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Date of Issue: November 01, 2007

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Boo! Today is Halloween.

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

4 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Halloween Trail of Treats for costumed youngsters beginning at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

Dusk to 10:30 p.m. - Haley’s Motel, 8102 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, invites “brave souls” to tour its “Haunted Garden.” Information: 941-778-5404.

Thursday, Nov. 1

10 a.m. - Mike Cusato offers instruction in basic fly tying for fishers at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

8 p.m. - The Manatee Players presentation of “Swing” opens at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. The play continues through Nov. 18. Information: 941-748-5875.

Friday, Nov. 2

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Mixon Fruit Farm hosts a harvest celebration at the farm, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829.

1 p.m. - The Artists Guild of Anna Maria hosts painter Marilyn Cassidy demonstrating watercolor techniques at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

Saturday, Nov. 3

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

8:30 a.m. - The first installment of a two-part “Boat Smart” class takes place, presented by the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. The second class takes place Nov. 10. Information and registration: 941-714-0449.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island hosts its “Art and Attic Affair” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Guild Gallery and on the sidewalks of the Island Shopping Center, Marina and Gulf drives, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Mixon Fruit Farm hosts a harvest celebration at the store and grove, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829.

10:30 a.m. - Save Anna Maria Inc. holds a discussion on plans to repair and close the Anna Maria Island Bridge at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4255.

11 a.m. - The annual Sarasota Bluesfest featuring Chicago guitar legend Buddy Guy takes place at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Information: www.sarasotabluesfest.com.

Sunday, Nov. 4.

Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. Set the clocks back an hour and hit snooze.

Monday, Nov. 5

10 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts financial advisor Michael Valley presenting a seminar on becoming a Florida resident. Information: 941-779-2499.

Noon - The Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts a volunteer luncheon at the Shell Point condominium clubhouse, 6300 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5120.

1:15 p.m. - The Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and hear from Triad Publishing president Vern Firestone. Information: 941-778-7631.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Today is Election Day in Bradenton Beach. Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach, will be closed for library business. Information: 941-779-1208.

10:30 a.m. - James Davis presents his collection of brass rubbings at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5555.

Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a talk by Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra representative John Horrigan at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

5:30 p.m. - Island Acupuncture, 3612 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free demonstration, as well as refreshments and a raffle. Information: 941-773-6134.

Ongoing:

  • In November, the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, honors “Artist of the Month” Shirley Rush Dean. Information: 941-792-1039.
  • In November, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, hosts two exhibits - the National League of American Pen Women in the Durante Gallery and a selection of artistic glass in the Glen Gallery. Information: 941-383-2345.
  • Nov. 9-22, the Art League of Anna Maria Island, 5312 Holmes Blvd., hosts the “Fall Open Exhibit” featuring local artists. A reception takes place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • In November, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina Drive, celebrates “Artist of the Month” Judy Strom. A reception takes place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Information: 941-778-6694.
  • The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, hosts “A Sense of Place” photography exhibit through November. Hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 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.
  • 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 Nov. 9, the Island arts community partners for theIsland Art Walk, which takes place at the Island Gallery West, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, Anna Maria Island Art League, Restless Native, Essence of Time and The Islander newspaper, all in Holmes Beach, and the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2099.

  • On Nov. 9, The Islander newspaper holds a Veterans Day event in the Butterfly Garden to the south of Holmes Beach City Hall. Veterans, their family and their friends are invited to gather at 8:30 a.m. for refreshments and a 9 a.m. program. Information: 941-778-7978.
  • On Nov. 10, the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, celebrates its grand opening with the public. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On Nov. 11, the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra presents its first concert of the 2007-08 season - celebrating the group’s 15th anniversary - at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.
  • On Nov. 11, the American Legion Post 24 hosts a Veterans Day barbecue at the post headquarters, 2004 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-794-3489.
  • On Nov. 12, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce installs its new officers during a banquet at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.
  • On Nov. 12, the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts memory expert Bill Beckwith talking about “managing your memory.” Pre-registration is required. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • On Nov. 17, Keep Manatee Beautiful presents SandBlast 2007 near the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-795-8272.
  • Nov. 17-18, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, hosts an annual Christmas bazaar. Information: 941-778-4769.
  • On Nov. 22, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, hosts its fifth annual community Thanksgiving Dinner. Information: 941-778-0414.
  • On Nov. 29, “Greetings” opens at the Island Players playhouse at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-6878.

Save the date:

  • On Dec. 1, the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee hosts an outdoor holiday movie, “Miracle on 34th Street,” in the field next to city hall at dusk. Information:941-708-5800.
  • On Dec. 7, the 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 Santa presenting gifts for children follows the parade. Information: 941-752-5973.
  • On Dec. 15, 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.
  • 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 Feb. 10, 2008, the Anna Maria Wedding Merchants Association hosts an Islandwide wedding trade fair. Information: 941-778-8705.
  • On Feb. 23, 2008, the Anna Maria Island Community Center holds an Affaire to Remember at the Center. Information: 941-778-1908.

Send calendar listings to lisaneff@islander.org. Please include time, date and location of the event and a name and phone number.

 

AME dates to remember

The Anna Maria Elementary 2007-08 school calendar is abundant with opportunities for community involvement and participation. Following are a few of the dates worth remembering:

  • Nov. 6 - Parent-Teacher Organization meeting at 5:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 12 - School Advisory Committee meets at 3:15 p.m. in the media center.
  • Nov. 13 - Parent-Teacher Organization family dinner night at 5:30 p.m. featuring Thanksgiving Dinner served by Ooh La La! Bistro in the cafeteria with student performance at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact AME at 941-708-5525. The school is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

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