Local Events

EVENTS for Tuesday, Feb. 24

GARDENING WORKSHOPS

The Manatee County Extension Service will offer the following gardening workshops at 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto:

n Watering Wisely, 10 a.m.-noon

n Home Composting, 1-3 p.m. ; Fee: $10.

n Landscape Makeover: Trees, 6-8:30 p.m.; no fee.

Information: 742-5986 or visit http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu

EARTHBOX PRESENTATION

Friends of the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, welcomes the public to a presentation at 10:30 a.m. by Blake Whisenant, inventor of the widely acclaimed Earthbox, a high-yield container growing system that has given novice gardeners truly phenomenal results. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance registration required. Admission: free. Information: 778-6341.

ASH WEDNESDAY DINNER

Ash Wednesday Soup and Communion Supper will be held 6 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Information: 355-4729.

BOATING CLASS

The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron hosts a GPS seminar 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1200 71st St. N.E., Bradenton. The class will teach the basics of how to use a GPS for safe boating. Fee: $10.

KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

Center for Positive Living presents “Keys to the Kingdom,” 7-9 p.m. at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, with guest speaker Rev. David Owen Ritz and music presented by Rob Satori. Information: 366-0275.

Fishing seminar

Boater’s World, 303 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton, hosts Capts. Jason Ramsey and T.J. Stewart, who will present a free lecture on “Salt Water Tactics” at 7 p.m. All seminars are free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Information: 747-8339.

ECO-TOURS

n Sarasota Bay Explorers: Mote Aquarium on City Island, Sarasota — Now offering a new eco-tour, Nature Safari, with in-depth looks into the ecosystems of southwest Florida. View bird nests and watch for creatures of the bay. Observe bottlenose dolphins, manatees and sea turtles up close. Cruises run daily at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Regular tour rate is $26 adults, $22 children ages 4-12. Aquarium admission not included. Information: 388-4200.

n Walk on the Wild Side Eco-Tours: 629 41st St., Sarasota — Guided canoeing, kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing tours throughout west central Florida. Half-day, full-day, moonlight and overnight trips. All equipment and transportation is provided and instruction is available. Tours start at $30 per person and are available 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Information: 351-6500.

CHARTERS

Capt. Mark’s Charters at the Cortez Kitchen, 4528 119th St. W., Cortez, offers boat rides and dolphin cruises daily. Take the whole family on a cruise visiting sandbars or see the dolphins at sunset. Take the water taxi and stop at Bridge Street or the Mar Vista Restaurant or stay aboard and watch the sunset, or join us on the beach for some great shelling. Half-day charters for picnics are available on select days for office parties or family outings; the boat is equipped with a bathroom and gas grill. Cost: $20 per person; no charge for kids under 3. Call for times and reservations: 228-3504 or www.captmarkscharters.com.

TRAFFIC WATCH

n Cortez Road between U.S. 41 and 26th Street West: Possible lane closures between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. for milling, resurfacing, curb and gutter, sidewalk, signalization, signing and marking work.

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