Tag Archives: 12-1-2010

Holiday rush begins

Santa Claus is coming to town — more than once this month.

“That’s so that children who haven’t decided what they want at the Holmes Beach Holiday Open House have time to decide by the Bridge Street celebration in Bradenton Beach,” the jolly old elf said.

A glance at Anna Maria Island’s holiday calendar:

• Now through December 24, various locations serve as drop-off points for the Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots. Donors are invited to drop off unwrapped new toys in Anna Maria at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive; in Holmes Beach at Island Vacation Properties, 3001 Gulf Drive; Holmes Beach Fire Station, 6001 Marina Drive; Anna Maria Island Chamber of

Commerce; 5313 Gulf Drive; Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive; and in Bradenton Beach at the Back Alley, 121 Bridge St.

For details, call 941-778-1000.

• Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Holmes Beach merchants in partnership with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, host a holiday open house.

Most of the activity will take place in the city’s downtown.

A parade, featuring the Anna Maria Island Privateers and an early appearance by Santa Claus, will begin at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and travel south on

Palm and Marina drives to the Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive. There, outside The Islander newspaper, Santa will visit with children.

Also, at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, merchants and the chamber board will light a Christmas tree.

Parade participants will gather at the church at about 4 p.m.

The tree lighting will take place about 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.

• Dec. 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents the Island Holiday Decorator Showhouse at Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach. The home will be decorated by the White Egret, an Island business. Tickets cost $10.
For more information, call 941-778-8585.

• Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is the site of the annual Lester-Islander Family Fun Day.
The event features Duffy burgers and other lunchables, plus games and activities for children and raffles for adults. Santa will arrive by fire truck at about noon.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.

• Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra presents the Taste of Holiday Gal at the Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach. Tickets are $50.
For more information and tickets, call 941-778-8585.

• Dec. 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Anna Maria businesses host a citywide holiday open house. Participating businesses will stay open extended hours to toast the season, and children can visit with Santa Claus.
For more information, call 941-779-9108.

• Dec. 11, 10 a.m., the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade takes place, traveling from Bayfront Park in Anna Maria to Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
All floats must be staged by 9:30 a.m. and all entries must be motorized.
There is no charge to participate in the parade.
For more information, call 941-752-5973.

• Dec. 11, 11 a.m., the Anna Maria Island Privateers host a post-parade Christmas party at Coquina Beach, where Santa Claus will visit with children and hand out presents.
Also, the Privateers will provide a free lunch of hot dogs and soda pop for children.
For more information, call 941-752-5973.

• Dec. 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Art League features a wide variety of artists offering items to deck the halls throughout the year.
The annual Winterfest will take place at Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, and feature what AMIAL executive director Holly Collier describes as “one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.”
For more information, call 941-778-2099.

• Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m., the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, hosts the 16th annual Lawton Chiles Kids Christmas Party, featuring lunch and a visit from a Santa Claus bearing gifts — a holiday outfit and toys — for under-privileged children.
For more information, or to help with presenting the party, call 941-778-8710.

• Dec. 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188, Bradenton Beach, hosts a holiday party for children 10 and under.
Santa will hand out presents, and the Moose will deliver lunch.
Pre-registration is required at the lodge by Dec. 11.
For more information, call 941-778-4110.

• Dec. 18, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Bridge Street Merchants hosts the annual Christmas on Bridge Street celebration, featuring visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, raffles, a children’s gift bazaar, carols and holiday specials in the stores and restaurants.
For more information, call 941-778-8705.

Fishing – 12-1-2010

‘Got to stop wishing, got to go fishing …’

“Down to rock bottom again.”

If Jimmy Buffett could have fished our local waters this past week, that line from “A Pirate Looks at Forty” would have had a different meaning. Whether you target bottom dwellers such as flounder and grouper or migratory fish such as Spanish mackerel and bonito, “rock bottom” is where you want to look.

Artificial or natural reef, rubble, rock pile, rip-rap, wreck, structure — no matter what you call it — it holds fish.

Most fish like to inhabit a comfortable environment where a viable food source exists. That means “structure.” Structures attract bait fish and other food sources such as small crustaceans and mollusks, which in turn attract predators. The predators, such as grouper and snapper, rely on an environment that provides ambush points for them to prey on their target. They also like having a place to hide in case a larger predator — shark or bottlenose dolphin — tries to eat them.
Plenty of food and a safe place to hide. Enough said.

Migratory species such as mackerel, cobia and amberjack also inhabit structures. They swim through the Gulf from one structure to the next, gorging themselves on bait fish. When the bait is gone, it’s time to move on.

Whether you’re looking for some fish for the table or for sport, try fishing some structures.

There are nautical charts available that contain a plethora of GPS numbers for reefs and wrecks in the local waters. My advice is get some structure in your life, and think like a fish.

Jonny Keyes of Island Discount Tackle says inshore fishing produced a mixed bag last week. Gag grouper are still abundant on near-shore structures, as well as in Tampa Bay. “Try trolling with a Mann’s Stretch 30 in gold and black,” Keyes suggests. “That seems to be the color of choice.”

On the shallow grass flats, trout and redfish have provided a consistent bite on low tides. Berkley Gulp on a jig head and top water plugs are producing keeper fish.

Around the canals of Key Royale, sheepshead are beginning to arrive. “There are still some Spanish mackerel along the beach,” Keyes added. “So don’t forget to carry some silver spoons in your tackle box.”

Capt. Mike Greig says the gag grouper bite out to 10 miles is still in full swing. While grouper fishing, Greig says he’s also been catching a few kingfish, some keeper cobia and mangrove snapper up to 20 inches.

“Always keep a flatline ready in case you see a big cobia curiously swimming toward the boat.” Greig adds. “You want to be ready when the opportunity presents itself.”  Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters says “Beach fishing is where it’s at.” He says he’s fishing anywhere from within casting distances of the beach to 40-50 feet of water.

“Bonito and mackerel are a consistent bite out there right now,” Gross says. “They also provide an excellent fight on light tackle.”

For those looking to put some meat on the table, Gross has been catching keeper-size gag grouper, black sea bass and flounder up to 5 pounds.

“While fishing the near-shore structures, be ready to go through a lot of terminal tackle,” Gross says. “If you’re not losing some rigs, you’re not fishing the structure aggressively enough.”

You have to give a little to get a little, and if it means door-mat size flounder, it’s worth it.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheepshead are beginning to show up at the pier. Sand fleas have been a good offering for the tasty convict fish, as well as fiddler crabs and fresh-cut shrimp.

“There are still a few flounder being caught,” says Malfese. “But they’ve been undersize.”

Spanish mackerel are being caught from the pier in the mornings and evenings on the moving tide. “Try crappie jigs and gotcha plugs,” he suggests. Malfese added that a lot of black tip sharks are being caught at night, and cut mullet or ladyfish is choice bait for that target.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters reports that the past week’s fall-like weather resulted in “red hot fishing.” Howard says, “Shiners are still around in the bay and at the Skyway piers. I haven’t made the switch to live shrimp, but will very soon.”

Anchoring up over the near-shore artificial reefs and chumming with shiners, cut bait or chum blocks helps to draw the fish to the back of your boat and fires up the bite. Catches of grouper, mackerel, bonito and huge flounder have been the result.

Howard says, “We caught door-mat-sized flounder to 24 inches in the sand just off the reef structure.” Howard says using a live shiner, pinfish, threadfin, or shrimp rigged on a 2/0 hook with a split-shot weight is the key to catching these tasty white-meat fillets.

“Looking forward, the tides will be favorable for fishing and the weather looks to stay moderate,” Howard says. “We should be able to enjoy the fall pattern until the real cold fronts come our way.”

Capt. Warren Girle reports his charters are working near-shore ledges and hard bottom for grouper and mangrove snapper. Live shiners have been a good offering to bring these fish to the boat. “We’ve been doing a lot of chumming,” Girle says. Also last week, Girle brought up cobia up to 38 inches and bonito in the 7- to 12-pound range.

Inshore catches for Girle included redfish up to 29 inches as well as gator trout. “Fish the skinny water for bigger trout.” Girle says. “Bluefish have invaded Sarasota Bay, so carry some extra jigs.”

Capt. Tom Chaya says he’s been fishing the beaches this past week. His catches included gag grouper, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel and flounder. Live bait such as shiners and threadfins are Chaya’s bait of choice for near shore beach fishing, but he occasionally uses cut bait for the snapper.

On the grass flats, Chaya is catching gator trout up to 26 inches. “Use a Berkley Gulp shrimp on a 1/4 ounce chartreuse jig head for best results,” Chaya says.

“The best trout bite has been from Terra Ceia Bay down to New Pass.” Chaya added.

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters reported a bountiful catch over Thanksgiving. Perfect weather allowed great catches, filling the boat with gag, red and scamp grouper, amberjacks, mangrove, yellowtail and lane snappers, porgies, triggerfish, awesome cobia, sharks, barracudas and even a few stray kingfish.

McGuire also reported great action on gags, using live pinfish and sardines anywhere there are rocks or a nice ledge. McGuire says, “On the calmer days go for the gold further offshore, starting in about 110 feet for larger gags and huge firetruck red grouper, along with larger snapper and amber jacks.”

McGuire also added, “there are a lot of doormat flounder along the beaches within easy reach of a smaller boat and a school of cobia could show up anywhere.”

McGuire forecasts the bite will only improve and may peak if we get a freeze this winter. He added, “With some of the best gag grouper fishing of the year going on, now is the time to come out and get ya some! That’s what I am talking about.”

Send fishing news to fish@islander.org.

Sports – 12-1-2010

Adult soccer playoffs on horizon

There’s still a little soccer left to be played in the league at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

The seedings are set for the Island Cup to get under way Thursday, Dec. 2.

Ross Built gets things started when it takes on Sarasota Veterinary Emergency Hospital in the Empty Cup, a consolation game between the two teams at the bottom of the standings.

The battle for first place starts when second-seed Back Alley takes on third-seeded Sun the same evening at 7:20 p.m. No. 1 seed The Fish Hole follows with a match against fourth-seeded Beach to Bay Construction at 8:40 p.m. The winners of these games meet in the Island Cup final at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

The Sun enters the playoffs on a down note after dropping its last game to last-place Ross Built in adult division action Nov. 18. Teddy Louloudes scored a pair of goals and Darrin Wash added one goal in the 3-0 shutout victory.

The Fish Hole rolled past Back Alley by a 4-1 score and enters the playoffs as the clear favorite. Brent Moss scored three goals to lead The Fish Hole, which also received one goal from Ed Moss in the victory. Jesse Brisson scored the lone goal for Back Alley in the loss.

Beach to Bay qualified for the Island Cup thanks to a 3-1 victory over Sarasota Veterinary Emergency Hospital. Enrico Beissert scored a pair of goals and Trevor Flathman added one goal in the victory. Bingham Robinson scored one goal for SVEH in the loss.

Key Royale news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, low-handicap-in-flight game Nov. 23. Flight AA winner was Jean Holmes, who carded a 3-under-par 29 to finish one shot ahead of Cindy Miller and three shots in front of Brenda Solleveld.

Flight A winner was Penny Williams with a 1-under-par 31. Marcia Helgeson finished in second place with a 3-over 35, while Sara Falk was two shots back in third place.

Heather Pritchard fired a 4-under-par 28 to edge second-place finisher Sandy Dahl by two shots in Flight B. Margrit Layh and Sue Christenson tied for third place at 33.

Joyce Reith’s 1-under-par 31 was good enough to hold off Sally Keyes and Mardene Eichhorn, who were two shots back and tied for second in Flight C.

Christina Mason and Jane Winegarden’s 5-under-par 27 tied them for first place in Flight D and for low round of the day. Eunice Warda was alone in second place with a 1-under 31.

The women played a two-best-balls-team-gross-score game as well. First place went to the team of Jean Holmes, Margrit Layh and Brenda Solleveld with a 78, while Cindy Miller, Marcia Helgeson and Penny Williams were three shots back in second place while Joyce Reith.

Heather Pritchard had a chip-in birdie on hole eight, while Cindy Miller birdied number six.

Horseshoe news
Three teams emerged from pool play with the requisite three victories during Nov. 24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Art Kingstad and Joe Helms drew the bye into the finals and then watched as Herb Puryear and Tom Markley rolled to an easy 21-5 victory over Ron Pepka and John Crawford. Puryear-Markley followed with a 23-14 victory over Kingstad-Helms in the finals.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm-ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Football registration
NFL flag football will be played at the Anna Maria Island Community Center starting in January. Boys and girls ages 5-16 can register until Friday, Dec. 3.

Cost for the season is $75 for members and $105 for non-members.

Players each receive a reversible NFL team jersey and a flag set.

Games will be played at the Center. Coaches and sponsors are needed.

Youth age groups and tryout dates are listed below with playing age determined by a 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 beginning in January.

Cost for the season is $75 and players may register as pairs, but not as a team.

Team captains will be chosen to draft teams, and tryouts will be mandatory.

Tryouts are set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.

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

AMICC Soccer League adult division schedule
Dec. 2    6 p.m.    Ross Built  vs. BTBC
Dec. 2    7:20 p.m.    Sun vs. Back Alley
Dec. 2    8:40 p.m.    Fish Hole vs. SVEH
Dec. 3    7 p.m.    Island Cup

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

ITEMS FOR SALE
RICE COOKER: STEAMER, Rival. Six-cup with manual, $5. 941-795-8359.

SHELF UNIT: ATTACHES TO wall, sliding doors, walnut finish, 66 x 72. Free! 941-779-0005 or 518-260-7948.

CASTING ROD: BERKLEY Bionix, $10. Call Frank, 941-761-1415.

FISHING REEL: PENN #85. Saltwater, $15. Call Frank, 941-761-1415.

FISHING REEL: PENN Senator, 4/0. Fair condition, $15. Call Frank, 941-761-1415.

BOB’S MANUAL JACK plate, $80. Gas GO-PED $90. LiquidForce wakeboard, no binding, $60. 941-778-5439.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, LARGE container, $10. 941-795-8359.

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

TV: 32-INCH Toshiba HD, with remote and manual, $100. 941-795-8359.

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)

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.

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.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Sidewalk pre-Christmas sale at The Islander newspaper. Co-sponsor sculptor Woody Candish. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. No fee. Call 941-778-7978 or stop by 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to register for the Where’s Woody Sale.

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.

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: 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.

ESTATE SALES
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

2302 Avenue B – Bradenton Beach. Full house of a lot of interesting collectibles, including 1950’s toys and many other collectibles.
www.appraisals4u.biz for pictures and more details after Tuesday. Sales by Julie McClure

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.

ANTIQUE AND ART fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5. Take the trolley! Quality artists and antique dealers, organic produce and exotic orchids.  Benefits LBK Turtle Watch. For information, call Steff’s Stuff, 941-383-1901. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Whitney Plaza, Longboat Key.

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

PETS
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.

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

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

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
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.

SERVICES
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.

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

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.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830 or 941-730-5693.

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 0want 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

HOLMES BEACH OFFICE space: 900 sf, $900/month. 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.

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.

FOUR-MONTH WINTER special: 2BR/1.5BA furnished, senior park. 15 minutes to beach. Pool, hot tub, recreation room. $1,100/month. Lease option, $49,000. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.

WESTBAY COVE, HOLMES Beach. Jan. 15 percent discount! Second floor, 2BR/2BA, on bay, one block from Gulf. Two pools, tennis courts. $2,465. 30-day minimum. Visit aposporos.com. Aposporos and Son Real Estate. 941-387-3474.

HOLIDAY: CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR rental. $399/weekend, $599/week. 2BR/2BA, pool, boat dock. 941-356-1456. Realtor, Real Estate Mart.

PALMA SOLA TOWNHOUSE: Vacation. January-February available. Pool, boat dock. $2,600/month. 941-356-1456. Realtor, Real Estate Mart.

LUXURY CONDO FOR rent: 2BR/2BA, steps from the beach. Tennis, sauna, pool, walking distance to great restaurants. $700/week, two-week minimum. Chickenplucker@webtv.net or call 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.

HOLMES BEACH: ANNUAL 3BR/2BA, close to Gulf, large unit in a duplex, $975/month. First, last, security. 585-317-7344.

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

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.

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.

I WILL LIST your property on 350 web sites! Laurie Fox, Coldwell Banker, HYPERLINK “http://www.every-listing.com/”www.every-listing.com, 941-730-7635.

TOWNHOUSE: 2BR/2BA WITH pool and boat slip. $115,000. Realtor, Real Estate Mart. 941-356-1456.

SPACIOUS VILLAGE GREEN 2,150 sf 3BR/2BA, two-car garage villa. $149,500 or best offer. Meadowcroft 2BR/2BA, two-car garage plus bonus room, free-standing coach house, $179,900. Forty-Three West, pet friendly 2BR/2BA, one-car garage villa, $128,500. Perico Bay 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, $229,000. Realtor, Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.

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

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

80 ACRE LOTS: Humboldt Co., NV, near Reno. Hill views. Only $299/down. $296/month. No credit checks. Seller financing. Great opportunity! 949-632-7066. See: CheapRuralProperties.com.

1,267 ACRES, LAND auction Nov. 26. Riverfront, divided. View full details online! CertifiedLandAuction.com. 800-711-9175. Certified Real Estate. AUC-002792, GAL3046 10 percent buyer’s premium.

Island police blotter – 12-1-2010

Anna Maria
• 100 block of Crescent Drive, burglary. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a break-in to a home where about $100 in damage was reported.

Bradenton Beach
• Nov. 2, 400 block of Second St., domestic dispute. Bradenton Beach Police Department responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in which a man and women were arguing. The woman was arrested on a domestic battery offense.

• Nov. 13, 2400 block of Avenue C, theft. A woman reported that her son stole her bank checks and cashed checks valued at $140 at a Bradenton bank. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office will investigate for possible fraud.

Holmes Beach
• Nov. 19, 5800 block of Marina Drive, vandalism. Holmes Beach Police Department responded to a report of vandalism at the comfort station near the skate park and soccer field where someone used a rock to destroy the toilet in the men’s rest room.

• Nov. 19, 100 block of 39th Street, burglary. HBPD responded to a report of a burglary at an accommodation property. A woman was seen leaving the pool area of the property. Several units appeared to have been accessed, including one where an unmade bed was found.

• Nov. 19, 100 block of 75th Street, burglary. The residents of a home returned from an outing to find someone stole a bucket of coins, two Japanese swords, a laptop computer, jewelry, sculptures and posters.

• Nov. 20, 2000 block of 51st Street, driving without a license. A man stopped for a routine traffic violation was found to be without a valid license.

• Nov. 22, 5400 block of Marina Drive, disturbance. A man reported being harassed and pushed by another man at D.Coy Ducks. Both men left the bar separately, and one was told not to return.

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. 24.

Island real estate transactions – 12-1-2010

101 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 3,714 sfla / 5,581 sfur 4bed/4½bath/4car Gulfront pool home built in 2009 on a 80×103 lot was sold 11/10/10, MacDonald to Blowfish Island LLC for $2,350,000; list $3,150,000.

308 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,587 sfla / 2,437 sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1994 on a 52×145 lot was sold 11/08/10, South Slope Management LLC to O’Connor for $500,000.

313 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,630 sfla / 1,980 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex with pool built in 1960 on a 75×101 lot was sold 11/05/10, Leggins to Boyd Family Limited Partnership for $345,000; list $379,000.

3303 Gulf Drive, Unit 3, Sea Pirates, Holmes Beach, a 700 sfla 2bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 11/05/10, Gummin to Bush for $239,000; list $245,000.

1000 Gulf Drive, Unit 8, Beach House Resort, Bradenton Beach, a 450 sfla 1bed/1bath Gulffront condo built in 1983 was sold 11/12/10, PWP Investments LLC to Frady for $200,000.

3000 Gulf Drive, Unit 6, Palm Cay, Holmes Beach, a 756 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1980 was sold 11/12/10, Pierro to Bray for $165,000; list $199,000.

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

Obituaries – 12-1-2010

Patricia Ruth Johnson
Patricia Ruth Johnson, 89, died Nov. 21. She was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and moved to Bradenton in 1987.

Mrs. Johnson tutored at Anna Maria Elementary School for many years. She was a member of the choir at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach.

There was to be no service. Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Covell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by daughters Pat and Ellen Ferraro, both of Bradenton, Cynthia McCormick of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.; son Brian of Bradenton; and grandchildren Emily, Melissa, Alex, Chris, Elizabeth and Hayley.

Tim Leibe
Tim Leibe, 59, of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 28.

A memorial service with the Rev. Larry Pritchett officiating will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to a cancer charity of one’s choice.

Mr. Leibe is survived by wife Ann and daughters Kate and Dawn and their families.

Patricia Marie (Hubbard) Page
Patricia Marie (Hubbard) Page, 55, of Anna Maria, died Nov. 24. She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and came to Bradenton from Ellington, Conn., in 1978.

Mrs. Page was a certified financial planner. She loved Anna Maria Island and was an avid dog lover.

A memorial service was to be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, with the Rev. Gary Batey officiating. Shannon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

She is survived by husband, William Page; son David John Hubbard; stepson Jason Paul Hubbard; daughter Maryann Hope Hubbard; stepdaughter Valerie Lynn Margelony; three step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren; brother, John Thomas “J.T.” Foley Jr.; sister Joann Foley; nephew Michael Thomas Foley; and nieces, Katherine, Elizabeth and Courtney Rae Foley.

Islander Calendar – 12-1-2010

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

Thursday, Dec. 2
8 p.m. — Opening night for “Last Train to Nibroc” at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Show runs through Dec. 12. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 3
5 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Lighted Holiday Parade departs from CrossPointe Fellowship’s parking lot, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
5 p.m.— Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House featuring visits with Santa and the Privateers at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
5:30 to 7 p.m. — Artist reception for Maitte Van Arsdel at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Artist reception for Linda Molto at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Exhibit runs through Dec. 19. Information: 941-778-2099.
5:30 to 8 p.m. — Artist reception for basket-maker Kay Johnson at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

Saturday, Dec. 4
8:30 a.m. — Sissy Quinn speaks to the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island about the Anna Maria City Pier celebration at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Quilters Christmas Bazaar at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Rummage sale at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Lester Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island holiday decorator showhouse at the Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. — The Taste of Holiday Gala concert presentation by the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra at Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.

Sunday, Dec. 5
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island holiday decorator showhouse at the Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
2 to 4 p.m. — Opening reception for the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society aqueous art exhibit at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: www.floridasuncoastwatercolor.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 7
Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-1965.
6 p.m. — Village of Cortez holiday potluck dinner at the Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez.

Wednesday, Dec. 8
7:45 to 9 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast at Freedom Village, 6406 21st. Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Anna Maria Island Players lunch at The Feast Restaurant, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Food for Life nutrition class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Ongoing:
• 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.
• 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.

OFF-ISLAND EVENTS
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.

Thursday, Dec. 2
5 to 7 p.m. — Artist reception for Ed Brickman at Durante Gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Show runs through Dec. 16. Information: 941-383-2345.

Friday, Dec. 3
6 to 9 p.m. — Wine reception for artists Janet Mishner and Debbie Dannheisser at the Dancing Crane Gallery, 1019 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. Show runs through Dec. 23. Information: 941-744-1333.
6 to 9 p.m. — A reception for the Manatee County Cultural Alliance Santa workshop, 926 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2223.
7 p.m. — Film screening of “Toyland” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Saturday, Dec. 4
8 a.m. to noon — Manatee County Audubon open house at Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2222.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Antique and Art Fair to benefit Longboat Key Turtle Watch and Save Our Seabirds Sanctuary at Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1901.
4 to 9 p.m. — “Toys, Toys, Toys” Family Night at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Sunday, Dec. 5
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Antique and Art Fair to benefit Longboat Key Turtle Watch and Save Our Seabirds Sanctuary at Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1901.

Tuesday, Dec. 7
9:30 a.m. to noon — Manasota Genealogical Society presents “The Genealogy of Santa Claus Post Cards” with the Rev. Herb Loomis at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 First Ave., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.

Wednesday, Dec. 8
11 a.m. to noon — Longboat Island Chapel caregiver support group at the chapel’s Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
7 to 9 p.m. — “The Star of Bethlehem” science conversation with Howard Hochhalter at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Coming Up:
• Dec. 9, Potluck to benefit SOLVE house, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
• Dec. 9, “Coyotes: Their Behavior, Diet, Habitat,” Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez.
• Dec. 10, Caregiver support group, Island Branch Library.
• Dec. 10, Italian Night, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
• Dec. 11, Privateers Christmas Parade with Santa Claus and party, Coquina Beach.
• Dec. 11, REAL Women brunch, CrossPointe Fellowship.
• Dec. 11, “A 1910 Florida Cracker Christmas,” Manatee Village Historical Park.
• Dec. 11-12, Winterfest Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Festival.
• Dec. 12, Plantation Christmas open house, Gamble Plantation Historic State Park.

Save the Date:
• Dec. 17, Film screening of “Fred Claus,” Rossi Park.
• Dec. 18, Christmas on Bridge Street and Lighted Boat Parade.
• Dec. 18, Where’s Woody Art Sale, Island Shopping Center.
• Jan. 15, Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash.

Anna Maria Elementary calendar
Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:
• Dec. 2, Progress reports go home.
• Dec. 3, 10 a.m., Wildlife Inc. presentation.
• Dec. 8, 8:45 a.m. to noon, Eco-explorers program on the bay.
• Dec. 9, 8:45 to 11:30 a.m., Eco-explorers program on the bay.
• Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m., Fourth-grade mini-mall.
• Dec. 13, 1:10, First-grade play dress rehearsal.
• Dec. 14, 5 to 7 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization dinner in the cafeteria.
• Dec. 14, 7 p.m., First-grade holiday play in the auditorium.
• Dec. 15, 9 a.m., Florida Studio Theater visits the school.
• Dec. 17, Santa Claus might stop by for a visit.
• Dec. 20 to Jan. 4, Winter break.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

For more information, call 941-708-5525.

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.