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Holiday Boat Parade call: Calling all boaters to be part of the 2014 Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade Dec. 13. Bedazzle your vessel, light up those sails, decorate the decks and join in the fun. There is no cost to enter but there is a mandatory Captain's meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Riverhouse Reef and Grill, 995 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. Information and applications will be available on Facebook at Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade or bradentonyachtclub.com, click on "about."
Canine Christmas Festival vendor call: Vendor booths are available now for the 16th annual Canine Christmas Festival, which will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Bishop Animal Shelter, 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. All proceeds will benefit Animal Network Inc. The event will feature shelter and rescued dogs for adoption, a canine fashion show, live music and entertainment, doggy pictures with Santa, prize drawings, a silent auction, and more. Interested vendors should contact Sue Kolze at 941-729-8631 or visit caninechristmas.com for information and registration.
Winter Blast Camp 2014: Registration for the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department's Winter Blast Camp 2014 for youths ages 5-14 is now open at G.T. Bray Recreation Center, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. The camps will be held 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 24-26, Dec. 22-23 and 26 and Dec. 29-31. Cost per camper per session is $66. Reservations are encouraged as space is limited. For dates and detailed information contact Jim Mitts at 941-742-5926, ext. 6062 or James.Mitts@mymanatee.org.
Events at Renaissance on 9th: The Renaissance on 9th will host the following events in November and December:
14th annual Empty Bowls event, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 7, featuring soup from various local restaurants served in a handcrafted bowl. Cost: $25. Benefits the Food Bank of Manatee.
Music on Mondays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 10, featuring dancing to the music of the Just Friends Band performing music from the past. Open to the public. Cost: $ 5, free to members.
Home Instead seminar, 2 p.m. Nov. 12, an informative session on Alzheimer's and Dementia for caregivers.
Second annual health fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19, featuring healthcare providers, flu shots, hearing test, blood donations and more about preventative medicine.
"Everything but... the bird" cooking demonstration, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, an interactive event focusing on Thanksgiving side dishes with chefs David Meador and Joe Stoddard. Cost: $30, includes demonstration generous samples of each dish, one beverage and recipe book. Reservations are required.
Pancake breakfast, 8-10 a.m. Nov. 21, featuring November's signature flavor: oatmeal and cranberry. The public is welcome. Cost: $4 members, $5 nonmembers.
Boots and BBQ senior enrichment social, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 2, featuring food, fun, line dancing and buffet. Cost: $12 members, $15 nonmembers. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Reservations are required by Dec. 1.
Lifeline screenings, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 3, providing early detection and preventing illnesses such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease. Assessments available by appointment only. Preregistration: 888-653-6450.
All events are held at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Unless otherwise noted, for information and reservations, call 941-749-0100 or renaissanceon9th.org.
Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office "Invitation" Film Mixer: The Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office will host a Film Mixer "Invitation," 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Academic center, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Guest speaker Michael Uslan, originator and executive producer of the "Batman" film franchise will address the topic "From All Things Batman To China's Economics." A discussion and audience Q&A session will follow the presentation. A limited number of autographed copies of Mr. Uslan's memoir "The Boy Who Loved Batman," will be available for purchase. Seating is limited, reservations are required. Cost: $10. Online registration is open through Nov. 9. Information: filmsarasota.com.
"Fantastic Florida" lectures: As part of this year's "Fantastic Florida" theme, Selby Gardens will offer three lectures discussing and celebrating Florida's beautiful native plants in the Great Room by the Bay at 811 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota. The lectures are "Fantastic Florida," by director of education, Jeannie Perales and Mike McLauglin, Nov. 12, and "Preserving Eden," presented by Jackie Butcher, daughter of nature photographer Clyde Butcher, Dec. 10. All lectures are noon-1 p.m. and are free with admission to the gardens. Information: 941-366-5731 or selby.org.
Annual Greyhound Gathering: The Racing Dog Retirement Project will host its annual Greyhound Gathering 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15 at Sun-N-Fun RV Resort, 7125 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. All greyhounds are invited to attend. There will be food vendors, auction items, a dedicated greyhound dog park and more. The goal of the gathering is to place retired racers and educate the public about the breed and share experiences with other greyhound owners. Information: rdrp-greyhound.org.
Sarasota Opera open auditions: Sarasota Opera will hold open auditions for an Associate Community Chorus 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. The chorus will launch during the 2016 season and will serve as a supplementary group to Sarasota Opera when the company programs operas that require large choruses. Candidates should arrive with a performance resume or a short biography of any performance history, and be prepared to sing a classical art song or aria. An accompanist will be provided. To schedule an appointment, contact Greg Trupiano, Director of Artistic Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book signings: Local author Barbara Alpert will be signing copies of her book "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength" 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22 at Barnes and Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 29 at Books-A-Million, 6591 S. Tamiami Trail, both in Sarasota and 1-3 p.m. Dec. 13 at Books-A-Million, 4225 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 512-206-0229.
Florida Home Health Reunion: Celebrating 40 years, the Florida Home Health reunion will be 4-7 p.m. Nov. 12 at 201 Second St. E., Bradenton. All past and present employees are invited to attend. Reservations and information: 941-745-7394.
Personal Safety Course for Women: Right On Target, a firearms safety training facility now offers a Women's Safety course, a personal safety course teaching how to be more aware of ones surroundings and how to protect themselves and include training needed to apply for Concealed Weapons and Firearms License. The company also offers home firearm safety courses, first steps pistol courses, basic pistol courses, and a "refuse to be a victim" crime prevention course. Most of the courses exceed the State of Florida requirements for the Concealed Carry License. All classes will be held at Right On Target LLC Training Center, 3659 Cortez Road, Suite 100, Bradenton. For cost, hours, dates and requirements, call 941-737-1727.
Performance and technical arts classes: The Conservatory of Performing and Technical Arts at Manatee Performing Arts Center, offers the following classes and camps through Dec. 12: Stage Movement, all ages; Combo Dance, ages 3-5; Hip-Hop Dance, ages 6-Adult; Beginning/Intermediate Tap, all ages; Social and Line Dancing for Adults; Audition Prep, all ages; Intermediate Jazz, ages 10-Adult; and DraMature. The conservatory also offers camps including "Let's Put On A Show" for grades K-12: "Disney's Sleeping Beauty"-Kids; a Kidz Camp for ages 7-17: "Annie, Jr.," and a Broadway Boot Camp, ages 13-17 or previous camp experience: "Guys and Dolls." All camps are held at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. For a full brochure, days, times and instructors, call 941-748-5875 or manateeplayers.com/pdf/education brochure.pdf.
Anna Maria Island Community Center: The Anna Maria Island Community Centers offers the following Fall classes at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria: conversational Spanish, skill development training, sit and be fit, staying strong, mixed movement body conditioning, adult ballet workshop, pilates for beginners, iron yoga and yoga for relaxation, zumba, karate, and self defense for women and seniors. For a detailed schedule, hours, cost and more, contact Jennifer Griffith at 941-778-1908, ext. 9204 or islandcommunitycenter.com.
Art classes: The Artists' Guild w ill offer the following art classes beginning in November: "Values in Watercolors" with Cheryl Jorgensen, "Studies in Colored Pencil" with Roger Rockefeller, "Collage" with Marie Garafano, "Acrylics Island Style" with Kathy Sparks, "Photoshop Elements: Tools and Techniques" with Mariarosa Rockefeller, and the following series of workshops beginning in January: "How to Copyright Your Artwork" with Nancy McDermott, "Gelli Plate Printing" with Joey Long, "Chinese Brush Painting" with Renee Vickery, "Beyond Traditional Watercolor" with Sue Allen and "Promoting and Selling Your Art with Social Media" with Jennifer Cascardo and Kenny Heidt. All daytime classes and workshops will be held at CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Evening classes will be held at the
Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For registration and detailed information, call 941-778-6694 or amiartistsguildgallery.com.
Lifelong Learning Academy's Open Forums: Registration is now open for the Lifelong Learning Academy's Fall Semester "Einstein's Circle," a series of open forums moderated by knowledgeable experts in a variety of topics, including "Is Fracking a Dirty Word?" Nov. 6, and "Criminal Justice Reform" Nov. 19. The forums will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in a thoughtful exchange of ideas, opinions and information and will be held at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost: $12 per session or $40 for the series. Seating is limited, registration is encouraged. Information: 941-359-4296 or lla.sm.org.
Opera eduction classes: The Sarasota Opera will offer the last of its popular "Understanding Opera" seminar series to the public: "From the singers' point of view," 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6. Cost per session is $25. Registration and information: 941-328-1300 or sarasotaopera.org.
Manatee Technical Institute classes: Manatee technical Institute is offering two fun classes just in time for the holidays at 6305 SR 70 E., Bradenton: Photography 101 and Creative Casual Culinary. Both classes start in November and are being taught by professionals in their field.
C3: Creative Casual Culinary class is offered 6-9 p.m. Nov. 6, 11, 13 and 18. Cost: $125 a person, $200 a couple.
Photography 101 is being offered 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays starting Nov. 11 and one Saturday morning 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $140 for 10 sessions.
Registration and information: 941-751-7900, ext. 1108.
Boating classes: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 and 85 are offering boating safety courses 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15. Learn about different kinds of boats, boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, trailering, storing, boating emergencies and safety issues. The course prepares attendees for Florida Safe Boater Card, which entitles recipients to discounts on boating insurance. Boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1989 are required to have the Safe Boater Card in order to operate a motor boat with 10 horsepower or more. Cost: $40 a person, $60 per couple, sharing a book. Registration and information: Bill Osolin at 941-518-0609 or email email@example.com.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
Extension Master Gardener plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 8, Riverview Pointe Preserve, 8250 DeSoto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton.
Healthy recipe makeover, noon-1 p.m. Nov. 10.
Horticultural therapy, connecting people and plants for healing, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 15.
Extension Master Gardener plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15, Emerson Point Preserve, 5801 17th St. W., Palmetto.
Extension Master Gardener plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 16, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.
Worm composting-vermicomposting, 2-4 p.m. Nov. 18.
Holiday shopping on a budget, 1-2 p.m. Nov. 19.
Farm City Week agricultural bus tour, 8 a.m.-3:30 and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 21, a day long bus tour visiting various farms in Manatee County. Fee: $45.
Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and are at the Manatee Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Minimum workshop size is required and workshop size is limited. Registration for all classes and workshops is required. Information: 941-722-4524 or manatee.ifas.ufl.edu.
Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held Nov. 1 and every first and third Saturday of the month at Cross Stitch Magic, 1222 12th St. W., Bradenton. The meetings are for counted cross stitchers to compare notes and projects. Information: 941-746-4163.
Free boat building classes: Boatworks of Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH), will offer a free boat building class for beginners, including those who lack skills or confidence 9 a.m. Saturdays 4404 116th St. W., Cortez. If enough people are interested, the class will meet every Saturday. Participants will be able to participate or witness the building of a small plywood boat similar to an Optimist pram, under 8 ft. The classes are free. Information: 941-580-1036.
Writer's workshop: The State College of Florida offers free weekly Writer's workshops 2-4 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Science Building, Room 139 at 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Bring fiction, memoirs, non-fiction, novels, children's stories, poetry, prose, paranormal, mystery, and science fiction. The workshop will provide instant critiquing and sharing of ideas by a group of many published authors, and former members of Recognized Educators and Professionals. The workshop is open to the public. Information: John Garzone at 941-753-8680 or 941-360-2654.
Gentle Chair Yoga: The Anna Maria Art League offers Gentle Chair Yoga with Cindy Phillips of the Island Yoga Space 1-1:145 p.m. Mondays at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Cost: $6 per class. Information and registration: 941-778-2099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karate classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer karate classes 6-7 p.m. Nov. 10 and Nov. 13 and every Monday and Thursday at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Instructors will be provided by DOJO Martial Arts and Master Kevin Bergquist. Cost per month: $85 members, $99 members. Preregistration: 941-778-1908, ext. 0.
Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will host the following boating courses and seminars at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton:
Reading and understanding nautical charts seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Fee: %$15.
Understanding and using GPS seminar, 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 18. Fee: $15 a person.
Pre-registration is required for all classes. Information and registration: 941-795-0482.
Boating classes: The Manatee Sail and Power Squadron will host an "America's Boating Class" 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Elks Lodge, 4611 Fourth St. E., Palmetto. This class satisfies Florida Boating and Safety Education regulations and teaches boat handling techniques, navigation aids, required equipment, rules of the road, emergency procedures, radio procedures, local water knowledge and an optional on-the-water demonstration. Fee: $35 a person, $55 a couple sharing course material. The class includes lunch. Advance registration is required. Information: Marty Spencer at 941-761-9444 or email email@example.com.
Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic: The Revolutionary War Veterans Association offer the Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 15-16, with registration starting at 8 a.m., at the Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Road, Myakka City. Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship, safe gun handling, proper use of a rifle sling, and Revolutionary War history. Clinic fees: $60 adults, $20 youth, ages 18 and younger, free to active duty military, law enforcement officers with ID, and elected officials. Additional club range fees: $20 per day a person. Information: 904-424-3855 or email FL@appleseedinfo.org.
Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering free citizenship classes 5-6 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Ivey Professional Building, 435 12th St. W., Bradenton. Classes are designed to help those seeking to become U.S. residents. Topics will include eligibility for citizenship, "good moral character" issues, and civics. In particular, the interview process and 100 questions comprising the test will be reviewed. Participants may attend more than one meeting, and meetings are open to everyone. Registration is not required. For more information, call 941-773-1523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.