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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."
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.
Eighteenth annual Car Show: Bealls parking lot, S.R. 70, Bradenton
Bring your "cool ride" down to the Gulf Coast Corvette Club's 18th annual Car Show to benefit Toys for Tots 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6. There will be cars, prize drawings and auctions. Registration for car owners is $20 or a new unwrapped toy. Proceeds will benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. Information: 941-704-8856 or gulfcoastcorvettteclub.com.
"Tinks for Tots": Tink's Lounge, 3102 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton
Support the kids this holiday season by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to Tink's Lounge for "Tinks for Tots," the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation fundraising event, which will be noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7. There will be a poker run, live entertainment, prize drawings, and a barbeque cookout. Information: 941-756-6481.
"Fantastic Florida" lecture: As part of this year's "Fantastic Florida" theme, Selby Gardens offers the last in a series of three lectures "Preserving Eden," presented by Jackie Butcher, daughter of nature photographer Clyde Butcher noon-1 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Great Room by the Bay, Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota. The lecture will discuss and celebrate Florida's beautiful native plants The lecture is free with admission to the gardens. Information: 941-366-5731 or selby.org.
2014 Human Rights Day Town Hall Forum: Join the United Nations Association-USA Sarasota-Manatee Chapter board and participate in an interactive 2014 Human Right Day Town Hall Forum "Humanitarian Crisis: Iraq and the Region," 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Speakers will be Carol Prunhuber and Terri Wonder. The event is free and open to the public. Information: unasarasotamanatee.org.
Book signing: Local author Barbara Alpert will be signing copies of her book "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength" 1-3 p.m. Dec. 13 at Books-A-Million, 4225 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 512-206-0229.
Book release: Local author and educator Jean Fox has released her new children's book "What is Hanukkah?" introducing young readers to the customs of this holiday. The book is available at amazon.com. Information: 941-751-4289.
Book release: Local author Eric Gaeta has released his first suspense thriller fiction book, "The Ice Man." The book is available in ebook format and in paperback at amazon.com. Information: 941-914-5456 or ericgaeta.com.
Book release: Local author, Bobby Altschul, author of the Gypsy Novel Series including "Gypsy Escape," "Gypsy Child" and "Gypsy Coins," the novel "Delusional" and "Fraser, the Christmas Tree," a children's book, has published "Gypsy Tested Recipes," containing recipes gathered from the 44 states she has traveled while researching and writing her books. The cookbook is available, unsigned, at Amazon.com. Signed copies are available from the author directly. Information: 941-286-1203 or email email@example.com.
Manatee County Schools Class of 1975: A 40th year reunion of all schools in Manatee County, Class of 1975, is being organized for June 2015. Information: Sylvia Archie at 941-725-9344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Save Our Library" Campaign: The Palmetto Historical Commission kicks off their "Save Our Library" campaign with a silent auction 5-9 p.m. Dec. 5-6 during Palmetto's Christmas in the Park at 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Some items up for bid at the auction include a handmade lap quilt, Pioneer Photo Shoot, Woman's Club of Palmetto venue rental, autographed Tampa Bay Rays memorabilia, tickets to local shows and attractions, and more. Proceeds will help raise funds to replace the windows of the 100-year old Carnegie Library. Information: 941-723-4991 or email email@example.com.
Annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge: Gulf Drive and 12th Street South, Bradenton Beach
Clancy's Irish Pub will host the seventh annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge at noon Jan. 1 followed by a Post Plunge Party at Clancy's Irish Pub, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton. There will be door prizes and live music by the Jack Tamburin Band. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Caring for Children Charities. Information: (41-952-1109 or 941-794-2489.
"Looking into the Crystal Ball": Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota
The Friends of the Selby Public Library will host its annual "Looking into the Crystal Ball," 6-9 p.m. Jan. 14 featuring an eclectic variety of more than 30 continuous, quality performances, intuitive readers, plus 50 exhibits for wellness, artists, authors, and specialist. Local restaurants will be offering tasty samplings of their specialties and there will be a cash bar. Admission: $25-$30. Proceeds will benefit Selby Library's youth programs. Information: 941-861-1140 or selbylibraryfriends.org.
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 W., Suite 100, Bradenton. For cost, hours, dates and requirements, call 941-737-1727.
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.
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.
Art and craft classes: The Palmetto Arts Center will offer the following classes and workshops at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto:
Handcrafted clay ornament classes 7-9 p.m. Monday nights through Dec. 22 In the handcrafted clay ornaments classes students will be provided with a pound of clay and, using old cookie cutters, shape ornaments for the holiday season. Classes are $25. Additional clay classes are $5 each.
Hoop making workshop, 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Design, build, create and how to use your own custom made hoop. Cost: $30. Seating is limited, registration is required. Information: 941-320-4604.
Yoga and Art for Kids, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6. Stretch your body and mind and explore a variety of yoga poses, songs, games and painting session. Cost: $20, includes supplies. Reservations and information: 941-737-5398.
Painting class "Mermaid Dream," 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Paint your own mermaid. Cost: $25. Canvas, paint, brushes and smocks will be provided. Bring a dish to share, plates and utensils will be provided.
Hoop dancing, 6:45-8 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28. Refine hoop dance, explore more off body tricks and advance hip hooping, angles and shoulder hooping. Cost: $40 or $14 drop-in rate. Reservations and information: 941-320-4604.
Classes are open for drop-off crafters ages 13 and up. Students ages 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Unless noted otherwise, reservation and information: 941-920-1584 or 941-722-1064.
Art classes: The Artists' Guild will 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 Dr., Holmes Beach. Evening classes will be held at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach. For registration and detailed information, call 941-778-6694 or amiartistsguildgallery.com.
Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held Dec. 6 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. Mondays 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. Dec. 8 and Dec. 11 and every Monday and Thursday, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Jan. 1, 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. Dec. 9. Required equipment: parallel rules and dividers. Fee: $15.
Understanding and using GPS seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Fee: $15.
Pre-registration is required for all classes. Information and registration: 941-795-0482.
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.
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. Dec. 13. De Soto National Memorial and Riverview Pointe Preserve, 8250 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton.
Compost Happens, home composting workshop, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 17.
Holiday Blues, managing stress, 9-10 a.m. Dec. 17.
Extension Master Gardener plant ID tour, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 20. Emerson Point Preserve, 5801 17th St. W., Palmetto.
Extension Master Gardener plant ID tour, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 21. Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.
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.
Fall Lecture Series: Join the Florida Maritime Museum for the last in a series of interesting and educational lectures with John Beale 3 p.m. Dec. 17. The lecture will explain the preservation and preparation of food at sea and provide an introduction to small boats. Admission is free. Seating is limited, reservations are required. For a complete listing of upcoming lectures, visit floridamaritimemuseum.org.
Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering free citizenship classes 5-6 p.m. Jan. 5 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 email@example.com.
South Branch Writers' Workshop: The group meets 12:30-2 p.m. Jan. 7 and every first Wednesday of each month at the South Manatee County Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Series through May 2015 is "Favorite techniques of my favorite authors." Attendees are encouraged to bring their writings. Information: Maggie Stanton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The class is open to anyone age 50 and older. For registration, cost, full schedules and locations call 800-253-2017, ext. 35846.
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 artcentermanatee.org.
Art Classes for children and adults: The Manatee Children's Services will offer children's art classes 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, an adults and children class 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, and adult classes 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays-Thursdays, a Paint and Wine adults class 6-8 p.m. Fridays. The Thursday adult class is bilingual. Students for the Friday Paint and Wine class may bring their own wine. Classes are $15-$25, and $40 for the Paint and Wine class, which includes canvas and paint. Students will master pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolors, acrylic paint and more and classes will be conducted by Amalia Flores. All proceeds will benefit Manatee Children's Services. For a detailed calss schedule and information, call 941-727-1143 or email@example.com.
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.
Dancing Through the Years Adult Ballet Classes: Dancing Through the Years resume their Adult ballet classes, all levels, including pointe, Mondays and Saturdays, at Bradenton Dance & Performing Arts Center, 2726 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton, and Wednesday and Friday classes are held at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island. Classes are $10-$12. All classes at both locations are accepting beginning to experienced level students. Age range is 18-65. For a complete schedule, hours and location, call 941-779-1108 or 941-758-5270.
English language tutoring: Raymond Rossi, a retired Certified English teacher offers tutoring to students in need of increasing their academic levels and to students with special needs as well as students with average and above average needs at 3711 Fourth Ave. Blvd. E., Palmetto. Students can achieve the highest level of competence in writing, grammar, and reading comprehension, using a variety of techniques to enhance learning for students who learn best in a variety of learning modes, which includes audio, visual, and tactile learning approaches. Prior to beginning the process, a variety of activities will provide a baseline by which the student's current academic level can be determined. Knowing that all students have a variety of learning styles, lessons are tailored to accommodate individual students. For rates and detailed information, call 941-730-7179.
Firearms Safety Training: Right On Target, a firearms safety training offers the following NSA safety classes:
Home firearm safety course
First steps pistol course
Basic pistol course
Refuse to be a victim, a 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 W., Suite 100, Bradenton. For cost, hours, dates and requirements, call 941-737-1727.
G.T. Bray Recreation Center: G.T. Bray Recreation Center offers the following classes at 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton: Yoga, Yoga-lates for women, and Yoga for Tennis, Pilates, Butts N' Guts, Spin, Boot Camp, Recess, Water Aerobics, Body Sculpt and Sculpt and Burn, Strength and Length, Zumba, Ballroom Dance, and Tennis Stretch. Some classes require memberships. Classes are $5 for nonmembers, excludes spin classes on Wednesdays. For a full schedule of classes, hours and prices, call 941-742-5923. ext. 6086.
Palmetto Art Center: Palmetto Art Center offers art and fitness classes at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto, including ceramic art classes, homeschool art classes, and art after school, Zumba, tai chi, aerial yoga, Breath and Body and more. For a full schedule of classes, hours, and prices, call 941-518-2109.
Senior Enrichment Center: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, will offer the following classes at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton:
Italian Study Club, 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $2, free to members.
Silver Sneaker Class: Classic, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers.
Silver Sneaker Class: Yoga, 11 a.m. Mondays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers.
Silver Sneaker Class: Cardio, 9 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers.
Line Dancing, 9 a.m.-noon Mondays. Cost: $5, free to members.
Ballroom Dance Class for beginners, 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, intermediate class, 10:45 a.m. Thursdays. Cost: 45 members, $7.50 nonmembers. No partner needed.
For detailed schedule and reservations, call 941-749-0100.
Writer's Workshop: State College of Florida offers free weekly writer's workshops throughout the year 2-4 p.m. Mondays at 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, Room 139, Science Building, Bradenton. Bring fiction, memoirs, non-fiction, novels, children's stories, picture books, poetry, prose, paranormal, mystery, science fiction, editorials, and technical writings. Instant critiquing by a group of many published author and former REAP (Recognized Educators and Professionals). The workshops are free and open to the public. Information: John Garzone at 941-753-8680.
Anna Maria Island Art League special events and festival volunteers: Special events and festival volunteers are needed at the Anna Maria Island Art League in December and March. The Art League is located at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099 or islandartleague.org.
AARP Tax Aide: AARP Tax Aide program for Manatee County is seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Training is provided for new and returning volunteers in early January. Tax preparation begins February 1 and continues through April 15. Tax preparation sites are located throughout the county and meet one or two days a week. For information visit arp.org, click on TaxAide, and then "become a volunteer."
United Way ReadingPals: Join the United Way of Manatee County in its third year of its ReadingPal program and become a ReadingPal volunteer and help a child learn to read. Through mentor/teacher relationship, volunteers can help increase the probability of success for children in school. The goal is to enlist 200 community volunteers for a 25-week program in which each volunteer will be matched with two students once a week, for an hour long session, 30 min. per student. The initiative, which will take place September-May, is a one-on-one, guided reading program for kindergartners housed in five Manatee County schools. The schools' names, locations and times are:
Ballard Elementary, 912 18th St. W., Bradenton, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Blackburn Elementary, 3904 17th St. E., Palmetto, 9:20-10:20 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Daughtrey Elementary, 515 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Rogers Garden Elementary, 515 13th Ave. W.. Bradenton, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Samoset Elementary, 3300 19th St. Ct. E., Bradenton, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like additional information, please contact Sandra Holmes at 941-748-1313 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's Resource Center of Manatee: The Women's Resource Center of Manatee will offer the following classes at 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton:
45 minutes to feel alive, 10-10:45 a.m. Mondays. Cost: $5 members, $8 nonmembers.
Alzheimer's support group, 2:30-3:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. No charge.
Preregistration for all classes is required. Information: 941- 747-6797 wrcmanatee.org.
Turning Points, is in need of licensed barbers and beauticians, willing to volunteer a few hours a week to cut hair. It is a great opportunity for retired or semi-retired persons. Turning Point also has other volunteer opportunities available. Turning Points is at 701 17th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-1509, ext. 334 or email@example.com.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is recruiting volunteers to mentor children ages 6-18 in Manatee County. There are currently 45 youth waiting for a mentor of which 29 are boys and 16 are girls. Many options are available, such as the School-Based Program where the volunteer/mentor meets with the youth in school for one hour per week, or the traditional Community-Based Program where the volunteer/mentor meets with the youth outside of school, spending time enjoying common interests. Information: Sandra Hawkins at 941-746-700 or bbbssun.org.
Manatee County Agricultural Museum is looking for volunteer to assist with its museum collection. Volunteers who enjoy working in a library environment and are willing to learn scanning photos and documents, are willing to catalog collections of agricultural yearbooks and research books and performing data entry, are invited to contact Melissa Dagenais at 941-72-2034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer drivers needed: Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is looking for volunteer drivers. Volunteer drivers are needed to help deliver hot meals to homebound seniors. Time requirement for delivering meals is approximately 1-1.5 hours, 1-5 days per week. Meals are prepared at 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton and delivered by volunteers between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 941-747-4655 or mealsonwheelsplus.org.
The Palmetto Historical Park is looking for volunteers to help catalog its exciting collection of historical artifacts. No experience or special skills are needed. Technology savvy volunteers with basic computer skills are needed to do basic data-entry and help digitize our Alice V. Meyers Archive Center. Volunteer positions are also available for those with specific skills or have a passion about history, Palmetto or its heritage, Information: Tori Edwards at 941-723-4991 or email@example.com.
Florida Department of Elder Affairs and West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging: Volunteers are needed to provide free and unbiased health insurance counseling through a dedicated network of volunteers, empowering Florida seniors to make informed health care choices. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn new skills through professional training programs to meet new people during outreach and partnership, and to acquire healthcare related knowledge that can be applied. Volunteers will provide information and counseling assistance about Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, prescription assistance, and long term care planning and conduct education presentations in the community and participate in health fairs and outreach events. For more information on becoming a SHINE volunteer, call the Elder Helpline at 800-963-5337 or visit Floridashine.org.
Manatee Technical Institute: Manatee Technical Institute, 5505 34th St. W., Bradenton, is looking for retired educators and business people to volunteer in helping foreign students in the Adult Education Department with mathematics and English in preparation for the GED diploma. A great number of students are inadequately prepared to successfully participate in the courses for the GED diploma. Retirees are needed for one or two days throughout the school year. Those interested are encouraged to contact Olga Rodriguez at 941-209-6800, ext. 2244.
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Boatworks: F.I.S.H. Boatworks, 4404 116th St. W., Cortez, has volunteer opportunities available for people, skilled or unskilled but interested in boats, to built, rebuilt, or restore boats of various kinds with emphasis on historical wooden boats with a Florida heritage. Volunteers can participate in support efforts such as motor repair, maintenance, and other boat related works on both wood and fiberglass boats. Those interested can visit F.I.S.H. Boatworks Thursday-Saturday to obtain information or call 941-580-1036.
Prospect Riding Center: Prospect Riding Center, a non-profit organization that offers therapeutic and recreation directed equine activities for enhanced well being to those with special needs, is seeking volunteers to assist with students in the arena and with barn activities. Volunteers are needed to help with administrative duties including fund-raising and other computer generated assignments. Volunteers are also needed for monthly workdays at the ranch and for fund-raising events through out the year. Prospect Riding Center is at 34250 S.R. 70 E., Myakka City. Information: 941-713-1736.
Graphic design volunteer opportunity: Turning Points, 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, is looking for a volunteer with graphic design experience who can offer several hours of graphic design assistance on two projects. Turning Points is a nonprofit organization that provides, coordinates, and facilitates services to the homeless and those at risk of being homeless in Manatee County. Information: Cheryl Hedger, volunteer coordinator, at 941-747-1509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manatee County Agricultural Museum: The Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 1015 Sixth St. W., Palmetto, has several volunteer opportunities available at the museum or as work at home. Duties include preparing mailings, manning the front desk, historical research, data entry, assisting at special events or elementary school programs, craft and materials preparation, gardening and yard work, restoration of tools and equipment, and carpentry. For more information call Cindy Keck, volunteer Coordinator, at 941-721-2034.
Humane Society Lakewood Ranch: The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, 7334 Trade Court, Lakewood Ranch, is looking for volunteers in several areas of its organization. Volunteer positions are available in their dog and cat care facilities. Dog care positions are for four separate shifts a day and consist of walking dogs, feeding and socializing. The duties of the cat care positions are for two separate shifts and consist of feeding the cats and cleaning their rooms. There is also a need for consignment shop sales people, desk help and off-site adoptions. For information, call 941-361-1071 or email email@example.com.
Parent aides: Family Partnership Center, a local agency that gives support to families before crises emerge, ensuring that children can enjoy their right to grow up in a healthy and happy home, seeks parent aide volunteers. The parent aide visits an overwhelmed family one hour, once a week on Monday-Saturday mornings, afternoons or evenings. The volunteer teaches parents effective discipline, age appropriate behavior, and anger and stress management. The position requires a one-year commitment. Volunteers will serve both English and Spanish speaking families in the center's in-home parenting education program. Schedules are flexible, and a 1-hour orientation and a 20-hour training session are required. Volunteers will work under ongoing supervision. Information: 941-756-3007.
Turning Points: The organization formerly known as The Community Coalition on Homelessness, at 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, is looking for Spanish bilingual volunteers for positions in the open door intake, reception center, computer lab, and medical and dental program. To volunteer, obtain more information, or schedule a tour of the facility, contact Cheryl Hedger, volunteer coordinator, at 941-747-1509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Enrichment Center: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, is looking for volunteer instructors to enhance their offerings for the over-50 group. The SEC is the premier gathering place for active seniors in Manatee County with regularly scheduled classes, activities and special events. Volunteers are needed to lead classes in fitness, arts and crafts, foreign language, photography, woodworking, painting, watercolor, etc. Information: 941-749-0100.
Volunteer mentors: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast needs volunteers to mentor children ages 6-18 in Manatee County. There are 38 youth ready to be matched, of which 35 are boys and three are girls. Many options are available to mentors, such as the Bigs-in-School Program, where the volunteer/mentor meets with the student in school for one hour a week, or the traditional community-based program, where the volunteer/mentor meets with the child outside of school. Information: 941-746-7000 or bbbssun.org.
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 manatee.ifas.ufl.edu and click on the Master Gardener Program link or call 941-722-4524.
Free tutoring program: Support A Child offers 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 email@example.com.
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. Information: Ogden Clark at 941-748-9100, ext. 104, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.