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  1. Sugar Sand Festival

    Editor's pick

    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Nearly 1,000 tons of powdery, white sand will be transformed into "Sugar Sand Tales" themed characters and scenes creating a walk-through display under a 21,000-square-foot tent. The 10 day festival also brings a few free activities to the beach including movies, fireworks and beachfro …

    Price: $10, $7 seniors/military, $5 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free.

  2. Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon

    Hyatt Regency Tampa

    Downtown Tampa : 211 N Tampa St., Tampa, 33602

    While in foster and only 16 years old, Jesse Wilson wrote a book of poetry titled, The Storm Rolling In, which was published by Authorhouse in 2006. Now, he will be the keynote speaker for the 20th annual benefit event for Joshua House.

    Price: $50.

  3. Friday Extra Concert Series: Betty Fox Band

    Editor's pick

    Water Works Park

    Tampa : 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa, 33602

    Tampa's longest running series features local artists performing diverse genres of music. Concessions are available, as well as limited free parking.

    Shane Meade opens.

    Price: Free.

  4. The Ting Tings

    Editor's pick

    State Theatre

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    British pop duo of Katie White and Jules De Martino of the massive hit That's Not My Name bring underground party energy to the State Theatre stage.

    Price: $15-$18.

  5. Bang Tango

    The Local 662

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    The funk-infused rock band brings a slew of artists to the line-up including Rowan Robertson of Dio, The Luvdogz, Rockstarr Bentley, Demented Truth and Refusal of Fate.

    Price: $13 advance, $15 at the door.

  6. Harvey

    Freefall Theatre

    St. Petersburg : 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33710

    Elwood P. Dowd and a rabbit friend only he can see get into trouble when his sister sends them away to a sanitarium.

    Price: $23-$41.

  7. Pippin

    Editor's pick

    Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?

    Price: $61.50-$85.50.

  8. Lita Ford

    Editor's pick

    Largo Cultural Center

    Largo : 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33771

    The founding member and lead guitarist of the girl group, The Runaways embarked on a solo career in the '80s, producing hits like Close Your Eyes Forever and Falling In and Out of Love. Special guest, Faster Pussycat.

    Price: $29.50.

  9. Chris Botti

    Editor's pick

    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    Sarasota : 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34236

    Since the release of his 2004 CD When I Fall In Love, the jazz trumpeter and composer has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist and a Grammy winner.

    Price: $73-$93.

  10. STD Awareness Day

    Hillsborough County Health Department

    Downtown Tampa : 1105 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33605

    Free gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and TB screenings.

    Price: Free.

  11. Prom Night Makeover

    Remington College-Tampa Campus

    Tampa : 6302 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 400, Tampa, 33619

    Students in the Remington College Cosmetology Program will provide girls headed to prom with free up-dos, manicures, pedicures, and makeup, and haircuts for guys.

    Price: Free.

  12. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: Jon Secada

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

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

    For this year's festival (daily through May 17), in addition to nearly 100 topiary characters, outdoor kitchens and Tinker Bells' Butterfly House, Frozen is set to make its first appearance represented in a garden at the World Showcase Plaza, with white and silver blooms. The concert series, ren …

    Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival gives a nod to Earth Day with special activities including visits with Animal Kingdom wildlife and eco-specialists in the Festival Center (Friday through Wednesday) and presentations by the Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation and Audubon Florida (through out the park daily).

    Price: $97, $91 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  13. Week of the Young Child: Early Literacy Activities and Stories

    Great Explorations Children's Museum

    Fourth Street Garden District : 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) the week is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children. Included with admission.

    Story times are at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.

    Price: $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free.

  14. OZsome Violets

    Holiday Inn Select

    Gateway : 3535 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, 33762

    The Dixie African Violet Society, with members from 13 southeastern states, hosts two-day plant sale and show, featuring African violets in many styles and colors from both local and national vendors. Plant sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 16-17, show begins at 1 p.m. April 17, plant sales on April …

    Price: Free admission.

  15. St. Petersburg Opera: Evenings/Mornings With the Maestro: Love Duets

    Museum of Fine Arts

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini leads a program to enhance your understanding of opera and preview shows. Programs are Thursday nights at the Music Gallery of Clearwater and Friday mornings at 11 a.m. at St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts.

    The opera celebrates famous love duets, including Romeo and Juliet and La Traviata.

    Price: $20, $15-$17 seniors/students.

  16. A Good Night's Sleep

    St. Petersburg Yacht Club

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    From ABC News, Lissette Campos and Wendy Ryan serve as co-emcees over this luncheon with speakers and an auction. Benefits Community Action Stops Abuse.

    Price: $50.

  17. Spring Art Celebration

    7 Arches Art Gallery & Boutique

    Dunedin : 1248 County Road 1, Dunedin, 34698

    Ring in spring with refreshments, door prizes, music and art by local artists, including the newest artist, Pam McFarland who will demonstrate Wire Wrapped Trees on Friday.

    Price: Free.

  18. Wanee Music Festival

    Editor's pick

    Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground

    Live Oak : 3076 95th Drive , Live Oak, 32060

    Spring is in the air as campers and concert-goers gather in the park for the annual festival which boasts 2015 as its best line-up yet with headliner, Widespread Panic performing Friday and Saturday, along with Gregg Allman, Gov't Mule, Earth, Wind and Fire, Cheap Trick, Butch Trucks and more.

    Price: $195 three-day advance; $499 VIP. Includes camping.

  19. Pasco Blueberry Jamboree

    Faith United Methodist Church

    West Pasco : 12128 SR 52, Hudson, 34669

    Bounty of blueberries, from desserts to treats for sale, judged blueberry pie contest, plus live entertainment, karaoke, kids activities, cars, vendors; blueberry pancake breakfast for sale April 18.

    Price: Free admission, food and beverage prices vary.

  20. Let It Go and Be Authentically You Women Retreat

    Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Parkway

    Gateway : 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg, 33716

    A "safe space" retreat for like minded professional women to focus on re-organizing and re-connecting with themselves.

    Price: $99-$497.

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