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Islander Calendar – 12-1-2010

Wednesday, Dec. 1
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking lunch at The Feast, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.

Thursday, Dec. 2
8 p.m. — Opening night for “Last Train to Nibroc” at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Show runs through Dec. 12. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 3
5 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Lighted Holiday Parade departs from CrossPointe Fellowship’s parking lot, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
5 p.m.— Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House featuring visits with Santa and the Privateers at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
5:30 to 7 p.m. — Artist reception for Maitte Van Arsdel at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Artist reception for Linda Molto at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Exhibit runs through Dec. 19. Information: 941-778-2099.
5:30 to 8 p.m. — Artist reception for basket-maker Kay Johnson at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

Saturday, Dec. 4
8:30 a.m. — Sissy Quinn speaks to the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island about the Anna Maria City Pier celebration at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Quilters Christmas Bazaar at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Rummage sale at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Lester Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island holiday decorator showhouse at the Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. — The Taste of Holiday Gala concert presentation by the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra at Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.

Sunday, Dec. 5
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island holiday decorator showhouse at the Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
2 to 4 p.m. — Opening reception for the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society aqueous art exhibit at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: www.floridasuncoastwatercolor.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 7
Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-1965.
6 p.m. — Village of Cortez holiday potluck dinner at the Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez.

Wednesday, Dec. 8
7:45 to 9 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast at Freedom Village, 6406 21st. Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Anna Maria Island Players lunch at The Feast Restaurant, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Food for Life nutrition class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Ongoing:
• The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
• Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive W., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• 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.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
• Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra host open rehearsals at the First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-7853.

OFF-ISLAND EVENTS
Wednesday, Dec. 1
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — “Festival of Trees” at the Powel Crosley Estate, One Seagate Drive, Sarasota, through Dec. 8. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. — Canned food drive at West Manatee Fire Rescue Station No. 4, 407 67th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-379-8023.

Thursday, Dec. 2
5 to 7 p.m. — Artist reception for Ed Brickman at Durante Gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Show runs through Dec. 16. Information: 941-383-2345.

Friday, Dec. 3
6 to 9 p.m. — Wine reception for artists Janet Mishner and Debbie Dannheisser at the Dancing Crane Gallery, 1019 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. Show runs through Dec. 23. Information: 941-744-1333.
6 to 9 p.m. — A reception for the Manatee County Cultural Alliance Santa workshop, 926 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2223.
7 p.m. — Film screening of “Toyland” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Saturday, Dec. 4
8 a.m. to noon — Manatee County Audubon open house at Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2222.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Antique and Art Fair to benefit Longboat Key Turtle Watch and Save Our Seabirds Sanctuary at Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1901.
4 to 9 p.m. — “Toys, Toys, Toys” Family Night at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Sunday, Dec. 5
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Antique and Art Fair to benefit Longboat Key Turtle Watch and Save Our Seabirds Sanctuary at Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1901.

Tuesday, Dec. 7
9:30 a.m. to noon — Manasota Genealogical Society presents “The Genealogy of Santa Claus Post Cards” with the Rev. Herb Loomis at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 First Ave., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.

Wednesday, Dec. 8
11 a.m. to noon — Longboat Island Chapel caregiver support group at the chapel’s Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
7 to 9 p.m. — “The Star of Bethlehem” science conversation with Howard Hochhalter at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Coming Up:
• Dec. 9, Potluck to benefit SOLVE house, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
• Dec. 9, “Coyotes: Their Behavior, Diet, Habitat,” Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez.
• Dec. 10, Caregiver support group, Island Branch Library.
• Dec. 10, Italian Night, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
• Dec. 11, Privateers Christmas Parade with Santa Claus and party, Coquina Beach.
• Dec. 11, REAL Women brunch, CrossPointe Fellowship.
• Dec. 11, “A 1910 Florida Cracker Christmas,” Manatee Village Historical Park.
• Dec. 11-12, Winterfest Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Festival.
• Dec. 12, Plantation Christmas open house, Gamble Plantation Historic State Park.

Save the Date:
• Dec. 17, Film screening of “Fred Claus,” Rossi Park.
• Dec. 18, Christmas on Bridge Street and Lighted Boat Parade.
• Dec. 18, Where’s Woody Art Sale, Island Shopping Center.
• Jan. 15, Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash.

Anna Maria Elementary calendar
Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:
• Dec. 2, Progress reports go home.
• Dec. 3, 10 a.m., Wildlife Inc. presentation.
• Dec. 8, 8:45 a.m. to noon, Eco-explorers program on the bay.
• Dec. 9, 8:45 to 11:30 a.m., Eco-explorers program on the bay.
• Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m., Fourth-grade mini-mall.
• Dec. 13, 1:10, First-grade play dress rehearsal.
• Dec. 14, 5 to 7 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization dinner in the cafeteria.
• Dec. 14, 7 p.m., First-grade holiday play in the auditorium.
• Dec. 15, 9 a.m., Florida Studio Theater visits the school.
• Dec. 17, Santa Claus might stop by for a visit.
• Dec. 20 to Jan. 4, Winter break.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

For more information, call 941-708-5525.

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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