Enjoy Florida's natural beauty, like this swallowtail butterfly, at the Florida Botanical Gardens at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Stroll through hundreds of blooming flowers and plants and native and nonnative ornamentals. Free daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (727) 582-2581 or visit www.flbg.org.
Classic opera: The New Century Opera sings an English-language version of Richard Wagner's The Valkyrie at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, inside City Hall at 324 E Pine St., at
7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20, $18 for center members. Call the box office at (727) 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.
Comedic weekend: Eight O'Clock Theatre presents the comedy Lend Me A Tenor at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $26 for adults, $16 for students 19 and younger, and $23.50 for groups. Call (727) 587-6751.
Romantic comedy: The West Coast Players present Over the River and Through the Woods at
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Conmy Center at Our Lady of Lourdes, 750 San Salvador St., Dunedin. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students. Visit www.wcplayers.org.
Largo gold: The Band of Gold exhibit to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's world championship in Kerkade, Holland opens with a reception at
6 p.m. Saturday in the gallery of the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. All are welcome and former Band of Gold members are invited and encouraged to attend. Call (727) 587-6715 or visit largopubliclibrary.org.
Wine-tasting event: The 10th annual Gavel and Grapes wine tasting event will be 5-10 p.m. Saturday at the corner of S Pinellas Avenue (Alt. U.S. 19) and Tarpon Avenue in Tarpon Springs. Silent and live auction, entertainment, artists and vendors, classic car show, and beer and soda sold by the glass. Tickets for wine-tasting will be $25 day of event. Advance tickets may be purchased for $22.50 by calling (727) 937-4434, (727) 938-3156 and (727)
937-6109 or online at www.gavelandgrapes.com.
Message of peace: Participate in Vesak, a celebration of the Buddha's birth, death and enlightenment Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. Monk's procession at 5:30 p.m., service 6:30, with a vegetarian dinner to follow. $10 donation suggested. Call (727) 512-4805.
Good buys: Find a treasure at the Knights of Columbus community garage sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 512 S Lincoln Ave., Clearwater. Food will be sold. For details or table rental, call (727) 441-2159 or (727) 726-6964.
Plant sale: It's time again for the Clearwater Garden Club's annual plant sale starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. Complimentary tea and coffee. Call (727) 443-7032.
Phil Phest 2008: A day of music and activities, 1-8 p.m. Saturday at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. The event includes a silent auction, kids' activities, skin screenings, raffles, musical performers, a barbecue and beverages. Proceeds benefit the Philip A Bryant Melanoma Foundation. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Call (727) 536-5039.
Pinellas Living Green Expo: This two-day event is 9 a.m.-
5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater and presents information, ideas, resources, products and motivation to live more sustainably. Free admission. Visit www.pinellaslivinggreenexpo.org.
Fish fry: A donation of $10 will give you all the fried fish, grits, coleslaw and hush puppies you can eat at the Clearwater Historical Society's annual Spring Fish Fry 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ross Norton Recreation Center, 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The donation is $5 for children age 12 and younger. Proceeds will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the Plumb House Museum. For tickets call (727) 804-2073 or (727) 446-2676.