Here are some cultural tips for the first week of May!

Thursday to Sunday May 4-7 – Theatre Odyssey 12th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival

Theatre Odyssey is pleased to present eight plays written by new, familiar and pseudonymous playwrights.
Selected by an esteemed panel of readers from scores of scripts, eight of the best plays from the Gulf Coast area will be performed from May 4 through May 7, at the Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34237.
This year, in addition to Best Play and Runner-up, which are selected by a panel of theatre professionals, we plan to revive the Audience Favorite Award. Audience members will then be able to vote on their choice for favorite play. Admission is $25. Students with ID may purchase tickets at the door for $5 if seating is available. For more information please visit

Friday May 5 – Bridge and Refresher Course

Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228, USA Cost is $10. RSVP to or call 383-6493.

Friday May 5 – Cinco De Mayo Half Pint Brewery Tour

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with BrewThruTours and visit 3 craft breweries while aboard Siesta Key Trolley. Check in location is Craft Growlers to Go in Lakewood Ranch and then on to Naughty Monk Brewery and 3 Keys Brewery and Eatery. For more information please visit

Saturday and Sunday May 6-7 – Venice Seafood & Music Festival

The Venice Seafood & Music Festival is created incorporating and blending the finest ingredients. All foods are prepared fresh onsite by local restaurants including: Blu Island Bistro, Brew Burgers, Burgundy Square Café, Café Venice, Captain Eddie’s, Cedar Reef, Crow’s Nest, Daiquiri Deck, Made in Italy, and Saltwater Café. Foods will be accompanied by a diverse and delicious assortment of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. For more information please visit

Saturday May 6 – 17th Annual Multicultural Festival

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and cultural diversity at Manatee Technical College from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. Enjoy live music, dance performances, and cultural food. Three bands will play Latin music from Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean. Mexican folkloric dancers and Brazilian Capoeira will perform. The 17th Annual Multicultural Festival is a fundraiser for the Farmworker Emergency Fund, administered by the Farmworker Career Development Program at MTC. Vendors will provide a variety of ethnic food for purchase. The family event is free of charge. For more information, please call the Farmworker Career Development Program at 751-7947, or 751-7900 ext. 1048, or visit MTC is located at 6305 E. State Road 70, one mile west of I-75 exit 217.

Saturday May 6 – Gardeners Out East Charity Golf Tournament Honoring Our Veterans

Gardeners Out East Garden Club is sponsoring its First Annual Charity Golf Tournament honoring our Veterans with the placement of a Blue Star Memorial to be erected at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. The Memorial will be dedicated as part of the Lakewood Ranch Memorial Day events on May 28, 2017. You can participate by honoring current as well as past family members for a $75 contribution. Their name and branch of service will be signage to be viewed by everyone on the course as well as the dedication. For more information please visit