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Sarasota Downtown Wedding Showcase: L. Spa, 556 Pineapple Ave., Sarasota
Meet the wedding planning experts and have a chance to see the top wedding trends 6-8 p.m. May 10 at the Downtown Wedding Showcase featuring light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, mini manicures, skin care consultants, etiquette advice, gift bags and much more. Reservations are required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Weird Science” Film Fridays Series: Bishop Planetarium Theater, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
The Museum will screen the following of cinema’s finest offerings on the subject of freaky phenomena, strange scientific escapades and the outer limits of explorations as part of the “Weird Science” Film Fridays Series: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” May 11, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” May 18, “Moon” May 25, “The Manchurian Candidate” June 1, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” June 8, “Primer” June 15, and “The Thing” June 22. All movie time are 6 p.m.. Tickets: $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 11.
Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show and Sale: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
A Gem, Jewelry, and Bead Show and Sale will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 11-13 featuring n=local, regional, and national dealers offering an outstanding variety of gems, jewelry, and beads for sale including minerals, giant shark’s teeth and fossils. School groups are welcome for class projects. Admission: $4, children ages 15 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Information: 941-954-4165.
Manatee River Garden Club Ninth Annual Garden Tour: various locations, Manatee County
The Manatee River Garden Club will be hosting its ninth annual Garden Tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12. The tour will visit multiple gardens in the Manatee County area and will feature a lunch at the Manatee River Garden Club, 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. There will be exhibits, vendors, plants and garden relics for sale. Tour tickets: $15, lunch tickets: $7. Information: 941-745-5920.
Manatee Children’s Services “Band Slam”: Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota
As many as 20 of the area’s hottest bands under one roof will perform at the Manatee Children’s Services “Band Slam” noon-midnight May 12 featuring One Night Rodeo and Billy Rice, Matt Facciolla Band, Twinkle, Tony Tyler-Come Back Alice, Wikked Jester, Shotgun Justice, Gypsy King, Cherry Bombs, Dr. Bob Koser, Greg Holt, Kara Nally, Big Daddy, Steve Arvey, Rebecca Bird, Lauren Mitchell, Avenging Benji, Kettle of Fish, Henry Lawrence, Blue Star and a special appearance by the Florida Enrichment Academy’s all kid’s rock band, and many more. There will be a Rims N’ Rides custom car show 2-7 p.m., a full liquor bar, prize drawings, and food and beverage vendors. Proceeds will benefit Manatee Children’s Services. Tickets: $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Information: 941-345-1200 or visit www.manateechildrensservices.com.
Get Down Downtown: Main Street, Bradenton
Get Down Downtown is 5-10 p.m. May 17. Visitors can enjoy live music, arts and crafts. The event is free an open to the public. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the revitalization of downtown’s merchants and culture. Information: 941-201-6228.
“Live from downtown, it’s Friday Night”: Towles Court, Sarasota
“Live from downtown, it’s Friday Night” will be 6-9 p.m. May 18 and every third Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota’s premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries, and salons. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or www.DSAsarasota.com.
“Mainly Art” arts and craft show: Main Street, Bradenton
Realize Bradenton will host a new season of its monthly art, craft and antiques bazaar, “Mainly Art,” 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19 and every third Saturday of the month. This free event will feature art, craft and antiques vendors, and live music. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Information: www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
“Live from downtown, it’s Friday Night”: At Fruitville Road and Central Avenue, Sarasota
“Live from downtown, it’s Friday Night” will be 6-9 p.m. May 25 and every fourth Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota’s premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries, and salons.. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or www.DSAsarasota.com.
“Live from downtown, it’s Friday Night”: At Palm Avenue, Main and First streets, Sarasota
“Live from downtown, it’s Friday Night” will be 6-9 p.m. June 7 and every first Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota’s premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries, and salons. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or www.DSAsarasota.com.
Artwalk: Village of the Arts, 12th Street West and Ninth Avenue, Bradenton
The Village of the Arts ArtWalks are 6-9:30 p.m. DATE and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. DATE. Galleries and shops will be open for business with extended hours. Information: 941-747-8056 or e-mail: email@example.com.
First Fridays Car Bike Show: Slick’s Garage, 923 Fifth St. W., Palmetto
Slick’s Garage hosts a First Fridays Car Bike Show and community party 5-11 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The event features live music, food and drink vendors, children’s entertainment, charity auctions and more. Information: 941-776-7298.
Get Down Downtown: Main Street, Bradenton
Get Down Downtown is 5-10 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. Visitors can enjoy live music, arts and crafts. The event is free an open to the public. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the revitalization of downtown’s merchants and culture. Information: 941-201-6228.
Mainly Art: Main Street, Bradenton
Mainly Art is a monthly downtown arts and craft market. Every third Saturday, Mainly Art will host dozens of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their creations. Art, crafts, live music, and food will all be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fourth Avenue West, where it connects to the weekly Bradenton Farmers Market on Main Street. Downtown parking is free on weekends, and dogs on leashes are welcome. Information: email MainlyArt@RealizeBradenton.com or go to www.BradentonFarmersMarket.com.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. every first Friday of the month featuring live music. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Sarasota Film Society. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit www.mainstreetatlakewoodranch.com.
Ringling by the Bay: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy a beautiful sunset, wander the art museum and play in the circus museum as you experience Art after 5 and live music by the —– 5-8 p.m. —– at the “Ringling by the Bay” event. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
American Legion Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Public welcome. Information: 941-794-3489.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. New progressive game. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Information: 941-580-5044.
Casa Loma Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 105 52nd Ave. E., Bradenton
Bingo, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Licensed food vendor available. Information: 941-761-7788.
Tideview Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 4214 11th St. Court E. (off U.S. 301 N.), Ellenton
Bingo, doors open at 5 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. Fridays. Information: 941-722-2557.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 420 67th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Information: 941-794-6394.
Bradenton Woman’s Club: 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Dance to live music 8-11 p.m. Fridays. Cost is $8. Lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. Singles are welcome. BYOB, sodas available. Smoke-free facility. Proceeds will benefit renovation of the clubhouse, built in 1921. Information: 941-773-0177 or www.bradentonwomansclub.com.
Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom: 5702 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Friday group lessons are 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $7.50. Friday Social Dance is 8:30-10 p.m. Cost: $7.50. Complimentary beverages and snacks. Information: 941-465-1031.
German-American Club of Manatee County Dance: Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center, 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton
Dance to a variety of music by Harmony 7-10 p.m. May 12. BYOB. Snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase. Cost: $7. Reservations: 941-761-3833.
Ballroom of Sarasota: 5660 Swift Road, Sarasota
U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association White Sands chapter hosts dances every Tuesday at Ballroom of Sarasota. Lessons, 7 p.m.; dancing, 8-10 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. Admission: $10 guests, $8 members. Information: 941-685-7026.
Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Counties: Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 E. Laurel St.
Dance with live bands, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays; $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Public is welcome. Information: 941-756-8303 or 941-807-2226.
Sara Dance Center: 5000 Fruitville Road, Sarasota
Ballroom dancing, 8 p.m. group class, 9-11 p.m. dance party Thursdays; $8. Argentine tango class, 8 p.m., 9-11 p.m. practice party Fridays; $10. Salsa class, 8-9:30 p.m., 9:30-11 p.m. party Saturday; $8. Ballroom dancing, 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday; $8 singles/$15 couples. Call for complete schedule at 941-377-1751 or www.saradance.net.
Bradenton Farmers Market: Main Street, Bradenton
The downtown Bradenton Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays featuring locally grown produce, olive oil and bread, fresh fish, organic tea, jewelry and craft vendors, and live music and cooking demonstrations. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
Sarasota farmers market: Lemon Avenue at the intersection of Main Street, Sarasota
Fresh produce, plants, coffee, crafts, food and more are available 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-951-2656.
Enterprise Flea Market: 2408 U.S. 301, Palmetto
Indoor flea market featuring new and used items, furniture, household items, collectibles, antiques, pet cages, home medical equipment, a large selection of DVD/VHS and more. Merchandise added daily. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Information: 941-723-9424.
Red Barn Flea Market and Plaza: 1707 First St. E., Bradenton
Features more than 600 booths, farm-fresh produce, plants, antiques, new and used merchandise, jewelry and two food courts. Parking and admission are free. Hours (entire market) 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Plaza area retail stores open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Information: 941-747-3794.
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton
Friday night dinner specials include all-you-can-eat fish and chips for $8, 5-7 p.m. with music at 7 p.m. Lunch in the lounge, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Saturday (public welcome). Bountiful Breakfast Sundays, 8-11:30 a.m.; $5. Pot roast/pork roast dinner 4:30-7 p.m. every first Monday of the month; $7. Bob Dewart Jam Session is 2-5 p.m. Sundays; $4 members, $5 nonmembers. Information: 941-794-3489.
American Legion Post 312: 1610 67th Ave. E., Oneco
Bingo 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; dinner 5-7 p.m. and music 7-11 p.m. Fridays; hamburgers and hot dogs 1-5 p.m., music 3-7 p.m. Saturdays; and breakfast 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and bingo 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-758-6616.
American Legion Post 325: 3420 U.S. 301, Ellenton
Karaoke with Benny, 7 p.m. Fridays. Music with Mike King, 7 p.m. May 12. Feather your nest, 1 p.m. and Hamburgers 2-4 p.m. Sundays. Members and guests welcome. Information: 941-981-3819.
AmVets Post 301: 2443 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton
Tacos, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Cheeseburger night, 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Karaoke on Friday nights. Music 5-8 p.m. Sundays. Back arcade open daily. Information: 941-722-0393.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18: 111 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton
Enjoy music 7:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. Karaoke first Saturday of every month. Bar Bingo 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-755-5425.
Fraternal Order of Eagles Chapter 3171: 5831 15th St. E., Bradenton
Breakfast 8:30-11 a.m. and euchre at 1:30 p.m. Sundays; euchre at 7:30 p.m. Mondays; spaghetti dinner 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays; and bingo 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month. Information: 941-756-2113.
North Manatee American Legion Post 309: 2419 Bayshore Road, Palmetto
Bingo, 4 p.m. Thursdays. Soft-tip darts 8 p.m. Thursdays. Feather your nest 1-3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-722-8689.
VFW Post 2488: 810 Sixth St. W., Palmetto
Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Fridays. Karaoke with Bob Dunn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Fish fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Information: 941-722-9588.
VFW Post 9226: 3511 12th St. E., Ellenton
Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. All-you-can-eat fish fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. Ladies Auxiliary Kentucky Derby 3-7 p.m., mock horse races and raflles, an honor guard Cinco de Mayo Mexican Dinner 5-7 p.m. May 5 featuring music. All-you-can-eat breakfast, 8-11 a.m. and bar poker 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 10141 67th St. W., Bradenton
Burgers, hot dogs, 5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Home-cooked dinner, 5 p.m. Mondays. Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Dinner 5-7 p.m. Monday. Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon Sundays. Bingo, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Entertainment, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-794-6394.