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Twig, a skateboarding Sheltie, can be seen at the Clearwater Pet Festival on Saturday.

Twig, a skateboarding Sheltie, can be seen at the Clearwater Pet Festival on Saturday.

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY

Kids get the run of the ship

Next week is spring break for Pinellas students, and at Spring Break Aboard the AmVic they can play on the SS American Victory for free with the purchase of one full-price adult ticket. Kids are encouraged to walk the planks and do other fun activities on this scavenger hunt — they'll receive a worksheet of items to be found onboard. Noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. $10, $8 seniors/veterans, $5 12 and younger. SS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 228-8766.

FRIDAY

We go together like ...

Relive the movie that had your middle-school heart gushing at the Grease: the Sing-Along on Friday. Sing along to the movie with your favorite Grease tunes at 10 p.m. Friday at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $8. (727) 791-7400.

Play with food

Feed the Bay is a block party with free food, balloon animals, bounce houses, a magician and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Admission is a donation of a nonperishable food item, benefiting Feed the Bay. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. South Shore United Methodist Church, 11525 Big Bend Road, Riverview. (813) 677-9482.

Author gives lunch talk

Enjoy a three-course lunch and hear a discussion by George Packer, author of The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq. A Q&A session and book signing follow. It's $30 at noon Friday at the University Club, 1 Tampa City Center, 38th Floor, Tampa. (813) 273-3616.

SATURDAY

Got junk? It's art

Saturday's Reuse-A-Palooza at Lowry Park is designed to heighten awareness about recycling. Activities include a Recycle Regatta boat-building challenge, Trashformations Tampa Bay art contest, Recycling Resources recyclable collection and displays by environmental outreach groups. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard. Free. Call (813) 221-8733.

Longo gives singer a boost

Tampa singer-songwriter Daniel B. Marshall enlisted some major-league help for his CD release party at 10 p.m. Saturday at Jackson's Bistro Restaurant, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. Daniel B.'s new album Same Old New Beginnings is the star of this party, but his friend Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays is hosting the party, and he's planning to bring along some special guests. Prizes will be given away every hour. Doors open at 10 p.m. with a concert and party to follow. Women $8, men $11. (813) 277-0112.

Get a feel for trucks

Trucks of all sizes and shapes will be at Touch-A-Truck in Tampa on Saturday, including a Tampa Fire Rescue engine display, Bess the Book Bus, city utility vehicles, monster trucks and a K-9 unit. The event benefits the Freedom Playground Foundation. $3 suggested donation. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. MacFarlane Park, 1700 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. (813) 837-1878.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Get your kilt pressed

The theme this weekend at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival is "Highland Fling," with Highland games, beer tasting, a kilt competition, a Scottish village, and a pipe and drum band. Then there's the usual collection of wizards, warriors and commoners who populate a replica of a 16th century village with entertainment on multiple stages, including street theater and human chess matches, as well as art, crafts and other vendors. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 4801 E Fowler Ave. Adult tickets are $14.95 in advance and $17.95 at the gate. Ages 5 to 12 are $6.95 in advance and $9.95 at the gate; $10 per pet. (813) 983-0111.

THURSDAY

Party with new Rays garb

To celebrate the release of the Tampa Bay Rays "Collector's Edition" team shirt on Thursday, Tommy Bahama at International Plaza will hold a party with live music, food, cocktails and the opportunity to buy the new shirt, from 5 to 8 p.m. at International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. Free (RSVP appreciated). Call (813) 319-8860.

5 under $5

FREE We get a lot of pet festivals around here. This one had us at Twig, the skateboarding Sheltie. On Saturday, downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street district is getting taken over by critters. The Clearwater Pet Festival will have puppy races, a pet parade, demonstrations by K-9 teams and animal trainers, pet supply vendors and prizes. But you won't want to miss the special appearance by Sandy Clark and Twig shredding it on his skateboard at 10:30 a.m. The festival runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

FREE Meet artist Peter Max, the artist best known for his fantastically colorful images of rock 'n' roll and popular culture. He'll visit with guests as 150 of his works are on display at the Michael Murphy Gallery, 2701 S MacDill Ave. in Tampa F. The reception is free at 6 p.m. Saturday. (813) 902-1414.

FREE Science journalist Rebecca Skloot wrote the can't-put-it-down bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which was named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010. She will speak and sign copies of her book, which tells the story of a woman whose cancerous tissue led to many scientific breakthroughs, at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 974-5383.

FREE Find out what's new for your garden and good for the environment at GreenFest. This nature and plant festival is now in its 14th year at Henry B. Plant Park, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Master gardeners and plant experts will speak throughout both days, along with gardening demonstrations and exhibits, numerous vendors with plants, supplies and art to spruce up your garden or outdoor space. There will also be tool sharpening, kids' activities and food for sale. Admission is $3, free for kids 12 and younger. It runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Plant Park. tampagreenfest.com.

FREE It's perfect weather to plop on Clearwater Beach and watch the sunset before you catch a free movie. On Friday, it's the PG-rated Despicable Me, and on Saturday it's the brainy PG-13 thriller Inception. Films start about dusk. Concessions for sale, but no alcohol. It's all at 10 Pier 60 Drive. (727) 434-6060.

The planner (things to do) 03/24/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 11:03am]

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