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Vol. 17 No. 43 - August 9, 2017

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SWAT meets on Island

The Anna Maria Island Chapter of SWA T (Successful Women Aligning Together) will meet on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 11:45 a.m. -to 1:15 p.m. at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S. in Bradenton Beach. Members and prospective members are invited to attend to network. They are urged to bring their business cards and enjoy lunch.

This chapter meets every third Thursday of the month at the Bridge Street Bistro. To RSVP, contact Betty Burton at

Museum closed Friday

The Florida Maritime Museum at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, will be closed to the public on Friday, Aug. 11, for training. The museum will resume normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Wednesday is for relaxing

The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts its Coloring Club at noon and its Chess Club at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Adults are enjoying the relaxation of coloring and the chess club has a chess master to improve your game. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Sierra Club gears up

The Sierra Club of Manatee/Sarasota Counties meets on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts with an ice cream party. They plan to have a cool time exploring some the environmental issues facing residents. Contact Gerry Swormstedt at 941-366-9596 for more information.

Lunch and learn

Senior Adventures members will meet at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, enjoy lunch and learn about the Neuro Challenge” dealing with Parkinson’s disease on Friday, Aug. 11. You must reserve a spot by calling Kay Bell at 941-538-0945.

Mahjong played here

The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, in Holmes Beach, offers mahjong on Friday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. Learn about this Chinese board game and enjoy a round while making new friends. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Alzheimer’s caregivers meet

Sue Fox, a representative of the Sarasota Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will host a program for caregivers of people with memory problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, on Friday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The program is free. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.

Paper folding at library

Judy Pruitt presents her origami class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn this ancient Japanese art of paper folding. The class is free. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Manatee Sierra Club meets

Join the Manatee County Sierra Club for updates on Manatee County developments on Monday, Aug. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Central Library 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. Contact Sandra Ripberger at 941-794-3878; for more information.

Manatee County needs help

The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department needs help drilling oysters to create oyster mats and vertical oyster gardens. Volunteers are needed if they meet the following criteria: familiar with a drill press; have steady hands; are able to be at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, during open hours; able to volunteer several hours at a time; and be at least 18 years old.

The department is going to have an ongoing need for oyster shell that can be turned into mats. Those interested may contact Michelle at 941-742-5923, ext 6035, to set up a training time.

Help with weight control

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.

Rhythm on the beach

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, and dinner is available at the café.

Center seeks volunteers

The Center, of Anna Maria Island, needs volunteers to help carry out its programs. Those interested may join The Center’s Director of First Impressions, Amy Talucci on the first Thursday of every month from noon to 6 p.m. for more information and to attend an orientation. For more information, call The Center at 941-778-1908.

Lose that stress

Loren Batsell leads a Guided Relaxation Circle on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach. Donations are requested. A portion of the money will benefit the Art League.

Batsell practiced wellness for more than 20 years, She is a nationally board certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupuncture physician.

Chairs will be provided or students may bring a mat. Attendees will be given verbal cues throughout the process to calm the body, mind, and spirit. Comfortable clothing is suggested.

For more information, call 778-2099 or visit the Anna Maria Island Art League, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reaching out to patients

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has advocate positions available in Manatee County. Volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult-family care homes to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. Training and certification are provided and volunteers participate in council meetings, administrative assessments and complaint resolution in facilities.

If you would like to become an ombudsman and make a difference in your community, visit, search for us on Face book or call 1-888-831-0404.

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.

Explore Myakka’s ecosystem

Join the Manatee County Sierra Club Saturday Aug. 12, for a six- to eight-mile morning interpretive walk exploring summer in the Myakka ecosystem. The specific location and gear needed will depend on current hydrologic conditions. The group size is limited. Attendees must reserve with Bill Lewis at 941-355-2156.

Book club meets

The Island Friends Book Club meets at the Island Branch Library on Thursday, Aug.. 17, at 10 a.m. There is no single book chosen to discuss. It will be a reader’s choice. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Needlepoint for fun

If you’re good with needles or want to be, there is a knit and crochet meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. Bring your latest project and enjoy. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.

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