Things to do: food, art and more starting May 22

Memorial Day-themed events

Salute to Our Veterans: Join the Grand Villa Senior Living Community as they pay tribute to veterans and fallen heroes. Includes a guest speaker, music, beer and a barbecue 1-3 p.m. Thursday. Free. 750 Starkey Road, Largo. (727) 493-0164; LargoSeniorLiving.com.

Memorial Day Barbecue: Enjoy an old fashioned holiday cook-out including hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken breast, corn on the cob, sauerkraut, coleslaw and dessert. 4-7 p.m. Friday. $8 per person. Knights of Columbus, 1251 San Christopher Drive, Dunedin. (727) 565-3982.

Food/cooking

Sweet Caroline's Cafe grand opening: Open house and grand opening celebration of the bakery's newly opened cafe invites guests to sample a variety of made from scratch treats from the bakery, plus enjoy live entertainment. 5:30-7 p.m. today. Free samplings, menu prices vary. Sweet Caroline's Bakery & Cafe, 3347 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 781-1888; sweetcarolines bakery.com.

Evening with the Chefs: Executive chefs work hand in hand with the ProStart high school culinary students of Dixie Hollins, Northeast, Osceola and Tarpon Springs Jacobson Culinary Academy. There will be stations throughout the ballroom with gourmet appetizers, entrees and desserts. The night also includes auctions, live entertainment and a scholarship presentation. Benefits the Ryan Wells Foundation for aspiring culinary students. RSVP online. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. $100. Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 787-7863; Ryan WellsFoundation.com.

Art

East Lake High Art Show Reception: The public can visit with the artists and teachers at a reception for a photography exhibit by East Lake High art students in the library's community room. 6 p.m. today. Free. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 773-2665; eastlakelibrary.org.

Gardening

Vegetable, Herb and Tropical Fruit Garden Tour: Take a stroll along the brick paths of the Florida Botanical Gardens and learn about growing culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs, how to use trees, ground covers and flowers in landscape design. Registration required. 9 a.m.-noon. Thursday. Free. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2109; pinellas countyextension.org.

Music

Sunset Beach Concert Series: Bring your own seating and hear the De Lei'ed Parrots perform. Refreshments available for purchase. No pets or alcohol allowed. A courtesy shuttle will be available at Tarpon Springs High School at 6 p.m; concert starts at 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. Sunset Beach, 214 Shore Drive, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628.

Sunset Music Series: Watch the sunset over St. Joseph Sound and enjoy live entertainment by One Sun. 7-9 p.m. Friday. Free. Weaver Park, 2750 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 812-4530.

Things to do: food, art and more starting May 22 05/21/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:50pm]

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