Email information to firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of ongoing classes is available at bradenton.com/living.
Spreading Love and Hope community event
Cake King Bennett and Simply Divine Catering Baking Service invites the public to Spreading Love and Hope, a community event to encourage, motivate and support others featuring well-prepared meals, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. There will be face painting and a surprise guest for kids. Bradenton Village Club House, 101 15th Ave. Circle W., Bradenton, 941-249-1732 or facebook.com/simplydivinecateringser. noon-4 p.m. Nov. 5.
Florida Maritime Museum Lectures
Dr. David Head, a lecturer of history at the University of Central Florida will present “Independence and Intrigue: Pirates and Privateers,” a series of stories of 19th century sailors, 3 p.m. Nov. 9 and Charley Morgan, a sailboat racer and founder or Morgan Yachts will present “Early Surveying and Cartography of Tampa Bay,” 3 p.m. Nov. 16. Admission to both lectures is free, donations are appreciated. Seating is first-come, first-served. 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 941-708-6120 or floridamaritimemuseum.org.
Manatee High School performance
John Cariani’s play “Almost, Maine” will be performed by Manatee High School students. $5-$7. Manatee High School, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton, 941-714-7300. 7 p.m. Nov. 18-19, 2 p.m. Nov. 20.
Local author and historian, Cathy Slusser, will discuss her novel “Caroline’s Story!” the final one in the From a Heavenly Land trilogy. Light refreshments will be served. Author will sign copies of er book. Books will be available for purchase. Palmetto Carnegie Library’s Ree Hunt Auditorium, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, 941-723-4991. 10 a.m. Nov. 5.
805 Lit + Art Journal Poetry & Prose Reading Anthology
Manatee County Public Library will host a reception for the premiere of their “805 Lit + Art Journal Poetry & Prose Reading Anthology” and welcomes the public to hear short readings and view art from the anthology which includes fiction, nonfiction and poetry by local, regional and national emerging artists and authors. Print copies of the Anthology will be available for purchase for $10 during the event. Regular issues of “805” are available online, quarterly and for free at 805lit.org. 1301 Barcarrota Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-5555 or 805lit.org/anthology. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 5.
Four Pillars, a wellness retreat center dedicated to self care, will host Florida author Lara Habig. She will share her book event “More Than Enough: Discover Your Limitless Soul and Live Your Bravest Dream,” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 10. Cost: $35, includes a signed copy of the book. Reservations are required. Four Pillars, 8209 Natures Way, Bradenton, 941-373-3955 or fourpillarsflorida.com.
Palmetto High School Class of 1969-1963
Sign up for the Palmetto High School Classes of 1959-1963 reunion beginning with a social 6-10 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Bradenton Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 100 Waterfront Dr. W., Bradenton, and an afternoon outdoor picnic 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12 at a private location. Social: $35, picnic: $ 15. For detailed information, location and more, call Donna Jones Lincks at 941-794-0789 or Lou Perry at 941-722-7604.
Manatee High School Class of 1976
The Manatee High School Class of 1976 will host its 40th class reunion Nov. 18-19, featuring a dinner at The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria Island, Nov. 19. $75-$85. Contract Tammy Eason at email@example.com or visit Manatee High School Class of 1976 Facebook page.
Snooty’s Gala ‘Starstruck’
Celebrating the South Florida Museum’s 50th anniversary of the Bishop Planetarium, Snooty’s Gala “Starstruck” will benefit the South Florida Museum. $200. 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, 941-216-3463 or southfloridamuseum.org. 6 p.m. Nov. 5.
Inaugural Holiday Yard and Bake Sale
ITW GSE Americas will host their inaugural Holiday Yard and Bake Sale with proceeds benefiting the United Way of Manatee County, Inc. 11001 U.S. 41 N., Palmetto, 941-721-1000. 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 5.
Friends of De Soto Memorial Sunset Cruise
Join the Friends of De Soto National Memorial Park for a Sunset Cruise of Sarasota Bay on Paradise Boat Tours, leaving from the Historic Bridge Street Pier, for a leisurely, informative 90-min. cruise. $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Proceeds will benefit Friends of DeSoto National Memorial Park. 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, 571-277-9209 or desoto.org/donate. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5.
Brunch on the Bay
University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee’s Brunch on the Bay will feature 20 of the region’s finest restaurants and food and beverage purveyors. Speakers include USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone, USF System President Dr. Judy Genshaft and USF Athletic Director Mark Harlan. $USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-359-4737 or usfsm.edu/brunch. 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Nov. 6.
This year’s Emerald City Ball
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will celebrate its 17th anniversary and present The Wizard of Oz themed “Emerald City Ball” gala, featuring fanciful decor and performances by artists from WBTT’s current production of “The Wiz.” Guests can enjoy a delicious dinner and open bar, dancing, and three spectacular auction packages. $200. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-366-1505 or westcoastblacktheatre.org. 6-10 p.m. Nov. 10.
Annual Suncoast Food and Wine Fest
The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch will host its 15th annual Suncoast Food and Wine Fest featuring wines and food servings from over 35 of the area’s finest restaurants. There will be live musical entertainment, a special silent auction, a beer tasting garden and cooking demonstrations. $80 general admission, $150 VIP. Sarasota Polo Grounds, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. suncoastfoodandwinefest.com. 1-4 p.m. Nov. 12.
Santa Fund Theme Tray and Card Raffle
Making sure children’s Christmas wishes come true, the Palmetto Postal Workers will host a Theme Tray and Card Raffle to raise funds to provide gifts to area children. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Country Lakes II, 6201 U.S. 41 N., Palmetto, 941-284-3452. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., drawing at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13.
“Putting On The Ritz” Luncheon
The Bradenton Christian Women’s Connection invites the public to a “Putting On The Ritz” luncheon featuring a fashion and accessories show with Ginny Sexton presenting “The Girl With The Curls!” Reservations are required by Nov. 11. $20. Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W, Bradenton, Linda Cilles at 941-750-8786 or Jenny at 941-744-0337 or cwcfl.net. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 18.
Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies
Las Vegas and nationally recognized illusionist Chandler will headline the Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies event featuring cocktail hour, an Italian buffet, dinner entertainment with “The Black Tie Affair,” and music and dancing provided by Jim and Dee. $25 donation. Proceeds will benefit the Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies. Elks Lodge Post 1511, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton, 941-792-1511 or bradentonelks1511.org. 5 p.m. Nov. 19.
Yappy Hour at Motorworks Craft Beer Brewery
Friendly dogs and their owners are welcome at Motorworks Craft Beer Brewery’s Yappy Hour, highlighting dog rescue Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption, with dogs from the RRQ Kennel Club, and rescuers of greyhounds from the dog tracks in Florida. There will be prize drawings, a silent auction, and music. Proceeds will benefit the Greyhound dog rescue groups. Bring non-perishable people and pet food for the holiday food drive. 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, 941-567-6218 or motorworksbrewing.com. 1-4 p.m. Nov. 20.
Guardian ad Litem Program
Nov. 14-15 The Guardian ad Litem Program is holding a new GAL volunteer training. The group seeks volunteers who are willing to be trained to conduct independent investigations, to gather information and make recommendations in the best interest of children. Duties include serving as a voice for children in court, a Program representative within social services agencies and the community. They also protect the children during crisis situations. There is no special experience required to become a GAL volunteer and volunteers can expect to spend 10-15 hours a month on a case. GAL volunteers are appointed by the court to serve as crusaders for the child’s best interest. 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. Contact Joel Hornes, 12th Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Recruiter at 941-716-7152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 14-15.
The Longboat Key Education Center
The Longboat Key Education Center provides enrichment programming and lifelong learning for all adults regardless of residence or education background. It offers non-credit courses for adults in the fine and applied arts, humanities, liberal arts, natural and social sciences. Also available are recreational courses, field trips, day trips, a lecture series and a performing arts series. Registration for fall classes is now open. 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 212, Longboat Key, 941-383-8811 or lbkeducationcenter.org.
Adult ballet classes
Adult ballet classes resuming full activity now through August 2017 with all levels on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday mornings. Advanced level, pointe, intermediate and mixed elementary levels. A Saturday late morning boot camp for all adults whether beginning or for those returning to ballet. There will be floor warm-ups, barre, floor cool down and stretch. Classes are for all adults of all ages. $12 a class. All classes are held at 2726 Fifth St., Bradenton, 941-758-5270 or 941-779-1108. Now through Aug. 2017.
Palmetto Art Center
The Palmetto Art Center offers the following classes:
▪ Clay open studio, 7-9 p.m. Mondays; $25, includes materials.
▪ Painting open studio, 7-9 p.m. Mondays; $25.
▪ Pottery wheel semi-private lessons, 7-9 p.m. Mondays; $35.
Reservations are required for all classes. There may be an additional charge for materials. All classes at the Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto, 941-518-2109 or palmettoartcenter.com.
The Manatee County Central Library will host two zine workshops, covering the history of zines and offer basic zine-making techniques. Zines are independently and inexpensively produced mini magazines or pamphlets. The workshops are free, registration is not required. All materials will be provided. 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton, 941-748-5555 or mymanatee.org/library. 2-4 p.m. Nov. 5 and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19.
Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering free a citizenship class designed to help those seeking to become U.S. residents. Participants may attend more than one meeting and meetings are open to all. Registration is not required. Ivey Professional Building, 435 12th St. W., Bradenton, 941-773-1523 or email email@example.com. 5-6 p.m. Nov. 7.
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will offer the following boating education courses and seminars:
▪ Reading and understanding nautical charts seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 9; $20 a person. A comprehensive seminar for inshore navigation. Required equipment: parallel rules and dividers.
▪ Seamanship, an advanced course for both power boaters and sailors, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Nov. 14-Dec. 7; $60 a person, $70 for two people sharing a manual.
▪ A two-part on-water small boat maneuvering course, existing of a 2-hour session 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Squadron Building, and a 4-hour session of actual on the water training at the Freedom Boat Club in Sarasota, Nov. 19. Students have to have taken the American Boating course or an equivalent course by the coast guard auxiliary. On-water course: $125 a person, $230 for two people sharing one manual.
Preregistration is required for all classes. All classes are held at the squadron’s building at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton. Registration: 941-792-0394 or usps.org/annamaria.
Manatee Sail and Power Squadron invites area boaters to attend “America’s Boating Course.” This class satisfies Florida Boating and Safety Education regulations requiring persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 to complete a NASBLA approved boater education course prior to operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 hp or more. $40 a person or $50 two persons sharing a textbook. Fee includes coffee, snacks and a light lunch. Elks Lodge Palmetto, 4611 Fourth St. E., Palmetto, 941-518-3071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 12.
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. 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.
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.
Adults Only Ballet classes
Dancing Thru The Years is offering adults-only 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. 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. 941-358-8511 or email email@example.com.
Concealed weapons classes
Self Defense Firearms and Hobbies will offer Concealed Weapons Classes at 421 Ninth Ave. W., Palmetto. For a full schedule of classes and cost, call 941-840-1327.
Counted cross stitching
A stitch-in is every first and third Saturday of the month at Cross Stitch Magic, 1222 12th St. W., Bradenton. The meetings are for counted cross stitchers to compare notes and projects. 941-746-4163.
CPR, AED and First Aid Courses
Right on Target Security Academy now offers the Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Courses at 3659 Cortez Road, Suite 100, Bradenton. The certification is valid for two years. The academy also offers the state “D” license course for Unarmed Security Officers. For class hours, cost and registration, call 941-737-1727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dancing Through the Years Adult Ballet Classes
Dancing Through the Years resumes its 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 details, call 941-730-7179.
English language classes
The Language House offers basic through intermediate level English classes 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 505 26th St. W. in Palmetto and 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Ave., Bradenton. The classes are free. Registration and information: Alan Gedeon at 941-749-3029, ext. 3662 or Yoshira Castro at 941-722-3333, ext. 6341.
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. 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. 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. 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 membership. 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.
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. John Garzone at 941-753-8680 or 941-360-2654.
Weekly yoga classes with instructor yogini, Sharon Meier. Bring a yoga mat, water and a block and straps, if you have them. $12 per class. Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 941-708-6120. 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays.