transformed into a jazz cabaret from November 16 through November 17 to benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS.

The Linda Baker Band (Eddie Tobin on piano, Mark Gould on bass, Linda Baker vocals), Koko Ray and The Soul Providers, Billie Marcus and The State College of Florida Jazz Ensemble are among several jazz celebrities who will perform at Jazz Express.