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Sale will kick off light display at Florida Botanical Gardens in Pinellas

Mid-Pinellas

Gardens' sale will kick off light display

On Sunday, the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo will host an annual gift and plant sale, followed by the kickoff of Holiday Lights in the Gardens. The annual sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature more than 50 vendors offering tropical plants, orchids, herbs and bamboo. Clothing, jewelry, garden art, pottery, gourmet food and candles from local vendors will also be for sale. All proceeds will benefit the botanical gardens. Holiday Lights in the Gardens, featuring 500,000 LED lights on thousands of plants and trees, runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every evening from Sunday until Jan. 1. Bring the kids: Santa Claus will be available for pictures and wish lists. For more information, visit www.flbg.org.

Clearwater

Runway at airport will be extended

The Clearwater City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to extend the lone runway at Clearwater Airpark from 3,500 to 4,100 feet long. Officials say the runway extension will give pilots looking to abort a takeoff more room to make a decision. Next year, the small municipal airport will extend its runway's northern end, making for somewhat quieter landings near the airport's southern boundary. In other votes, the City Council bought 13 Chevrolet Caprices and 11 Chevy Tahoes for the Police Department; hired a company for $1.5 million to drill nine wells around the city to pump brackish water to be treated for potable water; hired an outside law firm for $100,000 to defend the city from an age discrimination lawsuit from two firefighters who were denied promotions to fire lieutenant; and adopted a redevelopment plan for the U.S. 19 corridor.

Largo

Alpaca ranch will host open house

It's not every day you can attend an open house at an alpaca farm. Shi'Lo' Alpaca Ranch will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 10950 Nina St. Meet owners Jamie and Bob Flores, pet an alpaca, visit with Nigerian dwarf goats and feed Tide the donkey. Call (727) 278-3996 for more information.

Store offers free comics today

It's a Comic Book Day extravaganza! In honor of the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays, Comic World at 1901 West Bay Drive is giving out two comics per person or family for one day only today, with hundreds of DC and Marvel comics to choose from. The event runs from 12 to 8 p.m. For more information, call (727) 656-5000.

Sale will kick off light display at Florida Botanical Gardens in Pinellas 12/07/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 8:14pm]
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