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Date of Issue: March 20, 2010

Islander Calendar

Wednesday, Jan. 6

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

3 p.m. — Book club meets at Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

Friday, Jan. 8

5:30 p.m. — Artist reception for nature photographer Joe Fletcher at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

5:30 p.m. — Artist reception for photographer and watercolor artist Jo Anne Curtan at the Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Homes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Opening reception for the “James Pay” all-media exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

Saturday, Jan. 9

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market and Mullet Smoke at Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-323-4075.

10 a.m. to noon — Watercolor art demonstration by Barbara Orear at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

Noon to 6 p.m. —Benefit for cancer patient Bob “Captain Crunch” Fazioli at the Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-9088.

Sunday, Jan. 10

8 a.m. — Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

4 p.m. — Inquiring Minds cross-denominational Bible study group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

Wednesday, Jan. 13

7:45 to 9 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Sunrise Breakfast at The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players luncheon at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-518-4431. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

• First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through April. Information: 941-778-2809.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

OFF-ISLAND EVENTS:

Thursday, Jan. 7

7 p.m. — Extraordinarily Human Film Series: “Man on Wire” at South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

7:30 p.m. — Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Mark Thompson presents “Afghanistan, ‘The Graveyard of Empires,’ Will the U.S. Be Next?” at Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 941-953-4252. Fee applies.

7:30 p.m. — “Sugar Babies” opens at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Jan. 24. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Friday, Jan. 8

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Sunny Shores Garden Club plant sale at the Sunny Shores Clubhouse, corner of 115th Street West and 38th Avenue, Cortez. Information: 941-795-7549.

5 to 7 p.m. — Grand opening of the Village of the Arts Welcome Center, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-7484.

Saturday, Jan. 9

8 a.m. to noon — Sunny Shores Garden Club plant sale and pancake breakfast at the Sunny Shores Clubhouse, corner of 115th Street West and 38th Avenue, Cortez. Information: 941-795-7549.

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Two-day boating course begins at the Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-0482. Fee applies.

5:30 p.m. — Sidewalk astronomy at Robinson Preserve, 704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757, ext. 1.

7 p.m. — Sunset and Stars Shutter Stroll at Robinson Preserve, 704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757, ext. 1.

Sunday, Jan. 10

9 a.m. — Master gardener tour at Robinson Preserve, 704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757, ext. 1.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce awards breakfast at the Lido Beach Holiday Inn, 233 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Beach. Information: 941-383-2466. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Jan. 13

1 to 3 p.m. — The Irish Dancers host dances with instruction at the Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Partners not required. Information: 941-778-2416.

6 to 10 p.m. — Author Anthony Aveni discusses “End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Boating GPS course at the Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-0482. Fee applies.

Coming Up:

• Jan. 14, birding and habitat conservation presentation, Island Branch Library.

•Jan. 14, Extraordinarily Human Film Series: “When We Were Kings,” South Florida Museum.

• Jan. 14-24, Manatee County Fair.

• Jan. 15, “Old Florida” exhibit opens, Florida Maritime Museum of Cortez.

• Jan. 16, Afternoon adventure paddle, Robinson Preserve.

• Jan. 16, clay art demonstration, Artists’ Guild Gallery.

• Jan. 16, Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra Young Artists Solo Competition, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church.

• Jan. 16, New to Second Best “Wearable” Sale, Church of the Annunciation.

• Jan. 16, Open-air market, Bridge Street.

• Jan. 16, Art demonstration by Caroline Whitmore, Island Gallery West.

• Jan. 16-17, Winterfest Arts and Craft Show, Coquina Beach.

• Jan. 17, “Beach Paths” exhibit opens, The Studio at Gulf and Pine.

• Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

• Jan. 19, Sarasota Bay Watch meeting, Mote Marine Laboratory.

• Jan. 19, Organ recital, Christ Episcopal Church.

Save the date:

• Jan. 21, “Swing Into Spring” fashion show, St. Bernard Catholic Church.

• Feb. 10, Anna Maria Garden Club Antique Appraisal Affair.

AME school calendar

• 8 a.m., Jan. 15, Parent Teacher Organization meeting

• 8 a.m., Jan. 16, Dolphin Dash

• Jan. 21, Domino’s pizza day.

For more information, call the school office at 941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

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