Community calendar:

June 13, 2014 


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Activities at Renaissance on 9th: Renaissance on 9th will host the following activities at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton:

[ ] Girls Night Out, 5:30 p.m. June 19, featuring a fashion and beauty show. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

[ ] Movies and a Meal, 1 p.m. June 24, featuring a movie and a choice of three lunches. Cost: $6 members, $8 nonmembers. Reservations are required by June 23.

[ ] Pancake breakfast, 8-10 a.m. June 27. Cost: $4 members, $5 nonmembers.

For detailed information and reservations, call 941-749-0100.


Book signing and reading: Local author, Ann Stephanian Kale, will be guest author at the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 10-1130 a.m. 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.


Cookbook fundraiser: "Cooking with MTI" is the name of a new cookbook that students from Manatee Technical Institute's SkillsUSA Chapter are selling to raise money to help them go to national championships. More than 150 students participated in putting together the collection of approximately 300 recipes. The book sells for $15. To purchase a book, stop by the MTI Bookstore at the Main Campus, 6305 S.R. 70 E., Bradenton. The bookstore is open 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, until 7 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Friday.

"Sneak Peek" a preview at the Mall at University Town Center: Be the first to shop at the Mall at University Town Center 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at The Mall at University Town Center at University Park. Enjoy complimentary food and specially selected beverages, continuous live entertainment throughout the center and a chance to preview the stores as many will be open that evening and offer special deals exclusively for event attendees. Guests will also receive a $20 mall gift card upon check-in. Ten local charities have been selected to benefit from the charity preview. One hundred percent of the ticket price will be donated to the following local charities: All Faiths Food Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, The Circus Arts Conservatory/Sailor Circus, Florida Studio Theater, Food Bank of Manatee, Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, Manatee Performing Arts Center - The Manatee Players, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Nate's Honor Animal Rescue, and South Florida Museum & Bishop Planetarium. Admission: $100. Information:

Sporting Clays Fun Shoot: The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural Sporting Clays Fun Shoot 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 13 at Ancient Oaks Gun Club, 16800 SR 64 E., Lakewood Ranch. Experienced and beginning shooters will enjoy a 50-clay tournament, a cowboy cookout, goody bags, and a prize drawing. There will be awards for the top three teams and the highest scoring individual shooter. The event is open to the public. Registration and information: 941-748-4842, ext. 172 or email or

Manatee Riverside Rotary Club Inaugural Piggy Races: The Manatee Riverside Rotary Club will be hosting its inaugural Piggy Races 1-5 p.m. June 14 at Pub 88, 436 Main St., Bradenton. Watch and bet on your favorite decorated Piggy. Piggy sponsorships are available. There will be a special owners race and contest for the best decorated Piggy. The event is free and open to the public. All proceeds will benefit local children's charities. Information: 941-962-4686

Chefs Cooking For Kids: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast will host Chefs Cooking For Kids 6-10 p.m. June 14 at IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. The "Top Chef"-like culinary extravaganza will feature local chefs and restaurants that will showcase their culinary specialties providing guests with samplings of their culinary creations. There will be music, a silent auction, prize drawings and a cash bar. Participating restaurants are Chart House, Jpan, SoMa Creekside, YachtSea Grille, Pinchers Crab Shack, Mrs. Cheesecake, Cody's, Renaissance on 9th, Keiser University, Swordfish Grill and Carmel Cafe. Tickets: $60. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast's one-to-one mentoring programs and at-risk children. Information: 941-746-7000 or

Yard sale: Manatee County Search and Rescue has launched a new county-wide program "Project Lifesaver" designed to help first responders find individuals with cognitive disorders that cause them to wander such as Alzheimer's, dementia, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down Syndrome. The individual is fitted with a small transmitter that sends out a signal every second, allowing specially trained search and rescue members to locate the individuals using a receiver. In an effort to keep this program funded, the Manatee County Search and Rescue will hold a yard sale fundraiser June 28. Donations for the sale can be dropped off at Conley RV, 704 Cortez Road, Bradenton. The public can donate items such antiques, jewelry, gently used clothing, tools, artwork, small appliances and electronics. No furniture, vehicles and other large and bulky items. Cash donations are welcome. Information: 941-254-6490, ext. 2 or

Learn To Fish Recovery benefit concert: The Learn to Fish Recovery, a center for women and their children, will hold a benefit concert 7 p.m. June 29 at the Five O'Clock Club, 1930 Hillview St., Sarasota. There will be a silent auction and live music by Kara Nally, Shantel, Twinkle and Ari McManus. Admission: $10. Proceeds will benefit the Learn To Fish Recovery programs. Information:


Dance classes: Deborah Vinton Dance will host the following summer dance programs at 1370-D Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota:

[ ] Summer Intensive: includes classical ballet, pointe, modern, jazz-hip hop, actionomics, repertoire, students choreography, and yoga; $300 10 days, $160 five days, $15 per class. Four classes per day for ages 12 and older.

[ ] Summer Dance Camp I: a one-week class, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 23-27, includes modern, jazz, ballet, choreography, yoga, arts and crafts; $120, for ages 5-8.

[ ] Summer Dance Camp II: a one week class, 1-4 p.m. June 23-27, includes creative movement, singing and choreography, dancer's stretching, ballet and tap; $120, for ages 6-11.

The school offers quality dance programs at affordable prices for children through seniors, beginning through advanced. For detailed information, call 941-400-6277 or 941-504-6762 or

Lifelong Learning Academy Classes: Registration for the Lifelong Learning Academy Summer 2014 Semester offers 36 courses 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

Boat building classes: The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Boatworks offers free boat building classes for new volunteer boat builders at 9 a.m. Saturdays at FISH Boatworks, 4404 116th St. W., Cortez. Experience is not necessary. Visit the FISH Boatworks 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays for previews. Information: 941-580-1036.

Boating classes: The U.S. 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

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

[ ] 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 Drive, 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

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. June 16 and June 19 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:

[ ] Understanding and using GPS, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 17. Cost: $15.

All classes are held at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton. Preregistration is required for all classes. Information: 941-795-0482.

AAA Mature Driving Class: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th will host a AAA Mature Driving Class 9 a.m.-noon June 17-18 at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Reservations and information: 941-798-2221, ext. 2263.

Dance classes: Fuzion Dance Artists offer the following classes and workshops through Summer 2014:

[ ] 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

Health classes: Healthsource Chiropractic and Progressive Wellness will offer Transformational Thursdays, a series of classes promoting a healthier lifestyle including "Rocktaping" June 19 and July 24, "Smoothies and the Anti-Inflammatory Diet" June 26 and July 31, "Movie Night: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" July 10, and "Become a Supple Leopard" July 17. All classes start at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Reservations: 941-755-9355.

Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held June 21 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. July 7 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


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

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

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

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.


Palmetto Historical Park: The park is looking for volunteers to help catalog its exciting collection of historical artifacts. No experience or special skills are needed. Technology savvy volunteers with basic computer skills are needed to do basic data-entry and help digitize our Alice V. Meyers Archive Center. Volunteer positions are also available for those with specific skills or have a passion about history, Palmetto or its heritage, Information: Tori Edwards at 941-723-4991 or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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