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April 25, 2013 

SATURDAY

Summer Antiques, Arts and Crafts Fair: Mixon Fruit Farm. 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton

Mixon Fruit Farms will host a Summer Antiques, Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27 and every fourth Saturday of the month through September. The event will feature various artists, collectors and antique dealers and vendors. Visitors will be able to tour the groves by tram and the wildlife rescue preseve. Information: 941-748-5829.

"A Tribute to Pine Valley," an All My Children Reunion: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

"A Tribute to Pine Valley," a unique live fan tribute event will visit the Sarasota Opera House 7 p.m. April 27. Fans can expect up close and personal interaction with their favorite stars, audience interaction, lively question and answer sessions, behind the scenes stories and secrets, trivia, photos and autograph signings. The evening will conclude with a highly emotional walk down memory lane where fans relive moments of joy, sorrow, tragedy and triumph from 41 years of the beloved soap opera. Participating All My Children cast members include Walt Willey (Jackson), Vincent Irizarry (David), Darnell Williams (Jesse), Debbi Morgan (Angie), Alicia Minshew (Kendall) and Jacob Young (JR). Tickets: show 7-9 p.m.: $55-$95, post show autograph and photo session: $95. Information: 866-364-0330 or www.tributetopinevalley.com.

DeSoto Pre-Parade Party: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

The community is invited to a free party preceding the DeSoto Heritage Festival Grand Parade, 4-6 p.m. April 27. The party will feature bounce houses, face painting, food and music, The church, directly on the parade route, will offer reserved parade seating for purchase. Proceeds will help fund youth camp scholarships. Information: 941- 747-3704 or www.TrinityBradenton.com.

SUNDAY

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

Come and stroll the last Beach Market of the season at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28 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.

"Painting in the Park": Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE., St. Petersburg

Unleash your inner Monet outside in the park at the annual "Painting in the Park," hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts 1-4 p.m. April 28. The event will be held on the north lawn at the museum and features unique methods of painting with hands-on activities for everyone, including giant-box painting, kite-flying, tricycle mural, and more. Painting in the Park is free, admission to the museum is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors ages 65 and older, $10 for students ages 7 and older, including students with current ID. Children ages 7 and younger and museum members are admitted free. Information: 727-896-267 or www.fine-arts.org.

Skating for a Cause: Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby: Astro Skate and Fun Center, 3611 Third St. W., Bradenton

The Bradentucky Bombers, Manatee County's flat track women's roller derby team will skate against the Fort Myers Derby Girls 7 p.m. April 28. Tailgating will be at 6 p.m. and an after-party at the Lost Kangaroo in downtown Bradenton will be 9:15 p.m. For this game, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. Bring a chair. Track inside seating is available on a first come, first serve basis for persons ages 18 and older. Tickets: $10-$12. Information: 941-713-0426.

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