Save the date: May 2

May 2, 2014 

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Manatee Chamber of Commerce "Blues by the Bay": The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will host "Blues by the Bay" 5-7 p.m. May 7 at the Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event will feature delectable edibles provided by various local restaurants and live entertainment by Doug Deming and The Jewel Tones. Cost: $25 pre-purchase members; $30 non-members and at the door. Pre-purchase deadline Monday, May 5. Registration and information: Jen Bartolone at 941-748-3411 or Jamie Overmiller at 941-556-4034 or or

"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., Lakewood Ranch

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. Visitors can enjoy High Tea with their mother or friends and tour the gardens. Proceeds will benefit the maintenance of the grounds and house of 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:

Walk to Cure Arthritis: Help find a cure by participating in the 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis fundraiser, beginning with registration 8-9 a.m. immediately followed by a three-mile and one-mile course May 17 at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota. The event will feature activities for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs. For more help or information about the Walk to Cure Arthritis, contact Michelle Bass at 941-708-3901 or

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 East Ave. S., Sarasota. Award recipients include Richard R. Alvarez, SSG, U.S. Army, Christopher L. Davis, MSG, U.S. Army, Andy Hooker, SPC 5th Class, U.S. 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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