Tampa Bay Boat Show – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday (Oct. 11-12); 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 13). Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Free ($6 for parking). (727) 893-8523; tampabayboatshows.com.
Friday Night Live – 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 11). Free concert by Al Fuller at the gazebo in Centennial Park, downtown Venice. Sponsored by Venice MainStreet.
Venice Circus Arena Revitalization and Clown College 45th Reunion Open House – 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 12). Venice Circus Arena Grounds, 1401 Ringling Drive, Venice. Quilts honoring famous clowns will be on display, and the Venice Circus Walk of Fame will be unveiled. Live music and trapeze performances, plus a Clown Costume Contest for everyone and their pets. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Venice Circus Arts Foundation. venicecircusarena.blogspot.com.
"The Girl in the Window" – 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 12). Sara De Soto Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will host Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Lane DeGregory of the Tampa Bay Times, who will speak on her award-winning story about a feral child. The free program, open to the public, will be held at the DAR Chapter House, 1232 12th St. in Sarasota.
Big Dog Ranch Rescue – 2-7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 12). Adoption and fundraising event at Evie's Tavern on the Range, 4725 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. Putting contest, closest to the pin, raffles, vendors, food and drink specials. Free. 809-8500.
Sidewalk Astronomy – Sunset-10 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 12). The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will set up their telescopes for public viewing at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Highlights will include the first-quarter moon and Uranus and Neptune. Free. 342-9632; LGDSO.com.
"Ghost & Spirit Orb Walkabout" – 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 12), Oct. 19 and 26. Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette. Limited to 20 people each night; make a reservation. $10 (children under 10 free). 776-0418; firstname.lastname@example.org; BunkerHillVineyard.com.
Bradenton Community Fine Arts – 25th annual concert series opens at 4 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 13) with organist Dwight Thomas playing classical and theater organ. First United Methodist Church,
603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Free-will offering. 747-4406.
Music for Violin and Guitar – 6 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 13). Saint Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. The "Sundays at Six" series starts its new season with a pairing of violin and guitar, Carlann Evans (violin) and Brad Carlton (guitar). The repertoire includes solo and duet material, featuring such composers as Bach, Schubert, Telemann, Satie, Albinez, etc. Free. 349-5616, Ext. 325.