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Five things to do in October

1 Jazz it up

The Clearwater Jazz Holiday — four days and nights of live jazz and music — will take place Oct. 17-20 in Coachman Park. Headliners are Chicago, above, Paul Brown and Larry Carlton, the Average White Band, Tower of Power and Brandi Carlile. No pets or outside food and beverage allowed. Tickets can be purchased by the day or in multiday packages starting at $10 a day. Details at clearwaterjazz.com.

5 Eat, drink and contribute

The third annual Taste of Westshore will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Hillsborough Community College. You can sample food, wine and beer from places like Aqua, Brio Tuscan Grille, the Capital Grille, Cigar City Brewing, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and Grille One Sixteen. Part of the proceeds are donated to the Hillsborough Community College Foundation to fund scholarships for culinary and hospitality students, who get hands-on experience helping to put on the event. Tickets are $35, or $50 VIP. Details at tasteofwestshore.com. HCC, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa.

2 'War of the Worlds'

It has been almost 75 years since the Oct. 30, 1938, radio broadcast of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds induced mass panic, especially in New York and New Jersey, where listeners thought they were hearing an actual news report of aliens attacking Earth. To mark the broadcast anniversary, Carrollwood Cultural Center's MAS Community Theater (established in 2011 and named after the center's founding artistic director, Mary Ann Scialdo) will take its live staged re-creation on a Tampa Bay tour.

• 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave.

• 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Ruskin Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE

• 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa

• 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at Carrollwood Cultural Center

Tickets are $10-$16. Details at carrollwoodcenter.org.

4 World War II through soldiers' eyes

"Witness to War: WWII Photographs from the Collections of Veterans," snapshots, candid portraits and pictures taken by soldiers themselves that document action on the front lines, will be on display Oct. 1-27 at the Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The museum said the photographs, some owned by it, some on loan, offer a perspective not always in step with officially sanctioned press photographs from the era, or the more iconic World War II photographs that have come to symbolize the war in the public's consciousness. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day (till 8 p.m. Thursdays). Tickets are $25, $20 for 65 and older. Details at ringling.org.

3 Plant sale

The annual Historic Kenwood Garden Workshop plant sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or as long as the plants last) Oct. 5 at Bula Kafé, 2500 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Garden Workshop members have grown the plants using cuttings or divisions from their own gardens. A wide variety of plants at cheap prices will be available, including tropicals, natives and succulents. Garden Workshop members will answer gardening questions. Proceeds from the sale (cash or check only) benefit local charities. Last year more than $2,000 was donated. For more info, email [email protected]

Patti Ewald, Times staff writer

Five things to do in October 09/18/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 21, 2013 9:05pm]
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