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.
Nov. 15-16, Dec. 13-14: The Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic will be held Nov. 15-16 and Dec. 13-14 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 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. Participants should bring 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 500 rounds of ammunition will be needed per weekend. The clinic fees are $60 for adults, $20 for youth younger than 18 and free to active-duty military, law enforcement officers with ID and elected officials. An additional club range fee of $20 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.
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Nov. 22: CB's Saltwater Outfitters, an Orvis Outfitter of the year, 1249 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, will hold an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Located on Siesta Key, the school will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. The instructor, Capt. Rick Grassett, also will cover leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. The cost for the school is $150 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Contact CB's Saltwater Outfitters at 941-349-4400 or email@example.com to make reservations.
Dec. 1-5: Registration is open for flag football and volleyball tryouts for the winter sports season at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Tryouts for Youth Coed Flag Football will by at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 for the 5-7-year-olds, followed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 by the 11-13-year-olds. On Dec. 5, the 8-10-year-olds will try out at 6 p.m. and the 14-17-year-olds at 8 p.m. The registration fee includes a team jersey and is $75 for youth members and $105 for non-members. To avoid a late fee, register by Nov. 25. Games will be played on the AMICC fields on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning in January 2015. Adult Coed Flag Football tryouts will take place on 7 p.m. Dec. 8. The registration fee includes a team jersey and is $75 for adult members and $110 for non-members. To avoid a late fee, register before Dec. 2. Games will be played mostly on Wednesdays for the 18 and up league and Thursdays for the 30 and up league beginning in January 2015. The Adult Coed Volleyball tryout date is 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Registration fee includes a team jersey and is $75 for adult members and $110 for non-members. To avoid a late fee, register by Nov. 29. Games will be played on Tuesday evenings in the Community Center gym beginning in January 2015. Tryouts for all sports are mandatory, and teams are chosen immediately afterward. Sign up for both adult sports and receive a $25 discount. An annual adult sports membership is $80 and includes full use of the fitness room. Youth membership for 3-11-year-olds is $40 a year and includes member prices on classes, sports, childcare, camps and youth events. Membership for youth ages 12-17 is $60 a year and includes all of that PLUS supervised use of the fitness center and open gym/social time. Coaches, captains and sponsors are needed. Head coach's child plays for free. Contact athletic director Matt Ray at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at the community center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria or online at www.annamariaislandcc.com.