Lakewood Ranch indoor cycling studio opens today

October 13, 2012 

Lakewood Ranch indoor cycling studio opens today

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- A 1,300-square-foot indoor cycling and fitness center will open in Lakewood Ranch on Saturday.

Spin Fit, located at 6277 Lake Osprey Drive in Lakewood Ranch, is equipped with 20 indoor cycling bikes in one room and half a dozen suspension weight training devices in the other.

The facility will be open seven days a week, beginning as early as 5:30 a.m.

"There's not really an indoor cycling facility in this area," said owner Sandy Birczak. "I really want to target this area."

A certified fitness instructor for the last 12 years, Birczak also plans to run a separate clinic and boot camp for those looking for more advanced workout and an 'Easy Rider' class for mature clients in the Lakewood Ranch area.

For more information about Spin Fit, visit

Manatee River Trading Co. to hold grand opening

BRADENTON -- Manatee River Trading Co., 417 12th St. W., Suite 109, will hold its grand opening Nov. 1.

The coastal home decor and gourmet gift shop offers pillows, throws, greeting cards, candles, potpourri, hostess gifts, children's gifts, and T-shirts.

The grand opening event will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 941-735-9895.

SCF to offer lean bronze certification

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will offer a lean bronze certification course through the Engineering, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing grant project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The virtual course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 16 through Dec. 6.

The course covers the basics of lean, an approach to eliminating non-value added activities from the workplace based on the principles of the Toyota Production System. The course prepares participants to take the lean bronze certification examination offered through an alliance of the American Society for Quality, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Shingo.

The $299 fee covers class, ASQ membership and exam. Normally, the price of the membership and exam cost nearly $600.

For more information, contact Glenn Goonis, SCF manufacturing education grants coordinator and ETAM project manager, at 941-363-7229 or

Ortygia sponsorsBlues on the Patio

BRADENTON -- Ortygia, 1418 13th St. W., is hosting Blues on the Patio beginning Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

The event features R.J. Howson, a Chicago guitarist playing the blues. The restaurant also is offering one fresh specialty dessert with the purchase of one.

For reservations or information, call 941-741-8646.

-- Herald staff reports

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