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The Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday through May on the 500 block of Cleveland Street between Garden and N Fort Harrison avenues. Colorful tents and booths are filled with farm fresh produce, cheeses, fresh baked goods, cut flowers, plants and more. See market manager for free two-hour parking at Garden Avenue garage with ticket validation. The event is stroller, bike and handicap accessible. E-mail [email protected] or call (727) 461-7674.

Today

Free shuffleboard lessons: The Clearwater Shuffleboard Club will host free lessons at 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Dec. 16 at Clearwater Shuffleboard Club, 1020 Calumet St., with instructor Glen Peltier. Call Bob Weber at (727) 446-3306.

Thursday

Midweek bingo: 7 p.m. at Tarpon Springs Yacht Club, 350 N Spring Blvd. Food available. Call (727) 934-2136.

Safety Harbor Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Gazebo at John Wilson Park, 401 Main Street, featuring fresh and organic produce, plants and flowers, gourmet foods, baked goods, jewelry, light snacks and more. Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674.

Season of lights: The 23rd annual "Lights of Love" celebration is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs. A living Christmas tree will be officially lit during the ceremony featuring live music, free refreshments and a visit from Santa and his reindeer. Call (727) 942-5035, weekdays.

Celebrity showcase: See the Sweethearts of Branson 1-3 p.m. at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. Reserved seats $16, $14 in advance, $15 at the door. Visit largocommunitycenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.

Garden Club luncheon: The Garden Club of Tarpon Springs will meet for a holiday luncheon 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd., Tarpon Springs. The event includes a fashion show and boutique sale to benefit Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Tickets $30. For reservations call Sandra Irion at (727) 942-1081.

Holiday spirit: Enjoy a musical holiday celebration 6-8 p.m. at 100 Indian Rocks Road N in the Belleair Bluffs Plaza, with a performance by the Bayside String Quartet, pianist Dr. Scott Behler, Jack Frost in costume performing holiday songs, art and travel shows, and complimentary wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres while supplies last. Bring seating. Call (727) 581-4448.

Harvest marketplace: Outdoor shopping offers fresh produce, specialty foods, green goods, original creations and live music 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Thursday at Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. Call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5015.

Jazzy holiday: Saxophonist Dave Koz and special guests return for his annual Smooth Jazz Holiday Christmas Concert 2009 at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets $83, $58, $48 and available at the box office. Visit rutheckerdhall.com or call (727) 791-7400 .

Friday

Death by Chocolate: The Rotary Club of Largo invites the public to enjoy chocolate delights from more than 25 local businesses, a silent auction and entertainment 7-9 p.m. at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Advance tickets $20 or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets from any member of the Rotary Club of Largo or call the box office at 587-6793. Visit largorotarydbc.bravehost.com.

Fresh Grounded Faith Conference: 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, 110 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. The event empowers women of all ages, denominations and ethnic groups to live a tenacious faith. Guest speakers will be Lauren Dungy, Jennifer Rothschild, Michael O'Brien and Shelly Jennings. $34 general seating. Visit FreshGroundedFaith.com or call toll free 800-859-7992.

Christmas wonderland: 6-9 p.m. at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar, featuring saucer rides down snow slopes, inflatables, holiday music, pony rides, food concessions and a visit from Santa. Free admission and parking. Call (813) 749-1260.

Miracle on Cleveland Street: Kids of all ages can play in 40 tons of snow, go sledding, throw snowballs and be entertained by the HeartDance Band 5-10 p.m. along Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. Free. A Christmas train will be available to give kids rides to Winter Wonderland. Beer and wine proceeds will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pinellas County. Visit clwdp.org or call toll free 1-866-550-3472.

Winter wonderland: The grand opening of Clearwater's 17th annual Winter Wonderland will be 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue. The holiday village features a playground, bounce houses, pony rides, petting zoo, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free admission, but there is a charge for some of the activities. New, unwrapped toys or nonperishable food items are requested for needy children. The event is Friday-Dec. 20 and is open 4-9 p.m. weekends and 6-9 p.m. weeknights. Visit clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org.

Old fashioned Christmas: A special evening with horse and carriage rides, entertainment, children's activities, shopping and more 6-10 p.m. in downtown Dunedin. Call (727) 812-4530.

Meet the artist: During Dunedin's Old-Fashioned Christmas event, Sarah Allen will demonstrate acrylic painting on marble 6-8 p.m. at Painted Fish Gallery, 350 Main St., Dunedin. Free. Call (727) 734-5060.

Classic Christmas tale: Bring the family to see A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Friday-Sunday and Dec. 11-13 with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets are $16, $14 for members, $12 for students. Visit tarponarts.org or call (727) 942-5605.

Artist's reception: Meet local artist Michele Levin at a reception 5:30-7 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. The artist's multimedia work is the basis of a solo exhibit being shown at the library through January. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.

As fresh as fresh can be 12/01/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 9:47pm]
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