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Pioneer Picnic at Manatee Mineral Spring. (Courtesy photo)

Venice Musicale Concert — 11 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 17). "Potpourri of Music" program will feature a variety of musical styles performed by oboe and flute duo Susan Aaron and Jolene O'Brien, pianists Betty Badawi and Thelma Cohn, and mezzo-soprano Barbara Griffin. Venice Public Library, 300 S. Nokomis Ave. Free and open to the public. 497-2733; venicemusicale.org.

Sarasota Coin Show — Friday-Sunday (Oct. 18-20). Dealers from across America will be buying, selling, trading coins, old paper money and memorabilia. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. Free. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Sarasota & Manatee Coin Clubs. 954-0202; frankcoxproductions.com/coin_show/index.html.

Sun Fiesta — Friday-Sunday (Oct. 18-20) at Centennial Park in downtown Venica. A nautical theme with "Settin' Sail" will celebrate 41 years of Sun Fiesta. The event includes bed races, Miss Sun Fiesta pageant, Sun Fiesta Idol contest, live entertainment and music, food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, children's activities, a silent auction, etc. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Free. sunfiesta.net, womenssertoma.com.

Free concert — 10:15 a.m. Friday (Oct. 18). Advanced Piano Students of several local teachers will perform for the Sarasota Federated Music Club meeting in Eicher Auditorium, Sunnyside Retirement Village, 5201 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. Free and open to the public. 365-0376.

Mote's Night of Fish, Fun & Fright — 6:30-9 p.m. Friday (Oct. 18). Children are invited to a safe and fun trick-or-treating zone in The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. The event includes underwater pumpkin carving by aquarists in the shark exhibit and a haunted house. Tickets are $6 online in advance, $10 at the door. Kids ages 3 and younger get in free. mote.org/halloween.

19th annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (Oct. 19-20). Along Main Street. Free. artfestival.com.

"The History of Manatee Flows From This Spring" — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 19). A new interpretive walkway that honors all the groups of people who have used the Manatee Mineral Spring over the centuries. Reflections of Manatee will be serving a Pioneer Picnic that celebrates the foods of Manatee’s early pioneers, including smoked mullet and turkey, homemade cornbread, fruit cobbler. (Suggested donation for the lunch is $5.) Activities include traditional games and skills for both adults and children including coins in the haystack, frying pan toss, and atlatl throwing. Manatee Mineral Spring, 1312 2nd Ave. E., two blocks north of State Road 64, off 14th Street East, Bradenton. 504-7130.

Bluegrass Show — 1-4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 19). Cultural Center of Charlotte County Theater featuring Sassafras Bluegrass, Hwy 41 South and Swinging Bridge. $10 (or $5 for members). (Memberships are$15/year/each person over 18). 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. 661-9175; southwestfloridabluegrass.org.

Pray-Eat-Vote Potluck — 5 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 19). Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, 4826 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. $5 (3 tickets for voting for favorite side dish, entree and dessert). Winners get name on church marquee. 371-5574; axhandle@comcast.net.

5th annual Sarasota's Got Talent — 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 19). Finalists will compete at Sarasota Military Academy, 801 N. Orange Ave. Categories/age divisions: 12 & under, Teen (13-17), Adult (18 & up) and Group. First-place winner in each category receives a $200 cash prize. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Sponsored by Julie Rohr Academy, 4466 Fruitville Road. 371-4979.

Solemn Evensong — 5:15 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 20). The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Featuring the sounds of French horn played by Joe Assi, co-principal horn for the Sarasota Orchestra.  Ann Stephenson-Moe, Redeemer's organist and choirmaster, will perform on the church's Nichols & Simpson organ, and Redeemer's choir will sing.  The anthem will be James Mulholland's "If Love Should Count Me Worthy," and the service will be Herbert Howells' "Service in b." Free and open to the public.  A reception in Gillespie Hall will follow the performance. 955-4263; redeemersarasota.org.

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