Things to do: Dec. 6-12

December 6, 2012 




"Carols in the Courtyard": Historic Courthouse, 1115 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton

Manatee County will host its second "Carols in the Courtyard," 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6 featuring performances of several local groups including Children's Academy of Southwest Florida 11 a.m., State College of Florida Chamber Choir 11:25 a.m., Salvation Army Band Quartet 11:55 a.m., Henry Lawrence at 12:25 p.m., and the Gulf Coast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus 12:55 p.m. Santa will take a break from his busy holiday schedule to visit at 11 a.m. A DJ will begin the music at 10:30 a.m. and will play intermittently between acts. There will be arts and crafts vendors and Manatee County Animal Services will bring several animals available for adoption. Lunch and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Manatee County. Information: 941-748-4501 or visit

Village of the Arts "An Olde Fashioned Christmas": Village of the Arts, between Ninth and 14th streets west, Bradenton

The Village of the Arts will host "An Olde Fashioned Village Christmas," 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. Stroll through this quaint village festooned with holiday lights to the sounds of Christmas Carolers and the Barber Shop Quartet and enjoy a visit with Santa and special holiday treats and sugar plums and a Christmas Tea Room at restaurants throughout the village. Special displays of antique quilts, toys, dolls and vintage holiday fashions by Retro Rosie and the latest one-of-a-kind creations by local village artists. The 12th annual lighting of the village will be at 6 p.m. Information: 941-746-4556 or visit

"Millions of Light, Magical Nights": Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Sarasota Jungle Gardens will celebrate the holiday season with its 11th annual Holiday Lights "Millions of Lights, Magical Nights," 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-24. Visitors can enjoy millions of sparkling holiday lights while meandering along decorated trails and exhibits. Santa's visits for family photo opportunities are at 8 p.m. and the Cory Music Show will perform live holiday songs and sing-alongs inspiring seasonal spirits. Master magician, Nathan Coe Marsh, will take the stage at 7 and 8 p.m. A special holiday dinner and child friendly meals will be available for purchase. Admission: $11 adults, $6 children ages 3-12. Information: 941-355-1112. or visit

Hot Pockets Holiday Concert: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota

Mindy Simmons and the Hot Pockets will present a Holiday Concert 7 p.m. Dec. 8 performing traditional secular and spiritual songs of the season as well as infusing the event with heartfelt songs of peace. Tickets: $10-$12. There will be a potluck prior to the concert at 6 p.m. Information: 941-894-6469.

Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade: Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto

The Bradenton Yacht Club will host a Holiday Boat Parade viewing party beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8. The parade, featuring boats decorated with holiday lights, will start at DeSoto Point and will end at the Bradenton Yacht Club. A fireworks display will be at the end of the parade. The event is open and free to the public. Information: 941-722-5936 or visit

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade: various locations, Sarasota

The 26th Annual Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 8. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park. The parade route has been expanded by an additional turn marker at the southwest side of Bayfront Park. All boats must now pass approximately one third of the Sarasota Bay side of Bayfront Park within a few yards, to be considered for judging. The Bayfront Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to include the entire Northern tip of the island near the fountain. A VIP viewing areas has been moved to the Marina Jack's fuel dock. Information:

VIP Holiday Boat Parade Party: Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton

Pier 22 will host the VIP Holiday Boat Parade Party 6 p.m. Dec. 8 featuring a Champaign toast, holiday buffet dinner, and VIP seating to view the Holiday Boat Parade on the Manatee River. Cost: $49.95. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Information: 941-748-8087.

Breakfast with Santa: Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

Treat your children, grandchildren and friends for the holidays and enjoy a full breakfast with special Christmas pancakes for the little ones, caroling and time for each child to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Each child will receive a free Christmas book from Santa. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children. Information: 941-757-2900, ext. 204.

Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade and Santa Open House: various locations

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold its annual Christmas Parade Dec. 8, followed by a Santa Open House at Coquina Beach where Santa will be handing out gifts to the youngsters. The parade, featuring multiple decorated floats, leaves the Bay Front Park in Anna Maria City at 10 a.m. and will proceed through three island cities, ending at Coquina Beach. There will be free hot dogs and sodas for children. Information: 941-752-5973 or visit

Atomic Holiday Bazaar: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Florida's original indie arts and craft show "Atomic Holiday Bazaar" will be 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9 featuring vintage apparel, jewelry, housewares, clothing, antique assemblage, vinyl and other items. Tickets: $5 adults; free for children age 12 and younger. Information: 941-366-7761.

Anna Maria Island Art League "Winterfest 2012": Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach

Browse and purchase original artwork created by the highly regarded local, regional and national artists selected to participate in Winterfest 2012, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9. In addition, the festival features live music by the Anna Maria String Band, KoKo Ray, the Gumbo Boogie Band, State Road 64, The Hurricanes, The Anderson Brothers and The Bontrager Sisters. Also featured will be the annual AMIAL's "Young at Art" children's art exhibit and hands-on activity area. A selection of food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-778-2099.

"Plantation Christmas" Open House: Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Florida Division, the Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance and the Florida Park Service will host a "Plantation Christmas" Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9 featuring many lifestyle demonstrations from the Old South of that time period, lavishly decorated Gamble Mansion and Patten House, authentic costumes, the Fourth Florida Volunteer Infantry in military uniforms re-enacting a Confederate encampment, music, crafts and fun for everyone. Admission is free. Information: 941-723-4536.

Holiday Classics Movie Series: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa

The Tampa Theatre will deck its historic halls with a month long celebration of holiday films that highlight the season and include the following: "White Christmas, 3 p.m. Dec. 9, "Miracle on 34th Street, 3 p.m. Dec. 16, "It's A Wonderful Life," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, and 3 p.m. Dec. 23. Guest can experience beloved holiday favorites on the big screen and sing along to Christmas carols with the Mighty Wurlitzer before each show. Tickets: $9 adults, $7 children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members. A special presentation "A Rockapella Holiday," featuring the "kings of contemporary a capella music," will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; Tickets: $35 adults, $26 children. Information: 813-274-8981 or visit

"Holiday Splendor": The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art hosts its annual Holiday Splendor benefitting the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots of Sarasota and Manatee Counties drive 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 13 featuring hundreds of local school children perform holiday classics in the festive looking Museum of Art Courtyard. Admission: free with a donation, per person, of an unwrapped toy and to children ages 5 and younger. Admission without a toy is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-17. Information: 941-359-5700, ext. 5705 or visit

"Snow Fest Sarasota": Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

Celebrate the season with "Snow Fest Sarasota" 5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Dec. 14-23 with forecasted snow for 10 scheduled days and experience tubing, giant snow slides, bounce houses, caroling, ice skating, Christmas trees, Christmas shows with "Santa's Extravaganza" on stage daily, 20 ft. snow globe and DJ Grinch, meet Rudolph and Frosty, and enjoy the Jellybean Jugglers, face painting, hands on arts and crafts, Santa's Circus, pony rides and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds of the event will benefit the Lazarus Foundation Kids Force. Admission is free. Parking $5. Information: 941-365-0818 or visit

DeSoto National Memorial Fourth Annual Winter Luminary Walk: 8300 DeSoto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton

DeSoto National Memorial will light its trails with thousands of luminaries 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Fourth Annual Winter Luminary Walk. The event will feature live music by Juan R. Leon, Amberly Waterman, the Manatee High School Chamber Orchestra, State Road 64, Bluegrass and more. Visitors will encounter historical re-enactors along the trail. A free shuttle service will be offered to and from the event from King Middle School. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. All events and activities are free. Information: 941-792-0458 or visit

"A 1912 Florida Cracker Christmas": Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton

Celebrate 100 years of Christmas tradition in Florida 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 15 at "A 1912 Florida Cracker Christmas" featuring traditional colors and Victorian-Era decorated museum, historic buildings, Whistle Stop Gift Shop and "Old Cabbage Head." Visitors can enjoy heritage shopping, hands-on crafts, rare and enchanting vintage silent films and seasonal music by the Manatee Players' Dickens Christmas Carolers, Southeast High School Chamber Orchestra, Bashaw Elementary School Chorus, and Peace Lutheran School Junior Chimes. Santa's "Rein-dogs" will visit the park and there will be photo opportunities with Santa. Admission: $5 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-741-4075.

Christmas on Bridge Street: Bridge Street, Anna Maria

Bridge Street will be changed from its normal tropical paradise into a winter wonderland 3-7 p.m. Dec. 15. The event will feature a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday music and performances, special sales in all shops, holiday treats, gift basket and wreath giveaways, a lighted boat parade and a Children's Gift Bazaar where children make and sell handmade cookies and holiday items. Information: 941-713-3105 or visit

Selby Gardens' Annual "Lights in Bloom": Mary Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota

Get in the holiday spirit at Selby Gardens' annual Lights in Bloom celebration 6-9 p.m. Dec. 15-23. Stroll through the Gardens and view life-size garden-themed holiday lights and enjoy live holiday music and dance performances under the banyans. Visit Kids' Corner for holiday crafts for children of all ages to enjoy. Dinner and beverages are available for purchase. Admission: $13 members, $15 nonmembers, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-366-5731 or visit

Santa's Magical Workshop Grand Opening: 1703 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton

Golf Shore Animal League announces Santa Magical Workshop Grand Opening 6-9:30 Dec. 15-16 and 22-23. Stop in for some vintage Christmas spirit and visit with Santa and his working toy shop elves. Enjoy four rooms of unique Christmas fun and walk in the lighted garden. There will be photo opportunities with Santa for children and pets alike. Entry donation: $7 adults, $5 children ages 10 and younger. Proceeds will benefit Gulf Shore Animal League. Information: 941-747-2284 or visit

Holiday Lights Bus Tour: Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th will host a Holiday Lights Bus Tour 5 p.m. Dec. 19. Guest will begin with dinner at the 9th Street Bistro and then depart on an evening bus tour to view spectacular holiday light displays in Bradenton. Cost: $10. Space is limited and reservations are required: 941-749-0100.

Dakin Dairy Farms season: Dakin Dairy Farms, 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City

"The Maze" seven acres of winding fun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22; $7. Bring a flashlight; participants receive free ice cream if all posts/questions are answered. "It's A Country Christmas" with Christmas Carol hayrides; $5, live Manger family photo opportunities; $5 through Dec. 22. Farm tours are noon Wednesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and a special Sunset tour at 5 p.m. through Dec. 22; $10. The newest event is an Old Fashioned Country Picnic featuring an "It's All About The Cheese" menu. Information: or 941-322-2802.

Riverwalk on the Manatee River, Bradenton

The following events will take place at or around the newly opened Riverwalk in the month of October:

n Kid's Create, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 8, in the Great Lawn and Tower Plaza.

n Reels at Rossi Movie: "Arthur Christmas," 7 p.m. or dark Dec. 21 in the Pavilion and Event area.

For a full schedule of events, hours and admission prices, call 941-840-0113 or visit.

"Art after 5": 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" 5-8 p.m. Nov. Dec. 6. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.

Film Fridays at the South Florida Museum: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton

South Florida Museum celebrates the music and personalities of the American Blues movement in conjunction with the first annual Bradenton Blues Festival with the "The Blues Downtown" film series' last movie: "Ray," 6 p.m. Dec. 7. A special holiday screening of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," will be 6 p.m. Dec. 14. A selection of beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Tickets: $3 members, $5 nonmembers Seating is limited; reservations are recommended. Information and reservations: 941-746-4131, ext. 27.

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.

Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7 featuring live music by Shaman. Beer, wine and food sales benefit Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Palm Avenue Main and First streets, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Dec. 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

2013 Model Tampa Bay International Auto Show: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa

Explore the latest 2013-model cars, trucks, crossovers, vans, hybrids and sport and utility vehicles at the 2013-Model Tampa Bay International Auto Show noon-10 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 8, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 9. Representatives from leading automotive manufacturers will be at the show to answer questions and provide information on the latest vehicles. Tickets: $9 adults, $5 seniors ages 62 and older, and children ages 7-12. Military with a valid ID and children ages 6 and younger are admitted free. Information:

Second Annual Hispanic Student Festival: University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The Second Annual Hispanic Student Festival will be 2-6 p.m. Dec. 8 featuring a unique opportunity for all middle school and high school students and their families to enjoy an afternoon of Hispanic culture and to learn how to prepare for education beyond high school. Students and their parents will learn how to apply for financial aid, how to write a college admissions essay, and how to enroll in postsecondary education at technical schools, colleges and universities. Attendees will enjoy ethnic food, live music, folkloric dancers and much more. The event is open to all middle school and high school students and their families free of charge. Information: 941-877-598-4466 or visit

Seventh Annual Hog Roast Benefit: American Veterans Post 301, 2443 US Hwy. 301 N., Bradenton

The Sons of American Veterans and the Ladies Auxiliary of The Ralph A. Bantle American Veterans Post 301 will host the 7th Annual Hog Roast Benefit 1-6 p.m. Dec. 8 in support of the Manasota Operation Troop Support and the Honor Flight of Southwest Florida. The event features a pork dinner, silent auction, prize drawing, bake sale, the Anna Maria Island Privateers and a mock jail, and live music by the Smokey Daniels Band. Meal donations: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Information: 941-981-5308.

Art Center Sarasota "Art in the Garden" Holiday Boutique: 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota will host "Art in the Garden" 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8-9 in the courtyard sculpture garden. Artists will be selling their artwork and crafts just in time for holiday gift giving. Admission is free. Information: 941-365-2032 or visit

Second Annual Strongman Contest "Brawn on the Beach": BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach

The BeachHouse and City Fitness will host its second annual amateur Strongman Contest "Brawn on the Beach" 10 a.m. Dec. 9. Contestants will compete in five categories for cash prizes and include a Truck Pull, Farmer's Walk, Log Lift, Husafell Stone Lift and Atlas Stone Lift. Entry for observers is free. Attendees will enjoy music by DJ Chris Grumley, food and beverage specials. Proceeds will benefit Hope Family Services. Information: 941-779-222 or visit

MTI Car Show and Food Truck Rally: MTI, 6305 SR 70 E., Bradenton

Napa Auto Parts, Snap-on and Suncoast Food Trucks will host an MTI Car Show and Food Truck Tally noon-6 p.m. Dec. 9 on the ground of MTI's future new Main Campus. There will be at least eight different types of food trucks, ranging from stuffed burgers to BBQ to mac and cheese. Proceeds will help MTI automotive students to SkillsUSA Championships. Information: 941-751-7900, ext. 2095 or visit

Beach Market: Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach

The beach market at Coquina Beach will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9 featuring fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, sand sculptures, apparel, purses, scarves, pottery, furniture, collectibles, woodworks and more. Larry Wilhelm, singer and entertainer, will perform. Information: 941-518-4431.

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Dec. 14 and every second 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

Royal Palm 20 "Opera in Cinema" and "Ballet in Cinema" and London Globe Theatre Shakespeare "Globe on the Big Screen" broadcasts: 5125 26th St. E., Bradenton

The "Opera in Cinema" and "Ballet in Cinema," is a continuing series of sophisticated, exciting and alluring performance live from some of the famous opera and ballet houses in Europe and productions from the restored Elizabethan playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. All broadcasts are presented in high definition video live via satellite and include:

Opera: "La Cenerentola," a film by Andea Anderman, 2 p.m. Dec. 16, encore presentation 7 p.m. Dec. 18.

Special event: Cirque du Soleil "Worlds Away," noon and 7 p.m. Dec. 21-24.

Ballet: "The Nutcracker," from the Royal Ballet, London, England, 2 p.m. Dec. 23.

Opera: "Carmen," from the Royal Opera House in London, 2 p.m. Jan. 6, encore presentation 7 p.m. Jan. 8.

Ballet: "Sleeping Beauty," performed by the Royal Ballet of England, 2 p.m. Jan. 13, encore presentation 7 p.m. Jan. 15.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $15. Information: 941-752-3796.

Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton

Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Dec. 20 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.

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Dec. 21 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

Sidewalk Astronomy: Holmes Beach

The local group of Deep Sky Observers, a Manatee/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will offer the public a chance to view spectacular celestial sights through their high-powered telescopes 7:30-10 p.m. Dec. 22, weather permitting. Participants will be treated to up-close views of the moon and other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 342-9632.

"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. Dec. 28 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

Gem and Jewelry Show: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

A Gem and Jewelry Show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 11-13 featuring national, regional and local dealers presenting some of the finest gem, jewelry and bead collections for sale. Admission: $4. Information: 941-954-4165 or visit

Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves Market: Coquina Beach, 2603 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach

The Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves Market will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 19 featuring a bake sale, housewares, tools, jewelry, antiques, fresh produce, collectibles, toys and much more for sale. Look for the pirate ship "Scullywag" with Privateers selling grilled burgers and hot dogs. Food from Big John's Famous Texas Barbecue is also available for purchase. Information: 941-798-9266 or visit

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. Jan. 25 featuring live music by?? . There will be retail, arts, crafts, food and beverages. Concerts are last Fridays of each month October-May. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations. Information: 941-748-2162.


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.


Bayshore Recreation Center: 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton

A senior dance will be held 10 a.m.-noon Fridays through April. Music will be provided by Ernie Litz. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Admission: $4. Information: 941-753-0313 or 941-756-9255.

Bradenton Dance Center: 6006 Cortez Road W., Bradenton

Information: 941-545-1771.

Bradenton Tropical Palms-Beall Auditorium: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton

Dance to live music 7-10 p.m. Dec. 7 with live music by the Mellotones. Cost: $5. Information: 941-580-5044.

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

Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom: 5702 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

Friday beginner group lessons 6-7 p.m. Cost: $8. Friday group lessons 7-8 p.m. and social dance with complimentary beverage and snacks, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $8 each session. Information: 941-465-1031.

Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Counties: Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 E. Laurel St., Sarasota

Dance with live bands plus a DJ, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, except Dec. 29; $8 members; $10 nonmembers. Complimentary snacks. BYOB. Information: 941-756-8303 or 941-807-2226.

Sara Dance Center: 5000 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

Ballroom dancing lessons 7-8 p.m. and general dancing 8-10 p.m. Mondays. No partners necessary. Admission: $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Call for complete schedule 941-685-7026.


Farmers Market at San Marco Plaza: 8215 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch

The San Marco Plaza Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays featuring products from more than 25 local farms and vendors, including fresh produce, fresh seafood, cut flowers, coffees, pottery, herbs and much more. Information: 941-799-4213.

Phillippi Farmhouse Market: 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The Phillippi Farmhouse Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays featuring fruits and vegetables from local groves and farms including herbs, plants, cut flowers, prepared foods, seafood, ice cream, kettle corn, barbecue and multiple organic products. Local arts and craftsmen will be selling soaps and essential oils, organic treat for pets, fabric fantasies, books and much more. The midweek market runs through May 29. Information: 941-366-1323 or visit

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 seafood, prepared foods, organic products, arts and craft vendors, live music and cooking demonstrations. The market expands to welcome Mainly Art, a gathering of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their handmade goods. every third Saturday of the month. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit

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

Old-fashioned dance party with the Bob Dewart Band featuring Eddie Tobin 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Burgers and dogs 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays. Ballroom dancing with music by Tanya and Matt, door prizes, free snacks and a cash bar 7-10 p.m., Wednesdays; $7. Lunch in the lounge, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (public welcome). 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

Feather Your Nest 1 p.m., hamburgers 2-4 p.m. Sundays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Mondays. Hot dogs on Wednesdays. 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. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and All You Can Eat Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. Men's Auxiliary Ham Dinner 5-7 p.m. with music 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8. All You Can Eat Breakfast 8-11 a.m., 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.

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