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Aging concerns: Manatee Aging Network, a voluntary coalition of people representing both for-profit and nonprofit health, human and social service organizations and others concerned with aging issues, meets 9-10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Waters Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton. Networking begins at 8:30 a.m. Information: 941-748-7797.
Cancer-patient groups: These cancer-patient groups meet at Blake Medical Center, 2020 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: www.BlakeMedicalCenter.com/cancer. For information and registration, call 888-359-3552.
Yoga for cancer patients with Anne Silverman, 941-465-1590; 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mondays; Cancer Support Community at Blake.
Exercise class for breast cancer patients with Marsha Shuford 941-798-2141; noon-1 p.m. Mondays; Cancer Support Community at Blake.
American Cancer Society at Blake open 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays in the Cancer Resource Center. Information: Diane, 941-782-7416.
Belly dancing for oncology patients: Counters the feeling of being stiff or rigid and helps improve flexibility; noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays in the Cancer Support Community at Blake.
Caring Friends Support Group: meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Dolphin Pelican Room at Blake. The group is free, doctor-supported and no registration is required. Information: Winnie Schroeder, 941-792-7204.
Lymphedema Support Group with Marsha Shuford, 941-798-2141; call for appointment.
Eye Associates: Dr. Harris Silverman, will discuss cataracts at 1:30 p.m. May 1 at The Eye Associates, 6002 Pointe West Blvd., Bradenton. Call 941-792-2020 for reservations. More information also can be found at www.TheEyeAssociates.com.
Fitness classes: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, offers Yoga Stretch at 11 a.m. Mondays and Muscular Strength and Range of Movement at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both classes are suitable for varying levels of mobility. Cost: $5 for SEC Members, $7 for guests and free to Silver Sneakers participants. Information: 941-749-0100.
H2U programs: These events are offered by H2U, an adult health and wellness organization sponsored by Blake Medical Center. Individuals pay a $20 annual membership fee, and become members of the national H2U program. Some of the benefits include: VIP hospital privileges; upgrade in room, if available; free daily local newspaper; complimentary meal plan for a spouse or caregiver during member's inpatient hospitalization; and Medicare Part A Deductible may be waived. For specific events and reservations, call 1-888-359-3552. To receive H2U Program information and membership application, call 941-792-0211. Activities offered include aerobics, bridge lesson, bingo, tai chi, line dancing, Wii, Zumba and more. The Cortez Center is at 6670 Cortez Road; the Bayshore Center is at 6049 26th St. W.; the Ellenton Center is at 7042 U.S. 301 N. For more information, call 941-792-0211; for reservations, call 888-359-3552.
LRMC programs and support groups: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., holds the following ongoing programs and support groups: diabetes support group, Healthy Hearts support group, Heart Device support group, childbirth education classes, new mom and baby group, prenatal yoga. For information on these programs, call 800-454-8215.
MMH programs and support groups: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., Bradenton, 941-746-5111 hosts the following classes, support groups and programs at the hospital: MOMM's Place/Perinatal Education Classes for moms, dads and families including: Prepared Childbirth, Your Amazing Newborn, Introduction to Breastfeeding, Keeping Baby Safe, Lowdown on Labor, Mommy Yollet, Car Seat Check Ups, classes held in MOMM's Place, MMH Medical Office Building Suite 3F, call 941-745-6925. Support Groups include: Women Living with Cancer Support Group, meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays at MOMM's Place, MMH Medical Office Building Suite 3F, call 941-745-6925; HOPE Stroke Support Group in partnership with Florida Home Health, for stroke survivors and caregivers 4-6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Bradenton Country Club, call 941-773-4628; Senior Advantage (50+) offers services designed to enhance health and well-being. Call the "What's Happening Line" at 941-745-7308 for information on events during the month, 941-745-7548 to find out about joining. For more information on community seminars, events and programs offered by Manatee Memorial Hospital, call 941-745-7545 or check the website at www.manateememorial.com.
Memory testing: Bradenton Research Center under the supervision of Dr. W. Alvin McElveen offers free memory testing 1-5 p.m. Thursdays at 3924 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. No appointment necessary. Information: 941-708-0005 or www.bradentonresearch.com.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Manatee County: meets at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. General membership meetings are 7-9 p.m. the fourth Monday, support group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Monday. NAMI Manatee is a grassroots, self-help organization whose mission and goals are threefold: to support family members who have a loved one with a severe mental illness; to educate the general public through outreach; and to advocate for mentally ill individuals who are affected by no-fault biological brain disorders. Information: 941-758-3562 or 941-778-2095, or visit www.namimanateecounty.org.
Creative Movement Class: Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom Academy has added a class designed and structured for children with handicaps. Children will explore music and dance in a variety of stimulating and fun activities and exercises. The class is appropriate for children or teens with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, deafness, blindness, wheelchair bound, Down's Syndrome, and others. The class meets at 2 p.m. Saturdays at The Bella Danza Studio, 5702 Manatee Ave. W. Cost: $50/month. Information and registration: www.belladanzadance.com or Cindy Tanner at 941-301-5854.
Fitness: G.T. Bray has announced a group fitness schedule which includes Yoga, cycling, karate, gentle aerobics, Zumba and more. Call 941-742-5923 or visit www.mymanatee.org for class schedule and membership information.
Senior exercise: Fit & Firm Fitness Studio is hosting affordable baby boomers and seniors low-impact fitness class: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. at 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 and 11 a.m. Fridays. Seniors find out how you can exercise for free. Information: 941-756-8850 or www.trainerforce.net/personalfitness.
Yoga and strength conditioning: Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. NW., Bradenton, offers these programs:
Vinyasa Flow Yoga: 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Pat Richmond; $10 per class or $75 for 10 sessions. Information: 941-795-8223.
Candlelight/restorative yoga: 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesday with Pat Richmond; $10 a session.
Full body cardio and strength conditioning: 8:45-9:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday with Key Fitch; call for information: 941-779-4082.
Yoga: 8:15 -9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays and 6-7:15 p.m. Monday with Angela Simone; call for information: 941-792-2527.
Yoga/Pilates: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday with Laura Bennett; call for information: 941-758-1741.
G.T. Bray: Classes are held at 6 p.m. Mondays at the G.T. Bray Activity Center, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive W. $32. Information: 941-742-5974.