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Date of Issue: November 15, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Nov. 14

7:45 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast meeting at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

11:30 a.m. - The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players meets for lunch and a program at Pelican Pete’s Bar and Grill, 12012 Cortez Road, Cortez. Information and reservations: host Marilyn Moroni at 941-792-0028.

Noon - The Anna Maria Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, for lunch and to see Silvia Zadarosni of Silvia’s Flower Corner in Anna Maria demonstrate floral design. Information: 941-778-2607.

1 p.m. - The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a meeting of the Friends of the Library Book Club. Books by Kurt Vonnegut are on the discussion list. Information: 941-778-6341.

5 p.m. - Sand-sculpting instruction is offered as part of SandBlast 2007 on the beach at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-795-8272.

5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a business card exchange at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.

6 p.m. - The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, hosts a photography workshop. Information: 941-746-4131 or visit www.southfloridamuseum.org.

Thursday, Nov. 15

8:30 a.m. - The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a course for beginning Internet surfers. Registration is required. Information: 941-778-6341.

5 p.m. - Sand-sculpting instruction is offered as part of SandBlast 2007 on the beach near the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-795-8272.

7:30 p.m. - The Manatee County Audubon Society meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton, for a presentation entitled, “The Gopher Tortoise: Relocation as a Conservation Tool, A New Plan for Tortoise Conservation.” Information: 941-518-4431.

Friday, Nov. 16

9:30 a.m. - The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a meeting of the Friends of the Island Library. Information: 941-778-6341.

1 p.m. - The city of Bradenton Beach hosts an open house for John Chappie and his service as mayor from November 2001 through this month. The event takes place at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1005.

5 p.m. - Sand-sculpting instruction is offered as part of SandBlast 2007 on the beach near the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-795-8272.

6 p.m. - A reception for Manatee Community College’s Annual Art Faculty Exhibition takes place in the fine art gallery, building 9A, MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5225.

6:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a discussion “building better brains” with USF professor Cheryl Kirstein. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Saturday, Nov. 17

8 a.m. until sold - The Anna Maria Island Privateers smoke mullet and sell it hot-to-go in the Publix parking lot, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Proceeds will benefit the Privateers scholarship fund and other charitable endeavors. For more information, visit www.amiprivateers.org or call 941-720-0426.

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

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts the Holly Berry Bazaar. Information: 941-778-1638.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Keep Manatee Beautiful presents SandBlast 2007, a sand-sculpting competition, on the beach near the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-795-8272.

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, hosts an annual Christmas bazaar. Also today at 4 p.m., the church hosts at chicken dinner. Information: 941-778-4769.

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. (the next day) - A youth sea snooze takes place at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 229.

Sunday, Nov. 18

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, hosts an annual Christmas bazaar. Information: 941-778-4769.

Monday, Nov. 19

Noon - The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will talk politics over lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive. N., Bradenton Beach. The program will include a conversation with Wayne Garcia of Creative Loafing, an area alternative news weekly, and a discussion on “Election 2008.” Information: 941-778-9287.

6:30 p.m. - “Scrap Happy” takes place for scrapbooking enthusiasts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a talk with Gay Haines on “Think Caribbean” at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.

5 p.m. - An annual interfaith Thanksgiving service takes place at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-5959.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

7 p.m. - The All Island Denominations Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The speaker will be the Rev. Ron Joseph of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5715.

Ongoing:

  • In November, the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, honors “Artist of the Month” Shirley Rush Dean. Information: 941-792-1039.
  • In November, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, hosts two exhibits - the National League of American Pen Women in the Durante Gallery and a selection of artistic glass in the Glen Gallery. Information: 941-383-2345.
  • Through Nov. 22, the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., hosts the “Fall Open Exhibit” featuring local artists. An artists’ reception takes place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • In November, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina Drive, celebrates “Artist of the Month” Judy Strom. A reception takes place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Information: 941-778-6694.
  • The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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: 941-720-2775.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Coming up:

  • On Nov. 22, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, hosts its fifth annual community Thanksgiving Dinner. Information: 941-778-0414.
  • On Nov. 22, Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a community Thanksgiving dinner. Information: 941-778-0719.
  • On Nov. 22, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a community Thanksgiving dinner in the fellowship hall. Information: 941-778-4769.
  • On Nov. 23, Christmas on Anna Maria takes place along Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City. The holiday walk involves businesses and the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • On Nov. 29, “Greetings” opens at the Island Players playhouse at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information and box office: 941-778-5755.
  • On Nov. 30, the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, hosts a reception for “Sarasota Ink,” an exhibit featuring the work of seven area printmakers. The exhibit remains through Dec. 20. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • On Dec. 1, 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 Dec. 1, the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee hosts an outdoor holiday movie, “Miracle on 34th Street,” at dusk in the field next to city hall. 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 refreshments and Santa presenting gifts for children follows the parade. Information: 941-752-5973.
  • On Dec. 9, the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, celebrates at 25th anniversary. Information: 941-778-6341.
  • On Dec. 16, the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra presents its holiday concert at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.

Save the date:

  • The second annual Dolphin Dash is scheduled for Jan. 19. The event consists of a 5k run beginning at 8 a.m.  Entry forms are available in the school administrative office. Pre-registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 16-years-old.
  • On Jan. 19, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents the 2008 Rotary Extravaganza and Casino Night at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-746-7517.
  • 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.

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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