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Selby Public Library lecture 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.
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 "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.
Hancock County, Ohio - 2014 Florida Reunion: The group's annual Florida Hancock County Reunion will be 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at Duff's Original Buffet, 6010 14th St. W., Bradenton. Reservations are required by Jan. 15. Information: 941-224-2871.
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.
Respite volunteers: Jewish Family and Children's Services is looking for volunteers to provide relief to caregivers for one weekly time commitment February through October. Training will be provided. Successful completion of 450 hours qualifies for an educational award. Level II Background Clearance is required. Information: 941-366-2224, ext. 108/
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Manatee Technical Institute: Manatee Technical Institute is now accepting registrations for its personal enrichment classes. Classes starting in January are basic and intermediate computer, Spanish, and basic marine mechanics. These short-term, non-credit classes are open to all adults in the community for a nominal fee. Educational background is not important. For registration, detailed information on class location, schedule and cost for basic marine mechanics, call Tim Arb at 941-751-7900, ext. 1800, for computer classes and Spanish, call Vicky Rowe at 941-845-2092, ext. 2002.
Longboat Key Center for the Arts: Registration at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts is ongoing for art classes held at 6860 Longboat Dr. S., Longboat Key. Classes, including painting, photography, jewelry making and drawing, will be offered January through April. For class schedules and cost, call 941-383-2345.
Palmetto Art Center; Palmetto Art Center offers the following classes and workshops in December and January at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto: painting, zumba, aerial yoga, yoga, pilates, Lebarre, wheel throwing, clay, strength training, art after school, and homeschool art. Registration for all classes is required. Call for detailed information, class schedules and cost, 941-518-2109 or www.palmettoartcenter.com.
Artists' Guild Art classes: various locations, Holmes Beach
The Artists' Guild offers art classes Jan. 6 through April 11. All daytime classes and workshops will be held at CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, 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.
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.
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.
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. 23 and 26 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.
Yoga classes: Save Our Seabirds will offer a "Yoga in the Bird Garden" program 8-9 a.m. Dec. 28 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.
Boating classes: The United States Coast Guard, Flotilla 81, will conduct an "About Boating" safety education class 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 4, with registration at 8:30 a.m., at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. Cost: $40,materials included. Registration and information: 941-752-6273.
Cat Depot Classes: Cat Depot offers the following classes at 2542 17th St., Sarasota:
Volunteer orientation and cat socialization Level 1 training: 1-3 p.m. Jan. 4 and 5:30-7:30 Jan. 21.
Cat Depot leash walking training class: noon-1 p.m. Jan. 18, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13.
Foster training and bottle feeding claws: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12, July 9, and Nov. 12; 11 a.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 23, May 25, and Sept. 28.
"Dr. Purr" presents "50 Shades of Meow," 1-2 p.m. Jan. 11; Cost: $5 donation or bag of dry cat food. Registration is required.
Unless otherwise noted, classes are free. For detailed class and training schedules, call 941-366-2404 or www.catdepot.org.
Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held Jan. 4 and Jan. 18 and every first and third Saturday of the month at Cross Stitch Magic, 1222 12th St. W., Bradenton. The meetings are for counted cross stitchers to compare notes and projects. Information: 941-746-4163.
Boating seminars: The Manatee Sail and Power Squadron will offer the following seminars at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Ave., Bradenton:
Chart reading 9:30 a.m., GPS and Chart plotting 11:30 a.m., Marine Radar 1:30 p.m., and Marine Radio (VHF-DSC 3:30 p.m., all on Jan. 15. The seminars are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Information and registration: 941-778-4588 or email SEO@manatee-squadron.org.
Language classes: "The Language House" (La Casa Del Idioma), an English language learning program will again be offering basic English classes 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 20 at the Palmetto Boys and Girls Club and the Manatee County Libraries. Each student will be required to purchase a $30 set of learning materials that will include a text book, workbook and learning CDs. Classes are limited to 4-5 students. Registration can be done at the Palmetto Library during normal opening hours. For detailed information, call Yoshira Castro at 941-722-3333, ext. 6341 or Alan Gedeon at 941-782-7021.
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. Drive 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.