Community calendar:

May 24, 2013 


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Asian heritage celebration: The Asian American Federation of Florida will host its inaugural Asian Heritage Celebration, including a free health fair, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. May 25 at Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton. The event features a Santa Cruzan Parade at noon, live music, Asian dance performances and shows. Health screenings will be available 9 a.m.-noon. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-567-7752.

Volunteer and Cat Socialization Level 1 Training: The Cat Depot offers volunteer orientation and cat socialization Level 1 training 1-3 p.m. June 1 and 5:30-7 p.m. June 4 at 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Register online at 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

Leash walking cats: Leash walk our abandoned and adoptable cats noon-1 p.m. June 15 at the Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Information and reservations: 941-366-2404 or

"CampOut" Storytime: A special Father's Day "CampOut" Storytime will be at 11 a.m. June 15 at Braden River Branch Public Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Treats will be served. All ages are welcome to stay after the storytime to make a special gift for the special father/grandfather in their life. Information: 941-727-6079.

"Ancient Aliens": The History Channel's "Ancient Aliens" series will be shown at 7 p.m. June 15 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.

Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24 membership drive: The Post will host a membership drive June 16 at the Red Barn, 1707 First St. E., Bradenton. Local Legion volunteers will be available to present the American Legion story of service and commitment to the county's veterans and their families. Information: 941-794-3489.


Manatee Players: Auditions for the Manatee Players' productions of "Les Miserables," "Grease" and "Always Patsy Cline" are 7 p.m. June 9-10 at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. There are many adult and teen roles in "Les Miserables," with performance dates Aug. 3-25. "Grease" has a wide variety of roles from teens to adult, with performance dates Sept. 12-29. "Always Patsy Cline," is a two-women musical and both actresses must be comfortable with country music. Performance dates are Sept. 19-Oct. 6. Those auditioning should prepare a song in their key and be ready for the movement portion of the audition that the director may require. Those interested in volunteering backstage on the tech crew should call Kristin Ribble at 941-748-0111, or to help build the set call Bill Booth at 941-748-0111. All questions about auditions should be directed to Rick Kerby at 941-748-0111.


Book signing and story time: Author Ralph "Doc" Wallace will sign copies of his book, "Tria Maria, the Cat with No Eyes," 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 1 at the Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Storytelling time will be 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Told from the point of view of the little kitten, this is the story of how American visitors to a Greek island found, cared for and adopted a blind kitten they named "Tria Maria." Information: 941-366-2404.

Children's book release and signing: Former local resident and best selling author Ransom Riggs will sign his most recent book, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," at 11 a.m. June 8 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Information: 941-365-7900 or


Theatre camps: Enrollment is open for the Manatee Players' theatre camps, Junior Camp and Broadway Camp. Junior Camp for ages 7-12 will be June 10-22 and will culminate in a performance of Disney's "Cinderella Kids" on June 22. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost per camper is $400 for the two-week camp. Broadway Camp for ages 13-17 or with previous Junior Camp experience will be July 8-28, culminating with four performances of the Broadway hit "Ragtime," July 26-28. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost per camper is $600 for the three-week camp. Both camps will be held at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Spots for either camp can be reserved. Information: 941-748-5875.

Opera camp: 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.

Science camps: South Florida Museum Science Camps will be offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11-July 19 and will focus on different scientific themes: "The 'ologies: Geology, Paleontology, Archaeology, Grossology," June 11-14; "Engineering II," June 17-21; "Mammoths, Mastodons and Megalodons ... Oh My!" June 24-28; "Cosmic Science," July 1-5; "Forensics II," July 8-12; and "Earth: Extreme Planet," July 15-19. The camps will take place in the museum classroom, utilizing the full facilities of the museum, planetarium and aquarium at 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Camps will run for six successive weeks and are $180 per session for museum members and $225 for nonmembers, with additional discounts available to museum members. Registration and information: 941-746-4131, ext. 13, or


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


"White Out Hunger": The Food Bank of Manatee will host "White Out Hunger" with a guest bartending event 6-8 p.m. May 30 at the Halfway at Anna Maria Oyster Bar, 6906 14th St. W., Bradenton. Guest bartenders will entertain and pour drinks with all tips going to the Food Bank of Manatee. Information: 941-747-4655 or

"White Out Hunger Party": The Food Bank of Manatee will host a "White Out Hunger Party" 6-8 p.m. June 6, featuring a casual evening with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres, prize drawings and live music. Attendees are encouraged to wear white to show support for hunger prevention efforts. Tickets are $50. All proceeds benefit The Food Bank of Manatee. Call for location and information: 941-749-0100.

"Wallenda -- Beyond Belief Viewing and Street Party ": Mattison's and Circus Sarasota will host the second annual "Wallenda -- Beyond Belief Viewing and Street Party -- from Sarasota to the Grand Canyon" 7-11 p.m. June 23 at Mattison's City Grille, Main Street, Sarasota. The public can view Nik Wallenda crossing the Grand Canyon live on the Jumbotron video screen. The street party is on Lemon Avenue between Main Street and First Avenue and will feature a variety of circus performances by international circus artists and youth performers from the Sailor Circus. Hands-on family-friendly circus activities including balloon making, face-painting, low wire walking, street vendors, prize drawings, live auction, live music and more. The event is free and open to the public. The fundraising event supports Circus Sarasota. VIP tickets are $100 and include a reserved seating area near the main stage and a special menu with wine. VIP tickets are limited, advanced purchase is required. Information: 941-355-9335 or or

Golf tournament: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic 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 dog 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

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: 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


Women's exercise class: Marriage and Family Works Project is offering a weekly community exercise class for women at 9:30 a.m. beginning May 27 and continuing every Monday through summer at 1001 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. The class is taught by Revelation Wellness Instructor Kristen Ross, and can be modified for all levels of fitness. Cost: $10 a class or $32 for four classes. Registration and information 941-827-0500 or

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

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

• Keeping the Pressure Down, a blood pressure education class, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays June 6, 13, 20, and 27. Class sizes in limited to 12 participants.

• Lingering Lawn Maintenance Tasks, 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 8.

• Hypertufa What? A fun garden project, June 22. Advanced payment of $10 for materials is due June 14.

• Florida Friendly Landscaping Combo: Compost and Rain Barrel, 9 a.m.-noon June 15. Fee for rain barrel.

• Lowdown on Lawn Irrigation, 1:30-4:30 p.m. June 20.

• Backyard Rain Gardens, 10 a.m.-noon June 26.

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

Master tap dance class: Asolo Repertory Theatre will host a master tap dance class with Christopher Erk and Anthony J. Russo 10 a.m.-noon May 30 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre's Robert and Beverly Koski Production Center, Ted and Jean Weiller Rehearsal Hall, 1009 Tallevast Road, Sarasota. The event is open to intermediate to advanced tap dancers. The cost for the workshop is $15. Space is limited. Registration and information: 941-351-9010, ext. 3307 or email

Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will host the following boating education course and seminars in June:

• America's Boating Course, a 2-part boating safety course 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1 and 8. Participants must attend both dates to qualify for the Florida boating education certificate. Cost: $35 a person, $50 a couple.

• Chart Reading Seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 11. Cost: $10 a person.

• GPS Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 18. Cost: $10 a person.

All classes are held at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton. Preregistration is required. Information: 941-795-0482.

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

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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