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Events calendar, Feb. 5-7

The zebra longwing is Florida’s state butterfly.

ATOYIA DEANS | Times (2008)

The zebra longwing is Florida’s state butterfly.

Today

Enjoy Florida's natural beauty at the Florida Botanical Gardens at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Stroll through hundreds of blooming flowers, plants and native as well as non-native ornamentals. Free and open to the public daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (727) 582-2581 or visit www.flbg.org.

Today

Buy fresh: The Safety Harbor Farmers Market features farm-fresh produce, local fruits and vegetables, honey, flowers, fresh seafood and more from 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.

Show biz: St. Petersburg College's Lifelong Learning Department will sponsor a trip to go see Rita McKenzie playing the role of singer Ethel Merman at 1 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets cost $39, and include bus, lunch and admission. Call (727) 341-3185.

Staged play reading: Zebras, written by Richard Budin, is based on the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemmings, and will be performed by actors in period costumes at 7 p.m. at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Free. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (727) 712-5762.

Lunch with an author: Barbara J. Sorey will discuss her book Florida Girl: Short Stories of Family, Community and History, 1804-1969 at noon at the Tarpon Springs library, 138 E Lemon St. Cost is $15 and lunch is provided. Register by calling (727) 944-3042 or (727) 943-4922.

Whimsical comedy: West Coast Players Theater presents Abie's Irish Rose, written by Anna Nichols, at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and at 2 p.m. Sunday at 21905 U.S. 19, Clearwater. Tickets $10, $15. Call (727) 734-7100 or visit www.wcplayers.com.

Frolicking follies: An evening of comedy, song, dance and revelry in the old vaudevillian style at 6 p.m. at the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Tickets $5. Call (727) 298-3299 or (727) 230-2667.

Harvest Marketplace: Browse items including produce, crafts, specialty foods and jewelry 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Thursday through April in Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. Features 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. Sessions are free; no registration required. For a complete class schedule, call (727) 461-4869 or visit www.clearwaterbar.org/law.html.

Friday

Dance fundraiser: Arthur Murray Dance Studio, together with Give Kids the World, announce Dancing for Dreams, a two-hour dance marathon at 7 p.m. in the Fountains Plaza at 34930 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. The money that is raised will help make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. For details call (727) 786-2224.

Be the change: Dr. Deepak Chopra will appear at a community outreach celebration 8-10 p.m. at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Inverness Hall, 36750 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. Music by Fred Johnson and Friends. Doors open at 7 p.m. Donations $20 at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Call (727) 784-5813.

Elder affairs: The public is invited to the Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors' meeting at 10 a.m. at 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Issues relating to the elderly in Pinellas and Pasco counties will be discussed. Call Elizabeth at (727) 570-9696.

Posipalooza: A concert tour promoting music with a universal message of peace, unity and personal and global transformation will start at 7 p.m. at the Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road. Artists include Johnsmith, Jana Stanfield, Tom Kimmel and more. Tickets $25. Call (727) 531-0992.

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. Features 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 library, 138 E Lemon St. Call Lloyd Wilson at (727) 267-5612.

Friday night fun: 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Seafood or chicken dinners will be available. Cost is $6.50. Bill Johnson and his karaoke machine will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m. Call (727) 584-2038.

Afternoon bingo: Early bird bingo begins at 12:15 p.m. and regular bingo starts at 1 p.m. with wild numbers and fun games every Tuesday and Friday at American Legion Post 275, 360 Wilson St., Dunedin. Lunch will be served. Call (727) 733-8153.

Fish Fry: American Legion Post 7 hosts a fish fry from 5-8 p.m. with live music starting at 7 p.m. every Friday at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Proceeds go toward supporting the troops. The post also accepts old cell phones and flags for proper disposal. Call (727) 442-5293.

Saturday

Art opening: A one-woman exhibition by sculptor Kathy Iwanowski, "She Is So Composed," will have its opening reception 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Artist's Way Cooperative Gallery, 1403 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call (727) 446-1708.

Language Club to meet: The World Circle Language Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater. Call (727) 787-3344.

Latin guitar concert: Guitarist David Burgess will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. Tickets $18, $16 members and students. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.com.

Safe boating: The Anclote Key Sail and Power Squadron will offer "America's Boating Course" in two installments, the first half from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday and the second on Feb. 14 at Highland Lakes Lodge, 127 Lake Side Drive, Palm Harbor. Cost is $35. Call (727) 785-7923 or go online to www.usps.org/localusps/anclote.

Cantorial concert: The Bay Area Cantorial Association will celebrate Jewish life with a special musical program starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. Suggested donation $18 at the door. Proceeds benefit cantorial scholarships. Call (727) 785-8811.

Garage sale: The Kiwanis Club of Springtime City will host a garage sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the American Red Cross parking lot, 2481 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. Proceeds support Kiwanis Club service projects. Call (727) 725-7549.

Adopt a greyhound: Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will hold a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday at PetSmart, 2625 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Call (813) 971-4732 or look online at www.great-greyhound.org.

Wild new exhibit: "Fun and Other Words," an art exhibit by Elizabeth Coachman, opens with a reception 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. Free. Call (727) 942-5605.

Bird hike: Beginners and experienced birders can look for songbirds and raptors in oak and xeric hammocks and water birds in the lake at 8 a.m. Saturday at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Cost is $3.50 adults, and $1.85 for children ages 3-12. Call (727) 596-8822.

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 GreenMarketManager@verizon.net.

Ride the rails: Children 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 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Donations are welcome. Call (727) 585-9835.

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 foods. Cost is $7.50 per person. Music will be provided by Ann Marie. Call (727) 584-2038.

Events calendar, Feb. 5-7 02/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 6:32pm]

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