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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Dec. 1
7 to 8 a.m. - Pier regulars meeting at the Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.

9 a.m. - Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

10 a.m. to noon - Old Master's Methodology Oil Painting class with Paul Scibilia at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.

Noon - Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island pot luck charity luncheon with guest speaker Pierrette Kelly at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-6083.

1 to 6 p.m. - Travel Show with Fantasy Travel at the Elk's Lodge No. 1511, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 795-3900.

5 to 7 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange, Harrington House, 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Book fair at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.

6 to 9 p.m. - "All That Glitters" holiday showcase to benefit Meals on Wheels at Evolve Wellness Studio & Spa, 908 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. Information: 747-4655, or www.mealsonwheelsplus.org. Fee applies.

7 to 9 p.m. - "Wall of Truth" arranged by RATPACK on display at Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton.

Thursday, Dec. 2
Noon to 4 p.m. - AARP Driver Safety Course at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 776-1158. Fee applies.

7 to 8:15 p.m. - Buddhist teachings by Kelsang Donwang, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

6 p.m. - Debbie Scott debuts her new "smile by Dr. Gy Yatros" at Solo's Pizza, East Bay Plaza, Holmes Beach.

8 p.m. - Opening night "The Orphans" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 3
Noon to 4 p.m. - AARP Driver Safety Course at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 776-1158. Fee applies.

5 to 8 p.m. - Holmes Beach Downtown Holiday Open House along Gulf and Marina Drives, Holmes Beach.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Opening reception for the "Digital Fine Artists Association" exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.

6 to 9 p.m. - "Holiday Cocktail Nights" featuring steel drum music and food at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. Information: 355-1112, ext. 303 or 313. Fee applies.

6 to 9 p.m. - Holiday Night featuring the arrival of Santa Claus and performance by the West Coast Children's Gospel Choir at St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.

8 p.m. - Florida West Coast Symphony Masterworks concert at Neel Performing Arts Hall, Manatee Community College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 953-3434. Fee applies.

Saturday, Dec. 4
8:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at Fit to Eat Deli, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0355.

8:30 a.m. - Walk-a-dog-a-thon fundraiser for the Humane Society at G.T. Bray Park, 51st Street, Bradenton. Information: 747-8808.

9 a.m. - Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Holiday Hobby and Craft Fair at Gulfshore of Longboat Key, 3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Digital Nature Photography Holiday workshop with Jade Gates at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota. Information: 322-1000. Fee applies.

10 a.m. - Privateers Christmas Parade from Bayfront Park, Anna Maria, to Coquina Park, Bradenton Beach. Information: 752-5973.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Christmas Open House at Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 782-1130.

10:30 a.m. - Holmes Beach City Commissioner Roger Lutz at Holmes Beach Civic Associationn's second "community chat," at Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive.

11 a.m. - Canine contests at G.T. Bray Park, 51st Street, Bradenton. Information: 746-3611.

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Privateers Christmas party for children 12 and under at Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 752-5973.

Noon - American Fido Talent Show at G.T. Bray Park, 51st Street, Bradenton. Information: 729-8631.

12:30 p.m. - Canine Christmas Fashion Show at G.T. Bray Park, 51st Street, Bradenton.

12:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Meet Santa Claus on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 782-1130.

5 p.m. - The Islander Lighted Boat Parade from Bradenton Beach City Pier and Bimini Bay to Anna Maria City Pier. Information: 778-7978.

7:30 p.m. - The Islander fireworks display at Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7978.

Sunday, Dec. 5
7:30 p.m. - Auditions for "Over the Tavern" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 747-2506.

Monday, Dec. 6
8:30 a.m. - Internet class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

10:15 a.m. - Gulf Coast Writers present "Writing as a Career" at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 761-9036.

6 p.m. - Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island holiday pot luck and Bay Shore Flutists' presentation at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.

6:15 to 8:30 p.m. - Chart Smart class at the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 714-0449.

Tuesday, Dec. 7
10 a.m. - Pearl Harbor survivor recognition day at the American Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-3489.

Noon to 3:30 p.m. - Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

1 to 4 p.m. - Veterans service officer at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Appointments: 749-3030.

8 p.m. - Opening Night of "Riverfront Christmas: A Holiday Musical Revue" at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Dec. 8
9 a.m. - Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

10:30 a.m. - Friends of the Island Branch Library Book Club at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

1 p.m. - Guided nature walks at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota. Information: 322-1000.

Ongoing:

  • "The Orphans" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through Dec. 12. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.
  • Children's art classes at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Beach Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Dec. 13. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
  • "Riverfront Christmas: A Holiday Musical Revue" at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Dec. 19. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
  • Basket-weaving class with Pam McMillen at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Dec. 21. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
  • Old Master's Methodology Oil Painting class with Paul Scibilia at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Dec. 22. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
  • "Holiday Lights and Jungle Nights" at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, through Dec. 23. Information: 355-1112, ext. 303 or 313. Fee applies.
  • "Digital Fine Artists Association" exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Dec. 30. Information: 778-2099.

Upcoming:

  • Pastel art demonstration at the Artists Guild Gallery Dec. 9.
  • Open House at the Artists Guild Gallery Dec. 10.
  • Herbie Rose watercolor demonstration at South Florida Museum, Dec. 10, 11.
  • Family origami class at the Island Branch Library Dec. 11.
  • Breakfast with Santa at Sarasota Jungle Gardens Dec. 11.
  • Pioneer Days at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center, Sarasota, Dec. 11.
  • Battle of the Bulge 60th year anniversary at the American Legion Post No. 24 Dec. 11.
  • Winterfest Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at Holmes Beach City Hall Park Dec. 11-12.
  • Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting at the Prime Outlets, Ellenton, Dec. 12.
  • Advent Cantata with Orchestra at First United Methodist Church, Bradenton, Dec. 12.
  • Manatee Widowed Persons visit the Ringling Art Museum Dec. 13.
  • Docking, Anchoring and Line Handling Fundamentals at the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron Dec. 13.
  • Stepping-stone craft class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Dec. 13-14.
  • Asolo Play Readers at the Island Branch Library Dec. 14.
  • Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party at the Sandbar restaurant Dec. 14.
  • Bethlehem Walk at Roser Memorial Community Church, Dec. 18.

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