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Date of Issue: December 07, 2006

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Nov. 29

8 to 9 a.m. - "Good Morning Longboat Key" at the Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Holidays at the Crosley Festival of Trees, One Seagate Drive off North Tamiami Trail and U.S. 41, Sarasota. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.

Thursday, Nov. 30

8 p.m. - Opening night of "Breaking Legs" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 1

5 to 7 p.m. - Tree lighting at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541.

5 to 8 p.m. - Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House in the Island Shopping Center and businesses surrounding Gulf and Marina drives, including Santa visits at The Islander, Holmes Beach.

6 to 8 p.m. - Opening reception for photographer Paula Schoenwether at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.

6 to 9 p.m. - Holiday night on St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.

6 to 9:30 p.m. - Artists reception for "The Blue Briny: Mermaids & More" at the Village of the Arts, along 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 747-0823.

Saturday, Dec. 2

7:30 a.m. to noon - Guided nature walks at the Felts Audubon preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 737-3169.

8:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Club meeting with guest speaker Larry Fowler of the Island Golf Club at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

10 a.m. to noon - Holiday glass painting demonstration by Dee Pastorius at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 792-1039.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Canine Christmas Festival featuring a talent show, contest and fashion runway at G.T. Bray Park, 51st St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-3611.

10:30 a.m. - Save Anna Maria Inc. meeting with guest Joe Duennes, superintendent of Holmes Beach Public Works, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4255.

6:30 p.m. - Outdoor movie feature "It's a Wonderful Life" at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

7 p.m. - "Sing We Noel" Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines Christmas Show at the Bradenton Christian High School auditorium, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 751-9788. Fee applies.

Monday, Dec. 4

8:30 a.m. - Internet class for beginners at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Registration: 778-6341.

10:15 a.m. - Gulf Coast Writers meeting with guest speaker Gretchen Edgren, former editor of Playboy magazine, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-3209.

6 p.m. - "History of Beads and Beading" presented by Nica Rose at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

7 to 9 p.m. - "The Way of the Heart" with Kenneth Alonso at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

10 a.m. - Family story hour at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

Noon - Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting with speaker Roger Allen of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 350-4326.

6 p.m. - Relay for Life kickoff meeting at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-2261.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

7 to 8 a.m. - Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.

12:30 to 4 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts duplicate bridge at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

  • Sandi Nowicki art exhibit at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Nov. 30.
  • "Breaking Legs" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through Dec. 10. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.
  • Holidays at the Crosley Festival of Trees, One Seagate Drive off North Tamiami Trail and U.S. 41, Sarasota, through Dec. 7. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.
  • Photography exhibit of work by Paula Schoenwether at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Dec. 31. Information: 778-6694.
  • Old-fashioned holiday display at Belle Haven Cottage and Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through Dec. 31. Information: 778-0492.
  • "The Blue Briny: Mermaids & More" at the Village of the Arts, along 12th Avenue West, Bradenton, through Jan. 6. Information: 747-0823.

Coming up:

  • Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holiday outdoor decorating contest judging Dec. 7.
  • Art demonstration at Artists Guild Gallery Dec. 7.
  • "Seussical" at Riverfront Theatre Dec. 7.
  • Snowfest holiday celebration at Bradenton Preparatory Academy Dec. 8.
  • Florida West Coast Symphony at Neel Auditorium Dec. 8.
  • Parents night out at Island Baptist Church Dec. 9.
  • Christmas celebration along Bridge Street Dec. 9.
  • "Sea Monsters" at Mote Marine Aquarium Dec. 9.
  • Annual Island Privateers Christmas Parade Dec. 9.
  • Leon Merian's Big Band Extravaganza at the Riverfront Theatre Dec. 9.
  • Winterfest at Holmes Beach City Hall Dec. 9-10.
  • Sarasota Shell Club holiday auction at Mote Marine Dec. 12.
  • Lawton Chiles Christmas party at Sandbar Restaurant Dec. 12.

Save the Date:

  • "Messiah & More" Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Choir concert Dec. 17.
  • Anna Maria Island Rotary Club Casino Night Jan. 27.

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