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State College of Florida seeking submissions: The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Fine Art Gallery and Theatre Program are seeking submissions for an upcoming art exhibit, "Art of the Wedding Costume: Ritual and Romance," which will be on display in the Fine Art Gallery Sept. 19-Dec. 3. A retrospective look at wedding costumes through the decades, the exhibit will include a display of men's and women's traditional, nontraditional and cultural wedding attire from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Those who are interested in submitting distinctive and iconic-style wedding apparel and unique accessories such as veils, fans, hats, gloves, shoes and other accoutrements for the exhibit may upload high-resolution digital photos of the items and complete and electronic form at scf.edu/WeddingSubmission. Participants also may submit print copies of original photos to the attention of the Wedding Costume Committee at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Fine Art Gallery, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Participant must provide their contact information, including a mailing address, phone number and email address, and details such as the date of the wedding, who was wearing the gown or accessories, and the approximate value of each item. Deadline for submissions is May 30. Participants will be notified by June 15 if their submissions have been selected and will be required to deliver wedding items to SCF Fine Art Gallery by Aug. 20. Information: Joe Loccisano at 941-752-5225 or Ken Erickson Jr. at 941-752-5586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarasota-Manatee's Inaugural Alternative Prom: ALSO Youth presents "A Summer Night," 6-10 p.m. May 10 at The Out-of-Door Academy, 5950 Deer Drive, Lakewood Ranch. This drug and alcohol free event is the area's first Alternative Prom for LGBT youth, their allies and friends. All high school students between ages 14 and 20 are welcome. Light bites and refreshments will be provided. Dress is semi-formal and dance music will be played throughout the night. Tickets: $20. Information: 478-542-0686 or www.alsoyouth.org.
Book release: Local author Barbara Alpert released her newest book "Arise My Daughter -- A Journey from Darkness to Light," a remarkable life story of one woman's battle to turn from a life of terror into the woman God destined her to become. The book is available at www.amazon.com and will be offered in the Kindle version at a promotional rate of $.99, May 10-16. The book is also available in paperback through various bookstores nationwide. Information: email@example.com.
Cookbook release: Local author, singer and composer, Lucille Rose D'Armi-Riggio has released a cookbook and CD titled "My Matchless Mother and Me," featuring authored prepared recipes, music and memories. Price of the book is $44,95 and can be purchased at www.lucillerosedarmi.com or www.mymatchlessmother.com.
Book release: Anna Maria author Mark E. Labriola Sr. has released his newest children's book "The Little Pine Tree," a juvenile fiction that exemplifies the important use of lumber. The book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore or at www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.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 http://www.manateeplayers.com//pdf/2013-14copnservatory_brochure.pdf.
Lifelong Learning Academy Classes: Registration for the Lifelong Learning Academy Summer 2014 Semester offers 36 courses June 2-July 24 in a variety of subjects, including literature, the arts, history, current affairs, science, psychology, health and wellbeing, technology, and languages. Courses are primarily offered on the campus of the University of Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and some are offered at Kobernich-Anchin-Benderson in Sarasota and at Westminster Towers and Shores in Bradenton. Classes range from two to eight sessions and costs range from $30 to $75. For registration and information, call 941-359-4296 or www.lla-sm.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
Manatee chopped, food preparation, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10. Manatee Technical Institute, 6305 SR 70 E., Bradenton. Registration is not required.
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.
Solarize your soil, 9-11 a.m. May 17.
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.
Worm composting-vermicomposting, 2-3 p.m. July 17. South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Hypertufa what? A summer craft project for kids, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 19. Advance payment: $10.
Lingering lawn maintenance tasks, 9-11 a.m. July 23.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Dance classes: Fuzion Dance Artists offer the following classes and workshops through Summer 2014:
Master class with George Staib, 10:30-noon May 12; $20 per class.
Master class with Jennifer Salk, 10:30 a.m.-noon May 14; $20 per class.
Contact Improvisation Intensive with Kristin O'Neal and Greg Catellier, 6-8 p.m. May 27 and 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 28; $25 per class or $65 all three classes.
Class with guest teacher Nicole Morris, 10:30 a.m.-noon June 2 and 4, 6-7:30 p.m. June 5; $20 per class.
Hip-Hop master class with artist in residence and guest choreographer Jennifer Archibald, 2-3 p.m. June 18; $20.
Fuzion Summer Dance Intensive, July 27-Aug. 3; call for details.
All workshops and classes are held at New College of Florida, Fitness Center, Pei Campus (east), 5639 Gen. Twinning Blvd., Sarasota. For class and workshop details and registration, call 941-345-5755 or www.fuziondance.org.
Art classes for children and adults: The Manatee Children's Services will offer children's art classes 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, an adults and children class 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, and adult classes 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays-Thursdays, a Paint and Wine adults class 6-8 p.m. Fridays. The Thursday adult class is bilingual. Students for the Friday Paint and Wine class may bring their own wine. Classes are $15-$25, and $40 for the Paint and Wine class, which includes canvas and paint. Students will master pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolors, acrylic paint and more and classes will be conducted by Amalia Flores. All proceeds will benefit Manatee Children's Services. For a detailed calss schedule and information, call 941-727-1143 or firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Karate classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer karate classes 6-7 p.m. and May 12 and May 15 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.
Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will host the following boating classes and seminars at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton:
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.
Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held May 17 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.
Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic: The Revolutionary War Veterans Association offer the Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 17-18, 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 FL@appleseedinfo.org.
Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering free citizenship classes 5-6 p.m. June 2 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The class is open to anyone age 50 and older. For registration, cost, full schedules and locations call 800-253-2017, ext. 35846.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.