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TOUR CALENDAR

The spring calendar is full of showhouses, neighborhood tours and other events. Here are details:

+ Sixth annual Tampa Heights Tour of Homes/Heritage Day, noon to 5 p.m. today. Twenty homes open for tours, music, refreshments, games, raffles, entertainment. Tickets: $10, on sale at Buffalo Soldiers Park at Central Avenue and Columbus Drive, Tampa. Homes from the turn of the century through the '40s and '50s in a neighborhood that once housed merchants and city leaders and is now on the comeback trail.

+ Parades of Homes continue in counties around the Tampa Bay area. Parades are showcases of new construction sponsored by local builders' associations. The parade ends Sunday in Manatee and Sarasota counties, where 158 models are open from 10 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. today noon to 5 or 6 p.m. on Sunday. The parade in Citrus County also ends Sunday; 16 models by 10 builders are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Hillsborough's parade is March 24 to April 8.

+ 27th annual Designers' Showcase, sponsored by the Florida Orchestra Guild/St. Petersburg. Designer showhouse at Vinoy Place cityhomes, 585 Fifth Ave. NE, March 24 through April 14. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10.

+ Home & Condo 2001 Dream Home, open through April 1 at Quail West, Naples. Two-story, five-bedroom, seven-bath home with 8,381 square feet of living space, priced between $7-million and $8-million. Tickets: $15. Beneficiary: Naples Philharmonic. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Directions: From I-75, take Bonita Beach Road (Exit 18 east) to Bonita Grande Drive and turn right to Quail West Golf and Country Club. Follow signs for parking and a shuttle trolley. Information: (941) 597-0652. Web site with views of this extremely lavish home: http://www.dreamhome2001.com.

+ Seminole Heights (Tampa) third annual Neighborhood Tour, noon to 5 p.m. April 8. Twelve homes and two gardens will be open. Tickets: $5, sold on tour day at the Garden Center in the 5800 block of Central Avenue. Homes include 1920s bungalows, foursquares, Mediterranean revivals, and homes from the 1940s and '50s.

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