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Briefs: Events and activities in the area


Join chess enthusiast Jim Martin to learn more about the game at a new chess club 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.


Harvest Marketplace: Browse items including produce, crafts, specialty foods and jewelry 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays through April in Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo, with live music, themed events and activities for all ages. Call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5014.

Buy fresh: Safety Harbor Farmers Market features farm-fresh produce, local fruits and vegetables, honey, flowers, fresh seafood and more 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Gazebo on Main Street in Safety Harbor. Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674.

Learn about law: The Clearwater Bar Association will host "People's Law School," a weekly series on legal topics of interest to the public, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays on the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College, 2465 Drew St. Free; no registration required. For a complete class schedule, call (727) 461-4869 or visit

Plumb House Museum: The Clearwater Historical Society offers tours of the historic Plumb House Museum, an original 1896 Cracker-style house that features period furnishings, vintage photographic collections and artifacts on the first and third Thursdays 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through May 2. The two-story wood house is at 1380 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Free, but donations welcome. Call (727) 446-2676. (727) 399-1412 or (727) 445-9312.


Sharing a vision: Tommy Sands and his Irish Band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets $22, $20 member, $15 student. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit

Dunedin's Green Market: Open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays until the end of April in Pioneer Park, at Main Street and Douglas Avenue and featuring produce, cheeses, seafood, plants and herbs, honey, organic products and more. Call (727) 733-4215.

Writers group: Writers of all skill levels interested in getting published are invited to join the Writers Critique Group that meets 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. Call Lloyd Wilson at (727) 267-5612.

Association trade show: The Community Associations Institute Suncoast Chapter will host its annual CAI Day and Trade Show with keynote speaker state Sen. Mike Fasano 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Some 140 booths will display products and services for association living. Free refreshments, drawings and giveaways. Free admission. Call (727) 345-0165 or visit


Beginner's bridge: The Clearwater Duplicate Bridge Club invites beginners and novices to games and lessons at 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays; and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Regions Bank, second floor, 2551 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. Partners provided if needed. Call (727) 797-1742 or (727) 726-0796.

Weekend music: Turner-Brandon American Legion Post 7 presents entertainment by Carlo at 12:30 p.m. and Bobby Palermo at 7 p.m. Saturday; and a Singles Dance with DJ Mike at 6 p.m. Sunday at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Call (727) 442-5293.

Vintage treasures: An Antiques Fair will be 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Highlander Park, 903 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Call (727) 812-4530.

Classical piano: Hear pianist Louis Demetrius Alvanis in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets $22, $20 members, $15 students. Call (727) 9425605 or visit

Open air market: Market in the Park, featuring fresh produce, plants and herbs, all natural pet treats, hot sauces, breakfast and lunch foods and more, opens at 9 a.m. every Saturday through mid April at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call (727) 733-4215 or e-mail

Outdoor fun: The movie Mamma Mia and scavenger hunt are scheduled at dusk outdoors at the center of the Sponge Docks along Dodecanese Boulevard, Tarpon Springs. Pick up scavenger hunt information at nearby stores and turn in before the movie starts. Bring your own seating. Free. Call (727) 942-5628.

Historic art: Highwayman artist R.L. Lewis will paint, tell stories about the group and sell his artwork 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S. Call (727) 726-1668.

Buddhist gathering: Buddhist Peace Fellowship will sponsor the sixth annual Tampa Bay Change Your Mind Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at shelter 1 at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor. Teachers from more than 14 Buddhist groups will lead sessions. Free. Call (813) 850-8168 or visit

Ride the rails: Kids and adults can experience large-scale model railroading and the hobby of live steam firsthand with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad. There are approximately 1.2 miles of main line track with numerous passings running through beautifully landscaped Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The train is open for public runs the first full weekend of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations welcome. Call (727) 585-9835.

"Taste of the World": A fundraising dinner and music from artist Jus' Jeff are scheduled for 6-10 p.m. at Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550, 360 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Tickets $7.50. Proceeds benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children. Call (727) 812-7684.

Embrace culture: World Circle Language Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater. Call (727) 3344.

Spiritual healing: Suzanne Riedel, a practitioner of Christian Science healing, will present the talk "Spiritual Healing You Can Depend On" at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. Call Pat Gombert at (727) 531-3832.

Bird hike: Meet Clearwater Audubon members and look for songbirds, raptors and water birds at 8 a.m. at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. $3.50 for age 13 and older; $1.85 for ages 3-12. Call (727) 596-8822.

Dinner and music: 5 to 8 p.m. every Saturday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Filet mignon, potato and salad will be featured. Cost is $7.50. Music provided by Ann Marie. Call (727) 584-2038.

Opera DVD: The Pinellas Opera League will show the DVD Golden Age, by Shostakovich with the Bolshoi Ballet of Russia, at 1:30 p.m. at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Free. Call (727) 784-9512.

Drum circle: Bring or borrow a drum and join in or just enjoy the rhythm around the campfire at 6:30 p.m. at McGough Nature Park. 11901 146th St., Largo. Call (727) 518-3047.

Briefs: Events and activities in the area 03/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 7:35pm]
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