Sunday, December 17, 2017
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North Pinellas Things To Do for Feb. 16


Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival: The annual juried outdoor festival features original handmade crafts and affordable gift items by 150 crafters from 30 states. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Free. Main Street Dunedin, 271 Main St., Dunedin. (561) 746-6615;

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival: The festival combines seafood and blues, with music by the Lauren Mitchell Band, Samantha Fish and Eric Lindell and headliners Ana Popovik and Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds. Gates open at noon today. Free general admission; $25-$45 reserved seating; $120-$130 VIP. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 562-4700;

Build-A-Model Camp: Under the guidance of professional model builders, kids can assemble a model, get a set of dog tags and ride on the museum's simulator. 12:30-2 p.m. today. $18 kids, $9.95 parents. Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. (727) 539-8371.

Speaking of History: Cathy Salustri recounts her journey of nearly 5,000 miles in Florida in a camper van to witness how the landscape has changed. 2 p.m. today. Free (donations appreciated). Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. (727) 582-2123;

Art Critiques at Studio 1212: Studio 1212 invites all artists to bring unframed, unfinished paintings to the gallery for a free critique. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Free. Studio 1212, 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 446-4566;

Authors Showcase Series: This month features R. Wayne Ayers, author of Florida's Grand Hotels From the Gilded Age, Tampa Bay's Gulf Beaches: The Fabulous 1950s and 1960s, and other historical books about the area. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. (727) 773-2665.

Anti-Aging Seminar: Join anti-aging specialist Dr. Brent Agin to learn about various therapies. Topics will include fitness, anti-aging IVs, telomere growth, peptide therapy and aesthetics. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. RSVP. Limited seating. 6-7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Metabolix Wellness Center, 26212 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 230-1438.


Indoor Dog Park: Bring your dog for some play time out of the weather. Training instructor available for supervision. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today. $5. SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 586-3591;


The Pirates of Penzance: In this whimsical musical, a young apprentice's passion for his duty ends in an entertaining meeting of pirates, policemen and the girl he loves. 2 p.m. today. $18; $16 members and students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. (727) 942-5605;

Grandma Goes Off Her Rocker: This play explores how today's seniors deal with life and love. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served. Call for tickets. 2 p.m. today. $15. Temple B'nai Israel, 1685 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 531-5829;

Rumors: Things go awry at this dinner party when the deputy mayor of New York City shoots himself through the earlobe. Through March 2. 3 p.m. today. $18.95-$45.95. Suncoast Star Playhouse, 200 S McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 378-1030.

Lend Me a Tenor: This comedy tells the story of a womanizing tenor who is scheduled to star in Otello, but things unravel before he has the chance to leave his hotel room. A buffet dinner is included in the ticket price. Through March 9. 4 p.m. today. $29.95. Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St N, Clearwater. (727) 446-5898;

Driving Miss Daisy: Walnut Street Theater of Philadelphia presents this Pulitzer Prize-winning play about uncommon friendship and changing times. 7:30 p.m. Monday. $28; $25 members and students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605;

A Few Appropriate Remarks: DeWitt Jones and William Moose remember Abraham Lincoln through a variety of humorous and thought-provoking sketches, including why America's 16th president decided to grow a beard, why the Gettysburg Address was so short, and a brief glimpse of the humor for which Lincoln was known. 7 p.m. Tuesday. $12; $10 students, seniors and military. Clearwater Christian College, 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.


Florida Orchestra Pops: Under the direction of Stuart Malina, the orchestra gives a nod to Valentine's Day with a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein love songs from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music and others works. 7:30 p.m. today. $15-$45. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286;


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Started in 1958, this New York-based modern dance company composed of 32 dancers keeps the memory of its founder alive by presenting works of the past and creating new ones. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $35-$100. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400;

Scottish Country Dancing: At weekly classes, beginners will learn basic steps, figures and easy dances and take part in basic level social dancing. 6-7 p.m. today. First visit free; $3 per night. Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden St., Dunedin. (727) 787-3805.

Bay Area Singles Dance: Dress to impress and meet up to 150 other singles of all ages. Couples welcome. 6-10 p.m. today. $8. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. (727) 518-3131;


Crossroads Farmers Market: Vendors offer fresh produce, locally produced honey, food, baked goods, jewelry and crafts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Pop Stansell Park, 797 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 724-3054.

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Crash closes Lutz Lake Fern Road at Cypress Green Drive

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Woman, 24, hit by Land Rover, in critical condition

LARGO — A 24-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle Saturday night, police said.Khadijah Wood was walking through the parking lot of the Sandy Lane Apartment Homes on Belcher Road about 7:30 p.m.At the same time, Ju...
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Warm, sunny Sunday in Tampa Bay

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Murder suspect is on the run after fatally shooting a father, cops say

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A first-degree murder suspect remains at large almost a week after the fatal shooting of a Winter Haven father.The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Johnny Ray Owsley’s murder of 35-year-old Adam Thrower, called "Cook" by friends, involved Owsley’s e...
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Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

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Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

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Published: 12/16/17
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WASHINGTON — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....
Published: 12/16/17
Aquarium reopens to divers

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Published: 12/16/17
Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

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