Save the date: March 21

March 21, 2014 


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Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale: The Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary will hold a $5 Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale 7 a.m.-4 p.m. March 21 in the main lobby of the Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., Bradenton. The public is invited to stop in and experience the frenzy also known as March Madness. All items are $5 and proceeds will benefit medical scholarships and Manatee County community charities. Information: 941-745-7287.

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

Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida Chapter's "Gems of Philanthropy Luncheon": Giving Matters, an initiative of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida Chapter will host its annual "Gems of Philanthropy Luncheon" 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 8 at Michael's on East, 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota. The event will feature keynote speaker Jaimie Mayer Phinney. Tickets: $50. Proceeds will benefit charities in the Sarasota Manatee community. Information: 941-921-5410.

Evening of Hope: The Salvation Army of Manatee County will host its "Evening of Hope" dinner 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 10 at the Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Special guest Nik Wallenda will share insights on his amazing career, his faith, family and how he balances it all. There will be live entertainment and a dynamic "Mocktail" hour. Tickets: $100. All proceeds from the event will benefit the homeless prevention services provided by The Salvation Army, Manatee County. Business attire is requested. Information: 941-748-5110 or

Eighth annual Gulf Shore Animal League Scavenger Hunt: Organize a team of up to five people and participate in the eighth annual Gulf Shore Animal League's Scavenger Hunt 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 beginning and ending at Palma Sola Park Pavilion, 7815 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. The day will feature a Gulf Shore Animal League Olympics and other fun park activities and many competitions including Kitty Kat Karaoke, Most Creative Costumes, and Best Team Spirit. Registration is $75 per team, and will be $90 after March 28. Lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit Gulf Shore Animal League. Information and registration: 941-747-2284 or

The 21st annual Tropical Nights celebration: Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee will host its 21st annual Tropical Nights celebration 6-11 p.m. April 12 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. The "Vegas Lights" themed event will feature elaborate food displays, specialty drinks, live entertainments, casino-style games, interactive photo shoots, a "Chill Lounge" tribute to the posh Las Vegas nightclub scene, a silent auction and prize drawings. Tickets: $150. Proceeds will benefit the programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. Information: 941-749-0100 or

Pinwheel 5K Run: The traditional Elite Fitness Challenge 5K Pinwheel Run will begin with registration 7 a.m. followed by the 8:30 a.m. Kids Dashes, 8:45 a.m. Kids Fitness Challenge, the 9:30 a.m. 5K Pinwheel Run, the 9:35 a.m. One-mile Fitness Run/Walk and the 10 a.m. 5K Elite Fitness Challenge at Nathan Benderson Park at 2500 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. The event will culminate in an after-party with refreshments, food and beverages. Registration: $10-$55. Proceeds will benefit the Family Partnership Center. Information: 941-358-5100 or

Arts Brunch and Fashion Show: Village of the Arts will host its annual Arts Brunch and Fashion Show 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 19 on the patio of Restaurante Ortygia, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton. The event will feature a brunch, exciting fashions, an art exhibit, music, a silent auction, door prizes and more. Tickets: $35. Proceeds will benefit the Artists Guild of Manatee, Inc. Reservations: 941-302-1069.

"Pines Run to Remember" 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk: Pines of Sarasota will be hosting a 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk "Pines to Remember" beginning with registration at 6:30 a.m. followed by the run/walk at 7:30 a.m. April 26 at Ca' d'Zan, Ringling Museum of art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Registration: $10-$25. Proceeds will benefit Pines of Sarasota residents with Alzheimer and its Education Institute. Information: 941-356-0901 or

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