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Vol. 16 No. 47 - September 21, 2016

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Forty Carrots fun

The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts Forty Carrots, a parenting program based in Sarasota, on Friday, Sept 23, at 10 a.m. This is a unique program where kids from mobile babies to five years old and their parents experience new activities, join in circle time fun, spend time with other families and get valuable parenting information.

The program is free and tickets are available at the library desk. Space is limited to 12 families. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Deep thoughts taught

Samantha Robinson, from Odyssey of the Mind, will address the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Manatee Beach Café, at the public beach at 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Odyssey of the mind is an international educational program that provides problem solving opportunities for students from kindergarten though high school. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m., and visitors are welcome, especially Kiwanis members on vacation from other areas.

Compost at home

Learn to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into fertilizer at a Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service class held on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Also learn how to set up a compost bin. The class is free, and bins are $40 each, cash or check.

Register online for this class at or call the Extension Master Gardeners at 941-722-4524.

Get a peek of the future

The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department is celebrating National Estuaries Week with a peek inside the new Robinson Preserve expansion and a wetland planting on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton.

Wander around the county’s mini educational festival and learn about the waterways through hands-on activities. Finally, enjoy a taste of delectable foods that the estuary has to offer. This program is suitable for volunteers of all ages; bring water shoes.

Reservations are required. RSVP by e-mailing or calling 941-742-5923, ext. 6034.

Fun for kids

Island Branch Library Children’s Librarian Trudy Bell reads to preschoolers on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Parents will enjoy listening too, and after the stories there will be some fun things for the kids and maybe a craft. For more information, call 941-778-6341.

Marine deep cleaning

Join the Marine Debris Kayak Taskforce at Leffis Key on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. This dedicated group works to combat the issue of marine debris along the preserve’s shorelines. Free kayaks and gear are available from the county’s West Coast Inland Navigation District-funded fleet are available to use for 10 individuals or you may bring your own. Life preservers musts be worn at all times.

This program is suitable for volunteers age 16 and older. Reservations are required. RSVP by calling 941-742-5923, ext. 6044 or e-mailing

Mulch magic

On Friday, Sept. 30, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service hosts a free workshop on mulch at 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Register online for this class at or call the Extension Master Gardeners at 941-722-4524.

Help children with special needs

The Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART), a group that advocates horseback riding as therapy for some special needs children, is looking for volunteers to man SMART’s ice cream stand at Tampa Bay Buccaneers' games. You can volunteer to work one game or more.
For more information, call Christopher at 248-785-7214 or e-mail to For more information on SMART, log onto

Privateers host Poker Run

The Anna Maria Island Privateers are holding their 2016 “Shipreck” Poker Run on Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at 10 a.m., with registration at Bogey’s Restaurant and Sports Pub, at 7230 52nd Place, Bradenton.

Participants will stop at Stottelmyer’s Smokehouse, the Bearded Clam, the Ugly Grouper and the Gator Lounge then back to Bogey’s for live music, raffles, a 50/50 drawing, food and drinks. The event is open to bikers, cars, trucks and for those who don’t want to drive can take the Monkey Bus for $20 per rider

The cost is $15 for the first hand and $10 for each hand after that. There will be prizes for the best hand, second best hand and worst hand. Proceeds go to the AMI Privateers’ and the Shipreck Scholarship Fund.

For information, call the Privateers’ hotline at 941-900-4141 or visit their website at

Thieve’s Market to return

The Anna Maria Island Privateers are making plans for their next season and one of their more popular events is the Thieves Markets. They are searching for vendors to display their wares in the Coquina Beach parking lot. The first market will be on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Privateer Cindy “Bubbles” Swagger at 941-900-4141.

Anniversary for TIFF’s Initiative

Supporters of TIFF are urged to attend Passion with a Purpose Luncheon with Bling, celebrating the 10th anniversary of TIFF (To Inform Families First) on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Michael’s On East 1212 S, East Ave., Sarasota. The cost is $75 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Log onto

Christine Olson, who works at the Rod & Reel Pier restaurant, started TIFF and TIFF’s initiative after her daughter, Tiffany, died in an accident 10 years ago and she was not notified for several hours because her daughter did not have ID with her.

She contacted authorities in most states asking them to make sign up material available so that drivers can have their contact information recorded with a registry. First responders and police can find out who to inform when someone is injured or killed in an accident.

TIFF is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization, and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds from this event will go toward TIFF’s Initiative

Lose that stress

Loren Batsell leads a Guided Relaxation Circle on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach. Donations are requested. A portion of the money will benefit the Art League.

Batsell practiced wellness for more than 20 years. She is a nationally board certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed Acupuncture Physician.

Chairs will be provided or students may bring a mat. Attendees will be given verbal cues throughout the process to calm the body, mind, and spirit. Comfortable clothing is suggested.

For more information, call 778-2099 or visit the Anna Maria Island Art League, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More Roser-Robics scheduled

Roser-Robics will meet twice a week from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Fridays. The class is taught by Melissa Merkle, who Founded Boomers N Motion Health Coaching.

This is a chair-based exercise class appropriate for older adults and those looking to lessen the impact on their joints. All ages and skill levels are welcome as variations are shown, including standing exercises to improve balance and flexibility.

Those attending are asked to bring two cans of fruit of equal size and weight and at the end of the session, they will be asked to donate them to the All Island Denominations Food Pantry.

For more information, call 330-990-0990.


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