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Things to do Jan. 5-8

5 Today

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: The annual coffee concert series features a variety of classical music mornings served with strings, wind, percussion and a side of doughnuts. St. Petersburg, Russia A Musical Tour, kicks off the three-concert series with Tchaikovsky's "Polonaise" from Eugene Onegin, Shostakovich's "Tahiti Trot/Tea for Two" and Prokofiev's "Balcony Scene from Romeo and Juliet." 10 a.m. today and 11 a.m. Thursday $24-$42; package deals for three-concert and seven-concert series available. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 892-3337.

The Florida Orchestra at the Studio@620: A Surreal Surprise: "An Intimate Collaboration II: The World We Live In," is the second season for a series of seriously fun happenings by the Florida Orchestra. Seating is limited, it's a good idea to reserve a seat in advance. First up: A Surreal Surprise, with a special performance of Party Pieces: Sonorous and Exquisite Corpses, plus a performance from Nine Surrealist Studies (After Salvador Dali) #3. Also on the program, readings from Little mi-ma Monsterlet and Frankenstein. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

6 Thursday

Largo's Downtown Market (formerly Largo Harvest Marketplace): Produce, flowers, plants, baked treats, handcrafted items and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5015.

Florida's Footprints: This history mini-course and lecture series profiles Florida history from the arrival of the early Spanish explorers to the post WWII population boom. This portion, entitled "Footprints in the Sand: Early Floridians and Spanish Explorers," examines pre-Columbian cultures along the Florida peninsula and their interactions with Spanish conquistadors and early colonists. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $20 per session. ($15 per session for Pinellas County Historical Society members.) Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. (727) 582-2233.

Noises Off: Farce by English playwright Michael Frayn is a play within a play written as a glimpse backstage, behind the scenes, with lots of physical activity. 8 p.m. today, Presented by Gulfport Community Players. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. $15. Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 322-0316. gulfportcommunity

7 Friday

Treasure Island Market: An open air market located in Community Center Park. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue, Treasure Island. (727) 360-4121.

Sunshine City Antiques and Collectibles Show: The annual show comes back to St. Petersburg with more than 100 dealers showing and selling art, jewelry, furniture, books, pottery, glass and vintage clothing. Antique appraisals will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only. Appraisals are $5 per item. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $6 (includes re-entry all weekend), 12 and younger free. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. (727) 823-4130.

Patsy Cline, and Don't You Forget It! Samantha McKinnon Brown pays tribute to music legend Patsy Cline, with stories and songs. 7 p.m. today and Saturday. 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $15 advance, pay what you can at the door. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Cabaret, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

Jeremy Thomas Band: The first free show of the year features the re-invented Basic Rock Outfit playing cover material and other jams. 7 p.m. Free. Jannus Live!, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0551.

Florida Orchestra Pops: The One and Only Louis Armstrong: Byron Stripling, star of the hit musical, Satchmo: America's Musical Legend, relives the music of Louis Armstrong. Stripling plays such hits as Sweet Georgia Brown, Honeysuckle Rose and Ain't Misbehavin' and more. Jeff Tyzik is guest conductor for the performance. 8 p.m. today and Saturday. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $20-$67. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

8 Saturday

Market in the Park Pinellas Park: Outdoor market between the railroad track and Park Station offers fresh produce, gourmet products, baked goods, plants, hand made items and food concessions. 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Park Station Pinellas Park, 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. (727) 504-6196.

Gulfport 5K: Run along the water on Gulfport area streets to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Race begins in front of the Casino. 8 a.m. $20. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 638-2389.

Downtown Saturday Morning Market: More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field , 180 Second Ave. SE , St. Petersburg. (727) 455-4921.

Pinellas County Market in the Park: The popular market with fresh produce, prepared foods, plants, organic gardening programs, cooking demonstrations and kids activities. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free (items individually priced). Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. (727) 582-2123.

Historic Waterfront Tour: St. Pete Preservation teaches about the civic visionaries who transformed our working waterfront into one of the largest waterfront park systems in the country. Includes stories about St. Petersburg's piers, beaches and baseball. Meet next to the Historic Detroit Hotel. 10 a.m. Free ($5 donation appreciated). Central Cafe & Organics, 243 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 824-7802.

Extreme Sports Free Event: Get ready to shred. Largo Skate Park invites all extreme bikers and skaters to free open skate and bike night. Bikes only noon-3 p.m. and skaters only 3-6 p.m. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Free. Largo Skate Park, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Largo Community Center Grand Opening: A semiformal gala dinner and show with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the great lobby, dinner in the Grand Ballroom and entertainment by Carolyn Cline, cousin of Patsy Cline. 5:30 p.m. $29. Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, Largo. (727) 518-3131.

Downtown Artwalk: St. Petersburg Downtown Arts Association gallery tour, with guest artists, gallery openings and special art related events. Participating galleries offer extended hours. Check for a map. 5:30 p.m. Free. Downtown St. Petersburg, Various locations from 30th Street to the Pier. (727) 323-2787.

Bill (BC) "Woo" Correira: Art and Soul Opening Reception: Wine and cheese reception with local graphic artist and environmentalist Bill (BC) Woo Correira, live music by Rick Mastry and friends, live demonstration and silent auction. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation at the door. St. Petersburg Museum of History , 335 Second Ave. NE , St. Petersburg. (727) 894-1052.

Elvis: The Show Goes On! To celebrate the King of Rock and Roll's birthday, performer Doug Wilson presents this tribute show with a 16-piece band and singers. 8 p.m. $25-$30. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

6 Thursday

Take Part in Art: Join the Morean Arts Center artists/instructors for an evening dedicated to art education. You'll learn what the center has to offer and you'll have an opportunity to create some art of your own. To further entice your inner artist there will be art demonstrations, libations and tasty treats. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872.

Things to do Jan. 5-8 01/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 4:24pm]
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