Things to do: Feb. 27-March 5

February 27, 2014 



Ringling in Bloom: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Celebrate four days of fine art and flowers 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 27-March 2, when the art museum galleries are full of artful arrangements inspired by works form the Ringling's collection. Bay area designers will participate in this flower-filled event featuring a variety of workshops and tours inspired by the Bayfront Gardens of The Ringling estate designed for aspiring gardeners and interested homeowners in our community. A Designer's Preview will be 5-7 p.m. Feb. 27 and is free with admission to Art After 5. Tours are 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1 and "Bayfront Gardens Walk and Talk: Growing Roses in Florida" will be 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., "Florida Friendly!" flower arranging workshop is 2-2:30 p.m. Feb. 28, the "Bayfront Gardens Walk and Talk: Florida Friendly Landscape, Right Plant, Right Place," will be 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and a flower arranging workshop "Beauty in Your Own Backyard," will be 2-3:30 p.m. March 1, and "Bayfront Grounds and Gardens Tour" will be 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1. For tickets and a full schedule of the event, call 941-359-5700 or

News Channel 8 Outdoors Expo and Boat Show: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa

The 23rd annual News Channel 8 Outdoors Expo and Boat Show will be 1-8 p.m. Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 1 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 2. The show for boaters, fishermen, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts as well a families who want to learn more about experiencing Florida's great outdoors will include more than 150 exhibitors and outdoors dealers and nearly 50 seminars on fresh and saltwater fishing, fly-fishing, boating, hunting, dog training, kayaking, all for every skill level and every age group. Visitors can learn tricks, strategies and get tips and advice from the industry's most renowned professionals and celebrities and experience hands-on demonstrations, a 40 ft. Bass Aquarium, the "Wear It Florida Safe Boating Stage, and the Chevrolet Main Stage. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Kids' Fishing Derbies are conducted by "Get Reel" Saturday and Sunday. Admission: free for all ages Feb. 28, $8 adults, free for children ages 12 and younger. Cash only parking: $6 cars, $12 RV and buses. Information:

Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo Show: Ferguson Hall, Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa

Audiences can pet, feed and interact with a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed free around the southern hemisphere, in a once-in-a-lifetime imaginative experience at Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo, with show times at 7 p.m. Feb. 28, 11 a.m.. 2 and 5 p.m. March 1-2. Children can watch from a safe distance or dare to get up close to these creatures. Tickets: $18.50-$48.50. Information: 813-229-7827 or

Antiques and Collectibles Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto

The 49th annual charity Antiques and Collectibles Show will be 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2 featuring 50 outstanding vendors showcasing and selling silver, fine china, jewelry, porcelains, glassware, textiles, paintings, furniture, decorative accessories, and more. The show kicks off on Feb. 28, with a Gala Preview Evening 5-9 p.m. where guests will have the opportunity to preview the show, purchase merchandise, and enjoy an elegant buffet of gourmet hors d'oeuvres and desserts prepared by Carrabba's Italian Grill. Gala tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and are good for the entire weekend. Saturday and Sunday show tickets are $6 at the door. Information: 941-747-4855 or

Suncoast Mummers String Band: various locations, Bradenton

The Suncoast Mummers String Band will perform 8-9:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Neel Auditorium, 5840 26th St. W. and 7-8:30 p.m. March 7 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W., Bradenton. All string band players are welcome. Admission: $10 per concert. Proceeds will benefit the band's scholarship fund. Information: 941-729-4069.

Murder Mystery Dinner Train: Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish

The Florida Railroad Museum will host a Murder Mystery Dinner Train ride "Murder in 3-D," 6 p.m. Feb. 28, and March 7, 2 p.m. March 2 and 9, and 2 and 6 p.m. March 1 and 8. Come see and discover the culprit of an on-the-set movie murder on this exciting ride. Tickets: $47-$55. Information: 941-776-0906 or

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

The Film Fridays series "An American Legacy" features moving portrayals of U.S. military troops and events throughout recent history, focusing on intimate stories behind the heroics. The series presented in partnership with the Legacy of Valor campaign and the Manatee County Veterans Council, include "M*A*S*H" Feb. 28, "From Here To Eternity" March 7, "Rescue Dawn" March 14, "So Proudly We Hail" March 21, and "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq" March 28. All movie times are 6 p.m. Tickets: $5 general admission, $3 museum members, free to veterans and their families of up to six people, 60 admissions per screening. Seating is limited, reservations are required for all. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 13 or

Mixon Fruit Farms Orange Blossom Festival: 2525 27 St. E., Bradenton

Mixon Fruit Farms will host their annual Orange Blossom Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1-2 featuring more than 100 vendors and crafters, pony rides, bungee jumping, a rock climbing wall, bounce houses, a car show, special citrus-themed games for children in the Mixon's Kids Gamin' Grove, contests and special performances by the world famous Wallendas 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. both days. Tickets for the zipline are $5. Information: 941-748-5829 or

Veterans Appreciation Days: Old Main Street and Fourth Street West, downtown Bradenton

As part of The Legacy of Valor, a campaign of The Patterson Foundation, Realize Bradenton will team up with the Suncoast Food Alliance to provide "Veterans Appreciation Days," March 1 and 22, at the downtown Bradenton Farmers Market. A dozen organizations that provide services to veterans and their families will be set up on Fourth Street West from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., including Manasota Operation Troop Support, The Patterson Foundation's Legacy of Valor Campaign, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Manasota Industries, CareerSource Suncoast and more. Local blues singer and Army veteran, Jesse Yawn, will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. joined by his musician friends.

Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival and Wildlife Symposium: Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, Sarasota

The Rotary Club of Sarasota and Save Our Seabirds present the second annual Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival and Wildlife Symposium 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1-2. The event features a juried exhibition of wildlife-inspired art and fine crafts by more than 40 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and other craftspeople. The works, which will be for sale, were juried by volunteers of Ringling College of Art and Design instructors and staff. Along with plenty of family-friendly activities, there will be guided tours of Save Our Seabirds and each day the Sarasota Ski-a-Rees will perform their water team ski show adjacent to the Save Our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 12 and younger are admitted free. Admission entitles guests to free entry to the Save Our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center and a $5 discount on admission to Mote Marine during the festival. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Save Our Seabirds and the Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation. For information, visit or call 941-840-1193.

Magic show: Sunny Shores Community Center, 115th Street and 38th Avenue, Bradenton

"The Amazing Magic and Mind Illusions of Dan Tong & Chandler" is 7 p.m. March 1. Tickets are $15. Information: 941-705-9244.

Parrish Heritage Day Parade and Chili Cook Off: Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish

Come and join your friends at the annual Parrish Florida Day Parade starting at 10:30 a.m. March 1 along 121st Avenue East, followed immediately by the Chili Cook-Off at the museum. The parade will include floats from area churches and businesses, vintage cars and more. Information: 941-776-0906.

Semi-annual Community Sale: 3330 26th Ave. E., Bradenton

Sugar Creek Country Club will host its semi-annual community sale 8:30 a.m.-noon March 1 featuring garage sale items, arts, crafts and baked goods. Breakfast, coffee, pastries and lunch are available for purchase. Information:

Horseshoe Cove annual Spring Fest and Fine Arts and Crafts Sale: 5100 60th St. E., Bradenton

The Horseshoe Cove annual Spring Fest and Fine Arts and Crafts Sale will be 9 a.m.-noon March 1 featuring fine hand paintings, knitted and crocheted items, fishing lures, St. Patrick's and Easter vests, jewelry, Afghans, candy, jams, sewing candies, greeting cards, pillowcases, paper baskets and much more. Coffee and coffeecake will be available for purchase. Information:

Annual Hog Roast: Ralph A. Bantle Amvets Post 301, 2443 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton

The Eighth Annual Hog Roast Benefit will be 1-6 p.m. March 1 featuring a pork dinner with sides, the Anna Maria Island Privateers with mock jail, silent auction, and live music by Twinkle. Meal donation: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Manasota Operation Troop Support and Liberty Manor. The event is open to the public. Information: 941-722-0393.

Yard sale: 807 67th Ave. Terr. W., Bradenton

A yard sale, benefitting Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 1 featuring items of interest for all ages. Items are priced to sell. Information: 941-739-1398.

Settlers market: Anna Maria Island Historical Complex, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria

A settlers market will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 1. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-778-0492.

Model railroad exhibition: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto

RealRail, Railroad Education and Learning Center will hold their 36th Model Railroad Exhibition 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 1 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2. The event will feature a hobby mart with more than 130 tables of railroading and model railroad merchandise, an interactive T-track layout and train simulator for children, a greater Florida Lego Users Group display, and a new O-scale Lionel layout. Admission: $8 adults, children ages 13 and younger are admitted free accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 941-321-5847 or

Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival and Symposium: Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

The Sarasota Wildlife Art festival and Symposium will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1-2 featuring a juried exhibition of wildlife-themed paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other art, along with speakers discussing wildlife and environmental education topics. Festival attendees will receive free admission to Save Our Seabirds, which rescues and rehabilitates injured birds, and $5 off admission to nearby Mote Aquarium. Cost: $5 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation and Save Our Seabirds. Information:

Academy Awards Viewing Party: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa

Film fans can watch Hollywood's biggest night of the year at the Hollywood Awards Night viewing party, beginning 6:30 p.m. with a red-carpet arrival and elegant VIP reception, followed by the pre-show and live telecast of the 86th Annual Academy Awards March 2. Patrons can sample scrumptious appetizers and peruse silent auction items representing local businesses. There will be a cash bar throughout the evening and coffee and doughnuts in the lobby after the event. Guests are encouraged to wear movie-themed costumes. Tickets: $25 for Tampa Theatre members, $30 nonmembers. Information: 813-274-8981 or

Variety show: Terra Siesta Mobile Home Park: Woods Hall, 8200 Nancy Lane, Ellenton

Eddie Michael and Dina Martin will be performing their musical comedy show "When Vegas met Rock and Roll," 7 p.m. March 2. Tickets: $10. Information: 802-272-3122.

Bradentucky Bombers 2014 Season and Schedule: Astro Skate of Bradenton, 3611 Third St. W., Bradenton

The Bradentucky Bombers, Manatee County's original flat track women's roller derby team 2014 season schedule is as follows: March 2, April 13, May 18, June 8, July 13, July 27, Aug. 3, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, with game itineraries: 6 p.m. tailgating, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. game begins, 9:15 p.m. afterparty at Lost Kangaroo Pub, 406 12th St. W., Bradenton. For the games it is suggested you bring a chair. Track side seating is available on a first come, first served basis for those ages 18 and older. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. An open recruit event will be 9:45 a.m. March 1 and 7 p.m. March 3 at Astro Skate of Bradenton. Tickets for the games are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Information:

Annual Arts and Craft Show and Sale: Leisure Lake, 2900 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto

Leisure Lake Co-op's Annual Arts and Craft Show and Sale will be 1-4 p.m. March 4 featuring hand carvings, paintings, silks, quilts, painted furniture and much more. There will be a bake sale, live demonstrations, and entertainment. Information: Debra Schonsheck at 517-932-8430.

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

Realize Bradenton's popular "Music in the Park" series returns with eight free concerts March 5-April 11 featuring the following artists, musicians and bands: Manatee Concert Band, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 5; Sarasota Pops, 6-10 p.m., followed by a screening of the movie "Kelly's Heroes," March 7; Scot Blum and Friends, 6-8 p.m. March 14; George Worthmore, 6-8 p.m. March 21; The Second Time Arounders Marching Band, 7-8 p.m. March 22; Michael Weiss, 6-8 p.m. March 28; Brian Spainhower, 6-8 p.m. April 4; and Kristopher James, 6-8 p.m. April 11. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Information: 941-840-0013.


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: "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:

Suncoast Mummers String Band: Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W., Bradenton

The Suncoast Mummers String Band will perform 7-8:30 p.m. March 7. All string band players are welcome. Admission: $10. Proceeds will benefit the band's scholarship fund. Information; 941-729-4069.

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Palm Avenue Main and First streets, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. March 7 and every first Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota's premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries and salons. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or

Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. March 7 featuring live music by Wild Ginger. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit

First Fridays Car & Bike Show: Slick's Garage, 923 Fifth St. W., Palmetto

Slick's Garage hosts a First Fridays Car & Bike Show and community party 5-11 p.m. March 7 and the first Friday of each month. The event features live music, food and drink vendors, children's entertainment, charity auctions and more. Information: 941-776-7298.

Village of the Arts art walks: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton

Enjoy this month's art walk through Bradenton's acclaimed artist colony. The event is 6-9:30 p.m. March 7 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8 with art on display at the more than 25 galleries. Information:

Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieve's Markets: Coquina Beach Field, Bradenton Beach

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will kick off the 2014 season of Thieve's Markets 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 8 featuring special treasures in part craft bizarre, part flea market. Admission and parking are free. Information: 941-812-8318.

Sail Pavilion "Brews and Bites": 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa

Sail Pavilion will be hosting a monthly Brews and Bites Food Truck Rally 6-10 p.m. Feb. 14 and every second Friday of the month. There will be live entertainment by local musicians, specialty cocktails, craft beers and multiple food trucks offering something for every tastebud. Information: 813-373-1193.

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. March 14 and every second Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota's premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries and salons. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or

Holmes Beach downtown art walks: various locations, Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach art walks are 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 14 and April 11. Eleven participating galleries, and dozens of artists, include Island Gallery West, Arts for the Earth, Fukinsei Art Lab, SteamDesigns, Libby's Island Jewelry, Beach Life AMI, Anna Maria Island Art League, Artists' Guild Gallery, Restless Natives, and The Sidebar Gallery and Island Tattoo. Information: 941-779-9108 or

Spirit and Orb Walks: Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette

Spirit and Orb Walks are offered 6:30 p.m. March 15 and every third Saturday of each month. Due to the "paranormal" nature of these walks, reservations are required and are limited to a maximum of 40 adults, ages 18 and older. Guest must arrive by 6:30 p.m. for a 30 minute indoctrination and discussion of the walk and activities, followed by the walk which will promptly start at 7 p.m. and will last until 8:30 p.m. Guests are requested to wear good walking shoes, long pants and a jacket. Cameras with a night flash is a must and EVP and EMF recorders, digital temperature recorders and extra batteries are encouraged. Cost: $10. Reservations and information: 941-776-0418 or

Mainly Art and Farmers Market: along Old Main Street and Fourth Avenue West, Bradenton

Mainly Art, an art and music filled, family friendly event at the Bradenton Farmers Market, will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 20, featuring local artists, artisans and crafts people displaying and selling their creations, including paintings, jewelry, baskets, glassware, photography, painted furniture, woodworks, glass and plant hangings, children's clothing and much more. The event also features live music and "Art Of" demonstrations. Information:

Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton

Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. March 20 featuring live music, and arts and crafts. The event is free an open to the public. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the revitalization of downtown's merchants and culture. Information: 941-201-6228.

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. March 21 and every third Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota's premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries, and salons. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or

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 27. 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.

Ringling by the Bay: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Enjoy live music by soulRcoaster and dancing on the Bolger Campiello near Ca' d'Zan 5-8 p.m. . Cash bar and food are available for purchase. The event is included with Art After 5 admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-17, free to Museum members and children ages 5 and younger. Information: 941-360-7399 or


American Legion Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton

Bingo, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Public welcome. Information: 941-794-3489.

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

Bingo, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. New progressive game. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Information: 941-580-5044.

Casa Loma Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 105 52nd Ave. E., Bradenton

Bingo, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Licensed food vendor available. Information: 941-761-7788.

Holy Cross Church: 505 26th St. W., Palmetto

Bingo, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Food served 4:30-6 p.m. Information: 941-779-3494.

Tidevue Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 4214 11th St. Ct. E. (off US 301 N.), Ellenton

Bingo, doors open 5 p.m., games start at 6:10 p.m. Fridays Nov.-April 2014. Information: 941-722-2557.


Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom: 5702 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

Friday beginner group lessons 6 p.m. Cost: $10. Friday advanced group lessons 7 p.m. Cost: $10. Friday social dance with complimentary beverage and snacks, 8-9:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Afternoon ballroom dances are 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $10. Dance Fusion for adults 7 p.m., for children 6 p.m. Thursdays; Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. Dance Information: Dwayne Biggs at 941-465-1031.

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

Information: Marjorie Watts at 941-748-0180.

Bradenton Woman's Club: 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

Dance to live music 8-11 p.m. Fridays. Cost is $8. Lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. Singles are welcome. BYOB, sodas available. Smoke-free facility. Proceeds will benefit renovation of the clubhouse, built in 1921. Information: 941-773-0177 or

Adult Singles Dance Club: YMCA, 1075 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota (corner of Bahia Vista)

Dance with live bands plus a DJ, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday. Admission: $10. Complimentary snacks. Information: 941-756-8303 or 941-807-2226.

Mannatee Sports Grill: 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

The Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers will dance 1-3 p.m. March 5 and every Wednesday through March. The public is welcome to come and learn Ceili dancing. Inforamtion: 941-779-1416 or 941-778-1554.

Sara Dance Center: 5000 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

Ballroom dancing lessons 7-8 p.m. and general dancing 8-10 p.m. Mondays. No partners necessary. Admission: $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Call for complete schedule 941-685-7026.

West Coast Woman's Club of Manatee County: H2U, 6670 Cortez Road, Bradenton

Let's Dance! a monthly social dance will be held 7-10 p.m. March 8 and every second Saturday of each month. Dance lessons are 6:15-7 p.m. at no additional charge. Music will be provided by Ellsworth and Company. Light snacks will be provided. Water and sodas are available for purchase. BYOB. Cost: $8. Information: Kelly Helm at 941-447-8238.


Bradenton Farmers' Market: Old Main St., Bradenton

The Bradenton Farmers Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, featuring over 30 vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. The market expands to welcome Mainly Art, a gathering of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their handmade goods, every third Saturday of the month. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit

Ellenton Farmers Market: 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton

The Ellenton Farmers Market is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and specializes in "green" natural, organic and environmentally friendly products that makes for a healthier lifestyle and a better environment. Information: 941-725-0205.

Phillippi Farmhouse Market: 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The Phillippi Farmhouse Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays featuring fruits and vegetables from local groves and farms including herbs, plants, cut flowers, prepared foods, seafood, ice cream, kettle corn, barbecue and multiple organic products. Local arts and craftsmen will be selling soaps and essential oils, organic treat for pets, fabric fantasies, books and much more. The midweek market runs through April. Information: 941-366-1323 or visit

San Marco Plaza Market: San Marco Plaza at 8209 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch

Shop for local produce 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays featuring cut flowers, fresh seafood, coffees, pottery, herbs and more. The market features live entertainment performed by local musicians. Information: 941-799-4213.

Sarasota farmers market: Lemon Avenue at the intersection of Main Street, Sarasota

Fresh produce, plants, coffee, crafts, food and more are available 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-951-2656.


American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton

Lunch is served 11-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Spaghetti dinner and salad bar 5-7 p.m., music by TBD Trio 7:30-9:30 p.m., and Queen of Hearts 8 p.m., Mondays. Hamburgers 5-7 p.m., Bingo 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays. Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Bingo 1-3 p.m., chicken wings 5-8 p.m., karaoke with Franky Allen 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Fried or baked fish 5-7 p.m., dancing and live music 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Foxhole Lounge: hot dogs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays. Breakfast 8-11:30 a.m., dancing and live music by Bob Dewart Band with Eddie Tobin on piano 2-5 p.m. Sundays; Cost: $5 members, $5 nonmembers. The public is welcome. Information: 941-794-3489 or

American Legion Post 312: 1610 67th Ave. E., Oneco

Queen of Hearts drawing, 7 p.m. Monday; bar poker, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Wings and strings, 6-9 p.m. first and third Thursday; dinner 5-7 p.m. and music 6-10 p.m. Fridays; music 2-6 p.m. Saturdays; and $5 all-you-can-eat breakfast 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and bingo 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-758-6616.

American Legion Post 325: 3420 U.S. 301, Ellenton

Feather Your Nest 1 p.m., hamburgers 2-4 p.m. Sundays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Mondays. Hot dogs on Wednesdays. Information: 941-981-3819.

AmVets Post 301: 2443 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton

Tacos, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Cheeseburger night, 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Karaoke on Friday nights. Music 5-8 p.m. Sundays. Back arcade open daily. Information: 941-722-0393.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18: 111 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton

Enjoy music 7:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. Karaoke first Saturday of every month. Bar Bingo 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-755-5425.

Fraternal Order of Eagles Chapter 3171: 5831 15th St. E., Bradenton

All-you-can-eat breakfast 8:30-11 a.m., Feather Your Nest 1-5 p.m., Sundays; breakfast: $5. Tacos, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, open to the public; tacos: $4. A varied lunch menu is served noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A weekly varied menu dinner is served 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Fun night 6-7:30 p.m., Thursdays. All-you-can-eat fried fish 5-7 p.m., Feather Your Nest 7-9 p.m., Fridays. Information: 941-756-2113.

Marine Corps League Detachment 588: 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton

All past and present military personnel and their guests are welcome to the Bunker Bar for fellowship, camaraderie, entertainment, and refreshments. Bar hours: 2-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Information: 941-301-4598.

North Manatee American Legion Post 309: 2419 Bayshore Road, Palmetto

Bingo, 4 p.m. Thursdays. Soft-tip darts 8 p.m. Thursdays. Feather your nest 1-3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-722-8689.

VFW Post 2488: 810 Sixth St. W., Palmetto

Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Fridays. Karaoke with Bob Dunn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Fish fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Information: 941-722-9588.

VFW Post 9226: 3511 12th St. E., Ellenton

Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Holly Rae 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28. Honor Guard Pulled Pork Sandwich Dinner, 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by karaoke with Benny 6-9 p.m. March 1. Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. All you can eat breakfast 8-11 p.m., bar poker 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest 4:30-6:30 p.m.; $2 crockpot meal Mondays. Information: 941-729-8535.

VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

Music by Thea, Bill and Denise 7-10 p.m. March 1. Lunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Sunday breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon. TC and The Troublemakers, 4:30 p.m. every third Sunday. Monday night dinner, 5-7 p.m. Easy listening music with Tom and Judy 5-7 p.m. Wednesadys. Bingo 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. New menu, bar food served 11-7 p.m. daily. The public is welcome to all dinners and events. Information: 941-794-6394.

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