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Date of Issue: March 19, 2008

Islander Calender

Wednesday, March 19

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - The Anna Maria Garden Club hosts its 19th Penny Flower Show, sponsored by The Islander, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-4683.

Thursday, March 20

8:30 a.m. - An Internet class for beginners takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Friday, March 21

Today is Good Friday, most government offices and schools will be closed.

10 a.m. - The DeSoto Heritage Festival Children’s Parade and Party in the Park takes place in Palmetto. The parade begins at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, travels south on 10th Avenue West and then along Fifth Street West to Lamb Park, where the party begins. Information: 941-747-7953.

Saturday, March 22

8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

9 a.m. - The DeSoto Heritage Festival’s Easter Egg Hunt takes place in G. T. Bray Park in Bradenton. Information: 941-747-7953.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island hosts its “Artrageous” sidewalk sale at the Island Shopping Center, 5414 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6694.

1 p.m. - The Cortez Natives and More picnic takes place at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. - the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts a dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.

Sunday, March 23

Today is Easter.

6:30 a.m. - The DeSoto Heritage Festival’s Easter sunrise service takes place in the amphitheatre at Rossi Waterfront Park on Third Avenue West in Bradenton. Information: 941-747-7953.

6:30 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club hosts the Easter sunrise service in cooperation with The Islander, Cafe on the Beach and Island houses of worship at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. Donations. Information: 941-761-8834.

Monday, March 24

10 a.m. - Eco Week begins at the Annie Silver Community Center, 105 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. The program continues through March 29. Information: 941-778-4619.

Tuesday, March 25

Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a program with Patrick Currie of the Tidemark Resort at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

Wednesday, March 26

8 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce hosts a breakfast at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2466.

10:30 a.m. to noon - The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Academy for Lifelong Learning speaker series features Dr. Alan Grindal talking about “Human Consciousness – Alzheimer’s Disease and Stroke” at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a business card exchange at Acqua Aveda Salon, 5311 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach.

6 p.m. - The Manatee County Conservation Lands Management Department hosts a Paws on Parade Doggie Walk at Riverview Point Preserve in west Bradenton. The park is located next to DeSoto National Memorial at the north end of 75th Street. Information and reservations: 941-748-4501, ext. 4615.

Ongoing:

  • The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria continues Jean Blackburn’s “Myakka Series: New Work,” an exploration of the Myakka River in photographs and oil paintings.
  • Through April 30, the Ortygia Restaurant, 1418 13th St. W., showcases the paintings of Island artist Lolly Owen’s All that Jazz series. Information: 941-744-1333.
  • Throughout March, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island is featuring the work of 17-year-old Bayshore High School student Becca Warner in the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
  • The Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach has named photographer John C. Bonser its “Artist of the Month.” His work can be viewed at the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through March 31. For more information, call 941-778-6648.
  • Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through March. Fee. Information: 941-778-1915.
  • Pet lovers share stories on the second Wednesday of the month at the Martinique North condominium in the “Surf Clubhouse,” 5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1989.
  • The Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells early settlers bread on Wednesdays at the museum. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • The Anna Maria Island Historical Society showcases Florida Indian artifacts, including Seminole pieces, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through March 31. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • Through April 27, the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., exhibits “John J. Audubon: Birds of Florida,” a selection of rare and valuable Audubon works of art and artifacts. Fee. Information: 941-746-4131.
  • Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
  • The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, offers a range of classes for adults and children Mondays through Saturdays, including cooking, dance, fitness and art classes. The Center also hosts a variety of athletic programs. Fees. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
  • From 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturdays of the month, the Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, opens to visitors, with volunteers available to answer questions about the flora and fauna and hiking paths. Information: 941-729-2222.
  • On Mondays at 1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Contract Bridge Group plays at the Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Fee. Information: 941-778-4362.
  • The second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9 a.m., the widowed persons support group meets at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.
  • On Tuesdays at noon, duplicate bridge is played at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.

Coming up:

  • On March 28, from5 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Islander hosts “For Art’s Sake,” a Manatee High School art program benefit featuring the work of local artists. The event takes place at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
  • On March 28, spring break begins for Manatee County School District schools. Classes resume on April 8.
  • On March 29, the city of Bradenton Beach hosts its fourth annual Eco Expo and Native Plant Sale at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4619.
  • On March 29, the Manatee County Audubon Society holds a field trip to Shamrock Park in Venice to search for scrubjays and to the Venice Audubon Rookery. Fee. Information: 941-378-9920.

Save the date:

  • On April 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers head for downtown Bradenton and the annual DeSoto Seafood Festival. Fee. Information: 727-214-8903.
  • On April 5, the “Taste of Music Champagne Gala” takes place at a northwest Bradenton bayfront home to raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.
  • On April 5-6, the Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Festival benefiting the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park takes place at Coquina Beach on the Gulf side. Information: 352-344-0657.
  • On April 11, the Anna Maria Island Art League presents “Landscapes of the Island,” beginning with a reception for the exhibit at the AMIAL gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • On May 9, the Anna Maria Island Art League presents the 14th annual Manatee High Exhibit, beginning with a reception at the AMIAL gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The exhibit continues through May 28. Information: 941-778-2099.

Send calendar listings to lisaneff@islander.org. Please include time, date and location of the event and a contact number and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is at least one week prior to the Wednesday publication date.Remember, the sooner you submit your notice, the sooner The Islander can announce the event.

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