Alzheimer’s caregivers meet
Sue Fox, a representative of the Sarasota Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will host a program for caregivers of people with memory problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, on Friday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The program is free. Call 778-64341 for more information.
Relive Christmas night
Re-create the night Mary and Joseph walked through Bethlehem looking for a place to sleep at Roser Memorial Community Church’s annual Bethlehem Walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Many people come dressed for the occasion and there are costumes available in the Fellowship Hall on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be animals from the era – a llama, donkeys and goats. Between stops, the crowd will sing Christmas carols and the walk concludes back at the church where the baby Jesus will be placed in the manger.
Following that, everyone will be invited in for hot chocolate and cookies and fellowship. This is a great way to experience what happened the night Jesus Christ was born.
For more information, call the church at 778-0414 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website iswww.roserchurch.com or on Facebook at www.facebook/roserchurch.
Folding fun at library
Judy Pruitt presents her origami class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn this ancient Japanese art of paper folding. The class is free. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.
An old favorite returns
Area favorite Larry Wilhelm is back in Florida and will be performing at the Beach Market at Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, at the trolley stop, concession stand area, on Sunday, Dec. 15 and 22.
Shop for fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items, holiday decorations and more. Enjoy the beautiful beach; relax on the new deck overlooking the Gulf and get great food and beverages at the Coquina Cafe.
Join the fun every Sunday through April from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Easter Sunday. Manatee County does not allow dogs anywhere in Coquina Park. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
Young entrepreneurs needed
The organizers of Christmas on Bridge Street are looking for kids to participate in the Children’s Craft and Cookie Bazaar. This is a great way to give kids the opportunity to earn a little extra money for the holidays by making homemade crafts and treats to sell. Kids will have to pay a nominal fee buy they get to keep all the profits from what they sell.
Christmas on Bridge Street is Saturday, Dec. 14. Space is limited so if you are interested contact Caryn Hodge at 941-713-3105 or email@example.com. For more information, visit www.bridgestreetmerchants.com.
Duffy’s Tavern hosts clothing drive
Bring your old, but still good, clothes to Duffy’s Tavern on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. where they will send them onto the Woman’s Resource Center of Bradenton and HOPE Family Services.
The Woman’s Resource Center needs clothing donations from the community for the Women’s Resource Center’s Career Closet and Unique Boutique in the form of gently worn ladies clothing, accessories, jewelry, handbags and shoes.
HOPE Family Services is also in need of clothing for children, especially boys – shorts, pants, shirts, sweaters, jackets and shoes.
There will be collection boxes at Duffy’s and anyone who makes a donation will receive a Duffy Buck towards an icy cold beverage or a delicious burger. It’s a win-win situation.
For more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 941-747-6797 or www.wrcmanatee.org
A cooking adventure
Senior Adventures is hosting Cooking with Chef Craig Chasky on Saturday Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd Street in Bradenton Beach
Learn to prepare a healthy and delicious meal of turkey cutlet Parmesan, pasta, salad with a twist, garlic bread and a surprise dessert. Besides being a fantastic chef, Craig is a nutritional counselor and he will answer as many questions as time allows. The cost is $10, meal included. Reservations are required by calling Pat at 941-962-8835.
The Treasure Chest open house
The Treasure Chest, 12514, 44th Ave. W., Cortez, on the corner of Cortez Road and 127th Avenue, is hosting a holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 2 until 7 p.m. There will be activities all afternoon.
Seventh Avenue provides live music from 3 to 6 p.m. and Brandon Scott will demonstrate live speed painting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be a children’s art and craft table, a meet and greet with the local artists, a raffle, a treasure hunt and fun for the whole family.
Christmas event benefits animals
The Gulf Shore Animal League will host Santa’s Magical Workshop Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and15 and Dec. 21 and 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1703 Palma Sola Blvd., in west Bradenton.
The league is asking for a $5 donation per person; children five and under are free. Stop in for some vintage Christmas spirit. Have the kids pose with Santa for $5, visit Santa’s workshop with working elves, tour four unique rooms of Santa magic and fun and walk the enchanted lighted garden.
All proceeds benefit the Gulf Shore Animal League, a non-profit volunteer organization. Manatee County’s partner in No-Kill.
This party is for the birds
Save Our Seabirds is holding a holiday party for the birds on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon or Sunday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at he SOS Wild Bird Training Center, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota.
Bring your family and decorate a small live red cedar with snacks that birds love, then take it home and plant it or donate it to Save Our Seabirds to plant on their ground.
The event is free with regular admission – $6 for adults and $4 for children. Call SOS at 941-388-3010 to make a reservation or visit on Facebook for more information.
Democrats hear about Obamacare
Susan Dickie, a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Florida League of Women Voters, will speak on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, at the next meeting of the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club on Monday, Dec. 16, at noon, at Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Dickie is a former professor of philosophy, retired from Loyola University Chicago. She has been able to read the Affordable Care Act and has continued to research its development. Over the past two years she has given a number of presentations on the Health Care Law as part of the education activities of the League. Everyone is welcome.
Reservations are not required. Lunch is $15 for members and $17 for guests. For additional information contact Club president, Harry Kamberis, at 941-779-0564.
Sierra Club talks conservation
The Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club’s Manatee Conservation Committee meets on Monday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Bradenton Central Library meeting room, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd, Bradenton. Help the club contribute to sound environmental policy in Manatee County. Join them and/or contact Sandra Ripberger, 794-3878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read me a story
Misty Wright, the children’s librarian, reads stories on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 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.