Check out upcoming events on Longboat Key and surrounding areas.
Friday, Dec. 2
Holiday Night of Lights
Takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Park. Kick off the holiday season with an event featuring performances by the Sarasota High School Theater Dance Group and Chamber Choir, a Christmas carol sing-a-long, tree lighting and a special visit from Santa Claus. Call 388-1554.
Nov. 30- Dec. 4.
Category II Longboat Key Senior Men’s Tournament
Takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road, the Longboat Key Club, 220 Sands Point Road, and Cedars Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court. Call 316-8367
Thursday, Dec. 1
Sip & Shop
Takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at J McLaughlin, 515 Bay Isles Parkway. The event is hosted by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce’s community outreach committee. Fifteen percent of sales will benefit Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family. For information, call J McLaughlin at 960-2071.
Island Business After Hours
Takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria Island. Enjoy a networking event for the Manatee, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key chambers of commerce members and guests. There will be a cash bar, complimentary appetizers and door prizes. The event is free for members and $10 for guests. Call the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce at 383-2466.
Saturday, Dec. 3
Christ Church Toy and Food Drive
Takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. New, unwrapped toys, books and bikes for children of all ages will be accepted. The donations will be given to Turning Points, an agency that provides services to the homeless in Manatee County. The church will also collect canned goods for Our Daily Bread, an agency that provides nutritional needs for the needy. For more information, contact Sue Wertman at 383-1731.
Kiwanis Club Gourmet Lawn Party
Takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Longboat Key Club’s Islandside driving range, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Enjoy dishes from more than 30 restaurants. Tickets are $50. Tables of 10 are available for $450. Raffle tickets will be sold for $100 apiece. Call 383-0440.
Sunday, Dec. 4
Run for the Birds
Check-in begins at 7 a.m., the race begins at 8 a.m. at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St. Join Save Our Seabirds and the Baltimore Orioles for a 5K and 1-mile run to benefit Save Our Seabirds. Cost is $35 for the 5K and $25 for the 1-mile run. Call 388-3010.
Monday, Dec. 5
Lunch & Learn: How to stay independent at home
Takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Michael Jones, owner of Comfort Keepers, and other panelists will discuss how to create increased income, avoid the pitfalls of home care, eliminate mortgage expenses and other topics. A Q&A will take place during lunch. Cost is $10, and lunch is provided. RSVP to [email protected] or call 383-6493.
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Networking @ Noon
Takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Surf Shack, 326 John Ringling Blvd. Enjoy lunch while networking with chamber members and guests. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for guests. Call 383-2466.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Movement, Muscles and More
Takes place from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This full-body workout incorporates balance, stretching and strengthening. Cost is $8. RSVP to [email protected] or by phone at 383-6493.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the south end of the Longboat Island Chapel campus behind the parking lot, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Gently used women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and home goods will be discounted by 50%. Call 610-301-2796 or 383-6491.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Cost is $10. Call Susan Brill at 216-9600.
Wonderful Wednesdays Book Sales
Take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road. Gently used books will be discounted by 50%. Paperbacks will be 25 cents, and hardbacks are 50 cents to $2.50. Call 383-2011.
Rotary Club of Longboat Key
Meets at 5:15 p.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Cost is $10. Call Jack Rozance at 383-5659.
Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key
Meets at 7:30 a.m. at Longboat Key Club Tavern and Whiskey Bar, 3110 Harbourside Drive. Cost is $10, including a breakfast buffet. Call Donna at 388-2847.
Takes place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $10. Call 383-6493 or email [email protected].
Shifting Sands Support Group
Takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Ruth Cushing Room of Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Call 383-6491.
Takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Feel Good Yoga, 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Debby McClung’s trauma-conscious teaching methods can help service members, veterans and their families. Cost is free. Call 904-610-7565.
Beginners Bridge or Refresher Course
Takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $10. RSVP to [email protected] or call 383-6493.
Christ Teens Program
Takes place at 10 a.m. at Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The group is open to ages 12 to 18 and includes a discussion on faith, life and participants’ futures. Call 383-8833.