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FILE The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is shown speaking at a peace rally in New York City in this April 15, 1967, file photo.  Four decades afterKing Jr.s demand for equality stirred a nation, civil rights activists commemorated his I Have a Dream speech Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, by celebrating the inscription of those words on the monument where his call rang out. (AP Photo/File)

FILE The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is shown speaking at a peace rally in New York City in this April 15, 1967, file photo. Four decades afterKing Jr.s demand for equality stirred a nation, civil rights activists commemorated his I Have a Dream speech Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, by celebrating the inscription of those words on the monument where his call rang out. (AP Photo/File)

Animals/Pets

Bark in the Park: Pinellas County Animal Services will have dogs in all breeds available for meet and greets.Free. Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave. N, Largo. (727) 582-2600. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

TICA Championship Cat Show: The International Cat Association brings judges from across the country for this all breed show. $6, $3 children, 5 and younger free. Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 289-1989. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Benefits

Aviation Maintenance Competition: Drew Garbo of 102.5 The Bone serves as special guest for the ribbon cutting, followed by an aviation maintenance competition and cornhole tournament. Benefits a student trip to the Aerospace Maintenance Competition in Dallas. $10, $20 team. National Aviation Academy, 6224 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. Toll-free 1-800-659-2080. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

New Port Richey Relay For Life Team Party: The American Cancer Society of New Port Richey seeks teams for the annual Relay for Life of New Port Richey on April 16 in Sims Park. New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St. (727) 226-0374. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Family

Emperor's New Clothes: A musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. Best for children in grades pre-K through 3. $8.50, $7.50 children. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793. 11 a.m. Saturday.

Bridal Expo: Check out food, cakes and entertainment by area wedding specialists. $5 advance, $10 day of. Hilton Hotel Downtown Tampa, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa. (941) 922-5437. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Dillydally with Dali: Educational games, puzzles and arts and crafts activities which encourage family interaction. Free. Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

Going Coastal: Manatees: Learn how to help protect manatees and where to observe them. Free (registration required). Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6800. 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Kidding Around Yoga: This yoga series for families and children ages 3 and older combines yoga poses and asanas with stories, music, games and other activities. $5. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Make and Take Saturday: Food + Art: Children and adults sculpt with edible play dough. Supplies are provided. Included with museum admission: $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, 6 and younger free. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Nature's Elements; Kids ages 4 to 8 take a walk in the preserve to explore nature through crafts and activities. $10. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Winter Gardening 101: Kids ages 8 to 12 learn what it takes to start a garden from scratch. $5. Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Festivals

Suncoast Arts Fest: More than 125 juried artists present their creations at this annual festival with live music, sidewalk chalk art, an interactive youth art area and a maker space. Free. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (863) 337-4256. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Film Series

Best Picture Classics Series: Honoring the motion picture awards season, this series features seven Best Picture winners spanning 10 decades. This portion features the 1975 hit One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. $10, $8 members; $12, $10 members (silent film accompaniment). Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Cinema Saturday: This portion features the Japanese animated fantasy film My Neighbor Totoro. Popcorn included. $3, $1.50 children. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

Dali and Beyond Film Series: See the Marx brothers classic Duck Soup,. Free. Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Metropolitan Opera Live and Encore in HD: Les Pecheurs de Perles: The MET series features Georges Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles. $24, $22 seniors, $18 students, $16 children (live); $18 (encore). Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. (727) 525-7777. Also being shown at Hyde Park Cinebistro in Tampa, Woodland Square 20 in Oldsmar, Royal Palm 20 in Bradenton, Citrus Stadium 20 in Tampa and Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel. Eckerd College will also screen the live event. Live: 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Encore: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

National Theatre Live: Skylight: Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star as a former couple who, while attempting to rekindle their relationship, find themselves locked in a battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. $21.50. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hobbies/Collectibles

Tampa Stamp and Coin Expo: Stamps, picture postcards, stamp covers, coins, currency from across the globe will be shown and sold. Free starter stamps for junior collectors. Appraisals also available. Free. Tampa Stadium Hotel, 4750 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (727) 364-6897. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Home & Garden

Florida RV SuperShow: The 31st annual outdoor recreation event includes hundreds of accessory booths exhibitors, outdoor kitchens, seminars and free shuttle service. Free entertainment includes clowns, unicycle riders, barbershop quartets and bagpipe bands. $10; 15 and younger free. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 741-0488. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Growing Healing Herbs Workshop: Herbalist Willow LaMonte teaches organic methods for growing herbs and spices to maximize their healing properties and other medicinal benefits. $15-$25. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. (813) 887-4066. 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Lectures/Readings

Where the Wild Things Live: National Geographic photographer Vincent J. Musi shares the humorous stories behind his extraordinary collection of animal portraits. $25. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Friends of the Main Library Talk: Tampa Bay Times entertainment and events writer and editor Sharon Wynne will discuss her work finding deals and writing the "5 Things to Do under $5" in the Weekend section. Free. St. Petersburg Main Public Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7724. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Lama Losang Samten Teachings: The renowned Tibetan scholar, monk and former attendant to the Dalai Lama will offer teachings to begin the New Year. $15 suggested donation. The Longhouse, 2309 49th St. S, Gulfport. (727) 322-5766. 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Tales of True Crime: Officer Mike Lynch, of the Pinellas Park Police Department, presents a profile of a real local homicide investigation. Adults only due to graphic details revealed. Free. Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 369-0669. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Museums

Speaking of History: Preserving our Past: Retrace the history of the village and the structures that are housed there. Free (donations appreciated). Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. (727) 582-2123. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Parties

After the Divorce: The Silver Threads Celebration features music by DJ LucyBlue and a comedy skit about women asking "What do I do now?" $25 advance, $30 at the door. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 512-0535. 8 p.m. Friday.

Tours

Downtown Safety Harbor Food and Art Tour: Makes stops at up to nine different restaurants and bakeries along this 1.5-mile walking tour of local art and history. $50. John Wilson Park and Gazebo, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor. Toll-free 1-800-979-3370. 1:15-4:45 p.m. Saturday.

Safety Harbor Ghost Tours: A two hour walking tour to learn about the history of Safety Harbor. $20, $10 ages 8-12 (registration required). John Wilson Park and Gazebo, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 687-8785. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

St. Petersburg Preservation: Architectural Bingo: A special downtown tour featuring architectural bingo with prizes given to winners. $5, members free. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 126 11th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 824-7802. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Other Diversions

Brooksville Raid Re-enactment: The annual event portrays the 1846 raid of federal troops. Activities include shopping on Suttler's Row, battalion drills, the Ladies' Tea, Brooksville Raid Battle Re-enactment, and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. is the Grand Review. With more than 1,500 re-enactors, 28 cannons, 60 horses and more than 50 sutlers, this group claims to be Florida's largest Civil War re-enactment. Bring your own chair. $8, $4 ages 6-12, 5 and younger and scouts in uniform free. Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-0129. 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Miss Tampa Pride: 2015 Grand Marshal Kurt King and Miss Tampa Pride Emeritus Esme Russell serve as hosts for this drag queen pageant. $10 spectators, $100 contest entry. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-4663. 8 p.m. Sunday.

Stop the Violence: Local artists are invited to use song, music and spoken word to speak out against violence in their community. Free. Silver Lake Park, 13th Street and 11th Avenue S, St. Petersburg. (727) 557-6209. 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

Monday: Martin Luther King Day parades

National Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Parade: The parade includes marching units, bands, vans and more. Route begins at Third Ave. S. and Martin Luther King St., proceeds north to Central Avenue, east to Bayshore Drive, and north to Fifth Ave. N., disbanding at Vinoy Park. Free. MLK Drum Major for Justice Parade Starting Point, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. and Third Avenue S, St. Petersburg. (727) 388-9494. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade Tampa: The 27th annual community parade includes floats, cars, trucks, walking units and bands from as far away as Jamaica. Begins at the park and ends at Middleton High School. Free. Cuscaden Park, 2900 N 15th St., Tampa. (813) 886-1375. Noon Monday.

Plant City Martin Luther King Jr. Carnival and Parade: Plant City celebrates the holiday early with a street festival including arts and crafts vendors, live music, a drum line show down, car show and a parade through historic downtown (1 p.m.). Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (Plant City), 1601 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Plant City. (813) 757-9195. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.

Hernando MLK Parade: Line up begins at 8:30 a.m. in the school parking lot. Free. Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 428-0477, 398-5139. 10 a.m. Monday.

Things to do 01/14/16 [Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2016 2:03pm]
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