Recreation Calendar lists upcoming events

January 29, 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. 29-31: 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.

Feb. 2-3: The Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held Feb. 2-3 at the Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Road, Myakka City. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Participants will be taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills, safe gun handling, proper use of a sling and Revolutionary War history. Participants should bring their own eye/ear protection, rifle with sling and ammo, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks and drinks. About 250 rounds of ammo will be needed each day. The fees are $50 for one day/$80 for two days for adult males, $20/$40 for adult females, $10/$20 for those younger than 18. Active military, guard and reserve; law enforcement officers with identification; disabled; elected officials; and Revolutionary re-enactors in costume are free. Additional club range fees of $15 per day applies for everyone. Visit to register. Call Bruce Smith at 904-424-3855 or email for more information.

Feb. 2-March 2: Bradenton Country Club will hold three upcoming tennis events. On Feb. 2, the club will host a 10-and under Tennis Play Day for kids ages 5-10. The event will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. and will cost $15 per person. There will be games, match play, ribbons and popsicles. On Feb. 9, the new 941TENNISCIRCUIT, a junior circuit for boys and girls ages 9-18, will begin. Tournament sites are River Strand Country Club for divisions 14-under and 14-18 and Laurel Oak Country Club for 12-under beginners and 12-under intermediates to advanced. Register online at by Feb. 6. On March 2, the Cure for Kids tennis doubles tournament will be held at Bradenton Country Club. The entry fee is $50 per person, plus $10 for two events. Register online at by Feb. 27. For more information on any of these events, email Laurie at

Feb. 2-Feb. 16: Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization will hold registration for its spring soccer season for players ages 4-16 from 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 at the MAYSO clubhouse at G.T. Bray park. The cost for the 10-game season is $110 for players ages 4-7 and $130 for players 8 and older. Prospective players may register online by going to and clicking on registration. The season begins March 23 and ends May 11. For more information, contact Kevin Cassidy at

Feb. 9: CB's Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Road (Siesta Key), Sarasota, will hold a day of free fly-fishing activities from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9. Orvis-Endorsed fly-fishing guides will be on hand for fly-casting instruction, Walt Plasson will demonstrate fly-tying, and there will be a raffle for all participants. Capt. Rick Grassett will do a seminar on saltwater fly fishing in our area at 10:30 a.m. There also will be a fly-casting competition at 1 p.m. with a $100 CB's gift certificate for the winner. Attendees will receive a 20 percent discount coupon (excluding sale items) and a $20 discount on future Orvis-Endorsed fly-fishing schools. Stop by and see the latest fly fishing products from Orvis, Lamson and Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO). Call 941-349-4400 for more information.

Feb. 15-17: Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization will hold an entry-level referee course for those interested in refereeing youth soccer matches. Referees must be at least 13 years old, and the cost of the course is $100. The course will be from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at the MAYSO clubhouse at G.T. Bray park. Anyone interested in attending the clinic must go to and click on the "become a referee" link and follow the directions. For more information, contact Kevin Cassidy at or 941-807-1105.

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.

Feb. 23: The Manatee County 4-H Foundation is inviting golfers to participate in the 22nd annual Clover Classic Golf Tournament on Feb. 23 at The Preserve Golf Club, 7310 Tara Preserve Lane. The fundraiser, which features an 8 a.m. shotgun start, will benefit the 4-H youth programs in Manatee County. The $100-per-player registration fee includes green fees, cart, lunch and door prizes. For registration information, call the Manatee County 4-H office at 941-722-4524 before Feb. 15.

Feb. 23-24: Junior golfers ages 11-18 are invited to compete in the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour's Oak Wing Junior Classic on Feb. 23-24 in Alexandria, La. The entry fee is $195. Call Owen Seiler at 318-402-2446 to enter by noon Feb. 20.

March 5: The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders are accepting registrations for the fourth annual Baseball Basics for Women clinic. The clinic is intended for youth adult and adult women interested in learning or refining their baseball fundamentals. It will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 5 at McKechnie Field. The registration fee is $40. Pirates major- and minor-league player players and coaches will instruct participants in hitting, catching, running the bases and fielding. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt and a ticket to the March 8 game against the Baltimore Orioles. Gecko's Grill & Pub will provide dinner after the clinic. The registration deadline is Feb. 18 to receive a T-shirt. Visit for a registration form or contact Stacy Morgan at 941-747-3031, ext. 4365, or

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