Club meetings: Jan. 17

January 17, 2014 

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Bradenton Opera Guild: The group meets for a prelude to Sarasota Opera's fall season production of "The Flying Dutchman," 9:30 Jan. 17 at Westminster Shores Assembly Room, 1700 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The prelude will be presented by Sam Lowry, Director of Audience Development at Sarasota Opera. Cost: $6. No reservations necessary. Information: Joe and Sheila Varady at 941-729-1680.

Sons of Norway: The Sons of Norway Lodge meets at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 and every third Sunday of the month October-May at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota. Information:

Bradenton Unit of Parliamentarians: The group meets 2-4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Registered Parliamentarian and Florida State President Shirley Brodbeck will present "Debate, Debate, Debate... how to weigh the vote your way," followed by Q&A and discussion. Other Parliamentary topics will be discussed. Meetings are free and open to the public. Information: 941-795-4275.

Manatee River Orchid Society: The group meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 and every third Monday of each month at Water's Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton. Program: discussion of preparation for the Annual Show at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Information: 941-723-1356.

Bradenton Woman's Club: The group meets 7 p.m. Jan. 20 and every third Monday through April at 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Organized in 1913, a service club to the community, the Bradenton Woman's Club is open to new memebership. Information: 941-896-6541.

Air Force Luncheon: American Legion Post 24 will host an Air Force luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20 and every first and third Monday of each month at 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. All Air Force veterans are welcome. Information: 941-794-3489.

Masonic Lodge Cortez High Twelve #538: The group meets for lunch and camaraderie 11 a.m. Mondays at Duff's Buffet, 6010 14th St. W., Bradenton. Lunch: $9. Information: Jeff Davis at 941-722-8096.

Successful Women Aligning Together -- Manasota: The group meets for lunch at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 21 and every third Tuesday of the month at the Ramada Waterfront Hotel, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Lunch: $11 members, $16 nonmembers. Information: 941-962-0884.

Federation of Manatee County Community Associations: The group will hold its January meeting 6:45 p.m. Jan. 21 at Synovus Bank, 2520 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Manatee County Information Outreach Coordinator, Nick Azzara will address items of interest at the County level such as flood insurance and comprehensive plan changes, followed by a question and answer session All Manatee home and condo owners are welcome to attend this meeting. Information: 941-792-5477 or

Successful Women Aligning Together : The group will meet for their monthly networking "Manasota" luncheon 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Jan. 21 at Primo! Ristorante, 8076 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota .Networking offers an opportunity for women to gather and promote friendship and business. Lunch: $12 members, $17 nonmembers. Reservations:

Manatee Grange: The Manatee Grange, No. 179, meets 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 for a potluck supper in the community building at Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N. Please bring table service and a dish to pass. A meeting follows at 7:30 p.m.. Program: fun night. Information: 941-753-3753.

Smocking Arts Guild of America: The group meets Jan. 22 and every fourth Wednesday of the month at the South Manatee County Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. The group promotes education and quality workmanship in the fine needle arts including smocking, heirloom sewing, fine machine sewing, fine hand sewing, embroidery and the related needle arts. Membership in the national and local chapter is required. Information:

Sarasota Singles Society: The group meets for a group dance lesson and dance party 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, 2738 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. Free to members. Information: 941-504-4064 or

Sarasota Garden Club: The group meets 9:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. Naturalist, biologist and author, Bill Dunson, will address the topic "Backyard Wildlife gardening on Manasota Key." Admission: $5, free to members. Information: 941-955-0875.

Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter: The group will meet for their Chapter's January lunch at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at The Glenridge, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. Judith Skovnicka Schwartzbaum, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley will address the topic "Family Money Conversation." Lunch: $15. Reservations and information: Jan Hollister at 941-924-7379.

Alternative Thinkers Group: The group meets 1-4:15 p.m. Jan. 25 from 1:00-4:15 at the

South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Sandra Ashbrook, D.C. will discuss nutritional supplements and how to pick out good ones. Following her presentation a video of J. Z. Knight, "Channelling

Ramtha" will be shown. Free will donation. Information: 941-702-0308.

Democratic Executive Committee: The group meets 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at 6230 14th St. W., Bradenton, Speaker will be Suzanne Dickie on Affordable Health Care. Information:

Swiss-American Club: The group meets at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 and every last Thursday of the month at Saltwater Cafe, 1071 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, for a social gathering called "Stammtisch," where friends meet for a bite to eat and chat about their life experiences. They celebrate typical Swiss events such as Swiss Independence Day on Aug. 1 and enjoy bi-monthly picnics at Oscar Scherer State Park and various other events such as dinners/lunches on specific dates throughout the year. Membership: $35 a year. Information: or

Pins and Needles and Creative Sassy Sewers: The neighborhood groups of the American Sewing Guild meets 1 p.m. Feb. 1 and every first Saturday of the month at the Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. For information and monthly supply list, call 941-756-5387.

Creative Sassy Sewers: A neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild meets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 8 and every second Saturday of each month at South County Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information and monthly supply list: 941-753-9178.

Lakewood Ranch Garden Club: The group meets 9:30 a.m. Feb. 10 and every second Monday of each month September through May at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Michelle Atkinson of the Manatee County Extension Office will address the particular challenges of gardening in a tropical climate. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Information: Linda Washburn at 941-359-2308 or e-mail

Gulf Coast Porcelain Artists: A group of both Manatee and Sarasota will be meeting 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 14 and the second Friday of every month September-May at the Fruitville Public Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota. Bring a brown-bag lunch. There will be demonstrations and paint-alongs. The public is invited. Information: 941-747-7772.

The New Floridian's: The group meets for lunch at noon, followed by games Feb. 19 and every third Wednesday of the month at Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave W., Bradenton. This new social and philantropic club is accepting new membership application through Dec. 10. Information: Tess Leeper at 941-795-0152.

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