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Date of Issue: December 06, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Nov. 28

8 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce hosts a “Good Morning, Longboat Key” breakfast 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 holds a ribbon cutting at Egret’s Landing, 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

Thursday, Nov. 29

6:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron hosts a course in charts at the AMIPS building, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-714-0449.

8 p.m. - “Greetings” opens at the Island Players playhouse at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. The play continues Tuesdays through Saturdays to Dec. 9. Information: 941-778-6878.

Friday, Nov. 30

5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce lights its Christmas tree outside its office, 5313 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

5:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, hosts a reception for “Sarasota Ink,” an exhibit featuring the work of seven area printmakers. The exhibit remains through Dec. 20. Information: 941-778-2099.

Saturday, Dec. 1

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

8:30 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron presents the first of a two-part “Boat Smart” class at the squadron building, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. The second session is Dec. 8. Information: 941-714-0449.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a rummage sale. Information: 941-778-3224.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts The Islander-Lester Family Fun Day at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

4:30 p.m. - A paddle tour and picnic takes place at Robinson Preserve in west Manatee. A group meets at the gate on the corner of 17th Avenue Northwest and 99th Street North. Information: 941-748-4501, ext. 4615.

6 p.m. - The Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, hosts a reception for “A New York State of Mind,” showcasing new sculptures and paintings by Florida-based sculptor Jack Dowd. Information: 941-383-2345.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - The Bridge Street merchants celebrate the holiday season with a walk and extended hours of shopping on the historic commercial strip.

6 p.m. - The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee presents “Miracle on 34th Street” as its annual holiday movie on the field near city hall. Information: 941-708-5800.

6 p.m. - The Cortez Lighted Boat Parade will take place in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, beginning near the Cortez Bridge and heading south to Longboat Pass, then returning to Cortez. Information: 941-794-1235.

7 p.m. - The Manatee Sweet Adelines presents a Christmas show at Bradenton Christian Auditorium, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Information and tickets: 941-746-7065.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.

1 p.m. - The Friends of the Island Library welcomes Blake Whisenant, inventor of the Earthbox, to the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6 p.m. - The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, hosts an evening with photographer John Moran. Information: 941-746-4131 or visit www.southfloridamuseum.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a business-card exchange at Bridge Street Interiors in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts Joan Dickinson discussing resolutions for the new year. Information: 941-778-1908.

Ongoing:

  • The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, offers a range of courses for adults and children Mondays through Saturdays, including cooking, dance, fitness and art classes. The Center also hosts a variety of athletic programs. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
  • The second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9 a.m., the widowed persons support group meets at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Information: 941-794-3489.
  • On Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts meetings of the Inquiring Minds group. Information: 941-778-1813.
  • The Village of the Arts - located between Ninth and 14th streets west and Ninth and 17th avenues west in Bradenton - holds art walks on the first Fridays and first Saturdays of the month. Information: 941-720-2775.
  • 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, Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.
  • 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.

Coming up:

  • On Dec. 7, Holmes Beach merchants host the annual “Downtown Holiday” celebration with visits from Santa and the Anna Maria Island Privateers, as well as music, refreshments and shopping in the Gulf and Marina drives area.
  • The Anna Maria Island Art League’s Winterfest takes place Dec. 8-9 in Holmes Beach at the field next to city hall. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • The Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade takes place on Dec. 8, beginning at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. A party with refreshments and Santa presenting gifts for children follows the parade. Information: 941-752-5973.
  • On Dec. 9, the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, celebrates a 25th anniversary. Information: 941-778-6341.
  • On Dec. 9, St. Bernard Catholic Church hosts the first pancake breakfast of the season in its fellowship hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
  • Dec. 10–19, the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria hosts a “Celebration of the Creative Spirit Art Show” sponsored by All Island Denominations.
  • On Dec. 15, The Islander hosts the Where’s Woody yard sale at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
  • On Dec. 15, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, hosts the annual Bethlehem Walk from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
  • On Dec. 16, the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra presents its holiday concert at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.

Save the date:

  • The second annual Dolphin Dash is scheduled for Jan. 19. The event consists of a 5k run beginning at 8 a.m.  Entry forms are available in the school administrative office. Pre-registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 16-years-old.
  • On Jan. 19, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents the 2008 Rotary Extravaganza and Casino Night at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-746-7517.
  • On Jan. 29, Florida holds its presidential preference primary.
  • On Feb. 2, the Friends of the Library hold the annual Friends Book Sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
  • On Feb. 7, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts a jazz fest at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • On Feb. 8, a benefit for the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden - the Butterfly Bash - takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
  • On Feb. 10, the Anna Maria Wedding Merchants Association hosts an Islandwide wedding trade fair. Information: 941-778-8705.
  • On Feb. 23, the Anna Maria Island Community Center holds an Affaire to Remember at the Center. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On March 1, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts Heritage Days at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.

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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