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Date of Issue: December 03, 2008

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Dec. 3

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. 4

9:30 a.m. — The women of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation Christmas party with a special Advent Eucharist service at 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Reservations: 941-778-1638.

Friday, Dec. 5

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Holmes Beach businesses in partnership with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce host a holiday open house in the downtown shopping district near Gulf and Marina drives.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Opening reception for the Peggy Potter: Pastel Moments exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Opening reception for watercolorist Sue Lynn Cotton at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-753-4760.

Saturday, Dec. 6

8:30 a.m. — The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

9 a.m. to noon — Bay Wise kayak tour from Ringling Causeway to Hudson Bayou. Space is limited to 15 participants. Information: Sarasota Bay Estuary Program offices, 941-955-8085.

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.

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Christmas Bazaar at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-383-0433.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Women are invited to a Christmas brunch with guest speaker Ann Rector sharing “A Presence of Angels” at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7845. Bring two dozed cookies to participate in the holiday cookie exchange.

9:30 a.m. to noon — Self-Care yoga practice workshop at the Island Yoga Space, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Registration: 941-713-1637. Fee applies.

11 a.m.  to noon — Watercolor demonstration by Roger Rockefeller at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-753-4760.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Islander-Lester Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Noon to 2 p.m. — Santa Jaws will be in the courtyard at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, through Dec. 20. Information: 941-388-4441. Admission fee applies.

4 p.m. — Service followed by a chicken dinner at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-383-0433.

Sunday, Dec. 7

Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Christmas Bazaar at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-383-0433.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

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

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

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.

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. 12, Birds of the FISH preserve exhibit at the Florida Maritime Museum.
  • Dec. 13, Artists Guild art sale in the Island Shopping Center.
  • Dec. 13, Funky beads class for kids at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
  • Dec. 13-14, Winterfest art and craft festival at Holmes Beach City Hall.
  • Dec. 14, Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church.

Save the date

  • 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.

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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