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Date of Issue: March 12, 2008

Islander Calender

Wednesday, March 12

7:45 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1541.

10:30 a.m. to noon - The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Academy for Lifelong Learning speaker series features Goody Hirshfeld talking about “The Art of the Caves” at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

1 p.m. - The Island Library Book Club meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7 p.m. - The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee presents its annual seminar at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. This year’s program covers Florida-friendly yards and irrigation. Information: 941-778-8487.

Thursday, March 13

11:30 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-383-2466.

3 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts a jazz festival at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee. Information: 941-778-0492.

8 p.m. - “Born Yesterday” opens at the Island Players playhouse at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Fee. Information: 941-778-5755.

Friday, March 14

1 p.m. - The Women of Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, host a game day with beverages, desserts, table games and prizes. Fee. Information: 941-795-0378.

5 p.m. - The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, hosts a St. Patrick’s Day auction and dinner. Fee. Information and reservations: 941-383-6491.

5:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Art League presents the student exhibit, beginning with a reception at the AMIAL gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

Saturday, March 15

8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center holds the annual Tour of Homes. Fee. Information: 941-778-1908.

10 a.m. to noon - Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a demonstration in stained glass with Kathy Storm. The free program is part of the artist cooperative’s ongoing series. Information: 941-792-1039.

11 a.m. - The DeSoto Heritage Festival’s Queens Court debuts at De Soto Square mall, Cortez Road and First Street in Bradenton. Information: 941-747-7953.

Sunday, March 16

4 p.m.- The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place, leaving from Holmes Beach City Hall and heading north along Marina Drive and then Palm Drive to 79th Street and Palm, where it concludes. Information: 941-778-644.

Monday, March 17

Today is St. Patrick’s Day.

9:30 a.m. - The Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, is the site of the annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast hosted by The Islander. Fee. Information: 941-778-7978.

1 p.m. - A discussion on Earthbox gardening by the inventor, Blake Whisenant, takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club celebrates its 15th anniversary with a party at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-9287.

Tuesday, March 18

Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a club assembly program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

Wednesday, March 19

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - The Anna Maria Garden Club hosts its 19th Penny Flower Show at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-4683.

Ongoing:

  • The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria continues Jean Blackburn’s “Myakka Series: New Work,” an exploration of the Myakka River in photographs and oil paintings.
  • Throughout March, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island is featuring the work of 17-year-old Bayshore High School student Becca Warner in the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
  • The Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach has named photographer John C. Bonser its “Artist of the Month.” His work can be viewed at the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through March 31. For more information, call 941-778-6648.
  • Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through March. Fee. Information: 941-778-1915.
  • Pet lovers share stories on the second Wednesday of the month at the Martinique North condominium in the “Surf Clubhouse,” 5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1989.
  • The Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells early settlers bread on Wednesdays at the museum. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • The Anna Maria Island Historical Society showcases Florida Indian artifacts, including Seminole pieces, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through March 31. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • Through April 27, the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., exhibits “John J. Audubon: Birds of Florida,” a selection of rare and valuable Audubon works of art and artifacts. Fee. Information: 941-746-4131.
  • Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
  • The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, offers a range of classes for adults and children Mondays through Saturdays, including cooking, dance, fitness and art classes. The Center also hosts a variety of athletic programs. Fees. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
  • From 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturdays of the month, the Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, opens to visitors, with volunteers available to answer questions about the flora and fauna and hiking paths. Information: 941-729-2222.
  • On Mondays at 1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Contract Bridge Group plays at the Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Fee. Information: 941-778-4362.
  • The second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9 a.m., the widowed persons support group meets at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.
  • On Tuesdays at noon, duplicate bridge is played at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.

Coming up:

  • On March 22, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts a dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee. Information: 941-778-0492.
  • On March 23, the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club hosts the Easter sunrise service at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. Donations. Information: 941-761-8834.
  • March 24 through March 29, the Annie Silver Community Center, 105 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, hosts Eco Week. Information: 941-778-4619.
  • On March 28, from5 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Islander hosts “For Art’s Sake,” a Manatee High School art program benefit featuring the work of local artists. The event takes place at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
  • On March 29, the city of Bradenton Beach hosts its fourth annual Eco Expo and Native Plant Sale at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4619.
  • On March 29, the Manatee County Audubon Society holds a field trip to Shamrock Park in Venice to search for scrubjays and to the Venice Audubon Rookery. Fee. Information: 941-378-9920.

Save the date:

  • On April 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers head for downtown Bradenton and the annual DeSoto Seafood Festival. Fee. Information: 727-214-8903.
  • On April 5, the “Taste of Music Champagne Gala” takes place at a northwest Bradenton bayfront home to raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.
  • On April 5-6, the Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Festival benefiting the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park takes place at Coquina Beach on the Gulf side. Information: 352-344-0657.
  • On April 11, the Anna Maria Island Art League presents “Landscapes of the Island,” beginning with a reception for the exhibit at the AMIAL gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
  • On May 9, the Anna Maria Island Art League presents the 14th annual Manatee High Exhibit, beginning with a reception at the AMIAL gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The exhibit continues through May 28. Information: 941-778-2099.

Send calendar listings to lisaneff@islander.org. Please include time, date and location of the event and a contact number and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is at least one week prior to the Wednesday publication date.Remember, the sooner you submit your notice, the sooner The Islander can announce the event.

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