1Festival of Trees: Once again, the Long Center in Clearwater is decked out with more than 150 artistically decorated Christmas trees ranging from 2-foot charmers to soaring 7-footers on display and for sale to benefit the UPARC Foundation. (If you want to pony up $75, you can get a preview of the trees at a party at 7 p.m. Friday.) Some specials this weekend: Friday is half-price admission for seniors over 65. Saturday includes Santa's arrival at 10 a.m. followed by fun activities and performances by area choral and dance groups. $5, 10 and younger free at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 797-8712. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
5Canine Christmas Festival: This annual party and fundraiser at the SPCA shelter in Bradenton is calling all dogs to come join in an attempt to set a world record for "Come, Sit, Stay." There is no record on the books for this yet, but the Guinness World Records officials have said if the number of dogs with their hind quarters on the ground at the same time is more than 100, they qualify for the record. In addition, there will be a canine fashion show, pet portraits with Santa, obedience and agility demonstrations, a talent show, nail trimmings and gifts for pets. Admission is $3 per car at the Bishop Animal Shelter, 5718 21st Ave. W, Bradenton. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the record-setting attempt at 3:30 p.m.
2Live Radio Theatre Project: Monday night brings the theater of the mind to the [email protected] in St. Petersburg. Enjoy The Continuing Adventures of Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective, performed by local actors, and also translated for the deaf by a sign language expert. The play will be broadcast at a later day on WMNF 88.5-FM. It's free at 7 p.m. Monday at 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
3Some Sort of Show: This local sketch comedy troupe is going back to school to mine the rich vein of comedy found in prom and multiple-choice tests. They take the stage at 9 tonight at Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Cover is $5.
4Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony: The Hyde Park Village shopping district is throwing a holiday street party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday with live entertainment, train rides, arts and crafts, a bounce house, face painting, corn hole and gyroscope rides. There will be lots of carnival food, as well as food trucks and a beer and wine truck. When Santa arrives to light the 30-foot Christmas tree, the village will debut its new musical light show programmed to holiday classics. It's free at Hyde Park Village, 1621 W Snow Circle, Tampa.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer