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  1. The Wizard of Oz

    Editor's pick

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Clearwater : 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759

    Developed from the original film screenplay, Andrew Lloyd Weber's production contains all of the songs from the Academy Award-winning score including some new song by Time Rice and Weber. Through April 19.

    Price: $35-$100.

  2. Flicks and Food Trucks

    Editor's pick

    Grand Central at Kennedy

    Channelside : 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33602

    Grab some grub from 15 to 17 gourmet food trucks offering a wide variety of tastes, beers and micro-brews. Then find a seat to watch independent short, 10- to 15-minute films with live music between films.

    This portion features the four winners of the Hillsborough County student short film festival.

    Price: Free admission (food and drink additional).

  3. American Stage in the Park: The Wiz

    Editor's pick

    Demens Landing

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Ease on down the road with this modern take of the seven time Tony Award winning musical. American Stage's annual play in the park takes place outdoors in Demens Landing. Reserved seats are available for purchase, but it's just as fun to pack a picnic and sit on the grass.

    Price: $13 Wed.-Thur. and Sunday, $18 Fri.-Sat. (advance); $15 Wed.-Thur. and Sunday, $20 Fri.-Sat. (at the gate); $32 reserved seating all nights..

  4. Busch Gardens/SeaWorld Weekday Special

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Busch Gardens and SeaWorld celebrate Spring Break by offering special weekday discounts. Now through May 5, both parks are offering $50 ticket good for any single weekday admission at either park.

    Price: $50.

  5. Southern Living Showcase Home Tour: Club Week

    Southern Living Showcase Home

    Westshore : 4 Sandpiper Road, Tampa, 33609

    Javic Homes was selected by Southern Living to construct this home representing commitment to craftsmanship, southern architecture and quality home building. Tours of the home benefit Operation Finally Home and All Children's Hospital.

    Features discounted online ticket purchases to all area club members.

    Price: $10.

  6. Wild Orchids of Florida

    Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park

    Citrus County : 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, 34446

    Learn about the exotic, wild orchids that grow in the park in program with Jeff Rundell, as the park focuses on native plants and orchids through the month of April. In the Children's Education Center. Call to register.

    Price: Free with park admission: $13 adult, $5 kids 6-12.

  7. Sea Lion Splash

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    Sea Lion Splash opens introducing a colony of coastal sea lions, daily presentations and an outdoor activity area. Remains on display through May 31. $2, in addition to park admission.


  8. EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    Daily from March 5 to May 18, this year's festival is brimming with new topiaries like Kermit and Miss Piggy, among the 75 total, now illuminated with twinkling lights at night, plus waterwise, vegetable and even an Everglades Garden; bonsai, orchid, hummingbird exhibits; kids landscaped playgro …


  9. Daisy Grant Fashion Show & Luncheon

    Belleair Country Club

    Belleair : One Country Club Lane, Belleair, 33756

    Money raised from the GFWC/Clearwater Woman's Club's annual fashion show and luncheon help fund grants to local non-profits including ClothesToKids, Meals on Wheels, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Clearwater Library Systems and others. Call to RSVP.

    Price: Tickets $45-$55.

  10. Persistence of Memory Memoir Writing: Kickstart Your Memoir

    Dali Museum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : One Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    Margo Hammond, former book editor of the St. Petersburg Times, conducts memoir-writing workshops using specific Dali paintings and writings as catalysts for memoir writing.

    Price: $65, $35 members.

  11. A Bad Year for Tomatoes

    Early Bird Dinner Theatre

    Pinellas Park : 13355 49th St N, Clearwater, 33762

    When a famous actress decides to "get away from it all" in a small New England town, hilarious misadventures ensue. Runs through May 4.

    Price: $29.90.

  12. La Cage Aux Folles

    Show Palace Dinner Theatre

    West Pasco : 16128 U.S. 19 , Hudson, 34667

    A Tony Award-winning Broadway show, adapted to film as The Birdcage.

    Price: $38.45-$49.50, plus tax.

  13. 4,000 Miles

    Asolo Repertory Theatre

    Sarasota : 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34243

    After a 21 year-old bicycles 4,000 miles from Seattle to the West Village apartment of his grandmother, an overnight sleepover turns into an extended stay in which the odd couple explore growing up and growing old. Through April 27.

    Price: $15-$40 (varies by show date).

  14. Author Talk with Eddie Donnally

    Oldsmar Public Library

    Oldsmar : 400 St. Petersburg Drive, Oldsmar, 34677

    Author Eddie Donnally will talk about his book Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey's Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption. 

    Price: Free.

  15. Cellist-Pianist Duo Master Class and Recital

    University of Tampa Sykes Chapel

    Tampa : 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33606

    Hannah Holman, a cellist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, and Rene Lecuona, a pianist with an active solo and chamber music career, have been performing together for many years. The two even collaborated on Holman's first solo CD in 2012.

    Price: Free.

  16. A Bad Year for Tomatoes

    Early Bird Dinner Theatre

    Pinellas Park : 13355 49th St N, Clearwater, 33762

    When a famous actress decides to "get away from it all" in a small New England town, hilarious misadventures ensue. Runs through May 4.

    Price: $29.90.

  17. "Cured" Party

    The Westin Tampa Bay

    Rocky Point : 7627 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

    The networking benefit includes a live performance by American Idol finalist Shannon Magrane, dancing, music by DJ Shizm, an auction and samples of Fontana Pisco, a colorless grape brandy from Peru. Benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

    Price: $25.

  18. Sushi and Sake Sampling

    Whole Foods Market Carrollwood

    Tampa : 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, 33624

    Try boxed style sushi, called hako sushi, made using a square shaped oshigata box, along with sake for sampling.

    Price: Free.

  19. Making Waves Educational Series

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Home of Winter the Dolphin

    Clearwater : 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 33767

    The aquarium presents an educational series based on marine-related topics.

    This month, Dr. Mya Breitbart will discuss the diversity and ecological role of viruses found in marine mammals. A question and answer session follows.

    Price: Free.

  20. The Genius Next Door

    Dali Museum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : One Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    This series introduces audiences to local professors who will speak about the cutting edge ideas in their fields.

    This portion features speakers from three colleges at USF: Philip Trocchia (Associate Professor of Marketing in the College of Business),  Vivian Fueyo (Professor of Childhood Education) and John Arthur (Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Society, Culture, and Language Department).

    Price: Free.

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