Friday, February 23, 2018
Events

Things to do: Aug. 7-10

07 Today

Tropicana Field Ballpark Tours: Take a 90-minute, wheelchair-accessible, behind-the-scenes tour of the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. See the Rays' dugout, Press Box, Touch Tank, 162 Landing, the Hitters Hall of Fame and more. Still and video cameras welcome. 10 a.m. $9, $8 ages 65 and older, $7 ages 3-14, 2 and younger free. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Muvico Free Summer Film Fest: How to Train Your Dragon is the free film today and Thursday at 10 a.m. Baywalk 20, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 502-9573.

Coffee with a Curator: Steven Kenny discusses Dalí's oil painting techniques. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Free. 1 Dalíi Blvd. St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

Line Dance Classes: Learn the boogie walk, cross, flare and many other classic country line dance step sequences along with DJ music. All dance levels. Ages 55 and up. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7101.

Craft Brews and Friends of the New Pier: Sip on craft beers while engaging in conversation with proponents of the new pier. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. The Ale and the Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (813) 202-1285.

Black and White Party: Wear a black-and-white outfit and feast on a five-course meal of all black-and-white dishes while enjoying DJ music and drinks. 6:30 p.m. $40. NOVA 535 , 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (813) 369-9138.

My Name Is Asher Lev: A young Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his artistic goals must make a difficult choice. Through Aug. 25. 8 p.m. $39 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees; $29 Wednesday matinees; $49 Friday and Saturday evenings. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

ART: A novice art collector's relationships are strained when he asks friends to evaluate his newly acquired piece in this Tony Award-winning production. Preview performance 8 p.m. $29. Also Thursday. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.

08 Thursday

Wee-time at Weedon: Pearlie Oyster: A Tale of an Amazing Oyster is the story that will be accompanied by crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free (registration required). Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500.

Check Please: This short play by American playwright Jonathan Rand follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn't get any worse, until they do. 2 p.m. $5. Campbell Park Community Center, 601 14th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5060.

'Play: Toys & Games Made By Artists': This exhibit, which runs through Aug. 24, includes game night every Thursday hosted by members of the community who lead a game of their choice. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Florida Craftsmen, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-4294.

Ron Guerin Reception: Ron Guerin is the featured artist in the exhibit "Buried Treasure." Exhibit runs through Aug. 31. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Benjamin's Studios, 200 104th Ave, Treasure Island. (727) 954-3444.

Birds of Prey: Gabe Vargo, a birds of prey volunteer caretaker at Boyd Hill, discusses the history of raptors, basic species ecology, their adaptations and why they play a key role in our ecosystem. 6:30 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Guy Harvey Outpost, 6000 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. (727) 343-1272.

Spring Awakening: The ground-breaking rock musical that won the Tony for Best Musical in 2007 closes out Freefall Theatre's 2012-13 season. The play draws parallels between the youth of the late 19th century (when the original play was written) and the youth of today as it explores teenage sexuality. This show contains adult language and situations and is intended for mature audiences only. Through Aug. 18. 7 p.m. $37-$44. 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205.

Bike Night: The weekly bike show moves to the Jannus Courtyard and includes rock music, food and drink specials, a bike contest, prizes and bike related vendors. Bikers will be allowed to park in Jannus Live and reserved curbside parking. 7 p.m. Free. Club Detroit, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 637-2949.

09 Friday

Fall Vegetable Gardens: Plan now for a bounty to harvest in the fall as an extension agent shows how to set up a fall garden. Learn site and plant selection. Best for adults. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free, but advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 582-2109.

Dinner and Jazz: Enjoy the music of the New York Guitar Cats as you roam the collection and dine on fine cuisine from the museum's restaurant. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $10, $5 members. Food additional. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.

St. Pete Shuffle: A family-friendly night of shuffleboard with all equipment provided. Instruction available. 7 to 11 p.m. Free. Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. (727) 822-2083.

Dive-In Movies: This popular summertime activity is back at the St. Pete Beach pool with its Olympic swimming lanes, a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs for movie watching. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after sunset. This week's film is Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. 8 p.m. $4. St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. (727) 363-9264.

Letters to Olga: A reading of a play by University of Tampa professor emeritus Francis Gillen. The text was adapted from the prison letters of playwright and future president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel. 8 p.m. $5. [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

1001 Nights Dance Show: The August dance showcase features Omaris "The Dominican Rose," an award winning Middle Eastern dance instructor. 8 p.m. $15, $10 members, $5 children. St. Petersburg Nights, 6800 Sunset Way, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-3832.

10 Saturday

Saturday Guided Hike at Weedon Island: Join a hike through coastal mangroves and upland ecosystems to learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of this area. Bring water and hat. Recommended for ages 6 and older. 9 to 11 a.m. Free (registration required). Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500.

Bags on the Beach: Teams of two hit the beach for a corn toss tournament. 10 a.m. $25 per team. Treasure Island Municipal Beach, 11260 Gulf Blvd. (727) 892-5223.

Biking for Brews: Running for Brews is hosting this 12-mile round-trip bicycle ride to Peg's Cantina in Gulfport. 11 a.m. Free. The Avenue, 330 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 851-9531.

Using Color in the Garden: Linda Worle from Flowers & Other Things shows how color can be used in the garden. 11:30 a.m. $35, $25 members. Registration required. Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 551-3102.

Going Coastal: Activity for all ages teaches participants about the fish common to our area. Learn about fish fins, shapes, gills and more in Fish Anatomy and Fish Printing. Bring a blank T-shirt, reusable bag or other item to decorate after the lesson. 1-3 p.m. Free (registration required). Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 582-2100.

Dalí and Beyond Film Series: This series lets you see a film for free in the museum's lobby theater. The Iron Giant is the story of a young boy who befriends a misunderstood robot. 1 p.m. Free. Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

Sonja Griffin Evans Artist Reception: Evans is the featured artist in the exhibition "From Whence I Came." On display through Sunday. 3-8 p.m. Free. Feathered Serpent Gallery, 1018 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. (727) 824-8877.

Back-to-School Fun Night: Students scheduled to attend Disston Heights Community, Lealman Avenue or New Heights elementary schools are invited to stock up on school supplies while enjoying activities and food. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 525-0012.

Gecko Pub Crawl: This year's six- stop pub crawl adds a poker run with prizes for best hand. Stops include Cousins Pizzeria, J's, Neptune Grill, O'Maddy's, Salty's and T and Me Tea Co. Participants get a card and one free drink at each stop. 5 to 9 p.m. $20, $5 additional cards. J's, 3128 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. (305) 923-1803.

Summer Road Trip Exhibition: Come on up where it's cool and see artists' renditions of their idea of a "Summer Road Trip." View their unique perspective in paintings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Through Aug. 31. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. [email protected] Craftsmen Galleries, 10 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 391-8908.

St. Petersburg's Hot Glass Workshop: See works created by local glass artists who work in the gallery, including pieces by Duncan McClellan. Beer, wine and refreshments are available for a donation benefiting the DMG School Project. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Duncan McClellan Gallery, 550 24th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 421-4141.

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