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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

Manatee River Garden Club scholarship offer: The Manatee River Garden Club is offering a $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Manatee County who wishes to pursue an education in horticulture or environmental studies. The application is available at manateerivergardenclub.com and can also be found in the Scholarship Source Directory of the Manatee Community Foundation mefinfo.org/scholarships. Application deadline is May 30. Information: Mary Patterson at 941-749-6399 or maryspatt@verizon.net.

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 5 p.m. May 6, and 1 p.m. June 22 at SCF, 7131 Professional Parkway 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.

Events at the Renaissance on 9th: Renaissance on 9th offers the following events:

Mother's Day Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 10, includes live entertainment. Cost: $20 adults, $12 children ages 3-12.

"Medicare 101" presentation, 1-2 p.m. May 8; no charge. Reservations: 800-963-5337.

Wine and Painting Party, 6-8:30 p.m. May 21. Cost: $35, includes take-home painting.

Movie and a Meal, 1:30 p.m. May 26. Cost: $6 members, $8 nonmembers

Pancake breakfast, 8-10 a.m. May 29. Cost: $4 members, $5 nonmembers

All events are held at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Unless otherwise noted, for reservations and information: 941-749-0100 or renaissanceon9th.org.

Tom Kastle at the Florida Maritime Museum: Special guest, Tom Kastle, a singer, songwriter, sailor and teller of tales, will present "Life Aboard 19th Century Sailing Ships 4 p.m. May 16 and will lead a Sea Shanty Workshop 5:30 p.m. May 20, both at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. The presentation will explore the ordinary, magical and musical moments for those who followed the sea during the heyday of commercial sail and the workshop will address some of the notable ways shanty singing shaped life at sea. Admission for each is $5 at the door. Seating is first come, first serve. Information: Halee Turner at 941-708-6120 or halee.turner@manateeclekr.com.

BOOKS

Arts and Lecture Series: The Library Foundation will host the 2015 Arts and Lecture Series, continuing with author Jeff Lindsay, author of the "Dexter" series, 6 p.m. July 13. An intimate dinner with the author will be 7:30 p.m. at Ortygia, Village of the Arts, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton. Cost: $75 a person. The last in the series will be author Nancy Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day mystery series, 2 p.m. Oct. 21. There will be high tea with the author at 3:30 p.m. at Latte Luna, 2715 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost: $25 a person. Reservations for all meet and greet events are on a first come, first serve basis. Information: 941-748-5875.

REUNIONS

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

Blues by the Bay: The Manatee and Sarasota chambers of Commerce will host the 2015 Blues by the Bay 5-7:30 p.m. May 6 at the Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event will feature lite bites provided by various local restaurants and live music by Johnny Guitar and Blue Star Band. There will be a cash bar Tickets: $25-$30. Information: 941-748-3411 or manateechamber.com.

Dragon Boat Team Fundraising Concert: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host a concert featuring three time Grammy nominated musician, Kym Warner of The Greencards 5 p.m. May 7 at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Bring your lawn chair, BYOB and a picnic and listen to mandolin, bouzouki, ukelele, octave mandolin, mandolan and acoustic guitar music. Gates open 4 p.m. Tickets: $20. Proceeds will benefit AMICC and AMICC Dragon Boat program. Information: 941-462-2626.

"Fashionable Gala: Mystery Men and Bond Girls": Designing Daughters will host a Fashi0nable Gala: Mystery Men and Bond Girls 8 p.m. May 8 at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Attendees can expect a mysterious night filled with old-school glamour, including casino games, live entertainment by Jonathan Cortez, hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar. Tickets: $95 and up. A pre-event party will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 8 at Encore Motorcars, 6000 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, featuring light bites, beer and wine; cost: $20. All proceeds will benefit the Designing Daughters' grant program awarding local nonprofit organizations. Information and reservations: 941-404-9396.

Manatee Miles: The fifth annual Manatee Miles fundraiser for United Way is named "Sea Turtle Stroll" will begin with registration at 8 a.m. followed by the walk/run at 9 a.m. May 9 at Coquina Beach. Participants may walk or run along the beach and the event is followed activities for the entire family. Registration: $25 and up. Information: 941-748-1313 or eventbrite.com/e/manatee-miles-sea-turtle-stroll.

Inaugural Mother's Day Charity Bootcamp: 21st Century C.A.R.E. will host its inaugural Mother's Day Charity Bootcamp 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. May 9 at Key 2 Life Training, 7240 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. There will be prizes for the best boots. Refreshments will be served. Donation: $10 at the door. Proceeds will benefit cancer patients in need. Information: 21stcenturycare.org.

"2015 Evening of Hope": Former NLF quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will be guest of honor at the Salvation Army, Manatee County "2015 Evening of Hope," 7:30-9:30 p.m. May 15 at Bayside Community Church, 15800 State Road 64 E., Bradenton. Tickets: $75. Tebow will speak in support of the charity's efforts to raise funds for its local homeless ministry. Information: eveningofhope15.eventbrite.com.

Annual Dick Vitale Gala: The V Foundation for Cancer Research will host the 10th annual Dick Vitale Gala will begin with a meet and greet pre-party 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and festivities May 15 at the Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, featuring an auction, sports celebrities, including Syracuse University men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith, Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher, and other celebrities such as John Calipari, Bob Hurley, Fran McCaffery and Devon Still, and live music by Blood, Sweat and Tears. Tickets: $1,000. Proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research grants awarded to leading scientists. Information: jimmyv.org.

Red Carpet Gala: The public is invited to a Red Carpet Gala 6-11 p.m. May 15 at Seafood Shack Marina Bar and Grill, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez, featuring live and silent auctions, dinner and music by The Tribal Trio. Tickets: $50. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Elementary School. Information: 941-807-0417 or greengirldesign.com.

Fundraising sunset boat cruise: The Friends of De Soto Memorial is sponsoring a leisurely sunset cruise on Sarasota Bay 7:30 p.m. May 16 leaving from the Historical Bridge Pier on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Cruise will be operated by Paradise Boat Tours. Tickets: $35. Proceeds will benefit the De Soto National Memorial. Information: friendsofdesoto.org.

Lucky Ducky Race for PACE: PACE Center for Girls will host its annual Lucky Ducky Race for PACE 7 p.m. May 16 at Tarpon Pointe Grill and Tiki Bar, 801 Riverside Dr. E., Bradenton. The public can adopt ducks for the race at $5 each. Proceeds will benefit PACE Center for Girls. Information: duckrace.com/manatee.

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.

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.

Photography 101: Manatee Technical College will offer Photography 101 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays May 5-26, June 2-23 at 6305 SR 70 E., Bradenton, and includes two Saturday mornings 9 a.m.-noon May 16 and June 20. Students will learn about shutter speeds, ISO settings, F-stops, white balance, making basic corrections in Photoshop, rules of composition, lighting, photographing people for maximum effect, tabletop photography and more. Cost: $140. For best results, students should have a DSLR camera with a changeable lens. Information: 941-751-7900, ext. 1108.

Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will offer a basic training and safety boating course 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20 at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton. The course, approved by the US Coast Guard, teaches the skills and knowledge to safely operate a boat. Students will be taught Florida rules and regulations governing boating. Specific topics include equipment, nautical terms, charts, aids to navigation, VHF radio and PWC operation. Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1988 operating a vessel powered by a 10 hp or more motor must possess a Florida Boating Safety Identification Card. The course qualifies for the certification card. Cost: $55 a person, $85 a couple sharing one manual. The manual is $35 and is included in the price of the course. Preregistration is required. Registration and information: 941-792-0392 or usps.org/localusps/annamaria.

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

Herbs for your health, 10 a.m.-noon May 6.

Rain barrel workshop, 1-3 p.m. May 6. Rain barrel and kit: $33.

Small steps to health and wealth, 9-11 a.m. May 7, 14, 21 and 25. Registration is required by April 24. Fee: $10.

Summerize your vegetable garden, 9-11 a.m. May 16.

Introduction to Florida friendly landscaping: the nine principles, 9-11:30 a.m. May 21.

Orchid "make and take" workshop, 1-3 p.m. May 23.

Landscape tips and smart irrigation, 2-4 p.m. May 27 and 28.

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.

Spanish language classes for children: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer Spanish language classes for children 4-5 p.m. May 6-June 24 at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Classes are K-5th grade, with a maximum of eight students. Instructor Lisbeth Oscuvilca will teach six modules, each module being eight weeks and requires a once per week commitment. Classes are very dynamic, with games, songs, painting, coloring, reading and listening. Cost: $85 members, $100 nonmembers per module. Registration and information: 941-778-1908 or annamariaislandcc.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.

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.

Gyotaku Workshop: Anna Maria Island Art League offers a Gyotaku workshop 1:30-6 p.m. May 13 at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Gyotaku is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing dated from the mid-1800's. The class will be taught by Brenda Alcorn. Fee: $40 members, $60 nonmembers. Necessary supplies will be provided. Class is limited to six students. Preregistration is required. Information: 941-778-2099

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.

Boating classes: Manatee Sail and Power Squadron will offer "America's Boating Class" 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 16 at the Elks Lodge, 4611 Fourth St. E., Palmetto. The course teaches boat handling, navigation aids, required equipment, rules of the road, emergency procedures, radio procedures, local water knowledge and optional on the water demonstration. The class satisfies Florida Boating and Safety Education regulations required persons born after Jan. 1, 1988 to complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators approved boater education course or competency exam prior to operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 hp or more. Fee: $40 a person, $50 two persons. Fee includes material and lunch. Preregistration is required. Information: 941-761-9444 or mwspencer25@gmail.com.

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

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. 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

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. Prospect Riding Center is at 34250 S.R. 70 E., Myakka City. Information: 941-713-1736.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, including Spanish bilingual volunteers. Turning Points is at 701 17th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-1509, ext. 334 or chedger@tpmanatee.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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