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Events in Pinellas Aug. 4-6

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In honor of Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week, Clearwater Marine Aquarium will be celebrating "All Things Shark" with special shark presentations, crafts, adoption and merchandise discounts, and short films. The aquarium's own nurse sharks, Thelma and Louise, will take center stage all week long. Mention the sharks' names at the door to receive $2 off general admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $14.95, $10.95 ages 60-older, $9.95 ages 3-12 ($4 off for kids of Florida residents this summer), ages 2 and younger free. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (727) 441-1790; www.SeeWinter.com.

Today

QiGong: QiGong warmup, movement progression and meditation with a certified instructor. Wednesdays and Fridays. 9-10 a.m. First session free. $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers. Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Sponsor: Sharon Snow. (813) 249-7356.

Quilters' Crossing Guild Meeting: Interested in quilting? Attend a meeting of the Quilters' Crossing Quilt Guild. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 771-6000.

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of the pool's splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 9:45-10:45 a.m. $1.50, no fee for those age 2 and younger. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; http://bit.ly/90sJRR.

Muvico Free Family Film Festival: Each summer, movie theaters throughout the Tampa Bay area offer free kid-friendly movies a couple of mornings a week. Part of the proceeds from refreshment sales go to the Starlight Children's Foundation of Florida, a nonprofit group that helps families suffering through the illness of a child by providing entertainment and family friendly activities. Today's feature is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Doors open at 9 a.m., movie starts at 10 a.m. Free; refreshments extra. Palm Harbor 10, 37912 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 944-2282; www.muvico.com/freefilmfest.asp.

Summer Potluck Get-together: The Belleair Garden Club invites members and guests to bring a side dish for six to share and a beverage for themselves. Bring scissors to participate in two craft projects. Dress is casual. 11:30 a.m. Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair. Sponsor: Barb Chapman. (727) 581-8929.

Fun Programs at North Greenwood Library: Check out these fun library programs for kids. Join Chef Lars as he teaches children in grades 2-6 how to make candy sushi. Class size limited to 20. Register online or in person at the Greenwood Library. 3:30 p.m. Free. North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970; www.myclearwater.com/cpl.

Dunedin Blue Jays: Goodwill Days with the D-Jays: Goodwill-Suncoast will be out at Dunedin Stadium during their four game homestand against the Cardinals taking donations. And there will be $1 hot dogs, too. 7 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

Native Plants & Springs: Learn how Florida's springs are a vital part of the ecosystem and support habitats for wildlife and plants from geologist Harley Means at a meeting of the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. 7 p.m. Free. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 709-4658; PinellasNativePlants.org.

Greek Dance Classes: Greek Dance Classes with instructor Dr. Mary Coros, director of the Levendia Dance Troupe. Enjoy attending Greek festivals and other Greek events? Learn popular Greek dances and the origin of and traditions surrounding each dance. Wear comfortable shoes, no flip-flops. The class is oriented towards participants 14 and older. 7-8:30 p.m. $30 for all four classes, $25 for each additional family member, walk-ins $8 per class. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; www.tarponarts.org.

Thursday

Eastlake Sunrise Rotary to Meet: Patricia Perez, director of the East Lake Community Library, will be the guest speaker. 7:30 a.m. $15, breakfast is included. East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway, Oldsmar. (727) 781-5555.

Historic Plumb House Museum Tours: The original Cracker-style home, built circa 1896, contains period furnishings, vintage photographic collections, artifacts and documents of historical significance. Includes yearbooks from Clearwater High School and memorabilia from the Clearwater Bombers, 10-time World Softball Champions. Free, but donations are welcome. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Plumb House Museum, 1380 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 446-2676.

The Fruitful Landscape: Learn how your landscape can not only be beautiful, but also provide fresh fruit. Horticulture specialist Andy Wilson will speak about various fruiting trees, vines and shrubs that can be used in the landscape. 9-10:30 a.m. $15, registration required. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100; pinellascountyextension.org.

Tai Chi: Learn at a relaxed pace. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 9:30-10 a.m. $3 with ID card; $4 without. Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Chair Yoga: Discover yoga and learn how to maintain strength, and increase flexibility and range of motion. Class is geared toward senior citizens. 9:30-10:30 a.m. $22 with rec ID, $33 without. Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Largo Library programs: The Largo Library offers the following programs for children and adults. Christine Van Horn plays her guitar and sings stories. For toddlers and pre-school aged children. 10 a.m. Free. Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6715; http://bit.ly/9KEDHX.

Fun with Magic and Balloons: Doug Capen presents a magical comedy show followed by balloon sculpting. Every child leaves with a balloon. 3 p.m. Free. North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 462-6895; www.clearwater-fl.com/CPL/index.asp.

Kiwanis to Meet: Aaron McGlon, vice president of operations of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, will discuss the club's 11 locations in Pinellas County at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Springtime City. The public is welcome to attend. 6 p.m. Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane, Clearwater. (727) 725-7549; www.kiwanis.org/club/springtimecity.

James Twyman via SKYPE: 6:15-8 p.m. Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1525 Ext. 112.

Hot Seat Chair Auction: Bid on donated chairs decorated by children attending Tarpon Springs Recreation Department summer camp. Proceeds benefit the Recreation Department scholarship fund. Pizza and a drink, $3. 6:30 p.m. Bid on your favorite chair. Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628.

Bingo: Play bingo at the yacht club every Thursday. 7-9 p.m. Tarpon Springs Yacht Club, 350 N Spring Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 934-2136.

Friday

Park It Fridays! The Oldsmar Leisure Services Department invites family to "Park It" in a comfortable spot and learn about different topics. This week, Rick Stahl discusses "Coyotes." 10 a.m. Free. R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1152; www.ci.oldsmar.fl.us/Events_News/events_news.htm.

Purple Heart Recognition Day Ceremony: A small ceremony to honor Purple Heart recipients with a proclamation, readings and the presentation a ceremonial brick. 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Purple Heart Park, 300 Main St., Dunedin.

Showtime with the Dascaloja Puppeteers: The teen puppeteer troupe shows off their skills as they perform a special puppet play for ages 6 and older. 1:30 p.m. Free. North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 462-6895; www.clearwater-fl.com/CPL/index.asp.

Book Signing: Meet author Art Adkins, winner of the 2008 Detective Suspense Book of the Year from Books-and-Authors.net and recently selected for the book, 50 Great Authors You Should Be Reading, due out summer 2010. Adkins has been in law enforcement for 29 years and is currently a lieutenant with the Gainesville Police Department. His murder mystery, The Oasis Project, is set in Cedar Key. 5 p.m. Free. Palm Harbor Books-A-Million, 33550 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 733-1362.

Dunedin Blue Jays: It's Friday Bingo Night, where fans can play bingo from 6-7 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

Pitch for Pink to Strike Out Breast Cancer: The Clearwater Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, will take on the Fort Myers Miracle and will be wearing pink jerseys. The jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off after the game. There will also be a silent auction and balloon raffles of hotel/resort packagers, furniture, bikes, spa packages, tickets to local attractions and gift certificates to local restaurants and shops. Also, the first 1,000 women through the gates will receive a commemorative pink Threshers jute bag! All proceeds from Pitch for Pink will go to the Morton Plant Mease Foundation to benefit the hospital system's many breast cancer programs. 7 p.m. $5-$9. Bright House Networks Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457; www.threshersbaseball.com.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend: The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce has a weekend of pampering and fun in store for women. Take part in one day or both days. Special weekend getaway total relaxation packages are available for an additional charge. Portion of the proceeds benefits the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc. Tonight features a "Pamper Me Party" with interactive stations by professionals covering topics including makeup application, color scheming for interior decorating, nail art, massage and dancing. Also, enjoy hors d'oeuvres while watching chefs prepare gourmet dishes and mixologists create the latest drinks. 7-11 p.m. $25-$30. Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 900 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. (727) 784-4287.

Regrets Only: Smart comedy about friendship, loyalty and what it means to be in a relationship that also takes on one of the most hotly contested political issues of our time. Filled with outlandish characters, including Manhattan socialites and a maid who changes personalities like changing outfits. Located in the Commerce 19 Business Park, behind the Toyota Dealer at U.S. 19 and Drew Street. 8 p.m. $18, $15 seniors/students/military. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363; wcplayers.org.

Friday Night West Coast Swing Dance Party: Kick up your heels swing dancing every Friday to the sounds of DJs Jim Scott & Doug Kirsch. Sponsored by the Tampa Bay West Coast Swing Association Inc. Admission price includes free soft drinks and refreshments. For information, visit www.tbwcsa.com. 8:30-11:30 p.m. $5 for TBWCSA members; $8 for nonmembers. Dance America Dance Studio, 4445 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. (727) 393-5088.

Events in Pinellas Aug. 4-6 08/03/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 8:21pm]

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