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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.
Marriage Seminar: Marriage and Family Works will hold a Marriage Seminar "Soul Healing Love," 6-9 p.m. May 17 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18 at 1001 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. The seminar, taught by Don and Angie Power, is for any married couple wishing to grow closer. It teaches couples to navigate through conflict in a constructive way that helps heal rather than irritate. Cost: $75 per couple. Information and registration: www.MarriageWorksForYou.com
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 www.taylormorrison.com.
Leash walking cats: Leash walk our abandoned and adoptable cats noon-1 p.m. May 18 at the Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Information and reservations: 941-366-2404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'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.
Volunteer and Cat Socialization Level 1 Training: The Cat Depot offers volunteer orientation and cat socialization Level 1 training 5:30-7 p.m. May 21 at 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Register online at www.catdepot.org/volunteer/registration-for-volunteer-orientation). Information: 9410366-2404.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.classreports.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.duckrace.com/manatee.
"All-In for ALS" Casino Night: A Life Story Foundation will host its inaugural casino night "All-In for ALS," 6:30-11:30 p.m. May 10 at Lakewood Ranch Lake Club, 15804 Clearlake Ave., Bradenton. The event will feature food catered by local restaurant Pier 22, live entertainment by Serenade of Souls and casino games including blackjack, roulette, poker and more. Guests will have the chance to trade in their winnings for prizes including golf packages, spa and restaurant gift certificates and vacation rentals. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit A Life Story Foundation, The foundation's mission is to raise awareness and create action to discover effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Information: 813-277-8387 or www.alifestoryfoundation.org.
Relay For Life of Anna Maria Island: Relay For Life of Anna Maria Island, a fun life-saving event will begin with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. and a luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. May 10 and ends at noon May 11 at Coquina Beach Gulfside, 2650 Gulf Dr. W., Bradenton Beach. There will be a glow lap, pajama lap, backwards lap, three legged lap, crazy hat lap and more. The relay is more than a walk around a track, The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life celebrates lives of those who have battled cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease. There will be all kinds of activities, including team booths, prize drawings, silent auctions and more. Money raised will provide funds for cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts and life-affirming patient services. Information: 941-328-3775.
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 www.manateemiles.com.
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 email@example.com or www.jimmyv.org.
"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 www.abwa1stclass.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.mealsonwheelsplus.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.bbbssun.org.
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 http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
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.
Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. May 11, Riverview Point Preserve, 8250 DeSoto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton.
Get the Big Picture on Micro-irrigation, 9-11 a.m. May 18.
Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. May 19, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.
Manatee Energy Efficient Project (MEEP), 6:30-8 p.m. May 21.
Smart Landscape, Planning and Care, 2-4 p.m. May 21.
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 http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.artcentermanatee.org.
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 TechTimesOnline.org.
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 www.fortycarrots.org.
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.