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Date of Issue: July 26, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, July 25

8 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast meeting at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2466.

5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a business card exchange at Regions Bank, 3900 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

5:30 p.m. - A teen-focused talk about writing takes place with Bradenton Herald reporter Rebecca Blue at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Thursday, July 26

11:30 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce holds a lunch gathering at Fleming’s Steakhouse, 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota. Information: 941-383-2466.

6 p.m. - Members of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch gather for the group’s awards banquet at the Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-778-5638.

 

Friday, July 27

5 p.m. - “Amazing Grace” author Eric Metaxas signs copies of his books at The Studio, corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Street, Anna Maria. Information: 863-687-3333.

7 p.m. - Crosspointe Fellowship, formerly the Island Baptist Church, hosts a movie night in the fellowship hall, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.

 

Saturday, July 28

8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets for a program and a breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7823.

8 a.m. - The “Dog Days of Summer Doggie Walk” takes place at Riverview Pointe Preserve next to the DeSoto National Memorial at the end of 75th Street West in Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.

8 p.m. - A karaoke contest takes place at Pelican Petes, 12012 Cortez Road, Cortez. Information: 941-792-4822.

 

Tuesday, July 31

Noon - The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island hears from Tom Creed about the demise of the steel industry in the United States during a lunch meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5500.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 1

5:30 p.m. - A teen-focused pizza party and CD/DVD “swap” takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Ongoing:

  • Ho, ho, humid - Island businesses are celebrating Christmas in July.
  • Tuesdays the Anna Maria Island Community Center presents a watercolor class with Susie Cotton from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Bernard Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • Wednesdays the Anna Maria Island Community Center presents a knitting class with Barbara Hines from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Bernard Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • The Anna Maria Island Art League offers summer courses for children and adults, as well as workshops, in its studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • Through July 31, Lee Mears is the featured artist at the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through July 31. Information: 941-778-6648.
  • Through July 31, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Art Gallery holds a “Celebrate Summer” sale at the store, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-778-6694.
  • On the last Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 hosts a basic “America’s Boating Course” in the Buchanan Room at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.
  • On the second Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 holds a “GPS for Mariners Course” at 10 a.m. at the Mote Marine Keating Center. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.
  • Mondays through Thursdays until Sept. 27 the Durante Gallery at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., hosts the “Colors of Summer” exhibit. Information: 941-383-2466.

Coming up:

  • In August, area businesses celebrate “Jazz on the Islands” in partnership with the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Information: 941-729-9177.
  • Mondays and Thursdays from Sept. 10 to Oct. 25, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 hosts a “Boating Skills and Seamanship Course” at the Mote Marine Keating Center on Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.

Save the date:

  • On Aug. 20,Manatee County School District students attend the first day of the 2007-08 school year and begin the countdown to the end of the school year - June 5.
  • On Sept. 8, the Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer team hosts a fundraising golf tournament at the Bradenton Country Club. Call 941-807-1105.
  • On Sept. 17, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds its annual golf tournament at the Bradenton Country Club beginning at noon. Information: 941-778-1541.
  • On Oct. 20, the annual Bayfest, organized by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, takes place in Anna Maria from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: 941-778-1541.
  • On Feb. 10, 2008, the Anna Maria Wedding Merchants Association hosts an Island wedding fair. Information: 941-778-8705.

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