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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.

Master Gardener Lecture: Friends of the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, are pleased to welcome Master Gardener Heather Hill who will present a program on Gardening in Florida, 10:30 a.m. April 18. Seating for this free program will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No registration is necessary. Light refreshments will be served. Information: 727-6079 or visit

Teen Movie Matinee and Origami Art: Friends of the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, are pleased to sponsor a Teen Movie Matinee 2 p.m. April 18 for teens in grades 6-12. The afternoon will feature the Japanese Anime film “Spirited Away” and will include the craft of Origami, in which participants will learn this Japanese folding-paper art. Seating for this free program will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No registration is necessary. Information: 727-6079 or visit

Spay/neuter clinic: The Animal Rescue Coalition provides low or no-cost pays and neuters for income or government assistance eligible families. The ARC’s mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Manatee County by means of a proactive spay/neuter program, comprehensive adoption program, and various other programs designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship. ARC aims to substantially decrease the number of sheltered, abandoned and euthanized animals with an affordable spay/neuter program. The ARC’s mobile clinic will be located at the following sites:

n April 21: Riverside Park, 833 Riverside Dr., Palmetto

n April 10 and 24: Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton

n April 14 and 28: Pride Park, 815 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton

Appointments must be scheduled in advance. Information: 749-5842.

Family Magic Show: Friends of the South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton, are welcoming Ilan the Magician at 2 p.m. April 18 for an entertaining program for the entire family titled “Unleashing the Imagination.” Seating for this free program will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No registration is necessary. Information: 755-3892 or visit

Arts Brunch and Fashion Show: Village of the Arts will host this year’s Arts Brunch and Fashion Show at Bits & Pieces Gallery, 1303 13th Ave. W., Bradenton, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 18 featuring a buffet brunch of breakfast and light lunch selections and a fashion show of the latest in Spring and Summer designs in clothing, jewelry and accessories. Tickets $20. All proceeds go to the Artists Guild of Manatee. For reservations and information, contact Vicki Rollo at 302-1069 or visit

Polynesian Dance Performance: Friends of the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton, will host professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and performer Karen Sun Ray Coletti for a entertaining program on “The History of Polynesian Dance,” 2 p.m. April 19. Seating for this free program will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No registration is necessary. Information: 748-5555, ext. 6305 or visit


Arthur Anderson reunion: Arthur Anderson announces their alumni reunion 5-11 p.m. May 19 at Dolphin Aviation, 8191 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 100, Sarasota. The event will feature dinner, cash bar, and music by Warped Vinyl. Adults only. Cost: $38 team member, $32, spouse or guest. Alumni may register by May 1 at Information: e-mail

Southeast High School, 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.

Palmetto High School, class of ‘69: The Palmetto High School Class of 1969 is planning its 40-year reunion Oct. 2-4. For information contact Linda (Westberry) Lewis, 729-5132; Karen (Weeks) LaPensee, 778-5622; or Sally Scarborough, 795-7500.

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.


USF Sarasota-Manatee: USF Sarasota-Manatee will offer the following free workshops on Internet safety designed specifically for computer users in the 50 and older adult community and will be held at various locations in April and May:

n Identity theft, 10-11:30 a.m. April 13 and 1-2:30 p.m. May 4.

n Online banking, 1:30-3 p.m. April 20 and 10-11:30 a.m. May 8 and May 11.

n Credit card fraud, 10-11:30 a.m. April 27 and May 18.

For locations and information, contact Barb Bainbridge at 359-4737 or e-mail

Photography classes: Johnson PhotoImaging, 6709 S.R. 70 E., Bradenton, is offering the following spring classes and seminars:

n Complete Digital Photography, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 29. Cost: $200.

n Creative Photography, Pure and Simple, 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays through May 5. Cost: $200.

n Pro Nikon Seminar D200, 300, 700 and 90 and Creative CLS Flash, 6:30-9 p.m. April 10. Cost: $90.

n “Language of Composition,” 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 29, May 6 and May 13 and will include two field trips Saturdays. Cost: $200.

For more information: 752-1969.

Life-guarding class: 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 learn the different aspects of being a successful lifeguard. Cost: $180. For a full class schedule, contact Deb Mortonson at 792-7484, ext. 105.

Art classes: 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 Home Composting Workshop, 2-4 p.m. April 14. Fee: $10.

n Landscape Makeover: ground covers, grasses and vines, 6-9 p.m. April 21.

n Bucket Brigade Class, 9-11:30 a.m. April 22.

n Landscape Irrigation Simplified, 6-9 p.m. April 23.

Nature and Plant Identification Walks are:

n DeSoto National Memorial, 9-11 a.m. April 11.

n Robinson Preserve, 9-11 a.m. April 12.

n Emerson Point, 9-11 a.m. April 18.

n Master Gardener will answer your questions during a “Visit with a Master Gardener” session 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 11 at the Rocky Bluff Library, 7106 U.S. Highway 301, Ellenton

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 Growing Ferns in Florida, 1 p.m. April 15.

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

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 avaialbe 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:

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

Spring student recitals are 3 p.m. May 3, 17 and 24. Admission: free.

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 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


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