Enjoy a candlelight tour and visit with Santa 5:30-8 p.m. today through Sunday at the historic Safford House, 23 Parkin Court, off Grand Boulevard, Tarpon Springs. Admission $12, $6 for members and children. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.
Two-act comedy: The Avenue Players Theater of Tarpon Springs will present Acts I and III of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite at 7 p.m. today and Friday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. $10 members, $12 nonmembers. Includes museum tours, refreshments, "Talk Back" with cast and crew, and holiday gift drawing. Call (727) 712-5762.
Musical fundraiser: Partners N Progress will present its inaugural show, Holidays in Harmony, featuring original arrangements of traditional, classical and popular seasonal music and dance at 7 p.m. today; and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $19 adults, $15 students. Benefits Children in the Arts. Call (727) 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com.
Harvest Marketplace: Browse items including produce, crafts, specialty foods and jewelry 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Thursday through April 2009 in Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo with live music, themed events and activities for all ages. Call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5014.
Buy fresh: Safety Harbor Farmers Market features farm-fresh produce, local fruits and vegetables, honey, flowers, fresh seafood and more 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Gazebo on Main Street in Safety Harbor. Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674.
Seasonal comedy: The Francis Wilson Playhouse presents the family comedy A Nice Family Gathering at 8 p.m. today, Friday, and Dec. 8-12; and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Dec. 13-14 at 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. For tickets call (727) 446-1360 or visit www.FrancisWilsonPlayhouse.org.
Lights of Love: This free event, sponsored by the Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, will take place at 7 p.m. today at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, and feature holiday music, caroling, an appearance by Santa, and the unveiling of a holiday angel atop the fourth floor of the hospital at 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Donations received benefit patient care services. Call (727) 942-5035.
Voices in harmony: Join Terry Johnson's Flamingos for a full length performance featuring favorites like I Only Have Eyes For You, Mio Amore, Lovers Never Say Goodbye and more at 1 p.m. today at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, Largo. Tickets $13 advance; $15 at the door. Call 727-518-3131.
Shop Till You Drop: Enjoy an evening of holiday shopping and socializing 7-9:30 p.m. today at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor with unique vendors, raffles, door prizes and food and wine tastings. Free admission. Call (727) 804-9032.
Holiday gathering: The North Suncoast Associates of the Florida Orchestra invite the public to a musical program by the Arioso String Quartet, hors d'oeuvres and dessert buffet at 6 p.m. today at Regency Oaks Life Care Community, 2720 Regency Oaks Blvd., Clearwater. Tickets $25. Call (727) 734-9727.
Toe-tapping jazz: Tom Barrett's Dixieland All Stars will perform 6:30-9 p.m. today at Coconuts Comedy Club, 2950 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Tickets $5. Call (727) 797-5653.
Holiday favorites: The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets $20, $18 for center members, $12 for students. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.
Go back in time: The East Lake High School Performing Arts Department will present its annual medieval madrigal dinner at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at East Lake High, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, with a catered dinner and historic entertainment. Tickets are $20 and seating is limited. Call (727) 515-1817.
Dunedin's Green Market: Open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays until the end of April in Pioneer Park, at Main Street and Douglas Avenue and featuring produce, cheeses, seafood, plants and herbs, honey, organic products and more. Call (727) 733-4215.
Fish Fry: American Legion Post 7 to have a fish fry 5-8 p.m. with live music at 7 p.m. every Friday at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Proceeds help support the troops. The post also accepts old cell phones and flags for proper disposal. Call (727) 442-5293.
Miracle On Cleveland Street: A family-friendly event with Santa, holiday lights, carolers, actors, live music and dancing, and a 10-foot snow slide with toboggans and snow play area for children 5-8 p.m. Friday along Cleveland Street between Garden and Fort Harrison avenues in downtown Clearwater. Closed to vehicular traffic.
Artist's reception: The Tarpon Springs Art Association will have a reception for its annual juried art show 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. Free admission and refreshments. Call (727) 942-5605.
Holiday presentation: A holiday dance recital, Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas, will be performed at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Elizabeth Smith Amphitheater Stage in R. E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. Call (813) 749-1253.
Old Fashioned Christmas: An evening of holiday activities for the entire family including horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling, live entertainment, children's activities and more 6-10 p.m. Friday along Main Street and Broadway in downtown Dunedin. For details call (727) 812-4530.
Winter wonderland: The 17-day seasonal event opens Friday at Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, and includes thousands of holiday lights, live entertainment, Santa, a playground, bouncy house and giant slide, pony rides, petting zoo and features a new train. Admission is free, but a donation of food or a new toy is requested for charity. Call (727) 442-2099 for more information.
Chocolate to die for: The Rotary Club of Largo invites everyone to enjoy delights from 25 local businesses, a silent auction and entertainment 7-9 p.m. Friday at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive
Advance tickets $20, $25 at the door. Call (727) 587-6793.
"Purrfect" gifts: Select goodies for your four-legged friends and drop off some much-needed donations for the SPCA's adoptable pets every weekend through December at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. For details, visit www.SPCATampaBay.org.
Christmas bazaar: The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit will have a Christmas bazaar 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 601 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, featuring baskets, bake table, plants, crafts and lunch. Thrift shop also will be open. Call (727) 725-4726.
Yard sale fundraiser: A big yard sale to raise funds for the West Coast Players begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at 513 Limetree Drive, Oldsmar. For details and directions call (813) 855-5797.
Ride the rails: Kids and adults can experience large-scale model railroading and the hobby of live steam firsthand with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad. There are about 1.2 miles of main line track with numerous passings running through beautifully landscaped Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The train is open for public runs the first full weekend of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations welcome. Call (727) 585-9835.
Holiday parade: Largo's "Holiday Storytime" parade begins at 4 p.m. at Fifth Street and continues along the east side of West Bay Drive, ending at Largo Central Park, 105 Central Park Drive, about 5 p.m. Call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5014.
Holiday Tree Lighting and Stroll: 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, with holiday lights, musical entertainment, dancing and a storytime stroll. Each shelter will feature a different holiday story and interactive activity. Call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5014.
Open air market: Market in the Park, featuring fresh produce, plants and herbs, all natural pet treats, hot sauces, breakfast and lunch foods and more, opens at 9 a.m. every Saturday through mid-April 2009 at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call (727) 733-4215 or e-mail [email protected]
Kiwanis fundraiser: Dunedin Kiwanis Club will sponsor a children's Christmas party and benefit for a children's amputee camp 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Vision Ace Hardware of Dunedin, 1750 Main St., with cookie and apron decorating, prizes, raffles, pictures with Santa, and $1 hot dogs and 50-cent cola. Call (727) 736-1754 or (727) 735-9022.
Bring your camera: Meet former Clearwater Bomber team members 10 am..-1 p.m. Saturday at the Plumb House Museum, 1380 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Sponsored by the Clearwater Historical Society. Call (727) 442-9011.
Puppet show: Jerry Bickel and the Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theater present The Wizard of Oz at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Call (727) 562-4970 ext. 5236.
Smile with Santa: Families can bring the kids to meet Santa and take photos 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Bayside Bridge Plaza, 1520 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call (407) 384-5800.
Saturday tunes: American Legion Post 7 presents music by "Carlo" at 12:30 p.m. and "Bobby Palermo" at 7 p.m.; singles dance with "DJ Mike" 6 p.m. Sunday at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. The post also accepts old cell phones and flags for proper disposal. Call (727) 442-5293.
Boat parade: The city of Tarpon Springs Lighted Boat Parade will take place 7:45-9 p.m. Saturday along the Anclote River and through Whitcomb and Springs bayous. Free. Call (727) 938-3711.
Photos with Santa: Bring pets, kids, and the entire family for pictures with Santa 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pioneer Park, corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. One pose with two prints: $9; three poses with six prints: $17. Proceeds benefit the Suncoast Animal League. Call (727) 733-1381.
Great gifts: Discover handcrafts from artisans in developing regions around the world at a "Fair Trade" fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 13 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 407 S Saturn Ave., Clearwater. Event also features food and entertainment. Call (727) 446-7718.
Voices in song: A holiday concert featuring the International Choir will be 7 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Community Church, 1150 County Road 1, Palm Harbor. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Call (727) 789-1800.
Adopt a pet: Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will have a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster owners noon-3 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 2625 Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Clearwater. Call (813) 971-4732 or visit www.great-greyhound.org.
Pottery sale: Browse and buy functional and decorative clay pieces by students and faculty of the Dunedin Fine Art Center at a 10 a.m.-2 p.m. sale Saturday at 1143 Michigan Blvd. Call (727) 298-3322.
Weekend art show: The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 34th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday along Florida Avenue in downtown. Free admission. Call (727) 784-4287.
Breakfast with Santa: St. Jerome Early Childhood Center will have its 17th-annual Breakfast with Santa 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the parish center, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo. Advance tickets $5, at the door $6. Call (727) 596-9491.
Find that special gift: The city of Dunedin presents "Mistletoe Craft Market" 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in Highlander Park at Michigan Boulevard and Pinehurst Road. Call (727) 812-4531.
Holiday events: The city of Dunedin presents its annual Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony 6-8 p.m. at Edgewater Park/Marina. Spectators can view the boat parade from along Bayshore Boulevard and Edgewater Drive. Bring chairs. Call (727) 812-4531.