Club meetings: June 27

June 27, 2014 

Email club meeting information to calendar@bradenton.com. A list of ongoing club meetings can be found at www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.

High Noon Cribbage Club: The club meets at noon Saturdays at Pescara Lake Mobile Home Park, 570 57th Ave. W., Bradenton. The club is a member of the American Cribbage Congress and plays nine games in a grassroots competition. The public is welcome. New members are encouraged to apply. Information: 941-753-4832 or 941-739-7871.

Sarasota St. David's Welsh Society: The group meets for lunch at noon June 29 at Turtles Restaurant, 875 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota. Information; 941-349-6069.

Masonic Lodge Cortez High Twelve No. 538: The group meets for lunch and camaraderie 11 a.m. Mondays at Duff's Buffet, 6010 14th St. W., Bradenton. Lunch: $9. Information: Jeff Davis at 941-722-8096.

Manatee Sail and Power Squadron: The group will hold their general membership meeting 7 p.m. July 1 and every first Tuesday of the month at the Palmetto Elks Lodge, 4611 Fourth Ave. E., Palmetto. The squadron welcomes those interested in learning more about the education programs for both new boaters and those who have been boating for years. Information: 703-300-8718 or manatee-squadron.org.

Manatee Sweet Adelines Chorus: The group meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. The group is committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance. Information: 941-753-6594.

Sun Stitchers/American Needlepoint Guild: The guild meets at 10 a.m. July 2 and every first Wednesday of the month, except December, at the Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota. All needleworkers are welcome. Information: 941-697-8794.

Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary FL 044: The group meets 7 p.m. July 3 and every first and third Thursday of the month at McClure Auditorium, 5900 Airport Auditorium Lane, Sarasota. Information: 941-313-1151 or capsrqo44.org.

Pins and Needles and Creative Sassy Sewers: The neighborhood groups of the American Sewing Guild meets 1 p.m. July 5 and every first Saturday of the month at the Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. For information and monthly supply list, call 941-756-5387.

Retired RN Club: The group meets 11:30 a.m. July 7 and every first Monday of the month at Westminster Manor, 1800 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Dr. Mishra of the Eye Associates will discuss the correction of excessive eyelid concerns. All retired RN's are welcome. Information: Ellie Collandra at 941-729-2935.

Air Force Luncheon: American Legion Post 24 will host an Air Force luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 7 and every first and third Monday of each month at 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. All Air Force veterans are welcome. Information: 941-794-3489.

ManaSota Chapter, Florida Society of Enrolled Agents: The group meets 4-7 p.m. July 9 at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 3713 Bahia Vista, Sarasota. Meeting and dinner: $25 members, $30 nonmembers. Information: floridaenrolledagents.com.

Creative Sassy Sewers: A neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild meets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12 and every second Saturday of each month at South County Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information and monthly supply list: 941-753-9178.

West Coast Woman's Club: The group's general membership meetings are at 6:30 p.m. July 14 and the second Monday of every month at the H2U Center, 6670 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: cparker191@tampabay.rr.com.

Lakewood Ranch Garden Club: The group meets 9:30 a.m. July 14 and every second Monday of each month September through May at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Program: "Learning to use garden tools," presented by Betsy Lieberman from Tomboy Tools. Information: Linda Washburn at 941-359-2308 or e-mail arthurassociates@juno.com.

West Coast Woman's Club: The group meets 6:30 p.m. July 14 and every second Monday of the month at H2U, 6670 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: kelly@islandvacationproperties.com.

Manatee Poetry Group: The group meets 1:30 p.m. July 15 and every third Tuesday of the month at Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 941-749-0639.

Successful Women Aligning Together -- Manasota: The group meets for lunch at 11:45 a.m. July 15 and every third Tuesday of the month at Primo Ristorante, 8076 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Lunch: $12 members, $17 nonmembers. Information: 941-962-0884.

Manatee Sailing Association: The group meets for dinner 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 15 and every second Tuesday of the month at Come join us the second Tuesday at Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. The group organizes weekend sailing cruises, and happy hours at local marinas. Information: Helen Chouinard at 941-448-6544 or Karen Brazell at 941-896-2694 or msasailing.org.

The New Floridian's: The group meets for lunch at noon, followed by games Jly 16 and every third Wednesday of the month at Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave W., Bradenton. New members can apply for membership if they're residents of Manatee County for two years or less. Information: Tess Leeper at 941-795-0152.

Sons of Norway: The Sons of Norway Lodge meets at 3 p.m. July 20 and every third Sunday of the month October-May at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota. Information: claraloken@juno.com.

Marine Corps League: The Marine Corps League DeSoto Detachment No. 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. July 21 and the third Monday of every month at The Bunker Bar, 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-301-4598.

Manatee River Orchid Society: The group meets at 7 p.m. July 21 and every third Monday of each month at Water's Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton. There will be a presentation and orchid auction. Information: 941-723-1356 or manateeriverorchidsociety.com.

Smocking Arts Guild of America: The group meets July 23 and every fourth Wednesday of the month at the South Manatee County Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. The group promotes education and quality workmanship in the fine needle arts including smocking, heirloom sewing, fine machine sewing, fine hand sewing, embroidery and the related needle arts. Membership in the national and local chapter is required. Information: smocking.org.

Manatee County Democratic Party: The group meets at 6 p.m. July 28 and every fourth Monday of each month at the Promenade Plaza, 6233 U.S. 41 S., Bradenton. Information: 941-761-8385 or manateecountydemocrats.com.

ONGOING

American Legion, Post 325: Post meeting third Wednesday; A.L.A. meeting second Wednesday; S.A.L. meeting first Wednesday; all at the post, 3420 U.S. 301, Ellenton. Information: 941-981-2819.

Bradenton Unit, Florida Association of Parliamentarians: Group meets 2-4 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at the Manatee County Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Meetings are free and open to persons interested in participating in or conducting a meeting using Roberts Rules of Order 10th Edition Newly Revised as a guide. Information: 941-795-4275.

Bridge, Bradenton: The Bridge Center of Bradenton is a sanctioned American Contract Bridge club that features duplicate games at 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays at 5334 26th St. W., Bradenton. The club offers lessons to both beginners and experienced players. New players are welcome and bridge partners can be arranged. Information: 941-795-8981.

Bridge, Palmetto Duplicate Bridge: The Palmetto Duplicate Bridge Club plays at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays in the north wing of Palmetto Nursing & Rehab Center, 926 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. No reservations are necessary but partners are. Information: 941-739-0342.

Bridge, Eastside Duplicate: The Eastside Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1 p.m. Fridays at Oneco Kiwanis Community Center, 1720 53rd Ave. E., Oneco. Reservations are necessary, and all skill levels are welcome. Information: 941-359-0867.

Bridge, Thursdays Game: The Thursdays Game Duplicate Bridge for players having less than 1000mps meets 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Bridge Club of Bradenton, 5334 26th St. W., Bradenton. Partnerships and reservations: 941-739-1100.

Chi Omega Alumnae Association: The Sarasota-Manatee Chi Omega Alumnae Association meets for its Lunch Bunch at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Hillview Grill, 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota. All members of the Chi Omega and their guests are welcome. Information and reservations: 941-371-5106.

Christian Coalition: The Christian Coalition meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-5439.

Christian Women's Clubs: Area Christian Women's Clubs meet at 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota; 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Primo's Restaurant, 8076 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; and 10 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at Laurel Oaks Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd., Sarasota.

Civil Air Patrol: The local squadron of the SRQ Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol meets at McClure Auditorium on the southwest corner of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday. Information: 941-748-4011 or 941-351-2769.

n The local SRQ Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, meets 6:30-8:45 p.m. Mondays at Dolphin Aviation, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Bradenton. Civil Air Patrol builds strong citizens for the future by providing leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to young men and women, ages 12 to 21. Information: 504-4267.

Connecticut Club of Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice: Seeking members. Persons who had or have a connection with the state can join. The club hosts monthly dinners November-April at different local restaurants. Membership: $12 a year. Information: 941-907-1563 or email rcutler@tampabay.rr.com

Delta Gamma Fraternity, Sarasota Chapter: The Sarasota Chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity holds monthly meetings October-April. All Delta Gammas, collegians and alumnae are welcome. Information: 941-504-9458.

East Manatee Republican Committee: The East Manatee Republican Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton. Luncheon cost is $15. Reservations: 941-739-3813.

eLLe Fashion Club: The eLLe Fashion Club's monthly workshops are at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. The club covers all aspects of modeling from photo posing to runway techniques and tools of the trade. Meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month. Information and membership: 941-756-9242.

Exchange Club: The Exchange Club of Manatee County meets at 5:30 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month at Stacey's Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Meetings last for about an hour and are open to everyone. Information: 941-751-4158.

Federation of Manatee County Community Associations: The Federation of Manatee County Community Associations meets at 6:45 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month -- except June, July, August and December -- at the Synovus Bank, 2520 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Guest speakers (such as elected officials or individuals with expertise in various fields) are usually scheduled for every meeting. Homeowners associations and individuals are welcome. Information: 941-723-1964 or 941-746-2151.

Florida Native Plant Society: The Florida Native Plant Society, Serenoa Chapter, meets the third Monday of each month with speakers and presentations at Selby Gardens in Sarasota. A field trip usually follows the next Saturday. The purpose to the society is to educate the public on the value of native plants and their role in the environment. Information: 941-748-4438.

Florida Women in Government: Greater Manatee Chapter-Florida Women in Government meets noon-1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the Manatee County Administration Building, fifth floor Emergency Operations Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The group is open to all government employees who are interested in self-improvement, professional development and a desire to elevate the standards of personnel in the public sector. Individuals not employed by a government agency but who support the principles and objectives of the group are also eligible for membership. Information: 941-749-1800, ext. 4185.

Florida Writers Association Manatee: FWA Manatee meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month and at 4 p.m. the first and third Saturday at Village Voices, 1010 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. The first meeting each month will be administrative followed by a discussion, workshop or speaker. The following meetings will be writer critiques. Writers who wish to have their work critiqued need to bring at least 10 copies, no more than 10 pages of the work, typed, double-spaced. Information: 941-748-6865.

Flute Choir: Gulf Coast Flute Choir meets 10 a.m.-noon every other Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Adult flutists of all skill levels welcome. Information: 941-794-6772 or cbflute@aol.com.

Fraternal Order of Eagles: The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 5831 15th St. E., sponsors the following activities: breakfast 8:30-11 a.m. and euchre at 1:30 p.m. Sundays; euchre at 7:30 p.m. Mondays; spaghetti dinner 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays; dinners 5-7:30 p.m. and bingo 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month. Information: 941-756-2113.

Friendship Force Club of Sarasota: The Friendship Force Club of Sarasota will meet at 7 p.m. every first Thursday of the month, except June, July and August, at Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota. Information: 941-379-9954.

Guardian ad Litem: Guardian ad Litems meet 10-11 a.m. every first Monday of the month at Starbucks, 7386 52nd Place E., Bradenton. A free tall coffee will be served when you meet with the group and learn how you can become a Guardian ad Litem and advocate for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Information: 941-756-4050.

German-American Social Club: The German-American Social Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. Information and reservations: 941-355-8530, 941-371-7786 or 941-341-0439.

Gulf Coast Writers: The Gulf Coast Writers meet at 1:15 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Members share their writings and everyone is welcome. Information: 941-778-7631.

Gulfcoast Sandpipers: Gulfcoast Sandpipers Barbershop Chorus meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Water's Edge, 30th Avenue West, Bradenton. New singers are always welcome. Information: 941-778-4590.

Hibiscus Park neighborhood watch: A Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting for Hibiscus Park residents is held the second Thursday of the month. Hibiscus Park is the area of 26th Street to 34th Street West between 19th Avenue and 23rd Avenue West. The group meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2220 26th St. W. All neighbors in the area, including Casa Del Sol, are welcome. Information: 941-739-6441.

High Noon Cribbage Club: The club meets at noon Saturdays at Pescara Lake Mobile Home Park, 570 57th Ave. W., Bradenton. The club is a member of the American Cribbage Congress and plays nine games in a grassroots competition. The public is welcome. New members are encouraged to apply. Information: 941-753-4832 or 941-739-7871.

Kiwanis, Anna Maria Island: Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Cafe on the Beach (Manatee County Public Beach), 2200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

Kiwanis, Bradenton: The Bradenton Kiwanis meets at noon Tuesday at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The cost for lunch is $9 per person. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Information: bradentonkiwanis.com.

Kiwanis, Cortez: Cortez Kiwanis meets at 7:30 a.m. Fridays at the Gloria's Country Kitchen, 3633 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-7715.

Kiwanis, Lakewood Ranch: Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis meets at noon Tuesdays at Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop Lakewood Ranch. Information: andres.rincon@hancockbank.com.

Kiwanis, Manatee Sunrise: The Manatee Sunrise Kiwanis Club, formerly Manatee Kiwanis and Sunrise Kiwanis clubs, meets at 7:15 a.m. Thursdays at Norma Rae's Restaurant, 423 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-705-0231.

Kiwanis, North Manatee: North Manatee Kiwanis Club meets at 7 a.m. Fridays at Popi's Place IV, 3911 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. Information: 941-721-4010.

Kiwanis, Oneco: Oneco Kiwanis Club meets at 7 a.m. Fridays at the Oneco Kiwanis Community Center, 1720 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-755-4814.

Kiwanis, West Bradenton: The West Bradenton Kiwanis meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Nicki's West 59th, 1830 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-953-4811.

KnitWits: Bring your knitting or crocheting and join KnitWits 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Atlanta Bread Company, 6401 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: email jvmalcolm@yahoo.com.

Korean War Veterans: KWVA Chapter 199 meets at 10:30 a.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at Veterans of Foreign War Post 10141, 5105 51st St. W., Bradenton. Anyone who served in, around or over Korea is eligible to join. Information: 941-795-5061.

Lifelink: The LifeLink ORGANizers' volunteer group for Sarasota and Manatee counties meets 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month in room 3D at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. RSVP one week prior to the meeting. LifeLink is the local agency that coordinates organ and tissue donations for southwest Florida. Information: 800-262-5775.

Lions Club, Bradenton: Lions Club of Bradenton meets for dinner and a meeting at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at Frank's Restaurant, 2044 43rd Ave. W., Bradenton. All visiting Lions are welcome. Information: 941-795-7634.

Lions Club, Ellenton-Parrish: The Ellenton-Parrish Lions Club meets for dinner and a meeting at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month (October- May) at Popi's IV, 3911 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. Information: 941-776-0377.

Lions Club, Manatee River: Manatee River Lions Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., for lunch, fellowship and speaker. Information: 746-7157.

Deep Sky Observers: The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers schedules events for amateur astronomers. For a list, visit the club's Website: thelocalgroup.org. The club gathers for a business meeting quarterly at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the first month of the quarter at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-8334 or vmenard@tampabay.rr.com.

Magic of Manatee-Sweet Adelines: The group meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-6222.

Manatee Association Sarasota Orchestra: The Manatee Association Sarasota Orchestra meets 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month October-May at IMG Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Each meeting features special music from a group from the Sarasota Orchestra or other top musicians. All classical music lovers and supporters of the Sarasota Orchestra are welcome. Luncheon: $20. Information: 941-792-0309.

Manasota Dowsers Club: The Manasota Dowsers Club meets 6-7:45 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month (except December) at the South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Dowsing is the ancient art of finding water and locating objects. Dowsing is also used to check conditions of the environment and for health. The club is free and open to anyone interested. Information: 941-756-1787.

Manatee Democratic Executive Committee: The Manatee Democratic Executive Committee meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: Democratic Headquarters, 941-761-8385.

Manatee Genealogical Society: The Manatee Genealogical Society meets 9:30 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday of every month October through May at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Meetings are free and open to anyone interested in genealogy. Information: email mgs.society@gmail.com or rootsweb.com/~flmgs.

Manasota Mopar Club: The Manasota Mopar Club meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday. The group of Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth enthusiasts attends car shows and goes on picnics, cruises and more. The club is also dedicated to helping children and teens in the community. Dues are $25 a year per family. Information: 941-747-6119.

Manasota Weavers' Guild: Manasota Weavers' Guild meets on the second Saturday of every month at St. Armands Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, St. Armands Key. Spinners and knitters gather 9 a.m. to noon. Meetings begin at noon with a lunch (bring a box lunch); the guild meeting is 12:30-1 p.m. followed by a program 1-3 p.m. Information: 941-365-1780.

Manatee Coin Club: Manatee Coin Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Family Life Center at Christian Reformed Church, 4208 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-756-0186.

Manatee County Christian Coalition: The Manatee County Chapter of Christian Coalition meets at 7 p.m. every first Tuesday of the month at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-5439.

Manatee County Dart Organization: The Manatee County Dart Organization (steel tip) plays at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at American Legion Post 309 in Palmetto, Tony D's Pub and Subs in Palmetto, Rasher Tierney's Irish Pub in Bradenton, AMF Bowling Alley in Bradenton and the Sports Lounge in Bradenton Beach. Information: Jim Benson, 941-232-6770, or Mark Souders, 941-580-6338.

Manatee County Ministries Association: The Manatee County Ministries Association meets 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every second Thursday at various locations around Manatee County. All pastors or ministry leaders are invited for lunch and fellowship. Yearly dues are $20 a person. Go to mcmafl.com for next month's location. Information and reservations: 941-752-4850.

Manatee County NAACP: The Manatee County NAACP: The group meets 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday at the 13th Avenue Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., Bradenton. Members and visitors are welcome. Information: 941-447-2189 or visit manateenaacp.org.

Manatee Democratic Business Council: The Manatee Democratic Business Council meets at 8 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Theresa's Restaurant, 608 14th St. W., Bradenton. Members and guests have an opportunity to network, educate fellow members about the nature of their business, discuss and advocate Democratic interests. Information: John Kokajko, 941-744-1118, or ManateeDemocraticBusinessCouncil.com.

Manatee Forum, Republican Women Federated: The group meets for dinner at 6 p.m. every last Tuesday of the month at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Dinner: $20. Reservations and information: 941-758-0096 or 941-758-4878.

Manatee Grange: The Manatee Grange, No. 179, meets every two weeks at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for a potluck supper in the community building at Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N. Please bring table service and a dish to pass. A meeting follows at 7:30 p.m. Information: 941-753-3753.

Manatee Juvenile Justice Council: The Manatee Juvenile Justice Council meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Department of Juvenile Justice board room, 701 Cortez Road. The council considers problems and solutions regarding juvenile delinquency, with the goal of reducing juvenile crime and delinquency in Manatee County. Information: 941-321-7992.

Manatee Orchid Society: The group meets 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at the Bradenton Women's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: manateeorchidsociety.com.

Manatee Patchworkers: The group meets 6:30 p.m. every first Monday of the month at the Manatee County Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. To learn more about the Patchworkers, visit their website at ManateePatchworkers.org.

Manatee Poetry Group: Manatee Poetry Group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in the conference room of the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Bring five or six copies of two poems to be critiqued in the workshop. During June, July and August, call to confirm the group is meeting. Information: 941-794-0259.

Manatee Republican Women's Forum Network: The Manatee Republican Women's Forum Network meets at 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton, for an informative topics dinner. All Republicans and Republican candidates are welcome. Information: Jane Grace at 941-758-4878. RSVP by contacting Sandy French at Sicily32@tampabay.rr.com.

Manatee River Garden Club: The community of nature enthusiasts who share a love of gardening, horticulture, floral design, and environmental concerns meets for lunch 11:30 a.m. every second or third Wednesday of the month, with a program at 1 p.m. at 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Evening meetings are 7 p.m. every second Thursday October-May. Information: Judy Boehm at 941-870-2259 or manateerivergardenclub.com

Manatee River Orchid Society: The Manatee River Orchid Society meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Water's Edge, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton. Guests are encouraged to attend. Information: 941-794-6400.

Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District: Meetings of the Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District are held at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month. All meetings are open to the public. Information: 941-722-4524.

Manatee Sail and Power Squadron: The Manatee Sail and Power Squadron meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Palmetto Elks Lodge, 4611 Fourth St. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-748-4159 or email rnbcalvin@verizon.net.

Manatee Sailing Association: Manatee Sailing Association is a cruising, racing and sailing club with programs to give its members information, experience and events for fun and safe boating. Monthly meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Firkin & Fox Restaurant, 2505 State Road 64 E., Bradenton. Information: 941-708-0048.

Manatee Scale Modelers: The Manatee Scale Modelers, a chartered organization of the International Plastic Modelers Society, meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-256-2009.

Manatee Shrine: Manatee Shrine meets the first Friday of the month, except July and August, at Peridia Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 941-751-2273.

Manatee Veterans Council: All veterans organizations and their auxiliaries are invited to send a representative to join the Manatee Veterans Council, which meets at 11 a.m. the third Thursday of every month at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-745-9564.

Manatee Wood Carvers: The Manatee Wood Carvers meet 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays at First United Methodist Church, 330 Fourth Ave. Palmetto. Information: 941- 723-2188.

Marine Corps League: The Marine Corps League DeSoto Detachment No. 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at The Bunker Bar, 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton.800 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-301-4598.

Masonic Lodge Cortez High Twelve #538: The group meets for lunch and camaraderie 11 a.m. Mondays at Duff's Buffet, 6010 14th St. W., Bradenton. Lunch: $9. Information: Jeff Davis at 941-722-8096.

Mental Illness Support: The National Alliance on Mental Illness Manatee County meets 7 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of each month at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The group provides support and holds educational meetings for those with mental illness. Information: namimanateecounty.org.

Merchant Marine Veterans: Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans invites all Merchant Mariners, Armed Guard and guests to the monthly luncheon meeting at noon on the last Wednesday of the month at Stacey's Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information and reservations: 941-722-1194.

Military Order of the World Wars: The Bradenton/Sarasota Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars gathers every second Wednesday of the month for a luncheon at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. All former, retired military officers and their spouses are invited, regardless of duty status. Reservations are required. Lunch: $16. Information: 941-745-9564.

Military Support Group, formerly Army Support Group, meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month at the MOTS Center, 4301 32nd St. W., Suite C20, Lakewood Park Business Center, Bradenton. The group offers support and encouragement for families of those serving in the military. Information: 941-782-0748.

Mountain Dulcimer Club: The Mountain Dulcimer Club of Bradenton/Sarasota meets 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday of the month at Whitfield Presbyterian Church, 7045 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Players of the mountain dulcimer and anyone interested in learning to play are invited. Information: 941-755-3427.

Mustang Club: The Mustang Club of West Central Florida meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Sarasota Ford in Sarasota. Membership and meetings are open to anyone having an interest in Ford Mustangs. Newcomers are always welcomed and encouraged. Ownership is not required. The club sponsors and publicizes car shows, shares technical information and enjoys social activities for families. Information: 941-351-3789.

Myakka River Riders: The Myakka River Riders Equestrian Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Quattlebaum House on Dam Road off of Manatee Avenue East. Meetings include information on issues related to horse ownership, riding, acquiring new lands to ride and more. Guest speakers such as veterinarians and feed specialists are scheduled throughout the year. Information: 941-722-4703.

MYLA: The Manatee Youth Leaders Association meets at noon on the third Thursday of every month at Manatee Religious Services, 3111 29th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-5155.

Nation Magazine: The Bradenton/Sarasota Nation magazine discussion group meets 10 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday of the month, December through May, at the South Manatee Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Participants are expected to share their reactions to something they have read in a recent Nation and actively engage in general discussions. Information: 941-761-4873.

National Wild Turkey Federation: The National Wild Turkey Federation, dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of the hunting tradition, has a local chapter, ManaSara Osceolas, that meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Le Cigar, 425 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-920-6761.

Night Owls Poetry: Night Owls Poetry Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Bring five or six copies of two poems to be critiqued in the workshop. Information: 941-756-2408.

Old Braden River Historical Society: The Old Braden River Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Woodland Community Church, 9607 State Road 70 E., Bradenton. The mission of the society is to preserve the history and the environment of the Bradenton River and its watershed. Information: Bill Halstead, 941-920-0884, or oldbradenriver.org

Ohio State Alumni: The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Sarasota-Manatee County meets at Captain Curt's, 1200 Old Stickney Point Rd., Siesta Key, for all Saturday afternoon Buckeyes games. Night games are watched at Refs' Sports Grill, 6240 S. Tamiami Trail. All game-watching parties are complete with halftime prize drawings with plenty of Buckeye music and camaraderie. All alumni, fans and friends of Ohio State are invited to join the club for game watching parties and for community activities throughout the year. Information: sarasotabuckeye.org, Lanny Emery at 941-780-4903, or Jamie Tacy at 941-504-6162.

Open Network: The Open Network meets 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thursday at The Original Oyster Bar, 7250 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost: $10, includes lunch. Walk-ins are welcome. Information: 941-504-9525 or open-network.biz.

Organ Hobbyists: The Bradenton Chapter of the largest organ club in the world, L.I.F.E.'s World of Music, meets at 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at Fletcher Music Center in DeSoto Square mall. Information: 941-727-8781.

Original Manatee Classical Cruisers: The Original Manatee Classical Cruisers meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Classic car and truck enthusiasts are invited to join this active, family-oriented club. Information: 941-727-0087.

Our Town Match Club: Our Town Match Club offers weekly social events for Bradenton and Sarasota singles. Free membership. Events include dances, beach parties, socials, bay cruises, etc. Information: 941-587-4350.

Palma Sola VFW Post 10141: Post meeting is 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. The House Committee meeting is 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are at Palma Sola Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10141, 420 67th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-794-6395 or orgsites.com/FL/VFW10141.

Palm Singles: Palm Singles for persons 50 and older meets for dinner and a program at 6 p.m. Mondays at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. All singles are invited to also enjoy many other activities. Reservations required. Information: 941-924-7430.

Palmetto High Twelve International Club: The Palmetto High Twelve International Club meets at 11 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at Popi's IV Restaurant in Ellenton. All Masons and their guests are welcome. Information: 941-722-8708.

Parents of Multiples: Sarasota Parents of Multiples, a support group for expectant parents and parents of twins or more, meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4150 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-756-7182 or sarasotamultiples.com.

Penn State Alumni: The Gulf Coast Alumni Association meets at the Sarasota Brewing Company, 6607 Gateway Avenue, Sarasota, to watch the Penn State football games. Information: 941-755-0975 or 941-321-3250.

Pins and Needles: Pins and Needles, a neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild, meets 6:30-8:45 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month at the Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information and supply list: 941-756-5387.

Pins and Needles and Creative Sassy Sewers: The neighborhood groups of the American Sewing Guild meets 1 p.m. every first Saturday of the month at the Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. For information and monthly supply list, call 941-756-5387.

Poke-A-Dots: Poke-A-Dots, a group for blind and legally blind adults, holds weekly meetings and social activities. Information: 941-750-0446.

Polish Club: The Colony Cove Polish Club meets 1-3 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month, October-April, at Ellenton Hall, 131 Tahitian Drive, Colony Cove, Ellenton. All people of Polish descent and their guests are invited to join. Information: Bernadette Peterson, 941-729-0353.

Gulf Coast Porcelain Artists: The Gulf Coast Porcelain Artists meet at 9:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month, September through April, at the Fruitville Public Library. The club is for anyone interested in the fine art of hand-painting porcelain (china). A business meeting is followed by a guest artist demonstration or paint-along. Attendees bring their own bag lunch; cookies, coffee and tea are provided. Information: Eve O'Neill, 941-953-7638.

Republican Club of Manatee County: Republican Club of Manatee County meets for lunch at noon at on the third Tuesday of every month at Popi's IV, 3911 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. Information: 941-747-3537.

Retired Nurses Club: The Retired Nurses Club of Manatee and Sarasota Counties gathers at 11:45 a.m. the first Monday of every month for a luncheon meeting at Westminster Manor, 1700 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Information and reservations: 941-746-2509.

Retired Railroad Employees: The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Employees meets at 11 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside, 6906 14th St. W., Bradenton. All railroaders are invited. Information: 941-753-1144.

Rotary, Anna Maria Island: Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-350-4326.

Rotary, Bradenton: Rotary Club of Bradenton meets at noon Mondays at Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-896-4024 or bradentonrotary.org.

Rotary, East Manatee: The Rotary Club of East Manatee meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. every Thursday at Popi's IV, 3911 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. Information: Melissa at 941-737-7634 or rotaryclubofeastmanatee.com.

Rotary, Palmetto: Rotary Club of Palmetto meets at noon Tuesdays at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Information: 941-932-6147.

Rotary, South Manatee: The Rotary Club of South Manatee meets at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at El Conquistador Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. Information: 941-720-5750.

Rotary, West Bradenton: The Rotary Club of West Bradenton has its buffet breakfast meetings at 7 a.m. every Wednesday at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-6824.

RV Club: Manateean Sams RV Club meets the second weekend (Friday to Sunday) of every month October through May at selected RV parks and resorts in Florida. Reservations are required in advance. Information: 941-755-2596.

Sahib Shriners: All Shriners, Masons and men of family or friends of same are invited to the Sahib Shriners weekly men's luncheon 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Sahib Shrine, 600 N. Beneva Rd., Sarasota. Luncheons feature guest speakers and musical entertainment. Cost: $12. Information: 941-366-4449.

Sarasota Bromeliad Society: Sarasota Bromeliad Society meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Meetings feature guest speakers, prize drawings and refreshments. Information: 941-538-2174 or email ldolatow@tampabay.rr.com.

Sarasota Chrome Divas: The Chrome Divas is a national organization of women bike enthusiasts. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Steak and Ale Restaurant, 4034 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. To be a Chrome Diva you must first join at the national level online or at any local chapter meeting. The national dues are $25 to join and $15 annual renewal. The local chapter fee for Sarasota is $15 per year. This is a nonprofit organization. Information: 941-929-1003, sarasotadiva@aol.com or sarasotachromedivas.com.

Sarasota Fiction Writers: Sarasota Fiction Writers meet the first Wednesday evening of the month at the Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, for presentations and workshops led by published writers, agents, editors and publishers. A second meeting on the third Wednesday of the the month offers constructive critique for members. Information: 941-346-1316.

Sarasota Fruit and Nut Society: The group meets 7 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The group hosts speakers who are experts in Florida horticulture. The gatherings, which include a raffle of member-donated plants, begin at 6:30 p.m. with a tasting table and socializing. The group also sponsors field trips to fruit farms, gardens, and other horticultural sites. Information: 941-484-9229 or visit sfns.net.

Sarasota Knife Collectors Club: The group meets 7 p.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month at Bob Evans Restaurant, 7393 State Road 70, Bradenton. Bring your friends and bring your knives. Information: knifecollector.net.

Sarasota Leads Club: The Sarasota Downtown Leads Chapter meets 11:45 a.m. every Thursday at DiVino's Restaurant in Sarasota. Information and reservations: 941-758-2812.

Sarasota/Manatee Chi Omega Alumnae Lunch Bunch: The group meets for lunch 11:45 a.m. every third Wednesday of the month at the Hillview Grill, 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota. Reservations and information: 941-366-5496.

Sarasota Manatee Merchant Marine Chapter: The Sarasota Manatee Merchant Marine Chapter meets for lunch at 11:15 a.m. followed by a meeting every last Wednesday of the month, except July and August, at Stacey's Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-1194.

Sarasota Scuba Club: The Sarasota Scuba Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at FOP Hall, corner of Circus Boulevard and Beneva Road, Sarasota. Information: sarasotascuba.org.

Sarasota Shell Club: The Sarasota Shell Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month, September-April, in the third-floor meeting room of Mote Marine Keating Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. The meeting includes a show-and-tell program; bring your best summer find and share with fellow shellers. All are welcome. Free refreshments. Information: 941-739-0908 or sarasotashellclub.com.

Scrabble: The Manatee Scrabble Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Books-A-Million, corner of Cortez Road and U.S. 41, Bradenton. All levels of players are welcome. Business meeting at 6:30 and Scrabble games begin at 7 p.m. Please bring your own Scrabble game, just in case it's needed. Information: 941-729-9492.

n Join the Anna Maria Island Community Center 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays for Scrabble. Bring your own game and a kitchen timer. Cost: $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Information: 941-778-1908.

n Sarasota Scrabble Club: The group meets 7 p.m. Mondays at 3901 Calliandra Dr., Sarasota. No charge. Information: 941-373-0956.

Seabees: Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Bradenton-Sarasota Island X-3 group, meets at noon the third Saturday of every month at Stacey's Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-755-0737 or 941-758-0339.

Seat of the Soul: The Seat of the Soul discussion and meditation group meets noon-2 p.m. Fridays at the Manatee Spiritual Center, 1327 10th St. E., Palmetto. The group explores topics of life such as intuition, energy, psychology, karma, evolution, souls and intentions. Bring a lunch; donations accepted. Information: 941-722-6556.

Seminole club: The Manatee Seminole Club welcomes all FSU fans, boosters and alumni. Information: 941-748-7694.

Senior Lunch Club: The group meets 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Meeting will feature guest speakers and discussions on a variety of interesting topics. Lunch: $8. Information and reservations: 941-747-4655.

Sertoma Club of Bradenton: The group meets for lunch at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at Ezra's, 5629 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The group raises funds for those with speech and hearing needs and for other local causes. The group's "Pumpkin Patch" sells pumpkins at 4201 Manatee Ave. W. through Oct. 31. Information: 941-896-7196.

Sewing Circles: The American Needlepoint Guild's local chapter, The Sun Stitchers, meets at 9 a.m. the first Thursday of every month at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4150 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota. New stitches are taught. Bring a sack lunch. Information: 941-497-7771.

n The American Sewing Guild, Bradenton neighborhood group, Pins and Needles, meets 6:30-8:45 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. There is a special program each month, including a show and tell. Information: 941-722-5491 or 941-756-5387.

n Anything Sews meets 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the fourth Saturday at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota. Information: Judy Lehmann (941) 924-1057 and Shirley Mendolera 941-924-4095.

n Embroiderers' Guild of America meets at 9:30 a.m. the fourth Monday of every month September through May (except December) at the Waldemere Fire Station community room, Waldemere Street, Sarasota. Information: 941-918-1862 or 941-475-5206. The Night Needlers chapter meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota. Information: 941-351-7011.

n Knitters and Crocheters Guild of Manatee County meets 1-3 p.m. every Monday at the Manatee County Extension office in Palmetto. There is no fee to join. Beginners are welcome, and lessons are free. All creations are donated to charity. Donations of yarn are welcome. Information: 941-722-4524.

n The Manatee Patchworkers quilt guild meets 6:30-9 p.m. the first Monday of every month. Includes show-and-tell by members and guests, featured speaker and administrative reports. Information: 941-746-3053.

n The Plantation Pleaters meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month with social time at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Anyone interested in smocking or learning to smock is welcome. Information: 941-794-6765.

n Sew What's New meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Sunnyside Village activity hall, 5201 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. Group leader is Suzanne Goldman. Information: (941) 924-2280.

n Creative Sassy Sewer, a new neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild, meets every fourth Saturday of the month at the South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Bring your sewing machine and join the fun. Information and supply list: Kathleen Heinicke, 941-753-9178.

Shakespeare Discussion Group: Shakespeare Reading and Discussion Group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays in downtown Sarasota. Information: 941-721-8390.

S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool Support Group: The S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool Support Group, comprised of about 500 local families, provides activities, recreation, fellowship, field trips, excursions and promotion of all types of academic or extracurricular learning for home-educating families, grades K-12. Any homeschooling family may participate. There is no fee to join; the only fees are for activities. Information: 941-751-4501 after 1 p.m., email SHAREbradenton@cs.com or visit the Website at SHAREbradenton.homestead.com.

Singles on the Go Travel Club: Singles on the Go Travel Club meets at 2 p.m. the second Sunday of the month at the Red Cross Building, 2001 Cantu Court, Sarasota. Meet-and-greet time begins at 2 p.m., and the program begins at 2:30 p.m. The club's main goal is travel near and far, but it also sponsors activities such as dining out and in, bridge and other games, day trips and a monthly get-togethers. Information: Darlene Kronemann, 941-792-6650.

Smocking Arts Guild of America: The group meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at the South Manatee County Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. The group promotes education and quality workmanship in the fine needle arts including smocking, heirloom sewing, fine machine sewing, fine hand sewing, embroidery and the related needle arts. Membership in the national and local chapter is required. Information: smocking.org.

Soft Tip Dart Association: E & T Entertainment Soft Tip Dart Association, has leagues that meet Monday through Wednesday in Bradenton and on Thursdays in Sarasota. The season is 16 weeks. Information: 941-751-3278.

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 24: The group meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Monday of the month at the Palmer Building, American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-773-3869 or email amipirate@aol.com.

Sons of Confederate Veterans: The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Robert E. Lee Camp 1383, meets 7-8:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Stacey's Buffet, 4848 14th St. W, Bradenton. All members are descendants of Confederate soldiers and strive to preserve and maintain the memory of their ancestors and Confederate heritage. Camp commander is Jack O'Brien: (859) 576-2047. Information: Joe Kennedy, 941-720-4103 or email yardpainter@aol.com.

Sons of Italy Bradenton Lodge 2782: the group meets for dinner and a meeting at 5:30 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at 4802 26th St. W., Suite B, Bradenton. Donation: $10, includes salad, main course, dessert and coffee. Beverages available for purchase. Reservations: 941-567-0712.

Sons of Italy, Sarasota: Sarasota Lodge No. 2698 meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Lions Club, 120 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-921-2524 or 941-744-0603.

Sons of Norway: The Sons of Norway Lodge meets at 3 p.m. the third Sunday of every month October-May at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota. Information: 941-363-0382 or claraloken@juno.com.

South Branch Writers Workshop: The group meets from 12:30 to 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Manatee South library, 6081 26th Street West, Bradenton. Come and join us, bring your favorite writing implement and two pages of your writing to share. All genres welcome.

South Manatee Sertoma Club: The group meets at noon Wednesdays at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. New members are welcome. Information: Robert Parnes at 941-794-3276.

Stamp collectors: The Sarasota Philatelic Club meets 7-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Information: 941-739-0908 or email HANKSFRAN@aol.com.

Submarine veterans: The Tang Base of the United States Submarine Veterans meets the third Saturday of every month at American Legion Post 104, 7550 60th St. N., Pinellas Park. Local members of the Tampa Bay group carpool to the meetings. Information: USSVI.org/home.asp.

Sun Stitchers/American Needlepoint Guild: The guild meets at 10 a.m. every first Wednesday of the month, except December, at the Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota. All needleworkers are welcome. Information: 941-697-8794.

Suncoast Antique Bottle Collectors: Suncoast Antique Bottle Collectors meets the fourth Thursday of every month, except June, November and December. Information: 941-722-7233 or merliedog@aol.com.

Suncoast Camera Club: The Suncoast Camera Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the H2U Center, 6049 26th St. W., Bradenton. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., but members arrive early for socializing and sharing photos. Activities include programs and outings for photographing. Information: 941-729-0127 or email suncoastcamera.club@gmail.com.

Suncoast Mummers: Suncoast Mummers Stringband of Bradenton meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays for rehearsals at Sugg Middle School, Bradenton. The group is looking for baritone and sax players and tenors and altos. String, reed and percussion players are welcome. This is a volunteer band for all ages. Information: 941-729-4069, scmsbjnm@netzero.net or suncoastmummers.com.

Sweet Adelines: Magic of Manatee, the local Sweet Adelines group, meets at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. They welcome good singing voices that enjoy "busting chords" in perfect harmony. Information: Jeanette Rothberg at 941-778-5499 or Judy McClarren at 941-779-1416.

Tall Sunsations: Sarasota Tall Sunsations, a social organization for tall people, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at Skeeter's, 1266 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key. Information: 941-215-2956.

Theater Organ Society: Manasota Theater Organ Society meets at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at Grace Baptist Church, 8000 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. A musical program follows a brief business meeting. Information: 941-758-7909.

Think Tank Group: The Think Tank Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Lov A-Da Coffee, 2127 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: thinktankbradenton.wordpress.com

Toastmasters: Positively Speaking Toastmasters meet at 6 p.m. Fridays at the Episcopalian Church of the Nativity, 5900 N. Lockwood Ridge Road. Information: 941-685-1614 or 941-927-5665.

Toastmasters Bradenton: Toastmasters Club No. 2449 meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-776-3156.

Toastmasters, Manatee WCR: The Manatee WCR Toastmasters Club meets 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month at the Bethel Baptist Church, 1805 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: Jodi White, 941-266-0492, or Kris Kesling, 941-321-5638.

Toastmasters Sarasota: The Sarasota Evening Toastmasters Club 6026 meets 6-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Sarasota County Terrace Building, 10th floor, 101 S. Washington St., Sarasota. Information: 941-721-8974.

UFO Group of Manatee: The UFO Group of Manatee meets 1:30-4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Braden River branch library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. The group welcomes anyone who has an interest in learning about extraterrestrial life in our universe. Other related subjects such as crop circles and sightings will be studied. Information: 941-792-0308. Donation only.

U.S. Cadet Leadership Academy: The U.S. Cadet Leadership Academy is accepting applications for admissions. The mission of the academy is to develop people into leaders and better citizens by teaching every member to live by the seven Army values and developing in each member the 14 traits of leadership. The minimum age for cadets to join is 12, and they may remain in the program until the age of 21. For information on enrolling in the U.S. Cadet Leadership Academy, visit 6-8:30 p.m. every Monday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2488, 810 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-447-1228, uscadetleadershipacademy@hotmail.com or uscadetleadershipacademy.com.

USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 85: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 85, Palmetto, meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in the Commodore Room at the Bradenton Yacht Club on Snead Island. Anyone who is interested in giving some time back to his or her country is welcome to attend to learn more about the group. Information: Flotilla Commander Dee Kermode, 941-723-7344.

VFW Post No. 8199: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8199 meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the old fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

Vintage Wheels: Vintage Wheels, Manatee County Region Antique Automobile Club of America, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Stacey's Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. People interested in dinner should come at 6:30 p.m. The club is for those interested in antique cars and going on cruises and tours. Information: 941-748-2767.

Welcome Club: The Welcome Club of Sarasota meets at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month for a luncheon with a speaker/entertainment. The club is a social and civic organization for new residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties. During the amnesty period, April through October, membership is open to anyone who has established permanent residency. Cost: $18 a person, and reservations are required one week prior to the date. For locations and reservations: 941-923-5266 or 941-373-6630.

Wisconsin Social Club: The Wisconsin Social Club meets at noon every third Wednesday of the month at Stacey's Buffet, 4848 14th St. W. Information: 941-792-8554.

Women of Manatee Republican Club: The Women of Manatee County Republican Club meets at 11:30 a.m. the first Friday of each month for a luncheon at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. All Republican candidates are welcome to speak. The cost for the luncheon is $16. For reservations or cancellations, call 941-792-7278.

Women Veterans Support Group: A monthly support group meets the fourth Friday of each month at the Women's Resource Center of Manatee, 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Led by Celia Szelwach, veteran. $2 donation; join anytime. Information: 941-795-0928.

Wool Gatherers: The Wool Gatherers, a group of knitters and crocheters, meets 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Yarn Outlet, 5331 15th St. E., Bradenton. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Information: Debbie Petti, 941-756-8915.

Writer's Workshop: An ongoing Writer's Workshop is held 2-4 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at State Collage of Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Science Building 25, Room 139, Bradenton. Bring works of fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, plays, or poetry to read and be critiqued. The workshop is free and open to the public. Information: John Garzone at 941-753-8680 or Faye Henderson at 941-721-8108.

Young Mothers' League: Young Mothers' League is a nonprofit, social organization for mothers of children up to 10 years old. The group provides membership to an extended family of approximately 75 mothers in the Sarasota/Manatee area. Membership year runs from September to August. The annual nonrefundable fee of $35 includes a monthly newsletter and calendar of events. Information: 941-306-3523, email youngmothersleague@netzero.com, or visit ymls.org.

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