Tag Archives: 05-22-2013

Bradenton man nabbed in boat burglaries

A 39-year-old Bradenton man was arrested May 12 in connection to a burglary spree at the Mainsail boat docks, where police say multiple fishing boats were burglarized.

According to a Holmes Beach Police Department press release, officers responded to the docks in reference to stolen nets, coolers and anchors.

Police determined that a suspect entered the first boat via the water.

Sgt. Mike Pilato investigated the burglary and was contacted later the same day by one of the victims, who said he learned his stolen property was seen at Gilligan’s Island in the Intercoastal Waterway.

Pilato responded and observed Roger Alan Darling in an unregistered boat, allegedly with all of the stolen property from the Mainsail burglaries visible on the boat and the shore at a makeshift campsite.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Darling was asked about the stolen property and allegedly said he was aware the property was stolen, but he was not the one who took the items.

Pilato took Darling into custody and the victims of the theft were contacted to identify their property.

HBPD Police Chief Bill Tokajer said officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Longboat Key Police Department and Manatee County Marine Rescue assisted.

Darling was arrested for felony theft and booked into the Manatee County jail for possession of stolen property. He was held on $1,500 bond, which he posted May 13 and was released.

Darling is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, May 31, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Jessie’s Island store employee charged with grand theft

Holmes Beach police allege that a 54-year-old Holmes Beach man stole more than $5,000 while working as a cashier for Jessie’s Island BP, 5424 Marina Drive.

James Driscoll is alleged to have stolen the money over a three-month period dating back to Feb. 1.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Driscoll rang up customers for their merchandise, but hit the “no sale” button at the end of the transaction.

Police say this allowed the transaction to be canceled, but still opened the cash register. The report states Driscoll would charge the customers, cancel the transaction and keep the money.

An internal audit of the business revealed a total loss of $5,684 had been taken Feb. 1-May 1.

Driscoll allegedly told police he owed $5,000 to a bookie to settle a gambling debt. According to the report, the storeowner gave Driscoll three days to pay the money back.

However, Driscoll did not show up or return calls to the owner and Driscoll was arrested at his home May 15 for felony grand theft.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $1,500 bond. According to the jail website, Driscoll posted bond later that day and was released.

Driscoll is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, June 7, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Holmes Beach man charged with heroin possession

A 29-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested May 8 after being charged with felony possession of heroin.

Holmes Beach police arrested Kristopher Smith of 309 57th St., Holmes Beach.

According to the arrest report, police indicated probable cause in searching Smith’s vehicle in the 5600 block of Flotilla Drive at about 2:15 a.m.

During the search, police found a pink plastic bag containing a brown, powdery substance on the handle of the driver’s side door.

The substance field-tested positive for heroin.

During the search, police also discovered two syringes and charged Smith with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $2,000 bond. According to the jail website, Smith posted bond May 9 and was released.

His arraignment information was not available as of Islander press time.

WMFR approves higher assessment

West Manatee Fire Rescue District property owners will pay about $5-$6 more on their 2013-14 tax bills for fire service from the WMFR.

The district board voted 4-1 to raise the annual assessment 1.91 percent, the maximum increase allowed by state law. Commissioner Scott Ricci voted against the measure, stating the increase should only be to cover expenses and not include a staff pay raise.

Commissioner Randy Cooper originally opposed the increase, siding with Ricci, but voted for the measure in the roll call vote.

In other business, WMFR Chief Andy Price presented the maximum estimate to remodel Station No. 2 on Cortez Road. The estimate from Ross Built LLC was $1.5 million, which was more than expected. The board approved the estimate with the understanding the cost could not be higher. Price said he hoped it would end up being less.

Ross Built LLC of Holmes Beach is the approved contractor. The company also was the contractor for the remodel of Station No. 1, Station No. 3 and the WMFR headquarters building on Third Avenue West in Bradenton.

The next meeting of the district board will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

Island police blotter – 05-22-2013

Anna Maria

        • No new reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • May 9, 2400 block of Avenue B, domestic battery. Police responded to a domestic disturbance and made contact with a woman, who said she and her daughter were packing their belongings to leave. She said an argument ensued with her husband because he intentionally misplaced her cellphone. The daughter found the phone, at which time the man allegedly grabbed her arm and tried to wrestle the phone away. Police interviewed the man, who said he and his wife were arguing after a day of drinking, but denied grabbing his daughter’s arm. He said his daughter was taking his mother’s side and “throwing him under the bus.”

• May 10, 2300 block of Avenue B, disorderly conduct. Police responded to a complaint of yelling and objects being thrown around a residence. Officers arrived and observed a 23-year-old man familiar to police from previous complaints through an open window, slamming furniture and kicking various items. The officer reported a strong smell of marijuana from inside the home. When the officer announced his presence, the man ran to the back of the house. With assistance from the Holmes Beach Police Department, officers made entry and ordered the man to surrender. He complied and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

• May 10, 100 Gulf Drive N., Baker Act. Police made contact with a man, who said he no longer wanted to live and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to the hospital.

• May 14, 200 Gulf Drive N., grand theft. An officer was approached by a complainant, who reported a stolen purse. She said she was watching the sunset and had placed her purse on nearby rocks. She told police she turned away for a few minutes, but when she turned around, her purse was gone.

• May 11, 2300 block of Canasta Drive. A complainant reported two cases of beer stolen from a refrigerator in his garage.

• May 10, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, vehicle burglary. A man and woman were carrying items from their vehicle to a picnic area. They left some items near the vehicle while they set up for the day. Among the items left by the vehicle was a bag containing the vehicle keys. The complainant reported they were only away for a few minutes, but the suspect took the items, gained entry into the vehicle and stole computer equipment and a GPS unit valued at $660.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• May 13, corner of 121st Street Court West, trespass warning. A complainant reported someone was inside a vehicle owned by her on an empty lot, also owned by her. A deputy arrived and made contact with a man and woman inside the vehicle. They were issued a trespass warning and instructed not to return to the property.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• April 29, 752 Manatee Ave. W., Kingfish Boat Ramp, burglary. Equipment for repairs to the Anna Maria Island Bridge was being staged in a fenced area at the boat ramp. Unknown persons cut the fence and made entry into a storage trailer, and stole diving gear. A toolbox on a nearby barge also was stolen. The value of the items was not listed, but an employee of Topcor, the company doing the work, said the loss would run thousands of dollars.

• May 3, 3600 block of Gulf Drive, intoxicated person. Police responded to the beach in regards to an intoxicated male and made contact with a man who was staggering along the beach. The man’s speech was slurred and he could not remember how much he had to drink. He said he was skimboarding. Police observed a gash to the man’s head, but he refused medical services. The man’s mother was contacted and she arrived to take him home.

• May 3, 400 block of 62nd Street, theft. A woman parked a bicycle valued at $75 in front of her residence. She told police the bike was still there when she went to work, but was missing when she returned home.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

AMIP Snooks Adams Kid’s Day: Race to summer

Kids take off in the sack race at the 59th annual Snooks Adams Kids Day, hosted by the fun-loving Anna Maria Island Privateers May 17 at Anna Maria’s Bayfront Park. The event included free sodas, hot dogs and pizza for kids and plenty of games, beads and pirate tales. The annual event began in 1954, when the late Holmes Beach Police Chief Snooks Adams carried kids in his Jeep to Coquina Beach to celebrate the end of the school year. The Privateers took up sponsorship in the 1980s, while Adams continued to raise funds and make appearances at the event. It grew to accommodate hundreds of kids seeking summer fun. More kids and Privateers, page 11. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

Real Estate – 05-22-2013

101 Linda Lane, Anna Maria, a 1,276 sfla / 1,928 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront home built in 1966 on a 60×130 lot was sold 05/01/13, Horvat to Saia for $1,625,000.

212 52nd St., Unit 6, Villas of Holmes Beach,  Holmes Beach a 2,656 sfla / 3,898 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car condo with shred pool built in 2006 was sold 04/30/13, Schlossberg to Wewerka for $875,000; list $950,000.

302 65th St., Unit A, Costa Villas, Holmes Beach, a 2,350 sfla / 3,110 sfur 5bed/3½bath/2car land condo built in 2008 was sold 04/26/13, Toehold on Sandcastle LLC to Hayes for $799,000; list $859,000.

314 64th St., Unit 10A, Island Walk, Holmes Beach, a 2,001 sfla / 3,176 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with pool built in 2006 was sold 04/22/13, Norton to Wood for $515,000; list $549,000.

231 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,290 sfla / 1,684 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car canalfront pool home built in 1971 on a 56×148 lot was sold 04/19/13, Dryden to Poseidon Adventures LLC for $505,000; list $539,000.

7000 Gulf Drive, Unit 103, Tiffany Place, Holmes Beach, a 1,259 sfur / 1,395 sfla  2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 04/16/13, Enyart to May for $455,000; list $474,000.

238 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,959 sfla / 2,873 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home pool home built in 1957 on a 41×78 lot was sold 04/26/13, Bean Point Properties LLC to AMI Breeze LLC for $445,000.

207 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 75×148 canalfront lot was sold 04/26/13, Tucker to Sato for $400,000.

6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 254, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,622 sfla / 1,793 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 04/16/13, Rice to Marchetti for $372,000; list $389,000.

2310 Gulf Drive, N., Unit 106, Shell Cove, Bradenton Beach, a 651 sfla 2bed/1bath condo built in 1973 sold 04/22/13, King to Hessnar Properties LLC for $320,000; list $335,000.

6005 Gulf Drive, Unit 218, Playa Encantada, Holmes Beach, a 1,011 sfla / 1,1179 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool buit in 1980 was sold 04/26/13, Grossweiler to Kaser for $280,000.

3601 E. Bay Drive, Unit 205, Sandy Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 1,035 sfla / 1,215 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1988 was sold 04/24/13, Erickson to Pace for $230,000; list $247,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

Sports – 05-22-2013

Adult soccer teams jockey for playoff positions, golf and more


With two weeks of the regular season left to play in the adult coed soccer league at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, teams are jockeying for position in the standings to gain favorable playoff matchups.

Playoffs get underway June 6 and will continue through June 14, when the Island Cup finals and all-star games takes place.

Island Pest Control appears to be maintaining control of the division with a 5-1 record and a 4-point lead in the standings over second-place Sato Real Estate, the remainder of the teams are separated by only 3 points.

Slim’s Place and Beach to Bay Construction are both 3-3 with 9 points, while 1st USA Plumbing and Discount Signs & Wraps are 2-3-1 and have 7 points. Last, but not least, are Wash Family Construction and Pink & Navy Boutique, both with 2-4 records and 6 points. With two games left to play, a lot can change — stay tuned.

In the past week’s soccer action May 16, Island Pest Control earned a statement win, rolling past second-place Sato Real Estate by a 6-1 margin. Danny Anderson and Greg Ross scored two goals each with Ross also collecting an assist on the evening. Max Gazzo added a goal and an assist, while Sean Sanders completed the scoring with one goal. Frank Agnelli made 13 saves in goal for Island Pest Control.

Paul Heyward notched the lone goal for Sato Real Estate, which also received eight saves from goalie Mike Brusso in the loss.

Slim’s Place doubled up on Pink & Navy 6-3 in the second game of the evening. Nick Leduc scored five goals and Ed Moss scored one goal to lead Slim’s Place, which also received assists from Diego Felipe and Austin Wash in the victory. Ryan Moss made 12 saves in goal.

Matt Plummer scored twice and Anthony Rasulo scored one goal to lead Pink & Navy in the loss.

Discount Signs & Wraps edged Wash Family Construction 4-3 in the third game of the night. Jeff Christianson led the way with two goals and one assist. Paulo Fonseca added one goal and one assist and Damir Glavan completed the scoring with one goal. Troy Shonk preserved the victory for Discount Signs with 19 saves in goal.

Wash Family Construction was led by two goals from Darren Wash and a goal and an assist from BJ Grant. Aaron Parkin assisted on two goals and Mark Pennell made 12 saves in defeat.

The final game of the evening saw Beach to Bay Construction cruise past 1st USA Plumbing by a 3-1 score. Julius Gomes led the way with two goals and one assist, while Brent Moss added one goal.

Rico Beissert scored the lone goal for 1st USA Plumbing, which also received 15 saves from Pedro Gonzalez in the loss.


Youth basketball rolls on

Youth players had a light week of basketball with no games played in the 8-10 division and only a couple of games in the 11-13 and 14-17 divisions.

Ross Built and Walter & Associates both won their games last week, so there’s no changes in the standings. The two teams remain tied for first place at 7-1 with Sand Dollar alone in third place with a 3-4 record. Southern Greens is 2-6 for fourth place, while Duncan Real Estate is in last place, still looking for its first victory.

Walter & Associates is on top of the Premier Division as well with a 7-1 record, one game ahead of Heritage Paper Company. The Feast is in third place with a 2-6 record, while Eat Here brings up the bottom with a 1-7 record.

Walter & Associates took on Eat Here May 14 in one of the two 14-17 division games played last week and came away with a 39-20 victory behind the inside-outside combination of Neil Carper and Eric Crawford. Carper scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists, while Crawford scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Seth Walter added 4 points and six rebounds, while Cooper Hardy, Colin Rottes and Phil Rottes completed the scoring with 2 points each.

Eat Here was led by Garret Ware’s 8 points and 6 points from Joey Carder. Connor Field added 3 points and nine rebounds and Taylor Wilson scored 3 points to complete the scoring in the loss.

Heritage Paper Company kept pace with Walter & Associates in the 14-17 division with a 33-28 victory over The Feast May 13. Austin Miller led the way with 16 points, while Burke Hill added 5 points. Sam Cuva and Tony Sperduto each finished with 4 points for Heritage Paper Company in the victory.

Lee Bergeron’s 9 points and nine rebounds led The Feast, which also received 7 points from Ryan Gilman. Chris Johnson and Alex Gilman each added 6 points to complete the scoring in the loss.

Walter & Associates cruised past Duncan Real Estate 42-25 May 13 to stay on top of the 11-13 division behind a huge game from Dayton Modderman. He scored 22 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, while teammate JP Russo added 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Jack Heckler’s 4 points completed the scoring for Walter & Associates in the victory.

Leo Tilelli’s 12 points and 14 rebounds paced Duncan Real Estate, which also received 5 points from Trent Shackleford and 4 points from Leo Rose in the loss.

Ross Built kept pace with Walter & Associates by defeating Souther Greens 43-20 in the second game on May 13. Trent Boring poured in 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Jake Ross added 16 points, while brother Andrew chipped in with 4 points and eight rebounds in the victory.

Hayden Brewer scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Southern Greens, which also received 6 points and eight rebounds from Matthew Manger in the loss.


Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club women played an individual-low-net golf match May 14 with a side game of low putts for the day.

Joyce Brown negotiated nine holes using 13 putts, while Jean Holmes and Maxine Mitchell each used 14 putts to tie for second.

Holmes rode a birdie on the sixth hole to take first place in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29. Sue Hookem finished in second place with a 2-under-par 30.

Brown rode her low putts for the day to a 7-under-par 25 that gave her a tie for first place in Flight B with Liz Lang. Meredith Slavin took second place with a 3-under-par 29.

Erma McMullen carded a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight C by two shots over second-place finisher Markie Ksiazek.


MAYSO announces youth soccer tryouts

The Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization has announced tryout dates and times for Manatee Magic, its competitive soccer program.

Cost per player for the Magic season, which runs September-March, is $400 and includes home and away uniforms and a backpack.

All MAYSO Magic coaches are licensed and possess many years of coaching and playing experience.

Tryouts will be held at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton 6-7:30 p.m. May 28-June 5 for age groups as follow:

• U9-10 Boys: May 28, June 3.

• U9-10 Girls: May 28, June 3.

• U11-12 Boys: May 29, June 4.

• U11-12 Girls: May 29, June 4.

• U13-16 Boys: May 30, June 5.

• U13-16 Girls: May 30, June 5.

For more information, email me at competition@mayso.org or call 941-807-1105.


AMICC Youth Basketball League schedule

Date                         Time      Opponents

Division II (ages 8-10)

May 22      6 p.m.     Bistro vs. Beach Bums

May 23      6 p.m.     Manatee Cancer Center vs. Bistro

May 23      7 p.m.     Beach Bums vs. Manatee Cancer Center


Division I (ages 11-13)

May 22      6 p.m.     Sand Dollar vs. Duncan Real Estate


Premier (ages 14-17)

May 23      8 p.m.     The Feast vs. Eat Here


AMICC Youth Baseball League schedule

T-Ball (ages 5-7)

May 29      6 p.m.     Awards Ceremony

June 7        6 p.m.     Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy


Coach Pitch (ages 8-11)

May 29      6:30 p.m.       Awards Ceremony

June 7        7:15 p.m.       Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels

Obituaries – 05-22-2013

Anthony ‘Tony’ Castellano

Anthony “Tony” Castellano, 95, of Bradenton, was born May 8, 1917. He died May 6, two days short of his 96th birthday.

Mr. Castellano grew up in Hoboken, N.J. He served 3 years and 6 months in the Pacific during World War II with the 542nd Engineer Boat Battalion in the U.S. Army Amphibian Division. Returning from service, he became a sales representative for Chevrolet. He retired to Bradenton and served as a security guard at Freedom Village and the Players Club. He was an avid fisherman and loved gardening.

He was a 30-year member of the Anna Maria City Pier Regulars, meeting and fishing weekly with other “old timer” Pier Regulars, according to president Doug Terry. “Capt. Tony’s name is memorialized on one of the planks of the new city pier walkway,” said Terry, adding that the membership dedicated the plank in his honor in 2011.

He was a past commador of the Sarastoa Yacht Club.

No service is planned.

Mr. Castellano is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn; son Richard; daughter Rose Mattran of Sarasota; and many nieces and nephews in Florida and New Jersey.


Alice (Kroll) Georges

Alice (Kroll) Georges, 95, a lifelong resident of Lowell, Mass., died May 10. She was born Feb. 12, 1918, to the late Francis and Katherine (Chmaj) Kroll.

She was a 1936 graduate of Lowell High School and was employed with Lowell Shoe for more than 30 years, retiring in 1982. She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching Duke University play basketball. She enjoyed reading, bingo, cooking and baking.

She was married 72 years to the late Paul “Apples” Georges.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 16 at Holy Trinity Polish Church in Lowell, Mass. Memorial donations may be made to Elder Services of Merrimack Valley Inc., Development Office, 360 Merrimack St., Building 5, Lawrence MA 01843. Condolences may be made online at www.dumontsullivan.com.

Mrs. Georges is survived by sons Paul and wife Rosemary of Bradenton Beach, and Francis and wife Rita of Lowell; daughters Ann and husband James Connors of Hampton, N.H., and Betty and husband Leo Dumont Jr. of Hudson, N.H.; brother Frank Kroll of Northboro, Mass.; grandchildren Paula Hamel, James Connors, Lisa Toohey, Jason, Leo Dumont III, Tracie, Frank and Maria; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


David S. Gidley

David Sommers Gidley, 70, of Cortez, died April 30. He was born Nov. 2, 1941, in Schenectady, N.Y., to the late Harley J. Gidley and Barbara M. (Moynihan) Gidley.

He graduated in 1960 from Niskayuna High School and obtained an appointment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1964 in marine engineering.

Mr. Gidley sailed for two years as a Merchant Marine and achieved appointment in the U.S. Navy as an ensign. He worked for 19 years in Florham Park, N.J., at the General Electric Industrial Sales Division, as district sales manager. He also served GE as sales manager in the large motor and generator department in Schenectady, N.Y.; sales engineer in Farmington, Conn., and Detroit. On leaving GE, he worked for the Shrack Company and later for the Farr Company as vice president of sales.

He was a sailor and a seaman. He loved the sea and was drawn to it all his life. He loved the outdoors and spent many enjoyable hours fishing and hiking in the Adirondacks. He retired to Cortez, saying it was the most beautiful place in the world — and he had traveled widely during his career.

There will be no public service. Memorial donations may be made to the Kings Point Alumni Association or USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation, P.O. Box 222011, Great Neck NY 11022.

Mr. Gidley is survived by his children, Barbara H. and husband Todd Drapola of Phoenix, N.Y., Susan E. and husband David Arthur of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Matthew P. and wife Kathy of Atlanta, and David C. of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; sisters, Deborah Hogan of Schenectady and Pamela Russell of Sea Crest, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.


Larry J. Swab

Larry J. Swab died May 12.

Mr. Swab and wife Jill moved to Anna Maria in 2007 from Bellbrook, Ohio, joining his sister Patty Hunt and partner Leslie Vandenberg as residents of Anna Maria.

He enjoyed fishing, walking his dogs, kayaking and the Florida sunshine.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and friends. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton.


Robert Vernon Weston

Robert Vernon Weston, 71, of Holmes Beach, died April 24 in Bradenton. He was born Oct. 27, 1941, in Charleston, S.C., to the late Vernon and Mary Weston.

He graduated Sewanee: The University of the South and Stanford University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and earned his doctorate degree. He was awarded the prestigious postgraduate Wallace Stegner Fellowship.

Mr. Weston had a career as director of human resources in the high-tech industry in California where he lived with his family more than 40 years.

He was a poet, writer, teacher and beloved member of the Breakthrough Men’s Community in Monterey, Calif. Most recently, he was certified as a neural somatic integration practitioner. His passions spanned photography, travel, music, healing and meditation.

A celebration of life was held May 18 in Charleston, S.C. Condolences may be made to Joy at 506 68th St., Beach, FL 34217-1203, and memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Mr. Weston is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joy nee Anderson; brother Charles Wright; six children; five grandchildren; and a multitude of friends all over the world.

Calendar – 05-22-2013

Wednesday, May 22

8:17 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, May 23

6:38 a.m. — Official sunrise time.


Friday, May 24

7 p.m. — Manatee Sarasota Sierra Club potluck and hike, Bayfront Park, 310 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-752-3200.


Saturday, May 25

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. Priscilla Seewald of All Island Denominations is the speaker. Information: 941-778-1383.

2 p.m. — Author Leita Kaldi reads from her “Roller Skating in the Desert,” Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Donation requested. Information: 941-778-2099.


Sunday, May 26

8:19 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, May 27

Today is Memorial Day.


Tuesday, May 28

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


Wednesday, May 29

8:20 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Friday, May 24

6 p.m. — Outer space flick, “Little Shop of Horrors,” South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.

1 p.m. — Keep Manatee 19th annual golf tournament, Tara Golf & Country Club, 6602 Drewrys Bluff, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-795-8272.


Sunday, May 26

11 a.m.-10 p.m. — Pickin’ Picnic, Mosaic Amphitheater, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-840-0013.



• June 1-through July, Bridge Street Merchants night markets, 5-9 p.m., Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

• Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders baseball, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-3031.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

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

• First Wednesdays and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book and Culture 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.

• Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking meeting. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Most 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.

• Fridays through June 28, 6 p.m., They Came From Outer Space spring film series, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.

• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.

• 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.

• 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.

• Third Mondays, 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

• June 1, the Atlantic hurricane season begins. Be prepared.

• June 1-2, Islandwide Blood Drive, St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

• June 7, last day of the 2012-13 school year for Manatee County public school students.

• June 14, Flag Day.

• June 16, Father’s Day.


Save the date

• July 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day Parade from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park, and Scholarships Awards Party at Manatee Public Beach.

• Sept. 2 is Labor Day.


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 a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome.