Monthly Archives: January 2017

Cortez store burglarized

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at the Sea Hagg collectibles shop, 12304 Cortez Road, Cortez.

An MCSO report said the incident was reported on May 17 and took place sometime between 5:30 p.m. May 16 and noon the day of the report.

The incident was classified as a burglary to an unoccupied structure, a felony, and involved the theft of more than $5,000 in property.

The report stated that unknown persons “gained entry to the listed fenced business by unknown means” and “once inside the subject stole $5,148 worth of items. It is unknown at the time of this report who may have burglarized the business.”

Wagon theft witnessed

An observant witness helped lead the Holmes Beach Police Department to the identification of a suspect in the theft of a wagon stocked with children’s toys.

The theft occurred May 10 in the 4600 block of the beach.

From a rental property on 46th Street, a vacationing family walked to the Gulf shore with a wagon loaded with beach toys, as well as towels and other items.

They left their possessions on the beach when they went back to their rental home for lunch. When they returned about an hour later, the wagon was missing.

A neighbor later told the family she saw two women, both described as heavy set and about 40, take the wagon. They left in a white vehicle with “Margaritaville” on a side panel and a Florida license plate.

An HBPD officer checked the plate number and found it was the tag for a white 2003 Toyota four-door registered to a Bradenton woman.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sports – 05-25-2011

Local grom makes waves in surfing world

Lifelong Holmes Beach-resident Christian Daniels at the young age of 10 is making waves on Florida’s surfing scene. He recently completed his first season in the East Coast National Scholastic Surfing Association where he secured a second place overall finish in the southeast district.

And he’s ripping up the waves in the new season of competitive surfing — earning plenty of metal and seeded spots in future tourneys.

Christian went on last month to the East Coast Championships in New Smyrna Beach April 8-11 and made the finals in two divisions. He finished fourth in the 11-and-under open mini-grom division and had a fifth-place finish in the 11-and-under explorer super-grom division. His performances against some of the east coast’s best young surfers earned Christian a seeded spot in the NSSA nationals next month in Huntington Beach, Calif.

April 15 had Christian traveling to St. Augustine Beach  for the Eastern Surfing Association southeast regionals to try and build on his Central Florida District No. 2 ranking. After three grueling days of heats against some outstanding competition, Christian made the finals and brought home a fifth-place finish. He also secured a spot in the ESA East Coast Championships being held in Cape Hatteras, N.C., in September.

The May 14-15 weekend saw the start of the new NSSA season with two contests in Melbourne Beach. Christian competed in three divisions both days and made all three finals. He brought home two second-place finishes in 11-under open mini-groms, a fifth- and a sixth-place finish in explorer super-groms. He took first and second place in the 12-and-under explorer menehune division.

With a season of experience to fall back on, Christian a third-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School and parents Tom and Beth, are looking forward to a great second NSSA season.

Stay tuned for more updates on this “Hot Dog” in the Islander.

Center soccer signups start up

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is taking registrations for their summer indoor recreational soccer league.

Season starts June 27 and runs through most of the summer school vacation. Tryouts are required. Games will be played weekday evenings in two coed age divisions — a 6-9 age division and a 10-12 age division.

The Center also is offering a competitive league with registration costing $250 per team. Registration for this league ends June 15.

Tryouts for the age 6-9 age recreational divison players will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, and the 10-12 division will tryout at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. Cost for the recreational program is $45 for center members and $60 for nonmembers. Teams will be selected at the tryouts.

Both coaches and team sponsors are needed.

For more information, contact Tyler Bekkerus at the center, 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club women joined the men for a throw-out-the-worst-two-holes game May 20. The team of Terry Westby, Christina Mason and Dennis Schavey combined for a 97 to earn a two-shot victory over Frankie Smith-Williams, Jerry Brown, Ron Robinson and Kris Landkammer.

The KRC men played an 18-hole, two-man low-net game May 18. Vince Mercadante and Carl Voyles carded a 2-under-par 62 to take first place.

The men played a nine-hole, individual low-net game May 16. Ernie Hauser took first place with a 6-under-par 26 for a three-shot victory over Austin Rice and Bill Gallagher, who tied for second at 3-under 29.

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play during the May 21 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Tom Sofron and Debbie Rhodes earned the bye into the finals and watched as John Johnson and Jeff Moore rolled past Ron Pepka and Dom Livedonti 23-3. The finals saw Rhodes-Sofron earn an easy 21-10 victory over Johnson-Moore.

Karl Thomas, in his final game of the season until he returns from Canada in October, teamed with Norm Good and they were the only team with three pool-play wins and the day’s outright champions.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Basketball rolls on

The youth basketball schedule continues at the center. However, once again, game score sheets were not made available in a timely manner. Calls to the center and messages left by The Islander were unproductive.

The game schedule is posted online at, but standings also were not provided this week.

Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League schedule

Instructional Division (ages 5-7)

May 26    6 p.m.      WCAC vs. Beach Bums

May 27    6 p.m.      Beach Bums vs. Coastal Orthopedic

May 31    6 p.m.      WCAC vs. Coastal Orthopedic

Division III (ages 8-9)

May 26    7 p.m.      Kat Charters vs. Agnelli Pool

May 27    7 p.m.      Kat Charters vs. Oyster Bar

May 31    7 p.m.      Agnelli Pool vs. Oyster Bar

Division II (ages 10-11)

May 25    6 p.m.      Sandbar vs. Ross Built

May 26    8 p.m.      Bistro vs. Connie’s

May 27    8 p.m.      Connie’s vs. Ross Built

Division I (ages 12-13)

May 25    7 p.m.      Holy Cow vs. Walter

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

May 25    8 p.m.      LaPensee vs. Dips

May 31    8 p.m.      Dip’s vs. Sun

HB man arrested with burglary tools

A Holmes Beach man faces charges of trespass and possession of burglary tools.

Michael Edward Wallen, 23, of Holmes Beach, was arrested at about 4 a.m. May 17 in the 500 block of Key Royale Drive.

Wallen was inside a truck, lying across the front passenger seat when Holmes Beach Police Officer Brian Hall noticed him, according to an HBPD probable cause affidavit.

The report stated that Wallen was “looking inside … the interior of the vehicle with a flashlight.”

Hall, on a routine patrol of the area, stopped and turned his vehicle around. He then saw Wallen walking along the street.

After stopping Wallen, Hall contacted the truck’s owner, who said Wallen did not have reason to be inside the vehicle.

Wallen later told Hall that “he was looking for his bag of dope he tossed earlier in the evening,” the report stated.

Trespass to a conveyance is classified as a misdemeanor and possession of burglary tools is classified as a felony.

Wallen, who was released from the Manatee County jail the day he was arrested, is scheduled to appear in court June 24.

Wallen also is scheduled to go to trial in July on a domestic battery charge.

Scuba death reported

The U.S. Coast Guard public information office in St. Petersburg on May 19 reported the death of a 52-year-old male scuba diver who had been diving about 12 miles west of Anna Maria Island.

Coast Guard officials in Cortez were notified around 6 p.m. that day that a diver from a 23-foot Carolina Skiff anchored 12 miles west of the Island had surfaced and became distressed and unresponsive, according to a the caller, a friend on the boat.

A USCG motor launch was dispatched from Cortez to the location of the boat, where the man and the friend had been diving. Upon arrival, Coast Guard crewmembers began CPR efforts and took the unresponsive diver and the other diver to the Coquina Beach boat ramp.

They were met at the ramp by EMS technicians who joined the CPR effort, but without success.

The man’s name was not released pending notification of next-of-kin.

Island police blotter – 05-25-2011

Anna Maria

• May 13, 400 block of Magnolia Drive, arrest. Deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Anna Maria substation arrested a man for burglary, grand theft and possession of burglary tools in connection with the theft of a pool motor and pump from a construction site on South Bay Boulevard. Deputies were able to identify a suspect from a digital image recording device the contractor maintained at the site.

Bradenton Beach

• May 14, 100 block of Gulf Drive South, battery. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Bradenton man for domestic battery in Bradenton Beach for an alleged incident at a residence in Bradenton. Police said the man used a pocket knife to break into his mother’s bedroom to steal a pack of cigarettes and when she woke, hit her.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• May 15, 10300 block of Cortez Road, theft. The MCSO arrested a 31-year-old Cortez woman found in the possession of a wallet containing another woman’s credit card. A man had invited the woman and another person into his van at the location, but he decided they had “worn out their welcome” and called 911. When the MCSO arrived, the man said the woman had bragged about stealing a credit card.

• May 17, 12300 block of Cortez Road, burglary. The MCSO responded to a report from the Sea Hagg nautical boutique that items valued at more than $5,000 were missing.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• May 10, 4600 block of the beach, theft. The Holmes Beach Police Department received a report that two women stole a wagon stocked with toys from the beach.

• May 12, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, public intoxication. HBPD responded to a call that someone had passed out at the Manatee Public Beach. An officer roused the man and put him in a patrol car until his friends were located.

• May 13, 3900 block of East Bay Drive, theft. HBPD responded to a shoplifting complaint from the Publix Super Market. A suspect was taken into custody at the Manatee Public Beach, where she admitted the theft and also allegedly abandoned a Publix mobility scooter.

• May 14, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. HBPD responded to a report of a purse stolen from the Manatee Public Beach. A woman told police she had changed seats at the beach cafe and forgot her purse at the first table. When she remembered the pink-and-white Coach handbag, she couldn’t find it. The purse contained $800, as well as identification cards, credit cards, a gold ring and makeup.

• May 17, Key Royal Drive, trespass and possession of burglary tools. An HBPD officer noticed a suspicious person in a truck outside a residence. He arrested a man for alleged burglary to a conveyance and possession of burglary tools.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Island real estate transactions – 05-25-2011

8317 Marina Court, Holmes Beach, a 3,066 sfla / 6,286 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1984 on a 85×100 lot was sold 05/04/11, Peduzzi to Tankard for $818,000; list $979,000.

403 80th St., Unit B, Turtle Towers, Holmes Beach, a 2,477 sfla / 3,551 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2010 was sold 05/02/11, Preston to Meddick for $690,000; list $699,000.

2600 Gulf Drive, Unit 13, Anna Maria Island Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,179 sfla / 1,339 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulfront condo with shared pool built in 1984 was sold 04/29/11, Lockhart to Simpson for $613,000; list $649,900.

228 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,910 sfla / 3,633 sfur 3bed/3bath canalfront home built in 2004 on a 50×101 lot was sold 05/04/11, Kennedy to Gorman for $525,000.

526 70th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,238 sfla / 1,697 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1969 on a 85×103 lot was sold 05/05/11, Oceanside Oasis LLC to Delatorre for $490,000; list $569,900.

2414 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,625 sfla / 2,582 sfur 4bed/4bath/2car duplex built in 1979 on a 50×100 lot was sold 05/04/11, Eason to Keenan for $340,000; list $396,500.

718 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant 86×108 canalfront lot was sold 05/05/11, CNL Bank to Gunn for $275,000; list $374,000.

108 9th St. S., Unit F, Bayview of Bradenton Beach, Bradenton Beach, a 1,154 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1984 was sold 05/02/11, Moreno to Downs for $275,000.

3607 East Bay Drive, Unit 208, Sandy pointe, Holmes Beach, a 976 sfla / 1,065 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1996 was sold 04/28/11, Wilson to Jackson Florida Properties LLC fro $215,000; list $229,900.

102 Third St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 928 sfla 2bed/2bathhome built in 1946 on a 50×103 was sold 04/28/11, Massik to Dickson for $203,000; list $203,000.

6300 Flotilla Drive, Unit 74, Shell Point, Holmes Beach, a 1,212 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1973 was sold 04/29/11, Dann to Maragakes for $200,000; list $239,000.

3000 Gulf Drive, Unit 5, Palm Cay, Holmes Beach, a 1,550 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1980 was sold 05/04/11, Bankunited to Ten H Properties LLC for $183,750; list $179,000.

611 Gulf Drive N., Unit C22, Imperial House, Bradenton Beach, a 794 sfla 2bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 04/29/11, Weber to Enck for $115,000; list $149,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

Obituaries – 05-25-2011

Brenda Huelsman

Brenda Huelsman, 71, of Sarasota and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died May 17. She was born in Hamilton. She began a career in radio, working as copy writer, radio host in advertising sales. She stayed in radio after a move with her young family to Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1965, where she raised her three children as a single, working parent.

Following a brief move to Miami, she found paradise on Anna Maria Island in 1988. She was a bartender, office manager and “director of fun” for more than 22 years at the Island Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach.

A memorial Service was held May 21 at St. Martha’s Catholic Church, Sarasota. Toale Brothers was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Humane Society of Sarasota or SPARCC.

Mrs. Huelsman’s survivors include her children, Jeff and wife Kathy of Valrico, Fla., Jill and husband John Raleigh of Sarasota, and Jay of Fort Worth, Texas; sister Susan House of Tampa Bay; brother John Schmutzler of Ohio; granddaughter Alexa of Dallas; grandsons Jake and Luke of Valrico; and her rescue dog, Riley.

Jacqueline G. Hunt

Jacqueline G. Hunt, 79, of Holmes Beach went to her final home on May 19. She was born in Jamestown, N.Y., Aug. 3, 1931.

Mrs. Hunt retired as a medical secretary. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bradenton.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Brown and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, Bradenton. Condolences may be made at

Mrs. Hunt is survived by her husband of 58 years, Gene; children Scott and wife Leigh and Marsha and husband Matt LaVallee; three grandchildren, Chris and wife Brittany, Casey and Sydney, great-grandchild Kayden; and sister Cynthia Hagberg of Lakewood, N.Y.

Harold H. Jones

Harold H. Jones, 70, of Kingsport, Tenn., died May 15. Mr. Jones was a native of Church Hill, Tenn., and lived in Kingsport most of his adult life. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He retired from Eastman Chemical Company in 1997 after 32 years of service.

He loved to fish in the Gulf of Mexico while at his home in Anna Maria. He was a member of Kendricks Creek United Methodist Church in Kingsport and an affiliate member of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.

Services and burial were in Tennessee. Memorial donations may be made to Kendricks Creek United Methodist Church, 1000 Kendrick Creek Road, Kingsport TN37663 or to the East Tennessee National Kidney Foundation, 2911 Tazwell Pike, Suite 108, Knoxville TN 37918. Online condolences may be made at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes of Kingsport is serving the family.

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 44 years, Bonnie M.; daughter Amy J. MacKenzie of Anchorage; son Daniel E. and wife Angela W.; grandchildren Nathan and Sarah of Land O’ Lakes, Fla.; brother Samuel D. and wife Linda W. of Kingsport; and sister-in-law Carol M. and husband Irv Clements of Anna Maria.

Peter E. Lucchesi Jr.

Peter E. Lucchesi Jr., 52, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Methuen, Mass., died April 30.

Mr. Lucchesi is survived by brother Ronald of Ohio and many friends.

Marie A. Van Winkle

Marie A. Van Winkle, 88, of Bradenton, died May 17. She was born in New Haven, Conn., and had wintered in Bradenton since 1988 from Hawthorne, N.J.

Mrs. Van Winkle was a member of Crosspointe Fellowship in Anna Maria and a 10-year member of the American Legion for Girls State. She once performed in Showboat with Joe E. Brown, Pajama Game with Phil Foster, the Music Man with Bob Sterling, and she sang in many operettas and at Carnegie Hall.

Visitation and services were May 21 at Crosspointe Fellowship Church, Holmes Beach. Brown and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, 26th Street Chapel of Bradenton was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at

Mrs. Van Winkle is survived by husband Floyd; daughters Kathleen and husband Bill Shafer of Anna Maria and Cynthia and husband Dan Brindley of Bradenton; sister Lorraine Guglielmo of North Haven, Conn.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Fishing – 05-25-2011

Gear up for springtime trout fishing

Due to strong west winds, Anna Maria Island fishers are targeting the backwater flats for spotted sea trout.

The deeper grass flats of Sarasota and Palma Sola bays are holding good numbers of spotted sea trout. If you’ve noticed, most of the trout have been upper slot-sized fish, too. Here are some suggestions for how to better target these yellow-mouthed bruisers.

The first way is to use live bait, such as a select shrimp, medium-sized shiner or small pinfish. Use of a popping cork or Cajun Thunder aids not only in helping you see the bite, but keeps your bait from swimming down into the grass and getting stuck. Set your cork so your bait swims 1-2 feet above the grass. You can use this method to still-fish or drift-fish. Just remember, if you drift-fish, throw ahead of your drift and retrieve slowly.

The second method is to use soft plastics on a jig head. You benefit by covering more area of water, since you’re constantly casting and retrieving. Most often, you’ll be drift fishing when fishing a jig, and that also helps cover more area. The more area you cover means the more chances of finding the fish. When using jigs for trout, I like to fish sandy potholes and ditches that run throughout the grass flats because trout use these areas as ambush points to prey on small baitfish and shrimp. Bouncing a jig through the sand on the edges of these potholes is highly effective when seeking trout. You’ll often find more than one fish in a pothole, so make a second cast where you caught the first one.

A third trick to fish trout and see better results is to use a top-water plug. Whether it be a popper like a Chug Bug Storm bait or a torpedo-shaped plug for “walking the dog,” such as either a MirrOlure 84MR or Heddon Zara Spook. Using a top-water plug can be highly effective, especially for big trout. I generally use top-water baits on shallower flats of 2-4 feet in depth or low-light conditions. At times, larger gator trout will be “loners” on the flat. They lay in the shallower water waiting for a finger mullet or shiner to swim by. These fish are the ones that’ll knock the point on your lure if it passes in front of them. The combination of sound and sight that occurs when a gator trout smacks your lure is something you’ll remember for a long time. That being said, top-water fishing is probably the most exciting way to target big trout.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Legend Charters is fishing the backwaters of Anna Maria Sound and upper Sarasota Bay targeting a trio of redfish, trout and snook. “We’re mainly fishing docks to find the reds, but I’ve also got an oyster bar that’s been holding some upper-slot fish,” Johnston says. Live shrimp and shiners are Johnston’s baits of choice. “Sometimes they want a shrimp,” Johnston says. “Sometimes they don’t.”

Johnston likes to carry an assortment of live bait so he’s prepared to fish in any scenario. White bait has been his primary choice for both the spotted sea trout and the snook. Johnston says he’s fishing the strong out-going tides to target snook.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing the beaches off Anna Maria Island and targeting tarpon. Gross maneuvers his boat so he will be in the track-line of an oncoming school of kings. When the school gets within casting distance, he’s throwing out live shiners on a 6/0 circle hook with 80-pound fluorocarbon leader.

Alex Siruis of Alexandria, Va., saw success with Gross. He caught and released a 130-pound tarpon last Thursday.

Gross also is targeting spotted sea trout on the flats of lower Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Sound. “Most of the trout we’re catching are in the 16- to 18-inch range,” Gross says. “Last week they were averaging 20 inches.” Gross is using live shiners either under a popping cork or on a flat-line for best results.

Capt. Warren Girle is targeting tarpon along the crystal-clear waters just off the beaches of both Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. Girle is targeting tarpon by sight casting with a live crab, shiner or threadfin herring. “Fish in the 80- to 100-pound range have been the norm,” Girle says. “There’s a ton of fish out here.”

As Girle was reporting to me, he was preparing to leader a tarpon. Girle suggests checking around Bean Point and Egmont Key for a shot at the silver kings.

In the backwater, Girle is targeting redfish along the shallow flats where schools of mullet are congregated. “They’re kind of scattered,” Girle says, “but there are some nice reds around.” Girle is producing trout for his charters in the 24-inch range by drifting the deeper grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Girle also is catching snook up to 28 inches, although the bite is, at best, sporadic.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says tarpon season is beginning in earnest. “There’s fish here now,” Keyes says. “They’re just moving around a lot. One day they’re down on Longboat, the next day they move up to Egmont.”

Keyes went fishing last week for tarpon with Capt. Mac Gregory. “He likes to carry an assortment of baits,” Keyes says. “We started with threadfins, shiners and crabs, just to name a few.”

While catching plenty of tarpon with Gregory, Keyes also reeled in his first tripletail. “It took three tries but we finally got it to eat a bait,” Keyes says.

Moving to the beaches, fishers are targeting migratory species such as jack crevalle, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and pompano. Most of this fishing is done by using artificial lures, such as silver spoons, buck-tail jigs and pompano jigs. Beach fishers are sight-casting to snook cruising the beaches. The MirrOlure MirrOdine and Yo-Zuri Pins Minnow are working well for that job.

Keyes fishers are reporting targetable numbers of shark are appearing off the beaches. Fishers working just past the sandbar are catching bull and black tip sharks using chunk bait fished on the bottom just. Keyes recommends stout gear due to the potential of 100-pound-plus hookup.

On the grass flats of Anna Maria Sound, spotted sea trout are being caught on DOA Cal jigs and Berkley Gulp shrimp as well as live bait fished under a popping cork. “Don’t be surprised if you catch some bluefish out there as well,” Keyes added.

Jamie Foster at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says fishers targeting pompano are still reeling up fish using yellow Love’s lures pompano jigs. To find these pompano, fishers are starting off at land’s end and working their way along the pier until they hook up. The gag grouper bite is still holding strong, although most of the fish caught are under 20 inches. At night, pier fishers are targeting both mangrove snapper and a variety of sharks. For the mangos, fishers are drifting live or cut shiners in the current under the pier. Bottom fishing with chunks of Spanish mackerel is producing blacktip, lemon, bonnethead and nurse sharks. While night fishing for mangrove snapper, Jim Beckett of Plant City caught and landed a 35-inch cobia. It weighed in at 17 pounds. Beckett said his catch shows “I’m starting my retirement off right.”

To wrap things up, Foster says there are still a lot of sheepshead around the pilings. “The guys that know what they’re doing are catching them,” says Foster.

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Islander Calendar – 05-25-2011

Wednesday, May 25

5 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business-card exchange hosted by Wagner Realty, including announcement of 2011 recipients of chamber scholarships at 2217 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

Thursday, May 26

5 p.m. — Old Salt Loop Tournament captain’s meeting at Galati Yacht Sales, 900 S. Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0755.

Friday, May 27

9 a.m. — Lines in for the Old Salt Loop Tournament hosted by Galati Yacht Sales, 900 S. Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0755.

10 a.m. to noon — Potluck brunch at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. —  Book sale at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.

Saturday, May 28

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Snook Adams Kids Day hosted by Anna Maria Island Privateers at Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-238-8974.

9 p.m. — Lines out for the Old Salt Loop Tournament hosted by Galati Yacht Sales, 900 S. Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0755.

Sunday, May 29

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Old Salt Loop Tournament brunch, weigh-in and awards hosted by Galati Yacht Sales, 900 S. Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0755.


• Wednesdays, two hours before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach hosts a sunset picnic with entertainer Mike Sales at Katie Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5798.

• 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 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.

• Fridays, 5:30 to sunset, drum circle at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.

• 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.


Wednesday, May 25

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Courthouse concert featuring folk music with Atlantico Tropical at 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-7484. Bring a non-perishable food donation.

Friday, May 27

6 p.m. — Creature Feature Film Series: “The Wolf Man” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Coming Up:

• June 3, Creature Feature Film Series: “Them!” South Florida Museum.

• June 3, Artist reception, Dancing Crane Gallery, Village of the Arts, Bradenton.

• June 4, “ARTifacts” family night, ArtCenter Manatee.

• June 4-5, Islandwide blood drive.

AME calendar

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

• May 26, 6 p.m., retirement party for teacher Anne Kinnan, auditorium.

• May 30, Memorial Day, no school.

• May 31, 5 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization dinner, cafeteria.

• May 31, 7 p.m., fifth-grade play, auditorium.

• June 2, 9 a.m., third- and fourth-grade award assembly, auditorium.

• June 3, 9 a.m., fifth-grade award assembly, auditorium.

• June 3, 1:15 p.m., early release.

• June 7, 11:30 a.m., fifth-grade graduation lunch, BeachHouse Restaurant.

• June 7, 6 p.m., retirement party for principal Tom Levengood, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

• June 9, 1:15 p.m, last day of school, early release.

• Aug. 22, 8:30 a.m., first day of 2011-12 school year.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

For more information, call 941-708-5525.

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