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Muvico Film Festival lets parents and kids relax for free


Each summer, movie theaters throughout the Tampa Bay area offer parents a chance to give their air conditioners a break by offering free kid-friendly movies a couple of mornings a week. Part of the proceeds from refreshment sales go to the Starlight Children's Foundation of Florida, a nonprofit group that helps families dealing with the illness of a child by providing entertainment and family-friendly activities. Today's feature is Journey to the Center of the Earth. Doors open at 9 a.m., with the show starting at 10 a.m. Cost: Free, but refreshments are extra. 37912 U.S. 19 North, Palm Harbor. (727) 944-2282;

Senior Wednesdays at Clearwater Marine Aquarium: If you're 55 or older, get to the aquarium between 9 and 10 a.m. and you can get in for $3. The program includes admittance, free coffee and doughnuts, and a discount in the gift shop. Each week a different staff member or volunteer will hold a discussion on how the aquarium operates. 9-10 a.m. $3 for seniors 55+. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (727) 441-1790;

QiGong: QiGong warm up, movement progression and meditation with a certified instructor. 9-10 a.m. First session free. $3 for members, $4 for non-members. Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Sponsor: Sharon Snow. (813) 249-7356.

Start a Butterfly Garden: Learn from a master gardener how to make your yard and landscape irresistible to butterflies. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., will hold the free class from 2-3:30 p.m. Registration required. Call (727) 582-2100.

The Tricky Dog Show: The Clearwater East Library will hold a circus-style dog show for the entire family. 2-3 p.m. Free. 2251 Drew St. Call (727) 669-1280.

Society for Creative Anachronism: The Barony of Marcaster (The Sea Fortress) is a local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism that meets every second and fourth Wednesday of every month. 6:30 p.m. Free. Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6715.

East Lake Library events: The East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, will hold a philosophical inquiry group, at 6:30 p.m. Call (727) 773-2665.

Greek Dance Classes: Enjoy attending Greek festivals and other Greek events? Come out for Greek dance classes with instructor Dr. Mary Coros, director of the Levendia Dance Troupe. Learn popular dances as well as the origin of each dance. Wear comfortable shoes, no flip-flops. The class is oriented toward participants 14 and older. 7-8:30 p.m. Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs. Cost: $30 for all four classes, $25 for each additional family member. Visit

Waterbirds of Coastal Florida: The Clearwater Audubon chapter will present a slide narrative of its ongoing work to protect the great colonial waterbirds of Florida and the habitats that support them, 7-8 p.m. at the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3080.

Canine Behavior Course: During this one-hour class, canines will learn basic obedience commands and how to overcome unwanted behaviors such as jumping, pulling and chewing. Proof of rabies vaccination required. Participants must register online to attend the class. It's 7-8 p.m., $65, or $45 for SPCA Tampa Bay adopters. SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 586-3591;


Historic Plumb House Museum Tours: The original Cracker-style home, built circa 1896, contains period furnishings, vintage photographic collections, artifacts, and documents of historical significance, including yearbooks from Clearwater High School and memorabilia from the Clearwater Bombers, 10-time World Softball Champions. Free, but donations are welcome. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Plumb House Museum, 1380 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 446-2676.

Tai Chi: Learn the movements of tai chi at a relaxed pace from 9:30-10 a.m. at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Cost: $3 with ID card; $4 without. (727) 298-3299.

Pillows for Patients: A local cancer support group, Fill a Heart with Hope, will host a pillow making marathon to create specially designed pillows used to support patients who have had surgery. Participants who own portable sewing machines are encouraged to bring them to the event. Non-sewing participants may assist with cutting, ironing, stuffing and other needs. Registration is required. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater. (727) 953-6877.

Share Our Shelter: Take a behind the scenes look at the shelter through the eyes of an animal. This walking tour covers animal admission, holding and isolation areas and kennel adoption center. Stick around after the tour to feed the farm animals. Includes lunch. 12 p.m. Free. SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 586-3591, ext. 163;

Wonders of Nature: The North Greenwood branch of the Clearwater Public Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., will present a nature show including raptors, parrots and reptiles, as well as one of the largest pythons in the world. It will be held from 3-4 p.m. Cost: Free. For information, call (727) 462-6895.

Oldsmar Library Teen Program: Teens age 13 through 19 are invited to a craft session to make book review cards. 3-5 p.m. Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive. (813) 749-1178. For information, visit

Digital Photography Workshop: 6-8 p.m. Free. Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor.

British Commonwealth Society: The monthly meeting for the British Commonwealth Society begins at 6:30 p.m. at Keystone Park, 17928 Gunn Highway, Odessa. Refreshments will be served. Annual club dues are $25.


It Starts in the Park: As part of the countywide celebration It Starts in the Park Day, the following events will be held:

Free activities at Dunedin Community Center: The Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department invites everyone to come and experience for free Zumba Gold at 9 a.m., and Fitness Trilogy at 1 p.m. Free. Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 812-4530.

Busting Hurricane Myths: The city of Oldsmar Leisure Services Department invites family to "Park It" in a comfortable spot and listen to Tom Iovino discuss "Busting Hurricane Myths" at 10 a.m. Free. R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1152; Cost: Free.

•Safety Harbor Leisure Services: Minute to Win It — Park Style will be held at Daisy Douglas Park, 601 Ninth Ave. N. The city will conduct a game with stunts and jokes for all ages. Cost: Free.

• Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation Kickball Challenge: Palm Harbor will host a challenge kickball game between staff and the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce with a cookout to follow. Gametime is 6:30 p.m. at Sunderman Complex, Field #1, 1631 Ninth St., Palm Harbor.

• City of Largo Parks and Recreation presents Flick N Float Family Movies. All ages are welcome to bring floats or chairs for the Friday night family movie. Free hot dogs and Chick-fil-A sandwiches; concessions are also available. The movie begins at dusk. This portion features "Journey to the Center of the Earth." 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10 w/Largo Recreation Card for up to five people; $15 without card for up to five people. Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3125.

Legends of Rock and Roll Dinner/Dance: Grab your partner and get ready to swing to live music by Eddie Rivers. Dinner includes barbecue chicken, potato salad, beans, bread, dessert, coffee and tea. BYOB welcome. 5-8 p.m. $7, $6 members. Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 771-6000;

Art Exhibit Opening Reception: Opening reception and artist talk for three exhibits: Carolina Cleer's mixed media narrative portraits; All Dolled Up, an exhibit and silent auction of mail-art paper dolls; and Designing Kiddos, where young artists design duds for the next generation. Artist talk begins at 6 p.m., reception follows. $5 for non members. Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 298-3322;

Everything You Wanted to Know About Broadway, The Musical: The Showcase Repertory Theater takes you on a wild romp through the best of Broadway's music from the 1930s to the present. 7 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 784-3332 ext. 3006.

Marc Cohn: Adult contemporary pop rocker influenced by Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. 7:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. $39-$55. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 821-6443.

Nunsense: Musical comedy about the misadventures of the Little Sisters of Hoboken in their efforts to raise funds to bury the dearly departed members of their convent who died from food poisoning after eating Sister Julia's vichyssoise. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $26, $16 for ages 19 and younger. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

The Music Man: An affectionate ode to small-town America of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $18 for non members, $16 for members, $12 for students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605;

Friday Night West Coast Swing Dance Party : Kick up your heels swing dancing every Friday to the sounds of DJs Jim Scott & Doug Kirsch. Sponsored by the Tampa Bay West Coast Swing Association, Inc. Admission price includes free soft drinks and refreshments. For more information, visit 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. $5 for TBWCSA members; $8 for non-members. Dance America Dance Studio, 4445 E Bay Drive, Clearwater. (727) 393-5088. Visit


Dunedin's Starts In Parks Part II: Free activities through city of Dunedin will continue today. Here's the schedule:

Dunedin Community Center: Everyone is invited to come and use the facilities at the center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, for free from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (727) 812-4530.

•Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center: This Dunedin facility will open its doors as well. Come down to the center, 550 Laura Lane, from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. (727) 738-2920.

For information, visit

Dunedin Summer Saturday Market: Produce, cheeses, seafood, plants, herbs, honey, pet products, organics and more. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. (727) 733-4215.

Safety Harbor Summertime Market: Produce, flowers, foods, arts and crafts, eco-friendly products and much more. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free (items individually priced). John Wilson Park and Gazebo, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 461-7674.

Brooker Creek Nature Hike: Get up close to the environment around you in guided nature hike; wear closed shoes, bring water and a hat. Best for ages 6 and up. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Free, but registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800;

Tennis Clinics for Kids and Adults: USPTA certified instructor Rob Delgado will teach beginner to intermediate players proper tennis technique and strategy. Classes will be held at 9 a.m. (ages 8-14) and 10 a.m. (ages 15 to adult). 9 a.m. $5, recreation card holders free. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Greyhound Adoptions: Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will host a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents. Please visit with us to learn about these calm affectionate dogs. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Petco, 30697 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. (813) 971-4732 ;

Brooker Basics: Wetland Ecosystems: 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800;

Passionately Pink for Beer: The Firefighters For Hooters event features live music by Mark Monaghan, bake sale, raffle and an optional wristband. The band gives the wearer buy one, get one free tap beers during the event. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Community Team Firefighters for Hooters. 3-8 p.m. Free, optional beer wristband $10. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 A Broadway, Dunedin. (727) 216-6318;

The Back to the Future Pub Crawl and Scavenger Hunt: Dress in your favorite 80s attire and grab your camera. Get ready to scour the streets of Downtown Dunedin solving silly or 80s-related challenges. Five area bars will also provide 80s decorations, music from the 80s and special undisclosed hunt challenges. You also get one free drink at each bar! The 80s cover band Rubix Cubed also makes a special appearance. Benefits the Family Network on Disabilities. 6-9 p.m. $50 team of 2-5 (hunt and crawl), $15 (crawl only per person). The Boxcar, 349 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 523-1130;

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