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Meal on Wheels Plus of Manatee "Lunch and Lecture": Meals on Wheels Plus will host a "Lunch and Lecture" 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, featuring a complimentary lunch and an informative session on "Basics of a Successful Estate Plan," presented by Anthony Bartirome. The topic will address how to avoid common pitfalls in estate and charitable gift planning. Mr. Bartirome will also discuss living trusts, beneficiaries, personal property, and documentation. Information: 941-749-0100.
New College of Florida "New Topics" Lectures: The 2013-14 New Topics New College series 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: "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.
"Vital Voices" panel discussion: The Longboat Key Center for the Arts will host a panel discussion "Vital Voices" 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at 6860 Longboat Dr. S., Longboat Key. Moderator, Tom Esselman, President and CEO of the Institute for the Ages, and the Ageless Creativity Honorees will discuss how creativity in retirement has enriched their lives. Topics will include self reflection, creative expression, risk-taking, and how art making can be a tool for personal transformation. Reservations are required. Information: 941-383-2345 or email email@example.com.
"Hammer In": The public can learn about the art of blacksmithing with Steve Berglund at the "Hammer In" 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. The public will have an opportunity to learn techniques and try them out. Bring lunch. Information: 941-721-2034.
Selby Public Library Wednesday Lecture and Performance Series: The Friends of Selby Public Library and the Sarasota Music Archive will sponsor the 2013-2014 Wednesday Lecture and Performance Series including the following "Close-Up on Opera" lectures by John Goodman: Verdi: Il Trovatore, Jan. 8; Wagner: Flying Dutchman, Jan. 15; Mozart: Cosi von tutte, Jan. 29; Dvorak: Rusalka, Feb. 12; Massenet: Werther, Feb. 26; Puccini: La Boheme, March 5; and the following performances: Holiday Choral Music by Pineview School Vocal Ensemble, Dec. 11; Chamber Music with Chroma Quartet, Jan. 22; Piano Duo Concert with Gloria Cook and Cynthia Lawing, Feb. 5; Solo Violin Concert with Stephen Miahky and Sylvia Eckes, Feb. 19; "A Few of My Favorite Songs," with Dick Reynolds, March 19, and Chamber Music by Paul Wolfe and Friends, April 23. All lectures and performances are 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Geldbart Auditorium at the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
Organ players and Bible teaching volunteers: Life Center, 1407 55th Ave. W., Bradenton
Life Center, a Christian-based residential outreach program for men operates in conjunction with the Throne of Grace Family Church is seeking volunteer organ players who can donate 30 minutes playing hymns 6-6:30 p.m. once a week through March. The Center also seeks volunteer Bible teachers for various times during the week. The Center provides Bible study and counseling to those battling addictions in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. Those interested are encouraged to call Ruth Wooten at 941-447-5662.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manatee County Agricultural Museum: The Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 1015 Sixth St. W., Palmetto, has several volunteer opportunities available at the museum or as work at home. Duties include preparing mailings, manning the front desk, historical research, data entry, assisting at special events or elementary school programs, craft and materials preparation, gardening and yard work, restoration of tools and equipment, and carpentry. For more information call Cindy Keck, Volunteer Coordinator, at 941-721-2034.
Humane Society Lakewood Ranch: The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, 7334 Trade Court, Lakewood Ranch, is looking for volunteers in several areas of its organization. Volunteer positions are available in their dog and cat care facilities. Dog care positions are for four separate shifts a day and consist of walking dogs, feeding and socializing. The duties of the cat care positions are for two separate shifts and consist of feeding the cats and cleaning their rooms. There is also a need for consignment shop sales people, desk help and off-site adoptions. For information, call 941-361-1071 or email email@example.com.
Volunteer drivers and yarn needed: Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is requesting yarn donations and volunteer drivers. Yarn donations are needed for volunteers who knit or crochet lap blankets and slippers, which are distributed to needy seniors in Manatee County. Any and all yarn is appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Volunteer drivers are needed to help deliver hot meals to homebound seniors. Time requirement for delivering meals is approximately 1-1.5 hours, 1-5 days per week. Meals are prepared at 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton and delivered by volunteers between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 941-747-4655 or www.mealsonwheelsplus.org.
Parent aides: Family Partnership Center, a local agency that gives support to families before crises emerge, ensuring that children can enjoy their right to grow up in a healthy and happy home, seeks parent aide volunteers. The parent aide visits an overwhelmed family one hour, once a week on Monday-Saturday mornings, afternoons or evenings. The volunteer teaches parents effective discipline, age appropriate behavior, and anger and stress management. The position requires a one-year commitment. Volunteers will serve both English and Spanish speaking families in the center's in-home parenting education program. Schedules are flexible, and a 1-hour orientation and a 20-hour training session are required. Volunteers will work under ongoing supervision. Information: 941-756-3007.
Turning Points: The organization formerly known as The Community Coalition on Homelessness, at 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, is looking for Spanish bilingual volunteers for positions in the open door intake, reception center, computer lab, and medical and dental program. To volunteer, obtain more information, or schedule a tour of the facility, contact Cheryl Hedger, volunteer coordinator, at 941-747-1509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Enrichment Center: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, is looking for volunteer instructors to enhance their offerings for the over-50 group. The SEC is the premier gathering place for active seniors in Manatee County with regularly scheduled classes, activities and special events. Volunteers are needed to lead classes in fitness, arts and crafts, foreign language, photography, woodworking, painting, watercolor, etc. Information: 941-749-0100.
Volunteer mentors: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast needs volunteers to mentor children ages 6-18 in Manatee County. There are 38 youth ready to be matched, of which 35 are boys and three are girls. Many options are available to mentors, such as the Bigs-in-School Program, where the volunteer/mentor meets with the student in school for one hour a week, or the traditional community-based program, where the volunteer/mentor meets with the child outside of school. Information: 941-746-7000 or www.bbbssun.org.
Master Gardening program: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is accepting applications from members of the community who are interested in joining the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. Requirements are an interest in learning about gardening and horticulture, time to attend the intensive training course and study many areas of horticulture, and a willingness to share what you learn with others. Applicants can download an application from http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu and click on the Master Gardener Program link or call 941-722-4524.
Free tutoring program: Support A Child offers free tutoring, open to children and adults, to focus on core math and reading skills. The primary objective of this program is to raise a child's self-esteem by providing the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Adult programming focuses on English as a second language and GED fulfillment. Coursework is designed to address disengaged learners and others who are not reaching their potential. Information: 941-773-6676 or 941-301-1055 or email email@example.com.
Habitat for Humanity: Manatee Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers who are able to donate time 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks and projects geared at eradicating substandard housing. Volunteers do not need previous construction experience. Information: Ogden Clark at 941-748-9100, ext. 104, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MTI Enrollment: Manatee Technical Institute is accepting enrollment through Dec. 12 for the following new, evening career-preparation programs: electricity, automotive service technician, nail technician, administrative office specialist (administrative assistant), medical administrative specialist, legal administrative specialist, and accounting operations.
Classes are offered at the main campus either three evenings per week 5:30-9:30 p.m. or two evenings per week and all day two Saturdays per month. Students in all programs prepare for industry certifications or licensure. Automotive students prepare for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications. Business Tech students prepare for Microsoft Office Specialist certifications and/or QuickBooks Pro certification. Nails students prepare for nails specialty certification to become Florida licensed manicurists and pedicurists. The evening programs take 1.5-2 years to complete. Nails can be completed in three to six months. Financial aid is available for most programs. For more information, contact Esperanza Gamboa at 941-751-7900, ext. 1045 or email@example.com. MTI is located at 6305 State Road 70 East, Bradenton.
Artists' Guild Art classes: various locations, Holmes Beach
The Artists' Guild offers art classes now through April 11. All daytime classes and workshops will be held at CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Dr., evening classes will be held at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, both in Holmes Beach. For a detailed schedule and cost, call 941-778-6694 or www.amiartistsguildgallery.com.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
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.
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 nonprofit 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 www.yoga-arts.net.
Yoga classes: Save Our Seabirds will offer a "Yoga in the Bird Garden" program 8-9 a.m. Nov. 30 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 www.saveourseabirds.org.
Free citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin will offer free citizenship classes to permanent residents 5-6 p.m. Mondays at the Ivey Professional Building, 435 12th St. W., Bradenton. Participants may attend more than one meeting. Meetings are open to the public. Registration is not required. An interpreter is available to teach the class in Spanish or help with translation. Information: 941-773-1523 or www.usimmigrationteam.com.
Karate classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer karate classes 6-7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 5 and every Monday and Thursday at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Instructors will be provided by DOJO Martial Arts and Master Kevin Bergquist. Cost per month: $85 members, $99 members. Preregistration: 941-778-1908, ext. 0.
Clay ornament classes: Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto
Create your own ornaments, gift tags or holiday presents with clay in a two-part clay class 6:45-9 p.m. Mondays and 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $20 first class, $10 second class. Fees include instruction, a pound of clay, all firings and glazes. Additional clay is $5 a pound and includes glazes and firing. Information and registration: 941-518-2109 or www.palmettoartcenter.com.
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 through Dec. 5 at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. Cost: $75 members, $85 nonmembers. Information: 941-383-8811 or www.lbkeducationcenter.org.
Butterfly gardening classes: Flutterby Gardens of Manatee, Inc., 1512 22nd St. W., Bradenton, will offer a butterfly gardening class 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Host and nectar plants will be available for sale. Reservations are required. Information: 941-807-2416 or www.flutterbygardens.com.
Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will offer the following boating education course and seminars:
America's Boating Course, a 2-part boating safety course, 8:30-12:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14; Materials: $35 a person, $ a couple. Students must attend both days.
Chart Reading Seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 17; $10 a person.
All classes are held at the squadron building at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Pre-registration is required. Information: 941-795-0482.
Lakewood Ranch Garden Club: The group meets 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, for a holiday workshop. Artistic Christmas arrangements will be made by all to provide to Meals on Wheels and migrant worker families, followed by a lunch at a local restaurant. Attendees are to pay for their own lunch. Information: 941-359-2308.
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. 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.
Belly Dancing for Beginners: Gallen Massage and Yoga, 2722 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, will hold a belly dancing for beginners class 6-7 p.m. Dec. 20. Cost: $14. Information: 941-713-1637 or www.GallenMassage.com/workshops.
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.
G.T. Bray Recreation Center: G.T. Bray Recreation Center offers the following classes at 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton: Yoga, Yoga-lates for women, and Yoga for Tennis, Pilates, Butts N' Guts, Spin, Boot Camp, Recess, Water Aerobics, Body Sculpt and Sculpt and Burn, Strength and Length, Zumba, Ballroom Dance, and Tennis Stretch. Some classes require memberships. Classes are $5 for nonmembers, excludes spin classes on Wednesdays. For a full schedule of classes, hours and prices, call 941-742-5923. ext. 6086.
Palmetto Art Center: Palmetto Art Center offers art and fitness classes at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto, including ceramic art classes, homeschool art classes, and art after school, Zumba, tai chi, aerial yoga, Breath and Body and more. For a full schedule of classes, hours, and prices, call 941-518-2109.
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.