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Date of Issue: January 21, 2009

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Jan. 14

11:30 a.m. — The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players luncheon with guest Nancy Ambrose speaking about the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-761-7374. Fee applies.

3 p.m. — “Landscape and Nature Photography” with James Corwin Johnson at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — ScoopDaddy’s grand re-opening, 19C N. Boulevard of the Presidents, St. Armands Circle. Information: 941-383-2466.

Thursday, Jan. 15

10:15 a.m. — The Island Library Book Club will discuss “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder at the Anna Maria Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4669.

6 p.m. —The Island Garden Club of Anna Maria presents “Always and Ever, Native Plants” with guest Mike Miller at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0256.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Ballroom dance classes begin at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Friday, Jan. 16

Today is Arbor Day. And today is records day for Manatee public schools. There are no classes.

10 a.m. — Celebrate Florida Arbor Day with a gumbo limbo tree planting on Manatee Avenue East between East Drive and Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8272.

11 a.m. — Celebrate Florida Arbor Day with a tree planting at the Anna Maria City Hall parking lot on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information: 941-795-8272.

Saturday, Jan. 17

7 a.m. — Dolphin Dash race registration at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Five-k race starts at 8 a.m. from the school parking lot, followed at 9 a.m. by a 1-mile fun run/walk. Information: at 941-383-9675. Fee applies.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary yard sale at the firehouse on Second Street North at Highland Avenue in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-720-0426.

8:30 a.m. — The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting with guest speaker Bob Fowinkle, former Florida Kiwanis district governor, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

9 a.m.-1p.m.— Women’s Guild of St. Bernard Catholic Church rummage sale and food concession, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3224 or 941-778-4769.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Bridge Street Market featuring music, food, shopping and a raffle drawing at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

2 p.m. — “Egypt: From the Red Sea to the Pyramids” with eco-traveler and anthropologist Patricia McCroy at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:30 p.m. — Fifties Night at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491. Fee applies.

Monday, Jan. 19

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

5:30 p.m. — Kickoff celebration for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Star Fish Company, 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez. Information: 800-ACS-2345.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Democratic Club Inauguration party at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3444. Fee applies.

Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce business after hours at the Egret’s Landing, 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-383-2664.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

3 p.m. — “Outdoor Photography Lighting Techniques” with James Corwin Johnson at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Off-Island Arts & Events:

Saturday, Jan. 17

7 to 10 p.m. — “Brewtopia” beer-tasting event with food, music and auction items sponsored by the Junior League of Manatee County at Gold Coast Eagle Budweiser, 7051 Wireless Ct., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-748-0101 or www.jrleaguemanatee.org. Fee applies.

Sunday, Jan. 18

4 p.m. — Concert organist Bradley Welch performs at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3709.

7 p.m. — “Divos” musical fundraiser at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Monday, Jan. 19

7:30 p.m. — Sarasota Senior Theater “Comedie Tonight!” performs at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-749-1111. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

8 p.m. to midnight — Celebrate the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama with the Manatee Democratic Club in the Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-761-8385. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Coming up:

  • Jan. 23, Inauguration luncheon and fashion show at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
  • Jan. 23, “Finders Keepers: Collectors and Collections” opens at the South Florida Museum.
  • Jan. 24, Pancake breakfast at Roser Memorial Community Church.
  • Jan. 25, Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
  • Jan. 28, Better birding photography workshop at the Island Branch Library.

Save the date

  • Feb. 1, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary celebration.
  • Feb. 12, Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island presents its annual Sweetheart Dance.
  • Feb. 21-22, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.

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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