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Vol. 15 No. 4 - November 19, 2014

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Medicare workshop set

The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria, is hosting a Medicare workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. Learn about Medicare options for 2015, including hospital, medical prescription drugs and additional benefits. Call Erin Flynn at 941-730-9073 for more information.

S.W.A.T. to meet

The group known as Successful Women Aligning Together (S.W.A.T.) will meet on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. S.W.A.T. was formed for women business owners or operators to network. The cost is $12 for members and $17 for guests. Lunch is included. The group meets on the third Thursday of every month.

RSVP to Beth Vandroff at For more information, call Lori Guerin at 941-773-3415 or go to https”//

Give the gift of life

The Church of the Annunciation at 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is hosting a blood drive on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to roll up a sleeve and save a life. For information, call 778-1638.

Tweens do their thing

The club for kids between 8 and 12, the Mana-Tweens, will meet for to discuss turkeys as part of their Culture Club on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Learn about the birds that end up on your dinner table most every Thanksgiving. For more information, call the library at 778-6341

Knitting and crocheting at library

Bring your needlework project with you at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. Call the library at 778-6341 for more information.

Open enrollment discussed

It’s time for Medicare recipients to choose a prescription drug or advantage plan, and a local senior group will present “Are You Ready for Open Enrollment” at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m.

Every year, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to make changes to their Medicare Prescription Drug or Medicare Advantage Plans from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, during the annual election period. As the deadline for making these important decisions approaches, the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program urges beneficiaries to shop and compare plans in order to find their best fit.

Attendees can also sign up to schedule a counseling session for free, unbiased counseling regarding Medicare and prescription drug plans. Seniors who are unable to attend the event can call the toll-free Florida Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) and ask to speak with a SHINE volunteer counselor.

More information is available at the SHINE website at, including information about additional community events and local counseling sites.

Play bridge at Annunciation

Enjoy duplicate bridge every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 896-5154.

Friends Book Club meets

The Friends of the Island Library meet on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. at the library, 54701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call the library at 778-6341 for more information.

Spread the joy at Beach Market

The Beach Market at Coquina Beach is collecting clothing, shoes and non-perishable food every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those in need in the community. The market is held every Sunday, featuring unique arts and crafts and other items for one’s self or gift-giving.

In addition, there is a farmer’s market for fresh fruit and vegetables and lunch is available at the Coquina Café, nearby. Local musician Owen Poteat will provide live music.

The Beach Market is located near the trolley stop, at 2650 Gulf Drive S., with booths set up along the Coquina Trail.

Manatee County does not allow dogs anywhere in Coquina Park.The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible.  Contact Nancy Ambrose for more information 941-518-4431.

Red Cross needs you

The American Red Cross in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties has an urgent need for volunteers to help train people how to save a life and to assist local families who have lost their home to a fire or other disaster. Volunteer instructors help people learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid.

Disaster Action Team volunteers assists families who have suffered house fires or other disasters with short-term places to stay and other immediate needs, such as getting temporary refills on medications.  Volunteers also are trained to provide emotional support for these families.

All volunteer applicants must pass a background check and attend an orientation class.  All training is free. American Red Cross volunteers constitute 94 percent of the total workforce to carry out its humanitarian mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

To register or for more information, visit

Volunteer advocates needed

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program’s local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification is provided.

All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents, who often have no one else to advocate for them, are encouraged to call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or visit the program’s website at

Chamber seeks volunteers

If you’re ready to expand you world, contact the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, at 778-1541, to find out about their volunteer program. Get to know the Island and Chamber members and meet vacationers from all over the world.

The Chamber is reviving a program to take new and existing volunteers on a tour of member businesses to get to know them and be better informed when visitors ask for references.

To hear about the volunteer program, call 778-1541 or stop by the Anna Maria Island Chamber at 5317 Gulf Drive, in Holmes Beach.

SHINE Program needs volunteers

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging need volunteers to join the award-winning SHINE team to help the elderly make decisions on Medicare, health insurance and prescription drug plans.

Volunteers may also make educational presentations to community groups and participate in local health fairs, senior fairs and other outreach and educational events. For more information, or to volunteer, call the Elder Helpline at 1-813-740-3888, ext. 5593.





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