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Things to do: June 11-17



Metrocon Anime Convention: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa

Metrocon, one of the largest anime conventions will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 11-14 featuring everything from shows and social events, to costume and cosplay competitions, gaming areas including anime human chess match, a unique fusion of Renaissance faire combat chess and a scripted cosplay involving anime characters from multiple shows, the Fantasy Masquerade, a theatrical style, interactive formal ballroom event, and the Superhero comedy and Stunt Show. Admission: $30. Information: 813-274-8511 or tampaconventioncenter.com.

Carmike Cinemas -- Ballet from the Royal Opera House: Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E. Bradenton

Carmike Cinemas announces its Ballet Series featuring the Royal Ballet performing at the Royal Opera House in London. The series' schedule is: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" June 11, "The Winter's Tale" June 25, "Swan Lake" July 9, and "La Fille Mal Gardee" July 23. All show times are 7 p.m. Tickets: $12.50-$15. Information: 941-752-3796 or carmike.com.

The Beer Project: Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE., St. Petersburg

Celebrating the art of beer "The Beer Project," in which five local brewing companies will offer craft beers inspired by selected works in the museum's collection, featuring a beer and art lounge 7-10 p.m. June 12 and a public home brew tasting and awards noon-3 p.m. June 13. Tickets: $35, includes beer tasting glass and galleries. Information: 727-896-2667 or fine-arts.org.

Skyway Film Festival: Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

The Skyway Film Festival will take place June 12-14 showcasing the craft of filmmaking and storytelling by advocating the work of filmmakers, screenwriters and all artists who use the medium of film and television to bring art alive in 50 films in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Florida Films, Short Film and Student Short Film. The festival will also feature several panel discussions, known as "Skyway Labs," including a masters acting workshop, a women in film panel, an ad film financing workshop. Tickets: $12-$15, all-inclusive pass: $75. Information: skywayfilmfestival.org.

South Florida Museum Film Fridays: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton

Explore the oceans in films selected by marine photographers, biologists, conservation specialists and Museums staff. The schedule is: "Deepsea Challenge" June 12, "Endless Summer" June 19, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" June 26. All movie times are 6 p.m. Tickets: $7 general admission, $5 members. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended. Information: 941-746-4131 or southfloridamuseum.org.

Magician and illusionist show: Sunny Shores Community Center, corner of 115th St. W. and 38th Ave. W., Bradenton

Join the Dream Team, comprised of magician Chandler and professional mentalist and mind reader Lar 7 p.m. June 13, for an evening of amazing magic and extraordinary mind illusions. Tickets: $15. Information: 941-705-9244.

Bradentucky Bombers: Astro Skate of Bradenton, 3611 Third St. W., Bradenton

The Bradentucky Bombers will face the North River Renegades at 5 p.m. with tailgating at 4 p.m. June 13. Meet your favorite derby players at the after party at Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 904-314-5769 or bradentuckybombers.com.

Florida Freedom Festival: Bradenton Riverwalk, Bradenton

The Florida Freedom Festival will be June 13 featuring musical acts Jordan Page, The Yahoo's, The Savannah Brady Band, Big Daddy, The Hobies, and guest speakers Adam Kokesh, Jeff Gray, Adrian Wyllie, Alexander Snitker and more. There will be a kids zone with games and activities and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is free. No coolers allowed. Information: flfreedomfestival.com.

ArtCenter Manatee Open House: 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

Feed your inner artist and learn from pros at the ArtCenter Manatee's open house 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 13. Demonstrations and hands-on experiences for ages 4-99 in a variety of mediums, including jewelry making, pottery, photography, glass, mosaics, painting and more. All sessions are free. Information: 941-746-2862 or artcentermanatee.org.

Craft Festival: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

The American Craft Endeavors' outdoor juried Craft Festival will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 13-14 featuring an eclectic mix of the nation's most talented crafters offering a full spectrum of craft art media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax and glass, hair accessories, handbags, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass, and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 561-746-6615 or artfestival.com.

Tampa Theatre Summer Classics: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa

Tampa Theatre will present its Summer Classic Film Series, featuring classics that span more than six decades, including "Key Largo" June 14, "Caddyshack" June 21, "Vertigo" June 28, "Back To The Future" July 5, "Top Hat" July 12, "Breakfast At Tiffany's" July 19, "The Sound Of Music," July 26, "Gone With The Wind" Aug. 2, "West Side Story" Aug. 9, "Goodfellas" Aug. 16, "Casablanca" 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and 3 p.m. Aug. 23, "Phantom Of The Opera," Aug. 30. Except where noted, all movie times are 3 p.m. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 members. Tickets for "The Phantom Of The Opera," and "The Sound Of Music" sing-along are $12 adults, $10 children, seniors, military and members. Information: 813-274-8286 or tampatheatre.org.

Beach market at Coquina: Bradenton Beach

Come and stroll the beach market at Coquina 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sunday through July, featuring fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and much more. 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.

Nitetrain Express' "Christmas in June": Peggy's Corral, 4511 US 41, Palmetto

Peggy's Corral will host Nitetrain Express' "Christmas in June," starting at noon June 14 featuring KSU 2 p.m. ride to All Childrens Hospital and end at Stragglers. Music at 4 p.m. by Nobody's Fool. Proceeds will benefit All Children's Hospital. Information: 941-356-4127.

Carmike Classic Cinema Film Series: Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E., Bradenton

Carmike Cinemas, a leading Digital cinema and 3D motion picture exhibitor will offer the following Classic Cinema Film Series: "Gangs of New York" June 16, "The Manchurian Candidate" June 23, "Raging Bull" June 30, "Brief Encounter" July 7, "Some Like It Hot" July 14, "The Usual Suspects" July 21, "West Side Story" July 28, "Dressed To Kill" Aug. 4, "Fargo" Aug. 11, "Spaceballs" Aug. 18, "The Silence Of The Lambs" Aug. 25. All show times are 7 p.m. Tickets: $5. Information: 941-752-3796 or carmike.com.


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.

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)

Saturday dances have been temporarily discontinued due to fire and severe water damage. Watch this listing each week for the restarting date. Information: 941-756-8303 or 941-807-2226.

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. Afternoon ballroom dances are 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $10. Dance Fusion for children 6 p.m. Thursdays; Cost: $5. H2U -members will receive a discount on all group classes. Dance Information: Dwayne Biggs at 941-465-1031.

Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton

Line dance classes with instructor Pete Garza 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $2 a person. Information: 941-748-0180.

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. The Group Therapy Dance Club meets the first and third Saturdays of the month. Learn the Hustle, ballroom, swing and more. Lesson at 7 p.m., dance 8 p.m. Cost: $10, open to the public. Information: 941-773-0177 or bradentonwomansclub.com.

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.

West Coast Woman's Club of Manatee County: H2U, 6670 Cortez Road, Bradenton

Let's Dance!, a monthly social dance, will be 7-10 p.m. June 13 and every second Saturday of each month. Dance lessons are 6:15-7 p.m. at no additional charge. Music will be provided by Ellsworth and Company. Light snacks will be provided. Water and sodas are available for purchase. BYOB. Cost: $8. Information: Kelly Helm at 941-447-8238.


Central Sarasota Farmers Market: Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota

The Central Sarasota Farmers Market will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, featuring locally grown fresh produce, local artisan products, live music, and a variety of food vendors. Information: 941-677-0078 or centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com.

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

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

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. 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 $7. 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: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 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, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Fish fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. every third Friday of the month. All-you-can-eat breakfast 8-11 a.m. every first and third Sunday of the month, bar poker at 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 with Holly Rae, 7-10 p.m. June 13. 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.


Van Wezel's Friday Fest: Bayside Lawn at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Friday Fest, a free family friendly outdoor summertime concert series will be 5-9 p.m. June 19 featuring live music by Kettle of Fish. Bring blankets or chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed. Information: 941-953-3368 or vanwezel.org.

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. June 19 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 DSAsarasota.com.

"Mainly Art" arts and craft show: Main Street, Bradenton

Realize Bradenton will host its monthly art, craft and antiques bazaar "Mainly Art," 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 16 and every third Saturday of the month. This free event will feature art, craft and antiques vendors, "Art Of" demonstrations 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and live music. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Information: 840-0017 or visit www.realizebradenton.com.

Ghost Spirit and Orb Walks: Bunker Hill Vineyards and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette

Bunker Hill Vineyard will host "Spirit and Orb Walks" 8 p.m. May 16. Guests are asked to bring cameras with a night flash, EVP recorders, EMF recorders, digital temperature recorders, and extra batteries. Guests must arrive by 7:30 p.m. for a 30 minute indoctrination and discussion of the night's walk and activities. The "Spirit & Orb Walks" will begin promptly at 8 p.m. and will last until 9:30 p.m. Good, closed toes, walking shoes, long pants and a jacket are encouraged. Since these walks will take place at night on both level and non-level ground, participants should be in good physical shape. Cost: $10. Reservations are required and are limited to a maximum of 25 adults, 18 years of age or older. Information: 941-776-0418 or bunkerhillvine@aol.com.

Antiques, arts and crafts show: Mixon's Packing House, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton

Mixon's comes alive 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 27 and every fourth Saturday of the month through Sept. 26 with an Antique, Arts and Craft show, featuring a variety of artists and vendors displaying and offering their finest works for sale, including antiques, arts, crafts and more. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Information: 941-748-1085 or mixon.com.

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. featuring live folk Americana music. 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.

Dali Museum Cult Classics Summer Movie Series: Avant Garden, Dali Museum. One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg

Enjoy community preferred film selections at the Dali Museum Cult Classics Summer Movie Series with the following movies: "Top Gun" July 2, and "Animal House" Aug. 6. The event will feature food trucks, garden games, $5 craft beer tastings, and guests are encouraged to dress in costume themed to the films. Doors open and food and beer vendors start serving at 7 p.m., films starting at sunset. The series is free and open to the public. Information: 727-823-3767 or thedali.org.

Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. July 4 featuring live music by Smokey's Session. Beer, wine and food sales will benefit the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit lakewoodranch.com/mainstreet.

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Palm Avenue Main and First streets, Sarasota

"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. July 3 and every first 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 DSAsarasota.com.

Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk: various locations, Sarasota

The Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk will be 6 p.m. July 3 featuring businesses, shops and eateries, decorated to welcome the holidays, and will stay open late as live music fills the streets. Attendees can shop, stroll and celebrate as they stroll through the businesses and along the downtown sidewalks enjoying dancing, refreshments and special offers. Proceeds will benefit Selby Gardens. Information: 941-366-5731.

Village of the Arts annual art walk: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton

Take a self-guided tour around Bradenton's acclaimed artist colony 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 3-4. The village offers 30 galleries, studios, bakeries, healing arts, specialty shops, all nestled in colorful 1920 cottages, and three five-star restaurants serving delectable foods. Information: villageofthearts.com.

Met Summer Encore Series: Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E., Bradenton

Enjoy encore presentations of popular "Live in HD" encore transmissions from the Metropolitan in New York featuring "La Traviata" July 8, "La Fille du Regiment" July 7, "The Merry Widow" July 22 and "Aida" July 29. All showtimes are 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 each. Information: 941-727-7469 or carmike.com.

Arts and Lecture Series: Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

The Library Foundation will host the 2015 Arts and Lecture Series, featuring Jeff Lindsay, author of the "Dexter" series, 6 p.m. July 13. An intimate dinner with the author will be 7:30 p.m. at Ortygia, Village of the Arts, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton. Cost: $75 a person. The last in the series will be author Nancy Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day mystery series, 2 p.m. Oct. 21. There will be high tea with the author at 3:30 p.m. at Latte Luna, 2715 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost: $25 a person. Reservations for all meet and greet events are on a first come, first serve basis. Information: 941-748-5875.

Main Street Live!: Old Main Street, between Manatee and Third avenues, Bradenton

Old Main Street Merchants Association will host downtown's most popular street party "Main Street Live!" 4 p.m.-midnight featuring vendors and live music by Rebel Heart beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: facebook.com/oldmainstreetmerchantsassociation.