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Safford House in Tarpon Springs holds annual Victorian Christmas


The Safford House Museum's seventh annual Victorian Christmas will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. today through Sunday at 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs, with live music, refreshments and a visit with Santa. $10 adults, $6 children ages 3-17, and free for children age 3 and younger accompanied by a parent. Purchase tickets at the door, by calling (727) 942-5605 or online at


Treasure Hunters Roadshow: Bring in your rare and unusual collectibles and meet with experts at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Hampton Inn & Suites, 39284 US 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Free admission. Call (217) 726-7590.

Safety Harbor Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the gazebo at John Wilson Park, 401 Main St., featuring fresh and organic produce, plants and flowers, gourmet foods, baked goods, jewelry, light snacks and more. Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674.

Student art show: The end-of-semester juried student charette is on display 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today through Sunday in the Fine Arts Education Wing of St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs campus, next to the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road. Free. The public is invited to a reception 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Call (727) 712-5672.

Ironman recap: Kevin Dunbar, with the city of Clearwater's Parks and Recreation Department, will be the guest speaker at a 6 p.m. meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Springtime City at Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane. The public is welcome to attend. For reservations, call (727) 725-7549.

Meet the artist: Enjoy free coffee and hear featured artist P.A. Kushner discuss the evolution of her painting and sculpture at a coffee and conversation event noon-1 p.m. at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Free. Call (727) 298-3322.

Digital photography seminar: Instructor Bill Smith will present a free seminar on digital photography and editing at 3 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. Participants are encouraged to bring their own digital camera and manual. Seating is limited. Registration required. Call (727) 943-4922.

Women's club to meet: Tarpon Lake Women's Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. for its annual Christmas luncheon at Mystic Fish Restaurant, 3253 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. The Fast Forward Barbershop Quartet will entertain. Guests are welcome. Call (727) 787-3400.


Christmas concert: The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform at 8 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets $20, $18 members, $12 students. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit

Mid-day matinee: Classic movies will be shown 1-3 p.m. at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Free to attend. Refreshments available. For movie title and information call (727) 518-3125.

Sunset Sounds: Unwind with family and friends at this free music series 7-9 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. For information call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5014 or visit

The Nutcracker: This holiday classic will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $25 VIP, $22 advance, $25 day of show, $20 senior (60-plus), $20 student. Call the box office at (727) 587-6793.

Miracle on Cleveland Street: (Rescheduled from last week) Kids of all ages can play in 40 tons of snow, go sledding and throw snowballs 5-10 p.m. along Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. Free. A Christmas train will give kids rides to Winter Wonderland. Beer and wine proceeds will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pinellas County. Call toll-free 1-866-550-3472. Visit

Dunedin's Green Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday until the end of April in Pioneer Park, corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Market features produce, cheese, seafood, plants and herbs, honey, organic products and more. Call Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215.

Living Nativity: The annual outdoor production of the Living Nativity, complete with animals and music, will be 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Dec. 18-19 at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road 95, Palm Harbor. Free. Call (727) 771-8600 or visit.

Wine/art walk: Purchase a $10 wristband and participate in the 2nd Friday Dunedin Wine/Art Walk 5:30-8:30 p.m. where more than 30 merchants throughout Dunedin will offer discounts, giveaways, wine tastings, art exhibits, food, entertainment and more. Event includes performances by Dunedin's Pipe, Jazz and Symphonic bands on the Pioneer Park Stage. Call (727) 734-8671 or visit


Holiday lights: The Florida Botanical Gardens will glow with more than 400,000 lights 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 3 at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Entertainment is provided every evening by local artists giving their time and talent. Featured Saturday will be Company B Ballet performing The Nutcracker, the Lindblom Family Singers, and a visit with Santa. $2 minimum donation, free for 12 and younger. Call (727) 582-2247.

Palms & Poinsettias: Creators and vendors will offer unique jewelry, paintings, decorations, home decor and more 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. Free admission and parking, and free breakfast with Santa. Call (727) 587-6775 or visit

Breakfast with Santa: Bring the entire family for the 18th annual Breakfast with Santa 8-11 a.m. at St. Jerome Early Childhood Center, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo. Tickets are $5 advance, $6 at the door. Call (727) 596-9491 or visit

Chorus to entertain: The Palm Harbor Community Chorus will perform the free musical program "Happy Holidays" at 3 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.

Sunset Hills Santa event: Sunset Hills Elementary School PTA will host its annual Pancake Breakfast and Bike Ride with Santa starting at 8 a.m. at the school, 1347 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Tickets can be prepaid to the PTA for $6 adults and $3 children; or purchased at the door for $7 adults, $4 children. Call (727) 943-5523 or e-mail

Free movie: Celebrate Christmas with the seasonal classic, It's a Wonderful Life, shown outdoors at 5 p.m. at Craig Park band shell, 5 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. After the movie, greet Santa as he disembarks from the boat parade. Refreshments available for purchase. Call (727) 942-5628.

Day of music: All ages are invited to the six-hour musical event, "Get Out of the Garage," to raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving noon-6 p.m. at Sam Ash, 923 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. There will be a lead guitar competition, silent auction and several local bands will perform, including Highway to Hell, an AC/DC tribute band. Free admission. Call (813) 818-1000.

Tarpon Springs boat parade: The 20th annual Holiday Boat Parade will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Whitcomb and Spring bayous and the Anclote River. Decorated boats of all sizes will participate in this free event. Prizes will be awarded. For information and to register, call (727) 942-5628.

Holiday Chamber Ensembles Concert: 8 p.m. in the Murray Studio of Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Top student musicians will be represented in string, woodwind and brass ensembles. Tickets $10 adults, $2 children and students. Call (727) 438-3149 or visit

A holiday special: The West Coast Players present The Santaland Diaries, a funny, true account of the author's stint working as a Christmas elf at Macy's, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 19, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 20. To find the theater, take U.S. 19 to Drew Street. Turn east. Turn left at the light at Best Buy onto the access road and follow it to the stop sign. Turn right into the first group of units. All seats $15. Call (727) 482-9967.

Wonderful wizard: Great Explorations Children's Museum presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Traveling Exhibition on display Saturday through Dec. 18 during regular business hours at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Each exhibit section is an oversized three-dimensional book open to a page from the story. Free admission. Call (727) 562-4970.

Island Estates Yacht Club memorial holiday boat parade: Starts at 6:30 p.m. in Mandalay Channel between Island Estates and Clearwater Beach. The illuminated vessels will arrive at Coachman Park at 8 p.m., sail under the Memorial Causeway bridge, and navigate to the Clearwater Yacht Club judging stand. Rain date Sunday. Call (727) 461-1147.

Christmas chorus: The combined music ministries of First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor United Methodist Church will present the musical program, Exceeding Great Joy, at 7 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs, 501 East Tarpon Ave., and Sunday at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, 1551 Belcher Road. Free admission and valet parking. Call (727) 785-7487 or (727) 937-3271.

Dunedin holiday parade: The themed parade, "Winter Holidays Across the World," will begin at 4 p.m. on Douglas Avenue and Beltrees Street and proceed north past Pioneer Park. Call (727) 812-4530.

Palm Harbor parade: The Palm Harbor Community Holiday Parade starts at 3 p.m. at Westlake Boulevard and Nebraska Avenue and winds around to Florida Avenue and 11th Street, where children can visit with Santa. Bring seating. There is no rain date. Call (727) 771-6000 or (727) 784-4287.

Backgammon tournament: The Tampa Bay Backgammon Club will host a backgammon and tavli tournament starting at noon at Hampton Inn & Suites, 39284 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 743-0500.

Book sale and signing: University of South Florida art history professor Sheramy Bundrick will discuss and sign her historical romance, Sunflowers: A Novel of Vincent Van Gogh, at 2 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. Books will be available for sale and signing. Refreshments will be served. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.

Art on the avenue: Tarpon Springs Art Association members will show and sell their work, create art, paint store windows and greet shoppers noon-4 p.m. as part of the annual Victorian Christmas Second Saturday event along Tarpon Avenue. From 6-8 p.m. luminaries will light the street and desserts and wines from around the world will be served. Stores will stay open late and merchants and carolers will be dressed in Victorian costumes. Call (727) 937-7125.

Tour De Clay of Tampa Bay: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, includes two local studios in Palm Harbor: Pottery Boys Clay Studio, 30 Bogie Lane, with pottery demonstrations throughout the weekend, call (727) 736-4870; and Clay and Paper Studio, 110 Peterson Ave., with a kiln opening at noon Saturday, and pottery demonstrations Saturday and Sunday, call (727) 772-9570.

Rummage sale: Queen Esther Chapter 4, Order of the Eastern Star of Clearwater is hosting a rummage sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge of Clearwater 127, 705 S Hercules Ave. Call (727) 447-5161.

The Nephcure walk: Free registration 9-9:30 a.m., approximate 2-mile walk begins at 9:30 at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. To register call toll-free 1-866-637-4287 or visit

Bird walk at Brooker Creek: See migratory and resident songbirds and raptors on a walk beginning at 8 a.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, East Lake. Bring binoculars if you have them. Call (727) 781-0745.

30 tons of snow: SnowFest will be 4-8 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Sports Complex, 970 Seventh Ave. with a huge snow ramp for sledding, live music, bounce house, carnival games, photos with Santa, concessions and more. Sponsored by the Elena Tresh Foundation, proceeds benefit terminally and seriously ill children and their families. Call (727) 210-1019.

Safford House in Tarpon Springs holds annual Victorian Christmas 12/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 7:01pm]
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