Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Whimsical storytelling blends with Russian classical dance to make the Great Russian Nutcracker a unique performance. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 3 p.m. $27.50 to $100. Call (727) 892-5767.
AMP@620: Open-mike night with host Brian Duncan and D-Rod featuring Kayree. 8 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5. Call (727) 895-6620.
Critter of the Week: Learn about and explore the habitat of sponges this week. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pier Aquarium, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $5, $4 seniors and students 7 and older Monday-Saturday. Special admission Sundays, $2.50 for all. Free for children 6 and younger. Call (727) 895-7437.
Gems at Dalí: Rarely viewed jewelry, paintings, drawings, glassware and flatware designed by Dali make for a special exhibit at the Salvador Dalí Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Admission is $17; $14.50 seniors, military and police; $12 ages 10 to 18; $4 ages 5 to 9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; vary other days. Visit salvadordalimuseum.org or call (727) 823-3767.
'Form and Function': The works of Josh DeWeese, McKenzie Smith, Brian Sarama, Bede Clarke and Phil Epp continue through December. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mindy Solomon Gallery, 124 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 502-0852.
Heartsmart shopping tour: Confused about what foods to choose for a healthy lifestyle? Take a tour with registered dietitians from St. Anthony's LifeHelp program and learn to decipher nutrition labels and make smarter food choices. 2 to 4 p.m. Sweetbay supermarket, 3327 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N, St. Petersburg. $10, limited space, registration required. Call (727) 825-1111.
First Night St. Petersburg: Spend New Year's Eve enjoying an eclectic variety of activities throughout downtown and across the waterfront as St. Petersburg rings in the new year with music, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories, creative fun, fireworks and much more. Family-oriented festivities take place in multiple venues. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks at midnight. Downtown, Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. In advance, buttons are $10 adults, $5 children; online and day of the event, buttons are $12 adults, $6 children. Call (727) 823-8906 or visit firstnightstpete.com.
'Noon' Year's Party: A daytime New Year's Eve party geared toward children in grades K-5 includes make and take noisemakers and hats, face painting, brunch treats, and a countdown and balloon drop with apple juice toast. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before care available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. PinkCricket Center for Arts Education, 534 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5 adults, $10 children, $2 before care. Call (727) 823-7465 or visit thepinkcricket.org.
Swingin' in the New Year 2010: Dance the night away in this celebration for all ages. There will be a midnight countdown and balloon drop. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18 to $23 (service charges may apply); cash bar. Call (727) 892-5202 or visit tampabayswing.com.
New York-style New Year's Eve: Push Ultra Lounge will become a "snow-covered Central Park" with snowflakes and white confetti falling at midnight, with a complimentary champagne toast, as guests watch the ball drop in Times Square. The roof deck will be open for the entire party. Local DJs Coz and Gravity will spin the tunes. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. VIP tables are sold out. Ages 21 and up. Call (727) 871-7874 or visit pushlounge.com.
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball: Formal masquerade ball attire suggested but not required for this party to ring in 2010 with live music by Lester Freeman, party favors, $1,000 balloon drop, champagne toast and more. Masks available at the door. 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. $25 advance, $30 at the door; $75 per person dinner reservations; tables and sky boxes from $125 to $2,000. Visit thevenueclub.com or call (727) 571-2222.
Donavon Frankenreiter: The Billabong-sponsored professional surfer who turned pop rock recording artist stops by. 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19.50. Call (727) 895-3045.
First Friday Art Walk: Expanded Gulfport Art Village has arts and craft vendors, antique dealers, art demonstrations, live entertainment and 20-minute classes in glass blowing at the Industrial Arts Center. 6 to 10 p.m. Gulfport, south of 28th Avenue on Beach Boulevard. Free trolley rides, pet friendly. Free. (727) 322-5217.
Downtown Saturday Morning Market: More than 100 local vendors offer fresh produce, gourmet foods, prepared foods, crafts, music and entertainment, flowers, plants and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Free admission (items individually priced). Call (727) 455-4921 or visit saturdaymorningmarket.com.
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