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Plenty of events set for July 4

LAKEWOOD RANCH — The works.

That’s what’s on tap in East Manatee for the long Independence Day holiday weekend.

Everything from Music on Main, where you can listen to the Yesterdayze Band or get a haircut while sipping Glenlivet Scotch; to a new event, Pelican Palooza in Lake Osprey Plaza; and fireworks in Myakka City.

Aside from the celebration of liberty, there will also be a food drive kickoff in recognition of very serious difficulties affecting many local residents.

Here, then, is what’s planned in East Manatee:

n Starting at 5:30 p.m. today, Lucky Pelican Bistro & Fish Market in Lake Osprey Plaza teams up with Lake Osprey Cabaret to present the first Pelican Palooza party.

The Lucky Pelican Bistro will offer its unlimited buffet with crab, jambalaya, fried catfish, crawfish boil and more for $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Live entertainment includes The Glass Onion Band performing songs of the Beatles, Thom Parks rocking on the guitar; and TFoxx presenting his smooth jazz.

After 8:30 p.m., the Funny Divas will take the stage at the Cabaret.

Outside, there will be a water slide and 14-foot screen for playing video games.

n 6-9 p.m. today, Lakewood Ranch Main Street hosts the free monthly concert, Music on Main, with the Yesterdayze band. Beer, food and wine sales will benefit the United Way of Manatee County.

In conjunction with Music on Main, visitors are invited to visit Aggie Original’s caricature tent; test their throwing arm with the Pittsburgh Pirates Inflatable Speed Pitch; or meet “The Oasis Project” author Art Adkins at a book signing at Lakewood Ranch Booksellers.

Many shops are offering specials, one of the most unique being at The Barbary Shoppe, which plans hot lather neck shave night with whisky samples.

Lawn chairs and dogs on a leash are welcome, but coolers should be left at home.

n 3 p.m. Saturday, Little Bookworms at Lakewood Ranch Main Street hosts its 4th of July Extravaganza with bubble wrap stomping by children, patriotic story time, outdoor games and cake and arts and crafts. For more information, call 907-3808.

n Tom and Pam Jones, of Jones & Sons Pest Control, will be presenting their annual fireworks show at dark Sunday evening. The show is planned for the corner of Wauchula Road and 73rd Avenue East, Myakka. For more information, call 720-2624.

n TechHouse kicks off its second food drive, Summer Harvest 2009, today and wrapping up Aug. 31.

“With the prolonged economic downturn, agencies are in need of food more than,” Anne Marie Young, of TechHouse, wrote in a press release. “The ripple effect of this financial distress has resulted in foreclosures and an increased amount of surrendered pets.”

Nonperishable food items and nonperishable toiletry items will go to local food banks.

Dog and cat food and cat litter will go to animal sanctuaries.

Drop-off points include TechHouse, 9040 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch; Comcenter, 9040 Town Center Parkway; Woof Gang Bakery, 8314 Market St., Lakewood Ranch; and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 7-8-7916.

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