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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 745-7097.
Jan. 8-12: Bradenton BEACH DAWGS Baseball is holding for the spring season. Players ages 8-12 are invited to the tryout. Tryouts will be held from 6-7:15 p.m. Jan. 8 and 10 and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the G.T. Bray park baseball fields. Spring-season practices will be at the BEACH DAWGS Baseball indoor training facility, 6103 28th St. E. Weekend practices will be at G.T. Bray park. For more information, visit www.beachdawgsbaseball.com or email to email@example.com or call 941-705-5435.
Jan. 8-31: The Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department will hold on-site registration for the 2013 Spring Youth Basketball League through Jan. 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, www.missmanateesoftball.org.
Jan. 19, 26: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 85 will host its boating safety course from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26 at G.T. Bray Park, USCG Flotilla 81 building, 5801 33rd Ave. Drive W. The beginner boating class will give participants the knowledge needed to obtain a boat safety certificate in Florida and many other states. For more information, contact Bill Osolin at 941-758-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.mymanatee.org/parks 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.
Ongoing: A softball league for players 55 and older meets Wednesdays at G.T. Bray park. New players are welcome. For information, call 941-799-2169 or visit www.manatee55seniorsoftball.com.
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 www.ellentonice.com.