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The Bluffs BBQ & Family Fun Day: Bring the family and partake in food, fun, entertainment, door prizes, a dessert baking contest and kids poetry contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Belleair Bluffs City Hall and Community Center, 2747 Sunset Blvd. A BBQ chicken lunch prepared by the Belleair Bluffs Firefighter's Association will be available for $7 and includes chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad, and a roll. Desserts and short poems by kids describing what school means to them or what they did over summer vacation should be entered by 10:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness. Call (727) 585-1212.

Animal adaptations: Learn from the Lowry Park Zoo educators and some of their animal friends about the amazing diversity of animal adaptations from 1-2 p.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free. For information or to register call (727) 453-6800.

Artistic evening: Art and media connoisseurs are cordially invited to Largo FLAIR, (Features Local Artistic and Innovative Renderings), from 6-9 p.m. at the gazebo in Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. Attendees can converse with the artists and enjoy gourmet coffees, cheeses and a wine tasting event while admiring paintings, sculptures, photography, and digital imagery as well as short movies, videos, and animation. Listen to music compositions, lyrical poetry and prose of short fiction, as well as those brought to life in concert and theatrical monologues and scenes. Admission and submissions are free. Call 587-6740 ext. 5017.

Entertainment for all: The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center will provide a sign language interpreter for its 2 p.m. performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Saturday at the Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs. Reserved seating. Tickets are $16, students and PAC members $14. Call (727)942-5605.

Dinner & music: 5-8 p.m. every Saturday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Filet mignon, potato and salad will be featured. Cost is $7. Music provided by Ann Marie. Call (727) 584-2038.

Guided hikes: Free guided hikes through Brooker Creek Preserve's Education Center Trail from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at 3940 Keystone Road, East Lake. Advance registration is required. Call (727) 453-6800.

Sunday

Singer/composer to perform: Take a musical journey with acclaimed singer, songwriter, composer and producer Lawrence Dermer as he performs music reflecting his Jewish roots, appealing to young and old alike. Dermer has contributed to hundreds of titles in all styles of music, and written and produced hits for many performers including Jennifer Lopez, Cher, B.B. King, Barry Manilow and Gloria Estefan. His one hour performance begins at 5 p.m. at Young Israel-Chabad, 3696 Fisher Road, Palm Harbor. The concert is free and a community barbecue will follow at $8 per person. RSVPs appreciated by calling (727)789-0408.

Feathered friends: Considering a new pet? Dozens of exotics birds, from parakeets to macaws to cockatoos, are looking for new, loving homes. The SPCA Tampa Bay and Safe Haven Avian Placement Services will host a bird adoption day from noon-4 p.m. at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. Visit www.SPCATampaBay.org for more information, adoption applications and other requirements call (727) 586-3591.

Casting Call: Auditions will be held for the mystery The Lady of Phillimore Walk at 7 p.m. at the Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. The production needs one woman, age 50 to 70, and one man, age 40 to 60. Performance dates are Oct. 4-14, 2007. Call (727) 446. 1360.

Artsy Summer Film Series: Grab a good seat for this Sunday's film, Mona Lisa Smile (2003), starring Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst, showing at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, just west of U.S. 19, Tarpon Springs . Free. Call (727)712-5762.

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Art on display: View the artwork of Lee Smith Albion, on display through August at Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State St. W. Albion is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed fine artist who has also enjoyed a career as an illustrator. She earned a master's degree from Columbia University and studied in New York City, Los Angeles and Sarasota and spent 21 years in London, where she won the annual Stanley Grimm Award for oils. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call (813)749-1260.

Summer magic: First Impressions Art Gallery unveils new Disney fine art from John Coleman, Toby Bluth and John Rowe, along with fresh, contemporary work from other artists. The gallery is at 3625 Alt. U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The exhibition runs through Aug. 31. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (727) 942-3955.

Artistic contrasts: Two new exhibitions - "Art of the Whimsical: Fabricated Sculptures" by Esther Gentle, and "Art of the Ordered: Reverse Paintings" by Roy Witlin - are on display through Aug. 26 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum, on the campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students admitted free. Call 727-712-5762.

Largo art show: The Largo Art Association presents its summer art show at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, through Aug. 31. Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Farmers market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7674 or visit www.clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.

Art exhibit: Art and handmade jewelry exhibit: "Turning Points - Vibrant Awakenings" features the art and jewelry of Andrea Torraca, Maria Panoloulis, John DiSanza, Diana Williams, Susan Duda Schultz and her students this month at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Call (727) 942-5605.

Summertime Marketplace: From jicamas to pineapples, the Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace is full of fresh, delicious food. The weekly market offers an abundance of items from seasonal fruit, vegetables, cheeses, breads and honey to jewelry and organic clothing. Stroll the market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Clearwater City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. Musical entertainment from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Bob Fernandez at (727)461-7674 or visit www.clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.

Peace Vigil: 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays at Edgewater Park, next to the Dunedin Marina, at Alt. U.S. 19 and Main Street, Dunedin. For information call (727) 734-8945 or visit www.stpeteforpeace.org.

Third Friday: Safety Harbor's Third Friday Music Series is from 6 to 9 p.m. every third Friday along Main Street. David Bearce will play acoustic rock at the Gazebo at John Wilson Park. Call (727) 724-1572.

Fish fry: 6-8 p.m. Fridays at the AMVETS Post 67, 1825 Highland Ave., Clearwater. Cost is $7 per person. Call (727) 631-0067.

Flowers and wildlife: The 150-acre Florida Botanical Gardens at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, features hundreds of blooming flowers and plants, native and non-native ornamentals. Free and open to the public daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. During summer weekends, tours through the Topiary, Celebration, Rose, Jazz, English Cottage and 20 other gardens are self-guided. Call (727) 582-2581 or visit www.flbg.org.

Art and talk of art:

Today

Pablo Siebel: Reflexiones Intimas, a collection of works by the Chilean artist Pablo Siebel, opens with a talk by the artist at 6:30 p.m. in the museum's auditorium and a reception from 7-9 p.m. in the Rhoda Newberry Reed Gallery of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. Absorb Siebel's unique artistic style as he mirrors a life of myriad contrasts and contradictions, reflecting an understanding of human nature with all its passions and entanglements. Free for GCMA members, $10 for guests. Museum hours: Tues. through Sat., 10-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; closed Monday. Call (727) 518-6833.

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