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Date of Issue: March 25, 2009

Islander Calender

Thursday, March 26

1:30 p.m.— Cultural Connections meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1880.

7 p.m. — Last-of-season smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.

Friday, March 27

5 to 7 p.m. — For Art’s Sake featuring a silent auction of works donated by local artists and reception at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978. Proceeds benefit the Manatee High School art program.

Saturday, March 28

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Craft and Clutter Sale at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

8:30 a.m. — The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting with “Evacuation Procedures” presented by Lt. John Cosby of the Bradenton Beach Police Department, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Pancake breakfast and rummage sale at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

10 a.m. — The DeSoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta takes place on the Palma Sola Causeway.

Tuesday, March 31

8 a.m. — Longboat/Lido/St. Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce Business at Breakfast at 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2466.

9 a.m. to noon — Blood drive at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Wednesday, April 1

1:15 p.m. — The Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.

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.
  • Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., free yoga on the beach, southside of the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-6836.
  • 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 1 p.m., downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market along Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9552 or 941-932-9439.

Coming up:

  • April, month-long Manatee Jazz Festival.
  • April 3, Annual Poetry Slam at the Village Bookshop.
  • April 3-5, Seafood Festival downtown Bradenton.
  • April 4, Anna Maria Island Community Center Affair to Remember dinner-auction.
  • April 4, “A Pro-family Seminar” at CrossPointe Fellowship.
  • April 5, CarFit at Bradenton Beach City Hall.
  • April 5, Rockin’ the River family festival in downtown Bradenton.

Save the date:

  • April 11, Easter egg hunt at G.T. Bray Park.
  • April 12, Kiwanis-sponsored Easter sunrise service Manatee County Public Beach.
  • April 14, The Bay Chorale concert at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church.
  • • April 18, Anna Maria Island Community Center Talent Show.
  • April 23, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch training workshop.
  • April 25, Cortez Village Native’s Potluck Picnic.

Off-Island Arts & Events:

Wednesday, March 25

6:30 p.m. —Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo 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 opens at Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through April 3. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.

Thursday, March 26

7 p.m. — Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival presents “River of No Return” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Saturday, March 28

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Florida history celebration at De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.

1 to 4 p.m. — Bradenton High School 67th anniversary reunion celebration at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-7121.

2 p.m. — Friends in Music concert featuring Dale Jensen at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-792-7183. Fee applies.

Sunday, March 29

2 p.m. — Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus presents “Down South” at Neel Performing Arts Center at Manatee Community College on 26th Street West, Bradenton. Information: 941-752-9475. Fee applies.

Tuesday, March 31

8 p.m. — Manatee Community College Chamber Choir, Guitar Ensemble and Jazz Combo perform at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.

Wednesday, April 1

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — “East Meets West” business after hours expo hosted by the Longboat/Lido/St. Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance at the Van Wezel, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 941-383-2466. Fee applies.

Ongoing Off-Island Theatre:

  • “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.
  • “Hemingway at the Crosley” at Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through April 3. Information: 941-722-3244. 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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