Local Events

Things to do: June 13-20


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. 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.

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 Street West and 38th Avenue West, 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. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible, dogs are not allowed. Information: 941-518-4431.

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.


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.


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.

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.