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Date of Issue: March 20, 2010

Islander Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 31

Midnight — New Year’s Eve fireworks over the Gulf at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Friday, Jan. 1

Noon — Clancy’s Irish Pub hosts its Shamrock Shiver swim at Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-2489.

Saturday, Jan. 2

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Open-air Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941- 518-4431.

10 a.m. to noon — Mixed-media art demonstration by Cecy Richardson at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

Monday, Jan. 4

6:30 p.m. — Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting and installation of officers at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

Tuesday, Jan. 5

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Chart Smart boating course at the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Registration: 941-795-0482. Fee applies.

7 p.m. — Epiphany Eve service and “Blessing of Chalk” at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

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.

Ongoing:

• 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.

Coming Up:

• Jan. 7, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Thompson speaks at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota.

• Jan. 7, Extraordinarily Human Film Series: Man on Wire, South Florida Museum, Bradenton.

• Jan. 7, “Sugar Babies” opens, Manatee Players, Bradenton.

• Jan. 8, Jo Anne Curtan artist’s reception, Guild Gallery, Holmes Beach.

• Jan. 8, Joe Fletcher artist’s reception, Island Gallery West, Holmes Beach.

• Jan. 9, Watercolor art demonstration, Island Gallery West, Holmes Beach.

• Jan. 9, Boating education seminar, Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, Bradenton.

• Jan. 9, Privateer’s smoked mullet, Coquina Beach.

• Jan. 9, Sidewalk astronomy, Robinson Preserve, Palma Sola.

• Jan. 9, Sunset and stars shutter stroll, Robinson Preserve, Palma Sola.

• Jan. 9, Cancer benefit for Bob “Captain Crunch” Fazioli, Drift-In, Bradenton Beach.

• Jan. 10, Pancake breakfast, St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

• Jan. 10, Master gardener tour of Robinson Preserve, Palma Sola.

• Jan. 12, Inquiring Minds bible study group, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach.

• Jan. 12, Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armand Key Chamber of Commerce awards breakfast, Holiday Inn, Lido Key.

• Jan. 13, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast at The Gathering Place, Bradenton Beach.

• Jan. 13, “End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012,” South Florida Museum, Bradenton.

• Jan. 13, GPS boating seminar, Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, Bradenton.

• Jan. 13, Irish dance, Tequila Beach Sports Grille, Bradenton.

Save the date:

• Jan. 14-24, Manatee County Fair, Palmetto.

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

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

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

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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