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Islander Calendar – 12-12-2012

Wednesday, Dec. 12

7:45 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast, Sign of the Mermaid, 9707 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

6:30 p.m. — Vitamin Seas Health Food Store wellness seminar on strong immune systems, 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5015.

 

Thursday, Dec. 13

2-4 p.m. — Artists’ reception, Signature Show watercolor exhibit by the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-966-1397.

       

Friday, Dec. 14

5:30-8:30 p.m. — The Anna Maria businesses Holiday of Treasures walk, featuring a visit with Santa and merchant open houses, Pine Avenue, Gulf Drive and Bay Boulevard. Information: 941-778-0785.

5 p.m. — CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, celebrates the winter holiday season with hayrides, music and children’s games. Information: 941-778-0719.

8 p.m. — Island Players performance, Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.

 

Saturday, Dec. 15

10 a.m. — Bridge Street holiday sales and open houses — a prelude to Christmas on Bridge Street, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-8705.

Noon — The Women of the Moose No. 1601’s annual Children’s Christmas Party, Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Pre-registration required. Information: 941-778-4410.

1-8 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Rescue the Sleigh benefit, Drift-In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-798-9266.

3-7 p.m. — Christmas on Bridge Street celebration with Santa and merchant open houses, Bridge Street and Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-8705.

6:30 p.m. — Bethlehem Walk, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

7 p.m. — Cortez Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade, Intracoastal Waterway from Mar Vista on Longboat Key to Seafood Shack Marina in Cortez.

8 p.m. — Island Players performance, “The Mousetrap,” 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.

 

Sunday, Dec. 16

2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, Island Holidays, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.

 

Monday, Dec. 17

Noon — Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting and lunch, the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.  

 

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Noon – Anna Maria Garden Club meeting and holiday celebration, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

 

Off-island

Wednesday, Dec. 12

2 p.m. — Christmas with the Ditchfield Family Singers concert, Manatee Players, 102 12th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.

 

Thursday, Dec. 13

11:30 a.m. — The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce holiday luncheon, Holiday Inn Lido Beach, 233 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-2466.

 

Saturday, Dec. 15

10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Florida Cracker Christmas celebration, Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-741-4075.

6:30-8:30 p.m. — De Soto National Memorial, fourth annual Winter Luminary Walk, with music, food, activities, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.

 

Ongoing

• Through Jan. 6, “Waist Watchers: The Musical,” by Alan Jacobsen, the Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization, Ramada Sarasota, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-363-1727.

• Through Jan. 4, Signature Show exhibition, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-966-1397.

• Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

First Wednesdays, beginning in January, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

• Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business-card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Thursdays, Thirsty Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

        • Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Food donations requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.

        • First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon open house, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.

• Through May, third Sundays, 9-11 a.m., Jr. Audubon, Manatee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.

• Through April 10, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include a food challenge.

• Mondays, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meets, Fisherman’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

• Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

 

Coming up

• Dec. 20, 10 a.m., Book club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Dec. 21, first day of winter.

• Dec. 22, sunset, stargazing, Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Dec. 25, Christmas.

• Dec. 29, 8 p.m., Manatee Players presents “Two on Tap,” 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

• Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve.

 

Save the date 

• Jan. 10, Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series presents Chuck Sidlow.

• Jan. 12, Friends of the Island Library host a 30th anniversary celebration, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Jan. 17, The Island Players’ opening of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” which continues through Feb. 3, Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

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

 

        Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday before publication.

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