Email information to firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of ongoing classes is available at www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.
Artist Talk with Hermitage Fellows: ArtCenter Sarasota will present a talk in collaboration with the Hermitage Artist Retreat with artists-in-residence Terry Adkins and Tameka Norris 6-8 p.m. July 11 at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The artists will discuss their work and their lives as artists, encompassing painting, print making, interdisciplinary and performance art. Cost: $5. Information. 941-365-2032.
Leash walking cats: Leash walk our abandoned and adoptable cats noon-1 p.m. July 20 at the Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Information and reservations: 941-366-2404 or email@example.com.
Kitten foster parent and bottle-feeding: Become a foster parent or help with bottle-feeding orphaned kittens 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Information and reservations: 941-366-2404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book release: Science Fiction Author Maria Hammarblad, widely recognized for writing science fiction novels, dives into war-torn Afghanistan, confronts the Taliban and introduces a soldier with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the release of her new novel "Flashback." The book is available now. Information: RoxanneRhoads@bewitchingbooktours.com.
Book release: Local author and artist, Mark Kulaga, published his book "The Art of Creation: Hearts and Wings." The book features photographs of artwork he created from found and discarded objects. Information: 941-962-0371.
Science camps: South Florida Museum Science Camps will be offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through July 19 and will focus on different scientific themes: "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 in 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 www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org.
Theatre camps: Enrollment is open for the Manatee Players' theatre camp Broadway 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. The camp will be held at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Spots for the camp can be reserved. Information: 941-748-5875.
Karting Summer Camp: Andersen Race Park is offering an opportunity for adolescents and teenagers to learn important skills during their summer camp "Advanced Karting" 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 16-17 at 10101 U.S. 41, Palmetto. The camp is open to participants ages 12-17 and include two days of professional instruction. The camp offers a warm-up session, on-track session with instructor, classroom feedback, data and video analysis, and a mock race event. Campers will drive Birel N35 9hp Honda Go-Karts that reach speeds of up to 50 m.p.h. Cost: $599. Bring lunch. Information: 941-723-3900, ext. 306.
Manatee Players Flying FX: Flying FX, the leading company producing flying effects from Branson to Broadway, will conduct two sessions of a spectacular camp where participants can truly learn to dance, perform aerial work and wire flying at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Session 1 is for participants ages 7-12, and will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 22-26, culminating in a performance July 26 and Session 2, for participants ages 13-18, will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2, culminating in a performance Aug. 2. Maximum participants for Session 1 is 25 and for Session 2 is 35. Cost per camper: $300. Registration and information: 941-748-5878 and 941-748-0111.
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.
Manatee High School Reunion: The Manatee High School Class of 1968 will hold its reunion Sept. 6-7. Contact Lois Kinsey for additional Information: 941-744-6413.
Charity Bar Night: Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch
The Polo Grill and Bar is hosting a Charity Bar Night 5-8 p.m. July 11 featuring local celebrity bartenders John Neal, Xtavia Bailey, Dr. Lee Rangel and David Fink. A prize drawing will be held. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County. Information: 941-747-8808.
"Hunger is Curable" Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser: 21st Century Oncology will host the 2013 Hunger Games "Hunger is Curable," a volleyball tournament fundraiser 10 a.m. July 20 at Tarpon Point Grill, 801 Riverside Dr. E., Bradenton. Games are open for teams of six people or more. Registration $10 per person for teams of six or more. Registration includes complimentary bottled waters, and discount food and drink coupons from Tarpon Point Grill. All proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Manatee. Registration can be faxed to 941-308-1051 or call Kelly Costa at 941-626-3967.
Cat Depot Night at Blase Cafe: Cafe Blase and Martini Bar, 5263 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, will host a fundraiser for Cat Depot 4-8 p.m. July 28 featuring live music, pasta buffet, prize drawings, cash bar, and lots of cats and kittens. All proceeds will benefit homeless, injured and abandoned cats and kittens at the Cat Depot. Information: 941- 349-9822 or www.catdepot.org.
Women Owners of Florida Third Birthday Party: The Women Owners of Florida Inc. will hold their third birthday party 6-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at The Blue Door Spa, 5234 SR 64 E., Bradenton, featuring a silent auction. Funds raised will benefit 50 Legs, a charity helping families fund prosthetics for children in need financial assistance. Information: 941- 685-0250 or www.womenownersoffl.com.
Graphic Design Volunteer Opportunity: Turning Points, 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, is looking for a volunteer with graphic design experience who can offer several hours of graphic design assistance on two projects. Turning Points is a non-profit organization that provides, coordinates, and facilitates services to the homeless and those at risk of being homeless in Manatee County. Information: Cheryl Hedger, Volunteer Coordinator, at 941-747-1509 or email email@example.com.
Manatee County Agricultural Museum: The Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 1015 Sixth St. W., Palmetto, has several volunteer opportunities available at the museum or as work at home. Duties include preparing mailings, manning the front desk, historical research, data entry, assisting at special events or elementary school programs, craft and materials preparation, gardening and yard work, restoration of tools and equipment, and carpentry. For more information call Cindy Keck, Volunteer Coordinator, at 941-721-2034.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Fuzion Dance Artists offers the following classes through the summer at various locations: Pilates Mat Class, Intermediate Modern Dance, Advance Dance, Dance for Parkinson with live drumming, and Countertecnique. Call for schedule, hours, location and cost: 941-345-5755.
Writer's Workshop: State College of Florida (MCC) offers weekly writer's workshops through August at 5840 26th St. W., Science Building, Room 139, Bradenton. Bring fiction, memoirs, non-fiction, novels, children's stories, poetry, prose, paranormal, mystery, and science fiction. Instant critiquing by a group of many published authors, and former REAP (Recognized Educators and Professionals). The workshops are free and open to the public. Information: Kathleen at 941-360-2654.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
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.
Boating: United States Coast Guard Flotilla 83 will conduct a public education About Boating Safety Course 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with registration beginning 8:30 a.m. July 20 at McClure Auditorium, 5900 Airport Auditorium Lane, Sarasota. Cost: $40, materials are included. Registration and information: 941-758-5954 or email F83PEduc@aol.com.
Telepathic Animal Communication Class: The Cat Depot will host Mary J. Getten, a telepathic animal communicator, teacher and author of the award-winning book "Communicating with Orcas; The Whales' Perspective," 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Getten worked with people and their pets helping them solve problems and create harmony in their lives. Cost: $10 donation at the door. Space is limited and reservations are required. Information: 941-366-2404 or CoreyR@catdepot.org.
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.
Women's exercise class: Marriage and Family Works Project is offering a weekly community exercise class for women at 9:30 a.m. Mondays 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 www.MarriageWorksForYou.com.
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.
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.