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Parkinson’s classes: The Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, 6020 State Road 70 E. in Health Park East, is now able to offer free land-based and aquatic Parkinson’s classes thanks to funding from the USF Parkinson’s Foundation. Classes start Nov. 1; the land-based exercise class will meet 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and the aquatic exercise class will meet 10-11 a.m. Thursdays. The center is a member of the Manatee Healthcare System. To register, contact class instructor Kathi Sims, RN, medical exercise specialist, at 941-351-3040. Information: call Rehabilitation and Sports Center at 941-745-7559.
Cataract seminar: with Dr. Harris Silverman 3:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at The Eye Associates, 6002 Pointe West Blvd., Bradenton. Reservations: 941-792-2020 or toll free 1-866-865-2020. Information: www.TheEyeAssociates.com.
Easter Seals Walk: Easter Seals Southwest Florida will have its annual Walk With Me event and fundraiser beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 5 in Payne Park, Sarasota. Every individual and team participant will have an opportunity to meet a child or adult with a disability directly benefiting from Easter Seals’ local programming and learn about his or her personal story, and even cross the Walk With Me finish line together. Registration for this year’s 1-mile walk is available at www.walkwithme.org, www.easterseals-swfl.org or by calling 941-355-7637.
Marriage seminar: Marriage & Family Works, a local nonprofit organization, will host “The Marriage Breakthrough” seminar 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Living Word Christian Store, 5421 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Learn where arguments come from and how to avoid them. Find out how past experiences impact a marriage today. Cost: $50 a couple or $25 individual; includes materials and lunch. No childcare. Registration: 941-827-0500.
Adoption picnic: Safe Children Coalition in partnership with the Heart Gallery of Sarasota will have the annual Adoption Picnic 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at John H. Marble Park, 3675 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. This event brings together adopted families, foster families, families wanting to adopt, children available for adoption and SCC adoption units for Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto counties. Information: Tom Marer at 941-371-4799, ext. 165, or 941-525-7521.
Polio survivors: Dr. David Law will discuss respiratory issues in polio survivors at an informational meeting 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Bay Area Physical Therapy & Wellness, 3637 Cortez Road, Ste. 103. Information: 941-739-7828.
Free community seminars at Manatee Memorial Hospital: 206 Second St. E., Bradenton:
n Lap-Band surgical weight-loss informational seminars: 6 p.m. Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 in Classroom A. Join an informational discussion on taking the first move toward a healthier you with a minimally invasive procedure. Reservations: 941-745-7431.
Health and business fair: Local health and business vendors will be offering free screenings, giveaways and information 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11 at Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. Participants include Eye Associates Sight Mobile, Suncoast Communities Blood Mobile and HeartHealth Cardio bus. Tests include diabetes screening and hearing tests. GoldPro will be buying gold and silver. Lots of door prizes and free parking. Iniformation: 941-748-5829.
Invisalign open house: Hillview Family Dental will host an open house on Invisalign 2-5 p.m. Nov. 11 at 1864 Hillview St., Sarasota. Dr. Delia Cotera, Dr. Erika Ynga and their team will discuss the benefits of Invisalign invisible braces, and those who start Invisalign will receive $500 off on full treatment fees and be entered in a drawing for a flat-screen TV. Refreshments will be served and there will be drawings for several hygiene gift baskets including rotary toothbrushes. Information: 941-365-4500.
Food bank fundraiser: The Aesthetic and Wellness Center will host a Holiday Rejuvenation Event fundraiser for the Food Bank of Manatee 4-7 p.m. Nov. 15 at 3825 State Road 64 E., Suite 300, Bradenton This event is sponsored by Allergan, the manufacturer for Botox Cosmetic, Latisse and JuvedermR (dermal filler). Planned are door prizes, complimentary refreshments, specials and holiday gift ideas. Receive prize-drawing tickets for each $5 of canned food donated for the food bank. Cash donations also will be accepted. Reservations are required; call 941-749-0741. Information: www.tawcenter.com.
Special kids and family night: Manatee County Y welcomes children with special needs and their families to a Y Night of their very own 5-8 p.m. Nov. 19. Families can enjoy the pools, exercise, play and network with other families. You do not have to be a YMCA member to participate. Cost: $5 per family. Food will be available at an additional cost. Register by Nov. 17 at one of the branches: Bradenton Branch at 3805 59th St. W., 941-792-7484; Lakewood Ranch Branch at 5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd,, 941-782-0220; or Parrish Branch at 12214 U.S. 301 N., Parrish, 941-981-5323. You can also register online at www.manateeymca.org. Information: Jackie Riordan at email@example.com.
Diabetes awareness event: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy students will participate in Operation Diabetes 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Target Pharmacy, 101 North Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. Operation Diabetes is a campaign to increase awareness of diabetes and the dangers associated with the disease, provide glucose screening and monitoring and promote pharmaceutical care in the community. Participating students are members of LECOM’s American Pharmacists Association. Information: 941-756-0690, ext 5927 or www.lecom.edu.
Annual AIDS walk: The 2011 AIDSWALK Sarasota/Manatee is set for Dec. 3 at New College of Florida. Teams are being formed and more than 500 walkers are expected. The walk will start at 8 a.m. with food, music and prize drawings. Information or registrati0n: www.trinitycharities/org.
Free community seminars at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center: 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.:
n Spinal stenosis relief: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and Jan. 10, Conference Room 1. Presented by Dr. William Tontz of Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine/Pain Management. Reservations: Direct Doctors Plus at 941-708-8100.
n 3D mammography: 5-6 p.m. Dec. 13, Conference Room 1. Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Wasserman of the Breast Health Center. Reservations: Direct Doctors Plus at 941-708-8100.
LRMC programs and support groups: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., holds the following ongoing programs and support groups: diabetes support group, Healthy Hearts support group, Heart Device support group, childbirth education classes, new mom and baby group, prenatal yoga. For information on these programs, call 800-454-8215.
MMH programs and support groups: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., 941-746-5111, hosts the following classes, support groups and programs monthly at the hospital: MOMM’S Place/Perinatal Education Classes for moms, dads and families such as Prepared Childbirth, Your Amazing Newborn, Introduction to Breastfeeding, Keeping Baby Safe, Lowdown on Labor, Pregnancy Matters, Mommy Yollet and Car Seat Safety Check-Up Clinic, 941-745-6925. Support groups include: Lap-Band Surgical Weight- Loss, 941-745-7245; Pregnancy Loss, 941-745-7436; Women Living with Cancer, 941-745-6925 and HOPE Stroke Support Group for stroke survivors and caregivers. HOPE meets the second Thursday of each month at the Bradenton Country Club. Call 941-750-6542. The Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center at Health Park East on State Road 70 also host arthritis, Parkinson’s and water aerobics classes, call 941-745-7559 for information. Manatee Memorial’s Senior Advantage (50+) Program offers free and discounted services each month for members. Call 941-745-7548 to find out more information and to join.
Exercise classes at Anna Maria Island Community Center: 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, information 941-778-1908 ext.0; all classes are $6 per class for members, $12 for nonmembers unless noted otherwise:
n Iron yoga: intermediate class 9-10 a.m. Saturdays with Laura Bennett, health fitness specialist.
n Dance aerobics: 9-10 p.m. Fridays, November through July, with Mo Dye.
n Muscles and more: 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays with Sherry Fideler, certified fitness instructor.
n Pilates/yoga: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays with Laura Bennett, certified health fitness specialist.
n Stand and be fit weight-bearing exercise: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, November through May, with Sherry Fideler, certified fitness instructor.
n Tai chi for arthritis and beginners: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, October through May, with Sherry Fideler, certified fitness instructor.
n Tai chi intermediate: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Thursdays, October through May, with Sherry Fideler, certified fitness instructor.
n Yoga for relaxation: 9-10:15 a.m. Monday and Friday, November through April, with Linda Morassi on Mondays; Dolce Little, certified Kripalu Yoga instructor on Fridays.
n Zumba: 9-10 a.m. Mondays, October thru May, with Liza Gorin, fitness instructor.