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April 18, 2013 

DeSoto Anniversary photos. Landing re-enactment.

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TODAY

Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton

Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. April 18 featuring live music, and arts and crafts. The event is free an open to the public. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: 941-201-6228.

FRIDAY

International Hot Rod Association's "Nitro Jam": Bradenton Motor Sports Park, 21000 S.R. 64 East, Bradenton

The International Hot Rod Association's Nitro Jam series returns to Bradenton for two days of thrilling and must-see drag racing action April 19-20 featuring Nitro Jam racing at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each day and the debut of the drag acing Grave Digger monster truck. Sportsman racing will take place throughout the day and fireworks and pyrotechnics will close the evening. Gates open 9 a.m. April 19 and 7 a.m. April 20. Tickets: $30 adults, $10 children. For a detailed schedule of the races visit www.bradentonmotorsports.com.

Film Fridays Series "They Came From Outer Space": South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton

The South Florida Museum will host the Film Fridays Series "They Came From Outer Space," featuring the history of space invaders on film and includes the following titles: "It Came Form Outer Space" April 19, "The War of the Worlds" April 26, "It: The Terror From Beyond Space" May 10, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" May 17, "Little Shop of Horrors" May 24, "The Blob" May 31, "Contact" June 7, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" June 14, "District 9" June 21, and "Attack the Block" June 28. No movie May 3. All film screenings are at 6 p.m. Tickets: $5 general admission, $3 museum members. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Information: 941-746-4131 or www.southfloridamuseum.org.

SATURDAY

DeSoto Landing re-enactments: DeSoto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton

Join DeSoto National Memorial and witness history as Hernando de Soto boats make landfall, claiming the land of La Florida for the crown of Spain at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 20 near the monuments along the cove. Walk through time and watch unique weapons and demonstrations and follow the footsteps of history on guided tours and join living history park rangers and re-enactors as they recount life during the 16th Century. There will be activities for kids. Event admission and all activities are free. Information: 941-792-0458 or www.nps.gov/deso.

DeSoto Heritage Festival Musical and Fashion Show: Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton

The De Soto Heritage Festival Musical and Fashion Show will be 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. April 20. The two performances are one of the area's premier family entertainment events featuring the 2013 Queen's Court performing skilled dance routines. The afternoon performance is free to the public. Admission to the evening performance is $8 general public, $20 reserved. Information: 941-747-1998 or www.desotohq.com.

SUNDAY

Coquina Beach Market: 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach

Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21 featuring fresh produce including organic produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, scarves, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and live music by area favorite, Larry Wilhelm. The market does not allow any dogs at Coquina Beach. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.

Anna Maria Island Privateers Benefit Car, Truck and Bike Show: Mexicali Border Cafe, 5502 Cortez Road, Bradenton

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a Benefit Car, Truck and Bike Show 1-4 p.m. April 21 featuring various classes with awards for first and second place in each category. There will be a prize drawing and door prizes. Music will be provided by DJ Hootie J. All proceeds will benefit the Privateers' associated youth activities. Food and beverages for purchase. Information: 214-714-3953.

Anna Maria Island Privateers Spring Scholarship Fundraiser: Ace's Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a Spring Scholarship fundraiser 5:30-9 p.m. April 21 featuring auctions, prize drawings, pirate merchandise and more. Live music will be provided by the Gumbo Boogie Band. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Privateers Scholarship Fund.

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