Email information to firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of ongoing classes is available at www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.
Call to artists: The Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park, 510 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, invites artists who have pieces themed around the "Florida Cracker Cowboy -- Past and Present" to apply to submit their works for inclusion in a Spring 2016 exhibit at the Museum and Park. Pieces can showcase a diversity of mediums, but all must be exhibit-ready. Deadline for submission is Feb. 5. Contact the museum at 941-721-2034 or email@example.com to obtain paperworkneede for works to be considered for submission. No registration fee is required.
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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe community forum programs: In recognition of Black History Month, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will host two "WBTT Voices" community forum programs with "Meet the Florida Highwaymen Artists," 6-9 p.m. Feb. 8 focusing on a group of 26 African-American artists who, from the early 1950s-1980s, painted beautiful landscapes of the then-undeveloped, serene Florida landscape. The evening will include a reception to meet artists, view artwork, and a panel discussion. And "Personal Reflections of August Wilson," 6-7 p.m. Feb. 14 presented by two professionals, Dr. Chris Rawson and Chuck Smith, sharing their personal experiences with legendary playwright August Wilson. Both programs will be at the WBTT Theatre, 1646 Nate Jacobs Way, Sarasota, and are free and open to the public. Information: 941-366-1505 or westcoastblacktheatre.org.
Renaissance on 9th: Special events at the Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th:
Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 10: free health screenings, friendly exhibitors, free Bingo, prizes and entertainment by Denise Loomey and Jimmy Mazz, and renewal of wedding vows at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.
"How Jazz Works," exploring the mechanics of jazz in terms you will understand, a 4-week class 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays through Feb. 11. Fee: $8 members, $12 nonmembers.
Valentine's Day Dinner Party and Dance, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 14; $25. Reservations are required by Feb. 8.
Origami Lessons, 1-4:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Learn the basics of this ancient art and make your own Ishibashi ball with stand. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers.
Movie and a Meal, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Cost: $6 members, $8 nonmembers.
Sadie Hawkins Dance, 1-3 p.m. Feb, 29. No charge.
Other activities include Argentine Tango dance lessons, R9 Walkers, ballroom and tap dance lessons, Tai Chi, Silver Sneakers yoga and classic exercise classes, Italian study group, cribbage, Mahjong, bridge, pinochle, scrapbooking, knitting and crochet, coffee talk, game time, computer classes and free services from SHINE. The Renaissance on 9th is at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Unless otherwise noted, for information and reservations call 941-749-0100, ext. 2100 or visit renaissanceon9th.org.
Valentine's Day "Say I Do Again": The popular "Say I Do Again" wedding vow-renewal event will 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, and at Venice Beach, 101 The Esplanade, Venice. Couples are encouraged to arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. to check in and to enjoy music on the beach starting at 5 p.m. Preregistration is required by Feb. 10. Cost: $10 per couple, includes certificate, event gift, flower and light refreshments. Registration and information: 941-861-5000 or scgov.net.
Book release: Local author, Jeff Widmer, has released his second crime thriller "Mr. Mayhem," as an audio book, narrated by House of Cards actor Alan Wade. The book is available through Amazon, Audible, iTunes, and at jeffwidmer.com. Information: jeffwidmer.com.
Book release: Local author Christopher Ronay has released his first published work, "Leopards, Hares, Dragons and Bears! The Adventures of Tommy Tewligan." The book is available through Amazon. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book signing and fundraiser: East Manatee author and illustrator, Ann Stephanian Kale, will be guest author noon-1 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Six of her books will be available for purchasing and autographing. They are "Marco and Princess Gina," " Artie - the Ugly Frog," "Going to College with Grandma," "When I Grow Up," "Regis - the Wonder Dog," and "Max - the Rescue Dog." Books are $10 each. Proceeds will benefit local children's charities. Information: 941-727-6079.
Book signing: Local author Lee Moran, most famous for the nursery rhyme "Hickory Dickery Dock," will be signing copies of his book, "The Search for Hickory Dickery Dock's Clock," 1-3 p.m. Jan. 6 at Barnes and Noble, 4010 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota and 1-3 p.m. Feb. 20 at South Manatee Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-458-5642 or email email@example.com.
Poetrylife's Poetry in Paradise Festival: As part of the Poetry in Paradise Festival a Poetry Power Luncheon and Panel Discussion with guest poets Billy Collins and Marie Howe will be held at noon at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, and an evening event in which both poets will read from their own work and engage in conversation with the audience 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets for the luncheon are $35, tickets for the evening reading are $25. Proceeds will benefit educators teaching poetry in the community. Information: 941-3466-9000 or poetrylife.org.
The Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series: Creative producer, social entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jaimie Mayer Phinney will be guest speaker at USF's The Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series 5 p.m. March 2 at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Information and reservations: usfsm.edu/series.
Fostoria, Ohio: The 56th annual Fostoria Day banquet will begin with a social at 11 a.m. followed by dinner Feb. 13 at the Bradenton Moose Lodge Family Center, 310 44th Ave. E., Bradenton. There will be door prizes and more. A sit-down meal will be served. Reservations are required. Information: Rick at 941-751-3627 or Jim at 407-462-9530.
Kellogg/Keebler Retirees: The Kellogg/Keebler Retirees annual Florida luncheon will begin with a social 10 a.m. followed by lunch Feb. 14 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
Lunch and table service will be provided. For information, contact Sandi at 941-761-4695.
Yooper (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) Reunion: The Yooper Reunion will be noon-3 p.m. March 13 at 5700 Bayshore Road, Palmetto. Registration is required. Cost: $5. For detailed information, call Roger at 616-874-9287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mardi Gras Music, Food and Super Bowl Festival: The Mardi Gras Music and Food Festival will be 6-10 p.m. Feb. 5, noon-10 p.m. Feb. 6, and 1-10 p.m. Feb. 7 at Payne Park, at Adams Lane and US 301, Sarasota, featuring Creole cuisine and libations and various bands and DJs performing New Orleans-style music including Zydeco, Creo, Dixieland, and jazz. There will be arts and crafts vendors and family fun activities including, carnival rides, games, face painting, cotton candy and snow cones. The public is encouraged to dress in their favorite Mardi Gras costume. Admission to the VIP big top is $10-$15 and a limited number of VIP tickets at $75-$100 are available for the Super Bowl Party under the big top, which includes a Cajun buffet, VIP seating and complimentary cocktails. Entrance to the festival ground areas is free. Proceeds will benefit Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Sanctuary. Information: 941-350-8135 or sarasotamardigras.com.
Manatee County Branch, American Association of University Women: The organization will host its annual scholarship fundraiser luncheon 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 6 at Palm Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota, In a fast-paced, fun program, motivational speaker, Linda Larsen will present "Stay right side up when everything's upside down." There will be an auction, door prizes and card games. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund of the organization. Tickets: $40. The event is open tot he public. Information and reservations: Vicki Waters at 941-753-9741 or email@example.com.
Women of the Sun Coast: The group will host its inaugural "Loving Yourself Health and Beauty Extravaganza," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event will feature multiple health and beauty vendors, a fashion show, prize drawings, a special performance by Neo-expressionist artist, Matthew Pecson, and guest speaker, best-selling author, Jamie Vrinios. Tickets: $75. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. Information: 941-223-6643 or bbbssun.org.
Trolley Tour, Wine and Chocolate: Tour de SRQ Wine & Chocolate will be 5-10 p.m. Feb. 6 featuring Sarasota's premier restaurants and culture and a visit to an exhibit at Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota in honor of Black History Month. Destination include St. Armand's, downtown Sarasota, and Siesta Key. The event is for guests ages 21 and older and seating is limited. Tickets: $105. Part of the proceeds will benefit Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota. Information: tourdesrq.eventbrite.com.
The Center of Anna Maria Island "Luau": Join the Center of Anna Maria Island for an authentic Luau 6-10 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Sandbar Pavilion, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. The event will feature Hula dancers, fire dancers, Polynesian drums, a pig roast and Hawaiian cuisine. Single tickets are $100, $150 for two persons. Proceeds will benefit the Center of Anna Maria Island. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 9203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christ Church of Longboat Key Fashion Show: Christ Church of Longboat Key will host a Fashion Show 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at 6400 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, reservations are required. Tickets: $15. Proceeds will benefit Learn to Fish Recovery Center and Churches Missions. Information: 941-387-7485.
JDRF One Walk Fundraiser Kick-Off: The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation will hold its annual "One Walk" fundraising kick-off at noon Feb. 10 at Michael's On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. Meet fundraising superstars and learn best practices on fundraising and join a discussion on key research areas. Reservations are required. Information: 239-591-2825 or email@example.com.
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota "The Roaring Twenties": This year's Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota annual fundraiser "The Roaring Twenties," will be 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Michael's On East, 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. The event celebrates the organization's 20th anniversary with a lively evening of swinging jazz age music, inspired cocktails and cuisine, and a live auction. Tickets: $160. Proceeds will benefit the Artist Series Concerts's scholarship and community outreach programs. Information: 941-306-1202 or artistseriesconcerts.org.
Tidewell Hospice Annual Signature Luncheon: Tidewell Hospice will host its seventh Annual Signature Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota. Special guest will be Joan Lunden, former host of Good Morning America. A book-signing with Joan Lunden immediately follows the program. Tickets: $100. Information: 941-522-7546 or tidewellhospice.org.
SOLVE Maternity Homes 40th Anniversary Gala: SOLVE Maternity Homes will host its annual Gala, "Inspired by Life," beginning with a cocktail 6 p.m. followed by dinner Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. The organization will also celebrate its 40th anniversary and the acquisition of its fourth maternity home. The event will feature a gourmet dinner, an inspiring program, music and dancing. For ticket price and reservations: 941-748-0094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl Scouts' Inaugural Gold Luncheon and Fashion Show: Girl Scouts will take center stage at the Girl Scouts' inaugural Gold Luncheon and Fashion Show 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Girl Scouts from several local middle schools will model a variety of fashions. Entertainment will be provided by Sheri Nadelman. Tickets: $90. Proceeds will support Girl Scout activities and program scholarships. Information: 941-921-5358 or gsgcf.org.
Inaugural Heschel/King Breakfast: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota Manatee will host Black History Month with an inaugural Heschel/King Breakfast 7-8:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Beatrice Friedman Theatre, Federation campus at 580 Macintosh Road, Sarasota. The breakfast will honor tis southern and Jewish roots with a kosher menu that includes grits with corn beef hash and sweet potato kugel. Tickets: $10. Information: 941-371-4546 or jfedsrq.org/events.
Stylin' For A Cause: The Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Association will host "Stylin' For A Cause," a style show and luncheon 12:15 p.m. Feb. 19 at IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Tickets: $40. Proceeds will benefit Turning Points. Information: Sandy Spinney at 941-792-3267 or Kathy Martens at 309-737-9997.
Bradenton Elkettes Lodge 1511 Fashion Show and Luncheon: The Bradenton Elkettes Lodge 1511 will hold their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon noon Feb. 20 at the Elks Lodge, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Luncheon will be catered by Fratello's and fashions will be presented by Talbot's. Tickets: $20. Proceeds will benefit the Elkettes' charities. Information: 941-792-1511 or elks.org.
Woman's Club of Palmetto "Night for the Museum": The Woman's Club of Palmetto will host "Night for the Museum," 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 20 at 910 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. The event will feature dinner by Hickory Hollow, and live and silent auctions. Tickets: $50. Proceeds will benefit Manatee County Agricultural Museum. Information: 941-721-2034 or eventbrite.com/AgMuseum.
Kiwanis Club annual "Beast Feast": The community is invited to the Kiwanis Club fourth annual "Beast Feast," a Sporting Clays Competition beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a barbecue lunch at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Ancient Oak Gun Club, 16800 SR64 E., Lakewood Ranch. There will be prize drawings. Sporting Clay Competition: $50. Luncheon: $50. Information: Barb Anson at 941-737-7059 or Dan Cacchiotti at 941-400-6310 or ancientoakgunclub.com/events.
Urbanite Theatre "Black Party": The Urbanite Theatre will host its second annual "Black Party," 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at Stage Street Lounge, 1533 State St., Sarasota. The event will feature craft cocktails, a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and champagne. Attire: all black. Tickets: $25-$45. Information: urbanitetheatre.com.
"Sixties Shindig": Florida Studio Theatre will be hosting a "Sixties Shindig" 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Hegner Theatre Wing, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The event celebrates FST's ongoing campaign to support the Kretzmer Artist Residence Project and the presentation of this year's Jon Spelman Award to Ernie Kretzmer. Guests can enjoy dinner, live entertainment reminiscent of Laugh In comedy, and various musical acts. Tickets: $250. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing work of FST. Reservations and information: 941-366-0932 or floridastudiotheatre.org.
Book Sale Luncheon: The Sarasota Tri Delta Alumnae will host a Book Sale luncheon 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at The Glenridge, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. Members and guests are asked to bring as many as six fiction or non-fiction books to be sold as a chapter fundraiser. Lunch: $20. Proceeds will benefit the Sarasota Tri Delta Chapter. Reservations and information: 941-924-7379 or sarasotaarea.tridelta.org.
Cirque de Pirate: The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host Cirque de Pirate 7-11 p.m. Feb. 27 at Deans Wood Farm, 4730 17th St. E., Ellenton. The surreal night of piratical circus fun will feature live and silent auctions, a dessert bar, live entertainment, dancing and music by the Guilty Pleasures. Theme costume attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets: $65. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Privateers charities. Information: Lisa "Lash" Ritchey at 941-238-8974 or email email@example.com.
Prospect Riding Center Annual Hoedown: Prospect Riding Center will host its annual Hoedown 3-7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Prospect Riding Center, 34250 SR 70 E., Myakka City. Guests will be offered the opportunity to sponsor both horses and riders for a small fee. Volunteers and young clients will proudly demonstrate their latest accomplishments. Tim Schlach from the White Buffalo Saloon will lead line dancing lessons, and guests can enjoy a BBQ dinner and participate in a silent auction and prize drawings. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the gate. Proceeds will benefit Prospect Riding Center. Information: 941-713-1736 or prospectridingcenter,com.
Cat Depot's Beatles-themed 'Love Me Do' Annual Gala: The Cat Depot will host a Beatles-themed annual gala "Love Me Do," 6:30-11 p.m. March 5 at the Sarasota Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. The annual fundraising gala will include a buffet, open bar, a silent and live auction and entertainment by the Beatlemaniax, capturing the look and excitement of a real Beatles concert. Tickets: $175 before Feb. 12, $200 after Feb. 12. Proceeds will benefit homeless cats and kittens providing medical care, food and shelter. Reservations: 941-366-2404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manatee Senior Advocacy Council: The third annual "Second Chance Prom - Mardi Gras," will be 6-10 p.m. March 5 at the Manatee Central Banquet Hall, 509 Ninth St. E., Bradenton, featuring dining and dancing. Tickets: $50-$75. Proceeds will benefit needy seniors of Manatee County. Information: manateesenioradvocacy.org/events.
Annual American Girl Fashion Show: The Junior League of Manatee County will host its eighth annual American Girl Fashion Show Fundraiser 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 5 at The Neptune Room at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. The fun and educational, interactive fashion show for girls ages 6 and up will feature young girls modeling historically-accurate outfits from various time periods, demonstrating how clothing has changed over the years, reflecting history, culture and girls' individual styles. Celebrity hosts will be Lulu from 106.5 CTQ's "Maverick and Lulu in the Morning" and Bay News 9's Summer Smith. The show includes light refreshments, door prizes, photo opportunities, entrance to the American Girls Fashion Show tea party experience and goody bags for attendees. Doors open one hour before each show. Tickets: $40 general seating, $48 VIP seating. Information: jrleagueofmanatee.org.
Nate's Honor Animal Rescue "Pedal for Pups/Doggy Bones": The third annual "Pedal for Pups" fundraiser will begin with registration at 7 a.m. March 6 at Regatta Island, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Two successful events "Pedal for Pups" and "Doggy Bones" have merged and will include biking, running, and walking activities for athletes of all ages and experience levels. In addition to 65, 32, 15 and 4 mile cycling events, kids cycling routes, and dog walking, the Doggy Bones 5K and 10K races will be part of the festivities. For registration, cost and detailed information: 941-538-6206 or nateshonoranimalrescue.org/events.
American Jewish Committee: The AJC West Coast Florida will host its 2016 National Human Relations Award Dinner honoring David and Edie Chaifetz, 6 p.m. March 30 at Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. Keynote speaker will be David Harris, AJC Executive Director. For ticket prices and information: Brian Lipton at 941-365-4955 or email@example.com.
"Art in the Dark": Lighthouse of Manasota will introduce a new annual benefit "Art in the Dark," 6 p.m. April 16 at Michael's on East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. The event offers guests an evening of interactive artistic experiences, creative cocktails and a masterfully catered dinner and participation by several art organizations, including The Ringling, and local artists. Tickets; $175. Proceeds will benefit Lighthouse of Manasota. Information: 941-359-1404 or lighthouseofmanasota.org.
Forty Carrots Family Center "Firefly Gala": Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will perform at Forty Carrots Family Center's Firefly Gala 6 p.m. April 30 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, 15150 70th Terrace E., Bradenton. The event includes a gourmet dinner and an auction. Tickets: $375, includes dinner and concert. Proceeds will benefit the Forty Carrots Family Center. Information: 941-365-7716 or fireflygala.org.
Zumba dance classes: Women can dance their way to fitness with hip hop Jewish music 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 11 at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Cost: $35. Class size is limited. Reservations are required. Information: Giuliana Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art classes: The Anna Maria Island Artists Guild will offer the following classes and workshops:
"Tall Palms," acrylic painting with Kathy Sparks, Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. through Feb. 24, Experienced acrylic painting classes with Kathy Sparks, Wednesdays 3-5 p.m. through Feb. 24; "Values in watercolor," with Cheryl Jorgenson, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays through Feb. 23; Drawing and colored pencil with Roger Rockefeller, Mondays 12:30-2 p.m. through Feb. 22; Photoshop elements: tools and techniques with Mariarosa Rockefeller, 3-5 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 22; How to copyright your artwork workshop, with Nancy McDermott, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 17; Perspective drawing and painting with Glen Milne, 12:30-4 p.m. Feb. 24; Learn "shadow shading" technique in a watercolor painting class with Anne Abgott, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 24. For class location and cost, call 941-778-6694 or amiartistsguildgallery.com.
Aging in Paradise Resource Center: The Aging in Paradise Resource Center offers the following classes and seminars at 6200 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key:
Aging in Paradise "Gentle Yoga" class, 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, through March 1.
Unless otherwise noted a $10 donation is suggested for all classes and seminars. Reservations: Mary Ann Brady at 941-383-6493. Information: aginginparadise.org.
Manatee Genealogical Society: Manatee Genealogical Society will hold a seminar 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 6 at Bethel Baptist Church, 1805 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. Popular genealogist and author, George G. Morgan will present four lectures: Clues in the news, your ancestor in community context; Bring 'em back to life, developing an ancestor profile; Maximizing your research on the FamilySearch.org; and. Finding your ancestors with 150 Google country search engines.
Cost: 35 members, $40 nonmembers. Lunch is included with preregistration. Information and registration: rootsweb.ancestry.com.
Art Classes at the 'Y': Mara Trumbo offers the following painting classes at the YMCA, 12214 U.S. Hwy. 301 N., Parrish: Hibiscus, oil, Feb. 6; Cypress Swamp, acrylic, Feb. 20; Spring Bouquet, oil, March 5, and Forest Walk, acrylic, March 19. All classes are 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and cost is $35 for patterns and tuition. There is a palette charge of $10 which includes canvas, plus use of studio brushes, paint, mediums and easel. Prebooking is recommended to ensure availability. Information: 941-417-2324.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
Worm composting-vermicomposting, 9-10:30 a.m. Feb. 6.
Master Gardeners native plants and inhabitants identification tour, 9-11 a.m. Feb. 13: Emerson Point Preserve, 5801 17th St. W., Palmetto.
Master Gardeners native plants and inhabitants identification tour, 9-11 a.m. Feb. 13: Riverview Pointe Preserve/DeSoto National Memorial, 8250 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton.
Master Gardeners native plant and inhabitants identification tour, 9-11 a.m. Feb. 21: Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.
Orchid care and repotting, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 17; materials $15.
Lionfish harvest and handling, 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 22.
Irrigation with water conservation in mind, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
Florida backyard landscaping for wildlife, 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 24.
Landscape tips for water conservation, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 25.
Coastal System Module, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3-31 and April 7-12, includes field trips. Cost: $230. Registration at masternaturalist.org or call Lisa Hickey at 941-722-4524.
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.
Boating classes: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 85 offers a two-part boating class 6-10 p.m. Feb. 10 and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the CG Auxiliary building located in G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. The course offers instruction on boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, trailering, storing, boating emergencies and safety issues, and prepares attendees for the Florida Safe Boater Card, which can entitle 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 motor boat with 10 horsepower or more. Classes are offered on a monthly basis. Cost: $40 individual, $60 per couple, sharing a book. Registration and information: 941-518-0609 or email email@example.com.
Floral Design Study Series: The Manatee River Garden Club will be holding a Basic and Advanced Floral Design Study Series at the 3120 First Avenue W., Bradenton, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning with Basic classes: Elements and principles of design and curved designs, Feb. 11; Table settings and horizontal designs, Feb. 18; Accessories, features and bases, Feb. 25; Transporting materials and expressive designs, March 3; and Advanced classes: Dried materials and decorative wood, March 10; Advanced creative designs, March 17; Creative containers, March 31. Classes are three hours of lecture and demonstration in the morning and a two-hour workshop after lunch break. Attendees are requested to bring their own lunch. Iced tea and coffee will be provided. Classes are taught by accredited National Garden Clubs Inc. Certificates are awarded at completion. Cost: $60 each. Information: Brenda Johnson at 941-776-1478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Time Homebuyer Class: The Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc. will offer a free First Time Homebuyer Class in Spanish 8 a.m.-5:35 p.m. Feb. 13 and in English 5-9 p.m. Feb. 22-23 at the Catholic Charities, 1219 16th St. W., Bradenton. Topics covered will include "Steps to Successful Homeownership," "Winning Credit History/Shopping for a Loan," "Shopping for a Home/Choosing a Realtor," and "Home Ownership." Participants will be eligible for assistance from Manatee and Sarasota counties bond and/or grant programs for down payment and closing costs. Information and registration: 941-714-7829.
Kidz Drama Workshops: Mirror Image Youth Theatre will offer the following drama workshops:
"A Pirate's Life," 3-4:30 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 27-April 9. Registration deadline: Feb. 20.
"Young Explorers, 12:30-2 p.m. March 5-April 16. Registration deadline: Feb. 27.
Students will become familiar with the art of drama and gain tools to help them become comfortable on stage. These workshops explore acting singing, and movement while using group ice-breakers, dramatic games, and short skits.
Workshops are $145 each and are held at the Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto. Registration and information: 941-348-4338 or email email@example.com.
Pastel and Collage Painting Classes: Palma Sola Botanical Park will hold art classes in pastel and collage painting 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2-4 at 9800 17th Ave. NW., Bradenton. Lunch will be available for purchase. Price per session: $40, three sessions: $105. Information: 941-792-1495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering a free citizenship class 5-6 p.m. Feb. 1 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 email@example.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 Years is offering ballet classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students at 2726 Sixth St. W., Bradenton. Classes are Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday mornings. All classical ballet levels are taught by Mo Dye. Classes are $12 each. Information: 941-758-5270.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheerleading clinic: Elite One Athletics is offering a cheerleading clinic for students ages 7-15. New York cheerleader will be teaching proper motion techniques, jumps, and standing tumbling. All levels welcome. Cost: $10 a person. For clinic schedule and dates, call 941-567-6108.
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.
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.
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.
The Arthritis Foundation is looking for volunteers that can both help with the Jingle Bell Run Walk Dec. 5, and spread the holiday cheer with the participants. The event will be held at 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. A flyer can be sent upon request. For information, call 800-850-9455 or email email@example.com.
Literacy Center of Manatee: The Literacy Center of Manatee has openings for volunteer teachers in the morning and evening to teach English to adult English learners at 1104 14th St. W., Bradenton. Volunteers are asked to serve three hours at a time. Training is provided. Information: 941-745-1659.
HOPE Family Services: HOPE Family Services has volunteer opportunities available for greeters and cashiers at their thrift store 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays at The HOPE Chest, 1215 Eighth Ave. W., and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays at The Hope Chest2 located at the Red Barn Flea Market, 1707 First St., Bradenton. The organization's primary purpose is to provide services to survivors of domestic violence. Information: Donna Cripe at 941-747-8499.
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: Stephanie Hansum at 941-748-9100, ext. 110, 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.