Local Events

Events for Feb. 25

GARDENING WORKSHOP

The Manatee County Extension Service will offer a Bucket Brigade Class, 9-11:30 a.m. at 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Cost: free. Information: 742-5986 or visit http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu.

SARASOTA GARDEN CLUB

The Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts in Sarasota, presents floral designer John Klinger, who will speak on “Frugal Florist” designs and “Do It Yourself Flowers On a Budget” at 10 a.m. Admission: $10. Information: 955-0875 or visit www.frugalflorist.com.

MUSIC CLASS

The Sarasota Music Archive presents a “Masters and Masterpieces of Music” class on Menotti’s “The Consul” at 10:30 a.m. in the Jack J. Gelbhart Auditorium of Selby Public Library, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. The class, presented by Dr. John Goodman, is free and open to the public. Information: 861-5000 or e-mail vneumann@scgov.net

BUSINESS LUNCHEON

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance will host a luncheon 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill, to have Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, receive member input prior to the upcoming legislative session. In addition, the Alliance’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) will be presenting the results of a recent member survey.

LAKEWOOD RANCH LODGE

The Lakewood Ranch Lodge will be instituted at 1 p.m. at the Bradenton Lodge, 2511 75th St. W. The group will select officers, initiate the new members and vote to transfer members to Lakewood Ranch who now belong to other lodges. The Lakewood Ranch Lodge is expected to pick up about 30 or 40 members from other lodges. The Lakewood Ranch Lodge will be part of the Southwest District, which is made of six other lodges in Ruskin, Palmetto, Bradenton, Manasota, Sarasota, Sarasota South and Venice-Nokomis. Information: Bob Erwin at 962-6226.

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; our 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 15th Street East from north of 24th Avenue East to south of S.R. 64: Intermittent delays for milling, resurfacing, drainage, signalization, signing and pavement-marking work. Northbound traffic shifts between S.R. 64 and Sixth Street East for construction of a barrier wall.

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