This weekend's best bets

November 16, 2013 

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Manatee River Garden Club Flower Show: 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton

The Manatee River Garden Club will host a "Wild Turkeys Roosting," a Thanksgiving Retrospective, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16 featuring floral designs, horticulture specimens and special judged exhibits. There will be handmade crafts, a plant sale, vendors, and a lunch on Nov. 16. Admissi0n: free. Information: 941-744-7553.

Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition: Siesta Key Beach

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16-18 featuring the world's top master sand sculptors who travel to Siesta Beach from all over the world, representing Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Germany and the United States. The event features daily sand-sculpting demonstrations, master sand sculptor competitions, quick sand competitions, amateur sand sculpting competitions, vendor village and live music. The Siesta Key Beach Crystal Volleyball competition will be held Nov. 16-17. Tickets: $5, 4-day pass: $10, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Four-day VIP parking permits are $49. Proceeds will benefit Mote Marine Laboratory. Information: www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com.

Magician Variety Show: Sunny Shores Community Center, 3827 116th St. W., Bradenton

Chandler and Dan Tong, the magician "dream team," will present their Mind Illusions and jaw dropping magic 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets: $15. Seating is limited. Reservations and information: 941-705-9244.

15th annual Canine Christmas Festival and "Come, Sit, Stay" Guinness World Record Attempt: Bishop SPCA Animal Shelter, 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton

The 15th annual Canine Christmas Festival will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 16 featuring family fun with a canine fashion show, pet portraits with Santa, food trucks, prize drawings, a silent auction, and holiday gifts for pets and people. Area rescue groups and animal rescue groups will be on site with pets for adoption. An attempt to set the Guinness World Book of Records "come-sit-stay" will be at noon. Information: 941-729-8631 or www.caninechristmas.com.

Sarasota Medieval Fair: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

The Sarasota Medieval Fair features 14th-century entertainment including full-contact jousting, human chess, a childrens' realm, roaming musicians, jugglers and jesters, food and beverages. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 16-17, 23-24. Tickets: $18.69 adults, $16.57 seniors and active military, $10.44 children 5-12;$55.57 for all six days. Information: www.sarasotamedievalfair.com.

Manatee Elementary School Fall Festival: 1609 Sixth Ave. E., Bradenton

Manatee Elementary School will host a Fall Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16 featuring fun, food, games, hay and truck rides, face painting, photo opportunities with Maggie the Miniature Mustang, and old fire truck rides. Information: Linda Butler at 941-741-3319, ext. 2008.

Cooking competition: Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton

Mixon Fruit farms will host a Cooking Competition noon-2 p.m. Nov. 16 featuring students from Southeast High School, Suggs Middle School and MTI challenging each other to create the best menu using citrus. The dishes will be judged by local chefs including Greg Campbell of Pier 22, Lan Bradeen of Melange, Valerie Longo of Town Master Magazine and many more. Attendees will be able to taste samples all culinary creations. Information: 941-748-5828 or www.mixon.com.

Fiesta Italiana: Central Park Community Amenities Center, 12150 Forest Park Circle, Lakewood Ranch

Central Park at Lakewood Ranch will host the Fiesta Italiana 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16 featuring full line up of entertainment, children's activities, craft vendors, local traditional food and a dog costume contest to benefit the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. Performers are opera singer Joe Spinella, the Sarasota Mandolin Orchestra, two magic shows, and the Tarantella Dancers, Italian story telling by Giuseppe. Children can enjoy the splash park, pony rides and other activities. Attendees can enjoy samplings of local traditional Italian food and beverages. Information: 941-757-1530 or www.lwrcac.com.

Applebee's Classic Car Appreciation Night: Applebee's 4638 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton

Bring your car, join the swap meet, listen to music and car side dining at Applebee's Classic Car Appreciation Night starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 16. The show is for all classic car lovers. No registration fee. Information: 941-748-6800.

Roser Community Church Holiday Craft Show and Sale: 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria

Visitors can explore tables of unique handcrafted items at Roser Community Church's Holiday Craft Show and Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 16 featuring Christmas decorations and baked goods. Lunch is available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Roser Food Pantry and AID (All Islands Denominations). Donations of baked goods are welcome and volunteers are needed. Information: Glenda Beck at 941-778-0414 or www.roserchurch.com.

Florida Railroad Museum "Von Kessinger's Express": 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish

The Florida Railroad Museum's "Von Kessinger's Express," departing 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 16 and noon Nov. 17 is an exciting World War II re-enactment on a train ride, taking passengers back to June 1944, traveling from France to Germany while under the watchful eyes of the feared special police in a last ditch effort to escape capture by the Allied troops. Passengers are to present themselves 20 min. prior to train departure. Tickets: $14-$18. Information: 941-776-0906 or www.frrm.org.

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