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Date of Issue: December 14, 2006

Islander Calender

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.

1 to 3 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Center-sponsored Sit 'n' Knit class at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

5 to 7 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange at the Harrington House Bed and Breakfast, 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541.

Thursday, Dec. 7

1 to 2:30 p.m. - Barbara Hines demonstrates crafting holiday cards at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.

8 p.m. - Opening night of "Seussical" at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 8

8:45 to 10 a.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Center-sponsored Kripalu Yoga class with Dolce Little at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts the "Food for Life" cooking class "Fueling Up on Low-fat Foods" at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Bradenton Preparatory Academy "Holiday Snowfest Celebration" at the school, 7900 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 792-7838.

8 p.m. - Florida West Coast Symphony "Masterworks" at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 953-3434. Fee applies.

Saturday, Dec. 9

8:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Club breakfast meeting with guest speaker Sue Lamasdro on medical care at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

9 to 11 a.m. - "Sea Monsters" family program at Mote Marine Education Resource Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Historic Bridge Street Merchants Holiday Celebration along Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

10 a.m. to noon - Painting on wood with acrylics demonstration by artist Nancy Law at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 792-1039.

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Art League "Winterfest" fine arts and crafts show at Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.

10:15 a.m. - Holmes Beach Civic Association meeting with guest speaker Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

1 to 6 p.m. - "Parents Day Out" hosted by Island Baptist Church, providing supervision of toilet-trained children through fifth-grade, at 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-2979.

2 p.m. - Leon Merian's Big Band Extravaganza at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.

7 p.m. - Center for Education Montessori School Holiday Concert at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 753-4987.

Sunday, Dec. 10

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Art League "Winterfest" fine arts and crafts show at Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.

Monday, Dec. 11

8:45 to 10 a.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Center-sponsored Kripalu Yoga class with Dolce Little at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

1 to 3 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Center-sponsored stepping-stone craft class at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

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. 12

10:30 a.m. - Actress Barbara Knode and the Asolo Theatre Guild Playreaders at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

Noon - Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting and election of the board of directors at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 350-4326.

6 p.m. - Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 739-0908.

6 p.m. - Democratic Women's Club "9 to 5 Working Women's Group" meeting at Stacey's Buffet, 4848 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 778-3444.

7:30 p.m. - The Bay Chorale presents "Christmas Remembered" at the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 761-1221. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

10 a.m. - Santa welcomes kids of all ages to a celebration at the Pines Trailer Park clubhouse at the bay end of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-9565.

10:30 a.m. - Friends of the Island Branch Library book club at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

Noon - Anna Maria Garden Club holiday party at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-2607.

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.

1 to 3 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Center-sponsored Sit 'n' Knit class at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

2 to 3 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Center-sponsored stepping-stone craft class at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Ongoing:

  • "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.
  • "Seussical" at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Dec. 23. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
  • "Fishing in Paradise" exhibit by Harvey Gaunt at the Arts Council Gallery, 926012th St. W., Bradenton, through Dec. 28. Information: 746-2223.
  • 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.
  • Photograph exhibit by John Bonser at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Dec. 31. Information: 792-1039.
  • "The Blue Briny: Mermaids & More" at the Village of the Arts, along 12th Avenue West, Bradenton, through Jan. 6. Information: 747-0823.

Coming up:

  • Open House at Southeastern Guide Dogs, Palmetto, Dec. 16.
  • Family origami at the Island Branch Library Dec. 16.
  • Bethlehem Walk at Roser Memorial Community Church Dec. 16.
  • "Messiah & More" Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Choir concert Dec. 17.
  • Flu shots at St. Bernard Catholic Church Dec. 18.

Save the Date:

  • Anna Maria Island Rotary Club Casino Night Jan. 27.

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