A holiday Garden Club event
The Anna Maria Garden Club will hold its Christmas meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, at noon. The program will feature musical entertainment by Marilyn and Jim Shirley. There will be presentations of Christmas traditions by club members Priscilla Seewald, Peg Cummings, Zan Fuller, Ginger Wyss and Maureen McCormick. The officers and board members will provide lunch.
Book club convenes
The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a book club meeting on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. For more information, call 778-6341.
Knitting group meets
Learn to knit or just have fun knitting with others at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. Call the library at 778-6341 for more information.
Sneak a peek of Perico Preserve
The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department is hosting a free sneak peek photography tour of Perico Preserve on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 8 to 10 a.m. Bring your camera to check out the county’s newest preserve in the early morning light.
Staff will lead the tour through this coastal property just across the bay from Anna Maria Island at State Road 64. This tour is suitable for persons 13 and older. You must register to tour. Call 941-748-4501, ext. 6055, or e-mail Melissa.email@example.com to register
Holiday family fun planned
The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free holiday family movie and a craft for kids on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. Call 778-6341 for more information.
Joe B plays on Bridge Street
Holiday gifts of all shapes and sizes abound at the Bridge Street Market and shops of Bridge Street. This outdoor, weekly event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through the end of April at 111 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
Locals and visitors can find fresh produce, local art, chair massage, beach-style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home décor, food, fun and more. A limited amount of vendor space is still available in some categories.
The Market also features live music. For the Dec. 21 market, the featured entertainer will be singer/songwriter Joe Bonfiglio (Joe B.) Bonfiglio as been performing since his youth. He writes songs about his life experiences, but he also delves into literature, new and old, and film, television, and the news for his inspiration. His newest recording, “Third Time’s the Charm,” was released in January 2014. He has also been included in the last two Sarasota noise ordinance compilations.
For Sunday, consider taking the free Island trolley right to Bridge Street. Car parking options include the city lot behind the Bridge Street Bistro, up and down Bridge Street including by the city pier, city hall (permissible on Sundays) and along the beach just south of Bridge Street.
For more information on the Bridge Street Merchants, or vendor space at the market contact Market Manager Melissa Enders at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-906-0668 or visit www.bridgestreetmerchants.com.
Beach Market collects for needy
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. 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.
Learn Irish Ceili dancing
The Anna Maria Irish Ceili Dancers begin their winter dancing at the Sandpiper Mobile Resort, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., and will continue every week through the end of March. Everyone is welcome to attend from beginner to seasoned veteran. For more information, call Judy at 779-1416 or Ellen at 778-1554.
Bingo is its name-o
The Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, hosts bingo starting Thursday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. and running every Thursday of the week through March 26, 2015. There will be cake and coffee for sale. Contact Linda Yarger at 778-3580 or LyargerL @aol.com for more information.
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.
Restaurant collects for the hungry
Island Gourmet Grill, 5910 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, has teamed with Feeding Empty Little Tummies (FELT), to provide weekend meals to homeless public school children using backpacks filled with enough food to get them through the weekends. The restaurant will be accepting donations through December.
A donation of $40 will feed a child for four weekends. Typical backpack food items needed include quart packages of powdered milk, oatmeal and cereal packs, single-serving pasta cups, fruit cups, beans with franks, mac and cheese, raisins, peanuts and almonds. No glass containers will be accepted; tab tops are preferred.
Manatee County Schools has identified more than 2,300 children who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.
For more information on how you can help, send checks made payable to FELT, Inc. of Manatee and mail them to Island Gourmet Grill, 5910 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217.
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.
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. 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 http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.
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.
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 register or for more information, visit www.redcross.org/fl/Sarasota/volunteer.