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Date of Issue: March 18, 2009

Islander Calender

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.

7 p.m. — Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee annual seminar at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Thursday, March 19

10:15 a.m. — Friend’s of the Island Branch Library book club at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4669.

6 p.m. — Island Garden Club potluck dinner and presentation by Christine Callahan about the Anna Maria Elementary School garden project at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5063.

8 p.m. — “Sylvia” opens at the Island Players Theater 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Play runs through April 5. Box Office: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, March 20

10 a.m. — Friends of the Island Branch Library board meeting at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7 p.m. — Spring Fling Talent Show at Harvey Memorial Church, 300 Church St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-725-1175.

Saturday, March 21

8:30 a.m. — The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting with guest speaker Jim DePorre presenting “How to Invest Like a Shark,” at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Eco Expo and native plant sale at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4619.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island “Artrageous” sidewalk sale in the Island Shopping Center, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes, various locations. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

2 p.m. — “Molokai: The Friendly Isle” travel presentation by Marcy and Jared East at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Sunday, March 22

8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 Harbor Drive Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769. Fee applies.

2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra “Carmen” concert at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.

7 p.m. — Auditions for “Alone Together Again” at the Island Players Theatre 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Play runs May 14-24. Box Office: 941-778-5755.

Tuesday, March 24

10:30 a.m. — Diana Milesko presents “What’s Eating America: Food and Politics in the 21st Century” at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

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.
  • The second and fourth Mondays of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Parenting with love and logic group meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
  • 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, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Bipolar and depression support group 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.
  • Thursdays at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
  • 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 26, Cultural Connections group at the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
  • March 27, For Art’s Sake sponsored by The Islander.
  • March 28, Desoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta on the Palma Sola Causeway.
  • March 28, Craft and clutter sale at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
  • March 28, Bradenton High School 67th Anniversary celebration at the Bradenton Country Club.
  • March 31, Blood drive at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Save the date

  • 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:

Wednesday, March 18

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Science Cafe discussion “Shipwrecks and Underwater Archeology” with Jeff Motes from the Florida Public Archeology Network at the Cellar Lounge, 4307 26th St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Thursday, March 19

6 to 8 p.m. — CPR class at the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Registration: 941-778-4497. Fee applies.

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

Saturday, March 21

8 a.m. —Collector car auction at the Sarasota-Bradenton Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information: 941-355-9161. Fee applies.

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Junior League of Manatee County presents “The American Girl Fashion Show” at the Lakewood Ranch Polo Grill Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Information/tickets: 941-748-0101. Fee applies.

6 to 9 p.m. — Party on the Pass in the Mote Aquarium courtyard, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441 ext. 509. Fee applies.

Sunday, March 22

8 a.m. —Collector car auction at the Sarasota-Bradenton Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information: 941-355-9161. Fee applies.

Tuesday, March 24

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — GPS boating safety seminar at the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-0482. Fee applies.

7:30 p.m. — Jazz at the Center featuring Al Hixon at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345. Fee applies.

Wednesday, March 25

6:30 p.m. — Chef Paul Mattison hosts Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo for a wine-pairing dinner at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-8087. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Homes For Our Troops.

7:30 p.m. — Hemingway at the Crosley at Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through April 3. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.

Ongoing Off-Island Theatre:

  • “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.
  • “The Elixir of Love” at Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, through March 27. 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.
  • “The Devil’s Disciple” at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, through May 24. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.

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