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Discovering Yoga: Yoga Arts in the Village of the Arts, Bradenton, has added a new class for people looking to discover yoga. The class -- offered 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays at the studio, 1122 12th St. W. -- helps participants build a foundation of skeletal alignment, core strength, standing balance and mindfulness. Cost: $80 for eight sessions; $14 for a drop-in. Information: 941-747-9397 or www.yoga-arts.net.
H2U programs: These events are offered by H2U, an adult health and wellness organization sponsored by Blake Medical Center. Individuals pay a $20 annual membership fee and become members of the national H2U program. Some of the benefits include VIP hospital privileges; upgrade in room, if available; free daily local newspaper; complimentary meal plan for a spouse or caregiver during member's inpatient hospitalization; and Medicare Part A Deductible may be waived. To receive H2U Program information and a membership application, call 941-792-0211. The Cortez Center is at 6670 Cortez Road; the Bayshore Center is at 6049 26th St. W. For more information, call 941-792-0211; for reservations, call 888-359-3552.
Navigating life changes: Series offers education and resources to manage everyday (non-medical) challenges. This will be a series of weekly educational and interactive forums at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Cortez Center, presented by H2U and the Alzheimer's Association.
May 7: senior identity theft
May 21: lifetime enrichment: spirituality and seniors
May 28: help for you and help for your home
June 4: socialization; getting out into the community
Osteoporosis and vertebral fractures: Learn the causes and effects of this condition and what you can do to maintain your bone strength and density at 2 p.m. May 3 at the Ellenton Center.
Benefits of H2U: Discussion will cover hospital VIP Benefits while an inpatient at Blake Medical Center, educational presentations, screenings, regular activities, exercise and travel. Sessions will be offered at 11 a.m. May 7 at the Cortez Center, and 4 p.m. June 4 at the Ellenton Center.
Dog and cat first aid: Learn how to recognize and respond to medical emergencies that occur in our canine and feline family members. Classes will be offered 1-4 p.m. May 7 at the Bayshore Center; and 1-4 p.m. June 18 at the Cortez Center. Topics will include safe and proper restraint of an injured or ill animal, recognizing sudden illness, first aid for injuries, and when to go to the veterinarian.
General vision concerns: Dr. Michael D. Camp, O.D, from the Eye Associates will offer this open seminar for questions and answers at 2:30 p.m. May 9 at the Ellenton Center.
Sleep seminar: This seminar at 1 p.m. May 14 at the Cortez Center will cover general information and myths about sleep as well as how sleep affects your health and fitness goals.
Joint replacement: A free seminar that will discuss how the need for joint replacement is determined and how to prepare for surgery on shoulders, hips and knees. Learn about procedures including arthroscopy, total joint replacement and joint resurfacing surgeries. Seminar will be offered at 3 p.m. May 16 at the Ellenton Center.
Chest pains: Kevin Forsythe, RN, director of the emergency room at Blake Medical Center, will discuss when to call 911 at 10 a.m. May 23 at the Bayshore Center.
ABCs of caregiving: Sue Fox, program specialist with the Alzheimer's Association, will discuss normal age-related memory loss, reversible causes for dementia, irreversible dementias, what are the warnings signs and what to do if you have them at 10 a.m. June 10 at the Bayshore Center.
Hip and low back pain: Learn about the causes of pain in these areas and the latest diagnostic and therapeutic treatments available at 1 p.m. June 11 at the Cortez Center.
Arthritis and your joints: A free seminar will discuss osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and how these diseases can cause pain, deformity and disability in various joints throughout the body. A brief tour of the Joint Care Center at Blake Medical Center will follow. Seminars will be offered at 3 p.m. June 13 at the Ellenton Center.
Autism resource expo: Face Autism, a nonprofit organization serving families with autistic children in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties, will have an autism resource expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4 at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, 4171 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. The expo will provide residents the opportunity to obtain valuable information on available resources for education, support, therapies and products pertaining to autism spectrum disorders. Face Autism has registered more than 50 local organizations, including USF CARD, Easter Seals, Family Network on Disabilities Manasota, All Children's Hospital, Suncoast Center for Independent Living, Special Day Foundation, The Family Café, Pediatric Therapy Solutions, Children's Therapy Associates, ABA Academy, Grafton Integrated Health Network, Dr. Valerie Daverio, Foundation for Dreams/Dream Oak Camp, Florida Virtual School, Legal Aid of Manasota, Community Haven and Laser Pegs. Attendance is free and a sensory-friendly play area will be provided to keep children engaged. Information: 813-240-3044.
Alienated Grandparents Anonymous: will meet at 1 p.m. May 9 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. This is a support group for alienated parents and grandparents. Information: email@example.com.
Help with arthritis: New Medicine Community at Health Park East is offering a free event featuring Arthritis Foundation-certified tai chi and aqua sampler classes beginning at 1 p.m. May 15 at 6020 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Tai Chi will be at 1 p.m. and aqua for arthritis will be at 2 p.m. In addition, Harvard-trained mind body expert Pavitra Ciavardone will talk about a non-drug solution to pain at 3 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a swim suit, towel and water shoes if you would like to get in the 88-degree pool. Registration: 941-761-9816.
Acupuncture: A free acupuncture lecture is offered 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Good Earth Natural Foods, 3110 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. RSVP: 941-284-6476.
Acupuncture open forum: Come with questions about pain relief, weight loss, stress reduction, fatigue, etc. Free meetings 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Family Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 4207 59th St. W, Bradenton. RSVP: 941-545-7305.
Aging concerns: Manatee Aging Network, a voluntary coalition of people representing both for-profit and nonprofit health, human and social service organizations and others concerned with aging issues, meets 9-10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Waters Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton. Networking begins at 8:30 a.m. Information: 941-748-7797.
Balance screenings: Nichole M. Harold, P.T., offers computerized balance assessments to determine fall risk, discuss dizziness/vertigo issues, imbalance or fall history at Body in Balance Physical Therapy, 4442 Fifth St. W., Bradenton. Call for appointments: 941-758-2111.
Cancer-patient groups: These cancer-patient groups meet at Blake Medical Center, 2020 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: www.BlakeMedicalCenter.com/cancer. For information and registration, call 888-359-3552.
Yoga for cancer patients with Anne Silverman, 941-465-1590; 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mondays; Cancer Support Community at Blake.
Exercise class for breast cancer patients with Marsha Shuford 941-798-2141; noon-1 p.m. Mondays; Cancer Support Community at Blake.
American Cancer Society at Blake open 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays in the Cancer Resource Center. Information: Diane, 941-782-7416.
Belly dancing for oncology patients: Counters the feeling of being stiff or rigid and helps improve flexibility; noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays in the Cancer Support Community at Blake.
Caring Friends Support Group: meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Dolphin Pelican Room at Blake. The group is free, doctor-supported and no registration is required. Information: Winnie Schroeder, 941-792-7204.
Lymphedema Support Group with Marsha Shuford, 941-798-2141; call for appointment.
Fibromyalgia exercises: Fit & Firm Fitness Studio LLC, 2046 43rd Ave. E., offers low-impact weight training and stretching exercises to reduce some of the pain, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays; 10-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon Fridays. Registration: 941-756-8850. Space is limited.
Fitness classes: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, offers Yoga Stretch at 11 a.m. Mondays and Muscular Strength and Range of Movement at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both classes are suitable for varying levels of mobility. Cost: $5 for SEC Members, $7 for guests and free to Silver Sneakers participants. Information: 941-749-0100.
Hearing evaluations: John Limbrunner, BCHIS, offers evaluations by appointment at The Eye Associates, 6002 Pointe West Blvd., Bradenton; 7915 U.S. 301 N., Ste. 101, Ellenton; and 2111 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. Appointments: 866-865-2020; information: www.TheEyeAssociates.com.
Health screenings: Prevention Plus conducts health screenings every month at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Included are stroke/carotid ultrasounds, arterial disease, osteoporosis and cholesterol testing, with discounts for multiple tests. Contact the center for a complete list. Registration: Prevention Plus, 888-667-7587. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 0,or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
H2U programs: These events are offered by H2U, an adult health and wellness organization sponsored by Blake Medical Center. Individuals pay a $20 annual membership fee, and become members of the national H2U program. Some of the benefits include: VIP hospital privileges; upgrade in room, if available; free daily local newspaper; complimentary meal plan for a spouse or caregiver during member's inpatient hospitalization; and Medicare Part A Deductible may be waived. For specific events and reservations, call 1-888-359-3552. To receive H2U Program information and membership application, call 941-792-0211. Activities offered include aerobics, bridge lesson, bingo, tai chi, line dancing, Wii, Zumba and more. The Cortez Center is at 6670 Cortez Road; the Bayshore Center is at 6049 26th St. W. For more information, call 941-792-0211; for reservations, call 888-359-3552.
LRMC programs and support groups: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., holds the following ongoing programs and support groups: diabetes support group, Healthy Hearts support group, Heart Device support group, childbirth education classes, new mom and baby group, prenatal yoga. For information on these programs, call 800-454-8215.
MMH programs and support groups: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., Bradenton, 941-746-5111 hosts the following classes, support groups and programs at the hospital: MOMM's Place/Perinatal Education Classes for moms, dads and families including: Prepared Childbirth, Your Amazing Newborn, Introduction to Breastfeeding, Keeping Baby Safe, Lowdown on Labor, Mommy Yollet, Car Seat Check Ups, classes held in MOMM's Place, MMH Medical Office Building Suite 3F, call 941-745-6925. Support Groups include: Women Living with Cancer Support Group, meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays at MOMM's Place, MMH Medical Office Building Suite 3F, call 941-745-6925; HOPE Stroke Support Group in partnership with Florida Home Health, for stroke survivors and caregivers 4-6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Bradenton Country Club, call 941-773-4628; Senior Advantage (50+) offers services designed to enhance health and well-being. Call the "What's Happening Line" at 941-745-7308 for information on events during the month, 941-745-7548 to find out about joining. For more information on community seminars, events and programs offered by Manatee Memorial Hospital, call 941-745-7545 or check the website at www.manateememorial.com.
Parenting and family matters: Family Resources, 361 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton, offers a variety of workshops, including "Relating to Your Teen: How to Improve Your Relationship," free workshop and snack offered 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays; crisis intervention, family assessments and individual, group and family counseling; voluntary pay; and individual, marital, group and family support counseling for children and their families confronting difficulties involving family separation and divorce. Information: 941-741-3575.
Tobacco prevention: The Tobacco Free Manatee Coalition meets 4-5 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month (except December) at the Manatee County Health Department, 410 Sixth Ave E., Bradenton. Tobacco Free Manatee's mission is to reduce tobacco use in Manatee County.
Diabetes programs, classes: Manatee County Rural Health Services offers a free program for diabetic patients, including classes, to help them better manage their disease. Information: Rosa at East Manatee clinic, 941-708-8700, or Sherian at the North Manatee clinic, 941-721-2020.
Free diabetes classes are offered 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the Southeast Administration Building, 919 53rd Ave. E. The classes will teach participants how to prevent and delay related diabetes complications, help control blood sugar levels and more. Information: 941-751-8100.
A free diabetes and obesity education class meets 10-11 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the RTI Insurance Building, 6371 Business Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The class is also offered 4-5 p.m. the first Friday of each month at Pinnacle Medical Center, 315 75th St. NW., Bradenton. Space is limited; call 941- 504-4000 for reservations.
"OutSmart Diabetes" Healthy Lifestyle Education Program offers updated classes on a regular basis, focusing on anyone wanting to live a healthier lifestyle. Day or evening classes offered. Six-hour comprehensive education class, held over two days, three hours each day. Complimentary blood sugar meter and testing supplies given for the person with diabetes if needed. Individual home visit made for the special needs client for diabetes education, blood sugar meter training, insulin training. Classes are taught by a board certified diabetes educator. Pre-registration requested; call 941-232-3846.
Fitness: G.T. Bray has announced a group fitness schedule which includes Yoga, cycling, karate, gentle aerobics, Zumba and more. Call 941-742-5923 or visit www.mymanatee.org for class schedule and membership information.
Parkinson's disease: Parkinson Place, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota, offers the following classes for Parkinson's patients and caregivers. Information: 941-893-4188.
Gentle/Chair Yoga & Meditation with Lynn Burgess, 10 a.m. first and third Monday; for patients and caregivers wanting easy and effective ways to stay calm and focused through ability-based yoga movements, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.
Dance For Parkinson's with Leymis Wilmott, 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday; for patients and caregivers wanting a fun ways to stay active and engaged through expressive movement to live music. Based on the renowned Mark Morris "Dance for PD," Brooklyn, N.Y.
Care-4-Me with Denise Drabik, 2 p.m. first and third Tuesday; guidance, support and resources for caregivers through an informal Q & A group discussion and recommendations for the best individual care plan.
Caregiver Boot Camp with Marilyn Tait, 2 p.m. second Tuesday; for caregivers wanting direction, motivation, support and sociability through fun and upbeat motivational programs, offering the success strategies necessary to survive the stress and strain of long-term care giving.
Voice Aerobics with Mary Spremulli, 10 a.m. first and third Wednesday; for patients wanting to enhance speech and communication through breathing and voice exercises that can be practiced at home.
Ageless Grace with Mary Masi, 10 a.m. second and fourth Thursday; for patients and caregivers wanting to enhance function and cognitive skills through 21 body-and-mind chair exercises that stimulate and utilize the five areas of the brain and promote lifelong comfort and ease.
Parkinson Power with Marilyn Tait, 10 a.m. third Thursday; positive and rewarding motivational programs focused on empowerment and everything you need to maintain a positive attitude and passion for life.
Support, classes for women: The Women's Center Classes and Support Groups at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., hosts these classes and events:
Health Education lectures on diabetes. Meetings are held weekly. Information: 941-232-3846.
ALS Association Resource Group. Meetings are held 1-3 p.m. first Friday of the month. Information: (888) 257-1717.
More information and reservations: 782-2100 or visit www.lakewoodranchmedicalcenter.com.
Senior exercise: Fit & Firm Fitness Studio is hosting affordable baby boomers and seniors low-impact fitness class: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. at 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 and 11 a.m. Fridays. Seniors find out how you can exercise for free. Information: 941-756-8850 or www.trainerforce.net/personalfitness.
Stretching class: Active isolated stretching classes are beginning at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. E, Ellenton. Learn how to deal effectively with such problems as sciatica, bulging discs, posture, gait and more. Classes are taught by Brian W. Smith, LMT, Massage Therapist for the USA Olympic Pairs Figure Skaters Ladwig & Evora. Call for class times at cost at 941-730-3369.
Yoga and strength conditioning: Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. NW., Bradenton, offers these programs:
Vinyasa Flow Yoga: 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Pat Richmond; $10 a session or $25 for the week.. Information: 941-795-8223.
Candlelight/restorative yoga: 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesday with Pat Richmond; $10 a session.
Full body cardio and strength conditioning: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday with Key Fitch; $15 a session. Information: 941-779-4082.
Yoga: 8:30 -9:30 a.m. Monday and 7-8:15 p.m. Thursday with Angela Simone; class fee $10.
Yoga/Pilates: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday with Laura Bennett; $10 a session. Information: 941-758-1741.
Yoga: Move, breathe and relax with certified yoga instructor Genevieve Lessard, RYT, in the Historic School Hall at 1505 Center Road, Terra Ceia, 6-7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. First class is free; others begin at $7.25 each. Beginners are welcome. Information: 941-565-4601 or e-mail GenevieveYoga@gmail.com.
Yoga Arts: 1122 12th St. W, Bradenton, features recently renovated, enlarged, fully equipped studio. Offering Hatha Yoga and Restorative/Therapeutic classes. Hatha Yoga, Monday and Thursday, 5:45-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 -10:45 a.m. Restorative/Therapeutic classes, Wednesday 10-11:15 a.m.; 9:30-10:45 a.m. Friday. Eight sessions is $80. Classes are taught by Preston Whaley Jr. To register, call 941-747-9397. Information visit yoga-arts.net.
Yoga/Pilates: with Balance Pilates Studio group classes are 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 6 p.m. Tuesdays at North River Body Therapies, 905 25th Drive E., Ellenton. Reservations: 941- 773-2967.
Classes at Om Gaia: 312 Old Main St., Bradenton: Monday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Basic Yoga, Level 1-2; 6-7 p.m. Beginning Yoga; Tuesday: 6-7:30 p.m. Beginners Kundalini Yoga; Wednesday: 10:30 a.m.-noon Basic Kundalini Yoga; 6-7 p.m. Basic Yoga Level 1-2; Thursday: 6-7:15 p.m. Regular Yoga Level 2; Friday: 10-11 a.m. Gentle Restorative Yoga; 6-7:30 p.m. Regular Kundalini Yoga; Saturday: 5-7:30 a.m. Multi-Level Yoga; Sunday: 5-7:30 a.m. Morning Sadhana from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. One hour of Japji, one hour of Kundalini Yoga practice and one hour of chanting. Cost: The first yoga class is free. 10 classes for $100 or $15 per class fee. Information: www.omgaiagifts.com or 941-747-1922.
Women's Resource Center of Manatee: offers power yoga classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; traditional yoga, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9-10 a.m. Saturdays; and an advance class 10:15-11:15 a.m. Saturdays at 1926 Manatee Ave. W. Nonmembers, $8, members $5. Information: 941-747-6797.
Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County: offers gentle yoga classes 9-10:30 a.m. weekdays and meditative yoga 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays at 340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Please bring a mat. Cost: members, $5; nonmembers, $10. Information: 941-366-1700 for more info.
G.T. Bray: Classes are held at 6 p.m. Mondays at the G.T. Bray Activity Center, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive W. $32. Information: 941-742-5974.
Integrated Healing Arts: 4216 Cortez Road, offers relaxing, stress-relieving yoga instruction with master Orton Graves, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $15 per session. Reservations: 941-739-2225.
Bradenton Yoga Studio: holds yoga and pilates classes. Cost: $12 walk-in and $55 for a five-class pass. Information: www.birdlandyoga.com.
Yoga classes: 8:30 a.m. every Saturday on the beach at the Pine Avenue public beach access, gulfside, in Anna Maria. The cost is by donation, and the class is open for all. No mat required; just bring a beach towel or sheet. Information: 941-794-6723.
Beach yoga: 8:30 a.m. Sundays south of the cafe at Manatee Public Beach. By donation. Bring a blanket or towel.