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    By Times staff reports
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published May 3, 2002


    Aaron Copland's The Tender Land will be performed by the University of South Florida College of Visual and Performing Arts Opera Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Copland wrote The Tender Land to give young American singers material that would be natural for them to sing and perform. The Midwestern folk tale lyrically explores the recurrent human drama of painful passage from adolescence to adulthood. Admission is $14; $12 for center members and students. For information, call (727) 942-5605.

    Bridal show

    The first bridal show at the Florida Botanical Gardens' new outdoor wedding garden from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday will feature wedding vendors, entertainment and a bridal fashion show. Couples can talk to wedding professionals who specialize in food, transportation, honeymoon destinations, flowers, music, photography and more. Admission is $5 at the gate. The Florida Botanical Gardens is at 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. For information, call (727) 582-2200.

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    A LOVE STORY: The West Coast Players are putting on The Rainmaker at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1141 Michigan Blvd. Tickets cost $10 at the door, $9 for seniors and students under 12. Call (813) 855-5797.

    FIRST FRIDAY: The Trailside Artists Colony will host an opening reception for artist/printmaker Lin Carte from 6:30 to 9 tonight at the colony, 464 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. At the reception, Carte will discuss the development of her new series "Serene Women Meet Red Hot Mamas." The First Friday event also will feature refreshments and live music. Free parking. Call (727) 733-5607.

    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 Blue Fire (variety); Saturday, it's the Connectors (rock); Sunday, it's Hammerhead (rock). Admission is free.

    YARD TOUR: You can take a self-guided tour of "certified Florida-friendly" Pinellas County yards from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Florida Botanical Gardens, the event will help you learn more about creating and maintaining an environmentally friendly landscape from homeowners who have achieved a designation as having a "Certified Florida-Friendly Yard." Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Pinellas County Extension Service, 12175 125th St. N, Largo. For information, call (727) 582-2124.

    PERFORMANCES: At 7:30 tonight, the Suncoast Symphony Orchestra will present a program of light classics and pop songs at R.E. Olds Park, Shore Drive and Bayview Boulevard, Oldsmar. General admission is free. Bring your own chair. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the orchestra will play the Palm Harbor Senior Activities Center, 1500 16th St. Admission is $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers. At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, they will play First Christian Church, 2299 Drew St., Clearwater. Admission is free.

    ART EXHIBIT: Primitive and symbolic sculptures by artist Vahak D. Sarkis, Ph.D, are now on display at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The show runs until May 25. Admission is free. Call (727) 942-5605.

    DINNER AND A SHOW: The Early Bird Dinner Theatre will present the comedy Catch Me If You Can at 11 a.m. Thursday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through June 16. The theater is at Bill Irle's Banquet Hall, 1411 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Admission is $14.95 plus tax. Call (727) 446-5898 for reservations.

    HARVEY: The Eight O'Clock Theatre will present a comedy about Elwood P. Dowd and his 6-foot rabbit friend at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, south of East Bay Drive between Highland Avenue and Seminole Boulevard. Tickets cost $12.50 for adults, $6 for students. Call (727) 587-6793.

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