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Things to do

09 Today

Gift & Plant Sale: Find that perfect gift for holiday lists at this annual sale, as you shop in a botanical setting, with an assortment of plants, unique and handmade gift items for sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100.

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. The show uses traditional circus elements like clowns and acrobatics. 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: Event features activities for kids, free gift wrapping for all Museum Store purchases, holiday refreshments and gifts. 1:30 to 5 p.m. Free. International Museum of Radiant Peace, 5601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 343-8212.

'Wheel of Fortune' auditions: The 39-foot "Wheelmobile" Winnebago pulls into the Mahaffey Theater in search of contestants. Numerous little 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 that sits

onstage 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. $29 previews and Wednesday matinees; $39 Tuesday-Thursday nights and Saturday-Sunday matinees; $49 Friday-Saturday nights; $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.

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

Sunday Matinee Music Series holiday show: Dinner and a performance by the Suncoast Barbershop Harmony Society. 3:30-5:30 p.m. $13 advance, $15 at the door, two for $25. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road. (727) 518-3131.

Hanukkah extravaganza: Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg brings a giant rainbow-colored jelly bean menorah to Straub Park. Includes 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.

Bay Area Singles dance: Since 1997, the Bay Area Singles dance has been a great place for area singles and friends to meet. Every Sunday about 150 singles of all ages are in attendance, dressed to impress. The group has an extensive music library to fit every taste. 6-10 p.m. $8. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. (727) 518-3131.

'Once Upon a Christmas': Singers fill a 24-foot tree adorned with tens of thousands of lights in this "living Christmas tree production." 6 p.m. Free. Park Place Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Ave., Pinellas Park. (727) 526-3674.

Lights of Lake Park: Neighborhoods of Lake Park Estates decorate their homes and yards with 3 miles of Christmas lights and decorations. Voluntary donations for Suncoast Hospice will be collected along the route. 6-9 p.m. Bryan Dairy Road and 108th Terrace N, Largo. (727) 586-4432.

Hot Club of San Francisco: Band plays holiday favorites with a swinging gypsy jazz twist. 7 p.m. $26.50. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. (727) 587-6793. largoarts.com.

'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.

'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 only. 8 p.m. $19; pay what you can today. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org/SantalandDiaries.php.

10 Monday

'The 12 Notes of Christmas': A dozen holiday classics are played acoustically. A mix and mingle with a post-performance nightcap is 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

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

09 Today

JIM DAMASKE | Times

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. Visitors will be treated to a laser light show and an expansion of lights into the vinery garden and fountains at McKay Creek. 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.

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