FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
BLUE 2014 International Film Competition Finalists Awards Ceremony: The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit will run through Nov. 9, showcasing 160 films featuring stunning imagery, amazing explorations, scientific discoveries or fun in the seas. Selected films will be followed immediately with panel discussions and Q&A with attendees. The finalists of the world's top oceanic films for 2014 will be announced at the awards gala 7-9 p.m. followed by an after party Nov. 7. For tickets and a detailed list of screenings and events, visit blueoceanfilmfestival.org.
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Art after 5: Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Slow your pace and explore the art in the Museum of Art and Circus Museum or catch a romantic sunset on Sarasota Bay at Ca' d'Zan Art After Five 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Special events include music and insights into the collection through gallery discussion. Information: 941-359-5700 or ringling.org.
Keep Manatee Beautiful "Sandblast": Coquina Public Beach, 1402 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Assemble your team of sculptors for the Keep Manatee Beautiful "Sandblast," a sand-sculpting competition in the "school" or "open" division, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. followed by judging and awards Nov. 8. Bring spades, shovels, buckets and trowels to create your winning sculpture. Teams of up to 15 members can register at 8 a.m. Cost: $30 per team. Free sand sculpture classes are available 5-6 p.m. Nov. 6-7. Information: 941-795-8272 or manateebeautiful.com.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Nov. 7 featuring live music by Ocean Road. Beer, wine and food sales benefit Manatee Children's Services, a local nonprofit organization. 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.
Local Evolution Craft Market: Darwin Brewing Company, 803 17th Ave. W., Bradenton
Darwin Brewing Company and Geraldson Community Farm will host the inaugural Local Evolution Craft Market 5-9 p.m. Nov. 7 featuring freshly prepared food and craft beer all provided from local and regional farmers and artisans. Live music will be provided by the Josh Haram Band. There will be a kid's corner with kids product and a donation-based yoga class will be 6-7 p.m. The goal of the market is to create a place for our community to understand the importance of shopping local as well as create a space for small businesses and vendors to sell high-quality, handmade products. The family and dog friendly event is free to the public. Information: 941- 330-4833 or darwinbrewingco.com.
Downtown Sarasota First Friday Walk: various locations, Sarasota
The Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk will be 6 p.m. Nov. 7 featuring businesses, shops and eateries, decorated to welcome the holidays, and will stay open late as live music fills the streets. Attendees can shop, stroll and celebrate as they stroll through the businesses and along the downtown sidewalks enjoying dancing, refreshments and special offers. Proceeds will benefit Selby Gardens. Information: 941-366-5731.
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. Nov. 7 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. This month highlights the Festival of the Skeletons, "Dia de los Muertos," featuring a memory wall for loved ones and artists' shrines to family and friends. Enjoy Mexican food and music throughout the event while visiting the various altars throughout the Village, the Skeleton Walk and Procession of the Skeleton Puppets and a special appearance by Lady La Catrina, Mexico's most famous skeleton. Information: villageofthearts.com.
Manatee River Garden Club "Goin' to the Dogs" Flower Show and "Paws in the Park" Dog Parade: 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton
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. 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.
Anna Maria Island "ArtsHOP": various location, Anna Maria Island
The arts will be celebrated with the eighth annual ArtsHOP weekend Nov. 7-9, featuring a gallery art walk from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 7 around Anna Maria and Holmes Beach with more than 15 participating art galleries and retail locations. Many art walk locations will offer refreshments, prize drawings, art demonstrations, live music and artists encounters. The Island Players of Anna Maria will present "Murderers" 8 p.m. Nov. 7 and 2 p.m. Nov. 9, the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra will present "Symphony on the Sand," 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Coquina Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Drive S. An arts and crafts festival will be held at the Holmes Beach City Hall Field and the Bridge Street Merchants will host the Bridge Street Art Walk in conjunction with their regular weekly market 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9. For a detailed schedule and information: 941-795-2370 or islandartshop.com.
Annual Cars and Couture "Motorfest Weekend": various locations, St. Petersburg
The Cars and Couture Motorfest, Florida's most fashionable car show, will be Nov. 7-9 beginning with an elegant evening featuring an exotic car display, live music, fine cuisine, cigars, couture fashion show and more 6-10 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Mansion by the Bay, 145 Fourth Ave. NE., St. Petersburg, followed by a track challenge 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8 with food, live music, racing and more at Showtime Speedway, 4550 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, and a Vintage Motor Classic with a display of more than 300 vintage cars 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 at St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. All events are separately ticketed. Tickets: $20-$80. Proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks and Wheels of Success. Information: www.MotorfestWeekend.com
South Florida Museum Film Fridays: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
The South Florida Museum will host their Film Fridays series "Science on the Big Screen," featuring fascinating, fun and fantastical movies representing the best of science on the silver screen, from documentaries to kitschy classics to superhero flicks. The films are: "Robot and Frank" Nov. 7, "Particle Fever" Nov. 14, "Madame Curie" Dec. 5, "Soylent Green" Dec. 12, and "Iron Man" Dec. 19. No film on Oct. 31, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28. Instead there will be a live theatrical performance of "War of the Worlds" Oct. 30 and "Copenhagen" Nov. 20-22. All movie times are 6 p.m. Tickets: $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Seating is limited, reservations are encouraged. Information: 941-746-4131 or southfloridamuseum.org.
"Symphony in the Sand": Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach
The award-winning Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra will hold their annual Symphony in the Sand 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, a musical and gourmet event featuring a full 45-piece symphonic orchestra, chorus and professional soloists performing the sounds of classical and patriotic American songs, Broadway and movie selections and small plates created by various local restaurants. Individual tickets are $35, table seats are $100, open seating on beach is free. Information: 941-795-2370 or symphonyonthesand.com.
Second Saturday ArtWalk: various locations, St. Petersburg
It will be a moonlit night as galleries, artist studios, and some museums open for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk 5-9 p.m. Nov. 8 celebrating Universal Music Day. The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, the Edge District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination. Information: 727-518-5142.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market: Coquina Beach, Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold a Thieves Market 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8 featuring various vendors offering fruit, vegetables, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, yard sale items and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 315-529-6507 or amiprivateers.com.
Annual Terra Ceia Island Mullet Smoke-Off: Seabreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia
The Terra Ceia Island Village Improvement Association will host its annual Muillet Smoke-off 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 8 featuring the infamous mullet toss, games, and live music by Soul Purpose. Smoked mullet dinners, mullet cakes, home made barbecue pork, hot dogs, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Proceeds will benefit efforts to maintain the Terra Ceia's historic meeting hall. Information: 941-729-2328 or terra-ceia-via.com.
Craft fair: Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center, 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton
A craft fair will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8. Come buy, sell or just look. Information: 941-756-9255.
Fall festival: Palma Sola Elementary School, 6806 Fifth Ave. W., Bradenton
Palma Sola Elementary School will host a fall festival 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8 featuring games, craft booths, balloon artist, vendor booths, prizes, face painting, food and a special appearance by the original 1966 Bat Mobile. Game and food tickets are 50 cents each. Parking and admission are free. Information: 941-741-3179, ext. 2008.
Fall festival: Samoset Church of God, 3615 17th St. Ct. E., Bradenton.
The Church will host a fall festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8. Information: 941-746-4354 or 941-748-1348.
Spaghetti Dinner: Our Lady of Martyrs Catholic Church, Flynn Hall, 833 Magellan Dr., Sarasota
The Our Lady of Martyrs Catholic Church will host a spaghetti dinner 3:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Cost: $8, $4 children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and younger. Take out is available. Information: 941-755-1826.
Arts and craft show: Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
A two-day outdoor arts and crafts show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 featuring jewelry, glass, photography, art, clothes, food and much more. Live music will be provided by Patchouli. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Information: 941-518-4431 or 352-344-0657.
Bromeliad Show and Sale: South Gate Community Center, 3145 South Gate Circle, Sarasota
The Sarasota Bromeliad Society will host its 34th annual Bromeliad Show and Sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 featuring garden style bromeliads and much more. There will be a pot luck dinner 6:30-11 p.m. followed by a rare plant auction, Saturday. Admission is free. Information:941-567-4176 or sarasotabromeliadsociety.org.
Stone Crab Festival: Cortez Fishing Village, 119th St. W., Bradenton
The annual Stone Crab Festival will begin at noon Nov. 8-9 featuring boat loads of fresh stone crab, local artisans, games for kids, pony rides and more. Live music will be on three stages, featuring Razing Cane, Brandi and The Ride, The Bobby G Band, Kate and The Big Bad Wolves, and Eric Von Hammond on Saturday. Twinkle, Ted Stevens and the Doo Shots, Reid Frost, and Doug Deming on Sunday. Proceeds will benefit Fishing for Freedom. Information: 941-798-2035 or swordfishgrillcortez.com.
Sarasota Medieval Fair: Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota
The annual Sarasota Medieval Fair will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23 featuring historical scenarios complete with battle re-enactments, artisan market place with more than 100 merchants, worldly foods to try and entertainers that will impress every age from juggling, to sword fighting, mud slinging, to washing well wenches. Lances will shatter at the full contact joust, while the lanes will be filled with improv players telling the story of 955 A.D. Germany in the recreation of the Battle of Lechfield, Tickets: $16.95 adults, $14.95 students and seniors, students must show ID and seniors must be older than age 55, $8.95 children ages 5-12, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: 888-303-3247 or sarasotamedievalfair.com.
Beach market at Coquina: Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 featuring fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and much more. Special music this week will be provided by Shift's End. Donations of non-perishable food and clothing for those in need are welcome. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible, dogs are not allowed. Information: 941-518-4431.
Bridge Street Market Season 2014-2015: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Markets will begin Nov. 9 and will run Sundays through April 26, except for Nov. 23 and Easter Sunday. Market hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The market offers area produce and plant vendors, arts and craft vendors, funky beach style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home decor, food, fun and more. The market also offers monthly food challenges to raise money for local charities. Market organizers are taking applications now from interested vendors. Vendors are to contact Melissa Enders at firstname.lastname@example.org or download an application at bridgestreetmerchants.com.
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 Moose: 310 44th Ave. E., Bradenton
Bingo, 6 p.m., doors open 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-773-6541.
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.
Fairlane Acres: 819 49th Ave. Terr. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6:30 p.m., doors open 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 941-739-5365.
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 U.S. 301 N.), Ellenton
Bingo, doors open 4 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. Fridays Oct.-April. Information: 941-722-2557.
Adult Singles Dance Club: YMCA, 1075 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota (corner of Bahia Vista Street)
Dance with live bands plus a DJ, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday. Admission: $10. Open to the public. Complimentary snacks. Information: 941-756-8303 or 941-807-2226.
Bayshore Gardens Dance: Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center, 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton
Friday morning dances are 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 7. Cost $4 a person. The public is invited. Information: 941-753-0313.
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.
Bradenton Woman's Club: 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Dance to live music 8-11 p.m. Fridays. Cost is $8. Lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. Singles are welcome. BYOB, sodas available. Smoke-free facility. Proceeds will benefit renovation of the clubhouse, built in 1921. Information: 941-773-0177 or bradentonwomansclub.com.
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. Singles dance information, call Stephen at 941-587-3365 or Michelle at 941-812-7311, for all other schedules, call 941-685-7026 or saradancecenter.com.
West Coast Woman's Club of Manatee County: H2U, 6670 Cortez Road, Bradenton
Let's Dance!, a monthly social dance, will be 7-10 p.m. Nov. 8 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.
Downtown Bradenton Farmers Market: Old Main St., Bradenton
The Bradenton Farmers Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through May, featuring more than 30 vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. New additions "Chef at the Market," highlighting local chefs are every second Saturday, and "Foodies at the Market," featuring residents who love to cook are every fourth Saturday. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
Central Sarasota Farmers Market: Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota
The Central Sarasota Farmers 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
Ellenton Farmers Market: 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton
The Ellenton Farmers Market is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and specializes in "green" natural, organic and environmentally friendly products that makes for a healthier lifestyle and a better environment. Information: 941-256-4794.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market: 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Phillippi Farmhouse Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays featuring fruits and vegetables from local groves and farms including herbs, plants, cut flowers, prepared foods, seafood, ice cream, kettle corn, barbecue and multiple organic products. Local arts and craftsmen will be selling soaps and essential oils, organic treat for pets, fabric fantasies, books and much more. The midweek market runs through April. Information: 941-366-1323 or visit farmhousemarket.org.
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.
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton
Lunch is served 11-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Dinner, varied menu, 5-7 p.m., and Queen of Hearts 8 p.m., Mondays. Hamburgers 5-7 p.m., Bingo 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Bingo 1-3 p.m., meatball sandwiches and chili 5-8 p.m., karaoke with Franky Allen 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Dinner with new menu selections 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Dancing and live music 7-10 p.m. Saturdays. Foxhole Lounge: hot dogs and Sloppy Joes 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. Smoke free. 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 $6 all-you-can-eat breakfast 8 a.m.-11 a.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
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
Veterans Day cookout and entertainment, Nov. 11. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. Entertainment, 6-9 p.m. Saturdays. All You Can Eat Breakfast 8-11 a.m., bar poker 4:30 p.m., Sundays. Lunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, open to the public. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Entertainment by Robert, 7-10 p.m. Nov. 8 .Lunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Sunday breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon. 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.
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. Nov. 14 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. Nov. 14 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.
Yard sale: The Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren will hold a yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15 at 6323 13th St. Ct. E., Bradenton, featuring clothing, small appliances, books, kitchen items and more. Proceeds from the sale will provide funds for the church's new roof. Information: 941-545-7118 or 941-758-0988.
Fogartyville Contra Dance Nights: 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota
WSLR kicks off a monthly contra dance series 8 p.m. Nov. 15 featuring live music by Terns at Tide and benefiting the Eat Local Guide. Contra dancing is social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. A caller guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances. The series is for people of all ages and lifestyles, including children ages 7 and up. Tickets: $8.
Canine Christmas Festival and Adoptathon: Bishop Animal Shelter, 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton,
Bishop Animal Shelter and Animal Network will be hosting their annual Canine Christmas Festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 15 featuring a doggy fun zone with obstacle course for all size dogs, a dog Prix-style raceway, pets portraits with Santa, dog fashion show, dog costume contest, music will be by the Gamble Creek Band and a parade of adoptable dogs will be at noon. There will be food trucks and a variety of vendors offering holiday toys, treats, apparel and gifts for people and pets, and prize drawings and a silent auction. Manatee County Animal Services officers will educate pet owners on the importance of tag compliance and microchipping. Licenses ate $15 with proof of current rabies vaccines. Dogs on a 6-foot leash are welcome to attend the festival. Admission: $3, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Information: caninechristmas.com.
Main Street Live!: Old Main Street, between Manatee and Third avenues, Bradenton
The Old Main Street Merchants Association will host downtown's most popular street party "Main Street Live!" 5 p.m.-midnight Nov. 20 featuring vendors and live music throughout the evening. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-518-4997.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 21 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.
"Mainly Art" arts and craft show: Main Street, Bradenton
Realize Bradenton will host its monthly art, craft and antiques bazaar "Mainly Art," 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22 and every third Saturday of the month. This free event will feature art, craft and antiques vendors, "Art Of" demonstrations 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and live music. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Information: 840-0017 or visit www.realizebradenton.com.
Florida Railroad Museum "Hole in the Head Gang Train Robbery": 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish
A valuable shipment will be on board your train at The Florida Railroad Museum's "Hole in the Head Gang Train Robbery" 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 29. Passengers will be fully secure in the hands of the United States Marshal Service who will try to prevent the gang from attempting to stop the train in which the entire family can participate. Tickets: $12-$16. Some of the tickets are for open air-cars and are first come, first serve at boarding. Information: 941-776-0906 or frrm.org.
Historic Manatee County Courthouse Outdoor Concert: 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
The historic Manatee County Courthouse comes alive with music 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 3 featuring RJ Howson Band performing local blues . The concert is free and open to the public. Bring lunch or purchase lunch on-site from Renaissance on 9th. Information: realizebradenton.com.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Dec. 5 featuring live music by Beer, wine and food sales benefit, a local non-profit organization. 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.