Best bets: Nov. 15-21

November 15, 2012 



Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton

Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Nov. 15 featuring live music by the Apple Butter Band, 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.

Sarasota Film Society 2012 Cine-World Film Festival: multiple locations

Sarasota Film Society has announced the schedule of films for its 23rd annual Cine-World Film Festival is ongoing through Nov. 18, featuring a wide range of quality films from all over the globe, including movies from the USA, Israel, Germany, Australia, South Korea, France, the United Kingdom, Chile, Brazil and more. The line up includes "Quartet," "Silver Linings Playbook," "The Fitzgerald Family," "Christmas," "Head Games," and "Amour." Screenings will be held at Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, and special screenings at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Dr. No. 8, Lakewood Ranch. Tickets: $8.50 members, $11 nonmembers. Multiple film passes are available. Information:


Food Truck Rally: Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa

MOSI is hosting a Food Truck Rally, as part of its MOSI After Dark event series, 6-10 p.m. Nov. 16. Attendees will have the opportunity to try food from the area's coolest food trucks, enjoy great games and music, and experience the Museum of Science and Industry at night. Guests can conquer MOSI's Sky Trail Ropes Course and Zip Line in the dark, and check out Ian Fleming's James Bond in "Skyfall" on Florida's largest IMAX DOME Theatre. Admission to the Truck Rally is free. Additional fees apply for Sky Trail attractions and IMAX movies, and MOSI general exhibits will feature discounted pricing. Information: 813-987-6000.

Holiday Pottery Sale: ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

Talented potters are offering great deals for that discerning shopper at ArtCenter Manatee's first annual Holiday Pottery Sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17-18. Come early for the best selection of unique pieces created by 10 of the best potters in the community. All proceeds benefit the ArtCenter Pottery Department. Information: 941-746-2862 or visit


Mixon Harvest Festival: Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton

Mixon Harvest Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17-18, featuring more than 70 arts and crafts booths, food vendors, family fun activities, live music and more. Admission and parking are free. Information: 941-748-5829 or visit

Eleventh annual Fall Art Show: Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch

The Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch announces its 11th annual Fall Art Show and Sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17 featuring original works of art by local artists and artisans in various mediums including wood, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, glass, photography, fiber art, oil, ceramic, stained glass, jewelry, and much more. The Lakewood Ranch Garden Club will be offering dried arrangements for sale. Information: 941-907-3850.

Fourteenth annual Canine Christmas Festival and Guinness Book of World Record Breaking Attempt of "Come, Sit, Stay": Bishop SPCA Animal Shelter Grounds, 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.

The 14th annual Canine Christmas Festival will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17. This family-friendly and fun event includes all types of activities such as a canine fashion show with celebrity judges, pet portraits with Santa, raffle drawings, obedience and agility demonstrations, American Fido talent show, silent auction, Canine Christmas Cafe, Canine Good Citizen Testing, holiday gifts for pets and pet lovers, nail trimming, 50/50 cash drawings and dog adoption event. The festival is followed by Manatee County tempting to set a world record for the most dogs sitting and staying and one time at 3:30 p.m. The number of dogs with their hind quarters on the ground at the same time has to be over 100 in order to qualify for the records. The public is invited to bring their pooch and get in on the record setting attempt, which will be documented with a photo for verification by the Guinness officials. Admission is free. Information: 941 792-2863 or visit

2012 Sarasota Medieval Fair: Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

The 2012 Sarasota Medieval Fair will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10-11 and 17-18 featuring the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers. Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments, ride rides and play games, feast on turkey legs and hearty ales form the English pubs and enjoy Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths, and step into adventure with this year's "Irish vs. Irish, Battle of Glenn Mama" theme. Tickets: $16.95 adults, $14.95 seniors/students/active military, $8.95 children, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: 1-888-303-3247 or visit


Annual Ponies under the Mustang and Ford Show: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

The Mustang Club of West Central Florida will hold its Annual Ponies under the Mustang and Ford Show 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18 featuring Mustang and Ford enthusiasts from throughout the region competing for awards. There will be outstanding examples of restored and preserved older and newer Mustangs and a prize drawing. Part of the proceeds will benefit TideWell Hospice and Southeastern Guide Dogs. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-704-4474 or visit

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