Memorial Day fun

Published May 24, 2007

Memorial Day should have beautiful weather, but record-high gas prices. So if you want to stick closer to home, here's some of the events planned for the long weekend:

97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ It's like a picnic on steroids with headliner Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Sick Puppies, extreme sports, volleyball and horseshoes; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Vinoy Park, Bayshore Drive and Fifth Ave. NE, downtown St. Petersburg. $10. For more on the bands see Sound Check Page 25.

Golf Family Fun Day Play miniature golf for charity Monday when Kiwanis Club of Palm Harbor puts on its 10th annual fundraiser event at Congo River Golf, 20060 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater with entertainment, clowns and face painting in addition to 9 holes of frustrating putting. It's 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and tickets are $6 advance. Call (727) 588-6533 days, or (727) 785-6967 evenings.

Bay Pines National Cemetery Pay tribute Monday with featured speaker Congressman C. W. "Bill" Young. at 9 a.m. at the cemetery, 10, 000 Bay Pines Blvd, St. Petersburg. Shuttle service provided from parking lot to cemetery. Free. (727) 398-9426 or (727) 398-9394.

Sun, Sand and Symphony There's music Friday and Saturday night as Treasure Island celebrates Memorial Day weekend and kicks off summer. Friday starts with country, bluegrass and rock music 6-9 p.m.; check out the professional sand sculpture Saturday 1-10 p.m. and music from Motown and '60s-'70s hits followed by a free performance by the Tampa Bay Symphony, 7:30-9 p.m. Sat. and fireworks at 9 p.m. All at Treasure Island Beach, Gulf Boulevard and 104th Avenue. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237, www.mytreasureisland.org.

America Rocks An oldies rock concert and classic cars set the mood Saturday starting at 2:45 p.m. at War Veterans' Memorial Park, 9600 Bay Pines Blvd. in St. Petersburg. Food and drinks available from Cody's Roadhouse.

More fun this weekend

Beach Blanket Bingo kicks off the Tampa Theatre's Summer Classic Movie Series on Sunday. The 1965 charmer is easy to spoof, but also easy to love, as 30-year-old teenagers Frankie (Frankie Avalon) briefly deserts Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) in favor of pop star Sugar Kane (Linda Evans). The audience is invited to come in costume inspired by the movie and parade onstage. The showing is at 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $7.50 all ages. (813) 274-8981, www.tampatheatre.org.

A comforter as art gives a lot of to wrap your head around when the National Quilt Show hits the Grand Hyatt Tampa in Tampa this weekend. Applique in Tampa Bay shows off more than 300 quilts submitted from around the United States, Canada and Mexico in the hotel's ballroom, 2900 Bayport Drive in Tampa. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and admission is $5. The conference also offers classes and lectures.

For those addicted to the umpteen do-it-yourself shows playing on a loop on the cable channels, the live version is setting up shop at the Tampa Convention Center this weekend. Get free advice, watch live demonstrations, get tons of ideas at the Home & Patio Show Saturday through Monday. There will be appearances by Tim Luke of HGTV's Cash in the Attic (Sat.-Sun.), Mad Dog & Merrill on grilling (Sat.-Mon.) and DiVine and The Living Garden experience (Sat.-Sun.). The showe is 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $8, $7 seniors Sat. only; free for ages 12 and younger.

Crawl from pub to pub for charity in South Tampa on Saturday and you can feel good about yourself and bad about yourself in one swoop. Dubbed the SoHo Shuffle, you can support the Easter Seals starting at 2 p.m. at the Rack, 1809 W Platt St. There will be more than $500 in giveaways along the way to MacDintons, Dubliner, Red House, The Deck, Tiffany's, Quicksilver and California Pizza. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Call (813) 658-2101.