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Date of Issue: June 04, 2008

Islander Calender

AME dates to remember

The Anna Maria Elementary 2007-08 school calendar comes to a close this week with a few end-of-year celebrations:

  • June 4, fifth-grade vs. staff kickball game.
  • 6:30 p.m. June 5, PTO family skate night at Florida Wheels.
  • June 5, early release at 1:15 p.m.,.
  • Summer vacation begins June 6.
See you on Aug. 18 for the start of the 2008-09 school year.

 

Saturday, June 7

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - The Bridge Street Market featuring produce, gifts, souvenirs and snacks takes place on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Organizers encourage people to take the trolley and bring canvas bags to make the trip a “green” outing. Information: 941-518-4431.

8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The speaker is Nick Drizos of the SMART Horse Ranch. Information: 941-795-8697.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - The eighth annual Island Blood Drive takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 800-682-5663.

10:30 a.m. - Save Anna Maria Inc. holds a general membership meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2549.

Sunday, June 8

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - The eighth annual Island Blood Drive takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 800-682-5663.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts World Ocean Day Family Festival. Fee. Information: 941-388-4441.

Monday, June 9

Tuesday, June 10

10 a.m. - The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach hosts a performance by the Tex Calli Mexican and Spanish Dancers. Information: 941-778-6341.

Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The speaker is Erin "Tommy" Vaughan-Birch, a volunteer lecturer from Mote Marine Laboratory. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

Wednesday, June 11

7:45 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast program at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

5:30 p.m. - Dawn Gurtner teaches the basics of drawing to teens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Ongoing:

  • This month,the Island Gallery West’s featured artist for June is painter Merribeth Bursik. Her work will be featured in the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through June 30. Information: 941-778-6648.
  • 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.
  • The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, offers a range of classes for adults and children Mondays through Saturdays. Fees. Information: 941-778-1908 or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
  • On Fridays, the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a family night, including regular skate nights and movie nights. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • From 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturdays of the month, the Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, opens to visitors, with volunteers available to answer questions about the flora and fauna and hiking paths. Information: 941-729-2222.
  • 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.
  • On the first and third Saturdays in June and July, the Historic Bridge Street Merchants Association presents the Bridge Street Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

Coming up:

  • On June 15, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium hosts the Pirate Coast Dive Festival at Siesta Key Beach. Fee. Information: 941-388-4441.
  • On June 25, the Island Players series of summer theater classes begin 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the theater. Information: 941-518-4431.

Save the date:

  • On July 3, the BeachHouse Restaurant presents its annual fireworks display. Information: 941-779-2222.
  • On July 19, the South Florida Museum celebrates the birthday of Snooty the Manatee. Information: 941-746-4131.
  • On Aug. 15-17, the Island Players welcome the Welsh Players to the Island for a performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Fee. Information: 941-778-5755.

Send calendar listings to lisaneff@islander.org. Please include time, date and location of the event and a contact number and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is at least one week prior to the Wednesday publication date.Remember, the sooner you submit your notice, the sooner The Islander can announce the event.

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