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    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published March 15, 2002

    Uno Latin Festival

    Celebrate Latin heritage and culture with hot music, spicy food, demonstrations, displays, an art show, crafts, exhibits, family activities and much more at the 3rd annual Uno Latin Festival from 7 to 11 tonight and 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Coachman Park, corner of Cleveland and Drew streets in downtown Clearwater. Tonight, a concert will kick off the event. The lineup includes Selectos (7 to 8:30 p.m.) and Orquesta Infinidad (9 to 11 p.m.). Saturday, Velez will play (6:30 to 7 p.m.), followed by Coco Jazz (7 to 8:30 p.m.), with Adalberto Bravo closing the show (9 p.m.). Admission is free. For information, call (727) 562-4800.

    Breakfast with the big bunny

    Children ages 2 to 7 can join Peter Cottontail for breakfast from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. The event will include food, arts and crafts, egg decorating and creative games. All children will receive a photo with Mr. Cottontail and a special surprise. Admission is $7 for children, $1 for adults. For information, call (727) 518-3125.

    ART SHOW: The Creative Artists Guild of Dunedin Fine Arts Show and Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Marriott Stratford Court, 45 Katherine Blvd., Palm Harbor. Admission is free.

    ART RECEPTION: The Scalzo Gallery will host an opening reception for exhibiting minimalist painter and sketch artist Vaclav Sika from the Czech Republic and watercolor artist Junei Imai from Nakatsugawa, Japan, from 6 to 9 tonight at the gallery, 2617 Jewel Road, Belleair Bluffs (off Indian Rocks Road). The show will run until April 5. Call (727) 518-9232.

    SUNSETS AT PIER 60: Celebrate the end of the day with a festival of arts, crafts and entertainment two hours before and two hours after sunset at the Pier 60 Pavilion, Clearwater Beach. Tonight, it's D'Aftermath (island sounds); Saturday, it's Mandelay (classic hit songs); Sunday, it's Suzette Jennings and Mood Swingz (jazz). Admission is free.

    BAND PERFORMANCE: The Clearwater Community Concert Band, led by director Theodore DeCorso, will play Baby Elephant Walk, An Irish Rhapsody, Brigadoon and The Klaxon march at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater campus, corner of Drew Street and Old Coachman Road. Warming up the audience will be the Commodore Brass at 2 p.m., and the Jazz Band at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Call (727) 799-4437.

    RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: This weekend at the 23rd Bay Area Renaissance Festival the theme is "Irish Heritage." So come celebrate St. Patrick's Day while enjoying fire eaters, a birds of prey show, magicians, human combat chess games, jugglers, live armored contact jousting, elephant rides and much, much more. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 400 Central Park Drive, Largo, rain or shine. Admission is $12.95 for adults, $10.95 for seniors and $5.95 for children ages 5-12. Parking is free. Call (727) 586-5423.

    PLAY: The West Coast Players will present the 1924 classic comedy Abie's Irish Rose at 7:30 tonight and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1141 Michigan Blvd. For ticket information, call (727) 942-6085.

    CONCERT: Constantine and Theodore Grame will perform a lively program of Irish and Irish-American hits from Thomas Moore to George M. Cohan at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Wear green in honor of St. Patrick's Day and tap your feet to favorites such as Danny Boy, When Irish Eyes are Smiling and Eileen Aroon. Admission is $13, $11 for center members and students. Call (727) 942-5605.

    ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS DAY: Celebrate the wonders of the ecosystems with a free, fun-filled outing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at McGough Nature Park, just north of Walsingham Road and the Indian Rocks bridge. Activities will include guided nature walks, Boris the Earthasaurus, educational displays, animal exhibits, nature crafts and a petting zoo. Admission is free. Call (727) 518-3047.

    SHENANIGANS, STORIES AND SONGS: There will be fanciful Irish folk stories, foolery, magic, mirth and music at 1 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. The event is free. Call (727) 582-2123.

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