Tag Archives: 10-06-2010

City approves Walgreens site plan

Holmes Beach commissioners last week approved a site plan that will allow a stand-alone Walgreens at 3200 E. Bay Drive in the Anna Maria Centre shopping plaza.

But the vote Sept. 28 at city hall came with stipulations.

The current Walgreens is north of the proposed site at 3248 E. Bay Drive in the shopping center.

At the request of Anna Maria Island Centre LLC, Benderson Development completed a site plan that proposes to demolish the old Shells restaurant building and build a 16,510-square foot building with a drive-through pharmacy lane and a liquor store.

Benderson proposes to knock out the three adjacent units to create room for the drive-through and for expansion of the old Shells building.

Benderson has not yet applied for a permit.

As he considered the likely increase in traffic from the drive-through lane, Commissioner David Zaccagnino was concerned about the safety of pedestrians who would be accessing Walgreens on the south side of the center. Also, he said, there is no sidewalk or crosswalk running from neighborhoods across Gulf Drive to the Walgreens.

So one stipulation to the site plan requires Anna Maria Island Centre LLC to complete a plan providing safe pedestrian access with sidewalks and crosswalks.

Also, the possible addition of the drive-through lane prompted concerns from Holmes Beach resident Margarita Fernandez, who lives on Sixth Avenue just beyond an alley that runs west of the proposed Walgreens and north-south behind the center.

Fernandez was concerned that the 4-foot-high fence separating her home from the 30-foot-wide alley that would accommodate traffic for the Walgreens drive-through would not buffer the increased noise and pollution.

Her concern prompted another stipulation to the plan, which calls for a buffer running about 240 feet along the west side of Walgreens. It could be a fence or landscaping.

The site plan also includes 331 parking spaces, which would is 14 spaces less than required. The code does not provide a way of waving the 14 spaces.

The city is currently in the process of passing an amendment to the code that would lessen the parking requirement. If adopted, the shortage of 14 spaces would be acceptable. If not, the company would have to present a revised parking plan before Dec. 15.

In other business, Commissioner Pat Morton said he received about a dozen complaints about residents setting yard waste at the curb on Mondays with their garbage. He said residents requested the commission amend its trash ordinance so that yard waste could not be set on the curb until Tuesday morning for the Wednesday pickup. But the commission kept the ordinance so that people can gather their yard waste on Sundays.

The next city commission meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

Sport – 10-6-2010

Islander wins volleyball award

Life-long Island resident Jenna Duvall recently earned the 2010 Ashley Morrison Jr. Referee award for her outstanding work as an R2, or down referee, during her club volleyball season. Jenna, who plays club volleyball for the Manatee Area Volleyball, was one of two players recognized in the state by the Florida Region USA Volleyball organization for her great work refereeing club volleyball matches.

In club volleyball, players have to referee, be a line judge or keep score during other team’s matches. A lot of players try to worm their way out of this important responsibility, but not Jenna, who gladly acted as the R2 for many matches and was justly rewarded for her dedication and hard work by Florida Region USA Volleyball.

Jenna also is a member of the recently crowned Manatee County championship Manatee High volleyball team and serves as a team captain. Coach Jessica Hinkle raved about Jenna’s leadership abilities: “Jenna brings stability and leadership to the team while showing honor and respect to the game and her coaches. She basically demonstrates all of the character traits you would want in a daughter or captain.”

Jenna, in her second varsity season for the Hurricanes, has come into her own this season and is playing a prominent role. Hinkle said Jenna’s play has changed from her junior year to her senior year. “Jenna really came alive during her junior club season,” Hinkle said. “And it has carried over and helped her develop confidence and more court awareness.”

When Jenna was asked how she felt playing such a prominent role, she said, “It feels awesome and makes me feel proud to wear the MHS uniform.”

Jenna, who carries an impressive 4.5 weighted grade-point average plans to major in pre-med at the University of Florida and hopes to become a dermatologist. She said she has no plans to play volleyball in college other than maybe playing intramurals, but she definitely plans on getting certified to referee volleyball matches to make some money.

Oct. 1-2, Jenna and her MHS teammates, including Island residents Sarah Howard and Mackenzie Kosfeld, captured the Manatee County volleyball tournament championship by defeating Southeast High 25-19, 25-16. In addition to being a part of the championship team, Sarah also was honored by being named to the all-tournament team along with tournament MVP and teammate Hailey Hall.

Congratulations, girls!

Soccer week 2
It was another exciting week of soccer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. With only the second week of play completed, there are two undefeated teams in the four age divisions: Fran Maxon Realty in Division III and Sparks Steel Art in Division II, though Sparks has two ties on its record.

The Premier Division is either very competitive or teams treat defense like they do in the Big 12 of college football, as Wash Family Construction and West Coast Surf Shop again engaged in a shootout Sept. 28. WFT outlasted the Surf Shop 9-6 behind an incredible seven goals from Daniel Pimental and a pair of goals from Austin Wash. Chandler Hardy paced the Surf Shop with three goals, while Helio Gomez added two goals and JT Goode chipped in with one in the loss.

The other Premier game had a more modest score, as Beach Bistro edged WFC 5-3 Sept. 27 behind three goals from Julius Gomes and two goals from Phillip Biddulph. WFC was led by Daniel Pimental’s two goals and a single goal from Austin Wash.

Division I has a pair of teams tied for first place, though Mike Norman Realty may have gained the upper hand in defeating Autoway Ford by a 4-2 score Sept. 29. Logan Reiber, Morgan Greig, Michael Duffman and Adam Clark each notched a goal to lead Mike Norman in the victory. Autoway Ford was led by Francesca Parkin and Neil Carper with one goal apiece in the loss.

Mike Norman Realty earned another victory on the week when the team rolled past The Gathering Place by a 6-1 score Sept. 28. Morgan Greig led the realty team with three goals, while Michael Duffman chipped in with two goals and Lauren Sapienza added one goal in the victory. Kieran Grumley led The Gathering Place with one goal in the loss.

There was a bevy of battles in Division II, which appears to be the most competitive division with four ties through the first two weeks of the season. Sparks Steel Art appears to be the class of the division, but they’ve tied twice. Sparks rolled past Southern Greens by a 6-2 score behind four goals from Dylan Joseph and two goals from Tyler Yavalar. Michael Latimer led Southern Greens with a pair of goals in the loss.

The second Division II game of the evening saw Wash Family Construction defeat Mr. Bones BBQ by a 3-1 score. Nico Colleja led WFC with a pair of goals, while Gavin Sentman added one goal in the victory. Jake Miller paced Mr. Bones with one goal in the loss.

Sparks Steel Art and Wash Family Construction battled to a 4-4 tie Sept. 29. Colleja led WFC with two goals while Madison Gunn and Leo Tilelli each added one goal in the tie. Dylan Joseph scored a pair of goals to lead Sparks, which also received a goal apiece from Tyler Yavalar and Morgan Burns in the tie.

Southern Greens earned a 4-2 victory over Mr. Bones BBQ on Sept. 27 behind a pair of goals from Michael Latimer and single goals from Reese Helvey and Abby Achor. Jake Miller and Miles Fischer scored a goal apiece to lead Mr. Bones in the loss.

Connie’s Landscaping earned its first Division III victory of the season, defeating Jessie’s Island Store 5-2 Oct. 1. Roli Zeledon led the way with three goals, while Clayton Wilkinson and Corbin Greg each notched one goal. Jessie’s was led by Gerardo Serrduo, who scored both goals in the loss.

Fran Maxon Realty remained undefeated thanks to a 5-0 victory over Connie’s Landscaping Sept. 29. Josh Class scored four goals and Taro de Haan added one for Fran Maxon in the victory.

Look online at  www.islander.org for schedules and standings in the soccer league.

Horseshoe news

Parity was the word of the day during Oct. 2 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits as no teams earned the required three victories. Three teams managed 2-1 records and battled it out for the day’s bragging rights. In the first playoff game, Sam Samuels and Jay Disbrow rolled past the team of Tom Skoloda and Ron Slagh by a 22-5 score. Samuels and Disbrow then dispatched Jeff Moore and Ron Pepka 22-14 in the finals.

Sept. 29 horseshoe action saw the team of Norm Good and Tim Sofran earn the title of champions with the only 3-0 record. The team of Jerry Martinek and Sam Samuels defeated Tom Skoloda and Steve Grossman 22-9 in the battle for second place.

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.

Key Royale news

The women and men of the Key Royale Club joined up for a mixed scramble Oct. 1. The team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Joyce Brown, Dennis Schavey and Bob Elliott combined for a 20.8 score to take first place. Second place went to the team of Lorraine Towne, Webb Cutting, Fred Meyer and Bob King with a score of 21. Jim Dunne won the closest-to-the-pin contest on number three, while Joyce Brown did the same on number eight.

The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game Sept. 28 and Penny Williams grabbed the top spot with a 1-over-par 33. Sue Hookem and Diane Miller tied for second place at 34, while Tootie Wagner finished alone in third place with a 35.

The men played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match Sept. 27. The team of Pieter Thomason, Vince Mercadante and Carl Voyles combined for an 8-under-par 56 to take first place. Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, Chris Collins and Jim Dunne carded a 5-under par 59 to tie the team of Chuck Reed, Danna Cessna and Bob Hanson for second place.

AMICC Soccer League standings

Division III (ages 8-9)
Team    Won    Lost    Tie    Pts.
Maxon    2    0    0    6
Jessie’s    1    2    0    3
Connie’s    1    2    0    3

Division II (ages 10-11)
Sparks    2    0    2    8
Southern    2    1    1    7
WFC    1    2    1    4
Mr. Bones    1    3    0    3

Division I (ages 12-13)
Autoway    2    1    0    6
Norman    2    1    0    6
Gathering     0    2    0    0

Premier Division (ages 14-17)
WFC    2    1    0    6
Bistro    2    1    0    6
Surf Shop    0    2    0    0

Adult Division
Fish Hole    1    0    0    3
SVEH    1    0    0    3
Sun    0    0    1    1
Back Alley    0    0    1    1
Ross Built    0    1    0    0

AMICC Soccer League schedule
Date    Time    Teams
Instructional Division: (Ages 4-5)
Oct. 6    6 p.m.    Lapensee vs. Oyster Bar
Oct. 6    6:30 p.m.    A&E vs. Isl. Dental
Oct. 12    6 p.m.    Oyster Bar vs. Isl. Dental
Oct. 12    6:30 p.m.    Lapensee vs. W.C. Air

Instructional Division: (Ages 6-7)
Oct. 6    7 p.m.    IRE vs. LPAC
Oct. 8    6 p.m.    Beach Bums  vs. Dojo Ath.
Oct. 8    7 p.m.    Sandbar Vs. Isl. Pest
Oct. 11    6 p.m.    LPAC vs. Isl. Pest
Oct. 11    7 p.m.    IRE vs. Dojo Ath.
Oct. 12    7 p.m.    Beach Bums vs. Sandbar

Division III: (Ages 8-9)
Oct. 6    5:30 p.m.    Jessie’s vs. Fran Maxon
Oct. 8    6 p.m.    Connie’s vs. Fran Maxon

Division II: (Ages 10-11)
Oct. 6    6:30 p.m.    Sparks vs. Mr. Bones
Oct. 8    7 p.m.    WFC vs. Sparks
Oct. 8    8 p.m.    Southern vs. Mr. Bones
Oct. 11    6 p.m.    WFC vs. Mr. Bones

Division I: (Ages 12-13)
Oct. 6    7:30 p.m.    Ford vs. Gathering
Oct. 12    6 p.m.    Norman vs. Gathering

Premier Division: (Ages 14-17)
Oct. 11    7:30 p.m.    Bistro vs. WFC
Oct. 12    7 p.m.    Surf Shop vs. WFC

Adult Division
Oct. 7    6 p.m.    Fish Hole vs. SVEH
Oct. 7    7:20 p.m    Back Alley vs. Ross Built
Oct. 7    8:40 p.m.    BTBC vs. Sun

Island real estate transactions – 10-6-2010

104 Maple Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,215 sfla / 1,425 sfur 4bed/2bath home built in 1971 on a 45×100 lot was sold 09/07/10, Shuttleworth to Wood for $667,500; list $795,000.

2317 Ave. C, Unit 300, Laguna Veneto, Bradenton Beach, a 1,620 sfla / 1,968 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 2007 was sold 09/10/10, Superior Bank to Lundgren for $315,000; list $349,000.

504 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,384 sfla / 2,636 sfla 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1961 on a 95×116 lot was sold 09/17/10, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to Pinard for $223,000; list $249,900.

2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 221, Club Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 423 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1945 was transferred 09/17/10, Oakland Partners LLC to Superior Bank for $143,100.

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

Island police blotter – 10-6-2010

Anna Maria
Sept. 27, 200 block of Willow Ave., burglary. Someone entered an unoccupied residence and removed stereo speakers.

Bradenton Beach
Sept. 29, 2400 block of Avenue C, spousal abuse/battery. An officer showed up to a residence, where a woman said she was in the process of breaking up with her boyfriend. The woman said the man became violent and punched her in the head. The man stated the woman became violent and threw a drink at him, so he left the residence. The woman was advised to request a restraining order if she feared further violence.

Holmes Beach
Sept. 24, 500 block of 67th Street, burglary. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer was dispatched to a residence in reference to a burglary. The complainant said someone entered his residence and took a bed comforter valued at $300 and 11 fishing reels valued at $3,000.

Sept. 25, 500 block of 67th Street, burglary. A man called HBPD to report a burglary. The officer arrived and spoke with the complainant, who said his stereo speakers valued at $320 had been taken from the living room.

Sept. 25, 3000 block of Avenue E, vehicle burglary. An HBPD officer spoke to a complainant, who said someone entered her unlocked vehicle in her driveway and took a GPS device and a bottle of prescription pills.

Sept. 26, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, stolen items. An HBPD officer saw a man walking with several fishing poles. The officer stopped the man and learned he had an outstanding arrest warrant from Sarasota County. The man was turned over to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for transport and the fishing poles were taken to the HBPD.

Sept. 27, 6800 block of Palma Drive, theft. A man reported his garbage can was missing.

Sept. 27, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, shooting incident.  A Holmes Beach man apparently attempted to kill himself with a gun. EMS took the man to the Kingfish Boat Ramp, where he was taken by emergency helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Sept. 29, 400 block of 62nd Street, theft. A woman came to the Holmes Beach Police Department to report the theft of her garbage can.

Obituaries – 10-6-2010

Steve Klimke
Steve Klimke, 85, longtime resident of Anna Maria Island, died Sept. 27.

There will be no Services. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Klimke is survived by brother John Klimke of Chicago and sister Laura A. Barry of Bradenton.

Fishing – 10-6-2010

Water temperatures have cooled somewhat with a light cold front last week. Temperatures on the flats around midday had cooled to about 84 degrees. Morning water temperatures at the same areas reportedly were around 79 degrees.

Some fish are beginning to move from deeper water and at times can be found in a couple feet of water.

The bait continues to get thicker off the beaches and there have been reports that kingfish are biting just a few feet off the beaches.

So let the fall kingfish run begin.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters said that with the first passing of a cold front Sept. 30 the fall fishing pattern has begun to take hold. Shiners are all over the flats, on the beaches and around the piers, he said.

“I have been netting shiners floating over grass beds in 2 feet of water,” he said. “Some of the best fishing of the year is about to happen.”

He said speckled trout fishing has been dominating the inshore action with 2-hour rallies common. The key for Howard is to work an area and zero-in on the keeper-sized fish for some rod-bending action and nice fillets for dinner. He said mixed in with the speckled trout have been some nice redfish.

“The redfish have been scattered this past week,” he said. “I have been catching them in potholes, on the edges of grass flats and tight to docks. With the dirty water due to the heavy winds, sight-fishing for redfish has been tough.”

The beach fishing for Spanish mackerel has been hit-or-miss, he said. “Look for diving birds to give up the locations of the mackerel schools to put you in the middle of the action,” he said.

Capt. Logan Bystrom said the bait has been very thick all over the beaches, and that’s where there’s been a bunch of Spanish mackerel, sharks and kingfish. Bystrom said he heard some anglers have caught them a few miles off the beaches. He said there are still large schools of redfish and trout fishing has been good in the morning when it’s cooler.

Capt. Warren Girle said he’s been fishing inshore and early-morning trips using small Rapala Skitterwalk have produced a few dozen trout before the sun comes up. That when he switches to using jigs for trout and redfish. He also has been catching some redfish in north Sarasota Bay on chunks of ladyfish. And he’s catching bluefish. “I was up near the Skyway near Egmont Key and it’s loaded with bonito,” he said. “That water’s cooling off a little bit.” He said the days are getting short and he’s enjoyed top-water fishing early in the morning. “As long as you get out there really early in the morning, you get that first hour and a half of daylight and there’s no one out there,” Girle said.

Capt. Mike Greig said he’s been catching tarpon along the beaches, along with Spanish mackerel, kingfish and sharks. In the bay, he reported plenty of trout. He said redfish have slowed a lot. “The kingfish numbers aren’t that big,” he said. “I’m hoping for some good weather to get out and get them.”

James Followell from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge south fishing pier said he’s seen some keeper grouper reeled up, as well as pompano, Spanish mackerel and a few keeper snapper to 11 inches. He said anglers have been catching pompano and jack crevalle.

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said he had one trip last week that was productive with gag grouper, which he said are starting their fall feeding pattern. “These bad boys are back in town in the 50-60 foot depths and have a voracious appetite,” he said. He said the gag bite will improve and reach a peak at Christmas time.

“We are also catching red grouper, mangrove snapper, triggerfish, amberjack, sharks, barracuda and hooking up some large goliath grouper,” McGuire said, adding there are also lots of

Spanish mackerel off the beaches.

Send fishing news and photos to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 10-6-2010

Wednesday, Oct. 6
11 a.m. — Einstein Circle Discussion Group meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business lunch at the Bridge Tender Inn, 135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers writing session with Barbara Goff at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
4 p.m. — Fishing class for kids begins at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Thursday, Oct. 7
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.— “Roguetoberfest” at the Waterfront Restaurant, 111 Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1515. Fee applies.
8 p.m. — Opening night of “The Ladies of the Camellias” at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through Oct. 17. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Oct. 8
11:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at the IMG Golf and Country Club, 5500 34th St., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — “Here and New” artists reception at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Exhibit runs through Nov. 7. Information: 941-778-2099.
6 to 9 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813. Fee applies.
6:30 to 9 p.m. — Singer/Songwriter night at the Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1800.

Saturday, Oct. 9
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Rummage sale at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.

Sunday, Oct. 10
3 p.m. — Blessing of the animals at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
7:30 p.m. — Auditions for “Last Train to Nibroc” at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.

Monday, Oct. 11
11 a.m. — “Life: A History of Life on Earth” with Jeff Rodgers at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Oct. 12
Noon — Jerry St. Germain of the Navy League of the United States speaks to the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
2 to 6 p.m. — Flu shots at Publix, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies.
6 p.m. — “Opera on the Island” video viewing and discussion at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

Wednesday, Oct. 13
11 a.m. — Einstein Circle Discussion Group meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Anna Maria Island Players luncheon at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431. Fee applies.

Off-Island Events:
Thursday, Oct. 7
5 to 7 p.m. — “Connexions” season opening featuring the “Common Ground” and “Ageless Creativity” exhibits at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-383-2345.
7 p.m. — “Antigone Now” performed by the Asolo Repertory Theatre in the Spanish Courtyard at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Saturday, Oct. 9
7 p.m. — Artinsight-Sarasota artists’ reception at Living Walls, 1311 Main St., Sarasota. Exhibit runs through Oct. 23. Information: 941-779-2106.

Wednesday, Oct. 13
7 to 9 p.m. — Exploring the Future of Energy: “The Electric Sunshine State” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Ongoing:
• The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
• Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds cross-denominational study group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• Fridays, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.

Coming Up:
• Oct. 14, “Buena Vista Social Club” screening, South Florida Museum.
• Oct. 14, Old Florida Storytelling, Manatee Village Historical Park.
• Oct. 15, World Party, South Florida Museum.
• Oct. 15, “Coraline,” Reels at Rossi Park.
• Oct. 15-16, Bayfest.
• Oct. 16, Plant sale, Palma Sola Botanical Park.
• Oct. 16, ArtSlam, downtown Bradenton.
• Oct. 16, Mainly Art bazaar, downtown Bradenton.
• Oct. 16, Boating class, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81.

Save the Date:
• Oct. 20, Program for college-bound teens, Island Branch Library.
• Oct. 21, Empty Bowls luncheon for the Manatee Food Bank.
• Oct. 22, Goblin Gathering, G.T. Bray Park.
• Oct. 23, Causeway 4 the Cause cancer walk.
• Oct. 28, Red Ribbon Breakfast, Pirate City Complex.
• Nov. 6, Snooty’s Gala.
• Nov. 12-14, ArtsHop.
• Nov. 13-14, Discover Egmont Key.
• Dec. 11-12, Winterfest.

AME school calendar
• Oct. 14, after-school meeting of Parent Teacher Organization.
• Oct. 14, picture retake.
• Oct. 15, no school.
• 5-7 p.m. Oct. 19, Parent Teacher Organization dinner followed by third-grade play.
• 6 p.m. Oct. 21, science information night.
• Oct. 25, no school.
• Oct. 28, Parent-teacher conference night.
• 9 a.m Oct. 30, Fall Festival parade to school, Fall Festival begins at 11 a.m.
For more information, call the school office at 941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

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.