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Holiday Lights Dog Parade

Today

The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed, best behaved and most adorable. Registration is $5. Pets must be leashed and under their owner's control. For details, call (727) 582-2100.

Today

Trail mystery scavenger hunt: Explore the mysteries of Brooker Creek Preserve on a scavenger hunt 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Follow clues along trails to navigate and learn more about nature. Solve all clues to win a prize. Free. All ages welcome. Call (727) 453-6800.

Cultural journey: The Tamburitzans of Duquesne University perform folk dances and music from Eastern Europe and neighboring cultures at 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets $26, $23 members and students. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org.

Opera DVD: The Pinellas Opera League will show the DVD, Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, at 1:30 p.m. in the video center of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Free. Call (727) 242-6486.

Party at the winery: Tarpon Springs Castle Winery will host a "Rock and Roll Forever" party 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 320 E Tarpon Ave. featuring live music and free food with wine purchase. Call (727) 943-7029.

Art exhibit: Environmental photojournalist and author Carlton Ward combines stories of the Florida landscape with the cultural heritage of the legendary Florida cowboy in an exhibit 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 453-6800.

Ride the rails: Kids and adults can experience large-scale model railroading and the hobby of live steam firsthand with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad. There are approximately 1.2 miles of mainline track with numerous passings running through Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The train is open the first full weekend of each month, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Donations welcome. Call (727) 585-9835.

Market in the park: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through April 17 at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. At least 36 vendors will offer fresh produce, seafood, honey, all-natural pet treats, hot sauces, crafts and more. Pinellas County Extension will provide several educational booths. Call market manager Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215.

Bird watching: Join Clearwater Audubon Society members for an 8 a.m. hike at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Look for a variety of songbirds, water birds and raptors along a 3/4-mile trail. Cost is $2 for ages 3-12; $3 for ages 13 and older. Call (727) 596-8822.

Sunday

Crossroads Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday at the North Pinellas Historical Museum, 2043 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. The market focuses on locally grown or harvested fresh products including fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, plants, baked goods and more. Call (727) 787-4700 or (727) 724-3054.

Monday

Garden club to meet: The Garden Club of Tarpon Springs will meet at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 812 Tarpon Ave. Arborist Art Finn will present a program on pruning trees. Refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome. Call Karyn Zervos at (727) 842-2562.

Audubon Society meeting: The Clearwater Audubon Society will present guest speaker Charles Lee, who will talk about the history of the Audubon Society in Florida at 7:30 p.m. at Moccasin Lake Nature Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call (727) 462-6024.

Tuesday

Sheller to speak: The Suncoast Conchologists Seashell Club will hear guest speaker Wayne Harland of Crystal River describe his shelling experiences in the Bahamas at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater. Open to the public. Call (727) 531-0897 or (727) 595-3575.

Holiday exhibit: The Dunedin Historical Museum is exhibiting a holiday display explaining the origins of Santa, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 349 Main St. Exhibition ends Jan. 13. Call (727) 736-1176.

Writers to meet: The Palm Harbor Writers Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Activity Center, 1500 16th St. Bring work to share. Call (727) 786-3133.

Free film: The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department shows the new release movie, Julie & Julia, at 1 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave. Rated R. Free. Call (727) 942-5628.

Love to cook? Join host Pat Dugan for an iced tea tasting, simple soup supper and discussion at 6 p.m. meeting of the Cookbook and Supper Club at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. Free. Bring soup and salad recipes to share. Call (727) 943-4922.

Holiday Lights Dog Parade 01/01/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 1, 2010 5:17pm]

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