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Date of Issue: February 18, 2009

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Feb. 18

9 a.m. to noon — One-stroke painting class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through March 11. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Noon — Anna Maria Island Garden Club meeting with Japanese flower arrangement demonstration at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meet to share their writing at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Silk painting class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Floral arranging class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Feb 19

Friday, Feb. 20

5 p.m. — The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, hosts a reception for the opening of Island artist Richard Thomas’ exhibit.

Saturday, Feb. 21

8:30 a.m. — The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting with guest speaker Joe McLeod the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Open-air market along Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — “Awaken the Mystic Within” workshop with Frannie Hoffman at the Island Yoga Space, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Registration: 941-782-0770. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to noon — Artist Debra Ridgdill demonstrates how to create garden masks at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2346.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival takes place in the waterfront village at the east end of the Cortez Road bridge.

2 p.m. — Marcy and Jerry East speak about traveling to England, Scotland and Wales at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

8 to 11 p.m. — “Heart and Soul” dance featuring the Billy Rice Band at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Sunday, Feb. 22

8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival takes place in the waterfront village at the east end of the Cortez Road bridge.

7 p.m. — All Island Denominations annual ecumenical service at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

10:30 a.m. — Earthbox inventor Blake Whisenant will speak 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 presentation on “Helping Police Find Missing Persons” by Peggy Rometo at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

Wednesday, Feb 25

10:30 a.m. to noon — Intermediate Italian language lessons begin at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through April 1. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

  • 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.
  • Tuesdays at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
  • 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.
  • Every Thursday (except the first Thursday of the month) at 7 p.m., The Village Bookshop Poets and Writers Group meets at the shop, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.
  • Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through the end of May, Bradenton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts at 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366 or 941-932-9439.
  • Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., Yoga on the beach with Jasmine Bowman near the Pine Avenue public beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market along Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9552 or 941-932-9439.

Coming up:

  • Feb. 27, Junior League of Manatee County “Women in Strength” awards luncheon.
  • Feb. 28, “TogetherGreen” nationwide service project at Felts Audubon Preserve.
  • Feb. 28, Pines Trailer Park yard sale.
  • Feb. 28, Variety Show at The American Legion Post 24.
  • March 2, Harlem Globetrotters at the Manatee Convention Center.
  • March 2, Artists’ Guild Gallery 20th Anniversary.
  • March 3, “Budding Young Artists” class at the Anna Maria Island Art League.

Save the date

  • March 6, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” performance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
  • March 7, Anna Maria Island Community Center Talent Show.
  • March 7, Run for Runaways along Manatee River waterfront.
  • March 15, St. Patrick’s Day Island parade.
  • March 17, St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach.
  • March 21, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
  • March 28, Bottle Boat Regatta.
  • April, month-long Manatee Jazz Festival.
  • April 3-5, Seafood Festival downtown Bradenton.
  • April 4, Anna Maria Island Community Center Affair to Remember.
  • April 12, Easter sunrise service Manatee County Public Beach.

Off-Island Arts & Events:

Wednesday, Feb. 18

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Science Cafe featuring “The Medicinal Uses of Maggots and Leeches” at the Cellar Lounge, 4307 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131 ext. 11.

7:30 p.m. — Opening night of “Damn Yankees” at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through March 15. Box office: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Thursday, Feb. 19

7 p.m. — Syesha Mercado “Follow Your Dreams” benefit concert for gang prevention and character development programs in the Manatee School District at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.

Friday, Feb. 20

5 to 9 p.m. — Antique and Collectables show at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.

8 p.m. — Opening night of “The One That Got Away” presented by Studio 84 Productions at Manatee Community College, the music and theatre building, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, through Feb. 28. Box office: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.

Saturday, Feb. 21

9 a.m. — U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83 will conduct “America’s Boating Course” at the American Legion Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-758-5954. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. —Budget Box Flea Market, 401 42nd St. W., Bradenton. Spaces are first come, first serve. Rain date Feb. 28.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Model Train Expo at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-758-3602. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Antique and Collectables show at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-5252. Fee applies.

Sunday, Feb. 22

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Model Train Expo at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-758-3602. Fee applies.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Antique and Collectables show at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-5252. Fee applies.

6 to 9 p.m. — Caribbean Night hosted by the Ministry of Presence at the Elks Club, 2711 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-822-2131. Fee applies.

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