Play ball! Spring training is here

March continues the theme of February: Too many choices, too little time. For a complete list of area events, check out the Weekend section each Thursday in the Times.

By Nancy Paradis
Published February 27, 2007

Opening Tampa Bay Devil Rays spring training game, against the New York Yankees, Fri., Progress Energy Park, Home of Al Lang Field. 727 898-7297, (813) 282-7297. www.devilrays.com.

Westcoast Mopar Show and Swap Meet to benefit All Children's Hospital, Sat.-Sun., Town Square Plaza Park, 5121 80th N, Pinellas Park. (727) 584-1210 (days), (727) 397-1031 (evenings). www.westcoastmopar.org.

Madama Butterfly, presented by the Florida Orchestra and Sarasota Opera, 8 p.m. March 9 and 11, Mahaffey Theater, $25-$100. (813) 286-2403, toll-free 1-800-662-7286. www.floridaorchestra.org.

Art in Bloom, floral interpretations of the works in the exhibit Natura Mort: Still-Life, Painting and the Medici Collections, March 9-13, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Free with museum admission: $8 adults, $7 ages 65 and older. (727) 896-2667. www.fine-arts.org.

Wildlife Weekend at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, featuring exhibits, guided walks, vendors, food, kids' crafts, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326.

The Who, 7:30 p.m. March 13, Ford Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa. $56-$181. (813)740-2446. www.fordamp.com.

Leon Redbone, 7:30 p.m. March 14, Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $29-$32. (727) 587-6793. www.largoarts.com.

All-Star Celebrity & Sports Auction to benefit the Children's Dream Fund; doors open at 6 p.m. March 16, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Admission $100. (727) 896-6390. www.childrensdreamfundsports auction.org.

Opera Tampa Don Giovanni, 8 p.m. March 17, 2 p.m. March 18, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. $29.50-$89.50. (813) 229 -7827. www.operatampa.org.

Singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky, 7 p.m. March 21, Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $14 in advance, $16 week of show. (727) 323-2787.

World Water Day, the first of four events celebrating United Nations International Days sponsored by Speak! St. Pete, 7 p.m. March 22, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15, $50 four events. (727) 898-2100, (813) 287-8844. www.speakstpete.com.

Memory Walk, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, March 24, Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Toll-free 1-800-772-8672. www.alz-tbc.org.

Humanity's Challenge - Weapons of Mass Destruction, Science Day of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Admission $5, includes lunch and coffee breaks.

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