Things to do: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

December 27, 2012 

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Riverwalk on the Manatee River, Bradenton

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

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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. 27. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.

"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 www.DSAsarasota.com.

Antique Show and Sale: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

An Antique Show and Sale will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 28-29 and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 30. The event will feature 50 select, local and out-of-state dealers offering a wide range of quality antique furniture, silver, porcelain, antique and estate jewelry, bronzes, crystal, pottery, paintings, prints, Asian and much more! Admission: $6. Information: 941-954-4165.

Beach Market: Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach

The Beach Market at Coquina Beach will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 30 featuring fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, sand sculptures, apparel, purses, scarves, pottery, furniture, collectibles, woodworks and more. Karen Greenley, singer, songwriter and entertainer, will perform. Information: 941-518-4431.

Jack Hanna's "Into the Wild Live": The Mahaffey, 400 first St. S., St. Petersburg

Grab your safari hat and join Jungle Jack Hanna as he introduces his wild animal friends 3 p.m. Dec. 30. Audience of all ages will have a chance to meet members of the animal kingdom and takes them on an unscripted journey around the world to learn about incredible animals and cultures. Tickets: $22.50-$42.50. Information: 727-893-7832

Main Street Live New Year's Celebration: along old Main Street, Bradenton

The Old Main Street Merchants Association will host a New Year's Eve celebration 3 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31 featuring live music by several local bands, food and beverage vendors. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-896-8860.

WSLR New Year's Eve Celebration: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat, Sarasota

Join WSLR and the PEACenter for a down home New Year's Eve Party 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31 featuring live music by Passerine, the Florida Mountain Boys and the Schmitz Brothers. Attendees are invited to bring their own noisemakers for the Midnight Kumquat Drop. Food and beverages will be provided and there will be a hat-making station for all party-goers. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children ages 16 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-587-6588.

New Year's Eve Extravaganza: BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach

The BeachHouse Restaurant will host its 19th annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza 9 p.m. Dec. 31 featuring dinner, dancing, music, party favors, and champagne topped off with a spectacular fireworks display at midnight (weather permitting). Party package: $99.99. There will be a cash bar. Reservations is for inside only. Seating for the deck is on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations and information: 941-779-2222 or email srhorton@chilesgroup.com.

Sarasota Pineapple Drop New Year's Celebration: Main Street and Lemon Avenue, Sarasota

Sarasota's annual Pineapple Drop to ring in the new year will begin at 2 p.m. with a Carnival for both adults and kids with rides and a fun house, followed by live performances and electronic music by multiple bands on four stages along Main Street and Lemon Avenue at 6 p.m. and the Pineapple Drop at midnight Dec. 31. Information: www.pineappledrop.com.

Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge: Gulf Drive and 12th Street South, Bradenton Beach

The fifth annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge will be at noon Jan. 1, followed by a Post Plunge Party at Clancy's, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton. There will be door prizes, food and beverage specials and live music by the Jack Tamburin Band. All proceeds will benefit Caring for Children Charities of Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Information: 941-794-2489.

Fifteenth Annual Thunder By The Bay Motorcycle Festival: various location, Sarasota

The 15th Annual Thunder By The Bay Motorcycle Festival kicks off with a "Kick Start Party" 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at Michael's Tasting Room, 1212 East Ave., and "Born to be Wild" Kick Off Party 6:30 p.m.-midnight Jan. 4 at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, featuring a 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary fashion show, cash food stations and bar, and casino style gaming. The Downtown Festival will be 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 5 featuring live by the Lauren Mitchell Band, Damon Fowler, Kettle of Fish, Category Three, and Highway to Hell, and a special "Light Up The Night" LED Bike Show at 6 p.m., and 12:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 6 featuring live music by Tangent, Bobby Friss, and The Marshall Tucker Band. The "Cruise for Cash" Scenic Beach Ride will be 11 a.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill, 5 Bayfront Dr., and a 15 Class Bike Show along South Palm Avenue 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 6. For a full festival details and information, call 371-8820 or visit www.thunderbythebay.org.

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 www.mainstreetatlakewoodranch.com.

"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. Jan. 4 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.

Annual Sarasota Orchid Society Show and Sale: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The annual Sarasota Orchid Society's "A Symphony of Orchids" Show and Sale will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 5 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 6 showcasing thousands of award-winning orchids in the displays created by orchid vendors and local orchid societies. A variety of orchids and orchid-related accessories will also be available for purchase and there will also be free educational classes given by our local growers. Tickets: $5 general admission, $1 students with valid ID, free to children ages 7 and younger. Information: 941-954-4165 or visit www.auditorium.sarasotagov.com.

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: "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.

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

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Jan. 11 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 www.DSAsarasota.com.

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

The South Florida Museum celebrates the films of 1948 commemorating the Museum's 65th Anniversary with the following movies: "Treasures of the Sierra Madre," Jan. 11, "Rope," Jan. 18, "Hamlet," Jan. 25, "The Red Shoes," Feb. 1, "I Remember Mama," Feb. 8, "A Foreign Affair," Feb. 15, "Force of Evil," Feb. 22, "The Lady from Shanghai," March 8, "Oliver Twist," March 15, and "Easter Parade," March 22. All movie times are 6 p.m. Tickets: $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit www.southfloridamusuem.org.

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 www.auditorium.sarasotagov.com.

Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton

Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Jan. 17 featuring live music by the Billy Rice 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. Jan. 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.

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 www.amiprivateers.org.

Sidewalk Astronomy: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

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 sunset-10 p.m. Jan. 19, 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.

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.

BINGO

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.

DANCES

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: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton

Bradenton Tropical Palms will host a dance in the Beall Auditorium 7 p.m. Dec. 31 with live music by Mercy. Cost: $8. Information: 941-748-7423.

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 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 "New Year's Eve Dance Party": Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 E. Laurel St., Sarasota

Dance to the music of the 5-piece Sig Harder Band, plus a DJ, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Counties' "New Year's Eve Dance Party." Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, coffee and cake will be served. BYOB. Admission: $15 members, $20 nonmembers. Reservations are recommended. 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 MARKETS

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 www.farmhousemarket.org.

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 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.

FLEA MARKETS

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.

SOCIAL CLUBS

American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton

Dance party, 7-10 p.m. Dec. 28 with music by Taylor and Taylor. New Year's Eve Party, Dec. 31. Karaoke with Frank Allen, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 2. Breakfast 8 a.m., old-fashioned dance party with the Bob Dewart Band featuring Eddie Tobin 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Burgers, dogs, fish, chicken and shrimp, 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesadys. Casino-style Arcade, 9 a.m.-midnight daily. Lunch in the lounge, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (public welcome). Spaghetti and meatball dinner, every first Friday of the month. Meatloaf dinner, every third Friday of the month. 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

Hangover Party at noon Jan. 1. 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. 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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