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Pawfest at Largo Central Park will feature games, contests for dogs and children

Today

This event features games and contests for dogs and children, as well as food vendors, face-painting and miniature train rides from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Free admission. Proceeds benefit volunteer service projects for Largo and SPCA Tampa Bay. Call (727) 776-7250 or e-mail mmtarantino@yahoo.com.

Today

Test your skills: The Largo 50, a free, family-friendly event full of fun, races and contests, will be from 10 a.m.-noon at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo, with scooter races, obstacle courses, sack races and more. Call (727) 518-3125 or visit southwestreccenter.com.

Bird-watching walk: Search for birds in a unique oak hammock at 8 a.m. at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. $3 for visitors 13 and older, $2 for ages 3-12. Call Madeline Bohrer at (727) 518-6241.

Garage sale: The Senior Advisory Board will sponsor a garage sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW. Call (727) 518-3146.

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 more than 130 species, including birds, otters, red foxes, American alligators, marsh rabbits, wild turkeys, and bats. 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 about the wildlife. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Restroom facilities available. Call (727) 518-3047.

Opera DVD: The Pinellas Opera League will show the DVD The Pharaoh's Daughter by Pierre Lacotte at 1:30 p.m. at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Free. Call (727) 242-6486.

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 produce, seafood, honey, natural pet treats, hot sauces, crafts and more. Pinellas County Extension will have educational booths. Call market manager Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215.

Ride the rails: Children 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 beautifully landscaped Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The train is open the first full weekend of each month. It will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today and closed on Easter. Donations are welcome. Call (727) 585-9835.

Monday

Garden club to meet: The Garden Club of Tarpon Springs will meet at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 812 Tarpon Ave. Eileen Hart will present a program on growing bromeliads. Refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome. Call Karen Zervos at (727) 842-2562.

Shell club to meet: The Suncoast Conchologists Seashell Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater. Shell dealer Bob Lipe will talk about shelling in Haiti before the earthquake. Open to the public. Call (727) 531-0897 or (727) 595-3575.

Spotlight series: The Largo Lions Club presents a "Las Vegas Revue" at 2 and 7 p.m. at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets $20, or $17 for a group of 10-plus. Call (727) 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Dixieland dance: The Bayside Banjo Band plays Dixieland and old-time songs from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday at American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-9204.

Enjoy nature: Largo Central Park is a beautiful, 70-acre park at 101 Central Park Drive with picnic pavilions, restroom facilities, the James S. Miles & Richard A. Leandri Military Court of Honor and the Rainbow Rotary Playground, one of the only playgrounds in the bay area completely accessible to disabled users. Open 5 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Call (727) 586-7415 for rental information.

Library events online: The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative calendar of events is available online. Search member library locations for favorite programs at www.pplc.us/calendar.asp.

Pawfest at Largo Central Park will feature games, contests for dogs and children 04/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 5:26pm]
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