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Date of Issue: March 16, 2006

Tour of Island homes Saturday

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Complete with five splendid homes, boutique, quilt raffle, and two shuttle buses to ease parking, the 13th annual Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

The organizer and beneficiary of the tour, Anna Maria Island Community Center, urges everyone to park at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and ride the shuttles around the tour circuit.

A big bus will serve three of the four houses in Anna Maria City, while a smaller bus will handle the fourth house there. The tour home in Holmes Beach is within an easy stroll of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, which has offered its parking area for people on the tour.

The Center also suggests that any Islander who can do so walk to a tour house and join the tour there. Better still, those able to get there by bicycle, feel free to bike. And, of course, there's always the free trolley that goes near many of the homes.

Complete details and photos of the houses open for this Center fundraiser are inside The Islander today. For quick reference, they are:

The home of Jolie and Steve Bell, 506 67th St., Holmes Beach; Barbara and Richard Penn, 723 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria; Sandy Rich, 311 Bay Blvd., Anna Maria; Mary and Randy Zion, 514 South Drive, Anna Maria; and Betsy and Bob Hills, 417 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

The Bell home also will host the tour's boutique and food pantry this year, where artworks and crafted items will be on sale along with special food items. Wine tasting and delicacies will be at the Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 on the day of the tour, with all proceeds going to the Center. Tickets are available at the Center; Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; Ace Hardware, 3352 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach; Crowder Brothers Ace Hardware, 5409 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.

Also, Ginny's Antiques and Art, 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; LePensee Plumbing, 5348 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; Lor-Ell's Hair Design, 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria; Robyn's Nest, 7459 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton; Xcel Athletic Club, 6500 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton.

Sponsors include: Quilt, Green Real Estate; boutique, Duncan Real Estate; events, Barnes Walker Title Co., Jim Mixon Insurance, LaPensee Plumbing, Wagner Realty, Wells Fargo Mortgage; program, First National Bank, American Beauty Pool, Joe Ungvarsky Construction.

Information on any aspect of the Tour of Homes may be obtained by calling 778-1908.