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Artists at Work: An Evening in Paris: The Evening in Paris event at Art Center Sarasota 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Guests can stroll the galleries in a setting reminiscent of the famous Montmartre art district in Paris, sip wine, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and observe 10 teams of local artists creating original works of art throughout the evening. Guests can enter a drawing to take home their own masterpiece. The event will feature entertainment by Broadway performer Larry Alexander and piano tunes by local concert pianist Stephen Fancher. Tickets: $60 members, $75 nonmembers. Proceeds will benefit Art Center Sarasota. Information: 941-365-2032 or artsarasota.org/aaw.
The Players Theatre "A Night to Remember" gala: The Players Theatre will be honoring 11 Players' Pioneers at this year's "A Night to Remember" gala 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. The evening's "Masquerade" theme kicks off the night with a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception followed by a grand gala dinner. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on both live and silent auction items and enjoy entertainment provided by the Players cast members. Tickets: $150. Proceeds will benefit The Players Theatre, For additional information, call Michelle Bianchi Pingel at 941-365-2494.
2014 Invasion Ball "Day of the Dead": Kirby Stewart Post 24 American Legion will host the 2014 Invasion Ball "Day of the Dead" 6-11 p.m. Oct. 25 at 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, celebrating the return of Jean Lafitte's ghost ship to the shores of Ana Maria Island to continue the search for his long lost treasure. The event will feature a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, dancing and debauchery. There will be a cash bar, live music, a costume contest and live auction. Pirate attire, themed costume or krewe wear are strongly encouraged. Tickets: $40 general seating; $290 for a VIP table for six, includes prime seating and first call to buffet, a personalized souvenir table sign and six draft beer tickets. There is an age restriction of 21 or older. Reservations and information: 941-238-8974 or amiprivateers.org.
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Putting for Pups: The Racing Dog Retirement Project will host Putting for Pups 4-6 p.m. Oct. 25 at TPC Prestancia, 4409 TPC Drive, Sarasota. The event is a "foodraiser" and will feature a wine and cheese party. Attendees are required to bring a donation of a large bag of Pedigree large breed dog food to help feed the available dogs at the RDRP adoption center. Reservations are required. Information: email@example.com.
"Chefs Move to Schools - Kids 'N Chef's Dinner Gala": Chef Paul Mattison will be the participating local chef for "Kids N' Chef's Dinner Gala" 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Phillippi Shores Elementary School, 4747 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, as part of the "Chefs Move to Schools" fundraising effort that pairs local chefs with groups of children from different Sarasota County schools. The event is held outside and includes a private tour of the Phillippi Shores Elementary School's vegetable garden, an initiative of Chef Paul Mattison. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children ages 17 and younger. Information: 941-486-2199.
Annual Chowdown for Charity: Come rub elbows, sample the finest restaurant fare and be amazed by the dishes prepared by students of local culinary programs at the sixth annual Chowdown for Charity 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Riverhouse Banquets and Weddings, 1001 Riverside Dr., Palmetto. Participating restaurants will compete for the coveted "Best of" Chowdown Trophy and will be judged by a panel of judges including Senator Mike Bennett, Senator Bill Galvano, Mayor Wayne Poston, and Summer Smith Pope. Local foodie Maverick Johnson will be the emcee for the evening. Participating culinary arts students from Manatee Technical Institute, Southeast High School and the University of South Florida Hospitality program will take part in a dessert competition judged by local celebrity chefs, Ray Arpke of Euphemia Haye and Jacqui Pressinger of the Culinary Institute of America. Event attendees will by able to vote for the very popular "people's choice" in the restaurant competition. Tickets: $50-$60. Proceeds will benefit the culinary programs at Manatee County schools. For information, call Kate Atkin at 941-365-2800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Free The Children Gala "A Halloween Masquerade Affair": The inaugural Free The Children Gala "A Halloween Masquerade Affair" will begin with a cocktail reception 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event will feature a silent auction, VIP waterfront dining, live entertainment and a special guest host Ira Baker, a human trafficking survivor. Tickets: $75. Priority: $125. VIP: $175. Proceeds will benefit the Ark of Freedom programs to eradicate human trafficking in our community and abroad. Information: 941-545-2518 or www.arkoffreedom.org.
"Bacchus on the Beach": The Longboat Key Club will host "Bacchus on the Beach," a celebration of food and wine Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key, featuring select winemakers from around the world collaborating with the resort at the fourth annual celebration of food and wine. A Celebration Pass for both days includes attendance to Stone Crab Celebration and the Bacchanalian Beach Ball 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31, and enjoy festival demonstrations, wine blending camp at 1 p.m. and "Taste Like a Master" 3 p.m. choice of one of the Vintners Dinners, Pigs and Pinot and Across All Vines 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Tickets: $35-$350. Proceeds will provide scholarships in the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee. Information and reservations: 941-387-1675 or longboatkeyclub.com/bacchus-on-the-beach.
2014 Snooty's Gala "Shaken, Not Stirred": Save the date for the 2014 Snooty's Gala "Shaken, Not Stirred" 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $200. Proceeds will benefit the South Florida Museum. Information: 941-746-4131 or southfloridamuseum.org.
Third annual Bark for Life: The Florida Guide Dogs will host the third annual Bark for Life event 10:15 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Golden Paw Training Center, 2016 27th St. E., Bradenton. The non-competitive walking event for dogs and their owners honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions and fundraising donations will support the mission of the American Cancer Society. Registration: $20-$25, $5 participants without a dog Information: floridadogguidesftd.org/bark-for-life.
New College Foundation's Old-Fashioned New England Clambake: Slip on a pair of topsiders or wedges, gaze upon a stunning Sarasota Bay sunset and crack into a savory lobster at the New College Foundation's 36th annual Old Fashioned Clambake 6-10 p.m. Nov. 1 at New College Bayfront, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Barbecued chicken and ribs will also be served. Tickets: $150. Information: 941-487-4888 or donate.ncf.edu.
Annual "Empty Bowls" benefit luncheon: The "Empty Bowls" luncheon to benefit the Food Bank of Manatee will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 6 at 8131 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch and Nov. 7 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. For this casual luncheon, area restaurants, local businesses, and talented potters all contribute to help fight hunger in Manatee County. Tickets are $25 each and include a unique ceramic bowl to keep, a selection of soups, fresh bread from Publix, and a delicious Grandma's Goodies cookie. Information: 941-7490100 or foodbankofmanatee.org.
Manatee River Garden Club "Goin' to the Dogs" Flower Show and "Paws in the Park" Dog Parade: The Manatee River Garden Club will host a "Goin' to the Dogs" standard flower show 1-4 p.m. Nov. 7 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8 at 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. The "dog" themed flower show will feature judged flower, horticultural and special exhibits. A "Paws in the Park" dog parade, dog trials, dog adoptions and other events for dogs are scheduled for Saturday. Hot dogs and refreshments will be available for purchase. For a detailed schedule and information, call 941-746-8473 or manateerivergardenclub.com.
American Diabetes Association Community 5K/1-Mile Walk: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will host its first American Diabetes Association Community 5K/1-Mile Walk 9 a.m. Nov. 8 at 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The first 100 walkers to sign up will receive a T-shirt. Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld will welcome attendees. Registration: $5 donation. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-752-5393.
All Faiths Food Bank "Bowls of Hope": All Faiths Food Bank will host its annual signature luncheon "Bowls of Hope" 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9 at Phillippi Estate Park, 5700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Guests can enjoy the estate grounds as they browse hundreds of ceramic bowls created by local artists, selecting one to take home. Close to 40 local restaurants have donated soup for the luncheon and attendees will have the opportunity to taste three kinds before selecting a bowl of their favorite for lunch. Bread, dessert and beverages will be provided. There will be live music by The Wan-na-bes. Tickets: $25, VIP tickets are $100. Proceeds will benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Information: 941-379-6333 or allfaithsfoodbank.org.
Annual Keeping the Dream Alive: Join the Jewish Housing Council Foundation at their annual "Keeping the Dream Alive," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Michael's
on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota and enjoy an evening featuring the Sarasota Opera performing a variety of musical genres and a sumptuous dessert buffet. Tickets: $125. Proceeds will benefit the Benevolent Care Program of seniors living at Kobernick House and Anchin Pavilion. Information: 941-377-0781 or kobernickanchin.org.
Roaring 20's Dance Party Fundraiser: Step back in time and dance the night away at the Roaring 20's Dance Party Fundraiser 7:30-11 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. There will be games of chance including roulette and blackjack, and live music and live and silent auctions. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Beverages will be available for purchase. Vintage 1920's attire is encouraged. Tickets: $25-$30. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior program. Information: 941-
Annual Taste Of Crew On The River: The Manatee County Youth Rowing will host the third annual Taste of Crew On the River 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Fort Hamer Boat House at Fort Hamer Park at the end of Fort Hamer Road in Parrish. The event features samplings of tasty tapas and other treats prepared by area restaurants and eateries. The outside area at the boat ramp will be decorated with tiki torches and there will be live music and a bonfire. High School athletes from Palmetto, Manatee and Southeast High as well as the athletes from the newly formed Middle School program will show off their racing equipment and boats. Tickets: $20-$25. Proceeds will benefit the rowing programs at Manatee County schools. Information: 727-656-1902 or manateeyouthrowing.com.