This weekend's best bets: March 7-9

March 7, 2014 

A Village of the Arts team member creates a wall mural at a past Art Slam. PHOTO PROVIDED



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 Soul R Coaster. 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.

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.

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. March 7, 2 p.m. March 9, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 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 "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

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

Realize Bradenton's popular "Music in the Park" series returns March 7 featuring the Sarasota Pops Orchestra, 6-10 p.m., followed by a screening of the movie "Kelly's Heroes," March 7. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Information: 941-840-0013.


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 and enjoy ArtSlam 2014 in the Village featuring the making, displaying and parading of giant handmade paper-mache puppets. The event is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8 with art on display at the more than 25 galleries. Information:

ArtSlam 2014: along Old Main Street, Bradenton

The fourth annual ArtSlam will be noon-10 p.m. March 8, coexisting with the downtown Bradenton Farmers' Market then transitioning into a full-on sensory explosion featuring dozens of artists, site specific art installations, a Made Here Craft show, interactive art experience, and musicians and performers including Kristopher James, Michael Miller, Del Couch Education Foundation, Becca and Dan Duo, Jun Bustamante, The Northwest, Seven Years Past, The Wallies, and a sunset drum circle led by Scott Blum. Information:

Palmetto Heritage Day and "Legacy of Valor" Celebration: Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto

The park and Museum have been selected as community partners in Legacy of Valor, a campaign honoring veterans, during the Palmetto Heritage Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 8 featuring an art exhibit by local, regional and veterans from throughout the U.S.. Free children's activities include train rides, goat petting, a writing and painting workshop "What Freedom Means to Me," crafts, a kids' basic training obstacle course and a children's fire challenge. The workshop requires reservations. Manasota Operation Troops Support will be collecting items from visitors to send to troops. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-721-2034 or 941-723-4991.

Sidewalk Astronomy: 8141 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch

The local group of Deep Sky Observers, a Manatee/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will offer the public a chance to view spectacular celestial sights through their high-powered telescopes 6:30-10 p.m. March 8, weather permitting. Participants will be treated to up close views of the moon and other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 342-9632.

Piecemakers Quilt Show: Pic Town Estates, 1201 50th Ave. Plaza W., Bradenton

Pic Town Estates will host a Piecemakers Quilt Show 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 8. A prize drawing will be held. Information: 941-758-1160.

Flea Market and Collectibles Fair: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

A Flea Market and Collectibles Fair will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9, featuring antiques, books, collectibles, jewelry, discount postage, linens and more. Admission: $2 adults, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-954-4165, ext. 6.

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.

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