Email information to email@example.com. A list of ongoing classes is available at bradenton.com/living.
Annual downtown Bradenton Chanukah Candle Lighting Ceremony
Temple Beth El Bradenton invites the pubic to join the Manatee County community for the seventh annual Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration, featuring lighting of the giant Menorah, Jewish holiday music, sing-along songs and treats. The event is free and open to the public. Riverwalk Amphitheater, Bradenton, 941-755-4900. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 28.
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Venice-based author Jack Jerome released his newest book “The Elf Who Betrayed Santa Claus: A Readmeastroyplease Book,” in which a not-so-nice cousin of Santa Claus tries to steal his reindeer. The book’s retail price is $26 and is available at dorrancebookstore.com.
Bradenton based entrepreneur and co-author of the book “Passionistas: Tales, Tips and Tweetables From Women Pursuing Their Dream” announced that the book is now available on Amazon. For information: 941-224-0388 or stefanieoverturf.com.
The Kellogg/Keebler Retirees will host its annual luncheon. Lunch and table service will be provided. Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, 941-761-4695. 10 a.m. social, luncheon at noon, Feb 12.
Book and Art Sale
Local author and artist, Ann Stephanian Kale, will offer her four books and works of art for sale through December. All proceeds will benefit children’s charities. Recipe Box, 5207 33rd St. E., Bradenton, 941-739-3525. Restaurant hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Sundays, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.
Annual Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival
The 2016 Thunder by the Bay will be held at various locations throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties starting with a sporting clay tournament at the Ancient Oak Club 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5, a “Cruisers and Customs” block party in Gulf Gate Village featuring live music, demo displays, and a “light up the night” bike show 6 p.m. Jan. 6, a “Cruise for Cash” charity motorcycle ride with registration 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Sarasota Ford, fun stops, with ride ending at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch where throughout the day “Rockin’ and Ridin’ at The Ranch” Festival will be ongoing 10 a.m.-10 p.m. featuring live music, over 100 vendors, food court, demo displays, all Jan. 7. The Rockin’ and Riding’ at The Ranch will continue at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch with live music and over 100 vendors and a 17-class bike show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 8. Proceeds will benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. For detailed information and locations, call 941-706-3795 or thunderbythebay.org. Jan. 5-8.
Christmas in our Hearts” Concert and Fundraiser
Michéal Castaldo, accompanied by Castaldo String Quartet, will perform classic Christmas Carols and Advent songs in a benefit concert “Natale Nel Cuore,” (Christmas in our Hearts). There will a meet and greet and refreshments will be served immediately following the concert. Suggested free will donation: $20. Proceeds of the concert will benefit Holy Cross Catholic Church. 515 26th St. W., Palmetto, 941-729-3891. 4 p.m. Jan. 8.
“Looking into the Crystal Ball”
Selby Public Library will host the seventh annual “Looking into the Crystal Ball,” a dazzling popular event packed with continuous performances by musicians and other performance artist, and art, author and wellness exhibits. Attendees can enjoy sampling savory bites from local restaurants, along with full cash bars. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Proceeds will benefit free youth and teen programs at Selby Library. 1331 First St., Sarasota, 941-861-1140 or selbylibraryfriends.org. 6-9 p.m. Jan. 11.
Annual Anniversary Prayer Breakfast
Col. Rick Wells, Sheriff-elect of Manatee County has been named the keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast to benefit Take Stock in Children of Manatee County. The event will feature many dignitaries, businesses, religious, educational, and community leaders and provide an opportunity to support local students. $50. Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Dr., Palmetto, 941-751-6550 or takestockmanatee.org. 7:30 a.m. Jan. 26.
Annual “A New Beginning” Fashion Event
Selah Freedom will host its fourth annual “A New Beginning” fashion event and champagne luncheon featuring stunning fashions and inspirational survivor stories. There will be prize drawings. Fashions are from Selah Vie Boutique, the organization’s upscale resale boutique. $150. Proceeds will benefit Selah Freedom. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-677-8840 or selahfreedom.com. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 26.
Bradenton Christian School Gala
Florida State University Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Ward will join former NFL great and current NFL Football Operations Executive vice president Troy Vincent to headline the 2017 Bradenton Christian School Gala. The Bradenton Christian School’s Jazz Band will provide musical entertainment. $150. Proceeds will benefit Bradenton Christian School. Wichers Auditorium, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton, 941-792-5454 or bcspanthers.org. 7 p.m. Jan. 27.
Circus Arts Gala Birthday Bash
The 2017 Circus Arts Gala Birthday Bash will feature interactive circus fun, dancing, face painting, strolling characters, clowns and sailor circus students, a silent auction and a mouthwatering dinner served in the Big Top. There will be a thrilling live auction, “best dressed” contest, and sensational circus entertainment after dinner. $250. Proceeds will benefit The Circus Arts Community Outreach Programs. Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park, south of the Mall at UTC, Sarasota, 941-355-9335 or circusarts.org. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
ArtCenter Manatee 80th Anniversary Casino Night Gala
The community is invited to help celebrate ArtCenter Manatee’s 80th anniversary at their Anniversary Casino Night Gala under the big top featuring a Las Vegas theme with entertainment by showgirls, gourmet cuisine, gaming tables, slots, games of chance, a silent and live auction. $150. Proceeds will benefit the ArtCenter’s education programs. 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, 941-746-2862 or artcentermanatee.org. 6-11 p.m. Feb. 18.
The Longboat Key Education Center
The Longboat Key Education Center provides enrichment programs and lifelong learning for all adults regardless of residence or educational 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 resume 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 open to all adults of all ages. $12 a class.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 5-6 p.m. Jan. 2.
As part of its Creative Aging Program, designed for those ages 55 and over, Manatee County Public Libraries will offer two free six-week art classes in January:
▪ “Art Exploration,” 3-5 p.m. Jan. 4-Feb. 8 at Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 US Hwy. 301 N., Ellenton.
▪ “Creative Painting Techniques,” 2-4 p.m. Jan. 11-Feb. 15 at Palmetto Library, 923 Sixth St. W., Palmetto.
Preregistration is required. Seating is limited. Information: 941-723-4821 (Rocky Bluff) or 941-722-3333 (Palmetto).
Coping with Divorce workshop
A 3-hour workshop “Coping with Divorce” is designed to help participants explore the legal, financial, and emotional issues of divorce and gain a greater understanding of the process. The workshop is best suited for women contemplating or in the early stages of divorce. The workshop is led by a family law attorney, a financial planner and a licensed family therapist. $45 per class. Modern-Wealth LLC, 14306 Covenant Way, Bradenton, 941-251-0510 or modern-wealth.com. 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 14. Registration at 8:30 a.m., class 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 14.
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.