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Date of Issue: December 02, 2009

Seasonal celebrations

With snowbirds migrating for the winter and vacationers escaping for a week or weekend — The Islander offers a glance at the 2009-10 season.

Save the dates…

December

Dec. 3: “The Education of Angels” opens at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

Dec. 4: Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House, including tree-lighting, Santa visits and merchant offerings.

Dec. 4: Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, exhibit reception, “Island Colors.”

Dec. 4: Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, reception for the month’s featured artist.

Dec. 5: Lester-Islander Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Drive, Anna Maria.

Dec. 5: Bridge Street Market on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

Dec. 12: Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade with Santa, from Bayfront Park to Coquina Beach.

Dec. 12-13: Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest juried arts festival, Holmes Beach City Hall field.

Dec. 12: Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria, Bethlehem Walk.

Dec. 19: Holiday open house in Bradenton Beach, centered on Bridge Street.

Dec. 19: Bridge Street Market on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

Dec. 19: Where’s Woody Art Sale, The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Dec. 20: Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra concert, “An Island Christmas,” Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Dec. 25: Christmas

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve. Fireworks at midnight over the Gulf, the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

January

Jan. 1: New Year’s Day.

Jan. 8: Featured artist reception, Anna Maria Island Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Jan. 8: Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, reception for the month’s featured artist.

Jan. 8: Dec. 4: Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, exhibit reception, “James Pay Exhibit.”

Jan. 9: Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Jan. 21: “Self Help” opens at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

February

Feb. 5: Anna Maria Island Community Center Talent Show.

Feb. 11: Sweethearts Dance, sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Feb. 12: Featured artist reception, Anna Maria Island Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Feb. 12: Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, reception for the month’s featured artist.

Feb. 12: Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, exhibit reception, “The Florida I Remember — A Photographic Journey.”

Feb. 13: Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 14: Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra concert, “From AMICCO with Love,” Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Feb. 16: Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras.

Feb. 20-21: Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival on the waterfront in Cortez.

Feb. 28: Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival, Islandwide, registration at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.

March

March 5: Anna Maria Island Community Center Oscar Party.

March 5: Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, reception for the month’s featured artist.

March 5: Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, exhibit reception, “Student Exhibit.”

March 5: Featured artist reception, Anna Maria Island Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

March 12: For Art’s Sake silent auction to benefit Manatee High School art program, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

March 13-14: Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest juried art festival, Holmes Beach City Hall field.

March 13: Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day.

March 18: “Catch Me If You Can” opens at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

March 20: Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes, Islandwide.

March 21: Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra concert, “An Invitation to the Opera,” Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

April

April 1: April Fool’s Day.

April 4: Easter. Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club Sunrise Service, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.

April 9: Featured artist reception, Anna Maria Island Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

April 9: Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, reception for the month’s featured artist.

April 9: Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, exhibit reception, “Artists Gone Wild.”

April 10: Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.

April 16-18: Real Florida Festival, Islandwide.

April 22: Earth Day.

April 24: Anna Maria Island Community Center gala dinner and auction, an Affaire to Remember.

Summer

May 1: Turtle nesting season opens.

May 1-2: American Cancer Society Island Relay for Life, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.

May 7: Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, exhibit reception, “Manatee High School Student Exhibit.”

May 9: Mother’s Day.

May 13: “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” opens at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

May 31: Memorial Day.

June 1: Hurricane season begins.

June 5: Islandwide Blood Drive, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

June 20: Father’s Day.

July 4: Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day Parade and scholarship party, from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park.

Sept. 6: Labor Day.