Truck Driver Challenge: To promote safe commercial truck driving, Pilot Flying J presents professional drivers navigating a road course meant to simulate real-life scenarios in an official racing hauler. Teams including Andretti Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing are expected to participate. Fans can enter to win a $500 fuel card and learn more about careers in the truck driving industry. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg. (910) 692-4600.
Orchid Care: Master Gardener class teaches transplanting, repotting and other care requirements for orchids; bring in your orchids for repotting advice. 2-4:30 p.m. Free. Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive S. (727) 582-2501.
Line Dancing Classes: Learn a series of choreographed steps, lines, turns and corners to music. No partner needed. Classes are Wednesdays 5 to 6 p.m. $24, $7 per class. Bay Vista Center, 7000 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7124.
Protest the Hero: The Canadian progressive rock band will be joined by Battlecross, Safety Fire, Intervals and Night Verses. 6 p.m. $18. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 895-3045.
Red Green: Canada's handyman is back in theaters across North America with his new show, How to Do Everything: From the Man Who Should Know. 7 p.m. $49.50. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.
Around the World in 80 Days: Join adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock. Five actors portray 33 characters in Mark Brown's new adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. Through April 13. 8 p.m. $39. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.
St. Paul's Annual Spring Festival: Four family-friendly days of carnival rides, kids crafts and games, bingo, food court and music nightly, featuring That One Band on Thursday, Ocean Road on Friday, Surfin Raccoons on Saturday and The Defactos on Sunday. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Free admission; charge for rides, games and and food. Discount tickets available today only at the parish office. St. Paul's Catholic Church, 1358 20th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 822-3481.
Harvey's 5K: For this 5K or 1-mile run along the downtown waterfront, runners go through Vinoy Park and follow the Suncoaster's Illuminated Night Parade route. Proceeds benefit arts and music programs in Pinellas County schools. 6:10 p.m. $25 (5K), $15 (1 mile). North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-9888.
Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month: As a part of building public awareness of genocide and human rights violations, Nelly Trocme Hewett presents "Weapons of the Spirit … An Extraordinary Way to Fight." Her story tells of how her ancestors, Pastor Andre Trocme and his wife, Magda, led the inhabitants of the tiny French village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the small villages on the surrounding plateau in providing refuge for an estimated 5,000 people, the majority Jews fleeing from Germans and Vichy authorities from 1940 to 1944. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Thomas Episcopal Church St. Petersburg, 1200 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. (727) 820-0100.
American Monkey: This world premiere comedy asks serious questions through hilarity and mayhem about the lengths Americans will go the achieve the slightest modicum of fame. Through Sunday. 7 p.m. $20-$44; package deals available. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205.
Grand Prix Illuminated Night Parade: This event welcomes the Grand Prix with a parade that lights up the downtown area including floats, bands, beads, race cars and fireworks. 7:30 p.m. Free. Parade starts at Central Avenue and Fifth Street N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-9888.
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: This annual race features Indy cars, Mazdas, Acuras and other fast cars whipping through the streets of downtown. The waterfront course is 1.8 miles long and contains 14 turns. Mayor Rick Kriseman serves as grand marshal for the event's 10th anniversary and waves the green flag to mark the start of the season-opening IndyCar Series race. Racing begins at about 8 a.m. each day. Through Sunday. $30-$55 general, $70-$135 reserved. Race track area, Albert Whitted Airport to First Street SE. Toll-free 1-877-283-5385. gpstpete.com.
Artspring Exhibition: The 28th annual exhibit will consist of clay, wood, metal, glass, paper, photography, watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings from more than 100 local artists. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S. (727) 347-4171.
Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest: Colorful Easter eggs are hidden through out the Coliseum for seniors to find during this health-oriented event with wellness checks, music, a performance by Fritzy the "One Man Circus," games, prizes, drawings and exhibitors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (813) 653-1988.
Impacs: The original sock-hop band presents Rock, Roll and Remember IV. 6-10 p.m. $20. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. (727) 893-1070.
Raices Femininas Opening Reception: John Gascot, of Italian and Puerto Rican heritage, honors his feminine roots with this exhibit. 6-8 p.m. Free. Feathered Serpent Gallery, 1018 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 824-8877.
Wish for Our Heroes 5K: Participants begin the run south of Bayshore Drive until they reach the Grand Prix race track at Turn 9. From there, runners turn right, do a lap around the track in reverse track direction, exiting at Turn 9 to continue on Bayshore Drive toward the finish line at the Vinoy Park Hotel. An awards ceremony with a post-race concert takes place at Jannus Live. Benefits Wish for Our Heroes, a national charity that supports the men and women of the active-duty military facing difficulty. 6:30 p.m. $35. Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. (647) 830-0354.
Writers at the Preserve: Poetry Night Hike: Take a walk through the preserve with local poets on a moonless night. 7 p.m. Free. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326.
NOVA CON — When Birthdays Collide: The founders of Conceptbait and Nova 535, Frank Clemente and Michael S. Novilla, share the same birthday. To celebrate, they are throwing a joint party with special interior design, appetizers, DJ music and a cash bar. 7-11:59 p.m. Free. NOVA 535 , 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-6682.
Piano Concert Series: What Pianos and Pianists Do for Fun: Eunmi Ko, Omri Shimron and Johnandrew Slominski, join Rebecca Penneys for this light-hearted concert in a program of original and arranged music for 2-Pianos 8-Hands. 7:30 p.m. $10, free for students and staff wth ID. St. Petersburg College, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.
David Garrett: The world-class violinist got his start at age 10 with the Hamburg Philharmonics. Now, you can hear the record breaking German pop, crossover violinist play everything from Bach to Nirvana during the, A Gala Night tour. 8 p.m. $30-$40. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.
Badfish: Sublime cover band. 8 p.m. Free. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.
Youth summit: Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association is hosting its second Youth Summit from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The event takes place the South Branch Library at 2300 Roy Hanna Drive S. The purpose is to help youths "Map a Plan to Success." Activities include resume writing, interviewing, dress for success, healthy living, and more. The event is free but space is limited. For information and registration, call Jodi Davis at (727) 866-2737.
Pasadena Community Church Spring Flea Market: Sale items will include clothing, toys, books, collectables, and other household items. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 381-2499.
Beekeeping Basics: Get started in beekeeping by learning about honeybee anatomy, how a hive works, what equipment is needed, and more in daylong course; bee colonies on site for hands-on learning, protective gear provided. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500.
Eagles of South Pinellas: Join avian steward Gabe Vargo for a classroom presentation on local eagles. Then, head to an actual nest to look for new hatchlings. 9 a.m. Free. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326.
Beer Breakfast Benefit: Merriment with a mission at St. Petersburg Grand Prix kickoff event where you can enjoy beer for breakfast (or, the adventurous can try the Pancake Shot, an eye-opening concoction that includes Jameson Whiskey, Butterscotch Schnapps and orange juice), with cash bar, beers for sale, light breakfast foods from donuts to bagels, coffee and more provided. Benefits Tampa Bay Watch, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. By donation, drink prices vary. Mandarin Hide, 231 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 231-4007.
Allendale Neighborhood Tour: Take a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood known for its overhanging oak trees and brick streets. 10 a.m. $5, free members. Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road, St. Petersburg. (727) 463-4612.
Neighborhood Yard Sale: A sale of gently used clothing, household items and more with concessions available for purchase. Benefits the TASCO Teen Council. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Campbell Park and Community Center, 601 14th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7733.
College and Young Professional Opera Competition: Thirty aspiring opera singers, all Florida residents from ages 19 through 29, will be competing for cash prizes raised by the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Opera Central, Preis Hall, 2145 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 367-9289.
Piano Concert Series: Rebecca Penneys Master Class: The Artist-in-Residence at St. Petersburg College and Steinway Artist will have discussions and answer questions for students and teachers of all ages and levels, with performances or without. Auditors are welcome. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. (727) 341-7984.
Hootenanny: Producers say this is "not your father's square dance" with dancing to music by the Urban Gypsies, a catered barbecue dinner and Virginia Reel lessons. 6 p.m. $20. Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S, Gulfport.
GlowBash 5K: Glow as you go along this combo 5K adventure race and scavenger hunt in which teams solve clues leading to directions to the next clue. Includes T-shirt, finishers medal, glow in the dark swag and a post-race party. 7 p.m. $85. Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-4562.
Blue Moon Milonga La Playa: A night of Tango dancing with a buffet dinner and an exhibition by Tango Maestro Oscar Casas. 8:30 p.m. $15. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. (727) 742-3368.