Save the date: April 11

April 11, 2014 


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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

Sweet and Salty Ice Cream Social: The Florida Maritime Museum will host a family-friendly fundraiser featuring a Tyler's Ice Cream sundae bar 2-5 p.m. April 12 at 4415 119th St. W., Bradenton. There will be live music by Bill Vinhage, an artsy photo booth, unlimited popcorn, nautical twister and lots of other fun activities for all to enjoy. Tickets: $20-$25 adults, $12-$15 children, All tickets include a gift bag. Tickets purchased before April 5 will include a premium gift bag. Proceeds will benefit the Florida Maritime Museum. Information: 941-708-6120 or

"An Island Affaire -- Just Another Day in Paradise": The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host its annual fundraiser "An Island Affaire -- Just Another Day in Paradise," beginning with a pre-affaire VIP party at 5 p.m. followed by a champagne reception and dinner at 6 p.m. April 12 at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. There will be live and silent auctions, open bar and live music by 1980's recording artist Bertie Higgins. Tickets: $175, VIP tickets are $250. Information; 941-778-1908, ext. 9203 or

Spaghetti dinner: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Go Manatees Relay for Life Team will host a spaghetti dinner 5-6 p.m. April 16 at 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. During the event, luminary bags will be sold for $5 each to be used at the Relay for Life May 3 event at G.T. Bray Recreational Complex, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. Following the spaghetti dinner, the SCF Manatees baseball team will play Hillsborough Community College at 6 p.m. at Robert C. Wynn Field off 34th Street West and 57th Avenue West. Dinner: $7 adults, $4 children ages 2-9, free for children ages 1 and younger. Baseball game: $4 adults, $2 seniors. Proceeds will benefit the Go Manatees Relay for Life Team's fundraising efforts. Information: 941-752-5355 or email

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

Third annual Barefoot Sunday: Leave your shoes for a needy soul and be a part of doing a great good for an effort to provide shoes, sandals, work boots, children's shoes, new or gently worn to any of the three services 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. April 27 at Christ Episcopal Church's third annual Barefoot Sunday at 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The shoes will be donated to various local charities in Manatee County. Information: 941-747-3904.

"Date Night" Guinness Book of World Records attempt: "Live the Life" is hoping to make the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of organized dates on one night in one community on May 9. Couples who participate are requested to make a one-time suggested donation of $25 to Live the Life, after which they will plan their own date night on May 9. The funds raised will benefit Live the Life's mission to help marriages and families in crisis in our local community. Live the Life is looking for local restaurants who would like to participate by offering special promotions May 9. Information: 941-962-8038 or

Run For The Music 5K: Lakewood Ranch High School, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton

Sarasota Orthopedic Associates will sponsor the Run For The Music 5K race beginning with registration at 7 a.m. followed by the 5K race, a Kids Dash, a 1-mile Fun Run and a Doggie 5K May 10. The chip timed race will follow a 5K course around the high school and county park. There are run categories for all ages and an after party and award presentation for all races. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Registration: $30 adults, $20 students ages 18 and younger, $15 children ages 10 and younger, $30 dogs accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit the Lakewood Ranch High School Band. Information: 941-951-2663, ext. 213 or email

Mother's Day Tea and Plant Sale: The Sarasota Succulent Society will host its third annual Mother's Day Tea and Plant Sale with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 10-11 at the Sarasota Succulent Society Gardens, 1310 38th St., Sarasota. Visitor can enjoy High Tea with their mother or friends and tour the gardens. Proceeds will benefit the Sarasota Succulent Society. Cost: $20. Information: 941-773-0186 or email

Dick Vitale Gala: Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota

The 2014 Dick Vitale Gala dinner will be 7 p.m. followed by an after-party featuring The Four Tops, May 16. Collegiate coaching greats Nick Saban, head football coach of Alabama; Tom Crean, head basketball coach of Indiana; and Mike Brey, head basketball coach of Notre Dame, will attend. There will be an auction and prize drawings. Tickets: $1,000. Proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research at Tampa H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Information:

Tribute to Veterans Awards Luncheon: The Jewish Family and Children's Service of the Suncoast, will honor and recognize four veterans at their Tribute to Veterans Service to Community Awards Luncheon at noon May 27 at Michael's on East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota. Award recipients include Richard R. Alvarez, SSG, US Army, Christopher L. Davis, MSG, US Army, Andy Hooker, SPC 5th Class, US Army, and John C. O'Brien, Col (Ret.), US Army. Tickets: $45. Proceeds will benefit programs and services provided to local veterans through JFCS's Operation Military Assistance Program. Reservations are required by May 16. Information: 941-366-2224 or email

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