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Weekend Adventures in Bradenton: Mother's Day Weekend!

Published Thursday, May 9, 2013

BRADENTON – It's mother's day weekend and there's a wide range of activities happening locally, where you can get Mom out of the house. If Mom likes gardens, she's sure to love the Manatee River Garden Club's tour and luncheon on Saturday. From restaurants to raceways to kayaking to baseball, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect outing. So grab Mom and get outside, it's time for a Mother's Day weekend adventure in Bradenton!


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There are few things Moms like more than gardens. Manatee River Garden Club is offering self-guided tours of five beautiful and unique gardens on the west side of Bradenton for Mother's Day. Learn about garden design and individual plantings while taking a self-guided stroll through these gardens.


An elegantly served luncheon is available at the Manatee River Garden Club for only $8, along with exhibits, vendors, boutique and plants. There is no admission fee for activities at the clubhouse, whose address is 3120 First Avenue West in Bradenton. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door of the Clubhouse, and are available at any Crowder Brothers Hardware store or from any Garden Club member. 


The tour was initiated to fulfill the purpose of the MRGC: “To promote and encourage a community of nature enthusiasts who share the love of gardening, horticulture, floral design, environmental concerns and other related endeavors.” The MRGC was established in 1929. It is a non-profit organization, and member of Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc. Click here for descriptions and addresses for the individual gardens that will be on display.


Mother's Day Garden Tours by Manatee River Garden Club

Saturday, May 11

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Manatee River Garden Club

3120 First Avenue West



The all-new Full Throttle Speedway in East Bradenton had a very successful opening last weekend and are back with another full schedule of racing Saturday night.

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Race Classes will include:
- Open Wheel Modified
- Late Model Sportsman
- Pro Truck
- Rookie Truck
- Pro 4 / Rookie 4
- Cowboy Cadillac

General admission prices are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors. Kids 12 and under are FREE with an adult.

Full Throttle Speedway
21000A SR64 East
Bradenton , FL 34212
Tel: 941-748-3171

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Nana Martin

Local restauranteur Sean Murphy says Moms should “Eat Here” On Mother's Day. In a tribute to Murphy’s grandmother, “Nana” Martin, Mom drinks for free at all “Eat Here” locations on Mother's Day and any gift certificates purchased for moms get 25% off.

In the Nova Scotia vernacular “Nana” is an endearment for "grandmother." A “sip" with dinner was part of Nana's daily ritual. Murphy says her doctor had told her to have a "wee sip of port" before every meal. It would calm her nerves and improve her appetite.

For non-sipping moms, Murphy will be offering a complimentary chocolate budino dessert because - as Kate Hepburn said - “every woman should have chocolate every day”. All restaurants will also be offering gift certificates for Mom at a 25% reduction. Eat Here restaurants and Beach Bistro are currently accepting reservations for Mother’s Day.

Eat Here AMI
5315 Gulf Dr.
Holmes Beach

Eat Here SRQ
1888 Main Street

Eat Here SK
240 Avenida Madera
Siesta Key

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The Bradenton Marauders kick off a three-game series with the Charlotte Stone Crabs tonight at McKechnie, where it's Thirsty Thursday and soda and Budweiser draft beer products are only $1. After getting off to a dreadful start, the club has begun to gel, climbing out of the FSL's South Division, as they try to reach the .500 mark.

The Marauders, a high-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will wrap up the series Saturday night and then enjoy a rare Sunday off before hitting the road on Monday to play four at Clearwater. Tickets at the newly-renovated stadium start at just $6.

Charlotte Stone Crabs vs. Bradenton Marauders
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
6:30 p.m.
McKechnie Field
1611 9th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 747-3031 [ticket office]

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