Community calendar: Aug. 30

August 30, 2013 


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Fishing lecture: The Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural Museum will host Nanette O'Hara from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program as she present "Net Benefits: A Retrospective of Fishing for Food and Fun in Tampa Bay," a brief and sometimes amusing history of commercial and sport fishing in the area, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 7 at 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Attendees can enjoy the vintage tackle exhibit on display in the park and museum. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Registration and information: 941-721-2034.

Cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy at Cat Depot: Meet America's most sought-after cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy as he shares his "Cat Mojo," and will sign his memoir "Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life," 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Books will be available for sale. There will be a private dinner with Jackson Galaxy for six lucky winners of a silent auction which will open 11 a.m. Sept. 3 and close 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Tickets: $20 general seating, $50 VIP seating. Seating is limited. Proceeds will benefit Cat Depot's Friends Like Me, a program to help sick, injured and special needs cats. Information: 941-366-2404 or

Kitten foster parent and bottle-feeding: Become a foster parent or help with bottle-feeding orphaned kittens 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 19 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. Oct. 19 at the Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. Information and reservations: 941-366-2404 or


Music program: The Perlman Program/Suncoast invites young violinists, ages 8-18, from Sarasota and Manatee counties to audition for performing a Vivaldi violin concerto with the PMP String Orchestra under the direction of renowned violinist and conductor, Itzhak Perlman, during their Sarasota Winter Residency. Auditions will be by appointment starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at Booker Middle School, 2250 Myrtle St., Sarasota. To be eligible to audition, each student will need a letter of recommendation from his or her school orchestra and/or private teacher and a completed application submitted to the PMP/Suncoast office by Sept. 3. Application forms are available online at Students will perform the solo part of Antonio Vivaldi's "Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No.6, movement 1," and will participate in two rehearsal workshops in October and November. Public rehearsal and performance will be Jan. 2. Information: Elizabeth Power at

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will be holding auditions for its 2013-14 main season 1-4 p.m., with call backs 7-10 p.m. Sept. 7, at 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. No theatrical experience is required. Actors of all ethnic backgrounds should be 18 years of age or older. Those auditioning for musical theater should come prepared with a 16-bar song and a one-minute monologue. An accompanist for those auditioning for musical theater should bring their own sheet music. Actor auditions for straight plays should prepare two contrasting monologues. Call backs for musical theater will be given an additional song selected by WBTT. The play list for the season includes: "Purlie," Nov. 13-Dec. 15; "The Whipping Man," Jan. 2-Feb. 2; "Harry and Lena," Feb. 19-March 23; and "Bubbling Brown Sugar," April 9-May 11. Auditions are free and requests should be submitted online at


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.

Manatee High School Class of 1973: The Manatee High School Class of 1973 will hold its 40th class reunion Oct. 25-26. Information: Betsy Keaton Powers at


Annual Dean Malliaras Charity Golf Tournament: Basil's Chicken and Ribs and the Hellenic Society of Manatee County will host the annual Dean Malliaras Charity Golf Tournament 1 p.m., with registration at noon, Oct. 6 at IMG Golf and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. The event features a 4-person scramble format, dinner, awards and prize drawings. Tickets: $100, includes green fees, cart, range balls and dinner. Reservations are required by Aug. 30. Information: 941-747-7972, email or

Garage sale and benefit: A huge garage sale to benefit Manatee County's No Kill Program and heartworm positive shelter animals will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 6-7 at 318 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Cash only. All proceeds will be used for medical treatments for shelter animals. There will be more than 5,000 items for sale. Donations of canned dog or cat food are welcome. Information: 941-713-3105.

"Locks of Love" fundraiser: Celebrating the opening of the play "Steel Magnolias," The Players Theatre will be hosting a Locks of Love event 2-4 p.m. Sept. 7 at 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, featuring local hairdressers taking hair donations of 10 inches or more, or provide a cut and style to anyone interested in attending. Suggested minimum donation: $20. Proceeds will benefit Locks of Love, an organization providing vacuum-fitted hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Information: 941-365-2494.

Second annual "Race Your Voice-Run for the Voiceless," 5K Race and Family Fun Walk: The second annual "Race Your Voice-Run for the Voiceless" 5K race and family fun walk will begin with registration 6:45 a.m. Sept. 7 at Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club, 8000 Stone Harbor Loop, Bradenton. Participants will receive a free race T-shirt and enjoy prizes, a silent auction, a live DJ and food. Registration: $20 adults, $10 youth. Proceeds will benefit Selah Freedom in its fight to end human trafficking. Information: 941-487-1904 or

Literacy Council of Sarasota's Third Annual Wine and Cheese Party: To celebrate September as the International Literacy Month, the Literacy Council of Sarasota, Inc., will host its third annual Wine and Cheese Party 4:30-6 p.m. Sept. 4 at Libby's Cafe and Bar, 1917 S. Osprey, Sarasota. The event is to raise funds for the inaugural "Put Your Nose in a Book, Sarasota," which will be 11-11:15 a.m. Sept. 20, in which participants at any location will put on their red noses, stop, drop and read. Participation is open to any business, library, nonprofit, agency, or individual committed to raising awareness as to how literacy helps build a strong community. Party tickets: $15. Information and reservations: 941-955-0421.

Second annual Msgr. Moretti Memorial Golf Tournament: Saint Peter and Paul's Catholic Church will host the second annual Msgr. Moretti Memorial Golf Tournament beginning with a shotgun start 8 a.m. Sept. 28, followed by lunch and awards at IMG Golf and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Donation: $75 per player. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Information: 941-795-8226 or 941-504-3498.

Gulf Coast Diva Angels' "Biker Bash Party": The Gulf Coast Diva Angels will host their annual Biker Bash Party beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside, 6906 14th St. W., Bradenton. The event will feature live music, a 24+ bottle Booze Wagon, prize drawings, a corn hole tournament and other games. Proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Guide Dogs. Bikers and the general public are invited to attend and meet some of the guide dogs. Tickets: $5. Information: Diane Chrzanowski at 941-737-4131 or email

"Bark For Life": The American Cancer Society will host its second annual "Bark For Life of Manatee County" 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at Tom Bennett Park, 400 Cypress Blvd., Bradenton. The event is for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. The event features a non-competitive dog walk at 2 p.m. with registration beginning at 1 p.m.. There will be concession stands, vendors, demonstrations, a talent and dress-up contest for dogs and owners. Registration: $20 for one dog, $25 for two dogs. Dogs will receive a purple bandana for their participation, and their owners will receive a Bark For Life T-shirt. Information and registration 941-799-2058 or

"Dine, Dance and Donate": Children's Miracle Network will be hosting "Dine, Dance and Donate," 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Fete Ballroom, Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, featuring a silent auction, food and live music by SoulRCoaster. Proceeds will benefit All Children's Hospital. Tickets: $25. Information: Marie Avery at 941-725-0911 or

Fifth annual Safe Sex Halloween Bash "Studio 13: The Undead Disco": Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida will present its fifth annual Safe Sex Halloween Bash, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 25 at Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. Groove the night away amidst a sea of glitter and glamour at this freakishly gorgeous party featuring tantalizing nighttime nibbles, open bar, surprise entertainment, 70s swagger, a costume contest, and music by DJ Imminent. Tickets: $85 in advance, $100 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the sexual health and prevention education programs. Information: 941-365-3913, ext. 1124 or

Cancer benefit: A cancer benefit for Sgt. Sean Courtney, a local U.S. Marine Sergeant and Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, will be 2-8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Straggler's Bar, 5580 Swift Road, Sarasota. The event features a live auction, prize drawings, food and live music by Kettle of Fish. Bikers and the general public are invited. Information: Sara Brubaker at

"Images of Caring" Awards Dinner and Fundraiser: The Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation will hold "Images of Caring," its annual awards dinner 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. The event will highlight Dr. Angus Woodward Graham, Jr. as he is bestowed with the Senator Edgar H. Price Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit the Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation. Information: 941-776-4017.


Reading volunteers: ReadingPals, a one-on-one guided reading program for kindergartners funded by the Barnett Early Literacy Initiative, seeks 200 community volunteers to establish mentor/teacher relationships with children in four Manatee County Title I elementary schools. During a 25-week program, each volunteer will be matched with two students and will divide an hour-long session between each student at 30 minutes per student. School locations and times are:

• Ballard Elementary School, 912 18th St. W., Bradenton: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays.

• Blackburn Elementary School, 3904 17th St. E., Palmetto: 9:20-10:20 a.m. Tuesdays.

• Daughtrey Elementary School, 515 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton: 8:15-9:15 a.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays.

• Rogers Garden Elementary School, 515 13th Ave. W., Bradenton: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer or would like additional information, contact Sandra Holmes at 941-748-1313 or email

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

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

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. 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

Osteopathic Medicine: Registration is underway for the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's Human Body Explored program at 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. Students will meet once per month October-April. The program is designed for high school students ages 14-18 and will feature presentations from scientists and medical professionals. Students will also have an opportunity to dissect the brain, conduct a dental exam and work with robotic patients in a clinical setting. Special field trips are planned. Information: Dr. Kersten Schroeder at 941-756-0690 or

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

• Keeping the pressure down, a 4-week heart 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

Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic: The Revolutionary War Veterans Association offer the Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7-8, with registration starting at 8 a.m., at the Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Road, Myakka City. Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that are to allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights, a standard rifle, and surplus ammunition. Most of the instruction is conducted on the firing range at 25 yards, at reduced size targets to simulate 100-400 yards. Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a rifle sling, and Revolutionary War history. Bring you own ear/eye protection, a rifle with sling, ammunition, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks, drinks, and plenty of water. A .22 caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammunition. The use of a centerfire rifle is allowed. About 250 rounds of ammunition will be needed per day. Clinic fees: adult males $50 one day, $80 two days; adult females $20 one day, $40 two days. Youth, ages 17 or younger $10 one day, $20 two days, or one youth admitted free per paying adults, male or female. Revolutionary re-enactors in costume are admitted free. Additional club range fees: $15 per day a person. Information: 904-424-3855 or email

Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will be holding the following boating education course and seminars at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton:

• America's Boating Course, a 2-part boating safety course, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and 14. Cost: $35 a person, $50 a couple. Students must attend both dates.

• Chart Reading Seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Cost: $10.

• GPS Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Cost: $10.

Preregistration is required. Information and registration: 941-795-0482.


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.

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.

Jazzercise: Jazzercise classes are held 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 8:15 a.m. Saturdays at the Palmetto Boys and Girls Club, 1600 10th St. W., Palmetto. Information: Kathy Matthews at 941-720-8981 or email

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

Writer's Workshop: State College of Florida offers free weekly writer's workshops throughout the year 2-4 p.m. Mondays at 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, Room 139, Science Building, Bradenton. Bring fiction, memoirs, non-fiction, novels, children's stories, picture books, poetry, prose, paranormal, mystery, science fiction, editorials, and technical writings. Instant critiquing by a group of many published author and former REAP (Recognized Educators and Professionals). The workshops are free and open to the public. Information: John Garzone at 941-753-8680.

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