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Heart's Breath Flute Extravaganza is Saturday at Weedon Island Preserve

Joseph Z played at last year’s Heart’s Breath Flute Extravaganza at Weedon Island Preserve. He returns this year.

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Joseph Z played at last year’s Heart’s Breath Flute Extravaganza at Weedon Island Preserve. He returns this year.

To calm his nerves and play the music in his heart, Dock Green Silverhawk picks up his flute. As he plays, he absorbs energy from the melodies. A sense of serenity washes over him.

"I call it the medicine of the flute," he said. "It has a sound that is very unique; it's very spiritual."

Silverhawk, who is part Creek and part Cherokee Indian, has been playing the flute for 20 years. On Saturday, he will be one of 20 musicians celebrating his American Indian musical heritage at the Heart's Breath Flute Extravaganza.

Anyone looking for a soothing way to melt away life's stresses, for at least a little while, is invited to join Silverhawk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the air-conditioned Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve, where American Indian-style flute recording artists from all over the state will perform.

"Florida has some of the best Native American flute players today," he said. "It's really good talent."

The free event will also feature drummers and rattlers, guitar players and a didgeridoo player.

Souvenirs will be available, including American Indian-style flutes, flute accessories, CDs, jewelry, dream catchers, tribal regalia such as ceremonial clothing, plus photographs, paintings and other artwork.

Utah Farris of Lake Wales will perform and sell his hand-carved flutes. He prefers wood that's historically authentic.

"I use a lot of red cedar, because that's what the indigenous people used years and years ago," he said. "I also use fancy hardwoods as well."

Beyond being entertained by the flutists, those attending will be able to learn the basics of playing the flute through demonstrations and an instruction class at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Silverhawk said he has had numerous people tell him they could not play any other instrument until they tried their hand at the flute.

"It gives them a form of expression that they never had before," he said. "They can reach down to the inner depths of their soul and express their feelings. It gives people that don't have any musical ability a chance to hear the songs in their heart."

That's what happened to Phil Penne of St. Petersburg, a member of the Heart's Breath Flute Circle, the group presenting the event. He hopes visitors are inspired by the moving melodies.

"It may plant the same seeds that germinated within me, and people attending may one day find themselves playing the Native American flute," he said.

If you go

7th Annual Heart's Breath Flute Extravaganza

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Where: Weedon Island Preserve, Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg

Admission: Free entry and parking. Concessions are available for sale.

Information: (727) 453-6500

1 Today

Benefit yard sale: The facility that helps people recovering from mental illnesses improve social and vocational skills will sell household and business items. Donations are tax deductible. 7 a.m. Vincent House, 4801 78th St. N, Pinellas Park. Admission is free; items individually priced. Call (727) 541-0321.

Marketplace @ Bargain City grand opening: The event includes live music and nearly 200 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, food, teas, plants, organics, pet supplies and hand-crafted items. 9 a.m. Marketplace @ Bargain City, 3951 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Free; items individually priced. Call (727) 871-1868.

2 Monday

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. Free. Call (727) 821-7400.

3 Tuesday

Open house: Learn more about the education plan Sacred Heart offers students in pre-K through eighth grade and scholarships available to families who qualify. 5 to 8 p.m. Sacred Heart Interparochial School, 7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park. Free. Call (727) 544-1106.

National Night Out: This "Neighborhood Crime and Drugs Going Away Party" kicks off with a two-block walk down 49th Street to the Tangerine Greenway. The walk demonstrates the confidence area residents have in the safety of that area. At the Greenway, participants gather for free food, bike registrations, free helmets and more. 6 p.m. Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. Free. Call (727) 548-5566.

4 Wednesday

ABC sampling: Wine Country tasting with more than 50 varieties, paired with appetizers, plus experts to help find your wine style. 5:30 p.m. ABC Fine Wines & Spirits, 2855 66th St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. Call (727) 345-6149.

Muvico Free Family Film Festival: Muvico Theaters are showing some children's favorites on the big screen. The feature is TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). 10 a.m. Baywalk 20, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Doors open at 9 a.m., and movies begin at 10 a.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. Free; refreshments extra. Call (727) 502-0965 or visit

5 Thursday

Big Bang Show: Now in its third season, this variety show combines a talent search with improv, overseen by a panel of celebrity judges. The ongoing event features fresh local talent competing for a cash prize. Judges share their opinions, but it's the audience who gets the final say. Meet the contestants from 7 to 8 p.m.; show gets going at 8 p.m. NOVA 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $10 advance, $15 at the door. Call (727) 821-6682.

6 Friday

Contra Dance: You don't need a partner to have fun contra dancing. Pre-dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. This portion features live music by Category 5 with Eric Harris calling. 8 p.m. Pinellas Park Auditorium, 7690 59th St. N. $8, $5 21 and younger, 12 and younger get in free. Call (727) 823-2725 or visit

Dive-in movies: This popular summertime activity is back in St. Pete Beach. Bring noodles, floats and chairs every other Friday night for the fun. Admission is limited to the first 150 people, so get there early to float and swim while your favorite films are showing. Film: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. 8 p.m. St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. $3 per person. Drinks, snacks and glow jewelry will be sold. Call (727) 363-9245.

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

7 Saturday

Antique tackle show: Tackle collectors from across the state will show and sell tackle items. They'll also buy or swap for your stuff. If you've got an old treasured reel or lure, bring it for a free appraisal. 9 a.m. Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $3, children admitted free. Call (407) 496-7940.

FISH-ful Saturdays: This special family program features hands-on activities including arts and crafts, storytelling, science projects, aquarium tours and guest speakers. This month features: "The Red Sea." Noon. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 821-6443.

Heroworship: A Graphic Tale of Epic Proportions: Some of the artists will be on hand to discuss their works at the opening reception for the exhibit of drawings, mixed media and paintings by Raina Benoit, Dirk Dzimirsky, Richard Green, Jay Hollick, Edward Lightner and Frank Strunk III. Exhibit continues through Sept. 18. 6 p.m. C. Emerson Fine Arts, 909 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call (727) 898-6068.

Karaoke Just For Kids: Kids ages 17 and younger can be a star. KJ Rick Parker spins age-appropriate tunes so they can belt out their favorite songs. No limit on the number of songs they can sing. 6 p.m. Ten Pin Lanes, 1453 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 381-1010.

Puppy Palooza: Meet adoptable puppies from the Florida All-Retriever Rescue and Friends. Bring your dogs and try your hand at agility or flyball. Food, drink and raffle tickets available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Florida All-Retriever Rescue. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nature of Art Gallery and Boutique/Adventures in Bradyville, 1100 Fourth St. N, Suite 101, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 821-6700.

If you go

7th Annual Heart's Breath Flute Extravaganza

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Where: Weedon Island Preserve, Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg

Admission: Free entry and parking. Concessions are available for sale.

Information: (727) 453-6500

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