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Date of Issue: December 17, 2008

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Dec. 17

3:30 p.m. — Save Anna Maria Island Inc. dedication ceremony honoring Melody Kramer, SAM founder, at the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431 or 941-778-2549.

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.

Thursday, Dec. 18

10:15 a.m. —Friends of the Island Branch Library book club discussion on “The Last Days of Dogtown” at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4669.

Saturday, Dec. 20

8:30 a.m. — The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting with guest speaker Sissy Quinn, executive administrator of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts the Where’s Woody Art Yard Sale.

9 a.m. to noon — Pier Regulars Christmas party at the Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Bridge Street Market featuring music, food and shopping at 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Winter begins today.

Hanukkah begins at sundown.

2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra “Season of Joy” concert at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.

Monday, Dec. 22

Manatee public schools close for the winter break. Classes resume Jan. 6.

Tuesday, Dec. 23

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

Wednesday, Dec. 24

6 p.m. — Gospel concert featuring Greg Buchanan at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7845.

Ongoing:

  • “Birds of the FISH Preserve” photograph exhibit at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, through Jan. 12. Information: 941-708-6120.
  • 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. 27, Kiwanis meeting with guest Scott Pardue.
  • Dec. 30, Rotary Club meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant.
  • Jan. 3, Bay Wise kayak tour of Otter Key.
  • Jan. 3, New Year ritual yoga workshop at Island Yoga Space.

Save the date

  • Jan. 6, Juried Open Aqueous and Signature show at The Studio at Gulf and Pine.
  • Jan. 17, AME 5k Dolphin Dash.
  • Feb. 1, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary celebration.

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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