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Date of Issue: February 14, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Feb. 7

7 a.m. to 8 a.m. - The Anna Maria City Pier Regulars meet at Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a networking luncheon, the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541. Reservations. Fee applies.

2 p.m. - Diana Milesko speaks about global warming at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

 

Thursday, Feb. 8

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts a yoga class, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Diana Kelly teaches sewing, embroidery and quilting at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 795-8945.

9:30 a.m. to noon - Artist Susie Cotton teaches the Anna Maria Island Community Center intermediate watercolor class at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. - The Greek Glendi takes place at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. The festival continues through Sunday at various times. Information: 941-355-2616. Fee applies.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Water's Edge of Bradenton hosts the first annual Chocolate Festival to benefit the Meals on Wheels Plus Senior Center. The festival takes place at the Water's Edge, 30th Avenue West between 14th Street West and 26th Street West, Bradenton. Information: 748-7797.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - The Manatee Young Professionals meets at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 748-4842.

7 p.m. - Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center, corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1915.

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island presents the 15th annual Big Band Dance at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1383.

 

Friday, Feb. 9

9 a.m. - A federal guide conducts a nature tour at DeSoto National Monument, north end of 75th Street in Bradenton. Information: 722-4524.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Larry Auerbach offers instruction in bridge play through the Anna Maria Island Community Center at the Volunteer Fire Hall, 201 Second St. W., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

10:30 a.m. to noon - Line dancing sponsored by the Anna Maria Community Center takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts Food for Life cooking session, "Maintaining a Healthy Weight," at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Richard Thomas' paintings and drawings are shown at a reception at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb. 28. Information: 778-2099.

 

Saturday, Feb. 10

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Privateers hold a Thieves Market, Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Information: 727-214-8903.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron hosts its annual yard sale, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 778-8408.

8:30 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast and a town meeting, co-sponsored by The Islander, with state Rep. Bill Galvano at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach. Galvano will speak at 9 a.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Information: 778-7978.

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Manatee County Conservation Lands Management Department offers a sneak peak tour of the Robinson Preserve. The department also offers events at other county preserves on various dates this month. Information: 748-4501, ext. 3654.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - A fun fest takes place at The Village of the Arts, four blocks south of Manatee Avenue between Ninth Street West and 14th Street West in Bradenton. Information: 356-3291.

9 a.m. to noon - The fourth annual Friends of Myakka River Nature-Adventure series continues with "favorite fishing spots" at Myakka River State Park. Information: 941-316-8139.

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - The REAL Women's Ministry of Island Baptist Church hosts "A Valentine Tea," 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-7845.

9:30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. - The Pilates class sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center takes place outdoors at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - "Turtles: Swimming against the Tides" is the topic children and adults will learn about at Mote Marine's education resource center, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 229. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - The Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance hosts the seventh annual Plantation Festival, Gamble Plantation, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton. Information: 723-4536.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Judy Pruitt holds a session of Family Origami at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

10:30 a.m. - The North American Butterfly Association Manatee Chapter holds a talk on the hairstreak butterfly with environmental specialist Don Stillwaugh at Rocky Bluff Branch Library, 7016 U.S. Highway 301, Ellenton. Information: 518-4431.

11 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Young Professionals hold a car wash to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the West Manatee Fire Rescue station on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Information: 744-6451.

2 p.m. - Marcy and Jerry East discuss travels to Machu Pichu, Peru, in the Island Branch Library Travel Series, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

 

Sunday, Feb. 11

10 a.m. - Jazz Worship with Al Hixon takes place at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 779-0680.

5 p.m. - The Women's Guild and Holy Name Society of St. Bernard Catholic Church hold the annual Evening with Sports Legends, a fundraiser in the church activity room, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769. Fee applies.

Monday, Feb. 12

8:30 a.m. - The Island Branch Library offers a basic Internet class at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts a yoga class, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - The Widowed Persons Support Group of Anna Maria Island Community Center meets for "coffee and conversation" at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.

4 p.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a Monday@Mote program featuring Dr. David Vaughan of the Center for Coral Reef Research, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.

5 p.m. - Capt. Zach Zacharias talks about fishing in the local business series at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

7 p.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a special lecture, "Shadow Divers: Mystery and Adventure on the Bottom of the Atlantic," 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

10: 30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - Dr. John Mellon, literary critic and retired professor, addresses the Friends of the Island Library, Island Library Branch, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

10 a.m. - Family storytime at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Artist Susie Cotton teaches the Anna Maria Island Community Center intermediate watercolor class at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Noon - Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and for a club assembly led by club president Steve Schlueter at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 447-5362.

6 p.m. - The 9-to-5 Working Women's Group of the Democratic Women's Club of Manatee County meets to hear from former Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn at Stacey's Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 778-3444.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 14

HappyValentine's Day.

All day - Workouts raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Curves, 5366 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 794-2878.

7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.

10:30 a.m. - The Friends of the Island Library book club meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

11:30 a.m. - The Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the Island Players hold its Valentine's Day luncheon meeting at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 779-9210. Fee applies.

3 p.m. - The Tingley After Hours book group meets at Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-1208.

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - A group for parents and grandparents sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets  at the School for Constructive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.

7:30 p.m. - The Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts "Valentine's Jazz in the Gallery" at the center, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2345.

Ongoing:

  • Dr. Kenneth Alonso discusses Christian mystics in "The Way of the Heart," 7 p.m. Mondays through March 26 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
  • Genevieve Alban is the featured artist of the month in February at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
  • A variety of classes - from basic drawing to stained glass to oil painting - are under way at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
  • Horseshoes get tossed in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., with warmups at 8:45 a.m.
  • The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., opens on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. with the smell of "Settler's Bread," available for $4 a loaf.
  • The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a variety of programs and classes through the season at various locations. Information: 778-1908.
  • In February, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts "Creationism vs. Evolution" - the work of Fernando Madridejos in the Glen Gallery, the work of sculptor Jorge Marin in the members gallery and a fundraising exhibit in the Durante Gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2345. Fee applies.
  • Nature photographer Joe Fletcher is the "Artist of the Month" at the Island Gallery West, 5568 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.

Coming up:

  • Feb. 15 the business women of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and the women of Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce meet at Harry's Continental Kitchen, 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 778-1541.
  • Feb. 17 the Sarasota Shell Show takes place at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
  • Feb. 17-18 brings the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival to the historic village. Information: www.fishnews.org/festival/.
  • Feb. 19 the Gulf Coast Senior Games begins with lawn bowling, shuffleboard, table tennis at various locations in the region. The games continue through Feb. 25. Information: 224-7344.
  • Feb. 20 authors Rick Catlin of The Islander, Gene Cominiek, Robert Fondes, Jack Hubbard, Jim Kissick and Siegfried Mauritz share stories of war heroics at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

Save the Date:

  • The third annual education forum sponsored by the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee, "Go Native with Plants and Trees," takes place 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Holmes Beach City Hall. Information: 778-4060.

Correction

The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra performs an "Opera Sampler" on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Island Baptist Church. Information: 794-5507. The date was incorrect in last week's calendar.

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