GO & DO: Fun things to do this month
Pottery Sale: ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
The ArtCenter Manatee will hold a pottery sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 24-25, featuring handcrafted mugs, bowls and other unique items for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-746-2862 or visit www.artcentermanatee.org.
Farmers Market: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Shop fresh and help growers at the Main Street Farmers Market 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through April 14. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit www.mainstreetatlakewoodranch.com.
Hunsader’s Rockin’ Ranch Benefit Concert: Hunsader Farm, 23810 53rd Ave. E., Myakka City
Bring the kids en enjoy a rockin’ good time at Hunsader’s Rockin’ Ranch benefit concert for Josh Rogers and Brett Wagner 4 p.m.-midnight Feb. 25. The evening will feature live music by Danny Toler with Faith Worship at 4 p.m., Mumbo Jumbo Band 6-9:30 p.m., and Tony Tyler with Come Back Alice at 10 p.m. There will be food, mechanical bull riding, face painting, prize drawings, including a 50/50, and a bonfire. Admission: $10 adults, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-757-9307.
Ice Show: Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. E.,
The Skate Into Spring Ice Show will be at 5 and 7 p.m. Feb. 25, featuring performances by Olympic, international and national champion figure skaters. Tickets: $15, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: www.SkateIntoSpring.com.
Sidewalk Astronomy: Holmes Beach
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 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 25, weather permitting. 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. For location and information: 941-342-9632.
Bradenton Farmers Market: Main Street, Bradenton
The downtown Bradenton Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays featuring locally grown produce, olive oil and bread, fresh fish, organic tea, jewelry and craft vendors, and live music and cooking demonstrations. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
Concert on the Lawn: De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton
The Amernet String Quartet are featured artists at Concerts on the Lawn at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 performing music from the Spanish and Latin American classical traditions. Bring a blanket or a chair. The concert and all activities are free and open to the public. Food from Ocean Harvest Grill is available for purchase. Information: 941-792-0458 or visit www.nps.gov/deso.
Mardi Gras Party: Bradenton Elkettes, BPOE #1511, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton
The Bradenton Elkettes will host a Mardi Gras Party at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 featuring fun and games for children of all ages, door prizes every hour, a mask contest and live music by the Gumbo Boogie Band. Cajun and American foods are available for purchase. Admission: $1 adults, children are admitted free. Information: 941-745-1522.
Bridge Street Market featuring a Mac and Cheese Contest: 107 Bridge Street Farmers Market, Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Merchants will host a Mac and Cheese contest during market hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 26. Attendees can taste as much of the different dishes as they like for $5. The Bridge Street Market features live music and over 42 vendors offering fresh produce, flowers, jewelry, handmade items, unique art work, soaps, candles, clothing and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-778-8705.
“Live from downtown, it’s Friday Night”: At Fruitville Road and Central Avenue, Sarasota
“Live from downtown, it’s Friday Night” will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 24 and every fourth 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 www.DSAsarasota.com.
Home Grown Band Bash: 37155 SR 70 E., Myakka City
Myakka City Foundation and Myakka City Grocery will host the Home Grown Band Bash 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 25 featuring several talented local bands performing throughout the day. The event will feature a silent auction and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Proceeds will benefit the Myakka City Foundation. Information: 941-350-2079.
Plant and Garden Festival 2012: Marie Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
Enjoy exotic species of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, palms, flowering trees, native plants, herbs, tropical fruit plants, succulents, aquatics, and more at the 37th annual Plant and Garden Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 25-26, featuring more than 40 vendors with Florida’s best plant, art, and gardening related items for sale. There will be gardening, Ikebana and horticultural demonstrations, children’s potting activities, a Kimono display and much more. The public can take advantage of expert gardening advice from numerous Master Gardeners. Live music will be provided by The Missing Links and The Garbage Men Band 1-3 p.m. Feb. 25 and Project SRQ 1-3 p.m. Feb. 26. Admission: $9 adults, children ages 11 and younger and members are admitted free, $5 members’ guests. Information: 941-366-5731 or visit www.selby.org.
Monday Night Movies at the Ringling: Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Monday Night Movies at the Ringling will feature “A Beautiful Mind” at 7 p.m. Feb. 27. Tickets: $7. Information: 941-360-7399 or www.ringling.org.
Dance: Sahib Shrine Center, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota
Dance to the music of The Noblemen, Sarasota’s premier big dance band, 5-7 p.m. March 1. Tickets: $7. Proceeds benefit Sahib Shrine activities. Information: 941-330-0109.
Nuclear Cowboyz Freestyle Motorcross Tour: Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Nuclear Cowboyz, the only high octane-fueled theatrical freestyle motorcross touring production in North America, will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-25. The tour features an all-new story with the greatest cast of freestyle motorcross, trials and quad riders ever assembled. Tickets: $20 and up for adults, $10 teenagers. Information: www.nuclearcowboyz.com.
Ride Back Bike Fest: 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater, Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa
Tampa’s 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater will come alive with thunderous roars from a spectacle of top new and custom cycles, live entertainment, exhibits, and vendors with state of the art accessories, as The Ride Back Bike Fest 2012 takes place beginning at 3 p.m. Feb. 25. It will also mark the Tampa Bay motion picture premiere of “Easy Rider: The Ride Back,” the sequel to the original Oscar-nominated film “Easy Rider” at 7 p.m. The event incudes a Bike Fest World Village, a Ride Back Bikini Contest, and some of the finest motorcycles competing in classic, antique and chopper categories. Tickets: $18.50 VIP, $12.50 general admission, $8.50 lawn tickets. Information: 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com.