Things to do around Pinellas County

Today-Sunday

The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall will present the Tampa Bay Tap Dancing Festival featuring workshops by Mark Goodman and tap dance duo Avi Miller and Ofer Ben. Other festival highlights include a tap showcase and a drumming circle. There will be two levels offered for dancers ages 10 and older. One for Advanced Beginners/Intermediate and the other for Advanced tappers. 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Call or visit the website for workshop prices. Ruth Eckerd Hall Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 712-2706; www.hoffmanperformingarts.org.

Today

Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace: Products available for sale will include farm-fresh produce, gourmet cheese, nuts, local honey, baked goods, specialty oils, designer jewelry, food to eat and food to go. Live entertainment. Free doughnut for all who attend. The market will be open the second Saturday of June, July and August. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free (items individually priced). Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace, 500 Block of Cleveland Street, Clearwater. (727) 461-7674; clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.

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 up. 9-10:30 a.m. Free, but registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Rain Harvesting: Learn how to save collected rainwater for garden use while saving money on water bills in this workshop. Rainbarrels available for purchase ($30). Limited space, register at least 24 hours in advance. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Free, but pre-registration required. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100; pinellascountyextension.org.

Kayak Cruise: Experience Oldsmar's natural beauty with an adventure through the mangroves on a guided expedition launched from the dock at Mobbly Bayou. Kayaks, paddles and personal floatation devices will be provided. Bring sunscreen and drinking water. Best for ages 10 and older. 9 a.m. $5 with rec card, $7.50 without. Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve North, 423 Lafayette Blvd., Oldsmar.

Indoor Fresh Market: The air-conditioned mall corridors house a market with fresh produce, prepared foods, multi-cultural and specialty foods, greenery, arts/crafts, music and plenty of seating for people watching. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Sunday. Free (items individually priced). Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole. Sponsor: Scott. (727) 776-7261; seminolemall.net.

Tennis Clinics for Kids and Adults: USPTA certified instructor Rob Delgado will teach beginner to intermediate players proper tennis technique and strategy. Classes will be held at 9 a.m. (ages 8-14) and 10 a.m. (ages 15 to adult). 9 a.m. $5, recreation card holders free. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

Train Show and Swap Meet: Model train layout for children with vendors showing, selling and trading trains, tracks and accessories in various scales. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $4 adults, 12 and younger free. Knights of Columbus Hall (Pinellas Park), 7177 58th St. N, Pinellas Park. Sponsor: Joe. (727) 244-1341.

Benefit Garden Sale: Low-cost, easy-to-grow plants including frangipani, banana and fig trees, red-flowered poinciana trees, snowbushes, palms and more. Bring shovel. Proceeds help in Equal Rights Amendment passage efforts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. No charge for admission. Residence, 305 173rd. Ave., North Redington Beach. (727) 804-3052.

Spirit-Mind-Body Fair: An introduction to the benefits of wellness with free yoga, Tai Chi, pilates and meditation classes, various speakers and vendors related to wellness, natural health care and living green. Proceeds from sponsors, vendors and raffles benefit the LIVESTRONG at the Y program. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. YMCA (North Pinellas), 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor. (727) 772-9622.

Artists Market: Show and sale of a huge selection of artwork including fine art, jewelry, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture and photography, all by local artists. Kids' art activity area, refreshments available for purchase. Funds raised help support the museum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762; spcollege.edu/museum.

Make N Take Rainbarrels: At Rotary Centennial Nature Center. Take advantage of the rainy season and make a rainbarrel to save water for garden use. Walk-ins welcome, but registration preferred. 10:45 a.m. $35, park admission included. Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin. (727) 738-2903; islandparks.org.

Hurricane Party at the Docks: Rain or shine, the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks will be hosting a hurricane party for serious fun. Exhibitors will include public and private agencies involved in storm preparation, response and recovery, as well as exhibits just for fun. The event is presented by the Sponge Docks Merchants Association. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Sponsor: Tim Stevens. (727) 943-0006; spongedocks.net.

Canine Basics for Busy People: Workshop with practical tips for stress-free living with a new canine. Teaches communication skills, basic handling, house training, chew toy training and how to deal with jumping, barking and pulling. Please bring proof of dogs current rabies vaccinations. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $25, SPCA Tampa Bay adopters and all bully breed are free of charge. SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 586-3591; spcatampabay.org.

Antique Wooden Boat Show and Dinner: The public is welcome to view antique wooden boats at no charge. A seafood buffet with entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Call for reservations. 12 p.m. Free to view boats; $35 dinner cost. Tarpon Springs Yacht Club, 350 N Spring Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 934-2136, ext. 1.

Discovering Nature with Your Child: Who lives in that skin? What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Whose tracks are those? Stop by the classroom to participate in a variety of self-guided nature games and activities that will answer these questions. Pre-registration is not required for this open activity. All ages welcome. noon-3 p.m. Free. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

All Day Scrapbooking Crop: Participants ages 16 and older will have fun scrapbooking while socializing with others. Bring your own photos and supplies. Drinks and light snacks will be provided. 12 p.m.-8 p.m. $10 with Rec Card, $13 without. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

Backgammon Tournament: Players and spectators are invited to a tournament presented by the Tampa Bay Backgammon Club. 12 p.m. Hampton Inn & Suites, 39284 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. (727) 743-0500; tampabaybackgammon.com.

Suncoast Genealogy Society: Suncoast Geneology Society will be offering an eight-week course on Beginning Genealogy at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. 2-4 p.m. The registration fee of $35 includes materials and handouts. Contact Howard Smith, (727) 669-7220, to register or for more information. Sponsor: Howard Smith . (727) 784-3332.

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.

Destination Key West: A Key West sunset celebration-themed benefit event with street performers, live music, Caribbean cuisine, handmade arts and crafts, and a cash bar. Benefits Project Grace, a Suncoast Hospice Affiliate. 6-9 p.m. $35. Suncoast Hospice Community Service Center, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 536-7364.

Catalyst: Catalyst provides an environment of friendship, music and inspiration where friends can get together to enjoy dessert while listening to some awesome music, build relationships with other Christians from the area, and answer one of the most common questions heard from people as they look back on their lives, "How did I get here?" The event includes a DVD segment by author and speaker Andy Stanley, and live music by recording artist Carl von dem Bussche. Presented by WatersEdge Community Church. 7-10:30 p.m. Pinellas Realtor Organization Auditorium, 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. (727) 820-0359; watersedgeonline.org/catalyst.

1940s style Swing Dance: In remembrance of V-J Day, a 1940s style dance featuring Big Band music is planned. Participants are encouraged to dress in 1940s fashions. All WWII veterans will be guests of honor with free admission, and a cake will be donated by the Greater Tampa Bay Dance Meetup. Dance host/DJ Arleene Norman will appear as the infamous Tokyo Rose. 7-8 p.m. beginner-friendly swing dance lesson.; 8-11 p.m. DJ dance. All ages are welcome. Smoke-free venue. 7-11 p.m. $5 admission includes dance lesson. Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, Largo. (727) 518-3131.

Sunset Cinema @ Pier 60: The Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival organizers have added a Sunset Cinema to their lineup of fun. You can bring your blankets, low lawn chairs or towels to plop on the beach, and concessions will be available. (As always, no alcohol is permitted on the beach.) The shows start around dusk. Insider tip: There are five lots within walking distance, but if you time it right, you can park in Lot 43 across from the Wings store for free after 6 p.m., says a festival organizer. The others will cost you by the hour. Turn on your heart light, because tonight's showing is E.T., the Extraterrestrial. Is there a funnier scene than Elliot getting drunk at school without even leaving his desk? 8 p.m. Free. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. (727) 434-6060; sunsetsatpier60.com.

Regrets Only: Smart comedy about friendship, loyalty and what it means to be in a relationship, and it 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. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. $18, $15 seniors/students/military. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U,S, 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363; wcplayers.org.

Wearable Art 6 Fashion Show: This is Year 6 for this much-anticipated event. The tradition continues with wearable art by perennial crowd-pleasers Frank Strunk III and Rogerio Martins, and features new and exciting pieces by Sheree Lorraine, Ivanka Ska, Kim and Brick Brinklow, Patti Coleman, Marsha Goins, Candy Barnette, Deborah Kynes, Joseph Mastropaolo, Vicki Rich and Donna Mason. Gather at 7:30 p.m. for drinks and music, Runway Show starts at 9 p.m., an after party follows. $15 general admission, $50-$75 reserved seating. Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 298-3322; dfac.org.

Sunday

Benefit Garden Sale: Low-cost, easy-to-grow plants including frangipani, banana and fig trees, red-flowered poinciana trees, snowbushes, palms and more. Bring shovel. Proceeds help in Equal Rights Amendment passage efforts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. No charge for admission. Residence, 305 173rd Ave., North Redington Beach. (727) 804-3052.

Artists Market: Show and sale of a huge selection of artwork including fine art, jewelry, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture and photography, all by local artists. Kids' art activity area, refreshments available for purchase. Funds raised help support the museum. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762; spcollege.edu/museum.

Heart and Soul Cinema: Sunday afternoon film series in which a short introduction precedes the film and discussion follows. This portion features the 2002 film Possession, based on the novel by A.S. Byatt, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. 1:30 p.m. Free. Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1525.

Music Out of a Hat: It's a concert and a game show! Join soprano Maria Zouves and the VOICExperience Singers for a concert of opera, Broadway and trivia. 2 p.m. $15, $13 members/students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; tarponarts.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 the pool's splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 9:45-10:45 a.m. $1.50, 2 and younger no fee. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

Free Backpack Event: Free backpacks with school supplies will be given out to the first 100 children in attendance at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. play Back to School Bingo to win prizes. North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970; clearwater-fl.com/CPL/index.asp.

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

Republican Candidates to Speak: Republican candidates for election at all levels have been invited to speak at this meeting of the Republican Club of Greater Largo. The club will be conducting an election poll at the meeting. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Alfano's Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater Largo Road, Clearwater. (727) 584-2125; largorepublicans.com.

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 admission. VFW Post 10304, 724 Tuskawilla St., Clearwater. (727) 443-7473.

Genealogy Research Group Meets: The Tarpon Springs Library Genealogy Research group will offer beginners and experienced researchers casual exchange of genealogy research methods, tips and topics for discussion, focusing on the featured online databases ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, both available for free through the library. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops to the meetings. The class meets the third Monday of every month. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-4922.

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.

Election Amendments Public Forum: Join CNCN board members and guest speakers to learn more about the Amendments that you will need to vote on in November. Bring your own questions. 7 p.m. Free. Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd. , Tarpon Springs. Sponsor: Don Ewing, Jr. (727) 560-5586; cncnpc.org.

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.

Things to do around Pinellas County 08/13/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 13, 2010 6:26pm]

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