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Learn how to deal with insects, weeds and diseases that can do damage to a vegetable garden, plus when to harvest vegetables for optimum flavor. 9-11 a.m. $15. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100; pinellascountyextension.org.

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Grunge Photography on Exhibit: Jim Lucadam's High Dynamic Range "grunge" photography is currently on exhibit in the Palm Harbor Library's Art Alcove. A former history teacher, Lucadam searches for historic buildings in the area to photograph. These unique pictures of easily recognizable sites in Palm Harbor, such as the barber shop and Strachan's Ice Cream Parlor, have the look of paintings due to digital software enhancement. View during normal library hours. Exhibit ends Sept. 3. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Sponsor: Evelyn Slama. (727) 784-3332, ext. 3021.

Brooker Creek Nature Hike: Get up close to the environment in this guided nature hike. Wear close-toed shoes, bring water and a hat. Best for ages 6 and older. 9-10:30 a.m. Free but registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Get Up and Dance: Help launch the first National Dance Day by learning the Nappy-Tab dance, created by So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo. Fans nationwide can learn the dance on YouTube. To celebrate Dance Day, Arthur Murray Dance Studio is hosting a dance party where everyone will dance the Nappy-Tab routine to Don't Be Jealous of My Boogie. Thirty-minute free dance classes will be offered to new students all day, getting everyone primed and ready for the evening's dance party. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free at the studio, 34930 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 786-2224; arthurmurraypalmharbor.com.

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. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Habitat for Humanity Home, 501 Howell St., Dunedin.

Adult Summer Reading Club Luncheon: Tickets are on sale for the Dunedin Public Library Adult Summer Reading Club. Cynthia Barnett, author of Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. will be the featured speaker. Tickets for the luncheon are available at the library. For more information, call (727) 298-3080, ext 224. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 for lunch. Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Sponsor: Liz White. (727) 298-3080, ext. 224.

Backgammon Tournament: The Tampa Bay Backgammon Club will host a tournament. Noon. Hampton Inn and Suites, 21030 Highway 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 743-0500.

Book Signing: Local author Elaine Seissler will sign copies of her book, Me & My Hormones Walking Down 5th Avenue. Born with a brain tumor and associated learning disabilities, Seissler became an accomplished physical therapist and recounts experiences in unconventional places for personal and spiritual growth that merge science, metaphysics, music, dance and art. Noon-1 p.m. Free admission. Oak Trail Books/Witch's Brew, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 785-1960; www.OakTrailBooks.com.

Surviving FCAT for Parents: Three Pinellas County school teachers will address concerns and offer helpful hints and strategies for parents to help their children get through the FCAT exam. 1 p.m. Free. Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580 , Clearwater. (727) 562-4970.

Wimpy Kid Jeopardy: In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, what is the Wimpy Kid's real name? Who is his biggest nemesis? Who tries to touch the Wimpy Kid with a booger? What gives you the worst cooties of your life? Die hard Wimpy Kid fans will say those questions are super easy. Maybe the folks at the library will come up with some real head scratchers for this team competition testing kids on their knowledge of the Wimpy Kid book series. 2-4 p.m. Free. Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970.

Taiko Workshop and Demonstration: Workshop participants will join the Tampa Taiko group on stage for an interactive program that covers the history of Taiko, the music of Japan, modern drumming performance, and drum making using discarded wine barrels that have been recycled into Taiko drums. The workshop is open to all ages and musical experience, but class size is limited to 30. 2 p.m. $10. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; www.tarponarts.org.

Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social: Come together for an old time hymn sing (2-3 p.m.) and ice cream social (3-4 p.m.). Free. Friendship United Methodist Church, 2039 Druid Road E, Clearwater. Sponsor: Virginia Ruf. (727) 797-0288.

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: Murder on the 19th Hole: Interactive murder mystery dinner show presented by MurderS 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.

Spiritual Sri Lankan Drum and Dance Concerts for World Peace: Traditional Sri Lankan concert presented by the Pancha Thurya Drum and Dance Troupe of Boston, under the direction of MIT Professor Dr. Arjuna Balasura. Dressed in traditional Sri Lankan costumes, and using traditional drums, the orchestra members follow the cultural practice of respect for the instruments, respecting elders and praying before performing. Locations for this event include the Phat Phap Temple in St. Petersburg, Unity Church of Clearwater and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Clearwater. Some proceeds benefit the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society of Clearwater, a non-profit Buddhist organization. 7 p.m. $15. Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road, Clearwater. (727) 531-0992; unityofclearwater.org.

Tampa Taiko: Traditional Japanese Drum Ensemble: Taiko drums, deeply entrenched in the fabric of Japanese history, were used to drive away evil spirits and pests harmful to crops. This performance provides the audience with an unforgettable experience learning this native Japanese art. Tampa Taiko is joined by Buddhist Monks who perform traditional throat singing chanting while blessing the newest drum by Tampa Taiko — the largest Taiko drum in the state. 8 p.m. $12, $10 members/students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; www.tarponarts.org.

Regrets Only: Smart comedy about friendship, loyalty and what it means to be in a relationship, and takes on one of the most hotly contested political issues of our time. Filled with outlandish characters, including Manhattan socialites and a maid who changes personalities like changing outfits. Located in the Commerce 19 Business Park, behind the Toyota Dealer at U.S. 19 and Drew Street. 8 p.m. $18, $15 seniors/students/military. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363; wcplayers.org.

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Spiritual Sri Lankan Drum and Dance Concerts for World Peace: Traditional Sri Lankan concert presented by the Pancha Thurya Drum and Dance Troupe of Boston, under the direction of MIT Professor Dr. Arjuna Balasura. Dressed in traditional Sri Lankan costumes, and using traditional drums, the orchestra members follow the cultural practice of respect for the instruments, respecting elders and praying before performing. Locations for this event include the Phat Phap Temple in St. Petersburg, Unity Church of Clearwater and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Clearwater. Some proceeds benefit the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society of Clearwater, a non-profit Buddhist organization. 12 p.m. $15. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 3200 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 796-5514; holytrinityclw.org.

Suds on Sunday: One Sunday each month, Dunedin Brewery literally turns into a dog spa mecca. The Dunedin Doggie Rescue's monthly fundraiser includes a dog wash, ear washes, nail trims by volunteer dog groomers, live music, treats for dogs, a Doggie Depot and more. Leashed dogs are allowed anywhere in the parking lot or on the patio. Proceeds benefit rescuing and re-homing area dogs. Noon-5 p.m. Washes $6-$12 depending on the dog size; Nail Trims $7; Ear Cleanings $3. Owners receive a Dunedin brew for every dog wash. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (813) 205-0156; dunedindogs.com.

Benefit Concert: Shore Aid, A Good Cause for Bad Oil: Hot fun in the summer sun, slap on plenty of sun screen, show the world our beaches are still clean, and party for a cause. Area DJ's have donated their time to ensure non-stop entertainment. Scheduled to keep things moving are DJs Lesage, Ku, Gimme Samoa, Jaime Fereirra, Mondo, Rob Analyze, Barry Carew, Kid Leow and Ray. Drink specials also help raise funds with proceeds going to help Florida Aquarium prepare for any cleanup efforts caused by the oil spill. 1-10 p.m. $3, all gate proceeds go to help marine life threatened by the BP oil spill. Shephard's Beach Resort, 601 S Gulfview Blvd. # 619, Clearwater. (727) 441-6875; shephards.com.

Regrets Only: Smart comedy about friendship, loyalty and what it means to be in a relationship, and takes on one of the most hotly contested political issues of our time. Filled with outlandish characters, including Manhattan socialites and a maid who changes personalities like changing outfits. Located in the Commerce 19 Business Park, behind the Toyota Dealer at U.S. 19 and Drew Street. 2 p.m. $18, $15 seniors/students/military. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363; wcplayers.org.

A Gallery Experience With Hal Stowers: Hal Stowers, artist, landscape architect and environmentalist, together with his wife and creative partner B.J. Stowers, present "Soliloquies to Disappearing Fragilities." The discussion covers the current exhibit, his work as a preservationist and the life-guiding concept he and B.J. created, known as Life Blending. 3 p.m. Free with admission donation. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762; spcollege.edu/museum.

Monday

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of a pool splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. $1.50, 2 and younger no fee. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; www.largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

LiveStrong Exercise for Cancer Survivors: Ongoing gentle exercise class for cancer survivors and those currently in treatment. 5-7 p.m. Free. YMCA (North Pinellas), 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor. (727) 772-9622.

Bingo: Early bird bingo at 6 p.m.; followed by regular bingo at 7. Smoking allowed outside on covered deck. 6-9 p.m. Free. VFW Post 10304, 724 Tuskawilla St., Clearwater. (727) 443-7473.

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. 6:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Sponsor: Wes. (727) 784-8052; crystalaires.com.

East Coast Swing Dance: You, too, can dance, and we will show you how! Join us for a night of East Coast Swing Dance to the music of the 1940s and '50s. The evening begins with a group lesson followed by the social dance. All ages welcomed and no partner is required. 7 p.m. $7 per person. Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Pests be gone! 07/30/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 30, 2010 4:04pm]

    

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