Local Events

Bulletin Board: Feb. 3

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GENERAL

Director symposium: The Banyan Theater Company is offering new ticket options for its symposium “The Director’s Art: Making the Magic Happen,” which takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Road. Moderated by Ann Morrison, the symposium will feature theater professionals Michael Donald Edwards, Geraldine Librandi, Don Walker and Luke Bartholomew, who will share their insights during a lively, interactive examination of the director’s art. Tickets: $70 for full day, including breakfast, lunch and wine and cheese reception; $40 for morning session, including breakfast and lunch; $40 for afternoon session, including wine and cheese reception. Information and reservations: 941-358-8998.

Valentine Meet and Mingle: The SRQ Singles will host their third annual Meet and Mingle 4:30-7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Holiday Inn, Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota. This popular gala event encourages social networking and will feature complimentary appetizers, happy hour specials, cash bar, free door prize drawings. Admission: $7. Information: 941-378-7889.

Wedding vow renewals: Marriage & Family Works invites couples to renew their wedding vows at sunset Feb. 14 at Siesta Key Beach. The ceremony will be followed by a small “wedding cake” reception and punch. Cost: $5 per couple. Pre-registration is required. Information: 941-962-8038 or visit www.marriageworksforyou.org.

“The Archaeology of Spanish La Florida”: New College Public Archaeology Laboratory and Time Sifters Archaeology Society present “The Archaeology of Spanish La Florida,” with the second of a three-part lecture series “These Old Streets: The Archaeology of Spanish St. Augustine,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The lectures, in which archaeologists present their research and approaches to the community, are free. Reservations are recommended. Reservations and information: 941-487-4888 or email events@ncf.edu or visit www.donate.ncf.edu/events.

South Manatee Branch Library Special Programs: The Friends of the South Manatee Branch Library are hosting the following special programs at 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton:

n Italian Film Festival, presented by the Sons of Italy, 1 p.m. Feb. 18.

n Laughing Matters, the Art of Clowning, presented by award-winning performer, producer and director Steve Smith, 6 p.m. March 1.

n Extreme Recipe Makeover “Comfort Foods,” by Manatee County Extension Agent Samantha Kennedy, 6 p.m. March 22.

The events are free and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance registration is not necessary. Information: 941-755-3892.

Longboat Key Historical Society Speakers Events: The Longboat Key Historical Society will host their Speakers Event 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Dr., Longboat Key. Local historian Kent Chetlain will address the early pioneers and settlers of the Longboat Key area. The event is free to members, $10 donation for nonmembers. Information: 941-387-8323.

New College discussion series: “New Topics New College,” a community discussion series addressing relevant topics of our time, will be held at Mildred Sainer Music and Arts Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Bradenton, and will include the following lectures:

n March 6: “Charting an ethical path for clinical medicine and scientific research,” Anita L. Allen, professor of law and professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

n March 20: “Medicine, atom by atom: from the atomic force microscope to the clinic,” Dr. Paul Hansma, biophysicist.

All lectures are at 5:30 p.m. Series tickets are $75, individual lectures are $15, with net proceeds funding scholarships and other resources for New College students. Each event will conclude with a complimentary reception, at which attendees will be able to meet the speakers, New College faculty and students. For reservations and information, call 941-487-4888 or visit donate.ncf.edu/newtopics.

REUNIONS

Eaton County, Mich.: The Eaton County, Mich., annual picnic on Feb. 7 will begin with registration at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon at the Palmetto Mobile Home Park on U.S. 41, Palmetto. Bring your table service and a dish to share. Information: 941-747-2117.

Wisconsin Day: Wisconsin Day on Feb. 8 will begin with registration at 10 a.m. followed by a potluck 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Registration: $5. Bring a dish to share and your own place settings. Information: 941-746-2018.

Milan, Mich.: The Milan, Mich., Snow Bird Picnic will begin at noon Feb. 8 at Terra Siesta Mobile Home Park, 3502 Patricia Place, Ellenton. Bring your own table service and a dish to share. Coffee will be provided. Information: 419-410-5529.

Ohio-Putnam County: The Ohio-Putnam County annual reunion will be Feb. 9 at Duff’s Buffet, 6010 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 419-233-6072.

Southern Indiana: The Southern Indiana reunion will begin at 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at Super Buffet VI, Sarasota Crossings Shopping Center, 5471 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Anyone from Southern Indiana and their friends are welcome. Information: 941-953-4262.

Redkey Day: The second annual Redkey Day will be 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Billy’s Stone Crab and Seafood, 1 Collany Road, Tierra Verde. Information: Beth Shambarger at 941-779-7151 or email keywestlizzies@gmail.com.

Bosse High School, Evansville, Ind., reunion: The Bosse High School seventh annual reunion will begin at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 at IMG Academies and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Blvd., Bradenton. Checks in the amount of $20 can be mailed to Betty Bailey, P.O. Box 6553, Bradenton, FL 34281, and should include name, maiden name and year of graduation as well as any guest’s name. Reservations are required by Feb. 1. Information: Nita Hopewell at 941-377-3863 or email nitaray4184@aol.com.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Master Gardening program: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is accepting applications from members of the community who are interested in joining the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. Requirements are an interest in learning about gardening and horticulture, time to attend the intensive training course and study many areas of horticulture, and a willingness to share what you learn with others. Applicants can download an application from http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu and click on the Master Gardener Program link or call 941-722-4524.

Instructor opportunity: Project Light’s pilot English language learning class, “The Language House,” is looking for a volunteer instructor to teach basic English. The classes have been tentatively scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Class will hold seven to eight students and a text book, workbook and six CDs will be provided for each student. The instructor will be provided a teacher’s guide. Information: Alan Gedeon at 941-782-7021 or email alan.gedeon@mymanatee.org.

Free tutoring program: Support A Child will offer free tutoring, open to children and adults, to focus on core math and reading skills. The primary objective of this program is to raise a child’s self-esteem by providing the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Adult programming focuses on English as a second language and GED fulfillment. Coursework is designed to address disengaged learners and others who are not reaching their potential. Information: 941-773-6676 or 941-301-1055 or email mregis@support-a-child.org.

Habitat for Humanity: Manatee Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers who are able to donate time 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks and projects geared at eradicating substandard housing. Volunteers do not need previous construction experience. Interested individuals and groups should contact Ogden Clark at 941-748-9100, ext. 104, or email oclark@manateehabitat.org.

Visitor center help: DeSoto National Memorial needs volunteers to assist in their visitor center. Responsibilities are to greet park visitors and provide information on the cultural and historical and natural points of interest in the area of the park. Volunteers are required to provide a 1- to 2-minute presentation on the park and will also be responsible for selling bookstore items. Information: 941-792-0458 or www.nps.gov/DESO.

BOOK NEWS

Book release: Author Tim Dorsey’s latest laugh-riot thriller “Pineapple Grenade,” a story about a secret agent in Miami, spying for the president of a banana republic, is available online and in local book stores.

Book launch: A book launch party for local author Merab-Michal Favorite’s newest pictorial history book, “Palmetto,” will be 5-9 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W. The book is available online and in local book stores.

Book release: Local author Jessica Crawford Vernold announces the release of her first novel, “The Keeper.” The paranormal romance for young adults is available in ebook formats as well as in paperback at Amazon.com, Smashwords.com and Barnes and Noble. Information: www.readthekeeper.com.

Book release: Local attorney at law, Jonathan Fleece, has published his first book “The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America.” The book sets forth what health care and medicine will look like in the years ahead, but also takes a look at history, the transformational changes going on today and the dynamic flows shaping health care in the United States. The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Information: 941-748-0100.

Books & Coffee book review program: Friends of the Selby Public Library present “Books & Coffee,” a book review program offered at the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. The reviews include the following books:

n “Foreign Bodies,” by Cynthia Ozick, will be reviewed by Martin Tucker, editor, professor emeritus, Long Island University, Feb. 14.

n “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace,” a book about the Kurds in Iran by Roya Kakakian, will be reviewed by Carol Prunhuber, journalist, published author and international speaker, March 13.

n “Diaghilev: A Life,” by Sjeng Scheijen, will be reviewed by Jay Wilson, retired associate professor, University of Rochester, director of rights, Princeton University Press, April 10.

All programs are at 10:30 a.m. and are free and open to the public. A free tour of the library will be offered following each program. Information: 941-861-1140 or visit www.selbylibraryfriends.org.

Author speaking engagement: Bestselling author and renowned speaker Andi Brown, will be guest speaker at the Women Owners of Florida luncheon noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Irish Pub and Grille, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Andi Brown is previous owner of Halo Pet Foods, Holistic Pet Pioneer and author of The Whole Pet Diet. Information and registration: 941-685-0250 or visit www.womenownersoffl.com.

Author Luncheon: The Manatee County Public Library System will host its 25th annual Author Luncheon at noon March 16 at the Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Best-selling author Erik Larson will be guest speaker. Tickets: $40. Information: 748-5555, ext. 6306 or email manateelibraryfoundation@gmail.com.

FUNDRAISERs

Hurricanes Baseball “Steakout” and Reunion: Manatee High School Baseball Boosters will host their 13th annual Hurricanes Baseball “Steakout” and Reunion 5-9 p.m. Feb. 3 at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, featuring a barbecue dinner with former and current Hurricane Baseball players. To-go meals will be available. Tickets: $30 adults, $15 children ages 12 and younger. Information: 941-725-2293 or 941-720-9224.

Sahib Shriners’ Hospital Days: The Sahib Shriners will conduct their annual Hospital Days fundraiser through Feb. 4 to benefit their hospital transportation fund. Approximately 200 Shriners wearing their traditional red fezzes will stand at intersections and retail stores to accept donations from the public. Donations will help defray the cost of patient transportation to the various Shriners Hospitals for Children, where local children receive care regardless of their families’ ability to pay. This transportation service is offered by more than 30 volunteer drivers from Sahib Shriners known as Roadrunners, who transport local children to their appointments. During the last two years, Roadrunners have made more than 4,800 trips that have benefitted hundreds of children from Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Hardee counties. Information: Harold Eady, Sahib Shriner PR director, at hjeady@comcast.net.

AAUW scholarship: The Manatee Branch of the American Association University Women will host a Mardi Gras themed fundraiser beginning at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. The event includes a fashion show and luncheon, auction, and card party. Tickets: $30. Proceeds will be used to fund academic scholarships for outstanding high school seniors and for older women transitioning back to college. The event is open to the public. Reservations and information: Sylvia Price at 941-778-3209.

“Trivia Night at Peridia”: The Bradenton Branch of the American Association of University Women will host “Trivia Night at Peridia” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton. This fundraiser for local scholarships will feature door prizes, trivia prizes, a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, coffee and tea. Trivia contest will begin at 7:15 p.m. and guests may bring their own trivia team or can join one at the event. Tickets: $20. Information: 941-751-4635 or 941-753-4378.

Fashion show and luncheon: ArtCenter Manatee will host a “Jazzy Ladies” Fashion Show and Luncheon 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Lakewood Ranch Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, featuring a fashion show by Cache Boutique, prize drawings, live auction, and live jazz music. Tickets: $38. Proceeds will benefit ArtCenter Manatee. Information: 941-746-2862 or online at www.artcentermanatee.org.

Temple Beth Sholom benefit: The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom’s Sophisticated Ladies Fashion Show Luncheon and Auction will be noon Feb. 8 at the synagogue, 1050 S. Tutle Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $40. The event benefits the students and teachers of the Paver Religious School at Temple Beth Sholom and provides scholarships for students to attend Camp Ramah, an overnight summer camp for Jewish children in northern Georgia. Reservations and information: 941-366-4774.

Comedy fundraiser: Kirkwood Presbyterian Church will host comedian Robert G. Lee at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton, in an effort to raise funds for their 2012 mission opportunities, such as a partnership with Habitat for Humanities and the church’s summer youth missions trips. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: 941-721-2034.

Manatee Crimestoppers “Tasting Wine to Help Fight Crime” Fundraiser: The Manatee Crimestoppers will host their first “Tasting Wine to Help Fight Crime” Fundraiser 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Attendees will be a issued a “passport” for 11 featured “wine countries” from around the world and as they visit the National Stations they can enjoy tasting wines complimenting specially prepared food, and a coffee and dessert station. There will be door prizes, a silent auction and prize drawings, Tickets are $100 a couple if purchased by Feb. 3; tickets after Feb. 3 are $75 a person. Information: 792-2732.

NAACP breakfast: The Manatee County Branch of the NAACP will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast at 8 a.m. Feb. 18 at Palmetto Youth Center, 501 17th St. W., Palmetto. Tickets: $25. Information: 941-504-1096.

The Players Theatre “T&A Soiree”: The Players Theatre will host the “T&A Soiree” at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, featuring performances by sister Judy, mother Ruth, and son Daniel, plus the Players’ cast of “A Chorus Line,” wine and cheese pre-show reception, and an after-show champagne and dessert reception. TV actress Audrey Landers headlines this special fundraising event. Tickets: $65 each or $100 for two. All proceeds will benefit The Players Theatre. Reservations and information: 941-365-2494.

Celebrity Charity Bartending: United Way of Manatee County hosts “Celebrity Charity Bartending,” 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Live music will be provided by the Open Door Band 7:30-9 p.m. All tips will benefit United Way of Manatee County. Information: 941-567-4085 or visit www.uwmc.net.

Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church fashion show: Saint Barbara Philoptochos Chapter No. 5037 and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th will host their annual fashion show 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Michael’s on East, 1212 East Ave. W., Sarasota. Tickets: $40. Proceeds will benefit the Women’s Resource Center Scholarship Fund and the St. Barbara Philoptochos Charitable Organizations. Information: 941-355-2616 or 941-966-0497.

“Miami Nights” Fundraiser: The Youth Ministry of Our Lady of Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church will host a “Miami Nights” dinner and auction beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 25 in Father Flynn Hall of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 833 Magellan Drive, Sarasota. The event will feature a silent and live auction. Tickets: $30 a person, $50 a couple. Information: 941-755-1826.

Take Stock 10K, 5K and Fun Run: Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union will sponsor the third annual Take Stock in Children 10K, 5K and Fun Run along Main Street in Lakewood Ranch on Feb. 26, with the 10K starting at 7:30 a.m., 5K at 7:45 a.m. and Fun Run at 8:15 a.m. School of Manatee County Superintendent Tim McGonegal will serve as the official race marshal. There will be a post race party with food, entertainment, prize drawings, age group awards and children’s activities. Registration for the 10K and 5K is available at www.TakeStock10K.com. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag. Information: Bethany Lynch at 941-713-8935.

Manatee Technical Institute Foundation fundraiser: Stroll along tree-lined streets of Riverview Boulevard and visit six beautiful homes, sip select wines and savor fine foods prepared by local chefs and visit a decadent dessert station at the “Tour of Kitchens” 2-7 p.m. Feb. 26. Trolley transportation is free with purchase of a ticket. Tickets: $55. Proceeds will benefit MTI’s Culinary Arts Program. Information: 941-751-7900, ext. 2245 or email mti@manateeschools.net.

American Girl Fashion Show: The fourth annual American Girl Fashion Show Fundraiser will be March 3 at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 First Ave. W., Bradenton. This fun and educational fashion show for girls to enjoy with their families, friends, and favorite dolls will have three showtimes: 10 a.m., and 2 and 6 p.m. Accurate historical information for each time period shows how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture and girls’ individual styles. There will also be door prizes, prize drawings, photo opportunities, souvenirs to purchase, a doll hair salon, and an American Girl bookstore. Tickets: $30 general seating, $35 reserved seating, $400 VIP table for 10. Proceeds will benefit community projects of the Junior League of Manatee County. Tickets and information are available at www.jlmcagfashionshow.org.

Florida Studio Theatre fundraiser: Florida Studio Theatre will celebrate the past, present, and future with a special black tie fundraiser, “Hard Hats and Tails,” at 5:30 p.m. March 5 at 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The event will feature cocktails under the stars, culinary delights from some of Sarasota’s best restaurants, a special presentation at 7 p.m. about the Gompertz Theatre, live music, and a special announcement of the Spelman Award winner. A performance of the hit show “Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas” will be recounted through song and story by Kathy Halenda. Tickets: $150. Funds will benefit the capital improvement of the new Gompertz Theatre. Information: 941-366-9017, ext. 326.

Honor Animal Rescue fundraiser: Bring your pooch to the polo fields and support Honor Animal Rescue at the third annual Ponies for Pups at 11 a.m. March 10 at the Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. This dog-friendly event features a large silent auction and a special performance by the ever-popular Clydesdale horses. Tickets are $10 a person for field side tailgating (bring your own lunch). For $35 a person, guests can enjoy pavilion seating and a catered lunch. Premier tailgate parking field side, with limited availability, is $15 per vehicle. Information: 941-545-8734 or visit www.honoranimalrescue.org.

Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon: The Humane Society of Manatee County will hold its sixth annual Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon at 10 a.m. March 24 at 101 Old Main Street, Bradenton. All registrants and their dogs will take a 1.1 mile walk through the streets of downtown Bradenton. There will be vendors with pet-related articles for sale, canine demonstrations, prize drawings, contests and team prizes. Participants can register online at www.humanemanatee.org or call 941-747-8808, ext. 311.

DATED CLASSES

The Longboat Key Education Center: The Longboat Key Education Center offers the following classes through March at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key: birding field trips, music courses including lectures, recordings, live performances, art classes including hands-on watercolor, drawing, painting and Zentangle, political classes including Supreme Court issues, breakfast forums and world events, and other classes including medical myths and mysteries, film festivals, book clubs, bridge, Mah Jongg, golf, yoga, and special theater and dance performances, including cabaret, comedy and day trips to local museums, Selby Gardens and Mote Marine. For a full and detailed schedule of all classes, call 941-383-8811 or visit www.lbkeducationcenter.org.

Anna Maria Island Art League: The league announces its classes and workshops offering beginners and advanced artists the opportunity to explore and create. Classes include watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, mixed media, oil painting, photography and kids classes. Workshops include ceramics, matting and framing, various drawing workshops, photography, and oil painting. For a complete list of descriptions, dates and times, visit www.IslandArtLeague.org or contact Christina Reginelli at 941-778-2099.

Pastel art classes: Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. NW., Bradenton, offers pastel art classes with artist Susan Jaeger 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 3 and March 7-9. Cost: $40 per session or $105 for three sessions. Lunch will be available for purchase. Information: Emily Buskirk at 941-792-1495 or 941-792-6712.

The Marriage Breakthrough Seminar: Marriage and Family Works is hosting Marriage Breakthrough Seminar 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 4 at 5800 Deer Drive, Lakewood Ranch. Seminar materials and meals: $49.99 per couple. Pre-registration is required. Information and registration: 941-962-8038 or visit www.MarriageWorksForYou.org.

Manatee County Agricultural and Extension Service: The Manatee County Community Services Department offers the following classes and educational nature tours at multiple locations:

n Growing and cooking with herbs, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, Feb. 4.

n Lowdown on lawn irrigation, Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

n Ground covers, grasses and vines, 1:30-4 p.m. Feb. 8.

n Beekeeping, 9-11 a.m., Feb. 11.

n Good and bad garden bugs and slithery snakes, too, Lakewood Ranch Garden Club at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. 11-11:45 a.m. Feb. 13.

n Cloverbud workshop, Harllee 4-H Center, 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 18. Open to youth ages 5-7 as of Sept. 1, 2011. Registration is required by Feb. 15.

n Home composting workshop, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 22. There is a fee for compost bin.

n Rain barrel workshop, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 23. There is a fee for rain barrel.

n Cooking with herbs, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27.

n Smart landscape: planning and care, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

n Bucket brigade, Horticultural Learning Center, 9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 29. Bring two round 5-gallon buckets.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are free and are held at the Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. All class sizes are limited and a minimum class size is required. Registration is required in advance online at http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu or call 941-722-4524 for all workshops.

Citizen Fire Academy: West Manatee Fire Rescue will be holding its first Citizen Fire Academy at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 21-March 27, at 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The free academy is for residents who want to learn more about their fire district and how to handle emergencies. The course will cover fire prevention, fire administration, fire suppression and emergency medical service delivery, and includes fire extinguisher operation, arson dog demonstrations, mock fire and emergency medical incidents, fire equipment operations and displays. Class size is limited and registration is required. Information: 941-761-1555 or visit www.wmfr.org.

Writing classes: The Creative Writing Class meets 12:30-2 p.m. March 7 at the South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Students will learn how to write autobiographies and letters to publishers. Information: Emmalou Kirchmeier at 941-896-8576.

ONGOING CLASSES

AARP Driver safety classes: Driver Safety Classes for Manatee County are held monthly at various locations including the public libraries. This is a state-approved safety class and the certificate you receive is good for three years with your insurance company. Cost: $12 AARP members, $14 nonmembers. The class is open to anyone age 50 and older. For registration, full schedules and locations call Pat between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday at 941-746-2787.

AMI Community Center: The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, offers the following adult classes: Bridge, Adult Ballet and Pointe workshops, Jazz Ballet, Basic Ballet, Yoga, Pilates/Yoga Mix and Iron Yoga, Weight Bearing Exercise, Muscles and More, Dance Aerobics, Dog Obedience and Puppy Basic training I and II, Beginner Tai Chi for Arthritis and Intermediate Tai Chi, Karate, Ballroom Dancing, Jazz and Tap Dancing, Zumba, Pickleball, Watercolor for beginners, One-stroke Painting, Silk Scarf Painting, Knitting, Spanish Language Workshops, Healthy and Spanish Cooking Classes “Tapas ‘n Fun,” and monthly Prevention Plus health screenings. Preregistration for all classes is required. For information on complete schedules, hours and prices, call 941-778-1908, ext. 0.

ArtCenter Manatee: ArtCenter Manatee offers classes and workshops at 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. For full class and workshop schedules, call 941-746-2862 or visit www.artcentermanatee.org.

Ballroom dancing classes: Senior Enrichment Center offers Ballroom Dancing Classes for beginners or intermediate at Renaissance at 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. The classes are Ballroom Dance I (beginners), 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, and Ballroom Dance II (intermediate) 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Cost per class; $5.50 members, $7.50 nonmembers. Cost per month: $22 members, $30 nonmembers. Information: 941-749-0100, ext. 123.

Beading: Learn how to make a bracelet or anklet between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Creations by L, 5500 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Cost: $10. Information: 941-779-0779.

Concealed weapons classes: Self Defense Firearms and Hobbies will offer Concealed Weapons Classes at 421 Ninth Ave. W., Palmetto. For a full schedule of classes and cost, call 941-840-1327.

Etiquette and music classes: Allegro Music Academy offers Etiquette classes for all ages. Classes are ongoing and are taught by certified and licensed instructors. Topics covered include manners, making introductions, polite conversations, telephone manners, successful job and college interviews, speaking to adults, dress codes for different occasions, 62 table manners, and much more. The academy also offers private music lessons for all ages on all instruments and voice. Group lessons available on violin, guitar, voice, wind instruments and percussion. The Allegro Music Academy is at 241 Whitfield Ave. in south Manatee County. Information: 941-358-8511.

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