Out and about
By TIMES STAFF
Published March 17, 2007
Unless otherwise noted, phone numbers are area code 727.
Book discussion: Author and former Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene will discuss his newest book, And You Know You Should Be Glad, an exploration of the power of friendship, at 1 p.m. at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. Cost is $10 per person. For reservations, call (727) 586-7398.
Farmer's Market: From jicamas to pineapples, the Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market is full of fresh food. The weekly market is celebrating its 12th year of offering seasonal fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads and honey from all over the country. The market is open from 8 a.m. to1:30 p.m. each Wednesday until April 25 in front of Clearwater City Hall. In addition to fresh fruit, homemade chocolate and macaroni, there is homemade honey from a Pinellas source that comes in seasonal flavors. The event also features other ready-to-eat food like hot dogs, popcorn and ribs. The market is 99 percent green, which means the majority of the sellers offer food, not crafts. However, jewelry and some kitchen linens are for sale. There is music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The weekly meet is also a Jolly Trolley stop and nets more than 500 visitors. Call 461-7674.
'Adventures in Opera': The Pinellas Opera League, in conjunction with the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute, is holding "Adventures in Opera," a series of six Wednesday programs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the theater of the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. The remaining programs are:
-March 28: "Legendary Opera Singers," presented by Blauner and Middy Larson.
-April 25: "Children in Opera," presented by Larson.
Cost is $5 per session, or $25 for all six in advance. Free parking. Call (727) 791-7400 or toll-free 1-800-875-8682.
Green Market: Stroll through Dunedin Green Market, which is in Pioneer Park, at Douglas Avenue and Main Street downtown, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday until April 27. A variety of products are available, including Amish foods; coffee, tea and espresso; handmade soaps; organic cotton products; produce; spices; and tropical plants. For vendor information, call Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215.
Peace vigil: The public is invited to participate in a weekly peace vigil from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Edgewater Park, next to the Dunedin Marina, at Alt. U.S. 19 and Main Street, Dunedin. For more information, call (727) 733-1177 or (727) 734-8945 or visit www.stpeteforpeace.org.
Guided hikes at Honeymoon Island: The Florida Park Service offers ranger-guided walks of Honeymoon Island at 11 a.m. Saturdays through March. The island is home to wildlife that includes ospreys, great horned owls and gopher tortoises. Walkers should dress for the weather and might want to bring binoculars and a field guide. Meet the ranger at the head of the nature trail. The guided hike is free, though park visitors have to pay the regular park entrance fee of $5 per carload from two to eight people, $3 for one person in a car and $1 per person for walkers or cyclists. If you need assistance to participate fully, call Honeymoon Island State Park at 469-5942. The park is about 6 miles west of U.S. 19, on Curlew Road, Dunedin. For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org.
Friday Night Fun: The public is invited for dinner and entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday at American Legion Post 119, 130 1st Avenue SW, Largo. Seafood or chicken dinners will be available. Cost is $5.50- $6. Bill Johnson and his Karaoke machine will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m. Call 584-2038.
Scottish dancing: The Dunedin Scottish Country Dancers host an evening of dancing every Sunday night at 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin. A beginner's class is held from 6 to 7 p.m. and social dancing follows from 7 to 9:30 p.m. No partner is necessary. Call Val Wade at 787-4477.
Fish fry: Feast on fish and/or shrimp with side dishes from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays at the AMVETS Post 67, 1825 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. Cost is $7 per person. Call 631-0067.
Dixieland Dance: The Bayside Banjo Band plays Dixieland and old-time songs from 7:30 to 9:30 every Monday at the American Legion Post No. 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Free. Call 447-9204.