Local Events

today’s events

Town hall meeting

A series of town hall meetings has been scheduled by the Manatee County School District to give parents, students, district employees and concerned citizens a chance to converse with district leaders about budget cuts to educational funding in Florida. So far this school year, funding for Manatee County’s Public Schools has been cut $30 million and it appears the district is in line for an additional $20 million cut for the 2009-10 school year. In East Manatee, town hall meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch High School Auditorium, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

Book workshop

A workshop, led by Rev. Ron Hooker from Columbus, Ohio, reviewing Henri Nouwen’s classic work: “The Wounded Healer” will be 10 a.m.-noon at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Play Scrabble

Join the Anna Maria Island Community Center 12:30- 3 p.m. Wednesdays for Scrabble. Bring your own game and a kitchen timer. Cost: $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Information: 778-1908.

Mason, Mich., reunion

The Mason, Mich., area picnic potluck will be at noon at the Manatee R.V. Park, 6302 U.S. 41 S., Ruskin. Participants are requested to bring their own table service and a dish to share. For more information, call Nancy Minshall at 794-2392.

Western New York reunion

The Western New York Reunion will be at 11 a.m. at the Tropic Isle Park Auditorium, 3100 10th St. W., Palmetto. Bring a main dish to share that will serve eight and your own table service. Entertainment, a short business meeting and door prizes follow lunch. Donation: $2. Information: 727-8828 or 727-1665.


Rotary, West Bradenton: The Rotary Club of West Bradenton has its buffet breakfast meetings at 6:45 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-2570.

Manasota Genealogical Society: The Manasota Genealogical Society meets 10 a.m.-noon at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Meetings are free and open to anyone interested in genealogy. Information: 727-7898 or www.rootsweb.com/~flmgs.

Kiwanis, Suncoast: The Suncoast Professional Kiwanis Club meets at noon at the Stacey’s Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 755-2628.

Gulf Coast Writers: The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Julie Ann Howell, president and publisher of Peppertree Press will discuss “From manuscript to masterpiece.” Information: 778-7631.

German-American Club of Manatee: The German-American Club of Manatee County meets at 2 p.m. at the Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center, 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 761-3833.

Toastmasters Bradenton: Toastmasters Club No. 2449 meets at 6 p.m. at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 776-3156.

Pins and Needles: Pins and Needles, a neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild meets 6:30-8:45 p.m. of the month at the Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., W., Bradenton. Information and supply list: 756-5387.