This weekend's best bets: Feb. 28-March 2

February 28, 2014 

TODAY

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 www.manateeserviceclub.com.

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 www.frrm.org.

SATURDAY

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 at 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. both days. Tickets for the zipline are $5. Information: 941-748-5829 or www.mixon.com.

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. Local blues singer and Army veteran, Jesse Yawn, will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. joined by his musician friends.

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.

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.

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. Admission: $8 adults, children ages 13 and younger are admitted free accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 941-321-5847 or www.RealRail.org.

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. 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: www.sarasotawildlifefest.com.

SUNDAY

Rubonia Mardi Gras: Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St. E.

This years' Rubonia Mardi Gras is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The center of the festivities is the area around the Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St. E. The parade is set to get going at 2 p.m. It starts at 79th Avenue and heads south on Bayshore Road to the McMullen Street Bridge. The parade is the centerpiece of the Rubonia Mardi Gras, but it's only a small part of the day. Live music, all kinds of food, beer and general revelry fill the rest. Tickets: Free, but donations are requested. Information: www.ruboniamardigrasinc.org, (941) 565-9824.

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: www.bradentuckybombers.org.

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