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Tampa Greek Food Fest (11 a.m.-10 p.m., St. John's Greek Orthodox Church, 2418 Swann Ave.; $1, children under 12 free). Opa! This weekend, you don't have to drive all the way to Tarpon Springs for great Greek eats like moussaka and baklava. For several years now, the folks at this South Tampa church have gotten together to bring their food, dance and culture to the community. It's a chance to see the newly restored church, damaged when the ceiling fell in. The richly ornamented sanctuary has been completely repaired and repainted, and is now once again one of the most beautiful places in Tampa. Call 876-8830.
Artist's Reception for A Pyromaniac's Dream: Burning Man 1997 (free, 2-4 -p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 15610 Premiere Drive) The Burning Man Festival is an annual gathering (last year was the 10th) of artists, bohemians and creative radicals who camp in the desert amd create a mini city that "emphasizes radical artistic expression and the possibilities for instant community. The event culminates with the ceremonial buring of a 40-foot neon and wood effigy The Burning Man _ erected in the middle of the desert." Local photographer Julie Schied chronicled Burning Man last year when she traveled to the event with a group of Tampa filmmakers. See the madness through her lens. Call 264-3831.
Inkwood Books birthday sale (noon to 6 p.m., 216 S Armenia Ave.). Tampa's dean of independent book sellers, a cult that can be counted on one hand these days, has survived for six years in this era of megachain book supermarkets. You get 20 percent off books, cards, calendars, free posters with purchase and a drawing for prizes. A portion of the day's proceeds will benefit Reach Out and Read (ROAR), a program sponsored by USF's Pediatrics Deparment. Call 253-2638.
Adult book discussion: "Blood Will Tell" (3:30 p.m., North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 N Boulevard). Dana Stabenow has been called "Alaska's finest mystery writer." The Edgar Award winner returns with his Aleut investigator Kate Shugak in this tale of the fate of tribal lands and mysterious death of a Native Association Board Member. Copies of the book are available at the branch. Call 975-2111.