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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.
Auditions: The Manatee Players will hold auditions for the first three shows of the 2014-15 season, including Disney's "Tarzan," performances Aug. 7-24, "Dames at Sea," performances Sept. 11-28, and "Morning's at Seven," performances Sept. 18-Oct. 5. Auditions are all at 7 p.m. and will be held at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Those auditioning should dress appropriately for dance auditions and have a song in their key prepared. An accompanist will be available or bring a track or cd. Those auditioning for the comedy will read from the script. For information, call Rick Kerby at 941-748-0111.
Book signing and reading: Local author, Ann Stephanian Kale, will be guest author at the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 11 a.m.-noon May 31, June 21 and July 26. She will be accompanied by her therapy dog, Max, so that he may listen to the children read. Kale will have her five books "Marco and Princess Gina," "Artie - the Ugly Frog," " Going to College with Grandma," "When I grow Up," "Regis the Wonder Dog," available for purchasing and autographing. Books are $10 each. All proceeds from the sales of her books will benefit children's charities. Information: 941-727-6079.
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 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 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 lla-sm.org.
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.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
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 manatee.ifas.ufl.edu.
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 19 and May 22 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 a GPS Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 20 at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton. Cost: $15. Pre-registration is required. Information: 941-795-0482.
Dance classes: Fuzion Dance Artists offer the following classes and workshops through Summer 2014:
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 fuziondance.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.
Boating classes: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas 81 and 85 are offering Boating Safety Courses 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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.
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 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 artcentermanatee.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.
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.