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Activities around the county

Bougainvillea is one of the most hardy, brilliantly hued tropical plants Florida gardeners can enjoy. It’s grown as a shrub, vine, ground cover or single-trunked tree in the landscape.

Photo by Yvonne Swanson (2004)

Bougainvillea is one of the most hardy, brilliantly hued tropical plants Florida gardeners can enjoy. It’s grown as a shrub, vine, ground cover or single-trunked tree in the landscape.


Learn to select the right plants for your yard with Dale Armstrong, an educator from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, who will discuss how to research and choose Florida-friendly ground covers, shrubs and trees 10-11 a.m. at Brooker Creek Park, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free, but registration required. For information, call (727) 453-6800.


Halloween in the Park XII — Shipwreck Island: A safe alternative to trick or treating from 6-10 p.m. in the picnic area at Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, featuring food, stories, face painting, fortune telling for adults and scary trails and a haunted house for older children and adults. A donation of $10 per carload includes 10 free game tickets. Participants should wear costumes (not required) and walking shoes, and bring insect repellent and a small flashlight. For information call (727) 469-5942 or visit

Dinner theater: P.O.S.H. Library Theater Troupe presents a dinner theater performance of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite at 6:30 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa's Baranoff Theater, 105 N Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. Tickets $39.95 per person and available at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 104.

Book signing: Author John R. Hobbs will sign copies of his book, The Secrets of Successful Inventors, 1-4 p.m. at Oak Trail Books/Witch's Brew, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 785-1960.

Weekend picnic: The Dunedin Garden Club will host an old-fashioned, 1929 picnic 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Edgewater Park, on Edgewater Drive at Alt. U.S. 19 and Main Street, Dunedin, featuring music, barbershop singers, games, historic re-enactors, vintage autos, plant displays, children's activities and more. Take a picnic or enjoy food from vendors. Free parking available nearby. Call (727) 789-4880.

First-ever pet fest: Browse animal rescue booths, dress your pooch for the Howl'oween costume contest and take your adopted dogs to "The Other Dog Show" 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. Call (727) 773-2665.

Global warming: Local author Joe Torregiante will discuss and sign copies of his new book, The Aerospace Assault on Planet Earth, at 2 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Public Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 784-3332. Visit

Fundraiser: The All Children's North Pinellas Hospital Guild invites the public to its fourth- annual "Dress Up For Bunco" bash noon-3 p.m. at Regency Oaks Life Care Community, 2720 Regency Oaks Blvd., Clearwater. A $20 donation includes Bunco games and buffet lunch. For reservations call (727) 942-3028. For information call (727) 252-0540.

Arts and crafts fair: St. Ignatius Women's Council presents an arts and crafts fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Sunday at St. Ignatius Hall, 712 Orange St., behind the Kmart shopping center, Tarpon Springs. It features a table with homemade treats, knitted and crocheted items, art, handcrafted jewelry and a quilt display. Free admission. Call (727) 937-4280.

Art show: The Creative Artists Guild will put on an art show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Pioneer Park at Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. Visit

Halloween fun: The sixth-annual Halloween carnival is scheduled from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. Activities include trick or treating, crafts for all ages and a haunted hayride, trail and house. Refreshments available. Call (727) 771-6000.

Big birds for beginners: Attend a short lecture on bird watching then practice your skills with the Clearwater Audubon Society. Meet at the Honeymoon Island Nature Center at 10 a.m. on Honeymoon Island, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin. Take binoculars. Cost to enter the park is $4 for one person, and $8 for a carload of two to eight. Call (727) 596-8822 or visit

Concert pianist: Grigoris Zamparas will perform selections from Mozart, Liszt, Chopin and others at 7:30 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets $18, $16 members and students. Call (727) 942-5605.

Family entertainment: The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team will present "Under the Haunted Big Top," a water ski night show, at 7:30 p.m. today and Oct. 31 at Tower Lake, behind the Oldsmar Flea Market. From Tampa Road, take Racetrack Road north to Douglas Road and turn left. Free admission. Concessions available. Call (727) 937-0569 or (813) 855-4678. Visit

Book sale: Thousands of books for all ages in many categories as well as CDs, DVDs and videos will be available for purchase at the sixth-annual Colossal Book Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the social hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. Pay with cash, local checks with proper ID, Master Card, Visa or American Express. Call (727) 531-7704.

Day at the beach: Family Fun Fest on Clearwater Beach will be 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday along new Beach Walk on Clearwater Beach, south of Pier 60. The free event is a fundraiser for Tampa Bay Harvest, RCS Food Bank and Clearwater Beach Association and features arts and crafts, live entertainment and children's games. Donations of canned food will be accepted. Jolley Trolley will provide service from mainland parking. Visit

Largo Spooktacular: Dress in your favorite costume and come to the 15th annual Halloween Spooktacular 4-10 p.m. in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, featuring music, dancing, games, children's activities, a Pumpkin Picasso contest and concessions. Trick-or-treat path is free but wristbands are required for most activities. $5 for rec card holders. $6 without card. Available at all Largo recreation facilities. Call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014 or visit

Learn about ADHD: A program entitled "ADHD: Answers for a Healthy Solution" will be presented by Cheryl Healey at 2 p.m. at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., informing parents about drug-free alternatives and other ways to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Free. Call (727) 562-4970.

Plant sale: Clearwater Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale starting at 8 a.m. at the garden center, 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. Items being sold include plants grown by members, gardening books and garden ornaments. Call (727) 441-2719.

Fall craft show: The annual Crystal Beach Fall Craft Show will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today and noon-4 p.m. Sunday indoors at the Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave. Find the whimsical and wearable, practical and giftable as well as trinkets and treasures. Sale of snacks and beverages to benefit the Suncoast Animal Shelter. Call (727) 784-5339.

Embracing culture and language: The World Circle Language Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater. Call (727) 787-3344.


A little bit of Greece: Director Leonidas Loizides will present Troades (Trojan Women) of Euripides, a classic Greek tragedy, at 7 p.m. at Spanos Pappas Community Center, 348 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Adults $25; students $15; free for ages 10 and younger. Call (727) 741-3182.

World class music: The Polish Center of John Paul II presents a performance by classical pianist Beata Bilinska and lyric coloratura soprano Anna Kostrzynska. The women will perform compositions by Chopin, Puccini, Verdi, Bach and others at 5:30 p.m. at 1521 N Saturn Ave., Clearwater. Tickets $20; students $15; children $10. For information and reservations call (727) 298-8609.


Health care info: Shahra Anderson, regional director for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, will present the senator's views on the health care debate and take questions during a lunch meeting of the Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas at 11:30 a.m. at Stacey's Buffet, 1451 N Missouri Ave., Largo. All are welcome to attend. Call (727) 581-4630.

Computer club: The Bay Area Macintosh User Group Afternoon Chapter will meet 1-3 p.m. at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St. PrintShop will be demonstrated and the club will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Call (727) 938-0926 or visit

Activities around the county 10/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2009 9:43pm]
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