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Date of Issue: December 23, 2009

Islander Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve.

4 p.m. — Family mass at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

5 and 11 p.m. — Christmas Eve service at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

5:30 p.m. — Candlelight service with music and prayer at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

6:30 and 10 p.m. — Christmas music programs followed by candlelight services at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

7 p.m. — Christmas Eve service at Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach.

7:30 p.m. —Candlelight service at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

9 p.m. — Traditional candlelight service at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

9:30 p.m. — Christmas carols followed by mass at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

10:30 p.m. — Christmas Carols at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Friday, Dec. 25

Christmas Day.

8 a.m. and 10 a.m. — Mass at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

9:30 a.m. — Worship service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

10 a.m. — Service in the chapel at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

10 a.m. — Holiday service at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Tuesday, Dec. 29

9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. — Wagon tours through Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501, ext.4605. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

• First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through April. Information: 941-778-2809.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Artists Guild Gallery Holiday Boutique at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, through Dec. 24. Information: 941-795-7805.

Coming Up:

• Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve fireworks at BeachHouse.

• Jan. 1, Shamrock Shiver Coquina Beach Swim sponsored by Clancy’s Irish Pub.

• Jan. 2, art demonstration with Cecy Richardson, Island Gallery West.

• Jan. 4, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meets at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.

Save the date:

• Jan. 7, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mark Thompson speaks at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota.

• Jan. 14-24, Manatee County Fair.

• Feb. 10, Anna Maria Garden Club Antique Appraisal Affair.

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

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