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Fourth of July events and more around south Pinellas

Today

Miniature train rides: Kids of all ages can ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free, but donations are appreciated for train maintenance. Largo Central Railroad, 105 Central Park Drive. (727) 587-6775. lcrailroad.com.

Holiday pool party: Dive into the holiday for an all-ages Freedom Service, pool party and barbecue with prizes, sponsored by Life Church. 10:30 a.m. Free. Walter Fuller Park & Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7443.

Yoga at the Dalí: Every Sunday, the Dalí Museum holds yoga classes in one of its rooms with a view of the St. Petersburg waterfront. Beginners and those more experienced are welcome. Bring a mat or towel. Noon to 1:30 p.m. $10 students/members, $15. 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE)

Edison and Ford exhibit: The exhibit presents a comparative look at "Old Florida" in the time of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford (1885-1940s) and the contemporary Florida landscape. Discover the wild and wonderful places these two families explored during their time in southwest Florida, and see modern-day comparisons. Exhibit runs through September. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and all county holidays. 1 to 4 p.m. Donations are welcome. Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. (727) 582-2123. pinellascounty.org/heritage.

Man of La Mancha: In this production, the line between stage and audience will be erased. Everyone in the theater will inhabit the fantastical world of Alonso Quijana, an old and ailing gentleman who immerses himself in the fantasy literature of knights and dragons. Through July 17. Tickets are $37. 2 p.m. Prices vary by show; seniors 60+, students and military get a $3 discount. freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.

Extremities: Students from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High present this play by William Mastrosimone about what happens when an attacker invades the home of three young women. It explores the choice between living in fear or living in security, and the lengths people go to achieve safety. Contains strong language and sexual content. 2 p.m. $10, $8 students and seniors. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620. studio620.org.

First Sunday Improv Night: Starting with audience suggestions of three characters, two improvisers create a piece that takes place in one location. How about this: a pet psychologist, a drawbridge tender and a telemarketer for a cemetery walk into a bar. 8 p.m. Pay what you can at the door; $15 in advance. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.

Monday

Family Fun Days: Families are invited out to the pool for an afternoon of activities including music, games, contests, pool basketball, bingo and more. Noon to 3 p.m. $3, $2 children. St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. (727) 363-9245.

Tuesday

Gulfport Tuesday Morning Fresh Market: With live music, vegetables, fruit, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants and crafts. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beach Boulevard below 29th Avenue S in the historic Waterfront District. (727) 366-4086. gulfportma.com.

Family Flix @ Your Library: Some days it's just too hot to let your children play outside. Take them to the library to watch the adventures of Woody, Buzz and all the gang in the 103-minute G-rated film Toy Story 3. 2 p.m. Free. St. Petersburg Main Public Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. (727) 893-7724. splibraries.org.

Teen Tidalwave Tuesdays: Teens and tweens ages 11 to 17 can hang with friends and enjoy swimming, snacks, games and prizes in and around the pool. 7 to 9 p.m. $3. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016. largo.com.

Today

Freedom Fest in Pinellas Park: The Fourth of July Freedom Fest has landed a big name in country music, Darryl Worley. The Tennessee singer is best known for his 9/11 lament, Have You Forgotten? and for the lively Awful Beautiful Life. He'll be playing songs from his latest album, Sounds Like Life. The festivities, which begin at noon and continue until 10 p.m., include live music, a family fun zone and fireworks in Town Square Plaza Park, 5120 81st Ave. N. The event is free. For information, call (727) 967-4031 or visit tampabayfreedomfest.com.

Treasure Island Rockin' Red Glare: Come out to the beach and join Treasure Island's salute to the holiday. Sunday features the tropical rhythms of Caribbean Cowboy (3 p.m.), a flamboyant tribute to Elton John by Rus Anderson (6:30 p.m.) and a beachfront screening of the film How to Train Your Dragon (9 p.m.). 1 to 9 p.m. Free; Beach parking $10 all day. Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237. mytreasure island.org/calendar/calendarnew.htm.

Monday

Madeira Beach: Come early for the annual Fourth of July fireworks at the city recreation field at 200 Rex Place. A special prefireworks party from 4 to 10 p.m. is being organized by the city's 9/11 Memorial Ad Hoc Committee and will feature bands, hot dogs, barbecue pork, beer, soft drinks, and a variety of games for younger folks. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at dusk. Parking is available at the center, as well as at City Hall and the library parking lots.

St. Petersburg: The Pier will be the base of operations for downtown St. Petersburg's Fourth of July festivities, but the fireworks set to go off at 9 p.m. can be seen from most of the city's waterfront parks. There will be live music off and on between 11:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Inside, you can get your face, arms or back painted from noon to 9 p.m.

Gulfport: The city's Fourth of July celebration starts at 8 a.m. Monday with a kids fishing derby casting off from the seawall next to the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. Stick around for the sand castle contest at 10. Children can have fun in their own activities area while parents check out the auto show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A craft area opens at 4 p.m., and the event's official live music kicks off at 5. Clear the street for a parade on Beach Boulevard at 6 p.m., then stick around for the fireworks at 9. All events are free. For more information, call (727) 893-1118 or visit mygulfport.us.

Largo: The city gets set to "Light Up the Park" with this Independence Day celebration, including live music and DJ entertainment by Joe Ingrau, activities, food vendors, the "Community Event Friends" vendor area, and fireworks. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Free Limited $5 parking is available. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.

Treasure Island: Come out to the beach and join Treasure Island's salute to the holiday. Bring blankets and chairs for an all-day concert beginning with surf rockers the Tridents (1 p.m.), ska and tropical rock by Tropical Disturbance (3 p.m.), Southern rock by Rebel Pride Band (7 p.m.) and a fireworks finale (9 p.m.). 1 to 9 p.m. Free; beach parking $10 all day. Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.

Fourth of July at MFA: Groove to live tunes by Motel Funk while you enjoy your fill of gourmet barbecue, iced tea, soft drinks, a champagne toast and a cash bar. Includes a viewing of the art in the Hazel Hough Wing and the best seat in town for St. Petersburg's fireworks. 6 p.m. $44; $34 members. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667. fine-arts.org.

Fireworks sail and cruise: Choose from a silent sail or a motorized cruise on a 65-foot yacht on the calm waters of Boca Ciega Bay for an unobstructed view of fireworks including St. Pete Beach, Gulfport and Treasure Island. Children are not allowed on the sailing trip, but they are welcome on the yacht. BYOB welcome on the sailing trip, but not on the yacht. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $40 sail; $30 adults, $20 children cruise. Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center, 4737 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-7411.

Fourth of July at Cassis: Come drench the Cassis staff in the dunk tank while you enjoy an all-day brunch and barbecue buffet, fireworks and family fun. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $20.11, $10 11 and younger. Cassis American Brasserie, 170 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 827-2927. cassisab.com.

Fourth of July events and more around south Pinellas 07/02/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 2, 2011 5:31am]

    

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