Email information to email@example.com. A list of ongoing classes is available at www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.
Manatee Community Concert Band seeking musicians: The Manatee Community Concert Band is actively seeking musicians of all ages and levels of experience to make music and improve their skills. All instruments are welcome. There is a special need for percussionists, year-round trumpets and clarinets. Rehearsals are held 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 22 at the Bayshore High School Band room, 5401 34th St. W., Bradenton. Information: manateeconcertband.org or Randy Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for nautically inspired tattoos: The Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, is accepting submissions of nautically inspired tattoos and their stories now through Sept. 30. Pieces may include nautical symbols, waterways, ships or other maritime objects. Tattoos may represent a maritime story or experience without using nautical imagery. Selected tattoos will be displayed in the museum and shared on the Museum's Facebook page as part of an upcoming exhibit on "Sailor Superstitions." This fun exhibit will explore some of the legends and ore that have accompanied life at sea, with a special focus on the meaning and tradition of maritime tattoos. To enter, send your contact information and a family friendly photo of your tattoo and a paragraph about its meaning, inspiration or design to Halee Turner at email@example.com. Deadline is Sept. 30.
Anna Maria Concert Chorus and Orchestra new member drive: The Anna Maria Concert Chorus and Orchestra is looking for new members to join the Chorus for the 2015-2016 season of great classical works with performances on Anna Maria Island and in Bradenton. All voice types are welcome. For more information, call Joy at 941-587-3584. For season information visit amicco.org.
Happenings at Renaissance on 9th: The Renaissance on 9th will host the following events at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton:
Community Appreciation Monday, 1-3:30 p.m. Sept. 7, featuring games, contests, ballroom and line dancing by Just Friends. Free.
Information: 941-749-0100 or renaissanceon9th.org.
Bay Chorale rehearsal: The Bay Chorale will have its first rehearsal 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at H2U Bayshore Center, 6049 26th St. W., Bradenton. The chorus will be directed by Tim O'Connor. All singers are welcome. Information: Dick Edwin at 941-727-7259.
Sarasota Jewish Chorale Open House for prospective singers: The Sarasota Jewish Chorale will host an Open House 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Hecht School, Jewish Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The group is searching for prospective singers with all voice types of all faiths for their 17th season. Ability to read music is preferable. Information: 941-355-8011 or sarasotajewishchorale.org.
Nursing Degree Information: State College of Florida has upcoming information sessions about the Associate in Science in Nursing Degree program:
11 a.m. Sept. 10 at SCF Lakewood Ranch 7131 Professional Pkwy. E., MTSC Building.
11 a.m. Sept. 22 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Building 29, Room 157.
Information: ASN Department Secretary at 941-752-5209 or scf.edu/nursing.
Asolo Repertory Theatre: The Asolo Repertory Theatre will host local auditions 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre Rehearsal Hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Auditions are for the roles of Lt. Schrank and Glad Hand in its upcoming production of West Side Story which runs Nov. 10-Dec. 27, 2015. Asolo Rep is seeking one local Equity or non-Equity actor to play both roles. Actors will need to bring two copies of picture and resume, glued or stapled together and will be asked to prepare sides from West Side Story. Appropriate sides will be emailed after confirmation of audition appointment. For appointments and information, call 941-351-9010, ext. 3313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with a message stating preferred audition time and Equity status. Email bookings are strongly preferred.
Book release: Local author, Penelle, will sign copies of her newest book "Passage to Cuba, Quest for the Masque of Gold," a story about Cuba revealed through fact and storytelling 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 5, 19 and Oct. 17 at Parker's Books Inc. 1488 Main St., Sarasota, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 26 at Classic World Travel, 8346 Market St., 5-8 p.m. at Vanessa Fine Jewelry, 8131 Main St., both in Lakewood Ranch, noon-2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Barnes & Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and 1-5 p.m. Nov. 14 at Banana Moon Sunwear at University Town Center Mall, University Park. The book is available on amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and on Kindle. Information: penelleontour-books.com.
Arts and Lecture Series: The Manatee Performing Arts Center will host author Nancy Cohen, author of the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The author will meet and greet the public at a reception following the lecture. Seating is limited, reservations are encouraged. Tickets: $35. Information: 941-748-5875 or manateeperformingartscenter.com.
Manatee High School Class of 1985: Manatee High School Class of 1985 will celebrate its 30th reunion Sept. 4-5 at various locations featuring a golf outing beginning at 8 a.m. at IMG Golf Course, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., followed by a happy hour reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Manatee Central Banquet Hall, 515 Ninth St. E., Suite 100, Bradenton, Sept. 4, and a classic picnic "Surf and Turf-Taste of Manatee," 4-10 p.m. Sept. 5 featuring live music, at the Pole Barn, 4810 Memphis Road, Ellenton. Information and registration: facebook.com/groups/manateehs1985 or email email@example.com.
Wisconsin Day: The 58th Wisconsin Day will be held Feb. 3, 2016, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church Hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, featuring food, music for dancing prize drawings and door prizes. Information: Joy Sujecki at 941-708-0149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manatee High School Class of 1965: The 50th reunion is scheduled for Oct. 30-31. Information: 941-746-7360 or mhs1965.org.
Manatee High School Class of 1966: For reunion information contact Janice Hooker Davis at 941-268-5008 or email@example.com.
Manatee High School Alumni Association Golf Outing: The Manatee High School Class of 1985 will host a golf outing beginning with registration at 8 a.m. Sept. 4 at IMG Academy Golf Course, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. The format is a Golf Scramble with teams of four beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Interested participants are encouraged to register complete foursomes, individual registration is accepted. Cost: $240 per 4-some or $60 a player. Fee includes round of golf, cart and lunch. Prizes for skills contests and door prizes will be awarded. Proceeds will benefit the Manatee High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Information: Eric Fitzgerald at 941-962-5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Live United, Win United," casino night: United Way of Manatee County will host "Live United, Win United," a casino night 6-10 p.m. Sept. 12 at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. The event will feature a variety of games, such as blackjack, roulette, craps, pai gow, Caribbean poker, 3 card poker, let it ride, and slot machines. There will be prize drawings. Tickets; $65, incudes a buffet diner, drinks, dancing and casino cash. Attire is business-cocktail-casual. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Manatee County. Information: 941-748-1313 or uwmc.net.
Privateers' Talk Like A Pirate Day fundraiser: The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a "Talk Like A Pirate Day" 3-7 p.m. Sept. 19 along Old Main Street, Bradenton. The event features the Skullywag 65' pirate ship, a bilge rat race 4 p.m. at Pub 88, 436 12th St. W., and a rum tasting 4:30-6 p.m. at Corks Cigar Bar, 425 12th St. W. Participants dressed like a pirate will receive a free gift. Rat race, adoption donation: $30, rum tasting $10. There will be prize drawings and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Privateers programs. Information: Lisa Ritchey at 941-238-8974 or email email@example.com.
Kappa Alpha Psi annual Black and White Ball: Sarasota-Bradenton Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will host its 32nd Black and White Ball 8 p.m. with a pre-ball cocktail at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Fete Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Tickets: $75. Proceeds will benefit the annual scholarship drive, assisting young minority males who graduate from Sarasota and Manatee County area high schools to further their education. Information: 941-704-6746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fourth Annual Casino Night Charity Fundraiser: The David Gigliotti Legacy Foundation will host its fourth annual Casino Night Charity Fundraiser 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Gold Coast Eagle Budweiser, 7051 Wireless Ct., Sarasota. Participants will have two options to choose from: 1. the "All in for GIG" poker tournament, or 2. Casino Night Player. The poker tournament is limited to the first 50 players that register. There is a limit of 300 players for the Casino Night Player. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit the foundation's program helping families affected by cancer. Registration and information: gigslegacy.org.
Walk to End Alzheimer's: The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's will be 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m., Oct. 3 at Riverwalk Rossi Park, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The 2 mile walk will culminate with post-walk festivities and a tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Registration is free, participants can join as individual or create or join a team for fundraising purposes. Information: 941-365-8883 or http://act.alz.org/Manatee.
Interior Design Society Sarasota Chapter Fifth annual Party on the Pass: The Interior Design Society Sarasota Chapter, will host its fifth annual Party on the Pass 6-10 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, Sarasota. The event is open to the public and will feature a cookout, a silent and gift auction, and live music by Kettle of Fish. Tickets: $40, includes food and two beverages. Tickets for children are $15. Proceeds will benefit the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and the Trinity Charities Inc. Information: 941-959740 or idssarasota.com.
The Sarasota Orchestra Dinner Series: Get to know music director Anu Tali, conductor Perry So, and various soloists of the Sarasota Orchestra Dinner Series at the Conductor Dinner Series, beginning with a Season Opener Brunch 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at Michael's On East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. The schedule is:
Dinner 1, featuring music director Anu Tali and Masterworks 1 soloist, Marc-Andre Hamelin, 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in Michael's Wine Cellar, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota
Dinner 2, featuring Masterworks 2 conductor Perry So and soloist Leila Josefowicz 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at University Park Country Club, 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park
Mozart Gala and Concert, 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at theSarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Dinner 3, featuring music director Anu Tali and Masterworks 6 soloist Guy Braunstein 6 p.m. March 10 at
Tickets for the brunch and dinners are $150 each; tickets for the Mozart Gala and concert are $500. For detailed information call 941-487-2737 or sarasotaorchestra.org.
"Neptune's Seaside Bash" 2015 Auction Gala: Experience the thrill of mobile bidding on unique and extraordinary silent and live auction items and enjoy an open bar all night long while admiring the panoramic view of the river from the Neptune Room at Manatee Children's Services' "Neptune Seaside Bash" Auction Gala 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Seafood Shack Marina, Bar and Grill, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. Guest can enjoy a night full of The Billy Rice Band while feasting on an ocean-inspired culinary dinner. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit Manatee Childrens Services. Information: 941-345-1200 or manateechildrensservices.com.
2015 Snooty's Gala "Museum After Dark": The 2015 Snooty's Gala Museum After Dark will be 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $200. Proceeds will benefit the South Florida Museum. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or southfloridamuseum.org.
Ringling College of Art and Design 2015 Golf Tournament: The Ringling College of Art and Design will host its annual Golf Tournament beginning with registration at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Registration is followed by lunch at 11 a.m., golf demo at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. and the awards banquet at 5 p.m.. Single golfer tickets are $400, twosome $800, foursome $1,600. All golfers receive 18 holes of golf on two courses-limited field, luncheon and awards banquet, golf shirt, refreshment on-course. Non-golf player banquet ticket: $100. Proceeds will benefit student scholarships. Information and registration: 941-309-0118 or email email@example.com.
"Uncorked" Gourmet Food and Wine Fest: The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch will host "Uncorked," a gala wine pairing dinner honoring American veterans 6-9 p.m. Nov. 11 at Michaels' on East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. The event will feature a presentation by Commander Bradley Smith, or the US Navy (retired) and recognition of attending veterans. There will be a silent auction. Tickets: $250. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club's area charities and programs. Information: suncoastfoodandwinefest.com.
Food and Wine Tasting Event: The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch will host a food and wine tasting event 1-4 p.m. Nov. 14 at Lakewood Ranch Polo Grounds, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. Attendees can taste over 300 American and international wines, sample delicious food from more than 40 of the area's finest restaurants, enjoy cooking demos, a silent auction and live musical entertainment. Tickets: $75. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club's area charities and programs. Information: suncoastfoodandwinefest.com.
Lifelong Learning Academy: Registration for the fall semester opened Aug. 25. The fall semester includes more than 50 courses on a wide variety of topics: a lecture and film series about anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, two history workshops conducted by noted archaeologist Steven Derfler, an in-depth look at the Sarasota Opera and The Verdi Cycle, and the return of the popular Einstein's Circle forums. Courses are primarily offered at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee of Lakewood Ranch, Anna Maria Island Community Center, and Westminster Towers and Shores in Bradenton. Weekly classes run six to eight weeks, Sept. 28-Nov. 19. For a detailed list of courses, times and locations, call 941-359-4296 or llasm.org.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
Stormwater pond systems and Florida friendly landscaping, 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 4.
Herbs in the Florida garden, 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 12.
Introduction to Florida friendly landscaping - the nine principles, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 17.
Kokedama workshop (string gardening), 9-11 a.m. Sept. 19. Registration and materials: $20.
Extension Master Gardener plant ID tour, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 20 at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.
Irrigating with water conservation in mind, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 22.
Landscape tips for water conservation, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 23.
Rain barrel workshops, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 26. Rain barrel and kit: $33.
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.
Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering a free citizenship class 5-6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Ivey Professional Building, 435 12th St. W., Bradenton. Classes are designed to help those seeking to become U.S. residents. Participants may attend more than one meeting, and meetings are open to everyone. Registration is not required. For more information, call 941-773-1523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cemetery Resource Protection Training: The Florida Public Archeology Network will present a workshop on Cemeteries as historical resources and Cemetery maintenance and preservation 9-11 a.m. Sept. 12 at 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Participants will learn about cemetery care and preservation. The program is free. Class size is limited. Registration and information: 941-741-4076.
Massage lessons: Diane Lane Massage and Bodyworks will host the following workshops at 1718 Main St., Suite 310, Sarasota:
"Massage for Parents," 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sept. 12; $125 for one parent and one or two children.
"Learn to Massage your Loved One," 6 p.m. Sept. 12; $125 per couple.
Space for both workshops is limited, registration is required. Information: 941-374-1281 or sarasotamassage.org.
Reiki classes: Reiki II class, an atonement series, will be Sept. 12, Reiki III, Part 1 will be Oct. 3, and Reiki III, Part 2, will be Nov. 7. All classes are at 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Classes are $122 each. Included between Reiki III, Part 1 and 2 is a free private Reiki hands-on teaching session with the Rev. Zan. Information and registration: 941-922-7839 or woman-spirit.com.
Comedy and Improvisation classes: McCurdy's Comedy Theater will offer the following classes and workshops at 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota:
Comedy Boot Camp, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 19-20, 3-5 p.m. Sept. 27, culminating in a class show 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Cost: $225.
Comedy Improvisation, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 3-4; Cost: $200.
Information and registration: 941-925-3869 or mccurdyscomedy.com
Adult skating classes: Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex offers adult Learn-To-Skate classes 5:30-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 12:15-1 p.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturdays, and Tropical Spice on Ice Adults Synchronized Skating practices most Mondays 12:30-2 p.m. Mondays. Adults-only Freestyle sessions are 12:15-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Adult Learn-To Skate classes are $150 a person, once a week for eight weeks. For more information or to schedule a try-out, call Kelly Paige at 941-350-5491 or ellentonice.com.
AARP Driver safety classes: Driver Safety Classes for Manatee County are held monthly at various locations including the public libraries. This is a state-approved safety class and the certificate you receive is good for three years with your insurance company. The class is open to anyone age 50 and older. For registration, cost, full schedules and locations call 800-253-2017, ext. 35846.
Anna Maria Island Community Center: The center offers the following classes and workshops at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria: Mah Jongg, Bridge, Watercolor class, Zumba, introduction to Tai Chi, Staying Strong strength training for mature adults, and conversational Spanish. For full class and workshop schedules and cost, call 941-778-1908 or islandcommunitycenter.com.
ArtbyCMac Home Studio, 7506 17th Ave. W., Bradenton
This school is offering 3 levels of Spanish, acrylic painting and watercolor painting to adult students. Tuition is $8 per hour in classes of 2-4 students. Information: 941-727-5183artbycmac.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.
Ballet classes: Dancing Thru The Ages is offering a brand new adult beginning ballet fundamentals class at lunch time 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Classes are held at 2726 Sixth St. W., Bradenton. Advanced and a mixed level "Boot Camp" classes are Saturday mornings, advanced/intermediate plus classes are held Monday mornings and a ballet workshop for advanced beginners and intermediates on Wednesday mornings. All classical ballet levels are taught by Mo Dye. Classes are $10 each. Information: 941-779-1108.
Ballet and dance classes: Allegro Music Academy, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota, offers basic ballet kids ballroom dance classes for children ages 4-7 and 8-18, adult classes, salsa graduation dances, first wedding dance and adult dance fitness. Dance summer camp will begin in June. Information: 941-358-8511 or email email@example.com.
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.
Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is 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.
Dancing Through the Years Adult Ballet Classes: Dancing Through the Years resume their Adult ballet classes, all levels, including pointe, Mondays and Saturdays, at Bradenton Dance & Performing Arts Center, 2726 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton, and Wednesday and Friday classes are held at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island. Classes are $10-$12. All classes at both locations are accepting beginning to experienced level students. Age range is 18-65. For a complete schedule, hours and location, call 941-779-1108 or 941-758-5270.
English language tutoring: Raymond Rossi, a retired Certified English teacher offers tutoring to students in need of increasing their academic levels and to students with special needs as well as students with average and above average needs at 3711 Fourth Ave. Blvd. E., Palmetto. For rates and detailed information, call 941-730-7179.
Firearms Safety Training: Right On Target, a firearms safety training school offers a variety of classes and training options, including concealed carry firearms license courses, security courses, safety training, defense tactics, handcuffing techniques, officer safety, report writing, advanced training and State Security D and G license courses. Cost: $150 for "D" course in June and July only, $225 for "G" course. Most of the courses exceed the State of Florida requirements for the Concealed Carry License. Call for hours and full schedule. All classes are held at Right On Target LLC Training Center, 3659 Cortez Road W., Suite 100, Bradenton. Information: 941-737-1727.
Free boat building classes: Boatworks of Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH), will offer a free boat building class for beginners, including those who lack skills or confidence 9 a.m. Saturdays 4404 116th St. W., Cortez. If enough people are interested, the class will meet every Saturday. Participants will be able to participate or witness the building of a small plywood boat similar to an Optimist pram, under eight feet. The classes are free. Information: 941-580-1036.
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, 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: The State College of Florida offers free weekly Writer's workshops 2-4 p.m. Mondays in the Science Building, Room 139 at 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Bring fiction, memoirs, non-fiction, novels, children's stories, poetry, prose, paranormal, mystery, and science fiction. The workshop will provide instant critiquing and sharing of ideas by a group of many published authors, and former members of Recognized Educators and Professionals. The workshop is open to the public. Information: John Garzone at 941-753-8680 or 941-360-2654.
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. Prospect Riding Center is at 34250 S.R. 70 E., Myakka City. Information: 941-713-1736.
Anna Maria Island Art League special events and festival volunteers: Special events and festival volunteers are needed at the Anna Maria Island Art League in December and March. The Art League is located at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099 or islandartleague.org.
AARP Tax Aide: AARP Tax Aide program for Manatee County is seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Training is provided for new and returning volunteers in early January. Tax preparation begins February 1 and continues through April 15. Tax preparation sites are located throughout the county and meet one or two days a week. For information visit arp.org, click on TaxAide, and then "become a volunteer."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is recruiting volunteers to mentor children ages 6-18 in Manatee County. There are currently 45 youth waiting for a mentor of which 29 are boys and 16 are girls. Many options are available, such as the School-Based Program where the volunteer/mentor meets with the youth in school for one hour per week, or the traditional Community-Based Program where the volunteer/mentor meets with the youth outside of school, spending time enjoying common interests. Information: Sandra Hawkins at 941-746-700 or bbbssun.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Floridashine.org.
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.
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 nonprofit 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 Melissa Dagenais, Curator and Volunteer Coordinator, at 941-721-2034.
Manatee County Agricultural Museum is looking for volunteer to assist with its museum collection. Volunteers who enjoy working in a library environment and are willing to learn scanning photos and documents, are willing to catalog collections of agricultural yearbooks and research books and performing data entry, are invited to contact Melissa Dagenais at 941-72-2034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 manatee.ifas.ufl.edu and click on the Master Gardener Program link or call 941-722-4524.
Palmetto Historical 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Turning Points, is in need of licensed barbers and beauticians, willing to volunteer a few hours a week to cut hair. It is a great opportunity for retired or semi-retired persons. Turning Point also has other volunteer opportunities available, including Spanish bilingual volunteers. Turning Points is at 701 17th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-1509, ext. 334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Way ReadingPals: Join the United Way of Manatee County in its third year of its ReadingPal program and become a ReadingPal volunteer and help a child learn to read. Through mentor/teacher relationship, volunteers can help increase the probability of success for children in school. The goal is to enlist 200 community volunteers for a 25-week program in which each volunteer will be matched with two students once a week, for an hour long session, 30 minutes per student. The initiative, which will take place September-May, is a one-on-one, guided reading program for kindergartners housed in five Manatee County schools. The schools' names, locations and times are:
Ballard Elementary, 912 18th St. W., Bradenton, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Blackburn Elementary, 3904 17th St. E., Palmetto, 9:20-10:20 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Daughtrey Elementary, 515 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Rogers Garden Elementary, 515 13th Ave. W.. Bradenton, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Samoset Elementary, 3300 19th St. Ct. E., Bradenton, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like additional information, please contact Sandra Holmes at 941-748-1313 or e-mail at email@example.com.
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 bbbssun.org.
Volunteer drivers needed: Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is looking for volunteer drivers. 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 mealsonwheelsplus.org.
Women's Resource Center of Manatee: The Women's Resource Center of Manatee will offer the following classes at 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton:
45 minutes to feel alive, 10-10:45 a.m. Mondays. Cost: $5 members, $8 nonmembers.
Alzheimer's support group, 2:30-3:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. No charge.
Preregistration for all classes is required. Information: 941- 747-6797 wrcmanatee.org.