Today's best bets: Nov. 17

November 17, 2012 


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

Sarasota Bay Water Festival: Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

Celebrating the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region's environment and economy, the Sarasota Bay Water Festival will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17. There will be local food trucks, creative arts tent featuring a dozen local wildlife photographers and artists selling art items, a display of the winning submissions to the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest, paddling 101 with Brad Tanner at 10 a.m., a fishing clinic at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., a short kayak trip with Brad into the Bay at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., vintage boats, dip netting and nature walks throughout the day, paddle board demonstrations with Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures, scuba, birding, and Sarasota's first "iceberg," a sculpture by Richard Herzog, sculpting professor at New College of Florida, live music on the main stage including Ben Hammond, The Lauren Mitchell Band, Stumble Creek, Matt Gerhardt and Undertow, Cort Farris and Fe Band, and a 4 p.m. performance by Sarasota's award winning Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team. Attend the event early to get a stamp for free admission to the popular Mote Marine Aquarium. Admission is free. Pets on leashes are welcome. Information:

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

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:

-- Herald staff reports

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