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 email@example.com or fax to 745-7097.
Sept. 20: The Firearms Training Institute of Sarasota will host an NRA First Steps Pistol Course at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at the AmericInn Hotel Conference Room, 5931 Fruitville Road. The course will be taught by local NRA certified instructors and cover the basics of safe gun handling and shooting. The four-hour course will emphasize the safe and proper handling and use of pistols. Participants will learn about firearm safety, parts and operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, storage options and more. This course meets the Florida training requirements for Concealed Carry Permit applicants. Non-residents also are eligible. For details on the course, contact Dr. Gerald Colbert at 941-706-4358 or 941-315-0152, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ftisarasota.com.
Nov. 22: CB's Saltwater Outfitters, an Orvis Outfitter of the year, 1249 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, will hold an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Located on Siesta Key, he school will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. The instructor, Capt. Rick Grassett, also will cover leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. The cost for the school is $150 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Contact CB's Saltwater Outfitters at 941-349-4400 or email@example.com to make reservations.