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Date of Issue: December 26, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Dec. 26

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts a holiday camp for children on vacation from school. The camp continues through the holidays, except Dec. 29-30 and Jan. 1. Information and registration: 941-778-1908.

Thursday, Dec. 27

7 a.m. Manatee Audubon conducts a Christmas bird count on Anna Maria Island at designated locations. Information and registration: 941-302-1808.

5:30 p.m. The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria hosts a free jazz night. Information: 941-778-1906.

Saturday, Dec. 29

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.

Monday, Dec. 31

Happy New Year’s Eve.

Midnight: The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, hosts a New Year’s Eve fireworks show on the shore, weather-permitting. Information and dinner reservations: 941-779-2222.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

The year 2008 begins.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts a holiday camp for children on vacation from school. Information and registration: 941-778-1908.

11:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch at the Mar Vista Restaurant, 760 Broadway, Longboat Key. Information: 941-778-1541.

Ongoing:

  • The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria displays the work of photographer Nikita Kavoukles through Jan. 15. Information: 941-778-1906.
  • 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.
  • 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 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: 941-747-8056.
  • 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 Jan. 4, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a reception for photographer William Vilensky of Longboat Key. Information: 941-778-6694.
  • On Jan. 7 at 1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Contract Bridge Group begins playing at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-4362.
  • On Jan. 12, the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts the Billy Rice Band. Tickets are now on sale. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • The second annual Dolphin Dash is scheduled for Jan. 19. The event consists of a 5k run and a fun walk beginning at 8 a.m.  Entry forms are available in the school administrative office. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5525.
  • 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. 26, a Household Hazardous Waste/E-Scrap Collection takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coquina Beach. Information: 941-316-1988.
  • On Jan. 29, Florida holds its presidential preference primary.
  • On Jan. 30, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business expo takes place at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.

Save the date:

  • On Feb. 2, the Friends of the Library holds the annual Friends Book Sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
  • On Feb. 3, the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts the U.S. Air Force Band in a free concert. Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • 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 Park the Butterfly Bash takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
  • On Feb. 10, the Anna Maria Wedding Merchants Association hosts an Islandwide wedding trade fair. Information: 941-778-8705.
  • On Feb. 14, the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island presents the annual Sweetheart Dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information: 941-778-1383.
  • On Feb. 23, the Anna Maria Island Community Center holds its annual auction and dinner an Affaire to Remember at the Center. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On Feb. 29, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual fashion show at the Bradenton Country Club. Information: 941-778-1541.
  • On March 1, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts Heritage Days at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • On March 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Community Center presents the Tour of Homes benefit. Information: 941-778-1908.

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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