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Briefs: Entertainment, cultural and educational events in North Pinellas

Today

Ann Larsen, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art board member and past chairman, will give an in-depth look at Vladimir Yoffe's Ancient Symbols, 1965 at noon at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Free with paid museum admission. Call (727) 712-5762.

Book discussion: The Scholar's Choice lecture and discussion series begins today at 2 p.m. at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. The first book discussion will feature A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Discussion books are now available for checkout. Call (727) 562-4970.

Trash or treasure? At the meeting of the Tarpon Lake Women's Club, expert Dale Smrekar will assess the value of various treasures starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor. Guests are welcome. Two items per person. Call (727) 773-9017.

Ikebana demonstration: Speaker Jeanne Houlton will demonstrate how to make Ikebana floral arrangements at a 9:30 a.m. meeting of the Belleair Garden Club at 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair. Free. Call Barbara Chapman at (727) 581-8929.

Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday through May on the 500 block of Cleveland St., 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 entire event is stroller-, bike- and handicap-accessible. Call (727) 461-7674 or e-mail info@clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.

Oldsmar Downtown Fresh Market: Hosts a variety of vendors from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday through April at 100 State St. W, next to Oldsmar City Hall. Call (813) 849-1260.

Thursday

Gallery opening: The grand opening of the Ruach Art Gallery at Calvary Christian School will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 110 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, and features gallery tours, live music, desserts and refreshments. Free admission. Call (727) 449-2247.

Open house: Palm Harbor Montessori Academy invites the public to its 26th annual Parent Education Night with alumni testimonials and "Move-Up" open house 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 2355 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 786-1854.

Meet the artists: The Plein Air Cottage Artists of Indian Rocks Beach will bring samples of their work and give a demonstration on the art of triptych painting as the special guests of the Appetite For Art program at noon at the Palm Harbor Library, 2230 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3021.

Orchid society meeting: The Florida West Coast Orchid Society will meet at 7 p.m. at the Pinellas County Cooperative Extension, 12175 125th St. N, Largo. Meeting includes a presentation, orchid sale, raffle and refreshments. Visitors are welcome. Free admission and parking. Call (727) 733-8167.

Adventure to Italy: Experienced world travelers will share their adventures in Italy as part of the "Armchair Travelers" series at 2 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.

Take great photos: Digital photography instructor Bill Smith will present a free seminar on digital photography and editing at 3 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. Participants are encouraged to bring their own digital cameras and manuals. Seating is limited and registration is required. Call (727) 943-4922.

Genealogy help: Members of the Caladesi Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, are available to assist the public with genealogy research from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. No appointment necessary. Call (727) 733-5383.

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

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

Friday

In concert: Trio da Camera, a musical group composed of clarinet, cello and piano, will perform the award-winning music of Rick Sowash at 8 p.m. at the Music Gallery of Clearwater, 5990 Ulmerton Road. Suggested donation: $10. Call (727) 530-3304.

Exploring humor: Venture into the imagination of Jared O'Roark and explore the humor in universal emotions through the poetry and monologues in his show, Reverberated Voices, at 7:30 p.m. in the Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $17, $12 with student ID. Call (727) 791-7400.

Jam session: Bring a lawn chair, musical instrument or just sing along with the Snow Birds, musicians who come from all points north, for country jams 1-3 p.m. every Friday through April 9 at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. Parking available on 125th St. Call (727) 582-2123.

Comedy takes the stage: The West Coast Players present Sylvia by A.R. Gurney from Friday through Jan. 30 with 8 p.m. performances Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees Sundays. Tickets $18; $15 seniors/students/military. To reach the theater in Clearwater, take U.S. 19 to Drew Street, turn east toward Best Buy. Turn left at the light at Best Buy onto thento the access road and follow it to the stop sign. Turn right into the first group of units. Call (727) 437-2363. Visit wcplayers.org.

Classic hits: The Vogues, members of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, will perform You're the One, Five O'Clock World, Turn, Turn Turn and others at 2 p.m. at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $30 VIP; $27 advance; $30 day of show; $23 group of 10 or more; $25 seniors. For tickets, call the box office at (727) 587-6793.

Dunedin's Green Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday until the end of April in Pioneer Park, corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Market features produce, cheese, seafood, plants and herbs, honey, organic products and more. Call Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215.

Interfaith concert: Jazz musician and percussionist Fred Johnson and acoustic guitarist Jim Scott bring their talents to an interfaith concert featuring music from various religious traditions 7:15-10 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. Free. Call (727) 531-7704.

Landscape exhibits open: Three artists will discuss their distinctive techniques in creating the contemporary landscape at 6 p.m., followed by a reception celebrating the opening of four new exhibitions from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Free for DFAC members; $5 for nonmembers. Call (727) 298-3322.

Vermonters to meet: The Vermont Club on the west coast of Florida is hosting its first gathering of 2010 at 11:30 a.m. at Stacey's Buffet, 1451 N Missouri Ave., Largo. The program will be crime prevention. Come visit with other Vermonters. Call (727) 725-1766.

Rock superstars: Foreigner and special guest Eddie Money perform in concert at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Reserved tickets are $85, $59.50 and $49.50. Call (727) 791-7400 or visit rutheckerdhall.com.

Comedy at the Capitol: Academy Award-winning, Grammy-nominated comedian, actor and writer Steven Wright brings his comedic talents to the Captiol Theater, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater at 8 p.m. Tickets $65; limited number of VIP tickets at $73. Call (727) 791-7400 or visit rutheckerdhall.com.

Saturday and Sunday

Backgammon tournament: Tampa Bay Backgammon Club will host a tournament Saturday and Sunday at Hampton Inn & Suites, 39284 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. For times and registration, call (727) 743-0500 or visit tampabaybackgammon.com.

Briefs: Entertainment, cultural and educational events in North Pinellas 01/12/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 5:42pm]

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