FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Summer Circus Spectacular 2012: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
In collaboration with Circus Sarasota, the Summer Circus Spectacular will be 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, through July 28. The event will provide delightful and affordable summer entertainment for "children of all ages." Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children ages 12 and younger. Information: 941-360-7399 or visit www.ringling.org.
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"Art after 5": John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy a beautiful sunset, wander the art museum and play in the circus museum as you experience Art after 5 5-8 p.m. July 19. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. July 20 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 www.DSAsarasota.com.
Snooty's 64th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Awareness Festival: South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
Snooty, the world's oldest manatee on record, will turn 64 and the South Florida Museum will celebrate his birthday with an outdoor birthday party in the Spanish Plaza 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 21 featuring children's games and art activities, free cookies and juice for children. Tickets for games will be available for purchase. Live animals and special presentations from local environmental and wildlife organizations will be featured as well. Admission to the festival is free and tickets to the museum are half price at $8 adults, $7 seniors ages 65 and older, $6 children ages 4-12, children ages 3 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 14.
"Music from the Big House" Film Screening and Concert: Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch
Join award winning and recording artist Rita Chiarelli 6 p.m. July 21 at the Lakewood Ranch Cinema's Wine and Beer Garden on the Lake followed by a private screening of "Music From The Big House," a musical journey inside the confines of Louisiana State Penitentiary, a.k.a. Angola Prison. The film screening is followed by a Q&A session with the artist and a complimentary reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at the door. Information: 941-487-5880 or visit www.filmsociety.org.
Original Florida Highwaymen Artist Meet and Greet Art Show and Sale: Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
Meet some of the original Florida Highwaymen at an art show and sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 21, as they will be painting their interpretation of vintage Palmetto postcards. Their works will be available for purchase the day of the show. The artwork will be on display through Aug. 31. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-721-2034 or 941-723-4991.
Cool Art Show: Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Get out of the heat at the 24th Annual Cool Art Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21-22 featuring 80 outstanding artisans exhibiting visual and functional creations in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, mixed media and jewelry. Admission to the show is free. The Coliseum's food and beverage concessions will be open to the public. Information: 727-892-5202.
Trunk Show Tuesdays: ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
ArtCenter Manatee kicks off summer with a new once a month event series, "Trunk Show Tuesdays," 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 24, promoting local artists and unique wares. Information: 941-746-2862 or visit http://artcentermanatee.org.
"Christmas in July" Fundraiser: multiple locations, Siesta Key Village, Sarasota
Pam and Les McCurdy's will be hosting their 25th annual "Christmas in July" charity fundraiser beginning at 8 p.m. July 25 benefitting Making Strides Against Brest Cancer. The event will be a cocktail party promenade which include the following establishments: Beach Club, The Hub Baja Grill, The Cottage, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Gilligan's and the Daiquiri Deck. There will be prize drawings, drink specials and photo opportunities with Santa. Information: 941-925-3869
American Legion Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Public welcome. Information: 941-794-3489.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 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.
Tideview Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 4214 11th St. Court E. (off U.S. 301 N.), Ellenton
Bingo, doors open at 5 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. Fridays. Information: 941-722-2557.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 420 67th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Information: 941-794-6394.
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 www.bradentonwomansclub.com.
Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom: 5702 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Friday group lessons are 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $7.50. Friday Social Dance is 8:30-10 p.m. Cost: $7.50. Complimentary beverages and snacks. Information: 941-465-1031.
Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Counties: Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 E. Laurel St.
Dance with live bands, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays; $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Public is welcome. 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.
Farmer's Market at San Marco Plaza: 8215 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch
The San Marco Plaza Farmer's Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays featuring products from more than 25 local farms and vendors, including fresh produce, fresh seafood, cut flowers, coffees, pottery, herbs and much more. Information: 941-799-4213.
Bridge Street Night Markets: Bridge Street, Anna Maria Island
The Bridge Street Merchants have expanded their seasonal market to include night markets, 5-9 p.m. Saturdays through July 28. The markets will showcase Bradenton Beach restaurants, gourmet desserts, live music, handmade arts and crafts vendors, jewelry, clothing, home decor, food, fun and more. There will be a children's workshop tent in addition to miniature golf tournaments and Segway racing. Information: 941-778-8705.
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.
Enterprise Flea Market: 2408 U.S. 301, Palmetto
Indoor flea market featuring new and used items, furniture, household items, collectibles, antiques, pet cages, home medical equipment, a large selection of DVD/VHS and more. Merchandise added daily. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Information: 941-723-9424.
Red Barn Flea Market and Plaza: 1707 First St. E., Bradenton
Features more than 600 booths, farm-fresh produce, plants, antiques, new and used merchandise, jewelry and two food courts. Parking and admission are free. Hours (entire market) 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Plaza area retail stores open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Information: 941-747-3794.
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton
Thanksgiving in July dinner, 4-7 p.m. July 26; $8 a person, $15 a couple. Lunch in the lounge, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (public welcome). Dance party featuring live music 7-10 p.m. Fridays; no cover. Old-fashioned dance party with the Bob Dewart Band featuring Eddie Tobin 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Burgers and dogs 5-6 p.m. and bingo 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Free hot dogs in the lounge, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 941-794-3489.
American Legion Post 312: 1610 67th Ave. E., Oneco
Bingo 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; dinner 5-7 p.m. and music 7-11 p.m. Fridays; hamburgers and hot dogs 1-5 p.m., music 3-7 p.m. Saturdays; and breakfast 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and bingo 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-758-6616.
American Legion Post 325: 3420 U.S. 301, Ellenton
Karaoke with Benny, 7 p.m. Fridays. Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Feather your nest, 1 p.m. and Hamburgers 2-4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-981-3819.
AmVets Post 301: 2443 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton
Tacos, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Cheeseburger night, 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Karaoke on Friday nights. Music 5-8 p.m. Sundays. 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
Breakfast 8:30-11 a.m. and euchre at 1:30 p.m. Sundays; euchre at 7:30 p.m. Mondays; spaghetti dinner 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays; and bingo 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month. Information: 941-756-2113.
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
Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. All-you-can-eat fish fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 20. Sock Hop, 7 p.m. July 21. Bar poker 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 10141 67th St. W., Bradenton
Burgers, hot dogs, 5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Home-cooked dinner, 5 p.m. Mondays. Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Dinner 5-7 p.m. Monday. Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon Sundays. Bingo, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Entertainment, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-794-6394.