Community calendar: Oct. 20

October 18, 2013 


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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

Iron Artists Throwdown Call: VMI Media Group and Artspace Anna Maria will be hosting the inaugural Iron Artists Throwdown Nov. 1 at 101 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, and are calling on local artists to participate. The event will feature regional artists to show off their talents and abilities in a creative competition a la Iron Chef. Teams of two to three artists are invited to participate both as individual artist or representing local galleries. Starting with a "pantry" of 10 go-to art supplies, a secret ingredient will be unveiled the day of the event for the artists to create their piece within a 45-minute time frame. Keeting's Office and Art Supply will provide base supplies as well. The winner of the competition will be featured on the Spring cover of The Village Magazine, a regional creative-culture lifestyle publication. Artists of all levels of artistic experience can submit their team for consideration by Oct. 19 to Information: 941-243-3835 or

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


Book release party: Sarasota-based mystery author Judith Rock will meet area readers at a launch party for her new novel, "The Whispering of Bones," 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. "The Whispering of Bones" is the long-awaited fourth installment in Rock's popular Charles du Luc historical mystery series. The author will read from and sign copies of her novel and participate in a Q&A session. Information: 941-365-7900 or


Palmetto High School Class of 1973: The Palmetto High School Class of 1973 will host their 40th year reunion 6-9 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Bradenton Yacht club, 4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Information: 941-729-1987 or

Southeast High School Class of 1971: The Southeast High School Class of 1971 will celebrate a 60th birthday party 7-10 p.m. Nov. 16 at Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. Information: Donna Foerst Silliman at 941-748-9420.


13th annual Empty Bowls benefit luncheon: The "Empty Bowls" luncheons to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, and on Oct. 19 at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. For this casual luncheon, area restaurants, local businesses and talented potters all contribute to help fight hunger in Manatee County. Tickets are $25 each and include a unique ceramic bowl to keep, a selection of soups, fresh bread from Publix, and a Grandma's Goodies cookie. Empty Bowls is the primary fundraiser of the year for The Food Bank of Manatee and 100 percent of the proceeds stay local. The event is sponsored by Neal Communities, Michael Saunders & Company - Bradenton Office, The Mosaic Company, Walgreens, ABC 7, The Manatee Herald-Tribune, and Lakewood Ranch Communities. Tickets are $25 ($12 is tax-deductible), $10 children (age 12 and younger) and may be purchased online at, by calling 941-749-0100, or at the door. Renaissance on 9th is at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar's "Shoeless Shindig": The Anna Maria Oyster bar will throw its newest funraising bash, the Shoeless Shindig 5:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Paradise Point, 102 48th Ave., Holmes Beach. Guests will be treated to themed food stations with wine pairings, bourbon tasting, a Patron tent, cigar bar, live music by Kettle of Fish, a full bar, midway games, a glow-in-the-dark sand trap contest, prize drawings and more. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit the Manatee Education Foundation, the PACE Center for Girls and the University of South Florida, School of Hospitality and Technology scholarships. Information: 941-761-7797.

2013 Dog Olympics and Adopt-A-Thon: The 2013 Dog Olympics and Adopt-A-Thon will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Bayside Pet Resort, 8154 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. This fun family event will be focusing on finding fur-ever homes for cats and dogs from local rescue groups and animal shelters. Dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes are invited to participate in fun, non-athletic competitions. The event will feature the following Olympic Games and contests: shedding, pie eating for large and for small dogs, howling, leave it, smallest dog, longest tail, roll over Rover, best trick, look-alike, and an inspired costume contest. There will be pet-related vendor booths, a cooling corner, and dog and cat adoptions. Admission is free. Registration per game: $3, $15 for unlimited Olympic Games. Information: 941-747-8808, ext. 310 or

Mothers Helping Mothers Charity Costume Bash and Silent Auction: Mothers Helping Mothers will host their inaugural "Zombies Helping Mummies" Charity Costume Bash and Silent Auction 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 19 at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct., Lakewood Ranch. The event features select beers and wine, heavy "horror" d'oeuvres, a "silent but deadly" auction, a costume contest, ghoulish surprises and live music by The Boneshakers. Tickets: $65. Proceeds will benefit Mothers Helping Mothers. Information:

Lakewood Ranch Women's Club Annual Bazaar, Boutique and Luncheon: The Lakewood Ranch Women's Club will host their Annual Bazaar, Boutique and Luncheon with doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Fete Ballroom, Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. There will be wide-ranging choice of gifts, artwork, bobbles and bling from old favorites and many new additions including fine art, artisan crafts, scarves, original jewelry, purses, clothing, children's boutique items and home decor. Cost: $35. Reservations are required. Proceeds will benefit Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy and Solve Maternity Home, and Hope Family Services. Information:

Taste on Main-The Longest Table: Dine under the stars starting with a reception-mixer at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner Oct. 24 on Main Street in downtown Bradenton. The event features a delectable menu offered by various local restaurants, and strolling musicians and street artists. After dinner, for the football faithfull, the Panthers vs. Bucs game will be broadcasted at over six Main Street locations. The event is for persons aged 21 and older. Tickets: $75. Proceeds will benefit The Mayor's Feed the Hungry Program, Meals on Wheels and the DeMino Family Culinary Foundation. Information: 941-224-1252 or

"Taste of SoMA": The Child Protection Center presents "Taste of SoMA," a South of Main Street Tasting Awareness and Open House event 5-8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Child Protection Center, 720 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota. The public can sample prepared dishes from an impressive array of downtown restaurants and bars and listen to live music by Lisa Ridings and Vertigo. Guests are invited to tour the facility to learn more abut the vital work that the CPC does to combat child abuse. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-365-1277 or

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

"Doctor Idol": The Sarasota Orthopedic Associates will host a "Doctor Idol" competition, a continuation of the popular battle of the bands featuring Sarasota-Manatee musician/physicians, 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. Attendees in costume dressed as a music legend will be automatically entered into a grand prize drawing. Tickets: $25, includes light bites and a cash bar. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County. Information: 941-487-1140 or

Third Annual Brewed Life Beer Festival: The third annual Brewed Life Beer Festival will be held 5-9 p.m. Oct. 26 along Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. There will be beer sampling, food from local Lakewood Ranch restaurants and a variety of fine wine available for purchase. There will be a costume contest and entertainment will be provided by Pitbull Toddler and Muphin Chuckrs. Tickets: $25-$45. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County. Information:

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

Grande Pirate Masquerade Ball: The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host the Inaugural Invation and Grand Pirate Masquerade Ball 7-11 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez, featuring four areas of entertainment, heavy hors d'oeuvres, fun and mysterious surprises, games, cash bar, prize drawings and auctions. Pirate, masquerade, krewe attire or formal attire is encouraged. Tickets: $40. The event is for person 21 and older. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Privateers programs. Information: 941-238-8974 or

Players Theatre "A Night to Remember" Gala: The Players Theatre, wiil be honoring 12 Players' Pioneers at "A Night to Remember" Gala beginning with a cocktail reception at 6p.m. followed by a grand gala dinner Nov. 1 at Michael's On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. The event will feature live and silent auctions and live performances by Katherine Randazzo, Joseph Strickland, Jennifer Baker, Joyce Valentine, Sarah Cassidy, Ryan Modjeski, Noah Kunkel, KLaity Cairo and Lily Mancini. Seating is limited. Tickets: $150. Reservations: Michelle Bianchi Lingel at 941-365-2494.

Seventh annual Team Hope Walk: The seventh annual Team Hope Walk will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Riverwalk Park near Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton. The event features prize drawings, giveaways, and a silent auction. Registration: $20 in advance, $25 day of event. Proceeds will benefit Huntington's Disease Society of America. Information: 941-755-9550.

Bowls of Hope: Bowls of Hope, a soup and potters event, will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Guests can enjoy the estate grounds, tented for both sun and rain, as they browse hundreds of ceramic bowls created by local potters and choose from soups donated by local restaurants. Attendees can taste as many as three varieties before selecting a favorite soup. Bread dessert and beverages will also be provided. Tickets: $25. Proceeds will benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Information: 941-379-6333 or

"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.

Legacy of Valor Celebration Luncheon: The Junior League of Sarasota and Manatee Counties will host the Legacy of Valor Celebration Luncheon 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at Dolphin Aviation, 8191 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event is part of the Legacy of Valor Campaign, which honors the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families and provides information about programs specifically designed to help veterans in the Southwest Florida region. Keynote speaker will be Keni Thomas, a decorated combat veteran of the elite 75th U.S. Army Ranger Rgt. special operations unit. Tickets: $40. Information: 612-280-5800 or

"Pussycat Festival": Gulf Shore Animal League will host the inaugural "Pussycat Festival," 4-9 p.m. Nov. 9 at Tarpon Pointe Tiki Bar and Grill, 801 Riverside Dr. E., Bradenton. The event will feature a Chinese auction, animal-themed drink specials, live music by Sophie B. Hawkins, Twinkle Schascle Yockim, and Kristy Lee. Tickets: $20. Proceeds will benefit Gulf Shore Animal League. Information: Christine Hawes at 941-780-3046.

Capobianco's 13th annual Fundraiser for the Animals: The Capobianco's 13th annual Fundraiser for the Animals will be 6-10 p.m. Nov. 15 at 5211 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. The fundraiser will feature live music, a photo boot and refreshments. The cover charge to get in is a minimum 20-pound bag of dog food or cat food and an appetizer to share per couple. There will be live entertainment, photo booth, Chinese auction and prize drawings. Information: 941-704-2394.

"Jazz Express": The Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton will be transformed into a jazz cabaret 6-10 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1-6 p.m. Nov. 17 for a "Jazz Express" fundraiser. The event will feature a New Orleans style dinner and drinks and live music by the Linda Baker Band, KoKo Ray and the Soul Providers, Billie Marcus and the State College of Florida Jazz Ensemble and many other regional jazz musicians. Tickets: Nov. 16: $60; Nov. 17: $20, $100 VIP for both days, including food and drinks. Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS and the Food Bank of Manatee. Information: Jill McGarry at 941-749-0100 or

"High Tide at High Noon": The annual Planned Parenthood fall fashion show luncheon "High Tide at High Noon," will be at noon Nov. 18 at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. The event features resort style fashion from various local merchants and a variety of fresh fare at delicious food stations. Tickets: $65. All proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood programs. Information: 941-365-3913 or


Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Boatworks: F.I.S.H. Boatworks, 4404 116th St. W., Cortez, has volunteer opportunities available for people, skilled or unskilled but interested in boats, to built, rebuilt, or restore boats of various kinds with emphasis on historical wooden boats with a Florida heritage. Volunteers can participate in support efforts such as motor repair, maintenance, and other boat related works on both wood and fiberglass boats. Those interested can visit F.I.S.H. Boatworks Thursday-Saturday to obtain information or call 941-580-1036.

Manatee Technical Institute: Manatee Technical Institute, 5505 34th St. W., Bradenton, is looking for retired educators and business people to volunteer in helping foreign students in the Adult Education Department with Mathematics and English in preparation for the GED diploma. A great number of students are inadequately prepared to successfully participate in the courses for the GED diploma. Retirees are needed for one or two days throughout the school year. Those interested are encouraged to contact Olga Rodriguez at 941-209-6800, ext. 2244.

Prospect Riding Center: Prospect Riding Center, a non-profit organization that offers therapeutic and recreation directed equine activities for enhanced well being to those with special needs, is seeking volunteers to assist with students in the arena and with barn activities. Volunteers are needed to help with administrative duties including fund-raising and other computer generated assignments. Volunteers are also needed for monthly workdays at the ranch and for fund-raising events through out the year. Prospect Riding Center is at 34250 S.R. 70 E., Myakka City. Information: 941-713-1736.

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


Yoga classes: Yoga Arts will offer a by-donation community class "Open Door Yoga" 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays at 1122 12th St. W., Bradenton. A portion of the donations will be donated to a local non-profit group that focuses on children. Yoga Arts is a fully-equipped yoga studio located in the Village of the Arts. Space is limited and availability is on a first-come, first served basis. Information: 941-747-9397 or

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

• Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, Emerson Point Preserve, 9-11 a.m. Oct. 19.

• Master Gardener educational and demonstration gardens open house, 9-11 a.m. Oct. 26.

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

Boating class: The United States Coast Guard, Flotilla 83, will conduct a public education on Boating Safety 9-5 a.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 19 at McClure Auditorium, 5900 Airport Auditorium Lane, Sarasota. Materials: $40. Registration and information: 941-758-5954 or email

Yoga classes: Save Our Seabirds will offer a "Yoga in the Bird Garden" program 8-9 a.m. Oct. 26 and every last Saturday of the month through April 26 at Save Our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Participants will experience their yoga sessions surrounded by the sights and sounds of the beautiful and majestic birds that reside in the center. Cost per session: $10, free with a Save Our Seabirds annual membership. Information: 941-388-3010 or

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

• America's Boating Course, a 2-part boating safety course 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Fee: $35 a person, $50 per couple.

• Chart Reading Seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Fee: $10.

• GPS Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Fee: $10.

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

Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin will offer citizenship classes to permanent residents 5-6 p.m. Mondays, beginning Oct. 28 at the Ivey Professional Building, 435 12th St. W., Bradenton. Topics will include eligibility for citizenship, "good moral character" issues, and civics. In particular, the interview process and 100 questions comprising the test will be reviewed. Participants may attend more than one meeting. Meetings are open to the public. Registration is not required. Information: 941-773-1523 or

Saltwater Fishing Class: "What's biting and where? How to fish in our local waters" will be taught by Capt. Wayne Genthner 3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays Nov. 7-Dec. 5 at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. The class focuses on how to catch popular fish such as snook, trout, redfish, cobia, tarpon, grouper and snapper in local waters and includes an introduction to the newest lures lines, hooks, rods and reels and discussions on "tried and true techniques," "secret locations," and a review of knots, rules and laws. Cost: $75 members, $85 nonmembers. Information: 941-383-8811 or

Animal Response Coalition Awareness Level Training: Cat Depot will host a free Florida State Animal Response Coalition Awareness Level Training at Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota. The Awareness Level Sheltering training is the foundation course required to assist with caring for sheltered animals during a disaster. Course topics include Personal Preparedness, overview of the Incident Command System, Deployment Preparedness, Assisting in Shelter Set Up. Daily Care and Feeding, Proper Cage Cleaning and Disinfection, Animal Behavior, Stress Management, Code of Conduct for Response, Zoonotic Disease, Personal Safety, and Post Traumatic Stress and more. Participation in the program does not obligate to volunteer if a disaster occurs. Registration: Information: 941-366-2404.

Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic: The Revolutionary War Veterans Association offer the Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov.9-10, 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


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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