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  1. Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts: Alabama

    Editor's pick

    Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds

    Plant City : 303 N Lemon St., Plant City, 33563

    It's not just the strawberries that make this event sweet. Though crowds may come for the fruit, they stay for the live entertainment. This year's major headliners include, Reba McEntire, Boyz II Men, Sara Evans, John Legend and interestingly enough Kevin Costner and his band Modern West. Headli …

    Thursday's headliner is Alabama ($40) with Bobby Vinton opening ($15-$20) and a free concert by Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra.

    Price: $10, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free. Concert tickets are extra.

  2. Real Music Series: Shirley Jones

    Editor's pick

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    The series features live mixed music from the 1950s to today. Performances held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Included with daily admission.

    Price: $95, $90 for ages 3-9

  3. Great Escape Room Grand Opening

    Editor's pick

    Great Escape Room

    Downtown Tampa : 300 Madison St., Tampa, 33602

    It's the grand opening for the real life room escape game. Teams of up to 12 work together to solve puzzles and escape within the 60-minute time limit. Be among the first to say "I escaped." Recommended for ages 12 and older.

    Price: $28.

  4. Charity Slot Tournament

    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

    Tampa : 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, 33610

    Fifty percent of the proceeds go toward Voices For Children and the other half to the prize pool. Following the tournament, Justin Rhodes who was performing at the Hard Rock lobby bar before he appeared on season 9 of America's Got Talent, will perform a benefit concert.

    Price: $10 entry fee.

  5. Glamour Kills Spring Break

    The Orpheum

    Ybor City : 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 33605

    Tampa Bay's own, Set It Off will headline alongside fellow pop-punk groups, As It Is and Roam.

    Price: $15-$17.

  6. Our Town Conversations: Janet Keeler

    Editor's pick

    Dali Museum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    Host Carol Mickett, philosopher and artist, leads the monthly talks with local heroes about their visions, accomplishments and contributions to shaping the identity of our town. Come early for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at Cafe Gala.

    The food journalist for the Tampa Bay Times, now an adjunct professor and coordinator of USF St. Petersburg's new Graduate Food Writing and Photography Certificate Program, is also the founder of #CookClub online cooking community. Janet talks about the culture of food in the Tampa Bay area at this month's gathering.

    Price: $5, free for members.

  7. CANCELED Julio Iglesias

    Editor's pick

    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    The legendary Spanish crooner and Grammy winner performs for two nights, drawing from a repertoire of more than 80 albums released in 14 languages with more than 2,600 gold and platinum records certified, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

    Price: $85-125.

  8. "Open Your Heart" Fashion Show

    Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club

    Tarpon Springs : 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, 34684

    The annual fashion show and luncheon features celebrity models, a high-energy show, select items from Georgette's Boutique, raffles, prizes, drinks and lunch. Benefits the Arc Tampa Bay, formerly UPARC.

    Price: $80.

  9. Caught in the Net

    Early Bird Dinner Theatre

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

    A taxi driver who has two families desperately tries to keep apart his two children who are trying to meet each other over the Internet. Through March 1.

    Price: $32.

  10. America Saves Week: Personal Finance Questions, Realities and Myths

    Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library

    South Tampa : 3910 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa, 33611

    As part of the national initiative to assist people to save money, Hillsborough County Extension is partnering with the nonprofit Consumer Federation of American to host financial seminars.

    Price: Free.

  11. St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs

    University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

    St. Petersburg : 140 Seventh Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Multiple panelists of distinguished diplomats, military, media and academic experts discuss critical international issues of the day.

    Price: Free.

  12. Caught in the Net

    Early Bird Dinner Theatre

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

    A taxi driver who has two families desperately tries to keep apart his two children who are trying to meet each other over the Internet. Through March 1.

    Price: $32.

  13. Meet Chef Campbell

    SoHo Backyard

    Tampa : 610 S Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33609

    Meet Chef "Slimm" Campbell of SoHo Backyard, recently named South Tampa's "Best Pub with a Palate" by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine, and sample items from the new spring menu including Gator Spring Rolls, Grilled Italian Chicken Sandwich and Coconut Shrimp Appetizer.

    Price: Free.

  14. French Wine Dinner

    Cafe Largo

    Largo : 12551 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, 33774

    From diver scallops to veal medallion, enjoy classic cuisine paired with wines (optional) including Chateau La Liguiere Fougeres 2006, offered nightly Feb. 26-28.

    Price: $79.50, or $59.. without wine.

  15. Music on the Bay

    Whiskey Joe's Bar and Grill

    Rocky Point : 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

    A three and a half day Parrot Head Trop-rock music festival that blends Caribbean, tropical/island, Latin and rock-reggae, with roots. There will be vendors with "parrotphanila" and other items on site.

    Price: $85 three days.

  16. St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation Legacy Dinner and Awards

    Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Parkway

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

    Annual donor appreciation and awards banquet features Alexander Tsiaras, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheVisualMD.com.

    Price: $75.

  17. New Port Richey Garden Club

    Jasmine Lakes Community Center

    West Pasco : 7137 Jasmine Blvd., Port Richey, 34668

    Club meets with tips for better gardening.

    Evening Garden meeting of the club.

  18. To Life: To Justice

    Mahaffey Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    World famous Nazi hunter Eli Rosenbaum serves as guest speaker for the Florida Holocaust Museum's annual "To Life" gala which honors the millions of people who suffered or died in the Holocaust.

    Price: $200.

  19. Cinema at Sundown

    Seminole Community Library

    Seminole : 9200 113th St. N, Seminole, 33772

    Free popcorn and soda available.

    Price: Free.

  20. Contractors for a Cause

    MacDinton's Irish Pub

    South Tampa : 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Area celebrity contractors mix up drinks for this networking event with appetizers and entertainment. Benefits Brides Against Breast Cancer.

    Price: $35 advance, $45 at the door.

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