Indian Shores egg hunt: Eggs filled with candy and treasures will be hidden at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, and on the beach at 2 p.m. Grand prize for the child who finds the Big Bird Egg. Children should bring a decorated basket to hold eggs and can participate in a contest for the most uniquely decorated basket. Open to toddlers through 12-year-olds, who will be grouped by age. Must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments and a guided tour at 3 p.m. Additional parking is across the street at the Fifth Third Bank. Free. Call 391-2473 or see
Easter sunrise service: The 20th annual service overlooking Tampa Bay is at 6:45 a.m., the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The Rev. Robert E. Smith of 20th Street Church of Christ officiates. Music by Unity A Cappella Gospel Ensemble and the Salvation Army Band. An offering will benefit Florida Resurrection House, an ecumenical ministry and nonprofit corporation that helps Tampa Bay's homeless or working poor families. Free parking in the Pier parking lots. Call 823-4742.
Cleveland Orchestra: Featuring violinist Midori with Giancarlo Guerrero conducting, 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Premier tickets are $125 and include a cocktail party before the concert and coffee and dessert at intermission. Regular tickets are $35-$65. Seniors 55 and older and kids up to 18 receive $10 off regular ticket prices. To purchase premier tickets, e-mail Barbara McCoy at email@example.com or call 551-9598. For regular tickets, call 892-5767.
Energy and Environment Series: Lecture by Paul R. Ehrlich Ph.D., professor of population studies at Stanford University, 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater. Ehrlich addresses human population growth, natural resource use and environmental degradation. Free. Call 873-4088 or 892-5767.
Dali and Avant-Film: Series focuses on Salvador Dali's work in relation to film as well as an exploration of various historical strands of surrealist and experimental film, 7:30 p.m., Studio@620, 620 First Ave, N, St. Petersburg. Program features David Audet and Charles Peirson Lyman Jr. discussing "American Avant-Garde of the '50s and '60s Personal Filmmakers." Free. Call 895-6620.
'Cosmic Quandary': NOVA Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson leads a panel discussion about black holes and other galactic conundrums, 7 p.m., the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. Call 822-3590.
620 roundtable on social justice: A forum for Tampa Bay leaders to discuss social justice issues affecting the community. Topic is "From the Gas Plant to the Trop: Playing Ball,"
6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. remarks and discussion, Studio@620. Free. Call 895-6620.
Senior Free Fest: Tenth annual event where everything is free,
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. More than 80 local retailers and service providers will promote products and services. Includes health screenings, samples, live entertainment and food. Also Bill Murphy, a former news reporter and anchor, talks about his Florida Day Tours. Free. Call 217-0727.
The Allegro Trio: Oleg Geyer (violin), James Connors (cello) and Vladimir Khokhlov (piano) perform classical and romantic chamber music,
7:30 p.m., Catherine A. Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. $20. Call 893-1070.
Grand Central Stroll: Shops, nightspots and businesses open late with specials, entertainment and more, 5-9 p.m., Grand Central Business District, from First Avenue N to First Avenue S from 19th Street to 31st Street. Free. Call 328-7086.
SPIFFS 33rd International Folk Fair: Outdoor ethnic extravaganza, 5-10 Friday night and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Vinoy Park, Fifth Avenue NE at North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg. Educates about different cultures through food, music, costumes, dance and entertainment. More than 30 ethic groups and 600 performers. $10. Call 552-1896 or check spiffs.org.
Historic Uptown garage sale: Residents in the downtown St. Petersburg neighborhood gather from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the grassy lot and overflow parking lot of the American Red Cross at Fourth Street and Ninth Avenue N for a spring cleaning sale. Household and sports items plus collectibles, tools and more. Refreshments available. Free parking. To donate items or participate, call (813) 767-7262. Proceeds benefit the neighborhood association. See
historicuptown.com for information.
Art Market: Fine arts and fine crafts show and sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Williams Park, 350 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 898-6061.
Symphonie Fantastique: The Florida Orchestra performs Falla, Vill-Lobos and Berlioz, 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater. Pedro Halffter conducts. $21-$56. Call 892-5767.
Birding 101: Early morning program is great for the beginner or intermediate birder. On average, 35 species are seen on the walk, 7:30 a.m., Boca Ciega Millennium Park, 12410 74th Ave. N, Seminole. Call 588-4882 to register.
Landscaping with native plants: Hear experts discuss Florida landscaping techniques and gardening with native Florida plants while conserving natural resources, 9 a.m.-noon, Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Native plant sale follows. The program is free and recommended for adults. For information call (727) 453-6500.
Orchid Festival: Thousands of orchids for sale, orchid culture lectures and much more, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free with garden admission, $8; $6 for seniors (55-plus) and $4 for ages 2-11. Call 551-3148.
Some like it fast
Get your motor running in anticipation of the Grand Prix, coming the first weekend in April, at the Festival of Speed. The waterfront gallery of all things fast features both vintage and contemporary automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Vinoy and in North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Enjoy culinary creations, smooth jazz, wine tasting, fine cigars, luxury lifestyle displays and more. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ford Model T with a collection of Ford muscle cars and historic Model T's on display. Valentino Balboni, chief test driver for Lamborghini, will be there recognizing the 45th anniversary of Lamborghini. Balboni has tested more than 80 percent of all Lamborghinis produced since 1968. $10 admission at the door. Call (352) 385-9450 or go to festivalsofspeed.com. Part of the proceeds benefit the Children's Dream Fund of St. Petersburg.
Below, John Marrone peers inside a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Custom Coupe at the Festival of Speed in 2004.