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Learn an ancient Chinese healing art

Today

Qigong warm-up, movement progression and meditation with a certified instructor. 9-10 a.m. First session in the ancient Chinese healing art is free. After that, it's $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers. Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Sponsor: Sharon Snow. (813) 249-7356.

Today

Senior Wednesdays at Clearwater Marine Aquarium: This special rate includes complimentary doughnuts and coffee, and a 10 percent discount on gift shop purchases. Each week, a different staff member or volunteer will chat about how this working animal hospital operates. 9-10 a.m. $3 for seniors age 55 and older. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (727) 441-1790; www.SeeWinter.com.

Video games on loan: The Palm Harbor Library offers Xbox 360 and Wii games for seven-day checkout. Some popular Wii games available include Lego Harry Potter, New Super Mario Brothers, and Wii Sports Resort. Xbox 360 games include Halo 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 3, and Batman: Arkham Asylum. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Free. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor.

Quilter's Crossing Quilt Guild: Join others with an interest in quilting at a meeting of the Quilter's Crossing Quilt Guild. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor.

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. 9:45-10:45 a.m. today and Friday. $1.50, 2 and younger no fee. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. Call (727) 518-3016; www.largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

Muvico Free Family Film Festival: Each summer, movie theaters throughout the Tampa Bay area offer parents a chance to give their air conditioners a break by offering free kid-friendly movies a couple mornings a week. Part of the proceeds from refreshment sales go to the Starlight Children's Foundation of Florida, a nonprofit group that helps families suffering through the illness of a child by providing entertainment and family-friendly activities. The feature is Shorts. Doors open at 9 a.m. 10 a.m. Free; refreshments extra. Palm Harbor 10, 37912 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 944-2282; www.muvico.com/freefilmfest.asp.

Belleair Garden Club: Summer potluck gathering for the Garden Club asks guests to bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert to share for at least six people. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Belleair Garden Club, 903 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair. (727) 581-8929.

On the easel: Artist Patricia Miller talks about her career in the arts and about her pen-and-ink drawing Queen of the Road, part of the current exhibit of her works. Noon. Included with regular museum admission. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762; www.spcollege.edu/museum.

Clearwater East Library activities: Splash into aquatic fun and participate in folk tales from around the world. 2-3 p.m. Free. Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970.

Book signing: Meet New York Times bestselling author Chris Kuzneski and get his latest book, The Prophecy, the day before its nationwide release during a special prerelease party. Kuzneski, a Pennsylvania native, now lives in Tampa. His books focus on an elite fictitious military group known as the MANIACS. The Prophecy has already been released in the United Kingdom and went to No. 4 on bestseller lists there. 6 p.m. Borders Books, Movies & Music, 2683 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 723-2300.

Greek dance classes: Instructor is Dr. Mary Coros, director of the Levendia Dance Troupe. Learn popular Greek dances and the origin of and traditions surrounding each dance. Wear comfortable shoes, no flip-flops. The class is oriented toward participants 14 and older. 7-8:30 p.m. $30 for all four classes, $25 for each additional family member. Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs.; www.tarponarts.org.

Canine behavior course: Dogs will learn basic obedience commands and how to overcome unwanted behaviors such as jumping, pulling and chewing. Proof of rabies vaccination required. Participants must register online to attend the class. 7-8 p.m. $65; $45 for SPCA Tampa Bay adopters. SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 586-3591; www.spcatampabay.org.

Thursday

Tai chi: Learn the movements of tai chi at a relaxed pace. 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.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Program includes story-related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3-5. In Susie Caldwell Rinehart's book Eliza and the Dragonfly, follow the life cycle of a dragonfly from pond-dwelling nymph to a beautiful flying creature. 10:30 a.m. Free (registration required). Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800. Visit www.brookercreek preserve.org.

Razzmatazz Ventriloquist and Magic Show: An interactive ventriloquist and magic show for the entire family. 3 p.m. Free. North Greenwood Library, 905 N MLK Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 462-6895; www.clearwater-fl.com/CPL/index.asp.

Oldsmar library teen programs: Oldsmar Public Library offers programs for teens ages 13 through 19. Registration is required. Design book review cards. 3-5 p.m. Free. Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1178; www.oldsmarlibrary.org.

Greater Pinellas Democratic Club: The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will host a dinner meeting with guest speaker Phil Compton, representing the Sierra Club; Aaron Carmella, zone coordinator AFL-CIO; and nine candidates for various nonpartisan school board positions will discuss their candidacies. Questions will be welcomed. 6-8 p.m. $15 dinner cost. Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park..

Kiwanis to meet: Koni Cassini, director of finance for Tampa Bay Water, will speak about current and future plans related to our water supply. The public is welcome to attend. Call for reservations. 6-8 p.m. Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane, Clearwater.; www.kiwanis.org/club/springtimecity.

Friday

Park It Fridays! The city of Oldsmar Leisure Services Department invites family to "Park It" in a comfortable spot and learn about different topics. This week, Shan Fernandez discusses "What's All This About Water?" 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.

Art, books and community reading club: Read and discuss books about modern art and enjoy light refreshments in the museum's Interactive Gallery. July's selection is Picasso's War by Russell Martin. Books are available for purchase at the museum or by interlibrary loan at the Palm Harbor Library. 10 a.m. to noon. Free with museum admission. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762; www.spcollege.edu/museum.

Outdoor fun: An afternoon of fun lawn games for the whole family. 2:30 p.m. Free. North Greenwood Library, 905 N MLK Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 462-6895; www.clearwater-fl.com/CPL/index.asp.

Art studio open house and artist's reception: Opening reception for an exhibit of innovative works by Kevin Strayer, including pastel paintings and intricate paper mosaics. Other events include a demonstration by members of the Miniature Art Society of Florida. Stirling studio artists will be opening their studios and showing their work. 5:30 p.m. Free. Stirling Hall Art Studios, 730 Broadway, Dunedin.; www.stirlingartstudios.com/index.htm.

Dunedin Wine and Art Walk: Art, wine tastings, food, live entertainment. This month's entertainment by Michelle Lee Grossman. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10 wristbands. Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. (727) 734-8671; www.2ndFridayDunedin.com.

All American Sock Hop: Celebrate America and National Ice Cream Month at this oldies dance with a DJ, trivia, classic American cuisine, trivia contests and a build-your-own sundae or banana split bar. 7-11 p.m. $34.95. Bon Appetit Restaurant, 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin. (727) 733-2151; www.bonappetitrestaurant.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, Imagine That, begins at dusk. 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.

The Music Man: An affectionate ode to small-town America of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize — this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. 8 p.m. $18, $16 for members, $12 for students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; www.tarponarts.org.

Short Plays Festival: Eight new one-act plays are presented: A Line of Malarky, by Larry Parr; Herman's Wedding, by John Franceschini; One Sunday Morning, by Dennis Joneds; Diva, by Mark Berman; The Voice of Silence, by Lauren Tunnell; How Nice of You to Ask, by Rich Rubin; Full, by Bill Doncaster; and Therapy, by George J Bryjak. Take the service road from U.S. 19 and Drew Street to the theater. 8 p.m. $15. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363; www.wcplayers.com.

Nunsense: Musical comedy about the misadventures of the Little Sisters of Hoboken in their efforts to raise funds to bury the dearly departed members of their convent who died from food poisoning after eating Sister Julia's vichyssoise. 8 p.m. $26, $16 age 19 and younger. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.; www.largoarts.com.

Friday Night West Coast Swing Dance Party: Kick up your heels swing dancing every Friday to the sounds of DJs Jim Scott & 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 non-members. Dance America Dance Studio, 4445 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. (727) 393-5088.

Learn an ancient Chinese healing art 07/06/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 8:38pm]

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