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Date of Issue: February 22, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Valentine's Day

All day - Workouts raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Curves, 5366 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 794-2878.

7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.

10:30 a.m. - The Friends of the Island Library book club meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

11:30 a.m. - The Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the Island Players holds its Valentine's Day luncheon meeting at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 779-9210. Fee applies.

3 p.m. - The Tingley After Hours book group meets at Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-1208.

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - A group for parents and grandparents sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets at the School for Constructive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.

7:30 p.m. - The Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts "Valentine's Jazz in the Gallery" at the center, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2345.

 

Thursday, Feb. 15

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts a yoga class, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Basics of Interior Design with Bettina Sego is a four-week session through March 8 sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - The Jazz Fest with the Gulf Drive Band takes place outdoors at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Bring a lawn chair. Information: 778-0492.

5 p.m. - The business women of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce in combination with the women of Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce hold a ladies' night out at Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.

7 p.m. - Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center, corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1915.

8 p.m. - The Manatee Players perform in the opening night of Roger Miller's "Big River" at 102 Old Main, Bradenton. The play continues through March 4 at various times. Information: 748-0111. Fee applies.

 

Friday, Feb. 16

5 p.m. - As part of Manatee County Health Department's "Step Up, Florida!" healthy lifestyle campaign, a "Walk with Danielle," begins at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Also, Curves, 5366 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, offers a free 30-minute class. Other activities take place around the county. Information www.doh.state.fl.us/chdmanatee/index.htm.

9:30 a.m. - The Friends of the Island Library board meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Larry Auerbach offers instruction in bridge play through the Anna Maria Island Community Center at the Volunteer Fire Hall, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

10:30 a.m. to noon - Line dancing sponsored by the Anna Maria Community Center takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - The fourth annual Friends of Myakka River Nature-Adventure series continues at Myakka River State Park. Information: 941-316-8139.

 

Saturday, Feb. 17

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Roser Memorial Community Church hosts a pancake brunch in its fellowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Also, from 9 a.m. to noon, the church thrift shop holds a yard sale in the nearby parking lot. Information: 778-0414.

8:30 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast and to hear Manatee Clerk of Courts R. "Chips" Shore at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach. Information: www.annamariakiwanis.org.

9:30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. - The Pilates class sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center takes place outdoors at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. - See Rader's Reef Shell Shop friends at the Sarasota Shell Show taking place at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - The 25th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival takes place in the historic village, featuring historic exhibits, arts and crafts, food and music. Offsite parking for shuttle service is available at Coquina Beach Bayside Park in Bradenton Beach and Sugg Middle School, 3801 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: www.cortezfishingfestival.org.

Sunday, Feb. 18

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. - See Rader's Reef friends at the Sarasota Shell Show taking place at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

2 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus & Orchestra presents an "Opera Sampler," favorite arias, duets and ensembles from operas by Puccini, Bizet, Offenbach, Verdi, Massenet and Rossini, at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-8585. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - The 25th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival takes place in the historic village, featuring historic exhibits, arts and crafts, food and music. Offsite parking for shuttle service is available at Coquina Beach Bayside Park in Bradenton Beach and Sugg Middle School, 3801 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: www.cortezfishingfestival.org.

Monday, Feb. 19

President's Day

9 a.m. - The Gulf Coast Senior Games begins with lawn bowling, shuffleboard and table tennis at various locations in the region. The games continue through Feb. 25. Information: 224-7344.

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center presents the first session of Digital Photography 101. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts a yoga class, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.

Noon - The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club hosts a luncheon with speaker James McCartney, former Washington, D.C., correspondent, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center presents a stepping-stone class, St. Bernard Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

4 p.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a Monday@Mote program featuring Dr. Robert Hueter of the Center for Shark Research, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.

7 p.m. - Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a special lecture, "Inner Space: The Biology of the Deep Sea," 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Fat Tuesday

10 p.m. to 2 p.m. - The fourth annual Friends of Myakka River Nature-Adventure series continues with a kayak trip at Myakka River State Park. Information: 941-316-8139.

10 a.m. to noon -Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a volunteer recruitment coffee in Mote's Buchanan Meeting Room, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. There are openings for financial advisors, grants administrators, clerical assistants, greeters, exhibit guides, teaching assistants, managers and more. Information and RSVP:  388-4441, ext. 438, or adavis@mote.org.

Noon - Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and to hear Thomas Sprenger, M.D., talk about explorer Hernando DeSoto at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 447-5362.

2 p.m. -Local authors Rick Catlin of The Islander, Gene Cominiek, Robert Fondes, Jack Hubbard, Jim Kissick and Siegfried Mauritz share stories of war heroics at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

6 p.m. - The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation holds an annual Mardi Gras celebration with food and music at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information and RSVP: 792-7183. Fee applies.

7 p.m.  - The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee presents landscaper Mike Miller, Manatee County Extension Service agent Peggy Dessaint, master gardener Maureen Hirthler and Sweet Bay Nursery owner Tom Heitzman in a seminar, "Go Native! with Plants and Trees," at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Information: 708-5812.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - The Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber of Commerce holds its seventh annual "Meet, Greet and Eat," Stella Maris Hall, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Ash Wednesday

8:30 a.m. - The Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber of Commerce holds a networking seminar at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466. Fee applies.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce holds a Nooner Luncheon North, Sun House Restaurant. Information: 383-2466.

Noon - The Anna Maria Garden Club meets to hear about roses from Orban Nursery's Jerry Lybrand at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-2607.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center presents a stained glass garden stepping stone class, St. Bernard Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

  • Dr. Kenneth Alonso discusses Christian mystics in "The Way of the Heart," 7 p.m. Mondays through March 26 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
  • Genevieve Alban is the featured artist in February at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
  • The work of artist Richard Thomas is exhibited at the Anna Maria Island Art League in February. Also, a variety of classes - from basic drawing to stained glass to oil painting - are under way at the gallery and studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
  • Horseshoes get tossed in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., with warmups at 8:45 a.m.
  • The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., opens on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. with the smell of "Settler's Bread," available for $4 a loaf. Also, the museum hosts an array of 30 antique hand mirrors in February while an exhibit of WWI sheet music, wood decoys and antique tools is set up at the nearby Belle Haven Cottage. Information: 746-4556.
  • The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a variety of programs and classes through the season at various locations. Mondays through Fridays, for example, the center hosts a morning yoga class. Information: 778-1908.
  • In February, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts "Creationism vs. Evolution" - the work of Fernando Madridejos in the Glen Gallery, the work of sculptor Jorge Marin in the members gallery and a fundraising exhibit in the Durante Gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2345. Fee applies.
  • Nature photographer Joe Fletcher is the "Artist of the Month" at the Island Gallery West, 5568 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.

Coming up:

  • Feb. 24 the Southeastern Guide Dogs' 21st Annual Walkathon takes place at Manatee County Fairgrounds IMC Arena in Palmetto. Information: www.guidedogs.org.
  • March 2 is the opening reception for the Anna Maria Island Art League student exhibit, which runs through April 6, at the league's headquarters, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
  • March 3 the Longboat Key Garden Club hosts the 31st annual Home and Garden Tour at select homes. Information: 383-8030. Fee applies.

Save the Date:

  • The Tingley Memorial Library Annual Book Sale takes place March 3, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-1208.
  • The 10th annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast with Irish songs, stories and dance and the crowning of the 2007 Islander Irishman or Irishwoman of the year takes place March 17 at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-4865. Fee applies.

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