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Date of Issue: April 06, 2006

Islander Calender

Wednesday, March 29

8 to 10 a.m. - "Good Morning Longboat Key" program and blood drive at the Longboat-Lido-St. Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce office, 6980 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.

12:30 to 4 p.m. - Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Thursday, March 30

10 a.m. to noon - Heritage Days walking tour of downtown Bradenton departs from Manatee County Historical Records Library, 1405 Fourth Ave. W., Bradenton.

5 to 7 p.m. - Preview reception for "The New World in the Eyes of Explorers" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-4131 ext. 20. Fee applies.

Friday, March 31

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Boat Expo at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information: 355-9161. Fee applies.

7 p.m. - The Living Stations of the Cross at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769.

8 p.m. - Florida West Coast Symphony "Masterworks" at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 953-4252. Fee applies.

Saturday, April 1

8:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Club meeting at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Art show at Belle Haven Cottage, Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 416 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-0492.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Island Garden Tour of various locations to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra. Tickets available at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 402 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Garden walk at the Village of the Arts, between Ninth Street West and 14th Street West, Bradenton. Information: 747-0823.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Boat Expo at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information: 355-9161. Fee applies.

Sunday, April 2

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Boat Expo at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information: 355-9161. Fee applies.

5:30 p.m. - Classical guitarist Rex Willis and flutist Lisa Barbanera at Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.

Monday, April 3

8:30 a.m. - Internet class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Registration: 778-6341.

10:15: Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 761-9036.

3 to 5 p.m. - National Library Week meet and greet featuring authors and illustrators James Stanley Barlow, Gene Domienik, Jack Hubbard and Patricia McCroy at the Island Branch Library, 57001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

Tuesday, April 4

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.

10 a.m. to noon- National Library Week meet and greet featuring authors and illustrators Bree Hill, Ralph Hunter, Andrew Clyde Little and Carolyne Norwood at the Island Branch Library, 57001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Bloodmobile at Fantasy Travel, 6630 Cortez Road, Bradenton.

Noon - Anna Maria Island Rotary Club lunch meeting with guest Ashley Brown, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 713-0042.

Wednesday, April 5

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

10 a.m. to noon- National Library Week meet and greet featuring authors and illustrators Gene Ciliberti, Charles Entwistle and Siegfried Mauritz at the Island Branch Library, 57001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

12:30 to 4 p.m. - Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

2 p.m. - Sarah Pappas, president of Manatee Community College, presentation at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 779-2299.

3 to 5 p.m.- National Library Week meet and greet featuring authors and illustrators Jude Hatcher Bangs, H. Terrell Griffin, James Macomber and Bruce Allen Wallis at the Island Branch Library, 57001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

6 to 8 p.m. - Opening reception for Italo Botti exhibit at Wallace Fine Art, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #103, Longboat Key. Information: 387-0746.

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 exhibit 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.
  • Shakespeare on the Bay "The Comedy of Errors" at Powel Crosley Estate, One Seagate Drive, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through April 7. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.
  • "Chapter Two" at the Island Players, Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through April 9. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.
  • Island fiber artists Cyndy Custis celebrates 30 years of weaving with a display at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through April 30. Information: 779-9118.
  • "The New World in the Eyes of Explorers" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through June 4. Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.

Upcoming:

  • Manatee Personal Computer Users Group at Freedom Village, Bradenton April 6.
  • National Library Week continues at the Island Branch Library April 6-7.
  • Spring open exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League April 7.
  • Living Stations of the Cross at St. Bernard Catholic Church April 7.
  • Juvinile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk at Prime Outlets, Ellenton April 7.
  • Art walk at Village of the Arts, Bradenton April 7-8.
  • Island Baptist Church Block Party April 8.
  • Cortez Picnic April 8.
  • Healthy Kids Day at the Manatee YMCA April 8.
  • Cancer prevention and survival cooking course at the Anna Maria Island Community Center April 8.
  • Family origami at the Island Branch Library April 8.
  • "Rub, Buff and Shine" Rotary Club’s Relay for Life team fundraiser April 8.
  • Stepping-stone craft class begins at the Anna Maria Island Community Center April 10.
  • Internet class at the Island Branch Library April 10.
  • Widowed persons support group at the Anna Maria Island Community Center April 10.
  • Lucia Blinn at the Island Branch Library April 11.

Save the Date:

  • ART for Kid’s Sake at The Islander office April 14.
  • Summer Shakespeare auditions for Island Players April 16.
  • Earth Week at Mote Marine April 17-23.
  • Kindergarten roundup at Anna Maria Elementary School April 19.
  • Affaire to Remember at St. Bernard Catholic Church April 29

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