Today's best bets: Nov. 30

November 30, 2012 

Blues Appetizer Concert: Festival pavilion, Bradenton Riverwalk

The Blues Appetizer Concert is 6-9 p.m. Nov. 30 with performances by Tampa blues man Selwyn Birchwood Band and Sarasota roots rockers Kettle of Fish, which features singer/songwriter Dana Lawrence backed by a rotating cast of equally impressive players. Food and beverage available for purchase at this highly recommended event.

Holmes Beach "Concert in the Park": Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach will host "Concert in the Park" 5-10 p.m. Nov. 30 featuring live music by Lipbone Redding, Rick Quimby and Friends and DJ Chris Grumley. There will be retail, arts, crafts, food and beverages. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-748-2162.

"Made Here" Craft Show: Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto

A unique craft show "Made Here," will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 30 featuring crafts made by local and regional crafts, including ceramics, home accessories, jewelry, paper good, photography, baby gifts, girls' dresses, fabric bags, knitting, paintings, soaps, baked goods and more. There will be a "hands-on" craft area for all ages. There will be live music by local musicians. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information:

Joyland Holiday Benefit Concert: Joyland Country Music Night Club, 5520 14th St. W., Bradenton

Joyland Country Music Night Club is partnering with Manasota Operation Troop Support to host a benefit concert by the band Parmalee 10:30 p.m. Nov. 30 to support local military families of deployed troops in the Middle East. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: 941-782-0748.

Palmetto's Christmas in the Park: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto

Start your holiday festivities with an old-fashioned Christmas at Christmas in the Park 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 with arrival of Santa at 6 p.m. each night. This free event offers vintage toy exhibits, creatively decorated buildings, kids' crafts, entertainment to activities including Letters to Santa, recipe collecting in park buildings, and photo opportunities with Santa. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned food items for needy families. Information: 941-721-2034.

Twentieth Annual Sarasota Craft Show: Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

The 20th Annual Sarasota Craft Show will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. The show will feature jewelry, ceramics, wearable art, wood, leather, metal, painting, glass, sculptures, mixed media, photography and more. Admission: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students. Children ages 9 and younger are admitted free. Weekend pass: $12. Information: 941-954-2496.

Sugar Plum Shoppes Gift Market: The Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

The annual Sugar Plum Shoppes Gift Market will be 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 30 featuring local vendors offering jewelry, home decor, fashion accessories and gifts for sale. The 9th Street Bistro will feature gourmet appetizers and drink specials all day. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-749-0100.

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