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Islander Calendar – 10-27-2010

Wednesday, Oct. 27
6:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Relay for Life kick-off party at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-745-1214.

Friday, Oct. 29
3 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats costume contest and trick-or-treating at participating businesses. The event begins at the Chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
4:30 to 6 p.m. — Haunted house at the Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness Center, 5364 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5446.
5 p.m. — The Islander’s Crazy, Creepy, Crawly Critter Party and Costume Corral Contest, with prizes offered for pets in the scariest, silliest and most original costumes, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.

Saturday, Oct. 30
10 a.m. — Costume contest and children’s Halloween parade departs from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce proceeding down Gulf Drive to Anna Maria Elementary School. Information: 941-708-5525.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Fall Festival at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.

Sunday, Oct. 31
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — “Trunk or Treat” at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

Monday, Nov. 1
11 a.m. — “Galapagos: Nature, History, Darwin” with Jan Skalny at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
6 p.m. — Bingo for Turkeys to benefit the Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-78-0444.

Tuesday, Nov. 2
Noon — Dr. Joke Ogunrinde, ambassadorial scholar visiting from Nigeria, will speak to the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Wednesday, Nov. 3
11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion group meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers member Barbara Goff discusses the Florida Writers Association Convention at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
3 p.m. — “After Hours Book Club” will discuss “Three Little Words” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

Ongoing:
• The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
• Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds cross-denominational study group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.

OFF-ISLAND EVENTS
Thursday, Oct. 28
6 p.m. — World Music Film Series presents “Throw Down Your Heart” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
6 p.m. — “Hoop Jam” hoola-hooping party at Robinson Preserve, 1709 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.
6:30 p.m. — Red Ribbon candlelight vigil against substance abuse at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
7:30 p.m. — “Nunsensations” opens at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Nov. 14. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Friday, Oct. 29
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. — “Dark Matter” concert and animated light show at the Bishop Planetarium located at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
11 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Saturday, Oct. 30
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Sarasota Chalk Festival featuring artists from Bradenton Beach’s Fyfe, music, kiddie chalk section and pumpkin carving along South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Information online: chalkfestival.com.
9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. — Wagon tours through Robinson Preserve, 1709 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — The Bradenton Marauders “Trick or Trunk” at McKechnie Field parking lot on 17th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3031.
11 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Sunday, Oct. 31
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Sarasota Chalk Festival featuring artists from Bradenton Beach’s Fyfe, music, kiddie chalk section and more along South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Information online: chalkfestival.com.

Coming Up:
• Nov. 4, World Music Film Series: “Afghan Star,” South Florida Museum.
• Nov. 5, Flu shots, Anna Maria Island Community Center.
• Nov. 5, Wildlife Inc. benefit, Back Alley.
• Nov. 6, Great Visit Florida Beach Walk.
• Nov. 6, Snooty’s Gala.
• Nov. 6, Monofilament cleanup, Save Our Seabirds.
• Nov. 6, Sarasota Blues Festival, Ed Smith Stadium.
• Nov. 6, Walter C. Watkins Scavenger Hunt, Palma Sola Park.
• Nov. 7, Bridge Street Festival.
• Nov. 8, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce installation dinner, Key Royale Club.
• Nov. 8, Turkey Bingo, Sandbar restaurant.
• Nov. 9, Coffee & Conversations for Seniors, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Save the Date:
• Nov. 10, Islander Veteran’s Day Remembrance, Holmes Beach City Hall.
• Nov. 12-14, ArtsHop.
• Nov. 13, Holly Berry Bazaar, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
• Nov. 13-14, Butterfly Garden Art & Craft Festival, Holmes Beach.
• Nov. 13-14, Discover Egmont Key.
• Nov. 14, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, Crosspointe Fellowship.
• Nov. 17-20, Sandblast.
• Nov. 19-21, Save the Gulf concert, Holmes Beach.
• Nov. 20, Canine Christmas Festival, Bishop Animal Shelter.
• Dec. 11-12, Winterfest.

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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