Recreation Calendar lists upcoming events first followed by ongoing events in rotation, in alphabetical order, as space permits. Send items to Recreation Calendar, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 745-7097.
April 26: The Firearms Training Institute of Sarasota will host an NRA First Steps Pistol Course at 8 a.m. April 26 at the AmericInn Hotel Conference Room, 5931 Fruitville Road. The course will be taught by local NRA Certified Instructors and cover the basics of safe gun handling and shooting. The four-hour course will emphasize the safe and proper handling and use of pistols. Participants will learn about firearm safety, parts and operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, storage options and more. This course meets the Florida training requirements for Concealed Carry Permit applicants. Non-residents are also eligible. For details on the course, contact Dr. Gerald Colbert at 941-706-4358 or 941-315-0152, email@example.com or www.ftisarasota.com.
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May 17-18: The Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic will be held on April 19-20 and May 17-18 at the Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Road, Myakka City. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. both days. Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that are to allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights, a standard rifle and surplus ammunition. Most of the instruction at a Project Appleseed event is conducted on the firing range at 25 yards, at reduced size targets to simulate 100 to 400 yards. Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a rifle sling, and Revolutionary War history. Please bring your own ear/eye protection, a rifle with sling, ammunition, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks, drinks and plenty of water. A .22-caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammunition, but you can use a centerfire rifle if preferred. About 250 rounds of ammunition will be needed per day. Clinic fees are $40 for one day, $60 for both days for adults, $15/$20 for youth younger than 18 and free for active-duty military, law enforcement officers with identification and elected officials. Additional club range fees of $15 per day applies for all. To register online, go to www.appleseedinfo.org. For more info, contact Bruce Smith at 904-424-3855 or email FL@appleseedinfo.org.
May 17: The Village Idiots Cycling Club (VICC), an official non-profit USA Cycling Club that serves as cycling advocates in the community and works to benefit local charities, will host the second annual Women on Wheels 100. The group ride event is for women only, free for all participants, and takes place on May 17, 2014, starting from Lakewood Ranch Main Street at 8 a.m. Any funds left over from sponsorship fees will add to the funds that VICC distributes at the end of the year to their designated charities. May is Women's Bike Month, and the VICC is holding the Women on Wheels ride to encourage more women to get involved in cycling. The ride is fully supported, with vehicles ready to attend cyclists in case of mechanical problems. The full route is 100 kilometers, equivalent to roughly 60 miles, but riders may take a 40-mile option. Rest stops with water, Gatorade, food and energy gels will be set up at the 20- and 40-mile points. Sponsors will be covering event-related expenses, so it is free to participate, but riders should be confident in their ability to ride such a distance. This ride is open to all adult women able to ride a minimum of 40 miles. Helmets are required, traffic laws must be obeyed at all times, and riders are required to sign an event waiver prior to start time. For more information, visit the VICC website at www.villageidiotscycling.com or register for the ride by May 12 via the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/261879387307281/.
June 14: Rosedale Golf & Country Club will host a junior golf program open to students ages 5-18 beginning June 14 and running for nine consecutive Saturdays. Available times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each session is limited to 16 students. The cost is $200 per child. Additional junior programs including a 10 a.m. clinic on Wednesdays for $20 per session and a "Play with the Pro" program at 10 a.m. Fridays for $40 per session. For more information, call the Rosedale pro shop at 941-756-0004.