Community calendar: April 26

April 26, 2013 


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Leash walking cats: Leash walk our abandoned and adoptable cats noon-1 p.m. April 27 at the Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Information and reservations: 941-366-2404 or

Semi-monthly dog wash: Have fun with the whole family at the Manatee County Animal Services at their semi-monthly dog wash and cat petting 10 a.m.-noon May 4 and every first Saturday of the month at 305 25th St. W., Palmetto and April 20 and every third Saturday of the month at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Wear water resistant clothes and shoes. Towels will be appreciated. Information: Melissa Kinder at 772-342-0635.

Volunteer and Cat Socialization Level 1 Training: The Cat Depot offers volunteer orientation and cat socialization Level 1 training 1-3 p.m. May 4 at 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Register online at Information: 9410366-2404.

Girls' Night Out: Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

Grab your girlfriends and join the Renaissance on 9th for a "Girls' Night Out" 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 9 for Happy Hour and a "Beauty and Boutique" night, featuring beauty demonstrations from professional stylists and merchandise from local vendors. Information: 941-749-0100.

Mother's Day Garden Tour: The Manatee River Garden Club will host a Mother's Day Garden Tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11 at 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton, featuring five Bradenton gardens open for self-guided tours. At the clubhouse visitors can enjoy a plant sale, boutique and vendors. Lunch will be available. Tour tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of tour. Information: 941-721-8376.

Parrot Head Party: Calling all Jimmy Buffet fans to a "Parrot Head Party" 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18 at Esplanade Golf and Country Club, 5236 Esplanade Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. With free admission and open to the public, this island-themed party will feature Jimmy Buffet tunes played by a live band, special treats, children's activities, bocce ball, corn hole tournament and a Parrot Hat contest. Information: 941-7990-5496 or

'Ancient Aliens': The History Channel's "Ancient Aliens" series will be shown at 7 p.m. May 18 at the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Building G2, Sarasota. Viewing will be followed by a discussion of this compelling topic. Donation: $5. Information: 941-312-4381.

Kitten foster parent and bottle feeding: Become a foster parent or help with bottle feeding orphaned kittens 11 a.m.-noon June 15 at the Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Information and reservations: 941-366-2404 or email


Enrollment is now open for young people ages 8-18 for Sarasota Youth Opera 2013 Summer Camp to be held June 10-18 at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. The annual three-week program will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and will focus on the upcoming Sarasota Youth Opera fall production of Benjamin Britten's opera "The Little Sweep." Youth Opera campers will learn excerpts from the opera and perform them at the closing concert the last day of camp. The Summer Camp promotes hands-on exploration of all aspects of opera in a structured, but informal atmosphere, offering classes in music, voice, acting, opera appreciation, design, and technical production. Opportunities are also provided for campers to experience the magic of opera outside the Opera House through field trips and art group collaborations. Campers will bring their own lunches, but a daily snack will be provided. No audition is necessary to participate. Tuition: $300 per child, scholarships are available. Registration deadline is May 10. Before and after camp care is available at no additional charge. Information: Ben Plocher, Youth Opera Coordinator, at 941-366-8450, ext. 249.


Manatee High School Class of 1971: The Manatee High School Class of 1971 will hold it 42nd class reunion and 60th birthday celebration July 25-26. All events will be on Anna Maria Island. Information: Ralph Garrison at 941-705-6840 or

Submarine veterans: Lance Reasor, a submariner, is planning to start a chapter of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) in the Bradenton-Sarasota area. If you are a Submarine Sailor, a "bubblehead," are "qualified" in the Silent Service and want to become involved, contact Reasor, past Base Commander of the Western Lake Superior Submarine Base, 5409 23rd St. Court W., Bradenton, FL 34207; phone 218-723-1325 or email


Lucky Ducky Race for PACE: various locations

The fourth annual Lucky Ducky Race for Pace will begin at noon, with the race a 2 p.m. May 11 at the Bradenton Riverfront Park, downtown Bradenton, featuring over 15,000 rubber ducks racing down the Manatee River. Ducks can be adopted through May 11 and are $5 each. The event features a "Duck Slap Party" May 6 and Ducks in Paradise "Ducktail Party" 7 p.m. May 10, featuring the "Best Dressed Duck" competition, at the Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast, 1102 Riverside Dr., Palmetto. Proceeds will benefit PACE Center for Girls of Manatee County. Information: 941-751-4566 or

"Men Who Cook": The third annual "Men Who Cook" will be at 6 p.m. April 28 at Harbourside Dining Room at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, 3000 Harbourside Dr., Longboat Key. The event will feature Sarasota and Bradenton's most prominent business and community men preparing a gourmet meal showcasing their favorite recipes. There will be surprise entertainment, an old-fashioned auction of homemade cakes, and competitions for best dish and best table decor. Tickets: $150. All proceeds will benefit the Asolo Repertory Theatre and its award-winning education programs. Information: 941-351-9010, ext. 4702 or

Beta Kappa "Poker Run for a Cure": Beta Kappa Chapter will be holding their fourth annual Phi Beta Psi "Run for a Cure" Poker Run with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and last bike or car out at 11 a.m. April 28 at Woody's River Run, 5717 18th St. E., Ellenton. Participants will follow a preset route to build their Poker Hand with last bike or car back by 2 p.m. The event will feature live music, food and beverage specials, prize drawings, Wheel Barrow of Booze giveaway, and prizes for Best or Worst Hand. Information: 941-705-2438 or email

"Jazz on the Green": The Sarasota County Aging Network will host "Jazz on the Green," 6-8 p.m. April 29 at Phillippi State Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, featuring The Lenny B. Jazz Quartet. Tickets: $25, includes a boxed meal. Proceeds will benefit All Faiths Food Bank Senior Pet Food Program. Bring your own chair and cooler, no glass. Information: 941-927-0404 or email

Giving Matters "Gems of Philanthropy" Luncheon: Giving Matters presents its annual Gems of Philanthropy luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 30 at Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. Keynote speaker will be Anne Mosle, vice president of The Aspen Institute and executive director of Ascend. Tickets: $50. Information and reservations: 941-921-5410.

Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament Charity Bar Night: A Charity Bar Night to kick off the 30th annual Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament will be 6-9 p.m. April 30 at Cork's Cigar Bar, 424 12th St. W., Bradenton. Guest bartenders will entertain and work for tips, with all tips benefitting the Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament Scholarship Fund and the Manatee Technical Institute Marine Mechanics program. All anglers registrating before May 10 will be entered into a drawing for free entry to the fishing tournament. There will be prize drawings and the unveiling of the custom Guy Harvey 2013 T-shirt artwork. Information: 941-812-2072.

Jewelry Sale and Fundraiser: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., Bradenton

International Jewelry Creations will be holding a jewelry sale "buy one, get one 50 percent off," 7 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1-2, The event is sponsored by the Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary. All proceeds will benefit Manatee County charities and medical scholarships. Information: 941-746-5111

Gulf Shore Animal League: Get your friends and families together for the seventh annual GSAL Scavenger Hunt 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 4, with registration open at 10 a.m. beginning and ending at Palma Sola Park Pavilion, 7815 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. Teams of up to five will collect lots of fun and crazy items along the way with stops all over Manatee County. There will be a silent auction and prizes will be awarded. Registration: $60 a team. Team captains must be 18 years or older and at least one team member needs to hold a valid drivers license. All participants younger than 18 must receive parental authorization. Proof of auto insurance and driver's license will be required at check-in. Registration and information: 941-747-2284 or

Third Annual Del Couch Music Education Foundation Fundraiser: Manatee School for the Arts, 700 Haben Blvd., Palmetto

The third annual Del Couch Music Education Fundraiser will be 7 p.m. May 4 featuring country music Hall of Fame superstar and founder of Alabama, Jeff Cook. In addition, the Allstar Goodtime Band, Rick Derringer, local sensation Jake Castro, and multiple Foundation students and the bands Northwest and Cordova will also be performing. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 students with valid ID. Proceeds will benefit the computer lab and software programs for music editing, recording and production. Information: 941-545-4379 or

American Cancer Society Relay for Life: Palmetto High School, 1200 17th St. W., Palmetto

The 2013 Relay for Life of Ellenton-Parrish and Palmetto will begin with an opening ceremony 1 p.m. May 4. The relay will feature a Survivors and Caregivers laps at 1:15 p.m. Information: 941-328-3776 or

Second annual Mother's Day High Tea: The Sarasota Succulent Society will host their second annual Mother's Day High Tea fundraiser with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 11-12 at 1310 38th St., Sarasota. Visitors can dine under the giant oak trees and tour the newly renovated cacti gardens and grounds that are home to many unusual succulents. The three-course high tea includes clotted cream and several varieties of scones, sweet and savory sandwiches and dessert. Tickets: $20. Proceeds will benefit the Sarasota Succulent Society. Reservations are required by May 4. Information: 941-773-0186 or email

"TreeUmph! Over Leukemia": The Lauren O'Hara Memorial Fund and TreeUmph! Adventure Course are teaming up to raise funds for children being treated for cancer with "TreeUmph! Over Leukemia," 10 a.m.-noon May 5 at TreeUmph! Adventure Course, 21805 SR 70 E., Bradenton. Florida's first treetop obstacle course will donate 25 percent of all ticket sales and adventures will be every half hour beginning at 10 a.m. There are adult and children's courses and there are age and height restrictions. Tickets purchased for the event can be used at a later date for anyone unable to attend. Tickets: $25.95 and up. Information: 941-504-6705 or visit

Third annual Manatee Miles Benefit Walk: Registration is open for the third annual Manatee Miles Benefit Walk which will be 8 a.m. May 11, with registration 7-7:50 a.m. at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton. Manatee Miles is a non-competitive walk open to all ages and abilities. Participants may walk or run a 5K or 1-mile course through the natural trails. There will be prize drawings and a complimentary breakfast. Registration: by April 15, $18 adults, $7 children ages 7-17; by April 30, $20 and $10; after April 30, $25 and $10. The fee covers an event T-shirt for everyone who registers before April 30. Stuffed koozies will be given to the first 200 entrants. Proceeds will benefit United Way of Manatee County. Information: 941-748-4501 or

Dick Vitale Gala: The eighth annual Dick Vitale Gala will be at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota. The evening will feature a cocktail party, prize drawings and live music by The Temptations Review. University of Kansas head men's basketball coach Bill Self, former University of Connecticut and Hall of Fame college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, and former Florida State University and Hall of Fame college football coach Bobby Bowden will be honored during the event. Other notable college basketball coaches scheduled to attend include Notre Dame's Mike Brey, Kentucky's John Calipari, North Carolina State's Mark Gottfried, Miami's Jim Larranaga and many more. Tickets: $1,000 and up. Proceeds will be awarded to pediatric cancer research and related programs through the V Foundation. Information: email Danielle Smith at or

"Together with Mother! In Business, Community and Family": The American Business Women's Association, First Class Chapter, will host "Together with Mother! In Business, Community and Family," a luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 18 at the Holiday Inn, Sarasota/Bradenton Airport, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota, featuring guest speaker Dr. Anila Jain, community leader and daughter of Mona Jain, M.D. Everyone is welcome. Reservations are required by May 1. Luncheon: $30 before April 1; $40 after April 1. Reservations and information: Beverly Hunter at 941-962-5722 or Cynthia Truewell at 941-224-9589 or

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament; The LECOM Medicine Student Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will begin with registration at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. June 28 at Stoneybrook Golf Club, Heritage Harbour, 8000 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton. Cost: $400 per foursome, which includes greens fees, golf cart, box lunch and dinner. All proceeds benefit LECOM's Students Scholarship Fund. Information: 941-782-5927.


Cat Depot: The Cat Depot needs foster families and bottle feeders for orphaned kittens. Training for Foster Care, as well as Bottle Feeding will be 5;30-6:30 p.m. April 24 at Cat Depot's Education Center, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. The training includes a general overview on how to become a foster parent and will cover bottle-feeding techniques. Foster care is 2-6 weeks for adults cats who need experience in a home environment, or for kittens who are not yet ready for adoption. Cat Depot will provide instruction and help with all your supply needs. Information and registration: Stacy at 941-366-2404.

Humane Society Lakewood Ranch: The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, 7334 Trade Court, Lakewood Ranch, is looking for volunteers in several areas of its organization. Volunteer positions are available in their "doggy" care and "cat" care facilities. Dog care positions are for four separate shifts a day and consist of walking dogs, feeding and socializing. The duties of the cat care positions are for two separate shifts and consist of feeding the cats and cleaning their rooms. There is also a need for consignment shop sales people, desk help and off-site adoptions. For information, call 941-361-1071 or email

Tree planting: Volunteers are needed to help plant trees 8 a.m.-noon March 23 at Bennett Park, 400 Cypress Creek Blvd., Bradenton, as part of FSU Alumni Association's national Seminole Service Day. The club will assist with landscaping bare root cabbage palm trees and those interested in volunteering should contact Donnie Melendy at smr7085@yahoo to register.

Turning Points: Turning Points Medical Clinic, 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, has openings for several volunteer positions: A neurologist to see patients once a month for two hours. The clinic is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The day and hours for this position are the preference of the physician. A treasurer to manage the finances of Turning Points, provide an annual budget to the board for approval, and develop financial policies and procedures. The time commitment for this position involves 1-2 hours a month budgeting and reviewing financial statements, 1.5 hours attending the board meeting on the fourth Tuesday of every month, and one hour a month meeting with the executive director. Turning Points also seeks volunteers for the Open Door Day Resources Center, the reception center, and for the medical and dental program. Turning Points provides efficient and compassionate service to those in need, the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Manatee County. For more information, or schedule a tour of the facility, contact Cheryl Hedger, volunteer coordinator, at 941-747-1509 or email

Volunteer drivers and yarn needed: Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is requesting yarn donations and volunteer drivers. Yarn donations are needed for volunteers who knit or crochet lap blankets and slippers, which are distributed to needy seniors in Manatee County. Any and all yarn is appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Volunteer drivers are needed to help deliver hot meals to homebound seniors. Time requirement for delivering meals is approximately 1-1.5 hours, 1-5 days per week. Meals are prepared at 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton and delivered by volunteers between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 941-747-4655 or

Parent aides: Family Partnership Center, a local agency that gives support to families before crises emerge, ensuring that children can enjoy their right to grow up in a healthy and happy home, seeks parent aide volunteers. The parent aide visits an overwhelmed family one hour, once a week on Monday-Saturday mornings, afternoons or evenings. The volunteer teaches parents effective discipline, age appropriate behavior, and anger and stress management. The position requires a one-year commitment. Volunteers will serve both English and Spanish speaking families in the center's in-home parenting education program. Schedules are flexible, and a 1-hour orientation and a 20-hour training session are required. Volunteers will work under ongoing supervision. Information: 941-756-3007.

Turning Points: The organization formerly known as The Community Coalition on Homelessness, at 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, is looking for Spanish bilingual volunteers for positions in the open door intake, reception center, computer lab, and medical and dental program. To volunteer, obtain more information, or schedule a tour of the facility, contact Cheryl Hedger, volunteer coordinator, at 941-747-1509 or email

Senior Enrichment Center Volunteer Instructors: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, is looking for volunteer instructors to enhance their offerings for the over-50 group. The SEC is the premier gathering place for active seniors in Manatee County with regularly scheduled classes, activities and special events. Volunteers are needed to lead classes in fitness, arts and crafts, foreign language, photography, woodworking, painting, watercolor, etc. Information: 941-749-0100.

Volunteer mentors: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast needs volunteers to mentor children ages 6-18 in Manatee County. There are 38 youth ready to be matched, of which 35 are boys and three are girls. Many options are available to mentors, such as the Bigs-in-School Program, where the volunteer/mentor meets with the student in school for one hour a week, or the traditional community-based program, where the volunteer/mentor meets with the child outside of school. Information: 941-746-7000 or

Master Gardening program: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is accepting applications from members of the community who are interested in joining the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. Requirements are an interest in learning about gardening and horticulture, time to attend the intensive training course and study many areas of horticulture, and a willingness to share what you learn with others. Applicants can download an application from and click on the Master Gardener Program link or call 941-722-4524.

Free tutoring program: Support A Child offers free tutoring, open to children and adults, to focus on core math and reading skills. The primary objective of this program is to raise a child's self-esteem by providing the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Adult programming focuses on English as a second language and GED fulfillment. Coursework is designed to address disengaged learners and others who are not reaching their potential. Information: 941-773-6676 or 941-301-1055 or email

Habitat for Humanity: Manatee Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers who are able to donate time 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks and projects geared at eradicating substandard housing. Volunteers do not need previous construction experience. Information: Ogden Clark at 941-748-9100, ext. 104, or email


Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will offer the following boating education courses and seminars during April:

n GPS Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 30. Fee: $10.

n "PaddleSmart" seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 7; instruction on and safe and proper handling of various types of kayaks. Fee: $10.

All classes are at the squadron building at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton. Pre-registration is required. Information: Gloria or Walter at 941-795-0482.

Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:

n Recycle the Rain, rain barrel workshop, 10 a.m.-noon May 7. Fee for rain barrel.

n Compost Happens, home composting workshop, 10 a.m.-noon May 9. Fee for compost bin.

n Propagation class, 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 11. Bring scissors or dead-head pruners, one-gallon ziplock bag with a wet paper towel inside, and gardening gloves.

n Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. May 11, Riverview Point Preserve, 8250 DeSoto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton.

n Get the Big Picture on Micro-irrigation, 9-11 a.m. May 18.

n Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. May 19, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.

n Manatee Energy Efficient Project (MEEP), 6:30-8 p.m. May 21.

n Smart Landscape, Planning and Care, 2-4 p.m. May 21.

n Soil Solarization, 9-11 a.m. May 29.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and are at the Manatee Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Minimum workshop size is required and workshop size is limited. Registration for all classes and workshops is required. Information : 941-722-4524 or

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine offers Human Body Explored, an introductory pre-med/pre-science course for middle and high school-aged students, at LECOM's Lakewood Ranch campus, 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The program is offered once a month through May. Laboratory components provides hands-on experiments related to the lecture topic. Cost $150. Information and registration: 941-756-0690, ext. 5963 or email

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is taking registrations for its Medical Science Academy 2-week summer program. The program runs 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10-21 at 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. Activities include splinting, suturing, CPR and First-Aid training. The camp is for students grades 10-12. Cost: $275. Information: Dr. Kersten Schroeder at 941-782-5963 or email


AARP Driver safety classes: Driver Safety Classes for Manatee County are held monthly at various locations including the public libraries. This is a state-approved safety class and the certificate you receive is good for three years with your insurance company. Cost: $12 AARP members, $14 nonmembers. The class is open to anyone age 50 and older. For registration, full schedules and locations call Pat between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday at 941-746-2787.

Allegro Music Academy: The Allegro Music Academy, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota, announces a new Introduction to Music group starting at 6 p.m. now through June. First lesson is free. Information: 941-358-8511

ArtCenter Manatee: ArtCenter Manatee offers classes and workshops at 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. For full class and workshop schedules, call 941-746-2862 or visit

Art classes: The Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island offers the following art classes: Nancy Law's floral acrylic painting class "You, Me and Acrylics" 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays, and Cheryl Jorgensen's class "Watercolors: Putting values into your paintings," 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. All classes are at Cross Pointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Registration and information: 941-795-2370 or

Concealed weapons classes: Self Defense Firearms and Hobbies will offer Concealed Weapons Classes at 421 Ninth Ave. W., Palmetto. For a full schedule of classes and cost, call 941-840-1327.

Dancing Through the Years Adult Ballet Classes: Adult ballet classes, all levels, including pointe, will be held Saturdays and Mondays, at Bradenton Dance & Performing Arts Center, 2726 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton, and Fridays and Wednesdays at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island. Classes are $10-$12. All classes at both locations are accepting beginning level students for both the Ballet Booth Camp class and Bare Bones class, now. Age range is 18-65. For a complete schedule, hours and location, call 941-779-1108 or 941-758-5270.

Etiquette and music classes: Allegro Music Academy offers Etiquette classes for all ages. Classes are ongoing and are taught by certified and licensed instructors. Topics covered include manners, making introductions, polite conversations, telephone manners, successful job and college interviews, speaking to adults, dress codes for different occasions, 62 table manners, and much more. The academy also offers private music lessons for all ages on all instruments and voice. Group lessons available on violin, guitar, voice, wind instruments and percussion. The Allegro Music Academy is at 241 Whitfield Ave. in south Manatee County. Information: 941-358-8511.

G.T. Bray Recreation Center: G.T. Bray Recreation Center offers the following classes at 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton: Yoga, Yoga-lates for women, and Yoga for Tennis, Pilates, Butts N' Guts, Spin, Boot Camp, Recess, Water Aerobics, Body Sculpt and Sculpt and Burn, Strength and Length, Zumba, Ballroom Dance, and Tennis Stretch. Some classes require memberships. Classes are $5 for nonmembers, excludes spin classes on Wednesdays. For a full schedule of classes, hours and prices, call 941-742-5923. ext. 6086.

Manatee Technical Institute Enrichment Classes: Manatee Technical Institute is accepting registrations for its personal enrichment classes at various locations. The classes include basic and intermediate computer, creative photography, sewing, and a wide array of art classes. MTI also offers close to 1,000 online classes, which include both enrichment and career track classes. These short-term, noncredit classes are open to all adults in the community for a nominal fee. Educational background is not important. For a full schedule of classes, location, times and dates, call 941-751-7900 or visit

Palmetto Art Center: Palmetto Art Center offers art and fitness classes at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto, including Ceramic art classes, Homeschool art classes, and Art after school, Zumba, Tai Chi, Aerial Yoga, Breath and Body, and more. For a full schedule of classes, hours, and prices, call 941-518-2109.

Play classes: Forty Carrots Family Centers will offer the popular free play class "Partners in Play," 9:30-10:15 a.m. Fridays at Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton, and 11:15 a.m.-noon Fridays at the Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Families with children ages 1-5 years old can play and learn together, and the class features "play stations" proven to foster fun, growth and development. While families play together, experienced parenting educators join in and are available to answer questions or help solve problems about issues such as discipline, sleep patterns or sibling rivalry with parents. The class concludes with a musical circle time for all. No preregistration is required and up to 12 families can participate weekly on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available at

Watercolor Painting Classes: Manatee Technical Institute will offer watercolor painting classes 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at MTI West, 5603 34th St. W., Bradenton. Registration and information: 941-209-6800, ext. 2043.

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