Bikers describe journey
Alice Newlon and Tom Skoloda present “Bicycling from Berlin to Prague” at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Wednesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. This free lecture is part of the Lifelong Learning Academy’s Island Program and no registration is needed. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 778-6341.
Mana-Tweens learn a craft
The Island Mana-Tweens Club, consisting of kids between the ages of 8 and 12, will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, at the Island Branch Library, 5601 Marina Drive, to work on a craft. This program is free and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.
Mailer book discussed
The Island Friend Book Club meets at the Island Branch Library, 5601 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, April 17, at 10 a.m. to discuss Norman Mailer’s “A Castle in the Forest.” For more information, call the library at 778-6341.
Audubon installs new officers
Manatee County Audubon will hold its annual meeting, Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 330 11th Ave. W., Palmetto, for fellowship and programs. They will celebrate their accomplishments and install new officers while enjoying a potluck dinner. Visit www.manateeaudubon.org or call 941-729-2222 for details. Visitors are always welcome.
Family movie on Friday
The Island Branch Library, 5601 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will show a family fun movie at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 18. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.
Hernando DeSoto rides again
Visit De Soto National Memorial on Saturday. April 19, for a recreation of the landing of Hernando de Soto 475 years ago on the shores of Florida to begin a quest that would change the fate of North America forever.
Witness history as De Soto’s boats make landfall, claiming the land of La Florida for the crown of Spain. Landing times are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. by the monuments along the cove.
Walk through time and hear first-hand accounts of the Europeans who trudged over 4,000 miles in search of riches and glory. Watch re-enactors demonstrate the unique weapons used by the Native Americans and the European invaders.
There will be plenty of activities for kids. There will be touch tables where kids can try on Spanish armor and Florida Indian jewelry. Event admission and all activities are free.
DeSoto National Memorial is located at 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway in Bradenton. From the Island, drive east on Manatee Avenue to 75th Street, in Bradenton and turn north. Follow the road to the entrance of the park. For more information, call 941-792-0458.
Market continues through July
The Beach Market at Coquina Beach will be continuing this summer, so that summer tourists and locals can enjoy shopping at the beach south of the concession stand, restroom and trolley stop area under the pines.
Guests can ride the free trolley right to the market, have breakfast or lunch or a cocktail at Coquina Café, catch a few rays at the beach and stroll the market for fresh produce, local artists, arts and crafts, health and beauty items, apparel, souvenirs and more.
The Beach Market is held every Sunday except Easter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July. For more information, contact Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
Read me a story
Misty Wright, the children’s librarian, reads stories on Tuesday, Apr. 22, 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 778-6341.