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58 couples were married at the 9th Annual Valentine's Day Group Wedding Saturday February 14th, 2015 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Four additional couples renewed their vows. 

Including (center) Nancy Jimenez (left, in black) and Annette Cortes (right, in white), both of St. Pete. At 17, the pair had their first kiss. After many years apart, they met again four years ago, and have been together since. 

Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke  presided over the ceremony. This was the first year same-sex couples could participate. The ceremony included a poetry reading and musical performances before the exchange of rings. Afterwards couples and guests had cake and refreshments. 

MONICA HERNDON | TIMES

58 couples were married at the 9th Annual Valentine's Day Group Wedding Saturday February 14th, 2015 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Four additional couples renewed their vows. Including (center) Nancy Jimenez (left, in black) and Annette Cortes (right, in white), both of St. Pete. At 17, the pair had their first kiss. After many years apart, they met again four years ago, and have been together since. Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke presided over the ceremony. This was the first year same-sex couples could participate. The ceremony included a poetry reading and musical performances before the exchange of rings. Afterwards couples and guests had cake and refreshments. MONICA HERNDON | TIMES

Valentine's Day Wedding Ceremony: Pinellas County Clerk of Courts Ken Burke presides over a mass ceremony as sweetheart couples exchange wedding vows among the beauty of the Florida Botanical Gardens. Marriage licenses must be applied for by Feb. 10. 2 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free (standard marriage license fee required). (727) 464-3008.

Florida Orchestra Pops Series: A Valentine's Pops: The orchestra's concert of romantic themes and love songs. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Valentine's Benefit Concert: The Four Aces present songs of love and romance including Love is a Many Splendor Thing, Tell Me Why, 3 Coins in a Fountain and Shangri-La. 2 p.m., Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $20. (727) 541-0895.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Chocolate Fantasy: Week two of the festival is a "Chocolate Fantasy" with wine and chocolate tasting, a chocolate festival, gingerbread house building competition and more. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of (ages 5-12); $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs. Toll-free 1-800-966-8215.

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man: In this comedy, a university's Meet the Author event turns into a highly theatrical, audience-interactive sex tip seminar, much to the chagrin of the shy moderator. 2 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30-$49. (813) 229-7827.

Sunshine City Songwriters Festival: Nerissa Nields: Half of the harmonizing folk rock duo The Nields. 2 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. (727) 323-2787.

Total Eclipse of the Heart: Enjoy a light "love themed" dinner set to passionate love songs underneath a changing sky that takes you to the most romantic cities in the world. 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $120 per couple, $90 per couple members (registration required). (813) 987-6000.

The Hit Men: Hear stories about life on the road and in recording sessions with Frankie Valli, Jim Croce, Elton John and many others. Plus, take a look back through rock 'n' roll history with your favorite songs, from Four Seasons hits, Oh What a Night, to Peace Train, The Loco Motion and more. 7 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $35-$55. (727) 822-3590.

Todd Rundgren: The singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer has produced rock and pop classics like Hello It's Me and I Saw The Light. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $37.50-$55.50. (727) 893-7832.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band: The pedal steel guitar virtuoso, one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," brings the blues band to town. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$50. (727) 791-7400.

Tampa Bay Bridal Show: More than 100 local bridal professionals in one place for you the see the latest in fashion, flowers, photography, caterers and other wedding experts. 12 p.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 893-8134.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Play Ball Day: A free event promoting youth baseball and softball includes games, instruction, interaction with former Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine and catcher Mike DiFelice and Rays Superhero Cape T-shirts for the first 1,000 kids. 10 a.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 825-3242.

TO WATCH

The Tonight Show's Valentine Anniversary Special, 9 p.m., NBC. Host Jimmy Fallon recalls some of the best moments from the first two years of his late-night chat fest. The special kicks off a week of L.A. shows

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 14 02/12/16 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 12:08pm]
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