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Date of Issue: February 16, 2006

Islander Calender

Wednesday, Feb. 15

10:30 a.m. - Longboat-Lido-St. Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 383-2466. Fee applies.

12:30 to 4 p.m. - Duplicate Bridge at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

6 to 7:30 p.m. - Parent support group at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Thursday, Feb. 16

 3 to 5 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Historical Society Jazz Fest in the parking lot of the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Bring your own chair. Donation suggested.

6:30 p.m. - Island Garden Club potluck dinner and presentation on hydroponic gardening at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5538.

7:30 p.m. - Manatee Audubon Society presents Jeanne Dubi of the Sarasota Celery Fields at First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Information: 758-2929.

Friday, Feb. 17

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Blood drive at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.

1 to 2 p.m. - Family caregiver support group at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 747-4655.

5 to 9 p.m. - Preview gala evening for the Service Club of Manatee County Antique and Collectible Show at the Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 795-0342. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities.

8 p.m. - Florida West Coast Symphony "Masterworks" at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 953-4252. Fee applies.

Saturday, Feb. 18

8:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Club meeting with Manatee County Property Appraiser Charles Hackney at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - White Elephant Sale at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1896.

9:30 a.m. - Guided nature walk of Leffis Key at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Information: 794-8773.

10 a.m. to noon - Bead craft class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Service Club of Manatee County Antique and Collectible Show at the Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 795-0342. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival along the waterfront in the historic village (south side of Cortez Road). Information: www.cortezfishingfestival.org.

10:30 a.m. - Save Anna Maria Inc. meeting with guest speaker from Mote Marine at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

8 p.m. - Opening night of "Heaven Can Wait" at Manatee Community College John James Studio Theatre, 26th Street at 60th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 752-5252. Fee applies.

Sunday, Feb. 19

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 6 p.m. - Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival along the waterfront in the historic village (south side of Cortez Road). Information: www.cortezfishingfestival.org.

10:50 a.m. - "Real Life Conference" with the Rev. Ron Lynch at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Service Club of Manatee County Antique and Collectible Show at the Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 795-0342. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities.

3 p.m. - Piano/Organ concert by Joel Raney and Jane Holstein at First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 722-5955.

Monday, Feb. 20

Noon - Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents "Religion in the Public Square" with Rabbi James Rudin at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287. Fee applies.

1 to 3 p.m. - Stepping-stone craft class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

2 to 4 p.m. - Open house at Belle Haven in the Anna Maria Historical Park, 406 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-0492.

4 and 7 p.m. - "The Sensory World of Manatees" lecture presentation by Gordon Bauer at Mote Immersion Cinema, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.

6:30 p.m. - "Real Life Conference" with the Rev. Ron Lynch at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Questions about Medicare Part D enrollment answered by Michael Vejins at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541.

10 a.m. to noon - Volunteer recruitment coffee at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441.

Noon - Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 713-0042.

Noon - Longboat Key Democratic Club meeting at the Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room, 525 Bay Isles, Longboat Key. Information: 387-4983. Fee applies.

5 p.m. - Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization dinner by the Sun House Restaurant at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525. Fee applies.

6:30 p.m. - "Real Life Conference" with the Rev. Ron Lynch at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719.

7 p.m. - "Blast Off" musical by AME first-graders at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

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

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - "Natural Capitalism" seminar with Rocky Mountain Institute at Manatee Community College, Center for Innovation and Technology in Lakewood Ranch. Information: 309-1200 ext. 203. Fee applies.

12:30 to 4 p.m. - Duplicate Bridge at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Stepping-stone craft class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

6:30 p.m. - "Real Life Conference" with Ron Lynch at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719.

7 to 9 p.m. - "Linkages: Land, Water, Bay" landscape forum at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 779-0160.

Ongoing:

  • "All Nude Review" artists exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb. 24. Information: 778-2099.
  • "Heaven Can Wait" at Manatee Community College, John James Studio Theatre, 26th Street at 60th Avenue West, Bradenton, through Feb. 25. Information: 752-5252. Fee applies.
  • Paintings by Lee Mears at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Feb. 28. Information: 778-6648.
  • "The Highwaymen," Florida’s African-American landscape painters exhibit at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through March 12. Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.

Upcoming:

  • Author Roger Hall at the Island Branch Library Feb. 23.
  • Basics of Interior Design at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Feb. 23.
  • One-stroke painting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Feb. 24.
  • Grammy winning tenor Stuart Neill at the Longboat Island Chapel Feb. 24-25.
  • Smooth Jazz on St. Armands Circle Feb. 24.
  • Mardi Gras at St. Bernard Catholic Church Feb. 25.
  • Trinkets and Treasures at the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron Feb. 25.
  • Digital photography class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Feb. 25.
  • "Judaism in America" at the Education Center, Longboat Key Feb. 26.
  • Mangrove-pruning seminar at Mote Marine Laboratory Feb. 28.
  • Mystery writer James Swain at Mote Marine Laboratory Feb. 28.

Save the Date:

  • Fashion Show at St. Bernard Catholic Church March 2.
  • Religious Art & Artifacts Exhibit at the Church of the Annunciation March 3.
  • Island Heritage Day March 4.
  • Dream Classics Concert/Dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center March 10.
  • Celebrate Longboat Key at the Longboat Key Club March 11.
  • Flea market at Harvey Memorial Community Church March 11.
  • Model ships and boats at the Manatee Civic Center March 11-12.
  • St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Moose Lodge March 17.
  • Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes March 18.
  • Island garden tour April 1

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