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Calendar – 03-20-2013

Wednesday, March 20

Spring begins.

Noon — The Anna Maria Garden Club gathers for a meeting at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

1-3 p.m. — The Anna Maria Garden Club holds its annual Penny Flower Show at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

1-4 p.m. — Artists Demo/Sale-abration, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, with guest speaker and author Brenda Spalding. Information: 941-778-3209.

3:30 p.m. — Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts the Mana-Tweens craft program. Information: 941-778-6341.

 

Thursday, March 21

10:15 a.m. — Friends of the Island Library book club meets to discuss “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

 

Friday, March 22

6-8 p.m. — Community fish fry dinner, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-3580.

 

Saturday, March 23

8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The program will feature Rich Bergman of the Center for Building Hope. Information: 941-778-1383.

10 a.m. — Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free demonstration, Nancy Faris, “Fiber Art Techniques.” Information: 941-778-6648.

 

Sunday, March 24

2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, An Afternoon of Opera, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.

 

Monday, March 25

Passover begins at sundown.

 

Tuesday, March 26

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

6-8 p.m. — Reception for artist Jean Blackburn, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Information: 941-778-1906.

Wednesday, March 27

7:46 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Off-island

Tuesday, March 26

8 p.m. — The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota jazz ensemble and combo concert, Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-752-5252.

 

Ongoing

• Through March 24, the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, presents “’Til Beth Do Us Part.” Information: 941-778-5755.

• Through March 30, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society juried exhibit, Art Center Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862.

• 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.

• Wednesdays through Easter, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts soup suppers at 6 p.m. Information: 941-778-1813.

• Wednesdays through spring, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells settlers bread. Information: 941-778-0492.

• Wednesdays through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 779-1416.

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

• First Wednesdays, 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 specials and activities, 5-7 p.m., Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Wednesdays through spring, bingo games, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., 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.

• Fourth Fridays, through March, community dinners, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

• 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.

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

• Sundays, through April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include a food challenge for charity. Information: 215-906-0668.

• 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.

• First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island meets, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

• 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, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds religious study group meets, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

• 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

• March 30, Anna Maria Island Historical Society Island Heritage Day, with tours, music, arts and crafts and food on the museum grounds, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.

• March 31, Easter.

• April 13, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.

 

Save the date

• April 20, International Coastal Cleanup, various locations in Manatee County.

• April 20, Cortez Village Historical Society community potluck, Few-Miller Dock, Cortez.

• May 4, Food and Wine on Pine, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

• May 4, An Island Affaire gala for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

• May 9, the Island Players’ opening of “37 Postcards,” Island Players theater, Anna Maria.

• May 18, Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Snooks Adams Kids Day, location to be announced.

• June 1, Islandwide Blood Drive, location to be announced.

 

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