Email information to email@example.com. A list of ongoing classes is available at www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.
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 "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.
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: 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 conversation and a performances during the last of the "Explorations of the Contemporary, Conversation on Process" series at 7 p.m. in the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The last in the series will be 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. The presentation is free. Information: 941-359-5700.
Twentieth Anniversary Book Sale: Tingley Memorial Library will hold its 20th Anniversary Book Sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 22 at 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
Book Signing: Author Susan Klaus will sign copies of her book "Secretariat Reborn," 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23 during the Suncoast Porsche Cup at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. The story is set in Sarasota with intriguing twists played out in the backdrop of horse racing. Information: www.SusanKlaus.com.
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 email if available. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Hillsdale County, Florida: The Hillsdale County, Florida, reunion will be 11 a.m. March 14 at Duff's Buffet, 6014 14th st. W., Bradenton. Information: Earl Nisbett 941-729-3175 or Judy Keiser at 239-277-0295.
Baseball Basics for Women: The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders are accepting registrants for the fifth annual Baseball Basics for Women clinic presented in partnership with Manatee Memorial Hospital 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 13 at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth Street W., Bradenton. The clinic is intended for young adult and adult women interested in learning or refining their basball fundamentals. Pirates Major League and minor league players and coaches will instruct participants in hitting, catching. running the bases and fielding. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt and a ticket to the March 20 Spring Training night game against the Orioles. Dinner will be served after the clinic. Registration is $40 and is required by Feb. 26. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Manatee Memorial Foundation. Information: 941-747-3031, ext. 4350 or email email@example.com.
"Learn To Start and Manage Your Own Business" classes: Women's Resource Center of Manatee offers a "Learn to start and manage your own business," 6-9 p.m. Thursdays through March 27 at 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Classes will be facilitated by Andy Fox, owner of Fox Business Group LLC and will help new and existing business owners make the best of their business. The practical hands-on classes will feature guest speakers addressing the following topics: marketing, business plans, accounting, legal entity, site selection, SBA, banking, insurance and much more. Preregistration is required. Fee: $50. Information: 941-747-6797.
Artists' Guild Art classes: various locations, Holmes Beach
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 www.amiartistsguildgallery.com.
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 www.vintondance.com.
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 941-748-5875 or http://www.manateeplayers.com//pdf/2013-14copnservatory_brochure.pdf.
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.
Mixon Fruit Farm health classes: Mixon fruit Farms offers a natural oil therapy class with Doterra Essential Oils 10:30-11:30 a.m., a Mary Kay Facial and make-up instruction by Mary Kay Consultant Brandy Harlan noon-2 p.m., a Get in Shape Zumba class 3-4 p.m. and a Travel and Shopping Online class 4-4:45 p.m., all Feb. 22 at 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. For cost, registration and information, call 941-748-5829.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
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 http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu.
Yoga classes: Save Our Seabirds will offer a "Yoga in the Bird Garden" program 8-9 a.m. Feb. 22 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 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.
Gentle Chair Yoga: The Anna Maria Art League offers Gentle Chair Yoga with Cindy Phillips of the Island Yoga Space 1-1:145 p.m. Mondays at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Cost: $6 per class. Information and registration: 941-778-2099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karate classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer karate classes 6-7 p.m. Feb. 24 and 27 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.
Harp lessons: A Harp Circle 4-week session is offered 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-March 18 at Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto. Cost for the 4-week session is $80, or $25 at the door. Instructor will be Mary Pickup. Harps will be provided. If you bring your own harp, cost will be $10 a person. Information: 941-524-8762.
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 through 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 www.wmfr.org/CitizenFireAcademy.
Women's Resource Center of Manatee: The Women's Resource Center of Manatee will offer the following classes at 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton:
Couponing made easy, 5:15-6:30 p.m. Feb. 25.
A preregistration fee of $5 is required for all classes. For a full schedule and detailed information, please call 941-747-6797.
Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held March 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.
Cat Depot Classes: Cat Depot offers the following classes at 2542 17th St., Sarasota:
Cat Depot leash walking training class: noon-1 p.m. 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. 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 www.catdepot.org.
Art and paint classes: Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will offer sponsored workshops including "Weave Your Own Basket" with Kay Johnson 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 www.amiartistsguildgallery.com.