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Get on track with a Highwayman

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published July 2, 2006


The Florida Highwaymen are African-American painters whose vivid depictions of Florida landscapes were often sold out of the trunks of cars from the 1950s to 1970s.

Sylvester Wells describes his experiences as a Florida Highwayman, 2:30 p.m., July 9, Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Wells and 25 of the Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Art Hall of Fame by the Florida Department of State in March 2004.

Includes a live demonstration, with select paintings for sale. Free. Call 893-7724.

2 TODAY

ONE NATION UNDER GOD: Patriotic celebration, 10:55 a.m., followed by a family picnic at noon, Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Bring a covered dish, meat provided. Donations accepted. Call 822-3343.

3 MONDAY

DIGGING THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY IN PINELLAS COUNTY: Discover the prehistory of man in Florida and Pinellas County, 1:30-3 p.m., Sawgrass Lake Park, 7400 25th St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 217-7256.

4 TUESDAY

'I STILL BELIEVE IN AMERICA': Musical production celebrating our American heritage and some of our country's favorite music, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Barbecue dinner served from 4:15-6:15 p.m. $6, $4 under 12. Concert is free. Call 595-3421 or check the Web at www.indianrocks.org.

5 WEDNESDAY

BIRDING ON THE BOARDWALK: Walk along the boardwalks, through the hammock and possibly the borrow pit, 8 a.m., Sawgrass Lake Park. Tour begins with a brief introduction to birding. Binoculars available for loan. Free. Call 217-7256.

PATRIOTIC SONG FEST: The holiday spirit carries on the day after Independence Day with a covered dish indoor picnic and performance of patriotic favorites, 6 p.m., Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd. Free. Call 391-9781.

6 THURSDAY

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 or e-mail life_is_bliss_now @yahoo.com

'SIX GUNS AND SASPARILLA': Original musical comedy based on the traditions of the Wild, Wild West set in Vulture Gulch, 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Thrill to the daring feats of heroism and hiss at the nefarious schemes hatched by the villain in this original script and score by local writers Jason Fortner and Jason Tucker. Continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays- Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 23. $22, $11 student 19 and under. Call 587-6793.

7 FRIDAY

GET DOWNTOWN: First Friday street party, 5:30-10 p.m., on Central Avenue between Second and Third streets. Featuring the music of Stacy Knight. Proceeds from beer and wine street sales benefit the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Free. Call 393-3597.

'MOVING ON TO MANHATTAN': Jazz band ABCD with local bassist Billy Norris, who celebrates moving to New York to attend the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, 8:30 p.m., Palladium Theater. $10-$15. Call 822-3590.

8 SATURDAY

BUCCANEER CAT SHOW: 29th annual cat show with competition and cat items for sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Sunday, Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $7, $6 seniors, $5 children. Call 892-5202.

LEARN HOW TO CAST NET: Ranger Dan Swanson 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 and press 2 then 0.

CONTAINER GARDENING WITH A TROPICAL FLAIR: Presented by Linda Worle, 11:30 a.m., Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free with garden admission. Call 551-3100.

COMEDY EXPLOSION: Comedy show featuring some of the best of Tampa Bay area and national comedians, 8 p.m., Palladium Theater. $20. Call 822-3590.