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Islander Calendar – 12-26-2012

3, 2, 1 … Happy new year!

The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., celebrates the arrival of 2013 with a public fireworks display and a restaurant party. The light show takes place at midnight on New Year’s Eve on the Gulf of Mexico shore in the 200 block of Gulf Drive North. Islander File Photo

 

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Kwanzaa begins.

 

Thursday, Dec. 27

 

Friday, Dec. 28

 

Saturday, Dec. 29

 

Sunday, Dec. 30

 

Monday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve.

Midnight — Fireworks at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 1

New Year’s Day.

Noon — Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub annual Shamrock Shiver plunge benefiting Caring for Children Charities, Gulf Drive and 12th Street South, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-2489.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 2

        1 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meet with local author Diane Robertson, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-928-5302.

 

Off-island

Saturday, Dec. 29

        8 p.m. — Manatee Players presents “Two on Tap,” 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.

 

Sunday, Dec. 30

        2 p.m. — Manatee Players presents “Two on Tap,” 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.

 

Ongoing

• 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 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 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.

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

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

        • 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, September through May, 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

• Jan. 5, The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free demonstration, “Cards Created with Watercolor Pencil.” Information: 941-778-6648.

• Jan. 9, Off Stage Ladies meeting and luncheon, Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, 800 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Information: 941-799-2181.

• Jan. 10, Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series presents Chuck Sidlow, a performer with Circus Sarasota, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-778-34217.

• Jan. 12, Friends of the Island Library host a 30th anniversary celebration, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-34217.

• Jan. 16, Anna Maria Garden Club meeting with speaker Jim Boyer, president of the Tampa Bay African Violet Society, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

• 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. Information: 941-778-5755.

 

Save the date

• Jan. 21, Longboat Key Democratic Club Inauguration Brunch, Longboat Key Club and Resort. Information: 941-362-0520.

• Feb. 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.

• Feb. 10, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, 20th anniversary celebration, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.

• Feb. 14, Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Sweethearts big band dance benefiting Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

 

Calendar announcements

        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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