Recreation Calendar lists upcoming events first followed by ongoing events in rotation, in alphabetical order, as space permits. Send items to Recreation Calendar, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206; e-mail to email@example.com or fax to 745-7097.
May 24, 31: Youth golfers who plan to participate in the PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at Bobby Jones Golf Club next month are invited to attend a free boot camp to sharpen their skills. The camp will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. May 24 and 31 at Bobby Jones Golf Club on Saturday. The camp is limited to children ages 7-15 with a maximum number of 45 participants. The boot camp is designed to help youth golfers prepare for the local qualifying competition for the PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship to be held June 7 at Bobby Jones. Students will be divided into groups based on age and will be instructed by a PGA professional on the three basic golf skills: driving, chipping and putting. Skill stations will be set up, and participants will spend 30 minutes at each one before rotating to the next one. Children may register via email at BJGC@SarasotaGov.com or by calling the golf shop at 941-954-4163.
May 24: The Gator Wilderness Camp will hold its sixth annual Redfish Spot Tournament and Free Kids Fishing Derby from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 24 at Ken Thompson Park on Lido Key (1700 Ken Thompson Parkway). Registration for the adult tournament is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 23 at Der Dutchman Restaurant (3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota). A captains meeting will follow at 6:45 p.m. with dinner provided. Anglers will be released from City Island, Ken Thompson Park, early May 24. The Redfish with the most spots wins. More than $5,000 in cash and prizes will be paid out to winners. The day also includes the second annual Free Kids Fishing Derby from 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. There will be free fishing poles supplied by Fish Florida for the first 100 kids. All proceeds will go directly to The Gator Wilderness Camp. For more information, visit gatorwildernesscamp.com/fishing.html.
May 24: The Firearms Training Institute of Sarasota will host an NRA First Steps Pistol Course on May 24 at the AmericInn Hotel Conference Room at 5931 Fruitville Road. The class starts at 8 a.m. The course will be taught by local NRA Certified Instructors and cover the basics of safe gun handling and shooting. The four-hour course will emphasize the safe and proper handling and use of pistols. Participants will learn about firearm safety, parts and operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, storage options and much more. This course meets the Florida training requirements for Concealed Carry Permit applicants. Non-residents are also eligible. For details on the course, contact Dr. Gerald Colbert at 941-706-4358 or 941-315-0152; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ftisarasota.com.
May 27-June 4: Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization will hold tryouts for the Manatee Magic, its competitive soccer teams, from May 27 to June 4 at G.T. Bray park on the south side near the concession stands. The cost for the season is $400, which includes a 12-16-game season, training and home and away uniforms. The schedule is as follows U9-U10 boys and girls, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 27 and 10-11 a.m. May 31; U11-U12 boys and girls, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 28 and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 31; U13-U14 boys and girls, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 29 and 1-2 p.m. May 31; and U15 and up, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 29 and 2:30-3:30 p.m. May 31. There is no cost to try out. Full payment is due before the first game.
June 14: Rosedale Golf & Country Club will host a junior golf program open to students ages 5-18 beginning June 14 and running for nine consecutive Saturdays. Available times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each session is limited to 16 students. The cost is $200 per child. Additional junior programs including a 10 a.m. clinic on Wednesdays for $20 per session and a "Play with the Pro" program at 10 a.m. Fridays for $40 per session. For more information, call the Rosedale pro shop at 941-756-0004.