29th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant

Sandbar Easter Egg Hunt on Anna Maria IslandAnna Maria – Join Anna Maria Island families for the 29th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant on Saturday April 4th, where kids will search for Easter eggs in the sand and then March down Pine Ave with the Easter Bunny. The festivities start at 9am, but the Sandbar will be serving refreshments under the pavilion beginning at 8:30am, so get there early.

Following the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny will lead a walk down Pine Avenue where several more events geared towards both kids and their parents will be taking place. The Easter egg roll will begin when everyone has made the walk down Pine avenue and will end by 11am. There will also be a coloring station. At 10:30, the Easter bonnet contests will be held for both kids and adults. The first prize for adults will be a stay at one of the Anna Maria guest houses on Pine ave and the children’s first prize is lunch with four of their friends.

Sandbar Restaurant is located at 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216 and the phone number is 941-778-0444.

 

 

Respect Dolphins Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins may be one of our nicest finned friends, but they are still wild animals protected under law by the Marina Mammal Protection Act. Here are some do’s and don’ts for interacting with them.

atlantic bottle nose dolphin anna maria island
Anna Maria Island Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins

Do’s

Stay at least 50 yards away from dolphins when viewing from a vessel or watercraft.

Limit time spent observing marine mammals to 30 minutes or less.

Avoid making loud or sudden noises near these aquatic mammals.

Move away slowly if a dolphin’s behavior indicates the animal is stressed or disturbed.

Look before you book! Book wild dolphin viewing tours with businesses that responsibly view dolphins in the wild and help cetacean conservation.

Put your vessel’s engine in neutral if in the close vicinity of dolphins.

Dont’s

Pursue, swim with, pet or touch wild dolphins, even if they approach you.

Encircle or entrap dolphins with vessels.

Operate or maneuver vessels in a manner that may cause dolphins to change their current behaviors. Specifically, do not direct a vessel or accelerate toward dolphins with the intent of creating a wake.

Separate mother and calf pairs.

Drive watercraft through or over groups of dolphins.

If you see a dolphin in distress call Mote Marine’s Stranding Investigations Program at 941-988-0212.

 

 

Anna Maria Island beach clean-ups

Photos from the Heart the Sea Beach Clean UpAnna Maria Island – The city of Anna Maria and independent organizations in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach will be holding Anna Maria Island beach clean-ups during the last weeks of March.

Coquina Beach Clean Up

The Tampa Bay Watch Coastal Cleanup of Coquina Beach is asking you to come and help clean the beach on March 21st from 9am until noon. Bring your own gloves, hats and sunscreen as the Tampa Bay Watch will provide trash bags and trash grabbers. The meeting location is 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton, FL 34217. Email Michelle Leahy at michelle.leahy@mymanatee.org or call at 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 with questions about the clean up. Help keep the beach clean and the wildlife safe!

Anna Maria Beach Clean Up

Taking place on March 28th  starting at the south end of Bayfront Park in the city of Anna Maria at 8am. Bring your own bag or trash can, gloves and anything else you may need. Large items can be placed on the roadside for pickup. For more information call the public works department at 941-708-6130 ext. 26.

Manatee Beach Clean Up

Heart the Sea will be holding a beach clean up at the Manatee Public Beach on March 28th from 4-6pm. Heart the Sea will provide blue plastic gloves, so bring your own bags and grabbers. After the clean up is done head over to Swordfish Grill just over the Cortez Bridge for a free drink when you bring in your blue glove. Manatee Public Beach is located at 4000 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. Swordfish Grill is located at 4628 119th St W in Cortez. Find out more by emailing HeartTheSea@Gmailc.om or on the Heart the Sea Facebook page.

Spring Events at the Anna Maria Island Community Center

Anna Maria – The Anna Maria Island Community Center Spring Events are a phenomenal community resource that house classes, courses, workshops, an exercise center and cafe. Check out what’s going on at the community center this spring!

Spring Events:

Tour of Homes
Saturday, March 21st
10am to 4pm. Tickets are $20 per person. Do not forget to purchase your tickets for the handmade quilt “Seas the Day on AMI.” Raffle tickets are $1 for one or $5 for six. Get your tickets today!
Community Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 21st
8am to 11am. All you can eat. Price is $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Children five and under eat free.
Program EXPO
Saturday, March 21st
9am to 11am. Receive information about upcoming Spring Sports Programs, Spring Break Camps, Teen Program, our revamped Volunteer Program, Fitness Class demos, Specialty Class information, and
Tennis and Pickleball information.
Harley Raffle
Get your raffle tickets for a 2003 Anniversary Edition Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster. Only 125 tickets will be sold. The winner will be announced at the Silver Affaire on April 18th
Raffle tickets are $125.

Sports League:

Tryouts for Baseball
4-7 year olds: April 10th at 6pm
8-12 year olds: April 10th at 7pm

Tryouts for Basketball
5-7 year olds: April 6th at 6pm
8-10 year olds: April 8th at 6pm
11–13 year olds: April 6th at 7:30pm
14-17 year olds: April 8th at 6pm
Adults: April 7th at 7pm

Tryout for Kickball
Adults: April 13th at 7pm

Tryout for Soccer
Adults: April 9th at 7pm

AMICC Hours & Contact Information
Monday – Friday: 6:30am to 9pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Phone: 941-78-1908

407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216

Online at www.IslandReal.com

 

New programs at the Anna Maria Island Community Center

Anna Maria – The Anna Maria Island Community Center is a phenomenal community resource that house classes, courses, workshops, an exercise center and cafe. Check out what’s going on at the community center this spring!

Community Programs

MONDAYS
Zumba 9am-10am
Yoga for Relaxation 8:45am-10am
Staying Strong 10:30am-11:30am
Karate 5pm-6pm
Self Defense 6pm-7pm
TUESDAYS
Chair Yoga 8:45am -9:45am
Pilates/Yoga Mix for Beginners 9:30am-10:30am
Conversational Spanish 4:30pm-6pm
WEDNESDAYS
Zumba 10:15am-11:15am
Watercolor 10am-1pm
Mahjongg Lessons 1:30pm-4:00pm
Zumba 6:15pm-7:15pm
THURSDAYS
Chair Yoga 8:45am-9:45am
Pilates/Yoga Mix for Beginners 9:30am-10:30am
Mahjongg Club 10am-12pm
Karate 5pm-6pm
FRIDAYS
Yoga for Relaxation 8:45am-10am
Bridge Lessons 1:30pm-4pm
SATURDAYS
Iron Yoga 9am-10am
**Classes are subjected to change. Pre-registration
is required for some classes and classes may be
limited.**

Spring Break Camp

March 27, 30, and 31, April 1 and 2
Need a fun and safe environment for your kids during  spring break? AMICC will offer Spring Break Camp for elementary school aged children as well as children in middle school.
K-5th: Friday: Jumpin’ Fun Sports
Monday: Pirates Baseball Game
Tuesday : Chuck E. Cheese T
Wednesday: Center Fun Day with Surf Set
Thursday : Tom Bennett Park
6th-8th: Friday: Jumpin’ Fun Sports
Monday: Pirates Baseball Game
Tuesday: Hungry Howies and Riverwalk
Wednesday: Putt Putt Golf, Ice Cream, & Surf Set
Thursday: UTC Mall

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Trips are subject to change.

AMICC Hours & Contact Information
Monday – Friday: 6:30am to 9pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Phone: 941-778-1908

407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216

Online at www.IslandReal.com

Enjoy the latest comedy at the Island Players theatre

Anna Maria – The comedy “Dearly Departed” will be performed by the Island Players from January 22nd through February 8th and you won’t want to miss it. Dearly Departed is a comedy set in the bible belt about the Turpin family, a group of people who prove that living, dying and dealing with it in the south can be hilarious.

Director Kelly Woodland will be working with a 12 person cast of veterans and newcomers. Returning actors include Cathy Hansel-Edgerton as Raynelle, Jeannie Hudkins as Lucille, Jennifer Eddy as Suzanne, Robin Rhodes as Marguerite, Mike Lusk as Royce and Lora Morales as Veda. The newcomers are Joseph Mammina as Junior, Jalex Scott as Delightful/Clyde, Tod Butler as Reverend Hooker/Norval, Bethany Dhennin as Nadine and Janet Raines as Juanita.

For reservations or information call the box office at 941-778-5755 or head on over to www.TheIslandPlayers.org.

The Island Players theatre is located at 10009 Gulf Drive at the corner fo Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. Performances are taking place Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.

Youth Drama classes at the Anna Maria Island Community Center

Anna Maria – Two separate eight-week youth drama classes for kids aged 4-11 years old is getting ready to start this February at the Anna Maria Island Community Center in the city of Anna Maria.

Anna Maria Island Community CenterThe class provides professional instruction in drama, comedy and improv. Broken up into two age groups, 4-6 and 7-11, children must be registered and pre-paid to participate. The 4-6 year old classes will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm and costs $140 for members of the Community Center, and $190 for non-members. The 7-11 year old classes will take place on Wednesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm and costs $160 for members and $210 for non-members.

At the conclusion of the classes there will be a showcase where all student actors will participate and perform their actings skills for friends and family.

Enrollment forms are available at the Community Center. For more information contact Jennifer Griffith, Community Programs Manager, at 941-778-1904 ext. 9204 or email her at jenniferg@myamicc.com.

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is located at 407 Magnolia Avenue in the city of Anna Maria. Visit the Community Center online at www.IslandCommunityCenter.com

Winter Classes begin at the Anna Maria Island Community Center

Anna Maria – Along with a new year, January brings us a plethora of new classes from the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Located at 407 Magnolia Avenue in the city of Anna Maria, visit the Community Center website at www.IslandCommunityCenter.com for a complete list of classes, programs and events throughout the year. Below is a selection of coming classes and starting dates. Fees may apply on classes and/or may need a membership with the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Contact the AMICC for more information by phone at 941-778-1908.

Mahjong

Starting on Wednesday January 7th at 2pm and Thursday January 8th at 10am.

Bridge Lessons

Fridays beginning January 2nd at 10am.

Kids Dance Fitness

Mondays beginning January 12th at 4:15pm.

Tai Chi

Fridays beginning January 2nd from 10:30am-11:30am. $8 per class for members, $15 per class for non-members.

Watercolor Class

Wednesdays from 10am-1pm starting on January 10th through April. $20 per class for members, $25 per class for non-members.

Zumba

Tuesdays from 9:30am-10:30am starting January 5th. $8 per class for members, $15 per class for non-members.

Staying Strong

Mondays from 10:30am-11:30am starting January 5th. $8 per class for members, $15 per class for non-members.

Conversational Spanish

Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6pm starting January 6th. Preregistration required. $40 for three sessions for members, $50 for three sessions for non-members.

Tennis Anyone?

Monday through Saturday at 7:30am. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30am. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Free tennis lessons for children ages 5 to 10. Pre-registration required.

 

2014 Anna Maria Holiday Treasures

Anna Maria – The city of Anna Maria is spreading yuletide cheer again this year with it’s annual Holiday Treasures. Anna Maria businesses and merchants will their doors to the public for an evening of holiday fun on Friday, December 12th from 5:30-8PM. Refreshments and lite bites will be served as holiday music flows throughout the city.

Families are welcome to join in the holiday celebration with games, prizes and a visit with Santa Claus! The Roser Children’s Choir will also perform in the Historical Park, 402 Pine Avenue, at 6PM.

The city-wide celebration not only spreads holiday cheer but also promotes support for many local businesses. Bring the whole family and come join the city of Anna Maria is celebrating the holiday season for the 2014 Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures.

holiday treasures
photo courtesy of The Islander

Anna Maria Island gets its first Little Free Library

Anna Maria Islands first Little Free Library located in the city of Anna MariaAnna Maria – Two locals, Pat and Doug Copeland, are the first two people on Anna Maria Island to set up a Little Free Library, a book sharing initiative pushed by the international organization Little Free Library.

What is it you ask? From the Little Free Library website “It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.” 

A few years ago Pat Copeland was watching the nightly news when she saw a segment on Little Free Libraries. The idea was so intriguing to her that she asked her husband Doug, an Anna Maria Commissioner, to build her one for Christmas. After addressing objections from the city on the logistics of setting up a permanent outdoor library, a special ordinance was created that allowed 5 to be built in the city. They populated it with their own books and those of friends and it’s been a popular edition to the northern part of Anna Maria Island.

Pat and Doug encourage everybody to take a minute, head over to their Little Free Library located at 708 North Bay Boulevard and read a book.