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Date of Issue: December 07, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Dec. 5

5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a business-card exchange at Bridge Street Interiors in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts Joan Dickinson discussing resolutions for the new year. Information and reservations: 941-778-1908.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Noon to 3 p.m. - The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, sponsors a personal finance seminar in the church fellowship hall. Information: 941-383-6491.

Friday, Dec. 7

6 p.m. - The Holiday Night of Lights takes place on Sarasota’s St. Armands Circle. Information: 941-388-1554.

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - The Holmes Beach merchants host the annual “Downtown Holiday” celebration with visits from Santa and the Anna Maria Island Privateers, as well as music, refreshments and shopping in the Gulf and Marina drives area. Information: 941-778-7978.

7 p.m. - The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office sponsors the grand opening of the Florida Maritime Museum in the renovated 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse, Cortez Road and 119th Street West, Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

Saturday, Dec. 8

8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets for a program and a breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The guest speaker is Jack Carroll, a former Marine who was at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Information: 941-778-7823.

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez Road and 119th Street West, Cortez, hosts a public grand opening. Information: 941-708-6120.

9:30 a.m. - The REAL Women’s Ministry of Crosspointe Fellowship hosts a Christmas brunch - open to friends, family and co-workers - at the church, 5806 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7845.

10 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade takes place, beginning at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. A party with refreshments and Santa presenting gifts for children follows the parade. Information: 941-752-5973.

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts Winterfest Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in the Holmes Beach City Hall field on Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-2099.

10 a.m. to noon - The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, hosts “Holiday Stories from Around the World.” Information: 941-746-4131, or visit www.southfloridamuseum.org.

Sunday, Dec. 9

8:30 a.m. - St. Bernard Catholic Church hosts the first pancake breakfast of the season in its fellowship hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts Winterfest Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in the Holmes Beach City Hall field on Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-2099.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - The Friends of the Island Library celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Island Branch Library at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Monday, Dec. 10

2 p.m. - A Celebration of the Creative Spirit Art Show opens at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria. The show continues through Dec. 19. . Information: 941-778-1906.

6 p.m. - A lesson in knitting is presented at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron presents a class on knots at the squadron building, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-714-0449.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

10:30 a.m. - Ellen Jaffe Jones, a volunteer with the Anna Maria Island Community Center and a media consultant, discusses “The Inside Scoop on TV News” at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Noon - The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The speaker is Peiter Visser of the Escape School, who will talk about “Smarter Kids Are Better Kids.” Information: 941-778-1880.

6:30 p.m. - Silvia Zadarosni of Silvia’s Flower Corner leads a class in creative floral arranging at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

7 p.m. - Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts Swedish musicians for a free public concert. Information: 941-778-1813.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

7:45 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast meeting at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

Noon - The Anna Maria Garden Club celebrates the holidays with a musical program and a luncheon at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

1 p.m. - The Island Library Book Club meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Ongoing:

  • The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria displays the work of photographer Nikita Kavoukles in December. Information: 941-778-1906.
  • The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, offers a range of courses for adults and children Mondays through Saturdays, including cooking, dance, fitness and art classes. The Center also hosts a variety of athletic programs. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
  • The second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9 a.m., the widowed persons support group meets at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Information: 941-794-3489.
  • On Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts meetings of the Inquiring Minds group. Information: 941-778-1813.
  • The Village of the Arts - located between Ninth and 14th streets west and Ninth and 17th avenues west in Bradenton - holds art walks on the first Fridays and first Saturdays of the month. Information: 941-720-2775.
  • On the second Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 holds a “GPS for Mariners Course” at 10 a.m. at the Mote Marine Keating Center, Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.
  • On the last Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 hosts a basic “America’s Boating Course” in the Buchanan Room at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.

Coming up:

  • On Dec. 15, The Islander hosts the “Where’s Woody” arts and crafts yard sale at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
  • On Dec. 15, the Women of the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, welcome Santa Claus and children who’d like to talk with him. Reservations required. Information: 941-752-7777.
  • On Dec. 15, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, hosts the annual Bethlehem Walk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
  • On Dec. 16, the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra presents its holiday concert at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.

Save the date:

  • The second annual Dolphin Dash is scheduled for Jan. 19. The event consists of a 5k run beginning at 8 a.m.  Entry forms are available in the school administrative office. Pre-registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 16-years-old. Information: 941-778-5525.
  • On Jan. 19, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents the 2008 Rotary Extravaganza and Casino Night at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-746-7517.
  • On Jan. 29, Florida holds its presidential preference primary.
  • On Feb. 2, the Friends of the Library hold the annual Friends Book Sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
  • On Feb. 7, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts a jazz fest at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • On Feb. 8, a benefit for the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden - the Butterfly Bash - takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
  • On Feb. 10, the Anna Maria Wedding Merchants Association hosts an Islandwide wedding trade fair. Information: 941-778-8705.
  • On Feb. 23, the Anna Maria Island Community Center holds its annual acution and dinner - an Affaire to Remember - at the Center. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On March 1, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts Heritage Days at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.

Send calendar listings to lisaneff@islander.org. Please include time, date and location of the event and a contact number and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is at least one week prior to the Wednesday publication date.Remember, the sooner you submit your notice, the sooner The Islander can announce the event.

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