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.


History lecture: Friends of Myakka at the Myakka River State Park, 13208 S.R. 72, Sarasota will host a history lecture “Red, Black and Seminole,” as part of the My Florida Cultural History series 7 p.m. March 28. Admission: free. Information: 361-6511 or 373-7839.

Trash and treasure sale: El Rancho Village, 508 44th Ave. E., Bradenton, will hold its spring trash and treasure sale, 8-11:30 a.m. March 28 at the Village Hall. The sale will include household items, clothing, books and much more. Proceeds will benefit Red Cross and other local charities. Information: 755-1790.

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: April 14 — South Africa and Madagascar; May 12 — Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. All films start at 2 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 755-3892.


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.


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 sewing, 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:

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

n Music Club: “Maria Callas, the greatest singer of the 20th century,” an Italian movie, 3 p.m. April 19.

n Spring student recitals are 3 p.m. May 3, 30-31.

n Summer music camp, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1- July 2.

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 S.R. 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 movementbymadi@

Spring break camps

Manatee Community College offers a Spring Break Camp: April 6-10 for youth ages 7-15 at MCC Bradenton: Professional Development Center, building 18, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton; at MCC Venice, Professional Development Center, building 800, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice; and at MCC Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway, Sarasota. A combination of fun and education, Spring Break Camp offers morning, afternoon or sessions 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Early drop-off and after-camp care are available at MCC Bradenton for an additional fee. Sessions include camp-style classes including cooking, arts and crafts, dance, survivor and gross chemistry; or computer and technical classes like rocketeering, video game animation, clay animation and automation. Fees: $70-$129 per session. For more information visit or call 752-5203, Bradenton; 408-1412, Venice, or 363-7000 in Lakewood Ranch.

A Spring Break Camp “Wildscape Education”: for Elementary students at Felts Audubon Preserve at Experimental Farm Road and 24th Avenue East in Palmetto is offered by Around the Bend Nature Tours Manatee Audubon and The Tampa Bay Estuary Program 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with extended hours 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. April 6-10. The camp will focus on native plants and the wildlife that depends on them, especially birds and butterflies. Every camper will be assigned a pair of binoculars for the week. Campers will be led by professional naturalist guides and an environmental art teacher. Each day will have a special guest wildlife speaker addressing owls, bats, bugs and snakes. Campers will create a final project to be presented at Earth Day, April 25, at Felts Audubon Preserve. Cost: $50. Extended hours cost: $5.


Allegro Music Academy:, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota will offer the following programs as part of their Summer Music Camp June 1-July 2:

n Introduction to Music Program for children ages 4-7.

n String Ensemble for children ages 7-15

n Summer group classes in violin, cello and guitar.

Enrollment for Summer camp will be April 23-May 15. For tuition fees and full schedules, call 358-8511.

Sarasota Ballet:, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota announces an array of summer classes and activities for children from beginner to advanced levels. Summer at the Ballet week-long day camps for beginners ages 4-8 as well as week-long mini intensives and open classes for intermediate and advanced students run from June 8-19. Five-week summer intensives for beginning through advanced and pre-professionals are offered June 22-August 14. Tuition varies from $40-$2,000. Registration is requested for all programs. For more information, call Education Director, Sayward Grindley at 359-0099, ext. 120 or e-mail


Manatee County YMCA: The Manatee County YMCA Bradenton Branch at 3805 59th St. W., Bradenton, will offer an American Red Cross Life-guarding class through April 11. Participants will be learning all the different aspects of being a successful lifeguard. Cost: $180. For a full class schedule, contact Deb Mortonson at 792-7484, ext. 105.

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.

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

n Master Gardener Gardening College, registration begins at 8:30 a.m., first session is 9 a.m.; cost $5 per participant except for rain barrel class — $40.

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 class at 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton:

n Fun with flowers: pressed flower note cards, 10 a.m. March 28; $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.

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 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

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.; card making class, 2-3 p.m.; $5.

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

Information: 749-0100 or go to