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.
March 1: The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will hold its inaugural Run Through the Groves 5k at 8 a.m. March 1 at Mixon Fruit Farms. The race will be in conjunction with the annual Orange Blossom Festival at Mixon. The cost is $25 for pre-registration and $20 the day of the race. Register at Active.com by searching LECOM Run Through the Groves). All proceeds benefit the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund. For sponsorship information, contact Michael Polin at 941-782-5927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 2: Saint Stephen's Episcopal School will hold a new Olympic Soccer Academy program to be hosted at the Moore Athletic Complex at Turner Fields starting March 2. The program is under the leadership of former U.S. Men's Soccer Olympic coach and Saint Stephen's Associate Athletic Director Tim Mulqueen and is open to public students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The training strategy for the Olympic Soccer Program features speed and agility exercises, technical and functional training based on the U.S. Soccer National Curriculum and team tactical work. The Olympic Soccer Program starts March 2 and runs on subsequent Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15 p.m. until May 6 with the exception of March 30-April 7 for spring break. Participants will have the option of participating the eight Monday sessions ($160), the nine Wednesday sessions ($180) or all 17 sessions ($300). Interested participants can register at https://saintstephens.campbrainregistration.com/.
March 23: The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders are accepting registration for the sixth annual Baseball Basics for Women clinic presented in partnership with Manatee Memorial Hospital. The clinic is intended for young adult and adult women interested in learning or refining their baseball fundamentals. It will be held from 6;30-8:30 p.m. March 23 at McKechnie Field. The registration fee is $45. Pirates major and minor league players and coaches will instruct participants in hitting, catching, running the bases, and fielding. Each of the women also will receive a free T-shirt, a goodie bag filled with prizes and a ticket to the March 28 game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Gecko's Grill & Pub will provide dinner after the clinic. The Kona Bar built by NDC Construction will be open for family members and guests during the clinic and for participants during dinner. All participants will be entered in a raffle for a ceremonial first pitch opportunity for the March 28 game. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Manatee Memorial Foundation. The Manatee Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the health-related needs of the Manatee County community. Community healthcare needs and scholarships for medical education are the benefactors of the Foundation. Registration for Baseball Basics for Women must be completed by March 2 in order to be guaranteed a T-shirt. The Baseball Basics for Women registration form can be accessed online at www.bradentonmarauders.com. For more information or to register, call Carly Paganelli at 941-747-3031 (ext. 4362) or email Carley.Paganelli@pirates.com.