Local Events

Save the date: Oct. 10


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Manatee Democrats are Cookin': Join the Manatee Democrats for an evening of culinary delights 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at USF Culinary Innovation Lab, 8130 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch. The event will feature student chefs from USF and the Institut Paul Bocuse in France preparing a variety of tasty treats at specialized stations, some of which will be interactive. There will be hors d'oeuvres, a pasta bar, gourmet delights, morsels for meat lovers, gourmet veggies, outdoor grilling, mouth watering sweets, and a flambe dessert station. There will be a cash wine/beer and unique signature cocktail bar. Cost: $75. Proceeds will benefit the Manatee County Democrats. Information: 941-266-2011 or manateecountydemocrats.com.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's Student Scholarship Fund Dinner and Acution Gala: The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's Student Scholarship Fund Dinner and Auction Gala will be 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. There will be live music by "Fetch. Proceeds will benefit the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund. For ticket prices and detailed information: 941-782-5927 or lecom.edu/scholarship-fund.php.

Rock for a Cause: The Sarasota Young Professionals Group & S-One Holdings will host "Rock for a Cause," 3-10 p.m. Oct. 11 on South Palm Avenue, Sarasota. The event will be based on a Battle of the Bands-type scenario, where local bands compete for a chance to allocate $3,500 to the music department of a Sarasota County school of their choice. The winning group will also take home a cash price of $1,500. This family friendly event will include a kids-only area with games and prizes. Food and beverages will be available form local vendors. Information: 941-556-4038 or sarasotachamber.com.

Mattison's Pasture to Plate Dinner: Executive Chef Paul Mattison will host a dinner series beginning with "Pasture to Plate" 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Dakin Dairy Farm, 30711 Betts Road, Myakka City. This five-course dinner with wine is served at a long feasting table under the oak trees and a tour of the Dakin Dairy Farm. Tickets: $125. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Harvest House, a local organization with the mission to facilitate a stable environment giving individuals the opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction. Seating is limited, advanced reservations are required. Reservations: 941-921-3400.

Manasota BUDS 13th Annual Buddy Walk: Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome) invites all individuals with Down syndrome, their friends and family and other supporters to join them at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 at the 13th annual Buddy Walk, taking place during the annual Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms, 5100 CR 675 E., Bradenton. Registration is at 9 a.m. The Buddy Walk promotes awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome. Anyone can participate without special training. Other event features will include face painting, live music, children's activities, clowns, silent auction, prize drawing, family photography and more. After the walk, participants are free to stay on-site and enjoy the Pumpkin Festival. Cost per walker: $15. walkers with Down syndrome and children ages 2 and younger can participate for free. Proceeds will benefit the Manasota BUDS. Information: 941-907-0499.

Ye Olde Main Street 5K Ghost Run and Poker Walk: Old Main Street, downtown Bradenton

Fit2Run will host the "Ye Olde Main Street 5K Ghost Run and Poker Walk" beginning with registration at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. The event will feature the Ghost Run at 4 p.m., 5K Ghost Run with doggies at 4:05 p.m., a 1-mile fitness walk and poker walk at 4:10 p.m. and Kids' Ghost Dashes at 3:15, 3:18, 3:25 and 3:30 p.m. An after party will include an Ugly Costume Contest for Kids, goblins, and will feature food from local restaurants and adult beverages with proper ID will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Robinson Hearts and Minds Foundation. Registration: $20-$40. Information: 941-358-5100 or active.com.

Flying For A Cure: Manatee County Radio Controllers and Beta Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Psi Sorority will host "Flying For A Cure" 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18 at 7315 71st Ave. E., Palmetto, featuring air shows at noon on both days, tethered hot air balloon rides 9-11 a.m. Saturday, kids activities, and Lances Cruzin to the Hop car show Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and sunscreen. Balloon rides are $5 a person. Parking donation: $2 per car. Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society. Information: 941-807-2924.

2014 Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation Annual Update Reception: Justin Su'a, in charge of mental conditioning for athletes at IMG Academy will reveal strategies performers use to cultivate a culture of excellence, remain resilient through adversity, and stay positive in the present at the 2014 Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation Annual Update Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine are included. Cocktails will be available at a cash bar. Registration: $65 EDC Investors, $75 non EDC Investors. Reservations for tables of eight is available.

Monty Carlo's Casino: The Lakewood Ranch Women's Club will host Monty Carlo's Casino 6-10 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. The event will feature games of chance, slot machines, fabulous food stations, a DJ and music -- and James Bond is paying a visit. There will be prizes and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit SMART, SOLVE Maternity Homes, Hope Family Services. Tickets go on sale Sept. 3. Information: www.lwrwc.org.

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.

"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.

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 third annual Bark for Life will be 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. Information: S2Timing.com or relayforlife.org/barkforlife.