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Things to do in St. Petersburg for Aug. 22-28

22 Today

Music Fest on the Water: Relax by the water and enjoy live music during the Pier's music series. 1 p.m. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 821-6443.

23 Monday

Gulfport Senior Center movie: View the 1952 Oscar winner With a Song in My Heart starring Susan Hayward. In the film, a rising star singer is crippled in a plane crash, but makes a comeback on a tour for the Allied troops during World War II. 12:45 p.m. Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. Free. Call (727) 893-2237.

Ladies Power Happy Hour: A ladies happy hour with free mixology lessons for making specialty drinks from certified bartender Ryan Nowlin. Each week features a different type of liquor. This week it's vodka-based specialty cocktails. 5 p.m. Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg. Free admission; $5 per drink. Call (727) 572-7800.

Walking Club: This ongoing walking club takes a scenic route along Coffee Pot Bayou in St. Petersburg's Old Northeast neighborhood. 6 p.m. Coffee Pot Park, 3001 First St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 821-7400.

24 Tuesday

A Couple of Blaguards: Written by Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes) and his brother Malachy McCourt, the play tells the brothers' tales of boyhood in Limerick, Ireland, and their early days as immigrants in New York. The chief intent of the stories of childhood privation and adult misadventures is simply to laugh at life's absurdities. 7:30 p.m. American Stage Theatre at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $24, pay-what-you-can night. Call (727) 823-7529.

Foodies Flavors, Meat & Potatoes: Sharpen your home culinary skills and discover new recipes with hands-on classes on a variety of cooking techniques and topics. Great comfort food flavors include warm creole potato salad, steak with roasted garlic sauce and more. 6:30 p.m. Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $45 per class. Call (727) 209-1418.

Shel's Shorts by Shel Silverstein: From the twisted imagination of author, cartoonist and poet Shel Silverstein comes a collection of 14 wicked, bawdy, and absurd short plays. Not suitable for children. 7:30 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $20, $15 students/seniors. Call (727) 895-6620.

25 Wednesday

Shade gardening: Got shady spots in your yard? Learn in this master gardener class what plants to use to make a shady haven in your landscape. 2 p.m. West St. Petersburg Community Library at St. Petersburg College, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free, but registration required. Call (727) 582-2100 or visit online at

26 Thursday

Around the World in Wines: Sample eight varieties of wine from around the world at a Tampa Bay Uncorked event, including selections from Italy, France, Chile, Argentina and California. There will be live jazz by Tony Castellano Jr. Portion of the proceeds benefit the Dalí Museum. 7 p.m. The Hangar, 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. $25 until Aug. 25, then $30. Call (727) 823-7767 or visit

Prostate Cancer Education and Early Detection: Moffitt Cancer Center is partnering with the Tampa Bay Rays to focus on educating men about prostate cancer in 20-minute educational sessions. Free cancer screenings will be available. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg. Free; Limited space, reservations required. Call 1-888-663-3488.

Wee-time at Weedon: Includes story related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3 to 5. Suzanne Tate's book Harry Horseshoe Crab: A Tale of Crawly Creatures reveals amazing facts about horseshoe crabs. 10:30 a.m. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free; registration required. Call (727) 453-6500.

27 Friday

English Beat: Formed in 1978 in England, original vocalist and guitarist Dave Wakeling heads the U.S. version of this oft-reformed band. 7 p.m. Jannus Live!, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free for 21 and up; $10 for under 21. Call (727) 565-0551 or visit

Hillbilly Hellfest 2010: Dubbed Tampa bay's biggest rockabilly event, Hillbilly Hellfest 2010 features a hot rod car show from 5 to 8 p.m., swing dancing and a whole string of bands to fill the night air. Cash O'Riley and the Downright Daddies, Chop Tops, Cadillac Bombers, and the Dive Bar Stalkers are all on the bill. Doors open at 5 p.m.; Bands start at 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. Call (727) 895-3045.

Summer jazz series: "Jazz: the Art of Music" is a weekly series featuring area artists. This week, the Alan Thomas Group performs. 6 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. $15; $10 members. Call (727) 896-2667.

Surreal Fridays: Dalí Jazz Nights. Great jazz in groovy surroundings, cash bar, cigar bar and complimentary tapas. 5:30 p.m. Dalí Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Museum admission is half price ($8.50) after 5 p.m. Call (727) 823-3767.

28 Saturday

Family Day: Celebrate family day and learn about childhood obesity at this fun kids event with moon bounce, free pizza and subs, "Ray Hawk" cuts by Tim the Barber, raffle for Ray's signed memorabilia, meet the Rays Street Team and WWE/TNA wrestlers, kid's only fitness classes, T-shirts and a mixed martial arts demo. Proceeds from raffle benefit All Children's Hospital. 9 a.m. to noon. Gold's Gym, 203 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 822-9394.

Geckos in Wonderland: This year's installment of the annual Gecko Ball carries the lighthearted theme of Alice in Wonderland. Includes larger-than-life decor, food with elements of the Mad Hatter's tea party, live music, dancing, Wonderland-related characters and activities and silent auctions. Benefits the Gulfport Centennial Celebration. 7 p.m. Peninsula Inn and Spa, 2937 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. $25. Call (727) 366-4086.

Huntington's Disease Walk/Run: A 5K fun run or walk along the downtown waterfront area. Run begins at 8 a.m. and walk at 8:15 a.m. Includes a yoga stretch and refreshments. Benefits the Huntington's Disease Society of America. 8 a.m. at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $10 advance; $15 day of. Walkers: free; donations appreciated. Call (813) 892-4354.

Gallery talk: Chief curator Dr. Jennifer Hardin, who is a specialist in American art, explores "Transcending Vision: American Impressionism from 1870 to 1940." Included with museum admission. 3 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 896-2667.

Sunken Gardens plant talks: Expand your gardening horizons and get answers to plant care questions in weekly horticulture programs with guest speakers on a variety of topics. Today, learn all about bamboo in program with Phil Staeger. 11:30 a.m. Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free with Gardens admission: $8, $6 seniors, $4 kids 2 to 11. Call (727) 551-3102.

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Beach Worship for the Gulf of Mexico: Pastors from United Church of Christ churches along the gulf coast in Central Florida invite area residents to join them today at a beachfront outdoor worship to help reduce anger and depression resulting from the BP oil spill disaster. Pastors will also pray for long-term environmental recovery in our area. Takes place on the beach adjacent to the church. Bring blankets and folding chairs. 7 p.m. today Pass-a-Grille Beach Community UCC, 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free. Call (407) 835-7501 or visit

Things to do in St. Petersburg for Aug. 22-28 08/21/10 [Last modified: Saturday, August 21, 2010 4:30am]
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