Community calendar: Jan. 31

January 31, 2014 


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Drawing Contest "Me and My Pet": The Humane Society is having a drawing contest for children in Pre-K through 5th grade now through Feb. 14. All drawings must depict a child and their pet and must be hand-drawn on an 8.5x11-inch sheet of paper. Digital or computer-generated entries are not permitted. One entry per person. Drawing must accompany the entry form and must be hand delivered or via regular mail. Contest entries are due 5 p.m. Feb. 14 to the Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton. Winners will be announced at the Paws in Motion Walk-A-Thon March 8. Information: 941-747-8808 or

The GUY Health Expo: Urology Partners will offer health screenings for men in an unconventional way and are available 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Bradenton Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. The event will feature vendors with interactive and fun activities including batting cages, race simulators, real Harley Davidsons on a simulation trailer, video games, cars, trucks, boats, poker tournaments and a virtual reality gun range and more. Each vendor will be paired with a local medical doctor or practice offering men the simple health screenings they should get done, including eye exams, hearing tests, glucose checks, skin cancer screenings, blood pressure. BMI etc. The Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 Stanley Cup championship team will be available for autographs during breakout sessions. Admission is free. Information:

Manatee County Library "Hunger Games": The Manatee County Central Library announces a special "Hunger Games" party for teens ages 13-18 at 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Central Library Auditorium, 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard, Bradenton. The party will feature contests, crafts, prizes and refreshments all related to the popular series of books by Suzanne Collins. Seating is free and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is not required. Information: 941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

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 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

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: Mozart-Cosi von tutte, Jan. 29; Dvorak-Rusalka, Feb. 12; Massenet-Werther, Feb. 26; Puccini-La Boheme, March 5; and the following performances: 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.

Ringling Series "Explorations of the Contemporary, Conversation on Process": Join the Ringling for conversations and performances during the "Explorations of the Contemporary, Conversation on Process" series at 7 p.m. in the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The series include a discussion with visual artist Fay Ku on the language, science and narrative behind the visual works during "Inside the Artist mind of Fay Ku," Feb. 13 and with film maker and film historian Bill Morrison using archival footage of forgotten images to create a presentation that explores collective myth during "Unbearably Beautiful Decomposition of Film," March 13. Presentations are free. Information: 941-359-5700.

Pinterest Party Women's Weekend: The Salvation Army will host a Pinterest Party 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 15, noon- 9 p.m. Feb. 16 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 17 at 5328 24th St. E., Bradenton. Attendees can sign up for beading, scrapbooking, card making, rubber stamping classes and more. Classes are priced individually. Admission Feb. 15-16: $5 suggested donation. Crop fee: $75 all three days, $50 two days, $30 one day. The fee includes cropping space, door prizes, make-n-takes, goodie bags and up to six meals. Information: 941-223-5490.


Book reading and multimedia presentation: Rick Smith will present "Patrick Smith's Florida IS A Land Remembered," 11 a.m. Feb. 3 at the church of the Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Tis unforgettable tribute to his father, Rick Smith will delight audiences with a high-energy multimedia show, combining his own quirky brand of humor and storytelling with videos, family photos, music, sound and visual effects that will bring his father's life into focus. Admission is free. Seating is limited, space is on a first-come, first-served basis. Information: 941-741-4076.


Milan, Mich., Snow Birds: The Milan, Mich., Snow Birds invite all snow birds from the surrounding areas of Britton, Dundee, Monroe, Tecumseh, Saline, Ann Arbor and Clinton, Mich., to their annual winter picnic at noon Feb. 5 at Terra Siesta Mobile Home Park, 3502 Patricia Place, Ellenton. Bring your own table service, a dish to share and your own drink. Coffee will be provided. Information: 419-410-5529.

Wisconsin Day: the annual Wisconsin Day will be 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church Hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Bring a dish to feed eight adults. Outlets available for slow cookers and roasters. Baked beans, coffee and hot water for tea will be provided. There will be door prizes and prize drawings, live music and dancing. Cost: $5. Parking is free. Information: 941-746-2018 or 941-708-0148.

Perry County Day: Perry County Day for southern Indiana Hoosiers living in Florida will be 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at Habachi Grill, 549 U.S. 41 Bypass N., Venice. Snowbirds, vacationers and those with ties to the Perry County area are welcome. Information: 941-925-3250.

Annual Marion High School: The 30th annual Marion High School multi-class reunion will be 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 6 at Duff's, 6010 14th St. W., Bradenton. Reservations require number of persons attending, class year, phone number, address and e-mail if available. Reservations:

Lake County, Ohio, Day: The Lake County, Ohio, Day luncheon and reunion will be 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14 at The Sahib Shrine, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota. Preregistration is rerquired by Feb. 28. Luncheon: $27. Information: 941-349-2347.


Florida Department of Elder Affairs and West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging: Volunteers are needed to provide free and unbiased health insurance counseling through a dedicated network of volunteers, empowering Florida seniors to make informed health care choices. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn new skills through professional training programs to meet new people during outreach and partnership, and to acquire healthcare related knowledge that can be applied. Volunteers will provide information and counseling assistance about Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, prescription assistance, and long term care planning and conduct education presentations in the community and participate in health fairs and outreach events. For more information on becoming a SHINE volunteer, call the Elder Helpline at 800-963-5337 or visit

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

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


Artists' Guild Art classes: The Artists' Guild offers art classes 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

Dance classes: Registration is open for dance classes at Deborah Vinton Dance, 1370-D Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. Classes for teens, adults and seniors include classical cecchetti ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, performing group, and an injury prevention and actionomics class. Classes for children are super heroes, creative movement, pre-ballet, tap, ballet and contemporary. All classes are for beginners through advanced and will be held Jan. 13-May 22. Private lessons are available. For class schedules, fees and registration, call 941-400-6277 or 941-504-6762 or visit

Performing art classes and camps: The Performing Arts Conservatory at Manatee Performing Arts Center announces the following classes and camps through May 31 at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton: audition technique, the singing actor, prince and princess, triple threat 101, beginner-advanced ballet, youth tap and youth ballet, beginning-intermediate tap, social and line dancing for adults, intermediate-advanced jazz, and mechanics of vocal technique. A free "Dramature" class is offered for actors 55 an older and the following camps will be offered: "Let's Put On A Show," "Kids Camp," and "Broadway Boot Camp." For a full schedule of classes, cost, hours and instructors, call 941-748-0411 or

Introduction to Belly Dancing: Gallen Massage and Yoga Studio will offer an Introduction to Belly Dancing class 6-7 p.m. Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 7 at 2722 Manatee Ave. W., No. 1, Bradenton. This cultural art form and exercise is for students of all ages and all levels. Registration and information: 941-713-1637 or

Art and paint classes: Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will offer "Sails in Paradise," a watercolor workshop with watercolorist Mark Polomchak 20 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 31. Other upcoming sponsored workshops include "Abstracts in Watercolor" with Jim Ladd Feb. 7, "Weave Your Own Basket" with Kay Johnson Feb. 12 and March 12, "Yupo and Watercolor" with Cheryl Jorgensen March 14, and "Fun with Paper Beads" with Ellie Barber March 21 and April 11. All classes are held at CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. Preregistration is required. Registration fees for all workshops range from $30-$125. For hours and information: 941-778-6694 or

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

Boating Education: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron offers the following boating education course and seminars:

•America's boating course, a 2-part boating safety course, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8. Attendance on both days is required. Fee: $35 a person, $50 a couple.

•Chart reading seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Cost: $10.

•GPS seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Cost: $10.

All classes are held at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton, and preregistration is required. Information: 941-795-0482.

Yoga classes: Save Our Seabirds will offer a "Yoga in the Bird Garden" program 8-9 a.m. Feb. 1 and every last Saturday of the month through April 26 at Save Our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, 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

Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held Feb. 1 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.

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

Karate classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer karate classes 6-7 p.m. Feb. 3 and 6 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.

Beginning boat building class: A free beginning boat building class will be offered by the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Fisherman's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Anyone interested in boatbuilding is invited to attend. Information: 941-580-1036.

"How to maximize Social Security benefits": Daniel Ramsey, a financial advisor, will be hosting a not-for-profit educational presentation "How to maximize Social Security benefits" 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and April 2 at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Ave., Bradenton. The presentation will address at what entry date will maximize cumulative return and lower longevity risk, and addresses the different claiming strategies available to help married couples, individuals, and widows maximize their benefits. Information: 941-356-4143.

Pine needle basket class: Registration is now open for a pine needle basket class 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Carlton Arms of Bradenton, 1099 Carlton Arms Blvd., Bradenton. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Fee: $35, includes all instruction and materials. During the class, baked goods will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Registration and information: Suzanne Niemann at 352-208-1761.

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

•Bromeliad Basics, 9-11 a.m. Feb. 8.

•Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour: Riverview Pointe Preserve, Bradenton, 9-11 a.m. Feb. 8.

•Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour: Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto, 9-11 a.m. Feb. 15.

•Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour: Robinson Preserve, Bradenton. 9-11 a.m. Feb. 16.

•Lowdown on lawn irrigation, 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 22.

•Florida-friendly landscaping combo: compost and rain barrel, 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 22.

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

Cat Depot Classes: Cat Depot offers the following classes at 2542 17th St., Sarasota:

•Cat Depot leash walking training class: noon-1 p.m. 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. Feb. 12, March 12, July 9, and Nov. 12; 11 a.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 23, May 25, and Sept. 28.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are free. For detailed class and training schedules, call 941-366-2404 or

Annual Citizen Fire Academy Classes: The West Manatee Fire Rescue District will offer its third annual Citizen Fire Academy classes 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays Feb. 18-March 25 at the Administration Building, 407 67th St. W., Bradenton. Attendees will learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, how 911 calls are handled, observe a multi-company fire drill, take a tour of the County's Emergency Communications Center and participate in an optional CPR course. For information, call 941-761-1555 or


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.

Anna Maria Island Community Center: The Anna Maria Island Community Centers offers the following classes, starting in January, at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria: dance, surfset fitness, bridge, watercolor, tennis for youth, and multi media art classes. For detailed schedule, hours, cost and more, contact Jennifer Griffth at 941-778-1908, ext. 9204 or

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.

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.

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