Clearwater Jazz Holiday: 2:30 to 10:45 p.m. followed by fireworks today and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. Admission is free. Call (727) 461-5200 or visit clearwaterjazz.com.
Party time: Local Shopper invites the community to a party 1-5 p.m. at the Rose Garden Boutique, 737 Broadway, Dunedin, for drinks, snacks and raffles. Donations accepted for Friends of Strays thrift store, 3660 Gandy Blvd., Pinellas Park. Call (727) 734-5052 or visit www.localshops1.com.
Free decorating workshop: Learn how to incorporate your personality into your unique space from noon-2 p.m. and continuing every Saturday at Vellagio Furniture, 29909 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Call (727) 785-6300.
Oil painting lecture: Learn about "The History of Color" from Larry Leach who will give an oil painting lecture and demonstration at 10 a.m. at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. and includes free art supplies to participants. RSVP required by calling (727) 298-3322 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz Soiree: The Clearwater Library Foundation's fifth annual Jazz Soiree will be 7-11 p.m. on the west terrace of Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and fireworks. For reservations and reserved parking, call (727) 562-4970 ext. 5189.
Fall festival: The 37th annual Family Fall Festival continues today through Sunday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, 750 San Salvadore Drive, Dunedin, featuring midway rides, a huge flea market, an Oktoberfest tent, a sports memorabilia auction and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. Free admission. Visit www.ollfallfestival.com.
Classical concert: The Pinellas Youth Symphony presents the Serenade Strings Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. in the Murray Studio of Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $10 adults; $2 children and students. Call (727) 438-3149 or visit www.pysmusic.org.
Band competition: The Tarpon Springs High School Outdoor Performing Ensemble will host its annual Outdoor Music Festival at 3 p.m. at 1411 Gulf Road featuring 14 competing Pinellas County bands. For details, call (727) 937-4841 or visit www.tarponspringsband.com.
Oktoberfest 2008: A street festival featuring a 5K/1-mile run, pancake breakfast, live music, dog costume contest, beer stein relay and more 8 a.m.-midnight along Florida Avenue in downtown Palm Harbor. All proceeds benefit the Suncoast Animal League. Call (727) 786-1330.
Local author to speak: Gloria Tesch will discuss her debut novel, Maradonia and the Seven Bridges, at 2 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St. Free. Call (727) 943-4922.
Benefit beach party: Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue will host "Paradise on the Beach," 7-11 p.m. at Sunset Beach, located at the west end of Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Event includes live music, beer, wine and soft drinks, firehouse chili and barbecue. $25 per person. Bring a beach chair. No one under 21 admitted. Call (727) 938-3737.
Learn to twirl: Children 4 to 11 can learn marching skills, coordination, basic twirls and mini routines at a Baton Clinic taught by Debbie Duke 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Highland Recreation complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. Bring your own baton. Call (727) 518-3016.
Garden tours: Meet and speak with local homeowners who have created and maintained beautiful gardens using sustainable practices on a 9 a.m.-3 p.m. tour event. Self-drive to address provided at registration. Cost is $5 per group riding together. Call (727) 582-2100 or visit www.pinellascountyextension.org.
Soggy Doggie Day: All dogs and their owners are invited to a splash party 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. Cost is $5 per dog, owners admitted free. For complete details, call (727) 518-3016.
Attention antique hunters: 18 quality dealers will offer pottery, porcelain, china, crystal, primitives, linens, maps, jewelry and more 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Indian Rocks Beach City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. Admission $4, free for children 12 and younger. Call (727) 586-7515.
Fire station open house: East Lake Fire and Rescue plans an open house 9 a.m-1 p.m. at Station 57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd. Event includes antique fire truck rides, food, vendors and much more. Visit www.eastlakefirerescue.com.
Beach cleanup: The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department is cosponsoring a cleanup of Sunset Beach, located at the west end of Gulf Road in Tarpon Springs 8-10 a.m. as part of Florida Coastal Cleanup. Wear comfortable clothes, a hat and tennis shoes. All equipment will be provided. Call (727) 942-5628.
Membership drive: LIADO, the Italian-American Women of Today, will host an open house at 11 a.m. at 1331 Summerlin Drive, Clearwater. The nonprofit organization raises funds for cancer research, autism and scholarships. To RSVP, call Luisa at (727) 536-3609.
Auditions: Senior talent show auditions will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Ave. S. Call (727) 1545.
Show chorus: The Suncoast Singers will perform the program, "At The Movies," featuring some of Hollywood's favorite music at 3 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets $20, $18. Call (727) 943-4922 or visit www.tarponarts.org.
Meet the artists: Studio 1212 presents original paintings, unique pottery, jewelry and more at an opening reception for its "Black & White" exhibit 2-5 p.m. at 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call (727) 446-4566 or visit www.studio1212.net.
Bach concert: "Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach," with actors Mark Douglas, Tony Hanson and Esther Thyrring and organists Edward Peterson and Donald Rolander, will be performed at 3 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave., Largo. Free. Call (727) 585-9969.
Visual treat: Peruvian artist Patricia Filomeno will greet the public and give a painting demonstration at 3:30 p.m. at Heilman's Beachcomber Restaurant, 447 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Gift bags to the first 20 patrons. Complimentary wine. Call (727) 239-9455.
'Non-Trivial Pursuits': Dr. Hank Koren, professor emeritus and author, will discus his latest book, Histories of the Jewish People of Pinellas County, Florida: 1883-2005, 7:30-9 p.m. at Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplande, Clearwater Beach. Free. To RSVP call (727) 446-0430.
Candidates' forum: The Council of North County Neighborhoods Inc. will host a candidates' forum at 7 p.m. at Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Moderated by Bay News 9's Al Ruechel, the forum will feature candidates for State Senator, District 11; State Representative, District 48; At Large County Commission, Districts 1 and 3; Pinellas County Sheriff; and Pinellas County Property Appraiser. Call (727) 560-5586.
Zoo trip: The Oldsmar Senior Center is sponsoring a day trip for seniors to Lowry Park Zoo. The bus will depart from the center, 127 State St., Oldsmar, at 9 a.m. and return at approximately 3 p.m. $5 advance bus fee for rec card holders, $10 admission due day of trip. Call (813) 749-1155.