Bulletin board calendar

Bulletin Board includes information about classes, reunions and other events of general interest that are open to the public. E-mail information to A list of ongoing classes is available on our Web site: DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.


Seniors’ volunteer opportunity: Manatee Technical Institute, like many other schools, is giving young adults a chance to study for the High School Equivalency diploma, also called GED, and get rights and benefits similar to those of high school graduates. Also, MTI has a team of volunteers who are willing to help those students with difficulties in English or mathematics. There is no age limit to volunteering. For those who are interested in helping, call Mary Glaesaner at the Adult Education Department and tell Mary Glaesaner, 751-7900, ext. 2174.

Camp-out fundraiser: Lakewood Ranch High School Key Club has joined forces with Taking Back Lives to create “Camp-Out for a Cause” 5 p.m. Feb. 27-9:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at Lakewood Ranch High School, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. The event will include a bon fire cook-out, bands, adoptable pets from Napier’s Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary, rock-climbing wall, moonwalk and glow-in-the-dark volleyball, movies and sports celebrities. Admission to the all-night event: $65 for family up to six, including parent/guardian, $100 for team of up to 10, including chaperone, $10 each additional person. Each participant is requested to bring an item to support their favorite cause. Proceeds will benefit multiple organizations in Manatee County. For more information, call Napier’s Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary at 750-8185 or e-mail Mandy Kersey art

Beauty pageant: The Eighth Annual Miss Sarasota USA and Miss Sarasota Teen USA pageant which will be 6-8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Shriner’s Sahib, 600 Beneva Road, Sarasota. The competition is open to area young ladies between ages 13-17 for Teen USA and 18-26 for Miss USA and will feature three areas of competition: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Admission: free to the public. Information: (239) 822-4661.

Taste of Italy fundraiser: Palma Sola Elementary, 6805 Fifth Ave. N.W., Bradenton presents “Taste of Italy” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 featuring a catered Italian buffet and silent and live auctions. Tickets: $15. All proceeds will benefit classroom libraries and teachers’ professional development. For more information, call Tracy Thorne at 741-3179.

Teen advisory board: Manatee County’s Teen Advisory Board will have their first meeting at 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Teens, in grades 6-12, interested in books, movies, music, magazines, Web sites, special library programs and the idea of advising the library about “teen trends” are invited to attend. Information: 727-6079

Casino night: Temple Beth El and Unity Church at 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton present Casino Night 7:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 28 featuring Las Vegas style casino gaming of Blackjack, Poker, Texas Hold ’Em, Caps and Roulette, live auction, food, music and prizes. Admission: Receive $2,500 free chips with $30 ticket. Information: 755-4900 or 758-6489.

Black History Month Special Lecture: The Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture Series at the College of Education is sponsoring basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 1-2 p.m. March 1, who will highlight the lives of America’s greatest black heroes and deliver an important inspiring message of African-Americans’ contributions to their country during a community event at the Campus Activities Center located at the corner of Sixth Avenue South and Second Street South in St. Petersburg. The event is free and open to the public. Information: (727) 873-4456 or visit

Genealogy lecture: Well-known librarian, author and genealogist, Tom Kemp, will address “How do I preserve and pass on my research notes?” at 7 p.m. March 2 at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. Admission: free. For more information, contact Nancy Johnson at 752-9819.

Play reading: The Asolo Theatre Guild Play Readers will present “Sylvia” at 2 p.m. March 15 in the Auditorium of the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., in Bradenton. Seating for this free program will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Information: 748-5555, ext. 6305 or visit

Lecture: Friends of the Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, invites the public to a presentation “Egmont Key, the little island with a big history” with Donald Thompson 10:30 a.m. March 21. Light refreshments will be served. Seating for this free program will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No registration is necessary. Information: 727-6079 or visit

Travel film series: Friends of the South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton, announce the following series of Travel Films in the Library’s meeting room: March 10 — Italy, Naples and Rome; April 14 — South Africa and Madagascar; May 12 — Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. All film times start at 2 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 755-3892.


Lima Days: Lima Days will be at noon March 2 at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Bring a covered dish to share. Donation: $5. Reservations are not required.

Beantown reunion: The 13th annual Beantown “Boston” Reunion will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3 at Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. All current and former Massachusetts residents are invited. Admission: $5. There will be entertainment, dancing and prizes. Bring your own food, drinks and chairs. Hometown signs are encouraged. Information: 485-0624 or 488-2680.

Mason, Michigan reunion: The Mason, Mich., area picnic potluck will be at noon March 4 at the Manatee R.V. Park, 6302 U.S. 41 S., Ruskin. Participants are asked to bring their own table service and a dish to share. For more information, call Nancy Minshall at 794-2392.

Western New York reunion: The Western New York Reunion will be at 11 a.m. March 4 at the Tropic Isle Park Auditorium, 3100 10th St. W., Palmetto. Bring a main dish to share that will serve eight and your own table service. Entertainment, short business meeting and door prizes follow lunch. Donation: $2. Information: 727-8828 or 727-1665.

Southeast High, class of ’89: The Southeast High School class of 1989 is seeking alumni for their 20-year reunion, June 12-14. Visit for details and e-mail with your name (plus maiden name for women), address, phone and e-mail.

Lincoln Memorial high school: 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.



n Adult ballet classes, the classical way to exercise 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. Advances 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 and Latin 7:30 p.m. Mondays; Interim Social Ballroom and Latin 8 p.m. Tuesdays; Advanced Social Ballroom and Latin 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Beginner Youth Hip Hop 1 p.m., Interim Teen Hip Hop 2 p.m. and Interim Teen Latin 3 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: Adults, $45 per month per class; Youth, $40 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. Information: Willy at 729-4522.

n Saradance, 5000 Fruitville Road, Sarasota is offering ballroom, Latin, swing dance workshops with professional dance instructors 7 p.m. Thursdays and 6 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: $15 per session or $99 for 8 sessions. Reservations: 400-7207.

n That’s dancing! in Historic Manatee Central Building, 515 Ninth St. E., Suite 208, Bradenton, is offering classes in Tap, Jazz, Modeling and basic Ballroom. Beginners through advanced dancers are welcome. Seniors are welcome. For more information, full class schedule, registration information, call 741-8131 or visit

n Movement by Madi Dance and Fitness has ongoing registration for adult fitness and children’s dance classes. Adult fitness classes and young children’s dance classes, ages 3-5, are available 7:30 a.m.-noon Mondays-Thursdays at Longwood Athletic Club, 5802 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota. Kindergarten through 12th grade dance classes and adult fitness classes are available 2:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays at Bradenton Preparatory Academy, 7900 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. These classes are for students from all schools and members of the Bradenton-Sarasota community. For additional information on classes, schedule and registration, please e-mail Movement by Madi at

Artcenter Manatee: The following silversmithing classes and workshops will be offered at the ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton:

Enameling on metal, a 5-week session will be 9:30-noon March 4, 11, 18, 25; Fee: $105 members, $130 nonmembers.

Spoon making workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 28-29; fee: $175 members, $200 nonmembers.

For full class listings, registration and information, call 746-2862 or visit

Performing arts: The Players Performing Arts Studio is offering a full spectrum of performing arts disciplines taught by skilled faculty members at the Players Studio, 500 Tallevast Road, Sarasota. For a schedule of classes, call: 360-0120 or 365-2494.

Anna Maria Island Art League: Classes at the Anna Maria Island Art League for 2009 include adult class offerings in stained glass, basic drawing, life drawing, oil painting, collage art, digital and 33mm photography, watercolor, colored pencils, pottery and open studio. Class offerings for children include mixed media, photography and pottery. Most classes run for four weeks, with class sessions beginning the first week of each month, February-April. Class schedules are available at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach and in PDF format at Information and registration: 778-7099.

Palma Sola Botanical Park: The Palma Sola Botanical Park is offering the following classes at 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton:

n Aerobics with Reba Moeller, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; for cost and information, call 792-8822.

n Yoga/Pilates with Laura Bennett, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays; for cost and information, call 758-1741.

n Introduction to Yoga with Pat Richmond, 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays; for cost and information, call 795-8223.

n Meditation Circle, Drumming and Percussion with Kim Fabre, 6 p.m. Thursdays; for cost and information, call 794-0144.

No reservations necessary.

Art classes: North Carolina artist, Susan Jaeger will be teaching art classes in pastels 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 4-6 at the Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost: $35 for park members, $40 nonmembers. For reservations and information contact Emily Buskirk at 792-1495 or the Botanical Park at 761-2866.

Manatee County Extension Service: The Manatee County Extension Service will offer the following gardening workshops at 1303 17th St. W. in Palmetto:

n Taking the mystery out of micro-irrigation, 6-9 p.m. March 4; no fee.

n Landscape Makeover: Shrubs, 6-8:30 p.m. March 10; no fee.

n Plant Identification Walk, 9-11 a.m. March 8; no fee.

n Bucket Brigade Class, 9-11:30 a.m. March 11 and 25; no fee.

n Winter Wonders Plant Walk, 9-11 a.m. March 14; no fee.

n Master Gardener Visit, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14 and 28; no fee.

n Water and Resource Conservation Mini Expo, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14; no fee.

n Home Composting, 2-4 p.m. March 19; fee: $10.

n A Walk on the Wild Side, 9-11 a.m. March 21; no fee.

A minimum size for all workshops is required; workshop size is limited. For registration and information: 742-5986 or visit

MCC classes: Open enrollment for Spring noncredit classes offered at Manatee Community College is ongoing and include tapas cooking, French, Spanish, sign language, Japanese cooking, creative writing, finance, antique clock repair, ballroom dancing and private lessons in flute, banjo and piano. A wide selection of computer classes is offered, from Microsoft 2007 applications to blogging, digital photography and QuickBooks. Short-term specialized training for private investigator, security officer and real estate professional development are offered as well and new online programs are available in conjunction with the nationally known Gatlin Education Service, including forensic computer examining, .NET training, medical billing and coding, home inspector, wedding planner and certified personal trainer. A complete listing of spring classes is available online at or by calling 363-7000. Copies of the spring schedule also are available at local libraries throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Manatee River Garden Club: The Manatee River Garden Club will offer the following classes at 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton:

n The third in a series of three on Floral Creative Designs conducted by flower show judges 9:30 a.m. Feb. 28.

n Floral design study group: college panels, 10 a.m. March 3; information: 794-1444

n New plants from old: propagation from cuttings, 7 p.m. March 12; information: 745-5920.

n Gardening for wildlife, 1 p.m. March 18; information: 745-5920.

n Fun with flowers: pressed flower note cards, 10 a.m. March 28; cost: $10. Information: 745-5920. For cost and more information, call Cindy Perez at 794-1444.

Island Community Center: The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, offers the following classes: French, Italian and Spanish for beginners and Spanish for intermediate, yoga, pilates, Tai Chi, mixed movements exercise, cardio kickboxing, ballroom dancing, line dancing, Irish dance, garden stepping stones, basic photography, digital photography, creative floral arranging, bridge and duplicate bridge, healthy cooking recipes, massage for couples, adult ballet workshop, Wii Bowling for Adults, painting and advanced watercolor, one-stroke painting, silk scarf painting, Zumba dance, computer shortcuts in Windows, computer for seniors, “Food for Life” a Cancer Project.

For a complete schedule, hours and prices, call 778-1908, ext. 0. Preregistration for all classes is required.

MTI: Manatee Technical Institute Community is offering an “Introduction to Cake Decorating” 6-9 p.m. Mondays through March 16 presented by Pastry Chef Dana Johnson of the Longboat Key Club. Cost: $175. MTI will also 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, 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, call 751-7900, ext. 2043 or

Boating: The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron is offering the following classes at 1200 71st St. N.E., Bradenton:

n Knots, 6:30-8:30 p.m. will give participants hands-on instruction on how to tie and use the right knots for safe boating. Fee: $5. Preregistration is required for all classes and seminars. For more information call Gloria Potter or Walter Haug at 795-0482.

n United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83, is offering the following classes:

A Public Education Safe Boating Course 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. The course is free, cost for materials is $40 and $20 for spouse or second person attending. Reservations: 758-5954 or e-mail

“How to boat safely,” 8 a.m.-1 p.m. a two-part course for both novice and experienced boaters at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. W., Palmetto. Fee: $35. Information: 792-0429 or 723-7344.

n United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 85, is offering a two-part Boating Safety Class, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. W., Palmetto. Both sessions must be completed and successfully passed to receive the certificate and the “Bobber” card, issued by the State of Florida. Cost: $30. Information: 792-0429.

n The Manatee Sail and Power Squadron will present a one-day “Boat Smart” course 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Palmetto Elks Lodge, 4611 Fourth Ave. E., Palmetto. The class includes boat handling, emergency procedures, “rules of the road,” fundamentals of navigation, safety equipment requirements, boating in Tampa Bay and surrounding waters and more. Cost: $35, $20 for additional family members, includes manual, continental breakfast, break refreshments and lunch. Prepaid registration is required. For more information call Joe or Lorraine at 746-3368.

Senior Enrichment Center: 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.; $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.; $5; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; cardmaking class, 2-3 p.m.; $5.

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

Information: 749-0100 or go to

Knitting: 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 project classes are by appointment; Cost: $25. Information: 756-8915 or e-mail

Music academy: 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 available.

New enrollment for music lessons on all musical instruments are ongoing. Guitar and piano lessons are available in Spanish. The following events are scheduled for 2009:

Violin sale and benefit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14. Proceeds will go to Allegro Music Academy scholarship fund for underprivileged families.

Music Club “Tchaikovski, his life and music” 3 p.m. March 15, followed by a brief lecture, concert and movie. Admission: free.

Student recitals are 3 p.m. May 3 and 24. Admission: free.

Summer Music Camp for children aged 4-7 will be June 1-30.

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

Music classes: The Sarasota Music Archive announces a continuing weekly forum “Masters and Masterpieces of Music” classes presented by Dr. John Goodman in the Jack J. Gelbhart Auditorium of Selby Public Library, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. This winter term includes Strauss’ “Elektra” Feb. 18 and Menotti’s “The Consul” Feb. 25. All classes are 10:30-11:45 a.m. and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information call 861-5000 or e-mail