Recreation Calendar lists upcoming events

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.


June 19-21: Attendees at the Bradenton Boat Show may participate in the Captain Joe Fishing School classes that will be held each day. Participants will get hands-on instruction under the watchful eye of expert anglers. The "Secrets to Throwing Artificial Lures for Huge Trout and Redfish" class will be held from 10:30-11:45 a.m. June 19 and noon-1:15 p.m. June 20 with Capts. Jeremy Heimes and Joe Hebert; the "Tarpon Fishing the Skyway, Bradenton Areas and Tampa Bay" class will be held from noon-1:15 p.m. June 19 and 1:30-2:45 p.m. June 20 with Capt. Heimes; the "Huge Beach Snook -- Where to Find Them and How to Target Them" class will be held from 1:30-2:45 p.m. with Capt. Heimes; and the "Live Bait Fishing the Skyway, Bradenton Areas and Tampa Bay Areas" class will be held from 3-4:15 p.m. with Capt. Rachel Cato. The "Better Kayak Fishing Using Artificial Lures" class will be held from 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 20 with Neil Taylor; the "Live Bait Fishing -- Line, Leader and Hook" class will be held from 3-4:15 p.m. June 20 and 12:45-2 p.m. June 21 with Capt. Cato. On June 21, the "Pomano Fishing" class with Neil Taylor will be held from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; the "Reds and Snook Fishing" class with Capt. Cato will be held from 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. There will be all-day cast net fishing demos each day. The Bradenton Boat Show runs 10- a.m.-6 p.m. June 19 and 20 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Parking is free all weekend. For more information visit

July 18: The second annual West Florida Scuba Club Spearfishing Tournament will be held July 18. There will be $15,000 in cash and prizes, and the tournament is committed to raising $20,000 for All Children's Hospital and the Shriner's Hospital for Children. Named the Gene Cloud Memorial after the local legend and spearfishing pioneer, the tournament is an open format for individual divers. Eligible species and their cash prizes include gag grouper ($2,000), red grouper ($1,000), hogfish ($1,500), mangrove snapper ($1,000), flounder ($500) and sheepshead ($500). The largest fish brought in off each eligible species will win the cash prize and trophy, while second and third place in each category will win a choice of prizes. Tournament rules state participants must stay within 30 miles of land and go no deeper than 120 feet. The entry fee is $75 per diver before June 30 and $100 thereafter. The awards ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. July 18 at Bearded Clam Waterfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail. There will be a pre-party and raffle for registered entrants at 7 p.m. June 30 at Bonefish Grill, 7456 Cortez Road. The captain's meeting will be held at 7 p.m. July 17 at Scuba Quest, 3318 Manatee Ave. W. For more information, visit

July 27-31: The Mustang Golf! Camp hosted by the Lakewood Ranch High School golf team at The Links at Greenfield Plantation will be held from 9 a.m.-noon July 27-31. Personalized instruction will be provided for male and female juniors at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Camp sessions will include practice on the range, putting green and short-game practice areas. On July 31, juniors will play the course at Greenfield Plantation and an awards presentation/banquet will take place afterward. Camp instructors include Mustangs boys head coach Dave Frantz (U.S.G.T.F. Teaching Professional, FHSAA Coach of the Year, Florida Coaches Hall of Fame) and present and former members of the boys and girls golf teams at Lakewood Ranch. The camp is open to all boys and girls ages 6-16, and the cost is $150. A discount price -- $25 off -- is available for families with more than one child. Range balls, equipment (if needed), beverages and healthy snacks are included. Participants are urged to wear "softspikes" if possible, tennis shoes if not. Also, shorts, shirts with collars, towel, sunscreen and water bottle are necessary for all campers. Trophies, T-shirt, certificates, etc. will be awarded to every participant. For more information, email Frantz at

July 27-31: The Braden River High football team will host a football camp for incoming sixth- and ninth-graders from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 27-30 at the football stadium. The cost is $125 for all four days or $40 per day. Participants should bring cleats, athletic shoes, athletic shirt, socks, water/Gatorade and sunscreen. Head coach Curt Bradley and varsity players will be the camp instructors. The camp will include individual position drills, 40-yard dashes, one-on-one competition, and 7-on-7 flag football games. Each camper will receive a Braden River football draw string bag if registered before July 24. Registration forms can be found at