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Today

Check out a Discovery Backpack containing "I-spy" sheets, binoculars and a map and take a free, self-guided tour through Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (727) 582-2581.

Books with bite: Each month a book from the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer will be read and discussed in the Teen Room at 4 p.m. at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Visit largo publiclibrary.org.

Modern art: "Wave 1," a monumental work by master painter Robert Schoeller, will be exhibited 9-5 a.m. weekdays through Nov. 21 across the lobby skywalk of Clearwater City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. For details, call Elizabeth Minor at (727) 562-4814.

Family fun: Children and their parents or grandparents can dance, play old-fashioned games and make lemonade at the Preschool Village Ramblers Lemonade Social 10-11:30 a.m. at Heritage Village, 119090 125th St. N, Largo. Fee, prepaid registration required. Two adults admitted free per child. Call (727) 582-2426.

Thursday

Volunteer recognition: An inaugural event to benefit the Safety Harbor Library Foundation from 6-10 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive, and includes a themed dinner, cash bar, music, live and silent auctions. Reservations are $75 at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. Call Linda Marshall at (727) 797-0542 or Nadine Nickeson at (727) 0660.

Friday

Classic Shakespeare: Hamlet will be performed 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. $18; $16 center members and children/students 16 and younger. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org.

Cut a rug: Learn to tango, waltz, fox trot, line dance and more with dance instruction by Gina at noon at the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd., Clearwater. $8 per person. Register in advance at (727) 736-1494.

Coffee on the go: Follow the signs and roll down your window for free coffee 7-8 a.m. Friday at East Lake United Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. This event will repeat on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year. Call (727) 784-9250.

Art opening: An opening reception for the Society of Acrylic Painters 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Imago Studios, 620 Main St., Dunedin. Call (727) 781-6859.

Saturday

Ride the rails: Kids and adults can experience large-scale model railroading with a ride on the Largo Central Railroad. There are about 1.2 miles of main line track with numerous passing sidings running through Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The train is open for public runs the first full weekend of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations welcome. Call (727) 585-9835.

Grand opening: The grand opening of Southwest Play Express will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Barclay Square, 13819 Walsingham Road, Largo. Work out for free, meet the instructors and receive half off a September fitness pass. www.playlargo.com.

Twilight rhythms: Bring a drum or just sit back and enjoy the rhythms around the campfire at 7 p.m. at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. Drums available to borrow. www.play largo.com.

Continuing

Have a picnic: Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, has picnic pavilions, restroom facilities and the James S. Miles and Richard A. Leandri Military Court of Honor and Rainbow Rotary Playground, one of the only playgrounds in the bay area completely accessible to disabled users. Open 5 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Call (727) 586-7415 for rental information.

Garden explorer 09/02/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 3:34pm]
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