Things to do in Pinellas County

CHRIS ZUPPA   |   Times (2011)

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times (2011)

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Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project 2.0: Learn how much energy is wasted in homes every day and get free equipment and materials to help cut energy costs. 2-3 p.m. Free. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500.

Smokey Robinson: Robinson — whose Top 40 hits include Tracks of My Tears and Tears of a Clown — celebrates his 50th anniversary in the music business and the 50th anniversary of Motown Records. 7:30 p.m. $49.50-$79.50. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832. mahaffey theater.com.

Brendan Nolan Live: The Irish singer/songwriter appears in concert along with Colin Farrell, who plays fiddle and Irish whistle. The show will be recorded for a live album. 7:30 p.m. $12, $15 day of show. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590. spcollege.edu/palladium.

When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable): An old man who was once a superb chef unfolds a mysterious story when a young reporter comes to interview him in prison. Through April 21. 8 p.m. $29 Wednesday matinees; $39 Tuesday-Thursday nights and Saturday-Sunday matinees; $49 Friday-Saturday nights; $20 student advance, $10 student rush. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. american stage.org.

11 Thursday

Birding Field Trip: Bring binoculars, hat and sunscreen to spend the day checking out the migratory songbirds at Fort De Soto. The 1-mile hike on dirt and grass trails meets at the flagpole. 8 a.m. $5 park entry. 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. (813) 839-2972.

SPCREA Meeting: The South Pinellas Retired Educators Association invites all who have worked in education including teachers, support personnel and administrators, to its monthly meeting, the second Thursday of each month. 11 a.m.. Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 526-5056.

Aneurysm Disease: Join general surgeon Paul Collins to learn more about the cause of an aneurysm, who is at risk, how to identify the symptoms and the surgical treatment options. Noon. Free. St. Anthony's Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 953-6993.

Barbecue and Blues Bash: Find a comfortable spot on the sand to enjoy a barbecue dinner with all the fixings while listening to music by the Charlie Morris Blues Trio. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $12. Lions Club Beach House, 9300 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 368-7926.

A Conversation on Power, Race and Gender Alumnus and former Ford Scholar Ronald K. Porter discusses how the circumstances of our birth affect our daily lives and interactions. 7 p.m. Free. Eckerd College Fox Hall, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 864-7979.

A Flea in Her Ear: Gulfport community players will present A Flea in Her Ear, a French farce written by George Feydeau. 8 p.m. $15. Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S. (727) 322-0316. gulfport communityplayers.org.

Fuddy Meers: The dark comedy traces a girl's battle with a rare form of amnesia that erases her memory when she sleeps, causing her to wake up to a blank slate every day. 8 p.m. $10; $5 staff, $1 students. Eckerd College Bininger Theatre , 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 864-8279.

12 Friday

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Concert: Symphonic Dances and Rhapsodies: It's a night of folk dance-inspired music from Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, Bartok's Dance Suite, and Kodaly's Dances of Galanta. 10 a.m. $15-$45. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832. mahaffeytheater.com.

Benefit Garden Sale: Find easy-to-grow, bargain plants for your spring garden, including fragrant frangipani (plumeria, or Hawaiian lei flower) in colors from yellow to pink and red, plus ginger plants, bright red kalanchoe, fig trees, banana plants and more. Bring shovel or trowel. Proceeds help fund Equal Rights Amendment passage efforts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. 305 173rd. Ave., North Redington Beach. (727) 393-0932.

Tampa Bay Blues Fest: Friday's lineup includes: Dave Fields (12:30 p.m.), Lucky Peterson (2:30 p.m.), Janiva Magness (4:30 p.m.), Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers (6:30 p.m.) and Dickey Betts and Great Southern (8:30 p.m.). $35 single-day tickets, $90 three-day pass, $150-$350 VIP passes, $20 after show. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. tampabaybluesfest.com.

Veteran's Festival and Parade: Military vehicles and weapons will be on display with a parade led by St. Pete Beach Mayor Steve McFarlin (6 p.m. Friday), family activities and a pancake breakfast (Saturday). Proceeds from breakfast benefit Building Homes for Heroes. 5-10 p.m. Free (festival); $10, $5 children (breakfast). Hurricane, 807 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach. (727) 592-2860.

An Evening with Hal Hartley: The independent film director will screen his acclaimed 1995 film Flirt, as well as his new movie Meanwhile. 7 p.m. Free. Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 864-7979.

Naughty Bits: Plant City, St. Petersburg and a new stadium are some of the local references made in this reading of comedy scripts by local playwrights. 8 p.m. $15, $20 for two. The L Train, 900 Central Ave. Suite 25B, St. Petersburg. (813) 995-5063.

13 Saturday

Escape from Fort De Soto Triathlon: A half-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 4-mile run. Entry includes a T-shirt and post-race party. 7 a.m. $85 individuals, $170 teams; $95 individuals, $190 teams for non-USAT members. 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. (813) 874-7223.

Angel Outreach annual Flea Market: Pasadena Community Church will host its annual flea market. Food will be available for purchase. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 381-2499, ext 214.

Pinellas Pioneers Association Picnic: Anyone interested in preserving the history of Pinellas County is invited to meet at Shelter 3 for socializing. Bring your own food, eating utensils and folding chairs. 10 a.m. Free. Eagle Lake Park, 1800 Keene Road, Largo. (727) 441-1338.

Sandblast: Teens in middle and high school are invited to a party in the sand featuring a tug-o-war, volleyball, water joust, a sand sculpting competition, bungee jump, water slide, games and music. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Treasure Island Municipal Beach, 11260 Gulf Blvd. (727) 824-6900, ext. 4658.

Drill Team Performances: The Purdue Drill Team will perform followed by performances by the Admiral Farragut Academy high school and middle school exhibition drill teams. 1 p.m. Free. Admiral Farragut Academy, 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 384-5500.

Book Talk with Jim Schnur: The archivist and librarian at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will discuss his new book, Historic Pinellas County: A Centennial History. Presented by the Friends of the St. Petersburg Main Library. 2 p.m. Free. St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. (728) 522-8459.

Art for the Earth Show: Opening for an environmental theme exhibition featuring art made from recycled/upcycled materials. Show runs through May 5. 5-8:30 p.m. Free. Craftsman House Gallery & Cafe, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 323-2787.

Spring Flowers Exhibition: Artlofts will host the opening for an exhibit by artist Lee West, featuring acrylics paintings of exquisite florals. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Artlofts@Florida Craftsmen Galleries, 10 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 504-8788.

St. Petersburg Clay Company Spring Exhibition: Opening reception for an exhibition that highlights the ceramic artwork created by member artists and artists-in-residence at SPCC. 5:30-9 p.m. Free. 420 22nd St. S, St. (727) 896-2529.

An Irishman and an Indian Hit St. Pete: Irishman Eoin Breadon and Indian Jason Chakravarty join forces in the glass blowing demonstration and opening reception. Breadon uses the traditional crafting process to create his work, reflecting practices of the Celtic culture, while Chakravarty uses mixed media in his glass works, often illuminating them with neon lights. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Duncan McClellan Gallery, 550 24th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 421-4141.

Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers: A multimedia presentation showcasing the heroic efforts of three brothers who helped save more than 1,200 people while living in the forest during World War II. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100.

Love of the Arts: The black-tie-optional gala features gourmet food stations throughout the museum grounds, cocktails and music. Benefits cardiology programs and the Memory Disorder Center at St. Anthony's Hospital. 6 p.m. $225, $350 patron. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 825-1086. stanthonys foundation.org.

Gallery Opening and Artist Reception: Celebrate the official grand opening of Moon Storm Gallery in Crislip Arcade. Runs through May 4. 6 p.m. Free. Storm Gallery , 645 Central Ave, St. Petersburg.

Grief to Gratitude Artist Reception: The Studio@620 will host a reception for emerging artist Sharon Britton as she presents her latest work "Grief to Gratitude," featuring a series of colorful abstract paintings. On display through April 20. 6 p.m. Free. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Under the Canopy: Artist Reception: Articles Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibition "Under the Canopy," by artist Jay Herres. 6 p.m. Free. 1445 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-6061.

Reed Altemus Exhibition Opening: Eve-N-Odd gallery will host an opening for an exhibit by Reed Altemus featuring works in visual poetry, xerography and small press publications. On display through April 30. 7 p.m. Free. 645 Central Ave., Suite 11, St. Petersburg. (727) 433-4981.

Fishing Tournament: Canterbury School of Florida will hold its public catch-and-release fishing tournament, the Canterbury Cup. There will be more than $1,500 in cash prizes. The tournament runs from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After the tournament there will be an awards party from 2 to 4 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club at the Snell Isle Marina, 1305 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. This event is open to the public and will include water slides, music and food. Proceeds benefit Canterbury's Marine Studies program. For information, call (727) 744-1460 or visit canterbury florida.org.

13 Saturday

Chillounge Night (Treasure Island): The community center will be stocked with chic, South Beach-style outdoor furniture for this party with a Brazilian samba parade, fashion show, music and fireworks.

6 p.m. $25 advance, $30 at the gate, $95 VIP. Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. Call toll-free, 1-888-695-0888. chilloungenight.com.

Things to do in Pinellas County 04/09/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 3:16pm]

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