Community calendar, April 18

April 18, 2014 


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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 2013-14 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.KN


Recovery Design Fashion Show: Recovery Design, a fashion show by Nazanin Varasteh, will be 8-10 p.m. April 18 at the Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The show will feature luxury dresses created from recovered and repurposed recyclable material. Reservations and information: 408-981-3701 or

Pinwheel 5K Run: The traditional Elite Fitness Challenge 5K Pinwheel Run will begin with registration 7 a.m. followed by the 8:30 a.m. Kids Dashes, 8:45 a.m. Kids Fitness Challenge, the 9:30 a.m. 5K Pinwheel Run, the 9:35 a.m. One-mile Fitness Run/Walk and the 10 a.m. 5K Elite Fitness Challenge at Nathan Benderson Park at 2500 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. The event will culminate in an after-party with refreshments, food and beverages. Registration: $10-$55. Proceeds will benefit the Family Partnership Center. Information: 941-358-5100 or

Arts Brunch and Fashion Show: Village of the Arts will host its annual Arts Brunch and Fashion Show 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 19 on the patio of Restaurante Ortygia, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton. The event will feature a brunch, exciting fashions, an art exhibit, music, a silent auction, door prizes and more. Tickets: $35. Proceeds will benefit the Artists Guild of Manatee, Inc. Reservations: 941-302-1069.

"Pines Run to Remember" 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk: Pines of Sarasota will be hosting a 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk "Pines to Remember" beginning with registration at 6:30 a.m. followed by the run/walk at 7:30 a.m. April 26 at Ca' d'Zan, Ringling Museum of art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Registration: $10-$25. Proceeds will benefit Pines of Sarasota residents with Alzheimer and its Education Institute. Information: 941-356-0901 or

"Recycled Dreams" Teen Fashion Show: The Manatee County Central Library will host a "Recycled Dreams" Teen Fashion Show of recycled materials 2 p.m. April 26 at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Attendees will present an original article of clothing created from recycled items. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries. The show will feature entertainment by a DJ and various live musical acts. An "after party" will follow the event. The show is free and open to all on a first come, first serve basis. Advance registration is required for participating "fashion designers." Information: 941-748-5555, ext. 6318 or 6353 or

Third annual Barefoot Sunday: Leave your shoes for a needy soul and be a part of doing a great good for an effort to provide shoes, sandals, work boots, children's shoes, new or gently worn to any of the three services 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. April 27 at Christ Episcopal Church's third annual Barefoot Sunday at 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The shoes will be donated to various local charities in Manatee County. Information: 941-747-3904.

"Date Night" Guinness Book of World Records attempt: "Live the Life" is hoping to make the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of organized dates on one night in one community on May 9. Couples who participate are requested to make a one-time suggested donation of $25 to Live the Life, after which they will plan their own date night on May 9. The funds raised will benefit Live the Life's mission to help marriages and families in crisis in our local community. Live the Life is looking for local restaurants who would like to participate by offering special promotions May 9. Information: 941-962-8038 or

Run For The Music 5K: Lakewood Ranch High School, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton

Sarasota Orthopedic Associates will sponsor the Run For The Music 5K race beginning with registration at 7 a.m. followed by the 5K race, a Kids Dash, a 1-mile Fun Run and a Doggie 5K May 10. The chip timed race will follow a 5K course around the high school and county park. There are run categories for all ages and an after party and award presentation for all races. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Registration: $30 adults, $20 students ages 18 and younger, $15 children ages 10 and younger, $30 dogs accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit the Lakewood Ranch High School Band. Information: 941-951-2663, ext. 213 or email

Mother's Day Tea and Plant Sale: The Sarasota Succulent Society will host its third annual Mother's Day Tea and Plant Sale with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 10-11 at the Sarasota Succulent Society Gardens, 1310 38th St., Sarasota. Visitor can enjoy High Tea with their mother or friends and tour the gardens. Proceeds will benefit the Sarasota Succulent Society. Cost: $20. Information: 941-773-0186 or email

Dick Vitale Gala: Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota

The 2014 Dick Vitale Gala dinner will be 7 p.m. followed by an after-party featuring The Four Tops, May 16. Collegiate coaching greats Nick Saban, head football coach of Alabama; Tom Crean, head basketball coach of Indiana; and Mike Brey, head basketball coach of Notre Dame, will attend. There will be an auction and prize drawings. Tickets: $1,000. Proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research at Tampa H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Information:

Walk to Cure Arthritis: Help find a cure by participating in the 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis fundraiser, beginning with registration 8-9 a.m. immediately followed by a three-mile and one-mile course May 17 at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota. The event will feature activities for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs. For more help or information about the Walk to Cure Arthritis, contact Michelle Bass at 941-708-3901 or

Tribute to Veterans Awards Luncheon: The Jewish Family and Children's Service of the Suncoast, will honor and recognize four veterans at their Tribute to Veterans Service to Community Awards Luncheon at noon May 27 at Michael's on East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota. Award recipients include Richard R. Alvarez, SSG, US Army, Christopher L. Davis, MSG, US Army, Andy Hooker, SPC 5th Class, US Army, and John C. O'Brien, Col (Ret.), US Army. Tickets: $45. Proceeds will benefit programs and services provided to local veterans through JFCS's Operation Military Assistance Program. Reservations are required by May 16. Information: 941-366-2224 or email


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

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

Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic: The Revolutionary War Veterans Association offer the Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19-20, with registration starting at 8 a.m., at the Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Road, Myakka City. Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship, safe gun handling, proper use of a rifle sling, and Revolutionary War history. Clinic fees: adults $40 one day, $60 both days; youth ages 18 and younger $15 one day, $20 both days; free to active duty military, law enforcement officers with ID, and elected officials. Additional club range fees: $15 per day a person. Information: 904-424-3855 or email

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

Karate classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer karate classes 6-7 p.m. and April 21 and April 24 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.

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

• 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.

• Manatee chopped, food preparation, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10. Manatee Technical Institute, 6305 SR 70 E., Bradenton. Registration is not required.

• Solarize your soil, 9-11 a.m. May 17.

• Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. May 10, Riverview Pointe Preserve, 8250 DeSoto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.

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

• Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. May 18, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.

• Irrigation 101 and smart landscaping tips, 9 a.m.-noon June 14.

• Children's program: "It's a bee's world," 2-3 p.m. July 9. Island Library, 5701 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach.

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

Belly dancing: Gallen Massage and Yoga Studio will offer a belly dance class 1-2 p.m. April 24 at 2722 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton. Cost: $14. Registrationa and infprmation: 941-713-1637.

Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held May 3 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. May 5 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

Workshop for job seekers: CareerSource Suncoast will hold a "Resume Basics Workshop" 2-4 p.m. May 5 at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. The program will guide job seekers through the process of creating a resume. The workshop is for job seekers who do not currently have a resume or those who would like to fine-tune their resume. The program is free and is part of the Library's "Ready. Set. Job!" job assistance program. Information and registration: Fran Barbra or Sarah Prescott at 941-748-5555, ext.6314.

Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will host the following boating classes and seminars at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton:

• America's Boating Course, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. May 3 and 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 10; $45 individual, $70 a couple sharing a manual.

• Nautical Carts Seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 13; $15. Required equipment: parallel rules and dividers.

• GPS Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 20; $15.

All classes and seminars require pre-registration. Information: 941-795-0482.

Boating class: The Manatee Sail and Power Squadron will offer the "America's Boating Class," 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 10 at the Elks Lodge, 4611 Fourth St. E., Palmetto. The class satisfies Florida Boating and Safety Education regulations requiring persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 to complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators approved boater education course or competency exam prior to operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 mph or more. Fee: $25, includes course material, morning coffee and donuts and a light lunch. Advance registration is required. Information: Marty Spencer at 941-761-9444 or email

Boating classes: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas 81 and 85 are offering Boating Safety Courses 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 10 and 17, June 14 and 21, and July 12 and 19. Cost per class is $40 a person, or $60 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

Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic: The Revolutionary War Veterans Association offer the Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19-20, with registration starting at 8 a.m., at the Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Road, Myakka City. Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship, safe gun handling, proper use of a rifle sling, and Revolutionary War history. Clinic fees: adults $40 one day, $60 both days; youth ages 18 and younger $15 one day, $20 both days; free to active duty military, law enforcement officers with ID, and elected officials. Additional club range fees: $15 per day a person. Information: 904-424-3855 or email

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