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Today

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, a vocal concert and Christmas story reading, will be performed by Sherrill Milnes at 7:30 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets $12-$18, free for children 12 and younger. Call (727) 942-5605.

Today

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. Market will be closed Dec. 25. Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674.

Drive-through Nativity: View a live Nativity scene from your car 7-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. Call (727) 796-1329.

Play cards: Four decks of cards and four players are all that's needed for double-deck pinochle 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. Adult/seniors. Cost is 75 cents for members; $4 nonmembers. Call (727) 518-3018.

Dixieland jazz: Hear the music of Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at Coconuts Comedy Club, 2950 Gulf To Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Tickets $5. Call (727) 797-5653.

Harvest Marketplace: Browse items including produce, crafts, specialty foods and jewelry 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Thursday through April in Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. Live music, themed events and activities for all ages. Call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5014.

It's Santa!: Reserve a local appearance by Santa at your home, workplace or party. Cost is $45 half-hour, $80 hour. Prepayment required. Call Kinsit with Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department at (727) 518-3016.

Holiday Garden Lights: More than 425,000 colorful lights have transformed Florida Botanical Gardens into a holiday wonderland. Free admission 6-10 p.m. today through Jan. 4 at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call (727) 582-2100.

Friday

The Magic of Christmas: The St. Petersburg College Madrigalians will perform a benefit concert 7:30-9 p.m. Friday at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. $6 donation suggested. A reception will follow. Call (727) 712-5762.

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. Featuring produce, cheeses, seafood, plants and herbs, honey, organic products and more. Call (727) 733-4215.

Writers group: Writers of all skill levels who are interested in getting published are invited to join the Writers Critique Group that meets 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. Call Lloyd Wilson at (727) 267-5612.

Friday night fun: 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Seafood or chicken dinners will be available. Cost is $6.50. Bill Johnson and his karaoke machine will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m. Call (727) 584-2038.

Afternoon bingo: Play Tuesdays and Fridays with an early bird game at 12:15 p.m. and regular bingo at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Dunedin Memorial Post 275, 360 Wilson St. Call (727) 733-8153.

Art classes: Teens can learn the basics of art or master a technique in a variety of mediums at afternoon art classes 3-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW. Bring your own supplies. $10 residents; $12.50 nonresidents; and $15 without a card. Call (727) 518-3131.

Fish fry: American Legion Post 7 hosts 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.

Saturday

Family fun: Create colorful crafts and sing seasonal songs at "Red, White and Snow" noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo with special guest Santa Claus. $6 per child. Call (727) 518-3016.

Open air market: Market in the Park, featuring fresh produce, plants and herbs, hot sauces, breakfast and lunch foods, all natural pet treats and more, opens at 9 a.m. every Saturday through mid April at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call (727) 733-4215 or e-mail GreenMarketManager@verizon.net.

Four-part harmonies: The Academy Chorus, a men's barbershop group, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets $19, $15 per person in groups (10+). Call (727) 587-6751.

Take a walk: Register for the 20th annual Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic 5K, 10K and 1-mile Kid's Race/Stroller Walk starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater. For information, including registration fees, visit www.saynotodrugs.com.

Dance video: A ballet version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a production of the Northern Ballet Theater of England, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Free. Call (727) 712-5762.

Tarpon parade: The Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and will travel north on Pinellas Avenue (Alt. 19) from Meres Boulevard, turn right at Lemon Street, left on Ring Avenue, then left onto Tarpon Avenue and proceed to Craig Park, where a candy cane hunt and visit with Santa will follow. Call (727) 937-6109.

Art show: "Lullabies," an art show and benefit featuring the creations of local artists Tanya Orme and Garry Dodds, will be 5-10 p.m. Saturday at Ozona Village Hall, 341 Bay St. Admission $1. Wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Portion of proceeds will be donated directly to the Homeless Emergency Project. Call (727) 785-9960 or (727) 858-7967.

"Purrfect" gifts: Select goodies for your four-legged friends and drop off donations for the SPCA's adoptable pets at the Holiday Pet Present Sale every weekend after Thanksgiving through December at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. For details visit www.SPCATampaBay.org.

Song and story 12/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:00pm]

    

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