Best bets: Nov. 8-10

November 8, 2013 

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Music in the Park: Mosaic Amphitheater, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton Riverwalk

Applebutter Express brings you good time uncut ukulele funk and sounds similar to The Avett Brothers, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 8. The event is free.

Ribfest: Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg

This three day charity fundraiser helps a variety of youth oriented causes. Ribfest features the best barbecue ribbers in the world, national touring bands including REO Speedwagon, Gin Blossoms, Sister Hazel, Randy Houser and more. Gates opens at 11 a.m. Nov. 8-10. Admission: $20 at the gate. Information: www.ribfest.org.

Sarasota 2013 Cine-World Film Festival: various locations

The 2013 Cine-World Film Festival will be now through Nov. 10 featuring a wide range of quality films from all over the globe, including movies from the United States, Japan, Germany, Australia, South Africa, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, and more. Topping the lineup are several eagerly anticipated movies including "The Armstrong Lie," "August: Osage County," "Like Father, Like Son," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Twice Born," and "The Face of Love." Screenings will be held at Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, and at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Dr., Lakewood Ranch. Tickets: $9 members, $12 nonmembers. Information: www.filmsociety.org

South Florida Museum Film Friday Series: Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St., Bradenton

The South Florida Museum's Film Friday Series "Greeting From Florida," featuring popular movies set in the Sunshine State will include the following movies: "Caddyshack" Nov. 8, "Clambake" Nov. 15, "Some Like It Hot" Nov. 22, "Ace Ventura" Dec. 6, "The Birdcage" Dec. 13. There will be a special holiday screening of "Meet Me in St. Louis" Dec. 20. All screenings are at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 museum members. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or www.southfloridamuseum.org.

SATURDAY

Christmas Gift Fair and Pancake Breakfast: The Church at Bradenton, Family Life Center, 2520 43rd St. W., Bradenton

Enjoy a pancake breakfast and then shop the booths of local artisans 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9. Items offered include jewelry, quilts, woodworking, repurposed items and gift items for the young and not-so-young. Sponsored by the Youth and the Prayer n Squares Quilt Ministry of The Church at Bradenton. Information: 941-792-3462.

Boatyard Bash: Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez

The Florida Maritime Museum will host its inaugural "Boatyard Bash," a fun and family friendly event noon-8 p.m. Nov. 9. There will be art and craft vendors, a variety of family friendly activities including the silent movie "The Black Pirate," educational booths, and live music. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for the movie. Admission is free. Information: 941-708-6121.

Annual Mullet Smoke Off: Seabreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia Island

The annual Mullett Smoke Off will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 9 featuring a smoked mullet competition for local and regional fishermen and women, a cast netting competition, and the ever popular "Mullet Toss." Smoked mullet will be available for purchase. Music will be provided by Soul Purpose. Parking and admission are free. No pets and no coolers. Information: 941-729-2328.

A Taste of Mixon's: Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton

Come taste the products Mixon Fruit Farms has to offer at "A Taste of Mixon's" 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9 kicking off a month long celebration of their Harvest Festival. Guest will be provided with a passport for use to visit and sample all kinds of treats such as Mixon's sulky fudge, fresh popped Broghies, jellies and jams, barbecue, cheeses, salsa, chips and wine. Each location visited will provide a stamp in the passport and a product related coupon. The passport will be used for prize drawings. Information: 941-748-5829 or www.mixon.com.

"Vibrance!" Natural Living Festival: along Main Street between Orange Avenue and Five Points, Sarasota

"Vibrance! Natural Livi8ng Festival will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9, a sustainable-living festival featuring many exhibitor categories including green living, health and wellness, holistic pet care, sustainability, organic and green retail products, and healthy food. The festival will highlight interacitve demonstrations, entertainment and live music by Hooping with Bonnie Brown, Brazilian Drumming "Tribe," Waking Giants, and a live DJ. There will be a designated pet section, and browsing with furry friends is encouraged. Information: 941-284-3036 or www.vibrancesrq.com.

17th annual Car and Truck Show: Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, in conjunction with the Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance and Manasota SOLVE Maternity Homes will host the 17th Annual Car and Truck Show 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9. Visitors can enjoy quality classic and antique vehicles, door prizes, prize drawings, food concession and music by Lance's Cruzin to the Hop. Tours of the Gamble Mansion will be available for regular admission fee. Admission and parking for the event is free. Proceeds will benefit the Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance. Information: 941-405-3533.

Anna Maria Island Art and Craft Festival: City Hall Field, Holmes Beach

The Anna Maria Island Art and Craft Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10 featuring an array of fine art and craft including jewelry, glass, photography, art, clothes, food and live music by Patchouli. Free admission and free parking. Proceeds will benefit the Butterfly Park. Information: 352-344-0657.

25th annual St. Armands Art Festival: St. Armands Circle

The 25th annual St. Armands Art Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9-10 featuring over 200 of the nation's leading artists as well as top local and regional talent. A wide variety of original handmade art and artistic media is represented including paintings, life size sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, mixed media and ceramics with prices set to suit all budgets. There will be live music, art classes and demonstrations. Information: 561-746-6615 or www.artfestival.com.

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