Play benefits cancer research
The Island Players will host a Benefit Preview Performance of “Becky’s New Car,” to help raise awareness and funds to find a cure for cancer, on Tuesday, March 24, at 8 p.m. at Island Players Theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria (corner of Pine).
Tickets to the general admission performance are a $20 donation.Tickets are available at Creations by L, 5500 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Saturday; at the Beach Market at Coquina Beach on Sundays; or from Nancy Ambrose 941-518-4431. Tickets are not available at the Island Players box office.
Laughter the best medicine
Einstein’s Circle, a discussion opportunity sponsored by the Lifelong Living Academy, will delve into humor and whether if can help keep us healthy on Wednesday March 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Studio at Gulf and Pine at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The discussion is free, and no registration is required
Wildlife photographer speaks
As part of its Alice Taylor Reed Lecture and Travel Series, the Friends of the Island Branch Library welcome wildlife photographer Ron Mayberry for a multimedia presentation on Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, at 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
Mayberry’s pursuit of nature photography has taken him to all seven continents and remote locations such as the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica and the North Pole. This is a free event. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and no registration is necessary. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.
Bingo frenzy at Center
The Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, hosts bingo each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. through March 26. There will be cake and coffee for sale. Contact Linda Yarger at 778-3580 or LyargerL @aol.com for more information.
Book sale in Bradenton Beach
Tingley Memorial Library’s annual book sale and 50/50 raffle will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the raffle drawing at 2 p.m.
Tingley Memorial Library is located at 111 Second St. N. in Bradenton Beach, behind city hall. Get good books for the beach at bargain prices. For more information, call 779-1208.
Outdoor shopping by the beach
The Beach Market at Coquina Beach offers shopping for fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and more each Sunday through July, except for Easter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now it offers fresh seafood.
The Beach Market is located at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, at the trolley stop/concession stand area. 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.
Oldies Beach Dance
The popular Oldies Beach Dance is Thursday, March 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sandbar Pavilion at 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria. This fundraiser is for the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) and is sponsored by the Sandbar restaurant and the Anna Maria Island Sun.
Gulf Drive Band, featuring accomplished musicians, Bil Bowdish, Ted Young and Judy Lynn will perform a danceable mix of oldies from the 50s, 60s and 70s plus some favorite swing, jazz, country and popular music.
Special guest Koko Ray will lend his talents. Jazz Fest and Oldies Beach Dance are the only concerts that these gifted musicians perform together, so bring your dancing shoes or just relax and enjoy the fun.
Tickets are on a first-come basis, so get yours now at the AMI Chamber 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, by calling Nancy at 941-518-4431. Tickets are only $10 per person in advance before noon March 12 and $15 at the door. The Sandbar will provide refreshments at an additional charge.
Conservation meeting set
The Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club’s Manatee Conservation Committee will meet on Monday, March 16, at the Women’s Resource Center, 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, on Monday, March 16, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Contact Sandra Ripberger at 941-794-3878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun and games at church
St Bernard Women’s Guild will host an afternoon of fun and games which will include, bridge, bunco, bingo, mah jong, cards and board games with many prizes awarded starting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at St Bernard activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Join the group or bring your own game. Desserts and beverages will be served. A donation of $10 is requested. For more information, call 941-792-5983 or 941-792-7433.
Festival helps Butterfly Park
The Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Festival to benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park will be held on Wednesday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coquina Beach Gulfside, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. This outdoor arts and crafts festival offers vendors of all types selling jewelry, wood, art, photography, apparel, metal, photography, crafts, food and much more. For information, contact Terri at 352-344-0657 or visit www.tnteventsinc.com.
Social bridge at Roser
Enjoy social bridge every Monday at noon at the Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria. For more information 941-778-0414 or just come and join the group
Play bridge at Annunciation
Enjoy duplicate bridge every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 896-5154.
Greenwich, people to gather
Residents of and Floridians from Greenwich, Conn., are invited to the 31st Annual Greenwich/Florida 2015 Reunion at Jacaranda West Country Club in Venice, Fla., on Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a buffet luncheon. Proceeds will benefit Greenwich Connecticut charities. For information, call Grace Brown at 941-429-5423.
College assistance for women
The Manatee County Branch of the American Association of University Women is taking applications from Manatee County women for scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year.
High school seniors can get an application form from their counselors or on-line. Women of all ages are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted for colleges, universities and technical schools.
Go to http://aauw-fl.aauw.net/files/2013/11/ManateeAAUW_Scholarship_Application_pdf.pdf for an application. The deadline is March 21.
Last year the branch awarded 17 scholarships totaling $17,500. This year at least $19,500 is available for worthy applicants.
Concert band goes Broadway
The Manatee Concert Band, with several members living on the Island, will present its annual Spring Concert at 3 pm on Sunday, March 29, at Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF, 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton. This concert will feature several selections from Broadway hit musicals. There will be a guest percussionist from Kutztown University along with a wide variety of other musical favorites. Admission is free, and everyone is invited.