Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

North Pinellas Things to Do for Dec. 25

Events

Holiday Lights: Stroll through the Florida Botanical Gardens decorated with laser lights, flora and fauna displays, decorated trees, a seven-foot high gingerbread house with more than 600 lights, 30-foot white swan and a tropical parrot. With entertainment. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. every day through Jan. 1. Check flbg.org for complete schedule. Price: $2, 12 and younger free. 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100.

Blast Friday: Little River Band performs a free concert. Vendors, fun foods, family activities, contests and entertainment. 5:30 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.

ZZ Top: The blues-rock band performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road Clearwater. Friday, 8 p.m. Price: $55-$125. Phone: (727) 791-7400.

Holiday Lights Dog Parade: Parade of pooches is a tradition at the Holiday Lights in the Gardens. 1 p.m. Sunday. Florida Botanical Gardens, 2520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Price: $2. Children 12 and younger free. (727) 582-2100.

Gilbert Gottfried: The comedian's signature loud, raspy voice has earned him roles on Saturday Night Live, MTV, the Cosby Show, Late Night with David Letterman and in movies including Beverly Hills Cop II and Aladdin. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Price: $25-$49. (727) 791-7400.

Movies

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring a blanket or low chair and watch the movie Happy Feet. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Pier 60 Park, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036.

Afternoon Cinema: New movie series begins with Red 2, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 1 p.m. Friday, Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Price: $2, $1 with rec card. (727) 298-3299

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs and watch the movie Grown Ups 2. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Pier 60 Park, Clearwater Beach. Free.

Library fun

Community Drum Circle: Ring in the New Year with the sounds of drums led by Giving Tree Music's Steve Turner. Drums will be provided. 2 p.m. Saturday, Clearwater's Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580. Free. (727) 562-4970.

Puppet Show: "Winter Wonder" show with the teen Dascaloja Puppeteers. 2 p.m. Saturday, Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Free. (727) 562-4970.

Comments
HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Brooke Blankenship and Luca Tresh

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Brooke Blankenship and Luca Tresh

Brooke Blankenship, Academy at the LakesAcademy at the Lakes knew it would be difficult to manufacture runs during last week's anticipated matchup with Land O'Lakes and Gators ace Callie Turner.So the Wildcats decided to steal a run.This wasn't any h...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Work starting on JW Marriott, but Water Street Tampa expects to have 10 buildings under way within a year

Work starting on JW Marriott, but Water Street Tampa expects to have 10 buildings under way within a year

TAMPA — Water Street Tampa marks the start of construction Tuesday on its first building, the posh JW Marriott hotel, but there’s a lot more to come.And soon.Within a year, developers said Monday, construction should be underway on 10 — 10! — of Wate...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
In search for stolen car, the baby inside was the calmest one

In search for stolen car, the baby inside was the calmest one

ST. PETERSBURG — Photojournalist Michael Egger pulled into the apartment complex off 71st Avenue N on Monday afternoon, waiting for reporter Mark Douglas. The two WFLA-Ch. 8 journalists were looking for someone — they wouldn’t say who — when they fou...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Sears in Clearwater’s Countryside Mall to close in mid-July

Sears in Clearwater’s Countryside Mall to close in mid-July

CLEARWATER — The Westfield Countryside Mall Sears will close in mid-July as part of Sears Holdings’ latest store cuts, bringing the number of shuttering Kmarts and Sears to nearly 200.The store’s liquidation sale will begin on Friday, according to Se...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Deputies: Parents may have fled with newborn ordered taken by court

Deputies: Parents may have fled with newborn ordered taken by court

TAMPA — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert on Monday for the 1-month-old son of an Illinois couple who fled to Tampa after losing custody of two other children. Newborn Sage Cooper was last seen Friday at a home on...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
The key to the Lightning’s success

The key to the Lightning’s success

This is quite the run the Lightning is on over the past five years.A playoff appearance in 2014. A trip to the Stanley Cup final in 2015. A return to the Eastern Conference final in 2016. A near-miss of the postseason last season. And now back in the...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago
Foreclosure defense attorney Mark Stopa draws praise, criticism at penalty hearing

Foreclosure defense attorney Mark Stopa draws praise, criticism at penalty hearing

CLEARWATER — Homeowners from as far away as Texas and North Carolina crowded a Pinellas County courtroom Monday in support of embattled foreclosure defense attorney Mark Stopa. Facing possible disbarment for professional misconduct, Stopa also drew s...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa workers accuse General Dynamics unit of underpaying

Tampa workers accuse General Dynamics unit of underpaying

TAMPA — The Tampa call center of a federal contractor is being accused of underpaying its employees. Workers for General Dynamics Information Technology filed wage theft complaints with the Department of Labor Monday, calling for an investigation int...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Romano: Forget the sewers, St. Pete has a crisis of trust

Romano: Forget the sewers, St. Pete has a crisis of trust

Imagine what kind of spin the world might have endured had St. Petersburg sewer officials been asked to explain the final Hindenburg flight.• The landing, city leaders acknowledged, was bumpy.• Some passengers chose to disembark before the airship re...
Updated: 1 hour ago