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Feel a Caribbean vibe

The Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival this weekend will feature two days of island fun with calypso, reggae, Latin and folk music by local and national acts at Vinoy Park.

By Times Staff
Published June 4, 2006

The Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival this weekend will feature two days of island fun with calypso, reggae, Latin and folk music by local and national acts at Vinoy Park, Bayshore Drive and Seventh Avenue NE in St. Petersburg.

The music never stops with bands playing all day long, including a live steel band panorama and headliner La India, the "Princess of Salsa," on Saturday. Sunday the music continues throughout the day with Kevin Lyttle as the featured performer.

The family event features island crafts, a children's area and food and beverages available to purchase.

The highlight of the festival is a colorful, costumed street parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.

General hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $10 a day or $15 for both days.

No pets, grills, coolers, backpacks, glass bottles or alcohol can be brought into the park. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. Information: 327-1277 or check the Web site,

BALLET SPRING GALA: The St. Petersburg Ballet Company performs a mixed repertoire program, 3 p.m., Canterbury School, Knowlton Campus, 901 58th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Program includes selections from Sleeping Beauty, Journey to the Green and new works to the music of Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls and Phillip Glass. Proceeds benefit the Academy of Ballet Arts Scholarship Fund. $10, $8 seniors and ages 12 and under. Call 327-4401.

ROSSINI'S 'BARBER OF SEVILLE': Love, betrayal, honor and the joy of a really fine shave are the universal themes of the classic opera, 2 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$50. Call 822-3590.


DIXIELAND DANCE: Dance to the Bayside Banjo Band as they entertain with songs from the good old days, 7:30-9:30 p.m., American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Free. Call 447-9204.


FLORIDA OWLS: Program by Bev Hansen. 7-8:30 p.m., Chinsegut Nature Center at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 23212 Lake Lindsay Road CR 476, north of Brooksville. Space limited; call for reservations (352) 754-6722 or


UNIVERSAL LAWS: Mark Tong talks about incorporating Universal Laws to personal, business and even spiritual aspects of life to achieve success, 7 p.m., Palladium Theater. $20 (includes free admission for a friend) and the workbook/study guide. Proceeds benefit the College Of Metaphysical Studies in Clearwater. Seating is limited. Call 822-3590 or check the Web at

TEA DANCE: Ballroom dance with music by Pleasure with Bobby Tess , 1-3:30 p.m., the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5. Call 892-5202.


TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION: Scientific research and health benefits of meditation, 6:45 p.m., South Branch Public Library, 2300 Roy Hanna Drive, St. Petersburg. Space is limited, reservations required. Call 526-9233. E-Mail: life_is_bliss_now

WEE-TIME AT WEEDON: Program for preschool age children, 10:30 a.m., Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural world. This week is Great Sharky Shark: A Tale of a Big Hunter by Suzanne Tate. This book explores the world of one of the ocean's most fascinating creatures, the shark. Also hands-on craft and an outdoor exploration. The programs introduce children to the idea that everything in nature is connected. $1 per child. Call 453-6500 for information and to register.

OBEDIENCE BASICS: Six week, one-hour class (through July 13), 7 p.m., SPCA of Pinellas County, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. Helps you and your canine companion better understand each other. Features positive reinforcement training methods. Dogs must be current on vaccinations. $45 to SPCA adopters and $65 to the general public. Register online at or call 586-3591.


THE VENTURAS: Live music and dancing with a hot mix of retro swinging styles, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport. Free swing dance instruction (no partner necessary), 8-9 p.m. Dance contest or exhibition at intermission. Prize giveaways, full bar and free parking. $11. Call 893-1070.


BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BASH: Have fun with games, prizes, face painting, music, cake and be inspired with ideas for planning your next party, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 821-6443.

GROWING DAY LILIES IN FLORIDA: Linda Sample teaches how to grow these lovely plants to perfection in west central Florida, 11:30 p.m., Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Question and answer period follows and an assortment of day lilies will be for sale. Free with gardens admission. Call 551-3148.

HIBISCUS SHOW AND SALE: Annual event with the public invited to enter blooms for judging until 11:30 a.m., Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. After judging, the flower show opens from 1-4 p.m. Plant sale begins at 10 a.m. with an educational program on growing hibiscuses at 2 p.m. Free. Call 582-2100.

LEARN HOW TO CAST NET: Ranger gives hands-on instructions and demonstrations of how to be more successful at throwing a net, 5 p.m., Fort De Soto Park Campground. Free, call 582-2267 press 2, then 0.


MUSIC IN THE MARLY CONCERT: Featuring pianist Eric Him, 2 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Program includes works by Faberge, Mozart, Liszt, Schumann and Saltier. Call 896-2667.

BAND CONCERT: The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg, conducted by Larry Paterson presents a free concert, 4 p.m., Masonic Home, 3201 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. Call 397-0943.

[Last modified June 4, 2006, 10:17:18]

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