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Student artwork lines the halls at the St. Petersburg College campus in Tarpon Springs.

JESSICA J. BEALL | Special to the Times

Student artwork lines the halls at the St. Petersburg College campus in Tarpon Springs.


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The end-of-semester juried Student Charette is on display from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday in the Fine Arts Education Wing of St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs campus, next to Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road. Admission is free. The public is invited to a reception from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. For information, call (727) 712-5672.


Treasure Hunters Roadshow: Bring in your rare and unusual collectibles and meet with experts in the field at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Hampton Inn & Suites, 39284 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Free admission. Call (217) 726-7590.

Breakfast with Santa: Bring the family for the 18th annual Breakfast with Santa 8-11 a.m. at St. Jerome Early Childhood Center, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo. Tickets are $5 advance, $6 at the door. Call (727) 596-9491 or visit

Chorus to entertain: The Palm Harbor Community Chorus will perform the free musical program "Happy Holidays" at 3 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.

Sunset Hills Santa event: Sunset Hills Elementary School PTA will host its annual Pancake Breakfast and Bike Ride with Santa starting at 8 a.m. at the school, 1347 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Tickets can be prepaid to the PTA for $6 adults and $3 children; or purchased at the door for $7 adults, $4 children. Call (727) 943-5523 or e-mail

Free movie: Celebrate Christmas with the seasonal classic, It's a Wonderful Life, at 5 p.m. at Craig Park bandshell, Five Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. After the movie, greet Santa as he disembarks from the boat parade. Refreshments available for purchase. Call (727) 942-5628.

Tarpon Springs boat parade: The 20th annual Holiday Boat Parade will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Whitcomb and Springs Bayous, and the Anclote River, Tarpon Springs. Decorated boats of all sizes will participate in this free event. Prizes will be awarded. For information and to register, call (727) 942-5628.

Holiday Chamber Ensembles Concert: 8 p.m. in the Murray Studio of Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Top student musicians will be represented in string, woodwind and brass ensembles. Tickets $10 adults, $2 children and students. Call (727) 438-3149 or visit

A holiday special: The West Coast Players present The Santaland Diaries, a funny, true account of the author's stint working as a Christmas elf at Macy's, at 2 and 8 p.m. today and Dec. 19, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 20. To find the theater, take U.S. 19 to Drew St., Clearwater. Turn east toward Best Buy. Turn left at the light at Best Buy onto the access road and follow it to the stop sign. Turn right into the first group of units. All seats $15. Call (727) 482-9967.

Hands-on fun: Great Explorations Children's Museum presents the Wonderful Wizard of Oz Traveling Exhibition on display today through Dec. 18 during regular business hours at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Each exhibit section is an oversized 3-D book open to a page from the story. Free admission. Call (727) 562-4970.

IEYC memorial holiday boat parade: Starts at 6:30 p.m. in Mandalay Channel between Island Estates and Clearwater Beach. The illuminated vessels will arrive at Coachman Park at 8 p.m., sail under the Memorial Causeway bridge, and navigate to the Clearwater Yacht Club judging stand. Rain date Sunday. Call (727) 461-1147.

Christmas chorus: The combined music ministries of First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor United Methodist Church will present the musical program, Exceeding Great Joy, at 7 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs, 501 E Tarpon Ave., and Sunday at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, 1551 Belcher Road. Free admission and valet parking. Call (727) 785-7487 or (727) 937-3271.

Day of music: All ages are invited to the six-hour musical event, "Get Out of the Garage," to raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving noon-6 p.m. at Sam Ash, 923 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. There will be a lead guitar competition, silent auction, and several local bands will perform, including Highway to Hell, the AC/DC tribute band. Free admission. Call (813) 818-1000.

Dunedin holiday parade: The themed parade, Winter Holidays Across the World, will begin at 4 p.m. on Douglas Avenue and Beltrees Street and proceed north past Pioneer Park. Call (727) 812-4530.

Backgammon tournament: The Tampa Bay Backgammon Club will host a backgammon and tavli tournament starting at noon at Hampton Inn & Suites, 39284 US 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 743-0500.

Victorian Christmas: Tarpon Springs Art Association members will sell their work, create art, paint store windows and greet shoppers noon-4 p.m. as part of the annual Victorian Christmas Second Saturday event along Tarpon Ave. From 6-8 p.m. luminaries will light the street and desserts and wines from around the world will be served. Stores will stay open late and merchants and carolers will be dressed in Victorian costumes. Call (727) 937-7125.

Tour De Clay of Tampa Bay: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday, includes two local studios in Palm Harbor: Pottery Boys Clay Studio, 30 Bogie Lane, with pottery demonstrations throughout the weekend, call (727) 736-4870; and Clay and Paper Studio, 110 Peterson Ave., with a kiln opening at noon today, and pottery demonstrations today and Sunday, call (727) 772-9570.

Palm Harbor parade: The Palm Harbor Community Holiday Parade starts at 3 p.m. at Westlake Blvd. and Nebraska Ave. and winds around to Florida Ave. and 11th St., where children may visit with Santa. Bring seating. There is no rain date. Call (727) 771-6000 or (727) 784-4287.

Book sale and signing: USF art history professor Sheramy Bundrick will discuss and sign her historical romance, Sunflowers: A Novel of Vincent Van Gogh, at 2 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. Books will be available for sale and signing. Refreshments will be served. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.

Rummage sale: Queen Esther Chapter 4, Order of the Eastern Star of Clearwater is hosting a rummage sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge of Clearwater 127, 705 S Hercules Ave. Call (727) 447-5161.

Living Nativity: The annual outdoor production of the Living Nativity, complete with animals and music, will be 8 p.m. today and Sunday and Dec. 18-19 at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road 95, Palm Harbor. Free. Call (727) 771-8600 or visit.

The Nutcracker: This holiday classic will be presented at 2 and 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $25 VIP, $22 advance, $25 day of show, $20 senior (60+), $20 student. Call the box office at (727) 587-6793.

The Nephcure walk: Free registration 9-9:30 a.m., approximate 2-mile walk begins at 9:30 at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. To register call toll-free 1-866-637-4287 or visit www.NephCure. org.

Old-fashioned holiday: The Safford House Museum's seventh annual Victorian Christmas will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. today and Sunday at 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs, with music, refreshments and a visit with Santa. $10 adults, $6 children ages 3-17, and free for children age 3 and younger accompanied by a parent. Purchase tickets at the door, by calling (727) 942-5605 or online at

Holiday lights: The Florida Botanical Gardens will glow with more than 400,000 lights 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 3 at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Entertainment provided by local artists. Today: Company B Ballet will perform The Nutcracker, the Lindblom Family Singers, and there'll be a visit with Santa. $2 minimum donation, free for 12 and younger. Call (727) 582-2247.

Palms & Poinsettias: Creators and vendors will offer jewelry, paintings, decorations, home decor and more 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. Free admission and parking, and free breakfast with Santa. Call (727) 587-6775 or visit Largo

Bird walk at Brooker Creek: See migratory and resident songbirds and raptors on a walk beginning at 8 a.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Bring binoculars if you have them. Call (727) 781-0745.

30 tons of snow: SnowFest will be 4-8 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Sports Complex, 970 Seventh Ave. with snow ramp for sledding, music, bounce house, carnival games, photos with Santa, concessions and more. Sponsored by the Elena Tresh Foundation, proceeds benefit terminally and seriously ill children and their families. Call (727) 210-1019.

North Pinellas calendar of events 12/11/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 11, 2009 10:00pm]
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