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Events, shows, activities around upper Pinellas

Today

The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce's premier fundraising gala will take place in the elegant Baranoff Ballroom and feature a gift basket raffle, live auction, and an evening of dinner and dancing showcasing local business leaders and city officials as they swing, salsa and tango in a friendly competition. A panel of celebrity judges will determine the winners, along with votes, which may be purchased before and during the event. Tickets for the black tie-optional event may be purchased through the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 200 Main St., or by calling (727) 726-2890. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. $85/$150 per couple (includes cocktail reception). Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. (727) 726-1161; safetyharborresort.com.

Today

Historic Plumb House Museum Tours: The Historic Plumb House, an original Cracker-style home built circa 1896, contains period furnishings, vintage photographic collections, artifacts, and documents of historical significance including 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.

Indoor Fresh Market: The air-conditioned mall corridors house a fresh market with fresh produce, prepared foods, multicultural and specialty food, greenery, arts/crafts, music and plenty of seating for people watching. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today through Sunday. Free (items individually priced). Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole. Sponsor: Scott. (727) 776-7261; www.seminolemall.net.

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.

Helping Foster Children: The Leslie Family Children's Foundation and CiCi's Pizza have partnered to raise money for kids aging out of foster care. Patrons simply need to mention that they are supporting the Leslie Family Children's Foundation and CiCi's Pizza will donate 10 percent of their dining total to the organization. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Cici's Pizza, 2440 State Road 580 No. 13b, Clearwater. Sponsor: Patty Leslie. (727) 239-7171.

Back to School Hoopla: Learn how to move, dance, and play games with Hula Hoops and make a back-to-school craft. 2 p.m. Free. Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970; myclearwater.com/cpl.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Free Speaker Series: CMA's free speaker series continues with "Coastal Toxins: Natural and Manmade." 6-8 p.m. Free. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (727) 441-1790; www.SeeWinter.com.

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.

Dunedin Blue Jays: Thirsty Thursday: Fans can purchase $1 beers and sodas all game long! Bring Back Football Night 7 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

A Little Off Broadway and A Few Blocks South: Two-act, fast-paced musical comedy about show business, from auditions to opening night, with a new twist on backstage life. 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. $18. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360; franciswilsonplayhouse.org.

Friday

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 a.m.-10:45 a.m. $1.50, 2 and younger no fee. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; www.largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

Luau Dinner Dance: The evening will feature a luau dinner dance, hula demonstration, and music by Royal Time. Advance paid reservations are suggested. 5-8 p.m. $6 members, $7 nonmembers $3 for children 12 and younger. Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 771-6000; www.phrec.org.

Dunedin Blue Jays: Bingo Night 7 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

Sunset Cinema @ Pier 60: The Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival organizers have added a Sunset Cinema to their lineup of fun. You can bring your blankets, low lawn chairs or towels to plop on the beach, and concessions will be available. (As always, no alcohol is permitted on the beach.) The shows start around dusk. Maybe you can get some Halloween costume ideas as you watch Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. 8 p.m. Free. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive , Clearwater Beach. (727) 434-6060; www.sunsetsatpier60.com.

Saturday

Safety Harbor Summertime Market: Produce, flowers, foods, arts and crafts, eco-friendly products and much more. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free (items individually priced). John Wilson Park and Gazebo, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 461-7674.

Brooker Creek Nature Hike: Get up close to the environment in this guided nature hike. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring water and a hat. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Free but registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Skyway Cat Club Cat Show: Approximately 125 cats in six rings each day with 12 judges from across the United States. You'll see all breeds including Bengals, shorthair breeds, longhair breeds, Sphynx, household pets and adoptable cats competing. Area rescue groups will have cats for adoption. Learn how to save your cat in an emergency situation. Vendors will sell everything related to cat care and cat-themed gifts. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $6, $3 children, 5 and younger no fee. Boys and Girls Club (Pinellas Park), 7790 61st St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 867-7328.

Benefit Car and Truck Show: Clearwater High School Band presents the first annual Benefit Car and Truck Show with 15 "Best of Show" awards for vehicles manufactured between 1900 and 1960; 1961 to 1990; and 1991 to the present. 15 "Overall Best of Show" awards will also be presented. Registration will be 9 to 11 a.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration $25; spectators free. Clearwater High School, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater. (727) 547-8082.

Tennis Clinics for Kids and Adults: USPTA certified instructor Rob Delgado will teach beginner to intermediate players proper tennis technique and strategy. Classes will be held at 9 a.m. (ages 8-14) and 10 a.m. (ages 15 to adult). 9 a.m. $5, recreation card holders free. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; www.largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

Book Signing Event: Patti Chiappa, a resident of Covington, Ga., will sign copies of her Christian fiction novel, Sara's Journey. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Serenity Now Books & Gifts, 3269 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Toll-free 1-888-361-9473.

Spiders: Eight Legged Wonders: An afternoon of spider tales and myth busting. Then, meet live spiders and learn what they eat, where they live and how they work. All ages welcome. 1-2 p.m. Free (registration required). Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Back to School Tournament: A nine-hole two-person scramble for parents and children. Teams will be placed in divisions based on the grade the student will be entering for 2010. Includes greens fees, cart, player gift and dinner. Registration required by Aug. 20. 2 p.m. $25. Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3024.

Fall Into Books: At this free back-to-school event for families, test your wits against Aaron Elkins from Mildred Helms, Karen Carver from Fuguitt Elementary and Tammy Winkler from Largo Public Library in the Media Specialist/Librarian SmackDown Trivia Brawl. Demonstrations will be available on accessing Pinellas County School databases from home or the library and techniques for bringing reading alive to your children. Event includes face painting and a children's used book sale. 2-4 p.m. Free. Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6715; largo.com/department/index.php?fDD=11-0.

Suncoast Genealogy Society: Suncoast Genealogy Society will be offering an eight-week course on Beginning Genealogy at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. The registration fee of $35 includes materials and handouts. Contact Howard Smith, (727) 669-7220, to register or for more information 2-4 p.m. $35 registration fee. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Sponsor: Howard Smith . (727) 784-3332.

Fired Up For The Cure: Team "Firefighters for Hooters" is trying to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. They've come up with this fun event featuring an antique fire engine show, fire safety and breast cancer awareness information booths, meet the Hooters Calendar Girls and the Hottest Heroes Calendar Firefighters, Pipes and Drums shows, children's fire drill demos, grab bags, dunk tank and an auction. Live music by area bands includes the Greg Billings Band, Pitbull Toddler and Mark Monaghan. 4-10 p.m. Free (donations appreciated). Hooters (Original Clearwater Store), 2800 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 365-6386; www.originalhooters.com.

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: Murder on the 19th Hole: Interactive murder mystery dinner show presented by MurderS She Wrote Inc. 6 p.m. $47.50 dinner and show. Grand Hotel Clearwater, 20967 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (813) 727-7012; murdersshewrote.com.

Dunedin Blue Jays: Junior Jays Saturday: Junior Jays members will be able to take the field with the D-Jays, announce for an inning, run the bases, and take part in many other promotions! The following giveaways will take place on their respective dates: Free School Pack and Pencil Case! Webkin Night: It'll be a fun night for the kids as the D-Jays present Webkin Night, a chance for Junior Jays to raise their own virtual pets! Fight For the Cure Night: The Blue Jays will team up with the American Cancer Society to help raise awareness for those who are fighting cancer when they take on the Clearwater Threshers. The players will wear purple jerseys that night in honor or in memory of those who have dealt with cancer. 7 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

Meat Skin Motel: Hide the hookers, winos and junkies, things are going to get interesting. Staged reading with costumes of a play produced, written and directed by L.D. Donahue. Contains strong language and adult situations. In Clearwater take U.S. 19 to Drew Street toward Best Buy. Turn left at the light, follow the access road to the stop sign. The Theatre is on your right. 8 p.m. $10. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363; wcplayers.com.

Sunset Cinema @ Pier 60: The Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival organizers have added a Sunset Cinema to their lineup of fun. You can bring your blankets, low lawn chairs or towels to plop on the beach, and concessions will be available. (As always, no alcohol is permitted on the beach.) The shows start around dusk. The others will cost you by the hour. Tonight's movie is the ubiquitously titled Miracle. Will it be the 2004 movie about the U.S. hockey team's miracle on ice? Or perhaps it's the 2010 movie about soccer? Either way, we're sure it's inspiring. 8 p.m. Free. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive , Clearwater Beach. (727) 434-6060; www.sunsetsatpier60.com.

Dion with Kenny Vance and the Planotones: Dion was the voice of a generation from the late '50s through '60s. His hit, Abraham, Martin and John, became an anthem for that era. He can still capture an audience, and with the neo doo-wop group Kenny Vance and the Planotones, you might just get a taste of that magic time. 8 p.m. Tickets $35 to $70. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

Pretty Paul Parsons: Comedy From the Dark Side: Also appearing, Johnny B, with host Catherine Maloney. 11 p.m. No cover, minimum purchase, $3. Nature's Organic Hookah Lounge, 30137 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 786-3099.

Events, shows, activities around upper Pinellas 08/18/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 7:20pm]

    

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