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Vol. 16 No. 34 - June 22, 2016

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Get started with rain barrels

The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers rain barrels and a class on how to use them on Saturday, June 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service Horticulture Learning Center, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto.

Storing rainwater aids in the reduction of storm water runoff, which can help reduce the levels of pesticides and fertilizers that drain into ponds, streams, lakes, and bays. Learn how to install, paint, and maintain a functional rain barrel. Rain Barrels cost $33, check or cash only.

Register online at or call the Master Gardeners at 941-722-4524.

Library friend talks

Pam Leckie speaks about the Friends of the Island Branch Library at the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Manatee Beach Café at Manatee Beach, 5000 Marina Drive. Anyone who would like to hear about this group’s support of the library is welcome. Breakfast is available for purchase before the meeting and visiting Kiwanis members and prospective members are welcome to attend.

Morning walk with Sierra Club

Join the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club on Saturday, June 25, for a morning interpretive walk. They will spend the morning exploring one of the local county parks where they can observe the response to recent March burns. The distance walked will be about three to five miles. The group size will be limited. The Manatee Sarasota Sierra Club asks for a $5 donation. Walkers must reserve with Bill Lewis at 355-2156.

Get fit while you sit

Melissa Merkle, co-founder of Boomers N Motion Health Coaching, teaches Roser-Robics every Thursday, at 11 a.m. Roser-Robics is perfect for seniors and those with handicaps who can’t jump and dance because it’s moving to the music while sitting. There will be a variety of aerobic exercises designed to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance.

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Participants are asked to bring two cans of fruit of equal size and weight to be used as weights and equipment for class activities. The cans will be donated to the Roser All Denominations Food Bank at the end of each class.

For more information, call Melissa Merkle at 330-990-0990 or e-mail 

Get down with yoga

Cindy Phillips presents Gentle Chair Yoga on Wednesdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The cost is $10 per class and spaces are limited.

Gentle Chair Yoga features breathing with postures to help improve strength, flexibility, balance and tranquility, using a chair as a prop. Enjoy the benefits of a regular yoga practice without having to get down on the floor or by using a traditional yoga mat.

For more information, call 778-2099.

Lose weight

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.

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.

Drum roll please

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.

Florida’s watery past

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM), in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Academy, presents “Florida’s Maritime Past.” This course traces the relationship of Floridians and the sea for more than 500 years, highlighting important events and figures and looking at how these weave together to create the state’s history and maritime heritage.

The course begins on Thursday, July 7, and will continue weekly for a total of four Thursdays. Classes are held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Florida Maritime Museum Auditorium, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. To register, contact the Lifelong Learning Academy at 941-359- 4296 or 

Shop by the surf

The Beach Market at Coquina Beach, at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach at the trolley stop, concession stand area, offers shopping in the shade of the pines along the all-purpose path from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday through July. Shop for items from local artists, arts and crafts, jewelry, fresh produce, plants, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles and more.

It’s a good place to relax on the beautiful deck overlooking the Gulf and with eats and drinks from the Coquina Cafe.  Admission is free and the free trolley stops near the market. Manatee County does not allow dogs anywhere in Coquina Park. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible.

Contact Nancy Ambrose for more information 941-518-4431.

Turtle Talk Tuesdays

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers will present a 30-minute program every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in June and July at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.

Using photos, videos and stories, volunteers will take the audience on a virtual tour of Anna Maria Island’s nesting beaches and answer questions. Participants will learn the times and locations of upcoming nest excavations, done three days after hatchlings leave the nests.

Free activity books, handouts and temporary turtle tattoos will be available. T-shirts, stickers, transfers and embroidered ball caps with Turtle Watch’s new Turtle Life logo will be available for a donation. For more information, visit

Crosley at agricultural museum

The film “Powel Crosley, Jr. and the 20th Century” will be shown June, July, and August on Wednesdays and the first and third Saturdays at 1 p.m. at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 1015 6th St. West, Palmetto. The museum is located within the Palmetto Historical Park.

After the movie the museum will provide a 2 p.m. tour of the park as well as view both sites’ Crosley exhibits which are part of the six-site “Powel Crosley, Jr. Community Exhibition: His Life. His Work. His Impact.”  The museum is closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch, and doors open at 12:50 p.m. on movie days. For more information, call 721-2034 or

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.

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  


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