Enliven election season with movie in the park
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington will be the featured film from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday for music and movies at North Straub Park at Beach Drive and Fourth Avenue NE.
The free event, which will include live music by Florida's troubadour, Dale Crider, starts at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk. Arrive early to pick out a prime spot, bring your own chair or rent one from the event organizers. Food will be available for purchase from vendors from the Saturday Morning Market.
Times' columnist offers insights on Fla. politics
Florida Politics 101, a conversation with St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Steidinger Auditorium at the Fish and Wildlife Institute, 100 Eighth Ave. SE. Florida's U.S. Senate race is the topic to be discussed. For more information, call (727) 873-4872.
Brides-to-be, this event will help plan big day
The Tampa Bay Bridal Show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. Meet the area's top bridal professionals. More than 60 area businesses will participate, featuring the latest fashions, flowers, photography, caterers and more. Register to win door prizes and grand giveaways. $3 admission. For more information, visit tampabaybridalexpos.com.
Widen your social circle with square dancing
Make a circle of new friends at Largo Community Center's square dance. The program, led by professional square dance caller Allen Snell, will be held from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Friday. The Largo Community Center is located at 65 Fourth St. NW. Cost is $5. Call (727) 518-3131.
SPC band to perform first concert of year
The 50-member St. Petersburg College band will perform its first concert of the 2010-2011 academic year at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. This program includes works by John Mackey, J.S. Bach, Francois-Joseph Gossec, Ottorino Respighi, Malcolm Arnold and John Philip Sousa. Free. For more information, call (727) 341-7984.
Soggy Doggy Day is on Saturday at Largo pool
The Aquatics Division of the city of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will hold its annual Soggy Doggy Day on Saturday at the Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. The public is invited to bring pooches to the pool for a day of swimming before the facility closes for the season. The schedule: Dogs 18 inches or shorter, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; dogs taller than 18 inches, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per dog. Owners are free, however, humans will not be allowed in the water due to Health Department regulations. Proof of vaccination will be required. For more information, visit LargoPools.com or call (727) 518-3018.
Let Treasure Hunters evaluate rare items
What treasures are stashed around Largo? The Treasure Hunters Roadshow will be in town today through Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 210 Seminole Blvd. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Residents are invited to bring in their rare and unusual collectibles. Participation is free. For more information, visit treasurehuntersroadshow.tv. or call (217) 726-7590.
Help kids off to a great start with reading
Registration is under way for the Ready Readers Book Club, which will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The program, designed for kids ages 5-7, will include a talk and activity. Books used are chapter books and beginning readers that combine short sentences with pictures. It is free. Call the children's department, (727) 587-2516.
Learn about admissions, aid at USF open house
USF St. Petersburg is hosting a Fall Open House from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Science and Technology Building, 140 Seventh Ave. S. The annual open house is open to all high school and transfer students who are interested in applying to USF St. Petersburg. The program will offer information sessions on admissions, academics, financial aid and housing. Campus tours will be offered continuously. Computer access will be available for students who wish to apply during their visit. Call (727) 873-4754.
Clam Bayou Cleanup looking for volunteers
The Clam Bayou Cleanup is seeking volunteers to help cleanup and clear debris from the wildlife habitat in Clam Bayou Nature Park, 29th Ave. S. and Miriam Street. The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday . Canoes and kayaks permitted. Beverages and lunch will be provided. For more information, call (727) 893-1066.
Get taste of Sri Lanka at Buddhist center event
The Samadhi Buddhist Mediation Center is hosting "A Taste of Sri Lanka" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chinese Community Center, 4600 78th Ave. N. in Pinellas Park . Food from Sri Lanka and Asian gift items will be offered. Chat with authentic Buddhist monks and Florida's only resident Theravadan Buddhist nun. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the event. A $20 per person donation, as able, is suggested. For more information, e-mail Sandy Steers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Samadhi Buddhist Meditation Center at email@example.com.
Enjoy food, goods at church yard sale
A Boot Sale, reminiscent of an old English yard sale, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th St. N. Jewelry, collectibles, household items, clothing, books and miscellaneous items. A bake sale with homemade cakes, pies and cookies and a lunch featuring hamburgers and hot dogs will be available. Proceeds will go toward church outreach projects. For more information, e-mail Nancy Morgan at Fla55Morgans@aol.com.