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Date of Issue: March 23, 2006

Islander Calender

Wednesday, March 15

11:30 a.m. to noon - "Nooner" networking lunch at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 383-2466. Fee applies.

Noon - Anna Maria Island Historical Society volunteer appreciation lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 100 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-0492.

1 to 3 p.m. - Anna Maria Garden Club "Penny Flower Show" at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-4683.

1:30 p.m. - Mummer String Band concert and ice cream social at Braden Castle Park, One Office Drive (off State Road 64 and 27th Street East), Bradenton. Information: 746-7700.

6 to 7:30 p.m. - Parent support group at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies. Childcare provided.

8 p.m. - Czech classical guitarist Vladislav Blaha performs at Neel Performing Arts Center, Manatee Community College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-5252.

Thursday, March 16

2 and 7 p.m. - Florida mystery writer’s series presents Bob Morris, author of "Bahamarama" and "Jamaica Me Dead," at Mote Marine Laboratory, Keating Education Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441, ext. 333.

6 to 8 p.m. - Artists reception for Russian Art exhibit at Wallace Fine Art, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-0746

6:30 p.m. - Island Garden Club pot-luck dinner and presentation on Roses at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-3580.

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

7 p.m. - Bay Chorale concert at First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 761-1221.

Friday, March 17

9:30 a.m. - St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-4865. Fee applies.

11 a.m. - St. Patrick’s Day party at the Bradenton Elks Lodge, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 792-1511. Fee applies.

1 to 2 p.m. - Family caregiver support group at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 747-4655.

Saturday, March 18

8 a.m. - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk at Siesta Key Beach. Information: 383-1180.

8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Safe boating class at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, G.T. Bray Park, 5801 33rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 795-6189. Fee applies.

8:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Club meeting with guest Janene Witham, from the Manatee Players, at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

9 a.m. - Master Gardener’s plant identification walk at the north end of 75th Street, Bradenton. Information: 722-4524.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes at various locations. Tickets available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-7978. Fee applies.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - "Food for Life" cooking class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.

Sunday, March 19

4 p.m. - Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s marching parade departs Holmes Beach City Hall, northbound on Marina Drive-Palm Avenue, ending at the intersection of Palm and Gulf Drive. Kids "best leprechaun" contest. Information: 778-6444.

Monday, March 20

Noon - Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents "Election 2006: Democrats Out to Win" with guest C.J. Czaia at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287. Fee applies.

2 p.m. - Anna Maria Historical Park garden tour with guest Mike Miller at the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-0492.

4 and 7 p.m. - "Andrea Doria: Dive to Adventure & Danger" presentation by David Bright at Mote Immersion Cinema, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.

7 to 9 p.m. - Pickle-ball at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, March 21

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Questions about Medicare Part-D enrollment answered by Michael Vejins at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541.

Noon - Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting with guest Mary Gayle Martin from Habitat for Humanity at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 713-0042.

4 to 6 p.m. - Longboat-Lido-St. Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce "Meet, Greet & Eat" at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-6491.

Wednesday, March 22

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Longboat-Lido-St. Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at The Vollmer Financial Group, 444 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

  • "Many Faces, One Story" Manatee Heritage Days exhibition at Family Heritage House Museum, Manatee Community College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, through March 30. Information: 752-5319.
  • Watercolors by "Lolly" Loretta Owens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through March 31.
  • Russian artists of the Surikov Institute exhibet at Wallace Fine Art, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, through March 31. Information: 387-0746.
  • "Shalom de Cuba: Lives of Cuban Jews" photo exhibit by Beth Reynolds at Manatee Community College fine art gallery, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, through April 6. Information: 752-5225.

Upcoming:

  • Heritage Days walking tour of Fogartyville March 23.
  • Heritage Days Cortez Schoolhouse tour March 23.
  • "Crises in Santa’s Workshop" seminar at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce March 23.
  • "Chapter Two" at Island Players March 23.
  • Cortez Heritage Days March 24.
  • Bradenton Gecko Gala at South Florida Museum March 24.
  • "The Art of Travel" reception at Longboat Key Center for the Arts, March 24.
  • Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Fashion Show March 25.
  • Boat Smart class at the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron March 25.
  • Pancake breakfast at Roser Memorial Community Church March 25.
  • Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra concert at Island Baptist Church March 26.
  • "How Many Gods" Inquiring Minds discussion at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation March 28.

Save the Date:

  • Island Garden Tour April 1.
  • National Library Week April 2-8.
  • Kindergarten round-up at Anna Maria Elementary School April 19.

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