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Mark Labor Day weekend with a family party, cruise, ski show or concert

Hey, worker bees, grab your honey and chill this Labor Day weekend. From fireworks and ferry rides to ski shows and starlight concerts, we've got plenty of ways to get you out of the hive, buzzing around and having some end-of-summer fun.

Celebrate Oldsmar

Get a big bang out of Celebrate Oldsmar, held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W. It's followed by a 20-minute fireworks display.

Get there early and lay claim to a spot on the grass while enjoying the music of the Black Honkeys (a '70s, '80s and '90s band) from 6 to 9 p.m. Meanwhile, the little ones can intermingle on the inflatables, ride ponies or catch a tiny train.

You won't have to labor long to pay for dinner either. Hot dogs and hamburgers are $1 apiece. Ice cream and cold drinks will be available.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

For information, visit myoldsmar.com or call (813) 749-1260.

mCruise to Caladesi

While many will choose to bid adieu to summer on crowded beaches, you can still enjoy the beautiful — and undisturbed — white sands of Caladesi Island via a 15- to 20-minute ferry ride to the barrier island.

Hike nature trails, spot wildlife, relax at shady picnic areas and enjoy food from the concession stand.

Ferries depart every half-hour from Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, beginning at 10 a.m., weather permitting. The last boat leaves Caladesi Island around 5:30 p.m.

Passage is $14 for adults, $7 for children, free for those 5 and under. Admission to Honeymoon Island ranges from $2 for a pedestrian or bicyclist to $8 for a carload.

Call (727) 734-1501.

Ski show

It's the greatest show on a lake.

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team marks the holiday weekend with a tribute to the American work force at 6 p.m. Saturday on Tower Lake in Oldsmar. Admission is free; donations are accepted.

Ski shows are held every Saturday during the warmer months. Patrons can expect to see ski pyramids, ballet lines, adagio doubles, barefoot skiers, ramp masters and more. Future shows include patriotic, Wild West, vacation and Halloween themes.

Tower Lake is at 130 Burbank Road near the Oldsmar Flea Market. From Tampa Road, take Racetrack Road north to Douglas, turn left and turn left again into the ski site entrance. Bleacher seating is provided with grassy areas for lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions available too.

Call (727) 480-9365 or (813) 917-8354.

Starlight Concerts

What could be better than you and Fido sitting under the stars, enjoying sweet music together. Nielsen Starlight Concerts take place at 7 p.m. every Friday in September at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road in Dunedin.

Tonight's concert features the '60s classic rock band Coo Coo Ca Choo.

Bring a blanket or chair, your dog on a leash and a bowl of water.

It's free. Call (727) 812-4530.

Submit ideas for Diversions features to Terri Bryce Reeves at treeves@tampabay.rr.com. Events must take place in north Pinellas.

Mark Labor Day weekend with a family party, cruise, ski show or concert 09/01/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 4:17pm]
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