Tag Archives: 10-27-2010

HB youth seeks bike’s return

Jake Ross says he never was more than 15 feet from his silver Red Line bicycle Oct. 16.

So when he and his brother, along with friends, went to leave the Holmes Beach skate park that day, he was surprised to find his bicycle missing.

“I was kind of in shock and couldn’t believe it was gone,” Jake, 11, of Holmes Beach, said.

The Holmes Beach Police Department is investigating the bicycle theft, including a review of video surveillance tape from the park.

“The bike was a gift from my grandmother and aunt,” Jake said. “It was a nice bike and I really liked it.”

In addition to transportation to the park, the bike was the child’s transportation to Anna Maria Elementary School.

For the thief, Jake had a question: “Why would you take my bike?”

Jake’s mother Lee also had a question: “How brazen could someone be to steal an 11-year-old’s bike as he was playing right near it?”

Robinson complaint against WMFR chiefs dismissed

An internal investigation conducted by the West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commission dismissed a complaint by Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson that his constitutional right to free speech and assembly were violated by WMFR Chief Andy Price and Deputy Chief Brett Pollock.

Board member Larry Tyler was appointed by WMFR District Commission Chair John Rigney to conduct the investigation of the incident, which occurred at WMFR’s Sept. 8 stakeholders meeting at the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church. The meeting was open to the public and some invited guests, and all were asked to provide input on the district.

Tyler did not attend the stakeholder’s meeting and had no prior knowledge of the events.

Robinson alleged he did not receive an invitation to the stakeholder’s meeting and was “insulted” by this oversight because of his continuing interest in WMFR. However, he attended the meeting and reportedly spoke to attendees about WMFR during a presentation. He allegedly passed out a lengthy letter to those who attended about wasteful spending by the WMFR, and said in a loud voice that he “wasn’t invited” and questioned why he did not get an invitation, according to the Tyler report.

Robinson claimed Price and Pollock tried to prevent him from passing out his literature and denied him the opportunity to speak to people during the meeting. He alleged that Pollock told him that if he were there to cause trouble “We’ll have you put out of here.”

Tyler said he interviewed all people involved under oath, including Robinson, Pollock and Price. He also interviewed one volunteer worker.

He spoke with several attendees in an effort to “find out if anyone else had a complaint (against Price and Pollock), but I didn’t find any,” Tyler said.

Everyone at the Sept. 8 meeting was asked to put issues and comments in writing on a form provided by the district, Tyler reported. Those comments were reviewed at the meeting. Attendees were given the opportunity to speak and provide input. Tyler’s investigation determined that Robinson was allowed to attend. He did not fill out a form and did not ask openly to speak at the meeting.

Tyler presented a 70-page report and concluded there was no evidence to substantiate Robinson’s allegations and, therefore, no viable complaint.

Board member Randy Cooper said Robinson’s actions were “regrettable,” and the only apparent reason for Robinson to attend the meeting was to disrupt the proceedings.

“You should have been thrown out. You declined to participate in the meeting and you disrupted it by handing out your literature,” Cooper said.

After reading Tyler’s report, Cooper acknowledged that Pollock and Price acted with “professionalism” and “patience” in a situation where it was clear Robinson was attempting to be disruptive.
Following Tyler’s presentation, the board voted unanimously to reject Robinson’s complaint.

Robinson has been a critic of the WMFR since before his election to the Holmes Beach commission and was once escorted by police from a WMFR district commission meeting for disruptive behavior.

At the WMFR Oct. 20 meeting, Robinson was given the standard three minutes of public time to speak on any issue.

He declined to talk about the investigation, and said he was not there to “attack people” but to discuss unfounded pension mandates. He had a large volume of information that he said would take longer than three minutes to present.

“The pension system is broken. The system will bankrupt” the WMFR, he alleged.

That was a claim that Price, who had previously been under a gag order not to address Robinson’s complaint, rejected.

“Our pension fund is totally funded and there is no unfunded liability and there has never been,” Price said. “This is nonsense about any unfunded pension.”

He suggested Robinson get his facts correct before passing out literature with incorrect financial information.

Holmes Beach resident Pat McConnell also spoke, offering a suggestion that board members appeared to favor. McConnell said the WMFR should keep its website updated to better inform people of meeting dates, locations and other pertinent data regarding the WMFR.

Cooper and Tyler agreed, and suggested that once the WMFR administration staff moves to its new facility, Price ensure the computer staff keep the website updated on a regular basis.

Moving from Station No. 1

Price said the new administration facility off 65th Street in Bradenton is about 80 percent completed and he anticipated the next board meeting would be held there, not at the Holmes Beach station. The new building will consolidate all WMFR administrators into a central location.

He said construction costs are still “below the maximum contracted price,” and furniture, equipment, cabinets and computers should all be in place by the November meeting.

Once all WMFR staff are located at the new facility, remodeling of Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach will begin, he said.

In other business, the board approved the second reading of a change to the pension fund that will allow WMFR to obtain more state funds for the pension plan at no cost to the WMFR plan.

Price also mentioned that the issue of consolidating all county fire districts has been revived and county officials have been discussing the matter at the monthly council of government officials meeting.

Consolidation has been around for the past 25 years, he observed, and it’s never moved beyond discussion.

“Until we get an unbiased study done, nothing is going to be accomplished,” Price said. The problem is who will pay for the study, he asked.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

ITEMS FOR SALE

TWO TWIN BEDSETS: Beds, frames, headboards, bedding, comforters with matching shams, pillows, two nightstands, lamp, two complimenting framed pictures. $450. WestBay Point and Moorings. 734-552-2109.

DRESSER WITH SIX drawers and mirror plus two matching night tables. Beige wood. $100. Call 941-761-1928.

STAINLESS-STEEL DOUBLE sink, kitchen cabinet doors (beige Formica), hardware. All, very good condition. $100. Call 941-761-1928.

ROCKING CHAIR FOR nursery. White frame with beige seats. It also glides! Like-new condition. $75. 941-761-1928.

DESK: WHITE WASH with hutch, 45 x 26, $40. Hutch for desk, gray Formica cabinet. 36 x 42 x 12. $15. 941-795-8359.

“WATERPIK’ SYSTEM” ULTRA dental water jet with manual. Like-new. $30. 941-795-8359.

BIRD CAGES: PARROT or Cockatiel, with stands, $35. 941-356-1456.

CHANDELIER: WHITE METAL, flowery motif. Good condition. $20. 941-778-0256.

COMPUTER: 3.06 GHz processor, Windows XP-PRO, $100.  941-756-6728.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $300, or $50-75 each. Wine racks, antique burl-wood rocker and more. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

THREE GRAND MIRRORS, gorgeous frames, 4×6 feet to 5×8 feet. $200-$350. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online:  www.jackelka.com.

COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up, $1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800. 941-730-2606.

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, e-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at:  www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bradentonrotary.org.

FESTIVAL VENDORS WANTED: Arts, crafts, food, beverage for Save Our Gulf 3-day festival in Holmes Beach, Nov. 19-21. Call Joy, 941-545-3664.

MIDAS: 6712 MANATEE Ave. W., Bradenton. Full service auto care. Now locally owned. Bring ad for a $19.99 oil change or 10 percent off other services and tires. Ask for Mike. 941-794-9080.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

CORPORATE AND GOLF entertainment. Private parties and fundraisers. Florida: October through March. www.bbrodney.com. 337-367-0339.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100.  Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.

GARAGE SALES

ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to noon Saturday. Donations 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.

SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31. Office equipment, desks, file cabinets, wood kitchen cabinets, antiques, tools, chairs and more. 600 Linley St., north Longboat Key, in the village.

WHITNEY PLAZA ANTIQUE and Art Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31. Benefiting the Longboat Key Turtle Watch and Save Our Seabirds Sanctuary. Antiques, art, jewelry, vintage clothing, organic produce and more. British Cart Club 1 p.m-3 p.m. Sunday. For information and vendor information, call Steff, 941-383-1901. E-mail: Buttercuponline@hotmail.com.

LOST & FOUND

FOUND: BIRTH REGISTRATION card. Missouri. Claim at The Islander office, 5405 Marina Drive, Holmes beach.

LOST GLASSES ON beach at Oak Street, Anna Maria. Vera Wang frames. Reward. 941-729-4836.

LOST: WEDDING RING. On beach, between 10th and 11th streets, and Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Gold and silver, diamonds. 330-240-6307.

PETS

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.

TRANSPORTATION

ELECTRIC CAR: PURCHASED October 2009, warranty until October 2011. Street legal, like-new, 50 miles per charge. Garage kept. No gas forever. Perfect for Island transportation. Save $4,000, $5,999. 813-689-1412.

FOR SALE: 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier. Automatic, air conditioning, power windows, custom stereo. Great ride at great price, just $1,200. Chris, 941-24-2868 or Rick, 941-224-4977.

BOATS & BOATIN

50-FOOT BOAT dock for rent. Prime location, many amenities. Call 941-778-3013.

HELP WANTED

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

CAREGIVER WANTED: CNA licensed preferred. Care for paraplegic. Day shifts and night shifts available. Seven days. Village Green area. Please, call 941-795-1603, positions available immediately.

KIDS FOR HIRE

LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-2301.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale! Buy, sell, broker, referral. E2/EB5 Visa. Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635. www.AdkinsFloridaGroup.com.

HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island, located in busy shopping center, large inventory, all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey, business growing monthly, owners moving, great opportunity for mom and pop. $189,000. Call Jim, 941-580-0626.

I HAVE A buyer who is looking for a small real estate business on the Island. All information must be confidential. Please, contact Piroska Plank, 941-730-9667 or e-mail: piroska@verizon.net.

SERVICES

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.

CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying, market analysis. 941-592-8373, or e-mail: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830 or 941-730-5693.10.27

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.

ANTOINETTE’S PERSONAL SERVICE: Property management in your absence. Holmes Beach resident. Licensed, bonded. 941-778-7355 or 941-730-6548.

DESEAR SERVICES: PAINTING, pressure washing, lights, hauling, electronics, audio, video specialist. Six generations serving Manatee County. 941-883-1253.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

NADIA’S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you’re away, we stay close to home. We provide full house checking services to ensure your house is secure while you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail  check.my.house@verizon.net for details.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.

UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30 years experience. Call for an appointment. Now offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-778-8323.

LAWN & GARDEN

CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381.

WANTED: LANDSCAPING WORK: Trimming, weeding, mulching, cleanups, property maintenance. 14-year Island resident. 941-951-1833.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.

CONCRETE/PAVER WORK: 20 years experience. New, repair, replace. Sidewalks, patios, driveways. Joel Snyder, 941-720-1599.

RENTALS

WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434.  www.suncoastinc.com.

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.

VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home, northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings, all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.

FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED: 2BR/2BA condo. Beachfront with pool in Holmes Beach. beachcondo25@yahoo.com.

ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331. tampabaybeachhouse.com.

CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo. Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer, dryer. Two screened-in decks, heated pool. $2,400/month. 813-634-3790.

SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious 3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai, completely furnished. One house from beach. Gulf view. No pets or smoking. 813-689-0925 or HLMSBCHRNTL@aol.com.

DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf. Beautiful home, 3BR/2.5BA, boat dock, lift, pool, fully furnished. $3,600/month, annual. 941-580-0626.

SKIERS: WOULD YOU like to house trade for 1-6 months this winter? Country home 25 minutes from Steamboat, Colo. One hour and 15 minutes from Vail. Or rent this beautiful furnished 2BR/2BA home, $2,000/month.  HYPERLINK “mailto:attnsue@q.com” attnsue@q.com or 970-736-8293.

PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: Ground level, 2BR/1BA, attached garage. Spectacular water views. Seasonal, monthly, weekly rates. 941-348-9448.

HOUSE FOR RENT: Anna Maria, steps from bay, beach and pier. 3BR, private yard, spacious, clean, pets OK. $1,500/month. 941-362-9585.

ANNUAL RENTAL: LARGE canal home, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, washer and dryer hook-up on Key Royale. No pets. $1,600/month plus utilities. First, last and security. Call 941-545-3511 for information.

ANNA MARIA ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA. $800/month plus utilities. 941-778-6088.

ANNUAL 1BR unfurnished apartment. Kitchen, bath. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

ANNUAL 3BR/2BA NEAR city pier. Steps to bayfront beach. Clean, spacious, private. Pets OK. $1,500/month. 941-538-9328.

A NICE 2BR/2BA: Steps from the beach. Tennis, sauna, pool, walking distance to great restaurants, $650/week.  Chickenplucker@webtv.net. Call 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER vacation deals. Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA villa, $1,200/month. Palma Sola townhouse, pool and boat slip, $300/weekend, $450/week, $1,100/month and more. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.

REAL ESTATE

HAVING MORTGAGE TROUBLE? Want to buy distressed properties? Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635. www.MyDistressedHome.com.

BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg, 941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,500,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.

FOR SALE: SANDPIPER Resort mobile home. 2BR/1BA, steps from Bradenton Beach. Completely renovated. 813-458-3875.

GORGEOUS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT compound with full Gulf views in Holmes Beach. 6,500-sf under roof, just completed in 2009. Casual elegance in this 5BR/4BA, spectacular rooftop bar/summer kitchen, resort-style pool, five-plus car garage and separate in-law unit. Boat house and two docks. Gated estate offered at $3,250,000. Tony Andrews of Andrews & Associates. 941-921-5999. Sought-after estate will be an open house 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. 510 58th St., Holmes Beach.

BAYFRONT HOME: RENT to own. Call for details. Jim, 941-580-0626.

VILLAGE GREEN OVERSIZE 3BR/2BA, two-car garage villa, $149,500. Forty-Three West 2BR/2BA, one-car garage, extras, $128,500. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

DOUBLEWIDE CANALFRONT MOBILE home: 2BR/1.5BA. Furnished, remodeled, central heat, air conditioning, gated park. Pool, hot tub, activity center. 15 minutes to beach. Sale, $45,000, includes share. Financing. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833. chickenplucker@webtv.net.

PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.

FLORIDA, OUT-OF-STATE

CRAWFORD COUNTY, GEORGIA: 85 acres, $1,125/acre. Where will you hunt this season? Other tracts available. stregispaper.com. 478-987-9700. St. Regis Paper Co.

VIRGINA MOUNTAINS: GALAX area. Six acres on river, great fishing, private, reduced! $59,900. Call owner now! 866-275-0442.

Sports – 10-27-2010

Soccer teams jockey for playoff positions

With the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s recreational soccer season heading into it’s final weeks, some teams are fighting for their playoff lives, while others are fighting for a preferred position in the standings to avoid a troublesome matchup in the first playoff round.

There’s been some movement in the standings, but nothing like Division II where Southern Greens went from battling for the division lead to last place after dropping three games last week.

Sparks Steel Art is the team to beat, and Wash Family Construction has moved up to second place.

Fran Maxon Real Estate is yet undefeated and has total control of Division III, while Autoway Ford seized the top spot in Division I with a big victory over Mike Norman Realty. Beach Bistro rode a pair of victories over West Coast Surf Shop last week to take the top spot in the Center’s Premier Division, where offense rules and — much like the Big 12 Conference in college football — defense is optional.

The most recent victory for the Bistro came Oct. 23 over the Surf Shop. The difference in the 5-4 game was the Bistro team approach and the goal tending of Max Miller, who made a few good saves against Helio Gomez. Julius Gomes, despite playing with an injured right hamstring muscle, scored three goals and set up two others by holding the ball and forcing the Surf Shop defense to commit to him. He then would pass the ball off to teammates Eva Teitelbaum and Hunter Parrish, who both finished with one goal. Gomez, who played with his head down, led the Surf Shop with four goals in the loss.

The Bistro also earned a 5-3 victory over the Surf Shop Oct. 18 with all five goals from Julius Gomes. Gomez again led the Surf Shop with three goals in the loss.

The Gathering Place earned its first victory of the season Oct. 23 when it upset first-place Autoway Ford by a 1-0 score in Division I action. Knox Wheels notched the lone goal in the game to lead Gathering Place in the win.

Autoway Ford earned an important Division I victory Oct. 20 when it broke a first-place tie, soundly defeating Mike Norman Realty 6-3. Henrik Brusso and Sydney Cornell scored two goals apiece to lead Autoway, which also received a goal each from Neil Carper and Mikey Ellsworth in the victory. Michael Duffman led Mike Norman with three goals in the loss.

Sparks Steel Art gave its Division II foes some hope that they can still be caught with a 2-2 tie by Mr. Bones BBQ Oct. 22. Tyler Yavalar scored two goals to lead Sparks, while Ben Connors did the same for Mr. Bones in the tie.

Wash Family Construction moved into second place in the division thanks to a 5-4 victory over Southern Greens Oct. 22. Nico Calleja and Gavin Sentman led the way with two goals apiece, while Joe Rogers chipped in with one goal in the victory. Michael Latimer led Southern Greens with three goals, while Brandon Mills added one goal in the loss.

Sparks Steel Art scored an easy 5-2 win over Wash Family Construction Oct. 20 behind two goals apiece from Tyler Yavalar and Dylan Joseph. Sullivan Ferreira completed the scoring with one goal in the victory. Gavin Sentman scored two goals to lead WFC in the loss.

Mr. Bones opened the Division II action Oct. 18 with a 5-3 victory over Southern Greens. Ben Connors led the way with two goals, while Miles Fischer, Jake Miller and Leo Rose each added single goals in the victory. Michael Latimer scored twice to lead Southern Greens, which also received a goal from Abby Achor in the loss.

Connie’s Landscaping earned a solid 5-2 victory over Jessie’s Island Store Oct. 23. Corbin Greg, who usually plays a lot in goal, came out of the box on this day and led Connie’s to victory with four goals. Jaclyn Schlossberg completed the scoring with one goal in the victory. Hannah McCracken scored two goals to lead Jessie’s in the loss.

Fran Maxon Real Estate earned another victory in Division III, a 4-2 win over Jessie’s Island Store Oct. 22. Taro de Haan led the way with a pair of goals, while Josh Class and Ava Zink each added one goal in the victory. Hannah McCracken and Jack Barnes each scored one goal for Jessie’s in the loss.

De Haan scored three goals to lead Fran Maxon Real Estate to a 3-0 victory over Connie’s Landscaping Oct. 20.

The Center’s adult division saw two teams leapfrog the Sun in the standings after a 4-2 dropped decision by the Sun to Sarasota Veterinary Emergency Hospital Oct. 21. Toby Wickland scored a pair of goals to lead SVEH, which also received a goal apiece from Kris Yavalar and Paul Hayward in the victory. Zoran Kolega had two goals for the Sun.

Enrico Beissert notched three goals to lead Beach to Bay Construction to a 5-3 victory over Back Alley. Scott Eason and Tony Frudakis each scored one goal to complete the scoring for BTBC. Nate Talucci led Back Alley with a pair of goals, while Tim Tedesco added one goal in the loss.

The Fish Hole rolled past Ross Built by a 5-0 score behind two goals apiece from Josh Sato and Brent Moss. Ed Moss added a single goal to complete the scoring in the shutout victory.

Horseshoe news

The team of Debbie Rhodes and Steve Grossman were the day’s outright champs during Oct. 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Steve Doyle and Jeff Moore defeated Ron Pepka and Karl Thomas 24-19 in the battle for second place.

Three teams emerged from pool play during Oct. 20 horseshoe action. Norm Good and Karl Thomas defeated Ron Pepka and Tim Sofran 21-16 to advance to the finals where they defeated Barb Dudley and Steve Doyle 21-11.

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 Club news

The women of the Key Royale Club joined the men in a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome golf match Oct. 22. The team of Joyce Brown, Dennis Schavey and Jim Finn combined to card a 51 to take first place for the day. One shot back in second place was the team of Jane Winegarden, Nell Bergstrom, Earl Huntzinger and Fred Meyer with a 52.

The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match Oct. 20. The team of Jim Thorton, Lew Winegarden, Gary Harris and Bob Elliott combined to card a 108 to take first place by three shots. The team of Ron Robinson, Dennis Schavey, Chet Hutton and Dave Schroes finished alone in second place with a 111.

The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match Oct. 19 that resulted in a tie for first place between Jean Holmes and Mary Selby after both carded even-par 32s. Flight B saw Ginny Nunn and Joyce Brown tie for first place at 5-under-par 27, two shots ahead of Terry Westby and Joyce Reith, who finished at 29.

AMICC Soccer League standings
Team    Won    Lost    Tie    Pts.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Maxon    6    0    0    18
Connie’s    2    4    1    7
Jessie’s    1    5    1    4

Division II (ages 10-11)
Sparks    6    1    3    21
WFC    4    4    2    14
Mr. Bones    3    5    2    11
Southern    3    6    1    10

Division I (ages 12-13)
Autoway    5    2    0    15
Norman    4    3    0    12
Gathering     1    5    0    3

Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Bistro    5    2    0    15
WFC    3    3    0    9
Surf Shop    2    5    0    6

Adult Division
Fish Hole    3    1    0    9
SVEH    3    1    0    9
Sun    2    1    1    7
BTBConst.    2    2    0    6
Back Alley    1    2    1    4
Ross Built    0    4    0    0

AMICC Soccer League schedule
Date    Time        Teams
Instructional Division: (Ages 4-5)
Oct. 27    6 p.m.    Isl. Dental vs. Oyster Bar
Oct. 27    6:30 p.m.    W.C. Air vs. Lapensee
Nov. 2    6 p.m.    Isl. Dental vs. Lapensee
Nov. 2    6:30 p.m.    W.C. Air vs. A&E

Instructional Division: (Ages 6-7)
Oct. 27    6 p.m.    LPAC vs. Bch. Bums
Nov. 1    6 p.m.    LPAC vs. Isl. Pest
Nov. 1    7 p.m.    Sandbar vs. Dojo Ath.

Division III: (Ages 8-9)
Oct. 27    5:30 p.m.    Maxon vs. Connie’s

Division II: (Ages 10-11)
Oct. 27    6:30 p.m.    WFC vs. Sparks
Nov. 1    6 p.m.    WFC vs. Southern

Division I: (Ages 12-13)
Oct. 27    7:30 p.m.    Ford vs. Norman
Nov. 2    6 p.m.    Norman vs. Gathering

Premier Division: (Ages 14-17)
Nov. 1    7 p.m.    WFC vs. Bistro
Nov. 2    7:30 p.m.    WFC vs. Surf Shop

Adult Division
Oct. 28    6 p.m.    Sun vs. Fish Hole
Oct. 28    7:20 p.m    SVEH vs. Back Alley
Oct. 28    8:40 p.m.    BTBC vs. Ross Built

Island real estate transactions – 10-27-2010

227 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,600 sfla / 2,533 sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1985 on a 90×100 lot was sold 09/30/10, Moore to Parry Izzard Holdings Inc. for $440,000; list $400,000.

309 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,100 sfla / 3,892 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1997 on a 65×101 lot was sold 10/08/10, US Bank National Association to Knowlton for $425,000.

517 70th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,180 sfla / 1,734 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1967 on a 85×104 lot was sold 09/30/10, Carlsten to Fontana for $416,500; list $449,000.

310 57th St., Unit A, Turtle Towers, Holmes Beach, a 1,576 sfla / 2,445 sfur 3bed/2bath/3car land condo with pool built in 2007 was sold 10/06/10, KPI Holdings LLC to Mcusic for $405,000; list $418,900.

6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 70, North Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,536 sfla / 2,105 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1991 was sold 10/04/10, Fleisch to Clements for $355,000; list $379,000.

6919 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 942 sfla / 1,727 sfur 2bed/1½bath/1car half duplex built in 1982 on a 40×85 lot was sold 09/27/10, Mears to Hill for $250,000; list $279,000.

1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 34, Tradewinds, Bradenton Beach, a 380 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1971 was sold 09/28/10, Wells Fargo Bank to Dawson for $70,000; list $74,900.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244. Weekly Island real estate transactions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org. Copyright 2010

Island police blotter – 10-27-2010

Anna Maria
• Oct. 15, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, information. Two apparently intoxicated people were told to leave Bayfest.
• Oct. 18, 100 block of Crescent Drive, information. A homeowner who recently returned after a long vacation received a water bill for $1,800. A typical monthly bill is $25.
• Oct. 21, 200 block of Lakeview Drive, vandalism. A residence and automobile were vandalized with mustard, eggs, hot dogs and toilet paper.

Bradenton Beach
• No new reports.

Holmes Beach
• Oct. 16, 5800 block of Marina Drive, theft. A youth reported a bicycle, valued at $200, was taken while he was at the skate park.
• Oct. 17, Ambassador Lane, domestic disturbance. An officer responded to a report of two people fighting. He issued warnings.
• Oct. 18, 600 block of Foxworth Lane, possible attempted burglary. Police responded to a residence, where there were signs of an attempted break-in, but there was no indication of property stolen.
• Oct. 18, 200 block of 77th Street, theft. Resident reported the theft of several yard items, and complained that a neighbor was holding weekly rummage sales in violation of a city ordinance, and another neighbor allowed a dog to defecate in her yard, also in violation of a city ordinance.
•  Oct. 19, 300 block of 63rd Street, noise. Officer responded to loud music from an apartment.
• Oct. 20, 5300 block of Gulf Drive. Police responded to the beach access, where a dog and its owners had entered the beach, and informed the dog-walkers that domestic animals are prohibited there.
• Oct. 20, 6500 block of Gulf Drive. Police found a small gray-and-white terrier running in the road.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office as of Oct. 22.

Obituaries – 10-27-2010

Paul Thomas Collins
Paul Thomas Collins, of Sarasota, formerly of Worcester, Mass., and Anna Maria Island, died Oct. 18  following a battle with cancer. He was born March 8, 1942.

Mr. Collins worked in real estate on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota. He was an avid boater and he loved the beaches of Anna Maria Island.

A celebration of life was held Oct. 23 in Sarasota.

Mr. Collins survivors include daughters Emma Collins of Sarasota, Akela Ribe of Gainesville, Stephanie Madden of Columbia, S.C., and Aria McKenna Collins of Jersey City; sons Kevin Paul Collins of Anna Maria and Colton McKenna Collins of St. Augustine; grandchildren Lila and Cooper Madden of Columbia, S.C., and Georgia Conson Collins of Melbourne, Australia; sister Mary Frances Donahoe of Gainesville; and brother David Paul Collins of  Corona del Mar, Calif. Special thanks to friends Joe Cirulli, Eric Sobol, Jonathan and Sue Soar and Tom and Kim Freiwald.

Randall Stover
Randall Stover of Anna Maria died Oct. 18 after a long illness.

Mr. Stover lived in the city of Anna Maria since 1984, and served as chair of the city planning and
zoning board. He was born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio, and attended Kent State University, where he studied architecture. He was a car enthusiast and participated in many national racing events.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. Donations may be made to www.800charityfarms.org, or the First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton FL 34209. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by wife Brenda Heitzwebel Stover; mother Marjorie Sanford Stover; and sister Victoria and husband Lynn Hineman.

Thelma E. Weeks
Thelma E. Weeks, 88, of Anna Maria Island, died Oct. 8.

She was a U.S. Air Force military wife that came to Palmetto in 1964 and then to Anna Maria Island in 1971. She was a member of the Anna Maria Island Art League, Island Gallery West, Longboat Key Art League, Bradenton Art League and the Anna Maria Garden Club. She was an artist, working in water color, oil painting, sculptor, pottery and clay.

Services will be at a later date.

Mrs. Weeks is survived by her daughters, Linda Ruby of Canton, Ga., and Karen LaPensee of Anna Maria; brother Keith Morgan of River City, Utah; sister Donna Penney of North Salt Lake, Utah; grandchildren Mark and Michelle Ruby of Canton and Greg and Shawn LaPensee of Bradenton; and great granddaughter Sierra Ruby of Canton.

Fishing – 10-27-2010

Fishing’s great, weather too, stone crabs ‘holed up’

Fishing and great weather go hand in hand in the waters around Anna Maria Island, but the stone crab season has seen a somewhat mediocre start. One crabber reported seeing too many octopus in the traps, a sign the crabs are “holed up.” A little shake up in the waters is apparently needed to get the bottom-feeders moving from their hiding holes.

Capt. Anthony Manali of Legmakr Fishing Team in Anna Maria said his stone crab season started off “fair.” Manali also said he needs some weather to “stir it up.” Manali said he’s looking forward to rougher conditions to get crabs moving. Also with the full moon, the crabs slowed down. It was too light out at night for them to be moving.
“All in all, it was a fair start,” he said.

“There’s a few octopus, which is a good sign. Too many isn’t good. Prices are holding up good because the demand is high, and there’s no stock leftover from last year — the winter was too cold to produce any overstock.

“I’m getting $10 a pound for medium claws and up to $15 for jumbos. I have a wholesale and retail license, so I do a little better than the guys who sell to the fish houses.

Also, last year and last couple of years, the Cedar Key crabbers had a great catch, but they’re not really killing them this year. That makes the price good for everybody,” Manali said.

According to James “Wyre” Lee at Cortez Bait and Seafood on the docks in Cortez, the slow start to stone crab season means slightly higher prices at the market, but there’s still some good eating to be had. “We need some a good cold front and some rough water to get the crabs moving and feeding,” Lee said. “When the weather turns to crap, the crabbing picks up.”

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters reports his offshore charters are catching some “really nice red snapper on the weekends along with big red and gag grouper, amberjack, kingfish, big sharks and monster mangrove snapper. On some days, they’re jumping in the boat. Even a caveman could catch them.”

He said the best action is out past 100 feet with live pinfish and sardines for bait. Closer in, around 1 or 2 miles off the beach, there is “Spanish mackerel madness” — all you want to catch —a variety of sharks and a few cobia. Gag grouper are continuing to move closer, now in around 50 to 70 feet of water, as the water temperature cools. “Gag grouper are one of my favorites and are coming home for the holidays,” he said.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters reposts his clients have “experienced some of the best fishing and tackle busting action Anna Maria Island has to offer” the past week. He’s concentrated efforts off the beach and the artificial reefs in our local waters.

The Spanish mackerel bite has been phenomenal, Howard said. With a live well “blacked out” full of shiners, we have been anchoring just off the structure of the artificial reefs and chumming to draw the marauding schools of mackerel close to the boat. “Using a 50-pound leader and a long silver shank hook, I’ve been hooking the shiners behind the pectoral-fin joint. The hook should just fit right in where the fin meets the body. Catches of 50-plus fish have been the standard.” Howard also has been seeing a variety of species mixed in with the mackerel — kingfish, cobia, tarpon and bonita — to mix up the action.

“For these fish, an upgrade to a bigger pole would be a wise choice,” he said. “Sharks have made a huge showing in the mackerel areas — some big ones. Black tips and spinner sharks averaging 6 feet and a 120 pounds have readily gobbled up chunks of mackerel and bonitas.”

Kimberly Shearer from Annie’s Bait and Tackle said customers are reporting redfish being caught in Perico Bay. “A 27-inch one was pulled off the oyster bed using live select shrimp for bait.”
She said reports came in of schools of Spanish mackerel and bonito 1/2 mile out of Longboat Pass in approximately 20′ of water. Customers at Annie’s said they had been drift-fishing towards

Bradenton Beach, using live shrimp and shad. “They were getting hits on every cast and had a lot of fun,” she said.

Reports are coming into Annie’s of a lot of redfish in Sarasota Bay, but they are oversized, she said.

Tom Cassetty from the Rod & Reel Pier said they’re seeing plenty of black drum and flounder caught on shiners and shrimp and mackerel is coming to the docks on jigs and spoons.

Capt. Warren Girle reported offshore seeing a few kingfish. He predicts the kingfish catch will improve with a couple more cold fronts. He was seeing mackerel everywhere to 5 pounds, grouper and snapper and a nice flounder bite around the artificial reefs. Inshore, Girle said redfish and black drum were showing up in good numbers and his charters saw limits of trout every trip from the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. Girle said they saw some excitement two days ago when they got into some sharks offshore, 2-5 footers attacking their macks.

At Island Discount Tackle in Holmes Beach, Jonny Keyes said fishers who want to work off the beaches from the shore can still target jacks, Spanish mackerel and lady fish. Working the shore from the bayside, wading or from docks, Keyes said fishers are catching plenty of keeper redfish, and the canals are loaded with big trout. He recommended using a suspending lure, which also works well for the redfish.

Boaters can look to the nearshore reefs for cobia kingfish, bonita, sharks and Spanish mackerel and a good way to target those is shiners and cut bait, Keyes said.

Offshore fishing fishers are targeting red snapper on the weekends, gag grouper and cobia and some nice-size kingfish are showing up.

He said this week we’ll have nice, deep tides and the fishing will improve with the wane of the full moon. He recommended fishers should target their prey on the early, incoming tide.

Capt. Steve Salgado of Compleat Angler said he’s seeing plenty of redfish and snook, a real good trout bite and a mixed bag of all sizes and plenty of white bait.

Offshore, Salagdo said he’s “seeing plenty of grouper and snapper in “50-60-70 feet of water.”

Capt. Mike Greig said he he saw a good week with “some redfish, a bunch of trout, sharks, macks and bonita” coming on the hook.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Legend Charters is
Capt. Warren Girle reported 941 387 8383 offshore inshore
713 2479
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers South Pier Bait Shop in north Palmetto said: 941-729-0117
Brett Lance from the Rod & Reel Pier Tom Cassetty
Dave Sork from the Anna Maria City Pier said
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business 941 794 3308
At Island Discount Tackle in Holmes Beach, Jonny Keyes
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business said

Islander Calendar – 10-27-2010

Wednesday, Oct. 27
6:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Relay for Life kick-off party at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-745-1214.

Friday, Oct. 29
3 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats costume contest and trick-or-treating at participating businesses. The event begins at the Chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
4:30 to 6 p.m. — Haunted house at the Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness Center, 5364 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5446.
5 p.m. — The Islander’s Crazy, Creepy, Crawly Critter Party and Costume Corral Contest, with prizes offered for pets in the scariest, silliest and most original costumes, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.

Saturday, Oct. 30
10 a.m. — Costume contest and children’s Halloween parade departs from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce proceeding down Gulf Drive to Anna Maria Elementary School. Information: 941-708-5525.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Fall Festival at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.

Sunday, Oct. 31
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — “Trunk or Treat” at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

Monday, Nov. 1
11 a.m. — “Galapagos: Nature, History, Darwin” with Jan Skalny at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
6 p.m. — Bingo for Turkeys to benefit the Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-78-0444.

Tuesday, Nov. 2
Noon — Dr. Joke Ogunrinde, ambassadorial scholar visiting from Nigeria, will speak to the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Wednesday, Nov. 3
11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion group meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers member Barbara Goff discusses the Florida Writers Association Convention at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
3 p.m. — “After Hours Book Club” will discuss “Three Little Words” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

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, 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 Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.

OFF-ISLAND EVENTS
Thursday, Oct. 28
6 p.m. — World Music Film Series presents “Throw Down Your Heart” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
6 p.m. — “Hoop Jam” hoola-hooping party at Robinson Preserve, 1709 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.
6:30 p.m. — Red Ribbon candlelight vigil against substance abuse at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
7:30 p.m. — “Nunsensations” opens at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Nov. 14. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Friday, Oct. 29
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. — “Dark Matter” concert and animated light show at the Bishop Planetarium located at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
11 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Saturday, Oct. 30
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Sarasota Chalk Festival featuring artists from Bradenton Beach’s Fyfe, music, kiddie chalk section and pumpkin carving along South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Information online: chalkfestival.com.
9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. — Wagon tours through Robinson Preserve, 1709 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — The Bradenton Marauders “Trick or Trunk” at McKechnie Field parking lot on 17th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3031.
11 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Sunday, Oct. 31
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Sarasota Chalk Festival featuring artists from Bradenton Beach’s Fyfe, music, kiddie chalk section and more along South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Information online: chalkfestival.com.

Coming Up:
• Nov. 4, World Music Film Series: “Afghan Star,” South Florida Museum.
• Nov. 5, Flu shots, Anna Maria Island Community Center.
• Nov. 5, Wildlife Inc. benefit, Back Alley.
• Nov. 6, Great Visit Florida Beach Walk.
• Nov. 6, Snooty’s Gala.
• Nov. 6, Monofilament cleanup, Save Our Seabirds.
• Nov. 6, Sarasota Blues Festival, Ed Smith Stadium.
• Nov. 6, Walter C. Watkins Scavenger Hunt, Palma Sola Park.
• Nov. 7, Bridge Street Festival.
• Nov. 8, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce installation dinner, Key Royale Club.
• Nov. 8, Turkey Bingo, Sandbar restaurant.
• Nov. 9, Coffee & Conversations for Seniors, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Save the Date:
• Nov. 10, Islander Veteran’s Day Remembrance, Holmes Beach City Hall.
• Nov. 12-14, ArtsHop.
• Nov. 13, Holly Berry Bazaar, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
• Nov. 13-14, Butterfly Garden Art & Craft Festival, Holmes Beach.
• Nov. 13-14, Discover Egmont Key.
• Nov. 14, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, Crosspointe Fellowship.
• Nov. 17-20, Sandblast.
• Nov. 19-21, Save the Gulf concert, Holmes Beach.
• Nov. 20, Canine Christmas Festival, Bishop Animal Shelter.
• Dec. 11-12, Winterfest.

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.