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Date of Issue: April 13, 2006

Islander Calender

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, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

11:30 a.m. - Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island final luncheon before disbanding at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: Nancy Dunne, 778-4060. Fee applies.

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, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

5 to 7 p.m. - Book fair and spaghetti dinner prepared by the Sandbar at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525. Fee applies for dinner.

6 to 8 p.m. - Opening reception for Italo Botti exhibit at Wallace Fine Art, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, No. 103, Longboat Key. Information: 387-0746.

Thursday, April 6

10 a.m. to noon- National Library Week meet and greet featuring authors and illustrators Jolie Bell, Ralph Fondes, Justin Noyes, Joan Condon and Patricia McCroy at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

6 p.m. - Manatee Personal Computer Users Group meeting at the Landing in Freedom Village Retirement Center, 6501 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 792-7320.

Friday, April 7

10 a.m. to noon- National Library Week meet and greet featuring authors and illustrators Gene Ciliberti, H. Terrell Griffin and James Macomber at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Artists reception at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.

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

6 to 9:30 p.m. - Artwalk at Village of the Arts, between Ninth and 14th streets west, Bradenton. Information: 747-0823.

Saturday, April 8

8:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Club meeting with guest Jack Fones presenting "Writing for Fun and Groceries" at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - "Rub, Buff and Shine" car wash with a "twist" sponsored by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Donation requested.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Block party at Island Baptist Church, 8505 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719.

10:30 a.m. - Family origami at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Cortez Native Picnic at the Fulford Fish House in Cortez Village. Information: 795-7121.

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Healthy Kids Day at the Manatee Family YMCA, 3805 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 792-7484.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Artwalk at Village of the Arts, between Ninth and 14th streets west, Bradenton. Information: 747-0823.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Cancer prevention and survival cooking course at Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Six-week course. Free.

Noon to 4:30 p.m. - Astronomy day activities at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-4131.

3 to 5 p.m. - "Beads Galore" trunk sale featuring Chloe's Bead Shop at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.

6:30 to 10 p.m. - Sidewalk astronomy observing at Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-4131. Weather permitting.

Monday, April 10

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

10 a.m. - Widowed persons support group meeting with guest speaker Ava Ehde, Island Branch Library manager, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

1 to 3 p.m. - Stepping-stone craft class with Glen LeFerve at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, April 11

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.

XX a.m. - Minnesota Club meets at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1626.

10:30 a.m. - Friends of the Island Branch Library present poet and author Lucia Blinn at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

Noon - Anna Maria Island Rotary Club lunch meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 713-0042.

Wednesday, April 12

Noon - Minnesota Club poolside picnic at the Bradenton Elks Club, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-3573.

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.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Stepping-stone craft class continued from April 10 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

  • "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 artist 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.
  • "Spring Has Arrived" exibit by Ann Terhardt at All Angels Episcopal Church By the Sea, 563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, through April 30. Information: 751-0266.
  • "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:

  • Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine Laboratory April 13.
  • Blood drive at Pinnacle Medical Center April 13.
  • ART for Kid's Sake at the Islander office April 14.
  • Easter Egg hunt at G.T.Bray Park April 15.
  • Blaize Clement book signing at Circle Books April 15.
  • Summer Shakespeare auditions for Island Players April 16.
  • Easter sunrise service at Manatee Public Beach April 16.
  • Blood drive at Island Fitness April 17.
  • Earth Week at Mote Marine April 17-23.
  • "The Shackleton Expedition" at Bishop Planetarium April 18.
  • Kindergarten roundup at Anna Maria Elementary School April 19.

Save the Date:

  • Affaire to Remember at St. Bernard Catholic Church April 29.

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