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.


Sidewalk astronomy: Come for incredible close-up views of celestial objects as they become visible throughout the night 6:30-10 p.m. March 7 when the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers will set up their high-quality telescopes in the north parking lot of the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 342-9632 or visit

MCC commencement volunteer opportunity: Manatee Community College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, seeks volunteers to help during Spring commencement ceremonies 8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. March 9. Assignments include distributing programs, greeting and ushering guests and serving refreshments. For more information contact volunteer coordinator Judy Wishart at 752-5208.

Sarasota Music Archive: Paul Roth will play Irving Berlin “The Ragtime Years” at 2:30 p.m. March 8 at the Jack J. Geldbart auditorium of Selby Public Library, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. The concert will include commentary, historic video and audio clips. Admission: free. Seating is limited to 200. Reservations and information: 861-1168.

Lecture: The Friends of the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, are pleased to welcome columnist James A. McCartney who will discuss “The New Administration: How it’s going” at 2 and 10 p.m. March 10. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No advance registration is required. Admission: free. Information: 778-6341 or visit

Bus trips: The Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, is hosting a bus trip to two of Florida’s most popular and historic attractions, the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford mansions in Fort Myers 8:15 a.m.-6 p.m. March 26. Advance reservations are required by March 12. Tickets: $79 for Senior Enrichment Center members, $84 nonmembers. Cost includes the laboratory, gardens and grounds admissions and a lunch at Punta Gorda’s Fisherman’s Village Market Restaurant, tax and gratuities. Information: 749-0100 or 798-9272.

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.


Hillsdale County, Mich., reunion: The 2009 Hillsdale County, Mich., reunion will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 13 at Stacey’s Home Style Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. For more information, call Earl Nisbett at 729-3175.

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.


ArtCenter Manatee: ArtCenter Manatee offers the following classes at 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton:

n “Designing a map for your art business,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 10 in which participants will learn how to design a basic business plan to reach realistic business goals. Cost: $25 members, $50 nonmembers.

n “Improve your landscape paintings,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14. Cost: $60 members, $85 nonmembers.

For a full class schedule, 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 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:

nAerobics 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 an art class in pastels 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 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 Plant identification walk, 9-11 a.m. March 8; no fee.

n Landscape makeover: Shrubs, 6-8:30 p.m. March 10; 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 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 Ave., 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 dooking 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 Chart Smart seminar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 10. Participants will learn how to read and use charts correctly for safe boating. Fee: $10.

n GPS seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 24. Particiapnts will learn how to use a GPS for safe boating. Fee: $10.

Preregistration is required for all classes and seminars. For more information call Gloria Potter or Walter Haug at 795-0482.

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 classes: Allegro Music Academy offers private music lessons for all ages on all instruments, including piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, wind and brass instruments and voice. Also available are dance classes, a preschool music group class for ages 4-6, an introduction to music group for ages 6-7 and etiquette classes for teenagers. Group lessons available on violin, guitar, voice, wind instruments and percussion.

The following events are scheduled for 2009:

Antique violin, viola and cello sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14.

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

“Health, aging and music” lecture 3 p.m. March 29.

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

Beadwork: 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 free through January. All supplies must be purchased at Chloe’s Bead Shop. 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.

Jewelry: 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: In addition, award-winning metalsmith and jeweler, Wendy Thurlow’s classes are ongoing. Eight different classes are offered, each focusing on another technique or type of jewelry. Classes will be limited to four persons.


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