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The Gulf Coast Writers Club will not have a meeting in December. The next meeting will be Jan. 7. Information: 778-7631.
BRADENTON OPERA GUILD
The Bradenton Opera Guild will hold its membership meeting Dec. 17 at IMG Academies Golf and Country Club at El Conquistador, 5500 34th St. W., Bradenton. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with coffee and conversation followed by a short business meeting at 10:30 a.m. and entertainment featuring singers from the Sarasota Opera’s 2008/9 season. The meeting and entertainment are open to the public and admission is free. An optional $15 luncheon will be offered. Reservations for the luncheon are required by Dec. 15 and may be made by calling Joey Frye at 776-2850.
MANATEE PLAYERS GUILD
The Manatee Players Guild will hold its annual meeting, followed by a Christmas party starting at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16 in the lobby of the Manatee Players Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Members and guests are invited to attend. Reservations for a $15 buffet luncheon are taken by Joan Howe at 729-4915. Attendees may bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to “Toys for Tots.” Reservation and payment deadline is Dec. 10. Renewals for the 2009 membership are $15 individual and $20 joint membership. Information: 792-1816.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN
The Manatee County Branch of the American Association of University Women will meet for brunch 9:15 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Rick Kerby, Managing/Artistic Director of the Manatee Players will present a holiday music program. Visitors and prospective members are invited to attend. Brunch: $13. For information call Amy Hook at 792-5970.
NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
The Manatee Chapter 230 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will have a its annual Christmas party at noon Dec. 16 at the main hall of the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Cost: $10. Reservations: 798-9882.
BIG TEN LUNCHEON
The 13th annual Big Ten Alumni Luncheon will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 24 at Michaels on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. The celebration is for Manatee and Sarasota residents who are alumni of the Big Ten univeristies to show support for their schools by wearing school colors, joining in the singing of school fight songs and renewing friendships with alums from competing schools. Keynote speaker will be recently retired Michigan football coach, Lloyd Carr. Tickets: $28. Reservations are required by Jan. 9. For more information, contact Bert Fivelson at 366-0582 or Mike Brown at 358-6453.
Alpha Dressage, a local club for horse lovers, meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at various locations. Information: Betty Brown at 925-1575 or BMB72301@aol.com, or visit www.alphadressage.com.
The American-Italian Club meets 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at H2U, 6049 26th St., Bradenton. There are no dues or rules, just fun. Information: 756-0067.
AMERICAN LEGION POST NO. 24
Meetings at Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton: Post meetings at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month; Ladies Auxiliary, 7 p.m. the first Thursday; Sons of the American Legion, 7 p.m. the fourth Monday; Honor Guard, 6 p.m. the first Thursday; Air Force Association lunch meeting 11 a.m. first and third Monday; and Korean War Veterans Association 10:30 a.m. the fourth Thursday. Information: 794-3489.
AMERICAN RED CROSS YOUTH CORPS
Youth Corps of Manatee County American Red Cross meets 7-8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the eastside Red Cross office, 10311 Malachite Drive E., Bradenton. Open to Manatee County teens ages 13-19 who want to learn leadership skills while helping their community. Information: 792-8686.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton. Information: 792-0394.
ARMY SUPPORT GROUP
An Army support group meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Come and join a new group of family, friends, military men and women who support our dedicated Army troops. Information: 794-1923.
THE BAY CHORALE
The Bay Chorale will start rehearsing 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday at the H2U Building, 6049 26th St. W., Bradenton. The Chorale is looking for new singers, no audition necessary. Information: 907-1224 or 761-1221.
Bayshore HI-12 Club, Blue Lodge Masons, meets at 11 a.m. Tuesdays at Stacey’s Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Open to all master Masons and their guests. Information: 798-8347 or 752-8946.
BLUE KNIGHTS INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE CLUB
Manatee/Sarasota Chapter of the Blue Knights International Motorcycle Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday at the Warren Jones Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 3600 Circus Blvd. All current and retired law enforcement motorcycle riders are welcome to attend. Information: Chapter President Rory MacConnnell, (941) 270-0367 or www.blueknightsflXVIII.com.
The Women’s Resource Center of Manatee hosts a book club that meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Women’s Resource Center, 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Also, the WRC hosts a nonfiction book club, which will meet at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the center. Information: 747-6797.
BRADENTON EAST CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION
The Bradenton East Christian Women’s Connection meets for a luncheon program every month at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost: $12 inclusive. Call for time and day for the meetings. Information and reservations: 750-8786.
The Bradenton Jaycees meet 7-8 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Twin Dolphin Restaurant, 1000 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Dinner is available after the meeting. Information: 739-9110.
BRADENTON UNIT OF PARLIAMENTARIANS
The Bradenton Unit of Parliamentarians meets 2-4 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, September through May, at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Guests are welcome. Information: 795-4275.
BRADENTON WOMAN’S CLUB
The Bradenton Woman’s Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month September through April at the clubhouse, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Established in 1913, the club welcomes new membership and offers activities year-round. Information: Clara, membership chair, 727-7416, or visit the club’s Web site: bradentonwomansclub.com.
BRASOTA DUTCH SOCIETY
The Brasota Dutch Society will meet 6-9 p.m. every first Thursday of the month at Island Time Grill, 8225 Cooper Creek Blvd. (near University Park), Bradenton. All persons from The Netherlands, or persons with Dutch heritage are welcome. Information: 351-9024.
BRIDGE, BRADENTON ASSOCIATION
Bradenton Bridge Association ACBL-sanctioned games are 7 p.m. Mondays and 1 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays at Bridge Center of Bradenton Inc., 7304 Manatee Ave. W. Information: 795-8981.
BRIDGE, PALMETTO DUPLICATE
The Palmetto Duplicate Bridge Club plays at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays in the North wing of Palmetto Nursing & Rehab Center, 926 Haben Blvd, Palmetto. No reservations necessary but partners are. Information: 739-0342.
BRIDGE, EASTSIDE DUPLICATE
The Eastside Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1 p.m. Fridays at Oneco Kiwanis Community Center, 1720 53rd Ave. E., Oneco. Reservations necessary; all skill levels welcome. Information: 739-1100.
The Central Florida Camping Club, aka Crank-Y-Campers, Invites campers to come to one of its monthly campouts. Children and pets welcome. Information: (407) 699-3039 at geocities.com/crankycampers.