Save the date: Dec. 6

December 6, 2013 


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16th annual Jingle and Jog 5K Road Race: Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities is proud to announce their 16th annual Jingle & Jog 5K Road Race, starting with registration at 7 a.m., followed by the race at 8 a.m. Dec. 7 at 4405 DeSoto Road, Sarasota. Registrants will receive commemorative a Jingle and Jog T-shirt and goody bags. Complimentary healthy snacks and beverages will be served to participants and place finishers will receive medals. A Haven Creators Art Show, door prizes and prize drawings will also be offered with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting Community Haven. All registration fees will be matched by The Fry Family Foundation. Registration and information: Anny Barker Schefler at (941) 355-8808 ext. 258 or or call Race Coordinator,

Creekside Holiday: SoMa Chef David Shiplett and SoMa are supporting WMNF radio with "Creekside Holiday" 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8 for a culinary feast featuring organic produce donated by Geraldson Community Farms. Come and enjoy southern style with a California attitude in a very contemporary setting. There will be DJ Marcie Finkelstein, and live music will be provided by Mountain Haller and Passerine. Tickets: $30 advance, $40 at the door. The restaurant is at 1401 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-813-238-8001.

"Party For A Purpose II": The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association will host a "Party For A Purpose II," a holiday gift and quarter auction fundraising event 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10 at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct., Sarasota. The event will include a happy hour, holiday gift shopping at over 20 local merchants and a quarter auction. There will be prize drawings and giveaways. Tickets: $15. Proceeds of the event will help promote and fund research, provide education, and offer support to enhance the quality of life of those affected by Prader-Willi syndrome. Information: 941-734-5315.

"Puttin' on the Glitz" Holiday Dinner and Charity Auction: The Lakewood Ranch Women's Club annual dinner and charity auction "Puttin' on the Glitz" will be 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Ballroom. 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The event will feature an auction and live entertainment. Reservations are required by Nov. 27. Cost: $70. Proceeds will benefit Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, SOLVE Maternity Homes, and Hope Family Services of Manatee County. Information and registration:

Philippine typhoon fundraiser: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Fine Art Gallery, SCF Museum Club and Manatee Habitat for Humanity will host a Philippine typhoon art fundraiser and sale "What is Home?" 5-7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. All proceeds from the art sale will be donated to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity to support typhoon victims. Information: 941-752-5225

Renaissance Feast: Saint Joseph Catholic Church will host a Renaissance Feast beginning with a concert 5:15 p.m. followed by a procession, dinner and musical entertainment by students in period costumes Dec. 14 at 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $7-$15. Information: 941-756-3732.

Christmas Costume Gala: Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

Keep Manatee Beautiful and Olive Branch Hair Studio will host a Christmas Costume Gala 6-10 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 featuring a silent auction, dining and dancing to live music by the Soul Sensations. Masters of Ceremonies are ABC 7's Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan and magician-illusionist Ken Chandler. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Christmas character or in formal attire, prizes will be awarded for the most creative costumes. Tickets: $75. Reservations with payment are required by Dec. 11. Information: 941-746-42467 or 941-795-8272.

Annual "Embracing Our Differences" Luncheon: The "Embracing Our Differences" annual luncheon will be at noon Dec. 18 at Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. The event pays homage to the organization's acclaimed education initiatives. Students, teachers, artists and volunteers will share the many ways Embracing Our Differences' program have changed and inspired them. Tickets: $25. Proceeds will benefit Embracing Our Differences' programs. Information: 941-404-5710.

Taste, Dining and Travel "Toys for Tots": Enjoy Sarasota's newest restaurant "Roast" as it hosts a Toys for Tots fundraiser 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at 1295 First St., Sarasota, featuring an appetizers and champagne reception followed by a fabulous three-course meal prepared by Chef Andrew Thompson. Bring an unwrapped new toy. Cost: $55. Reservations: 941-366-7950.

"Looking into the Crystal Ball": The Friends of the Selby Public Library will host the fourth annual casual fundraiser "Looking into the Crystal Ball" 6-9 p.m. Jan. 8 at 1331 First St., Sarasota, featuring over two dozen local restaurants and food vendors offering tasty samplings of their specialties. Attendees can enjoy an eclectic variety of more than 30 continuous quality performances, intuitive readers and specialty acts, plus over 50 exhibits including art, authors, and wellness. A cash bar will be available. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Selby Public Library. Information: 941-861-1140 or

UNCF Manatee/Sarasota 30th Anniversary Celebration Scholarship Award Gala: The UNCF Manatee/Sarasota Campaign Committee will hold its 30th Anniversary Celebration Scholarship Awards Gala beginning with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Sarasota Hyatt, 1000 Blvd., of the Arts, Sarasota. Tickets: $85. Proceeds will benefit the UNCF programs providing scholarships and internship programs for students from low- and moderate income families. Information: Sherry Paramore at 407-896-6094 or John Colon at 941-951-7087.

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