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Boyd Hill plans Art Arbor Family Festival

Shoppers, music fans, children and nature lovers will flock to the preserve.

By SANDEE DAVIS
Published October 29, 2006


01 WEDNESDAY

Coffee with the curator: Gallery walk with Peter Tush, 9:45 a.m. (coffee) 10 a.m. (tour), Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Topic is "Illuminated Pleasures." Free with museum admission. Call 823-3767.

Fall festival: Bring the kids for an evening of fun, 6:30-9 p.m., Solid Rock Church, 4224 28th St. N, St. Petersburg. Games with prizes, jumping castles, face painting and a chili cookoff. Free. Call 521-6306.

02 THURSDAY

Dali film: Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast, 6 p.m., Salvador Dali Museum. Beer for sale, free refreshments. Free with museum admission ($5 after 5 p.m. every Thursday). Call 823-3767.

Strictly sail: In-water sailboat show, dock and shore displays, exhibits, seminars and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Spa Beach Park, 615 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $12, free for ages 15 and younger with paid adult. Call (800) 817-7245 or see www.strictlysail.com.

03 FRIDAY

Nightlife hike: Enter the world of bats, owls, bugs and raccoons with this guided night hike, 6:30-8:30, Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Ages 12 and up. Free. Call 453-6500.

Get downtown: First Friday street party featuring the music of Reynolds Brothers, on Central Avenue between Second and Third streets, St. Petersburg. Proceeds from beer and wine street sales benefit Christmas Toy Shop. Free. Call 393-3597.

'Into the Woods': An ambivalent Cinderella and a bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood are among the cockeyed characters in this musical playing Thursdays-Sundays through Nov. 19 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $25, $22.50 for groups of 10 or more, and $15 for students 19 and under. Call 587-6793.

04 SATURDAY

Antique car show: 31st annual event features all kinds of cars from years past. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Also swap meet and arts and crafts 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Florida. To register or get information call 595-7554.

Huff 'n' puff adaptive fitness expo: Free community event promoting health and fitness for people with physical disabilities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., North Shore Park 901, North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. First 200 participants to register receive a free T-shirt. Open to people of all ages and abilities. To register call 577-0065 or check the Web at www.cascil.org.

Festival of family fun: Games, crafts, treasures, tasty treats and helpful information for all ages at a community festival from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Lealman United Methodist Church, 4090 58th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Also a yard sale, handmade crafts and a silent auction from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 526-6240.

One man's trash is another's treasure: Annual flea market, 9 a.m-1 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church's Heritage Hall, 6315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Also silent auction. Call 367-4440.

Holiday bazaar: Salvation Army's annual holiday fundraiser bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the Salvation Army Corps, 3800 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Coffee and doughnuts from 9-11 a.m., $1, and hot lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $5. Admission is free. For information call 323-2222.

Feel Better, Live Better: Ninth annual wellness event with free screenings and information, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center, 1344 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. Health experts answer questions. Call 821-6701 to register.

Successful Cast-netting: Learn regulations and techniques to throw a cast net and not come up empty, 10 a.m., Boca Ciega Millennium Park, 12410 74th Ave. N, Seminole. Reservations required. 588-4882.

05 SUNDAY

Autumnfest: Dance to the music of Cathy and the Lorelei Band at the 26th annual event featuring Ukrainian food, beverages, arts and crafts, raffles and Ukrainian dancers, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 434 90th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Free. Information: 576-0400.

Art is in the air at the 26th annual Art Arbor Family Festival, planned for next weekend at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.

The festival will include more than 70 arts and crafts vendors, environmental displays and children's activities.

People also will be able to see the entries and winners of the annual Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Photo Contest.

Shoppers can browse to the sounds of Sandy Atkinson & Friends playing blues and jazz or the Campfire Orchestra's popular fiddler tunes.

Also on the weekend lineup: Gypsy Wind's acoustic newgreass, Rebekah Pulley Band's folk rock, acoustic music from the Urban Gypsies, the Surfin' Raccoons' classic rock and the Suzuki Violin Group.

Free guided tours of the 245-acre park will showcase its 3 miles of trails and boardwalks.

Programs will highlight birds, reptiles and other animals found at Boyd Hill, including an aviary that is home to many permanently injured birds of prey.

Kids can express themselves at the craft area and graffiti wall, wander the hay maze, search the park in a scavenger hunt and try their luck at a bicycle raffle.