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Things to do Sept. 5-11: pets, jazz, soul food and more

5 Today

Support Pet Pal Animal Shelter: Vendors at the Marketplace @ Bargain City will collect and deliver items to support the Pet Pal Animal Shelter. The no-kill facility needs cleaning supplies, fleece blankets, sturdy dog toys, animal bedding, pet food and Home Depot or Lowe's gift certificates. Shelter animals will be available for adoption. Donations accepted. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marketplace @ Bargain City, 3951 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 871-1868.

Jayne Sings: My Tribute to Lena Horne: A witty and playful jazz-filled concert features songs made popular by Lena Horne. Jayne Trinette is a Tampa singer, actor and songwriter from Broadway and national tours of The Lion King and Caroline, or Change. "I never want her to be forgotten,'' Trinette says of Horne. "She was such a silky singer, such a classy, all-around artist.'' Trinette will perform songs such as The Very Thought of You, All of Me and The Lady is a Tramp, accompanied by pianist James Crumbly. The show is part of the After Hours series at American Stage. 6 p.m. today; Monday and Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. American Stage at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. Pay what you can at the door, $15 advance. Call (727) 823-7529.

Xavier Rudd & Izintaba: The socially conscious singer/songwriter and his band hail from down under. Their latest album, Koonyum Sun, was released in May. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. Call (727) 895-3045.

6 Monday

Ladies Power Happy Hour: A ladies happy hour with free mixology lessons for making specialty drinks from certified bartender Ryan Nowlin. Each week features different liquor. This week features gin-based specialty cocktails. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd. S, St. Petersburg. Free admission, $5 per drink. Call (727) 572-7800.

Walking club: This walking club takes a scenic route along Coffeepot 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.

7 Tuesday

Speak Up Speak Now! An exhibit that will include art created in a variety of media (clay, mosaic, etc.) by middle school children who attended the 2010 summer outreach program — Speak Up Speak Now! Art is one of the vehicles used to elicit response from the children after they've learned about becoming upstanders in their communities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 820-0100 or visit

8 Wednesday

Coffee talk: Refreshments at 10 a.m. with an interactive performance by Nan Colton at 10:30, followed by a docent tour. Scheduled: "Mina Miller Edison: Living With Genius." 10 a.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Included with museum admission. Call (727) 896-2667.

9 Thursday

Rooms: A Rock Romance: Preview performance of the Southeast premiere of the Off Broadway hit. Set to a vibrant rock score, the story follows Monica, a singer who wants to see the world, and Ian, a guitarist who would rather stay put. 7 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $20. Call (727) 895-6620.

Meet one of the 'Lost Boys' of Sudan: In What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, Dave Eggers describes the odyssey of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan, on his journey from southern Sudan to Ethiopia, Kenya and Atlanta. St. Petersburg Times book editor Collette Bancroft leads a Q&A with the audience and both Eggers and Deng will sign books after the program. Tickets may be picked up at Eckerd's Upham Administration Building. The event will take place in the McArthur Gymnasium. 7:30 p.m. Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free; tickets required. Call (727) 864-7979.

Out-of-this-world call: In this "out of this world" event, the Science Center hosts a downlink with the International Space Station. Twelve lucky selected students will have the opportunity to ask 20 space and science related questions to the astronauts live on the space station. Astronauts participating include T.J. Creamer, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker. NASA Television will broadcast video from the space station during the event and it will be streamed live throughout the center. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call: (727) 384-0027.

10 Friday

'It's No One You Know: The Portrait as Collectible Art': Sculptor Donna Gordon wants art collectors to expand their notion of what the portrait can be, a portrait of no one you know can be compelling all on its own. This show explores the possibilities of that notion and features work by Jack Barrett, Michael Assiff, Donna Gordon, Cecilia Lueza, Scott Moore, Andrea Pejack, Hugo Porcaro, David Roland, Curtis Sneary and Joe Steiner. Please RSVP for opening reception. Show and sale continues through Dec. 9. 6 p.m. Donna Gordon Gallery & Studio, 625 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 827-2811.

Senior excursions: Don't sit at home. Join other seniors for adventure and fun on these weekly "Luncheon Excursions." This week, hop on the bus bound for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. 9 a.m. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. $10 residents, $12.50 non-residents. Call (727) 363-9245 or visit

11 Saturday

22nd Street Soul Food Festival: A celebration of all things Southern with soul food, a DJ playing traditional jazz and gospel and the history of 22nd Street. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy live entertainment from noon until closing time. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. St. Petersburg Clay Co., 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. Free admission and parking; food $1 to $10. Call (727) 455-5130.

AIDS Walk St. Petersburg: 5K walk begins and ends at North Shore Park. Scheduled performers include the Double M Band and the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (ROTC). Tolling of the AIDS Memorial bells will begin the walk as a tribute to the lives lost in the 9/11 attack on America. Fox 13 meteorologist Andy Johnson is grand marshal, Ann Sherman-White of Suncoast Hospice, is emcee. The event benefits the clients of AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP). Registration begins at 8 a.m.; walk gets under way at 10 a.m. North Shore Park, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. By donation. Call (727) 328-3268 or visit

Auditions for the St. Pete Choral Project: Artistic director Dr. Joseph Holt is looking for singers with good choral skills. Needed are sopranos, tenors and basses for a Nov. 14 Veterans Day benefit concert. Bring a musical resume of your choral experience. Be prepared to sight read, sing vocal exercises and sing a selection of your choice (accompanist provided). Auditions are by appointment between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 3747 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 543-3642 for an appointment.

Classical contemporary Christian concert: Acclaimed oboist, pianist, composer and conductor Bruce G. Blowers performs pieces from his newly released album Through Glass. 7 p.m. Palm Lake Christian Church, 5401 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free; donations appreciated. Call (727) 321-8356.

Remembrance Ride: A day to honor first responders and military includes motorcycle rides of up to 80 miles. Rides begin at Barney's St. Petersburg, James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Peggy's Corral in Palmetto, Lakeland Harley-Davidson and the Ride Factory in Ybor City and end for a big party at the Winthrop Pole Barn, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview. The party is led by emcee Parti Patti includes three live bands, vendors, auctions, displays by area police, sheriff, fire and EMS units, a family fun kid's zone and barbecue dinners. Benefits the James A. Haley VA Medical Center Recreational Services. 9 a.m. Barney's Motorcycle and Marine, 10411 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $15, $25 per couple, $5 ages 12 and younger. Call (813) 810-5001.

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10 Friday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kickoff Party: Celebrate with the Bucs at this free party before the regular season, which kicks off Sept. 12. The party will feature appearances by Coach Raheem Morris, above, general manager Mark Dominik and players; performances by the Buccaneers cheerleaders; meet Bucs mascot, Captain Fear; and take in a live performance by alt rockers Paper Tongues with special guest Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike. 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live!, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 565-0551.

Things to do Sept. 5-11: pets, jazz, soul food and more 09/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 3, 2010 12:54pm]
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