'Black Nativity,' other events, populate holiday calendar

Sharon Scott, center, will reprise her role as narrator.

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

Sharon Scott, center, will reprise her role as narrator.

1 Today

Anniversary Cake Unveiling at the Vinoy: To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, the hotel's head chef and his baking team have created a giant edible replica of the hotel. After three months of work and 200 man hours, see the unveiling of this 150-pound, 6-foot-wide chocolate cake representing the building and its landscaping as they looked in 1925. The light brown (surprisingly, not pink) replica is made of pastillage, modeling chocolate, marzipan, fondant and royal icing. The unveiling takes place in the hotel's main lobby, which is festively decorated for the holidays. The cake will remain on display through Jan. 5. 9 a.m. Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 894-1000.

Holiday Conservation Celebration: Native Plant Society of Pinellas and Audubon Society's holiday event with environmental exhibits, silent auction and refreshments. Author Dr. Stephen Buchman is keynote speaker on the topic "Forgotten Pollinators." 6:30 p.m. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free admission. Call (727) 667-2600.

Meet the Hooters girls: The 2011 Hooters Calendar Girls will tour the bay area to meet fans and sign autographs. Meet Cover Girls Rachel from Phoenix and LeAngela from Columbus, Ohio, as well as many of the best Hooters Girls from around the country. 6:30 p.m. Hooters of St. Petersburg, 2250 Tyrone Square. Free; calendars additional. Call (727) 725-2551.

2 Thursday

Big Bang Show: Fresh, local talent competes for prizes, with Got Jokes? Improv Troupe. 8 p.m. NOVA 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $15 advance, $20 at the door. Call (727) 821-6682.

Largo's Adult and Senior Fall Talent Show: Watch amateur performers show off their talent and strut their stuff in front of a live audience at the Largo Community Center's Adult and Senior Fall Talent Show. 1 p.m. Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW. Tickets are $5 in advance, $9 for two and $7 at the door. For more information, call (727) 518-3131.

3 Friday

Death by Chocolate: The 15th annual Rotary Club of Largo fundraiser allows patrons to enjoy dessert samples by more than 24 area fine restaurants while checking out the holiday light display in Largo's Central Park. Also live music, silent auctions and door prizes. Benefits children's community service programs and projects. 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call (727) 587-6793.

First Friday Fallout 2: Local favorites the Beauvilles and Tres Bien perform a free show. 8 p.m. Jannus Live!, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 565-0551.

4 Saturday

Community Health Fair: Free health screenings will include blood pressure, diabetes, BMI, HIV/AIDS and more. There also will be activities for the entire family, food, health education materials, a St. Petersburg Police Department Auto Theft Prevention Rally, and free phones for the deaf and hearing impaired provided by the Deaf and Hearing Connection. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jordan Park Apartments, 1245 Jordan Park St. S, St. Petersburg,. Call (727) 322-9327.

Largo's Holiday Stroll: Stroll through more than a million lights on this annual event with music by the Steve Arvey Horn Band, activities and crafts for all ages. Each shelter throughout the park features a different holiday story. 5 p.m.; the official tree lighting takes place at 7 p.m. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Call (727) 587-6740.

Pinellas Trail turns 20: Celebrate two decades of the Pinellas Trail with food and a brief ceremony. The 37-mile paved trail follows an abandoned railroad bed from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg and is used by thousands of pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters. 10 a.m. John S. Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW, Largo. Free. Call (727) 480-3515 or visit pinellascounty.org/park/12_ trail.htm.

Santa's Holiday Revue: Fast-paced, rollicking musical takes a joyous 'round-the-world tour of the dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other traditions. 11 a.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $6.50, $5.50 child, $26 for a family four-pack. Call (727) 587-6793.

Snowfest: The day starts with the 83rd annual Santa Parade, with grand marshal Jack Harris, beginning at First Avenue S and Fifth Street S. After the parade, winter blows 65 tons of snow into St. Petersburg's North Straub Park, bringing family snow activities including ice skating on a simulated ice rink, toboggan slides, make-n-take art projects, a giant slide, a moonwalk and kiddie land for ages 3 and older. 10 a.m. North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. $5 wristband includes all activities. Call (727) 893-7441.

3 Friday

Black Nativity: The much-loved Gospel play returns, combining Langston Hughes' poetry with today's gospel music. Black Nativity celebrates the story of the Nativity with live music and dance. Sharon Scott and a cast of local artists raise the roof with joy. All shows are free, but tickets must be picked up in advance at the Palladium box office. 7 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 822-3590.

'Black Nativity,' other events, populate holiday calendar 11/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 2:14pm]

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