Community calendar: March 28

March 28, 2014 

Meals on Wheels PLUS honored over 150 of its volunteers at a luncheon recently. Held in the Turner Ballroom at Renaissance on 9th, guests enjoyed a meal prepared by executive chefs David Meador and Joe Stoddard and served by the staff of Meals on Wheels PLUS. Each volunteer received special tokens of thanks for all of their time and efforts. In 2013, Meals on Wheels PLUS determined that volunteers provided the organization $638,484 worth of services, mainly delivering meals and sorting food at the Food Bank of Manatee. PROVIDED PHOTO

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Email information to calendar@bradenton.com. A list of ongoing classes is available at www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.

GENERAL

Selby Public Library Wednesday Lecture and Performance Series: The Friends of Selby Public Library and the Sarasota Music Archive will host the last performance of the 2013-2014 Wednesday Lecture and Performance Series, Chamber Music by Paul Wolfe and Friends, 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 23 at Geldbart Auditorium at the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. Information: 941-365-5228.

BOOKS

"The Gutenberg Connection," a lively faith-based, action-adventure and historic first novel by local author Rebeccah Apling, is now available online at www.amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble bookstores.

"Warrior Magnificent," a self-empowerment guide by Bradenton author Jamie Cruse Vrinios, is now available at www.amazon.com and at www.warriormagnificent.com.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 www.Floridashine.org.

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.

Volunteers needed and Artists wanted for "Food and Wine on Pine": Volunteers of all ages are needed for "Food and Wine on Pine" with shifts available between 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 3 along Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island. All volunteers will receive complimentary food and beverage tickets and a T-shirt. Volunteers should contact Ruth Uecker at 941-201-6158 or ruecker1@tampabay.rr.com. Artists wishing to display their artwork are to contact Joyce Karp at joycekarp@aol.com.

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 chedger@tpmanatee.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 info@hslwr.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 chedger@cchomeless.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 mregis@support-a-child.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 oclark@manateehabitat.org.

DATED CLASSES

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 through 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 visit www.manateeplayers.com//pdf/2013-14copnservatory_brochure.pdf.

Victory Garden Workshop for Veterans and their families: The Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park will offer a free "Build a Container Victory Garden" for veterans and their young children 10 a.m.-noon March 29 at 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Families can learn about victory gardens, put together an Earth Box garden to take home, and discover why gardening with your family is beneficial. Preregistration is required. Information: 941-721-2034.

Yoga classes: Save Our Seabirds will offer a "Yoga in the Bird Garden" program 8-9 a.m. March 29 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.

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 artleagueami@gmail.com.

Karate classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer karate classes 6-7 p.m. March 31 and April 3 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.

Expressive Art and journaling workshop: The Muse Galleria will be hosting Donna Lee Gauntlett of The Dizzy Dandelion Studio for "Just Drawing It Out," an expressive arts and art journaling workshop 7-9 p.m. April 2 at 3801 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Class: $85, optional materials $25. Registration and information: 941-706-3328.

Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held April 5 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.

Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering free citizenship classes 5-6 p.m. April 7 and every first Monday of the month at the Ivey Professional Building, 435 12th St. W., Bradenton. Classes are designed to help those seeking to become U.S. residents. Topics will include eligibility for citizenship, "good moral character" issues, and civics. In particular, the interview process and 100 questions comprising the test will be reviewed. Participants may attend more than one meeting, and meetings are open to everyone. Registration is not required. For more information, call 941-773-1523 or email tom@usimmigrationteam.com.

Art and paint classes: Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will offer a workshop "Fun with Paper Beads" with Ellie Barber April 11 at CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. Preregistration is required. Registration: $30-$125. For hours and information: 941-778-6694 or www.amiartistsguildgallery.com.

Classic Drawing workshop: The Virginia Hoffman Studio will offer a Classical Drawing workshop with Lucy Baker 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12 at 2225 Sixth St., Sarasota. The 4-hour workshop will cover the basics of classical drawing and drawing from observation. Students will learn how light, shadow and edges make a drawing seem three-dimensional. The workshop is well suited for beginners as well as those with experience in drawing. Fee: $40. Participants are requested to supply their own materials. Reservations and information: 941-400-5217 or email virginiahoffman@mac.com.

Boating classes: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas 81 and 85 are offering Boating Safety Courses 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 12 and 19, May 10 and 17, June 14 and 21, and July 12 and 19. Cost per class is $35 a person, or $55 per couple sharing a book. Learn about different kinds of boats, boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, trailering, storing, boating emergencies, and safety issues. The course prepares attendees for the Florida Safe Boater's Card, which entitles recipients to discounts on boating insurance. Boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1988 are required to have the Safe Boater Card in order to operate a motorboat with 10 horsepower or more. Registration and information: Bill Osolin at 941-518-0609 or email wmtoz@verizon.net.

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

• Cat Depot leash walking training class: noon-1 p.m. 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. 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.

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

• Lowdown on lawn irrigation, 1:30-4:30 p.m. April 10.

• Growing roses in Florida, 9-11 a.m. April 12.

• Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. April 12, Riverview Pointe Preserve, 8250 DeSoto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.

• Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. April 12, Emerson Pointe Preserve, 5801 17th St. W., Palmetto.

• Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. April 13, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.

• Propagation class, 9:30 a.m.-noon April 16.

• Florida-Friendly Landscaping Designs, 9 a.m.-noon April 17.

• Two-part Palm Series, 9-11 a.m. April 23 and May 8.

• Worm composting-vermicomposting, 10 a.m.-noon April 29. Fee: $60 worms and bin.

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.

ONGOING CLASSES

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 www.islandcommunitycenter.com.

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.

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