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E-mail club meeting information to accent@bradenton.com. A list of ongoing club meetings can be found on our Web site: www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.

Creative Sassy Sewers: Club will meet 1-4:30 p.m. April 11 at the South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Marie Littler will address “All about Thimbles.” Attendees are encouraged to bring their thimbles and a magnifying glass. For information and supply list, call Kathleen Heinicke at 753-9178.

Manatee Sailing Association: Manatee Sailing Association will meet at 7 p.m. April 14 and every second Tuesday of the month at Firkin & Fox Restaurant, 2505 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton. Anyone who enjoys sailing is invited to attend. Information: Carolyn O’Brien at 708-0048.

Caledonian Club of Sarasota: Club will meet for lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 15 at University Club in the Bank of America Building, 1605 Main Street, Sarasota. Guest speaker will be photographer David Ewles. Lunch: $20 members, $23 nonmembers, $25 at the door. Information: Alexandra DeStafanis at 966-5131 or visit Events@SarasotaSisterCities.org

North River Democratic Club: Club will meet at 7 p.m. April 16 at a private residence. Speaker will be Henry Raines. Cost: $7 members, $10 nonmembers. For information call Joycene Harwood at 723-7747.

Manatee County Retired Educators Association: Manatee County Retired Educators Association will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. April 16 at the Westminster Manor, 1700 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Members who volunteer will speak about their many services to the community. All retired educators are welcome to attend. Lunch: $8.50. Reservations may be made by calling David Brown at 713-6675.

Friends of South Manatee Library: Club will hold its annual business meeting at 9:15 a.m. April 17 at 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 755-3892 or visit www.mymanatee.org/library/master.html.

Lakewood Ranch Republican Club: Club meets for lunch at noon April 17 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Bradenton. Guest speaker will be Kathleen King, Chair of the Manatee County Republican Party. Lunch: $20. Reservations may be made at LWRRC.com or contact Craig Trigueiro’s office at 753-7843.

ONGOING

Kiwanis, West Bradenton: The West Bradenton Kiwanis meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Nicki’s West 59th, 1830 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 953-4811.

Korean War Veterans: KWVA Chapter 199 meets at 10:30 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month at American Legion Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Anyone who served in, around or over Korea is eligible to join. Information: 746-4440.

Lifelink: The LifeLink ORGANizers’ volunteer group for Sarasota and Manatee counties meets 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month in room 3D at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. RSVP one week prior to the meeting. LifeLink is the local agency that coordinates organ and tissue donations for southwest Florida. Information: (800) 262-5775.

Lions Club, Bradenton: Lions Club of Bradenton meets for dinner and a meeting at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at Stacey’s Family Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. All visiting Lions are welcome. Information: 755-5209.

Lions Club, Ellenton-Parrish: The Ellenton-Parrish Lions Club meets for dinner and a meeting at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month (Oct.- May) at Popi’s IV, 3911 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. Information: 776-0377.

Lions Club, Manatee River: Manatee River Lions Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., for lunch, fellowship and speaker. Information: 746-7157.

Deep Sky Observers: The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers schedules events for amateur astronomers. For a list, visit the club’s Web site: www.thelocalgroup.org. The club gathers for a business meeting quarterly at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the first month of the quarter at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 747-8334 or vmenard@tampabay.rr.com.

Manatee Democratic Executive Committee: The Manatee Democratic Executive Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: Democratic Headquarters, 761-8385.

Manasota Dowsers Club: The Manasota Dowsers Club meets 6-7:45 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month (except December) at the South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Dowsing is the ancient art of finding water and locating objects. Dowsing is also used to check conditions of the environment and for health. The club is free and open to anyone interested. Information: 756-1787.

Manasota Genealogical Society: The Manasota Genealogical Society meets 10 a.m.-noon the first Wednesday of every month October through May at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Meetings are free and open to anyone interested in genealogy. Information: 727-7898 or www.rootsweb.com/~flmgs.

Manasota Mopar Club: The Manasota Mopar Club meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday at the Dog House, 4601 14th St. W. The group of Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth enthusiasts attends car shows and goes on picnics, cruises and more. The club is also dedicated to helping children and teens in the community. Dues are $25 a year per family. Information: 747-6119.

Manasota Weavers’ Guild: Manasota Weavers’ Guild meets on the second Saturday of every month at St. Armands Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, St. Armands Key. Spinners and knitters gather 9 a.m. to noon. Meetings begin at noon with a lunch (bring a box lunch); the guild meeting is 12:30-1 p.m. followed by a program 1-3 p.m. Information: 365-1780.

Manatee Coin Club: Manatee Coin Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Family Life Center at Christian Reformed Church, 4208 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 756-0186.

Manatee Community Band: The Manatee Community Band meets 7:30-9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Manatee High School Band building, One Hurricane Way, Bradenton, from September to March. The band is open to anyone who enjoys playing and performing at various locations throughout the season. There are no tryouts, auditions or fees, just bring your instrument. The band is always in need of percussionists. Information: Bob at 755-5750 or Denise at 751-9166.

Manatee County Christian Coalition: The Manatee County Chapter of Christian Coalition will meet 7 p.m. every first Tuesday of the month at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., W., Bradenton. Information: 792-5439.

Manatee County Dart Organization: The Manatee County Dart Organization (steel tip) plays at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at American Legion Post 309 in Palmetto, Tony D’s Pub and Subs in Palmetto, Rasher Tierney’s Irish Pub in Bradenton, AMF Bowling Alley in Bradenton and the Sports Lounge in Bradenton Beach. Information: Jim Benson, (941) 232-6770, or Mark Souders, (941) 580-6338.

Manatee County Ministries Association: The Manatee County Ministries Association meets 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every second Thursday at various locations around Manatee County. All pastors or ministry leaders are invited for lunch and fellowship. Yearly dues are $20 a person. Go to www.mcmafl.com for next month’s location, or call 752-4850 for information and reservations.

Manatee County NAACP: The Manatee County NAACP meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Palmetto Youth Center, 501 17th St. W., Palmetto. Members and visitors are welcome. Information: 580-2817.

Manatee Democratic Business Council: The Manatee Democratic Business Council meets at 8:00 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Theresa’s Restaurant, 608 14th St. W., Bradenton. Members and guests have an opportunity to network, educate fellow members about the nature of their business, discuss and advocate Democratic interests. Please call John Kokajko, (941) 744-1118 for additional information or visit the Web site at ManateeDemocraticBusinessCouncil.com.

Manatee Grange: The Manatee Grange, No. 179, meets every two weeks at 6:30 p.m. Mondays for a potluck supper in the community building at Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N. Please bring table service and a dish to pass. A meeting follows at 7:30 p.m. Information: 729-8036.

Manatee Herb Society: The Manatee Herb Society meets 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at The Courtyard, 222 Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 795-8828.

Manatee Juvenile Justice Council: The Manatee Juvenile Justice Council meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Department of Juvenile Justice board room, 701 Cortez Road. The council considers problems and solutions regarding juvenile delinquency, with the goal of reducing juvenile crime and delinquency in Manatee County. Information: 321-7992.

Manatee Orchid Society: The Manatee Orchid Society meets at 6:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at The Courtyard, 222 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: Carole Douglas, 761-9486 or visit www.manateeorchidsociety.com

Manatee PC Users Group: Manatee Personal Computer Users Group meets the first Thursday after a Wednesday every month in the Landings Auditorium of Freedom Village, 6410 21st Ave. W. Special interest groups meet at 6 p.m., and the general meeting begins at 7 p.m. Information: www.manateepcug.org or e-mail president@manateepcug.org.

Manatee Poetry Group: Manatee Poetry Group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in the conference room of the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Bring five or six copies of two poems to be critiqued in the workshop. During June, July and August, call to confirm the group is meeting. Information: 794-0259.

Manatee Republican Women’s Forum Network: The Manatee Republican Women’s Forum Network meets at 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton, for an informative topics dinner. All Republicans and Republican candidates are welcome. Information: Jane Grace at 758-4878. RSVP by contacting Sandy French at Sicily32@tampabay.rr.com.

Manatee River Orchid Society: The Manatee River Orchid Society meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Palma Sola Botanical Park, Bradenton. Guests are encouraged to attend. Information: 794-3985.

Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District: Meetings of the Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District are held at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month. All meetings are open to the public. Information: 722-4524.

Manatee Sail and Power Squadron: The Manatee Sail and Power Squadron meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Palmetto Elks Lodge, 4611 Fourth St. E., Palmetto. Information: 748-4159 or e-mail rnbcalvin@verizon.net.

Manatee Sailing Association: Manatee Sailing Association is a cruising, racing and sailing club with programs to give its members information, experience and events for fun and safe boating. Monthly meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Firkin & Fox Restaurant, 2505 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton. Information: 708-0048.

Manatee Scale Modelers: The Manatee Scale Modelers, a chartered organization of the International Plastic Modelers Society, meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 256-2009.

Manatee Shrine: Manatee Shrine meets the first Friday of the month, except July and August, at Peridia Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 751-2273.

Manatee Veterans Council: All veterans organizations and their auxiliaries are invited to send a representative to join the Manatee Veterans Council, which meets at 11 a.m. the third Thursday of every month at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 745-9564.

Marine Corps League: The Marine Corps League DeSoto Detachment No. 588 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at VFW Post 10141, 420 67th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 756-5833.

Merchant Marine Veterans: Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans invites all Merchant Mariners, Armed Guard and guests to the monthly luncheon meeting at noon on the last Wednesday of the month at Stacey’s Homestyle Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information and reservations: 722-1194.

Military Order of the World Wars: The Bradenton/Sarasota Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars gathers every second Wednesday of the month for a luncheon at the Landings at Freedom Village. All former, retired military officers are welcome to join. Reservations are required. Cost: $12. Information: 745-9564.

Minnesota Club: The Minnesota Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Bradenton Elks Club, 2115 75th St. W., Bradenton. All Minnesotans are welcome. Information: 794-3573.

Mountain Dulcimer Club: The Mountain Dulcimer Club of Bradenton/Sarasota meets 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday of the month at Whitfield Presbyterian Church, 7045 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Players of the mountain dulcimer and anyone interested in learning to play are invited. Information: 755-3427.

Mustang Club: The Mustang Club of West Central Florida meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Sarasota Ford in Sarasota. The purpose of the club is to stimulate and preserve interest in Ford Mustangs. Membership and meetings are open to anyone having an interest in Ford Mustangs. Newcomers are always welcomed and encouraged. Ownership is not required. The club sponors and publicizes car shows, shares technical information and enjoys social activities for families. Information: 351-3789.

Myakka River Riders: The Myakka River Riders Equestrian Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Quattlebaum House on Dam Road off of Manatee Avenue East. Meetings include information on current issues related to horse ownership, riding, acquiring new lands to ride and more. Guest speakers such as veterinarians and feed specialists are scheduled throughout the year. Information: 722-4703.

MYLA: The Manatee Youth Leaders Association meets at noon on the third Thursday of every month at Manatee Religious Services, 3111 29th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 744-5155.

Nation Magazine: The Bradenton/Sarasota Nation magazine discussion group meets 10 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday of the month, December through May, at the South Manatee Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Participants are expected to share their reactions to something they have read in a recent Nation and actively engage in general discussions. Information: 761-4873.

National Wild Turkey Federation: The National Wild Turkey Federation, dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of the hunting tradition, has a local chapter, ManaSara Osceolas. The chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Le Cigar, 425 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 920-6761.

Night Owls Poetry: Night Owls Poetry Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Bring five or six copies of two poems to be critiqued in the workshop. Information: 756-2408.

North River Democratic Club: The North River Democratic Club meets 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Imperial Lakewoods Golf Club, 9680 Buffalo Road, Palmetto (corner of Interstate 75 and Moccasin Wallow Road). Information: 723-7747.

Old Braden River Historical Society: The Old Braden River Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the old Fish and Game Lodge building, 6508 Quonset Road. It is a private residence now, but the owner has volunteered it for the meetings. The mission of the society is to honor the history and preserve the presence of the Old Braden River community for educational and charitable purposes. Information: Kate at (941) 752-7259.

Ohio State Alumni: The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Sarasota-Manatee County will be at Captain Curt’s, 1200 Old Stickney Point Rd., Siesta Key, for all Saturday afternoon Buckeyes games this season. Night games will be watched at Refs’ Sports Grill, 6240 S. Tamiami Trail. All game-watching parties are complete with halftime prize drawings with plenty of Buckeye music and camaraderie. All alumni, fans and friends of Ohio State are invited to join the club for game watching parties and for community activities throughout the year. For more information, visit www.sarasotabuckeye.org or contact Lanny Emery at 780-4903 or Jamie Tacy at 504-6162.

Open Network: The Open Network meets 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thursday at The Original Oyster Bar, 7250 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost: $10, includes lunch. Walk-ins are welcome. Information: 504-9525 or visit www.open-network.biz

Organ Hobbyists: The Bradenton Chapter of the largest organ club in the world, L.I.F.E.’s World of Music, meets at 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at Fletcher Music Center in DeSoto Square mall. Information: (941) 727-8781, 792-8343 or 359-9566.

Original Manatee Classical Cruisers: The Original Manatee Classical Cruisers meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Dog House Restaurant, 4601 14th St. W., Bradenton. Classic car and truck enthusiasts are invited to join this active, family-oriented club. Information: 727-0087.

Our Town Match Club: Our Town Match Club offers weekly social events for Bradenton and Sarasota singles. Free membership. Events include dances, beach parties, socials, bay cruises, etc. Information: 587-4350.

Palma Sola VFW Post 10141: Post meeting is 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. The House Committee meeting is 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are at Palma Sola Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10141, 420 67th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-6395 or www.orgsites.com/FL/VFW10141.

Palm Singles: Palm Singles for persons 50 and older meets for dinner and a program at 6 p.m. Mondays at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. All singles are invited to also enjoy many other activities. Reservations required. Information: 924-7430.

Palmetto High Twelve International Club: The Palmetto High Twelve International Club meets 11 a.m. at the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at Popi’s IV Restaurant in Ellenton. All Masons and their guests are welcome. Information: 722-8708.

Parents of Multiples: Sarasota Parents of Multiples, a support group for expectant parents and parents of twins or more, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4150 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota. Information: 756-7182 or www.sarasotamultiples.com.

Penn State Alumni: The Gulf Coast Alumni Association will meet at the Sarasota Brewing Company, 6607 Gateway Avenue, Sarasota, to watch the Penn State football games. Information: 755-0975 or 321-3250.

Pins and Needles: Pins and Needles, a neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild meets 6:30-8:45 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month at the Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., W., Bradenton. Information and supply list: 756-5387.

Poke-A-Dots: Poke-A-Dots, a group for blind and legally blind adults, holds weekly meetings and social activities. Information: 750-0446.

Polish Club: The Colony Cove Polish Club meets 1-3 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month, October-April, at Ellenton Hall, 131 Tahitian Drive, Colony Cove, Ellenton. All people of Polish descent and their guests are invited to join. Information: 721-8132 or bpudelski@aol.com.

Gulf Coast Porcelain Artists: The Gulf Coast Porcelain Artists meet at 9:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each month, September through April, at the Fruitville Public Library. The club is for anyone interested in the fine art of hand-painting porcelain (china). A business meeting is followed by a guest artist demonstration or paint-along. Attendees bring their own bag lunch; cookies, coffee and tea are provided. Information: Eve O’Neill, 953-7638.

Republican Club of Manatee County: Republican Club of Manatee County meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month for a social and dinner. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 6023 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 747-3537.

Retired Educators: The Retired Educators meet at noon on the third Tuesday of every month at College Harbor Retirement Community, 4600 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Information: (727) 866-3124.

Retired Nurses Club: The Retired Nurses Club of Manatee and Sarasota Counties gathers at noon the first Monday of every month for a luncheon meeting at Asbury Manor, 1700 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Information and reservations: 746-5248.

Retired Railroad Employees: The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Employees meets at 11 a.m. the first Friday of the month at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside, 6906 14th St. W., Bradenton. All railroaders are invited. Information: 753-1144.

Rotary, Anna Maria Island: Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 350-4326.

Rotary, Bradenton: Rotary Club of Bradenton meets at noon Mondays at the Holiday Inn Riverfront in downtown Bradenton. Information: 518-4994 or visit www.bradentonrotary.org.

Rotary, East Manatee: The Rotary Club of East Manatee meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. every Thursday at Popi’s IV, 3911 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. Guests are welcome to learn more about this active club’s community service projects. Information: Melissa at 737-7634 or www.rotaryclubofeastmanatee.com.

Rotary, Palmetto: Rotary Club of Palmetto meets at noon Tuesdays at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Information: 746-9071.

Rotary, South Manatee: The Rotary Club of South Manatee meets at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at El Conquistador Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. Information: 720-5750.

Rotary, West Bradenton: The Rotary Club of West Bradenton has its buffet breakfast meetings at 6:45 a.m. every Wednesday at the Elks Lodge, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-2570.

RV Club: Manateean Sams RV Club meets the second weekend (Friday to Sunday) of every month October through May at selected RV parks and resorts in Florida. Reservations are required in advance. Information: 755-2596.

Sahib Shriners: All Shriners, Masons and men of family or friends of same are invited to the Sahib Shriners weekly men’s luncheon 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Sahib Shrine, 600 N. Beneva Rd., Sarasota. Luncheons feature guest speakers and musical entertainment. Cost: $12. Information: (941) 366-4449.

Sarasota Bromeliad Society: Sarasota Bromeliad Society meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Meetings feature guest speakers, prize drawings and refreshments. Information: 538-2174 or e-mail ldolatow@tampabay.rr.com.

Sarasota Chrome Divas: The Chrome Divas is a national organization of women bike enthusiasts. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Steak and Ale Restaurant, 4034 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. To be a Chrome Diva you must first join at the national level online or at any local chapter meeting. The national dues are $25 to join and $15 annual renewal. The local chapter fee for Sarasota is $15 per year. This is a nonprofit organization. Information: 929-1003, sarasotadiva@aol.com or www.sarasotachromedivas.com.

Sarasota Fiction Writers: Sarasota Fiction Writers meet the first Wednesday evening of the month at the Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, for presentations and workshops led by published writers, agents, editors and publishers. A second meeting on the third Wednesday of the the month offers constructive critique for members. Information: 346-1316.

Sarasota Leads Club: The Sarasota Downtown Leads Chapter meets 11:45 a.m. every Thursday at DiVino’s Restaurant in Sarasota. Information and reservations: 758-2812.

Sarasota Scuba Club: The Sarasota Scuba Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at FOP Hall, corner of Circus Boulevard and Beneva Road, Sarasota. Information: www.sarasotascuba.org.

Sarasota Shell Club: The Sarasota Shell Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month, September-April, in the third-floor meeting room of Mote Marine Keating Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. The meeting includes a show-and-tell program; bring your best summer find and share with fellow shellers. All are welcome. Free refreshments. Information: 739-0908 or www.sarasotashellclub.com.

Scrabble: The Manatee Scrabble Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Books-A-Million, corner of Cortez Road and U.S. 41, Bradenton. All levels of players are welcome. Business meeting at 6:30 and Scrabble games begin at 7 p.m. Please bring your own Scrabble game, just in case it’s needed. Information: 729-9492.

n Join the Anna Maria Island Community Center 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays for Scrabble. Bring your own game and a kitchen timer. Cost: $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Information: 778-1908.

Seabees: Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Bradenton-Sarasota Island X-3 group, meets at noon the third Saturday of every month at Stacey’s Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 755-0737 or 758-0339.

Seat of the Soul: The Seat of the Soul discussion and meditation group meets noon-2 p.m. Fridays at the Manatee Spiritual Center, 1327 10th St. E., Palmetto (near De Sears at the River North Business Center on U.S. 301). The group explores topics of life such as intuition, energy, psychology, karma, evolution, souls and intentions. Bring a lunch; donations accepted. Information: 722-6556.

Sertoma: South Manatee Sertoma Club meets 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Riverfront. Lunch is provided. Information: Merrill Bauer, 761-2582.

Sewing Circles: The American Needlepoint Guild’s local chapter, The Sun Stitchers, meets at 9 a.m. the first Thursday of every month at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4150 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota. New stitches are taught. Bring a sack lunch. Information: 497-7771.

n The American Sewing Guild, Bradenton neighborhood group, Pins and Needles, meets 6:30-8:45 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. There is a special program each month, including a show and tell. Information: 722-5491 or 756-5387.

n Anything Sews meets 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the fourth Saturday at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota. Information: Judy Lehmann (941) 924-1057 and Shirley Mendolera (941) 924-4095.

n Embroiderers’ Guild of America meets at 9:30 a.m. the fourth Monday of every month September through May (except December) at the Waldermere Fire Station community room, Waldermere Street, Sarasota. Information: 918-1862 or 475-5206. The Night Needlers chapter meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota. Information: 351-7011.

n Knitters and Crocheters Guild of Manatee County meets 1-3 p.m. every Monday at the Manatee County Extension office in Palmetto. There is no fee to join. Beginners are welcome, and lessons are free. All creations are donated to charity. Donations of yarn are welcome. Information: 722-4524.

n The Manatee Patchworkers quilt guild meets 6:30-9 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Knights of Columbus, 2203 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. Includes show-and-tell by members and guests, featured speaker and administrative reports. Information: 746-3053.

n The Plantation Pleaters meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month with social time at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Anyone interested in smocking or learning to smock is welcome. Information: 794-6765.

n Sew What’s New meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Sunnyside Village activity hall, 5201 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. Group leader is Suzanne Goldman. Information: (941) 924-2280.

Creative Sassy Sewers: A new neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild will meet June 28 and every fourth Saturday of the month at the South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Hancock Fabrics manager, Linda will talk about the exciting new happenings, plus demostrate a computerized embroidery sewing machine. The topic for the Aug. 30 meeting, Hands on Cathedral Window Quilt Technique. Bring your sewing machine and join the fun! Information and supply list: Kathleen Heinicke, 753-9178.

Shakespeare Discussion Group: Shakespeare Reading and Discussion Group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays in downtown Sarasota. Please call 721-8390 for location and other info.

S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool Support Group: The S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool Support Group, comprised of about 500 local families, provides activities, recreation, fellowship, field trips, excursions and promotion of all types of academic or extracurricular learning for home-educating families, grades K-12. Any homeschooling family may participate. There is no fee to join; the only fees are for activities. Information: 751-4501 after 1 p.m., e-mail SHAREbradenton@cs.com or visit the Web site at www.SHAREbradenton.homestead.com.

Singles on the Go Travel Club: Singles on the Go Travel Club meets at 2 p.m. the second Sunday of the month at the Red Cross Building, 2001 Cantu Court, Sarasota. Meet-and-greet time begins at 2 p.m., and the program begins at 2:30 p.m. The club’s main goal is travel near and far, but it also sponsors activities such as dining out and in, bridge and other games, day trips and a monthly get-togethers. Information: Darlene Kronemann, (941) 792-6650.

SMUG: SMUG, the Sarasota-Manatee Mac User Group, meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Sudakoff Center on the New College campus, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail (turn east on Gen. Spaatz Blvd., by the Shell station). Information: Michael at 539-1954 or e-mail to happymichael@mac.com.

Soft Tip Dart Association: E & T Entertainment Soft Tip Dart Association, has leagues that meet Monday through Wednesday in Bradenton and on Thursdays in Sarasota. The season is 16 weeks. Information: 751-3278.

Sons of Confederate Veterans: The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Robert E. Lee Camp 1383, meets 7-8:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Popi’s Place 3 in Ellenton. All members are descendants of Confederate soldiers and strive to preserve and maintain the memory of their ancestors and Confederate heritage. Information: Camp Commander Jason Parker, 745-2825.

Sons of Italy, Bradenton: The Sons of Italy Lodge No. 2782 meets at 5:30 p.m. for dinner, followed by a 7 p.m. meeting, the second Tuesday of every month at 4802 26th St. W., Suite B., Bradenton. Dinner: $10. Italian language classes are 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays. Donations welcome. Information: 795-5862 or visit www.orgsites.com/fl/bradentonsoi.

Sons of Italy, Sarasota: Sarasota Lodge No. 2698 meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Lions Club, 120 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Information: 921-2524 or 744-0603.

Sons of Norway: The Sons of Norway Lodge meets the first Monday every month October-May at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2256 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. Meeting at 6 p.m, dinner and entertainment. RSVP: (941) 363-0382 or claraloken@juno.com.

Stamp collectors: The Sarasota Philatelic Club meets 7-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Information: 739-0908 or e-mail HANKSFRAN@aol.com.

Submarine veterans: The Tang Base of the United States Submarine Veterans meets the third Saturday of every month at American Legion Post 104, 7550 60th St. N., Pinellas Park. Local members of the Tampa Bay group carpool to the meetings. Information: http://USSVI.org/home.asp.

Suncoast Antique Bottle Collectors: Suncoast Antique Bottle Collectors meets the fourth Thursday of every month, except June, November and December. Information: 722-7233 or merliedog@aol.com.

Suncoast Camera Club: The Suncoast Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the H2U Center, 6049 26th St. W., Bradenton. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., but members arrive early for socializing and sharing photos. Activities include programs and outings for photographing. All are welcome. Information: 729-0127 or e-mail Dottiefavorite@aol.com.

Suncoast Mummers: Suncoast Mummers Stringband of Bradenton meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays for rehearsals at Sugg Middle School, Bradenton. The group is looking for baritone and sax players and tenors and altos. String, reed and percussion players are welcome. This is a volunteer band for all ages. Information: 729-4069, scmsbjnm@netzero.net or www.suncoastmummers.com.

Sweet Adelines: Practice has begun for the Magic of Manatee, (MOM) the local Sweet Adeline’s group. They meet every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. They welcome good singing voices that enjoy “busting chords” in perfect harmony. If interested, call Jeanette Rothberg at 778-5499 or Judy McClarren at 779-1416.

Tall Sunsations: Sarasota Tall Sunsations, a social organization for tall people, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at Skeeter’s, 1266 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key. Information: (941) 215-2956.

Theater Organ Society: Manasota Theater Organ Society meets at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at Grace Baptist Church, 8000 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. A musical program follows a brief business meeting. Information: 758-7909.

Toastmasters: Positively Speaking Toastmasters meet at 6 p.m. Fridays at the Episcopalian Church of the Nativity, 5900 N. Lockwood Ridge Road. Information: 685-1614 or 927-5665.

Toastmasters Bradenton: Toastmasters Club No. 2449 meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 776-3156.

Toastmasters, Manatee WCR: The Manatee WCR Toastmasters Club meets 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month at the Bethel Baptist Church, 1805 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. Contact Jodi White, 266-0492, or Kris Kesling, 321-5638.

Toastmasters Sarasota: The Sarasota Toastmasters Club meets noon-1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 1741 Main St., Sarasota. Bring a lunch. Information: 953-7755.

Trail Blazing Sams: Trail Blazing Sams is a chapter of Good Sam International and is based in the Tampa Bay area. Members come from Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando and other areas. The club meets once a month within a 100-mile radius of Tampa. Information: Mike Abrams, president; (813) 926-0326, or cmabrams//groups.msn.com/TrailBlazingSams; the Good Sam state Web site is www.goodsams_florida.org.

UFO Group of Manatee: The UFO Group of Manatee meets 1:30-4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Braden River branch library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. The group welcomes anyone who has an interest in learning about extraterrestrial life in our universe. Other related subjects such as crop circles and sightings will be studied. Information: 792-0308. Donation only.

U.S. Cadet Leadership Academy: The U.S. Cadet Leadership Academy is accepting applications for admissions. The mission of the academy is to develop people into leaders and better citizens by teaching every member to live by the seven Army values and developing in each member the 14 traits of leadership. The minimum age for cadets to join is 12, and they may remain in the program until the age of 21. For information on enrolling in the U.S. Cadet Leadership Academy, visit 6-8:30 p.m. every Monday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2488, 810 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 447-1228, uscadetleadershipacademy@hotmail.com or www.uscadetleadershipacademy.com.

USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 85: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 85, Palmetto, meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in the Commodore Room at the Bradenton Yacht Club on Snead Island. Anyone who is interested in giving some time back to his or her country is welcome to attend to learn more about the group. Information: Flotilla Commander Dee Kermode, 723-7344.

Valkyries R.C. Flying Club: The Valkyries R.C. Flying Club of Manatee County meets at 10 a.m. the last Saturday of each month at its flying field, U.S. 41 and Buckeye Road.

VFW Post No. 8199: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8199 meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the old fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-4400.

Vintage Wheels: Vintage Wheels, Manatee County Region Antique Automobile Club of America, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Stacey’s Homestyle Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. People interested in dinner should come at 6:30 p.m. The club is for those interested in antique cars and going on cruises and tours. Information: 748-2767.

Welcome Club: The Welcome Club of Sarasota meets at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month for a luncheon with a speaker/entertainment. The club is a social and civic organization for new residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties. During the Amnesty period, April through October, membership is open to anyone who has established permanent residency. Cost: $18 per person, and reservations are required one week prior to the date. For locations and reservations: 923-5266 or 373-6630.

Wisconsin Social Club: The Wisconsin Social Club will meet at noon every third Wednesday of the month at Stacey’s Homestyle Buffet, 4848 14th St. W. Information: 792-8554.

Women of Manatee Republican Club: The Women of Manatee County Republican Club meets at 11:30 a.m. the first Friday of each month for a luncheon at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. All Republican candidates are welcome to speak. The cost for the luncheon is $16. For reservations or cancellations, call 792-7278.

Women Veterans Support Group: A monthly support group meets the fourth Friday of each month at the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee, 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Led by Celia Szelwach, veteran. $2 donation; join anytime. Information: 795-0928.

Wool Gatherers: The Wool Gatherers, a group of knitters and crocheters, meets 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Yarn Outlet, 5331 15th St. E., Bradenton. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Information: Debbie Petti, (941) 756-8915.

Young Mother’s League: Young Mother’s League is a nonprofit, social organization for mothers of children up to 10 years old. The group provides membership to an extended family of approximately 75 mothers in the Sarasota/Manatee area. Membership year runs from September to August. The annual nonrefundable fee of $35 includes a monthly newsletter and calendar of events. If you want to meet other parents with young children, and get more involved in our community, contact Young Mother’s League of Sarasota at 306-3523, e-mail: youngmothersleague@netzero.com or visit www.ymls.org.

Alpha Dressage: 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.

American-Italian Club: The American-Italian Club meets 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at H2U, 6049 26th St. W., Bradenton. There are no dues or rules, just fun. Information: 751-0372.

American Legion Post 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.

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 east side 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.

AMI 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. N.W., 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.

Axis & Allies Game Club: Players of the World War II strategy game, Axis & Allies, are invited to join a new club to play matches and improve game skills. Interested players at least 18 years old are invited to apply. For information, call Gary Shaffer at 729-9248.

The Bay Chorale: The Bay Chorale will start rehearsing 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays 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.

Blue Knights: 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.

Book club: 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 Ballroom Club: The Bradenton Ballroom Club will meet at 7 p.m. every Thursday evening at the Bradenton Women’s Club for practice dance to recorded music. Cost: $5. Participants are invited to stay for the semi-private lesson with Kiril Arsov 8:30-9:30 p.m. for an additional $10. Information: 748-8470 or visit www.BradentonDance.org.

Christian Women’s Connection: The Bradenton Christian Women’s Connection meets for a luncheon program every month at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost: $14 inclusive. Call for time and day for the meetings. Information and reservations: 750-8786.

Bradenton Jaycees: 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 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: 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 Bridge: 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 are 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 are necessary, and all skill levels are welcome. Information: 739-1100.

Camping Club: The Central Florida Camping Club, also known as Crank-Y-Campers, has members and camps all over the state and invites campers to come out and meet new people and make new friends at one of its monthly campouts. Children and pets are welcome. Information: (407) 699-3039 or online at geocities.com/crankycampers.

Chi Omega Alumnae Association: The Sarasota-Manatee Chi Omega Alumnae Association meets for its Lunch Bunch at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Hillview Grill, 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota. All members of the Chi Omega and their guests are welcome. Information and reservations: 371-5106.

Cigar Club: The Hampton Bay Cigar Club meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays at 4550 47th St. W., to discuss the easy life of cigars, sports, politics and life experiences. Information: Rob Streitz, (941) 720-3553.

Christian Coalition: The Christian Coalition meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 792-5439.

Christian Women’s Clubs: Area Christian Women’s Clubs meet at 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Michael’s on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota; 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Primo’s Restaurant, 8076 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; and 10 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at Laurel Oaks Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd., Sarasota.

Civil Air Patrol: The local squadron of the SRQ Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol meets at McClure Auditorium on the southwest corner of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday. Information: 748-4011 or 351-2769.

n The local SRQ Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, meets 6:30-8:45 p.m. Mondays at Dolphin Aviation, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Bradenton. Civil Air Patrol builds strong citizens for the future by providing leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to young men and women, ages 12 to 21. Information: 504-4267.

Coast Guard Flotilla 85 Auxiliary: The Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for members to assist the United States Coast Guard in its duties. Flotilla 85, Palmetto, USCGA, meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month int the Commodore Room at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. W., Palmetto. For more information, call D. Healey, Personnel Services at 729-8335.

Collectors Club: Collectors Club meets at 7:15 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Bradenton Academy, 7900 40th Ave. W. Information: 747-1035.

Colony Cove Computer Club: The Colony Cove Computer Club meets 1-3 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at Manatee Hall, 750 Harbor Circle, Colony Cove South, Ellenton. Everyone is welcome. The aim of the group is to help each other and make computing a more enjoyable experience. Information: www.pcsonline.com/cccc.

Cortez H-12: Cortez H-12 Club, Blue Lodge Masons, meets at 11 a.m. Mondays at Stacey’s Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Open to all Masons and their guests. Information: 751-5932.

Cribbage Club: The High Noon Cribbage Club of Manatee County meets at noon at the club house of Pescara Lake Mobile Home Park, 570 57th Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost: $5 to play nine games in a grassroots competition. The club is a member of the American Cribbage Congress. The public is welcome. Information: Betsey Fish, 755-3211, or Gary B. Burns, 758-9998.

East Manatee Republican Committee: The East Manatee Republican Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton. Luncheon cost is $15. Reservations: 739-3813.

Elk’s Club 1511: The Elks Lodge #1511, 75th Street West, Bradenton. holds a dance 2-5 p.m. Sundays featuring big band music by Jack & The Pack. Information: 792-1511.

eLLe Fashion Club: The eLLe Fashion Club’s monthly workshops are at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. The club covers all aspects of modeling from photo posing to runway techniques and tools of the trade. Meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month. Information and membership: 756-9242.

Exchange Club: The Exchange Club of Manatee County meets at 5:30 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month at Stacy’s Buffet Restaurant on 14th Street in Bradenton. Meetings last for about an hour and are open to everyone. Information: 751-4158.

Federation of Manatee County Community Associations: The Federation of Manatee County Community Associations meets at 6:45 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month — except June, July, August and December — at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Guest speakers (such as elected officials or individuals with expertise in various fields) are usually scheduled for every meeting. Homeowners associations and individuals are welcome. Information: 723-1964 or 746-2151.

Florida Native Plant Society: The Florida Native Plant Society, Serenoa Chapter, meets the third Monday of each month with speakers and presentations at Selby Gardens in Sarasota. A field trip usually follows the next Saturday. The purpose to the Society is to educate the public on the value of native plants and their role in the environment. Information: 748-4438.

Florida Women in Government: Greater Manatee Chapter-Florida Women in Government meets noon-1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the Manatee County Administration Building, fifth floor Emergency Operations Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The group is open to all government employees who are interested in self-improvement, professional development and a desire to elevate the standards of personnel in the public sector. Individuals not employed by a government agency but who support the principles and objectives of the group are also eligible for membership. Information: 749-1800, ext. 4185.

Florida Writers Association Manatee: FWA Manatee will meet at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month and at 4 p.m. the first and third Saturday at Village Voices, 1010 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. The first meeting each month will be administrative followed by a discussion, workshop or speaker. The following meetings will be writer critiques. Writers who wish to have their work critiqued need to bring at least 10 copies, no more than 10 pages of the work, typed, double-spaced. Information: 748-6865.

Flute Choir: Gulf Coast Flute Choir meets 10 a.m.-noon every other Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Adult flutists of all skill levels welcome. Information: 794-6772 or cbflute@aol.com.

Fraternal Order of Eagles: The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 5831 15th St. E., sponsors the following activities: breakfast 8:30-11 a.m. and euchre at 1:30 p.m. Sundays; euchre at 7:30 p.m. Mondays; spaghetti dinner 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays; dinners 5-7:30 p.m. and bingo 8-10 p.m. Fridays. Information: 756-2113.

Frienship Force Club of Sarasota: The Friendship Force Club of Sarasota will meet at 6 p.m. every third Thursday of the month, except June, July and August, at Selby Library, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Information: 379-9954.

German-American Club of Manatee: The German-American Club of Manatee County meets at 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center, 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 761-3833.

German-American Social Club: The German-American Social Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. Information and reservations: 355-8530, 371-7786 or 341-0439.

Gulf Coast Writers: The Gulf Coast Writers meet at 1:15 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Members will share their writings, and everyone is welcome. Information: 778-7631.

Gulfcoast Sandpipers: Gulfcoast Sandpipers Barbershop Chorus meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Water’s Edge, 30th Avenue West, Bradenton. New singers are always welcome. Information: 778-4590.

Hampton Bay Sigar Club: The Hampton Bay Sigar Club of Bradenton will meet at 6 p.m. every first Thursday of the month at Cork’s Cigar Bar, 425 Old Main St., Bradenton. For information visit www.hamptonbaycigarclub.com.

Hibiscus Park neighborhood watch: A Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting for Hibiscus Park residents is held the second Thursday of the month. Hibiscus Park is the area of 26th Street to 34th Street West between 19th Avenue and 23rd Avenue West. The group meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2220 26th St. W. All neighbors in the area, including Casa Del Sol, are welcome. Information: Ms. Miller at 739-6441.

Homebrewers Association of Manatee and Sarasota: Club will meet at 7 p.m. April 1 and every first Thursday at Sarasota Brewing Company, 6607 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. General meeting is followed by craft sampling. For more information, e-mail wwarrior152@hotmail.com

Homebrewers Association of Manatee and Sarasota: Club will meet at 7 p.m. April 9 and every second Thursday at Rasher Tierney’s Irish Pub, 5106 14th St. W., Bradenton. General meeting is followed by craft sampling. For more information, e-mail wwarrior152@hotmail.com

Kiwanis, Anna Maria Island: Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Cafe on the Beach (Manatee County Public Beach), 2200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 795-8697.

Kiwanis, Bradenton: The Bradenton Kiwanis meets at noon Tuesday at Kiwanis Hall, 1401 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. The cost for lunch is $9 per person. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Information: www.bradentonkiwanis.com.

Kiwanis, Cortez: Cortez Kiwanis meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Eddie’s Sunshine Cafe, 9516 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-7715.

Kiwanis, Manatee Sunrise: The Manatee Sunrise Kiwanis Club, formerly Manatee Kiwanis and Sunrise Kiwanis clubs, meets at 7:15 a.m. Thursdays at the South Florida Museum Board Room, 201 10th St. W. Information: 776-2002.

Kiwanis, Oneco: Oneco Kiwanis Club meets at 7 a.m. Fridays at the Oneco Kiwanis Community Center, 1720 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 755-4814.

Kiwanis, Palmetto: Palmetto Kiwanis Club meets at 7 a.m. Fridays at Popi’s Place IV, 3911 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. Information: 721-4010.

Kiwanis, Suncoast: The Suncoast Professional Kiwanis Club meets at noon Wednesdays at the Stacey’s Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 755-2628.

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