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Things to do

09 Today

Corey Fresh Market: Shop for fresh organic produce, gourmet food, plants, flowers, handcrafted items and local artistry at market along Corey Avenue in front of the Beach Theatre, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. (727) 498-8778.

Alligator walk: Search through the wetlands for our state reptile and learn about the habitat, eating habits and other mysteries of Alligator mississippiensis on guided hike. 11:30 a.m. $3, $1.50 children. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326.

Cirque du Soleil's 'Kooza': Cirque du Soleil brings its traveling Grand Chapiteau back to St. Petersburg for this circus-themed story of a loner. Runs through Dec. 16. 1 p.m. $43.50-$143.50 adults; $33-$104.50 ages 2-12. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-800-450-1480.

International Museum of Radiant Peace holiday open house: Celebrate the holidays with open house and tour with activities for kids, free gift wrapping for all Museum Store purchases, refreshments and gifts. 1:30 to 5 p.m. Free. 5601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 343-8212.

'Once Upon a Bench': This new musical from Gil Perlroth presented by the Gulfport Community Players explores love in the middle age years. 2 p.m. $15. Gulfport Community Players Back Door Theater, 4919 17th Ave. (727) 322-0316. gulfportcommunityplayers.org.

'Wheel of Fortune' auditions: The 39-foot "Wheelmobile" Winnebago pulls into the Mahaffey Theater in search of contestants. Numerous games will be held during six one-hour shows. Anyone interested can show up one hour before a show and receive a color-coded application. Just before showtime, completed applications will be put into a drum and the host will randomly draw for potential contestants. Shows begin at 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. Free. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5798. themahaffey.com/show/wheel-of-fortune/188.

'A Doll's House': This classic play questions the roles of men and women through the story of housewife Nora. Through Dec. 23. 3 p.m. $39 Sunday matinees; $20 student advance, $10 student rush. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.

Gumbi Ortiz and New Groove City: Gumbi Ortiz brings his new band for a day of intimate performance. 3 p.m. $20/$10. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 458-7030.

Tampa Bay Flute Choir winter concert: Featuring flutes playing winter-themed music. 3 p.m. Free. Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road, St. Petersburg. (727) 527-6694.

Hanukkah extravaganza: Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg brings a giant, rainbow-colored jelly bean menorah to Straub Park. Activities include an olive oil workshop, crafts, free latkes, a strolling musician, an 18-foot-high inflatable slide, music, a doughnut bar, dance performances, Judaica sale, speakers and concessions. Bring spare change to toss into the giant dreidel to be sent to victims of Hurricane Sandy. 4:30 p.m. Free. Straub Park, at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 344-4900.

Holiday Lights in the Garden: Stroll through a garden of tropical plants glowing with more than 500,000 twinkling lights. Dancers, musicians and choral groups make each night special. Check flbg.org for complete schedule. Today also features a gift and plant sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. $2, free for 11 and younger. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100.

'It's a Wonderful Life': WMNF Radio and the Studio@620 Radio Theater Project present the 1946 Frank Capra film as radio theater, complete with sound effects. They'll also stage The Continuing Adventures of Noel Berlin, a radio serial, and other holiday offerings. The show is a benefit for the Radio Theater Project. 7 p.m. $18, $10 students. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590. spcollege.edu/palladium.

Big Bang Burlesque: Performance includes music, dance, comedy, flying feathers and twirling tassels. 7 p.m. $25, $50 with dinner. St. Petersburg Nights, 6800 Sunset Way, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-3832.

'Santaland Diaries': Follow Crumpet, the unemployed, chemically dependent writer who takes a job as an elf at Macy's Santaland. Hear his hilarious tales of mass marketing, stressed-out sales clerks, drunken Santas, screaming kids and the general insanity of the holidays. Meant for mature audiences. 8 p.m. $19. American Stage Theatre Company, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org/ SantalandDiaries.php.

10 Monday

Emotions Anonymous: This support group offers a 12-step program to help people cope with stress in daily living and to live a healthier emotional life. 7 p.m. Free. Red Brick Church, 2750 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 384-1294.

'The 12 Notes of Christmas': A dozen holiday classics are played acoustically. A mix and mingle with a post-performance nightcap takes place at 9 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $15 advance, $17 day of. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.

11 Tuesday

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: With music, vegetables and fruit, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants and crafts. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Includes clothing swap at Peninsula Inn & Spa. Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. (727) 366-4086.

New Parents Gallery Conversations: New parents with babies up to 1 year old can join a docent-led tour and conversation through the museum galleries. 11 a.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.

Hanukkah Rocks: The 90th anniversary Hanukkah Festival features a concert by "two nice Jewish boys," the Leevees, with a menorah lighting, gifts for children, latkes, desserts and hot dogs by Jo-El's. 5:30 p.m. Free. Congregation B'nai Israel, 300 58th St. N, St. Petersburg.

Boyd Hill bird talk: Ron Smith talks about the more than 212 species of birds identified at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, where to see them and what can be done to ensure their survival. 7:30 p.m. Free. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326.

Helios Jazz Orchestra Winter Jazz Show: The 18-piece orchestra plays big-band jazz favorites, including music from the Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Buddy Rich bands. 7:30 p.m. $5. St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 341-7984.

Things to do 12/08/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 8, 2012 3:31am]

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