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Date of Issue: March 11, 2009

Islander Calender

Wednesday, March 11

11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players lunch at the Sun House Restaurant, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-761-7374.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Introduction to solar energy at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Thursday, March 12

9 a.m. — Joe Mercado of the Manatee Food Bank will speak to the women of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation luncheon at 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-792-7183. Fee applies.

Friday, March 13

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Reception for watercolor/mixed media artists Barbara Hines and Midge Pippel at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6634.

Saturday, March 14

8 to 11 a.m. — Pancake breakfast and yard sale at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7072. Fee applies for breakfast.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest arts and crafts show outdoors at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

10:30 a.m. — Jay Levorone from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will speak at the Save Anna Maria Inc. meeting at the West Manatee Fire Rescue Station, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5352.

5:30 p.m. — The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island hosts “Extravaganza: Springtime in Monte Carlo” at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-730-1294. Fee applies.

Sunday, March 15

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest arts and crafts show outdoors at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

4 p.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Parade sponsored by the Beach Bistro departs from Gulf Drive and Marina Avenue proceeding north along Marina and Palm Avenue to 81st Street, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6444.

6:30 p.m. — “Island Praise” singers perform at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.

Monday, March 16

10:30 a.m. to noon and 6 to 7:30 p.m. — “Living Life with a Pink Tablecloth’ health seminar at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

 Noon — Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents “Israel-Palestine; What’s Next” with guest Philip Wilcox, former ambassador and president of Foundation for Middle East Peace, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-9287. Fee applies.

Tuesday, March 17

9:30 a.m. — Islander St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Sold out.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — “Humor, Health and Healing” seminar at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 307 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

4 to 5:30 p.m. — “Humor, Health and Healing” seminar at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 307 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

8 p.m. — Island Players special performance of “Sylvia” at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-518-4431. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Wednesday, March 18

10 a.m. — Nature journaling workshop at Leffis Key on the bayside of Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4619.

1 p.m.  — Anna Maria Island Garden Club presents its annual Penny Flower Show “Love Is” at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

5 to 7 p.m. — “Thank you” fundraiser for the Rev. Ron Joseph at the Sandbar Restaurant. Advance tickets at The Islander and Sato Real Estate. Fee applies.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Floral arrangement class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. 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.
  • Thursdays at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
  • Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Teen Group by gender for ages 11-17 meets at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • 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 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., Free yoga on the beach near the Pine Avenue public beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, through April. Information: 941-518-4431.
  • 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:

  • March 21, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
  • March 21, Collector car auction at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Convention Center.
  • March 21, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Artrageous sidewalk sale.
  • March 21, Eco Expo at Bradenton Beach City Hall.
  • March 22, Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Chorus concert.
  • March 22, Auditions for “Alone Together Again” at the Island Players Theatre.

Save the date

  • March 27, For Art’s Sake sponsored by The Islander.
  • March 28, Desoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta on the Palma Sola Causeway.
  • 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, Kiwanis sponsored Easter sunrise service Manatee County Public Beach.
  • April 18, Anna Maria Island Community Center Talent Show.

Off-Island Arts & Events:

Thursday, March 12

6 to 9 p.m. — Concert in the Grove featuring the Dr. Dave Band at Mixon Fruit Farm, 2712 27th St. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Relay for Life.

7 p.m. — Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival presents “Peace with Seals” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Tuesday, March 17

Noon to 8 p.m. — St. Patrick’s Day party at the Elk’s Club Lodge, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-1511. Fee applies.

Ongoing Off-Island Theatre:

  • “Damn Yankees” at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through March 15. Box office: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
  • “Hula-Hoop Sha-Boop” at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, through March 21. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.
  • “L’amico Fritz” at Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, through March 21. Box office: 941-366-8450. Fee applies.
  • “Tosca” at the Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, through March 29. Box office: 941-366-8450. Fee applies.
  • “Boleros for the Disenchanted” at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, through April 3. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.
  • “Inventing Van Gogh” at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, through April 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
  • “The Winter’s Tale” at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, through May 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.

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