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Vol. 17 No. 32 - May 24, 2017

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A memorable picnic

The Cortez Village Cultural Center, 11655 Cortez Rd., next to the Florida Maritime Museum, will host a Memorial Day picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. The Center will serve hot dogs and beverages, and people are asked to bring a dish to pass around. In the afternoon, there will be Music on the Porch at the museum, a jam session featuring local musicians playing local folk music For further information, call Kris Martinez at 941-524-4081.

Celebrate spring

All Island Denominations, composed of representatives of all six of the Island's churches, invites all to take part in their Spring Ecumenical Service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 6608 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

Clergy and choirs of the Island congregations will take part in this service of praise and song. There will be an ice cream social, sponsored by Holy Cow Ice Cream in the fellowship hall.

Stress-free fun

Stay within the lines or get creative at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, when it presents its coloring club on Wednesday, May 24, from noon to 1 p.m. It's a nice way to relax in an air conditioned environment, and it's becoming more popular with adults. For more information, call 941-778-6341.

Chess Club meets

The old saying "practice makes perfect" applies to the game of chess and the best way to practice is to attend the next meeting of the Island Branch Library Chess Club at 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach on Wednesday, May 24, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Call 941-778-6341 for more details.

Making something beautiful

The Island Branch Library's Quilting Club meets at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, at 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. It's an opportunity to make something beautiful and possibly make new friends. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.

Seniors to shuffleboard

Members of Senior Adventures will gather at the Annie Silver Community Center on Friday, May 26, at 10 a.m. for their monthly book sale and potluck lunch and to try out the newly resurfaced shuffleboard courts. There will be some competition, and everyone is welcome to participate. The original purpose for the center was to accommodate shuffleboard and canasta, and the seniors welcome competition. Call Peg, at 941-778-3106 for information.

Preserve memories

The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, will host a class on making your scrapbook last on Friday, May 26, from 10 to 11 a.m. Scrap booking is a popular way to preserve personal or family memories. Those who scrapbook photographs, stamps, newspaper clippings or an assortment of materials should know their hard work may be at risk.

This hour long class will teach how to protect them with some simple techniques including: how to choose the right materials, which glue to use and storage techniques. This class has a suggested donation of $20. Sign up by visiting For more information, call 941-708-6120.

CPR training available

A West Manatee Fire Rescue trainer gives free lessons on cardio pulmonary rescue (CPR) on the last Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Pre-registration is required, and you may do so by visiting the library or by calling 941-778-6341.

Summer's coming

The pirates will be celebrating an Island tradition, Snooks Adams Kids' Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.

This annual free event traces its roots to the early 1950s when Island police chief Snooks Adams took a Jeep-load of boys to Coquina Beach for a day of summer vacation celebration. In years after, the girls joined the boys and it became a regular event. When Adams retired in the 1980s, the Anna Maria Island Privateers took it over and moved it to Bayfront Park.

There will be a free kids' picnic featuring hot dogs, chips, soda and pizza. Adults may participate for a donation. There will be a pirate costume party for the kids plus games, prizes, a treasure hunt and tours of the Privateers' parade ship, Skullywag. For more information, call 941-705-0199.

Paddle through the preserve

Come out and enjoy the salt marshes of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, with a nature guide from WayneAdventures on Wednesday, May 31, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is an easy paddle that can be enjoyed by beginning kayakers, and it's suitable for adults. Participants must have their own canoe or kayak and safety gear. All participants must wear a life jacket. Reservations are required. Call 941-742-5757, ext. 7, to register.

Something brewing at Folk School

Jillian Ross will teach Lacto Fermentation, a traditional way that food was preserved for centuries, at The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum at 4415 119th St. W. in Cortez on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. There is a registration fee of $20 with a deadline of Saturday, May 27, to pay by calling 941-708-6120 or visiting The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum.

Fermented foods are full of probiotics and known to assist in healing digestive issues. In the Basic Fermentation Class, Ross will go over the science and methods of how to properly ferment foods and beverages of all kinds. She will also discuss the tools that are used and how to source the products needed to use ferments in the home.

This class will serve as a pre-requisite for further classes.

Music on the beach

Enjoy Jam in the Sand on Thursdays at the Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, from 5 to 8 p.m. It's free and it's fun. Enjoy dinner while you listen.

Help with weight control

Overeaters Anonymous meets at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, each Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 813-494-6518.

Rhythm on the beach

Enjoy the rhythm of drums keeping the beat at the Sunset Drum Circle at the Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. There's no charge to listen, and dinner is available at the café.

Attention businesswomen

Anna Maria Island Successful Women Aligning Together (AMI SWAT) is looking for new members to become part of a growing group of dynamic women that want to support one another in business as well as in personal growth and development. It's an opportunity to network and build relationships, meet other professional women, learn marketing techniques, make contacts and build your business.

The AMI SWAT Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, go to and click on meetings then click on Anna Maria, or e-mail Lisa Brakefield, secretary, at

Boomer workouts

Roser Community Church offers exercise classes four times per week starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, as follows: Boomer Boot Camp every Tuesday and Thursday and Roser-Robics every Wednesday and Friday. Boomers N Motion founder Melissa Merkle is the coach.

Boomers Boot Camp features fat-burning aerobics, muscle pumping strength activities, fun balance challenges and nutrition coaching to help boomers reach their goals. The costs are $15 per class, $65 for a five-class pass and $100 for a 10-class pass.

Roser-Robics, Get Fit While You Sit features chair-based aerobic exercises designed to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. All ages and skill levels are welcome as variations are shown. Bring two cans of fruit of equal size and weight to be used for class activities. These sessions are free.

For more information, call 941-778-0414 or log onto or


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