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Vol. 16 No. 15 - February 10, 2016

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Photographer speaks on drones

Island photographer Jack Elka, known for his aerial shots of Anna Maria Island, will talk about his drone, a new tool for dramatic photography, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. Elka will talk about the history of the drone and its future. His specialty is beach wedding portraits and wedding photography. This event is part of the free Friends of the Island Library’s Lecture and Travel Series. Call 778-6341 for information.

Enjoy discussing issues

The Lifelong Learning Academy meets at the Center of Anna Maria, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for people to openly exchange ideas on a variety of topics.

On Feb 10, they will discuss the questions, “Cigarettes kill, so why are they still being sold? What do you like or not like about current controls on smoking?”

The sessions are free, and no registration is required. For more information, call the Lifelong Learning Academy at 941-359-4296 or visit

Alzheimer’s care givers 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, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The program is free. Call 778-6341 for more information.

Thieves Market set

Shop by the beach for items new and antique, stuff to wear and food to eat at the Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Thieves Market on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parking lot at Coquina Park Gulfside.

The Privateers will park their parade ship Skullywag along Gulf Drive, and they will be grilling burgers and hot dogs. There’s lots of parking and admission is free. Potential vendors may call Joy “Piper” Fitzpatrick at 941-545-3664 to reserve a spot for only $25.

There will be two more markets this season, on May 12 and April 9. Money raised goes to the Privateers fund for scholarships for deserving students.

Paper folding at library

Judy Pruitt presents her origami class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 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 778-6341.

Lego construction zone

The Island Branch Library, at 5701 Marina Drive, in Holmes Beach, will be the scene of construction during Lego Play Time, on Saturday, Feb. 13, starting at 2 p.m. This family fun hour encourages kids to use their imaginations to build a house, castle, robot or super hero using the plastic construction bricks and other Lego items. Admission is free, and parents are welcome.

Democrats discuss Putin

The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meets on Monday, February 15 at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. There will be buffet service from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15 to $17. The topic for February is “The Vladimir Putin Phenomenon” with Dr. Robert Barylski.

The club continues to collect canned goods for local food pantries. Contact Bill McGrath, 941-761-4017, for more information.

It’s story time

Trudy Bell, the children’s librarian, reads stories about The Year of the Monkey on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. Kids between toddler and five years of age are welcome, as are their parents, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Learn the essentials

Get more computer-friendly at a free class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. This class will teach computer basics. There is no charge for the class, and no reservations required. For more information, call 778-6341.

The birds and the bees

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by touring Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th Street Northwest, in Bradenton, to study love in nature on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a sunset from Robinson Preserve’s observation tower during the hike.

The guides will discuss mating rituals of the animals. Afterward, they will relax with a desert by a campfire. This program is suitable for people 16 and older. Reservations are required. Call 941-748-4501, ext. 6039.

Bonsai at garden club meeting

The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, at noon. Japanese gardening expert Dennis Groh will talk about his specialty. A business meeting will follow with discussion and planning for the March 16 Penny Flower Show. For information, call 778-2607.

Detect problems in time

You could be alerted to possible stroke or other health problems by taking Prevention Plus Stroke and Vascular Screening offered Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The screenings are being offered at reduced prices.

They include stroke/carotid ultrasound for $40, abdominal aortic aneurysm for $40, arterial disease test for $40, thyroid ultrasound for $40, abdominal ultrasound for $95 and heart scan-echocardiogram for $95 or all six tests for only $179. Blood tests, liver, cholesterol, PSA and TSH tests are also available. To register, call 888-667-7587.

Shop the beach

The Beach Market at Coquina Beach, at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, at the trolley stop/concession stand area, offers food and refreshments or there are vendors selling fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artwork, scarves, apparel, pottery, purses, health and beauty items and more.  Anna Maria String Band performs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Manatee County does not allow dogs within the park. The market is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Contact Nancy Ambrose for more information at 941-518-4431.

Art tells a story

Women are invited to a 4-session workshop on writing from art from 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 22, 24 and 29 and March 2 at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

The group will examine the mind’s journey from graphic to pen, using several art forms. The cost is $45 per person for all four classes, with a minimum of four people to hold the classes. Scholarships may be available.

For more information or to register, call the Art League at 778-2099 or visit the office on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Library accepting books

The Friends of the Island Library are preparing for their annual book sale to be held at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-27. Those wanting to contribute books may bring them to the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Homes Beach.

They do not accept magazines, CDs or self help books unless very recent. Children’s books, cookbooks, mysteries, both hard back and paperbacks are very welcome. They will be accepting them up to Feb. 20.

For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Sinful pleasures could be yours

The Anna Maria Island Privateers are holding a Cirque de Pirate fundraiser, on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 11 p.m. (the gate opens at 6:30 p.m.) at Deans Wood Farm, 7430 17th St. E., Ellenton. The entertainment includes a sword swallower, a fire performer, live music, readings by Tarot Tammy and photos by Tiger Lee.

Tickets are $65 per person and include the first drink free, decadent hors d’oeuvres, a 2016 Pirate Ball keepsake, a silent raffle, a live auction and a cash bar. Purchase tickets online at or contact Lisa Ritchey at

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