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Date of Issue: September 06, 2007

Center, at last

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Center fit
Anna Maria Island Community Center staff members Sandee Pruett, left, and Nicole Parsons tried out the new exercise equipment in the new Center's expanded fitness center in preparation for the re-opening of the Center. Islander Photo: Rick Catlinoyale Bridge Aug. 24. The bridge was dedicated to military veterans. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
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Smooth ride to the Center
Work crews from Superior Paving were busy last week repaving Magnolia and Palm avenues by the Anna Maria Island Community Center in preparation for the Center re-opening for business Sept. 4 after more than a year of relocating its offices and programs throughout the Island. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s renovated facility took nearly six years from conception to opening, but on Sept. 4, the new Center on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria opened its doors for members and guests.

Aida Matic of the Center’s staff said a number of programs started to operate that day and nearly all programs should be operational by the end of September.

The after-care program for elementary students will not start at the Center until Monday, Sept. 17, she said. That program will continue to operate at the Anna Maria Elementary School for another two weeks, Matic indicated.

A grand opening ceremony and celebration is planned for November.

For information on what programs are available and when others will be up and running at the new Center, call (941)-778-1908.