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Date of Issue: December 10, 2008

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Dec. 10

11:30 a.m. — The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players Christmas luncheon at the Londoner Bed and Breakfast, 304 15th St. W., Bradenton. Reservations: 941-761-7374. Fee applies.

6:15 p.m. — Soup Supper at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

7 p.m. — Holden evening prayer at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

Thursday, Dec. 11

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce “Nooner” lunch at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-383-2466.

Friday, Dec. 12

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Opening reception for “Birds of the FISH Preserve” photograph exhibit at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, through Jan. 12. Information: 941-708-6120.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Reception for watercolor artist Sue Lynn Cotton at the Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6634.

Saturday, Dec. 13

8:30 a.m. — The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting with guest Neal Finelli, publisher and owner of Taste Dining and Travel magazine, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island art sale in the parking lot of The Island Shopping Center on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

10 a.m. to ? — The Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade will stage at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria City and travel the length of the Island to Coquina Beach, followed by the Privateers holiday party with free hot dogs and sodas for children, as well as Santa visits and presents. Information or to sign up, 941-752-5973.

10 to 11 a.m. — Couples massage class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

10 to 11:30 a.m. — Funky beads for kids class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Winterfest arts and crafts festival at Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

5 p.m. to ? — Christmas on Bridge Street, merchants open house followed by a lighted boat parade viewing on the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

6:30 p.m. — Bethlehem Walk departing from Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

Sunday, Dec. 14

8 to 11 a.m. — Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.

10 a.m. — The Longboat Island Chapel Choir presents a “Pageant of Winter Solstice Celebrations” at 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-8574.

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Winterfest arts and crafts festival at Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

4 p.m. to ? — Nick Sabella Benefit on the Beach with live bands, food and prizes at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222. Fee (donation) applies.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

4 p.m. — Inquiring Minds presents an inter-faith look at Judaism at Gloria Dei Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

7:30 p.m. — Christmas with the Bay Chorale at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 941-753-5634. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

5:30 p.m. — Holiday movie and craft project for teens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6:15 p.m. — Soup Supper at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ticket information: 941-778-1813.

7 p.m. — Holden evening prayer at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

Ongoing:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Coming up:

  • Dec. 17, Teen night at the Island Branch Library.
  • Dec. 19, Winter Solstice yoga workshop at the Island Yoga Space.
  • Dec. 20, Pier Regulars holiday party.
  • Dec. 21, Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra “Season of Joy” concert.
  • Dec. 22, Manatee public schools close for winter break.

Save the date

  • Dec. 24, gospel concert at CrossPointe Fellowship.

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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