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Visitors to the Saturday Morning Market mill about on the first floor of the Mahaffey Theater parking garage June 6 in St. Petersburg.

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Visitors to the Saturday Morning Market mill about on the first floor of the Mahaffey Theater parking garage June 6 in St. Petersburg.


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Market hits the shade

St. Pete's Saturday Morning Market has moved. The market, with approximately 70 vendors selling food, crafts and more, is in the shade and sheltered from rain for the summer months at the Mahaffey Theater parking garage around the corner from its current location in downtown St. Petersburg. See how you like it from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Mahaffey is at 400 First St. S. Free.


Play Halo 3 on the big screen

Geeks and the beach usually don't mix, but when the Beach Theatre hosts a Halo 3 competition, you can bet some pasty gamers will be getting out of the house for once and heading to St. Pete Beach. The dudes at Digital Chaos will run the command center and tease unmercifully those who can't even beat their little brother. It starts at 10 p.m. Friday at 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, $7.


Pump up the pecs

Saturday's body building and bikini contest at Jefferson High School in Tampa will have top Florida male and female National Physique Committee-registered athletes competing in various brackets. Prejudging is 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., finals 6 to 11 p.m. at 4401 W Cypress St. Prejudging session is $10; finals are $30; VIP is $35; ages 11 and younger are $15. Call (813) 962-1354 or (813) 294-1745 or visit

Dude, where's my art?

Artist and skateboarder Dan Lasata unveils his skate-life-influenced works in his first public exhibit at Cafe Bohemia on Saturday. The pro boarder is inspired by skateboard graffiti for his trippy, graphic images. An opening reception is 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the funky downtown coffee shop at 937 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. The art will be on display through Aug. 13.


Sendoff party saves the Earth

A going-away party for Kevin Lilly, who plans to kayak the entire length of the Mississippi River to raise money for water-related charities, is set for Sunday at NOVA 535 at 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N in St. Petersburg. A $15 donation to his campaign, "What About Blue,'' includes the Big Bang food, comedy from 6 to 9 p.m. and DJ Jask from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Battle cancer, one cork at a time

Uncork the Cure is the Krewe of Zingaro's fifth annual wine-tasting event with wine, food, live music and auctions to benefit the Children's Cancer Research Group. Swirl, sniff and sip from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at door. See


Classic films meet party people

This Monday kicks off the Summer Sunset Film Festival, with free movies at sunset on the rooftop of Push Ultra Lounge each Monday. This week it's Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's starting at 8:30 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge is at 128 Third St. S St. Petersburg. Next will be Alfred Hitchcock's creeptastic The Birds.


Paging Mr. Big

Break out the Manolos, the nightclub AJA in Channelside this week starts Sex and the City Tuesdays with free drinks for women from 9 to 11 p.m. and free martinis from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The club is at 290 S Meridian Ave. in Tampa's Channelside district.

5 under $5

Are you resorting to checking the couch cushions for quarters? We found some cheap things to do.

Free Sunday is World Blood Donor Day and you can get free stuff by donating blood, like movie tickets and smoothies. And on Monday and June 29 you can get a $10 Wal-Mart gift card. See for a list of donor sites and giveaways.

Free It's free to take your horse lover to check out the Hot Summer Nights Dressage Show, where 100 horses from across Florida compete in training exercises sometimes called the "horse ballet" for their ability to nimbly move through the arena's challenges. It starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at Florida State Fairgrounds, Interstate 4 at U.S. 301 N in Tampa. Free. To learn more, check out the local dressage organization's Web site at

Free Dress like a pirate, celebrate the discovery of Johns Pass and get prepared for hurricane season at the John Levique Pirate Days, the eighth annual festival of all things peg-legged. Friday night kicks things off with a Pirate Ball, and on Saturday, activities include kayak race, fight circle, corn hole tournament, bar brawl, kids costume contest, rum party and live music. Sunday will have a street parade at 1 p.m. See the event's Web site for more info.

Free The jazz and blues group Jennifer Leigh and Her New Digs will kick off a new series of free summer waterfront concerts in Gulfport from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, behind the Gulfport Recreation Center at Shore Boulevard and 58th Street S. Bring a beach blanket or chair but no coolers. Community groups will be selling refreshments.

Free Distract the kids on your way to shopping at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. They have a summer program called Wiregrass Wednesdays at 10 a.m. every Wednesday in June. It's a free center court of activity, with face painting, balloon artists, kids activities and more. Then you can head over to the train, where it's $2 to hop aboard.

The weekend planner 06/11/09 [Last modified: Saturday, June 13, 2009 6:47am]
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