Tag Archives: 11-06-2013

Anna Maria’s Sellito named MCSO Deputy of the Month

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gary Sellito of the Anna Maria substation received the agency’s Deputy of the Month award for September for his actions at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, when a smoldering electrical fire was discovered in the kitchen just before 8:30 a.m. Sept. 30.

Sellito was on patrol at the pier as part of his morning rounds.

According to the citation from Sheriff Brad Steube, a kitchen employee showed Sellito where smoke was emitting from an opening in the ceiling of the restaurant.

“He immediately recognized the gravity of the situation as the old pier and restaurant are constructed of well-weathered wood which could easily erupt into a major fire from a single flame,” the citation reads.

Sellito ordered the pier evacuated and contacted West Manatee Fire Rescue.

While smoke poured from the first floor ceiling, Sellito found the main electrical panel and shut off electricity to the pier.

After ensuring all personnel were off the pier, Sellito left, only to return a few moments later when he remembered the gas line to the restaurant remained on.

While Sellito was attempting to locate the gas valve inside the burning building, WMFR firefighters arrived and secured the gas valve.

“Deputy Sellito’s quick actions this day were an outstanding example of self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger. His actions potentially saved lives and undoubtedly led to minimizing the damage caused by the fire,” the citation reads.

MCSO Sgt. Paul Davis, who heads the substation, said Sellito’s actions reflect “greatly on Gary and the entire unit.”

Davis recommended Sellito for the award after learning of his actions at the restaurant. Davis said each month a large number of recommendations for Deputy of the Month are received by the MCSO awards committee.

Sellito has been assigned to the Anna Maria patrol for 22 years, he said. This is his first MCSO Deputy of the Month award.

Rod & Reel Pier undergoes redo

Repairs to the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, following the Sept. 30 fire in the restaurant apparently will result in a nearly new restaurant, according to manager Dave Cochran.

The smoldering fire started inside the kitchen because of long-term heat buildup. Smoke, fire and water caused considerable damage.

Mario Schoenfelder, who owns the Rod & Reel Pier, said work would continue “as fast as possible” now that insurance adjusters have assessed the damage.

The repairs must meet the new Florida Building Code, according to Anna Maria building official Bob Welch.

“It’s probably going to look almost brand new when finished,” Welch said.

Welch has to approve the work before the restaurant and pier can reopen.

For now, many of the pier’s employees are receiving help with their rent and utility bills and food from All Island Denominations and the AID-supported Roser Memorial Community Church Food Bank.

Storm clouds, rain fail to dampen sandcastle contest at Coquina Beach

Stormy weather didn’t stop teams of competitors from building castles in the sand at Coquina Beach Nov. 2 adjacent to the Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion festival. The castle enthusiasts took a break for rain and then returned to the Keep Manatee Beautiful Sandblast competition. The two organizations partnered at Coquina Beach. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

Students from Lincoln Middle School in Palmetto took a break from the rain during the Nov. 2 Sandblast competition at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, but their ongoing work on an alligator sand sculpture survived a rain event on Saturday. Islander Photos: Mark Young

Representing the Bradenton Honor Society at the Nov. 2 Sandblast competition, members of Phi Theta Kappa brave the rain to finish their work before judging.

Members of the Happy Gospel Church in Bradenton tell the story of Exodus in their sand sculpture during the annual Sandblast competition at Coquina Beach on Nov. 2. Behind the “Exodus” were Egyptian pyramids showcasing Moses’ deliverance of the people of Israel from Egyptian oppression.

Visitors to the Nov. 2 Sandblast competition were greeted by professional sand sculpture and were welcomed by members of Keep Manatee Beautiful and Anna Maria Island Privateers. The two organizations partnered this year for the Sandblast and Pirate Invasion at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island Girl Scouts raise their second place trophy in the category of Sea Life.  Left to right:
Brenna Heckler, Griffin Heckler, Emily Turner-Leathem, Anna Pears, Adra DuPuis, Katie Krokroskia.  Other team members not pictured, Mikey Pears, Sydney Leechford, Riley Singer, Laila Singer, and Nick Yatros. Islander Photo: Courtesy Julie Krokroskia

Bill to repeal state rental restriction heads to Tallahassee

Island municipalities that find controls of vacation rentals limited by the state might be headed back to the driver’s seat.

Under legislation proposed in late October by state Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, House Bill 883 would be repealed, allowing local governments to impose restrictions on vacation rentals in residential areas.

Thrasher, who is chair of the Senate Rules Committee, proposed repealing what is commonly called HB 883, which was passed by the legislature in 2011.

The bill assured Florida property owners could rent their home, and limited local governments from enacting new ordinances to govern residential rentals. Those regulations that existed on July 1, 2011, remained enforceable, but no new regulations were allowed and any further limits were cause for losing existing regulations.

The repeal would allow local governments to have control over vacation rentals, according to a spokesperson in Thrasher’s St. Augustine office who said he was not allowed to provide his name.

But Anna Maria Island governments shouldn’t get their hopes up that the Legislature will act quickly when its March 2014 session begins.

“This is only phase one, the first step in a long process,” Thrasher’s representative said.

“It’s now in draft form and has to go to committee, then return to the Senate. If the Senate approves it, the bill then goes to the house for the same process,” he said.

State Rep. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, is proposing a similar bill in the house.

The two bills may eventually be merged.

While some residents and elected officials on Anna Maria Island have bemoaned the ramifications of HB 883 on neighborhoods, Thrasher decided to bring his bill forward after listening to a litany of complaints from the public at a legislative delegation meeting in Daytona Beach in mid-October.

Thrasher said he heard stories from residents living adjacent to what are being called “party rentals.”

One constituent told Thrasher that an unintended consequence of HB 883 was that too many people rent and stay in one vacation home at the same time. Local governments were powerless to regulate the overuse.

Jan Cullihane of Ocean Hammock said at that meeting that she lives adjacent to a house that has been rented on weekends with sometimes up to 28 people in the house at one time.

“If this is happening, it is something we in the legislature have to look at,” Thrasher told Cullihane.

Cullihane said she and other Ocean Hammock residents were not against renters who rented and abided by local rules.

“Are we against renters? No,” Cullihane told Thrasher.

What she and others are against is investors building mini-hotels. She said one investor owns 16 vacation rental condominiums in her community and there is no ordinance to limit occupancy.

Thrasher said he raised the issue of looking at the unintended consequences of HB 883 and finding a solution at last year’s legislative session, but the effort did not take off.

“I really think we made a mistake when we passed this law,” Thrasher said. “I’m going to look into changing it.”

But Steve Milo, owner of Vacation Rental Properties in Volusia County, weighed in on the other side of the issue. Out-of-state property owners also have rights, he said. “We are willing and ready to come to mediation.”

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn was pleased to hear Thrasher proposed a repeal bill.

The city fielded some complaints in the past about loud parties and vacation homes that advertise accommodations for 20-plus people. But cooperation with property managers and the implementation of “best rental practices,” including instructions for renters, has stemmed all but a few complaints and no citations have been issued since the policy took effect.

The city has no ordinance, however, controlling the number of bedrooms in a residence or the number of people allowed to occupy a vacation rental home, SueLynn noted.

“I don’t know all the particulars and I want to look at those,” the mayor said of Thrasher’s repeal. “But at least it’s a start toward a compromise solution.”

She added she thought Thrasher would only seek to repeal section 7(b) of the bill, which took away the local government’s ability to legislate vacation rentals in residential areas.

“But HB 883 was an egregious taking of our home rule,” the mayor said.

Thrasher agreed, noting the bill was passed at a time when the economy was down and it “sounded like the fair thing to do.”

SueLynn said she would survey city businesses to determine the economic impact of weekend renters who come from Tampa and Lakeland for just a few days.

“I want to know if they patronize local businesses, or just bring everything with them,” she said.

“And I applaud Thrasher’s effort,” the mayor said.

Help from the Florida Legislature to return control of vacation rentals in residential zones to local governments is better than Anna Maria filing a court action for a judicial review to see if its hotel/motel ordinance governs home rentals, the mayor said.

The commission rejected that action in a 3-2 vote Oct. 24.

SueLynn said she is not concerned with the majority of vacation renters who just want a quiet, peaceful vacation in Anna Maria.

“It’s the party people who cause the problems,” she said.

“It will be a great day for Anna Maria and all the island cities when we can control the number of people who can stay in one rental.”

State Sen. Bill Galvano’s office said he is supportive of Thrasher’s effort to find a compromise solution and would look into the particulars of Thrasher’s proposed repeal.

        Some material for this article was provided with permission by the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Scott tells local officials he’ll ‘look into’ HB 883

Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with some Anna Maria Island, county and state officials for breakfast Oct. 28 in Bradenton, to hear about vacation rental problems and for island officials to seek his support.

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said she and the other elected officials “talked with him about the problems of some weekend vacation renters and that because of HB 883, the local governments have no more control over vacation properties in residential neighborhoods.”

The mayor said Scott’s basic comment was “I’ll look into it.”

“It was a nice meeting, but not much was decided,” she added.

SueLynn said the Republican governor told the breakfast group, including Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy and Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti that he wanted input from the House and Senate on the issue.

Scott signed HB 883 into law July 1, 2011.

The bill allows a property owner in Florida to rent his or her home unless restricted by prior local legislation, that which was enacted before the law went into effect.

Local rules on rentals were grandfathered under the statute, but county and municipal governments are now limited in passing or altering restrictions regarding rental properties in residential areas.

While problem rentals have subsided with enactment of “best rental practices” by property managers in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, the cities continue to lobby for repeal.

        See related story, page 2.

Islander hosts Veterans Day ceremony

The Islander newspaper will host a ceremony honoring military veterans 8:30-9:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a national holiday.

An honor guard from the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 in Bradenton will present the colors and the salute. Entertainer Mike Sales will lead the audience in singing patriotic songs.

Several veterans will offer remarks. Reporter Rick Catlin, a veteran of the Vietnam War who has written the Greatest Generation and Forgotten Generation columns for The Islander, will speak briefly.

Korean War veteran Gene Ciliberti of Holmes Beach will provide remembrances of his service in the U.S. Marines.

Coffee will be served courtesy of the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach. Pastries will be provided by the newspaper.

The annual event began in 2005, and the newspaper has been honored for community service by the Florida Press Association in its efforts to recognize veterans.

The Greatest Generation and Forgotten Generation columns began publishing in The Islander in 2003.

The event this year is co-sponsored by the Holmes Beach Police Department, with help staging the event provided by the city public works department.

Everyone, including U.S. veterans of all wars and U.S. allies and families, is welcome.

For more information, call The Islander at 941-778-7978.

Island police blotter – 11-06-2013

Anna Maria

• Sept. 22, 8600 block of Gulf Drive, providing false information to a law enforcement officer. A man was stopped for a traffic violation. At the time, the suspect provided a false name to the deputy. The man was subsequently identified, located and arrested on a misdemeanor charge.

        • Oct. 21, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary. A man returned home to find that a person or persons entered his home through a side door. He reported more than $4,000 in stolen items.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Oct. 23, 2900 block of Gulf Drive, habitual traffic offender. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer observed a man on a motorcycle with tags that appeared altered. The officer initiated a traffic stop and learned the driver had no motorcycle endorsement. Also, the motorcycle wasn’t registered and he was classified as a habitual traffic offender with multiple license suspensions. The man was arrested and charged with several misdemeanors and felony habitual traffic offender. He was booked into the Manatee County jail.

• Oct. 20, 500 block of 67th Street, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole a diaper bag and its contents from the front seat.

• Oct. 20, 100 block of 48th Street, larceny. A juvenile alleged that an 18-year-old Anna Maria woman stole her $205 gold key chain. The incident was witnessed by a friend.

• Oct. 21, 5308 Marina Drive, Irene’s Resort Wear, theft. A woman was seen on video taking jewelry from a display case. The suspect returned three days later with a man and video surveillance recorded them taking jewelry.

• Oct. 24, 10 block of Seaside Court, criminal mischief and petit theft. A man returned from his vacation to find the cover to his boat had been cut and a gas can missing. The cover was valued at $300.

• Oct. 24, 400 block of 62nd Street, theft of a firearm. A woman reported a .38 caliber handgun stolen. She she said other things have recently come up missing. She later contacted police to say the weapon was found.

        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.

Sports – 11-06-2013

Center soccer playoffs begin


The playoffs, typically called the second season in the Anna Maria Island Community Center recreational soccer league, got started Nov. 4 with teams vying for a spot in the championships set to begin Nov. 15 in three divisions.

Island Pest Control got the top spot in the 8-10 division despite being tied for first with Beach Bistro. Due to a rainstorms passing through the morning of Nov. 2 and a flooded field, they were unable to play the scheduled game against fifth-place Tyler’s Ice Cream. Consequently, they finished the season 6-0-1 compared to Bistro’s 6-1-1 record.

Island Pest now meets the winner of the Tyler’s versus LPAC match at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Beach Bistro will play No. 3 seed American Marine in the first match of the evening at 6 p.m.

The 11-13 division standings stayed the same through the last week of the regular season. The Feast retained the top spot to take on fourth-seed Jen Crady Massage at 8 p.m. Nov. 5, while No. 2 seed LPAC meets third-seed Waterfront Restaurant in the first match of the evening at 7 p.m.

In a preview of the 11-13 playoffs, LPAC edged Waterfront 3-2 Nov. 1 behind goals from Jack Barnes, Paige Charron and Ryan Fellowes. Silas Banyas notched both goals for Waterfront in the loss.

The second game of the evening saw Jen Crady give The Feast a battle before falling by a 4-3 score. Michael Latimer scored three goals and Ben Calhoun added one for The Feast. Cameron Pasco scored three goals to lead Jen Crady in the loss.

American Marine defeated LPAC in 8-10 division action on Oct. 29 behind two goals from Tyler Brewer and a goal each from Andrew Burgess and Anthony Monetti. Ozzy Lonzo scored the lone goal for LPAC in the loss.

Island Pest Control showed how it got the top spot in its division with a 9-1 thrashing of Tyler’s Ice Cream in the second game of the night. Joshy Calhoun scored five goals and Julius Petereit and Javier Rivera scored two goals each. Jeremiah Sculco scored the lone goal for Tyler’s in the loss.

Island Pest also defeated Beach Bistro Oct. 28. Julius Petereit scored four goals to lead Island Pest Control, which also received one goal from Joshy Calhoun in the victory. Beach Bistro received goals from Sean Rodriguez and David Daigle in the loss.

Cole Pearson scored a hat trick to lead LPAC to a 3-0 victory over Tyler’s in the second match of the evening.


Standings still tight in adult soccer

With only one week remaining for regular season adult soccer at the center, two teams are tied for first and three others are only one victory short of moving into the top spot in the league.

Florida Discount Signs will take on Island Gourmet in one such matchup Nov. 7. A victory by Island Gourmet would tie them with Discount Signs and, depending on how Sato Real Estate does against Wash Family Construction later in the evening, the gourmets could find themselves in first place.

Agnelli Pool & Spa and Slim’s Place also have matchups that favor them and could put them in the conversation for one of the top seeds.

The adult league playoffs get started Nov. 14, so stay tuned.

Island Gourmet defeated Agnelli  Pool & Spa 3-1 in adult soccer action Oct. 30. Zach Gilliland scored two goals and Adam Bujarski added one to lead Island Gourmet, which also received nine saves from goalie Nate Talucci. Meredith Argeros scored the lone goal for Agnelli, which received six saves from Frank Agnelli in the loss.

Wash Family Construction edged Island Pest Control 3-2 in the second game of the evening. Aaron Parkin had a goal and an assist to lead Wash, which also received goals from Cris Yavalar and BJ Grant and an assist from Ryan Hogan. Molly Bellairs scored two goals to lead Island Pest. which also received an assist from Brandon Lam and nine saves from David Greene in the loss.

Florida Discount Signs 5-3 victory over LaPensee Plumbing in the third game of the night left the plumbers winless. Logan Bystrom scored three goals and Brent Moss added two goals and two assists for Discount Signs, while David Moss made 17 saves to preserve the victory. James Lynch had two goals and an assist to lead LaPensee, which also received a goal from Scott Macy and eight saves from Pedro Gonzalez in the loss.

Sato Real Estate culminated the night’s soccer action with a 3-1 victory over Slim’s Place behind a one goal, one assist performance from Matt Plummer and a goal each from Chrissy Rice and Cory Wash. Eric Pullen scored the lone goal for Slim’s Place.


Horseshoe news

Mother Nature got the best of the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe regulars in a downpour Nov. 2, but they did manage to complete a session Oct. 30. Three teams advanced out of pool play with 3-0 records. Hank Huyghe and Herb Heesch drew the bye into the finals and watched as Norm Good “walked” to a 23-7 victory over Steve Grossman and Tim Sofran. Good continued his strong play in the finals, easily defeating Huyghe and Heesch 21-10 to earn bragging rights for the week.

Play gets underway 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 golf news

Winter golf season officially opened for the women of Key Royale Club. They played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match Oct. 29 in four flights.

Helen Pollock carded a 2-under-par 30 to grab first place in Flight A. Joy Kaiser was a shot back in second place, while Sue Hookem’s even-par 32 was good for third place.

Kris Landkammer fired a 4-under-par 28 to earn a two-shot victory in Flight B over second-place finisher Terry Westby. Barbara Estok was alone in third with an even-par 32.

Connie Livanos’ 2-under-par 30 gave her a one-shot victory over Judy Ward in Flight C.

Marcia O’Brien carded a 7-under-par 25 for the low-net round of the day and first place in Flight D. Shirley Cessna took second place in the flight with a 2-under-par 30.

Kaiser, Westbay, Hookem, Estok and Phillis Roe all had birdies on the day, while Ward managed a chipin.


AMICC sports schedules

Basketball league playoffs

Nov. 12   7 p.m.      #6 Southern Greens vs. #3 Waterfront

Nov. 12   8 p.m.      #5 Gator Man vs. #4 Sun *

* seedings as of Oct. 29


Soccer league

Instructional Division (ages 6-7)

Nov. 6     6 p.m.      7-Up Game


8-10 Division

Nov. 6     6 p.m.      American Marine vs. Bistro

Nov. 6     7 p.m.      LPAC or Tyler’s vs. Island Pest

Nov. 13   6 p.m.      All Stars

Nov. 15   6 p.m.      Championship


11-13 Division

Nov. 13   7 p.m.      All Stars

Nov. 15   7 p.m.      Championship


14-17 Division

Nov. 6     8 p.m.      Jessie’s vs. Wash

Nov. 13   8 p.m.      Mix & Match Game


Adult Division

Nov. 7     6 p.m.      Island Gourmet vs. Discount Signs

Nov. 7     7 p.m.      Agnelli vs. Island Pest

Nov. 7     8 p.m.      Slim’s vs. LaPensee

Nov. 7     9 p.m.      Sato vs. Wash

Calendar – 11-06-2013

Wednesday, Nov. 6

1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers hold a conversation about Jack Fones, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

5:43 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, Nov. 7

5:42 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, Nov. 8

10 a.m. — Senior Adventures, water conservation and installing rain barrels, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.

5-8 p.m. — ArtsHop Gallery Walk, multiple venues, Anna Maria Island. Information: www.culturalconnections.info.

5:41 p.m. — Official sunset time.

8 p.m. — ArtsHop presentation, Island Players performance of “Guilty Conscience,” 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.


Saturday, Nov. 9

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. Information: 941-778-1383.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden arts and Crafts Show, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — ArtsHop/Anna Maria Island Historical Society luncheon, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-0492.

4:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Symphony in the Sand with the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

5:41 p.m. — Official sunset time.

7 p.m. — ArtsHop/Mike Sales’ Dance on the Beach, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0784.


Sunday, Nov. 10

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden arts and Crafts Show, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

11 a.m. — ArtsHop/Anna Maria Island Art League children’s program, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

2 p.m. — ArtsHop presentation, Island Players performance of “Guilty Conscience,” 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.

5:40 — Official sunset time.


Monday, Nov. 11

Today is Veterans Day.

9 a.m. — Islander Veterans Day Tribute, Veterans Memorial at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Coffee and Danish before the program. Information: 941-778-7978.

5:39 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, Nov. 12

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach Information: 941-794-8044.

5:39 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, Nov. 13

9-11:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Garden Club Plant Sale, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

2 p.m. — “Celebrating the Holidays with Alzheimer’s,” Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:39 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Friday, Nov. 8

6 p.m., — Music in the Park with the Applebutter Express Band on the Riverwalk, 452 Third Avenue W., Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.

6 p.m. — South Florida Museum “Greetings from Florida” film screening, “Caddyshack,” 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.


Saturday, Nov. 9

Noon-8 p.m. — Boatyard Bash at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.

4-9 p.m. — Pussycat Festival benefiting the Gulf Shore Animal League, Tarpon Pointe Tiki Bar & Grill, 801 Riverside Drive E., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-780-3046.

5 p.m. — Magic of Manatee Sweet Adeline Chorus and spaghetti dinner, Bradenton Christian Reformed Church, 4208 26th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-1416.


Monday, Nov. 11

10 a.m. — Longboat Island Chapel Veterans Day program and lunch, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-6491


Coming up

• Nov. 16, CrossPointe Fellowship Community Thanksgiving, Holmes Beach.

• Nov. 24, All Island Denominations Thanksgiving service, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach.

• Nov. 27, Hanukkah begins at sundown.

• Nov. 28, Thanksgiving.

• Nov. 29, Black Friday.


Save the date

• Dec. 6, Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House, Holmes Beach.

• Dec. 7, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation Holly Berry Bazaar, Holmes Beach.

• Dec. 7, Anna Maria Island Community Center/Lester Family Fun Day, Anna Maria.

• Dec. 13, Anna Maria holiday open house, Anna Maria.

• Dec. 14-15, Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest, Holmes Beach.

• Dec. 14, Roser Memorial Community Church Bethlehem Walk, Anna Maria.

• Dec. 15, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra holiday concert, Holmes Beach.

• Dec. 21, Christmas on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.


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.


Calendar of ongoing events, activities

• Through Nov. 10, “Young Frankenstein,” Manatee Players, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.

• Through Nov. 17, “Our Town,” Manatee Players, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.

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

• Wednesdays, through December, 11 a.m. Lifelong Learning Academy, Einstein Circle Discussion Group, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

• First and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book and Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

• First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

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

• Most third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

• 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 meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Thursdays, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.

• 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, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales’ sunset drum circle, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784.

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

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

• Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.

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

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

• Third Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m., Manatee County Junior Audubon meeting, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-376-0110.

• Mondays, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meeting, Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

• Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-0564.

• Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.

• Tuesdays, basics of computing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

        Send announcements of ongoing activities to calendar@islander.org.


AME Calendar

• Wednesday, Nov. 6, early release, 1:15 p.m.

• Friday, Nov. 8, early release.

• Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, no school.

• Tuesday, Nov. 19, PTO dinner, AME cafeteria, 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 19, fourth-grade play, AME auditorium 7 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 21, progress reports.

• Friday, Nov. 22, Wildlife Inc. talks to second-graders, AME auditorium, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

• Nov. 25-29, fall break, no school.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525.