Recreation Calendar lists upcoming events first followed by ongoing events in rotation, in alphabetical order, as space permits. Send items to Recreation Calendar, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206; email to email@example.com or fax to 745-7097.
Sept. 7-8: The Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic will be held Sept. 7-8 at the Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Road, Myakka City. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. both days. Participants will be taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights, a standard rifle and surplus ammunition. Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a rifle sling and Revolutionary War history. Please bring 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, but you may use a centerfire rifle if preferred. About 250 rounds of ammunition will be needed per day. The fees are $50 one day/$80 two days for adult males $20/$40 for adult females, $10/$20 for those younger than 18 or one free youth per paying adult, free for active military (guard and reserve), law enforcement officers with ID, disabled, elected officials and Revolutionary War re-enactors in costume. Additional range fees of $15 per day applies for all. To register online, go to www.appleseedinfo.org. For more info, contact Bruce Smith at 904-424-3855 or FL@appleseedinfo.org.
Sept. 21: The Firearms Training Institute of Sarasota will host an NRA First Steps Pistol Course on Sept. 21 at the AmericInn Hotel conference room, 5931 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. The class starts at 8 a.m. The course will be taught by local NRA certified instructors and cover the basics of safe gun handling and shooting. The four-hour course will emphasize the safe and proper handling and use of pistols. Participants will learn about firearm safety, parts and operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, storage options and more. This course meets the Florida training requirements for Concealed Carry Permit applicants. Non-residents are eligible. For details on the course, contact Dr. Gerald Colbert at 941-706-4358 or 941-315-0152, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ftisarasota.com.