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By Wilma Norton, Times Staff
Published May 25, 2007


in honor of our fallen troops

Solemn Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday will remind folks of the reason for the holiday weekend. The one at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg begins at 9 a.m. with speaker Rep. C. W. Bill Young. At the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, featuring retired Rear Adm. Leroy Collins Jr., executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, music begins at 9:45 a.m. with the ceremony at 10. Largo's Sunset Ceremony featuring retired Rep. Mike Bilirakis begins at 7 p.m. at Largo Central Park's Largo Central Park Military Court of Honor.

All-day music

Two large community gatherings feature music and fun for the long weekend. At Sun, Sand and Symphony on Treasure Island, hear country, bluegrass and rock music by Dennis Wallace & Friends, 6 to 9 tonight; the show band Motown Act III 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and the Tampa Bay Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks at 9 p.m. There's also a sand sculpture tribute to the Florida Gators from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free. Treasure Island Beach, Gulf Boulevard and 104th Avenue. (727) 547-4575, www.mytreasureisland.org. In St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, the 97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ on Saturday features music by the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Shiny Toy Guns, the Almost, Sick Puppies and Army of Me plus extreme sports competitions, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Vinoy Park, Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, downtown St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5060. $10 advance, $15 gate.

Classics on screen

Tampa Theatre kicks off its Summer Classic Movie Series on Sunday with Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). Audience members can come in costume for a parade onstage before the show. Others in the series include The Thin Man, Gone With the Wind, A Hard Day's Night and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 26. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $7.50 all ages. (813) 274-8981, www.tampatheatre.org.

Market hiatus

This is the final weekend until fall for the popular Saturday Morning Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Central Avenue, downtown St. Petersburg. The market returns in October.

The bard onstage

American Stage opens Shakespeare's classic tragedy Othello at 8 tonight, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Through June 17 at the theater, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $22-$35. (727) 823-7529; www.americanstage.org.