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Community calendar: Jan. 21 and beyond


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Suncoast Mummers String Band scholarship applications: The Suncoast Mummers String Band is now accepting applications from local high school seniors for their 2015 scholarships. Applicants must be planning to major or minor in music. Information: 941-729-4069 or email smsbjnm@netzero.com.

Manatee County sponsored photo contest: Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department is sponsoring a photo contest for amateur photographers featuring Manatee preserves. Now through Feb. 28 photographers may send up to 10 photos in the following categories: Landscape, photos that display the habitats found within Manatee County's natural preserve; Wildlife, photos that feature a particular plant or animal found within Manatee's preserves; and People, photos that display people enjoying Manatee's preserves. The best photos will be featured in a gallery presentation in the Valentine House at Robinson Preserve in April. The County will notify photographers whose shots have been selected for the display. The photos will be used on the County's website and social media pages and some photos will be considered for the County's annual wall calendar. Manatee amateur photographers may send in their images to Cary Catts, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton, FL 34209 or email to cary.catts@mymanatee.org. For complete details about the contest and to learn more about photo specifications, visit mymanatee.org/photocontest.

Renaissance on 9th events: The Renaissance on 9th will host the following events at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton:

Bright Star Talent Show Auditions, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 23.

Movie and a Meal, featuring the film "The 100 Foot Journey," 1 p.m. Jan. 27. Cost: 6 members, $8 nonmembers.

Pancake Breakfast, 8-10 a.m. Jan. 30. Cost: $4 members, $5 nonmembers.

Free seminar "Nine Tools for Healthy Living," 7-8 p.m. Feb. 5.

Vegas-style Dinner Show, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 15 featuring comedy and musical entertainment by Jimmy Mazz. Cost: $25, includes dinner. For reservations and detailed information, call 941-749-0100 or mealsonwheelsplus.org/senior-enrichment-center.

Winter session of Einstein's Circle forums: The Lifelong Learning Academy's Einstein's Circle Winter 2015 Semester will host the following open forums and lectures, moderated by knowledgeable experts in a variety of topics: "Is the American Constitution the one we deserve or has it gone of the rails?" Jan. 28; Topic of current and relevant interest, TBA, Feb. 4; "Through a looking glass: How the US sees the world... how the world sees the US," Feb. 11; "See more: from at-risk boys to visible men," Feb. 18; "Religion and war: irrelevant, minor factor or a major cause," Feb. 25; and "Baseball: Is it more than just a game?" March 4. All sessions are 2:30-4 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost is $12 per session or $80 for the series. Members will receive 10 percent off both the single session and series cost. Seating is limited. Registration and information: 941-359-4296 or lla-sm.org.


National and Canadian National Anthem Auditions: The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 31 at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Auditions are open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Spring Training game. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more. Singers that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates game against Toronto March 4 and March 28 are welcome to audition using that selection. Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at noon. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only. Information: 941-747-3031 or bradentonmarauders.com.


Huron County, Michigan annual picnic: The 55th Huron County Michigan annual picnic will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at Woodland Hall, Sun-n-Fun Resort, 7125 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. A buffet potluck will be held at noon, coffee will be furnished. Bring your own table service and a dish to share. Information: Joyce Kiehl at 941-378-5344.

Hancock County, Ohio annual reunion: The annual Florida Hancock County-Ohio reunion will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 24 at Duff's Original Buffet, 6010 14th St. W., Bradenton. Reservations are encouraged. Information: Jerry Ammons at 941-224-2871.

Milan Michigan Snow Bird annual winter picnic: The Milan Michigan Snow Birds invite snow birds from the surrounding areas of Britton, Dundee, Monroe, Tecumseh, Saline, Ann Arbor and Clinton, Michigan to their annual winter picnic beginning at noon Feb. 4 at Terra Siesta Mobile Home Park, 3502 Patricia Place, Ellenton. Bring your own table service, beverages, and a dish to share. For information, contact Nancy Peters at 419-410-5529.

Kellogg/Keebler retirees annual Florida picnic: The Kellogg/Keebler retirees will host their annual Florida picnic beginning with a social hour 10 a.m. followed by lunch at noon Feb. 8 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Lunch and table service will be provided. This is not a pot luck event. Information: 941-761-4695.


Book sale: Friends of Braden River Library will be holding a book sale 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 30 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 31 at 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-727-6079.

Book reading and signing: Author Tim Dorsey will read from his latest book "Shark Skin Suite," 3 p.m. at Books-A-Million, 4225 14th St. W., Bradenton. Signed copies will be available for purchase. Information: 941-748-3911.

Book release: Sarasota resident Martha Commander Colvig Hildreth recently published her first book, "Bright Blessed Days - Slices of Life in America from 1895 to 1967." The book is available through barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.

Book release: Local author and historian Dr. Alice Moerk of Anna Maria recently published her seventh novel "Shattered Mosaics," the second novel in the historical series, "PasTimes," set in 13th century France, the story follows the family of Ain of Poitiers. The book is available on Amazon.com. Information: 941-778-7923.

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.


Manatee County Schools Class of 1975: A 40th year reunion of all schools in Manatee County, Class of 1975, is scheduled for June 2015. Information: Sylvia Archie at 941-725-9344 or sarchie2@tampabay.rr.com.


Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will host actor Jeffrey Tambor in "What's Keeping You from Performing Your Life?" as part of their "People of the Book" series, 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. Tambor's hilarious, one-man show encourages audiences to face their fears and discover their potential. Reservations are required. Cost: $36 minimum donation. Proceeds will benefit the JFSM development efforts. Information: 941-343-2106 or jfedsrq.org.

Third Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show: SOLVE Maternity Homes will host its Third Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show 11:30 a.m. Jan. 28 at IMG Golf and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Fashions are provided by Patchington's. Cost: $25. Information: Sharon Hurlds at 941-748-0094.

"Make A Difference Gala 2015": The Bradenton Christian School will host its Make A Difference Gala 2015 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Wichers Auditorium at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. The event celebrates the impact of Christian education in our community now and its role in developing future leaders. Featured speaker will be Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates Manager. Tickets: $150. All proceeds will benefit Bradenton Christian School. Information: 941-792-5454, ext. 160 or bcspanthers.org/gala

Valentine Social and Fashion Show: Women of Distinction will host a Valentine Social and Fashion Show 6-10 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Palmetto National Guard Armory, 1107 14th Ave. W., Palmetto. The event will feature prize drawings, fashion with The Blaze models and music by Floyd Roundtree. Tickets: $30-$35. Reservations and information: 941- 224-4311 or 941-744-9207.

Annual Manatee Choice Affair Luncheon: In celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is hosting its annual Manatee Choice Affair Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Guest speaker will be Dee Redwine, MPH, Latin America Regional Director for Planned Parenthood Global. Tickets: $60. Information: 941-365-3913, ext. 1124 or myplannedparenthood.org.

Sarasota Film Festival "The Perfect Wedding": A private screening of "The Perfect Wedding," will be 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Palm Avenue Garage Rooftop, 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. There will be light bites, a wedding cake, and a silent auction. Admission: $45. Proceeds will benefit the Sarasota Film Festival and Equality Florida. Information: sarasotafilmfestival.com.

Sixth Annual Compassion in Caring Luncheon: Tidewell Hospice will host its sixth annual Compassion in Caring luncheon 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota, featuring speaker Bill Rancic. Tickets: $95-$125. Proceeds will benefit Tidewell Hospice programs. Reservations and information: 941-552-7660 or tidewell.org.

2015 Walk for the Poor: The St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Joseph and Sts. Peter and Paul Conferences will host the 2015 Walk for the Poor beginning 9 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Bradenton Riverwalk, Bradenton. Walker donation: $25. All proceeds will benefit programs to assist the needy with food, utility bills, rent, clothing, home furnishings and goods, prescriptions and other immediate emergencies. Information: 941-792-6093.

Bradenton Elkettes of Bradenton Lodge 1511 Fashion Show and Luncheon: The Bradenton Elkettes of Bradenton Lodge 1511 will hold their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon noon Feb. 21 at the Elks Lodge, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Fashions will be presented by Draper's and Damon's. Tickets at $15 will go on sale Jan. 12. Proceeds will benefit the Elkettes charities. Information: 941-792-1511 or elks.org.

Seventh Annual "Beertopia": The Eye Center Inc. Vision Foundation and the Hernando De Soto Historical Society will host the Seventh Annual "Beertopia" 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 21 at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct., Sarasota. Sample beers from all over the world with complementing culinary pairings form local restaurants. There will be a silent auction and prize drawings. Live music will be provided by Kettle of Fish. Tickets: $50-$60. Information: 941-747-1998 or desotohq.com.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 45th Anniversary Celebration: Join in celebration of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall's 45th Anniversary and the Sarasota premiere of the Ringo Starr and his All Star Band 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event will feature a cocktail reception and dinner and a live performance by Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band. Tickets: $280. Proceeds will support the Van Wezel Foundation. Information: 941-366-5578 or vwfoundation.org.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Annual Fundraising Gala "Hooray for Hollywood": Noted baritone Jason Steams joins forces with vocalist Amy Connours, pianists Lee Dougherty Ross and Joseph Holt, the Qol Quartet, the Tony Castellano, Jr. Trio, and dancers form the Fred Astaire Dance Studio for an evening of swinging sounds, inspired sips and sups, and lively auctions 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Michael's on East Ballroom, 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. Proceeds will benefit the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota scholarship and outreach programs. Tickets: $160. Information: 941-306-1202 or artistseriesconcerts.org.

Chillounge Night: Chillounge Night is teaming up with the Circus Arts Conservatory and Nock Productions to bring "Cirque du Chill," an epic and dynamic circus arts presentation 7-11:30 p.m. March 27 along Palm Avenue, Sarasota. The event will feature spectacular entertainment by world-renowned circus artists. Tickets: $25 online, $40 day of event, $120 VIP tickets. Proceeds will benefit Mary Selby Botanical Gardens. Information: chilloungenight.com/sarasota-2015/


Anna Maria Island Community Center: The center offers the following technology classes at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria: iPhone Basics and iPhone Beyond the Basics, Facebook, Digital Photos, iPad Beyond the Basics, Fitness and health apps, Kindle Fire beyond the Basics. Space is limited and cost per class is $5 members, $10 nonmembers. For registration, class schedule and details, call 941-778-1908 or islandcommunitycenter.com.

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.

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.

Boating Classes: Learn about different kinds of boats, boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, trailering, storing, boating emergencies and safety issues at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 and 85 boating safety course 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 24 at G.T. Bray Park, 5801 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. The course prepares attendees for Florida Safe Boater Card which entitles recipients to discounts on boating insurance. Boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1998 are required to have the Safe Boater Card in order to operate a motor boat with 10 horsepower or more. Cost per class: $40 a person, or $60 a couple shearing a book. Registration and information: Bill Osolin at 941-518-0609 or email wmtoz@verizon.net.

Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:

Put some "AG" in your culture," exhibit and shows, various times through Jan. 25. Call for hours.

Landscape tips and smart irrigation, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton.

Florida Master Naturalist Program: Freshwater systems module, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 20, 27-28 and March 6-7, 13-14 and 20. Graduation is March 24. Cost: $225, includes classroom instruction, all field trips and student handbook. Registration at conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp.

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.

Genealogy workshop: The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a genealogy workshop 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the South Manatee Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Registration: $10. Preregistration is required by Jan. 26. Information: manateedar@hotmail.com.

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 artleagueami@gmail.com.

Karate classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer karate classes 6-7 p.m. Jan. 26 and Jan. 29 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.

Art and craft classes: The Palmetto Arts Center will offer the following classes and workshops at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto:

Hoop dancing, 6:45-8 p.m. Jan. 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. Unless noted otherwise, reservations and information: 941-920-1584 or 941-722-1064.

Gelly Plate Printing class: The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will offer a Gelli Plate Printing class with Joey Long 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at 5414 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach. Have endless fun with a Gelli Plate, rubber brayer, acrylic paint, and an array of textural tools to create stunning prints loaded with color, texture and design and learn how to layer prints to take home. Class: $35 Guild members, $50 nonmembers. Information: 941-778-6694 or amiartistsguildgallery.com.

Youth Drama Classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host Youth Drama classes for children ages 4-6 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays through March, and for children ages 7-11 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays through March. Cost: $140-$160 members, $190-$210 non/members. There will be a showcase at the conclusion of the classes. All student actors will participate and perform their acting skills for parents, family and friends. Children must be pre-registered and prepaid for both classes. Space is limited. Dress code is shirt, pants and sneakers. Information: Jennifer Griffith at 941-778-1908, ext. 9204 or email jenniferg@myamicc.com.

and 6-11 years old, starting Feb.

Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering free citizenship classes 5-6 p.m. Jan. 2 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 tom@usimmigrationteam.com.

Pastel art and collage painting classes: Palma Sola Botanical Park will offer pastel art and collage painting classes, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 4-6 at 9800 17th Ave. NW., Bradenton. Instructor will be North Carolina artist, Susan Jaeger. Cost: $40 for one session or $105 for all three sessions. For information, call Emily Buskirk at 941-792-1495 or the park at 941-761-2866.

Right on Target Security Academy: Right on Target Security Academy will host an unarmed security course Feb. 7-8 and 14-15 at 3659 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. The course is broken up into two section of 20 hours each. Cost: $195 a person. Information and registration: 941-737-1727.

Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held Feb. 7 and 21 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.


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.

Anna Maria Island Community Center: The center offers the following classes and workshops at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria: Mah Jongg, Bridge, Watercolor class, Zumba, introduction to Tai Chi, Staying Strong strength training for mature adults, and conversational Spanish. For full class and workshop schedules and cost, call 941-778-1908 or islandcommunitycenter.com.

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 centerfortheartsmcs@gmail.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 school offers a variety of classes and training options, including concealed carry firearms license courses, safety training, defense tactics, handcuffing techniques, officer safety, report writing, advanced training and State Security D and G license courses. Cost: $195 for "D" course, $225 for "G" course. Most of the courses exceed the State of Florida requirements for the Concealed Carry License. Call for hours and full schedule. All classes are held at Right On Target LLC Training Center, 3659 Cortez Road W., Suite 100, Bradenton. Information: 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 minutes 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 readingpals@uwmc.net.

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 chedger@tpmanatee.org.

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 melissa.dagenais@manateeclerk.com.

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 tori.edwards@manateeclerk.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 chedger@tpmanatee.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 info@hslwr.org.

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 chedger@cchomeless.com.

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 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. Information: Ogden Clark at 941-748-9100, ext. 104, or email oclark@manateehabitat.org.