Save the date: Feb. 28

February 28, 2014 


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Inaugural "Second Chance Prom": The Senior Advocacy Council will host its inaugural "Second Chance Prom" 6-11 p.m. March 1 at the Central Manatee Banquet Hall, 509 Ninth St. E., Bradenton, featuring elegant dining and dancing, complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and carving stations. Tickets: $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Proceeds will benefit needy seniors of Manatee County. Information: 941-779-4799.

Asolo Repertory Theatre annual gala "A Night at the Rainbow Room": Relive the glamour of the Rainbow Room at the Asolo Repertory Theatre's "A Night at the Rainbow Room," 6 p.m. March 1 featuring a special evening of dining and dancing, a silent auction and live music by former New York City Rainbow Room headliner Michael Andrew and The Atomic Big Band. Tickets: $500 and up. Proceeds will support the Asolo Rep's entire 2013-2014 season and education and outreach programs. Information: 941-351-9010, ext. 4712 or

St. David's Day 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Gulf Coast St. David's Welsh Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary of St. David's Day 6-10 p.m. March 1 at Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club, 4800 Chase Oaks Drive, Sarasota. The annual banquet will highlight the founding of the Welsh Society on the Gulf Coast and will feature Welsh music and group singing. Banquet: $35.50-$43. Information and registration: 941-349-6069 or

Tour of Kitchens: Visit beautiful homes in the Whitfield area, sip hand-selected wines and savor fine foods prepared by local chefs at the Tour of Kitchens, 2-6:30 p.m. March 2 hosted by the Manatee Technical Institute Foundation. Tickets: $55. VIP package: $800, includes eight tickets, limousine service to each home and complimentary champagne. Information: 941-751-7900, ext. 1010.

Fifth annual Take Stock in Children 10K, 5K, and Fun Run: Take Stock in Children of Manatee County will hold its fifth annual Take Stock in Children 10K, 5K, and Fun Run March 2 with both the 10K and 5K scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. and the Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. A post race party with food, entertainment, raffles, age group awards and kids activities will follow the race. Registration for the 10K and 5K is open and available at Proceeds will benefit Take Stock in Children of Manatee County. For additional information, contact Bethany Lynch at 941-713-8935.

Couture in the Courtyard: "Couture in the Courtyard," a fashion show and luncheon will be 10 a.m. March 3 featuring fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and a champagne luncheon presented by Michael's On East at 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit the South Florida Museum. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 17.

12th annual Legacy Luncheon: Junior League of Sarasota will host its 12th annual Legacy Luncheon "Living History: An Afternoon with the Eisenhowers," 11 a.m. March 5 at Michael's on East Ballroom, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, featuring special guest speakers David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower. Proceeds will benefit the programs of Junior League of Sarasota. Information:

Third annual Tasting Wine to Help Fight Crime: The Manatee CrimeStoppers will host the third annual Tasting Wine to Help Fight Crime 6 p.m. March 8 at Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. The Mardi Gras inspired event will feature great wines paired with delicious Cajun and Creole food, door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets: $50. Information: 941-792-2732 or

Relay For Life "Strike Down Cancer" Bowling: Strike down cancer with an evening of bowling 6-9 p.m. March 8 at AMF Bradenton Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Cost: $15 for three hours of bowling, includes shoe rental. There will be prize drawings. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration: 941-518-6107.

Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon: The Humane Society of Manatee County invites the public to join the eighth annual Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon Fundraiser starting with registration at 8 a.m. followed by the walk Feb. 8 at the Bradenton River Walk Pavilion, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Walkers are encouraged to create teams, fundraise and bring their families and dogs. Walkers will enjoy entertainment, prize drawings, food and beverage vendors and a Doggie Fun Zone obstacle course. A Top Dog Run-Off will take place a 1 p.m. "Me and My Pet" drawings open to children Pre-K to 5th grade are due Feb. 14 to the Humane Society, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton. All submitted drawings will be displayed at the walk-a-thon and winners will be announced at noon. Walk T-shirts, goody wag bags and a pass to the Doggie Fun Zone will be given to all registered walkers. Registration: $25 adults, $10 children ages 15 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County. Information: 941-747-8808, ext. 310 or

15th annual St. Patty's Day Poker Run: The Sarasota Harley Owners Group will sponsor their 15th annual St. Patty's Day Poker Run beginning with registration 11 a.m.-noon March 9 at the Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th St., Sarasota. Cost: $15 per hand or three hands for $20. There will be door prizes and prize drawings. All poker run stops are Irish Pubs or restaurants. First bike or car out is 11:30 a.m., last bike or car out is at noon. Final stop is at Clancy's Irish Sports Pub, 6218 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Information: 941-720-5955 or 941-730-1620 or

"Daddy's Fund" Benefit Dance: Fisherman's Cove will host a benefit dance 1-4 p.m. March 9 at 100 Palmview Road, Palmetto, featuring music provided by Bob K, the Rockin' DJ. There will be door prizes. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceed will benefit "Daddy's Fund," a trust fund for the daughters of James R. Koch. Information: 941-284-3452.

"Puttin' on the Ritz" Fashion Show and Dinner: "Puttin' on the Ritz," a fashion show and dinner will be 4 p.m. March 9 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, featuring The Teak and Company models and Manatee County government officials and celebrities as models. Tickets: $35. Proceeds will benefit Strength in Action, Inc. Information: 941-932-0423 or 404-664-1323.

Girl Scouts Third annual Leadership Luncheon: Girls Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida will host its Third annual Leadership Luncheon "Leaders vs. Bullies: game on Girl," 11:30 a.m. March 12 at the Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. The event will feature a program, presented by Blair Bloomston, vice president, Game on Nation, focusing on how to empower girls and young women in our community to remain confident against bullies. Part of the proceeds will benefit local pre-teen and teen character and confidence building programs. Tickets: $75. Information: 941-921-5358 or

"Celebrate! Planned Parenthood" annual dinner celebration: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida will host "Celebrate! Planned Parenthood," its 48tha annual diner celebration honoring 20 years of leadership by CEO Barbara Zdravecky beginning with a cocktail and a silent auction 6 p.m., followed by dinner, March 13 at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $175, $75 supporters 30 and younger. Information: 941-365-3913, ext. 1124 or

27th annual Author Luncheon: The Manatee Public Library System and the Library Foundation, Inc. will host its 27th annual Author Luncheon 11 a.m. March 14 at the Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. The event will featuring best-selling author Dorothea "Dottie" Benton Frank as special guest speaker. Tickets: $45. Proceeds will benefit Manatee Public Library System and the Library Foundation, Inc. For reservations and information, contact Jeanne Watkins at 941-749-3029 or email

Cat Depot's 2014 "Caturday Night Fever" Gala: The Cat Depot will host the 2014 "Caturday Night Fever" Gala 6:30-10:30 p.m. March 15 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. There will be live and silent auctions, prize drawings, buffet style food, open bar and live entertainment. Cocktail attire or 1970s fashion is encouraged. Tickets: $150-$175. Proceeds will benefit the Cat Depot. Information:

Fashion Show "Simply Elegant": The American Legion Women's Auxiliary, Unit 24 of the Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24 will host a fashion show "Simply Elegant," 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 15 at 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, featuring fashions by Irene, prize drawings, an auction and door prizes. There will be a cash bar and lunch at noon. Donation: $15. Proceeds will benefit the post's Veterans Relief Fund. Information: 941-794-3489.

Tenth annual Celebrity Chefs Food and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge: The Jewish Family and Children's Service of the Suncoast will host its 10th annual Celebrity Chefs Food and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge 12:30 p.m. March 18 at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key. The event features a day of golf on the Islandside Golf Course and an evening of sampling specialty dishes prepared by 26 local chefs, a silent auction, prize drawing, and island music. Tickets for both the golf outing and tasting event is $350. Tickets for the evening's food and wine tasting at 6-8 p.m. is $100. Proceeds will benefit the Jewish Family and Children's Service. Information: 941-366-2224, ext. 142 or

Humane Society of Manatee County "Mardi Paws": The Humane Society of Manatee County will host "Mardi Paws," 6-10 p.m. March 21 at Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton, featuring a Cajun/Mardi Gras themed dinner fundraiser, psychic palm reader Jason Newcomb, and live music by the Gumbo Boogie Band. Tickets: $100. Information 941-747-8808, ext. 310 or

Annual Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Black Tie Havana Nights Gala: The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund will host its annual Black Tie Havana Nights Gala 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Bradenton, featuring strolling musicians, cigar rolling viewing, prize drawings, gourmet dinner, full open bar and dancing to the music by Double Vision. Tickets: $175 and up. Information: 941-556-5442 or

Tour de Parks Fun Ride: Friends of the Legacy Trail will host the Tour de Parks Fun Ride 8 a.m., beginning with registration at 7 a.m. and breakfast 7-8:30 a.m. March 23. A 37 and a 62 mile ride starts at 8 a.m. and a 16 mile ride starts at 9 a.m.. A catered lunch will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be full road support and rest stops with snacks. Proceeds will benefit funding of the extension of the Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota. Entry fee: $35. Information and registration:

Phi Beta Psi Sorority "Auction for a Cure": If you can bake, sew it, make it, grow it, bring in your creation and join the bidding fun to raise money for cancer research at Phi Beta Psi Sorority's "Auction for a Cure" beginning with a preview 6-6:45 p.m. and auction at 7 p.m. March 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Cash or check only. There will be door prizes. Refreshments will be served. Information: 941-795-7123.

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