Hot shop opens: The Morean Arts Center launches its new glass program at 10 a.m. Saturday with a free community party in St. Petersburg. See glass-blowing demos in the new hot shop, plus Seventh Street will be closed to traffic between First Avenue N and Central Avenue for music, entertainment and food. The program's centerpiece, the Chihuly Collection, opens July 11 on Beach Drive.
Cat Cora cooks: The first female Iron Chef will do dishes from her new cookbook, Cat Cora's Classics With a Twist, at noon Thursday at Macy's at Westfield Countryside mall in Clearwater. She'll sign her book, too. Free, but seating is limited. (727) 724-7224.
Rock the Park: This monthly music event is a good excuse to hang out at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, with food, a dog park and splash fountains for the kids. Featured acts are Kelli Debbs, Tahoe Fox and Hip Abduction, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Free.
Independence celebration: Jackson's Bistro on Harbour Island would never miss a reason to party, so it's getting the Fourth of July started early, at 10 a.m. Saturday. DJs will spin Miami House and top 40 leading up to fireworks at midnight. $9-$15. (813) 277-0112.
Music: The can't-miss concert of the week is Sting, with the "biggest band I ever had," the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The tour, called Symphonicity (get it?), comes to the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa at 8 p.m. Saturday. $21-$151. (813) 740-2446. On Tuesday, the funk-disco-soul of Earth Wind & Fire hits Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 8 p.m. $53-$101. (727) 791-7400. Donavon Frankenreiter is a surfer who rocks, at 9 p.m. Friday at Jannus Live, St. Petersburg. $20-$24. (727) 565-0551.
Kids and family
Flick N Float: Grab your floatie and soak up Daddy Day Camp on the big screen at the Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool in Largo. Movie begins at dusk Friday. Hot dogs, Chick-fil-A and other concessions available. $10 for up to five people with a Largo Recreation Card, $15 without.
More to explore
Fourth of July is Sunday, a prime day for picnics, parades and fireworks. For a list, go to tampabay.com/thingstodo.