How she got discovered
Author Nicole Quigley will speak at the next Gulf Coast Writers meeting on Wednesday, March 5, at 1:15 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Quigley presents “Pursuing the story,” how she was discovered and given the Carol Award for her debut novel “Like Moonlight at Low Tide.”
Come and share your writings after the presentation. For more information, call Sylvia Price at 778-3209.
A look at Sarasota’s heyday
Ron McCarty, curator and keeper of Ca’dZan, the 36,000 square-foot mansion on Sarasota Bay that served as home to John and Mable Ringling will speak on the famous couple who made their fortune in the circus and served as members of high society in the Sarasota area.
McCarty will speak at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, March 6, at 2 p.m. The lecture is part of the Alice Taylor Reed series, sponsored by the Friends of the Island Branch Library. Attendance is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the library at 778-6341 for more information.
Estate planning at library
Sherry A. Wood, an estate planning attorney practicing in Sarasota, presents “Are You Properly Planned for Your Future?” at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, on Friday, March 7, at 2 p.m. Among the topics addressed: probate and tax avoidance, wills, durable powers of attorney, protecting assets, trusts, gifting guidelines and more. A Q&A session will follow.
The program is free and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No prior registration is necessary. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.
Friends to hold book sale
The Friends of the Island Library’s biggest fundraiser, the annual book sale, will be held with a sneak preview for Friends members on Friday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. You can sign up for membership if you don’t belong at that time and shop. The next day, Saturday, March 8, the sale opens to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Because of the large number of books and the response from the public, the sale will be held at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Shop for beach reads, fun gifts and your own library at home. For information, call the library at 778-6341.
Take the ‘time’ to shop the market
Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday, March 9, so you might have to forgo those extra winks of sleep in order to get to the Beach Market at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach at the trolley stop/concession stand area of Coquina Beach parking lot. The market opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.
Local favorite Larry Wilhelm will entertain while you shop for arts and crafts, items for the house, collectibles, antiques and more. You can catch lunch at the Coquina Café, where wine and beer are served. The market will be held every Sunday through April, except Easter.
Manatee County does not allow dogs anywhere in the Coquina Park. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. Contact Nancy Ambrose for more information 941-518-4431.
Spooky speaker at meeting
Local musician Larry Wilhelm presents “Trails to Terror” when the Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meet at noon on Wednesday, March 12, at Manatee’s Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Wilhelm will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a haunted attraction.
Contact Nancy Ambrose at 941-779-2181 or 941-518-4431 by March 10 for reservations.
Fun and fashions at Roser
The Women’s Guild of Roser Memorial Community Church will stage its annual style show and luncheon Tuesday, March 11, in the Roser fellowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The luncheon is $10 and begins at noon, followed by the style show where volunteers model clothing they have selected from the Guild’s Thrift Shop.
Tickets are available only in advance by calling Bonnie Bickal at 778-1730 or Karen Swinney at 567-0018. The deadline for reservations is March 5. This event is open to all.
Fashion show at Legion
The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Unit 24 of the Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, will host a fashion show titled “Simply Elegant,” on Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Peggy Rollo, the unit’s program chairwoman.
The show will feature Fashions by Irene, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. There will be a cash bar and lunch at noon. The auxiliary requests a donation of $15 and tickets may be obtained in the post’s Foxhole Lounge daily, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit the post’s Veterans Relief Fund, Rollo said.
Island Players fight cancer
The Island Players is hosting a benefit preview performance of “Mama Won’t Fly” on Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. at Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria (at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue). General Admission seating for this special performance is a $20 donation to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Tickets are available only from Creations by L, 5500 Marina Drive, Suite 2, Holmes Beach, or from Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-2181 or 941-518-4431.
It’s game time
St. Bernard CCW is sponsoring “Wearing Of The Green" card and board game party on Thursday, March 13, at 2 p.m. Delicious desserts will be served. Bring games, cards, score pads and pencils. There will be a gift basket raffle and door prizes. The donation is $10. For more information, call 778-4769.
Bingo played here
The Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, hosts smoke free bingo on Thursday nights. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase and memberships will be sold as well. You don’t have to become a member to play bingo. For more information, call Kit at 778-1915.
Exchange student families needed
International Fellowship, Inc., is looking for families and local representatives as host families for high school exchange students. It also needs volunteers to secure host families for high school exchange students.
For more information, log onto www.internationalfellowships.org or e-mail email@example.com. You can also call the 24-hour, toll-free line at 1-800-647-8839 or the 24-hour line at 1-716-326-7277.
Volunteer Advocates Needed
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.