Community calendar: June 24

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Young artists call

Art Expressions Studio of Ellenton is looking for young artists from Manatee area schools, ages 10-16, to apply for one of the 13 episodes of a new educational TV series for children wanting to learn to paint. Applicants, with basic drawing and painting skills willing to learn new techniques in acrylic and/oil painting, should submit a photo, a description and explanation of one of their artworks. For detailed information email Mara Trumbo at

Women’s Career Uniforms wanted

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s Fine Art Gallery is seeking uniforms worn by women throughout the decades. The exhibit, “Art of the Costume: Women in Uniform,” will honor women in the workspace by showcasing fashions that have influenced current trends. Deadline to submit photos is June 23 and notification of selections will be made June 30. Uniforms must be available for loan July 13-Oct. 28. Upload photos, showing the individual wearing the uniform at or mail to SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207, attn.: Women in Uniform Committee.

Snooty’s annual birthday card contest

The South Florida Museum invites students in preschool through sixth grade to submit entries for Snooty’s annual birthday card contest. Cards will be judged for creativity and originality and are due by 5 p.m. July 8. Winners will be announced and awards will be made for first through third place winner in four age categories at Snooty’s Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival July 23. Entry forms are available online at or at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. 941-746-4131.

Audition call

Auditions are open to the public for Spirit Voices from Old Manatee, Season VI. Actors and actresses are desired to personify characters whose ages span from 9 years to 75-plus years. Some parts have monologues of 5-7 minutes, some are dialogues and some are nonspeaking roles. There is no compensation, this is a volunteer cast, talent is acknowledged in credits. Production dates and times are evenings Oct. 6-8, 13-16,20-23, and preview date is Oct. 5. Manatee Village Historical Park at the Wiggins Store Conference Room, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. For a list of proposed character roles, ages and personality descriptions email 5:30-8 p.m. July 10 or July 11.

Fashion Consulting Workshops

Goodwill Manasota and First Impression Image Consulting will provide free fashion consulting workshops at various locations. Attendees will receive an hour of fashion dos and dont’s and will help participants to find clothing that best suits them so they can dress for success. Workshops are held at the following locations:

▪  Goodwill Ranch Lake store, 8750 S.R. 70 E., Bradenton; noon-1 p.m. June 30.

▪  Goodwill North Trail Mecca store, 5150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 5:30-6:30 p.m. June 30.

Registration is recommended.

Book news

Kiwanis Book Bus

The Manatee Sunrise Kiwanis collects new and gently used children’s books to be given to elementary school children. Kids who visit the Kiwanis Book Bus bus will receive a free book. Culver’s, 5750 Ranch Lake Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, 941-840-1416 or 5-8 p.m. June 29.

Elizabeth Sims, the author of eight successful novels will present “Looking for Trouble: Doing Research for Fiction is Not for Sissies,” and will discuss how to do research effectively and efficiently, including professional tips, slightly dirty tricks and ways to overcome the dreaded ailments of Call Reluctance and Crippling Tact. Selby Library Auditorium, 1331 First St., Sarasota, 6 p.m. July 5.


Palmetto High School Class of 1976

The Palmetto High School Class of 1976 Reunion will be Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Classmates interested in attending should email Karla Mead Brogdon at or call 941-722-4692. Use “Reunion” as your subject in your email and provide maiden name (if female) and current address. Deadline for headcount is July 16.


Purple Mug Kick Off Party “Walk to end Alzheimer’s”

Get your purple mug at a kick-off party to benefit a “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” featuring $5 hamburgers and live music by Jah Movement Reggae Band. Proceeds will benefit Alzheimer’s Association. Walk to end Alzheimer’s date is Oct. 22. World of Beer, 497 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Mugs: $5. 5-7 p.m. June 28.

Solve Materinity Homes Seventh Annual Rummage Sale

The seventh annual Rummage Sale to benefit the mothers and babies of Solve Maternity Homes will be July 16. Donations are welcome and can be delivered between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 9 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 11-13. Accepted donations are gently used clothing, shoes, handbags, books, artwork, furniture, tools, toys, sporting goods, antiques, linens, dishware, household goods, jewelry, holiday decor, etc. Computers, TVs, sofabeds or TV wall units are not accepted. Parish Center at Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton, 941-761-3224. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 16.

Eleventh annual Leadership Breakfast

Community Youth Development and the Boys & Girls Clubs will present the 11th annual Leadership Breakfast celebrating this year’s honorees, community members Congressman Vern Buchanan and Sandy Buchanan and Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Lori White. $35. Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Yolanda Mancha at 941-922-5126 or 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 16.

Marathon scrapbooking or crafting

Bring a scrapbooking or crafting project of your choice to the North River Care Scrapbooking and Crafting event. Bring an unwrapped baby item for North River Care clients and babies. There will be a hallway sale, a coffee bar, and price drawings. Registration includes dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. $45, or become a VIP for an extra $20. Early registration by July 1 is $40 or $60 VIP. VIP cost also includes lunch on Friday and extra surprises. Proceeds will benefit North River CareNew Hope Baptist Church, 9422 Old Tampa Road, Parrish, 941-729-9004 or 10 a.m. Sept. 16-5:30 p.m. Sept. 17.

Dated classes

Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service

The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:

▪  Rain barrels, 1-2:30 p.m. June 25; $33.

▪  Grafting fruit trees, 9 a.m.-noon July 9; $25.

▪  Compost happens - home composting, 10-11:30 a.m. July 13; $40 compost bin.

▪  Taking the mystery out of micro-irrigation, 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 26.

▪  Ground covers, plants that work, 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 28.

▪  Worm composting “vermicomposting,” 9-10:30 a.m. July 30; $50 worm bins.

▪  2016 Water School workshop and tour, Sept. 1-2; $45, includes workshop, two lunches, bus trip, and educational materials. Registration:

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and are at the Manatee Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Minimum workshop size is required and workshop size is limited. Registration for all classes, workshops, and tours is required. 941-722-4524 or

Florida Maritime Museum

“Florida’s Maritime Past,” class in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Academy, will trace the influence of water in Florida’s history. Presented chronologically, classes will cover the Calusa (a native tribe) from the 1500’s to the present, boat building and shipwrecks, and marine archeology. $60 for the 4-week session. Florida Maritime Museum Auditorium, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 941-309-5111 or 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays July 7-28.

Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th

The Renaissance on 9th will host the following events and classes in July:

▪  Tablet classes are 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays: Buying an iPad, July 7; Intro to Android, July 14; Getting started with iPad, July 21; Getting started with Android, July 28. $5 members, $7 nonmembers.

▪  The power of aromatherapy, 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 6; $3, free for members.

▪  Flower arranging, 1-4 p.m. July 13 and July 27.

▪  Trivia games, 1-1:30 p.m. July 18.

▪  Stop back and neck pain, 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 28.

▪  Bingo, 1-3 p.m. July 22.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are free and are at the Enrichment Center, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Classes have limited seating. Reservations are required. 941-749-0100 or

Creative writing

A new creative writing class will be every third Tuesday of each month at H2U, 6670 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Cost: $5.00 per class (with a $20 membership fee at H2U). The class is taught by Rev. Emmalou Kirchmeier teaches creative writing in Bradenton and Sarasota. All genres are welcome! Beginner, intermediate, and advanced instruction is offered. Bring your writing samples to share. 941-792-0211 or email

Art classes

Palmetto Art Center will offer the following art classes at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto:

▪  Wet and wild felting camp, for students ages 6.5-12, 2-4:30 p.m. June 27-July 1; $115 plus $10 materials fee. Reservations: 941-896-6610.

▪  Woolspinning adventure camp, for students ages 10-15, 2-5 p.m. July 5-8; $135 plus $15 materials fee. Reservations: 941-896-6610.

▪  Drama camp “Animal Make-Up,” for students ages 9-13, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 9; $50. Reservations: 941-348-4338.

▪  Little artists: “Let’s Read and Create ART,” for students ages 6-9, 10:30 a.m.-noon July 18-22; $75 plus $10 materials fee. Reservations: 941-447-3014.

Class sizes are limited. Unless otherwise noted, reservations and 941-518-2109 or

Windows 10 Training Classes

Manatee Public Library is providing a free Windows 10 Training Class. Bring your own Windows 10 laptop or tablet. Faith U.C.C., 4850 SR 64 E., Bradenton, 941-746-8890 or 10 a.m. July 19.

Ongoing classes

Adult skating classes

Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex offers adult Learn-To-Skate classes 5:30-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 12:15-1 p.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturdays, and Tropical Spice on Ice Adults Synchronized Skating practices most Mondays 12:30-2 p.m. Mondays. Adults-only Freestyle sessions are 12:15-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Adult Learn-To Skate classes are $150 a person, once a week for eight weeks. For more information or to schedule a try-out, call Kelly Paige at 941-350-5491 or

AARP Driver safety classes

Driver Safety Classes for Manatee County are held monthly at various locations including the public libraries. This is a state-approved safety class and the certificate you receive is good for three years with your insurance company. The class is open to anyone age 50 and older. For registration, cost, full schedules and locations call 800-253-2017, ext. 35846.

Anna Maria Island Community Center

The center offers the following classes and workshops at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria: Mah Jongg, Bridge, Watercolor class, Zumba, introduction to Tai Chi, Staying Strong strength training for mature adults, and conversational Spanish. For full class and workshop schedules and cost, call 941-778-1908 or

ArtCenter Manatee

ArtCenter Manatee offers classes and workshops at 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. For full class and workshop schedules, call 941-746-2862 or visit

Ballet classes

Dancing Thru The Years is offering ballet classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students at 2726 Sixth St. W., Bradenton. Classes are Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday mornings. All classical ballet levels are taught by Mo Dye. Classes are $12 each. 941-758-5270.

Ballet and dance classes

Allegro Music Academy, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota, offers basic ballet kids ballroom dance classes for children ages 4-7 and 8-18, adult classes, salsa graduation dances, first wedding dance and adult dance fitness. Dance summer camp will begin in June. 941-358-8511 or email

Concealed weapons classes

Self Defense Firearms and Hobbies will offer Concealed Weapons Classes at 421 Ninth Ave. W., Palmetto. For a full schedule of classes and cost, call 941-840-1327.

Counted cross stitching

A stitch-in is every first and third Saturday of the month at Cross Stitch Magic, 1222 12th St. W., Bradenton. The meetings are for counted cross stitchers to compare notes and projects. 941-746-4163.

CPR, AED and First Aid Courses

Right on Target Security Academy now offers the Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Courses at 3659 Cortez Road, Suite 100, Bradenton. The certification is valid for two years. The academy also offers the state “D” license course for Unarmed Security Officers. For class hours, cost and registration, call 941-737-1727 or email

Dancing Through the Years Adult Ballet Classes

Dancing Through the Years resume their Adult ballet classes, all levels, including pointe, Mondays and Saturdays, at Bradenton Dance & Performing Arts Center, 2726 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton, and Wednesday and Friday classes are held at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island. Classes are $10-$12. All classes at both locations are accepting beginning to experienced level students. Age range is 18-65. For a complete schedule, hours and location, call 941-779-1108 or 941-758-5270.

English language tutoring

Raymond Rossi, a retired Certified English teacher offers tutoring to students in need of increasing their academic levels and to students with special needs as well as students with average and above average needs at 3711 Fourth Ave. Blvd. E., Palmetto. For rates and detailed information, call 941-730-7179.

Firearms Safety Training

Right On Target, a firearms safety training school offers a variety of classes and training options, including concealed carry firearms license courses, security courses, safety training, defense tactics, handcuffing techniques, officer safety, report writing, advanced training and State Security D and G license courses. Cost: $150 for “D” course in June and July only, $225 for “G” course. Most of the courses exceed the State of Florida requirements for the Concealed Carry License. Call for hours and full schedule. All classes are held at Right On Target LLC Training Center, 3659 Cortez Road W., Suite 100, Bradenton. 941-737-1727.

Free boat building classes

Boatworks of Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH), will offer a free boat building class for beginners, including those who lack skills or confidence 9 a.m. Saturdays 4404 116th St. W., Cortez. If enough people are interested, the class will meet every Saturday. Participants will be able to participate or witness the building of a small plywood boat similar to an Optimist pram, under eight feet. The classes are free. 941-580-1036.

G.T. Bray Recreation Center

G.T. Bray Recreation Center offers the following classes at 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton: Yoga, Yoga-lates for women, and Yoga for Tennis, Pilates, Butts N’ Guts, Spin, Boot Camp, Recess, Water Aerobics, Body Sculpt and Sculpt and Burn, Strength and Length, Zumba, Ballroom Dance, and Tennis Stretch. Some classes require memberships. Classes are $5 for nonmembers, excludes spin classes on Wednesdays. For a full schedule of classes, hours and prices, call 941-742-5923. ext. 6086.

Palmetto Art Center

Palmetto Art Center offers art and fitness classes at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto, including ceramic art classes, Zumba, tai chi, aerial yoga, Breath and Body and more. For a full schedule of classes, hours, and prices, call 941-518-2109.

Painting class

ArtbyCMac Home Studio, 7506 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, is offering 3 levels of Spanish, acrylic painting and watercolor painting to adult students. Tuition is $8 per hour in classes of 2-4 students.

Writer’s workshop

The State College of Florida offers free weekly Writer’s workshops 2-4 p.m. Mondays in the Science Building, Room 139 at 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Bring fiction, memoirs, non-fiction, novels, children’s stories, poetry, prose, paranormal, mystery, and science fiction. The workshop will provide instant critiquing and sharing of ideas by a group of many published authors, and former members of Recognized Educators and Professionals. The workshop is open to the public. John Garzone at 941-753-8680 or 941-360-2654.