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Date of Issue: October 18, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Noon - The Anna Maria Garden Club holds its first meeting of the 2007-08 season at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2809.

5:30 p.m. - Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts a presentation on climate change with Dr. Michael Orbach. Information: 941-338-4441, ext. 473.

Thursday, Oct. 18

4:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts a “Lights on Afterschool” open house. Information: 941-778-1908.

5 p.m. - A spaghetti dinner to raise funds for a college fund for the son of the late Holmes Beach police officer Pete Lannon takes place at the Anna Maria Elementary School cafeteria, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5575.

7:30 p.m. - Manatee County Audubon hosts nature photographer Reinier Munguia for a discussion on birds and wildlife photography at the First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-729-2222.

Friday, Oct. 19

9:30 a.m. - A Friends of the Library board meeting takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. - The Bayfest kickoff party, presented by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, takes place at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.

Saturday, Oct. 20

8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets for a program and a breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7823.

9 a.m. - The Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton, hosts a plant and antiques sale. Information: 941-748-4501, ext. 4605.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Bayfest, sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, takes place on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.

9:45 a.m. - Registration closes for The Islander’s second annual dog costume contest taking place during Bayfest at the newspaper’s booth. The contest takes place at 10 a.m. Information: 941-778-7978.

7 p.m. - Sarasota News and Books, 1341 Main St., Sarasota, hosts Island author Kathleen Flinn for a reading and signing of “The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry.” Information: www.sarasotanewsandbooks.com.

Monday, Oct. 22

5 p.m. - Halloween Medieval Nights, featuring Jude Hatcher-Bangs, the author of The Elf King books, talking about the art of fantasy takes places at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron holds a seminar on making knots at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-714-0449.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

10 a.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory holds a volunteer recruitment coffee at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 438.

Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a talk by Anna Maria Island Art League executive director Joyce Karp at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Roll up the sleeve. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a health clinic during which flu shots and pneumonia shots are given. Information 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

5:30 p.m. - Halloween Medieval Nights, featuring Paul Stonebridge and Jody Carroll demonstrating sparring and swordfighting techniques, takes places at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Ongoing:

  • The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, offers a range of courses 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.
  • Mote Marine Aquarium holds Sharktoberfest throughout October, featuring a variety of programs and presentations. Children enter for free with a paying adult. Information: www.mote.org or 941-388-4441.
  • Anne Abgott is the “Artist of the Month” at the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach through October. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 941-792-1039.
  • 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: 941-720-2775.
  • On 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 Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, hosts “Conversations at the Studio” Wednesdays at 5 p.m. The Studio also hosts “A Sense of Place” photography exhibit through November. Hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Information: 941-778-1906.
  • On the last Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 hosts a basic “America’s Boating Course” in the Buchanan Room at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.
  • On the second Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 holds a “GPS for Mariners Course” at 10 a.m. at the Mote Marine Keating Center, Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.
  • Mondays and Thursdays through Oct. 25, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 hosts a “Boating Skills and Seamanship Course” at the Mote Marine Keating Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.

Coming up:

  • On Oct. 31, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts the Trail of Treats, with costumed kids venturing out to Island businesses. Information: 941-778-1541.
  • On Nov. 2, Mixon Fruit Farm hosts a harvest celebration at the store and grove, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829.
  • On Nov. 3, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island hold its “Art and Attic Affair” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Island Shopping Center, Marina and Gulf drives, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
  • On Nov. 9, the Island arts community partners for theIsland Art Walk, which takes place at the Island Gallery West, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, Anna Maria Island Art League, Restless Native, Essence of Time and The Islander newspaper in Holmes Beach and the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • On Nov. 10, the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, celebrates its grand opening with the public. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On Nov. 11, the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra presents its first concert of the 2007-08 season - celebrating the group’s 15th anniversary - at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.
  • On Nov. 29, “Greetings” opens at the Island Players playhouse at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-6878.

Save the date:

  • On Dec. 1, the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee hosts an outdoor holiday movie in the field next to city hall at dusk. Information:941-708-5800.
  • On Dec. 7, the Holmes Beach merchants host the annual “Downtown Holiday” celebration with visits from Santa and the Anna Maria Island Privateers, as well as music, refreshments and shopping in the Gulf and Marina drives area.
  • The Anna Maria Island Art League’s Winterfest takes place Dec. 8-9 in Holmes Beach at the field next to city hall. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • The Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas parade takes place on Dec. 8, beginning at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. A party with Santa presenting gifts for children follows the parade. Information: 941-752-5973.
  • On Dec. 15, the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts The Islander-Lester Family Fun Day at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On Feb. 10, 2008, the Anna Maria Wedding Merchants Association hosts an Islandwide wedding trade fair. Information: 941-778-8705.
  • On Feb. 23, 2008, the Anna Maria Island Community Center holds an Affaire to Remember at the Center. Information: 941-778-1908.

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