Register for memoir writing class
The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum will begin operation on Wednesday, Jan. 18, with its first class, Memoir Writing, led by David Rice. Students will learn how to capture the significant experiences of their lives to share with family and friends.
This is the first in a series of three classes, but attendance to all is not required. Attend one to gain basic knowledge or all three to hone your skills.
Fees are $20 per class or $50 for all three classes in the series. Class sizes are limited so interested participants are required to register by Jan 11. Classes two and three are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1, and Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Call 941-708-6120 or visit the museum at 4415 119th St. W. in Cortez to register. Students are asked to bring a pencil and notebook. For a complete class schedule, visit FloridaMaritimeMuseum.org
Center needs volunteers
The Center of AMI needs volunteers to help at the front desk, to read and tutor for the Beyond the Classroom learning program that runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and for various tasks and events.
Contact volunteer director Robyn Kinkopf at 778-1908 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join them on Wednesday at noon or 6 p.m. for a group orientation.
Current events discussion
Lifelong Learning Academy's Einstein's Circle, a gathering of people who discuss current events and trends, will tackle "The State of the Union" on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Center, 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria, in the second floor meeting room. The discussions are free.
Coloring and chess at library
Wednesday, Jan 11, will be fun for visitors of all ages at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. First is the Coloring Club from noon to 1 p.m. for kids and adults. Next is chess for all ages from 2 to 5 p.m. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.
Bay News Nine Senior Meteorologist Mike Clay talks about the local weather and some myths about it on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. during the second program of the Friends of the Island Library's Lecture and Travel Series.
A native of Texas, Clay started in radio and his career took off when he became a weatherman on a Waco, Texas, television station. From there, he went to Austin and then to the Northwestern United States. He found Florida and was the original meteorologist on Bay News Nine in 1992.
These free lectures are on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors open at 1:30. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.
Forty Carrots fun
The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts Forty Carrots, a parenting program based in Sarasota, on Friday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. This is a new program where kids from mobile babies to 5 years old and their parents experience new activities, join in circle time fun, spend time with other families and get valuable parenting information.
The program is free and you can get a ticket for this session at the library desk. Space is limited to 12 families. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.
Alzheimer's caregivers meet
Sue Fox, a representative of the Sarasota Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, will host a program for caregivers of people with memory problems, including Alzheimer's disease, on Friday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The program is free. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.
Learn about the flora
Explore the plant life at Riverview Point, 8250 DeSoto Memorial Hwy, in northwest Bradenton, during a Master Gardener tour on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. The hike begins in the parking area of Desoto National Memorial Park and enters into Riverview Pointe Preserve.
Sponsored by the IFAS Extension Program/Florida Master Gardeners, this event is suitable for all ages. Call the Master Gardener Office at 941-722-4524 for reservations
Paper folding at library
Judy Pruitt presents her origami class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn this ancient Japanese art of paper folding. The class is free. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.
Lego of my Legos
Kids, bring your parents to the Lego Club, which meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. Children's librarian Trudy Bell has a lot of the little building blocks, thanks to a generous patron of the library, and she'll help you jump-start a project, unless your parents want to help.
Donations of gently used Legos are welcome. For more information, call 941-778-6341
Bingo is back
Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach, starts Thursday, Jan. 12 and runs each Thursday evening in January, February and March from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be drinks, cake and door prizes.
Yoga at the museum
Yoga comes to the Florida Maritime Museum at 4415 119th Street West, in the historic fishing village of Cortez. Sharon Meier will teach classes on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. Classes will last for an hour. Meier's classes are suitable for beginners. Students will need to bring a yoga mat, water and a block and straps if available.
This class is donation based and open to the public. Please arrive 10 minutes early to ensure a prompt start time. Reservations are not necessary but space is limited. If you'd like to reserve a spot, call Kristin Sweeting at 941-708-6120.
Shop for booty
The Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves' Market will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the parking lot on Coquina Beach Gulfside. The market attracts all types of visitors from new vacationers to regular shoppers and there is a wide array of items for sale plus food to eat and fresh produce. It all starts at 8 a.m., and when you're done, spread your towel out and enjoy Coquina beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico for the rest of the day.
Prospective vendors should contact Cindy "Bubbles" Swager at 941-900-4141. The cost is $25 for a 12 x 25 foot spot. All money raised will go towards the Privateers, a 501 c3 non-profit organization, with a mission statement of "Pirates for Kids and Community," Visit their website at www.amiprivateers.org. and don't forget to like them on Face book.
See the sun as you have never seen it before on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Valentine House in Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., in Bradenton. Take a special look through a Hydrogen Alpha solar telescope. See the sun in perfectly safe H Alpha light, and observe solar granulation, filaments, sunspots and even solar flares. No reservations needed.
For more information, call 941-748-4501, ext. 6039.
Moon over the preserve
Here's an opportunity to gaze skyward and search the heavens for a glimpse into the stars over Perico Preserve, 11700 Manatee Ave. W., on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Get a chance to view the skies through a high-powered telescope. Learn how to identify these heavenly bodies and how you can star gaze at home too.
This is suitable for all ages, and reservations are required. Call 941-748-4501, ext. 6039.
Democrats get report on oceans
Jeff Rodgers, provost of the South Florida Museum, will address the question, "How Healthy Are Our Oceans?" at the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting on Monday, Jan. 16, at the IMG Academy Clubhouse, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton. He'll focus on human activity and its impact on the world's oceans.
Check-in begins at 11:15 a.m. and buffet service starts at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $16 to18. For more information, contact Bill McGrath, 941-761-4017.
Shop near the shore
Now there are two times the shopping at the Beach Market at Coquina Beach, at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, at the trolley stop and concession stand area on Wednesday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wednesday market runs through April 19. The Sunday market continues through July excluding Easter, Mother's Day and Memorial Weekend.
Browse the vendors' tents offering work by local artists and crafters, clothing, plants, fresh produce collectables, health and beauty items and souvenirs of your stay in paradise. The Anna Maria Island String Band will perform throughout the Beach Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach and get some eats and drinks at Coquina Café while relaxing on the deck overlooking the Gulf. Ride the free trolley to the market or park in the free parking lot.
Manatee County does not allow dogs anywhere in Coquina Park. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. Contact Nancy for more information at 941-518-4431.