Today's best bets: Jan. 15

January 4, 2013 


Village of the Arts art walk: The Village of the Arts celebrates the new year with its monthly art walks 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 5 The village's galleries and restaurants will display an array of art, music and food for the event. The Village of the Arts, located four blocks south of Manatee Avenue between Ninth Street West and 14th Street West in downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4556, or

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

The 15th Annual Thunder By The Bay Motorcycle Festival continues with the Downtown Festival 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. Jan. 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. Jan. 6. For a full festival details and information, call 371-8820 or visit

44th annual Suncoast Antique Bottle and Tabletop Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto

The 44th Annual Suncoast Antique Bottle and Tabletop Show will be 4-7:45 p.m. Jan. 4 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 5, featuring local, national and international dealers offering antique bottles. Other items will be offered, including insulators, stoneware, fossils, artifacts of various kinds including military, glass rolling pins, witch balls, pottery, advertising signs, jewelry and more. Admission: $15 for both days, $4 for Saturday only. Information: 941-722-3244.

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

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