Thursday Mar 22 @ 5:30 PM
Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida
Manatee Village Historical Park – Manatee Village Historical Park partners with the Florida Humanities Council to present an interactive performance on the life of Doc Anna, the "Swamp Doctor" of Florida... Come meet Dr. Anna Darrow who, in 1909, became the second woman doctor licensed in Florida. Darrow braved swampland, alligators, snakes, and outlaw gangs to heal the sick, nurse the wounded, and deliver babies. Dr. Darrow is portrayed by Carrie Sue Ayvar, a third generation storyteller, dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of storytelling. She is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award winner for Service and Leadership, as well as a Chautauqua scholar and Kennedy Center trained Artist in Education. Her performances blend entertainment and education. This talk is offered as the final event in a five part series. Manatee Village was selected as a Florida Humanities Council (FHC) Speaker Series partner. The previous four talks discussed Chief Osceola, the development of transportation, the Civil War, and lighthouses, all as they relate to Florida and Manatee County. These talks are made possible by funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. This talk is FREE and open to the public. It will begin in the 1887 Old Meeting House Church at 5:30pm and will run about 45 minutes. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Manatee Village grounds will close at 7:00pm. No RSVP required, seating on a first come, first served basis. Open to the public. Ages 13 & up recommended. For more information on the Florida Humanities Council, please visit:
    Thursday Mar 22 @ 5:30 PM
Exhibit Opening: Sailing Vessels of the Snapper Fishing Industry
Florida Public Archaeology Network - West Central Region – The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is pleased to announce the opening of a traveling exhibit from the Florida Public Archaeology Network, “Talking Smack: The Sailing Vessels of Pensacola’s Red Snapper Fishing Industry” on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5:30 – 7 PM. Visitors can enjoy light refreshments courtesy of the Florida Maritime Museum. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5:30 – 7 PM. Please RSVP at (941) 708-6121 or After the end of the American Civil War, industry in Pensacola and Northwest Florida boomed as money flowed from the North to the South. Among various industrial endeavors in this area, commercial fishing for red snapper becomes one of the most successful. The colorful fishermen and beautiful sailing vessels of the red snapper fishing industry dominated Pensacola’s waterfront from 1870-1930. This exhibit discusses the importance of red snapper fishing to the development of Pensacola and Northwest Florida.
    Friday Mar 23 - Mar 25 @ 2:00 PM
Florida Pioneer Adventure Camping
Not a Clue Adventures – Indian Fields Primitive Camping Area Florida Pioneer Family Adventure Camping Experience Special Pricing!! Now only $65 per person per night (youth 6-12 $45, youth under 6 free) Call to reserve, limited time offer – 813-789-0904 (with Not a Clue Adventures and Crowley Museum and Nature Center) Camping, Tent, Lighting, and meals included Activities Include: Tour of Crowley Museum and Nature Center, Visit to Tatum House, Blacksmith Shop, Saw Mill, Old Schoolhouse, Museum and guided nature hiking along the Children’s Discovery Path (learn about native animals and birds). Learn more about early Florida Pioneers. 2 pm -2pm each day ONLINE RESERVATIONS COMING SOON
    Friday Mar 23 @ 6:00 PM
Weekly Wine Tasting
Cheers to Wine – Join us this week for our weekly wine tasting. $5 per person ~ Club members free
    Friday Mar 23 @ 6:30 PM
Party on the Pass
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – All aboard! You're invited to set sail with us at Mote's 10th Annual Party on the Pass! Mote Marine Laboratory will "batten down the hatches" for a fabulous Party on the Pass: a casual night full of good food, good fun and goodwill supporting Mote's Dolphin, Whale and Sea Turtle Hospitals. Join us Friday, March 23 in Mote Aquarium's Courtyard. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Multiple dishes will be provided by Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants. Tickets start at $125. Questions? Contact Sofie Wachtmeister at or (941) 388-4441 ext 394.
    Friday Mar 23 - Mar 24 @ 7:30 PM
Turtle Island: Bird's Eye View
The Ringling – In this high flying program, the two-time Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet pays homage to the incandescent visionary brilliance of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. The genius of his improvisations almost single handedly catapulted jazz from pop into art, indelibly altering the musical landscape of America. This performance is part of The Ringling's New Stages contemporary performance series.
    Friday Mar 23 - Mar 24 @ 8:00 PM
The Surfin’ Dead live @the cock n bull w/ special guests The Bad Katz
Cock & Bull – The Surfin’ Dead is back @ The Cock n Bull w/ special guest The Bad Katz from Saint Petersburg!
    Saturday Mar 24 @ 4:30 AM
The Milky Way at Coquina Beach - A Low Light Excursion
InFocus by Johnson PhotoImaging – This field trip is dependent on weather. Photographing the Milky Way isn't as tough as it seems. It just requires the right equipment and patience. Foto Dono will be hosting a Low Light excursion to Bradenton Beach. There you should have an opportunity to photograph the Milky Way, among a few other things. Trying to photograph at that location does have its challenges, mainly because of light pollution. However most of the shooting will be at the beach or similar spots. The main goal for the field trip is to provide an experience in creating a single shot exposure or multiple exposures for stacking of the night sky. These images will then need to be rendered in post with Lightroom, Photoshop or other editing software. However, the location also provides other opportunities to create images in Low Light with interesting landscapes. Dono will be guiding you to these spots. Field Trip Fee - The fee for this field trip is $39. This provides camera instruction and directions on making images of the Milky Way. The fee may be paid on site the night of field trip. This is a cash only option. No change will be provided. To choose this option select the "Pay on Location ticket." If you don't require instruction but would like to join Dono, select the "No Instruction Option." All participants must be registered by March 17th. You can register here via Eventbrite or in the store. Refunds - If the event is cancelled due to weather then a refund will be issued. However, there are no refunds if the Milky isn't visible due to cloud cover. This is a low light field trip with an opportunity to photograph the Milky Way. Dono can’t guarantee the Milky Way will be visible. That is not one of his super powers. Where & When - We will meet at the Boat Ramp at 4:15 AM across from Coquina Beach. 48 hours from the event you receive additional details and a map to the location. Here is the timeline for the sky that night. The Moon Sets @ 1:59 AM The Galactic Center (Milky Way) becomes visible @ 2:13 AM Meet at the Boat Ramp @ 4:15 AM The Galactic Center (Milky Way) visibility ends @ 6:11 AM The Sun Rises @ 7:30 AM Equipment - D-SLR camera or Mirrorless System. Bring your widest angle lens like a with at least a 2.8 f/stop. You'll need a very sturdy tripod and a remote switch for your camera. Keep in mind this is depending on weather. So come prepared and bring a flash light. Any questions call Dono (941) 896-9921 or email him at
    Saturday Mar 24 @ 9:00 AM
1850 Cemetery Clean Up
Florida Public Archaeology Network - West Central Region – *Please note that this workshop has limited space. RSVPing to this Facebook event does not guarantee your spot. Please use the following link to register: Manatee Village Historical Park is seeking volunteers to participate in quarterly cemetery clean-ups for the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds. On Saturday, March 24, the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) will lead a Cemetery Resource and Protection Training (CRPT) at Manatee Village to train future volunteers in best practices for preserving cemeteries. This workshop will take place from 9am to 2pm. There will be a lecture in the morning, followed by an hour long lunch break (food is NOT provided), and then the last hour will be spent cleaning the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds using the techniques taught by FPAN. All are welcome to come to this free public workshop. It is Manatee Village’s hope that the volunteers who attend this training session will become team leaders for future cemetery clean-ups. If you are interested in volunteering at future clean-ups but cannot attend this session, contact Manatee Village’s Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa Porter, at . Manatee Village Historical Park is located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) Bradenton, Florida. For more information call (941) 749-7165 or visit: This public program is offered by producers: Manatee County Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission, in partnership with the Florida Public Archaeology Network.
    Saturday Mar 24 - Mar 25 @ 10:00 AM
Aikido Seminar: Leonardo Sakanashi Shidoin 5th Dan Aikikai
Martial Fusion – Aikido International Seminar with Leo Sakanashi Sensei 5th Dan Shidoin (Director of the CDA Aikikai) Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Martial Fusion Budo Center in Sarasota, Florida. Saturday, March 24th (Aikido Training 11:00am-2:00pm) Sunday, March 25th (Aikido Training 11:00am-2:00pm) Participation: $120 Registration in advanced is required. MARTIAL FUSION® BUDO CENTER (CDA) Centro de Difusion del Aikido: Hotel Recommendation:
    Saturday Mar 24 @ 10:00 AM
Archaeology Day at Gamble Plantation
Florida Public Archaeology Network - West Central Region – Come learn about local history and archaeology at Gamble Plantation! We will have: an exhibit of artifacts recovered from archaeology at the site, an Artifact ID Booth, where we will have experts in Florida archaeology available to identify materials you have found, demonstrations on archaeological techniques, activities for children and more!
    Saturday Mar 24 @ 11:00 AM
Through the Looking Glass - Psychic Fair
The Spirit University – Message Gallery ? Readings ? Healings ? Lectures Learn more about The Spirit University! Our Psychic Readers will use their intuitive abilities to assist you in making choices and in answers for personal growth. READINGS are 15 minutes, so you have time to sample different reader styles. If you’ve never had a reading, now is the time to give it a try! Only $25 We will also offer HEALINGS with our certified Reiki healers. Healings are also 15 minutes for only $25. Join in the fun, and see how spirit is helping you!
    Saturday Mar 24 @ 11:30 AM
Spanish Influence and the Classical Guitar
Manatee County Public Library – A full-length classical guitar performance featuring works of varying styles ranging from Brazilian waltzes, Cuban etudes, contemporary works by Culver, and much more! All ages are invited to hear the story of Spain's influence on music history explained by the composer and told through his guitar. Join Edwin Culver on Mar. 24th @ 11:30AM for a classical music experience that's both educational and entertaining! Free and all ages welcome! Manatee County Public Library 1301 Barcarrota Ave, Bradenton, FL 34205
    Saturday Mar 24 @ 2:00 PM
UTC Eggstravaganza
The Mall at University Town Center – Kick off the spring season with a fun-filled Easter Eggstravaganza at UTC on Saturday, March 24 outside of the East Grand Entrance! This family-friendly event will include a 40,000+ Easter egg hunt*, live entertainment, food and beverage samplings and children's activities, including Easter basket decorating, face painting and lawn games! And, the first 1,000 children will receive a free Easter basket! Guests will also have the chance to enter to win great prizes from participating UTC retailers, and participate in a stamp card activity for the chance to win a $200 Godiva Easter Basket! * The Easter Egg Hunt is for children under the age of 13 and will be broken up by age groups starting at the following times: Ages 0 - 2: 2:15 pm Ages 3 - 5: 2:45 pm Ages 6 - 7: 3:15 pm Ages 8 - 9: 3:45 pm Ages 10 - 12: 4:15 pm
    Saturday Mar 24 - Mar 25 @ 7:00 PM
4 year anniversary celebration
Wolves Head Pizza & Wings – come celebrate 4 years with us.. free beer samples giveaways and who knows what else..
    Sunday Mar 25 @ 8:00 AM
Sports Performance Training Workshop, Bradenton, FL
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Bring your skills to life with NASM during a one-day, live workshop near you led by Master Instructor Andy Hanley. Learn the techniques to train athletes to become quicker, stronger and better. Improve the performance of any athlete at any level. The workshop is designed for new and veteran trainers looking to take their training to the next level. Call 844-772-5330 to register and earn your 0.8 NASM CEUs! Price: $249
    Sunday Mar 25 @ 9:00 AM
Crate & Barrel Private Registry Event
The Mall at University Town Center – Have you recently gotten engaged and are now planning a wedding? If so, Crate & Barrel is throwing a party just for you! For two full hours, the entire store is yours. Enjoy great food, drinks, music, and our experts’ advice on registering. Every attendee receives a complementary gift and has a chance to win great prizes! *** Registration is required; please register directly on the Crate & Barrel website at or by calling 941-702-9900.
    Sunday Mar 25 - Dec 16 @ 1:00 PM
Yappy Hour at Motorworks Brewing
Motorworks Brewing – Every THIRD Sunday (March's event is the FOURTH Sunday, however) join Motorworks Brewing in their 12,000 sq. ft. turfed beer garden for craft beer and cocktail specials, brunch, and free cornhole, bocce ball and putting. Bring your DOG in for complimentary dog treats and to socialize with the other dogs! Well behaved, leashed pets only please. If you take your pet off-premises, please be respectful of the surrounding neighborhood and clean up after them. Pet owners can enjoy $3 Bloody Marys & Mimosas!
    Monday Mar 26 @ 5:30 PM
Brian Skerry, wildlife photojournalist: "Luminous Seas"
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – Join Brian Skerry, Wildlife Photojournalist for National Geographic Magazine, at Mote for his lecture, "Luminous Sea." Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to the WAVE Center for lecture guests to enjoy a cocktail hour (cash bar) before the lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets: $10 (per ticket per lecture); $5 for Mote volunteers (who are not Mote members); $5 for teachers and students; free for Mote members. You must make a reservation in advance, even if you are a member. A limited number of tickets might be available at the door on lecture nights, but we cannot guarantee availability. Tickets are non-refundable unless Mote cancels the lecture. Ticket sales close at 3 p.m. on the day of the lecture or when tickets sell out. For additional information, visit Mote is proud to offer this series thanks to our presenting sponsors Robert and Jill Williams. Corporate sponsorship provided by PNC Wealth Management.
    Monday Mar 26 @ 6:00 PM
Art as a Healing Practice - Monday evenings
Expressive Arts Florida – A series of creative self-care themes, using guided meditation, visual art-making, writing, and sharing/witnessing. You are welcome to register for one or more sessions. Facilitators: Kathleen Horne, MA, LMHC, REACE Patricia Manning, RN, BSN, C/CES 6 Monday evenings; 6:00-9:00 pm March 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30, May 7 (no class April 9) *it is possible to register for single sessions* (CNE’s for nurses, CEU’s for mental health professionals. Art as a Healing Practice is an expressive arts process that embraces the positive power of creative work/play to change lives. It is a series of carefully guided themed sessions that each consist of a gentle and powerful blend of guided meditation, visual art, writing and sharing/witnessing. Session 1: Introduction to the Process Session 2: Art and Emotion Session 3: Art and Physical Self Session 4: Finding Balance -Caring for Self & Caring for Others (Mandorla Process) Session 5: Integration and Wholeness (Mandala) Session 6: Bringing it All Together *Are you longing to develop on ongoing creative healing practice? * Are you seeking improved self-care? * Would you like to be part of a safe, supportive circle? *Could you benefit from having an experienced and skilled guide? Price: $40 + $5 supply fee per session Details and Registration link HERE