Monday, August 13, 2018
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Things to do


Free Pet Adoption

Pet adoption fees will be waived on all animals including puppies and kittens. Free. SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 586-3591. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Take Me Home

For the month of December, cats ages 1 and older can be adopted for $20. Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, vaccines, microchip and flea/ear mite treatment. Friends of Strays Animal Shelter, 2911 47th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 522-6566. 1-8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.


505 Christmas Party

Enjoy a buffet style holiday meal to benefit the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy student golf attire and graduate cap and gowns. RSVP required by Friday. $10. Island Way Grill, 20 Island Way, Clearwater. (727) 726-8829, ext. 207. 5:05-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Christmas Bazaar

A gathering of craft vendors and an upscale clothing boutique to benefit church outreach missions. Free (items individually priced). Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 8401 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 833-4315. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Gentlemen's Ball

Walk the red carpet to this "Great Gatsby" themed formal gala with an auction, dinner, dancing, live music and a champagne mixer. Benefits Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. $50-$75. Fort Harrison Hotel, 210 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. (352) 999-3410. 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Market

Area artists sell small works to benefit families in need. Free (items individually priced). Red Door No. 5, 1910 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (941) 276-0336. 6-10 p.m. Friday.

Holiday Toy Drive

Bring bicycles and unwrapped toys to this party with Santa and visits with characters from Finding Nemo and Dory. Benefits children of RCS Grace House and Shepherds Village. Free. Century 21 Beggins , 1511 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Jingle Mingle

Enjoy music, food, beer, wine and holiday festivities in a tropical setting. Benefits the future Children's Education Garden. $40. Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 551-3102. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday.

Lucky 13 Gala

A night of casino gaming and slot machines with wine, beer and heavy appetizers. Benefits Tampa Bay Triple Threat Theatre. $50. Nielsen Media Research, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar. (813) 969-0240. 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

Mrs. Santa Luncheon

Shop in the boutique before enjoying lunch and a runway show with fashions by Macy's. Benefits All Children's Hospital Guild. $75. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. (727) 386-5336. 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Pottery Sale

Both functional and decorative clay artwork will be for sale to benefit the clay studio at the center. Free. Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 298-3322. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.


The Octonauts

Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso lead five crew members in Disney's deep sea adventure as it takes to a stage tour. $33.25-$43.25. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. 6 p.m. Friday.

Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

The troupe presents an elegant show of trampoline gymnasts, hoop diving dragons, aerial silks, magicians and head jumping monks. $33-$45. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


Ages 8 to 18 can learn the basics of archery and archery safety. Free. Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. (727) 793-2976. 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday.

Astronomy Night

Look through telescopes at the Moon and beyond. $3, $1.50 children. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Canopy Tree Climbing

Climbers ages 6 and older can ascend into the canopy of a live oak tree using harnesses and a rope pulley system. $10. Pathfinder Outdoor Education, 1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 328-0300. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Dillydally with Dali

Children can discover the creative world of Dali through 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.

Family Day at the Museum

Play games through out the galleries before creating exhibit inspired gifts. Pay what you can. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 274-8130. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Free Tuesday at Glazer Museum

The hands-on museum and the Children's Board of Hillsborough County join for this event offering free admission. Free. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. Noon-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Going Coastal

Ages 4 to 12 can explore microscopes, cast netting and fish printing at various investigation stations. Free (registration required). Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6800. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Little Red Riding Hood (or Grandmother Slyboots)

A children's show about a wolf who eats a little girl's grandmother, then tries to eat her. $12, $6 members/students/child. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605. 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Parents Night Out

Parents can get out for a night of secret holiday shopping while kids up to grade 5 enjoy a pajama party with food and activities. Registration required. Free. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. (727) 584-8165. 5-9 p.m. Saturday.


Harbor Art Festival

The 42nd annual festival with works by emerging artists, students and staff, music and food trucks on site. Free. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 784-4287. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Farmers Market

Take the family out to explore the organic garden at this festival with face painting, balloon art and food products for sale. Free. Urban Oasis Farm, 5416 Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. (813) 293-3276. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Festival and Marketplace

A dozen area merchants and food vendors offer holiday shopping at this celebration with carnival games. Benefits Southeastern Guide Dogs, St. Vincent DePaul and Community Action Stops Abuse. Free. Property at 2401 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (813) 545-5302. 1-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival

Free, $5 parking. Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Highway, Odessa. (813) 528-1179. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

St. Pete Beach Corey Area Art and Craft Festival

Along Corey Avenue, 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. (561) 746-6615. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.


Dirthead Off-Road Duathlon

An off-road duathlon taking place at Croom in the Withlacoochee Forest. Stick around for a post-race feast. $50-$65. Croom Trails at Tucker Hill Fire Tower, 26416 Croom Road, Brooksville. (813) 232-5200. 6 a.m. Sunday.

Reindeer Run

Holiday themed costumes are encouraged on this 5K. Benefits Sunrise of Pasco Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center. $35. Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City. (352) 521-3358. 8 a.m. Saturday.

Sunday Bicycle Rides

A 29 mile ride along the Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs. Helmets are required and riders must maintain a speed of 12 to 16 mph. Free. Dunedin Historical Museum, 349 Main St., Dunedin. (801) 520-0350. 8 a.m. Sunday.

Terry Tomalin Memorial Paddle

The stand up paddle community gathers to honor Terry Tomalin, a former Times sports reporter and avid outdoor adventure man who died this year. Events designed for various skill levels include a 7.5-mile crossing of Tampa Bay, a 3-mile open paddle and a 1-mile open paddle to meet the incoming fleet of the 7.5-mile event. Benefits some of Tomalin's favorite charities. $30. North Shore Park, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-7000. 8 a.m.-noon Sunday.


Toy Train and Hobby Show

The show also features crafts, coins, comics, baseball cards and other collectibles. $5; 12 and younger free. Knights of Columbus Hall, 7177 58th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 244-1341. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Pearl Harbor Honor Cruise

Board the operational WWII merchant steamship for a military salute including dancing, exhibits, music and a sampling of Pearl Harbor inspired brews. $99, $69 military/veterans, $49 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. SS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 228-8766. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.


A Salty Heritage

A panel of crabbers, wholesalers, recreational and commercial fishermen share tales from the past, insights into the industry. Free. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500. 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Birdwatching Walk

Take a guided hike along the nature trail. Free. Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. (727) 748-6885. 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Explore the Ecosystems

Free (registration required). Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800. 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Florida Forests Guided Hike

Join a Natural Resources Agent for a hike through the forest. Free (registration required). Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800. 9-10:30 a.m. Friday.

Sunsets on the Roof

Watch the sun set over Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. Free. Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.



Barbecue, beer, open skating and Habitat Skateboards, a 2007 film featuring Stefan Janoski, Raymond Molinar,and more. Free. Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. 5-6:30 p.m. Friday.

Night Blow

Watch glassblowing in the dark while wearing glow in the dark accessories, enjoying food and beverages and listening to tunes by DJ Rich Ranck. $25 advance, $30 at door. Glass Studio and Hot Shop at Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872. 7-10 p.m. Saturday.


Hilly Hundred Bike Ride

Cycle along some of Florida's Adventure Coast's most picturesque roadways and trails. Choose 100-mile ride or the 66-mile ride. Bring a new unwrapped toy donation or gently-used bike donation. Free. Crank Works Bicycles, 20120 Cortex Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 593-4176. 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Late Skate

The park stays open for some extra shred time. Free. Safety Harbor City Park , 940 Seventh St. S, Safety Harbor. 7-10 p.m. Friday.


Downtown Tour with a Literary Twist

A tour of downtown's architecture set to area authors reading from their work. $10, members free. St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N. (727) 824-7802. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Florida Orchestra Holiday Home Tour

The Florida Orchestra Guild has organized a tour of festively decorated homes in Snell Isle and in Northeast St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $25 day of. Holiday Tour Starting Point, 320 Coffee Pot Riviera NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 254-1176. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Historic Hyde Park Home Tour

Tour a variety of renovated historic homes. $25. Ticket Purchase Point, Corner of W Morrison Avenue and S Oregon Avenue, Tampa. (813) 310-0703. 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Silver Lining Holiday Tour of Homes

A tour of six homes and one church, all decorated for the holiday season. $25 advance, $30 day of. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, 750 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin. (727) 734-0394. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Other Diversions

Venus Williams

Tennis star Venus Williams will be on hand for this show of her latest sports and fitness fashion line, EleVen. Purchase $75 or more of EleVen apparel before the show and get admission to a question and answer session with Williams. Free. Fit2Run, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 873-2786. 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday.

Find A Friend: Paddington the Black Cat

Find A Friend: Paddington the Black Cat

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Habitat for Humanity says it plans to buy back mortgages sold to house flipper

Habitat for Humanity says it plans to buy back mortgages sold to house flipper

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WWE star, Pasco resident Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63

WWE star, Pasco resident Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63

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Shooter charged with manslaughter in Clearwater stand your ground case

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Hillsborough School District will speed up lead testing, following Times investigation

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How prosecutors decided to charge Michael Drejka, shooter in controversial stand your ground case

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What they’re saying: Reaction to the arrest of Michael Drejka in Markeis McGlockton shooting

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