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Women of Distinction Luncheon: TV host Leeza Gibbons serves as guest speaker for the 25th annual luncheon to benefit Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. $75. Hilton Hotel Downtown Tampa, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa. (813) 262-1688. Noon Tuesday.

African Children's Choir: The program features children's songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Benefits education, relief, care and development programs for choir members. Donations welcome. Plant City Church of God, 2103 Mud Lake Road, Plant City. (813) 752-0989. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday.

Bucks for Badges: Purchase a meal and participate in silent auction and raffles to benefit the Dan DiCicco Memorial Scholarship for youth interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Free. Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St. N, Clearwater. (727) 572-9464. 5-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Drag Queen Bingo: Drag queens call the numbers for 10 games of flamboyant bingo. Benefits Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring. $10. Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille, 1600 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 241-6279. 7-10 p.m. Monday.

Eagles Open House: The public is invited for games, food, drinks, live music by the Double Barrel Band and raffles. Donations of new sneakers benefits Kick Stands for Kids. Free. Fraternal Order of Eagles 3566, 1810 Front St., Valrico. (813) 685-3698. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday.

Scotch Whiskey Tasting: Munch on light appetizers as you taste three different Scotches. Benefits scholarships for Scottish dancers, pipers, drummers and heavy athletes. $30. Flanagan's Irish Pub, 465 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-4994. 7 p.m. Wednesday.


The Music Box: Tampa Bay: An interactive public art installation of musical architecture, created by visiting artists New Orleans Airlift. The site will be open for exploration Thursdays and Sundays, with cultural programming including spoken word, jam sessions, interactive tours and open play. Free musical performances happen every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., some tickets will be available at the door. Through April 17. Free; tickets required. Community Stepping Stones at Mann-Wagnon Park, 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa. (813) 974-4133.

Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner: Library staff read stories about art. Story related, hands-on art activities follow. Ideal for ages 4 to 8. Included with museum admission: $6, $5 seniors, children free. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762. 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Movies in the Park: Bring your blanket or chair and watch a screening of Rango. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Sundays at the Morean: Art and clay activities geared towards kids and teens ages 5 to 15. Parental supervision required. Free. Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7162. 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

Superhero Festival: This celebration of superheroes includes the Science of Superheroes, and a comic book swap. Runs through April 17. Included with admission: $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.


Listening Room Festival: This portion of the series of intimate musical performances features 19-year-old singer/songwriter Olivia Millerschin, who just completed a year of touring and recently signed with BMG Fieldhouse Licensing. $10. Kapok Pilates and Wellness, 908 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 365-8574. 7:45-9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Solar Energy Fair: Solar energy specialists gather for this festival with a showcase of solar powered vehicles and a tour of a solar powered home. Free. University of South Florida Engineering Building, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (561) 603-0298. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Spring Beer Jam: Four nights of unique beers and live music. No cover. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Tierra Verde Car Show: The fifth annual event combines with A Taste of Tierra Verde featuring food by area restaurants, children's activities and music. Benefits the Lealman Community Emergency Response Team. Free. 1110 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg. (727) 510-3587. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Film Series

Dali and Beyond Film Series: This portion features Disney's Donald in Mathmagic Land. Free. Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Family Favorites Film Series: Young fans can see some of their parents' most beloved childhood films on the big screen. This portion features The Last Unicorn. $10, $8 ages 2-12, 1 and younger free. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Rewind: A Different Kind of Movie Series

This portion features Repo Man. In the film, a young punk becomes a repo man after stealing a car and find himself in a new, out of control world. $7. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. 10 p.m. Friday.

Rocky Horror Picture Show: The cast and crew of the Cheap Little Punks perform live with the cult classic film Rocky Horror Picture Show. Contains sexual situations and adult language. $7. Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 963-0578. 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch Dolphin Tale 2 (PG) (Friday) and Mean Girls (PG-13) (Saturday) on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Free. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. (727) 449-1036. Shows start around dusk, which is approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.


Genealogy Seminar: Lecturer and professional genealogist Donna Moughty will discuss "Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors and Online Sources for Irish Research." $35. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 791-1983. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Orchid Repotting and Bromeliad Sale: Florida West Coast Orchid Society offers low cost repotting of your overgrown plants, along with care advice. Free, nominal fee for repotting. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.


Meet Author Greg Neri: His children's book Tru and Nelle is about the friendship between Truman Capote and Harper Lee. He will take questions and sign books. Free. Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 253-2638. 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Randy Wayne White: The Florida author will sign Deep Blue, his 23rd Doc Ford novel set in Sanibel, at 3 p.m. Friday at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free.

Story Time with Author April Kinney Corbett: Corbett will read from her book The Adventures of Chopper and T, the story of two best friends who bring awareness of disabilities and show how art, music and nature help with emotions. Kids get free stickers, cookies and coloring pages. Free. Barnes & Noble USF St. Pete, 500 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 873-2665. 1 p.m. Saturday.


Burly!: It's burlesque for boys with stars including Mr. Gorgeous (2014 Mr. Exotic World), Kyle Vest (Skin Wars) and Johnny Sparks (Burlypicks National Best Dancer). $10-$25. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (727) 967-3027. 7 p.m. Friday.


Pass-A-Grille Run: Spinnaker, non-spinnaker, racer/cruiser, cruising and multi-hull class sailboats will race in the Gulf of Mexico from Clearwater Pass to Pass-A-Grille. Boats are expected to depart from Clearwater at 9 a.m. and pass near the Don Cesar Hotel at approximately 2:30 to 3 p.m. Spectators free. Loews Don CeSar Hotel , 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 688-1631. 9 a.m. Saturday.

St. Petersburg Swans: International Rules Match: Known as Aussie Rules or Footy, this sport incorporates kicks, push passes and tackles for a high scoring, hard hitting game. Free. Campbell Park and Community Center, 601 14th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 490-9217. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Water Ski Show: Skiers ages 6 to 60 perform a theatrical "Springtime" themed water show. Free. Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar. (727) 480-9365. 6 p.m. Saturday.


Safety Harbor Walking Tour: Learn about on this two-hour walking tour. Reservations required. $15, $5 ages 8-12, 7 and younger free. John Wilson Park and Gazebo, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 687-8785. 10 a.m. Saturday and Wednesday.

St. Petersburg Preservation: Westward Ho Historic Kenwood: Explore the Kenwood neighborhood and learn how property owners were able to band together to convert the once run down neighborhood. $5, free members. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 824-7802. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Things to do 03/23/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2:15pm]
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