Recreation calendar

January 1, 2013 

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.


Jan. 2-31: The Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department will hold on-site registration for the 2013 Spring Youth Basketball League from Jan. 2-31 at the G.T. Bray Park Recreation Center, 5502 33rd Avenue Drive W. Children ages 5-17 are encouraged to participate. The recreational program teaches the importance of fundamentals and teamwork. A three-week camp will begin Feb. 4. Team practices are scheduled to begin March 4, and games will begin March 16. The registration fee is $65 per child and includes a jersey. Teams will play eight regular-season games followed by single-elimination playoffs. For more information, call Ashley D'Arpino at 941-742-5923, ext. 6062.

Jan. 12-19: Miss Manatee Softball is holding spring 2013 registration online and in person. The in-person dates at the Miss Manatee Complex next to Lakewood Ranch High School are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 12 and Jan. 19 and 6-8 p.m. Jan. 16. For more information, call Mike Schaefer at 941-539-7225 or visit the club's website,

Jan. 21-27: Registration for the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department's 2013 Spring Adult Softball League will be held from Jan. 21-27. There will be an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the G.T. Bray Park Recreation Center, 5502 33rd Avenue Drive W. The Open League will play 14 regular-season games on Monday-Thursday evenings. The Coed League will play 10 regular-season games on Sunday evenings. The spring season will begin Feb. 4. A single elimination tournament will follow the regular season. The team registration fee is $400 for the Open League and $350 for the Coed League. All teams must pay a $20 association fee. The sponsor fee will be determined at the informational meeting. For more information, contact Ashley D'Arpino at 941-742-5923, ext. 6062, or

Feb. 19-24: Registration has begun for the 24th annual Gulf Coast Senior Games, a series of athletic competitions to be held in Manatee and Sarasota counties from Feb. 19-24, 2013. The Gulf Coast Senior Games is one of 19 regional qualifying events that determine participants for the statewide Senior Games to be held December 2013 in Polk County. Sixteen sports and competitions include golf, archery, shuffleboard, basketball, bocce, bowling, cribbage, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, a 5K road race, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field. The registration fee is $12 and includes and event T-shirt. There also is a $3 fee for each event. Participants must register by mail or by visiting and clicking on Register Now. Registration must be complete by Feb. 1. There will be no registration on the day of the events. For more information, call Jalwan at 941-742-5932, ext. 6023.

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