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Date of Issue: March 04, 2009

Islander Calender

Wednesday, March 4

10:30 a.m. — Stan Abshier presents “Changing the Energy Systems for our Society” at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

11 a.m. — University of South Florida Academy for Lifelong Learning Einstein Circle meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

1:15 p.m. — Julie Howell, president of Peppertree Press, presents “From Manuscript to Masterpiece” at the Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.

2 p.m. — The Lord’s Warehouse “We’re Going Green” Fashion Show at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-387-0202. Fee applies.

Friday, March 6

9:30 a.m. — “Aging in Paradise” lecture at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information; 941-383-6491.

7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Community Center theater production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Saturday, March 7

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Privateers Thieves’ Market at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-323-4075.

8:30 a.m. — The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting with guest speaker Ron Hall, American Foreign Service Assn., former ambassador to Bulgaria, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

10 a.m. to noon — Nancy McClure Law demonstrates painting on wood techniques at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2346.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Day celebration at its museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Longboat Key Garden Club Annual Home Tour begins at 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1406. Fee applies.

11:30 a.m. — “Quick and Easy” cooking demonstration by Pete Barreda at the Bridge Street Market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

6 to 10 p.m. — Bring your best pie recipe or come judge and taste at Art Night at the old post office courtyard, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-713-2221.

Sunday, March 8

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.

Tuesday, March 10

10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Journalist James McCartney will speak at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Wednesday, March 11

11:30 a.m. —Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players lunch at the Sun House Restaurant, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-761-7374.

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.
  • Thursdays at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
  • 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 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 with Jasmine Bowman 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:

  • March 15, St. Patrick’s Day Island parade.
  • March 17, St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast sponsored by The Islander at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach.
  • March 18, Friends appreciation event for Father Ronald Joseph at the Sandbar Restaurant.

Save the date

  • March 21, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
  • March 27, For Art’s Sake sponsored by The Islander.
  • March 28, Desoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta on the Palma Sola Causeway.
  • 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:

Thursday, March 5

Noon — Island organist Carl Parks performs at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-448-4820.

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

8 p.m. — Manatee Community College jazz ensemble performance in the Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.

Friday, March 6

Noon to 9 p.m. — Yoko Ono presents “In My Life” the artwork of John Lennon in the park at St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota. Information: 888-ART-1969. Proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children.

6 p.m. — Mary Coolidge will sign her book “Sideways in Sarasota: Collected Columns from M.C. Coolidge, aka Reality Chick” at The Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.

6 to 9 p.m. — Opening night reception for “A Retrospective of Ruth Cade’s Art and Life” at the Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton, through March 28. Information: 941-746-2223.

8 p.m. — Open mic night at the Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.

Saturday, March 7

9 a.m. to noon — Bay Wise kayak tour from Turtle Beach Park to Jim Neville Marine Preserve. Space is limited to 15 participants. Information: Sarasota Bay Estuary Program offices, 941-955-8085.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Ruth Fishell will sign her book “Peace in Our Hearts; Peace in the World” at the Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Veterans’ Tribute Car and Motorcycle Show at the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-794-3489.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Yoko Ono presents “In My Life” the artwork of John Lennon in the park at St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota. Information: 888-ART-1969. Proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children.

8 p.m. — Studio 84 Productions presents Steve Carroll in “The Lone Eagle” at the David V. and Anne S. Studio Theatre, located off 60th Avenue West and 26th Street, Manatee Community College, Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.

Sunday, March 8

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Yoko Ono presents “In My Life” the artwork of John Lennon in the park at St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota. Information: 888-ART-1969. Proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children.

7 p.m. — Bright House Networks Bright Stars Senior Talent Show “The Reunion Show” at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Box Office: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Tuesday, March 10

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Chart Smart boating seminar at the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-0482. Fee applies.

8 p.m. — Manatee Community College Chamber, Concert, Gospel and High School Honor Choirs perform in the Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.

Ongoing Off-Island Theatre:

  • “Damn Yankees” at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through March 15. Box office: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
  • “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.
  • “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.

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