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  1. Apollo Beach to ring in new year with even more fireworks

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    People filled undeveloped vacant properties on Apollo Beach Boulevard.

    The Apollo Beach New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show returns this year and organizers bill the event as the state’s largest New Year’s Eve fireworks show.
  2. Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties

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    Art happenings

    Local talent on display: The West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery will present "The World of Art," an exhibit featuring local artists. The opening reception and awards presentation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 9. Light refreshments will be served. Exhibit hours are: 9 a.m. to noon and 6 …

  3. Top things to do for Dec. 28

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    Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Catch award-winning principals and corps de ballet performing the quintessential holiday fantasy, which premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1892 and now is in our own St. Petersburg. Performances are at noon, 4 and 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. …

    The Moscow Ballet presents The Great Russian Nutcracker at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Uncle Drosselmeyer brings magical life-sized Matrushka Dolls to the Christmas Eve Party. Photo courtesy of the Moscow Ballet.
  4. 5 things to do under $5 Dec. 25-31

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    1 Bleachers: Alternative station 97X is putting on a free concert on Monday by Bleachers, the new project from Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, with MisterWives opening the show. Antonoff, the boyfriend of Lena Dunham and collaborator with Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles, is a burgeoning alternative teen idol thanks in …

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Jack Antonoff of Bleachers performs during T.J. Martell Foundation’s 15th Annual Family Day Honoring Tom Corson, President & COO of RCA Records and his Family at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 28, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for T.J. Martell Foundatio
  5. Where to find fireworks, parties for New Year's Eve in Tampa Bay

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    New Year's Eve parties

    We have lots of ways to welcome 2015 on Wednesday, from fireworks to fashionable galas and bedtime-friendly parties. This list is merely the highlights, however. For a complete look at the many ways you can ring in 2015, see tampabay.com/things-to-do.

    Lots of places plan to start 2015 off with a bang. 
If you are a fan of explosions in the sky, here’s where to find them:  Channelside Bay Plaza: Live music and DJs start at 11 p.m.  in the courtyard, as well as dancing, a ball drop and fireworks at midnight, 615 Channelside Drive. Free. Downtown St. Petersburg: The family friendly alcohol-free First Night celebration will have two fireworks displays, at 8 p.m. and midnight. Free, but $5-$15 for buttons to participate in First Night activities. Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach: After the daylong party on the beach, a fireworks display at midnight, 10 Pier 60 Drive. Hogan’s Beach: Fireworks are part of Hulk Hogan’s annual masquerade party at his restaurant, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 8 p.m. Wednesday-3 a.m. Jan. 1. $45-$50, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 281-8900; hogansbeachtampa.com. Apollo Beach: Circles Waterfront Restaurant and the South Shore business community say their fireworks display will be three times bigger than the one at Channelside and set to choreographed music viewed at midnight from Circles, 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd., and several adjacent empty commercial lots. 
(813) 641-3275.  Busch Gardens: The park will stay open until 1 a.m. and have fireworks at midnight. Included with daily admission: $95, $90 for ages 3-9. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-5600.
  6. Annual Valentine's Day group garden wedding by Pinellas clerk now taking registration

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    Thinking about a Valentine's Day wedding? Register by Jan. 30, and you can get married in the Pinellas Clerk of Court's ninth annual group wedding in Largo's Florida Botanical Gardens Wedding Garden. Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday, and Ken Burke, the Pinellas County clerk of the circuit court and comptroller, …

     Fifty area couples were married on Valentine's Day 2014 at the Pinellas County Clerk of Court's 8th Annual Valentine's Day Group Wedding at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.