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Jeff Greene of Tampa steadies himself on stilts as he tosses beads during the parade at Gulfport’s annual Gecko Fest, a wacky end-of-summer celebration where it’s perfectly normal to dress up like a giant green reptile and sashay through the streets. This year’s festival starts Saturday morning.LARA CERRI | Times (2009)

Things to do planner: Labor Day weekend fun with the Rowdies, Busch Gardens and Gecko Fest

WEEKEND STRETCH: LABOR DAY IDEAS GeckoFest: This whimsical family street festival is just so Gulfport. The funky, artsy town ends every summer with its largest street party dedicated to its unofficial mascot and favorite reptile. This year the theme is GeckoGras with a "Zyde-Geck-O" second line parade done in New O …

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  1. North Pinellas things to do, Sept. 4-10

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    04 Today

    Celebrate Oldsmar: Bring blankets and chairs for two nights of family fun with carnival rides, games, music and fireworks (Saturday only). Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. 6-10 p.m. Free (rides additional). R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1260. …

    SP_350751_cerr_waterski (03/03/2012, St. Petersburg)  Members of the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Club perform to a small crowd as they ski past the Pier in St. Petersburg Saturday. Florida Day at the Pier celebrated  Florida becoming the 27th state in 1845 with water ski shows, live music and a gallery opening. (source: http://www.stpetepier.com/event.asp?cm=3&cd=&cy=2012) The St. Petersburg Pier has not had waterski shows since 1967.  [LARA CERRI, Times]
  2. Hernando events for Sept. 4

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    6 Monday

    Hernando Computer Club Open House/Newcomer Orientation: Anyone interested in learning about the club is welcome. Light refreshments served. 10 a.m. Free. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171. hernandocomputerclub.org.

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  3. Things to do planner: Labor Day weekend fun with the Rowdies, Busch Gardens and Gecko Fest

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    WEEKEND STRETCH: LABOR DAY IDEAS

    Jeff Greene of Tampa steadies himself on stilts as he tosses beads during the parade at Gulfport’s annual Gecko Fest, a wacky end-of-summer celebration where it’s perfectly normal to dress up like a giant green reptile and sashay through the streets. This year’s festival starts Saturday morning.
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 3

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    Bey Day: Celebrating all things Beyonce, this birthday party tribute celebration includes music, a live tribute show, themed drinks, birthday cake, red carpet photos, prizes for single women and a "Freakum Dress" contest. Swanky attire required. Benefits Chime for Change. 7 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., …

    Beyonce arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday. [Associated Press]
  5. FishHawk 'Heroes Run' will honor fallen Marine

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    LITHIA — Asked why he re-enlisted for a second tour of duty, U.S. Marine and Naval Academy graduate Lt. Travis Manion gave a succinct answer.

    "If not me, then who?"

    A chapter of the Travis Manion Foundation will host a 9/11 Heroes Run on Sept. 12 in Lithia to support local veterans.
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 2

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    Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival: This festival running through Sept. 12 will showcase nearly a dozen large-scale murals around the arts districts of St. Petersburg by internationally renowned and local artists, including the French graffiti crew 123Klan and St. Petersburg native Michael Vasquez. The festival …

    Mural on the side of the Amsterdam Bar, Central Avenue, St. Petersburg.  "SHINE." The wall was completed with the help of students from the Bloom Gallery.   FOR DOWNTOWN MURAL FESTIVAL STORY.