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Date of Issue: April 15, 2009

Islander Calender

Thursday, April 16

10:15 a.m. — Friends of the Island Branch Library book club discussion of “What is the What” by Dave Eggers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Friday, April 17

9:30 a.m. — Founders Day celebration at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941- 708-5800.

3 to 7 p.m. — Island Rotary Club and Brownie Troop 316 food drive at Publix on East Bay Boulevard, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.

Saturday, April 18

8:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meeting with guest speaker Ron Haddam, a podiatrist, at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8444.

9 a.m. — Keep Manatee Beautiful “Great American Cleanup” at various locations including Cortez FISH Preserve, Coquina Beach Gulfside near the concession, Palma Sola Causeway pavilions, Holmes Beach Birdie Tebbetts Field and Anna Maria City Hall. Information: 941-795-8272.

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. — AMI Rotary Club and Brownie Troop 316 food drive at Publix, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.

6 to 8 p.m. — Talent show at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Sunday, April 19

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — AMI Rotary Club and Brownie Troop 316 food drive at Publix, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.

Monday, April 20

Noon — Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting with guest Frederich Ford, president, Floridians for Healthcare, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.

Wednesday, April 22

Today is Earth Day.

Ongoing:

  • Celebrate National Library Week with puzzles, riddles and brain-teasers during library hours through April 18 at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
  • 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.
  • The second and fourth Mondays of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., parenting group meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
  • Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens by gender for ages 11-17 meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., bipolar and depression support group at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., free yoga on the beach, southside of the BeachHouse Restaurant, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-6836.
  • 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.
  • Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through the end of May, Bradenton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts at 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366 or 941-932-9439.
  • Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., Free yoga on the beach near the Pine Avenue public beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, through April. Information: 941-518-4431.

Coming up:

  • April 23, Wine tasting benefit at Harry’s Continental Kitchen.
  • April 24, AMI Chamber of Commerce Friday Music Fest in Anna Maria.
  • April 24, Reception for Island artist David McGough at Palmetto Art Center.
  • April 25, Cortez Village Natives Potluck Picnic.
  • April 25, Earth Day celebration at Felts Audubon Preserve, Palmetto.

Save the date

  • May 9, AME Spring Fling dinner, dance, auction.

Off-Island Arts & Events:

Wednesday, April 15

7 to 9 p.m. — Dark Matter and Dark Energy: How Clueless Are We About Our Universe presented by astronomer Jeff Rodgers at the Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Friday, April 17

4 and 7 p.m. — “Bob the Builder” children’s program at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 941-953-3368. Fee applies.

6 to 8 p.m. — Opening night of “OHH Water” exhibit featuring children’s activities and jazz entertainment at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Sunset — Reels at Rossi Park presents “August Rush” along the waterfront at Rossi Park, 808 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366.

Saturday, April 18

1 to 2:30 p.m. — Palmetto High School Jazz Band performance at Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-721-2034.

6 to 10 p.m. — Culture Cafe featuring a taste of New Orleans at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Sunday, April 19

4 to 8 p.m. — Benefit party for Fantasy Travel’s Pieter Hahn at the Tequila Beach Sport Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-3900.

7 p.m. — Jazz quintet soulRcoaster performs at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875. Fee applies.

Monday, April 20

8 p.m. — Vocal performance workshop “Songs and Scenes from Musical Theater” at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5000.

Ongoing Off-Island Theater:

  • “Inventing Van Gogh” Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, through April 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
  • “La Musica International Chamber Music Festival” at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, through April 19. Box office: 941-366-8450. Fee applies.
  • “Design for Murder” at the Howard Studio, Manatee Community College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, through April 25. Box office: 941-752-5000. Fee applies.
  • “Smokey Joe’s Café” at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through April 26. Box office: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
  • “The Winter’s Tale” Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, through May 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
  • “The Devil’s Disciple” Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, through May 24. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
  • “Black Pearl Sings!” Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, through May 30. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

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