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Out and About in Clearwater for the week of Aug. 26

Today

A complimentary evening of art, wine and hors d'oeuvres with a special exhibition of artwork by artists of Harborside Studios. Harborside is a division of UPARC which serves the developmentally challenged artistic individual. Tours of Harborside will run throughout the evening, by short walk or van transfer. Artwork will be available for purchase. uparc.com/harborside.htm 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 725-1808; sydentelgalleries.com.

Today

Indoor Fresh Market: The air conditioned mall corridors house a market with fresh produce, prepared foods, multicultural and specialty food, greenery, arts/crafts, music and plenty of seating for people watching. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (items individually priced). Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole. Sponsor: Scott. (727) 776-7261.

Tai Chi: Learn at a relaxed pace. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 9:30-10 a.m. $3 with ID card; $4 without. Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Program includes story-related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3-5. Cindy Rink's book "Where Does the Wind Blow?" reminds us that some experiences connect all of us who call Earth home. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free (registration required). Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Kiwanis To Meet: Greg Holeman, chief quality officer with Eckerd Youth Alternatives, will discuss the progress and outcome for youth locally and nationwide at the Kiwanis Club of Springtime City meeting. Call for reservations. 6 p.m. Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane, Clearwater. (727) 725-7549; kiwanis.org/club/springtimecity.

Sunset Beach Concert: The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department and Friends of Music on the Beach presents SPF40, a new band in the concert series. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring seating. A courtesy shuttle will be available at 6:30 p.m. at Tarpon High, 1411 Gulf Road. 7-9 p.m. Free. Sunset Beach, 214 Shore Drive, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628.

Dunedin Blue Jays: Irish Night! Thirsty Thursday 7 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

Bingo: Play bingo at the yacht club every Thursday. 7-9 p.m. Tarpon Springs Yacht Club, 350 N Spring Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 934-2136.

A Little Off Broadway and A Few Blocks South: Two-act, fast-paced musical comedy about show business, from auditions to opening night, with a new twist on backstage life. 8 p.m. $18. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360; franciswilsonplayhouse.org.

Friday

Indoor Fresh Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (items individually priced). Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole. Sponsor: Scott. (727) 776-7261.

Book Signing: Patti Chiappa, a resident of Covington, Ga., will be available to sign copies of her Christian fiction novel, Sara's Journey. 1-3 p.m. Free admission. New Harmony Coffee and Tea, 1947 Drew St., Clearwater. Toll-free 888-361-9473.

Jaws Anniversary: In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the film adaptation of Peter Benchley's book, Jaws, the Clearwater Downtown Development Board join with Capitol Theatre and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for this event with a meet and greet with Phinley (the Clearwater Threshers mascot), discussions on the relationship between dolphins and sharks in the wild, a presentation about Winter (the famous dolphin who uses a prosthetic tail) and a screening of the film Jaws. 6 p.m. $2, $8 additional donation appreciated. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 821-6443.

Celebrating 90 Years of Women's Suffrage: The Pasco and West Pinellas Chapters of the National Organization for Women invite the community to the 90th anniversary celebration of the right of women to vote and to run for office. Learn about women's struggles for equality between 1840 and 1920, and the women who championed the cause for equality. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. (727) 738-0007; uuclearwater.org.

Greek Dance Classes: Greek Dance Classes with instructor Dr. Mary Coros, director of the Levendia Dance Troupe. Enjoy attending Greek festivals and other Greek events? Learn popular Greek dances and the origin of and traditions surrounding each dance. Wear comfortable shoes, no flip-flops. The class is oriented toward participants 14 and older. 7-8:30 p.m. $30 for all four classes, $25 for each additional family member, walk-ins $8 per class. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center , 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; tarponarts.org.

Dunedin Blue Jays: Bingo Night 7 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

Musical Summer Splash: The church's music team presents a performance of songs from the '50s to today with a sing-along, dancing and refreshments. Benefits the church music program. 7 p.m. $15, $25 per family. Unity Church of Palm Harbor, 1960 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 784-7911; unitychurchofpalmharbor.org.

Sunset Cinema @ Pier 60: The Sunsets at Pier 60 festival organizers have added a Sunset Cinema to their lineup of fun. You can bring your blankets, low lawn chairs or towels to plop on the beach, and concessions will be available. (No alcohol is permitted on the beach.) The shows start around dusk. An animated film, How to Train Your Dragon is about a young Viking who should be training to slay dragons but instead winds up befriending one. 8 p.m. Free. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive , Clearwater Beach. (727) 434-6060; www.sunsetsatpier60.com.

A Little Off Broadway and A Few Blocks South: 8 p.m. $18. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360; franciswilsonplayhouse.org.

Saturday

Public Day Ticket Sale: Ruth Eckerd Hall announces its Public Sale Day featuring discounts on tickets for the 2010-2011 season. The Tampa Bay Rays Street Team will be on site and the first 29 patrons in line will receive a free Rays T-shirt. There will be food available for purchase in The East Side Cafe and in the lobby, and free coffee and water.To view the entire 2010-2011 season, visit rutheckerdhall.com. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $29 tickets on nearly every performance. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Practice SAT Test for Teens: Palm Harbor Library and Huntington Learning Center will offer a practice SAT test at a much reduced price with all proceeds benefiting teen library materials and services. Test results will be given, with an optional free consultation with Huntington Learning Center staff. Registration is in-person at the library only. Due to limited space, only 10th through 12th graders may participate. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25, due at sign up. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.

Suncoast WaterWorks Synchronized Swim Club: Suncoast WaterWorks Synchronized Swim Club will host a free "Back to Synchro" clinic and club registration. Following the clinic, find out more about team registration for the nationally recognized Suncoast Waterworks Club. Join now and learn all about the only Olympic level sport that combines swimming, gymnastics, cheerleading, music and cool swim suits. 9 a.m. Free. Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Sponsor: Robinne. (727) 669-4115.

Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve: Get up close to the environment in this 7-mile guided nature hike. See how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Wear close-toed shoes, bring water and a hat. Best for ages 6 and up. 9-10:30 a.m. Free, but registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Indoor Fresh Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (items individually priced). Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole. Sponsor: Scott. (727) 776-7261.

I Like It Hot Festival: The 10th annual I Like It Hot Festival and BBQ will feature hot and fiery foods and sauces to sample and purchase, a pepper eating contest, and amateur hot sauce and salsa competitions. Free parking. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 for adults; free for children 12 and younger. Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 423-8433; ILikeItHotFestival.com.

Day in the Park: The Family Network on Disabilities hosts a day to honor families, providers and professionals of the disability community. Check out the latest services and products, enjoy children's games, free lunch, snacks and drinks. Also, participate in the dedication of a Dr. Martin Luther King seedling in the park. The seedling is from a tree that shades the church from which King began his march in Selma, Ala. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Safety Harbor City Park , 940 Seventh St. S, Safety Harbor. (800) 825-5736.

Habitat for Humanity Showcase Home Open House: Take an exclusive tour of a LEED-certified townhome built by Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County in its first "green" subdivision. Habitat volunteers and homeowners are needed. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Habitat for Humanity Home, 501 Howell St., Dunedin. (727) 536-4755.

Block Party Bash: Highland Recreation struts their stuff at this event with class demos, food, music, games and a meet-and-greet with Largo Recreation's mascot Captain Play. 12-3 p.m. Free (admission to Aquatic Center not included). Highland Recreation Park, 400 N Highland Ave., Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Nature Arts and Crafts: Bring your creativity and get a jump on your holiday gifting and decorating at this nature craft workshop. Each family member can choose a nature craft to complete and take home. Space is limited. Recommended for families with children ages 6 and older. 1-2:30 p.m. $3 per person. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Suncoast Genealogy Society: Suncoast Geneology Society will be offering an 8-week course on Beginning Genealogy at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave, Palm Harbor. Saturdays, from 2-4 p.m. The registration fee of $35 includes materials and handouts. To register, contact Howard Smith, (727) 669-7220. $35 registration fee. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Sponsor: Howard Smith. (727) 784-3332.

Macy's Spelling Bee: Kids ages 8-10 who think they know their way around a dictionary are invited to participate in this event. Macy's fifth annual Spelling Bee awards spellers from each local competition a year of online learning from Kaplan Tutoring, a $150 Scholastic online gift card and a trip to New York City to compete in the finals at Macy's Herald Square on Sept. 26. There also will be games and contests from Radio Disney and all contestants will be entered in the Golden Ticket Competition — a special insider's pass to play in the Glazer Children's Museum before opening day. 2 p.m. Free. Macy's at Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 US Highway 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 724-7208; macys.com.

Hippie Fest III: Check out this national touring festival including Jack Bruce of Cream, Rare Earth, War, Mitch Ryder and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland. The event also features a hippie marketplace in the air-conditioned grand concourse with era-inspired vendors offering tie-dye items, beads, vintage merchandise and more. 5 p.m. $51.50 to $88. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

Murder on the 19th Hole: Interactive murder mystery dinner show presented by Murder She Wrote, Inc. 6 p.m. $47.50 dinner and show. Grand Hotel Clearwater, 20967 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (813) 727-7012; murdersshewrote.com.

Dunedin Blue Jays: Junior Jays Saturday, Fan Appreciation Night 7 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

Sunset Cinema @ Pier 60: The Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival organizers have added a Sunset Cinema to their lineup of fun. You can bring your blankets, low lawn chairs or towels to plop on the beach, and concessions will be available. (No alcohol is permitted on the beach.) The shows start around dusk. Seems like Creature from the Black Lagoon rolls through about once every month, doesn't it? Still, there's no denying it's a bit of local lore, since the cheesetastic 1954 flick was filmed just north of here. 8 p.m. Free. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. (727) 434-6060; www.sunsetsatpier60.com.

Paul Cotton Band: The last concert in the Cultural Center's Summer Concert Series features Paul Cotton, formerly in Poco, and special guest and '80s pop singer Robbie Dupree. 8 p.m. $35 advance; $40 VIP; $40 day of show. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793; largoarts.com.

A Little Off Broadway and A Few Blocks South: Two-act, fast-paced musical comedy about show business, from auditions to opening night, with a new twist on backstage life. 8 p.m. $18. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360; franciswilsonplayhouse.org.

Out and About in Clearwater for the week of Aug. 26 08/25/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 7:28pm]

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