Best bets: Feb. 8

February 8, 2013 

Greek Glendi, a Greek Festival: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church is celebrating its 29th Greek Glendi, a Greek Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 8-9 and noon-8 p.m. Feb. 10 featuring Greek food, music and culture. Guided church tours are every hour starting at 1 p.m. daily. Proper dress required, no food or drink allowed. Admission: $4, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Information: 941-355-9434 or 941-232-3910 or visit

Holmes Beach Art District Artwalk: various locations, Holmes Beach

Island Gallery West, The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island, Restless Natives, Libby's Jewelry and Gifts, Beach Life AMI, and Island Tattoo will host public receptions 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at their individual locations as part of the monthly Holmes Beach Artwalk. The public is invited to enjoy fine art, free refreshments and the opportunity to meet some of the local artists that make up the vibrant Arts Community of Holmes Beach. Call for addresses. Information: 941-778-6648.

Annual Village of the Arts Open Studio Tour: Village of the Arts, 12th St. W. and Ninth Ave., Bradenton

The public is invited to visit Village artists at work in their studio and get a better understanding of the creative process during the Annual Village of the Arts Open Studio Tour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 8-9. Painters, sculptors, jewelers, fiber artists, chefs and more will be demonstrating their unqiue and wonderful talents. Information: 941-747-8056 or visit

The 109th Annual Florida State Fair "Discover the Fun": Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa

The 2013 Florida State Fair "Discover the Fun," a salute to the state's best in the agriculture and equestrian industry, runs through Feb. 18, and will include an abundance of exciting shows, thrilling rides, food, shopping, and a concert series on select nights featuring top bands, including Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and the Bellamy Brothers. Gates open daily at 9 a.m. and closing time varies by the day of the week and weather conditions. Admission tickets: $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-11, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Ride armbands: $25. Parking is free. Information, call 813-621-7821 or toll-free 1-800-345-3247.

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