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Date of Issue: February 23, 2008

Islander Calender

Writer's workshop
Writers Andrew Clyde Little and Tom Henighan will discuss creative writing in a three-hour workshop at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The program will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Fee. Information and reservations: 941-778-1908.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

2 p.m. - Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, hosts a fashion show. Information: 941-383-6491.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Noon - The Anna Maria Island Historical Society annual members luncheon takes place at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

6 p.m. - The Island Garden Club of Anna Maria hosts a potluck supper at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

Friday, Feb. 22

Noon - Tricia Graziano hosts a free acupuncture demonstration at Body and Sol, 9805 Gulf Drive, second floor, Anna Maria. Information: 941-773-6134.

8 p.m. - Neel Performing Arts Center, 5820 26th St. W., Bradenton, hosts a performance of “Masterworks” by the Florida West Coast Symphony. Information: 941-3434.

Saturday, Feb. 23

7 a.m. - Runners gather for the Falcon 5K Run to benefit Saint Stephens’ Episcopal School. The race begins at 8 a.m. at the school, 3900 block of Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2121, ext. 121.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - The Historic Bridge Street Merchants Association hosts the Anna Maria Island Farmers Market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.

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 will be Cindi Harrison of Anna Maria Elementary School. Information: 941-795-8697.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a “White Elephant Sale.” Information: 941-778-3457.

9:30 a.m. - The REAL Women’s Ministry of CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a discussion on “Crime Prevention and Safety Workshop” presented by Metro Crime Prevention of Florida. Information: 941-778-7845.

10:30 a.m. - Save Anna Maria Inc. meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach, hosts its annual book sale. Information: 941-779-1208.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - The Longboat Key Club Harbourside is the site of the En Plein Aire Affair benefiting the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. The event focuses on five artists: Sue Lynn Cotton, Jack Nolan, Herbie Rose, Ken Snyder and Doug Teller. Information: 941-383-2345.

5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center holds “An Affaire to Remember” at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Sunday, Feb. 24

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. - St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a pancake breakfast. Information: 941-778-4769.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, hosts a relationship seminar. Information and registration: 941-383-6491.

5 p.m. - The Herb Harris Jazz Trio performs at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria to raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s therapy program. Suggested donation.

6:30 p.m. - Crosspointe Fellowship honors its musicians Ardith Huffman and Cecelia Meena with a service and reception at the church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.

Monday, Feb. 25

9 a.m. - The Widowed Persons Support Group of Anna Maria Island takes a field trip to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. The group leaves from the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave. Anna Maria. Fee. Information: 941-778-1908.

7 p.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, hosts a lecture - “The Dolphin Mind” with Heidi Harley. Information: 941-388-4441.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

10:30 a.m. - The Friends of the Island Library hosts Diane Milesko discussing “How to Live Well and Long” 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 Gay Haines talking about the Caribbean. Information: 941-778-1880.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

10:30 a.m. to noon - The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Academy for Lifelong Learning speaker series features Joe Kerata talking about “The Time Machine” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

Noon to 3 p.m. - The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, hosts a financial planning workshop. Information: 941-383-6491 or www.islandchapel.com.

5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a business card exchange at Century Bank, 6351 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. 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.
  • 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 Friday - Saturday of the month. Information: 941-747-8056.

Coming up:

  • On Feb. 28, writers Andrew Clyde Little and Tom Henighan discuss creative writing in a three-hour workshop at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The program will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Fee. Information and reservations: 941-778-1908.
  • On Feb. 29, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual fashion show at the Bradenton Country Club. Information: 941-778-1541.
  • 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 1, Harvey Memorial Church, 300 Church St., Bradenton Beach, hosts a rummage sale - plus a lunch and musical entertainment.
  • On March 2, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts an Irish Variety Show. Information and tickets: 941-778-4769.
  • 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 11, the Island Players present a benefit performance of “Born Yesterday” to raise money for Island Players is hosting a benefit preview performance of the Anna Maria Island Relay For Life/American Cancer Society. Information: 941-518-4431.

Save the date:

  • On March 12, the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee presents its annual seminar at Holmes Beach City Hall. This year’s program covers Florida-friendly yards and irrigation.
  • 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 17, the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, hosts the annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. Tickets at $7.50 must be purchased in advance. Information: 941-941-778-4865.
  • 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.
  • On March 23, the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis host the Easter sunrise service at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.
  • On April 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers head for downtown Bradenton and the annual DeSoto Seafood Festival. Information: 727-214-8903.
  • On April 5-6, the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park Arts and Crafts Show benefiting the garden in Holmes Beach takes place at Coquina Beach Gulfside. Information: 352-344-0657.
  • On April 5, the “Taste of Music Champagne Gala” takes place at a Bradenton bayfront home to raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus. Information: 941-778-1880.
  • On April 11, the Anna Maria Island Art League presents “Landscapes of the Island,” beginning with a reception for the exhibit at the AMIAL gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • On May 9, the Anna Maria Island Art League presents the 14th annual Manatee High Exhibit, beginning with a reception at the AMIAL gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The exhibit continues through May 28. Information: 941-778-2099.

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