Blood drive in honor of Shore
The Office of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller is sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manatee County Courthouse and Judicial Center, 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The event is in honor of the late Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller, R.B. “Chips” Shore.
All donors will receive a T-shirt, and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, plus a cholesterol screening.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood.
To schedule an appointment, visit www.oneblooddonor.org and use sponsor code 14196, or call 1.888.9.DONATE (1.888.936.6283). Walk-ins are welcome.
Sailor superstitions revealed
“Sailor Superstitions” opens Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Florida Maritime Museum. Learn about sailor legends and lore while enjoying light refreshments Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call 941-708-6120 or visit the Florida Maritime Museum at 4415 119th St. W. in Cortez or http://floridamaritimemuseum.org.
Snakes and LEGOs
The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will host the University of Florida extension service program on Common Snakes of Florida that you may encounter in your landscape on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m.
As part of the library’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) initiative, the LEGO club is just starting up and kids and families are invited to come and play on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m.
Native planting at Grassy Point
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is recruiting volunteers for a native planting at Grassy Point Preserve, 3099 Avenue C, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Join Around the Bend Nature Tours, the city of Holmes Beach, the Manatee County Department of Parks and Natural Resources and the Chiles Restaurant Group to help restore habitat in the preserve by planting native coastal plant species.
Wear closed toed shoes; long pants, hats, sunscreen and reusable water bottles are recommended. Bay Guardians shirts will be available for all volunteers. If you already have a shirt, please wear it to the event. Trowels and gloves will be available, but volunteers may bring their own. Lunch will be provided.
To register, e-mail Darcy Young at email@example.com or call 941-955-8085.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold a Rum Tasting (kind of like a wine tasting only pirate style) on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 6to 10 p.m. at Lynches Pub and Grub, 19B North Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota.
A $20 donation will help the Privateers accomplish their mission of “Pirates for Kids and Community.” Take a tour of the 60-foot pirate ship Skullywag.
For more information, call Lynches Pub & Grub at 941-388-5550 or Privateer Jason “Thumper” Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fishing line cleanup
Sarasota Bay Watch will hold its Seventh Annual Fishing Line Cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on City Island. Bring a boat or kayak; limited space will be available on boats and kayaks for those without boats or kayaks. Some cleanup can be done on foot around bridges.
Wear sturdy footwear, sunscreen, eye protection, hat and gloves and bring water. Lunch will be provided after the cleanup. Community Service hours are available for student volunteers. For more information or to sign up, call 941-232-2363 or visit www.sarasotabaywatch.org.
Sister Schools fiesta
Get your face painted, then dunk the school official of your choice in on Fourth Avenue in downtown Bradenton Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a scavenger hunt at 4:30 p.m.
The Manatee Riverside Rotary Club and Manatee County’s three International Baccalaureate schools - Southeast High, Johnson Middle and Wakeland Elementary – are sponsoring the event to raise money to help build a high school in the Central Highlands of Guatemala as part of the International Baccalaureate Sister Schools program (Facebook: escuelashermanas.org).
Principals Mario Mendoza, of Wakeland, and Carl Auckerman, from Johnson, and Southeast Athletic Director Daniel Bradshaw will take turns in the dunk tank with a special appearance by Ricco Kangaroo.
The Southeast Art Club will be painting faces, Rotary sliders are on the menu, and Mayan crafts will be on sale. The Rotary Club and International Baccalaureate program will have information booths. For more information, call 941-224-8232 or e-mail email@example.com.
Off Stage Ladies lunch
Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at Bella Mia Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant, 5917 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, for a buffet lunch. The program will be the Island Players’ directors presenting a season preview. Come and meet the directors; visitors are always welcome. Call Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431 for more information.
Paranormal activity at library
The Island Library’s Halloween program on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m., will feature the Paranormal Society of Bradenton, which does a ghost tour of downtown Bradenton, discussing what they do and demonstrating some of the equipment they use in hunting for spirits. The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Golfing for God
Golfing for God, a nine-hole scramble followed by an optional buffet dinner and Bible study led by Dr. Bob O’Keef, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
The scramble is suitable for all levels of golfers. Proper golf attire is required. The buffet will start at approximately 6:15 p.m. and the Bible study will begin between 6:45 and 7 p.m.
Sign up at the church, e-mail to info@RoserChurch.com or call 941-778-0414.
The cost is $40; $25 for buffet and Bible study only, including coffee/tea, tax and gratuity. Please pay by check payable to Bradenton Country Club.
The 13th Annual Goblin Gathering will be held on Friday, Oct. 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton with the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department.
The event is held in conjunction with National Night Out, a program to strengthen neighborhood spirit and create police-community partnerships to make our community a safe place to live.
Bring the family and join in the costume contest, face painting, hayrides, bounce houses and an 18-foot inflatable slide.
A $5 wristband is sold for children to participate in activities. Parental participation is free. Several local businesses, along with the Anna Maria Island Privateers, will be participating by passing out treats and sweets to participants, providing a safe alternative for children to trick-or-treat.
For more information, or to become a sponsor, call 941-742-5923.
The Friends of De Soto National Memorial is sponsoring a sunset cruise on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. on Paradise Boat Tours, leaving from the Historical Bradenton Beach Pier on Bridge Street. The cruise will travel on Sarasota Bay for 90 minutes. The cost is $35 for non-members and $30 for members. Proceeds will benefit De Soto National Memorial. To make reservations go to the Friends of De Soto Website at www.friendsofdesoto.org and reference October Boat Tour Tickets. For more information, call 941-704-6825.