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Manatee County’s Natural Resources Department will host a special volunteer docent training 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Emerson Point Preserve in Palmetto. The NRD is looking for volunteers to help welcome visitors at the new Ranger Station/Welcome Center. Contact Melissa Cain Nell at 748-4501, ext. 4605 or e-mail at


A local group of ladies from all walks of faith (and none) has been meeting at Emmanuel Baptist Church on U.S. 301/Old Tampa Road in Parrish to make beads for those in nursing homes. Activities include car pooling to gem shows, meeting weekly to either create the styles, compare styles, or barter styles and talk. No experience necessary. Looking for more ladies to help. Donations of broken necklaces are appreciated. Lessons are free. Minimal price for clasps and stones, or bring your own.

For more information, call Chris Andries 776-2531 or the office at 722-0218.


The 15th Annual Lawton Chiles Kids’ Christmas Party will be 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Sandbar Restaurant Event Pavilion, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. This year’s event for underprivileged children will include lunch for the kids, characters in costumes, games and Santa Claus, who will arrive by fire truck, Cash donations are requested to help buy shoes, outfits, toys and a complete turkey dinner with all the trimmings for each family. Information: 778-0444 or e-mail


MacAllisters Grill & Tavern, 8110 Main St., Lakewood Ranch, will host a special dinner 5-9 p.m. Dec. 16 benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. The public is invited to come and enjoy great food and a $5 gift card is being presented to all who comes out to support this cause. Dinners: $30 per person, of which $10 goes directly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. Information: 761-2582 or visit


Southeast High school,

class of 1989

The Southeast High School Class of 1989 is seeking alumni for their 20-year reunion. Visit for details and e-mail with your name (plus maiden name for girls), address, phone and e-mail.



The Palmetto High Class of 1968 is planning its 40-year reunion and is looking for classmates. Contact Leo Mills, 723-6565; Sheila (Brinson) Frazier, 776-2130 or Hilda (Pritchard) Gardner, 723-7718.


Planning committee meetings for the 60th-year class reunion for all Lincoln Memorial High School Alumni are held 6:30 p.m. every third Thursday of each month at Lincoln Middle School, 305 17th St. E, Palmetto. For more information, contact Moody Johnson at 722-9171.



The Confidential Christian Counseling Center, 6400 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, will offer a six-week pre-marriage counseling course beginning in January. The course is designed to teach, encourage and inform soon-to-be-married couples or help already married couples. A fee will be charged. For hours and dates, call Mary Ann Galle at 795-7986.


The Manatee Audubon Society will offer a Bird Watching Course for Beginners 6:30-8:45 p.m. Jan. 19, 22, 26 and 29 in the Community Room of the Synovus Bank, 2520 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. This course will include two seven-hour field trips starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31. Fee: $35 members/$50 nonmembers. For reservations and information, call Nancy Dean at 792-9235.


A series of after-school “Famous Artist” art classes for kids ages 6 and older will be held 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays at Fairy Tales to Remember, 3649 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. After a lesson kids will create works of art either by artist or inspired by the artist. Cost: $20 per class, supplies included.


Manatee Technical Institute Community will offer the following classes at 5603 34th St. W., Bradenton: Acrylic/oil painting, ballroom dancing, basic marine mechanics, computer: beginner and intermediate, basic computer maintenance and troubleshooting, picture and video presentations for computer, The Joy of Cooking, introduction to cake decorating, drawing, floral design, home remodeling and repair, Louisiana Zydeco and Cajun dance, watercolor painting, beginning and intermediate quilting, sewing, sign language, basic and intermediate Spanish, stained glass, tai chi-wu style, watercolor, weight lifting for seniors, yoga. For dates, times and registration, please call 751-7900, ext. 2043 or


“Painting with Kathi,” a class in which participants determine the level of instruction in watercolors, acrylics or oil artwork will be 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Bradenton. Fee: $6 per week, includes coffee and refreshments. Information: Woody at 861-5000.


The following activities are open to all members of the Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton:

Mondays: Social card games, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; ceramics, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.; music with “Just Friends,” 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Tuesdays: Learn Ballroom Dancing, 10:45-11:30 a.m.; cost: $5; movie day, 1-3 p.m.

Wednesdays: Bridge lessons, 10:30 a.m.-noon; coming soon: “Basic Computer Class.”

Thursdays: Texas Two-Step video class 9-10 a.m.; scrapbooking class, 1-2 p.m.; cost: $5; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; cardmaking class, 2-3 p.m.; cost: $5; coming soon “Yoga.”

Fridays: Knitting class, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Information: 749-0100 or go to


A Yarn and Fabric Outlet offers a variety of knitting, crocheting and sewing classes at 5331 15th St. E., Bradenton.

Classes for Beginner Level 1 and 2 knitting and crocheting are ongoing. Cost: $25.

Intermediate and Advanced classes in sewing, knitting, crocheting and felting are offered daily, including weekends. Cost: $25.

Knitting and crocheting gatherings are 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and a Wool Gatherer’s group meets 7-9 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month. All materials are purchased in the store.

Private instruction and special classes are by appointment; Cost: $25. Information: 756-8915 or e-mail


Classes at the Allegro Music Academy include preschool OrKIDstra (ages 5-7), cost: $60 per month; group violin and guitar lessons, cost: $30 per month. Dance classes for all ages, including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern, and tap, cost: $40 per month; aerobics, stretches and dance for adults. Private lessons are also available.

A student holiday concert will be 3 p.m. Dec. 14.

Information: 358-8511. The Allegro Music Academy is at 241 Whitfield Ave. in south Manatee County.


Bradenton’s original full service bead shop, Chloe’s Bead Shop, 2406 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, offers the following classes: Ndebele, Peyote, Russian Spiral, Cube Bracelet, Deco Bracelet, Free Form Peyote, Chunky Monkey, Rock Star Cuff, Caduceus Twist, African Helix, Beaded Star Fish, Cellini Bracelet, Goose Bumps, Basic Wire Wrapping and Intermediate Wrapping, Flower Power Necklace, Crazy 80s Bracelet, Cha Cha Bracelet, Wire Wrapped Cuff, Chandelier Earrings and more. Classes are $45, plus supplies. For a complete schedule, call 747-7759 or Web site: Store hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.


Knot Awl Beads, 11161 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, offers a variety of classes. Some classes may require pre-payment. For a complete schedule, call 755-2323 or Web site: Eight different ongoing classes are offered, each focusing on another technique or type of jewelry.


n Adult ballet classes, the classical way to excercie the mind, body and spirit are hosted by Allison’s Dance Centre, 5231 26th St. W., Bradenton. Intermediate ballet begins at 9:50 a.m. Mondays, followed by a Pointe class at 11:30 a.m. Advanced ballet begins 9:50 a.m. Saturdays, followed by a beginner class 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All advance-level students are invited to stay and do the beginner class in their pointe shoes for a small fee. Call Mo Dye, teacher, at 779-1108, or Kathi at 755-8197.

n Sarabay Dance Club, 5842 14th St. W., Bradenton, is offering the following dance classes: Beginner Social Ballroom 8 p.m. Tuesdays; Advanced Social Ballroom 6:30 p.m. and Latin Freestyle 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Beginner Swing 6 p.m. and Beginner Salsa 7 p.m. Fridays; Youth Ballroom, Latin and Hip-Hop on Saturdays. Cost: $45 per month per class. Information: 753-1032.

n Country Western Line and Partner Dance Classes will be held 8:15-9:45 p.m. Tuesdays at Harmony Hall, 7615 Lakeshore Drive, Ellenton. For more information call Willy at 729-4522.