Meet the Candidates

The Center will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” Event as part of our “Soiree and Shiraz” Program on Friday, October 14th  from 6-8pm. Our Soiree program began two years ago by the generous volunteer efforts of Sissy Quinn, from Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust.  We are grateful to her for initiating the group and are working now at The Center to continue to offer stimulating presentations for adults and seniors.

 We will be welcoming candidates for Manatee County Commission, School Board, and of course our island cities of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria. Each candidate will be given 5 minutes to present their viewpoints…an overview of the information presented in the League of Women’s Voters Guide has been recommended. Guests attending will be provided with light refreshments and beer/wine.


Confirmed to attend:

Manatee County Commission, District 3:

David Zaccagnino

Matt Bower


Manatee County School Board, District 3:

Dave “Watchdog” Miner

Misty Servia


Anna Maria City Commission:

Brian Seymour


Bradenton Beach City Commission:

John Chappie

William Vincent


We will allow time at the end of the presentations for candidates to mingle and answer any questions in a casual format amongst the crowd. There will be no formal Q&A during the presentations for sake of time.


All Day Camps: Oct. 14 & 24

For more information about All Day Camps contact Emily Moss at 99410778-1908 ext. 9217

Friday, October 14, 2016: Get moving at the Center! 


Grades: k-5

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 6th

Cost is $52 (includes Jumpin Fun!)

Kids will enjoy a fun day of movement and sports, complete with a field trip to Jumpin Fun (Lakewood Ranch)! Child must bring a packed lunched.


Monday, October 24, 2016: Spooky Science at the Center!


Grades: K-5

Cost: $50

Registration Deadline: Thursday October 13th.

 Kids will enjoy an exciting day of spooktacular science experiments, creepy crafts, and ghostly games. In addition to all our other fun activities, a trained and zany scientist from the Mad Scientists Group from Tampa will be presenting a goofy show of hands-on experiments and spectacular demonstrations complete with scientific explanations. Child must bring a packed lunched.



DCF License number C12MA0172

Youth Soccer Games

Monday, September 26

6:00 PM: 3-5 year olds: Jiffy Lube VS Beacon Design

6:30 PM: 6- 7 year olds: Air & Energy VS Bin There Dumped That

6:30 PM: 6-7 year olds: Signarama VS Blalock Walters

6:45 PM: 3-5 year olds: Jiffy Lube VS Waterfront

7:30 PM: 11-14 year olds: Planet Stone VS Tyler’s Ice Cream

Tuesday, September 27

6:00 PM: 8-10 year olds: Gulf Bay Realty VS Bins Be Clean

7:00 PM: 8-10 year olds: Mason Martin VS Cloud Pest Control


Be The One

Be The One to make an impact at The Center!

Donations of $25 or more will be matched, maximizing your impact.

  • Donations from NEW Donors will be matched 2:1 up to $100
  • Donations from returning donors will be matched 1:1 up to $100

NEW Donors: $25 becomes $75 Returning Donors: $25 becomes $50

$100 becomes $300 $100 becomes $200

$500 becomes $700 $500 becomes $600

Click here to make a donation

What is the Giving Challenge? A 24 hour event from noon to noon on September 20-21, where people who care about The Center can make a secure donation, helping The Center receive special matching dollars and grant incentives

What’s The Center’s Goal? For you to “Be The One” that elevates the efforts of all of those who have been instrumental in the Center’s long legacy and help ensure The Center remains the glue that binds our three island cities for many years to come!

How can I participate?

  • DONATE: Donations of $25 or more can be made online September 20th at noon until September 21st at noon at and search for “The Center of Anna Maria Island or you can fill out and return the pledge form before September 20th.



Giving Challenge

It’s time for everyone to be the one and join us in helping the Center by donating during the 2016 Giving Challenge. This exciting 24-hour giving event is less than 12 days away, so set a reminder on your calendar for September 20th – 21st noon – noon. What is the Giving Challenge? It’s an event where people who care about The Center can go online to and make a secure donation, helping The Center receive special matching dollars and grant incentives.

This year, The Patterson Foundation is incentivizing donations from both new donors –individuals who did not donate to a particular organization during the 2016 Giving Challenge – and returning donors – individuals who did support a particular organization during the 2016 Giving Challenge.

– A 2:1 match for each new online donor’s contributions – up to $100 per donor, per organization

– A 1:1 match for returning donor’s contributions – up to $100 per donor, per organization

The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.

Please like and share this video so we can tell as many people as possible about The 2016 Giving Challenge. Stay tuned to our Facebook over the next few weeks for more information and more reasons to help The Center during the event.

#betheone #givingchallenge16 #wearethecenter



Youth Fall Soccer

Registration extended to Saturday, September 10th!


Monday, September 12th

6:30pm 3-5 year olds

7:00pm 6-7 year olds

Tuesday, September 13th

6:30pm 8-10 year olds

7:00pm 11-13 year olds

7:30pm 14-17 year olds

Season Starts:    Monday, September 26th

Game Nights: Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays    (Subject to change)

 Pictures will either be on Monday, October 3rd or Tuesday October 4th (Times to be set once teams are picked)

Cost:   Member: $5        Non – Member: $120

Click here to register on-line

Coaches Needed: Please consider sharing your passion with our youth. Be a coach AND mentor to our Center kids! The value of sports for each child in our programs depends so much on the values of our coaches. A coach is an influential role model to many young people who place great importance on playing sports. Often as a coach, you are one of the first significant adults in a child’s life other than the parents.

For more information contact Drew Mitchell   Phone: 941-778-1908  E-mail:  

BTC for Sept. 6-9

We hope you all weathered the storm and that everyone is safe and sound! With schools and The Center being closed Thursday and Friday we have extended registration for The Beyond the Classroom After School Program next week (September 6-9). Your child must be registered by Tuesday (September 6th) at noon.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can e-mail Emily Moss at or call Will Schenerlein at (941)932-0813.

The Center is closed Friday, Sept. 2nd

The Center will be closed Friday, September 2nd because of the weather. Manatee County schools are also closed. Our first priority is the safety of our members, staff, and our community.

Please note that we have informed AM City Mayor and Local police that we are available to open in the event that folks need shelter for safety. The mayor and police will contact us in the event of a community need.

Center Closed Thursday, September 1st

The Center will be closed Thursday, September 1st because of the weather. Manatee County Schools are also closed. We will reopen on Friday unless Manatee County Schools are closed again. We will keep you updated on our Facebook  and you can check the Facebook of Manatee County Schools.


We will also be closing at 6pm tonight (Aug. 31st) due to weather concerns and island flooding.

Parent Information Night Postponed

Please be advised that due to the weather we will be postponing our Beyond the Classroom/ Adventure Time for Teens Parent Information Night. While we are excited and looking forward to sharing our program information with you, we want to prioritize your safety. We are rescheduling the parent information night to Wednesday, September 14th. Beyond the Classroom information will be delivered from 6pm-6:45pm and Teen information will be delivered from 7pm-7:30pm. Sorry for the inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you there.