Things to do: July 3-9

July 3, 2014 

CALENDAR

Fourth of july events

Independence Day Celebration: various locations, Anna Maria Island

The Independence Day celebration will showcase two days of family fun, fresh seafood and spectacular fireworks starting at The Beachhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, with the 21st annual Fireworks Extravaganza July 3, and the finale at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, at its 28th annual Fireworks Spectacular July 4. Both events feature special VIP packages providing front row seating, food and specialty drinks. Restaurant seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets and information: 941-778-8709, 941-779-2222.

AMI Privateers Fourth of July parade: Begins at Coquina Beach

The Anna Maria Island Privateers Annual 4th of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. sharp July 4 at Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. The parade runs the entire length of Anna Maria Island to Bay Front Park in the town of Anna Maria. More than 100 participants are expected. After the parade, the Privateers will head to Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, from noon to 4 p.m. for live music, food and drinks.

Palmetto Fourth of July Celebration: Lamb and Sutton Park, 1006 Sixth St. W.

Palmetto's 4th of July celebration and free concert begins at 4 p.m. July 4. The event will feature food vendors and a $5 VIP section at stage front. The main attraction is "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery who will sing his country tunes after The Jake Castro Band and goodBye eddie warm things up for him. Other than the VIP section, the rest of the park will be open to free seating. Following the free concert, at 9 p.m., the cities of Bradenton and Palmetto and Manatee County combine to put on their Fourth of July Fireworks over the Manatee River.

Selby Gardens' "Tropical Fourth of July": Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota

Selby Gardens' annual Tropical Fourth of July celebration will be 6 p.m. July 4 featuring a night of fun for the whole family with a fireworks display at Island Park. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities and live music from Impulse. Bring folding chairs and beach blankets. No coolers. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets: $17 members, $20 nonmembers. Admission is free for children ages 11 and younger. Information: 941-366-5731 or selby.org.

Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration: Siesta Key Public Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota

The 24th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration will be at 9 p.m. July 4. Fireworks over Siesta Key can be viewed from the Gulf, Intercoastal and in particular Siesta Beach. A VIP Party will precede the fireworks 5:30-9:30 p.m. VIP viewing packages are available for $150 a couple and will feature on-site parking on the beach, a catered picnic for two, drinks, and a preferred viewing area for the fireworks display. Information: 941-349-3800.

FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Palm Avenue Main and First streets, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. July 4 and every first Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota's premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries and salons. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or DSAsarasota.com.

Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. July 4 featuring live music by Smokey's Session. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit lakewoodranch.com/mainstreet.

Village of the Arts art walks: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton

Enjoy an art walk through Bradenton's acclaimed artist colony 6-9:30 p.m. July 4 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 5. The Village of the Arts is the place to be for the hottest and largest selection of local art. Take a stroll in the cool of the evening among 30 galleries and three five-star restaurants all nestled in colorful 1920 cottages. Information: villageofthearts.com.

Coquina Beach Market: 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach

Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through July. The market features fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and more. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.

Tampa Theatre Summer Classic Movie Series: 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa

The Tampa Theatre Summer Classic Movie Series, a line-up of titles nominated by Tampa Theatre fans, are "North By Northwest" July 6, "The Gay Divorcee" July 13, "Lawrence Of Arabia" July 20, "Blazing Saddles" July 27, "Dirty Dancing" Aug. 3, "Citizen Kane" Aug. 10, "Casablanca" Aug. 16-17, and "The Black Pirate" Aug. 24. All movie screenings are at 3 p.m. and all tickets are $10 adults and $8 members, except for "The Black Pirate" are $12 adults and $10 children, seniors, military and members. Information: 813-274-8981 or tampatheatre.org.

BINGO

American Legion Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton

Bingo, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Public welcome. Information: 941-794-3489.

Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton

Winter bingo returns Dec. 4. New progressive game. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Information: 941-580-5044.

Casa Loma Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 105 52nd Ave. E., Bradenton

Bingo, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Licensed food vendor available. Information: 941-761-7788.

Holy Cross Church: 505 26th St. W., Palmetto

Bingo, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Food served 4:30-6 p.m. Information: 941-779-3494.

Tidevue Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 4214 11th St. Ct. E. (off US 301 N.), Ellenton

Bingo, doors open 5 p.m., games start at 6:10 p.m. Fridays Nov.-April 2014. Information: 941-722-2557.

DANCES

Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom: 5917 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 305, Bradenton

Friday beginner group lessons 6 p.m. Cost: $10. Friday advanced group lessons 7 p.m. Cost: $10. Friday social dance with complimentary beverage and snacks, 8-9:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Afternoon ballroom dances are 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $10. Dance Fusion for children 6 p.m. Thursdays; Cost: $5. Dance Information: Dwayne Biggs at 941-465-1031.

Adult Singles Dance Club: YMCA, 1075 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota (corner of Bahia Vista)

Dance with live bands plus a DJ, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday. Admission: $10. Complimentary snacks. Information: 941-756-8303 or 941-807-2226.

Sara Dance Center: 5000 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

Ballroom dancing lessons 7-8 p.m. and general dancing 8-10 p.m. Mondays. No partners necessary. Admission: $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Call for complete schedule 941-685-7026.

West Coast Woman's Club of Manatee County: H2U, 6670 Cortez Road, Bradenton

Let's Dance! a monthly social dance will be held 7-10 p.m. July 12 and every second Saturday of each month. Dance lessons are 6:15-7 p.m. at no additional charge. Music will be provided by Ellsworth and Company. Light snacks will be provided. Water and sodas are available for purchase. BYOB. Cost: $8. Information: Kelly Helm at 941-447-8238.

FARMERS MARKETS

Central Sarasota Farmer's Market: Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota

The Central Sarasota Farmer's Market will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, featuring locally grown fresh produce, local artisan products, live music, and a variety of food vendors. Information: 941-677-0078 or centralsarasota

farmersmarket.com.

Sarasota farmers market: Lemon Avenue at the intersection of Main Street, Sarasota

Fresh produce, plants, coffee, crafts, food and more are available 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-951-2656.

SOCIAL CLUBS

American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton

Lunch is served 11-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Spaghetti dinner and salad bar 5-7 p.m., music by TBD Trio 7:30-9:30 p.m., and Queen of Hearts 8 p.m., Mondays. Hamburgers 5-7 p.m., Bingo 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays. Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Bingo 1-3 p.m., chicken wings 5-8 p.m., karaoke with Franky Allen 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Fried or baked fish 5-7 p.m., dancing and live music 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Foxhole Lounge: hot dogs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays. Breakfast 8-11:30 a.m., dancing and live music by Bob Dewart Band with Eddie Tobin on piano 2-5 p.m. Sundays; Cost: $5 members, $5 nonmembers. The public is welcome. Information: 941-794-3489 or americanlegionpost24.com.

American Legion Post 312: 1610 67th Ave. E., Oneco

Queen of Hearts drawing, 7 p.m. Monday; bar poker, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Wings and strings, 6-9 p.m. first and third Thursday; dinner 5-7 p.m. and music 6-10 p.m. Fridays; music 2-6 p.m. Saturdays; and $5 all-you-can-eat breakfast 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and bingo 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-758-6616.

American Legion Post 325: 3420 U.S. 301, Ellenton

Feather Your Nest 1 p.m., hamburgers 2-4 p.m. Sundays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Mondays. Hot dogs on Wednesdays. Information: 941-981-3819.

AmVets Post 301: 2443 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton

Sunday bar bingo and wings 5-7 p.m. Open daily at 10 a.m. Back arcade open daily. Information: 941-722-0393.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18: 111 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton

Enjoy music 7:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. Karaoke first Saturday of every month. Bar Bingo 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-755-5425.

Fraternal Order of Eagles Chapter 3171: 5831 15th St. E., Bradenton

All-you-can-eat breakfast 8:30-11 a.m., Feather Your Nest 1-5 p.m., Sundays; breakfast: $5. Tacos, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, open to the public; tacos: $4. A varied lunch menu is served noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A weekly varied menu dinner is served 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Fun night 6-7:30 p.m., Thursdays. All-you-can-eat fried fish 5-7 p.m., Feather Your Nest 7-9 p.m., Fridays. Information: 941-756-2113.

Marine Corps League Desoto Detachment 588: 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton

National Korean War Veterans' Day Party, 3 p.m. July 27, featuring dinner of eye round of beef and all the trimmings; $6 donation. All past and present military personnel and their guests are welcome to the Bunker Bar for fellowship, camaraderie, entertainment, and refreshments. Bar hours: 2-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Information: 941-301-4598.

North Manatee American Legion Post 309: 2419 Bayshore Road, Palmetto

Bingo, 4 p.m. Thursdays. Soft-tip darts 8 p.m. Thursdays. Feather your nest 1-3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-722-8689.

VFW Post 2488: 810 Sixth St. W., Palmetto

Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Fridays. Karaoke with Bob Dunn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Fish fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Information: 941-722-9588.

VFW Post 9226: 3511 12th St. E., Ellenton

Independence Day Cookout at 1 p.m., with music by Stacy at 2 p.m. July 4. Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. All-you-can-eat-breakfast 8-11 a.m., bar poker 4:30 p.m. July 6. . Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m., progressive jackpot, July 7. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Lunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Information: 941-729-8535.

VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

Lunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Sunday breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon. TC and The Troublemakers, 4:30 p.m. every third Sunday. Monday night dinner, 5-7 p.m. Bingo 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. The public is welcome to all dinners and events. Information: 941-794-6394.

COMING SOON

Sail Pavilion "Brews and Bites": 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa

Sail Pavilion will be hosting a monthly Brews and Bites Food Truck Rally 6-10 p.m. July 11 and every second Friday of the month. There will be live entertainment by local musicians, specialty cocktails, craft beers and multiple food trucks offering something for every taste bud. Information: 813-373-1193.

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. July 11 and every second Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota's premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries and salons. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or DSAsarasota.com.

Bradentucky Bombers 2014 Season and Schedule: Astro Skate of Bradenton, 3611 Third St. W., Bradenton

The Bradentucky Bombers, Manatee County's original flat track women's roller derby team 2014 season schedule is as follows: July 13, July 27, Aug. 3, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, with game itineraries: 6 p.m. tailgating, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. game begins, 9:15 p.m. after party at Lost Kangaroo Pub, 406 12th St. W., Bradenton. For the games it is suggested you bring a chair. Track side seating is available on a first come, first served basis for those ages 18 and older. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets for the games are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Information: bradentuckybombers.org.

Ringling by the Bay: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Enjoy live music by and dancing on the Bolger Campiello near Ca' d'Zan 5-8 p.m. July 17 A cash bar and food will be provided by Treviso. The event is included with Art After 5 admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-17, children 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700 or ringling.org.

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. July 18 and every third Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota's premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries, and salons. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or DSAsarasota.com.

Annual Cool Art Show: Coliseum Ballroom, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg

The annual Cool Art Show, a premier juried fine art and craft event, will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 19-20 featuring high caliber work from 80 local and regional award winning artists and includes a contemporary and classic collection of hand crafted visual and functional works for sale in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, mixed media and jewelry. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: pava-artists.org.

Van Wezel FridayFest on the Bayfront: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Kick back on the Sarasota bayfront at FridayFest 5:30-9 p.m. featuring live music by. Bring blankets and chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-953-3368 or vanwezel.org.

Buckler's 22nd annual Craft Fair: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto

Buckler's 23rd annual Craft Fair will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26 featuring handmade creations by artists and crafters, including custom home decor, unique gifts, needlework, dolls and toys, country and primitive decor, artwork, jewelry, woodwork, painted glass, gourmet delights, quilts, plants and planters, recycled tire art, pet items, pottery and much more. Admission: $6, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Information: bucklercraftfair.com/bradenton.

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