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Vol. 17 No. 23 - March 22, 2017

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Arts and crafts for butterflies

There will be a midweek arts and crafts festival at Coquina Beach Gulfside from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23. Shop for original art and other items. Proceeds go toward a butterfly park for the Island. For information, contact Terri or Andy at 352-344-0657 or visit

Improve your chess game

The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is holding its regular chess class on Wednesday, March 22, at 4 p.m. There will be a chess master for beginners or to help players improve their game. Chess sets are available or bring your own. There is no charge. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Computer coding is fun

Kids 8 years old and up are welcome to an initial class on computer coding at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach on Thursday, March 23, at 2 p.m. Learn more about your computer and what it can do. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Seniors meet inspirational artist

Senior Adventures is a group that encourages senior citizens to get out and have fun together and on Friday, March 24, they will meet a Longboat Key working artist who is older than them and still making art. The Center's van will pick up those who pre-registered at 10:15 a.m. at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., in Bradenton Beach, and take them to visit Regina Gurland and tour her pottery workshop, located in her garage.

They will then escort her to a soup and salad luncheon to celebrate her 100th birthday. Prospective new members are welcome. To register, call Peg Miller at 941-778-3106.

Preschool play at library

Parents of children from mobile babies to 5 years old, join the fun at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. Sponsored by Forty Carrots Family Center, instructors help you setup special play time with your child experiencing new educational activities together and with other parents and children.

Space is limited to the first 12 families, so see a librarian to get a ticket for the session. For more information, call 941-778-6341.

Kids to make bookmarks

Kids, learn how to make monster bookmarks at a session in the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Friday, March 24, at 2 p.m. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Pancake breakfast at Roser

Enjoy the pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, March 25, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Roser Community Church Fellowship Hall, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

For $6 per person, enjoy pancakes, sausage, syrup and or melted butter, applesauce, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee or tea. Children under the age of 5 eat free.

Proceeds will go for rebuilding the pews in the chapel. For more information go to or call the church at 941-778-0414.

Learn CPR

West Manatee Fire Rescue personnel are teaching CPR on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees must pre-register bu calling 941-778-6341.

Preserve photography on display

Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources is displaying the featured photos from the 2017 Photography Challenge on Friday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Valentine House at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton. View photos that tell an extraordinary story about each of the county's preserves.

This program is suitable for all ages. Attendees are asked to let the county know if they are coming by e-mailing or calling 941-748-4501- ext. 6044.

Story time at the library

Trudy Hill, the children's librarian, reads stories and offers kid-type projects with the theme of, "Nibble, nibble crunch," on Tuesday, March 28, at 10 a.m. Kids between toddler and five years of age are welcome with their parents at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Prepare for college

Parents and grandparents of high school students might be interested in a special lecture on at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach on Wednesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. by a national expert on how to get graduates a college education.

College is now the second largest purchase most families make in their lives, yet most know more about buying a television. Class will cover common mistakes families make in selecting a college, myths about financial aid, and how to significantly reduce your cost.

Planning ahead and developing a strategy for the college process is crucial to finding the right fit and avoiding unmanageable debt. Those interested may RSVP to

Detect problems in time

You could be alerted to possible stroke or other health problems by taking Prevention Plus Stroke and Vascular Screening offered on Friday, April 7, 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 also are available.

To register, call 888-667-7587.

Grants from garden club

The Manatee River Garden Club is once again offering a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior from Manatee County to pursue a degree in horticulture or environmental studies. The application deadline is May 1. In addition, grants are available from the Garden Club's Elizabeth Eaton Fund to help beautify a public space in Manatee County.

Applications for both of these funds can be found at under the Learning and Links tab. Look also at the Scholarship Source Directory of the Manatee Community Foundation at

If additional information is needed call Sandie Smith at (941) 776-7528, or e-mail at Applications should be sent to: Manatee River Garden Club, P.O. Box 14662, Bradenton, FL 34280-4662, Attn. Sandie Smith.

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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