Things to do starting May 19

Early explorers didn’t have GPS. They used an astrolabe  to determine latitude.

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Early explorers didn’t have GPS. They used an astrolabe to determine latitude.

Food/cooking

Spaghetti Dinner Youth Benefit: The Rotary Club of Tarpon Springs invites guests to enjoy a spaghetti dinner with three types of pasta to choose from, along with three sauces, plus salad and bread, beverage (beer or wine is extra), served up by Tarpon Springs High School Rotary Interact students. 5-8 p.m. Monday. $10 dinner, $4 for beer or wine, kids under 3 admitted free. Tickets available at the door. Rusty Bellies Waterfront, 937 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 515-7767; tarponseafood.com.

Events

Viva Florida 500 Celebration: Activities marking the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's arrival on Florida's east coast include the presentation "Early Footprints in the Sand," exhibits of pre-Columbian pottery, family crafts, a time capsule dedication and storytelling. 12-4 p.m. today. Free. Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. (727) 582-2123; pinellascounty.org/heritage.

ELCL Author's Showcase: May's featured author is Bob Graham, former Florida senator and governor. His newest novel, Keys to the Kingdom, is a thriller set in the post 9/11 era of U.S. intelligence. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, East Lake. (727) 773-2665; eastlakelibrary.org.

Genetic Genealogy: Learn about the history of genetic genealogy, the different types of DNA tests available for genealogical purposes and introduce DNA basics during an information-packed session presented by professional genealogist Elise Friedman and hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay. Test kits will be available at a special price for individuals attending this meeting. 1:30 p.m. today. Free. Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 785-5706.

Bay Area Singles Dance: Dress to impress and meet up to 150 other singles of all ages. 6-10 p.m. today. $8. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. (727) 518-3131; largo.com.

Aspiring Writers Workshop: This weekly class is designed for those dreaming of writing the next great American novel, fantasizing about being a newspaper columnist or leaving a legacy for one's children through the written word. Bring pen and paper. Call to preregister. 10 a.m. Tuesday. $40 a month. Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave. (727) 942-5628; tsrdonline.com.

Upper Pinellas Singles: Join singles age 50 and older for dinner and meet new friends, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. No reservations needed. 6 p.m. Tuesday. $8, includes dinner. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 750 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin. (727) 729-7758.

Stage

Pippin: This musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger Hirson is a hip, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale that captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart, featuring soaring ballads and infectious dance numbers. 2 p.m. today. $26 adults, $13 for students with I.D. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360; franciswilsonplayhouse.org.

Walkers Rising Stars Scholarship Competition Show: Pinellas County public high school juniors and seniors selected as finalists in the Walker's Rising Stars Scholarship Program will perform/display their works in the areas of dance, drama, vocal music, instrumental music and visual arts. 7-9 p.m. Monday. $5-$10. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 588-4816; pinellas education.org/community/walk ers-rising-stars.

Music

Greek Bouzouki Workshops: Greek native Leonidas Zafiris, a professional bouzouki musician and instructor, will teach adult (2-2:45 p.m.) and youth (3-4.p.m.) classes. A few bouzoukis will be available for beginning students. 2-4 p.m. today. $5 per class. Safford House Historic Museum, 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; tarponarts.org.

CD Release Party: 2PM, a vocal and instrumental folk trio, will release its CD, Let's Just Play One More, at a concert at 7:30 p.m. today. Tickets $15. The Painted Fish Gallery, 350 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 734-5060; paintedfishgallery.com.

Art

Ladies Day Open House: Enjoy music, refreshments, local affordable framed art and door prizes. 12-4 p.m. today. Free. 7 Arches Art Gallery & Boutique, 1248 County Road 1, Dunedin. (727) 724-4278.

Art Critique : Studio1212 invites all artists to bring unframed, unfinished paintings for a free critique at its art gallery. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Free. Studio 1212, 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 466-4566; studio1212.org.

Film

Free Movies: The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department presents free new movie releases. Lincoln will be shown. 1 p.m. Tuesday. Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628.

Garden-to-Beer Trolley Tour

Board the Jolley Trolley at the Dunedin Community Garden for a trip to learn how to be a smarter consumer of locally produced items, what to ask when shopping and what to beware of when buying. End the day with a beer discussion while sipping beer made with garden herbs and honey or an iced tea. 11 a.m. today. $20. Eagle Scout Park, 1040 Virginia St., Dunedin.

Things to do starting May 19 05/18/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 2:08pm]

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