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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Dec. 3
7 to 8 a.m. - Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna Maria Island Pier, 100 Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.

Noon Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island Hacienda Potluck Charity Luncheon at Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-6083. Fee applies.

Noon to 3:30 p.m. - Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.

5 to 7 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holiday business card exchange at the Harrington House Bed and Breakfast Inn, 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Scholastic Book Fair Parent's Night at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.

6 p.m. - Family storytime at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

6:30 p.m. - Little League Baseball charter committee meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.

Thursday, Dec. 4
9:30 a.m. to noon - Watercolor class with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

10:30 a.m. - The Episcopal Church Women Luncheon and Advent program featuring a Christmas story by Jeanne Dawn at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-3359.

Noon to 4 p.m. - Floorcloth art class with Elena DeLaVille at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.

5 to 7 p.m. - Blood drive at the American Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-3489.

6:30 p.m. - Youth Basketball League banquet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

8 p.m. - Opening night of "Annie," starring Islander Trina Rizzo at The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 365-2494. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 5
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Mosaic stepping-stone craft class with Sandy French at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.

5 to 8 p.m. - Ye Ol' Holiday Open House throughout the Holmes Beach business district featuring Santa, Saggy Aggy, snow, snacks and refreshments and live music. Information: 778-7978.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Opening reception for "Digital Fine Artists Association" exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.

6 to 9 p.m. - "Holiday Night" featuring Santa Claus and live music on St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.

6 to 10 p.m. - Artists reception for "Holiday in Paradise: Mermaids, Sea Creatures & Art, Oh My!" at the Village of the Arts galleries between 14th Street West and Ninth Street in downtown Bradenton. Information: 741-8056.

Saturday, Dec. 6
8:30 a.m. - Walk-a-dog-a-thon for the Manatee County Humane Society at G.T. Bray Park southside soccer field, 51st Street West, Bradenton. Information: 753-0104.

8:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach Information: 778-0355.

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. - Pilates at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Holiday Bazaar at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-0515.

10 to 11 a.m. - Mosaic stepping-stone craft class with Sandy French at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to noon - Fused-glass art demonstration by Linda Schmid at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Canine Holiday Festival at G.T. Bray Park, 51st St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-3611. Doggie goods donation applies.

10:30 a.m. - Holmes Beach Civic Association presents "Come Follow Our Island's Stormwater into the Bay and Beyond" with Brie Willett of the Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

10:30 a.m. - Wild bird rescue training at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.

6 p.m. - The Islander Holiday Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks from Bradenton Beach and Bimini Bay to the Anna Maria City Pier. Information: 778-7978.

Sunday, Dec. 7
8 a.m. - National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony at the American Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-3489.

8 to 11:30 a.m. - Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Holiday Bazaar at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.

Monday, Dec. 8
9 to 10 a.m. - Island Widowed Persons Services meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Noon - Minnesota Club Luncheon at the American Legion Club, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 758-8543 or 792-0619.

Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

1 to 4 p.m. - Veterans' service officer at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Appointments: 749-3030.

2 p.m. - The Asolo Playreaders perform "Nichols and May Revisited" at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Pilates at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

7 p.m. - Charter education class at the Island Middle School, 206 85th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5200.

8 p.m. - Opening night of Manatee Players "A Taffeta Christmas - A '50s Christmas Reunion" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Dec. 10
10:30 a.m. - Friend's Book Club at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

11:30 a.m. - The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players present "The World of Charles Dickens" with George Curry at The Landings at Freedom Village, 17th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 761-8623 or 792-7818.

Noon to 3:30 p.m. - Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.

1 to 3 p.m. - Mixed-media art demonstration by Mary DuCharme at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.

6 p.m. - Family storytime at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

6 p.m. - "How to Improve Housing in Manatee County" public forum with county representatives at Manatee Technical Institute, 5603 34th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 751-7947.

Ongoing:

  • Watercolors of Anne Abgott at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Dec. 6.
  • A Festival of Trees" holiday event at Crosley Mansion, Bradenton, through Dec. 10. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.
  • Black-and-white photography class with Chris Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Dec. 15. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
  • The Manatee Players present "A Taffeta Christmas - A '50s Christmas Reunion" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Dec. 21. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
  • Annie" starring Islander Trina Rizzo at The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through Dec. 21. Information: 365-2494. Fee applies.
  • Digital Fine Artists Association" exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Dec. 30. Information: 778-2099.
  • De Cuba Con Amor" photography exhibit by Michael Harris and Barbara Gabbe-Harris at Copper Moon Gallery, 1006 11th Ave., W., Bradenton, through Dec. 31. Information: 747-8783.
  • The Write Stuff" with Andrew Clyde Little at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
  • Holiday in Paradise: Mermaids, Sea Creatures & Art, Oh My!" at the Village of the Arts galleries between 14th Street West and Ninth Street in downtown Bradenton, through Jan. 3. Information: 741-8056.
  • Watercolor classes with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Upcoming:

  • Holiday Dinner Gala at the Crosley Mansion Dec. 11.
  • Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine Aquarium Dec. 11.
  • Music performance and Parent-Teacher Organization meeting at Island Middle School Dec. 11.
  • AARP Driver Safety course at the Island Branch Library Dec. 11-12.
  • Artist reception at the Artists Guild Gallery Dec. 12.
  • Florida West Coast Symphony Holiday Pops concert a Neel Auditorium, Bradenton, Dec. 12.
  • Drop and Shop" at G.T. Bray Activity Center, Bradenton Dec. 12.
  • A Night Before Christmas" at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton Dec. 13.
  • Origami class at the Island Branch Library Dec. 13.
  • Lester Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Dec. 13.
  • Privateers Holiday Parade Islandwide Dec. 13.
  • Winterfest" Crafts Fair at Holmes Beach City Hall Dec. 13-14.
  • Island Widowed Persons Service visit to DeSoto National Park Dec. 15.
  • Kiwanis Club Holiday Dinner at Cafe on the Beach Dec. 15.
  • Leaks, Lies and Liberals" with James McCartney at the Beach House Restaurant Dec. 15.
  • Stepping-stone craft class with Glen LeFerve at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Dec. 15-16.
  • Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids at the Sandbar restaurant Dec. 16.
  • Anna Maria City "Pier Regulars" holiday party at the pier Dec. 20.

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