Recreation Calendar lists upcoming events

November 6, 2012 

recreation calendar

Recreation Calendar lists upcoming events first followed by ongoing events in rotation, in alphabetical order, as space permits. Send items to Recreation Calendar, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206; e-mail to or fax to 745-7097.


Nov. 8: The course "How to Fish in Our Local Waters" will be taught by Capt. Wayne Genthner from 3-4:30 p.m. every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) from Nov. 8-Dec. 6 at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Genthner has been a charter guide for more than 15 years and has been fishing local waters for more than three decades. The cost is $75 for members, $85 for nonmembers. Call 941-383-8811 for more details or visit

Nov. 10: The Manatee Technical Institute's Law Enforcement Academy will hold its fourth annual 5K Veterans Day Challenge at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at the MTI East Campus, 5540 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Registration begins at 7 a.m. the day of the race. The race will honor all veterans. Law enforcement basic recruits will be running alongside all participants. The funds raised will help send students to state and national SkillsUSA competitions. Refreshments will be provided. The first 100 to register will receive race t-shirts. Post-race chair massages will be available to all on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-registration is $20; registration is $25 the day of the race. Register online at (a $2.50 fee applies). For more information, contact Pat Proudler, 941-751-8479, ext. 2015, or

Dec. 7: Bradenton's 17th annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 starting on Old Main Street. The event benefits the Arthritis Foundation. The 5K run/walk begins at 7 p.m., and the 1-mile run/walk starts at 7:10 p.m. Registration begins at 5 p.m. There will be commemorative long-sleeve T-shirts and jingle bells with laces. Music, food, vendors, Santa, a kids zone and VIP tent will be available. For full details, including an entry form, visit or register online at

Ongoing: The Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex is offering a Learn to Skate Program taught by professional coaches and Olympians using the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. The basic skills program is a beginning ice skating program that features nine levels, from Snowplow Sam (tots) through Basic 8. There also are adult levels 1-4. Sessions last eight weeks and run year round. Skaters may sign up for lessons that run once, twice or three times per week for a 45-minute group class. For more information on fees and class schedules, visit

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