Want to celebrate your dad this weekend? Take him out for an afternoon of fun.
Today is the second annual Juneteenth Family Fun Day in Campbell Park (601 14th St. S, St. Petersburg). There'll be performances by rappers, jazz singers, poets, West African dancers and a steel drum band. Children can make African masks, carve soap, tour a St. Petersburg city fire truck and listen to a storyteller. Food, clothing and jewelry will be for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 893-7134.
At Pinellas Square Mall (7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park), dads (and everybody else in the family) can practice their golf shots at the American Putting Classic. A system that allows players to putt 18 holes in about 6 minutes will be set up in the center of the mall from 12 to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Registration is free. At the end of the weekend, the four best-scoring dads will win an 18-hole putting system of their own. Call 527-7241.
The Pier's Father's Day Salute on Sunday includes an ugly tie contest, father/child look-alike contest and a mini-golf tournament. Entertainment will be clowns, a one-man circus and live jazz and rock. If your dad's out of town, you can wish him Happy Father's Day in a free 5-minute phone call to anywhere in the world. Hours are 12 to 5 p.m. All events are free. The Pier is at 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Call 821-6164.
Trip the laser fantastic
Slide down in your seat, relax and watch rainbow lights play overhead as music throbs from speakers all around the room. It's a laser show _ and you can experience it at two places in the Tampa Bay area.
The Science Center of Pinellas County (7701 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg) presents a lineup of laser shows set to different music every Saturday night. At 7 p.m., there's Lasertoons for Kids (30 minutes long, with Disney songs: $2.50 adults; $1.50 children). At 8 p.m., it's Rock Favorites, with top 40 hits of artists such as Amy Grant, MC Hammer and Enya ($3.50 adults, $2.50 18 and younger). At 9 p.m. the soundtrack is the music of U2 and INXS ($4 adults, $3 18 and younger) and at 10 p.m. Pink Floyd groupies can enjoy the entire album Dark Side of the Moon ($3.50 adults, $2.50 18 and younger). Combined admission for the 9 and 10 p.m. shows is $6 adults and $5 18 and younger. Call 384-0027.
The Bishop Planetarium (at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton) has featured laser shows since the 1970s. Its regular schedule includes Laser Fantasies, a show set to rock music, at 9, 10:30 and midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays. (This weekend's artist is Metallica.) At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, there's Laser Dreams, a show set to various styles of music. (This weekend, classical music is the bill of fare.) Admission to all shows is $5.50 per person. Call (813) 746-4132.
Several world champions will compete in the Jennifer Odom Memorial Barefoot Jamboree ski tournament today and Sunday at Clear Lake (behind Saint Leo College on State Road 52 in Pasco County). Men and women record holders in jump, slalom and overall barefoot water skiing will perform at the event. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free; the banquet tonight costs $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under. Proceeds from raffle sales and concessions benefit a scholarship foundation in the name of Jennifer Odom, a Pasco County resident and barefoot skier who was murdered in February.
And coming up . . .
Start training now for the Anheuser-Busch Family Fitness Weekend, a collection of athletic events in St. Petersburg's North Shore Park July 10-11. There'll be several running events, an in-line skate race, street hockey tournament and triathlons for kids and adults. To register, look for the "Go Wild!" booklet at local sports shops or call (407) 241-3801.