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Saxophonist Dave Koz returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for annual holiday concert

Today

Saxophonist Dave Koz and special guests return for his annual Smooth Jazz Holiday Christmas Concert 2009 at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $83, $58, $48 and available at the box office. Call (727) 791-7400 or visit rutheckerdhall.com.

Today

Season of lights: The 23rd annual "Lights of Love" celebration will begin at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. A Christmas tree will be lit during the ceremony that features live music, free refreshments and a visit from Santa and his reindeer. Call (727) 942-5035.

Celebrity showcase: See the Sweethearts of Branson 1-3 p.m. at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. Reserved seats $16; $14 in advance; $15 at the door. Call (727) 518-3131 or visit largocommunitycenter.com.

Garden Club luncheon: The Garden Club of Tarpon Springs will meet for a holiday luncheon 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd., Tarpon Springs. A fashion show and boutique sale benefit Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Tickets $30. For reservations call Sandra Irion at (727) 942-1081.

Holiday spirit: Enjoy a musical holiday celebration 6-8 p.m. at 100 Indian Rocks Road N, in the Belleair Bluffs Plaza with a performance by the Bayside String Quartet, pianist Scott Behler, Jack Frost in costume performing holiday songs, art and travel shows, and complimentary wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres. Bring seating. Call (727) 581-4448.

Rotary to meet: The Eastlake Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway. Guest speaker Judge Joseph Donahey will speak on behalf of the Lighthouse of Pinellas. The public is invited. Breakfast cost is $15. Call (727) 781-5555.

Friday

Death by Chocolate: The Rotary Club of Largo invites the public to enjoy chocolate delights from more than 25 local businesses, a silent auction and entertainment 7-9 p.m. at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Advance tickets $20, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets from any member of the Rotary Club of Largo or by calling the box office at 587-6793. Visit largorotarydbc.bravehost.com.

Fresh Grounded Faith Conference: 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, 110 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. The event empowers women of all ages, denominations and ethnic groups to live a tenacious faith. Guest speakers will be Lauren Dungy, Jennifer Rothschild, Michael O'Brien and Shelly Jennings. $34 general seating. Call toll free 800-859-7992 or visit FreshGroundedFaith.com.

Christmas wonderland: 6-9 p.m. at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar, featuring saucer rides down snow slopes, inflatables, holiday music, pony rides, food concessions and a visit from Santa. Free admission and parking. Call (813) 749-1260.

Miracle on Cleveland Street: (Weather permitting) Kids of all ages can play in 40 tons of snow, go sledding, throw snowballs and be entertained by the HeartDance Band 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 clwdp.org.

Winter wonderland: The grand opening of Clearwater's 17th annual Winter Wonderland will be 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue. The holiday village features a playground, bounce houses, pony rides, petting zoo, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free admission, but there is a charge for some activities. New, unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items are requested for needy children. The event runs through Dec. 20 and is open 4-9 p.m. weekends and 6-9 p.m. weeknights. Visit clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org.

Old-fashioned Christmas: A special evening with horse and carriage rides, entertainment, children's activities, shopping and more 6-10 p.m. in downtown Dunedin. Call (727) 812-4530.

Classic Christmas tale: Bring the family to see A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens through Sunday and Dec. 11-13 with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets $16, $14 members, $12 students. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org.

Artist's reception: Meet local artist Michele Levin at a reception 5:30-7 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. Her multimedia work is the basis of a solo exhibit being shown at the library in December and January. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.

Supporting troops and veterans: VFW Post 2473 presents the Doo Wops Duo 6-9 p.m. at 1401 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-0922.

Living Nativity: The annual outdoor production of the Living Nativity, complete with animals and music, will be 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Dec. 11-12 and 18-19 at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road 95, Palm Harbor. Free. Call (727) 771-8600 or visit. CrystalCoveCC.org.

Saturday

Boat parade and tree lighting: Welcome Santa when he arrives by boat during the Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting 6-9 p.m. at Dunedin Marina. The Dunedin Concert Band will perform in Edgewater Park at 7 p.m. Call (727) 812-4530.

Meet the artist: Hessam Abrishami will give a talk and demonstration of his work at 6-6:30 p.m. followed by an opening reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. at syd entel galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. Call (727) 725-1808 or visit sydentelgalleries.com.

Pulitzer-winning play: The Showcase Repertory Company gives its final performance of Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley at 2 p.m. at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Tickets $10. Visit showcaseartsfoundation.org.

Plant sale: The Florida West Coast Orchid Society will host a plant sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 12350 Ridge Road, Largo. Call (727) 447-2898, or day of sale call (727) 638-2191.

Aquatic dancing: See the holiday water show, A Giving Season, at 5 p.m. at the Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo, featuring aquatic dance routines by the Suncoast Waterworks Synchronized Swim Team and Team Florida. Admission is an unwrapped toy or cash donation to Toys For Tots. Call (727) 644-6979 or visit LargoPools.com.

Stroll the park: Join friends and family for Largo's Holiday Stroll 5-9 p.m. in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Enjoy more than a million lights illuminating the park, live music and a tree lighting at 7 p.m. Limited parking; free shuttle from Largo High and Pinellas County School Board. Call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.

Santa's Holiday Revue: The third performance of the Children and Family Series will be at 11 a.m. at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. The musical includes songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays. $8 adults, $7 children. Call (727) 587-6793.

Ride the rails: Kids and adults can experience large-scale model railroading with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad. There are approximately 1.2 miles of main line track with numerous passings running through Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The train is open the first full weekend of each month, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Donations welcome. Call (727) 585-9835.

Pottery sale: Functional and decorative works of clay will be available for purchase 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Ave. Call Catherine at (727) 298-3322 or visit dfac.org.

35th annual Palm Harbor Fine Arts & Crafts Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in historic downtown Palm Harbor. The two-day juried event features a children's area, a pet event with adoptions, photos with Santa, a parade with dogs in costume, food and more. Free admission. Call (727) 784-4287.

Holiday car and bike show: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Stratford Court of Palm Harbor, 45 Katherine Blvd. with a DJ, refreshments, raffles and holiday bazaar. Prizes will be awarded. All proceeds benefit Toys For Tots. Bring a new toy for a needy family. RSVP to Marianne at (727) 787-1500.

Bird walk: Bring binoculars and look for a wide variety of songbirds, raptors and waterbirds at 8 a.m. at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. $3 for ages 13-adult; $2 for ages 3-12. Call (727) 518-6241.

Remembering our troops: The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Benning, Ga., is on its fourth deployment. In support, Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 is hosting "Sledgehammer Steak Night" 5-9 p.m. at 360 Douglas Ave., Dunedin with entertainment by Peppa. $10 per person. Call (727) 733-6107 or (727) 410-2575.

A night in the islands: Enjoy live Greek music, dancing, dining, tavli and more under the stars 4:30-10:30 p.m. along Dodecanese Boulevard at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. Free admission. Call (727) 937-1130. Protect your pet: A Microchip clinic will be 1-3:30 p.m. Sat. at The Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. $15 for microchip, implant and registration. Proof of rabies shot required. Call (727) 797-7722.

Book signing: Author Barbara Birenbaum will sign copies of her books 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave.; and 6-9 p.m. Sunday Dec. 6 at Dillard's in Countryside Mall, 27001 US 19 N, Clearwater. Visit peartreebooks.com.

Holiday production: Sister's Christmas Catechism, a retelling of the nativity story, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at the Conmy Center, 750 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin. General admission $35; VIP $50. Call (727) 738-6159.

DAR annual fashion show: The Daughters of the American Revolution will host its annual fashion show at 11:30 a.m. at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane. $35 per person includes show and luncheon. Funds raised support student scholarships. Call Meri-Jo Gibson at (727) 461-2155, after 5 p.m.

Kiwanis holiday party: Dunedin Kiwanis present its annual "Christmas For Kids" 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Vision Ace Hardware, 1750 Main St., Dunedin, with Santa, cookie and ornament decorating for kids, raffles, $1 hot dogs and 50-cent sodas. Funds raised benefit Adventure Amputee Camp. Call Phyllis Frohlich at (727) 735-9022.

Student recital: The Upper Pinellas Music Teachers Association will present its students in recital at 2 p.m. at The Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. Free admission. Call (727) 789-3478.

Market in the Park: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through April 17, 2010 at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. At least 36 vendors will offer fresh produce, seafood, honey, all natural pet treats, hot sauces, crafts and more. Pinellas County Extension will provide several educational booths. Call market manager Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215

Saxophonist Dave Koz returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for annual holiday concert 12/02/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 9:08pm]
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