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Date of Issue: January 30, 2008

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Jan. 30

8 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce hosts a breakfast meeting at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2466.

10:30 a.m. to noon The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Academy for Lifelong Learning speaker series features historian Jeffery Moates at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

Friday, Feb. 1

9:30 a.m. Church Women United meets at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, for a human rights celebration. Information: 941-778-6483.

10 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, hosts a workshop on making seashell gourds. Information and registration: 941-778-2099.

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Friends of the Island Library host a members-only a preview of the Friends Book Sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:30 p.m. The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island holds a reception for February’s featured artist, Ginny Eitman, at the Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

6 p.m. The Dancing Crane Gallery, 1019 10th Ave. W., Bradenton, hosts an exhibition, “Goddesses and Nudes,” featuring the work of Islander Lolly Owens and others. Information: 941-744-1333.

Saturday, Feb. 2

9 a.m. to noon King Middle School’s environmental club holds an electronic collection cleanup day. People are invited to bring their old electronics to the school parking lot for donation from 9 a.m. to noon. Information: 727-251-9367.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Friends of the Island Library holds the Friends Book Sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. the Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines annual show takes place at the Neel Performing Arts Center on the MCC Campus in Bradenton. Information and tickets: 941-794-0218.

4:15 p.m. The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, hosts “The March of the Penguins” during a Night at the Museum Family Adventure.” Information: 941-746-4131.

Sunday, Feb. 3

2 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts the U.S. Air Force Reserve Band in a free concert. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Information: 941-778-1908.

6 p.m. The Super Bowl takes place in Arizona with the kickoff at 6:18 p.m. It will be televised on the Fox Network.

Monday, Feb. 4

1:15 p.m. The Gulf Coast Writers group will meet at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.

7 p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, hosts a lecture “The Macro World of Indonesia” with author and photographer Stan Waterman. Information: 941-388-4441.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The speaker is Rick Puckett of Times Financial talking about charitable giving. Information: 941-778-1880.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Longboat Key Cocktail Lounge, 6850 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, hosts a benefit jewelry show with free appetizers and Happy Hour drink prices. Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes. Information: 941-383-7180.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

11:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

2 p.m. The Friends of the Island Library present a program with Mark Wayman of Island Kayak Tours at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Ongoing:

  • The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island features the work Bradenton artist Ginny Eitman in February. Information: 941-778-6694.
  • Island Gallery West’s featured artist for February is Richard Stewart, a Tampa-based photographer and artist. The gallery is at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
  • The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria hosts Jean Blackburn’s “Myakka Series: New Work,” an exploration of the Myakka River in photographs and oil paintings.
  • Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through March. Information: 941-778-1915.
  • Pet lovers share stories on the second Wednesday of the month at the Martinique North condominium in the “Surf Clubhouse,” 5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1989.
  • The Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells Early Settlers bread on Wednesdays at the museum. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • Through April 27, the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., hosts “John J. Audubon: Birds of Florida,” a selection of rare and valuable Audubon works of art and artifacts. Information: 941-746-4131.
  • 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 Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, offers a range of classes for adults and children Mondays through Saturdays, including cooking, dance, fitness and art classes. The Center also hosts a variety of athletic programs. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
  • From 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturdays of the month, the Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, opens to visitors, with volunteers available to answer questions about the flora and fauna and hiking paths. Information: 941-729-2222.
  • On Mondays at 1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Contract Bridge Group plays at the Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-4362.
  • The second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9 a.m., the widowed persons support group meets at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Information: 941-794-3489.
  • On Tuesdays at noon, duplicate bridge is played at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
  • On Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts meetings of the Inquiring Minds group. Information: 941-778-1813.
  • The Village of the Arts located between Ninth and 14th streets west and Ninth and 17th avenues west in Bradenton holds art walks on the first Fridays and first Saturdays of the month. Information: 941-747-8056.

Coming up:

  • On Feb. 7, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts a Jazz Fest at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • On Feb. 8, a benefit for the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park the Butterfly Bash takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
  • On Feb. 8, the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, hosts a reception for Helen Romeike-Wisniewski’s one-woman show. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • On Feb. 10, the Anna Maria Wedding Merchants Association hosts an Islandwide wedding trade fair. Information: 941-778-8705.

Save the date

  • On Feb. 14, the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island presents the annual Sweetheart Dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information: 941-778-1383.
  • On Feb. 16, the American Legion Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts a variety show. Information: 941-794-3489.
  • Feb. 16-17, the Holmes Beach Butterfly Art and Craft Festival takes place at Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive. Information: 352-344-0657.
  • On Feb. 17 at 2 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra presents its opera concert featuring selections from “La Traviata” at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.
  • On Feb. 19, Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, hosts a volunteer recruitment coffee. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 438.
  • On Feb. 23, the Anna Maria Island Community Center holds its annual auction and dinner an Affaire to Remember at the Center. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On Feb. 23, the Historic Bridge Street Merchants Association hosts the Anna Maria Island Farmers Market.
  • On Feb. 29, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual fashion show at the Bradenton Country Club. Information: 941-778-1541.
  • On March 1, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts Heritage Days at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • March 8-9, the Anna Maria Island Art League presents Springfest, an arts and crafts show, at the Holmes Beach City Hall Field. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • On March 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Community Center presents its annual Tour of Homes benefit. Information: 941-778-1908.

Send calendar listings to lisaneff@islander.org. Please include time, date and location of the event and a contact number and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is at least one week prior to the Wednesday publication date.Remember, the sooner you submit your notice, the sooner The Islander can announce the event.

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