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Date of Issue: December 10, 2008

Santa arrives Saturday

Jackson Hayes, left, 6, of Bradenton, and Julius Petereit, 5, of Anna Maria, welcome Santa with hugs to the Anna Maria Island Community Center, where he arrived Saturday aboard a West Manatee Fire Rescue firetruck. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Kimberly Leger of Artistic Focus Photography in Anna Maria took professional-quality pictures of each Santa visit at the Fun Day event, and families will receive a free 4 by 6 inch photograph from the studio.

Santa arrives Dec. 6 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, where the Center was host to the annual Chuck and Joey Lester-Islander Holiday Fun Day.

The Center gym was a winter wonderland for the day, including a charming stage setting for Santa, where children of all ages were invited to provide Santa their holiday wishes.

Activities included a bounce house, a Kiwanis Club-sponsored fishing pond, face-painting, cookie-decorating, card-making, prize drawings for turkeys and lots of food, all prepared by the folks from Duffy’s Tavern. The event was aided by volunteers who served up everything at old-fashioned, family-friendly prices.