Does Wednesday's date sound familiar? (Maybe if you're Sheena Easton. It's her 52nd birthday. You keep taking that morning train, girl!) Actually it's Administrative Professional's Day. (Or Secretary's Day as it was known back in 1952 when it was conceived by the unfortunately named Harry F. Klemfuss.) Flowers are nice, but what your executive assistant probably would appreciate more is a fancy lunch at a tony eatery. We've done the work for you (no card necessary). Here's a list of restaurants in downtown Tampa and South Tampa. Over in Pinellas, we have lists for Clearwater and downtown St. Petersburg. Last piece of advice: Let them order dessert, too. Mr. Klemfuss would be proud.
This is pricey, but it's for a good cause. Tampa Bay Rays senior adviser Dick Crippen serves as emcee over Dine in the Dark, an event to honor the late Eddie Loebenberg, co-founder of the Florida Holocaust Museum, and Ronald L. Vaughn, president of the University of Tampa. For about 30 minutes, all attendees will don light-blocking blindfolds and eat their entree using only their senses of smell, sound and touch to experience a moment of what it's like to be blind. The event benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness. It begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, (954) 308-5555. Tickets are $150.
Everyone deals with stress their own way, but generally speaking, we believe all of life's problems can be solved by one of these two things: wine or ice cream. Thankfully, Wednesday brings us good deals for both. The Lobby Bar and Garden Restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg is hosting its Wine Down Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. For $20, your rumpled soul can heal with all the wine you care to drink along with hors d 'oeuvres like grilled eggplant, blue cheese olive pate and other treats. If it's a more innocent treat you need, then head to participating Baskin-Robbins locations for 31-Cent Scoop Night, which honors American firefighters. It runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Check www.baskinrobbins.com for locations.
If wine and ice cream can't improve your mood, perhaps a little laughter is what you're missing. Catch a local production of William Shakespeare's rollicking comedy Twelfth Night, which begins Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall's Murray Studio Theater. The play follows Viola, a woman shipwrecked in an exotic place who disguises herself as a boy to gain employment. (Sort of like Victor/Victoria but without Julie Andrews and the French cabaret singing). The production continues through May 15. Price: $18 for adults, $10 for students. (727) 791-7400.
We see … we see … a trip to the Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa in your immediate future. That's if you want to meet Chip Coffey, the star of A&E's Paranormal State and Psychic Kids. The event includes a question-and-answer session, psychic readings and spirit contacts. Because of time constraints, not everyone will receive a reading. (That's okay. We were just going to ask how Michael Jackson and Elvis were getting along.) It's 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $49, $99 (VIP), $149 (super VIP). Toll-free 1-888-978-1566.