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Date of Issue: February 13, 2008

Islander Calender

The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts Gloria Hall Cropper showing basket weaving at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Islander Photo: Courtesy John Bonser

Wednesday, Feb. 13

7:45 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a sunrise breakfast at Matt & Dom’s Pastry Cafe, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.

10:30 a.m. to noon - The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Academy for Lifelong Learning speaker series features former U.S. Rep. Dan Miller talking about “The 2008 Election” at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

11:30 a.m. - The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players holds its February Valentine’s luncheon and meeting at the SunHouse Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. The Asolo Repertory Theatre Readers will entertain. Information and reservations: 941-761-7374.

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

Thursday, Feb. 14

Today is Valentine’s Day.

11:30 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon at the Sun House, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-383-2466.

8 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts the annual Sweetheart Dance sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Friday, Feb. 15

9:30 a.m. - The Friends of the Island Library board meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Saturday, Feb. 16

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., hosts a pancake breakfast and rummage sale. Kids eat free with a paying adult. Information: 941-778-0414.

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. The speaker is Lynn Lineman of Community Bank. Information: 941-795-8697.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - The 26th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival takes place in the historic fishing village. Information: 941-794-1249.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - The Holmes Beach Butterfly Art and Craft Festival takes place at the Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 352-344-0657.

10 a.m. - The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts Gloria Hall Cropper showing basket weaving.

10:30 a.m. - The Holmes Beach Civic Association holds its annual meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, hosts a book signing and short lecture program, Books with Bites. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 438.

8 p.m. - The American Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts a variety show. Information and tickets: 941-794-3489.

Sunday, Feb. 17

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - The 26th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival takes place in the historic fishing village. Information: 941-794-1249.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - The Holmes Beach Butterfly Art and Craft Festival takes place at the Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 352-344-0657.

2 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra presents its opera concert - featuring selections from “La Traviata” - at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.

Monday, Feb. 18

Noon - The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club hosts former U.S. Rep. Jim Davis at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-9287.

7 p.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, hosts a lecture - “Sabotage in the Artic: Fate of the Submarine Nautilus of 1931” - with Stewart Nelson. Information: 941-388-4441.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

10 a.m. to noon - Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, hosts a volunteer recruitment coffee. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 438.

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 Ian Munday of ShelterBox Trust Board. Information: 941-778-1880.

5:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber co-host a women’s night out at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information and registration: 941-778-1541.

Ongoing:

  • The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island features the work of Bradenton artist Ginny Eitman in February at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
  • The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, hosts an exhibit of work by Islander Helen Romeike-Wisniewski through Feb. 28. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • Island Gallery West’s featured artist for February is Richard Stewart, a Tampa-based photographer and artist. The gallery is at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
  • The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria continues Jean Blackburn’s “Myakka Series: New Work,” an exploration of the Myakka River in photographs and oil paintings. The Studio is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through March. Information: 941-778-1915.
  • Pet lovers share stories on the second Wednesday of the month at the Martinique North condominium in the “Surf Clubhouse,” 5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1989.
  • The Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells early settlers bread on Wednesdays at the museum. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • Through April 27, the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., exhibits “John J. Audubon: Birds of Florida,” a selection of rare and valuable Audubon works of art and artifacts. Information: 941-746-4131.
  • 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 Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, offers a range of classes 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.
  • From 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturdays of the month, the Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, opens to visitors, with volunteers available to answer questions about the flora and fauna and hiking paths. Information: 941-729-2222.
  • On Mondays at 1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Contract Bridge Group plays at the Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-4362.
  • 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 noon, duplicate bridge is played at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
  • 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: 941-747-8056.

Coming up:

  • On Feb. 23, the Anna Maria Island Community Center holds its annual auction and dinner - an Affaire to Remember - at the Center. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On Feb. 23, the Historic Bridge Street Merchants Association hosts the Anna Maria Island Farmers Market. Information: 941-779-2545.
  • On Feb. 29, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual fashion show at the Bradenton Country Club. Information: 941-778-1541.

Save the date:

  • On March 1, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts Heritage Days at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • On March 8, the Anna Maria Island Privateers hosts a Thieves Market at Coquina Beach. Information: 727-214-8903.
  • March 8-9, the Anna Maria Island Art League presents Springfest, an arts and crafts show, at the Holmes Beach City Hall field. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • On March 9, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a pancake breakfast. Information: 941-778-4769.
  • On March 13, “Born Yesterday” opens at the Island Players playhouse at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-6878.
  • On March 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Community Center presents its annual Tour of Homes benefit. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On March 16, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place. Information: 727-214-8903.
  • On March 22, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts a dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia 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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