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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Dec. 15

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

9 to 10 a.m. - Tai Chi for seniors and beginners with Wayne Crosby at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Noon - Anna Maria Garden Club holiday cookie swap and presentation by the Gulf Coast Flute Choir at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-3665.

Thursday, Dec. 16

6:30 p.m. - Cortez Christmas Party at the Bayside Banquet Hall next to the Cortez Kitchen restaurant at the end of 119th Street, Cortez. Information: 708-4935. Bring food to share.

7:30 p.m. - Manatee Audubon Society presentation about the Celery Fields Bird Sanctuary location with Jeanne Dubi at the First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 758-2929. Bring a treat to share.

Friday, Dec. 17

9:30 a.m. - Friends of the Island Branch Library board meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5241.

1 to 2 p.m. - Family Caregiver Support Group at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 747-4655.

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

6 to 9 p.m. - Smooth Jazz with Allon Sams at St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.

Saturday, Dec. 18

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

9 a.m. - Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 752-5973.

9 a.m. - Skateboard contest at the Holmes Beach Skate Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1001.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - The Islander "Where's Woody" sidewalk art sale at the Island Shopping Center, Marina and Gulf Drives, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-7978.

11 a.m. - Guided nature walk through Crowley Museum & Nature Center's five native habitats, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota. Information: 322-1000.

6:30 p.m. - Roser Memorial Community Church's Bethlehem Walk from Spring Avenue to Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0414.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Dickens Carolers perform at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Information: 355-1112, ext. 303 or 313. Fee applies.

Sunday, Dec. 19

2 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Chorus Christmas concert at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719. Donation suggested.

Monday, Dec. 20

8:30 a.m. - Internet class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5241.

4 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Artists Guild board meeting at the Artists Guild Gallery, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Blood drive at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.

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 p.m. - Pioneer Holiday Traditions and Candle Dipping at the Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota. Information: 322-1000.

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

8 p.m. - Koko Ray & the Soul Providers holiday party and open jam session at Grego's Almost at the Beach Tavern, Palma Sola & Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-0160.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

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

1 p.m. - "Wildlife Detectives" guided nature walk for kids at the Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota. Information: 322-1000.

Ongoing:

  • "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.
  • Art by Sue Lynn Cotton and Tom Toebe at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Dec. 30.
  • Exhibit of artwork by Rhea Chiles at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Jan. 7. Information: 778-6694.
  • "Herbie Rose: Twenty Years in Florida" art exhibit at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through Jan. 16. Information: 746-4131.

Upcoming:

  • Youth theater camp at the Riverfront Theater Dec. 28-29.
  • Butterfly Buddies children's program at the Crowley Museum & Nature Center Dec. 29.
  • Gourd fishing craft class for older kids and adults at the Crowley Museum & Nature Center Dec. 30.
  • Rescue, Rehab & Release family program at Mote Marine Aquarium Dec. 30.

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