Art League presents silk painting

The Anna Maria Island Art League, at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, hosts a Painting on Silk Workshop with Mark Mizener on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 2-5 p.m.
Mizener spent his childhood in Downers Grove, Ill. He majored in theater arts at the University of Illinois and also at Columbia College in Chicago.
The cost is $60 and it includes art supplies. Spaces are limited. Scholarships may be available. Call the Art League for more details.
Pre-register by calling 941-778-2099 or at the Art League on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 Mark Mizener
Mark Mizener


Music at Roser Church

The first in a series of musical performances at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will be held at Sunday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. featuring Songeaters. A voice and piano duo created by acclaimed pianist Eunmi Ko and Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo, Songeaters is a voice-piano duo offering a new look at art song. Songeaters produces programs that thread together diverse repertoire based on story and text themes, pairing selected popular chestnuts with lesser-known gems and newly-composed responses that expand the world of classical song and deepen understanding. For this performance Lobo and Ko will present ‘Seasonscape,’ a program tracing the course of the year through a wide variety of eras and countries.

Food and fashions at St. Bernard

St Bernard’s Women’s Guild will host its annual fashion show and luncheon, “It’s A Birthday Party,” on Thursday, Feb. 1, at noon in the Activity Center at 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Ginny’s & Jane E’s will serve lunch. Irene’s Resort Wear will supply the fashions. Many raffle and door prizes will be available. Proceeds benefit local area charities. A ticket donation is $25. A limited number of tickets will be sold with none at the door. For tickets and info call or text Justine at (410) 241-0481.


Fermenting lessons

Jillian Ross returns to the Folk School at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon to teach about lacto fermentation, a traditional way that food has been preserved for centuries. Fermented foods are full of probiotics and known to assist in healing digestive issues. In the basic fermentation class, Jillian will go over the science and methods of how to properly ferment foods and beverages of all kinds. She will also discuss the tools that are used and how to source the products needed to use ferments in the home. Jillian will bring items to show and share with the class so they can become more familiar. These include sauerkraut, kimchi, beet kvass, milk/water kefir, kombucha, and various lacto-fermented pickles and vegetables. Everyone will get to sample different items. There is a registration fee of $20. Register by Thursday, Jan. 18 here.

Fermentation class at Florida Maritime Museum
Fermentation class at Florida Maritime Museum
Learn storytelling

The Folk School at the Florida Maritime Museum hosts a class in storytelling on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Students will be introduced to the different kinds of stories common in three traditions of Florida folklore: African-American, Florida Cracker and Seminole. For example, some tales teach a lesson, others explain traditions, and many tales explain the origins of animals and plants or people. Students will learn the techniques of telling, such as using voice and mime to develop characters and build suspense. Students will have the opportunity to tell a story with the techniques they learned at the class. Students will need to bring a pen/pencil and paper/notebook. The class fee is $20. Register by Tuesday, Jan. 16 here.


Irish Ceili and set dancing returns

The Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers offer their winter dancing at the Sandpiper Mobile Resort, 2601 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 1-3 p.m., and will continue every Wednesday through the end of March. All, including beginners, are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Judy at 941-779-1416 or Willie at 734-276-2242.

Brian Bonner
Brian Bonner accompanies Irish dancing.


Cheeseheads take note

The Wisconsin Club of Manatee County is hosting its 61st Wisconsin Day Potluck Luncheon Buffet at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, with registration starting at 10 a.m. The buffet runs to approximately 2:30 p.m. Wisconsin residents, transplants, vacationers and visitors are welcome. Each party is asked to bring enough food for eight to 10 people. Hot entrees are welcome and they have space for many slow cookers. Attendees also need to bring their own table setting. Organizers will have the names of Wisconsin cities or areas posted around the room so people can sit with others from where they live. There will be live polka music for listening or dancing and they will have a 50/50 raffle and many door prizes. The cost is $5 per person and for answers to any questions, call Denny at 941-907-6646.

Family Fun

Register now for run

The 12th Annual Anna Maria Elementary Dolphin Dash 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held this Saturday, Jan. 13 at the school, 4700 Gulf Drive. The Dolphin Dash is a fundraiser for the school’s PTO. It is sanctioned by the Bradenton Runner’s Club. Race day registration and packet pickup begin at 7 a.m. at the school. The 5K Dolphin Dash starts at 8 a.m. and the 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. Immediately following there will be refreshments, door prizes and the awards ceremony. The fee for adults is $25; children under 18 are $10. All money must be received by Jan. 11. Bradenton Runners Club members can pre-register for $20 by Jan. 11. Race day registration for adults is $30; children under 18 is $15.

Breakfast is served

Roser Memorial Church, at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, is serving a hearty breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 8-11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For $6, enjoy pancakes, sausage, syrup and/or melted butter, applesauce, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee or tea. There is no charge for children under the age of 5. Proceeds will go toward upgrading the kitchen equipment. After breakfast stroll across the street and browse the bargains in the Guild Thrift Shop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church needs volunteers to help with the breakfasts they serve during season. There will be additional breakfasts on Feb. 10 and March 17. They need 16 people for each shift and five people for the clean-up crew. Shifts are 7:30-9:30 a.m., 9:30-11:30 a.m. and the 10:45 a.m. cleanup crew. Sign up online or call the church at 941-778-0414.

Einstein’s Circle is back

The world situation is ever-changing and it is difficult to keep up with it. Einstein’s Circle is a free exchange of ideas that meets at The Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays on Jan. 17 and 31 and Feb. 7, 14 and 28. It’s free and all you need to bring is your knowledge, ideas and curiosity. Einstein’s Circle is affiliated with the Lifelong Learning Center.

Political party’s future discussed

Political theorist and communications consultant Claire Snyder-Hall presents “Wither Democrats – 2018?” at the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 15, at the IMG Clubhouse, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. A buffet lunch will be served. The cost is $17 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration begins at 11:15a.m. No prior reservation is necessary. All are welcome. For information contact Harry Kamberis at 941-779-0564.

Test yourself

The Manatee County Library Department is hosting “Are You Smarter Than a Librarian?” at the Main Library in downtown Bradenton on the fourth Wednesday of each month through June 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Teams of two to four people are invited to compete in this trivia game. Register by emailing [email protected] or calling 942-748-5555, ext. 6308. It’s free and there will be refreshments and prizes.


Catch it early

You could be alerted to possible stroke or other health problems by taking Prevention Plus Stroke and Vascular Screening offered on Wednesday, Jan. 17 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.


The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, offers a wide array of free programs for people of all ages. Here’s a look at what’s scheduled this week.

  • Saturday, Jan. 13, origami with Judy Pruitt, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16, Preschool Story Time with Trudy Bell, “When it Roars, Go Indoors,” from 10 to 11 a.m.; Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources program on Florida Scrub Jays, from 2 to 3 p.m.; free technical help from 2 to 4 p.m.

Call the library at 941-778-6341 for more information.