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Vol. 15 No. 1 - October 29, 2014

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Murder for dinner

Tickets are going fast for the annual Anna Maria Island Community Center Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. This year’s mystery is called “Masquerade Murder” and dinner will be served by LeRoy Selmon’s. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are $35 per person, and all ticket sales are final. Tables of eight are $225. For more information, contact Aris at 778-1908, ext. 9207, or

Mystery fans to meet

The 37th Fall Gathering of the Pleasant Places of Florida Sherlock Holmes Club meets at Island Gourmet and Grill, 5910 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Nov. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. for lunch and discussion.

There will be humorous toasts, quizzes, prizes and not so very serious discourse as they tackle the questions, “Did Sherlock Holmes die of a mysterious infectious disease? Was the world inundated with oysters? What did Dr. Watson do?”

The subject of the discussion will be about the Sherlock Holmes story “The Adventure of the Dying Detective.”

Registration is $5 per person, and food will be available. Separate will be checks provided. Spots are limited, so reserve your seat as soon as possible by calling Carl Heifetz at 727-375-9383 or e-mail

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.

Einstein’s Circle at The Studio

Einstein’s Circle, will be meet on Wednesdays at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discuss a variety of items. Future topics include:

• Oct. 29: What advice would you give a young person?

• Nov. 5: Is teacher tenure unconstitutional?

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

Senior book sale set

Senior Adventures is holding a book sale on Friday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Annie Silver Community Center on 23rd St in Bradenton Beach. Shop from a wide variety, displayed alphabetically by category. Sit for a while and enjoy conversation over a cup of coffee. Proceeds go to Senior Adventures, a group that organizes trips and fun events for seniors seeking companionship, fellowship and something to learn and explore. For more information, call Kaye Bell at 941-538-0945.

A learning experience

Parents of mobile babies up to five years old can bond with their children in a unique program called Forty Carrots at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Friday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m..

This Sarasota-based project has children and parents experience new activities and spend time with other families to share 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 778-3986

Beach Market begins

The weekly Beach Market at Coquina Beach at the trolley drop-off/concession stand area, starts Sunday, Nov. 2, and runs to July 26 except Easter. The open-air market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-2181 or 941-518-4431 or for more information.

Bridge Street Market to open

The Bridge Street Market season begins Sunday, Nov. 2, and the market organizers are now taking applications.

Interested vendors are asked to contact Melissa Enders, and download the market application found at

Hosted by the Bridge Street Merchants Association, the Bridge Street Market will take place every Sunday through April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blood drive at church

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., as part of the fight against cancer. All donors will receive a long sleeve T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening. Make an appointment online at and use the sponsor code MGDLC.

Holidays with Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association of the Gulf Coast will host a discussion on celebrating the holidays with a memory-impaired person at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. This is a free program open to caretakers of Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. Call the library at 778-6341 for more information.

Story time at the library

Misty Wright, the children’s librarian, reads stories on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 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. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Sierra Club committee meets

The Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club’s Sarasota Conservation Committee meets on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Selby Library’s conference room, 1331 First St., Sarasota.

The committee will discuss Sarasota’s environmental issues. Contact Gerry Swormstedt, 941-366-9596, or Gerlinde Kohl, 941-474-4712, for more information.

Author discusses historical book

Manatee County Historic Resources Director Cathy Slusser will discuss her trilogy, “From a Heavenly Land,” at the Gulf Coast Writers meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 1:15 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Slusser’s book is about a family of German immigrants who lived near Terra Ceia during 1843. For more information, contact Sylvia Price at 941-778-3209.

Mana-Tweens discuss book

The Mana-Tweens Book Club discusses “Serpent’s Shadow,” by Rick Riordan, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. This club requires pre-registration. Call 778-6341 for more information.

Benefits for vets discussed

The American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, will host a seminar on basic veterans’ eligibility for benefits, including health care, disability and survivors’ benefits on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m., according to John Rock, the post’s veterans service officer.

Rock said wives and widows are encouraged to attend. Many of the topics, including a slide presentation, are pertinent to surviving spouses, Rock said. Larry Roberts, the American Legion District Eight service officer, will host a special session for the attending veterans and their spouses.

He suggests all attendees bring a pen and paper prepared to take notes. Additional topics include VA and state of Florida benefits, Agent Orange, and how to file claims with the Veterans Administration.

Coffee and doughnuts will be provided free of charge. For further information, phone John Rock at Post 24, 941.794.3489 or e-mail at




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