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5 things to do in October


Head to St. Petersburg's Straub Park (Fifth Avenue NE and Beach Drive) on Oct. 4. The music starts at 6 p.m., the film at dusk. Singer-songwriter Rebekah Pulley warms up the crowd for a viewing of the 1995 comedy The American President, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening. It's free, though donations are appreciated. And if you can't make it on that Thursday evening, then try the same time Oct. 11 (John Kelly Band/The Big Sleep), Oct. 18 (Gale Trippsmith/Legend of Bagger Vance), or Oct. 25 (Hot Rod Hornets/Ghostbusters). Food available for purchase or bring your own picnic. Bring blankets and chairs.


If you are looking for gems, minerals, beads, fossils, tools, lapidary material or jewelry supplies . . . you're in luck. The Tampa Bay Mineral & Science Club has invited more than 40 vendors to participate in its annual two-day gem, mineral and jewelry show and sale on Oct. 20 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Oct. 21 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the Strawberry Festival Expo Center, 2301 W Oak Ave., Plant City. There also will be demonstrations, classes, drawings, silent auction, touch table and grab bags. Admission: $5 adults; $4 ages 12-16 and students with ID; free, 11 and younger, with adult. For more information, go to


Time for love? Artist and composer Arturo Sandoval, 62-year-old guardian of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, performs two concerts on Oct. 27 at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The early show starts at 6 p.m., the late show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35, $50. For information, go to or call (727) 441-2863.


Have you seen something 4.5 billion years old? Head to the South Florida Museum (201 10th St. W, Bradenton) on Oct. 5 between 5 and 9 p.m. to touch and experience the oldest object you are likely to ever encounter, a fragment of the Campo del Cielo meteorite. This special kickoff evening event is free to the public; after that, the meteorite will be a permanent exhibit. The museum's regular hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m. Admission is $15.95 adults, $13.95 seniors 65+, $11.95 children 4-12, free 3 and younger with paying adult. For more information, call (941) 746-4131 or go to


At 7 p.m. on Oct. 3, photographer and orchid aficionado Prem Subrahmanyam will share his presentation, "Orchids in Our Back Yard: Florida's Wild Orchids," at the Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free and open to the public, the event is organized by the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. The presentation will be followed by a question-and -answer session. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Have an idea for November things to do? Email Patti Ewald at

5 things to do in October 09/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 2:27pm]
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