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Weekend Things: Floating Art Exhibit Docks in Sarasota

Grab a cocktail and check out the 28 galleries onboard SeaFair, adopt a pet or get dirty at the Myakka Mud Slide.

1. Yachts, cocktails and art are things that go together well in Sarasota. This weekend you can combine all three as SeaFair, the Mega Yacht Venue, has made its way up the Gulf Coast from Naples and will be docking its floating gallery at Marina Jack on Friday, March 30 through Monday, April 2 with a preview night this evening.

The on-board art exhibits feature works from 28 galleries including sculpture, painting, photography, fine art glass and design. You may want to get there early. Last year, 18,000 people toured . Entry is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

2. If you're more of an animal lover, head down to Animal Services to meet the next four-legged member of your family during the spring Adopt-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You'll be able to adopt at a discounted rate and you'll receive a starter kit with food, treats and other items for you new dog or cat. 

3. It's time to get the groove on at 's Spring Dance Performance. The Visual and Performing Arts Dance Program will perform a variety of dances, from ballet to modern to jazz with show highlights including a whimsical number from Peter Pan and a biology-based piece called "Mitosis." Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for seniors and $15 for everyone else and are available through the school's VPA Theater.

4. Ready to get dirty? Leave civilization behind and gear up for the Myakka Mud Slide Adventure Race this Saturday, March 31, with check-ins starting at 7 a.m. for elite racers. Unlike a typical community race, you'll canoe, trek and bike along nearly 40 miles of unmarked areas where you have to make your own trails and find your own way through Myakka River State Park. Learn more at the Mud Slide website.

5. We've had a lot of people commenting on a the unusual, delicious flavors of the ice pops from , so if you're appetite is whet and the sun's beating down, head to the Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the streets of Downtown for a cool treat. And stick around to check out the tastes and products from the other 70-plus vendors.

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