Email information to email@example.com. A list of ongoing classes is available at bradenton.com/living.
Young artists call
Art Expressions Studio of Ellenton is looking for young artists from Manatee area schools, ages 10-16, to apply for one of the 13 episodes of a new educational TV series for children wanting to learn to paint. Applicants, with basic drawing and painting skills willing to learn new techniques in acrylic and/oil painting, should submit a photo, a description and explanation of one of their artworks. For detailed information email Mara Trumbo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Career Uniforms wanted
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s Fine Art Gallery is seeking uniforms worn by women throughout the decades. The exhibit, “Art of the Costume: Women in Uniform,” will honor women in the workspace by showcasing fashions that have influenced current trends. Deadline to submit photos is June 23 and notification of selections will be made June 30. Uniforms must be available for loan July 13-Oct. 28. Upload photos, showing the individual wearing the uniform at surveygizmo.com/s3/2771012/Women-in-Uniform-Submission or mail to SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207, attn.: Women in Uniform Committee.
Snooty’s annual birthday card contest
The South Florida Museum invites students in preschool through sixth grade to submit entries for Snooty’s annual birthday card contest. Cards will be judged for creativity and originality and are due by 5 p.m. July 8. Winners will be announced and awards will be made for first through third place winner in four age categories at Snooty’s Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival July 23. Entry forms are available online at www.southfloridamuseum.org/thingstodo/snootys68thbirthdaybash or at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. 941-746-4131.
Anna Maria Island resident, Commander James W. Kissick, Jr., a quadruple-qualified Navel Aviator will speak at a Just Older Youth meeting and will read from his book “A Flyer’s Dash.” The book, signed by the author will be available for purchase: $15. Bring a brown bag lunch, dessert and beverage will be provided. Roser Community Church Fellowship Hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 941-778-0414 or roserchurch.com. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 8.
Renaissance on 9th
Special events at the Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th include Cruisin’ into Summer 50’s Style with Jimmy Mazz, a luncheon with entertainment and dancing, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. June 14; $18 members, $20 nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased by June 10. 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, 941-749-0100, ext. 2100 or visit renaissanceon9th.org.
Cuban National Ballet historian lecture
Dr. Miguel Cabrera, historian for the National Ballet of Cuba, will present a series of three lectures, “The History of Cuban Ballet: the School, Style and Technique.” Demonstrations of the Cuban technique will be performed by co-founder and artistic director, Ariel Serrano, and by dancers of the school’s pre-professional students. $20 per lecture, or $55 for all three. Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, 501 N. Beneva Road, Suite No. 700, Sarasota. 941-365-8400. 3:30-5 p.m. June 22-24.
Fashion Consulting Workshops
Goodwill Manasota and First Impression Image Consulting will provide free fashion consulting workshops at various locations. Attendees will receive an hour of fashion dos and dont’s and will help participants to find clothing that best suits them so they can dress for success. Workshops are held at the following locations:
▪ Goodwill Ranch Lake store, 8750 S.R. 70 E., Bradenton; noon-1 p.m. June 30.
▪ Goodwill North Trail Mecca store, 5150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 5:30-6:30 p.m. June 30.
Registration is recommended. experiencegoodwill.org/events.
Lincoln Memorial High School Class of 1966
The Lincoln Memorial High School Class of 1966 Reunion will be June 24-26. Theme: “Let’s Do It Again.” 941-545-8739 or 941-773-9438.
Palmetto High School Class of 1976
The Palmetto High School Class of 1976 Reunion will be Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Classmates interested in attending should email Karla Mead Brogdon at email@example.com or call 941-722-4692. Use “Reunion” as your subject in your email and provide maiden name (if female) and current address. Deadline for headcount is July 16.
Southern-style Back Lot BBQ ‘Playwrights and Pitmasters’
Florida Studio Theatre will host “Playwrights and Pitmasters,” a Southern-style barbecue. Bring your appetite and enjoy ribs, chicken, pork, a cold beverage and live music by the Manatee River Bluegrass Band. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit the Florida Studio Theatre. Back lot behind the Sudakoff Administration Wing, 1265 First St., Sarasota. Steve Turrisi at 941-366-0932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 6 p.m. June 8.
Wishes For Heroes “Red, White & Brew”
Budweiser/Gold Coast Eagle Distributing will host “Red, White & Brew,” featuring live music, military guest speakers, auction items, and prize drawings. Tickets: $100 in advance, $125 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Denis V. Cooper Foundation Wishes For Heroes. 7051 Wireless Ct., Sarasota, wishesforheroes.org. 6:30-10 p.m. June 11.
Goodwill “Salute the Runway” Dinner and Fashion Show
Goodwill will honor women veterans with a “Salute the Runway” dinner and fashion show featuring women veterans in fabulous fashions from Goodwill, and benefit Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program. Goodwill Manasota Corporate Campus, 2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton. $75. 941-355-2721 or experiencegoodwill.org/events. 6-9 p.m. June 16.
Purple Mug Kick Off Party “Walk to end Alzheimer’s”
Get your purple mug at a kick-off party to benefit a “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” featuring $5 hamburgers and live music by Jah Movement Reggae Band. Proceeds will benefit Alzheimer’s Association. Walk to end Alzheimer’s date is Oct. 22. World of Beer, 497 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Mugs: $5. alz.org/flgulfcoast. 5-7 p.m. June 28.
Eleventh Annual Leadership Breakfast
Community Youth Development and the Boys & Girls Clubs will present the 11th annual Leadership Breakfast celebrating this year’s honorees, community members Congressman Vern Buchanan and Sandy Buchanan and Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Lori White. $35. Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Yolanda Mancha at 941-922-5126 or email@example.com. 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 16.
Art Classes at the ‘Y’
Mara Trumbo offers the following painting classes at the YMCA, 12214 U.S. 301 N., Parrish:“Life’s A Beach,” acrylic, June 18. All classes are 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost per class for patterns and tuition is $35. 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. 941-417-2324.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service
The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
▪ Orchid “make and take” workshop, 10 a.m.-noon June 11; $20.
▪ Rain gardens101, 10-11:30 a.m. June 15.
▪ Irrigation with water conservation in mind, 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 21.
▪ Landscape tips for water conservation, 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 21.
▪ Rain barrels, 1-2:30 p.m. June 25; $33.
Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and are at the Manatee Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Minimum workshop size is required and workshop size is limited. Registration for all classes, workshops, and tours is required. 941-722-4524 or manatee.ifas.ufl.edu.
A new creative writing class will be every third Tuesday of each month at H2U, 6670 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Cost: $5.00 per class (with a $20 membership fee at H2U). The class is taught by Rev. Emmalou Kirchmeier teaches creative writing in Bradenton and Sarasota. All genres are welcome! Beginner, intermediate, and advanced instruction is offered. Bring your writing samples to share. 941-792-0211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palmetto Art Center will offer the following art classes at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto:
▪ Pottery wheel, for students ages 7 and older, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. June 13; $100 plus $25 materials fee.
▪ Drama camp “Adventures Under The Sea,” for students ages 6-9, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 18; $25 for materials. Reservations: 941-348-4338.
▪ Little Chefs in the Kitchen, for students ages 4-6, 10:30 a.m.-noon June 20; $100 plus $15 materials fee. Reservations: 941-730-3318.
▪ Baking and desserts, for students ages 9 and older, 1-3 p.m. June 20-24; $100 plus $20 materials fee. Reservations: 941-730-3318.
▪ Clay hand-building camp: Nurture with Nature, for students ages 6 and older, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. June 20-24; $100 plus $20 materials fee.
▪ Wet and wild felting camp, for students ages 6.5-12, 2-4:30 p.m. June 27-July 1; $115 plus $10 materials fee. Reservations: 941-896-6610.
▪ Woolspinning adventure camp, for students ages 10-15, 2-5 p.m. July 5-8; $135 plus $15 materials fee. Reservations: 941-896-6610.
▪ Drama camp “Animal Make-Up,” for students ages 9-13, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 9; $50. Reservations: 941-348-4338.
▪ Little artists: “Let’s Read and Create ART,” for students ages 6-9, 10:30 a.m.-noon July 18-22; $75 plus $10 materials fee. Reservations: 941-447-3014.
Class sizes are limited. Unless otherwise noted, reservations and 941-518-2109 or palmettoartcenter.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.
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.
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. 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. 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 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. 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 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.
ArtbyCMac Home Studio, 7506 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, 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. 941-727-5183artbycmac.com.
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.