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Islander Calendar – 12-29-2010

Wednesday, Dec. 29

5:30 p.m. — “Old Junk to New Treasures” craft program for teens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Friday, Dec. 31

9 p.m. — New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks display (at midnight) at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Reservations: 941-799-2222. Fee applies.

Saturday, Jan. 1

8 a.m. — Ginny’s and Jane E’s at the Old IGA, 9806 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, hosts its annual New Year’s Day flea market.

8 a.m. — Rader’s Reef, 5508 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a flea market.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Whitney Beach Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, hosts an antique and art fair. Info: 941-383-1901.

Noon — Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge on the beach at 12th Street and Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-2489.

Sunday, Jan. 2

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Whitney Beach Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, hosts an antique and art fair. Info: 941-383-1901.

Monday, Jan. 3

4:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers kick-off their 40th Anniversary with an invasion of town hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, and a party. Information: 941-780-1668.

Wednesday, Jan. 5

1:15 p.m. — Mystery book author H. Terrell Griffin speaks to the Gulf Coast Writers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.

3 p.m. — After Hours book club members discuss Jodi Picoult’s book “Plain Truth” at Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

7 p.m. — Third annual Epiphany Eve service concluding the 12 days of Christmas with a traditional blessing of chalk at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

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.

• 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. Information: 941-962-8835.

• 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.

• Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Open air market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

Off-Island:

Wednesday, Dec. 29

1 and 2:30 p.m. — Wagon tours of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee applies.

Thursday, Dec. 30

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Naturalist-led family hike through Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757.

Tuesday, Jan. 4

9:30 a.m. to noon — The Manasota Genealogical Society presents “The Spanish Influence in Florida” with Dr. Daniel Stephens of the Life Long Learning Academy at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.

Coming Up:

• Jan. 7, “Florida Charm” opening art reception, Florida Maritime Museum.

• Jan. 7, Sunshine State Film Series: “The Greatest Show on Earth,” South Florida Museum.

• Jan. 7, Artinsight-Sarasota wine reception, Dancing Crane Gallery.

• Jan. 8, Privateers Thieves Market and Mullet Smoke, Coquina Beach.

• Jan. 10, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.

• Jan. 11, Inquiring Minds resumes meetings, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Save the Date:

Jan. 13, “Hairspray” opening night, Manatee Players.

Jan. 14, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island mural dedication, Island Shopping Center.

• Jan. 15, Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash.

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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