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A New Year's Eve Celebration begins at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Maestro Andras Deak and the Strauss Symphony of America will play waltzes and polkas, and soprano Melanie Holliday and tenor Neal von Osten will perform Viennese operetta excerpts. Tickets $42-$68. Call (727) 791-7400.

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Safety Harbor Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the gazebo at John Wilson Park, 401 Main St., featuring fresh and organic produce, plants and flowers, gourmet foods, baked goods, jewelry, light snacks and more. Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674.

Friday

Commune with nature: Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, 150 Highland Ave. SE, is a 31-acre nature park virtually surrounded by water and home to hundreds of wildlife species for viewing. More than 130 species of birds, otters, red fox, American alligator, marsh rabbits, wild turkey and bats all feed or live within the park. A 5-mile kayak/canoe route begins at the park and ends at Park Boulevard. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed at the park. More than 40 interpretive displays educate visitors on the wildlife. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Restroom facilities available. Call (727) 518-3047.

Saturday

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.

Holiday Lights Dog Parade: 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.

Cultural journey: The Tamburitzans of Duquesne University will perform folk dances and music from Eastern Europe and neighboring cultures at 7:30 p.m. Saturday 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 engines firsthand with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad. There are about 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.

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.

North Pinellas events: Out and About 12/30/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 6:36pm]
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