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At the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach: • Wednesday, May 8, Coloring Club, noon; Island Time Book Club, 6:30 p.m. • Thursday, May 9, a veteran’s services professional will be available to help vets with needs, 9 a.m. to noon; Hawaiian singer, 2 p.m. • Friday, May 10, Forty Carrots - Partners in Play, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjong Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 2 to 4 p.m. • Saturday, May 11, Origami Club, 10 a.m.; LEGO Club, 2 to 3:30 p.m. • Tuesday, May 14, Preschool story time, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjong Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Tech Help, 2 to 4 p.m.; Recycled Book Sculpture, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. For more information, call the library at 942-778-6341.


The Studio at Gulf and Pine at 10101 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria presents “Sharing our Shores” on Wednesday, May 8, with an artist’ reception on Thursday, May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For the past nine years, Anna Maria Elementary (AME) School third- through fifth-grade students have been creating watercolors of local wildlife alongside local artists as part of AME's hands-on environmental education program Throughout the year, AME students are involved with bird watching, growing herbs and vegetables, composting, butterfly gardening, learning about butterflies, turtles and shorebirds. The program will hopefully develop the studenta into leaders who understand the impact a healthy environment has on a community. This is the second year these creative paintings will be on display for the public to enjoy. The May 16 reception is a zero-waste event featuring light refreshments provided by the Sandbar restaurant. One of a kind note cards bearing images of children’s artwork will be available for purchase with 100 percent of the proceeds benefit to AME’s environmental programs. There will be a watercolor demo with island artist Cory Wright and a prize drawing for a basket of art supplies from Creative Art Supply, a sponsor of Sharing Our Shores. Marie Garafano, a local artist who taught all the children to paint, will have artwork on display. Call 941-778-1906 or visit for more information about all of The Studio at Gulf and Pine upcoming artist workshops, exhibits and other cultural events.


Everyone is invited to the Roser Community Church Fellowship Hall at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, for a farewell reception

for Melissa Merkle at 10:30 on Thursday, May 9. There will be a basket for cards-bring or mail cards to the church. Merkle developed Roser Robics and led a health and fitness ministry at Roser Community Church. Merkle came to Roser Church four years ago, when there was no program, but Roser Robics grew to affect 300 people over the years. Roser Robics will continue using videos of Melissa's classes. Roser Robics is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.. This chair-based exercise class is appropriate for older adults and those looking to lessen the impact on their joints. Participants are asked to bring two cans of fruit of equal size and weight to be used for class activities. Cans may be donated to the Food Pantry. The cost is donation based. Merkle, co-founder of Boomers N Motion Health Coaching, developed a passion for fitness and nutrition when she was a young girl living in Akron, Ohio. She became certified as an AFAA Group Exercise Instructor while attending Kent State University in 2002, and she later earned her Personal Trainer and Health Coach certifications through ACE.


The Anna Maria Island Privateers wanted to hold a wine tasting, but they don’t drink wine so it’s a rum tasting on Saturday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the. Doctor’s Office, 5312 Holmes Blvd. in Holmes Beach. The cost is $49.99 per ticket, and only 60 tickets are available. There will be 15 of the finest rums a pirate could hope to quaff. Look for their pirate ship Skullywag carrying pirates and wenches. Mail a check to AMI Privateers, P.O. Box 1238, Holmes Beach Fl 34218, to get on the guest list or contact Jennifer “Mermaid” Price at 585-645-8975 or Tim “Hammer” Thompson at 941-780-1668 for more information. All money raised will go towards the Privateers’ mission statement of “Pirates for Kids and Community.” Visit their Website at and don’t forget to like them on Facebook.


The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department has a learning program for 2-year-olds and younger, also known as treetots, and on Thursday, May 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. they will learn about water at the the NEST at Robinson Preserve, 10299 9th Ave. N.W.. Bradenton. They will explore all of water’s states of matter – gas, liquid and solid. Through songs, movement, and hands-on play they will experience the wonders of water. Reservations are required by emailing coral.

MAY 8, 2019 or calling 941-7425757, ext.4.


Come out to the NEST at Robinson Preserve, 10299 9th Ave. N.W. on Thursday, May 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. to see this wondrous salute to nature and science. It’s free and no reservations are necessary. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panorama views and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Learn about upcoming programs and exciting new additions to Robinson Preserve.


Everyone is welcome to listen to jazz Friday, May 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Mosaic NEST at Robinson Preserve, at 10299 9th Ave. N.W. Enjoy classical jazz performed by Dr. Pete Carney and the State College of Florida Jazz Combo, while taking in the preserve’s beautiful scenery. Register by emailing elena.burke@ or calling 941-742-5923, ext. 6036.


Take a walk on the beach at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria on Saturday, May 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. to search for seashells and learn to identify them. This program will explore what makes mollusks unique and bring you up to speed on the latest research in malacology. Learn about ethical seashell collecting methods while discovering a new appreciation for our beautiful shorelines. Reservations are required by calling 941-742-5923, ext. 6036, or e-mailing


The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department will open the Mosaic NEST at Robinson Preserve, at 10299 9th Ave. N.W. on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. for exploration and to paint flower pots for Mother’s Day. For one day only, stop in for a flowerpot painting workshop complete with soil and a seed. Suitable for all ages. No reservations required, visit any time during open house hours. For more information, call 941-742-5923, ext. 6039. There is a $5 fee per flower pot, payable by cash only.


Cooking with the Masters at the Studio at Gulf and Pine All classes only $99 per class. Buy 4 / get a fifth class free.

Use promo code 5THFREE. (Space is limited.) Discover new recipes and fun culinary techniques from our own local masters. These hands-on cooking lessons will feature locally sourced, sustainable items and fresh summer flavors to create delicious menus. Space is limited.

941-778-1906 Now through July 28

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