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Date of Issue: June 21, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, June 20

9 a.m. - Horseshoes get tossed in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

9 a.m. to noon - Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is conducting Bay-Wise, a series of kayak tours from various points in the area. This day’s tour leaves the Palma Sola Causeway for Robinson Preserve. Information: 941-475-0796. Fee applies.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds “Vino and Vibes” business card exchange sponsored by Coast Bank, 9819 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541.

5:30 p.m. - A teen-focused “Intro to Yoga” with Carrie Price takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Saturday, June 23

8 a.m. - Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, hosts the third annual Artificial Reef Cleanup and Treasure Hunt with divers spending a day removing trash and debris at designated spots. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 229.

8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets to hear from Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7823.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - The second annual Florida Gulf Coast Outdoor Festival takes place along the bay across from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Information: www.fgcsc.com or 800-4-MANATEE.

9 a.m. to noon - Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is conducting Bay-Wise, a series of kayak tours from various points in the area. This day’s tour leaves the Palma Sola Causeway for Robinson Preserve. Information: 475-0796. Fee applies.

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

Sunday, June 24

8 p.m. - The Besties - former Islanders Kelly Waldrop and Marisa Bergquist, and Frank Korn and Rikky Walsh- play at Ace’s Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Information: www.myspace.com/thebesties.

Monday, June 25

6 a.m. - Vacation Bible school begins at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The school continues through the week, followed by a family gathering and lunch Saturday, June 30. Information: 941-778-7845.

Tuesday, June 26

10 a.m. - A children’s reptile discovery program takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Noon - The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island holds a lunch meeting with members presenting a year in review at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.

Wednesday, June 27

5:30 p.m. - A teen-focused class on drawing with Dawn Gurtner session takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:30 p.m. - The BeachHouse Restaurant partners with ABC Fine Wine and Spiritsfor a wine-tasting at ABC, 3500 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-8705.

Ongoing:

  • 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 the studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

Coming up:

  • On July 1, the Privateers christen their ship at noon at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. Information: 941-778-0181.
  • On July 3, at dusk, see fireworks at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach. Information/Reservations: 941-779-2222.
  • On July 4, at dusk, see fireworks at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information/Reservations: 941-778-0444.
  • On July 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers sponsor an Independence Day parade, stepping off at 10 a.m. at Coquina Beach and traveling north to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. A celebration follows at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0181.

Save the date:

  • In August, area businesses celebrate “Jazz on the Islands” in partnership with the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Information: 941-729-9177.
  • 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.

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