This weekend's best bets: Jan. 31-Feb. 2

January 31, 2014 

CALENDAR

TODAY

Sarasota Film Festival "Moonlight Movies": various locations, Sarasota

Free Moonlight Movies screenings, covering a variety of genres from family classics to historical drama, Hollywood blockbusters to experimental cinema, will include the following movies: "Mary Poppins" Jan. 31, "Dirty Dancing" Feb. 14, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" Feb. 21, "The Films of Gina Telaroli" 8 p.m. March 6, "The Hunger Games" March 21, and "The Little Mermaid" April 5. Unless otherwise noted, all films begin at sunset. Information: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.

SATURDAY

The GUY Health Expo: Bradenton Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto

Urology Partners will offer health screenings for men in an unconventional way 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 1 featuring vendors with interactive and fun activities including batting cages, race simulators, real Harley Davidsons on a simulation trailer, video games, cars, trucks, boats, poker tournaments and a virtual reality gun range and more. Each vendor will be paired with a local medical doctor or practice offering men the simple health screenings they should get done, including eye exams, hearing tests, glucose checks, skin cancer screenings, blood pressure. BMI etc. The Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 Stanley Cup championship team will be available for autographs during breakout sessions. Admission is free. Information: www.urology-partners.com/.

National Skating Month Celebration: Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton

The Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex will celebrate National Skating Month with a free special event 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 1 starting off with exhibition skating featuring their skaters and invite the public to try out hockey and figure skating with instruction from the coaching staff. There will be games and prize drawings. Information: 941-723-3663.

"Doughnut Dolly" Program: Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural Museum, Carnegie Library Basement, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto

The Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will host a "Doughnut Dolly" program as part of the Legacy of Valor Campaign 11 a.m. Feb. 1. The program, honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families, will feature Rene Johnson and Susan McLean presenting a program about their service as "Doughnut Dollies" during the Vietnam War. The program is free. Refreshments will be served. As space is limited, reservations are required. Information: 941-723-4991.

Annual Gamble Plantation Festival: Gamble Plantation, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, in conjunction with The Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance, will host the 14th annual Plantation Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 1-2. Visitors will enjoy an arts and crafts show, a school art competition, free tours of the Gamble Mansion and the Patten House. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission and parking to the event are free. Donations will be accepted. Information: 941-723-4536 or www.floridastateparks.org/gambleplantation.

Florida Railroad Museum "Hole in the Head" Train Robbery: 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish

Exciting challenges are awaiting passengers who board the train with the Hole in the Head gang 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Feb. 1 or Feb. 2 as there may be a valuable shipment of gold on board. Tickets: $12-$16. Information: 941-776-0906 or www.frrm.org.

St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival: North Straub Park, 255 Beach Dr. NE., St. Petersburg

The St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 1 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 2, featuring over 100 top national and international artists showcasing original artwork in various mediums, including painting, jewelry, sculpting, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed-media and more. Admission is free. Information: 941-487-8061 or www.paragonartevents.com/stpepte/.

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. Sundays through April 24. The market features fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and more. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.

Vintage Car Show: Lamb Park, 950 Sixth St. W., Palmetto

Vintage Wheels AACA Manatee County Region will hold their 25th annual car show 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 2 featuring various models of vintage cars. Car registration: $10-$15. Admission is free to the public. Information: 941-345-5246 or 941-749-5799.

Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton

Bradenton Tropical Palms will host a park wide carport sales noon-4 p.m. Feb. 2. Park gates will be open during the event. Information: 941-580-5044.

2014 Tropic Isles Annual Arts and Crafts Festival: Tropic Isles Auditorium, 1507 28th Ave. W., Palmetto

Tropic Isles Mobile Home Park will host its annual Arts and Crafts Festival 1-4 p.m. Feb. 2. The festival will feature fine arts and craft by a variety of artists and media including acrylics, abstract, aprons, art cars, baby gift items, baskets, beach art, book marks, carved wood, collages, deco eggs, fish art, eyeglass holders, glass and deco yard art, sun hats, handbags, lamps, jams and preserves, metal, silver and glass jewelry, towels, pot holders, mixed media, oil pastels, live plants, quilts and much more. There will be door prizes, prize drawings and live entertainment with country music and music from the 1960s. Information: 336-314-3134 or 336-209-1536.

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