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Out & About

By TIMES STAFF
Published July 31, 2007


Today

Tidal Wave Tuesdays: Teens and preteens can beat the heat at a fun social night featuring swimming, dancing, water sports and more for middle and high school students from 7 to 9 p.m. at Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. Cost is $3. Call (727) 518-3019.

Dinner dance: Indulge your continental tastes with dance and a pasta dinner from 5-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater, 200 McMullen-Booth Road. Cost is $7 for members, $9 for nonmembers. Call (727) 791-8698.

Wednesday

New members art: Jewelry, painting, glass sculpture, mixed media, pottery, books and more will be on display at the "New Members Exhibition," from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at Artist's Way Cooperative Gallery, 1403 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Call (727) 738-8010 or (727) 446-1708.

Peace Vigil: 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays at Edgewater Park, next to the Dunedin Marina, at Alt. U.S. 19 and Main Street, Dunedin. For information call (727) 734-8945 or visit www.stpeteforpeace.org.

Thursday

Artist's reception: View Youth Art Corps student works at an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. The students plan a theater performance at 4:15 p.m. Free. Artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Youth Arts Program. Call (727) 518-6833, ext. 301, or visit www.youthartscorps.org.

Rock 'n' roll concert: Teens take note, Detroit rock band the High Strung, will perform a full set of rousing jams and talk about what it's like to write songs, perform and tour year round at 7 p.m. as part of an End-of-Summer Teen Celebration at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. The group's videos have been seen on MTV, the band's been featured in Entertainment Weekly and Spin magazines, and were hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best new rock and roll bands in America. Open to kids age 12 to 20. Free. For more information call (727) 784-3332, ext. 206.

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Summer magic: First Impressions Art Gallery unveils new Disney fine art from John Coleman, Toby Bluth and John Rowe, along with fresh, contemporary work from other artists. The gallery is at 3625 Alt. U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The exhibition runs through Aug. 31. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (727) 942-3955.

Artistic contrasts: Two new exhibitions - "Art of the Whimsical: Fabricated Sculptures" by Esther Gentle, and "Art of the Ordered: Reverse Paintings" by Roy Witlin - are on display through Aug. 26 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum, on the campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students admitted free. Call (727) 712-5762.

Largo art show: The Largo Art Association presents its summer art show at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, through Aug. 31. Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Art exhibit: Art and handmade jewelry exhibit: "Turning Points - Vibrant Awakenings" features the art and jewelry of Andrea Torraca, Maria Panoloulis, John DiSanza, Diana Williams, Susan Duda Schultz and her students this month at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Call (727) 942-5605.

Summertime Marketplace: From jicamas to pineapples, the Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace is full of fresh, delicious food. The weekly market offers an abundance of items from seasonal fruit, vegetables, cheeses, breads and honey to jewelry and organic clothing. Stroll the market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Clearwater City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. Musical entertainment from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674 or visit www.clearwater farmersmarket.com.

Art on display: View the artwork of Lee Smith Albion, on display through August at Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State St. W. Albion is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed fine artist who has also enjoyed a career as an illustrator. She earned a master's degree from Columbia University and studied in New York City, Los Angeles and Sarasota and spent 21 years in London, where she won the annual Stanley Grimm Award for oils. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call (813) 749-1260.

Third Friday: Safety Harbor's Third Friday Music Series is from 6 to 9 p.m. every third Friday along Main Street. David Bearce will play acoustic rock at the Gazebo at John Wilson Park. Call (727) 724-1572.

Fish fry: 6-8 p.m. Fridays at AMVETS Post 67, 1825 Highland Ave., Clearwater. Cost is $7 per person. Call (727) 631-0067.

Flowers and wildlife: The 150-acre Florida Botanical Gardens at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, features hundreds of blooming flowers and plants, native and nonnative ornamentals. Free and open to the public daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. During summer weekends, tours through the Topiary, Celebration, Rose, Jazz, English Cottage and 20 other gardens are self-guided. Call (727) 582-2581 or visit www.flbg.org.

Friday night fun: 5-8 p.m. every Friday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Seafood or chicken dinners are available. The cost is $5.50-$6. Bill Johnson and his karaoke machine will entertain from 7-11 p.m. Call (727) 584-2038.

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Paddle at the park: Kayaking is just one of many summertime leisure activities to be enjoyed at Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs. The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week. For more information and directions, call (727) 943-4081 or visit www.pinellascounty.org.