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Date of Issue: February 27, 2008

Islander Calender

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 and reservations: 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.

Thursday, Feb. 28

9 a.m. - 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. Fee. Information and reservations: 941-778-1908.

11:30 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota. Information: 941-383-2466.

1 p.m. - The St. Bernard CCW’s Winter Card Party takes place at the Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive. Information: 941-792-0311.

7 p.m. - Proceeds from his week’s bingo games at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, will benefit shooting victim Sue Normand. Information: 941-778-1915.

Friday, Feb. 29

11:30 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual fashion show at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee. Information and reservations: 941-778-1541.

Saturday, March 1

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Harvey Memorial Church, 300 Church St., Bradenton Beach, hosts a rummage sale - plus refreshments, food and musical entertainment.

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.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - The Longboat Garden Club hosts its 32nd annual Home Tour of six homes, the art center and Durante Park.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts Heritage Days at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.

10 a.m - The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes beach, hosts a demonstration in the use of yupo. Information: 941-778-6648.

Sunday, March 2

7 p.m. - St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts an Irish Variety Show featuring music, dance and comedy to raise money for a new church air-conditioning system. Fee. Information and tickets: 941-778-4769.

Monday, March 3

1 p.m. - The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meets at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The program will include a talk with Robin Kaercher, executive director of the Arts Council of Manatee County. Information: 941-778-6694.

1:15 p.m. - The Gulf Coast Writers of Anna Maria Island meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-778-7631.

7 p.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, hosts a lecture - “Things I Learned at Sea” - with Captain William “Bill” Pinkney. Information: 941-388-4441.

Tuesday, March 4

10 a.m. - A family story hour takes place 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 Linda Riggs of the Humane Society of Manatee County. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

6:30 p.m. - American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival opens at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W. Fee. Information: 941-746-4131 or www.southfloridamuseum.org.

Wednesday, March 5

11:30 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon at the Stonewood Grille, 7110 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Fee. Information: 941-778-1541.

Ongoing:

  • 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.
  • The Anna Maria Island Historical Society showcases Florida Indian artifacts, including Seminole pieces, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through March 31. 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. Fee. 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. Fees. 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. Fee. 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 March 7, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presents the Island Music Festival at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard. Information: 941-761-4766.
  • 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. Fee. 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. Fee. Information: 941-518-4431.
  • 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. Fee. 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. Fee. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On March 16, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place at 4 p.m. More details to follow.
  • On March 17, the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, The Islander hosts the annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. Tickets at $7.50 must be purchased in advance. Information: 941-941-778-4865.

Save the date:

  • On March 22, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts a dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee. 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.
  • March 24 through March 29, the Annie Silver Community Center, 105 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, hosts Eco Week. Information: 941-778-4619.
  • 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, the “Taste of Music Champagne Gala” takes place at the northwest Bradenton bayfront estate to raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus. Fee. 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.

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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