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TreeUmph! "Wear Your Soul Experience": The Wear Your Soul Foundation is sponsoring an online contest that will award twenty 12-14 year old children a day-long Wear Your Soul Experience "Challenge By Choice" 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 27 at TreeUmph! Adventure Course, led by Joe Ostaszewski, a semi-finalist from the hit NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser," and his identical twin Henry Ostaszewski. The winners will join the Ostaszewski brothers through a treetop obstacle course, including a zip line, followed by lunch. Parents who want to enter their child in the "Challenge By Choice" contest should visit www.wearyoursoul.org to complete and submit a contest entry form. Entries are due by noon July 22. Winners will be selected on or about July 23. Information: 678-453-8775 or www.wearyoursoul.org.
Renaissance on 9th Events: The Renaissance on 9th will host the following events at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton:
Country Line Dancing, 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 6, all skill levels. Cost: $5. Refreshments available for purchase.
Cinema Italiano: "Benvenuti al Sud," 11:30 a.m. Aug. 14. Cost: $6 members, $8 nonmembers. Lunch will be available for purchase.
"Meat High Steaks," a health seminar presented by Dr. Arthur Cohen, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Reservations: 941-758-4689.
"Wine and Song," four course meal prepared by Executive Chef David Meador, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 16, including live music by Joy Leitner. Cost: $35-$40. Reservations: 941-749-0100.
For detailed information: 941-749-0100.
Cat Depot Workshop: The Cat Depot will host a workshop "Flower Essences: Providing Relief from Pet Behavioral Issues," 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at 2542 17th St., Sarasota. The 90-minute presentation features the benefit of flower essence use with behavior problems such as separation anxiety, fear, lack of focus, and many other behavior issues. Products will be available for purchase immediately following lecture. Cost: $10. Reservations: 941-366-2404.
2013 Manasota India Festival: The Gujarati Association of Manasota and the Indian American Association of Manatee and Sarasota will host the 2013 Manasota India Festival, presented in two sessions, noon-4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. The event features cultural exhibits, authentic Indian cuisine, shopping, dance program, Henna hand painting and a photo booth. Admission: $2 adults, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-722-3244.
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.
Leash walking cats: Leash walk our abandoned and adoptable cats noon-1 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Information and reservations: 941-366-2404 or email@example.com.
Island Players Theater Open House: The Island Players Theater will host an Open House 2-4 p.m. Aug. 18 at 10009 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria. Visitors can tour the back stage and on stage areas and will be introduced to the plays for the upcoming season. Volunteer positions are available. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. Information: 941-778-6878.
Book Sale: The Friends of Braden River Library will host a Book Sale 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 2 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-727-6079.
Manatee Players Flying FX: Flying FX, the leading company producing flying effects from Branson to Broadway, will host a spectacular camp at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Pparticipants ages 13 and up can truly learn to dance, perform aerial work and wire flying 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2, culminating in a performance Aug. 2. Maximum participants is 35. Cost per camper: $300. Registration and information: 941-748-5878 and 941-748-0111.
Manatee High School Class of 1968: The Manatee High School Class of 1968 will hold its reunion Sept. 6-7. There will be a meet and greet 5-7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Jennings Arcade, followed by MHS Football against Venice, and a reception 6 p.m. at Pier 22, followed by dinner and entertainment at 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Reservations are required. Contact Lois Kinsey for additional Information: 941-567-8890.
"Help Rescue Santa's Sleigh" Fundraiser: The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a "Christmas in July" for all ages, along with the opportunity to Help Rescue Santa's Sleigh 5-9 p.m. July 27 at the Drift-In, 120 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The event will feature Santa arriving at 6 p.m. offering photo opportunities for everyone, prize drawings, 50/50 and more. Pirates will be posted at the sleigh with Santa's Bag to accept donations. Bring a dish for the Christmas pot luck dinner. Information: 941-778-8565 or www.amiprivateers.org.
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.
Manatee Performing Arts Center Grand Opening Gala: The Manatee Players Inaugural Crystal Gala, celebrating the grand opening of the new Manatee Performing Arts Center will be 5:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The gala will include a welcome reception with signature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and open bar, special entertainment by John and Alexandra Nock, dinner, silent and live auctions, live music and dancing. Tickets: $175. Black tie preferred. All proceeds will benefit the capital campaign. Information: 748-5875 or www.manateeplayers.com.
"Mom to Mom" Junior Bradenton Gladiators Fundraiser: The Junior Bradenton Gladiators will host "Mom to Mom," a garage sale and fundraiser, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 3 at Police Athletic League, 202 13th Ave. E., Bradenton. There will be give-aways throughout the morning. Admission: $1 donation. Information: 941-320-7576 or www.bradentongladiators.com.
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.
Habitat For Humanity Families Back to School fundraiser: Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is collecting school supplies for children residing in Habitat homes in grades Kindergarten through high school for an Aug. 10 Back to School event. Donations of school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, markers and back packs can be dropped off in donation boxes at the following locations: Boyd Insurance and Investments, 717 Manatee Ave. W., Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Habitat Restore, 4105 Cortez Road W., and Habitat Restore, 1227 Hardin Ave., all in Bradenton. The school supply drive will run through July 31. Information: 941-748-9100, ext. 102.
Manatee High School Rowing Team Fundraiser: Pier 22 will be hosting a fundraiser for The Manatee Crew, Manatee High School's rowing team, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 17 at 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, featuring an island style buffet, live music by T. Scott Walker and a silent auction. Tickets: $35, includes one beverage. Information: 941-224-1252 or 941-812-7260.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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: 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.
English Language Classes: Project Light's "The Language House," is now accepting applications for new classes from students that want to learn English. Four different levels of learning, from basic English skills through Intermediate are offered 6-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, starting in August. Classes will be held at 1104 14th St. W., Bradenton. There will be a small charge for text books and other classroom materials. Enrollment and other information can be found at all County libraries or by calling Yoshira Castro at 941-722-3333, ext. 6341 or Alan Gedeon at 941-749-3029, ext. 3662.
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.
Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will hold the following boating classes:
America's Boating Course, a 2-part boating safety course 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 3. Attendees must attend both dates. Fee: $35 a person, $50 a couple.
Chart Reading Seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Fee: $10.
GPS Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Fee: 10.
All classes and seminars will be held at the squadron building at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-0482.
Business education classes: The Women's Resource Center of Manatee is presenting a class "How to start and manage your own business," 6-9 p.m. Aug. 1-Sept. 30. The 8-week class, presented by Andy Fox, president of Fox Business Group, will be held at 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Attendees will study business readiness, marketing, accounting, hiring, business insurance, how to write a business plan and more. Cost: $50. Registration and information: 941- 747-6797.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
Manatee Energy Efficiency Project, 6:30-8 p.m., Aug. 6.
Florida-friendly landscaping combo: compost and rain barrel, 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 17.
Lowdown on lawn irrigation, 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 17.
Clean it green, 2-4 p.m., Aug. 19.
Dazzling Florida-friendly landscaping designs, 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 21.
Manatee Energy Efficiency Project, 1:30-3 p.m. Aug. 21.
Keeping the pressure down, a 4-week health class, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24. Registration required by Aug. 30.
Florida Master Naturalist Program, 1 40-hour Freshwater wetlands module, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and Nov. 6 and 13.
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.
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.