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    1. RJ Howson

      Ace's Lounge

      Bradenton : 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton, 34209

      The Chicago bluesman and roots rocker performs a 21-and-up-only concert.

      Price: Free.

    2. Music and Movies

      South Florida Museum

      Bradenton : 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

      Weekly music related documentaries (7 p.m.) preceded by live concerts (6 p.m.).

      This week features a performance by the Brooke Bonderer Band followed by the 2006 film Shut Up and Sing. 

      Price: $5, $3 members.

    3. Victory Garden Workshop

      Palmetto Historical Park

      Bradenton : 515 10th Ave. W, Palmetto, 34221

      Learn how to put together a box garden to take home, and how gardening can be beneficial in specially-designed workshop for veterans and their children four years to fifth grade, presented by the Manatee County Agricultural Museum. Limited space, registration required.

      Price: Free for veterans and their children.

    4. Think + Drink (Science) Cafe

      South Florida Museum

      Bradenton : 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

      Grab a beer or glass of wine and join a forum about cutting edge science.

      This portion features Roadside Geology in which Harley Means takes you away from Walt Disney World and into Florida's cavernous limestone, roiling springheads and rock strata containing the remains of animals that once roamed our state.

      Price: $4, $2 members.

    5. Land Escapes: Opening Exhibition: Meet the Artist Reception

      Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery

      Bradenton : 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, 34243

      This solo exhibition of paintings by Mike Hodges, a Ringling College of Art + Design professor and former The New Yorker cover artist, explores the marriage of geometric shapes and landscapes, all inspired by his travels. On display through September 19.

      Price: Free.

    6. Music and Movies

      South Florida Museum

      Bradenton : 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

      Weekly music related documentaries (7 p.m.) preceded by live concerts (6 p.m.).

      This week features a performance by the Tony Tyler Band followed by a screening of the 2003 film End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones.

      Price: $5, $3 members.

    7. Music and Movies

      South Florida Museum

      Bradenton : 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

      Weekly music related documentaries (7 p.m.) preceded by live concerts (6 p.m.).

      This week features a performance by Intuit followed by a screening of the 1988 film Thelonius Monk: Straight, No Chaser.

      Price: $5, $3 members.

    8. Lauren Mitchell Band

      Ace's Lounge

      Bradenton : 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton, 34209

      After releasing second album Live From The Bradfordville Blues Club (BBC) earlier this year, the blues singer is back to touring with her powerful voice.

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    9. KidsCreate: Riverfront Open Air Painting

      Bradenton Riverwalk

      Bradenton : 452 Third Ave. W , Bradenton, 34205

      Instructors will guide ages 6-16 on the art of outdoor painting. Utilizing the beauty of their waterfront park, children will learn tricks and techniques of the plein air painting style, which teaches children to narrow  their focus and strengthen their "seeing" skills. Meet at th …

      Price: Free.

    10. Doctor Geek's Science Fair

      South Florida Museum

      Bradenton : 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

      Students ages 6 to 16 can compete in the inaugural Geek Games at this event combining a classic science fiction convention with a science fair. The games blend fundamental STEM principals with the creativity of art and literature. Other activites include a concert by Dr. Who rock group the Ken S …

      Price: $10 advance, $15 at the door.

    11. Paint the Town: "Quick Draw"

      Bradenton Riverwalk

      Bradenton : 452 Third Ave. W , Bradenton, 34205

      The event, open to painters of all levels, kicks off the 10th annual Paint the Town, held for the first time along the Bradenton Riverwalk. After two hours of painting, prizes will be awarded and immediately following, the public is invited to purchase the original works.  

      Price: Free, $10 artist registration fee.

    12. Paint the Town Reception and Exhibit

      ArtCenter Manatee

      Bradenton : 209 Ninth St. W, Bradenton, 34205

      The annual event brings artists of regional and national renown who will paint on location around Bradenton and its surrounding area. Their works will be juried and cash prizes of over $2000 will be given. The completed paintings will be exhibited at the art center and available for sale. & …

      Price: Donation suggested, cash bar.

    13. National Fossil Day

      South Florida Museum

      Bradenton : 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

      To promote the educational and scientific value of fossils, this program includes speaker panels, a screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, junior paleontologist badge program, outdoor fossil dig and fossil exhibitions. National Fossil Day is actually Oct. 15, but the museum is celeb …

      Price: $9, $8 seniors, $7 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free.

    14. Palma Sola Plant & Antique Sale

      Palma Sola Botanical Park

      Bradenton : 9800 17th Ave. NW, Bradenton, 34209

      Find an array of plants, garden-related items, antiques, arts and crafts, plus food and drink for sale.

      Price: Free admission.

    15. Snooty's Gala

      South Florida Museum

      Bradenton : 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

      The "Shaken Not Stirred: 0067" themed formal party benefits the museum.

      Price: $200.

    16. Women Contemporary Artists Autumn Exhibit Opening Reception

      ArtCenter Manatee

      Bradenton : 209 Ninth St. W, Bradenton, 34205

      A reception for an exhibit of works created by the 100 member WCA. Remains on display through Dec. 4.

      Price: Free.

    17. Great Teddy Bear Run

      Shoppes at University Center

      Bradenton : 8441 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, 34201

      Kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. for the 17th annual police escorted motorcycle parade ending with food, drinks, vendors, an auction, live music and a bike rodeo. Benefits K.I.D.S. By the Sea.

      Price: $10 advance, $15 day of.

    18. Bradenton Blues Festival

      Bradenton Riverwalk

      Bradenton : 452 Third Ave. W , Bradenton, 34205

      Downtown Bradenton will be filled with the sound of world- class blues bands including, Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling and the Jewel Tones, EG Knight, Samantha Fish, Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues, Little Ed & The Blues Imperials, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers and Marcia Ball. Dave M …

      Price: $30 advance, $40 day of, $25 per person groups of 10 or more, $20 students, $10 kids ages 5-12.