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Renaissance on 9th: Special events at the Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th:
Ailments and Healing, the benefits of essential oils, 1-3 p.m. March 10; $3, free for members.
St. Patrick's Day Party with an authentic Irish lunch and entertainment, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 15; $12 members, $15 nonmembers. Wine and beer are $5 each. Reservations are due March 11.
AAA Mature Driving Class, 9 a.m.-noon March 15-16. Reservations: 941-798-2221, ext. 2263.
Pancake breakfast: chocolate chip and traditional buttermilk, 8-10 a.m. March 25; $4 members, $5 nonmembers.
Movie and a Meal, 1:30 p.m. March 29; $6 members, $8 nonmembers.
Rest Assured Workshop: the do's and don'ts of sleep apnea, 1:30-3 p.m. March 31; $5, free for members.
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.
500 Years of History project "Noche de Cuentos/A Night of Stories": The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota will host a presentation of oral histories and a storytelling event in the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History project "Noche de Cuentos/A Night of Stories," with bilingual professional storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar 6:30 p.m. March 18 at the Library of SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Building 8, Bradenton. All members of the community are invited to share and hear stories. The event is free an open to the public. Information: 941-752-5404 or scf.edu/latinoamericans.
Central Library Eaton Room Exhibit: An opening reception for the Eaton Room Exhibit at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton, will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 2, featuring Ocean Voyages of Lt. Col. Douglas Peck who recreated the voyages of both Ponce de Leon and Christopher Columbus. Refreshments will be served and librarians will be on hand to answer questions. The exhibit will run through May. Information: 941-748-5555 or mymanatee.org/library.
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.
Book signing: Local author, Lela Hartsaw will be signing copies of her first children's chapter book, "The Adventures of Abigail Rose - Ida Patten's Antebellum Doll," a work of historical fiction which features the history of the Gamble property 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6 at Gamble Plantation, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the restoration of the 125-year old Patten House. Information: 941-723-4536.
Book presentation: A.J. Jacobs will present "New York Times Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs on Creativity, Writing, and Careers" 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 14 at the Ringling College of Art + Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Tail, Sarasota. The event is free and open to the public. Information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western New York: The 50th annual Western New York reunion will be 11 a.m. March 2 at Tropic Isles Park Auditorium, 1503 28th Ave. W., Palmetto. Bring a dish to share that will serve eight and your own table service. There will be a short business meeting, a prize drawing and special entertainment. Donation and registration: $3 per person. Bring any card or board games you might enjoy playing. Information: 941-721-9748.
Wayne County, New York: The 18th Wayne County, New York reunion will be 10 a.m. March 2 at Duff's, 6010 14th St. W., Bradenton. Buffet will be served at 11 a.m. Information: Diane Schetrompf at 315-871-7807 or Erma Yonker at 941-727-8842.
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 email@example.com.
Luncheon and Fashion Show: Solve Maternity Homes will host a luncheon and fashion show starting at 11 a.m. March 2 at IMG Golf and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. New Spring fashions by Panache of Sarasota will be featured. There will be door prizes and prize drawings. Tickets: $35 and up. Proceeds will benefit Solve Maternity Homes. Information: 941-748-0094.
"Baby Love" Baby Shower and Fashion Show: The Lakewood Ranch Lunch Club will host Manatee County's largest baby shower and fashion show "Baby Love" 11:30 a.m. March 3 at the Fete Ballroom, Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, featuring a lunch and a Lilly Pulitzer baby fashion show. Tickets: $50. Proceeds will benefit The Food Bank of Manatee. Information: 941-518-4997.
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.
Annual Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon: The Humane Society of Manatee County will host its 10th annual Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 5 at Palmetto's Sutton Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto, featuring entertainment, prize drawings, food and beverage vendors, and a Doggie Fun Zone obstacle course. The first 500 walkers will receive a goody wag bag. Registration: $25 adults, $10 children ages 15 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County. Information: 941-747-8808, ext. 311 or humanemanatee.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.
Orange Blossom Craft Fair 2016: Mixon Fruit Farm, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton
Enjoy a springtime explosion of fabulous arts and crafts at Mixon's Orange Blossom Craft Fair 2016 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5 featuring over 65 booths with crafts, arts, and antiques. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Mike Sales, Southeast Chamber Orchestra, Manatee High School Band, Starfire Dancers, Manatee High School Drum Line, Jaszewska School of Performing Arts, Southeast High School Guitar Ensemble, and Manatee Sugarcanes. Admission is free. Information: 941-748-5829 or mixon.com.
Anchors Away Gala Dinner Cruise: The Bradenton Yacht Club Great Mates will host "Anchors Away Gala" 6-11 p.m. March 5 at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. W., Palmetto, featuring dinner and dancing to live music by Octet and T-Bone. There will be live and silent auctions. Tickets: $75. Proceeds will benefit Turning Points. Reservations and information: 941-722-5936 or thegreatmates.org/gala.
Asolo Rep "Cabaret at the Tropicana" Gala: Asolo Rep's annual gala 2016: "Cabaret at The Tropicana," will be 6 p.m. March 5 at the The Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota. The event will feature a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a seated diner, paddle raise, live music and dancing, celebrating the rhythm and sounds of the world renowned, Cuban cabaret and nightclub, The Tropicana Club. Gala tickets: $300 and up. Immediately following the gala, the theatre will host a late night after party at Louis Modern 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; tickets $40. Proceeds will benefit the artists in Asolo Rep's 2015-2106 season and education and outreach programs. Information: 941-351-9010, ext. 4712 or asolorep.org/annualgala.
"Snatch It": Be a "snatcher" or a "cheerer" at "Snatch It," featuring original artwork, golf packages, gourmet dinner, and more up for grabs 6-10 p.m. March 5 at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. The event will feature fun, food, music, open bar, and prize drawings. Tickets: $125 snatcher ticket, $40 cheerer ticket. Information: 941-746-2862 or artcentermanatee.org.
Longboat Key Center for the Arts Fundraiser: Join the Longboat Key Center for the Arts for an annual fundraiser beginning with cocktails and heavy appetizers at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dance party March 5 at 6860 Longboat Dr., Longboat Key. Live music will be provided by The Reverend Barry and Funktastic Soul, featuring the Hellacious Horns. Tickets: $65 advance, $75 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Information: 941-383-2345 or ringling.edu/lbkca.
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.
Annual Auction for a Cure: Phi Beta Psi Sorority will host the third annual Auction for a Cure beginning with a preview hour at 6 p.m. March 10 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. All homegrown, handmade and baked items will be auctioned off. Refreshments and wine will be served. Proceeds of the sale will benefit cancer research. Information: 941-345-4744.
The Banyan Bash: The community is invited to attend the Out-of-Door Academy's celebration lakeside under the lights at its annual signature fundraising event, The Banyan Bash, 7-11 p.m. March 12 at the Dick Vitale Family Student Center and Dart STEM Center, at the Out-of-Door Academy, Uihlein Campus, 5950 Deer Drive, Lakewood Ranch. The event for adults will feature a spectacular lighting adventure featuring delicious catered small plates, entertainment, dancing and live auctions. Tickets: $150. Proceeds will benefit The Out-of-Door Academy. Reservations and information: 941-554-3437 or oda.edu.
"Celebrity Ball to Save the Hall": The Bradenton Woman's Club will host a "Celebrity Ball to Save the Hall," 7-11 p.m. March 12 at 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The celebrity dance challenge features television and radio luminaries as well as public figures. Attendees will vote for their favorites. Tickets: $25 regular admission, $50 VIP. Information: 941-981-3424.
Annual Irish Celtic Festival and Lucky Dog Parade: The Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Club will host the fifth annual Irish Celtic Festival and Lucky Dog Parade 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12 at Adventure Park on Adventure Place at SR 70 East, Lakewood Ranch. The event will feature Irish music, dancing, an Irish spirits relay race, a scavenger hunt, face painting, spud-head decorating, balloons, best legs in a kilt contest, artisan booths and much more. Traditional Irish food and beverages will be available for purchase. Dog parade registration is $5. Proceeds of the parade will benefit the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. Information: lwrcac.com/irish-celtic-festival.
Annual Daddy's Fund Birthday Party: The third annual Daddy's Fund Birthday Party will be 6-10 p.m. March 12 at the Bradenton Tropical Palms Clubhouse, 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton. There will be prize drawings, food, and music by Bob K the Rock N DJ, Donation: $5. Proceeds will benefit a trust fund in honor of James R. Koch, providing educational funds for his two daughters. The event is open to the public. Information: Bob Koch at 941-284-3452.
Annual St. Patty's Day Poker Run: The Sarasota Harley Owners Group will sponsor their 17th annual St. Patty's Day Poker Run beginning with registration at 11 a.m. March 13 at The Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th St., Sarasota. All poker run stops are at Irish Pubs and restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee County with the final stop at Clancy's Irish Sports Pub and Tiki Hut, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per hand or three hands for $20. The event will be held rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Information: Donna at 941-720-5955 or rossiterharleydavidson.com/hogchapter.
Brunch For The Bay: Join the Sierra Club, Suncoast Waterkeeper and Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage noon-3 p.m. March 13 at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. W., Palmetto. The fundraiser will support efforts to protect Manatee County's local waterways from illegal overdevelopment. There will be speakers, food and a prize drawing. Tickets: $50. Information: 941-275-2922 or suncoastwaterkeeper.com/brunch.
Cinema Paradiso Gala: Transform in your favorite dazzling movie star or movie character 5:30-10 p.m. March 13 at the Cinema Paradiso Gala at the Sarasota Bay Club, 1301 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The evening includes an elegant dinner, open bar, spectacular live and silent auction, music and dancing. Walk the red carpet and be swept away buy the magic of Hollywood. Cost: $100. Proceeds will benefit Aging in Paradise Resource Center. Valet parking is available. Information: 941-383-6493.
Jewish Family and Children's Service of the Suncoast Food and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge: The Jewish Family and Children's Service of the Suncoast will host a Food and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge March 22 at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key. The golf challenge begins with registration at 11:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start and box lunch at 12:30 p.m. The food and wine tasting will be 6-8:30 p.m. and will feature over 25 celebrity chefs from local restaurants, select wines, martini bar, a silent auction and live music. A tennis challenge is offered beginning with a 2 p.m. registration and a men's and women's doubles play at 3 p.m. Tickets: $350 golf challenge and food and wine tasting, $250 tennis challenge and food and wine tasting, $100 food and wine tasting only. Proceeds will benefit Jewish Family and Children's Service of the Suncoast. Information: 941-366-2224, ext. 142 or jfcs-cares.org.
"Eggstravaganza": Bring your baskets and children to the Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Club's "Eggstravaganza" 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 26 at Adventure Park on Adventure Place at SR 70 East, Lakewood Ranch. The event will feature an Easter egg hunt with over 12,000 eggs, prize drawings, a live petting zoo, the Easter Bunny, face painting, balloon art, music, pony rides and much more. The egg hunt will be divided in age groups of 2 to 13 year olds and will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. The Manatee Fire and Rescue team will be present with their red fire truck. Proceeds from the prize drawing will benefit the Florida Center for Early Childhood. Cost: $5 adults, $3 children, children ages 2 and younger are admitted free. Registration for the egg hunt is encouraged. Information: lwrcac.com/eggstravaganza.
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.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe "April Fools' Fete": The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will host its spring fundraiser, the "April Fools' Fete" 6-9 p.m. March 31 at Michael's On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. Guest can enjoy a delicious dinner and open bar, a special performance by Teresa Stanley "From WBTT to Broadway: Teresa Stanley's Journey," the Troupe and WBTT's live band. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit WBTT. Information: 941-366-1505 or westcoastblacktheatre.org.
Girls Inc. 2016 Celebration Luncheon: Girls Inc. will host its 2016 Celebration Luncheon 10:30 a.m. April 1 at the Ritz Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota. The event will feature an award presentation, a memorial tribute, and a prize drawing. Tickets: $125. Proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. Information: 941-366-6646 or girlsincsrq.org.
"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.
Inaugural Navy Seal Golf and Gala benefit: The inaugural Navy Seal Golf and Gala Benefit will begin with registration at noon followed by a shotgun start, scramble format at 1:30 p.m. and a gala dinner at 6:30 p.m. at The Ritz Carlton Members Golf Club, 15150 70th Terrace E., Lakewood Ranch. There will be live and silent auctions and prominent guest speakers. Golf and gala: $2,500 for a foursome; gala dinner: $250 a person. Proceeds will benefit "Brian's House," a retreat house where Navy Special Warfare families can come together for support and healing. Information: brianbillfoundation.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.
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: 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.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
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.
Introduction to Florida Friendly Landscape, 9-11 a.m., March 9.
Orchid "Make and Take" Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, March 9. Materials: $20.
Master Gardeners preserve tour, 9-11 a.m. March 12: Emerson Point Preserve, 5801 17th St. W., Palmetto
Master Gardeners preserve tour, 9-11 a.m. March 12: Riverview Pointe Preserve/DeSoto National Memorial, 8250 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton.
Rain barrel and home composting workshop combo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19. Materials: $33 rain barrel workshop, $40 home composting workshop.
Master Gardeners preserve tour, 9-11 a.m. March 20: Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.
Faerie Gardening with Friends, 9:30 a.m.-noon March 23. Materials: $10.
Taking the Mystery out of Micro-irrigation, 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 29.
Dazzling Florida Friendly Landscape Designs, 10-11:30 a.m. March 30.
Ground Cover - Plants that Work, 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 31.
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, workshops, and tours is required. Information: 941-722-4524 or manatee.ifas.ufl.edu.
Holocaust Awareness Lecture Series: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee presents the following Holocaust Awareness Lecture Series with Dr. Andre Krauss: "Psycho-Dynamics of Nazi-Semitism," March 24, "Jewish Resistance in Europe during the Holocaust," April 28, and "The Vital Importance of Holocaust Education." All classes are at 10:30 a.m. and are held in the Zell Room at the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Lectures are $5 each. Preregistration is required. Information: 941-552-6304 or email email@example.com.
Kidz Drama Workshops: Mirror Image Youth Theatre will offer the following drama workshops:
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Art Classes at the 'Y': Mara Trumbo offers the following painting classes at the YMCA, 12214 U.S. Hwy. 301 N., Parrish: 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will offer the following boating classes and seminars at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton:
Reading and understanding Nautical Charts, 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 14. Cost: $20.
Basic Electronic Navigation Seminar, 6:30-9 p.m. March 16; Cost: 20.
For class hours and detailed information: usps.org/local usps/annamaria.
Florida Maritime Museum Spring Lecture Series: The Florida Maritime Museum will offer the following educational lecture series at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez: John Beale, the Museum's Education and Volunteer Coordinator, will explore the history of commercial fishing in Florida including fish and shellfish, regional fisheries, and the types of boats used in Florida waters, March 16; Brendan Burke, author of the book Shrimp Boat City, will highlight stories, pictures and people from the early days of shrimping and boat building in the Sunshine state, April 2. Lectures are at 3 p.m. and admission is free. Seating is first come fist served. Information: 941-708-6120.
Lofting class: The Florida Maritime Museum offers a Lofting class 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 26 at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Learn how to read traditional offset tables and transform this list of numbers into a set of plans. Class size is limited. Students should bring pencils and erasers. Cost: $100. Reservations are required by Feb. 27. Information: 941-708-6120.
Fire Science classes: A mandatory orientation for two classes at the Fire Science Academy of Manatee Technical College will be 9 a.m. Feb. 27 at Manatee Technical College, East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. Class 28, an evening and weekend class will start March 29. Students are scheduled to complete Fire Fighter I and II in January 2017 after which they will begin the Emergency Medical Technician portion of the program and finish by mid-April 2017. Class 29, a day class will start March 28. Students are scheduled to complete Fire Fighter I and II in early July. The Emergency Technician portion of the program will start late August and will finish late October 2016. The MTC Fire Science Academy classes are approved by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. Completion of the Fire Fighter program and passage of the state certification examination is required by the state to become a Certified Fire Fighter. Students must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma. They must pass a background check, a physical and a drug screen. Attendance at an 8-hour orientation is also required. Information: Henry Sheffield at email@example.com or 941.752.8100, ext. 2193.
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.