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. Free admission. Call Catherine at (727) 298-3322 or visit dfac.org.
Meet the artist: Hessam Abrishami will give a talk and demonstration of his work at 6 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.
Controversial 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. Supply is limited. Visit showcaseartsfoundation.org.
Open house: See what the city of Largo has to offer at an open house 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Take a facility tour, observe class demos and more. Free. Call (727) 518-3096.
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 for Toys to Tots charity. 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 the more than a million lights illuminating the park, live music and an official 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 and the hobby of live steam firsthand with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad. There are about 1.2 miles of main line track with numerous passings running through beautifully landscaped Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The train is open 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.
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, adoptable pets, photos with Santa, a parade with dogs in costume, great 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 13-adult; $2 for 3-12. Call (727) 518-6241.
Remembering our troops: The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Benning, Ga., is on its fourth deployment, more than any other army unit. In a show of support, Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 is hosting "Sledgehammer Steak Night" 5-9 p.m. at 360 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, with live entertainment by Peppa. $10 per person. Call (727) 733-6107 or (727) 410-2575.
Protect your pet: A Microchip clinic will be 1-3:30 p.m. 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 meet the public and sign copies of her books 1-3:30 p.m. today at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave.; and 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Dillard's in Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Visit peartreebooks.com.
Hilarious 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 presents 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 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.
Women's Auxiliary breakfast: The Disabled American Veterans Women's Auxiliary will host a breakfast fundraiser 8-11 a.m. at 219 S Betty Lane, Clearwater. Cost is $4. During the event the Society of Veterans and Friends Ltd. will meet for fellowship. Call Shirley Kirkland at (727) 443-4558 or e-mail [email protected]
Holiday fundraiser: Abilities Guild will celebrate the holidays with dining, dancing, entertainment, fellowship and silent auction at its eighth annual gala starting at 6:30 p.m. at Carlouel Yacht Club, 1091 Eldorado Ave., Clearwater. $85 per person. Reservations are required. All proceeds support the Abilities Foundation in its effort to provide job training, placement, housing, health and recreation for the disabled. Call (727) 536-9176.
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 Sunday are the Morton Plant Mease Clowns and "Huckleberry," playing oldies on tricone guitar. $2 minimum donation, free for 12 and younger. Call (727) 582-2247.
Book signing: Authors Dennis and Nancy Allen Kelly's new book, Reflections, combines original photography with poetry. The couple will sign copies 2-4 p.m. at the Painted Fish Gallery, 350 Main St., Dunedin. Free admission. Call (727) 734-5060 or visit paintedfishgallery.com.
Sounds of the season: The Ruth Eckerd Hall Children's and Youth Choirs will present a Christmas concert at 3 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave., Largo. A free-will offering will be accepted. Call (727) 585-9969.
The beautiful and unusual: Horse of a Different Color Winter Craft Market will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 315 Banquet Hall, 315 Orange St., Palm Harbor, with special items not usually offered at most craft markets or fairs. Adult admission $4, free for children. Proceeds from an artwork raffle will be donated to the Suncoast Animal League. Call (727) 455-2931.
Bible study/discussion: 12:30-4:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A of Countryside Public Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater. E-mail Ann D. Finkelman at [email protected]
Opening reception: Studio 1212's annual Holiday Boutique opens 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and runs through Jan. 30 at 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, with contemporary art, pottery, cards, jewelry and hand-crafted gifts. Raffle proceeds donated to the Calvin Hunsinger School. Food items for RCS food pantry will be collected. Call (727) 446-4566.
Christmas concert: Bay Baroque will give a holiday concert at 4 p.m. at Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs, featuring pieces by Handel, Buxtehude, Telemann and Pachelbel. Tickets $15, $13 members and students. Call (727) 937-0686.
Holiday show: The Dallas Brass will put on a holiday show that includes American classics at 2 and 7 p.m. at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $28 VIP, $23 advance, $28 day of show, $20 senior (60+), $16 student (19 and under). Call (727) 587-6793.
Museum fundraiser: The North Pinellas Historical Museum will host a Christmas event 1-4 p.m. at 2043 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor with wassail, cookies and a silent auction. $5 donation suggested. Call (727) 724-3054.
Sculpture on display: A premiere exhibition from the permanent collection The Visionary World of Vladimir Yoffe opens Sunday at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, and remains on view through April 25. Staged as a recreation of Yoffe's studio, the show consists of 11 sculptures created in various media. Call (727) 712-5762.
Environmentalists to speak: The Clearwater Audubon Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Guest speakers Melanie Higgins and Lauren Deaner will present results of a study of the use of restored habitats by neo-tropical migratory songbirds. Call (727) 462-6024.
Evening of song: The East Lake High Choral Program, under the direction of Robert Knabel, will present its winter concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of East Lake High, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. $4 adults, free for children. Proceeds will fund the group's 2010 trip to perform at Carnegie Hall. Call (727) 942-5419.
Job seekers workshop: A former human resources executive will share tips and techniques to stand out in a job interview at an informative workshop at 11 a.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. To register call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.
Read to Me: A new, bilingual group reading club that will meet at 10 a.m. every Monday at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Mothers with children from birth to preschool age will have the opportunity to practice their English or Spanish while inspiring a love of reading in their little ones. Call Britney Hord at (727) 587-6715 or e-mail [email protected]