Support coastal conservation
The Blue Marlin Grill is hosting a prix fixe dinner on Thursday, May 16, at 161 Bridge Street at either of two seatings – 6 and 730 p.m. Tickets are $85 each and include a four-course dinner with wine or beer pairings for each course, tax and gratuity. For more information, log onto sea2shore.org/may16event/ or call 727-954-3390.
Scientists from Sea to Shore Alliance will be on hand to chat with dinners and answer any questions.
Benefit for injured officer
There will be a benefit from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Drift In, on Bridge Street, for Bradenton Beach Police Officer Eric Hill, who was injured March 2 when his patrol Ford Explorer ran head-on into a stolen Toyota Camry being driven away from police officers.
There will be raffles, food and entertainment outside in the parking lot. Anyone wanting to donate something for a raffle should call Jill AT 526-6641.
Hill suffered a severe injury to his knee during the accident and will be off his feet for a while.
Final church sale set
St Bernard women will host their end of the year rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to noon in the church activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive. Shop for gently used merchandise including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, smart boutique items, books, jewelry, glassware, housewares and much more. Coffee and pastries will be available for purchase.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.
Democrats discuss sales tax
Two members of the Healthy Manatee Committee, Michele Garden and Sue Dickie, will discuss the proposed half-cent sales tax increase at the next meeting of the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club on Monday, May 20, at noon at the BeachHouse restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Garden is also the clinical director for the One Stop Center for the Homeless. Dickie represents the League of Women Voters on the committee. Lunch is $12 for members and $15 for guests. Everyone is welcome.
Conservation spoken here
The Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club’s Manatee Conservation Committee meets on Monday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at the upstairs conference room, Bradenton Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Learn about and share your views on Manatee County conservation issues – phosphate, wetlands and planning. For more information, contact Sandra Ripberger at 941-794- 3878 or email@example.com.
Boat Smart classes scheduled
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron is hosting the America’s Boating course, a two-part boating safety course on Saturday, June 1 and 8 (you must attend both dates), from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fee is $35 per person or $50 per couple.
The course provides an overview of various aspects of boating safety, including Florida boating rules, weather, rules of the road, boat handling and distress signals. This course qualifies you for a Florida boating education certificate. Other courses include:
• A Chart Reading Seminar – to learn how to read and use charts correctly for safe boating on Tuesday June 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The fee to cover materials is $10 per person.
• A GPS Seminar – to learn the basics of how to use a GPS for safe boating, on Tuesday June 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fee to cover materials is $10 per person.
All classes are held at the squadron building located at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Pre-registration is required. Contact Gloria or Walter at 941-795-0482 to register.