Cuban experience focus of next Manatee Forum

Visit to Cuba focus of next Manatee Forum

MANATEE -- The Manatee Forum will hear from past President Pat Baker at a 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday at Pier 22 in Bradenton.

Baker will provide an inside look into present-day Cuba from a recent trip. She will also describe the process to travel to Cuba and her experience as an American in Cuba.

Also, as part of Manasota Operation Troop Support, please bring a pair of black or white socks and a jar of peanut butter, items MOTS needs most.

"Please help give back to our community and our troops," said Stephanie DeSear, Manatee Forum president.

Dinner is $20.

RSVP: Manateeforum@gmail.com.

40th Annual Gulf Coast Cyclefest set for Nov. 2

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The 40th Annual Gulf Coast Cyclefest is set for 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch.

The event will feature 20-, 35-, 63- and 100-mile routes through Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Participants get breakfast and catered lunch. The first 500 registrants get Cyclefest shirts from the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club. Registration $40 at active.com/.

Information: Go to smbc.us/cyclefest.html or call 941-232-5678.

Aging in Paradise presents tips to looking younger

LONGBOAT KEY -- The Aging in Paradise Resource Center presents: "Non-Surgical Face Lifts. Look Younger Instantly" by Dr. Tamara Densmore from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

The presentation will include a live demonstration of anti-aging techniques, including fillers, botox and fraxel lasers.

Information: Go to aginginparadise.org or call 941-383-6493.

Gulf oil disaster restoration meeting set Oct. 30

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Florida Institute of Oceanography Town Hall meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Madeira Beach City Hall Auditorium, 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach.

The purpose is to gather public comments on a newly funded RESTORE Act program and the Florida Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program, according to Vickie Chachere, director, special projects, communications and marketing for the University of South Florida.

The institute is a consortium of 29 public and private academic institutions, research laboratories and agencies collaborating on marine research and education resources.

Information: Go to fio.usf.edu/research/restore-act

-- Herald staff reports