1Gone With the Wind: You could show up in shorts and flip-flops for the screening of this classic Southern epic in Pioneer Park in Dunedin, but frankly, my dear, that's not nearly as much fun as dressing up as your favorite character. They are encouraging costumes like hoop skirts (or even better, craft a dress out of the curtains just like Scarlett). Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic basket of snacks to join the fun at 7 p.m. Friday at Main Street and Douglas Avenue in Dunedin. Free.
2Pet festivals: We have two good choices for taking your dog out on the town. Up first at 10 a.m. Saturday is Pawfest at Largo Central Park (where the kids can also get free rides on the miniature train this weekend), with a carnival for the entire family, as well as dog games and products to pamper your pooch at 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Then in Gulfport, join Pet Pride, billed as the "gayest day of the year for our four-legged friends." Activities include the crowning of Pet Pride king and queen, live entertainment, pet-friendly vendors, auctions, raffles, prizes and the Big Gay Pet Parade. It runs 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. Free. Benefits Pets 4 Dorothy and St. Pete Pride.
3Free blues show: Skipper's Smokehouse is offering up a free show Tuesday night with great Florida blues artists rattling the oak trees that ring the Skipperdome. Hometown favorite Damon Fowler, a fingerboard master, will join T.C. Carr rocking the harmonica, and soul singer Betty Fox will bring her explosive voice. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 910 Skipper Road in Tampa.
4First Friday and free show: It's the first Friday of the month so downtown St. Petersburg will be hopping with its lively block party at Central Avenue and Second Street N with the Tempests playing live music. Then wander a block over to Jannus Live where there's a free show by Thomas Wynn and the Believers, a band that showcases the young, soulfully voiced siblings Thomas and Olivia Wynn backed by a bluesy, rustic rock band. The show starts at 8 p.m. at 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg.
5Birdwatching Walk: Stop complaining about the snowbirds clogging traffic and look at some real snowbirds, the singing kind, at this guided hike by the Clearwater Audubon Society in the lovely Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater. They will be pointing out a variety of songbirds, water birds and raptors in this unique oak hammock. They get started at 8 a.m. Saturday at the park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. $3.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer