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Date of Issue: January 25, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Jan. 17

10 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., opens with the smell of "Settler’s Bread," available for $4 a loaf. Information: 778-0492.

Noon to 4 p.m. - Stretch Fretwell of AARP conducts a two-afternoon driving course for seniors, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 779-2639. Fee applies.

Noon - The Anna Maria Garden Club will learn about "Decorating Clay Pots" from Jean Taylor at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave. Information: 778-2607.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Instructor Barbara Hines invites Islanders to "Sit ’n’ Knit" in an Anna Maria Island Community Center class at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information. 778-1908. Fee applies.

2 p.m. - Bonner Joy, publisher of The Islander, discusses the newspaper’s 15th anniversary in the local business series at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - The "Parenting with Love and Logic" group sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets at the School for Constructive Play, 305 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.

Thursday, Jan. 18

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. - The Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber of Commerce holds its annual meeting and awards breakfast, Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive. Information: 383-2466. Fee applies.

9:30 a.m. to noon - Artist Susie Cotton teaches the Anna Maria Island Community Center intermediate watercolor class at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Sherry Fideler begins a six-week session in beginning tai chi for arthritis for the Anna Maria Island Community Center at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

5 p.m. - The gates to the Manatee County Fair open. The fair continues at various hours through Jan. 28 at the fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave., Palmetto. Information: 722-1639. Fee applies.

6 p.m. - The Island Garden Club holds a potluck dinner and a discussion with speaker Maureen Hirthler on pesticides and fertilizer at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-3580.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Solutions To Avoid Red Tide holds Oceanfest, a dinner, program and benefit at Mote Marine Laboratory on City Island, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. Information: 941-747-5656.

7 p.m. - Bingo gets called at the Anna Silver Community Center, corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1915.

7:30 p.m. - Manatee Audubon holds a monthly meeting at the First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 758-2929.

8 p.m. - The Island Players deliver an opening night performance of "Smell of the Kill" at the group’s playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Jan. 19

9:30 a.m. - Friends of the Island Library board meeting, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Larry Auerbach offers instruction in bridge play through the Anna Maria Island Community Center at the Volunteer Fire Hall, 201 Second St. W., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

10:30 a.m. to noon - Line dancing sponsored by the Anna Maria Community Center takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts Food for Life cooking session, "Planning Healthy Meals," at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Paula Schoenwether demonstrates Photoshop techniques, Anna Maria Artists Guild gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

7 p.m. - "Vinology: The Art and Science of Wine" takes place at South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-4131, ext. 14. Fee applies.

7:30 p.m. - Scott Blum performs oldies in a concert in G.T. Bray Park Amphitheatre, 51st Street West, Bradenton. Information: 742-5923.

Saturday, Jan. 20

8:30 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club holds a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach. Information: www.annamariakiwanis.org.

9:30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. - The Pilates class sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center takes place at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

1:30 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Chorus & Orchestra holds a young artists competition, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 727-9886.

2 p.m. - Manatee Players host trumpeter Leon Merian, Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.

8 a.m. - Anna Maria Elementary School and the Bradenton Runner’s Club host the first Dolphin Dash, a 5K fitness run and a 1-mile fun run. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile starts at 9 a.m., AME, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.

Monday, Jan. 22

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Widowed Persons Support Group hears from Phyllis Elfenbein, a director at Island Players, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Local artist Glen LeFevre teaches a garden stepping-stone class for the Anna Maria Island Community Center at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

6 p.m. - Jim Davis discusses his replica brass monuments and tombs at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

4 p.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a Monday@Mote program featuring Dr. Kumar Mahadevan and Dr. David Niebuhr, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

8:30 a.m. - The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce holds "How to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud," chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Artist Susie Cotton teaches the Anna Maria Island Community Center intermediate watercolor class at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Home schooling field trip and festival hosted by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.

Noon - Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets - with guest speaker Robin Kaercher of Arts Council of Manatee County - at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 350-4326.

7 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a wine dinner, the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541. Call for reservations.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Local artist Glen LeFevre teaches a garden stepping-stone class for the Anna Maria Island Community Center at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a business car exchange at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1541.

6 p.m. - "It’s Not Your Grandma’s Bingo" fundraiser with wine and dinner, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 383-2345. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

  • The Island Players present "Smell of the Kill" Jan. 18 to Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 10009 Gulf Drive. Information: 778-5755.
  • "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Jan. 28. Information: 748-5875.
  • Art by Peggy Potter at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Jan. 31.
  • James Pay Exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb. 2. Information: 778-2099.
  • Dr. Kenneth Alonso discusses Christian mystics in "The Way of the Heart," 7 p.m. Mondays through March 26 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
  • A variety of classes - from basic drawing to stained glass to oil painting - are under way at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Beach Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
  • The Manatee County Fair continues at various hours through Jan. 28 at the fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave., Palmetto. Information: 722-1639.

Coming up:

  • Anna Maria Island Rotary Club Extravaganza and Casino Night Jan. 27.
  • Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber of Commerce "nooner" networking lunch Jan. 25. Information: 941-383-2466.
  • Mote Marine Laboratory special lecture Jan. 29 - "Triumph and Tragedy: The First Manned Dives to the Wreck of the German Battleship Bismarck." Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.
  • Manatee County Government educational forum Jan. 30 on the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program. Information: 749-3070.
  • Friends of the Island Library hold an annual book sale Feb. 3. Information: 778-6341.

Save the Date:

  • The third weekend in February, Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, brings the Cortez Fishing Festival to the historic village. Information: www.fishnews.org/festival/

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