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Otis Lawrence, left, and Ralph Tucker assemble steel storage racks to hold trains for the Largo Central Railroad, which operates the first full weekend of every month.

SCOTT KEELER | Times (2004)

Otis Lawrence, left, and Ralph Tucker assemble steel storage racks to hold trains for the Largo Central Railroad, which operates the first full weekend of every month.

Today

Kids and adults can experience large-scale model railroading and the hobby of live steam firsthand with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad. There are about 1.2 miles of main line track with numerous passings running through Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The train is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the first full weekend of every month. Donations welcome. For information, call (727) 585-9835.

Meet the artist: Klaus Porsch, whose paintings reflect his love of Florida, will demonstrate his technique and answer questions at a social 1-4 p.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 453-6800.

Green fundraiser: Bring a yoga mat or towel to "Yoga Rocks," presented by Anytime Fitness at 11 a.m. at Crabby Bill's, 900 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. This fundraiser benefits Make Mine BlueGreen, a nonprofit organization whose current focus is to raise awareness of the oil spill and its effects on our waters and wildlife. Admission is a cash donation. Items such as towels, Dawn detergent, toothbrushes and baby brushes will also be collected. Call Hollie at (727) 943-0400.

Summer Saturday green market: Open 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Saturday in Dunedin's Pioneer Park, 460 Main St., offering fresh produce, cheese, seafood, plants, pet items and more. Call (727) 733-4215 or e-mail greenmarket manager@verizon.net.

Extreme jams: Free admission for bikers and skaters the first Saturday of every month at Highland Skate Park, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. Helmets required, and liability waivers must be on file. Bikes only noon to 3 p.m.; skate only 3-6 p.m. Call (727) 518-3016.

Free ski show: The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team performs 6 p.m. every Saturday on Tower Lake off Douglas Road in Oldsmar. Concessions available or bring your own picnic. For directions and team information, visit tampawaterski.com.

Author open house: Meet more than 30 Florida authors 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. Event includes author talks and books available for signing. For a schedule and complete list of authors, visit cityofsafetyharbor.com/library.

Beach party: The second annual "End of School Beach Blast" will be 5-10 p.m. at Sunset Beach at the west end of Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Open to children of all ages. Event features beach volleyball, a treasure hunt, sandcastle building, games and contests, followed by an outdoor movie, Avatar, at dusk. Bring seating. Free. Call (727) 942-5628.

Home buyer seminar: Participants will learn about the entire home-buying process and speak with lenders, real estate and insurance agents, home inspectors, home improvement providers and more, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane. Free. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. To register, call (727) 442-4155.

Fishing derby for kids: Event will be 8-10 a.m. at R.E. Olds Fishing Pier, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar, for children ages 5-16. Prizes awarded for the biggest catch. Parent or guardian must be present to fill out a registration form. Bring pole and bait. Free. Call (813) 749-1273.

Fishing tournament for adults: 7-11 a.m. at Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve N, 423 Lafayette Blvd., Oldsmar. Registration is on site. Prizes will be awarded. Free. Call (813) 749-1260.

Painting workshop: The Decorative Artists Guild will present a watering can painting workshop 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Free. All materials will be provided. Class size limited. To register, call Liz at (727) 298-3080, ext. 253.

A night in the islands: Enjoy live Greek music, dancing, dining and other activities 6-11 p.m. along Dodecanese Boulevard between Hope and Athens Streets at the Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs. Free admission. (727) 942-5605.

Water Your Mind: The 10th annual Adult Summer Reading Program begins today at the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. The summer event will feature a variety of programs, book discussions, prizes and more. For details, call Liz at (727) 298-3080, ext. 224.

Ballet DVD: The Pinellas Opera League will show the DVD, La Fille Mal Gardee (The Wayward Daughter), at 1:30 p.m. at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Free. Call (727) 242-6486.

Get into the swing: Enjoy a night of swing dancing to the sounds of Right Steps Studio at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. Cost is $5, which includes a one-hour dance lesson 7-8 p.m. followed by the dance 8-11 p.m. Call (727) 518-3131.

Brooker basics: 10 a.m.-noon at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Comprised of a classroom presentation and field session, this program gives a general overview of the variety of flora and fauna found at the preserve. Closed-toe shoes and water are a must; long pants, sunscreen and hat recommended. Free. Registration required. Call (727) 453-6800.

Sunday

Wedding and Bridal Fashion Show: Noon-4 p.m. at the Riverside Venue Special Events Center (the former Louis Pappas restaurant), 10 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Admission $3 per person. Call (727) 937-2000 or visit theriversidevenue.com.

Blooming Luau: A tropical-themed fundraiser 1-5 p.m. at Beso Del Sol Resort, 1420 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin with food, the Tampa Bay Lightning truck, games, hula lessons, fishing, swimming and live music. $55 a person; family 4-pack $150. All proceeds benefit Blooming Place for Kids. Call (727) 445-9482 or visit bloomingplaceforkids.org.

Monday

Old fashioned bingo: VFW Post 10304 offers early bird games at 6 p.m. and regular games at 7 p.m. every Monday at 724 Tuskawilla St., Clearwater. Call (727) 443-7473.

In harmony: The Florida Suncoast Men's Barbershop Chorus is expanding its membership and looking for tenors, leads, baritones and basses who enjoy singing four-part barbershop harmony. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Crossroads Christian Church, 1645 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Call Clyde at (727) 736-7999 or visit suncoastchorus.com.

Singing is life: The Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires Men's Barbershop four-part harmony chorus invites all male singers to come and see if this hobby might appeal to you. The chorus meets at 6:45 p.m. every Monday at the Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. Call Wes at (727) 784-8052 or visit crystalaires.com.

Out and about around North Pinellas 06/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 4, 2010 11:49pm]

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