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Vol. 15 No. 22- March 25, 2015

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Last call for bingo

Smoke-free bingo at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, comes to an end on Thursday, March 26, featuring cake and coffee for sale.

Contact Linda Yarger at 778-3580 or LyargerL for more information.

Technology’s effect on us

Lifelong Learning Academy’s Einstein’s Circle, a series of free discussions, is held every Wednesday from 11 a.m, to 12:30 p.m. at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

This week’s discussion is on technology, which has made our lives better in so many ways, but it comes at what price? Where is it taking us? No need to sign up, just show up.

Learn Manatee County history

There will be an open house at the Manatee Village Historic Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, on Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Award winning filmmaker Rick Smith, son of Patrick Smith, who wrote “A Land Remembered,” will speak at 11:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Seating is limited, and no reservations will be taken.

Also at the open house, the Florida Cracker Horse Association, heritage artisans and crafters, old time music and Celtic dance, games and magic from yesteryear, museum exhibits and Old Cabbage Head, the museum shop, Junior Junction, food vendors and more. For more information, call 941-741-4075 or log onto

Meditation class benefits the arts

Sheryl Spikes will teach a Meditation class on Saturday, March 28, April 25, May 23, and June 27, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach.

Spikes, a full-time, 25-year island resident, is a licensed registered nurse for 45 years practicing energy healing work and teaching meditation for the past seven years. Sign up now for March 28. Spikes takes donations and proceeds go to the Art League.

Pre-register by calling 778-2099 or at Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach, on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A groovy kind of love event

Retro Rocks the Renaissance at the Renaissance on Ninth Street in Bradenton on Saturday, March 28, 6 to 10:30 p.m. with free entertainment by oldies band Yesterdazye. Enjoy food and two drink tickets for $75 per person; tables available.

The Animal Network and Meals on Wheels Plus invite you to a groovy kind of party. The proceeds will benefit heartworm positive dogs.

For information and to order tickets and tie-died T-shirts go to

Writers to dine

The Gulf Coast Writers are having their annual luncheon meeting on Wednesday, April 1, at 11:30 a.m. at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. Reserve to Sylvia Price at 778-3209 or

Library seeks writers and artists

The Manatee County Library System is publishing a new online literary and arts journal called "805" and the editors of this bi-monthly publication are seeking short stories, flash fiction, essays, poems and art. Writers and artists are asked to submit via the website at and include full contact information, genre and word count, if applicable. For general information, visit

Beach Market open Sunday

The Beach Market, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach at the trolley stop, concession stand area, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday through July, except Easter.

It offers fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and more. The Coquina Café will be open, selling meals and snacks with seating available.

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.

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.

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.

It 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.

Volunteer advocates needed

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes.

The program’s local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification is provided.

All interested individuals are encouraged to call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or visit the program’s Website at

Red Cross needs you

The American Red Cross in Sarasota and Manatee counties has an urgent need for volunteers to help train people how to save a life and to assist local families who have lost their home to a fire or other disaster. Volunteer instructors help people learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid.

All volunteer applicants must pass a background check and attend an orientation class. All training is free. To register or for more information, visit


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