The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at noon at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The program will feature flower arrangements by Manatee River Garden Club. Call Charlotte at 941-778-6758 for more information.
The Anna Maria Island S.W.A.T. (Successful Women Aligning Together) Chapter meets on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
To RSVP and for more information about SWAT, contact Sherri Proctor, AMI chapter director at 941-345-5135 or SWATAMI@gmail.com.
Book club meets
The Island Branch Library Book Club meets at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. to discuss "Sisters In Law," by Linda Hirshman. For more information, call 941-778-6341.
Food and music for seniors
Senior Adventures will meet at The Center in Anna Maria before 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, to travel to Sunnyside Village Community Center in Sarasota for a piano concert. The Sarasota music club provides a free breakfast and concert. Riders need a reservation for the van. Call Peg at 942-778-3106 to reserve a spot.
The book sale is here
The Island Branch Library Book Sale is this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. On Saturday at noon, you can fill a plastic bag, donated by Publix, for only $3 per bag
On Thursday, Feb. 16, the doors will be open to members only from 1 to 3 p.m. Those wishing to shop early may purchase a membership at the Island Library or at the door.
Pets target of cupid's arrow
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS) is hosting Love Me Tender: Half-Off Adoption Fee Weekend on Feb. 17-18. With so many adoptable dogs and cats to choose from, it's an ideal time find the love of your life.
All cat and dog adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and rabies certificate. Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $15. The special promotion will only be held at MCAS, located at 305 25th St. W. in Palmetto. The location at 1002 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton (cats only) will be closed for temporary maintenance.
Cub Scout Pack 191 of the Boy Scouts of America (Manatee District) will be collecting nonperishable food items to donate to Meals on Wheels.
For additional information, contact Hans Wohlgefahrt, MCAS outreach and events specialist, at 941-742-5933, ext. 3836, or visit mymanatee.org/pets.
Shop for treasures
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is holding its annual White Elephant and Clothing Sale on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18. Friday's sale is for early birds, and admission costs $5. It runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday's admission is free and it runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shop for gently used treasures, the church ladies' famous homemade pickles and baked goods and purchase a light meal from their menu. For more information, call the church at 941-778-1638.
What the future holds
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will discuss "After the Election – What do We do Now," at their weekly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 18, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Manatee Beach Café at Manatee County Public Beach. Kiwanis members from other clubs are welcome, as are members of the public.
Take it easy
There will be a meditation session at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 18. It's free. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.
See the sun safely
The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department is hosting an opportunity to do what your mother always told you not to do – look directly at the sun – on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m., from the lawn of the Valentine House at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., in Bradenton.
Staff will have a Hydrogen Alpha solar telescope that allows people to look through the safety of H Alpha light and observe solar granulation, filaments, sunspots and even solar flares. The telescope can't see through clouds, so this event depends on the weather. No reservations are needed.
For more information, call 941-748-4501, ext. 6039.
Local authors gather
The Friends of the Island Library will be hosting Island author meet and greet at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. A dozen local authors will be available to sell and sign their books. For more information, call 941-778-6341.
Get your feet wet
Bring a canoe or kayak with safety equipment to Robinson Preserve, at 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon for a paddle with a nature guide from WayneAdventures. It's an easy paddle and a chance to explore the salt marches, even for beginners of all ages. You must bring your own canoe or kayak and safety gear. All participants must wear a life jacket.
Reservations are required. Call 941-742-5757, ext. 7.
Democrats talk foreign politics
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meets on Monday, Feb. 20, at the IMG Academy Clubhouse, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy. Bradenton, on Sarasota Bay. Check-in begins at 11:15 a.m., buffet service starts at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $15-17.
The luncheon topic will be "Turkey, Then and Now" with Mustafa Bulut. He'll look at the modern country, its rapidly changing political system and its impact on U.S. relations.
For more information, call Bill McGrath at 941-761-4017.
Flora exploration at preserve
Call Manatee County's Master Gardener Office at 941-722-4524 to reserve a spot on the Riverview Point Preserve Master Gardener Tour on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., at 8250 DeSoto Memorial Highway.
Stroll through the preserve with a Master Gardener to learn more about Florida's native plants and inhabitants in this coastal habitat. The hike begins in the parking area of Desoto National Memorial Park and enters into Riverview Pointe Preserve.
Sponsored by the IFAS Extension Program/Florida Master Gardeners, this event is suitable for all ages.
The wonderful world of color
Join the Island Branch Library's Coloring Club on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at noon at 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.