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Date of Issue: April 01, 2009

Islander Calender

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.

Thursday, April 2

5 to 7 p.m. — Sarasota Bay Watch wine tasting at Harry’s Continental Kitchen/Deli, 525 St. Jude’s Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-4217. Fee applies.

Saturday, April 4

9:30 to 11 a.m. — Women’s ministry of CrossPointe Fellowship presents “A Pro-Family Seminar” at 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7845.

10 a.m. to noon — Creative Clay class for ages 7 and older at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Four week session. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.

6 to 11 p.m. — Affaire to Remember “Under the Starfish Sky” at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra hosts its Taste of Music Champagne gala at riverfront home in Bradenton. Information: 941-778-8585.

Sunday, April 5

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — CarFit event at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4619.

6:30 p.m. — Film screening of “The Passion of Christ” at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Reserve by April 3. Information: 941-778-0719.

Monday, April 6

4 to 5:30 p.m. — Introduction to black and white photography for ages 8 and older at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Four-week session. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.

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, 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.
  • 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:

  • April 9, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” opens at Manatee Players.
  • April 11, Easter egg hunts at G.T. Bray Park.
  • April 11, Boating safety class at the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron.
  • April 12, Kiwanis sponsored Easter sunrise service Manatee County Public Beach.
  • April 12, Easter egg hunt at St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
  • April 14, The Bay Chorale concert at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church.

Save the date

  • April 17, Outdoor movie at Rossi Park, Bradenton.
  • • April 18, Anna Maria Island Community Center Talent Show.
  • April 18, Taste of New Orleans at the South Florida Museum.
  • April 19, Pieter Hahn benefit party at Tequila Beach Sports Grille.
  • April 23, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch training workshop.
  • April 25, Cortez Village Native’s Potluck Picnic.
  • April 25, Earth Day celebration at Felts Audubon Preserve, Palmetto.

Off-Island Arts & Events:

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.

Thursday, April 2

6:30 p.m. — Big band concert featuring DeLeon’s band at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Information: 941-358-3180. Fee applies.

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

Friday, April 3

6 to 9 p.m. — Artist reception for watercolorist Pat Boling at the Manatee Arts Council Gallery, 926 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2223.

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

Saturday, April 4

4 to 9 p.m. — “Jazzy Bats” featuring Musical Mark and other family activities at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Sunday, April 5

11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Rockin’ the River family-friendly festival along memorial pier at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-8087.

Tuesday, April 7

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Your Place in Space: The Search for Life at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Wednesday, April 8

6:30 p.m. — Jazz film, “A Great Day in Harlem” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Ongoing Off-Island Theatre:

  • “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” Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, through April 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
  • “La Musica International Chamber Music Festival” at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, through April 19. Box Office: 941-366-8450. Fee applies.
  • “The Winter’s Tale” Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, through May 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
  • “The Devil’s Disciple” Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, through May 24. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
  • “Black Peal Sings!” Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, through May 30. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.

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