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Date of Issue: March 20, 2010

Islander Calendar

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Noon to 2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Historical Society volunteer recognition lunch at the Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-779-9108. Fee applies.

12:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Garden Club meeting and canned food drive at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

1 to 4 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Art League “Demo/Sale-a-Bration” at the gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

Thursday, Feb. 18

1 p.m. — Polymer clay and bookmaking demonstration by Karen Cunningham at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

6 p.m. — Island Garden Club discussion on cacti culture and care with Wilda Meir at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0256.

Friday, Feb. 19

3 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Friday Fest featuring Koko Ray and the Soul Survivors on the corner lot at North Bay Boulevard and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.

Saturday, Feb. 20

8 a.m. to noon — Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, hosts a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon.

8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club hosts guest speaker Ed Hunzeker at Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

9:30 a.m. — REAL Women’s Ministry of CrossPointe Fellowship host Katrina Cati, expert on Islam, at 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. —Cortez Fishing Festival with shuttles traveling between Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach and Cortez Commons, 5584 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-708-6121. Fee applies.

Sunday, Feb. 21

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

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. —Cortez Fishing Festival with shuttles traveling between Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach and Cortez Commons, 5584 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-708-6121. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

• First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

 • The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Irish Dancers host dances with instruction at the Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-2416. Partners not required.

• Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.

• The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2809.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Thursdays, 6 p.m., Co-Dependents Anonymous group meets on the Island. Call for location: 508-815-7378.

• Fridays, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open-air market at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, through mid-April. Information: 941-518-4431.

• Through Feb. 28, American Watercolor Society 142nd Annual Traveling Exhibition at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862. Fee applies.

Off-Island Events:

Wednesday, Feb. 17

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

Thursday, Feb. 18

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — “Getting the Best Cancer Care at Age 55 and Over” wellness workshop at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.

7 p.m. — Extraordinarily Human Film Series: King of Kong at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-9161. Fee applies.

8 p.m. — Opening night of “Curtains” at Manatee Players, 102 12th St. W., Bradenton; runs through March 7. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Friday, Feb. 19

6 to 9 p.m. — Chinese New Year celebration at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-9161. Fee applies.

7 p.m. — Reels at Rossi Park presents the Film “Groundhog Day” in the park on Third Avenue West between Ninth Street West and U.S. 301, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366.

Saturday, Feb. 20

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Mainly Art fair along Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366.

3 and 4:30 p.m. — Wagon tours of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757 ext. 4. Fee applies.

Sunday, Feb. 21

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. —Cortez Fishing Festival with shuttles traveling between Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach and Cortez Commons, 5584 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-708-6121. Fee applies.

Monday, Feb. 22

Noon — Senior Singles tour the Cortez Maritime Museum after lunch at the Starfish Co. Restaurant, 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez. Information: 941-778-1908.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

8 p.m. — “The Peaceable Kingdom” choral concert at State College of Florida Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.

Coming Up:

• Feb. 24-25, Safe Drive course, Island Branch Library.

• Feb. 25, Wagon tours of Robinson Preserve.

• Feb. 25, Sunset and Stars Shutter Stroll, Robinson Preserve.

• Feb. 25, Extraordinarily Human Film Series: US vs. John Lennon, South Florida Museum.

• Feb. 27, United Way Volksmarch fitness event, Robinson Preserve.

• Feb. 27, Pines Trailer Park Street Sale.

• Feb. 28, Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival.

• March 1, Artists Guild of Anna Maria meets, Studio and Gulf and Pine.

Save the Date:
• March 3, Tingley Book Club meets.

• March 4, “En Plein Air Affair,” Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

•  March 6, Longboat Key Garden Club Home Tour.

• March 6, Whitney Horton Memorial Golf Tournament, River Run Golf Links.

• March 12, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club “An Evening at Casino Royale.”

• March 17, St. Patrick’s Day dinner, St. Bernard Catholic Church.

• March 20, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.

• March 27, Island’s Got Talent Show.

AME calendar

• Feb. 25, Progress reports.

• March 2, Read across America.

• March 9-12, FCAT testing.

• March 14, Daylight savings time begins.

• 8 a.m. March 19, Parent Teacher Organization meeting.

• 8 p.m. March 23, PTO dinner and kindergarten performance.

• March 23, Kiwanis grandparents program.

• March 26, No school. Record day.

• March 29- April 2, Spring break.

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

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