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Brooker Creek guided hike

Today

Best for ages 6 and up. 9-10:30 a.m. Free but registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Today

Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic 5K/10K & 1-Mile Race: The race, presented by the Dianetics Athletics Association, begins at Coachman Park, takes participants over the challenging Memorial Causeway to Clearwater Beach, then returns to Coachman Park. Participants will receive a free post-race pancake breakfast and shirt for the first 1,200 runners. Register online or at various locations throughout Tampa Bay. 8 a.m. Pre-registration is $18; $25 on race day. $8 for children age 12 and younger. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 434-3409; www.saynotodrugs.com.

Pinellas County Market in the Park: The popular market with fresh produce, prepared foods, plants, organic gardening programs, cooking demonstrations and kids activities. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (items individually priced). Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. (727) 582-2123; pinellascounty.org/heritage.

Dunedin Green Market: Produce, cheeses, seafood, plants, herbs and other specialty items. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. (727) 733-4215.

'The Craziest Christmas': Musical comedy geared toward families with young children (4-10 years old). North Pole elves travel to Florida for an intervention with a boy who doesn't believe in Santa. The plan is to get to Florida, change his mind and get back to the North Pole to help Santa before Christmas Eve. 10 a.m. $10, $5 children. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360; franciswilsonplayhouse.org.

Holiday Decorations in Heritage Village: See the historic homes decorated true to their time period, locality and lifestyle, ranging from an elaborately decorated Victorian home to a simply adorned 1852 log cabin. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free, but donations are welcome. Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. (727) 582-2123; www.pinellascounty.org/heritage.

Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade: The 90-minute parade includes Shriners clowns and members on a wide variety of vehicles and community marching units. After the parade, follow Santa to Craig Park for food, drinks, candy cane hunts and pictures with Santa. 10 a.m. Free. Christmas Parade intersection — S Pinellas Avenue and W Lemon Street, Tarpon Springs. (727) 937-6109.

Leepa-Rattner Museum's Saturday Workshops for Children: Children ages 8 to 11 will learn how to use and combine diverse art materials and techniques to create "mixed-media" artworks. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $20 per class; $15 per class for museum members. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5226; spcollege.edu/museum.

Tarpon Springs Castle Wine Party: Try wines in the courtyard, paired with different cuisine each month and live entertainment in themed wine party. Warm up with a winter buffet feast (free with wine purchase), plus live music. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Food complimentary with glass of wine, starting at $6.50. Tarpon Springs Castle Winery, 320 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-7029; www.tscwinery.com.

Safety Harbor Holiday Parade: Floats, antique cars, the Shriners and Santa Claus are highlights. 1 p.m. Free. Safety Harbor Main Street Parade route, Main Street and Second Avenue N. (727) 724-1572, ext. 309; www.cityofsafetyharbor.com.

'How the Other Half Loves': Farce by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn takes a sly look into the lives of three couples. 1 and 6 p.m. Buffet and show, $29.90 plus tax. Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 200 S McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 446-5898; earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

Posada Party and Holiday Sing Along: Celebrate the season with Mexican and American traditions, including crafts, a pinata, hot drinks, holiday treats, and a sing-along led by Lisa Nicole and the Magicals. 1-4:30 p.m. Free. Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970.

'The Nutcracker' presented by Moscow Classical Ballet with the Florida Orchestra: Live music from the Florida Orchestra and participation by local children adds a special touch to this production. 2 and 8 p.m. today; 2 p.m. Sunday. $39.50-$57. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

'The Nutcracker' Performed by Bay City Ballet: Traditional family holiday favorite. 2 and 7 p.m. today; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $22, $25 VIP advance, $25 day of show. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793; www.largoarts.com.

Winter Wonderland: Winter Wonderland is a complete Christmas village with decorated real pine trees, live entertainment daily, visits with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus and more. Benefits area needy children. 4-9 p.m. Free admission, fee for some activities (donations appreciated). Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater. (727) 442-2099; www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org/winterwonderland.html.

Holiday Lights in the Garden: Stroll through a garden of tropical plants glowing with more than 500,000 twinkling lights. 5:30-9:30 p.m. daily. $2 suggested donation, 11 and younger free. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100; www.flbg.org.

Live Nativity: Bring the family to pet the animals and pose for pictures at the live Nativity. Then, enjoy live music, hay rides, horse rides and pictures with Santa. Benefits Equine Assisted Therapy programs. 6-9 p.m. Free (fee for some activities). Saddle Up Safety Harbor, 1550 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, Safety Harbor. (727) 520-3132.

'Amahl and the Night Visitors': Heartwarming story about a poor crippled shepherd boy and his devoted mother. Presented by the Florida Lyric Opera. The one act opera was written specifically for young audiences, it is sung in English and appeals to audiences of all ages. Two performances only. 7:30 p.m. today; 2 p.m. Sunday. $20, $18 members, $12 students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; tarponarts.org.

Farewell Swing Dance: Bring an umbrella and join the fun at New Orleans-style memorial as the "old" Largo Community Center location celebrates its final event, the Saturday Swing Dance. 8-11 p.m. Admission $5. Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, Largo. (727) 518-3131.

'Social Security': A happily married couple's domestmestic tranquility takes a hit when out of town family starts invading their space. 2 and 8 p.m. today; 2 p.m. Sunday. $21. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360; franciswilsonplayhouse.org.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets, low lawn chairs or towels to plop on Clearwater Beach and watch free movies. Concessions for sale. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. Features the unrated 1946 classic It's A Wonderful Life. 8 p.m. Free. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive , Clearwater Beach. (727) 434-6060; www.sunsetsatpier60.com.

Sunday

Cross Roads Farmers Market: Fresh produce, seafood and other vendors. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cross Roads Market Location, Curlew Road and Belcher Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 784-9690.

Tarpon Springs Farmers Market: Live music and fresh produce, including prepared foods, gourmet baked goods, greenery, seafood and hand-crafted goods. Presented by Downtown Turnaround Inc. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Tarpon Springs Municipal Parking Lot, corner of Tarpon Avenue and Alt. U.S. 19 (Pinellas Ave.), Tarpon Springs. (727) 938-0078.

Justin Bieber Tour Dancer Experience: Dancers from Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 Tour will teach and inspire youth and young adults before they hit the stage with the star. Dancers will instruct hip hop dance classes and share tips on how to become part of a professional dance group. Classes run from 11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (kids and advanced) and 1-2 p.m. (intermediate and advanced). Walkups are not allowed, so pre-registration is required. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $25 one class, $40 two classes. Studio Dance Company, 2440 State Road 580, Suite 8, Clearwater. (727) 724-5999.

Heart and Soul Cinema: A film series in which a short introduction precedes the film and discussion follows. This month's featured film is the 2007 romantic drama Evening, starring Claire Danes, Toni Collette and Vanessa Redgrave, based on the novel by Susan Minot. 1:30 p.m. Free. Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1525.

Bay Area Singles Christmas Party: Enjoy a buffet dinner, comedy with Larry G and ventriloquist Mark James, and an evening of dancing. Call for reservations. 4:30 p.m. $15 advance; $17 day of show. American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. (727) 787-7768.

'How the Other Half Loves': Farce by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn takes a sly look into the lives of three couples. 6 p.m. Buffet and show, $29.90 plus tax. Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 200 S McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 446-5898; earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

Monday

Magic with Cesar Domico: Cesar Domico will present an entertaining comedy magic show for the whole family. All ages welcome. 2 p.m. Free. Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970; www.magicdomico.com.

LiveStrong Exercise for Cancer Survivors: Ongoing gentle exercise class for cancer survivors and those in treatment. 5-7 p.m. Free. YMCA (North Pinellas), 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor. (727) 772-9622.

Work Out While Kids Play: Parents can choose from Just Pump or Zumba while children have fun at one of Highland's youth classes. 5:45 p.m. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; www.largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

Genealogy Assistance: The Tarpon Springs Library genealogy research group offers a casual exchange of genealogy research methods with a focus on online databases. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops. 6:30 p.m. Free. Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-4922.

Singing is Life: The Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires men's barbershop four-part harmony chorus invites all male singers. 6:45-8:45 p.m. Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 784-8052; crystalaires.com.

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