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Community news: What's up at the Dali? Cajun Crawfish Festival, Springfest and more

Our Town Conversations: Host Carol Mickett, philosopher and artist, leads this monthly series of talks with local heroes about their visions, accomplishments and contributions to shaping the identity of our town. Come early for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at Cafe Gala. This month's guest is architect Tim Clemmons, who has been a big part of historic preservation work and is a strong advocate for contemporary architecture in new buildings. Clemmons will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dalí Museum, One Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. Free (reservations required). For more information, call (727) 823-3767 or visit thedali.org.

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Cajun Crawfish Festival: Celebrate Cajun-style with music from Pine Leaf Boys, Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers, Donna Angelle and the Zydeco Posse, JB's ZydecoZoo Ramblegrass Band; dance lessons, plenty of crawfish, craft ales on draft and limited menu for sale. Festival activities from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Cajun Cafe On the Bayou, 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Advance purchase: $10 Friday and Sunday, $15 Saturday, $25 for advance three-day ticket. At the gate: $15 Friday and Sunday, $20 Saturday. Crawfish, food and beverages extra. For tickets or more information, call (727) 546-6732 or visit cajuncafeonthebayou.com.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited: Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo," who made up the rhythm section (bass and drums respectively) of 1960s rock 'n' roll group Creedence Clearwater Revival, launched this group in 1995. They recruited John Tristao, lead singer and rhythm guitar player, lead guitarist Kurt Griffey and multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunnerto to perform Creedence Clearwater Revival classics. The show is at 8 p.m. Friday at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $45-$65. For information or tickets, call (727) 892-5798 or visit mahaffeytheater.com.

Swarm: SWARM! is an evening of aural-visual infestation. Installation artist Wojtek Sawa and composer David Manson convert the Dalí Museum into a colony of sound, light and movement using soloists, illuminated balloons and building projections. The event features Dutch trombonist Wolter Weirbos, percussion and a tap dancer. It begins at 8 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Dalí Museum, One Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, and will progress outside into the Avant Garden. $15 event admission plus gallery admittance between 7:15-8:00 p.m. that night; $10 event admission; $8 Dalí members. For more information or tickets, call (727) 341-4363 or visit thedali.org.

Springfest: Gulfport celebrates spring with this annual event from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday on Beach Boulevard S (Waterfront district), between 28th Avenue S and Shore Boulevard S, Gulfport. Springfest will feature arts and crafts vendors, food, entertainment on two stages, a children's activity area, bounce houses, games, face painting, an Easter bonnet walking parade (5 p.m.), and a hat contest with prizes for largest and most unique hats. Free. For information, call (727) 344-3711 or visit mygulfport.us.

Adaptive Sailing and Kayak Clinic: People with disabilities can receive basic instruction and get out on the water with an instructor using specialized adapted boats and equipment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Must call ahead to reserve your spot. Free. For information, call (727) 893-7899.

Wildlife Sentinels: Learn about protecting and the assistance given to wildlife including the bald eagle, Florida black bear, gopher tortoise and Florida panther from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free (registration required). For more information and to register, call (727) 453-6500 or visit weedonislandpreserve.org.

Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month: The Florida Holocaust Museum's annual initiative builds public awareness about the current genocide in Darfur and past genocides including the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the Rwandan genocide and other human rights violations. The opening reception features a discussion by special guest Michael Berenbaum. The writer and teacher presents "Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Genocide" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. For information, call (727) 820-0100, ext. 236 or visit flholocaustmuseum.org.

Haircut Special Fundraiser: Lucky Star Salon, 2107 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, is hosting this event with all proceeds benefiting Relay for Life — TBBCoC Ambassadors Team. Men's haircuts will cost $15 (normally $25) and women's cuts cost $25 (usually $40) on Saturday. This special is by appointment only; contact Kim at (727) 366-9081 to make an appointment or for more information.

Seminole Historical Society: The society is celebrating "One Hundred years of Pinellas History" at 7 p.m. today in Room 210B of the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St., Seminole. Jim Schnur, a lifelong resident of Pinellas County, will present. Schnur is special collections librarian at the Nelson Poynter Library, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and is also past president of the Pinellas County Historical Society. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call (727)391-1433.

ASPEC Public Forum Series: Presented by Dr. Donald R. Eastman, president of Eckerd College, the "Conversation with the President" will be held at 4 p.m. today at Lewis House on the Eckerd College Campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (727) 864-8834 or visit eckerd.edu/aspec.

Register for theater camp: Theater camp will return to the Largo Cultural Center this summer with two sessions. Children ages 8-13 can now register for Seussical Jr., scheduled for June 11-30. Teens ages 12-18 are invited to sign up for the Music Man Junior, scheduled from July 16 to Aug. 4. All campers will be trained in acting, dance, improvisation, pantomime and stage direction. Parents can sign up at Highland Complex, 400 Highland Ave., or the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, both in Largo. For information on theater camps, visit LargoArts.com.

Community news: What's up at the Dali? Cajun Crawfish Festival, Springfest and more 03/27/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 2:32pm]

    

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