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Things to do in Pinellas: Orchid sale, ballroom dancing and radio-controlled helicopters

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Board Game Afternoons: Teenagers are invited to stop by after school for face-to-face interaction with opponents playing games old and new. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. (727) 893-1074.

Florida Naturalist Series: Hike into Florida's wilderness to become better acquainted with native Florida plants and animals. 6 to 8 p.m. $30 per student. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. (727) 518-3047.

Urban Porch Party: Meet in the newly restored Vinoy Center Lobby for a complimentary tour with wine or nonalcoholic beverages and appetizers. 6 to 8 p.m. $15, $10 DNA members. Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 898-8851. stpetedna.org/PorchParty.html.

Thursday

Afternoon Ballroom Dance: Enjoy dancing and listening to the sounds of the Ellis Hale Combo. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $5. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. (727) 518-3131. LargoCommunityCenter.com.

Beach Workout with Billy Blanks: Tae Bo fitness creator Billy Blanks will hit the beach for two workout sessions in a fundraiser for the National Autism Association. 5 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday. $10. Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (910) 545-0460. tradewindsresort.com.

Still Rocking!: Shake your booty at this '80s-themed benefit dance with music, food, a dance contest and a cash bar. Benefits Resurrection House. 6 to 10 p.m. $50. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-4742. spcollege.edu/palladium.

Downtown Tierra Verde Movie Night: Bring the family, coolers and chairs for an outdoor viewing of the film The Perfect Game. 6 p.m. Free. Downtown Tierra Verde Parking Lot, 1110 Pinellas Bayway S, No. 101, St. Petersburg. (727) 216-9661.

Not in My Backyard: Do We Really Support Historic Preservation?: Explore our past and learn the challenges and rewards of preserving our remaining archeological resources. 7 p.m. Free. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 463-4612. weedonislandpreserve.org.

Seminole High School Presents The Boyfriend: The Jazz Age lives on in this light, romantic spoof of 1920s musical comedy in the school's SHS Auditorium. 7 p.m. $15 adults, $10 students. Seminole High School, 8401 131st St. (727) 542-9076.

Friday

Lou's Wine Garden Tastes: Kick off your weekend with sauvignon blanc and merlots. 6 to 8 p.m. $6. Lou's Wine Garden, 7800 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (727) 367-1921.

Gallery 670 Grand Opening: Local gamefish and wildlife artist Kevin Brant opens his new art space with this grand opening. The event is dedicated to the Coalition of the Homeless. 6 to 10 p.m. Free. Gallery 670, 670 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting Ceremony: Children can greet Santa upon his arrival to Santa's North Pole in Center Court for the tree lighting with music by the Salvation Army Band. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg. (727) 345-0126.

Saturday

Egmont Key Discover the Island Day: Shuttle boats leave the park to Egmont Key. The last shuttle leaves for the island at 2 p.m. and returns to the mainland at 4 p.m. Benefits the Egmont Key Alliance. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $18, $5 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free. Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. (727) 524-6595. egmontkey.info.

Radio-Controlled Helicopter Fun Fly: Watch radio-controlled scale and 3D helicopter models in an air show and aircraft swap meet. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free, $5 parking. SPARKS Flying Field, 10550 16th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 729-2989.

Coin, Currency and Collectibles Show: The second Saturday collectibles show with currency from across the globe, free appraisals and "free stuff" for kids. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Disabled American Veterans, 4801 37th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 403-8662.

33rd Annual Dollhouse Miniatures Show and Sale: Tampa Bay Miniature Enthusiasts presents its 33rd Annual Dollhouse Miniatures Show and Sale. Preregistered workshops take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show preview is 5 to 8 p.m. $5 adults; $1.50 children; two-day tickets $10. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. tbme.net.

Bonsai Workshop: Stop in any time between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. as experts from the Suncoast Bonsai Society show participants the basics of creating a bonsai, with plants, pots, tools and materials for sale. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jene's Tropicals, 6831 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 344-1668. tropicalfruit.com.

Design Dilemma and Meet the Experts: Bring a picture of your interior or exterior design problem to the grand opening of Decor Studio 1 for their experts to solve. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Decor Studio 1, 300 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. (727) 866-6331.

Saturday

West Coast Orchid Society Sale: Find a variety of orchid species, some in bloom, plus orchid supplies, and helpful information on caring for your plants at Florida West Coast Orchid Society sale. 9 a.m. to noon Free admission. Garden Greenhouse, 12350 Ridge Road, Largo. (727) 475-0750.

Things to do in Pinellas: Orchid sale, ballroom dancing and radio-controlled helicopters 11/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 11:41am]
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