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5 things to do in February

1 Punta Gorda by land & sea Take a day trip and explore Punta Gorda, the "fat point" jutting into Charlotte Harbor an hour and a half south of St. Petersburg. The Chamber of Commerce wants you to see its city so it's offering trolley and boat tours on Fridays. You can tour land (1 hour) and sea (1 1/2 hours) for $40 or just take a trolley tour for $25. Details, schedules and tickets at or (941) 639-3720.

2 Days of wine and Rosie

She's a comic people seem to either love or hate. Rosie O'Donnell, TV, stage and movie star, will do five shows of standup comedy at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, Feb. 7 through 9 (two shows Friday and Saturday; one on Sunday). Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at

3 Treat your valentine

The day for lovers falls on a Friday this year so you can celebrate the entire Valentine's Day weekend. The Florida Orchestra will present An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Feb. 14 at the Straz Center in Tampa; Feb. 15 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; and Feb. 16 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. You'll hear favorite songs from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music and State Fair. Details and tickets at

4 Get a jump on Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday is March 4 but the party starts at Universal Studios Feb. 8. Throughout the month, you can catch beads at parades, listen to live concerts — including Robin Thicke on Feb. 22 — and enjoy French Quarter-flavored food and music, all for the price of admission to the park. Details at

5 Hum-mmmmm the blues

Clearwater's eighth annual Sea-Blues Festival is Feb. 15-16 in Coachman Park on the waterfront downtown. Artists include Vintage Trouble, the Robert Cray Band and Savoy Brown. A Blues Walk (restaurant crawl down Cleveland Street) leads off the weekend Feb. 14. Details and tickets — ranging from $25 to $130 — available at

Patti Ewald

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