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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.