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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. (Staff photo by Thomas Bender)

31st annual Oktoberfest at Geier's Market — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (Sept. 26-28). Enjoy some German oom-pah music, brats and more. Free admission. Food and drink available for purchase (food served until 6 p.m.). One free beer per adult. 7447 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 923-3004; geiers-sausage.com.

Bead & Jewelry Show — 10 a.m.-5.p.m. Friday-Sunday (Sept. 27-29). Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. Dealers from across America will show and sell gems, jewelry, crystals, minerals, beads. Tickets: $4 (good all show days); under 16 free. 954-0202; frankcoxproductions.com.

Downtown Village's Fourth Friday — 5-9 p.m. Friday (Sept. 27). Among the evening’s highlights is the opening of Tea House. Live music from 2 Saxy. Wine and refreshments in shops. Located on the block of Fruitville, Osprey, Gillespie and 4th. DowntownVillageSarasota.com.

Friday Night Live — 7-9 p.m. Friday (Sept. 27). Free concert by Johnny Guitar and Bluestar at Venice Centennial Park. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Sponsored by Venice MainStreet. bluestarband.com.

Planned Parenthood Toga Party — 8-10 p.m. Friday (Sept. 27). Mr. Beery's, 2645 Mall Drive, Gulfgate, Sarasota. Costume contest; sexy trivia; the famous Sex Wheel; Ask the Sexpert; discounted tickets to the Safe Sex Halloween Bash; etc. $1 of every Magic Hat beer sold goes to Planned Parenthood.

5th annual Sarasota 5000 Regatta — 8 a.m.-noon Saturday (Sept. 28). Junior rowers from across the state compete on Little Sarasota Bay at Blackburn Point Park on Casey Key. Free event. Sanctioned by US Rowing. It is a fundraiser for the Sarasota Scullers Rowing Program, the oldest youth rowing program in Southwest Florida. There will be spectator boats available for the general public to go out on to watch the races up close directly on the water. SarasotaScullers.org.

Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra — AMICCO is accepting new members. A meeting for interested singers of all voice types to be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 29) at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd floor. 587-3584; amicco.org.

New Youth Chorus Auditions — 4-6 p.m. Monday (Sept. 30). The Exsultate! Chorale will hold auditions at Venice High School for a new Youth Chorus. The auditions are open to all Venice area youths in grades 4 through 8 who before or on Friday (Sept. 27) to schedule appointments. exsultate.org.

Encore Chorale — New Sarasota affiliate of the national choral-musical arts program is seeking new members ages 55 and older for the fall season. Weekly rehearsals begin 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 1) at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 7950 S. Tamiami Trail. No audition required. 376-7788; EventsMusic.com.

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary — The nonprofit safe haven for big cats, bears and other animals in need is offering free admission to local law enforcement officers, firefighters and their immediate families through October to thank them for their service. Visitors can have an up-close view of the exotic and other animals at the sanctuary with special exotic animal encounters daily. Check bigcathabitat.org/visit/calendar or call 371-6377 for days and times of operation. No reservations are necessary, and parking is free. Regular admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Refreshments also are available. 7101 Palmer Blvd. (east of I-75), Sarasota. 371-6377; BigCatHabitat.org.

Phillippi Farmhouse Market — The market returns for its fifth season Wednesday (Oct. 2) and every Wednesday through May from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. It features locally grown fruits and vegetables; there will be plants, herbs, hanging baskets, shrubs and cut flowers for sale plus locally baked goods, barbecue, food and beverage vendors, arts and crafts, soaps and candles and live music. Playing this week are Ted Stevens and the Doo Shots. 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Free. farmhousemarket.org.

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