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

Tuesday member's lunch special: members enjoy half sandwich and soup for $5 Tuesdays through October.

Rummage sale and fundraiser, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 2. Rental space available. Fee: $20 members, $25 nonmembers.

Game Time, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 2. Play your favorite board game.

Community Appreciation Monday, 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 5, featuring games, contests, ballroom and line dancing by Just Friends. Free.

Monday line dancing, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 5; $5, free for members.

Monday games and dancing, 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

Monday lunch club, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5; $8. Registration: Sheila Rapavi at 941-747-4655. AAA Mature Driving class, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 20-21. Reservations: 941-798-2221, ext.2263.

Halloween Party, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29. Buffet lunch, entertainment and costume contest; $10 members, $12 nonmembers. Reservations are required by Oct. 28.

Pancake breakfast: pumpkin spice, 8-10 a.m. Oct. 30; $4 members, $5 nonmembers.

SHINE, yearly update on Medicare (2016), 10 a.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. One-on-one consult available. Reservations: 800-963-5337.

Health Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 11. For flu shots, hearing tests and more.

Other weekly activities include beginner ballroom dancing, tap dancing, Silver Sneakers exercise classes, Tai Chi, cribbage, mahjong, bridge, pinochle, scrapbooking, and computer lab/library,

Information: 941-749-0100 or renaissanceon9th.org.

Couponing 101: The Bradenton Christian Women's Connection will host a luncheon 11 a.m. Oct. 9 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Perry McCartney will share how to save money with "Couponing 101." Inspirational speaker will be Carolyn Ersig. Sam Lane will play piano music. Luncheon: $17. Reservations are due by Oct. 2. Information: 941-750-8786 or cwcfl.net.

An Evening with Elizabeth Smart: Designing Women Boutique and Selah Freedom will host an evening designed to address sex trafficking awareness 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at New College, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, with special guest abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart. General admission: $95, VIP tickets are $125. Information: 941-677-8840 or selahfreedom.com.

Global Water Crisis Forum and Luncheon: The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch invites the public to participate in a Rotary Water and Sanitation Forum and luncheon 11 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The presentation will celebrate Rotary's role in responding to a global crisis relating to access to clean water with service projects in developing countries such as Peru, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, St. Lucia and Haiti. Luncheon: $20. Reservations are required by Oct. 9. Information and reservations: Ron Myers at 941-744-1557.


Book signings: Brenda Spalding, president of ABC writers, will be signing any of her Children's Illustrated Books as well as her two adult novels "Broken Branches" and "Bottle Alley," 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 2, Al Musitano will be signing his young adult book, "Gothmares" and "Steel Mill Mafia," and Dona Lee will be signing her novel "Chimera" and her nonfiction "Published!" at Village Voices, 1010 10th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton. Information: 941-748-6865.

Book release: Local author, Penelle, will sign copies of her newest book "Passage to Cuba, Quest for the Masque of Gold," a story about Cuba revealed through fact and storytelling noon-2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Barnes & Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Parker's Books Inc. 1488 Main St., Sarasota, and 1-5 p.m. Nov. 14 at Banana Moon Sunwear at University Town Center Mall, University Park. The book is available on amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and on Kindle. Information: penelleontour-books.com.

Arts and Lecture Series: The Manatee Performing Arts Center will host author Nancy Cohen, author of the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The author will meet and greet the public at a reception following the lecture. Seating is limited, reservations are encouraged. Tickets: $35. Information: 941-748-5875 or manateeperforming artscenter.com.


Rotary Club of Sarasota Pioneer Picnic: The Rotary Club of Sarasota's Pioneer Picnic will be 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling blvd., Sarasota. Those with 50-plus years of residence in the Sarasota area are invited to attend and bring their families. Pioneer Picnic is a homecoming, a family and school reunion and block part all rolled into one. Doors open at noon. Cost: $15. Reservations with payment are required by Sept. 24. Registration and information: 941-724-3667 or pioneerpicnic.org.

Wisconsin Day: The 58th Wisconsin Day will be held Feb. 3, 2016, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church Hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, featuring food, music for dancing prize drawings and door prizes. Information: Joy Sujecki at 941-708-0149 or jsujecki@wrcr.org.

Manatee High School Class of 1965: The 50th reunion is scheduled for Oct. 30-31. Information: 941-746-7360 or mhs1965.org.

Manatee High School Class of 1966: For reunion information contact Janice Hooker Davis at 941-268-5008 or jbdavis3rd@yahoo.com.


Walk to End Alzheimer's: The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's will be 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m., Oct. 3 at Riverwalk Rossi Park, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The 2-mile walk will culminate with post-walk festivities and a tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Registration is free, participants can join as individual or create or join a team for fundraising purposes. Information: 941-365-8883 or http://act.alz.org/Manatee.

Team Blake Day Adventure Golf Tournament: The Fish Hole Adventure Golf will host a fundraiser for Team Blake 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3 at 115 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Cost: $20 adults, $10 children ages 6 and younger and includes two rounds of golf. There will be a silent auction items, prize drawings and more. Proceeds will benefit Blake Carpenter's medical bills. Information: 941-840-4748 or girlmusttravel@hotmail.com.

VFW Post 3233 Sarasota Men's Auxiliary's Fifth Annual Golf Outing: The VFW's Post 3233 Men's Auxiliary will host its fifth annual Golf Outing 8:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at Rolling Green Golf Course, 4501 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. There will be prize drawings and a live auction. Cost is $70 and will include greens fee, two drinks at the golf course and a prime rib dinner served at the VFW Post 3233, 124 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. Proceeds will go directly to programs and services to support nearly 700 children, teens, and adults with disabilities at Community Heaven. Information: Denise Griffin at 941-724-4444 or denisegriff@comcast.net.

Second annual Women's Better Ball Open: Registration is open for the second annual Women's Better Ball Open to be held Oct. 10-11 at Bobby Jones Golf Club, 1000 Circus Blvd., Sarasota. Entry is open to all women who have a verified handicap via GHIN number or USGA index. Opening day competition will be played on the American Course and the tournament will wrap up the following day on the British Course. Entry fee per team is $175 and includes two rounds of Golf with a riding cart, tee gifts, on-course non-alcoholic beverage each day, lunch at the conclusion of each player's second round, and awards. Entries and payment must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For registration and information, contact Bobby Jones Golf Club Manager, Sue Martin, at 941-365-2200, ext. 5800.

"Top Dog," a dog show like no other: Donte's Den Foundation will host "Top Dog," a dog show like no other 6-9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event is a Westminster-like dog show where owners can enter their four-legged friends in a playful show, enjoy fine dining from Fete Catering and chill out in Donte's doggy lounges. Contest will be held for the best dressed, best hair, best catch and fetch, best kiss, and funniest dog tricks. Tickets: $100 adults, $5 children, $195, family pack. Ticket sales help support Donte's Den, a charitable organization and facility offering long term and permanent care of dogs whose owners are unable to care for them due to illness, injury, abandonment or military deployment. Reservations are required by Oct. 1. Information: dontesden.org.

Interior Design Society Sarasota Chapter Fifth annual Party on the Pass: The Interior Design Society Sarasota Chapter, will host its fifth annual Party on the Pass 6-10 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, Sarasota. The event is open to the public and will feature a cookout, a silent and gift auction, and live music by Kettle of Fish. Tickets: $40, includes food and two beverages. Tickets for children are $15. Proceeds will benefit the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and the Trinity Charities Inc. Information: 941-959740 or idssarasota.com.

"The Comedy Time Tunnel": The Palmetto Rotary Club will host "The Comedy Time Tunnel," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Neel Performing Arts Center, State College of Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. The event offers a journey through comedy history for the entire family featuring master magician and comedian, Elliot Smith. Tickets: $20. Proceeds will benefit the area scholarship fund. Information: 727-541-7876.

Sunset Cruise: Join the Friends of De Soto National Memorial on a Sarasota Bay Sunset Cruise 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 with Paradise Boat Tours leaving from Historical Bradenton Beach Pier, 115 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. The cruise will be approximately 90 minutes long. Cost: $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of De Soto National Memorial. Reservations and information: 941-0704-6825 or friendsofdesoto.org.

Horne and Moon Social 2015: Blalock Walters will sponsor the 2015 Horne and Moon Social 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Air and Energy, 555 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton. The "Great Gatsby"-themed evening will feature "illegal' prohibition libations, a Speak Easy dance band, gaiety and fun for all. Tickets: $175. Proceeds will benefit Manatee Community Foundation. Information; 941-725-1236 or manateecf.org.

Manatee County NAACP Freedom and Awards Banquet: The Manatee County NAACP will host its annual Freedom and Awards Program, 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Courtyard Marriott, 100 Riverfront Dr., Bradenton. Several Manatee County individuals and organizations who have worked to promote political and economic changes in neighborhoods will be honored. Tickets: $70. Information: 941-447-2189 or manateenaacp5113@gmail.com.

"Bewitching Glamour" Fashion Show and Luncheon: The Lakewood Ranch Women's Club will host "Bewitching Glamour," a fashion show and luncheon 11:30 a.m. Oct. 28 at Michael's on East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. The event will feature a gourmet lunch, a fashion show, live classical music, a silent auction, photo booth and prize drawings. Tickets: $50 members, $55 nonmembers. Proceeds will benefit various local charities. Information: 941-388-8707.

Costumes and Cocktails: Eat, drink and be scary at the Costumes and Cocktails fundraiser 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. There will be a silent auction. Costumes are encouraged. Cost: $36. Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels. Reservations and information: Stefanie Overturf at 941-301-9555.

The Sarasota Orchestra Dinner Series: Get to know music director Anu Tali, conductor Perry So, and various soloists of the Sarasota Orchestra Dinner Series at the Conductor Dinner Series, beginning with a Season Opener Brunch 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at Michael's On East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. The schedule is:

Dinner 1, featuring music director Anu Tali and Masterworks 1 soloist, Marc-Andre Hamelin, 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in Michael's Wine Cellar, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota

Dinner 2, featuring Masterworks 2 conductor Perry So and soloist Leila Josefowicz 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at University Park Country Club, 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park

Mozart Gala and Concert, 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at theSarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Dinner 3, featuring music director Anu Tali and Masterworks 6 soloist Guy Braunstein 6 p.m. March 10 at

Tickets for the brunch and dinners are $150 each; tickets for the Mozart Gala and concert are $500. For detailed information call 941-487-2737 or sarasotaorchestra.org.

"Neptune's Seaside Bash" 2015 Auction Gala: Experience the thrill of mobile bidding on unique and extraordinary silent and live auction items and enjoy an open bar all night long while admiring the panoramic view of the river from the Neptune Room at Manatee Children's Services' "Neptune Seaside Bash" Auction Gala 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Seafood Shack Marina, Bar and Grill, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. Guest can enjoy a night full of The Billy Rice Band while feasting on an ocean-inspired culinary dinner. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit Manatee Childrens Services. Information: 941-345-1200 or manateechildrensservices.com.

2015 Snooty's Gala "Museum After Dark": The 2015 Snooty's Gala Museum After Dark will be 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $200. Proceeds will benefit the South Florida Museum. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or southfloridamuseum.org.

"Bowls of Hope": The annual soup and potters luncheon benefit "Bowls of Hope" will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Phillippi Estate Park. 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Guests can select a beautiful, hand-crafted bowl made by local potters and artisans, and a soup of their choice. Guests will have the opportunity to taste as many as three of the soups before selecting their favorite. Soups will be provided by over 35 local restaurants. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of event. Proceeds will benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Information: 941-549-813 or allfaithsfoodbank.org.

Ringling College of Art and Design 2015 Golf Tournament: The Ringling College of Art and Design will host its annual Golf Tournament beginning with registration at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Registration is followed by lunch at 11 a.m., golf demo at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. and the awards banquet at 5 p.m.. Single golfer tickets are $400, twosome $800, foursome $1,600. All golfers receive 18 holes of golf on two courses-limited field, luncheon and awards banquet, golf shirt, refreshment on-course. Non-golf player banquet ticket: $100. Proceeds will benefit student scholarships. Information and registration: 941-309-0118 or email golf@ringling.edu.

"Uncorked" Gourmet Food and Wine Fest: The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch will host "Uncorked," a gala wine pairing dinner honoring American veterans 6-9 p.m. Nov. 11 at Michaels' on East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. The event will feature a presentation by Commander Bradley Smith, or the US Navy (retired) and recognition of attending veterans. There will be a silent auction. Tickets: $250. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club's area charities and programs. Information: suncoastfoodandwinefest.com.

Food and Wine Tasting Event: The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch will host a food and wine tasting event 1-4 p.m. Nov. 14 at Lakewood Ranch Polo Grounds, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. Attendees can taste over 300 American and international wines, sample delicious food from more than 40 of the area's finest restaurants, enjoy cooking demos, a silent auction and live musical entertainment. Tickets: $75. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club's area charities and programs. Information: suncoastfoodandwinefest.com.

"Symphony on the Sand": The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau announces the third annual Symphony on the Sand 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, a musical and gourmet event featuring the 45-piece Anna Maria Island Chorus and Orchestra, Coquina Beach, Gulfside Park, Anna Maria Island, 2650 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach. The orchestra will perform the sounds of classical and patriotic American songs, Broadway and movie selections, plus songs from the Beatles, Queen and Simon and Garfunkel. Tickets: $35 individual-seat, $70 hi-top cocktail table seat, $100, seat at table. Free open seating on the beach. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Information: 941-795-2370 or symphonyonthesand.com.

Selah Freedom's annual "Night of Vision": The third annual "Night of Vision: Take Back the City," will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Gold Coast Eagle Distributors, 7051 Wireless Ct., Sarasota. The event will feature an auction. Selah Freedom will share their accomplishments and their vision for the future. Tickets are complimentary. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Selah Freedom. Registration and information: selahfreedom.com.


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

2015 Master Gardener Plant Fair Fundraiser, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 3.

Common snakes of Florida, 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Island Library, 5701 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach.

Compost happens-home composting workshop, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 9. Composting bin will be available for purchase: $40.

Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Riverview Preserve, 8250 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton.

Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Emerson Point Preserve, 5801 17th St. W., Palmetto.

Vertical gardening, 9-11 a.m. Oct. 10.

Propagation workshop, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 14.

Coyote awareness, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach.

Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour, 9-11 a.m. Oct. 18 at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.

Worm composting-vermicomposting, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 24. Wormcomposter available for purchase: $50.

The Beauty of Bromeliads, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 24.

Taking the mystery out of micro-irrigation, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 27.

Ground covers-plants that work, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 29.

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.

Ballet classes: Dancing Thru The Ages is offering ballet classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students with full class schedule beginning Sept. 26 at 2726 Sixth St. W., Bradenton. Classes are Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday mornings. All classical ballet levels are taught by Mo Dye. Classes are $12 each. Information: 941-758-5270.

Comedy and Improvisation classes: McCurdy's Comedy Theater will offer the following classes and workshops at 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota:

Comedy Improvisation class, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 3-4; $200.

Comedy Boot Camp, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and 3-5 p.m. Oct. 25; class show 7 p.m. Oct. 29; Cost: $225.

Information and registration: 941-925-3869 or mccurdyscomedy.com.

Reiki classes: An atonement series, Reiki III, Part 1 will be Oct. 3, and Reiki III, Part 2, will be Nov. 7. All classes are at 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Classes are $122 each. Included between Reiki III, Part 1 and 2 is a free private Reiki hands-on teaching session with the Rev. Zan. Information and registration: 941-922-7839 or woman-spirit.com.

Computer classes: State College of Florida will offer noncredit computer classes this fall. Classes are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with an hour break and cost $109 unless otherwise noted. Bring a 512mb or greater flash drive if you want to save work. The schedule is:

Absolute beginner computer, Oct. 3 and Nov. 14 at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy E., and Oct. 24 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.

Excel 2013 Level 1, Nov. 6 at SCF Lakewood Ranch

Excel 2013 Level 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 20 at SCF Lakewood Ranch

Excel 2013 Level 3, Oct. 21 and Dec. 4 at SCF Lakewood Ranch (prerequisite: Excel Level 2)

PowerPoint Level 1, Oct. 14 at SCF Lakewood Ranch

PowerPoint Level 2, Oct. 28 at SCF Lakewood Ranch

Word Level 1, Oct. 29 at SCF Lakewood Ranch

Quickbooks 2014 Level 1, 8:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 2 and 4 at SCF Lakewood Ranch

Information and registration: scf.edu/ccdenroll.

Art Classes at the "Y": Mara Trumbo offers the following painting classes at the YMCA, 12214 US Hwy. 301 N., Parrish:

Still Life, oil, Oct. 3; Fall Colors, acrylic, Oct. 17; Cardinal Christmas, acrylic, Nov. 7; Winter Landscape, oil, Nov. 21; Florida Santa, acrylic, Dec. 5; Holy Night, acrylic, Dec. 19; Seascape, acrylic, Jan. 9; Water Lily Pond, oil, Jan. 2; Hibiscus, oil, Feb. 6; Cypress Swamp, acrylic, Feb. 20; Spring Bouquet, oil, March 5, and Forest Walk, acrylic, March 19. All classes are (;30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and cost is $35 for patterns and tuition. There is a palette charge of $10 which includes canvas, plus use of studio brushes, paint, mediums and easel. Preregistration is eseential to ensure availability. Information: 941-417-2324.

Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering a free citizenship class 5-6 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Ivey Professional Building, 435 12th St. W., Bradenton. Classes are designed to help those seeking to become U.S. residents. 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.

Staying Safe Online: The American Association of University Women, Manatee County Branch will host a program "Staying Safe Online" with guest speaker Kevin McNulty, co-founder and president of NetWeave Social Networking 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at Westminster Towers, 1533 Fourth Ave. W., Bradenton. Mr. McNulty will cover the basics of phishing, malware, email scams, and a quick look at how to report or block a Facebook post or user. Cost: $10 breakfast, $3 coffee pr tea only. Reservations and information: 941-753-9741 or vwaters@earthlink.net.

State College of Florida will offer information sessions about the Associate in Science in Nursing degree this fall. The schedule is:

5 p.m. Oct. 6 at SCF Bradenton, Building 29, Room 106

8:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway E., Building 2, Room 108

noon Nov. 12 at SCF Bradenton, Building 29, Room 106

5 p.m. Nov. 17 at SCF Lakewood Ranch, Building 2, Room 108

10 a.m. Dec. 7 at SCF Bradenton, Building 29, Room 106

9 a.m. Dec. 10 at SCF Lakewood Ranch, Building 2, Room 108

Information: 941-752-5209 or scf.edu/nursing.

Boating classes: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 85 offers a two-part boating safety course 6-10 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at G.T. Bray Park, 5801 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. The course offers instruction about different kinds of boats, boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, trailering, storing, boating emergencies and safety issues. The course prepares attendees for Florida Safe Boater Card, which can entitle 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 1-0 horsepower or more. Classes are offered monthly. Information and registration: 941-518-0609 or email wmtoz@verizon.net.

Expressive Arts Florida Institute: The Institute offers a variety of workshops in art and expressive arts, ranging from gelatin print making and needle felted painting to arts as a healing practice. Expressive Arts encompasses visual art, movement, writing, music, drama and other creative processes. Classes are held at 200 S. Washington Blvd., Suite 1, Sarasota. For registration and information: 941-366-9595 or expressiveartsflorida.com.

Boating classes: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will offer the following boating education courses:

America's Boating Course, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 21, 26, 28 and Nov. 2 and 4: $55 a person or $85 for two people sharing one manual. Manual is included in the cost. Reservations are required. Reading and Understanding Nautical Charts seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 12; Fee: $20.

Basic Electronic Navigation seminar, 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 19; Fee: $20.

All classes are held at the squadron building at 1200 71st. St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0392 or usps.org/localusps/annamaria.


Adult skating classes: Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex offers adult Learn-To-Skate classes 5:30-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 12:15-1 p.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturdays, and Tropical Spice on Ice Adults Synchronized Skating practices most Mondays 12:30-2 p.m. Mondays. Adults-only Freestyle sessions are 12:15-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Adult Learn-To Skate classes are $150 a person, once a week for eight weeks. For more information or to schedule a try-out, call Kelly Paige at 941-350-5491 or ellentonice.com.

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.

ArtbyCMac Home Studio, 7506 17th Ave. W., Bradenton

This school is offering 3 levels of Spanish, acrylic painting and watercolor painting to adult students. Tuition is $8 per hour in classes of 2-4 students. Information: 941-727-5183artbycmac.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.

Cheerleading clinic: Elite One Athletics is offering a cheerleading clinic for students ages 7-15. New York cheerleader JessicaS will be teaching proper motion techniques, jumps, and standing tumbling. All levels welcome. Cost: $10 a person. For clinic schedule and dates, call 941-567-6108.

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.

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.

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: $150 for "D" course in June and July only, $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.

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 eight feet. The classes are free. Information: 941-580-1036.

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, Zumba, tai chi, aerial yoga, Breath and Body and more. For a full schedule of classes, hours, and prices, call 941-518-2109.

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.

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.


Camp Desoween: De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton, is seeking volunteers for Desoween VII: Camp Desoween, its 17th annual haunted trail, which will be 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 24. Volunteers of all ages are needed to portray haunted summer campers, distressed counselors, and the dreaded Sisters of the Swamp, or help with make-up, traffic, crowd control and work behind the scenes. All work is counted as volunteer and community service. Volunteers under 18 need their parents' permission, and any under the age of 14 need their parents to accompany them. Information: Daniel Stephens at 941-792-0458, daniel_stephens@nps.gov or nps.gov/deso.

Literacy Center of Manatee: The Literacy Center of Manatee has openings for volunteer teachers in the morning and evening to teach English to adult English learners at 1104 14th St. W., Bradenton. Volunteers are asked to serve three hours at a time. Training is provided. Information: 941-745-1659.

HOPE Family Services: HOPE Family Services has volunteer opportunities available for greeters and cashiers at their thrift store 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays at The HOPE Chest, 1215 Eighth Ave. W., and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays at The Hope Chest2 located at the Red Barn Flea Market, 1707 First St., Bradenton. The organization's primary purpose is to provide services to survivors of domestic violence. Information: Donna Cripe at 941-747-8499.

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 Melissa Dagenais, Curator and 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.