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April 17, 2013 

Sign language classes offered next month

SARASOTA -- The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will offer two 10-week classes in American sign language in May.

ASL I begins at 5:30 p.m. May 21 and run on Tuesdays. An ASL II (advanced) class will meet at 5:30 p.m. Fridays starting May 24.

Classes take place at 1750 17th St., Building J, Sarasota. Cost is $50; textbook is $32. Information: 941-366-0260.

Library looking for video reviews, book trailers

BRADENTON -- The Manatee County Public Library is seeking contest entries from budding book reviewers and videographers for its video book review contest.

The rules: Create either a video book review or a "book trailer" no more than three minutes long. In the video book review, talk just enough about the book to get a viewer to want to read it. A book trailer is like a movie trailer, except its goal is to create interest in a particular book.

The contest kicks off during National Library Week April 14-20. Entries must be received by July 31. There are three age categories: 10 and under, 11-17 and 18 and up.

The "Grand Prize" winner will receive a Nook Color, and the best video review or book trailer in each age category will win a prize to be determined.

Check mymanatee.org/library for official rules, entry form, links to tips on how to do the videos and how to submit your entry or entries.

Videos will be judged on creativity, presentation and impact. Winners will be selected by Aug. 31 and contacted by Sept. 6.

Contact Debbie Moreland at the Rocky Bluff Branch Library, 941-723-4821 Ext. 6380, or e-mail videoreviewcontest@mymanatee.org.

Asian Cultural Arts festival set for April 27

SARASOTA -- The 2013 Asian Cultural Arts Festival will open at 1:30 p.m. April 27. at the Sarasota Christian Church, 2923 Ashton St., Sarasota.

Sponsored by the Asian Women's Club of Lakewood Ranch, the festival will feature music and dances in authentic ethnic costumes from China, India, Philippines, Thailand and Sri Lanka. There will also be a demonstration of a Japanese tea ceremony.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Light refreshments will be served during intermission.

The event benefits the Food Bank of Manatee and the Women's Club's student scholarship fund at State College of Florida. For tickets, contact Mercedes Rivera at 941-755-0308 or Maria Cora Gaffar at 941-361-1205.

Library to offer basic photography class

BRADENTON -- The South Manatee Branch Library will hold a free basic photography class by Richard DiSammartino from 1-3 p.m. May 21.

The presentation will cover basic camera operations and fundamentals of composition. Although geared mostly toward beginning photographers, advanced shooters are welcome to attend.

A Q&A session will follow the presentation; attendees with questions specific to their personal camera are encouraged to bring their camera (and manual, if possible) to the program.

Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The South Manatee Branch Library is located at 6081 26th St. W., Information: 941-755-3892 or go to mymanatee.org/library.

-- Herald staff reports

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