Fun stuff for the weekend

Today

Children ages 14 and younger can fish for prizes in categories including first fish, largest fish, second largest fish, third largest fish, smallest fish and multiple catches. Poles and bait provided. Meet at shelter No. 3. 8-11:10 a.m. Free. Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave. N, Largo. (727) 319-8343.

Today

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend: The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce is holding a program dedicated to pampering. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc. This morning features a full breakfast while you see the latest in summer fashions and beachware by Key West Express. 9-11 a.m. $25-$30. Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 900 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. (727) 784-4287.

Indoor Fresh Market: The air-conditioned Seminole Mall corridors house a fresh market with 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 and Sunday, and the market will continue every Thursday-Sunday. Free (items individually priced). Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole. Contact: (727) 776-7261. www.seminolemall.net.

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

Shark Week at Clearwater Marine Aquarium: Today is the last day for Clearwater Marine Aquarium's "All Things Shark" which includes special shark presentations, crafts, adoption and merchandise discounts, and short films. The aquarium's own nurse sharks, Thelma and Louise, will take center stage. Mention the sharks' names at the door to receive $2 off general admission! 9 a.m.-7 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.

From Garden to Kitchen: Registered dietician Nan Jensen shows how to make the most of your garden harvest by properly storing, cooking and preserving freshly picked vegetables, with cooking demonstrations. 9-11 a.m. $15, registration required. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100; pinellascountyextension.org.

Greyhound adoptions: Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will hold a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Petco, 30697 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor.; www.great-greyhound.org.

Where Have All the Frogs Gone? Learn why populations of frogs and other amphibian species are declining rapidly around the world. Amphibians may be giving us signals about the current state and health of our planet's wetlands. 10-11 a.m. Free. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Miniature Train Rides: Kids of all ages — even adults who act like kids — can ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. (Donations for train maintenance appreciated.) Largo Central Railroad, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6775.

End of Summer Hosedown: Kids can splash in the spray with the help of the East Lake Fire Department at the library's end of summer hosedown. 10:30 a.m. Free. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 773-2665.

Tarpon Springs Castle Wine Party: Try wines in the courtyard, paired with different cuisine each month and live entertainment in a themed wine party. This month, be French for a day, try wines from Europe in the Oooo La La party. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Food complimentary with glass of wine, starting at $6. Tarpon Springs Castle Winery, 320 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-7029; www.tscwinery.com.

Meet the Artists: Anne Marie Podgurski and Jim "Moose" Rood create photographs that capture the special beauty of Florida. From young birds to dazzling sunsets, they record the candid moments that remind us about the wonder of nature. Meet the artists at a special three-hour social. All ages welcome. 1-4 p.m. Free. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

A Night in the Islands: A night under the stars on the historic Sponge Docks features live Greek music, Greek dancing and instructions, free lessons in tavli (Greek backgammon), dining and more. Before the main event, there will be live Greek music from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dodecanese Boulevard at Riverwalk, west of Hope Street. This portion features Ellada performing nisiotika, the lively traditional music of the Greek Islands. 6-11 p.m. Free. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; spongedocks.net.

Summer Blast Fun-Raiser: Steel drum music hits just the right notes for a summer evening of music and art. Museum galleries are open, so you can take time to view the August exhibits, and for music, John Shaw of the Florida Orchestra will be play the steel drums on the terrace, and Steve Turner of Giving Tree Music will lead a drum circle. 8-10 p.m. $10, purchase $3 beer and $4 wine tickets at front desk. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762; spcollege.edu/museum.

Rockers Rumorhazzitt to Debut: Rumorhazzitt, a new Tampa Bay rock band will debut with Thaddeus Wiley on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Frank Sortino playing lead guitar, bassist Mark Lulek, and drummer-percussionist Rick Klein. The group plays modern and classic rock favorites, as well as originals. 8-11 p.m. No cover charge. Oak Trail Books/Witch's Brew, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 483-9210; www.TheWitchsBrew.com.

Regrets Only: A smart comedy about friendship, loyalty and what it means to be in a relationship, and it takes on one of the most hotly contested political issues of our time. Located in the Commerce 19 Business Park, behind the Toyota dealer at U.S. 19 and Drew Street. Directions: wcplayers.org. 8 p.m. today; 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $18, $15 seniors/students/military. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. Highway 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363; wcplayers.org.

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. No alcohol is permitted on the beach. The shows start around dusk. Tonight's move is New Moon. 8:30 p.m. Free. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. (727) 434-6060; www.sunsetsatpier60.com.

Sunday

Tampa Comic Book and Toy Convention: Eighty-five tables of comics, videos, toys, action figures, anime, Star Wars memorabilia, artwork, trading cards and more. Dress as your favorite comic book hero or sci-fi legend for a chance in the costume contest. Guests include Greg Horn (Blackest Night: Wonder Woman), Michael Golden (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Alex Saviuk (Spider-man), Chuck Dixon (Batman), Steve Scott (X-men) and others. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 (12 and younger free). Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 522-9032; www.tampacomicconvention.com/index.htm.

Opera on a Sunday Afternoon: Opera DVDs presented by the Pinellas Opera League. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762; spcollege.edu/museum.

Auditions for 1776: 7 p.m. today and Monday at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; www.tarponarts.org.

Monday

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other adults 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, 2 and younger no fee. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Think about the Socrates Cafe: Do Americans value intelligence? What is a "just war"? A Largo Library program, the Socrates Cafe, is an opportunity for people to get together and exchange ideas and opinions about a variety of topics in a fun, inclusive environment. The program is for people from all backgrounds to get together to exchange ideas and opinions. Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive. 10:30 a.m. Free. (727) 587-6715.

Drumming for kids: Take part in a facilitated drum circle for children of all ages at Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. 2 p.m. Free. Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970; www.myclearwater.com/cpl.

Clearwater Stamp Club: The Clearwater Stamp Club invites all with an interest in stamp collecting to its monthly meeting and program, a slide presentation on the Shanghai Expo 2010 Philatelic Show. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater. Call (727) 599-1745.

LiveStrong Exercise for Cancer Survivors: Ongoing gentle exercise class for cancer survivors and those currently in treatment. 5-7 p.m. Free admission. YMCA (North Pinellas), 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor. (727) 772-9622.

Bingo: Early bird bingo at 6 p.m.; followed by regular bingo at 7 p.m. Smoking allowed outside on a covered deck. 6-9 p.m. Free admission. VFW Post 10304, 724 Tuskawilla St., Clearwater. (727) 443-7473.

Go Around the World: Visit the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, during Family Culture, Crafts and Cuisine to listen to a cultural story and participate in extra activities while snacking on cuisine from Hispanic culture. 6:20 p.m. Free. (727) 587-6715.

Singing is Life: The Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires Men's Barbershop four-part harmony chorus invites all male singers to come and see if this hobby might appeal to you. 6:45-8:45 p.m. Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 784-8052; crystalaires.com.

Starlight Dance: This evening of dance features the live sounds of the Ellis Hale Band. No partner required. 7 p.m. $5. Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Tuesday

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.

Military Order of the World Wars: The Military Order of the World Wars meets the first Tuesday of every month. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Belleair. (727) 461-7171; www.belleaircc.com.

Hippies Invade Largo: It's a family affair with groovy '60s music and light refreshments. Dust off your tambourine, get out the tie-dye duds and weave a garland of flowers for your hair, as hippies take over Central Park to raise awareness for September's Age of Aquarius fundraiser for Partners N Progress for the Arts. 5:30 p.m. Free. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 586-7415.

Geneology event: The Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive, will present "Getting Started in Geneology.'' Learn how to begin your family history research in this introductory class. 6 p.m. Free. (727) 587-6715.

Singles Meeting: The Upper Pinellas Singles, a group of active seniors 50-plus, meet weekly for dinner, a program and socializing. 6-7 p.m. $7 per person. First United Methodist Church of Dunedin, 421 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-4623.

The Tao of Everest: Using the power of emotional storytelling, Ian Woodall, one of a select few to have climbed the world's highest mountain by both its south and north sides, brings the triumphs and tragedies of climbing Mount Everest directly to his audience. 7 p.m. Free. Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3080.

Teen Tidalwave Tuesdays: Teens and tweens ages 11-17 can hang with friends and enjoy swimming, snacks, games and prizes in and around the pool. 7:15-9:15 p.m. $3. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Fun stuff for the weekend 08/06/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 6, 2010 10:21pm]

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