Community calendar:

September 13, 2013 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Email information to calendar@bradenton.com. A list of ongoing classes is available at www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.

GENERAL

Cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy at Cat Depot: Meet America's most sought-after cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy, as he shares his "Cat Mojo" and signs his memoir "Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life," at 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Books will be available for sale. 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 www.catdepot.org.

Youth Etiquette Symposium: A Youth Etiquette Symposium for girls will be 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. The event will offer an opportunity for girls to have an interactive and educational experience through learning and fun. Topics include self-esteem and confidence, fashion fundamentals, table mannerism, and cellphone and conversation etiquette. There will be entertainment, raffles, prize drawings, and more. Lunch will be provided. Admission: $20 per girl. Lunch for parents, teachers and friends: $30. Information: 941-993-7971 or www.sandrawashington.net.

Sarasota Bromeliad Society Show and Sale: The Sarasota Bromeliad Society will host a show and sale "Bedazzling Bromeliads," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27-29 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Activity Center, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. For reservations for a rare and beautiful bromeliad auction 8 p.m. Sept. 28 call 941-795-6012. Access to the show is free with a paid Selby Gardens admission. Admission: $17 adults, $6 children ages 6-11, free to children ages 5 and younger and members. Information: www.sarasotabromeliadsociety.org.

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 stacyj@catdepot.org.

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 constancep@catdepot.org.

New College of Florida "New Topics" Lectures: The 2013-14 New Topics New College series will feature speakers from the worlds of medial research, global finance, international affairs, women's rights, environmental conservation and rock and roll. The 6-program series, a collaboration of New College of Florida and the New College Foundation, will feature lectures on timely topics, followed by a question and answer session with the audience and a reception where guests can meet the speakers. The topics and speakers for this year are: "Journey into the Heart of Florida," with photographer Carlton Ward, Nov. 21; "Improving Brain Health: What Validated Science and Research Reveals," with Dr. Michael Mullan of the Roskamp Institute, Dec. 5; "Lessons learned from Rock-n-Roll," with music executive Tony Michaelides, Jan. 21; "A look at the Current Market," with Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, Feb. 6; "Our Bodies, Ourselves: Four and a Half Decades of Advancing Women's Health and Human Rights," with Judy Norsigian, author of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," Feb. 25, and "Contemporary Afghanistan," with David Staats, former U.S. Consul in Pakistan, March 19. All programs are at 5:30 p.m. in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on New College's Caples Campus, 5313 Bay Shore Road. Tickets are $20 per event or $100 for the series. Reservations and information: 941-487-4888 or www.donate.ncf.edu/newtopics.

AUDITIONS

Manatee Performing Arts Center Auditions: Auditions for the Manatee Performing Arts Center productions of the musicals "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" with performances Jan. 9-25, "Shrek" with performances Feb. 13-March 2, "Beehive" with performances Feb. 27-March 16, and "Stepping Out" with performances Jan. 16-Feb. 2, will be 7 p.m. Sept. 22-23 at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Those auditioning should dress appropriately for dance auditions and have a song in their key prepared. An accompanist will be available or bring a track on CD. Those auditioning for comedy will read from the script. Information: Rick Kirby at 941-748-0111

BOOKS

Art Center Sarasota call for area authors and illustrators: Art Center Sarasota invites area-based, self-published authors and illustrators to participate in the Sarasota Book Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 5 at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event is held in conjunction with ABCBooks4Children.Inc. Admission to the event is free. The book fair will showcase 35-50 regionally based authors and illustrators. Application deadline: Sept. 25. Information: 941-365-2032.

REUNIONS

FUNDRAISERS

Family Field Day "Autism Speaks": Hornback Chiropractic and Wellness, PA invites the public to their Family Field Day 1-4 p.m. Sept. 14 at Lakewood Ranch Summerfield Community Park, 6402 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. The event will feature games and fun events, including prize drawings, inflatable obstacle course, dunk tank, bucket toss, soda bottle ring toss, fish bowl toss, awkward apparel dash, lawn bowling, snow cones, duck pond game, and a Corvette and classic car show. Proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. Information: 941-744-1585.

Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization: PLATO will host a musical fundraising event 6-9 p.m. Sept. 16 at Jager's Tavern, 1100 N. Tuttle, Sarasota, featuring a preview and virtual tour of the proposed new theatre and education space and a host of local entertainers and musicians performing throughout the evening. Donations are welcome. Information: 941-363-1727.

Bradenton Country Club 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk: The Bradenton Country Club will host the fourth annual 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk beginning at 6:15 a.m. with registration Sept. 20 at 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. This family event includes the run or walk on the golf course, dinner, drinks, T-shirts for the first 125 participants, goodie bags, door prizes, music, swimming and more. Cost: $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Information: Kim Thomas at 941-737-9500

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church: St. Frances Cabrini will present a Mystery Dinner Theater "The Conundrum on the Crackerjack Cruise," 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at 12001 69th St. E., Parrish. Set aboard the luxury ship "Grand Jubilation," participants can enjoy a spectacular meal while being introduced to some unique characters in incredible evening of drama, interactions and laughter. There will be prize drawings. Cost: $15 adults, $7 for children ages 12 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the church's youth programs. Information: 941-721-7393.

FELT: Feeding Empty Little Tummies (FELT) hosts its second annual golf tournament beginning with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at Ritz-Carlton Golf, 15150 70th Terrace E., Bradenton. Registration: $125, includes green fee, cart, practice balls, a "Ritzy" cookout buffet, prizes and silent auction. Participation is limited to the first 128 entrants and is first come, first serve basis. Information: 941-747-8804 or www.feltinc.org.

Msgr. Moretti Memorial Golf Tournament: Saints Peter and Paul 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: 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 Skeester1@aol.com.

Manatee Glens Run/Walk For Life: Manatee Glens is hosting its 11th annual Run/Walk for Life Sept. 28 with registration 7:30 a.m., the Run 8:30 a.m., and Walk 8:45 a.m. at Sutton Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto. This year's focus is on first responders and includes participation and speakers from local fire, EMS and law enforcement departments. The event includes food, music, silent auction and a butterfly release to honor the lives of those lost to suicide. A 1926 fire truck will lead the first portion of the walk. Entrees for a video competition "Why I 5K," are due Sept. 16 to events@manateeglens.org. Registration: $25-$30 adults, $10-$15 students. Information: 941-782-4319 or email events@manateeglens.org or www.manateeglens.org.

"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 bandanna for their participation, and their owners will receive a Bark For Life T-shirt. Information and registration 941-799-2058 or www.S2Timing.com.

Prader-Willi Charity Golf Tournament: Join the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association and the medical, EMS, and law enforcement community at a gala dinner "Mediterranean Nights," beginning with a cocktail hour 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner Sept. 29 and charity golf tournament 8:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at TPC Prestancia, 4409 Prestancia Dr., Sarasota. Fee: a minimum of $300 in pledges to play to receive full use of practice facility and practice balls, tournament play of 18 holes or as many as 100, including green fees and cart, beverages, breakfast, lunch, and hors d'oeuvres reception on tournament day, full use of locker rooms, goody bags and more. Registration and information: 1-800-926-4797 or www.firstgiving.com/pwsausa/the-prader-willi-challenge

Alzheimer's Association Walk: The Alzheimer's Association will host a 1.6 mile walk starting with registration at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Riverwalk, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, to raise awareness for Alzheimer's. Participants can enjoy local celebrities, entertainment and each walker will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Proceeds will provide and care and support to residents living with Alzheimer's, while also contributing to advancing critically needed research. Information: 941-365-8883 or www.act.alz.org/bradenton.

"Croptoberfest" : The Salvation Army will host a scrapbooking fundraiser, "Croptoberfest," 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 5 at 5328 24th St. E., Bradenton. This whole day of fun for scrapbookers will feature vendors, free make-and-takes, goodie bags, continental breakfast and lunch. Bring a snack to share. Pre-registration: $30, $35 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Salavation Army and its programs. Information: 941-755-3248 or email Marion_Durham@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Causeway 4 the Cause: The fourth annual Causeway 4 the Cause Run, Bike or Walk will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. at Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Distances are 8 miles, 3 miles and 5 miles. Friendly dogs on a leash are allowed but will have to have updated vaccinations. Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Organization. Information: 941-920-0935.

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 at 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. Information: 941-747-7972, email deanmalliaras.memorial.fund@gmail.com or pano301@yahoo.com.

"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 CMN@AveryRealtyTeam.com.

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 www.SafeSexHalloweenBash.com.

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 saraebrubaker@gmail.com.

"Images of Caring" Awards Dinner: 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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Canine Christmas 2013: The Animal Network will hold its kick-off planning meeting for the 15th annual Canine Christmas Festival 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Mannatees Sports Bar, 7423 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton. Volunteers will have to opportunity to view pre-event promotional material and can sign up for planning or work at the day of the event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Bishop Animal Shelter, 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Appetizers will be provided. Information: Laurie Crawford at 941-746-3611 or www.caninechristmas.com.

Reading: 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; Volunteers will work with two studetns at the same time.

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

Volunteers should indicate their choice of school as soon as possible as some locations have limited slots and will be filled on a "first come, first serve" basis. Volunteers will need to attend a training sessions. Those interested in becoming a volunteer or would like additional information, contact Sandra Holmes at 941-748-1313 or email sholmes@uwmc.net.

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 chedger@tpmanatee.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 info@hslwr.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 chedger@cchomeless.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 mregis@support-a-child.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 oclark@manateehabitat.org.

DATED CLASSES

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.

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 kschroeder@lecom.edu.

Adult and Youth and Teen Acting and Theater classes: Florida Studio Theatre will offer the following adult and youth and teen acting and theater classes at 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota:

• Theater Appreciation classes for adults are Behind the Scenes, Play Reading Seminar, Reader's Circle, Theatre Writing

• Adult Acting classes are No Fear Acting, No Fear Acting for Seniors, Adult Intensive, Acting for the Camera, Spoken Word: Sarasota, and Master Class Mondays

• Adult Improv classes are Introduction to Improvisation, Improvisation, Improvisation for Performance, Scenic Improv, and the Improviser's Guide to the Galaxy

• Youth Beginning classes are Little Theatre, Theatre Combo in acting, dance and improvisation, and Acting I

• Youth Intermediate classes are Theatre Combo in acting, dance and improvisation, Acting II, and Musical Theatre

• Youth Advanced classes are Monday Classics-Write and Perform, Play Performance-Classics, and Musical Theatre

• Teen Beginning classes are Teen Acting I, Teen Improvisation, and Broadway Dance

• Teen Intermediate classes are Play Performance-Teen Classics, Kids Komedy Club, Teen Improvisation

• Teen Advanced classes are Teen Acting-Advanced Scene Study, Teen Musical Theatre, and Kids Komedy Club

Classes are Sept. 16-May 26. For pricing, dates, hours, ages limits, reservation and registration: 941-366-1350 or www.floridastudiotheatre.org.

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:

• 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.

Joyful Noise After School Music Camp: Joyful Noise is a free After School Music Camp for community kids in Kindergarten through 5th Grade and will be 3:15-4 p.m. Wednesday at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Van transportation from Anna Maria Elementary School is provided. The Joyful Noise Hand Bell Choir for grades 4 and 5 meets 4:15-5 p.m. Wednesdays. If there is early dismissal students will be met from 1:30-2:15 p.m. and 2:30-3:15 p.m. Performances scheduled are Nov. 24 "A Love Feast," and Dec. 24 "Christmas Eve." A brochure with the enrollment and van transportation form that need to be completed prior to attending is posted at www.roserchurch.com or on Facebook at www.facebook/roserchurch. Information: 941-778-0414.

Boating Classes: United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 83, will conduct a public education on Boating Safety 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21 at McClure Auditorium, 5900 Airport Auditorium Lane, Sarasota. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $40, includes all materials. Information: 941-758-5954 or email F83PEduc@aol.com.

Floral Design Classes: The Manatee River Garden Club will offer the following Advanced Floral Design classes at 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton:

• Interpretive Design to depict "fire," 9 a.m. Sept. 26

• Entering a Standard Flower Show, 9 a.m. Oct. 3

Classes are taught by accredited National Garden Clubs, Inc.. Flower Show judges and consist of three hours of lecture/demonstration in the morning, and a two hour supervised and critiqued workshop after a lunch break. Bring lunch; iced tea and coffee will be provided. Call for pricing. Information: 941-348-9200 or 941-779-0760.

Creative Writing classes: Creative Writing classes are offered 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 2 and the first Wednesday of every month at South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Anyone with a desire to write are invited to attend and are encouraged to bring something they wrote to read at each class. Classes are taught by Dr. Maggie Stanton, author and environmental chemist. Information: 941-755-3892.

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

• 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.

Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic: The Revolutionary War Veterans Association offer the Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 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 FL@appleseedinfo.org.

ONGOING CLASSES

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 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.

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 jazzyteeth@aol.com.

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.

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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