Local Events

Community calendar: March 12-18

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Email information to calendar@bradenton.com. A list of ongoing classes is available at www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.

GENERAL

Sarasota Music Club's 2015 Music Scholarship applications: The Sarasota Music Club is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Music Scholarship Program. The scholarship application forms can be downloaded or filled in online through the club's website sarasotamusicclub.org, which also offers complete information about scholarship requirements and application processes. The scholarship program is open to graduating high school seniors who reside in Sarasota or Manatee County and plan to major in music or music education at a university or college in the fall of 2015. Scholarships range from $1,000-$3,000 and must be used for the recipient's college education. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. March 18 and the auditions will be held 9 a.m.-noon April 3 at Booker High School, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. 2015 Scholarship winners will perform at Sarasota Music Club's 85th Anniversary Scholarship Awards and Recognition Luncheon on May 2 at Michael's on East. Information: Susan Hicks at 941-925-3602.

Spring session of Einstein's Circle forums: The Lifelong Learning Academy's Einstein's Circle Spring 2015 Semester will host the following open forums and lectures at Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota: "Inventions: The Story Behind Discoveries," March 11, "Exercising Your Creative Mind: An Introduction to Creativity," March 18, "Future WOW," March 25, and "Vampire Squid: Are Banks Too Big to Fail?" April 1. All lectures are moderated by knowledgeable experts. Cost is $12 per session. Members will receive a 10 percent discount. Seating is limited. Registration and information: 941-359-4296 or lla-sm.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Palmetto: The Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum are hosting a walking tour of historic Palmetto 2 p.m. March 18-19 leaving from 515 10tyhAve. W., Palmetto.

The 2-hour long walk will highlight some of the historic buildings in the park and downtown and along the riverfront in Palmetto and includes a visit to the Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast. The tour on the 19th includes a visit to the town founder's son J.A. Lamb home now owned by the Alkire family. The tours are free but reservations are required. Information: 941-7233-4991.

Nursing degree information: State College of Florida will host information sessions for students interested in an A.S. in nursing degree 5 p.m. March 31 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 800, room 852. Information, call Julie Darner at 941-752-5530 or darnerj@scf.edu or scf.edy/nursing.

Information Sessions Associate in Science in Nursing Degree Program: State College of Florida will offer information sessions for students interested in applying for the Associate in Science in Nursing Degree program 10 a.m. April 7, 5 p.m. May 6, and 1 p.m. June 22 at SCF, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E., LWR-2, Room 205, and at noon April 14, May 18, and June 16 at SCF, 5840 26th St. W., Building 29, Room 106. Sessions will last 45 minutes. Information Julie Darner at 941-752-5209 or scf.edu/nursing.

Southwest Florida premiere of "Above and Beyond" documentary: Temple Emanu-El will host the Southwest Florida premiere of the acclaimed documentary "Above and Beyond" by Nancy Spielberg 7:30 p.m. April 22 at 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Tickets: $5 at the door, $18 preferred seating reservation. The screening will coincide with Israeli Memorial Day and Israeli Independence Day and proceeds will benefit Friends of I.D.F. Information: 941-371-2788 or templeemanuelsarasota.org.

BOOKS

Book release: Local authors Kate Iturralde and Gloria Iturralde have released their new book "The Yellow Cake Genie," a true story about a Uranium miner and his family. The book is available at outskirtspress.com in hard cover and as ebook edition. Information: 888-672-6657.

Book signings: Mote Marine Laboratory's adjunct scientist Dr. Stephen Spotte will sign his new book "My Watery Self: Memoirs of a Marine Scientist," 5:30 p.m. March 12 at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Dr. Spotte will read excerpts from his book, discussing his scientific and personal adventures. Award-winning photographer and author of "The Lure of Longboat Key," Mary Lou Johnson, will screen some of her extensive work and discuss her artistic process. Admission is free. Books from both authors will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations are required. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 333 or email agamble@mote.org.

Selby Public Library Food Series: The Friends of Selby Public Library will host the Library Food Series featuring food themed book sales, signings and movies at 1331 First St., Sarasota. The schedule is: "The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton," a movie screening, 2 p.m. March 14; "Something's Cooking," a movie screening, 2 p.m. March 18; "Food and French Literature," presented by Elyane Dezon-Jones, and "Sweet Ending," a presented by Marilyn Sachs, 2 p.m. March 25; "Julie and Julia," a movie screening, 2 p.m. March 27. Information: 941-365-5228 or selbylibraryfriends.org.

Book signings: Ambassador Christopher Hill will discuss his newest book "Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir," in a conversation with Tom Tryon, Opinion Editor at the Herald Tribune 6-7 p.m. March 17 at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The event is free and books will be available for sale and signing. A separate book signing will be 6 p.m. March 19 at Bookstore 1, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Only books bought at the store are eligible for signing. Information: 941-365-7900 or sarasotabooks.com.

Book sale and signing: Local resident, Marie Oberle, will be answering questions and signing her books 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 16 at Beneva Christian Church, 4835 Beneva Road, Sarasota. A portion of each book sale will go to the church. Oberle recently launched "Outhouse to Penthouse: Discovering Courage Within," a memoir which spans eight decades and tells a gripping rags-to-riches story. The book, which has been published and released by Sarasota-based publisher Suncoast Digital Press, Inc., is currently available for purchase via Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Information: 941-961-361.

Cookbook and Kitchenware Fair: Selby Public Library will host a cookbook and kitchenware fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 4 at 1331 First St., Sarasota. The sale will benefit Friends of Selby Public Library. Information: 941-365-5228 or selbylibraryfriends.org.

REUNIONS

Hillsdale County, Mich. Reunion: The Hillsdale County, Mich. reunion will be 11 a.m. March 13 at Duff's Buffet, 6014 14th St. W., Bradenton. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Serving starts at 11 a.m. Information: Earl Nisbett 941-729-3175 or Judy Keiser at 239-277-0295.

All-Class Sarasota High School Alumni Reunion: An all-class reunion of Sarasota High School will be April 12. Doors will open at noon, opening ceremony at 1 p.m. The event brings former students and faculty of Sarasota High School together for a day of "catching up" with each other. Anyone who attended SHS will be welcome. Tickets: $20-$25. Information: grandreunion.org.

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.

FUNDRAISERS

Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale: The Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary will host a $5 Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories sale 7 a.m.-4 p.m. March 11-12 in the main lobby of the Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., Bradenton. Every item is $5 not more, not less. Proceeds will benefit medical scholarships and Manatee County community charities. Information: 941-745-7287.

Auction for a Cure: Phi Beta Psi Sorority will host its second annual Auction for a Cure 6-6:45 p.m. Preview and auction at 7 p.m. March 12 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Bake it, sew it, make, or grow it and bring your creation and join the bidding fun to raise money for cancer research. Cash or checks only. Refreshments will be served. Information: 941-795-7123.

Spaghetti Dinner: The Bradenton Woman's Club will host a catered spaghetti dinner and fundraiser 5-7 p.m. March 12 at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children ages 9 and younger. There will be prize drawings. Proceeds will benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Services. Information: 941-896-6541 or email bwcrebecca@yahoo.com.

Sarasota's Inaugural Tavern Toss: Evie's Tavern will host the Sarasota Inaugural Tavern Toss 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14 at 4735 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. The event will feature a cornhole tournament, kid friendly activities, vendors, food and beverages. Music will be provided by Sacred Ghost Records. The event is free and open to the public. Preregistration for the cornhole tournament is required by March 7. Cost to play: $30 a team. Registration and information: 941-896-7431.

14th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show "An Affair to Remember": The Sunset Chapter of the American Business Women's Association will host its 14th annual Luncheon and Fashion Show "An Affair to Remember," 11:30 a.m. March 14 at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. The event will feature a silent auction. Tickets: $60. Proceeds will benefit the Association's Scholarship/Education Fund. Information: Marian Hancock 941-915-0580, Francine LoCrasto 941-320-7531, or Judy Newdom 941-351-1333.

Shamrock 5K Run/Walk: The Foundation for Dreams and Dream Oaks Camp will host the Shamrock 5K Run-Walk beginning with registration at 2 p.m. March 14 on Old Main Street, Bradenton. The family oriented event features a 5K run and walk, a children's leprechaun race, a costume contest and team challenge. The event ends with an historic St. Patrick's Day party and Pub Crawl 4-7 p.m. featuring music, food and fun for all. Packet pick-up and in-store registration is available at Fit2Run University Park, 8249 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park 5-8 p.m. March 11-12 and on race day at registration. Registration: $10-$40. Proceeds will benefit The Foundation for Dreams and Dream Oaks Camp. Information: foundationfordreams.org.

Banyan Ball: The Out of Door Academy's annual gala, the Banyan Ball, will begin with a cocktail hour 7 p.m. followed by dinner March 14 at Historic Siesta Key Campus, 444 Reid St., Sarasota. The event will feature an elegant dinner, live music, and an online auction beginning 5 p.m. March 5 lasting 90 hours in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Out of Door Academy. Tickets: $145-$290. Information: 941-554-3439 or oda.edu/banyanball.

Annual Tour of Kitchens: The Fifth Annual Tour of Kitchen will be 2-7 p.m. March 15 featuring select luxury model homes in Manatee County's gated golf course community of The Concession, 7700 Lindrick Lane, Bradenton. Guests can tour the kitchens, enjoy the beauty of the homes, taste food and wine, converse with the chefs, mingle with other guests and enjoy a silent auction and desserts prepared by Manatee Technical College baking and pastry students. Tickets: $55. Proceeds will benefit the MTI Foundation's programs, teachers and students at MTI. Information: 941-751-7900, ext. 1012 or mtifoundation.org.

"Wine Walk to Ca' d'Zan": The third annual Wine Walk to Ca' d'Zan, a self-guided wine tasting tour, will be 6-10 p.m. March 20 at the John and Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Guests will receive a signature "Wine Walk" wine glass, taste fine wine and delicious food pairings and entertainment and wrap up the evening near de Ca' d'Zan with live music and surprises. Tickets: $110-$125. Proceeds will benefit the Ca' d'Zan preservation fund. Information: 941-359-5700 or 941-358-3180 or ringling.org.

Sixty's Rock and Roll Party: Get out your beads, peace signs and gogo boots and join the All Faiths Food Bank for a 60s Rock and Roll Party 7-10 p.m. March 20 at Old School Bar and Grill, 1991 Main St., Sarasota.

There will be food, dancing, cash bar, and live music by Rockin' Robin and the Roadrunners. Tickets: $10. Proceeds will benefit the All Faiths Food Bank. Information: Laura Coyle at 941-544-5878 or allfaithsfoodbank.org.

Sixth Annual Charity Polo Match "Ponies for Pups": The Sarasota Polo Club will host Nate's Honor Animal Rescue's sixth annual charity polo match "Ponies for Pups," 1 p.m. March 21 with gates open at 11 a.m. The event will feature prize drawings, Pony and Pup cookies to decorate, dog treats for sale, pet portraits and more. Dogs from Nate's Honor Animal Rescue will be available for adoption. Admission levels: $10, bring your own gourmet picnic lunch for field side tailgating; $50, includes premier seating and catered lunch by Polo Grill; $75, includes premier seating, open bar and catered lunch by Polo Grill in the Pavilion. A premier tailgate parking slip accommodating two vehicles Pavilion-side is $50. General parking is free. Proceeds will benefit Nate's Honor Animal Rescue. Information: 941-302-0933 or nateshonoranimalrescue.org.

Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon: The Bradenton Branch of the American Association of University Women will honor six women for their community service at the ninth annual Women of Achievement Luncheon 11:30 a.m. March 21 at Palm Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Road, Sarasota. Cost: $40. Reservations: 941-753-0598.

AJC's 2015 Human Relations Award Dinner: The American Jewish Committee West Coast Florida will host its local Human Relations Award Dinner beginning with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner March 22 at Michaels on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. Local philanthropists Alfred and Jean Weidner-Goldstein will be honored with its Human Relations Award. Tickets: $250. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the American Jewish Committee. Information: 941-365-4955 or email sarasota@ajc.org.

Jewish Family and Children's Services of Sarasota Celebrity Chefs Food and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge: Join the Jewish Family and Children's Services of Sarasota for their Celebrity Chefs Food and Wine Tasting 6-8:30 p.m. and Golf Challenge 11:30 a.m. March 24 at The Resort at Longboat Key Club - Islandside "Under the Tent, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key. Golf Challenge shot gun start will be at 12:30 p.m. A boxed lunch will be included. Tickets: $100 Food and Wine Tasting, $350 includes Food and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge. Advanced registration is required. Proceeds will benefit JFCS programs. Information: 941-366-2224 or jfcs-cares.org.

Party for the Pantry: Children's Healthy Pantry, a local non-profit dedicated to feeding underserved children in our community, invites the public to its signature fundraising event "Party for the Pantry," 6:30-9 p.m. March 24 at Michael's Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Attendees will enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, live music by Stephen Fancher and Bart Lowther, a silent auction, and much more. There will be a cash bar. Tickets: $20. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Healthy Pantry. Information: 941-350-0080 or childrenshealthypantry.com.

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/

Retro Rock Concert Fun-raiser: Manatee United 4 Pets will host a 60's Retro Rock themed "fun-raiser" 6 p.m. March 28 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. There will be local rescues with adoptable puppies, dogs, cats and kittens, a dance performance by Phoenix the Wonder Dog, a showcase of cars from the 60s by Slick's Garage, prize drawing, a dance and costume contest, and live music by Yesterdayze. Guests are urged to bring cans of pet and people food. An after-party will be 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. at Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W. Tickets: $75. Proceeds will benefit homeless pets and people in need. Information: retrorockconcert.com.

Howard University Club of Southwest Florida: The Club will honor boxing promoter Don King at their 10th annual scholarship luncheon 11 a.m. March 28 at the Hyatt Regency, 100 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. Keynote speaker will be Rev. Al Sharpton Jr. Tickets: $100. Information and reservations: 941-756-8786 or howardclubsouthwestflorida.org.

Third annual "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes": Turning Points will host its third annual "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes," 4 p.m. April 4 at South Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. This family fun event will feature a 1-mile fun walk at 5:30 p.m., a sand blast/castle competition, prize drawings, t-shirts for preregistered walkers, family pictures, face painting, bounce house, great food, Zumba dancing, a live steel drums performer, music by DJ and a post walk party and sunset watch. Registration: $45 families, $20 adults, $10 students and children 5 and older, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Proceeds will fund Turning Points' programs benefitting homeless children and their families. Information: turningpointswalk.org.

High Tea and Fashion Show: Mixon's in the grove will host a High Tea and Fashion Show 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 8 at 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. The event will feature samplings of Mighty Leaf Teas, tea sandwiches, scones and sweets. There will be a hat contest and fashions will be presented by Lily Bliss Boutique. Tickets: $25. Information: 941-748-5829, ext. 256 or mixon.com.

Wedding Planning Workshop: NK Weddings will host "Engaged 101," an evening celebrating "all things wedding," 5 p.m. April 9 at the Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota. The event will include interactive presentations regarding wedding photography suggestions, paper etiquette, linens and decor, floral trends, hair and make-up trends, planning tips and cake tasting. The event will help brides, bridesmaids and even grooms understand the important basics of planning a wedding. Tickets: $25 a person or $40 for two tickets. Space is limited, reservations are required. Information: 941-309-2072 or nkproductions.net.

Tropical Nights: Dress as "cool cat casual," dust of your poodle skirts and letterman sweaters, puff up your pompadours and pony tails and join Meals on Wheels PLUS at its annual Tropical Nights 6 p.m. April 11 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W., Bradenton, featuring a 1950s Diners and Doo-Wop themed evening with classic gourmet eats, 50s style entertainment, a live and silent auction, dancing and more. Tickets: $150. Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS programs. Information: 941-749-0100.

Arts Brunch and Fashion Show: An Arts Brunch and Fashion Show will be 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 11 at Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. The event includes a brunch, exciting fashions, an art exhibit, silent auction, door prizes, music and more. Tickets: $35. Proceeds will benefit the Artists Guild of Manatee. Information: 941-302-1069.

Second Annual 24-hour Jaco Boxing vs. Autism Charity Fight: Jaco's Boxing will ring the bell and begin its second annual 24-hour boxing marathon 4 p.m. April 25-4 p.m. April 26 at 5708 Lawton Dr., Sarasota. The event will host a pre-event celebration 1-4 p.m. featuring a silent auction, prize drawings, food and live entertainment. Participants may purchase a 30-minunte private training session for $100 and select their trainer for an all-out boxing session, private session, or a personal circuit training session. All session proceeds will be donated to Sarasota's ABA Academy in honor of raising support and awareness for Autism research. Information: 941-740-1545 or jacoboxing.com.

DATED CLASSES

Ballet classes: Dancing Thru The Ages is offering a brand new adult beginning ballet fundamentals class at lunch time 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Classes are held at 2726 Sixth St. W., Bradenton. Advanced and a mixed level "Boot Camp" classes are Saturday mornings, advanced/intermediate plus classes are held Monday mornings and a ballet workshop for advanced beginners and intermediates on Wednesday mornings. All classical ballet levels are taught by Mo Dye. Classes are $10 each. Information: 941-779-1108.

Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources: The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources offers the following recreational classes through March at G.T. Bray Recreation Center, 5502 33rd Ave Dr. W., Bradenton: Bridge, essential oil bracelet and necklace, creative cards, Pekiti Tirsia Kali self defense, cardio tennis and tennis clinic, Broadway style tap dance, tree of life, gypsy dream catchers, she art canvas, garden mason jars, art journaling, inspiration flags, tile coasters. For time, dates and cost, contact 941-742-5923 or mymanatee.org.

Art classes: The Artists' Guild will offers art classes. 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 Dr., Holmes Beach. For subject, registration and detailed information, call 941-778-6694 or amiartistsguildgallery.com.

Community Art Classes: Longboat Key Center for the Arts offers a master class in Light fantastic watercolor class 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 11-13. Cost: $400. Registration and information: 941-383-2345 or email lbkca@ringling.edu.

Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will host the following classes and seminars at 1200 71th St. NW., Bradenton:

Reading and understanding nautical charts seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 12. Fee: $20.

Basic electronic navigation seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 19. Fee: $20. Preregistration is required. Registration and information: 941-778-4497.

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

Florida Master Naturalist Program: Freshwater systems module, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 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.

It's fun to grow roses in Florida, 9-11 a.m. March 14.

Tillandsia wreath, 1-3 p.m. March 14. Materials: $35, cash or check only. Registration is required by March 6.

Extension Master Gardener Plan ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. March 14. Location: DeSoto/Riverview Pointe Preserve, 8250 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton.

Extension Master Gardener Plan ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. March 15. Location: Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.

Extension Master Gardener Plan ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. March 21. Location: Emerson Point Preserve, 5801 17th St. W., Palmetto.

Propagation workshop, 9 a.m.-noon March 21.

Landscape tips and smart irrigation, 2:30-4:30 p.m. March 25. Location: Island Library, 5701 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach.

Worm composting-vermicomposting, 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 25.

Coyote awareness, 1-3 p.m. March 26. Location: South manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton.

Landscape tips and smart irrigation, 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 26. Location: Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 US Hwy 301 N., Ellenton.

Green and growing youth field day, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 27, a day-long field trip. Open to youth ages 8-13. Cost: $15, includes transportation and lunch. Registration required by March 23.

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.

Art classes: Island Gallery West offers free art classes and demonstrations 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. The schedule is: Oil Painting with Patricia Sorg, March 14. Seating is first come, first served basis. Information: 941-778-6648 or islandgallerywest.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 feet. The classes are free. Information: 941-580-1036.

Boating classes: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 and 85 will offer a boating safety course 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 14 and 21. Attendees can learn about different kinds of boats, boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, trailering, storing, boating emergencies and safety issues. The course prepares attendees for the Florida Safe Boater Card which entitles recipients to discounts on boating insurance. Boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1988 are required to have the Safe Boater Card in order to operate a motor boat with 10 horsepower or more. For registration and information, call Bill Osolin at 941-518-0609 or email wmtoz@verizon.net.

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.

Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is 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.

Noncredit computer classes: State College of Florida department of Corporate and Community Development will offer noncredit computer classes in March and April at all SCF Manatee locations. The schedule is:

Absolute beginner computer, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 24 at 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton; $69.

Quickbooks 2014, level 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 3 at 7131 Professional Pkwy. E., Lakewood Ranch; $129.

Information: 941-363-7218 or scf.edu/DDDenroll.

Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering free citizenship classes 5-6 p.m. April 6 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.

ONGOING CLASSES

AARP Driver safety classes: Driver Safety Classes for Manatee County are held monthly at various locations including the public libraries. This is a state-approved safety class and the certificate you receive is good for three years with your insurance company. 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.

Ballet and dance classes: Allegro Music Academy, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota, offers basic ballet kids ballroom dance classes for children ages 4-7 and 8-18, adult classes, salsa graduation dances, first wedding dance and adult dance fitness. Dance summer camp will begin in June. Information: 941-358-8511 or email allegromusic241@aol.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, security 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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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