Wednesday, Nov. 25
7 p.m. — All Island Denominations Thanksgiving Eve community worship service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6083. Canned food donations accepted.
Thursday, Nov. 26
2 p.m. — Thanksgiving potluck meal at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1323. Please bring side dishes and desserts.
2 p.m. — Thanksgiving community dinner at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
Friday, Nov. 27
5 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Black Friday babysitting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business lunch at Stonewood Grill, 7110 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meeting with guest Justin Noyes, children’s book illustrator, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
5 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange at Holiday Cove, 11900 Cortez Road W., Cortez. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
• First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
• 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.
• 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.
• Artists Guild Gallery Holiday Boutique at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, through Dec. 24. Information: 941-795-7805.
OFF ISLAND EVENTS
Saturday, Nov. 28
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Orban Nursery poinsettia drive-thru sale and garden walk to benefit Ty Garner, an ironman triathalete injured in a vehicle accident, at the nursery, 9601 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-8717.
5 p.m. — Al Petteway and Amy White picnic concert at DeSoto National Memorial park, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
7 p.m. — Festival of Trees and “Crosley Christmas Live” open at the Powel Crosley estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
• Dec. 3, “Annie” opens at Manatee Players.
• Dec. 4, Tree lighting, Santa visits and Privateers at the Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House, Holmes Beach.
• Dec. 4, Artists’ reception at Island Gallery West.
• Dec. 4, “Island Color” exhibit opens at the Anna Maria Art League.
• Dec. 5, Bridge Street open air market.
• Dec. 5, Bazaar at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
• Dec. 5, REAL Women’s Ministry Christmas brunch.
• Dec. 5, West Manatee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary yard sale.
• Dec. 5, Sweet Adelines Christmas Show.
• Dec. 5, Southeastern Guide Dogs open house.
• Dec. 5, Manatee River Garden Club “Holidays and Horticulture.”
• Dec. 5-6, Entre Nous Holiday Tour of Homes, 941-748-8579.
• Dec. 6, F.I.S.H holiday potluck.
• Dec. 6, Christmas Choral Concert at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, Bradenton.
• Dec. 6, Harpsichord concert at Christ Church, Bradenton.
• Dec. 6, Bobby Horton picnic concert at De Soto National Memorial.
• Dec. 9, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Sunrise Breakfast, The Gathering Place.
Save the date:
• Dec. 12, Bethlehem Walk.
• Dec. 12, Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade.
• Dec. 12-13, Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest.
• Dec. 19, Holiday open house and lighted boat parade, Bradenton Beach.
• Dec. 19, Where’s Woody Art Sale at The Islander office, Holmes Beach.
• Jan. 14-24, Manatee County Fair.
• Feb. 10, Anna Maria Garden Club Antique Appraisal Affair.
AME school calendar
• Nov. 25-27, no school.
•Dec. 10, Domino’s pizza day.
• Dec. 11, 8:30 a.m, Parent Teacher Organization meeting.
• Dec. 12-13, Anna Winter Fest.
• Dec. 15, PTO dinner and first-grade performance.
• Dec. 19-Jan. 4, winter break.
For more information, call the school office at 941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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