Tag Archives: 11-24-2010

Concert finale, prizes, collectibles

Winners in the Save The Gulf raffle, held at the Holmes Beach City Hall field Nov. 19-21 can collect prizes at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Three guitar prizes — donated by Sarasota Guitar Co. —were won by Wayne King, the Shark guitar; Mark Brewer the Luna guitar; and Troy (no last name) of Anna Maria Island won the acoustic guitar that was autographed by the Save The Gulf performers.

Concert organizers were contacting prize-winners by telephone as The Islander went to press.

The three-day event, featuring nearly two dozen bands, food and beverage sales, crafts and other vendors, raised money for the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage. The amount of the benefit for FISH will be announced at a later date.

Organizers vowed the concert would be an annual event. “We’ll have our Woodstock on the Island,” said singer and Save The Gulf founder Loretta Lynn James.

Sports – 11-24-2010

Center soccer season ends with champs named

The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s 2010 recreational soccer season ended last week.

Individual awards were handed out Nov. 15 and the playoffs culminated with four championship games played Nov. 20.

There were four individual awards for players during the gathering at the Center: The Dennis Granstad male most-valuable-player award, named for the longtime Center volunteer and soccer coach, the female MVP, the Pete Lannon goalie-of-the-year award, named for the late Anna Maria Elementary Holmes Beach Police Department-school resource officer, and the Kenny Randall award given to the player that displays the best sportsmanship throughout the season.

Division III MVP went to Fran Maxon Realty’s Taro de Haan, who led the champions in scoring for the league and boasted goalie of the year in Jim Class.

Female MVP went to Hannah McCracken, while Charlotte Pardue won the sportsmanship award.

Sparks Steel Art showed why it was in first place for much of the season in Division II as forward Dylan Joseph captured the Dennis Granstad award. Teammate Brooke Capparelli won female MVP, while Cameron Pasco took home goalie-of-the-year prize. Jean-Paul Russo won the Kenny Randall sportsmanship award for his Southern Greens team.

Mike Norman Realty was Division I champ, while Michael Duffman captured the Dennis Granstad MVP award. The Gathering Place swept the remaining awards as Sydney Cornell, Blaine Jenefsky and Kieran Grumley won the female MVP, goalie and sportsmanship awards.

For the Premier Division awards, Julius Gomes was the most talented player. Female MVP went to Samantha Latimer. Max Miller won the goalie of the year. Elijah Clay-Chapman won the Pete Lannon sportsmanship award.

Onward to the playoffs, which saw a couple of exciting, tension-packed endings in Division II and Premier Division play.

Beach Bistro and West Coast Surf Shop battled to a 4-4 tie in regulation time in the championship game. Julius Gomes led the way with a pair of goals, while teammates Phillip Biddulph and Samantha Latimer each notched a goal. Helio Gomez scored three goals and Dina Gomez added a goal for Surf Shop. Gomes proved to be the difference in the game as he notched his penalty kick, while teammate Max Miller kept Surf Shop from scoring to secure a 5-4 win and the Premier championship.

Other members of the winning Bistro team coached by Dennis Miller are Gussie Lardas, Hunter Parrish, Molly Stoltzfus and Eva Teitelbaum.

The Division II championship game went to a penalty-kick shootout after Southern Greens and Sparks Steel Art battled to a 3-3 tie in regulation.

Ethan Bertrand, Reese Helvey and Michael Latimer were successful on their penalty kicks for Southern Greens to finish three out of four in the shootout. Tyler Pearson and Dylan Joseph were successful, but Sparks was successful on only two out of four penalty kicks to give Southern Greens a 4-3 victory and the Division II championship.

Joseph scored twice in regulation play to lead Sparks, which also received one goal from Tyler Yavalar in the loss.

Southern Greens, coached by Paul Russo, was led by Michael Latimer’s three goals in regulation. Other members of the Division II champion team are Abby Anchor, Aiden Grumley, Brandon Mills, Brenden Murphy, Skyler Sculco and Lexi Selleck.

Mike Norman Realty rolled past Autoway Ford by a 5-1 score in the Division I championship game Nov. 20. As they have much of the season, Mike Norman Realty was led by the tandem of Morgan Greig and Michael Duffman. They scored two goals apiece, while teammate Lauren Sapienza chipped in with one goal to complete the 5-1 victory. Other members of the Division I champs, coached by Monica Simpson, Adam Clark, Harrison Franke, Cooper Hardy, Zoe Piccirillo, Logan Reiber and Kayla Thiel.

Fran Maxon Realty completed an undefeated season when it rolled past Connie’s Landscaping 6-0 in the Division III title game. Josh Class led the way with three goals, while Taro de Haan, Joey Theil and Ava Zink each notched single goals in the victory.

Other members of Fran Maxon Realty, coached by Rich Bell, are Emilee Bell, Reese Bell, Jim Class, Allie Connelly, Remy Lonzo and Sean Quattromani.

Key Royale news
The men of the Key Royale Club are taking advantage of the beautiful weather with golf matches every day of the week. Nov. 20 saw them play an individual- and a team-low-net 18-hole golf game.

Jim Mixon took first place with a 5-under-par 59 to edge second-place finisher Vince Mercadante by one shot. Mixon and Mercadante teamed up with Ed Havlik and Pieter Thomassen to card a 7-under par 249 to win the team event. Bob Elliott and Jim Thorton both managed chipins on holes 16 and 17 respectively.

The women joined the men Nov. 19 for a coed, throw-out-the-two-worst-scores team event. First place went to the team of Jim Finn, Ron Pritchard and Heather Pritchard with a 96. Two shots back in second place were Rose Slomba, Eunice Warda, Hoyt Miller and Dennis Schavey. Slomba and Miller chipped in on holes six and one.

The men played a nine-hole team scramble Nov. 18. The team of Jim Mixon, Jim Auch, Chet Hutton and Jason Chambers combined for a 5-under 27 to take first place.

The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match Nov. 17. The team of Vince Fanton, John Sagert, Bud Landgren and Dan Hayes carded a 24-under-par 104 to take first place by two shots over Bill Gallagher, Pieter Thomassen, Dave Krueger and Neil Hammer.

The men played a nine-hole, modified-stableford game Nov. 16. Jim Auch and Larry Pipple both scored 4 points above their average to take first place, while the team of Jim Helgeson, Auch, Al DiConstanso and John Estoc were plus one to win the team title.

The men opened the week Nov. 15 with a nine-hole, individual low net game won by Bill Gallagher, who carded a 5-under-par 27.

The Key Royale Club women held their annual “Doe Day” with a golf game modified to fit a World Series where each hole represented an inning with a different game, such as closest to the pin or longest drive. First place went to Erma McMullen, Kris Landkammer and Sue Little, who all tied at 26.

The team title went to Nancy King, Margrit Layh and Christina Mason with a combined 122.

Horseshoe news
Five teams advanced to the knockout round at the Nov. 20 horseshoe games at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. In the first round, Ron Pepka and John Crawford defeated Tom Markley and

Steve Doyle 21-14, while Art Kingstad and Dave Landsaw rolled past Sam Samuels and Jerry Disbrow 21-10 in the second game. Gene Bobeldyk took advantage of his first-round bye, eliminating Pepka-Crawford 23-6 before defeating Landsaw-Kingstad 21-14 in the finals.

Nov. 17 horseshoe action saw only two teams qualify for the playoffs. Ron Pepka and Tim Sorin wiped out Jerry Disbrow and Dave Landsaw 21-2 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

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.   

Football registration under way
NFL flag football is coming to the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Registration is under way until Friday, Dec. 3, for boys and girls ages 5-16. Cost for the season is $75 for members and $105 for non-members. Each player receives an NFL team jersey and a flag set. Games will be played at the Center starting in January 2011. Coaches and sponsors are also needed.
Age groups and tryout dates are listed below with division’s determined by the child’s age as of Dec. 3.

The Center also is offering 5-on-5 adult coed flag football for ages 20 and up. All games will be played Thursday nights at the Center starting in January. Cost for the season is $75 and players may register as pairs. Team captains will be chosen to draft a team and tryouts are mandatory in order to play. Tryouts will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.

For more information, contact Tyler Bekkerus at the Center, 941-778-1908, ext. 9217.

Group    Time/Date
Ages 5-7    6:30 p.m. Dec. 10
Ages 8-9    6:30 p.m. Dec. 8
Ages 10-12    6:30 p.m. Dec. 7
Ages 13-16    6:30 p.m. Dec. 6

AMICC Adult Soccer League schedule
Nov. 11    6 p.m.    SVEH vs. Fish Hole
Nov. 11    7:20 p.m.    Sun vs. BTBC
Nov. 11    8:40 p.m.     Ross Built vs. Back Alley

Fishing – 11-24-2010

Island fishers in a grouper state of mind

Well, it’s that time of year again. Cooler water temps have made it comfortable for gag grouper to inhabit our near-shore structures both in the bays and off the beaches.

During this period, keeper gag grouper are accessible for every level of fisher. Whether you’re dropping pinfish off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge fishing piers or trolling along the shipping channel, it’s likely you could take a nice gag home for dinner.

Fishing tactics include using live or frozen bait, trolling lipped plugs, and vertical jigging. If you’re not familiar with these techniques, stop by one of the local tackle shops for advice. There you’ll find folks happy to show you the proper gear and explain how to use it — and they might even tip you to a couple of spots to try out.

These fish fight hard, so stout gear is recommended. Remember you can keep two per day and the minimum size is 22 inches total length.

Stone crab stuffed gag grouper for Thanksgiving? Sounds good to me. Tight lines and happy Thanksgiving.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters says fishing on the beach and out to 9 miles has been producing a mixed catch. He’s catching gag grouper up to 15 pounds on near-shore rock piles, reefs and ledges. He’s also catching Key West grunts, mangrove snapper, black sea bass and flounder in the same areas. Also, he recommends when on your way out to your grouper spot, look for bait schools that have been attracting Spanish mackerel. Throw small white jigs or silver spoons toward the edges of the school and use a fast retrieve for best success.

Capt. Mike Greig says the bite on nearshore structures has been producing limits of gag grouper for his charters. He’s also seeing lots of Spanish mackerel chasing glass minnows just off the beach and inshore reefs.  Backwater catches have included trout in Sarasota Bay. “Fish the edges on low water,” he said. “Redfish are being caught as well in the same areas but they are scattered.”

Capt. Warren Girle reports lots of grouper, both red and gags, are being caught in 40 feet of water. Most of the red grouper have been shorties, but he’s been getting some keeper gags. Along with the grouper, he’s bringing in some nice-size mangrove snapper. Girle also said that while fishing with Harrison King, an Anna Maria local, they boated a 22-pound permit. Warren said this was the “highlight of the week. It’s surprising to catch a permit of this size, this late in the year.”

“Inshore fishing has been producing redfish, trout, and bluefish in Sarasota Bay,” Girle said. “Try along Long Bar for redfish and bluefish using an Exude Dart or RT Slug in golden bream color. For some great trout action, fish top-water plugs at sunrise in 3 to 5 feet of water over grass flats.”

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says fishing off the beaches has been productive. Look for bait schools cruising up and down the beach to find Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle. Keyes suggests throwing white jigs, speck rigs, and gotcha plugs for good results. Keyes said he’s been hearing about a lot of flounder being caught both on near-shore reefs and off the beaches and piers. Berkley Gulp shrimp on a quarter-ounce jig-head is a good bet. Black drum are being caught in the canals around Key Royale and Bimini Bay. Look for sheepshead in the same areas. Try using sand fleas and or fiddler crabs. Offshore encounters include amberjack, bonita and cobia. For the amberjack, start about 10-12 miles out. Threadfin herring and white bait are good bait for these high activity fish. “They want to chase something,” Keyes says.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters has been fishing anywhere from 10-20 miles out. He’s been targeting “natural bottom” such as ledges and Swiss cheese bottoms. He said white bait is starting to become scarce so he’s using pinfish and squid as bait. Catches have included gag and red grouper up to 16 pounds as well as plenty of Key West grunts and porgies. Kimball also said he’s noticed an improvement in the offshore fishing due to the dropping water temperatures.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says the fishing was a little tough last week. Fishers on the pier have been catching a few Spanish mackerel as well as black drum, sheepshead and flounder. Fiddler crabs have been the bait of choice for sheepies. If you want to try for black drum and flounder, try live shrimp fished on the bottom around and under the pier.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters reports, “The winter pattern is coming on strong with each passing cold front and shorter days.” The key to successful fishing, Howard said, is to adapt to the changing conditions and to change your tactics. Shiners are getting harder to net. They are leaving the flats and will become scarce with each passing cold front. Time to make the switch to live shrimp, pinfish, cut bait and artificial baits.

Cut ladyfish rigged with a split shot next to the mangroves or in the potholes, Howard said, will produce some nice redfish. Sheepshead have invaded the flats and will only get thicker in the bay as winter progresses. Live shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand fleas will capture these convict-striped fish.

Also, Howard said, “The inshore grouper bite is at its peak. A lively pinfish or frozen sardine dropped to the hard bottom, on artificial reefs or along the ship channel edges will entice these excellent eating fish to chew. Trolling for grouper is also a viable option for catching dinner.”

Looking forward, Howard said, the tides will be extremely low in the mornings, causing the fish on the flats to stack up in the potholes and provide the opportunity to wade fish and literally have “fish-in-a-barrel” action.

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters wants to give thanks for a great fall fishing season. He loves to substitute a fat gag grouper or tasty American red snapper for a turkey at his Thanksgiving dinner.

McGuire reported his charters are catching limits of gag and red grouper and, on the weekends, limits of American red snapper. Along with grouper, his charters are catching mangrove, yellowtail and lane snappers, big cobia, sharks, flounder and a few kingfish.

McGuire reports, “There is great gag grouper action in depths starting at 40 feet. The larger red grouper and red snapper are at depths of 130 feet. Live pinfish have been the best bait, but it’s always good to start out with frozen sardines to get the party started.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says the Spanish mackerel bite has been sporadic. “If the bait is here, the Spanish mackerel will be, too,” he said.

Silver spoons and white crappie jigs have proven to be the best offering for these high activity fish. Along with the mackerel, there have been bluefish, ladyfish and jack crevalle mixed in. There are still bonnethead and Atlantic sharpnose sharks around, which offer a great fight for light tackle sportfishing. Sork also added, “Evenings seem to be producing a better bite.”

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island real estate transactions – 11-24-2010

236 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,878 sfla / 3,430 sfur 3bed/3bath bayfront pool home built in 1966 on a 110×152 lot was sold 11/01/10, Zirzow to Peterson for $1,224,000; list $1,395,000.

103 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,319 sfla / 1,469 sfur 4bed/2bath pool home built in 1946 on a 64×80 lot was sold 11/01/10, Kaleta to Pakbaz for $750,000; list $875,000.

104 29th St., Unit 2, Gulf Path, Holmes Beach, a 510 sfla 1bed/1bath condo built in 1971 was sold 11/01/10, Hamann to Kemmner for $250,000.

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

Island police blotter – 11-24-2010

Anna Maria
• Nov. 15, 100 block of Crescent Drive, noise complaint. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a noise complaint and told the occupants of a residence they were violating state and local laws on noise volumes.
• Nov. 16, North Shore Drive, petit theft. Someone stole a child’s unlocked BMX-style bicycle from a bus stop.

Bradenton Beach
• No new reports.
• Nov. 18, 12000 block of Cortez Road, identity theft. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office took a report of an identity theft from a resident who said her name was used to apply for a credit card.

Holmes Beach
• Nov. 11, 600 block of Key Royale, burglary. HBPD took a report of a break-in at an unoccupied home. The burglary occurred sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 10 and remains under investigation.
• Nov. 12, 3900 block of Sixth Avenue, disturbance. An employee at Regions Bank reported that a customer complaining of an overdraft charge caused a commotion. The customer’s account was closed.
• Nov. 13, 38th Street beach access, unpermitted beach stakes. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer responded to a complaint that someone roped off sections of the beach. The rope and stakes were removed.
• Nov. 14, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, suspicious persons. HBPD received a report of two suspicious people, but found no one at the property.
• Nov. 15, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, theft. A resident reported someone stole a chainsaw from a carport.
• Nov. 16, 100 block of 73rd Street, suspicious incident. An employee at Coconuts Resort reported two people entered an unoccupied unit, locked the door, apparently used the bathroom and left. The business declined to pursue charges.
• Nov. 17, 300 block of 65th Street, nuisance. HBPD was dispatched to the area, where residents had complained of someone ringing doorbells and running off.
• Nov. 17, 3900 block of East Bay Drive, disturbance. HBPD is investigating a possible “road-rage” incident involving two motorists. One said another cut him off on the Palma Sola Causeway, which is in Bradenton Police Department’s jurisdiction.
• Nov. 18, 6300 block of Holmes Boulevard, aggressive dog. HBPD responded to a complaint that a loose and aggressive dog was charging at other dogs in the area. Manatee County Animal Services was called to assist.
• Nov. 18, 600 block of Ambassador Lane, past burglary. HBPD responded to take a report of a break-in that occurred at a home between Sept. 29 and Nov. 5.
• Nov. 18, Manatee Avenue near Fifth Avenue, unruly children. Police were called when children aboard a Manatee County School District bus became loud and unruly after the substitute bus driver missed a stop.
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 Nov. 19.

Obituaries – 11-24-2010

William ‘Bill’ Diamant
William “Bill” Diamant, 88, of Anna Maria, died Nov. 16. He was born in New York City April 26, 1922, and had lived on the Island since 1998 with his wife of nearly 60 years, Peggy, who came to the Island as a child in 1936.

Bill Diamant enjoyed a long career as an entertainment director with the U.S. Army Special Services with assignments in France, Germany, South Korea, and, in the United States, in Georgia, Missouri and Alabama. Graduating from the University of Miami, he enlisted and served during World War II in the Army Air Corps, and was based in England. He was active for many years as an alumnus of Yale University School of Drama, where he earned his master of fine arts degree in playwriting in 1948.

Mr. Diamant was active in the theater world and served as member of the Governor’s Commission to Develop the Arts in Georgia, was president of the Georgia Theatre Conference, and sat on the board of governors of the American Community Theatre Association, Southeast Theatre Conference and Theatre Atlanta.
For his many achievements, he was awarded the title of “Kentucky Colonel.”

Since retiring, he volunteered at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, baking the popular pioneer bread served and sold at the museum. He helped seniors at tax time to file returns, and became politically active in the past presidential election, urging change. He was passionate about arts and sciences, and avidly followed current events. He loved the outdoors and was a familiar sight at the north end of the island, riding to the Anna Maria post office on his red three-wheel tricycle and later, his red motorized scooter.

A celebration of life was held Nov. 20 at the Blassingame-Diamant home in Anna Maria with family attending from all over the United States and Israel.

Condolences may be made online at Legacy.com/William Diamant. Donations are suggested for the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 4315, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mr. Diamant is survived by wife Peggy, the daughter of the late well-known author Wyatt Blassingame; five children, Kathi and husband Byron LaDue, Gregg and wife Peggy, Trudi, Natanya, and Lori and husband Arif Abdulla; grandchildren Annamaria, Nathan, Angie, Heather, Martin, Mary Lou, Kevin and Billy and two still on the way; two great-grandchildren and one due in January; sister Glorie Levinson of Charlotte, N.C.; nephews Peter and wife Cindy and Drew and wife Margie Levinson; and sister-in-law April Blassingame Lane and her family.

Ruth L. Proctor
Ruth Lovenia Nutter Proctor, 88, died Nov. 11. She was born April 22, 1922, in Charleston, W.V. The family moved to Newark, Ohio, when she was 6 months old.

She was well traveled, residing the longest on Anna Maria Island and in Stafford, Va.

Mrs. Proctor was a descendent of an officer in the American Revolution and from a long lineage that during the Civil War was part of the Underground Railroad. She graduated as a nurse from the Newark School of Nursing in 1945. She followed her husband, Robert Lee Proctor, abroad and practiced public health nursing in Ethiopia, Algeria, Malawi, Madagascar and Nigeria.

She and Bob also lived in France and Greece. She often worked at U.S. Embassy posts as an “embassy nurse” for the U.S. diplomatic staff and the U.S. Marine security guards before eventually returning to the States. She continued nursing migrant workers and worked with the school system in Sarasota. She was awarded the Florida “Public Health Nurse School Nurse of the Year” by then-Surgeon Gen. C. Everett Koop,  before retiring at the age of 75 and still helped to raise her grandchildren.

She was cultured in gardening from her youth and relished her collection of orchids, old-fashioned roses and lilacs. She was a chocoholic, a lover of learning and an avid reader of history, mystery and multicultural experiences.

She dedicated her life to helping others.

She will be missed by her faithful, furry feline Sarah.
Memorial gifts may be made to the National Audubon Society. Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel, handled arrangements.
“Old Grandma,” as Mrs. Proctor was affectionately known, is survived by two daughters Jo Ann Nelson and Roberta Lee “Robin” Kollar; son-in-law Daniel A. Nelson; five grandchildren, Danielle, Jennifer, Attila, Zita and Zoltan; and seven great-grandchildren Olivia, Emily, Virginia, Elek, Wyatt, Teague and Asa.

Islander Calendar – 11-24-2010

Wednesday, Nov. 24
7 p.m. — All Island Denominations Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Service at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Participants are asked to bring a canned food offering. Information: 941-778-4769.

Thursday, Nov. 25
2 p.m. — Community Thanksgiving dinner at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Reservations: 941-778-0414.

Friday, Nov. 26
Noon to 4 p.m. — Dodgeball tournament at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Saturday, Nov. 27
Noon to 4 p.m. — Dodgeball tournament at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Sunday, Nov. 28
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bridge St. Market, 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

Tuesday, Nov. 30
11:30 a.m. — Duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive W., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
Noon — Shea Farmer, special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, will speak at the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-1965.

Wednesday, Dec. 1
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking lunch at The Feast Restaurant 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.

• The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
• Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive W., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• 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 the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
• Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra host open rehearsals at the First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-7853.

Saturday, Nov. 27
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Poinsettia garden open house at Orban’s Nursery, 9601 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-8009. Proceeds benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Wednesday, Dec. 1
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — “Festival of Trees” at the Powel Crosley Estate, One Seagate Drive, Sarasota, through Dec. 8. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. — Canned food drive at West Manatee Fire Rescue Station No. 4, 407 67th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-379-8023.

Coming Up:
• Dec. 2, “Last Train to Nibroc” opens, Island Players theater.
• Dec. 2, Ed Brickman artist reception, Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
• Dec. 3, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce-Privateers-Islander Lighted Parade Night.
• Dec. 3, Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House.
• Dec. 3, Maitte Van Arsdel’s artist reception, Island Gallery West.
• Dec. 3, Basket-maker Kay Johnson reception, Artists Guild Gallery.
• Dec. 3, Artist reception, Dancing Crane Gallery.
• Dec. 3, Film screening of “Toyland,” South Florida Museum.
• Dec. 4, Quilter’s holiday bazaar, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
• Dec. 4, Ninth Annual Lester Family Fun Day, Anna Maria Island Community Center.
• Dec. 4, Rummage sale, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
• Dec. 4, “Toys, Toys, Toys” family night, South Florida Museum.
• Dec. 4-5, Decorator Showhouse.
• Dec. 5, Florida Suncoast Watercolor exhibit opening, Studio at Gulf and Pine.
• Dec. 7, Cortez Village holiday party.
• Dec. 7, Manasota Genealogical Society, Manatee County Central Library.

Save the Date:
• Dec. 11, Privateers Christmas Parade with Santa Claus.
• Dec. 11-12, Winterfest.
• Dec. 18, Christmas on Bridge Street and Lighted Boat Parade.

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.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

DESK: ROLLTOP, SOLID oak. Excellent condition, $400. 941-799-9494.

RICE COOKER: STEAMER, Rival. Six-cup with manual, $8. 941-795-8359.

SPA: 2006 HOT Springs Sovereign II, Cadillac of spas. Like new, accommodates six. New, $8,200, sell, $1,950. 941-713-8070.

CHARGER PLATES: NEW, silver, great for the holidays. Six for $24 or 12 for $45. Call 941-761-1928.

STAINLESS-STEEL SINK: Double, very good condition, $25. Large mirror with wooden frame, 37.5 x 47-inch, $50. Call 941-761-1928.

EXCELLENT CONDITION ADVANCED word processor. Desk and chair included, $95. Call 941-792-5703.

SHOWER/BATH CHAIR: Lightweight aluminum, plastic backrest, seat. Like-new. Paid $68, asking $35. 941-778-6082.

RATTAN LIVING ROOM furniture. Older quality, good condition chairs, sofas and tables, priced right. 941-776-1789.

SOLID WOOD BI-FOLD shutter doors. $15 each. Total of six. Holmes Beach. 941-778-2876.

PINK SEQUINED DRESS and jacket, size 10, great for a wedding, $100. 941-778-0523.

BIKE: PANASONIC VILLAGER. Ladies model, 26-inch, $30. Phone 941-761-1393.

COMPUTER: 2.4 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $100. 941-756-6728.

CASTING ROD: 7-foot M Berkley Bionix, $10. Call Frank, 941-761-1415.

FISHING  REEL: SALTWATER Penn #85, $15. Call Frank, 941-761-1415.

LEATHER JACKET: LADIES  large, black, never worn, $25. Call Marion, 941- 761-1415.

TV: 50-INCH Toshiba, big screen, great picture, $100. 941-795-8359.

QUEEN SLEEPER SOFA brown, tan $60. Full RipCurl wetsuit Childs size 12, $60. LiquidForce Wakeboard, no bindings, $60. 941-778-7003.

DRESSER OR DINING room chest, 1860s. Good condition, $100. 941-778-3458.

TWIN SIZE JENNY Lynd bed, spring. Excellent condition, $30. 941-778-3458.

ANTIQUE SMALL CHILD’S table and chairs, pastel colors. $40. 941-928-8735.

YAMAHA VINO CLASSIC: Two scooters for sale. 2007 blue, only 1,500 miles, great condition. $1,150 or best offer. 2006 silver, only 850 miles and in great condition. $1,050 or best offer. Great gas mileage, 35 mph-plus, easy to ride, and really great fun on the Island! 941-928-8735.

GIRL’S BIKE: SPECIALIZED Hotrock, light purple, like new. $85. 941-928-8735.

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)

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.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: 8a.m.- noon Saturday, Dec. 4, by Trailer Estates Hobby Club, atrecreation hall, 1903 69th Ave., Bradenton.

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

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.

WANTED: KID CRAFTERS for the Children’s Gift Bazaar at the Christmas on Bridge Street Dec. 18. Earn holiday cash! Call for details, 941-713-3105.

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.

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.

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.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. Lots of good stuff. 212 75th St., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. Antiques, collectibles, gifts, miscellaneous. 890 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Huge Thanksgiving weekend yard sale! 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-28. 2411 Ave. C, Holmes Beach.

SALE: 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26. Tools, kitchen, garden, furniture. 106 Third St. N., Bradenton Beach.

LOST CAMERA: Panasonic Lumix, small black camera in pink neoprene-style pouch. Call 941-778-7978 if found.

BEAUTIFUL WHITE BULL-Lab mix. This dog is one year, 10 months old and looking for a good home. Great around people and other animals. House trained, well- mannered and loves to run with other dogs at the park. All shots up to date. Call 941-896-5627.

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.

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

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

DRUMMER, KEYBOARD PLAYER and lead singer understudy wanted for reggae band. 941-779-5246.

PART-TIME SALES: Must be available evenings and weekends. Gift shop located on Anna Maria Island. Retirees welcome. Start as soon as possible. 727-244-5906.

ACCOMPLISHED CULINARIANS: Wait and chef staff. 941-778-6444.

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.

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.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY!  TURNKEY business, clothing shop in Holmes Beach. Walk in and start your own Island business!  $79,900. Call Sato Real Estate Inc., 941-778-7200.

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

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.

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.

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

CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying, market analysis. Listings needed, present inventory sold or under contract. 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.

NEED NEW DOORS? Fiberglass doors and frames, glass inserts, patio, storm and Simonton windows. TDWS. 941-722-7507.

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.

INDEPENDENT POWER WASHER: Anna Maria resident. $15/hour, $50/minimum. Services include houses, trailers, pool and wood decks, store fronts. Removes stains and mildew. Free estimates. Please, call Bill, 941-896-6788 and save!

PIANO LESSONS, Beginner to adult, degreed instructor. Lessons on grand piano, learn at your own pace, with computer and theory games available. Pick up from King Middle School possible Tuesday or Thursday. 941-761-2440.

ANTIQUES, FINE FURNITURE repair. Free estimates. Call Otto, 941-778-5639.

ARE YOU LIVING your best life? Do you have a plan? Certified life, career and business coach. Jon Hartman, BSME, MBA, CPC. 941-932-1232. jon@coachjonhartman.com. www.coachjonhartman.com.

TV WALL MOUNTING, wiring and home theater system installation. Call Chris, 501-773-0036, for an estimate.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. $1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.

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

ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $1,500-$2,200/week. 559-760-1331. Annamariaislandbeachfront.com.

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.

BEACHFRONT HOME. Spectacular water views, private beach. Ground-level 2BR/1BA, garage. Available December and January. 941-348-9448.

SEASONAL ANNA MARIA: Newly remodeled 2BR/1BA and 3BR/2BA houses. 200 feet to beach. By week or month. 941-778-7933.

HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BA duplex apartment with washer and dryer, carport, large back deck, steps to beach. Cute, well appointed, fully furnished. Immediately available, seasonal $2,600/month. Call 813-244-4944.

PERICO BAY CLUB: Seasonal or annual, two-month minimum. Furnished or unfurnished, water view, gated, tennis, carport, washer and dryer, remodeled. 24-hour security. 941-545-4033.

GULFFRONT COMPLEX: 2BR/2BA. Tennis, heated pool, Jacuzzi. Available December, January, February. Two-week minimum. 941-794-8877.

2BR/1BA BEACH COTTAGE: Steps to beach. Available for season. $2,500/month. Call Sato Real Estate Inc., 941-778-7200.

2BR/1BA SEASONAL or annual. Beach across street, view of bay, screened lanai. Sandpiper Resort. 941-778-3051.

OFFICE SPACE: 900 sf, $10 per sf. 941-725-3948.

SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE now. 1BR/1BA apartment, west of Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City. $1,200/month plus tax. 941-778-4499.

SEASONAL RENTAL: PEBBLE Springs 3BA/2BR condo. Front-door covered parking, pool at back door, tennis, clubhouse, minutes to beach, includes water and cable. $1,600/month. Requires application. www.macalusoproperty.com. 813-368-7383.

ANNUAL RENTAL ON North Shore Drive. Private beachfront, 4BR/3BA home. Large deck with gazebo, walkway to beach for great sunsets. Carport, private drive, laundry. Anna Maria. 404-433-2542.

LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS owners with exceptional rental references looking for 2BR/2BA home on Anna Maria. Trying to sell your house? No problem, we’ll take excellent care of it. Showings not a problem. Prefer two-year lease. Have two mature polite dogs, guarantee no problems. 941-713-8070.

BRADENTON BEACH: Sandpiper 55-plus resort, Anna Maria Island. 2BR/1BA. Furnished, carport, bay view. No smoking. $650/month, first, last and $500 deposit. Seasonal, $1,400/month, minimum three months.  941-545-8923.

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.

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

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.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

LONGBOAT KEY: MUST sell. 2BR/2BA mobile home, land owned. 55-plus, deeded. Gulf, bay, turnkey. Reduced, $129,900. 941-706-4809, 941-465-7134.  wt43@comcast.net.

2BR/1BA IN SENIOR park, 15 minutes to beach. Bradenton, Tropical Palms. Big pool, hot tub, recreation room. $49,000 with lot. Lots alone sell for $38,000.  Chickenplucker@webtv.net. Call 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.

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.

PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. $335,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.

NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Cabin shell, two-plus acres with great view, very private, big trees, waterfalls and large public lake nearby, $99,500. Bank financing. 866-275-0442.

BANK ORDERED ON-SITE auctions: 677± acres. Commercial, timber and hunting land. Hamilton, Gilchrist and Clay counties. Dec.2-3. Visit RowellAuctions.com. -AU479/AB296.