Local Events

Club meetings: Jan. 25 and beyond

Email club meeting information to calendar@bradenton.com. A list of ongoing club meetings can be found at www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.

High Noon Cribbage Club: The group meets and plays Saturdays at Pescara Lake Mobile Home Park, 570 57th Ave. W., Bradenton. The club is member of the American Cribbage Congress and plays nine games in a grassroots completion. New members are welcome. Informtion: 941-753-4832 or 941-739-7871.

Big Ten Luncheon: The Annual Big Ten luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Barry Alvarez, former football coach and current Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be the featured speaker. Cost: $35. Reservations are required. Information: Sheila Brannan Longo at 941-355-3006.

Garden of Life Group: The group meets 1-4:15 p.m. Jan. 24 at the South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Laugh with Mark Twain, portrayed by Rod Rawlings, as Mark celebrates his 70th birthday in style with music and stories. Cost: free will donation. Information: 941-792-0308.

Sarasota St. David's Welsh Society: The group meets for lunch at noon Jan. 25 at Turtles Restaurant, 875 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota. Information; 941-349-6069.

Senior Lunch Club: The Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, hosts a Senior Lunch Club 11 a.m. Mondays featuring a variety of topics discussed by guest speakers. Lunch: $8. Information: 941-747-4655.

Masonic Lodge Cortez High Twelve #538: The group meets for lunch and camaraderie 11 a.m. Mondays at Duff's Buffet, 6010 14th St. W., Bradenton. Lunch: $9. Information: Jeff Davis at 941-722-8096.

Sweet Adelines: Magic of Manatee, the local Sweet Adelines group, meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. They welcome good singing voices in perfect harmony for energetic performances. Information: 941-685-8231 or 941-545-0669 or magicofmanatee.com.

Smocking Arts Guild of America: The group meets Jan. 28 and every fourth Wednesday of the month at the South Manatee County Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. The group promotes education and quality workmanship in the fine needle arts including smocking, heirloom sewing, fine machine sewing, fine hand sewing, embroidery and the related needle arts. Membership in the national and local chapter is required. Information: smocking.org.

Manatee River Garden Club: The Floral Design Study Group will meet 9:30 a.m. Jan. 28 at 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Lesson content: multi rhythm. Type of design: diagonal. The group discusses the latest techniques and tools of floral design. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-870-2259.

Sertoma Club of Bradenton: The group meets for lunch 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at "enRich" Restaurant, 5629 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: Jack Gjeldum at 941-896-7196 or Dick Seagle at 941-794-8749.

Manatee Patchworkers: The group meets 6:30 p.m. every first Monday of the month at the Salvation Army, 5328 24th Street E., (off SR 70), Bradenton. To learn more about the Patchworkers, visit their website at manateepatchworkers.org.

Manatee-Sarasota Retired RN Club: The group meets for lunch 11:30 a.m. followed by a program Feb. 2 and every first Monday of the month at Westminster Manor, 1800 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. All retired RNs are welcome. Lunch: $8. Reservations and information: Connie Myers at 941-749-1766.

Air Force Luncheon: American Legion Post 24 will host an Air Force luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 2 and every first and third Monday of each month at 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. All Air Force veterans are welcome. Information: 941-794-3489.

Manatee Genealogical Society: The group meets 9:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 3 at a new location, Bethel Baptist Church, 1805 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. Drew Smith, co-host and producer of the Genealogy Guys podcast will present "Front Page News (and beyond): Finding Archived Newspapers." Computer Special Interest Group topic: Finding pictures of your ancestors on the Internet. Email questions to mgs.society@gmail.com.

South Branch Writers' Workshop: The group meets 12:30-2 p.m. Feb. 4 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 drmaggiestanton@gmail.com.

Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary Fl044: The group meets 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and every first and third Thursday of each month at McClure Auditorium, 5900 Airport Auditorium Lane, Sarasota. Learn about the exciting world of modern aviation. Information: capsrq044.com.

Netherlands Club of Manatee-Sarasota: The group meets 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 for a social and dinner at Cafe Americano, 1409 Main St., Sarasota. Open to all individuals interested in Dutch culture for the purpose of promoting fellowship, embracing personal and professional development and encouraging community involvement. The club hosts several events including Leiden Ontzet, St. Nicholas, Indonesian Rijsttafel and more. Information: 941-351-9024.

Pins and Needles: The neighborhood groups of the American Sewing Guild meets 1 p.m. Feb. 7 and the first Saturdays of April and May at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The March meeting will be a field trip. For information and monthly supply list, call 941-756-5387.

West Coast Woman's Club: The group's general membership meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and the second Monday of every month at the H2U Center, 6670 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: cparker191@tampabay.rr.com.

Manatee Sailing Association: The group meets for dinner 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and every second Tuesday of the month at Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. The group organizes weekend sailing cruises, and happy hours at local marinas. Information: Helen Chouinard at 941-448-6544 or Karen Brazell at 941-896-2694 or msasailing.org.

Creative Sassy Sewers: A neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild meets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 14 and every second Saturday of each month at South County Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information and monthly supply list: 941-753-9178.

Bradenton Woman's Club: The group meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and every third Monday of each month at 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-782-8171.

Marine Corps League: The Marine Corps League DeSoto Detachment No. 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and the third Monday of every month at The Bunker Bar, 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-301-4598.

Manatee River Orchid Society: The group meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and every third Monday of each month at Water's Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton. There will be a presentation and orchid auction. Information: 941-723-1356 or manateeriverorchidsociety.com.

Manatee Poetry Group: The group meets 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and every third Tuesday of the month at Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 941-749-0639.

The New Floridian's: The group meets for lunch at noon, followed by games Feb. 18 and every third Wednesday of the month at Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave W., Bradenton. New members can apply for membership if they're residents of Manatee County for two years or less. Information: Tess Leeper at 941-795-0152.

Manatee County Retired Educators Meeting: The group meets for lunch 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19 and every third Thursday, September-May at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W., Bradenton. Lunch: $15. All retired educators are invited to attend. Reservations: 941-756-7603 or 941-746-5575.