FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
South Florida Museum Film Fridays: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
The museum's new film series "Great Minds" are documentaries highlighting an array of brilliant figures in the fields of arts and sciences. The scheduled films in the series are "Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, Jan. 23; "Transcendent Man," Jan. 30; "Sketches of Frank Gehry," Feb. 6; "The Loving Story," Feb. 13; "Tim's Vermeer," Feb. 20; "I Have Never Forgotten You," Feb. 27; "Bobby Fischer Against the World," March 6; "Searching for Sugar Man," March 13; "10 Questions for the Dalai Lama," March 20. All show times are 6 p.m. Paid reservations are required. Tickets: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or southfloridamuseum.org
Music in the Park: The Riverwalk, Mosaic Amphitheater, Bradenton
Realize Bradenton invites the public to enjoy free concerts and support our local music scene at the monthly "Music in the Park" 6-9 p.m. Jan. 23 featuring singer-songwriter music by Lady and Gentleman 6-6:45 p.m., Jen and Ray 7-7:45 p.m. and Lesa Silvermore 8-9 p.m. The public is encouraged to participate in between acts with Spoken Word to allow language to thrill. Bring your own poems or wing it, artist's choice. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: 941-621-6471 or realizebradenton.com.
Motorworks Brewing First Birthday Celebration: 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
Motorworks Brewing will host a first birthday celebration starting at 1 p.m. Jan. 24 featuring a special release of a carrot cake-inspired first birthday beer and live music by Whiskey Blind at 7 p.m. in the Beer Garden. Information 941-567-6218.
"Veterans of Color" screening and panel discussion: Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton
There will be a screening of the documentary "Veterans of Color" followed by a panel discussion with notable veterans of color, including World War II veteran and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. George Hardy 1-4:30 p.m. Jan. 24. The documentary features personal accounts of African American war veterans, their trials and triumphs. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-748-5555 or mymanatee.org/library.
"Daddy's Fund Birthday Party": Recreation Hall, Hawaiian Village Mobile Home Park, 104 63rd Ave. W., Bradenton
The public is invited to "Daddy's Fund Birthday Party," 6-10 p.m. Jan. 24, a tribute to the late James R. Koch, featuring a night filled with dancing, music by Bob K the Rockin' DJ, prize drawings, door prizes and good food. Proceeds will benefit the trust fund set up for Jim Koch's two young daughters. Information: 941-755-6103.
Sidewalk Astronomy: Planetarium, Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota
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 6-10 p.m. Jan. 24, weather permitting. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-342-9632 or LGDSO.com.
Privateer smoked mullet sale: Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, parking lot, 5313 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will be revitalizing their tradition of Privateer smoked mullet beginning at 7 a.m. Jan. 24. Mullet, donated by Sharkslayer Charters, can be purchased with or without special Privateer grog sauce. Proceeds will benefit the Privateer's "Pirates for Kids and Community." Information: 315-529-6507.
St. Armands Art Festival: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota
The 12th annual St. Armands Art Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24-25 featuring the finest artists in the country offering a wide array of original art with broad appeal, representing a myriad of styles and media. The event is free and open the public. Information: artfestival.com.
Vintage and Collectibles Fair: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Find your next treasure or gift at the Vintage and Collectibles Fair 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 25, featuring over 50 vendors with antiques, books, collectibles, linens and much more. Admission $3 for entire weekend, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-954-4165, ext. 6 or srqauditorium.com.
Hobo Campfire Cookout: Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd S. E., Parrish
Join the Florida Railroad Museum for an old-fashioned Hobo Campfire Cookout 5 p.m. Jan. 24 or Feb. 7 featuring hot dogs, marshmallows roasted over the open fire and listen to live bluegrass music while sipping lemonade. Tickets: $14-$18. Information: 941-776-0906 or frrm.org.
South Service and Hobby Club of Colony Cove: Harbor Circle at Driftwood Drive, Ellenton
The South Service and Hobby Club of Colony Cove will host its annual bazaar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25 featuring handmade crafts, gifts, jewelry, baked goods, handmade cancer bracelets, coffee and several lunch choices. There will be a raffle and several outside vendors. Proceeds from the sale of cancer bracelets will benefit local residents needing help in fighting cancer. Information: 941-722-7874.
Professional Bull Riders Tour: Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
The Professional Bull Riders return to Tampa 7 p.m. Jan. 24 featuring 30 volatile bulls for one night of bone-crushing action as they challenge elite bull riders of the PBR Touring Pro Division. Tickets: $10-$75. Information: 813-301-6500 or amalie.arenatampa.com.
Beach market at Coquina: Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the beach market at Coquina 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 25 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 Larry Wilhelm. 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.
Totally '80s Classic Movie Series: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa
Tampa's historic movie palace will kick off the new year with the "Totally 80s" Classic Movie series, the movies that shaped a generation. The schedule: "Better Off Dead" Jan. 25, "Blade Runner" Feb. 1, "Airplane!" Feb. 8, "Top Gun" Feb. 15, "The Breakfast Club" Feb. 22. All movie times are 3 p.m. Tickets: $1 adults, $8 members. Information: 813-274-8981 or tampatheatre.org.
Bridge Street Market: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Market will run Sundays through April 26, except for 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, clothing, home decor, food, fun and more.
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
Progressive jackpot, 20-game pack, Bonanza, and speedy. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., play 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Information: 941-747-6121
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
Sig Harder Band, 7-10 p.m. Jan. 30, doors open 6:30 p.m.; $8. BYOB. Friday morning dances are 10 a.m.-noon. 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 Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Dance to the Oldies with music from the 50s, 60s and Doo Wop provided by Del & Gary 7-10 p.m. Jan. 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5 a person. BYOB. Line dance classes with instructor Pete Garza 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $2 a person. Information: 941-747-6121.
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.
Irish Ceili and Set Dancing: Sandpiper Mobile Resort, 2601 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach
The Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers will begin their winter dancing 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 7-March 25. All dancers, from beginners to advanced, are welcome to attend. Information; 941-779-1416 or 941-778-1554.
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.
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. Featured resident foodie will be Jeremy Piper, Realize Bradenton and Sara Piper, Manatee County Schools. Jan. 24. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
Ellenton Sunday Market: 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton
The Ellenton Sunday Market is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through May featuring fresh fruit and vegetables, local honey, arts and craft vendors and more. 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 through April 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
The 57th annual memorial service commemorating the downing of the Dorchester during World War II on which a Catholic priest, a rabbi and two Protestant ministers gave their own life to safe the lives of the soldiers on board, 11 a.m. followed by the Post's Honor Guard and a 21-gun rifel salute, Feb. 14. Lunch and beverages will be served. 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 2-5 p.m., "Party in the Pavilion" with music 4-7 p.m. Sundays; breakfast $6. Tacos and more 4-7 p.m., bar poker 5-7 p.m. Mondays. Wings and more, 4-7 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. 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
Euchre, 6 p.m. Thursdays. Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. All-you-can-eat breakfast 8-11 a.m., bar poker 4:30 p.m., Sundays. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Music by Stacey, 7-10 p.m. Jan. 24. 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.
Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
The Scottish Heritage Society of Sarasota will host their 21st annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 31 featuring Highland dancing, bagpipe and drum performances, athletic games, a performance by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. There will be children's games and activities. Admission: $10-$12. Info; sarasotahighlandgames.com.