Save the date: March 7

March 7, 2014 


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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, 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

Fifteenth 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.

"A Fashion Mystery" Fashion Show and Luncheon: The Longboat Island Chapel will host "A Fashion Mystery" Fashion Show and Luncheon by Lord's Warehouse thrift shop at noon March 11 at 6200 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. Highlight will be a well known local celebrity and mystery woven into the show. All clothing and accessories in the show are from gently used thrift show donations, including many designer labels. There will be a silent auction, door prizes, prize drawings and a sale after the show. Proceeds will benefit the Chapel's outreach programs. Tickets: $25. Information: 941-383-6491 or 941-387-0202.

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

A Paris Flea Market: The Sarasota Orchestra Association will host their inaugural "A Paris Flea Market" fundraiser, an upscale estate-style sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 14-15, with a preview sale 4-7 p.m. March 13 at the former Bank of America location, 1605 Main St., Sarasota. The event will feature fine and costume jewelry, household goods, china, crystal, silver, antiques, linens, books, handbags, art work, designer furniture and collectibles. Proceeds will benefit the Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota Youth Orchestra. Admission to the preview sale is $5. Information:

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 Boulevard 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.

Eighth Annual Women of Achievement Lucheon: The Eighth Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon will be 11 a.m. March 15 at Palm Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Road, Sarasota. Five outstanding individuals will be honored at this major scholarship fundraiser. Luncheon: $40. Reservations and information: 941-753-0598.

10th 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.

Pique Nique sur la Baie and fashion show: New College of Florida will host its yearly fundraiser "Pique Nique sur la Baie," and a fashion show 11 a.m. April 2 at New College Bayfront, Sarasota, featuring a fashion show by The Met and a live auction. Tickets: $150. Proceeds will benefit the Jane Bancroft Cook Library and New College. Information: 941-487-4800 or

Girls Inc. 26th annual Celebration Luncheon: The Girls Inc. 26th annual Celebration Luncheon will be 10:30 a.m. April 3 at the Ritz Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, celebrating "Girl of the Year" and honoring various outstanding individuals for their contributions to the community and their superlative personal and professional achievements. Tickets: $85. Proceeds will benefit Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County. Information: 941-366-6646 ext. 211 or

Annual Family Fun Walk and Fun Festival: Help raise awareness and funds for homeless children and participate in Turning Points' "Walk A Mile In Their Shoes," a one mile beach walk 5:30 p.m. April 5 at Coquina Beach, Bradenton, followed by fun activities for families including an exciting sand castle competition, bounce house, face painting, great food and music. Registration is at 4 p.m. Cost: $20 adults, $10 students, a family $45, and large groups of up to 12 people is $200. Proceeds will benefit Turning Points. Information: 941-747-1509 or

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