Free memory screening
Sue Fox, of the Sarasota Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, will present "Memory Screening for Alzheimer's" on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. This program is free and seating will be available on a first- come, first-served basis. No prior registration is necessary. For more information, call 941-778-6341.
Writer speaks on media ethics
Kelly McBride discusses ways to become a better citizen on Facebook and other social media at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. This speech is part of the Friends of the Library's Travel and Lecture Series.
McBride is vice president of the Poynter Institute, where she is teaching journalists how to be more effective with social media. She spend 15 years as a reporter for a daily newspaper.
The lecture is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.
Chill out with fire
Come to Ungarelli Preserve at 4000 Palma Sola Blvd. in west Bradenton on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. for a "Four Elements Earthwalk: Fire." This ongoing monthly series will help attendees relax, de-stress and reconnect deeply with nature. They will learn to savor nature by turning off the brain and focusing on the present moment using basic mindfulness techniques with a new element-based theme each month. The class is suitable for ages 16 and up. No reservations are needed.
Food and fun
Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach, runs each Thursday evening in February and March from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be drinks and cake available and door prizes.
Seniors hold book sale
Senior Adventures, a local club for seniors to join together for companionship and fun, will get together on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 24th St. N., Bradenton Beach, for the monthly book sale and pot luck lunch. The public is welcome to purchase books to help finance the group. For more information, call Peg at 941-778-3106.
Sale at Pines
The Pines Trailer Park, at the east end of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, is hosting its annual street sale on Saturday, Feb 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop for gently used items plus homemade pies and sloppy Joes.
Kiwanis tours The Center
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at The Center, 407 Magnolia, Ave., Anna Maria, for a tour. Members will hold their regular meeting there.
Net mending class scheduled
Local Cortez fisherman Nathan Meschelle will hold a net mending class at the Florida Maritime Museum Folk School, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This class will provide all the tools necessary to learn how to mend nets, as well as brief history of the net mending tradition in the commercial fishing village of Cortez.
This class is $25 plus a $15 supply fee. Space is limited and fees are due by Feb. 18. Call 941-708-6120 or visit the museum to register. All proceeds from this class will be donated to the Organized Fisherman of Florida (OFF) Cortez Chapter and the Folk School at the Florida Maritime Museum.
Take the preserve wagon ride
The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department has a unique way to see Robinson Preserve, by covered wagon, on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 to 10 a.m. at 1704 99th St. N.W., in Bradenton. A tour guide will explain the flora and fauna of the area, its history and highlights.
Riders are asked to show up 15 or more minutes before the time the wagon leaves. Meet at the wagon loading ramp near the screened-in pavilion. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Detect problems in time
You could be alerted to possible stroke or other health problems by taking Prevention Plus Stroke and Vascular Screening offered Tuesday, Feb. 28, and Monday, March 6, at The Center, 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria. The screenings are being offered at reduced prices.
They include stroke/carotid ultrasound for $40, abdominal aortic aneurysm for $40, arterial disease test for $40, thyroid ultrasound for $40, abdominal ultrasound for $95 and heart scan-echocardiogram for $95 or all six tests for only $179. Blood tests, liver, cholesterol, PSA and TSH tests are also available.
To register, call 888-667-7587.
Movie time at the library
The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will show "The Boys of '36" on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. The move highlights an American rowing team in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, as the Third Reich was in power and Adolph Hitler wanted to prove German superiority to the world. Attendance is free.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.
Learn to kayak
Instructors from Wayne Adventures will give a three-hour class in kayaking on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. To noon during which kayakers will explore the marshes and mangroves of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., in Bradenton. No prior experience is necessary.
For those interested in learning how to load a kayak on a car, a demo will follow. Kayak and gear are provided. All participants must wear a life jacket. Reservations are required. Call 941-742-5757. ext. 7.
Author to sign book
Russell J. Bunio will discuss and sign copies of his book, "The Graduate Handbook," on Friday, March 3, from noon to 2 p.m., at Paradise Found, 505 Pine Avenue, in Anna Maria. In "The Graduate Handbook," Bunio gives readers tips on shortcuts to applying their education to the real world. By creating a list of 50 best practices (proven and improved upon), he helps graduates or those just starting a career. Each practice is easy to understand and supported by examples.
Bunio has had a distinguished career with General Motors, Cummins Engine Co. and The Boeing Co.He was educated at West Virginia University (BS in economics) and the European American Study Center, Basel, Switzerland.
For more information or to reserve a copy, call 941-213-9687.
The 33rd Annual Greenwich/Florida Reunion, benefitting Greenwich, Conn., charities, will be held on Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jacaranda West Country Club in Venice, Fla., with buffet luncheon. Former Greenwich residents and vacationers from that city are welcome to attend.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call Grace Brown at 941-429-5423.