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Vol. 17 No. 28 - April 26, 2017

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Learn about enhanced 911

A representative of Manatee County's 911 system will explain all about the enhanced 911 system on Wednesday, April 26, at 11 a.m. at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. This is also known as the GPS enabled Phase II for cell phones. This system finds out where 911 callers are located if they are using a cell phone. Bring a brown bag lunch and join them in the fellowship hall. Beverages and dessert provided.

Health to you

Ana Guillermo-Santiago, H2U program manager for Blake Hospital, addresses the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at its regular Friday meeting on April 29 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Manatee County Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. H2U stand for Health to You, and members who sign up get health information in the form of classes, a quarterly magazine and on-line portals. The meeting is open to local Kiwanis members and out of town Kiwanis visitors.

Health screening offered

You could be alerted to possible stroke or other health problems by taking Prevention Plus Stroke and Vascular Screening offered on Tuesday, May 2, at The Center, 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria. The screenings are being offered at reduced prices.

They include stroke/carotid ultrasound for $40, abdominal aortic aneurysm for $40, arterial disease test for $40, thyroid ultrasound for $40, abdominal ultrasound for $95 and heart scan-echocardiogram for $95 or all six tests for only $179. Blood tests, liver, cholesterol, PSA and TSH tests are also available. To register, call 888-667-7587.

Shopping by the shore

Enjoy outdoor shopping at the Beach Market on Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This popular market, which is held on Sundays only during the of-season, offers arts and crafts, great souvenirs and jewelry plus clothing and fresh produce.

Enjoy the beautiful, white, sand beach and relax with eats and drinks on the deck overlooking the Gulf at Coquina Café. The Beach Market is at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, at the trolley stop, concession stand area. Ride the free trolley to the market or park in the free parking lot.

Manatee County does not allow dogs anywhere in Coquina Park. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. Contact Nancy for more information at 941-518-4431.

Island Players season set

The Island Players Theater has released the plays selected for the 2017-2018 season.

They are as follows;

"Happy Birthday," by Marc Camoletti, runs Sept. 21 to Oct, 10, 2017 (auditions Aug. 13);

"The Games A Foot," by Ken Ludwig, runs Nov. 9 – 19, 2017 (auditions Sept. 24);

"Beyond a Joke," by Derek Benfield, runs Jan. 11 – 28, 2018 (auditions Nov. 12, 2017);

"Curious Savage" by John Patrick, runs March 8 – 25, 2018 (auditions Jan. 14, 2018);

"An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestley, runs May 3 -13, 2018 (auditions March 11, 2018).

The Island Players board of directors, actors, and volunteers thank everyone in the community who attended their plays and/or supported them in other ways to help make their 68th Season another great success.

For more information about the theater, check out their website at or call the box office at 941 778-5755.

Sunset cruise for a cause

The Friends of De Soto National Memorial Park invite supporters to ride the water in a 90-minute sunset cruise of Sarasota Bay on Saturday, May 15. Boarding will commence at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach.

Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and include complimentary sandwiches and snacks. A cash bar will also be available. For reservations, go to

All proceeds benefit the De Soto National Memorial through the Friends of De Soto, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Card games at church

The Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, in Holmes Beach, hosts duplicate bridge starting at noon on Tuesdays. Everybody is welcome

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.

Cribbage at Ducks

D Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, is hosting cribbage games on Sundays at 11 a.m. It's free, and no reservations are required; just show up.

Yoga at the museum

Sharon Meier teaches yoga at the Florida Maritime Museum at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. Classes will last for an hour. Meier's classes are suitable for beginners. Students will need to bring a yoga mat, water and a block and straps, if available.

This class is donation based and attendees are asked to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure a prompt start. Reservations are not necessary but space is limited. To reserve a spot, call Kristin Sweeting at 941-708-6120.

Exercise at Roser

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. High and low impact options are available. The costs are $15 per class, $65 for a five-class pass and $100 for a 10-class pass. Scholarships are available for those in need. Bring hand weights.

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

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.

Reaching long-term patients

Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has advocate positions available in Manatee County. Volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult-family care homes to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. Training and certification are provided and volunteers participate in council meetings, administrative assessments and complaint resolution in facilities.

If you would like to become an ombudsman and make a difference in your community, visit, search on Facebook or call 1-888-831-0404.

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

Seniors hold monthly sale

Senior Adventures will gather at the Annie Silver Community Center on Friday, April 28th for their monthly book sale and potluck lunch. There are boxes of shells and glue for crafts. Bring something to decorate. For more information, call Peg at 941-778-3106.


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