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Happenings at Renaissance on 9th: The Renaissance on 9th will host the following events at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton:
Monday line dancing, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday lunch club, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and Monday games and dancing 1-3:30 p.m. Dancing is $5, free for members. Lunch is $8.
Tuesday member's lunch special: members enjoy half sandwich and soup for $5, Tuesdays through October.
Friday Game Time, 10 a.m.-noon. Play your favorite board game. AAA Mature Driving class, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 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.
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 manateeperformingartscenter.com.
Book signing: Local author, Sam Black, will sign books 5-6:45 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Palmetto Public Library, 923 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. All three of his books will be available for purchase. Information: sblkbooks2gmail.com.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Reverse Raffle Oktoberfest: The Hernando De Soto Historical Society will host a Reverse Raffle Oktoberfest 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Mixon's, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. There will be prize drawings for many prizes. Cost: $50-$60, food and beverages are included. Proceeds will benefit the Hernando De Soto Historical Society. Information: 941-747-1998.
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 speakeasy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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.
"Painting for a Purpose": Manatee County Agricultural Museum is participating in "Painting for a Purpose" to raise programming funds, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Painting with a Twist, 5917 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 209, Bradenton. The fun art event will include artist guided instruction. Cost: $35. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Information and registration: 941-795-7928 or paintingwithatwist.com.
New Leaf of Life Fall Gathering and Luncheon: The Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County celebrates women with an annual fundraiser New Leaf of Life Fall Gathering and Luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Plantation Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice. Speaker Baila Miller will explore the history of the Women's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The event will feature shopping, prize drawings, a wine wall, and live entertainment by Vocal Vixens. Tickets: $50. Proceeds will benefit Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County. Information: 941-485-9724 or womensresourcecenter.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 email@example.com.
"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.
Bradenton Lions Club Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon: The Bradenton Lions Club will host a Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon at noon Nov. 12 at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, featuring celebrity male models including Bradenton Chief of Police Michael Radzilowski, Palmetto Chief of Police Scott Tyler, Bradenton Fire Marshall Kenneth Langston, West Manatee Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Brett Pollock, Chief Tom Sousa, and Fire Marshall Jim Davis all wearing The Men's Wearhouse tuxedos, assisting eight models wearing Chico's latest fashions. There will be a reverse auction. Luncheon and show: $15. Proceeds will benefit the Lion's Club's charities and programs. Information: 941-792-3141 or 941-794-1155.
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.
"Sing For A Cause": "Sing For A Cause" will be 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at Bradenton Dance Center, 6006 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. The event will feature live music by Via Johnson, Nancy Wagner and Ricky Chirichello. Cost $50, includes dinner. There will be a cash bar. Proceeds will go towards programs to help eradicate poverty by offering financial support to motivated-underprivileged college students in the Philippines. Information: Josie Melcher at 941-545-1771.
"Miracles on 17th Avenue West": Turning Points is celebrating 20 years of success with "Miracles on 17th Avenue West," 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. The event will feature fabulous food, unique entertainment, and a silent auction. Tickets: $125. Proceeds will benefit men, women and children struggling with homeless issues. Information: 941-747-1509 or tpmanatee.org.
Toys For Tots: The Gulf Coast Corvette Club will be having their annual Car Show 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5 in the parking lot of Bealls Department Store at Creekwood Crossing, 7365 52nd Pl. E. (SR 70), Bradenton. There will be well over 130 cars in the show and there will be an auction of donated items and services. Bring toys or donate toys by calling 941-812-7507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marlee Matlin: "Living Generously": The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee presents Marlee Matlin in "Living Generously," 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. Matlin will be sharing insights about the deaf experience, Judaism, her career, and the art of living generously. Tickets: $75, includes lunch. Seating is limited, reservations are encouraged. Information: 941-343-211 or jfedsrq.org.
Unarmed Security Officer course: Right on Target Security Academy offers a 40-hour Unarmed Security Officer course 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Friday. Students who obtain the Florida license and meet the requirements may have the possibility of being recruited through the Academy. Job placement assistance is available. For cost, hours and detailed information: 941-737-1727 or rightontargetfts.com.
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. 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.
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. 24 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., and Nov. 14 at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy E.
Excel 2013 Level 1, Nov. 6 at SCF Lakewood Ranch
Excel 2013 Level 2, 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 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.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
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.
Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering a free citizenship class 5-6 p.m. Nov. 2 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 email@example.com.
Reiki classes: An atonement series, Reiki III, Part 2, will be 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Cost: $122. Information and registration: 941-922-7839 or woman-spirit.com.
Art Classes at the "Y": Mara Trumbo offers the following painting classes at the YMCA, 12214 US Hwy. 301 N., Parrish:
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.
State College of Florida will offer information sessions about the Associate in Science in Nursing degree this fall. The schedule is:
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.
Canning 101 workshop: Join Lisa Bosner from Sunshine Canning for a Canning 101 workshop 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 1015 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. The focus of this workshop will be safety, equipment, science, and a discussion of the boiling water technique. The class will be led by. Cost: $25 members, $30 nonmembers. Information: 941-721-2034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comedy and Improvisation classes: McCurdy's Comedy Theater will offer the following classes and workshops at 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota:
Comedy Boot Camp, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 21-22, 3-5 p.m. Nov. 29; class show 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Cost: $225.Information and registration: 941-925-3869 or mccurdyscomedy.com.
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 classes: Dancing Thru The Ages is offering ballet classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students 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.
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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.