Recreation calendar

Recreation Calendar lists upcoming events first followed by ongoing events in rotation, in alphabetical order, as space permits. Send items to Recreation Calendar, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206; e-mail to or fax to 745-7097.


Jan. 28-29: The fifth annual Manatee County Open Golf Championship, the “Rumble on the River,” will be played Jan. 28 and 29 at River Wilderness Golf & Country Club in Parrish. The event will feature 36 holes of individual stroke-play competition. The field is open to all professionals and amateurs, male and female. Entrants do not need to be Manatee County residents. The entry fee is $125 per player and includes two round and range balls. Entry forms are at Click on Course Tour and follow the link for the 2012 Manatee County Open Entry Form. Call River Wilderness at 941-776-2602 or email at

Ongoing: Champions MMA, 1980 First St., offers several classes to keep children active as well as build and maintain confidence and a positive attitude. Lil Champions Kids Classes for ages 4-8 are held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Champions Youth Classes for ages 9-13 are held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Champions MMA also offers professional instruction in kickboxing, Brazilian jui-jitsu, wrestling, Muay Tai and fun fitness cardio MMA games. Classes for beginners, advanced and fighters both amateur and pro are offered to men and women ages 13 and older from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Contact Marley Gail, program coordinator, at 758-2857 or

Ongoing: Bradenton Senior Softball League play for men 60 and older is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday at Palma Sola Park. Call Lloyd Grantham at 792-5576 or Al Youmans at 795-6783 for more details.

Ongoing: Palma Sola Botanical Park is offering the following classes:

n Yoga/pilates with Laura Bennett from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Call 758-1741 for information.

n Introduction to yoga with Pat Richmond from 10-11:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is no charge for the class, but donations will support the botanical park. Call 795-8223 for more information.

n Yoga with Angela Simone from 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesdays and 6-7:15 p.m. Thursdays.

n Full body cardio and strength conditioning with Key Fitch from 8:45-9:45 Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 779-4082 for information.

No reservations are necessary.

Ongoing: The Salvation Army Community Sports Program is considering expanding. Coaches, players and teams are needed for a possible new indoor soccer league. Information: Tom Vick at (941) 755-3248.

Ongoing: Tyler Pastornicky, a two-time Minor League All-Star and current Atlanta Braves prospect, will be conducting professional hitting lessons in the Bradenton area. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Information: (941) 716-4890.

Ongoing: Game Ready Scout Team is looking for baseball players from 13-18-under that want to play at the next level. For more information, call Game Ready Scout Day at (863) 559-4405 or e-mail