1. The moment you've been waiting for his here this weekend. This sweet beauty of a machine will make its way to Sarasota. We want you to get free stuff, free food, win gift cards and more. All we ask for is canned food donations to benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay — a partnership with the 19 Tampa Bay Patch sites.
• Patch Give-A-Ton Food Drive April 27 5 to 7 p.m. at . Donate canned good/nonperishable food or sign up for Patch newsletter and receive coupon for free chips and medium drink with purchase of medium or large sub at Firehouse Subs. Limit 1 per person. Also raffling off gift card to Firehouse Subs.
• Free Lunch On Patch At Ringling Picnic April 30 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ringling Boulevard and Links Avenue. Donate canned good/nonperishable food or sign up for Patch newsletter and be entered to win one of two free lunches at a Ringling Picnic food truck of your choice. So far Baja Boys and Flying Sliders are scheduled to be there. Food trucks will start firing up the grills at 11 a.m., but we'll be there early to accept donations.
• Patch Give-A-Ton Food Drive Blowout April 30 3 to 8 p.m. at . Live music, free pizza (while supplies last), art and more. Donate canned good/nonperishable food or sign up for Patch newsletter and be entered to win $50 gift card to , $25 in gift certificates to Coffee Loft, $25 gift card to , tickets to and more.
2. students will perform the musical ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ nightly at 7 p.m., tonight through Saturday, at the SHS auditorium, with an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m., Saturday.
Ticket prices are $8 for students (K-12 through college), $10 for adults and $5 for seniors (age 60 and older). Special prices are available for groups of 10 or more. More information is available by calling Sarasota High School at 941-955-0181.
3. For some free fun, head to Nathan Benderson Park for the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association 1,500 meter sweep championship featuring the best rowing teams from around the state. Bring some sun screen and cheer on the rowers. Plenty of vendors will be on hand. It'll be held Saturday and Sunday with races beginning at 8 a.m. The final race in Saturday is expected to start at 5:08 p.m. while the final Sunday heat is scheduled for 3:48 p.m.
4. Sometimes we forget about weekly ocurring events that we take for granted. But you ought to hit up the Sarasota Farmers Market downtown Saturday. It lasts from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features plenty of fresh produce, local products, entertainment and more. Go to Lemon Avenue and Main Street and you'll see all the action to the north and south. Parking is free downtown.
5. Endulge yourself in cheese at , where The Grand Cheese Tasting, part of the Gulf Coast Cheese Fest. It all happens Saturday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $7 children. Tickets to Cheesehead University there is $20 per person to learn about how cheese is made. Or for $100 head to Lakewood Ranch from 7 to 11 p.m. for the Grand Cheese Ball. That'll be at Fête Ballroom at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop.
For more information, visit GulfCoastCheeseFest.org.