1Fall Plant Sale: In our upside-down state, fall is the planting season in Florida. Our tomatoes grow from October to May, and our orchids are just now showing off their lovely blooms. You can find those, plus bougainvillea, begonias, African violets, tropical plants, garden accessories, decor and more, from 60 vendors and plant clubs and even stroll through the scarecrow display at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $5, kids under 12 and members free, at 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa.
2St. Pete Beach Concert Series: The beach town is in the midst of its sixth annual October concert series, a family-friendly event in Horan Park every Friday in October. The park is adjacent to the St. Pete Beach Community Center at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Opening act Frank Cannon will take the stage at 6 p.m. Friday and the Backtrack Blues Band plays at 8. Food, beer, wine and other refreshments are available for purchase and free valet parking is available at the community center. Free.
4Artists' Market: Browse through original artwork including wearable art, paintings, prints and more, while supporting local artists and the education mission of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. It's free to roam the market this weekend, and museum admission is also free both days. It's from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 600 Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs.
3Author Lisa Fleming: The writer will be at the Tampa Barnes and Noble to sign her celebrated children's book Cat and Crow: An Amazing Friendship. A portion of the proceeds from every book benefits the St. Francis Society Animal Rescue. Representatives of St. Francis will be on hand with photographs of cats that need homes. They also will answer questions about their organization. It's free at 1 p.m. Saturday at the bookstore at 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway.
5Music and Movies in the Park: Thursdays is family or date night in Straub Park with a local artist playing music before a movie rolls at dark. Bring a picnic and enjoy the water view. The John Kelly Band warms up the crowd tonight at 6 p.m., followed by a viewing after sundown of the Oscar-nominated classic The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Next week features singer/songwriter Gale Trippsmith before a viewing of the 2000 film The Legend of Bagger Vance, starring Will Smith and Matt Damon. Free (donations appreciated) at North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer