Tag Archives: 01-09-2013

Bringing in 2013

Donning hats, blowers and streamers, diners at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, N., Bradenton Beach, bring in 2013 in style. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

Dancing is popular Dec. 31 at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, N., Bradenton Beach. The restaurant put on its 19th annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with a private indoor party, as well as outdoor dining, dancing, music and a fireworks display to cap the evening and the year 2012.

A midnight barrage of fireworks explodes over the surf on the beach, all part of the BeachHouse Restaurant event to ring in the new year.

County compiles $68.6M wish list

Manatee County commissioners on Jan. 3 agreed to submit a $68.6 million claim to the Texas court hearing the lawsuit brought by the five Gulf coast states against BP Oil Co. for the April 20, 2010, oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

But county officials say this money can’t be used for a new pier — to replace the one taken out in the winter of 2009 by the county — at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, as promised by the county commission.

A replacement pier has been endorsed by the city of Holmes Beach and the Manatee County Tourist Development Council.

A new county pier at the public beach will likely wait until the wish its share of Florida’s BP payout, or a direct payment to Manatee County from BP, but a final settlement is still being negotiated by lawyers representing the county.

Commission Chair John Chappie called it a wish list of projects the county would like to accomplish with BP money. All projects must be related to protecting the marine environment, sensitive wetlands, improving water quality or enhancing a nature preserve, according to the Bradenton Herald.

Topping the county’s wish list is $4.45 million for improvements to the 150 acres the county recently obtained to enlarge the Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton.

Charlie Hunsicker, the county’s director of natural resources, wants $50 million set aside to acquire more wetlands and nature preserves that might otherwise be developed in the future.

He said it never hurts to ask for more than what the county might receive, but he realizes the $68.6 million is only a wish.

Commissioner Carol Whitmore said this is the first round of BP payments to the federal government to disburse to the five Gulf states for “shovel-ready and environmental projects only.”

Another phase will be direct payments to the state, while the final BP payments likely will be to the eight Florida counties that submitted separate claims.

Whitmore said the commission appointed her liaison to the law firm that is handling Manatee County’s claim.

“I will definitely put a new pier at the Manatee Public Beach high on the list of projects” to construct from either the state or county funds, she said.

“We can’t use the federal money for a new pier, but after that it looks good,” she said.

Hunsicker said he’s been informed by lawyers representing Florida that Manatee County may receive anywhere from $4.4 million to $19 million in the final BP settlement.

When the settlement is reached and ordered by the court, Florida will be the only state where BP funds will be distributed directly to counties affected by the oil spill. The Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi legislatures will receive the final settlement directly and establish a commission to hear and approve funding requests from the BP money, Hunsicker has said.

No court decision is expected before July, if then, the Pensacola law firm representing Florida in the suit has said.

BB car theft ends with Sarasota shooting

An auto theft that occurred in Bradenton Beach Jan. 3 led to a 34-year-old Bradenton woman in a chase with Sarasota police. She was shot in the leg during the pursuit and resulting crash.

The incident began at a Sarasota Walmart, when the victim of the auto theft ran into a friend who was accompanied by Stephanie Hicks. The victim gave the two a ride to Bradenton Beach. The victim needed to stop at another friend’s house before dropping the two off at their destination.

According to the police report, Hicks asked the victim to leave his keys in the ignition so she and the other passenger could listen to the radio. The victim went inside to visit his friend and, upon returning, discovered his vehicle and passengers were gone.

A report was filed and a “be on the lookout” was issued for the stolen vehicle. Sarasota Police Department officers spotted the stolen vehicle about a half hour after the BOLO was issued.

SPD attempted to stop the vehicle in the 2700 block of Central Avenue, but Hicks, who was driving, allegedly crashed into three patrol cars while trying to flee. Officers fired, and Hicks was shot once in the leg.

She was treated at a local hospital and then booked into the Sarasota County jail on six counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

She was being held with on no bond and also faces charges of felony vehicle theft and being a habitual traffic offender.

Floyd Laycock, 20, the passenger in the vehicle, was hospitalized after being bitten by a police dog.

According to court records, Laycock is homeless. He faces a charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest. He posted bond the same day and was released.

Man loses way, resulting in house, car fire

What was originally reported as a car fire that spread into a home on the 600 block of Dundee Lane also turned out to be a case of a man who couldn’t find his way home and crashed into a garage on a street near his home.

        “The car that caught fire was not at his own home,” said West Manatee Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Marshal Jim Davis. “He was actually supposed to be on the next street over. It starts with an ‘e.’” — Emerald Lane.

        Guillermo Escobar of Emerald Lane in Holmes Beach was found observing the fire by emergency officials who responded in the early morning hours of Dec. 15, according to a Holmes Beach Police Department report.

        Escobar told police he had been confused when he parked his 2008 Lexus in the driveway on Dundee Lane. The report also said he fell asleep for a time.

        A police officer noted a “large concave indentation … indicating the point of impact where the engulfed vehicle may have struck the garage door.”

        When questioned by HBPD, Escobar said he woke up and realized he was not at his house, so he attempted to pull out of the driveway. But instead of putting his car in reverse, he put it in drive and crashed into the garage door, according to the report.

        Escobar told police he noticed a spark at the front end of the car after the crash, just before the car was consumed by fire.

        Escobar said he smoked but did not smoke in his car, according to the police report. The report also said he would not make a statement about being behind the wheel of the vehicle before it was in the driveway.

        “Escobar appeared to be very intoxicated,” according to another HBPD officer’s report. “I smelled a very strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. He was very unsteady on his feet, and slurred his words.”

        Interim Police Chief Dale Stephenson said HBPD made no arrest because the driving under the influence law requires evidence that “puts him behind the wheel driving.”

        “The individual refused to acknowledge he was behind the wheel of the car,” he said.

        According to WMFR, the fire resulted in a complete loss to the car.

        No one was injured. The two occupants of the Dundee Lane home and two cats were evacuated during the event.

        The department extinguished the fire shortly after arriving on the scene at 3 a.m. with two fire trucks and one engine, according to WMFR Battalion Chief Richard Jasinski.

        Frances Derr, one of the homeowners, said four of her six smoke alarms woke her and her husband. She exited the front of her house and saw a woman in a car, who apparently was delivering newspapers, and a man who would not talk to her watching the fire.

        Derr said the fire damaged their two cars and reported extensive smoke damage throughout her house. She also said investigators asked her questions to determine why the car caught fire when it hit the garage.

        The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of State Fire Marshal is handling the investigation, according to Davis. At press time for The Islander, the state office had not returned calls for comment.

Obituaries – 01-09-2013

Joseph P. Droukas

Joseph P. Droukas, 64, died Dec. 29, 2012. He was born July 22, 1948, in the Bronx of New York City, N.Y., the son of Sam and Anna (Michilli) Droukas.

He graduated from Eastchester High School and spent several years at Belknap College.

Mr. Droukas  spent many years in the music industry, recorded several albums and performed for many years at venues across the country. For the past 20 years, he was employed by Sierra International as a regional sales manager.

He is remembered as a loving and devoted son, brother, father, grandfather and friend to so many.

Visitation was Jan. 4 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, Laconia, N.H. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Jan. 5 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 300 NH Route 25, Meredith, N.H., by the Very Rev. Dennis J.  Audet, V.F. Memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 814 Elm Street, Suite 300, Manchester NH 03101.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Laconia, N.H. was in charge of arrangements. To provide condolences, go online to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Mr. Droukas is survived by daughter Anarita; mother Anna; his long-time partner and companion, Cynthia Piscopo Howland; brothers George and John of Holmes Beach; stepson Duke Laflamme; nieces Christina, Mary Ann, Jessica, Sara and Mckenzy; nephews John Patrick and John Christopher; grandchildren Maddie, Jackson and Harrison; and cousins who were like siblings to him.


Rock Curtis Payne

Rock Curtis Payne, 83, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 28. 2012.

Mr. Payne was a lifelong resident of Manatee County. He was born Oct. 26, 1929, in Gillette. He attended Palm View Elementary and graduated from Palmetto High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950, serving in France and Germany.

He graduated in 1956 from Florida State University, where he met and married the love of his life, wife Joanne. After a short time working as a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution, he returned to Palmetto to become the editor of the new Palmetto News.

He later received a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Florida and started his second career as an educator, although he never forgot his passion for writing. He completed his autobiography many years later. He spent the rest of his professional life, more than 30 years, as an educator. His first teaching position was in social studies at Walker Junior High School in Bradenton. He later served as principal at Parrish Elementary, Samoset Elementary and Bayshore Middle School. He opened Sugg Middle School in 1975 and served there until his retirement in 1988.

The family noted he was a wonderful husband and father whose love and devotion to his family will never be forgotten.

Graveside services were at Fogartyville Cemetery Jan. 3 with the Rev. Jerry Jeter of RiverLife Church officiating. Arrangements are by Griffith Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Mr. Payne is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joanne; daughters Jo Nan and Robin and husband Jeffery Spann.


Terry Alan Petesch

Terry Alan Petesch, 62, of Cortez, died Nov. 27, 2012.

Mr. Petesch was the owner of Terry’s Framing and Art Supplies, 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

Friends of Mr. Petesch held a celebration of his life Jan. 6 at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts on Longboat Key.

Mr. Petesch is survived by his godsons, twins Clay Sidner and Cole Sidner and David Radtke.


Joseph M. Rothberg

Joseph M. Rothberg, Ph.D., 76, of Anna Maria since 1998, formerly of Silver Springs, Md., died Jan. 3. He was born Oct. 27, 1936, in Chicago to David and Toyla Rothberg.

Mr. Rothberg married Jeanette Dean at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel Oct. 4, 1969. He had a distinguished academic and professional career, having been recruited at age 16 into the gifted program at the University of Chicago, where he eventually earned his doctorate in mathematical biology. His tenure at Chicago was interrupted by service in the U.S. Army and another degree program at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

In 1970, he was employed until retirement at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland. The focus of his career was research on suicides in the military, with dozens of published articles, some connected by defense and military officials, such as Gen. Colin Powell.

In addition to his primary research, Dr. Rothberg trained military psychiatrists and psychiatric residents in the art of designing, writing, publishing and defending their own professional research and findings. In 1979, he served as visiting professor of computer science at Oregon State University, Corvallis. He also continued to serve the U.S. Department of Defense as a consultant, advisor and adjunct professor.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Dr. Rothberg is survived by wife Jeanette; sons Michael William and Benjamin David; daughter-in-law, Atsuko; and grandchildren Aimee, Logan and Kaleb.

Fishing – 01-09-2013

New year’s virtues — patience, persistence pay off


Well, its time to start a new year of fishing around Anna Maria Island. Both inshore and offshore are producing fish, although being at the right spot at the right time is imperative. This time of year, fishing becomes challenging due to cold-water temperatures, wind, fog, etc. A little patience and a lot of persistence is a virtue.

On the flats around Anna Maria Island, spotted seatrout are lingering in deep sandy potholes and channels before moving into canals and up the Manatee River to escape the cold of winter.

Slow down your presentation by using live shrimp or slowly dragging a soft plastic on a jig head along the bottom to get a bite.

Snook and redfish are making the move into the canals and creeks in search of warmer water. Again, live shrimp will do the trick when these fish decide to bite. Another option is a Berkley Gulp shrimp worked slowly along the bottom.

You can expect to catch flounder and black drum using the same methods. These species will be hiding out from the cold like the snook, trout and reds.

On an added note, the new recreational fishing regulations from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are out, so don’t forget to stop by your local tackle shop and pick up a copy.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters was working two tactics this past week depending on the weather. On the warmer, sunnier days, Gross is venturing out one the lush grass flats of Sarasota Bay in search of spotted seatrout. On the cooler, windier days, Gross is tucking back into protected waters such as canals and small bays in search of sheepshead and flounder.

While fishing the flats, Gross is using soft plastics on a jig head. Soft plastics like the MirrOlure Lil John or DOA Cal jigs are catching trout in the 15 to 20-inch range. By doing a slow drift over the flats and casting the sandy potholes Gross’ clients are catching near limits of these tasty fish.

While fishing canals and docks on the cooler days, Gross is using live shrimp fished on the bottom to catch flounder and sheepshead.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says silver trout was the highlight of the past week. Anglers targeting the little trout are using one of two methods.

The first method is to free-line a live shrimp weighted with a small split-shot in the current flowing away from the bridge.

The other is to use a speck rig — two small jigs fished in tandem on one leader. With this rig you can catch two fish at once. Silver trout up to 18 inches are being caught daily. There is no size or bag limit on these fish so only keep what you can cook up in a few days. These fish don’t freeze well and are best eaten fresh.

Sheepshead are still swirling around the pilings of the south pier feeding on barnacles and small crustaceans. Pier fishers using live shrimp are catching their share, although those using live fiddler crabs are dominating the bite. Most sheepies being caught are in the 12-15-inch range although every so often a 20-plus-inch fish is being reeled up.

Finally, flounder and mangrove snapper are being caught on live shrimp fished on the bottom either under the pier or around the structure that lies just out from the pier on the west side. Keeper sizes of either species are being landed daily.

Capt. Warren Girle is working deep grass flats in south Sarasota Bay in search of a variety of species. To start, Girle is drifting over the flats jigging for pompano with shrimp tipped pompano jigs. While doing this, Girle is averaging five or six pompano per charter. Also while jigging for pompano, Girle’s clients are catching Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and bluefish. Not only is this method of fishing rewarding, with pompano, but it provides non-stop action with the bycatch.

After pompano fishing, Girle is switching to bottom fishing under docks in deeper canals for black drum and sheepshead. For both species, Girle is using live shrimp. Black drum up to 18 inches are the norm, and they are plentiful. Most of the sheepies are running a little small although Girle is catching a few big enough to put in the box.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of decent action occurring in canals and around docks, especially in Bimini Bay. Fishers using live bait such as shrimp or fiddler crabs are catching a variety of species during the last stages of the incoming tide and the beginning of the outgoing tide.

Sheepshead, black drum and flounder are lurking under and around docks awaiting small crustaceans drifting by, resulting in keeper-sizes of all three species being caught.

Keyes suggests scaling down your the leader size to either 15- or 20-pound fluorocarbon due to the water clarity. Match this up with a No. 2 hook and a small split shot and you’re ready to fish.

Fishing the openings or mouths of canals is proving prosperous for fishers targeting spotted seatrout and redfish. Again, live shrimp is the ticket to convincing these fish to bite, although Keyes says Berkley Gulp shrimp can substitute.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says fishing this past week was good with the wintertime patterns in full effect. On Howard’s charters, client’s reeled in sheepshead, spotted seatrout, redfish, black drum and pompano.

Howard is finding the bite underneath deepwater docks. He suggests rigging a live shrimp on a 1/0 circle hook and a No. 5 split-shot with 30-pound fluorocarbon leader. Toss this rig under the shade of deepwater docks to produce excellent action and some keepers for the dinner table. “Use the small or dead shrimp in your live well and cut them up into bite size pieces for chum. Draw the fish to your location and toss your rig in the middle of the chum,” Howard says. “The fish cannot resist the smell the bait bits put out and will feed on them and hopefully your rig.”

Spotted seatrout and pompano have shown up on the flats and in deep holes along the Intracoastal Waterway. Pompano to 6 pounds and spotted seatrout more than 20 inches have moved into our waters and will provide for some excellent fishing action and delicious table fare. Again, the bait of choice is a live shrimp rigged with a popping cork.

Looking forward, the tides will be extra low in the mornings, which will provide for some opportunities to scout the flats and find the highways the fish use to move onto and off the flats and potholes. Howard suggests marking these spots on your GPS for future opportunities to ambush the fish on a moving tide.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island police blotter – 01-09-2013

Anna Maria

        • Dec. 23, 500 block of Kumquat Drive, domestic battery. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a verbal argument that turned physical between a man and woman. According to the report, the woman initiated physical contact when she threw a table, punched and scratched the man.

• Dec. 25, 800 block of North Shore Drive, domestic disturbance. A woman reported an argument between her husband and nephew. She contacted law enforcement, but both men left the residence before MCSO arrived. The deputy waited, but neither man returned. According to the report, no physical contact occurred during the argument.

• Dec. 27, 100 block of Park Avenue, vehicle burglary. Unknown suspects gained entry into a Jeep by unzipping the soft cover top. According to the report, items valued at $400 were stolen.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Dec. 28, 111 Gulf Drive, battery. A 53-year-old Bradenton woman was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor battery after an alleged argument with an ex-boyfriend and his wife. According to the probable cause affidavit, the suspect and the man had not been together for more than nine years, but she began to argue with him over past relationship issues. The man asked her to stop, at which time police say the woman became more irate and slapped him. The man’s wife asked the suspect what she was doing, and the suspect grabbed her hair and scratched her face. Island Time Bar and Grill staff escorted her outside, where she continued to be verbally abusive toward staff until police arrived and arrested her.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Dec. 28, 4400 block of 123rd Street, domestic disturbance. A MCSO deputy responded to a disturbance, but reported it was verbal in nature without physical contact. One of the involved parties had already left prior to the deputy’s arrival. Domestic packets were issued.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        No reports submitted.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

Of note

• Dec. 28, 12th Street West, Bradenton, affray. A 34-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested on an affray charge after becoming engaged in a physical confrontation with another man at the Lost Kangaroo Pub. The fight escalated to the point of punches thrown and the two men fell through a large glass window at the pub. Police were forced to physically restrain the two men after they ignored orders to stop fighting and both men were charged with misdemeanors.

• Dec. 27, 5315 Cortez Road, Bradenton, shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia. A 27-year-old Cortez man was arrested on misdemeanor shoplifting and drug paraphernalia charges while at Walmart. According to the probable cause affidavit, the man selected a pair of gaming headphones from the electronics department. He went into another department and slipped the headphones into a Walmart shopping bag. A loss prevention officer observed the man go to a register and exchange the headphones for a $63 gift card and then attempt to leave the store. Security stopped the man and during the course of a search found two syringes in his pocket and what was described as a “crack pipe stem” inside a pack of cigarettes on his person. He was booked into the Manatee County jail on $240 bond.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Sports – 01-09-2013

Adult flag football season kicks off new year, season


The Anna Maria Island Community Center adult coed NFL Flag Football League kicked off its 2013 season Jan. 3 with four games. Teams in the league will play an eight-week season followed by playoffs and the crowning of a Super Bowl champ.

The first game of the evening had Lobstahs Lions edging Beach to Bay Construction Ravens 32-26. Quarterback Matt Piermarnini completed 19 of 28 passes for 275 yards and five touchdown passes. Four touchdown passes went to receiver Eric Gledhill, who hauled in nine passes for 150 yards. Wayne Wycoff added six receptions for 83 yards and one touchdown.

Gledhill paced the defense with five flag pulls, while Sean Sanders added two pulls and a quarterback sack in the victory.

The Ravens were led by Larry Berkery, who completed 16 of 27 passes for 186 yards and three touchdown passes, while also running for a touchdown. Shawn Kaleta caught four passes for 41 yards and three touchdowns, while Robert Gibbons added seven receptions for 84 yards on offense and grabbed four flags on defense in the loss.

Florida Discount Signs Colts trotted past the Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins 43-33 behind solid running that produced 185 yards rushing. Brandon Hartwig ran for a team-high 104 yards and one touchdown, while also completing three passes for 42 yards and one touchdown pass. Dustin Swain added 52 yards rushing and one touchdown, while also catching four passes for 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Greg Ross completed five passes for 46 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, and Dina DeJesus caught two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 20 yards in the victory.

The Dolphins were led by quarterback Ryan Moss, who completed 15 of 22 passes for 179 yards and five touchdown passes. Jonathan Moss caught four passes for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Amy Moss grabbed three passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns. Brent Moss completed the scoring for the Dolphins with four receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Duffy’s Tavern Raiders edged Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants 41-38 behind the passing of Chris Gillum, who completed 16 of 25 passes for 237 yards and five touchdown passes. Brother Mike Gillum was his favorite receiver, catching eight balls for 105 yards, including two touchdowns and an extra point. Tyler Redmond added four receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns and a pair of extra points. Jay Hoffmeister completed the Raiders scoring with five receptions for 64 yards, including a touchdown and two extra points.

Defensively, the Raiders were led by Mike Gillum’s five flag pulls and an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Eddie Hernandez. Hoffmeister also added an interception in the victory.

Tim Shaughnessy paced the Giant offense with 126 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, while also throwing for 165 yards and three touchdown passes. Pat Calvary was his top target, grabbing five passes for 89 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Frank Agnelli added two catches for 50 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Caleb Roberts completed the Giant scoring with two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown, while also grabbing an interception — taking it to the house for a defensive touchdown.

Duncan Cardinals flew past Slim’s Place Patriots 31-14 in the last game of the evening behind 185 passing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Jason Vancleave. Vancleave also hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Kraut who added five catches for 120 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Ben Pieper added a rushing and receiving touchdown, while Chris Wilson completed the scoring with two catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Dave Johnston threw for 50 yards and a touchdown pass, while also catching a 40-yard touchdown pass to lead the Patriots. Mike Smith completed the scoring with a touchdown reception to go along with 25 receiving yards, 55 passing yards and a touchdown pass.


Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced from pool play and battled for the day’s bragging rights during Jan. 5 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Jerry Disbrow and Larry Livrago drew the bye into the finals and watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Norm Good rolled past George McKay and Bob Brown by a 25-8 score. In the finals, Bobeldyk-Good was too good for Disbrow-Livrago, dispatching them by a 23-4 score to win the day’s proceedings.

The Jan. 2 games also saw three teams advance to the knockout round. Larry Livrago and Bruce Munro edged Art Kingstad and Bill Wright 21-17 to advance to the finals. Livrago-Munro then rolled past Bob Lee and Rod Bussey 21-3 in the championship match.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Calendar – 01-09-2013

Wednesday, Jan. 9

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


Thursday, Jan. 10

2 p.m. — 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.

5-7 p.m. — Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island reception and awards ceremony for Inspirations, an all-media juried show, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-753-5004.


Friday, Jan. 11

2 p.m. — Alzheimer’s disease support group, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts the Artwalk event and reception for artist Barbara Orear. Information: 941-778-6648.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Artwalk event, artist reception for Wendell Graham, the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.


Saturday, Jan. 12

8 a.m.-noon — Roser Thrift Shop yard sale, 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-2733.

8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and board meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.

10 a.m. — Island Origami, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

10 a.m. — The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free demonstration, Caroline Whitmore, “Watercolor Painting Techniques.” Information: 941-778-6648.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Coquina Beach Winterfest arts and crafts show benefiting Bradenton Beach’s Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-379-0951.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Author and historian Carolyne Norwood signs copies of her island histories at Ginny’s and Jane E’s at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.

2-4 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library host a 30th anniversary celebration, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-34217.

3-5 p.m. — A reception for artist Sharon Young and her show, “Beyond Words,” the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The show runs through Jan. 25. Information: 941-778-1906.


Sunday, Jan. 13

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Coquina Beach Winterfest arts and crafts show benefiting Bradenton Beach’s Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-379-0951.


Monday, Jan. 14

5:58 p.m. — Official sunset time for Anna Maria Island.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

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


Wednesday, Jan. 16

Noon — 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.

2 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series presents Melissa Cain Nell from the Manatee County Natural Resources Department speaking about exploring Emerson Point Preserve, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-778-34217.



Sunday, Jan. 13

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Winter Festival antiques and art fair, the Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1901.


Wednesday, Jan. 16

12:30 p.m. — Manatee River Garden Club meeting with Barbara Hoey of Decorated Garden, 3120 First Ave., W., Bradenton. Information: 941-870-2259.

6 p.m. — Taste magazine Chef’s Competition to benefit All Faiths Food Bank, Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-366-7950.



• Through Jan. 25, Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island juried art show, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-753-5004.

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

• Wednesdays through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., 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.

• Thursdays, Jan. 17-through the spring, bingo games, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

• 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.

• Fourth Fridays, through March, community dinners, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., 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 at 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, 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. 17, the Island Players’ opening of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.

• Jan. 17-27, Manatee County Fair: Manatee Goes Hollywood, fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave. W., Palmetto. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-8951.

• Jan. 19, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.

• Jan. 21, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club inauguration celebration, the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th W., Cortez. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-2571.

• Jan. 25, Community dinner — pork and sauerkraut — Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-3580.


Save the date

• Feb. 9, Sinatra Sings supper and show, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

• Feb. 10, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, 20th anniversary celebration, CrossPointe Fellowship.

• Feb. 24, Pirates spring training begins, McKechnie Field.

• March 2, Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Festival, with tours, music, arts and crafts and food on the museum grounds.


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.