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Music on Main — 6-9 p.m. Friday (June 7). The Distractions will provide uptempo contemporary music for this First Friday event, which benefits The Players, a local nonprofit organization. Free. lakewoodranch.com.

Nik Wallenda book signing — 7 p.m. Friday (June 7). Sarasota’s famous aerialist will sign copies of his new memoir “Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line ($22) at Barnes & Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 923-9907. Wallenda’s next historic feat: wire-walking across the Grand Canyon on June 23

12th annual St. Armands Circle Craft Festival — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (June 8-9). 411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Free. (561) 746-6615; artfestival.com.

Bluegrass Show — 1-4:15 p.m. Saturday (June 8) at the Englewood Event Center, featuring James Rogers & Blue Cypress, The Austin & Christian Wilder Band and Sassafras Bluegrass. $8 (free with membership). There will be a free bluegrass slo-jam session at 10:30 a.m. in the warm-up room behind the performance area. The slo-jams are limited to musicians playing bluegrass instruments (guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin, 5 string banjo, acoustic bass). 3069 S. McCall Road. 661-9175; southwestfloridabluegrass.org.

Kids Summer Beach Runs — The 1-mile beach runs will be held every Tuesday (through Aug. 13) at Siesta Public Beach near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through Aug. 14) at Brohard Beach (1600 Harbor Drive) near the Venice Fishing Pier. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the beach runs start at 6:30 p.m. There’s a one-time $1 registration fee. Kids who complete four runs at either location receive a free T-shirt. All runners win a ribbon each time they run. 861-5000.

Sarasota All-America City Community Showcase — 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 11). Get an exclusive look at Sarasota County's presentation to the national All-America City judges. Riverview High School auditorium, One Ram Way, Sarasota. Free and open to the public.

shamrockSummer Chef Jam — 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays all summer. The Shamrock Pub and Edible Sarasota present this night of reggae music, island-inspired fare and craft beer - for $15. This Tuesday, it kicks off with DJ Whitney, Chef Jeff Sladky from Mattison's 41 and Cigar City beers. Sladky will serve up jerk chicken, smokey beans and rice with plantains, paired with Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale and Maduro Brown on tap. 2257 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. 952-1730; shamrocksarasota.com.

“Breaking Up with Rosie” film screening — 2 p.m. June 13. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Film Club is hosting a free film screening of “Breaking Up with Rosie” by SCF alums and Lakewood Ranch residents Rhonda and Karl Wilson in David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. The screening is open to the public. “Breaking Up With Rosie” is a comedy about a divorced romance novelist who enlists the help of his close friends to keep his success a secret to avoid sharing the earnings from his novels with his ex-wife. The 82-minute film won Best Florida Production at the 2013 Gasparilla International Film Festival. Written and directed by Karl Wilson and produced by Rhonda Wilson, the film was shot in 11 days with a low budget using local actors and filming on location in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Following the screening, filmmakers and actors will participate in a question-and-answer session. 752-5593; scf.edu.

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