Blooming with Flavor and Fragrance: Learn to create fragrant essential oils used for therapy and to make your home smell nice, and flavored vinegars to cook with, 2-4 p.m., Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. $25. Call 893-7326 to reserve a spot.
Vegetarian Food Fest: Enjoy Asian and Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine, live Vietnamese music and entertainment, noon to 4 p.m., Southwest Florida Buddhist Temple, 1770 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Food can be purchased for dining in or to go. Free admission. Also, a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 520-9209.
33rd Annual Exotic Pet and Bird Expo: Sanctioned bird competition and more than 60 vendors with birds and related items, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Also drawings and door prizes. $4, free for kids under 12. Call 470-3152 or check the Web at www.suncoastaviansociety.org.
Thoroughly Modern Missy: Nan Colton portrays Missy as she recalls the 1920s as the post WW II era brought new communication methods through telephone, telegraph and radio to all of America, 1 p.m., Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. Missy tells of her world of famous people, remarkable happenings and startling inventions. $3, includes a snow cone after the production. Call 893-7101.
Evening of jazz: Al Downing Jazz Education Scholarship winners of the past few years perform, 6:30 p.m., Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S. Free. Call 866-0085.
Film at the Dali: Pedro Almodovar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, 6 p.m., Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, joins films by and about women as part of the summer exhibit, "Women: Dali's View." Film follows TV actress Pepa in this testament to the resilient beauty of women. Free with museum admission ($5 after 5 p.m. every Thursday). Beer for sale, free refreshments. Call 823-3767.
Wii party: Come join in a virtual world of interactive, realistic bowling, 1 p.m., Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. Refreshments provided. Free. Call 893-2237 or 893-1231.
The Girlie Show, Under the Big Top: Step right up for the second annual Girlie Show, presented by Twenty@620, a group of local young artists at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The girls are back for a second year in this brassy showcase of musical standards and burlesque striptease. At 8 p.m. Same time Saturday and Aug. 15-16 and 7 p.m. Aug. 11 and 17. General admission, $15; cabaret seating, $30. Special midnight performances Saturday and Aug. 16. Admission for midnight shows is $10, general admission; $25 for cabaret seating. The cabaret style seating at up-close tables includes complimentary refreshments. Call 895-6620 or buy tickets online at www.studio620.org.
Heartbreath Flute Extravaganza: Fifth annual event features the art and music of the American Indian culture, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Listen to flutists, attend a master craftsmen's flute-building workshop, or join in a silent auction of American Indian-themed items. Free. Call 453-6500.
Band concert: The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg, conducted by Peter Harris, presents a free concert, 4 p.m., in the Masonic Home, 3201 First St. NE. Call 584-1391.
Alligator walk: Learn about the natural history of the alligator, its habitat, eating habits and young, 11:30 a.m., Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free with park admission. Call 893-7326 to reserve a spot.
History takes flight: Florida residents get in to the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, for free today as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the maiden flight of the world's first commercial airline from St. Petersburg to Tampa in 1914. Enjoy a juried art exhibit, free aviation videos and a lecture by NASA engineer Louise Kleba at noon. Event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 892-1052 or visit www.spmoh.org.