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Islander Calendar – 03-30-2011

Wednesday, March 30

11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “What is Left of the American Dream?” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

Thursday, March 31

10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Reporter James McCartney presents a talk on “Current U.S. Foreign Policy and Political Situations” at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Saturday, April 2

8:30 a.m. — Diana Dill, executive director of Take Stock in Children, will speak to the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7888.

5 p.m. — Pre-Affaire party hosted by Lee Greenwood at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

6 p.m. — An Affaire to Remember fundraising dinner and dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, April 5
Noon to 1 p.m. — Nancy Ambrose of the American Cancer Society Action Network speaks to the Rotary Club of Anna Maria at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 942-518-1965.

3 to 5 p.m. — Oldies Beach Dance to benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.

Wednesday, April 6

11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “What Constitutes A ‘Good’ Person?” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presents “Recover Your American Dream” and lunch with Michael Marciniak at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

3 p.m. — After Hours Book Club will discuss Robert Goolick’s “A Reliable Wife” at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

Ongoing: • Through April 3, “Rabbit Hole” at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, 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 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds study group at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Settler’s bread sale at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society museum shop, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.     • 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.     • Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 102 23rd Ave., Bradenton Beach.

Information: 941-778-1915.

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, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

Off-Island:

Friday, April 1

9 a.m. to noon — Anti-aging seminar with Denise Medved at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-552-8330. Fee applies.

6 to 9 p.m. — Artist reception for Raul Casas and Lagana at the Dancing Crane Gallery, Village of the Arts, 1019 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-1333.

Saturday, April 2
10:30 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Sunday, April 3
7 p.m. — Unplugged Festival presents “The Steadfast” at the Asolo Repertory rehearsal hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.

Monday, April 4
7 to 8:30 p.m. — “Flash Back, Flash Forward” panel discussion led by Anthony Rice about significant elements of the 1960s through the lens of art and culture at Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-7484.

Tuesday, April 5

9:30 a.m. to noon — Manasota Genealogical Society meets at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.

10 to 11 a.m. — Tai chi at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491. Fee applies.

8 p.m. — Unplugged Festival presents “Mr. Green 2” at the Asolo Repertory rehearsal hall, 555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.

Coming Up:

• April 8, Artist reception for Jane Keeling, Island Gallery West.

• April 8-10, “Seven in ’11” play festival, West Coast Black Theater, Sarasota.

• April 8, Reception for photographer Phil Jensen, Artists’ Guild Gallery.

• April 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach.

• April 9, Paws in Motion Humane Society of Manatee County Walkathon, downtown Bradenton riverfront.

• April 9, Sidewalk astronomy, South Florida Museum.

• April 9-10, Butterfly Park Art and Craft Festival, Holmes Beach field.

• April 13, “U.S. Foreign Aid: Are We Getting Our Bang for the Buck?” discussion, Studio at Gulf and Pine.

Save the Date:

• April 15-16, Holmes Beach Founder’s Day Festival.

• April 23, Cortez Native’s Picnic, Florida Maritime Museum.

• May 7, 10th annual Island Run for the Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida.

• May 13-14, Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration, Anna Maria.
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.

AME calendar

Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:

• March 31, 1:30 p.m., birthday book club, media center.

• April 11-14, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Testing.

• April 14, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., kindergarten roundup.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

For more information, call 941-708-5525.

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