Superhero Dog Sculptures To Benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs

We are so fortunate to have the Southeastern Guide Dogs campus right here in Manatee County, Florida.  Here’s a great article by D’Ann Lawrence White, Patch Staff Writer, for their annual fundraiser.  Hope you enjoy!

PALMETTO, FL — Southeastern Guide Dogs has launched the third season of Superheroes on Parade—a creative collaboration of sponsors and artists featuring creatively painted dog sculptures that will be on display throughout Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

This whimsical, dog-centered fundraising campaign raises awareness of Southeastern Guide Dogs’ programs and the inspirational people and superhero dogs it brings together.

Sponsors and artists unveiled the first 14 new caped superheroes on Sept. 12 at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg featuring four life-sized dogs, six puppies and four relief sculptures.

The sculptures are modeled after the real superheroes of Southeastern Guide Dogs: the Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and goldad

ors that are born, raised and trained at Southeastern Guide Dogs’ campus in Palmetto to assist people with disabilities.

During the coming months, members of the public will be invited to participate in an online contest in which they can cast their vote for their favorite sculpture for $1 per vote. The voting will end March 15 and the campaign will culminate in a red carpet awards event at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota on April 4.

Last year, the

contest generated more than $114,000 for the nonprofit organization.

The sculptures of Superheroes on Parade will be on display at venues throughout the area. Photos of each sculpture and a map of sculpture locations will be available on the campaign website where the public can also cast their votes.

Southeastern Guide Dogs is a Palmetto-based organization that breeds and trains guide dogs, service dogs and companion dogs for people living with significant challenges, including those with visual impairments and veterans with disabilities.

Images via Superheroes on Parade

The sculptures of Superheroes on Parade will be on display at venues throughout the area.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman reveals the first dog sculpture, “Saint Pete,” sponsored by the city of St. Petersburg and painted by Geff Strik. Kriseman’s family has helped raise puppies for Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Sponsor Joseph Saunders and artist Tara Radosevich admire “Justice” as he is unveiled.

“Roosevelt,” sponsored by Fidelity Investment Services, was painted by James Eric.

“Goldie,” sponsored by GTE Financial, was painted by Rob Sardella.

“swahrey,” sponsored by swah-rey dessert bar, was painted by Anna Hamilton Fields.

“Roux,” sponsored by Ruth’s Chris, was created by Susan Bauerle.

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Here’s a bird’s eye view of the Manatee River along Bradenton, FL

Hope you enjoy this short video of our riverfront here in beautiful Bradenton, FL.  The Manatee River separates Bradenton and Palmetto, Florida.  Over the years there have been many stately homes built on the banks overlooking the river and in recent years, Bradenton has developed the downtown riverfront with many recreational activities from the children’s waterpark to volleyball to outdoor concerts.

Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton, Florida. You Don’t Want To Miss It!

When was the last time you went to a Flea Market?  Well, Bradenton boasts one of the largest Flea Markets in the area.  With over 145,000 square feet of shopping area, 80,000 of which is air-conditioned, the most seasoned Flea Market shopper will find something.  The Red Barn combines a traditional Flea Market with plaza shops, food courts and a farmer’s market with all kinds of fresh produce. There are over 600 booths and shops for your enjoyment.  It’s not unusual to have as many of 50,000 visitors to the Red Barn on a weekend.  Don’t worry, there’s plenty of parking.


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Service Dog Training at Palmetto Florida’s Southeastern Guide Dogs

Since 1982 the Palmetto, Florida location for the Southeastern Guide Dogs training facility has changed the lives of thousands of people.  The facility trains pedigree dogs from birth to be the eyes of so many people.  The facility actually has a new training center for the dogs and their new owners to teach both the dogs and owners how these animals can give someone a new life.  This facility receives no government funds and depends on private donations to give those with no sight or veterans premier dogs and a lifetime services at no cost.

Check out this video of the indoor training center for both the dogs and humans by clicking on the link below.


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Manatee County Florida, More Than Just Beaches and Nice Weather

When you think of Florida, you think of white sand beaches with the Gulf of Mexico ebbing at the shoreline, maybe going to the many year-round festivals, or eating at the many wonderful restaurants that we have.  Florida is much more, we have a robust agricultural and farming industry.

Today I want to take you on a dairy farm tour located in Myakka City, FL in Manatee County.  The Dakin Family Dairy Farm actually has tours to educate young and old alike.  Tours last about 1 to 1 1/2 hours and will give you a look at how the cows are milked to pasteurization, bottling and cheese-making.  There also includes feeding the baby calves and learning about goats’ and sheep’s importance to agriculture.  The kids will love the hayride through the open stalls where cows are feed to the pig races.

What a great place to take the kids for an educational fun learning experience.

Click on the photo below to take your own tour of Dankin Dairy Farms and then go see it for yourself.

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Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Big Cat Habitat In Sarasota Florida

So, you want to get up close and personal with wildlife?  Here’s your chance It’s at the Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary in beautiful Sarasota, Florida.  The Big Cat Habitat is a place where animals are given the love, respect, and sanctuary for the rest of their lives.  In addition to housing various animals, the facility includes bird and big cat shows with educational talks and demonstrations.  There is also a petting zoo, where the kids can feed goats and llamas.

This is a must see for animal lovers and families alike.  So, when in beautiful Sarasota, Florida, be sure to stop by.

Normal hours are Wednesday through Sunday 12 -4 throughout the year and admission is $18 for adults and $8 for children.  It’s free to active Military, Veterans and First Responders and is a handicap accessible facility.

For more information call 941.971.6377 or check out their website at

Watch the video below by clicking on the photo!

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What to do for the Fourth of July in Bradenton, Florida

So, here’s what’s happening in Bradenton, Florida for the Fourth of July!

Let’s start with the Fireworks On The Manatee River.  Downtown Bradenton will be the place to see this incredible fireworks display.  Pack snacks and bring the family down to Barcarrota Avenue and the Riverwalk.  This will give you a great view of the festivities.

Start your fun early on July 3rd for Fireworks At The Beach!  Bring your beach chairs and relax on the white sandy beaches of Bradenton Beach to watch this extravaganza starting at 8 pm and will last about two hours!

The Charlie Daniels Band will be performing a free concert at Sutton Park, 1050 6th St in Palmetto, Florida.  Yes, the Grammy award-winning country music artist will take the stage at 7 pm.  The gates will open at 4 pm and will have other bands performing prior to the Charle Daniels Tribute to America.

What’s a holiday without a parade?  The Fourth of July Privateers’ Island Parade will be hosted by the Anna Maria Privateers starting at 10 am at Coquina Beach traveling the entire length of Bradenton Beach to North Anna Maria North Pier in Holmes Beach.  A festive time will be had by all with lots of beads and candy being thrown to the spectators, along with cannons firing.  Even more important, the Privateers will host a scholarship awards ceremony featuring more than $17,000 in college scholarships to local area students.

How about taking in a Marauders’ Baseball Game.  That’s right at 6:30 on July 3rd the Bradenton Marauders will take on the Palm Beach Cardinals for an Independence Day Celebration.  There will be lots of freebies given away to 1,500 lucky fans, cumulating with a huge fireworks display at the end of the festivities.

So no matter how or when you want to celebrate the birthday of our great nation, you will have plenty of opportunities right here in the Bradenton area.

Here’s a video of a past Fourth of July fireworks display.

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The John and Mable Ringling’s Winter Home in Bradenton/Sarasota Florida

John and Mable Ringling, along with John’s brothers were the owners of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus Greatest Show on Earth.  Sarasota, Florida is just a 15-minute drive from Bradenton, FL and was the winter home of John and Mable Ringling.

The Ringling’s, who were one of America’s wealthiest couples began construction in 1924 at a cost of 1.5 million dollars and was completed in 1924.

One of America’s wealthiest couples, the Ringlings started building Ca’ d’Zan in 1924 and completed in 1926.  Nestled on the Sarasota Bay this home is 36,000 sq ft reflecting the grace and grandeur of Venice, Italy.  Five stories high with 41 rooms including 15 bathrooms.  There are private bedrooms along with five guest bedrooms, servants’ quarters, a grand living room and a dining room large enough to accommodate 22 chairs.

Enjoy this video of the John and Mable mansion in Sarasota, Florida.  In future articles, we will take a look at the Ringling Fine Art Museum.

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