Fairs, festivals & more
‘Seeds of Hiroshima’
“Seeds of Hiroshima,” very young saplings derived from trees that survived the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan, are on display through Aug. 31 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The budding trees — camphor and persimmon, and hopefully soon, holly — are on public view near the Bonsai display. Enter through the Welcome Center at the south end of Palm Avenue. Selby Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $20 (ages 18 and up), ages 4-17 $10, Members and children 3 and under enter free. 941-366-5731 or selby.org.
Tampa Theatre Annual Summer Classics Movie Series
The Summer Classics lineup celebrates eight decades of extraordinary filmmaking, and are“The Wizard of Oz” Aug. 12-13, “Grease,” a sing-along event, Aug. 20, “Casablanca” Aug. 26-27, and “Metropolis” Sept. 3. All movie times are 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for Tampa Theatre members. The theatre is at 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Information: 813-274-8981 or tampatheatre.org.
St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk
The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk 5-9 p.m. Aug. 12. Free parking is available. Downtown St. Petersburg. Download a map and list of participants at stpeteartsalliance.org.
WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour
Watch the greatest superstars in sports entertainment at the WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa. WWE Superstars scheduled to appear are Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens, Smackdown Women’s Champion Naomi, Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Dolph Zigger, The New Day, Sami Zayn, and many more. Tickets: $20 and up. Information: 800-745-3000 or wwe.com.
American Legion Post 24
Bingo. Public welcome. 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, 941-794-3489. 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays.
Casa Loma Mobile Home Park Clubhouse
Bingo. Licensed food vendor available. 105 52nd Ave. E., Bradenton, 941-761-7788. 6 p.m., doors 4:30 p.m.Wednesdays.
Bingo. 819 49th Ave. Terr. W., Bradenton, 941-739-5365. 6:15 p.m., doors 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays (doors lock at 6 p.m.).
Bingo. Free snacks at half time. 1201 50th Plaza W., Bradenton, 941-758-1160. 7 p.m., doors 6 p.m., Mondays.
Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom
Friday beginner group lessons 6 p.m., Latin class 7 p.m., dance social 8-9:30 p.m. Additional classes are offered. 5917 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 305, Bradenton. $10. 941-465-1031 or belladanzaballroom.com.
Bradenton Dance Center
Thursday night group lesson and dance party 7-9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Singles and couples are welcome. Complimentary dance evaluation. Complete schedule is available online. $10. 6006 Cortez Road, Bradenton, 941-792-7410 or bradentondance.com.
Bradenton Woman’s Club
Dance, featuring live music, is open to the public. Singles are welcome. BYOB, sodas available. Smoke-free facility. Proceeds will benefit renovation of the clubhouse, built in 1921. 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. $10. 941-773-0177 or bradentonwomansclub.com. 8-11 p.m., lessons 7-8 p.m. Fridays.
West Coast Woman’s Club of Manatee County
Let’s Dance!, a social dance every second Saturday of each month with music by Ellsworth and Company at H2U, 6670 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Light snacks will be provided. Water and sodas are available for purchase. Queen of Hearts fundraiser. BYOB. Cost: $10. Information: 941-447-8238.
Sarasota Farmers Market
Fresh produce, plants, coffee, crafts, food and more. Lemon Avenue at the intersection of Main Street, Sarasota, 941-951-2656. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24
Lunch is served 11-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11-4 p.m. Saturdays. Dinner, varied menu, 5-7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Bingo 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Bingo 1-3 p.m., wings-and-things 5-7 p.m., karaoke with Franky Allen 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Dancing and live music 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Foxhole Lounge: hot dogs, pretzels and pizza 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. Breakfast 8-11:30 a.m., dancing and live music by Bob Dewart Band with Eddie Tobin on piano 2-5 p.m. Sundays; $6. Smoke free. The public is welcome. 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, 941-794-3489 or americanlegionpost24.com.
American Legion Post 312
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. 1610 67th Ave. E., Oneco, 941-758-6616.
American Legion Post 325
Tacos and dart tournament, Tuesdays. Karaoke, 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Music, 2-5 p.m. Saturdays. Feather Your Nest 1-3 p.m., hot dogs, Sundays. 3420 U.S. 301, Ellenton, 941-981-3819.
AmVets Post 301
Sunday bar bingo and wings 5-7 p.m. Open daily at 10 a.m. 2443 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, 941-722-0393.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18
Enjoy dinner with music starting at 5:30 p.m. Fridays. Bar Bingo 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Karaoke 7-10 p.m. third Sunday each month. Service office hours 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. 111 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 941-755-5425.
Fraternal Order of Eagles Chapter 3171
Breakfast, 8:30-11 a.m., Feather Your Nest 2-5 p.m., “Party in the Pavilion” with music 4-7 p.m. Sundays; breakfast $7. Tacos and more 4-7 p.m., bar poker 5-7 p.m. Mondays. Various mini meals $5, 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays. A weekly varied menu dinner is served 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Fun night 5-7:30 p.m., music 6-9 p.m., Thursdays. Family fish fry 5-7 p.m., Feather Your Nest 7-9 p.m., Fridays; Fish $7, Steak $10. Bar Poker 3-5 p.m. Saturdays. 5831 15th St. E., Bradenton, 941-756-2113.
Marine Corps League Desoto Detachment 588
All past and present military personnel and their guests are welcome to the Bunker Bar for fellowship, camaraderie, entertainment, and refreshments. Bar hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton, 941-301-4598.
North Manatee American Legion Post 309
Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. Bingo, 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. Bar poker, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays. Feather your nest 1-3 p.m. Saturdays. 2419 Bayshore Road, Palmetto, 941-722-8689.
VFW Post 2488
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. 810 Sixth St. W., Palmetto, 941-722-9588.
VFW Post 9226
Euchre, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. featuring entertainment, Saturdays. Bar poker 4:30 p.m. first and third Sunday of each month. Feather your nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m., progressive jackpot, Mondays. Individual Trivia game, 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Hot dogs for $1 on Thursdays, Sundays-Mondays and Wednesdays. The public is welcome. 3511 12th St. E., Ellenton, 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141
Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, bar poker 4 p.m. Sundays. Monday night dinner, 5-7 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats 4-6:30 p.m., bingo 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. The public is welcome to all dinners and events. 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-794-6394.
Classic Movies at the Opera House
Originally designed as a movie house and vaudeville theater, Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, is embracing the history of the building by bringing many of the classic films that once played at the theater when they originally premiered, they are: “The Greatest Show on Earth,” with a special performance by the Circus Arts Conservatory, Aug. 18, “Singin’ in the Rain,” Aug. 25, “Casablanca,” Sept. 1, “A Night at the Opera,” Sept. 15, and “The Godfather,” Sept. 22. All movie times are 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Information: 941-328-1300 or sarasotaopera.org.
Ghost Spirit and Orb Walks
Bunker Hill Vineyard will host “Spirit and Orb Walks” 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Bunker Hill Vineyards and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette. Guests must arrive by 6:30 p.m. for a 30-minute indoctrination and discussion of the night’s walk and activities. Guests are asked to bring cameras with a night flash, EVP recorders, EMF recorders, digital temperature recorders, and extra batteries. The “Spirit & Orb Walks” will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and will last until approximately 9 p.m. Reservations are required and are limited to those 18 years of age or older. Cost: $10. Information: 941-776-0418 or email@example.com.
Arena-style Monster Jam
The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series East, the most adrenaline charged, action-packed motorsports experience delivering edge-of-your-seat excitement, will be 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Amalie Arena 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa. Each competitor will drive three customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks as they face off in battles of strength, ability and perseverance. Premier athletes competing are: Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Pirate’s Curse, Megalodon, Alien Invasion, Zombie, Monster Mutt Rottweiler, and Blue Thunder. There will be a Pit Party 10:30 a.m.-noon. Tickets: $15 and up. Information: 813-301-2500 or .
Van Wezel’s Friday Fest
Friday Fest, a free outdoor summertime concert series will be 5-9 p.m. Aug. 25, with live music by Jah Movement Reggae Band, at the Bayside Lawn at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Bring blankets or chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed. Information: 941-953-3368 or vanwezel.org.
Mixon’s Fruit Farms Summer Arts and Crafts Fair
Music on Main
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Sept. 1 featuring music by The Klick. Wine and food sales will benefit the Tiny Hands Foundation. Bring chairs and blankets. There will be rides and activities for kids. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. 941-907-9243 or lakewoodranch.com/mainstreet.
Village of the Arts monthly art walk
Stroll Bradenton’s acclaimed artist colony featuring 30 galleries, studios, bakeries, healing arts, specialty shops, all nestled in colorful 1920 cottages, and three five-star restaurants serving delectable foods 6-9:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 2. There will be opening receptions for new shows, special guests throughout the Village, and live music. Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton, villageofthearts.com.
The local group of Deep Sky Observers, a Manatee/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will offer the public a chance to view spectacular celestial sights through their high-powered telescopes at sunset, around sunset through 10 p.m. Sept. 23, weather permitting, at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. Participants will be treated to up close views of the moon and other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-518-8695 or lgdso.com.