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T-shirt Design Contest for Southeastern Guide Dogs 2015 Walkathon: Southeastern Guide Dogs announces a T-shirt design contest for its 2015 Walkathon, the charity's biggest annual fundraiser of the year. The winning design will be worn by Walkathon participants, volunteers, and staff members at seven unique locations, and will be featured on Walkathon promotional items such as banners, signage, the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon website, Tervis tumblers, and more. Artists of any experience level are invited to submit original designs and concepts in a digital format by July 31, 2014. For contest details and submissions guidelines, visit GuideDogs.org/tshirtcontest.
Breakfast with the Sheriff: The Manatee Chamber of Commerce invites the public to a breakfast with Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube 7:30-9 a.m. July 11 at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Topics will include a community and business update and the amendment for medical marijuana that will be on the November ballot. Cost: $25 members, $30 nonmembers. Reservations are required. Information: 941-748-3411 or manateechamber.com.
Snooty's 66th Birthday Bash, Arts and Wildlife Awareness Festival: Snooty's Birthday Bash is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 19 featuring fun activities for the entire family including games, entertainment, and wildlife awareness opportunities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. General admission to the museum, galleries, aquarium and planetarium will be half priced. Entry forms for the birthday card contest can be picked up at the Museum or online at southfloridamuseum.org. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 30.
Sarasota Singles Society "Bastille Day Celebration": Area singles are invited to celebrate Bastille Day in high style at the SarasotaSingles Society "Bastille Day Celebration," 6 p.m. July 25 at historic Sara Bay Country Club, 7011 Willow St., Sarasota. The event features French-inspired hors d'oeuvres and desserts, festive Bastille Day decor, live music and dancing. Cost: $60 members, $80 nonmembers. Reservations are required by July 22. Information: 941-504-4064 or sarasotasinglessociety.com.
Book talk, signing and reception: A new addition to the "From A Heavenly Land" trilogy, "Julia's Story," will be presented by professional historian and local author Cathy Slusser at a reception 6:15-7:45 p.m. July 14 at the Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Book talk is at 6:30 p.m., book signing before and after. Admission is free. Information: 941-741-4075 or manateeclerk.com/historical/manateevillage.
Book reading: Local author and illustrator, Ann Stephanian Kale, will be the guest author 10-11:30 a.m. July 26 at the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, She will be accompanied by her therapy dog, Max. Her books "Marco and Princess Gina," "Artie - the Ugly Frog," "Going to College with Grandma," "When I Grow Up," and "Regis the Wonder Dog," will be available for purchasing and autographing at $10 each. Proceeds from the sales will benefit children's charities. Information: 941-727-6079.
Book release: Local author JB Hamilton Queen released het newest book "Dagger in the Cup," a fictional thriller about a teenage heroine living in the mountains of Virginia who saves her family from an abusive stepfather. The book is available at Amazon, iUniverse, Barnes and Noble online bookstores. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book release: Local author Arturo Santos Jr. announced the publication of his first book "All Out of Love," a personal work of creative nonfiction inspired by his relationship experiences. The book has been released through Sarasota-based independent publisher Suncoast Digital Press Inc, and is now available for purchase in paperback and Kindle formats via Amazon.com and other online booksellers. Information: suncoastdigitalpress.com.
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: themallatuniversity towncenter.com.
Fourth annual United Way Bowling Tournament: Manatee County Government invites the public to the fourth annual United Way Team Bowling Tournament beginning with registration 10 a.m. July 12 at AMF Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton. For a $25 entry fee, bowlers will receive three bowling games with shoe rental, pizza and soda. Live music will be provided by the Butch Castetter Band. There will be prize drawings. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Manatee County. Information: 941-749-3030, ext. 3470 or mymanatee.org.
Karwash for Kids: Clear Sunset Car Wash and Detail Center will host "Karwash for Kids" 8 a.m.-6 p.m. July 16 at 6415 SR 64 E., Bradenton. For this special occasion car wash prices will be rolled back to $1. Children from Dream Oaks Camp will be onsite for you to meet, Food and beverages will be provided and all proceeds and donations will benefit Foundation for Dreams and Dream Oaks Camp. Information: 941-746-9274 or clearsunsetcarwash.com.
Infinite Entertainment's Electronics Sale: The Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary will host Infinite Entertainment's Electronics Sale 7 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16-17 in the main lobby of Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., Bradenton. For sale to the public are the most popular brands such as Panasonic, Garmin, Tom Tom, Samsung etc., and will include laptops, cameras, MP3 players, DVD players, GPS systems and more. All sale proceeds will benefit medical scholarships and Manatee County community charities. Information: 941-745-7287.
"Heroes Night Out": Heroes Welcome Home, a local non-profit organization assisting recently returned veterans, will be hosting their fourth "Heroes Night Out" fundraiser, 1-9 p.m. July 19 at World of Beer, 8217 Tourist Center Dr., Sarasota. Visitors can enjoy fresh barbecue, drink specials and great live music. There will be price drawings. Proceeds will benefit military veterans in their pursuit of home ownership. Tickets: $10 in advance, or $15 day of event. Information: 941-812-7983 or heroeswelcomehomefl.com.
Plato's Closet Second Annual "Fashion Dash": The Selby Library Youth Department presents Plato's Closet Second Annual "Fashion Dash," 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 26 at 1331 First St., Sarasota. The event will feature a fashion show at 1 p.m. with a clothing exchange for guys and girls 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. There will be live music and visitors of all ages are welcome. Information: 941-365-5228 or scgov.net/libraries.
American Cancer Society Yard Sale and Open House: Clean out your closets, the basements, and garages and bring your items to sell to the American Cancer Society's Open House and Yard Sale 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 2 at 2970 University Pkwy., Sarasota. All participants can drop off items at the ACS offices or bring their own table to sell their things to fundraise. A lunch of barbecued items will be available for purchase. All items that do not sell will be donated to Goodwill. Proceeds will benefit the Relay For Life of the American Cancer Society. Information: Calaina Goodyear at 740-312-0002 or cancer.org.
"Stick a Fork in Cancer": Get ready to eat some delicious foods at participating restaurants Aug. 5. Participating restaurants will be donating 10-20 percent of their proceeds back to Relay For Life of the American Cancer Society. For participating restaurant names and locations, call Calaina Goodyear at 740-312-0002 or cancer.org.
USS Long Beach Association: The USS Long Beach Association's 2014 reunion is Sept. 8-14 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport, 10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Mo. Room rates are $89 and includes all taxes and breakfast for two persons. Information: 314-426-5500 or Don Shade at 866-352-2469 or email email@example.com or usslongbeach-assoc.org.
Manatee High School Class of 1972: The MHS Class of 1972 is planning a 60th Birthday Party 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. W., Palmetto. For more information, contact Pam Pontious Walters at 941-722-5936 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dancing Thru The Years: Dancing Thru The Years, an all adult ballet program, temporarily ceases full schedule at the end of July. All classes at both the Bradenton Dance and Performing Arts Center, 2726 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton and at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Holmes Beach, will resume Sept. 27. For information regarding available Saturday classes in the interim. call Kathi at 941-758-5270.
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 well-being, 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.
Summer art classes: The Ringling College of Art and Design offers the following summer art classes at 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota:
For adults and teens: Digital photography: painting with light, Photoshop workshop, drawing and illustrating in Adobe Illustrator, digital painting in Photoshop, web design and mobile apps: dreamweaver, drawing and painting with the iPad, abstract art: beyond reality.
Teen studios (entering 9th-12th grades): drawing studio I, visual development: concept sketching, visual development: character design, photo I and Photoshop, landscape painting and drawing, the art of the graphic novel, interdisciplinary studies: portfolio prep, 3D: found object sculpture, 3D: found object sculpture (grades 6-9), digital design: visual communication, drawing III, visual development: character design, photo II and Photoshop, acrylic painting, drawing studio II, photography exploration, and exploring figure drawing. For registration, class hours, times and cost, call 941-955-8866 or ringling.edu/summerart.
English classes: Applications are now being taken for students wanting to learn English this Fall. Basic through intermediate English classes will be held at Manatee County Libraries and at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 505 26th St. W., Palmetto. Classes will meet 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Aug. 12 for 16 weeks. Students will be required to purchase a set of text books and workbooks for $30. For locations and full schedule, call Yoshira Castro at 941-722-3333, ext. 6341 or Alan Gedeon at 941-749-3029, ext. 3662.
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. 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.
Mural painting workshop: Internationally renowned Welsh artist John Allinson will be hosting a mural painting workshop in a series of classes, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 12-13 and 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. July 26 at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Fee per class: $45. Each student will work intermittently on a joint mural project in each class. Space is limited. Call ahead for required list of supplies. Registration and information: 941-778-2099.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karate classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer karate classes 6-7 p.m. July 14 and July 17 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.
Art classes and workshops for kids: Muse Galleria offers "Just Drawing It Out" summer workshops and classes for children at 3801 McIntosh Road, Sarasota:
For students ages 3-13: "You're Bugging Me," bugs, July 14-18; "Don't Pick The Flowers," flowers, July 21-25; and "Pet Me Please," pets, Aug.4-8. All classes are 9-11 a.m.
For students ages 13 and older: Whimsical Artwork "Markers" July 14-18, "Abstract Artwork "Mixed Media" July 21-25, and Faces Whimsy Style "Mixed Media" Aug. 4-8. All classes are 2-5 p.m.
For registration and cost, call 941-706-3328.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
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.
Irrigation 101 and smart landscaping tips, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 13.
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.
Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic: The Revolutionary War Veterans Association offer the Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 19-20 and Aug. 16-17, 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: $60 adults, $20 youth, ages 18 and younger, free to active duty military, law enforcement officers with ID, and elected officials. Additional club range fees: $20 per day a person. Information: 904-424-3855 or email FL@appleseedinfo.org.
Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held July 19 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. Aug. 4 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 email@example.com.
Performance and technical arts classes: The Conservatory of Performing and Technical Arts at Manatee Performing Arts Center, offers the following classes and camps beginning Aug. 25-Dec. 12: Stage Movement, all ages; Combo Dance, ages 3-5; Hip-Hop Dance, ages 6-Adult; Beginning/Intermediate Tap, all ages; Social and Line Dancing for Adults; Audition Prep, all ages; Intermediate Jazz, ages 10-Adult; and DraMature. The conservatory also offers camps including "Let's Put On A Show" for grades K-12: "Disney's Sleeping Beauty"-Kids; a Kidz Camp for ages 7-17: "Annie, Jr.," and a Broadway Boot Camp, ages 13-17 or previous camp experience: "Guys and Dolls." All camps are held at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. For a full brochure, days, times and instructors, call 941-748-5875 or manateeplayers.com/pdf/education brochure.pdf.
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.