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'Grunge' photography exhibit

Today

Jim Lucadam's High Dynamic Range "grunge" photography is on exhibit in the Palm Harbor Library's Art Alcove. A former history teacher, Lucadam searches for historic buildings in the area to photograph. These unique pictures of easily recognizable sites in Palm Harbor, such as the barbershop and Strachan's Ice Cream Parlor, have the look of paintings due to digital software enhancement. View during normal library hours. Exhibit ends Sept. 3. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 784-3332, ext. 3021.

Today

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

Didgeridoo Down Under: A high-energy show that combines music, art, puppetry, comedy and audience participation. 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 of Springtime City to meet: Bill Barnett, a trustee for the Florida District of Kiwanis, will discuss the funds given to Kiwanis-sponsored children and youth organizations. The public is invited. Call for reservations. 6 p.m. Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane, Clearwater. (727) 725-7549; www.kiwanis.org/club/springtimecity.

Back to School Fundraiser: The Neighborhood Family Center invites the public to its fourth annual back to school event featuring hors d'oeuvres from Cello's, Paradise, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza, music and adult beverages. Proceeds provide school supplies to children in need. 6-8 p.m. $10 per person. Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 791-8255; sydentelgalleries.com.

Dunedin Blue Jays: Infomercial Night: You've seen them all over television, and now you can see them live. The latest in baseball-related consumer goods will be on display, starting at 6 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

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.

Park It Fridays!: The Oldsmar Leisure Services Department invites families to "Park It" in a comfortable spot and learn about different topics. This week, representatives from Sunstar EMS discuss "911 Ambulance." 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.

Ronald McDonald: Enjoy magic with Ronald McDonald. Don't forget your camera! 2 p.m. Free. Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970; myclearwater.com/cpl.

Get up and dance: Help launch the first National Dance Day by learning the Nappy-Tab dance, created by So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo. To celebrate Dance Day, Arthur Murray Dance Studio (Palm Harbor) is hosting a dance party where everyone will dance the Nappy-Tab routine to Don't Be Jealous of My Boogie. Thirty-minute free dance classes will be offered to new students all day, getting everyone primed and ready for the evenings dance party. 7 p.m. Free. Arthur Murray Dance Studio (Palm Harbor), 34930 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 786-2224; arthurmurraypalmharbor.com.

Dunedin Blue Jays: It's Friday Bingo Night and fans can play bingo under the barbecue tent, 6-7 p.m. before each Friday D-Jays home game that begins at 7 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

Flick N Float Family Movies: All ages are welcome to bring floats or chairs for the Friday night family movie. Free hot dogs and Chick-fil-A sandwiches; concessions are also available. The movie begins at dusk. This portion features Fame. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10 with Largo recreation card for up to five people; $15 without card for up to five people. Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3125.

Artist's exhibit opens with play: Meet artist Gayle Decoste, whose impressionistic artwork will be exhibited in the lobby at the opening of the smart comedy Regrets Only. Exhibit continues through the run of the play. 8 p.m. Included with admission. Free to view art. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363; wcplayers.com.

Suzanne Ruley and Friends: Love and Other Irrationalities: Musical comedian and storyteller Suzanne Ruley shares some of her favorite and newly discovered songs from musical theater and cabaret. 8 p.m. $16, $14 for members, $12 for students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; www.tarponarts.org.

'Regrets Only': A smart comedy about friendship, loyalty and what it means to be in a relationship, and 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. In the Commerce 19 Business Park, behind the Toyota dealer at U.S. 19 North and Drew Street. Directions: wcplayers.org. 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 and Doug Kirsch. Sponsored by the Tampa Bay West Coast Swing Association Inc. Admission price includes free soft drinks and refreshments. For more 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.

Saturday

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.

Pests Be Gone!: Learn how to deal with insects, weeds and diseases that can do damage to a vegetable garden, plus when the best time to harvest vegetables is for optimum flavor. 9-11 a.m. $15. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100; pinellascountyextension.org.

Habitat for Humanity Showcase Home Open House: Take an exclusive tour of a LEED-certified town home built by Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County in its first "green" subdivision. Habitat volunteers and homeowners are needed. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Habitat for Humanity Home, 501 Howell St., Dunedin.

Spiritual Sri Lankan Drum and Dance Concerts for World Peace: Traditional Sri Lankan concert presented by the Pancha Thurya Drum and Dance Troupe of Boston, under the direction of MIT professor Dr. Arjuna Balasura. Dressed in traditional Sri Lankan costumes, and using traditional drums, the orchestra members follow the cultural practice of respect for the instruments, respecting elders and praying before performing. Locations for this event include the Phat Phap Temple in St. Petersburg, Unity Church of Clearwater and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Clearwater. Some proceeds benefit the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society of Clearwater, a nonprofit Buddhist organization. 11 a.m. $15. Phat Phap Temple, 1770 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 520-9209; chuaphatphap.org.

Adult Summer Reading Club luncheon: Tickets are on sale for the Dunedin Public Library Adult Summer Reading Club. Cynthia Barnett, author of Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., will be the featured speaker. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the luncheon are available at the library, 223 Douglas Ave. Cost: $5. For more information, call (727) 298-3080, ext 224. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 for lunch. Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3080, ext. 224.

Backgammon tournament: The Tampa Bay Backgammon Club will host a tournament at noon. Hampton Inn and Suites, 21030 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 743-0500.

Book signing : Local author Elaine Seissler will sign copies of her book, Me & My Hormones Walking Down 5th Avenue. Born with a brain tumor and associated learning disabilities, Seissler became an accomplished physical therapist and recounts experiences in unconventional places for personal and spiritual growth that merge science, metaphysics, music, dance and art. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Oak Trail Books/Witch's Brew, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 785-1960; www.OakTrailBooks.com.

Surviving FCAT for Parents: Three Pinellas County schoolteachers will address concerns and offer helpful hints and strategies for parents to help their children get through the FCAT exam. 1 p.m. Free. Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater. (727) 562-4970.

Wimpy Kid Jeopardy: In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, what is the Wimpy Kid's real name? Who is his biggest nemesis? Who tries to touch the Wimpy Kid with a booger? What gives you the worst cooties of your life? Die hard Wimpy Kid fans will say those questions are super easy. Maybe the folks at the library will come up with some real head scratchers for this team competition testing kids on their knowledge of the Wimpy Kid book series. 2-4 p.m. Free. Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970.

Taiko Workshop and Demonstration: Workshop participants will join the Tampa Taiko group on stage for an interactive program that covers the history of Taiko, the music of Japan, modern drumming performance, and drum-making using discarded wine barrels that have been recycled into Taiko drums. The workshop is open to all ages and musical experience, but class size is limited to 30. 2 p.m. $10. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; www.tarponarts.org.

Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social: Come together for an old-time hymn sing (2-3 p.m.) and ice cream social (3-4 p.m.). Free. Friendship United Methodist Church, 2039 Druid Road E, Clearwater. (727) 797-0288.

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.

'Grunge' photography exhibit 07/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:52pm]

    

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