The photos in this gallery were taken at various holiday themed events on Anna Maria Island December 2013 and January 2014.
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Snow bird creates a balloon sword for Kahleal Dixon, 3, during the 20th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant Dec. 10.
Volunteer Morgan Burns from King Middle School in Bradenton paints the face of Ruby, 3, during the Christmas party for kids Dec. 10.
Children invited to the Christmas party are served lunch by Sandbar Restaurant staff and volunteers before Santa arrived to hand out presents. The lunch included juice, chicken fingers and french fries.
Micky and Mini Mouse attended at the Christmas party, greeting and high-fiving kids. Dora the Explorer, Woody and Sponge Bob also made appearances.
Privateer Roger “Hoodat” Murphree hands beads to children at the Christmas party for kids at the Sandbar Restaurant Dec. 10. The Privateers greeted attendees at the entrance of the pavilion.
After leaving the parking lot, Santa made a second surprise entrance to the party on a scooter. He zipped across the beach on a scooter, greeting children before taking his seat for gift-giving.
Santa arrives at noon on a fire truck.
Volunteers and staff from Clancy’s Irish Pub in Bradenton pose with “2014” balloons prior to the plungers run into the water during the Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge Jan. 1.
Participants in the Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge head back to the beach to towel off and put on dry clothing at Cortez Beach Jan. 1. The swimmers braved the Gulf waters backed by pledges to benefit the Caring for Children Charities.
Participants at the sixth annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge run into the chilly Gulf waters at noon Jan. 1. Those who went for a swim were backed by pledges that benefit the Caring for Children Charities.
A student Students of Diane Partington’s Studio of Classical Ballet of Sarasota perform for guests.
Students of Diane Partington’s Studio of Classical Ballet of Sarasota perform for guests of the center’s Family Fun Day Dec. 7. Dancers performed selections from the Nutcracker, which will be showing at the Sarasota Opera House Dec. 21-22.